Preteen (4th – 5th)
Sunday, October 18
Weekly Parent Guide
ACTIVITY: Truth or Lie
What you need:
Paper and writing utensil for everyone who’s playing.
What you do:
Each person writes down 5 truths and 5 “lies” about themselves that you may not know. Make sure the truths and lies are mixed up randomly on the list. Note: These can be simple like, “My favorite color is blue, or I really don’t like pizza.”
Take turns sharing facts, letting everyone try to guess which ones are true, and which ones are lies.
Talk about the Bible story:
Who was someone in our story who did not show integrity? (Gehazi: he lied)
Who showed integrity in the story? Give an example how they showed integrity. (Naaman—apologized when he was wrong; asked for forgiveness; offered thanks and gifts)
How did Gehazi’s lack of integrity affect others? How do you think it affected Gehazi and Elisha’s relationship? (Allow for response.)
How can our choice to be truthful in whatever we say and do affect others? (Discuss.)
Why does lying get us in trouble? (We lose trust with the people and break relationships. Lying hurts our reputations and how people will trust us in the future.)
What about when we lie and nobody finds out? Do those lies hurt anyone if we’re the only ones who know we lied?
When we lie, there are consequences. There were consequences to Gehazi’s lie, weren’t there? Let me tell you a story about a time I didn’t tell the truth. (Share a personal story about a time you told a lie. Make sure you include the consequences.)
“God, we pray that our family would be one that’s known for its integrity all the time. Help us to remember that when we’re honest, we build trust and strengthen our relationships with each other. We pray that we are like Naaman—that when we’re wrong, we’re quick to apologize and ask for forgiveness. Thank You for loving us and forgiving us. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.”