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Who is Our Hero?

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Who is Our Hero
By Eva Kokinos

SESSION PURPOSE
To illustrate the Orthodox Christian heroes that can be positive role models and influences.

OPENING PRAYER
The Lord’s Prayer

ICEBREAKER
If you could have any superpower, which would it be and why?

ACTIVITY
What makes a super hero? (Have a few pictures, posters, figurines, or even comic books illustrating different super heroes). Make sure they pick out the following points.
- Regular, every-day person is born with or gains extraordinary powers.
- They have at least one super power.
- They have at least one nemesis or enemy.
- They have at least one weakness.
- They usually are good trying to overcome evil. They have something they fight for.

PROJECT – Create your own super hero
Supplies: 3-5 poster boards, 3-5 packages of colored markers
- Split the large group into 3-5 smaller groups. Give each a poster board and markers.
- Each group must create a new superhero. They must draw them on the posterboard.
- Each group will present their superhero groups and be able to answer the following questions:
1) What is the name of this superhero?
2) What superpowers do they have?
3) Who is their nemesis/enemy?
4) What weaknesses do they have?
5) What are they fighting for?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
Finding OUR Heroes
- Who do you think is a hero in today’s society? Why?
- What are some of the challenges when looking for a hero in today’s society?
- What images or messages does society give us?
- Why do we put our faith in these messages/images?

HEROES FOR CHRIST
- What characteristics does a hero for Christ possess?
- Who are some Orthodox Christian heroes? Why?
(Select a few Saint/Biblical stories that offer a good, solid example of being a hero for Christ (David/Goliath, St. Demetrios, Moses). You may also have a great story about an Orthodox Christian today. Make sure to point out how they are everyday individuals who, through faith and strength, are able to achieve extraordinary things.)
- What image or message do THESE heroes offer us compared to the images/message that society sometimes offers?

Can WE be heroes to others? YES!
1) We are created in God’s image. Even though we look pretty ordinary, we are born with something extraordinary.
2) We have the “super” powers within us to do amazing things with God’s strength, wisdom, and love.
3) Our weakness is sin and temptation. Sometimes we fall victim to our weaknesses, but we get back up and can conquer it!
4) Our nemesis is the devil!
5) Our ultimate mission is to be a follower of Christ… to be like Him. We are called to “Go forth and make disciples of all nations.” We are called to love God and love our neighbor.

How can we be a good hero to others?
1) We can listen and love our family, friends, and even strangers.
2) We can help someone in need (money, our time, our talents).
3) We can do the best we can to avoid weaknesses, through prayer and participating in the Holy Sacraments, so we can stay strong.
4) We can inspire others to achieve the extraordinary, no matter how ordinary we think we are!

CLOSING PRAYER
At dawn, noon and night, we sing to You, we bless You, we give thanks to You and we entreat  You, Master of all, Lord and lover of all people. Let not our hearts be led to words or thoughts of wickedness, but save us from all who pursue our souls. For all glory, honor and worship belong to You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen. (Prayer of Praise – My Orthodox Christian Prayer Book).

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