Lesson Plans for Teaching the Story of Cain & Abel
from Neil MacQueen, Sunday Software
This document is located atwww.sundaysoftware.com/lessons/cain.htm
This lesson 'set' was created by Neil MacQueen for Sunday Software. For additional free Cain and Abel lesson suggestions, visit the Genesis forum at www.rotation.org -- http://rotation.infopop.cc/eve/forums
These lessons can be used in Sunday School, but also make a great lesson for children and youth fellowship groups.
1. Neil's Comments about Cain and Abel
The story of "the first murder" ...Cain slaying Abel, is often overlooked because of its violence. Yet, throughout faith history, this story has been used to explain the origin of humanity's blood-lust. Worse, it happened between the very first children, which is Genesis' way of telling us that sibling rivalry is as old as humanity itself, and can spin out of control.
Cain was the first person to be "born", and Abel became the first person to die. You can take this literally, but the figurative point is much greater... Cain & Abel merely kicked off this important "truth about us" and the rest of the Bible CONTINUES IT in story after story: Jacob & Esau, Joseph and his Brothers, ...right down to Jesus Christ and his Judas. Human beings need God's law to restrain our worst impulses, and there are consequences for sin. We all have "the Mark of Cain".
Unfortunately, this is subject to which children and youth can easily relate. The family is often where our jealousies, anger, and murderous impulses are first experienced. Often, it is where "bullying" starts. And sadly, "murder by family member" is a real statistic.
Here in 2011-12, the subject of "bullying by peers" is a hot subject in schools and churches. Cain and Abel, and many of the Bible verses in the following lessons help bring an important Christian perspective to the subject. We don't know if Cain was a bully, but the result is the same.
For most children, "murdering" is something they do BY WORD, and as Jesus noted in his sermon on the mount with regards to even THINKING about lust, murdering in your heart was just as SINFUL as murdering in others forms (Hard to equate them, I know. I think Jesus was speaking figuratively for effect, but also presciently, --realizing that small sins can beget BIG sins, and often do.)
The story results in the mysterious "Mark of Cain" ...a metaphor if there ever was one. It's on us, all around us, and in our souls. We'll work on the idea of "the Mark of Cain" in the art/photography workshop.
What this particular story doesn't tell us, is what to do about Cain, bullying or "the mark". It only hints at that solution when God punishes Cain. In fact, you could say that THE ENTIRE REST OF THE BIBLE is about "how not to be Cain." So we learn another important truth about Cain and Abel: like most Bible stories, it's only setting the table for God's complete message.
Ultimately, God comes to those who have the mark of Cain (us) --sending Christ to take it upon himself and set us free from the punishment we deserve. Christ's spirit dwells within "Cain"....working to make us new creatures, new creations. In so many ways: Jesus makes us Abel.
So much else to say! ...but let's get on with the lessons
|THE SOFTWARE LESSON for CAIN AND ABEL |
(Note: Items 1, 2, 3 and 4 here will be used for each of the following lessons in sequence, and not just the computer lesson)
1) Tell me what you know about the Story of Cain and Abel.
2) Let's Read the story of Cain and Abel together. Look for it in Genesis 4, and be ready to tell me what stories come before it and after it. (provides context)
3) Somebody summarize what we just read.
4) BIBLE STUDY QUESTIONS
5) Question for OLDER children and youth:
6) Discuss how small things can build up in a person's life and trigger negative and unintended consequences.
7) Make a list of "things a person can do" to not let things build up ...inside themselves, inside their friends.
8) Learning What the Bible says about Anger and Jealousy
9) CLOSING: Gather together and pray for strength to follow the advice in the three verses, and ask for forgiveness for anyone we may have wronged.
You may wish to look for others.
|VIDEO LESSON PLAN for Cain and Abel |
a lesson from Neil MacQueen, www.sundaysoftware.com
1) Begin with the Bible study found in the computer software lesson.
2) Show/Review the following videos...
3) Closing: Have the students sign a Promise which the teacher writes on a posterboard to "Practice Forgiveness and Stand Up for Others."
|ART LESSON PLAN for Cain and Abel |
a lesson from Neil MacQueen www.sundaysoftware.com
"The Mark of Cain" Collage ...and "the Mark of Abel"
1. Use the Bible study found at the beginning of the Computer lesson in this set.
2. The Mark of Cain Collage
This lesson will use a familiar art project --the collage, to make a display for the church which will prominently illustrate "The Mark of Cain" ..which are images and words depicting Cain-like behavior in our world. Depending on your number of students and the amount of time you have after the Bible study, you may want to break up the collage work into several teams, ...assigning some to "Cain" images and some to the Good images, etc.
a. Tape together several pieces of poster board and cover them with newspaper using spray adhesive. Give prominent treatment to headlines which illustrate PROBLEMS in our world.
b. Next, click colorful pictures from magazine which illustrate ANGER, JEALOUSY, GREED. Be selective. "The Mark of Cain" should not be represented by sportscars and models! This is why you will really need a good collection of NEWS magazines, not Glamour and Parenting. Use spray adhesive to fix these images ON TOP OF the newspaper.
c. Now look for images and symbols of GOOD THINGS that help remove the "Stain of Cain". Glue those onto their OWN pieces of bright construction paper and LABEL THEM with words that describe their goodness. Two people embracing, for example. These you may find in magazines such as People and Parenting. But... I strongly suggest you collect your DENOMINATION's magazine and publications. For example, the mission packets they send to local churches. Ask your church office/pastor for these. CALL THESE "THE MARK OF ABEL".
d. Create and adhere Christian symbols representing peace, comfort, resolution. A dove, a cross, a peace sign.
e. Finally, have some students work on writing out some of the memory verses about anger and jealousy from the computer workshop lesson in this set. Adhere those to the collage and display the collage in a prominent location within the church.
IN CLOSING: Giving "the Mark of Abel"
Circle around and tell the children you are going to "give them the Mark of Abel" --the one who pleased God and did not do evil. Pull out a blue permanent sharpie and draw a cross on their shoulder or top of their hand. Don't worry, it will eventually wear off! Close with a prayer that Jesus will be with us to remind us to do and say the right things, and treat others as we ourselves would like to be treated.