Introductory Activity – Graffiti Walls
Materials: large pieces of paper, tape, markers
Tape the paper around the room. Print the word pray on each piece of paper. Lay markers near each paper. Guide kids to print words or draw pictures that to show what prayer is, where people pray, and why people pray. After a few minutes call for kids to talk about what they wrote or drew on the paper. Say the Life Point as you transition to your Bible study time.
Live It Out
Game – Corner the Point
Materials: Papers numbered 1-4, number cube
Post the numbers in corners of the room or in designated areas of the game area. Tell kids to move to a corner (or numbered area). Call on each number in turn and help that group say the Life Point. Tell kids to move when you begin counting. Count to 7 as kids move. Everyone must leave his current corner to go to a new one. Anyone can choose any corner at anytime during the counting. Call out a random corner. Kids in that corner must say the Life Point together. If the group cannot say the Point, they must sit to one side. Start counting again and kids move to corners again. After two turns, the kids who are “out” may rejoin the game.
Craft – Flame Mobile
Materials: craft foam (red, yellow, orange), scissors, yarn, 12-inch dowels or unsharpened pencils, permanent markers, hole punch
Lead kids to cut flame shapes from the foam. They can print the words of the Life Point or words that remind them that God will hear their prayers. They can punch holes in the flame shapes and use yarn to tie the flames to dowels or pencils. Guide them to tie yarn on the top of the mobiles for hangers. Talk about the Bible story and how God hears people today when they pray.
Introductory Activity – Bouncing Ball
Materials: Beach ball, permanent marker, music (optional)
Inflate the ball and print letters of the alphabet all over the ball. Leave space between the letters. You could omit “difficult” letters such as x or q. Gather the kids in a group. Start bouncing the ball above the kids. Bounce once or twice on your own hand and then tell kids to continue the bouncing. Suggest they use their fingertips and bounce lightly to keep the ball going more easily. Call: “Stop!” A kid catches the ball. Tell her to look at the letter closest to her left thumb. Who could she pray for or what could she pray about that starts with that letter? After she responds, start the bouncing again. Call stop again and listen to the response. Continue until most or all kids have an opportunity to catch the ball and tell about prayer. Say the Life Point.
Live It Out
Game – Fiery Hoop Relay
Materials: Plastic hoops, crepe paper or wide ribbon (red, yellow, orange), index cards, marker, tape
Print the Bible verse on index
cards, 1-2 words per card. Make two sets. Tape the words at one end of the
relay area. Tape lengths of crepe paper or ribbon to hoops to create fiery
hoops. Make two fiery hoops.
Group the kids into two teams. Teams should stand at the end of the relay area opposite the letters. Choose two players from each team to hold a hoop in the middle of the course. On your signal, the first 2 players from each team run to the hoop, move through the hoop, run to the words and take a card, and run back to the hoop. These players should hand the cards to the hoop holders and take the hoop to hold it. The players now with the cards run back to the team and tag the next players. Repeat this until all the words have been retrieved. The team should them work together to put the verse in order. Talk about the Bible story.
Craft – Doorknob Reminder
Materials: heavyweight paper, markers, stickers, ribbon, glue, collage materials, scissors
Lead kids to cut circles or other shapes from heavyweight paper. Help a preteen cut a length of ribbon, fold it, and glue the ends to the back of her shape to create a hanger. Tell her to print Did you think to pray? in the middle of the shape. She can use the art materials to decorate around the question. Talk about the Bible story and the Life Point. Suggest kids print the Life Point on the backs of their shapes. Tell kids to hang the reminder on the doorknobs to their rooms. They will be reminded to pray each day when they see the doorknob reminder.