Introductory Activity – Play a Song
Materials: music player, dry erase board, marker
Find the song “Promised Land” by Crowder and write some lyrics on the board before your group arrives. When everyone gets there, play the song, and allow kids to read the lyrics while it plays. If your group knows the song already, feel free to sing along. After it is over, ask kids what words or phrases from the hymn stood out, and tell them they will be learning today about God’s power to love and protect His people.
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Game –Hoop Toss
Materials: multiple plastic hoops, index cards, small beanbags in different colors (one color for each team), masking tape
Place the hoops on the floor. Assign each hoop a point value by placing a card inside the hoop. Using masking tape, create a line for the kids to throw from. Divide the group into two or more teams. Give each team the same number of beanbags. Ask the teams review questions, alternating between teams. When someone answers a question correctly, she can stand at the line and throw the beanbag into a hoop. If the bag lands in the hoop, her team is awarded the number of points you assigned to that hoop. After playing the game, remind kids that God has the power to love and protect His people!
Craft – I Spy Bottle
Materials: index cards, pens, small plastic water bottles, sand, scissors
Read the Life Point to kids. Talk about ways to show love to people in need. Guide kids to cut small pieces of index card and print the words of the Life Point on the pieces. A child can fill a bottle about halfway with sand and drop in her words. After she replaces the lid, guide her to shake and move the bottle to find the words. Challenge her to find all the words, to find the words in order, and so forth. Tell kids to keep the bottle in a conspicuous place to remind them that God has the power to protect people.
Introductory Activity – The King/Queen Says
Choose a “king” or “queen.” Tell the kids to line up at one end of the play area. The king/queen stands in front of the kids and gives commands. Give commands such as “The king says for boys to jump up and down. The king says for girls to clap their hands. The king says for everyone to fist bump 5 people.” Allow the king/queen to give 5-7 commands. Choose a new king/queen. Play for several rounds. Tell the kids that in today’s Bible story the king and queen said they would kill God’s prophet.
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Game – Number Scramble
Materials: sheets of paper numbered 2-12; pair of numbered cubes; music
Lay the numbers in a random pattern on the floor. All kids can stand around the play area. Play music and guide kids to walk through the numbers. Stop the music and all kids should stand on a number. (More than one person can stand on/near the same number.) Roll the numbered cubes. Ask the kid(s) on that number to answer a review question. If they answer incorrectly, lead them to sit outside the play area. Start the music again to continue the game. After kids sit out one round, they can rejoin the game. Say the Life Point and talk about ways God helps protect people.
Craft – Spin Art
Materials: heavyweight paper, markers, old CDs, tape, scissorsBefore the session, slide the end of a marker through a CD. Secure the marker with tape but leave the lid free for removal. Make several CD spinners with various colors. (You will also need markers that are free from CDs for kids to write with.)
Hand out the paper and lead kids to cut their paper into shield shapes. Tell kids to write the Life Point on their pages, as large as possible. Show kids how to spin a marker/CD spinner like a top. Lead kids to decorate their paper shields using the spinners, spinning them to make designs on the shields. Talk about the Bible story. Mention that God helps protect people today, too.