Monday, March 28, 2011

Henry VIII for kids

The History Channel actually has a mildly entertaining video on Henry VIII (and mild, period, considering Henry's life). Note: It does mention that one of his sons was "illegitimate," and that he was playing tennis while Anne Boleyn was beheaded. It doesn't actually reference our history fact this week.

We can sing this week's fact to the tune of "Oh, Be Careful Little Eyes What You See":
In 1531, Henry the eighth
the King of England decided to take
The place of the Pope
and made himse-elf
headof the Church in E-e-england!

There were some other videos, but few of them fit for kids, as you can imagine. This week may prompt some discussions, and if you're ready for that, these questions might help get you started.

1) Do you know why Henry wanted to become the head of the Church of England? The Pope wouldn't let him divorce his wife, so he decided to make himself the head of the church in England, so he could do what he wanted. What do you think about that?

2) What does God think about divorce? (You may also want to talk about how we still treat people who are divorced with love.)

3) What does the Bible say about obeying those who are in authority over us? (See Hebrews 13:17 for starters.)

4) Check out Ephesians 5:25-28. How does God want husbands to love their wives?

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