A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending snow camp with a group of first through fourth graders. The snow wasn’t exactly my favorite part, especially since I nearly died trying to drive to said snow camp. However, I did have a blast getting to know some new kids and hanging out in the lodge with them. The theme of the weekend was Frozen and I thought I’d share the lessons I drafted up for the occasion.
The first lesson focused on Romans 3:23 and the fact that “Everyone is a bit of a fixer-upper”. You can find the full script below as well as the power point presentation I used at the bottom of this post.
LESSON #1: Everyone is a bit of a Fixer Upper!
Welcome! I’m so glad to be with you guys this weekend! As you probably know, the theme for this weekend is FROZEN.
So we’re going to be taking a closer look at this snowflake filled movie to see if we can learn some life lessons.
But before we get to that, I’d like to start at the beginning. The beginning of time, that is.
You can read all about it in the book, of Genesis, which is the first book of the Bible.
In the beginning of time, things were great. God has just gotten done creating.. well, everything, and the world was perfect. People were perfect and everything was just as it should be. Adam and Eve, the first people ever made lived in an amazing garden called (does anyone know?), but things didn’t stay perfect for long.
Maybe you know the story? Maybe you don’t. Eve chose to listen to a sneaky snake instead of God’s rules and because both Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s one and only rule, they had to leave the perfect garden.
Ever since then, people have been messing things up pretty bad. People hurt one other, they steal, they lie, and they say really mean things.
In fact, people, in general, are kind of a mess. I do things wrong, and I bet sometimes you make some bad choices too. You might say, we’re all a bit of a fixer upper.
Which kind of reminds me of the movie, Frozen. Let’s take a look at this movie clip.
What kinds of things were wrong with Kristoff?
What kind of things are wrong with us? (Cranky, lose temper, don’t obey, etc)
The movie got a few things right.
#1 We’re all fixer uppers!
Take a look at Romans 3…
Yikes! This does not sound good at all!
And what about Romans 3:23?
Yep, I’d say, we’re all a bit of a fixer upper!
So, the movie got that right. The second thing the movie/song got right is…
#2 People make bad choices when they are made or scared or stressed
Maybe you know just what this troll means?
For this next part, I need three volunteers. (Chose three volunteers and pass out visual aids of mad, sad, and stressed. I used clipart faces).
Have you ever been so made after losing a game that you yells at your sister in the car for no good reason? That’s making a bad choice when you are mad (have one volunteer hold the mad face).
Or maybe you’re scared of being teased as school so you pick on someone else first before they can say something mean about you? That’s making a bad choice when you are scared (have one volunteer hold the scared face).
Or maybe things are bad in your house. Maybe your parents have been fighting and you’re really stressing about it. Maybe they are worried about money or someone is really sick in your family. You feel yourself getting grumpier and meaner and you don’t know what to do about it. That’s making a bad choice when you are stressed (have one volunteer hold the stressed face).
So, the song is right about these two things, but it’s missing something else.
The song says that people can’t really change. While it’s true that we can’t fix ourselves, but God does have the power to change us.
In fact, God LOVES FIXING FIXER-UPPERS!
Say that to your neighbor!
2 Corinthians 5:17 says ….
God can change your life. He’s been changing people from the beginning of time.
You might remember Jacob from the Bible, a guy who stole the blessing from his brother Esau. At first he was sneaky, but God changed his heart and made him a great leader.
Or you might have heard of Saul who was super mean to Christians, chasing them from town to town and trying to arrest them or hurt them. God changed his heart and he became one of the best preachers and missionaries ever.
He can change you too. If there are things in your life that you’re not happy with, God can change those things.
God changed me. (Share a personal story about how God changed you)
So, today we learned:
If you’re a bit a fixer upper and you want God to change you, you can ask him to do just that. Sometimes things don’t change all at once, sometimes they take a little time. But God can fix any fixer upper.
Grab the whole power point presentation for the first lesson in this Frozen series below:
Fixer Upper Lesson #1 (Power Point Presentation)
Tune in tomorrow for another lesson from the Frozen movie! Lesson #2 focuses on telling the truth and not hiding from our sin and troubles.