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Ask children to make an equilateral triangle with their hands.
Extension. How many different ways can they make an equilateral triangle with their hands? Ask them:
• How many sides does a triangle have?
• How many corners does it have?
• How many lines of symmetry does it have?
Explain that in a triangle, all of the 3 sides and all 3 corners work together to make up 1 triangle.
The key point to make is that a triangle has 3 parts, but it makes 1 whole.
Settle the children. You might like to make this a carpet session.
Read Appendix 1: Trinity House (teacher script)
After the reading, ask children to recap the story in pairs to see what they remembered, then hear their response.
Explain to the children that the story had a ‘hidden meaning’ You might like to introduce the word allegory, which means a story with a hidden meaning. Does anybody know what the allegory was?
Using the image on the slide, explain that in a similar way to the triangle discussed at the start of the session, God is made of three separate persons that come together to make a whole.
Children should make a triangle with their fingers again, and then pull it apart to count the three separate sides.
The three sides of God are (click to reveal):
• Son (Jesus)
• Holy Spirit
The three persons make God
We call this the Trinity (which means three parts) – click to reveal ‘The Trinity of God’).
Explain that God is love, and the three persons love each other completely.
Tell children that Abba, Adam and Amara are a bit like the Trinity of God. Ask children to decide who they would be, then click to reveal:
• Abba – Father
• Adam – Son (Jesus)
• Amara – Holy Spirit
Tell children that:
1. God the Father sent his son Jesus to earth, and he was friends with lots of people (just like Adam).
2. Then he had to go back to heaven and his friends were sad.
3. But God sent the Holy Spirit as a helper so we could still know Jesus (just like Abba sent Amara!)
In the story, Abba sent signs and symbols like sunshine and lemonade. God our Father sends us signs and symbols too, to remind us that he loves us and we should love him!
Explain that each person in the Trinity is loved and each person in the Trinity loves others.
• Trace the ‘love-arrows’ on the triangle, to show how each person loves the others and is loved by them in return.
• Children might like to take turns in tracing this too, perhaps inspired by questions such as “Show me how the Father loves the Son…Now how the Holy Spirit loves the Father” etc.
To help children digest this teaching, hand out a set of cards from Appendix 2 to each group and have them recreate the Slide 3 diagram.
Extension. Facilitate this as a competition to see which group can finish quickest.
In their groups, ask children to write a list of words to describe what God is like. Compile a class list and type onto the screen. Some suggestions are below:
Explain that because God made us, we are a bit like him: we are made in his image.
Which means that, just like the Trinity of God, we are made to love God and love others, and we are made to be loved by God and others.
Click to reveal this on the triangle and repeat the tracing exercise as before with this new triangle, e.g. “Show me how the God loves the You…Now how the You love Others” etc.
Go back to the previous slide (Slide 5), with the compiled class list of words to describe God.
Type underneath the list: ‘We are made in God’s image so can be all these things too!’
Ask children to look at these words and consider practical examples of how they could show each of these different qualities. Ask them to write a letter to God, telling Him their ideas and asking Him to help them.
Click forwards to Slide 7 and sing together the theme song for this Unit, “Meet Me Here”, which is a song to the Trinity.
Click to play.