Introductory Activity – Move with the Verse
Materials: Bibles, paper with Psalm 66:19 written on it (one per team)
Help kids use the Bibles to find Psalm 66:19. Read aloud the verse and tell the kids to repeat it with you. Create teams of three to four kids depending on your class size. Give each team a paper with the verse. Instruct teams to make up movements that go along with Psalm 66:19. The movements can be a group routine or individual hand motions. Teams can perform their movements while the rest of the group quotes the Weekly Verse with them. Tell kids that in today’s Bible story, they will learn how God called someone to do His work, because God heard the prayers of His people.
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Game – Move to Answer
Materials: one large YES sign and one large NO sign
Tape the two signs on opposite sides of the room. Guide kids to stand in the middle of the room or play area. Ask a yes/no review question about the Bible story. Tell kids to move to the answer they choose. Call on the group with the largest representation to answer. They should answer, “Yes and ___” telling one more thing about the story. Or they should answer, “No because ____” correcting the statement. Pray and ask God to help each kid and adult to tell people that Jesus is God’s Son.
Craft – Make a Burning Bush
Materials: black construction paper; white crayons; red, orange, and yellow tissue paper; glue sticks
Give each child a black piece of construction paper and show them how to draw a burning bush using the white crayon. Kids can then tear up small pieces of tissue paper and glue them onto the bush. Review the Bible story as the kids work. Say that God heard the prayers of His people. Encourage kids to write God hears prayers using the white crayon.
Introductory Activity – Answered Prayers
When all kids arrive, sit together and tell kids about a time that God heard and answered your prayer. Then encourage volunteers to do the same thing, sharing about a time that they remember God answering their prayers. Tell kids that today’s Life Point is God hears and answer prayers.
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Game – Question Roll
Materials: number cube
Form two teams of kids. Choose one team to roll the number cube. Multiply the number rolled by 10 to determine a question’s point value. Ask a review question and allow that team to answer. A team has 30 seconds to give a correct response and earn points. Continue back and forth with additional questions as long as time allows. The team with the most points wins. Remind kids that God called Moses because He heard the people’s prayers.
Craft – Prayer Clips
Materials: wooden clothespins, markers, felt, construction paper, scissors, glue, magnet strips
Guide a preteen to color a clothespin with markers. She can cut out simple shapes from felt or paper and glue to the clothespin. Tell her to cut a piece of magnet strip and attach to the back of the clothespin. She can list people for whom she could pray on a piece of paper and clip the paper in the clothespin. Tell kids to place their clips in a place to remind them to pray for others. They can clip prayer requests on the clips to remember people to pray for. Tell kids that God hears and answers prayers.