This workshop leader’s Bible study is a historical, theological, and contextual introduction to the Mary and Martha rotation of Kirk of Kildaire’s Faith Quest workshop rotation program. It is intended to provide workshop leaders with:
· A historical context for understanding the Bible story.
· A Biblical context for reading and teaching the story.
· The theological basis for the concepts to be taught to the children.
In Kirk of Kildaire’s Faith Quest program, workshop leaders attend a one-hour Bible study two weeks prior to the start of a new rotation. This Bible study helps workshop leaders understand how the concepts to be taught to the children are derived from the Bible story and how the lessons in the rotation fit together to reinforce the concepts. It also provides an opportunity for the workshop leaders to grow in their own faith and understanding of the Bible.
It will be helpful to have a chalkboard, whiteboard, or flip chart for writing down questions or observations during the Bible study.
Note: This is not a comprehensive study of the text, but only a few notes to help provide context and background for workshop leaders. Consult titles cited in the reference list at the end of these notes for more information.
“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
v Don’t worry about little things.
v Jesus wants us to listen to God.
v God wants us to be considerate, patient, loving, and kind.
v Do the best you can and don’t worry about what others are doing.
v God wants us to get ready for Jesus.
· If workshop leaders do not know each other, give them an opportunity to introduce each other and say which workshop they will be leading.
· Begin the Bible study by praying for God’s guidance as teachers begin a new rotation.
Ask a workshop leader to read the text aloud. Ask the workshop leaders what questions came to mind as they heard the story or read it before the Bible study. Write down any questions that arise and will need to be answered during the Bible study.
Ask each workshop leader to summarize his or her workshop. As they do so, point out the concepts that each lesson reinforces. Ask workshop leaders if they have any questions about the logistics or practical application of their lesson.
Antioch Arcade: The children will talk about the story of Mary and Martha and the choices that they made, and will play a game where they will have to make some choices.
Apostles’ Playhouse: The children will experience the story of Mary and Martha using charades, drama, and pantomime.
Creation Station: The children will create symbols of Mary and Martha’s talents out of clay. Holywood: Children will view the video “Martin the Cobbler”. They will learn the value of hospitality and explore ways that they can show hospitality to others and to God.
Praising Puppets: This workshop will focus on the attitudes that Mary and Martha showed while they were serving Jesus. The children will discuss that any activity can be done with a cheerful attitude of caring or with a sour attitude of discontentment.
Return to the questions that were gathered at the start of the hour. Have they been answered? Are there any further questions about the Bible story or about the lessons?
Close the Bible study with a prayer.