Adventist Adventurer Awards/Seasons
Read and discuss Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.[edit | edit source]
The goal of this text and discussion is to see that there is a “time and place for everything.” A discussion could revolve around “seasons of life” for example (baby years, toddler years, school years, marriage years, children years, grandparent years).
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Time for Everything
1. There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens
2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
Illustrate Ecclesiastes 3:11.[edit | edit source]
Suggestions: collage, sidewalk chalk drawing, drawing, charades, poster, etc.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Identify the time of year for the seasons in your area.[edit | edit source]
Your area may have the four distinct seasons, while other areas may have only two. The northern hemisphere and southern hemisphere experience opposite seasons because of their exposure to the sun during different months of the year. When does the weather change (normally) where you live?
Attributes of the seasons may vary by location, but there are still broad definitions that cross most of the boundaries.
In the spring, seeds take root and vegetation begins to grow. The weather is warmer, and often wetter. Animals wake or return from warmer climates, often with newborns. Melting snow from the previous season, along with increased rainfall, can cause flooding along waterways, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
In the summer, temperatures may increase to their hottest of the year. If they spike too high, heat waves or droughts may cause trouble for people, animals, and plants. For example, in the summer of 2003, the high temperatures claimed more than 30,000 lives, according to Encyclopedia Britannica. Rainfall may increase in some areas, as well. Others may receive less water, and forest fires may become more frequent.
In the autumn, or fall, temperatures cool again. Plants may begin to grow dormant. Animals might prepare themselves for the upcoming cold weather, storing food or traveling to warmer regions. Various cultures have celebrated bountiful harvests with annual festivals. Thanksgiving is a good example. "Thanksgiving in the United States is a historical commemoration but it has a spiritual dimension strongly associated with homecoming and giving praise for what has been bestowed upon us," Cristina De Rossi, an anthropologist at Barnet and Southgate College in London, told Live Science.
Winter often brings a chill. Some areas may experience snow or ice, while others see only cold rain. Animals find ways to warm themselves, and may have changed their appearance to adapt. "In a similar way to the Autumnal theme, Winter festivals celebrate the return of the light during a time of deepest physical darkness," said De Rossi. The Indian festival of Diwali, for example, which takes place between October and November, celebrates the triumph of righteousness, and of light over darkness.
How do you prepare for each season: clothing, gardening, harvesting, activities, school, etc.[edit | edit source]
Discuss proper clothing, types of flowers/plants, and activities appropriate for each season.
This is a continuation of question 3. Discussion, illustration, or even role play can be used here. A diorama could also be used to illustrate what children wear during each season.
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Teaching Idea: Clothed for the Season Race
Materials: a huge box full of clothing easily identifiable as only relevant for a single season. Ex. rain jacket, umbrella, and rubber boots illustrate spring in the northern hemisphere; swimming clothing, towel, and beach umbrella denote summer in the northern hemisphere. Make sure the clothing is bigger than the largest Sunbeam so that it is easy for them to “race” putting on the clothing over their own clothing in a relay race format. Al four seasons should be represented, along with several “optional” or “original” pieces. ONE BOX OF FOUR SEASONS CLOTHING per team.
Procedure: Line up each team behind a line 20 feet / 8 meters from the box of clothing. Each team should be no larger than 4 Sunbeams/team members. On “go” the first people on each team race to go put on the clothing appropriate for spring. Once completely clothed, the stumble back to tag the second team member who races up to dress for summer.