Explore Lesson 1 -
What nourishes and what spoils friendship and unity.
Listen to a song about friendship e.g. You’ve Got a Friend, Anytime You Need A Friend, etc. Talk about the lyrics and their meaning. Use a story e.g. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister (Although this is written for younger children its appeal and message is universal, and it is useful to have a short story.)
Explain how friendships may be between two or more people, but when a friendship excludes others all the time, it will be difficult for it flourish and grow. It may be that a group of people come together, for a common purpose e.g. to play a sports game, to get a task done, to prepare for a celebration, to be part of a band etc. Often when people come together it is to complete a task that would be difficult alone e.g. putting up a tent. When people come together with a common purpose, there is unity between them. They become as one.
Create a mind-map/list to discuss about what unity may mean in a group. Discuss what beliefs and values are demonstrated in the songs and stories and how they influence the pattern of friendship and unity.
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