Introductory Activity— Move It!
Materials: Old Testament and New Testament signs, tape
Tape the signs on two sides of the play area. Ask kids to stand in the middle of the play area. Call out a book from the Bible. Tell kids to move to the correct sign. Quickly call different books from the Bible and allow kids to move. Play for several minutes. Call Acts last. Tell kids they have been learning from Acts over the past few weeks, and they will keep learning from that book in today’s Bible story! Say the Life Point together.
Live It Out
Say the Weekly Verse together. Allow kids to form a circle with one child or a small group in the middle depending on the size of your group. Give the ball to a child on the outside, and tell her to throw it to another kid in the circle and try to keep the kids in the middle from intercepting the ball. If a child in the middle gets the ball, he should try to say the Bible verse then switch with whoever threw the ball! Allow the group to help him with the words of the verse, and play until quite a few kids have recited the Weekly Verse.
Craft—Make a Scroll
Materials: cardboard tube (one per child), computer paper, writing utensils, glue or tape, precut yarn (about six inches), Bibles
Tell kids to turn to 2 Peter 1:21 and read it. Remind them that the Holy Spirit led people to write the words of the Bible. Encourage kids to write a portion of the verse on the paper, leaving plenty of room at the top. Then, kids can glue or tape the top of the paper to the cardboard tube lengthwise and roll the rest of the paper up like a scroll. Using the yarn, they can tie it up just like many ancient scrolls would have been tied.
Introductory Activity— Mind Map
Materials: large piece of paper (or white board), markers
Print BIBLE in a circle in the middle of the paper. Lay markers around the paper. Guide kids to create a mind map of what they know about the Bible. They can draw lines from the word and write words about what they know. Tell them that they will learn more about the Bible today including how we got it.
Live It Out
Game— Spell It Out!
Materials: paper squares of two different colors, marker, bowl
Print the letters of the Life Point on paper squares, one letter per square. Make two sets of letters (one set on each of the two colors of paper). Mix the squares and place all of them in a bowl.
Group the kids into two teams. Assign a color to each team. Tell kids they will race to spell out the Life Point. Say the Life Point together before beginning the game. Lead kids to sit in a circle. Stand in the middle of the circle and pour out the letters. After you move away, tell teams to go. Each team should pull out their colored letters and put the letters in order of the Life Point sentence. The first team to complete the sentence wins. Talk about the Holy Spirit and say that He helped all the people write God’s words in the Bible.
Materials: poster board cut into 9-by-12-inch pieces, liquid glue, food color in water, paintbrushes, gel pensGuide the kids to create a 3D cross on the paper with glue. Sprinkle salt generously over the glue cross. Instruct kids to dip the paint brush in the colored water and drip some on the cross. The color should spread without kids even having to paint it. Encourage kids to use the gel pens to print the Life Point and Bible verse around their crosses If possible, consider leaving the crosses in your space until the next week to dry.