What a perfect virtue for the season. I think all the moms appreciated having a review of what it means to be unselfish or giving. It can be easy for kids to get caught up with the "I wants" at Christmas time.
Shannon lead the group this month and she provided me with all of her notes. Wow, I wish I could be so organized when I lead meetings!! I need to take some lessons from her. Everything is included for the meeting.
1. Gather on blanket. Have unselfish written on board.
a. What does it mean?
i. Thinking only about yourself, not caring or thinking about others
ii. Stingy, not generous
iii. Egotistical – thinking you’re the best
b. What are some examples?
c. What is the opposite of Unselfish?
d. What are some examples of selfish
2. Talk about St. Teresa of the Andes (#2)
a. Map world, maps of Chile/Andes (Why do you think she was called St. Teresa of the Andes?) Pass out Passport pages.
b. She was born in Chile, South America
c. She read St. Therese’s Autobiography, The Story of a Soul – she was so impressed and excited about it, she wanted to become a nun
d. She used to write letters talking about her life following Christ
e. She gave up everything to give her life to God – unselfish
f. She overcame a self-centered personality to become a person who put others before herself
3. Split up: moms take girls to play telephone (while other mom’s hide boxes). Telephone sentences:
a. “I am unselfish when I think of others first.”
b. “Praying to God will help me be unselfish.”
c. “St. Teresa of the Andes was born in Chile, South America.”
4. Sorting find the boxes activity: selfish/unselfish statements cut into strips and each one put into small boxes. Hide boxes for girls to find –like Easter egg hunt. Once a team finds a box, they open it, read the statement, decide if it is selfish or unselfish, tape it to correct piece of construction paper (two pieces of construction paper on table labeled “Selfish” and “Unselfish”) See attached statements.
a. Find boxes and tape onto correct paper
b. Work in partners (older girl with younger girl)
c. Ask girls how they can practice being unselfish while playing this game (letting others find boxes and giving hints to other teams)
5. Talk about Christmas – a time to be unselfish, keep Jesus first, not focus on just the presents
6. Unlucky Jim Story (#6) See attached story
a. Have moms leave the room
b. Read story to girls
c. Have girls draw a picture about the story Unlucky Jim
d. The girls will share story with mom using the picture they drew
7. Write a letter to someone (#4) See attached instructions
a. Have you ever gotten mail in your mailbox? How does it feel?
b. Write a letter, draw a picture, tell someone about St. Teresa or Little Flowers or just that you are thinking about them
c. Moms can help daughters organize thoughts
8. On your way home (#5)
a. Talk with your mom about some ways she has to be unselfish as a mom/grandma and some ways that you have to be unselfish as a kid. Is being unselfish easy?