Introductory Activity – Definition Wall
Materials: large paper, tape, markers
Print What does serve mean? on several pieces of large paper. Tape the paper around the room. Lay markers with each piece of paper. Guide kids to print their ideas or draw pictures of their ideas about serving. Say: “We will talk about serving others today.”
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Game – Act It Out
Talk about the Bible story. Say the Life Point. Act out a way to serve other people. Lead kids to guess what you are doing. Choose a child to act out another way to serve. Kids can continue to guess and act out ways to serve. Encourage kids to think of ways they can serve and do those things this week.
Option: Print ideas for serving others on paper slips. Kids can choose slips and act out those ideas.
Craft – Pocket Rock
Materials: Small stones (big enough to paint on, small enough to fit in the palm of your hand), paint pens
Distribute the small stones and paint pens, and tell kids to write the word Serve on their rocks. Kids can decorate the rock however they would like. Tell kids that this little rock can go with them wherever they are. They can even keep it in their pockets as a reminder to serve like Jesus did.
Introductory Activity – Reach Together
Materials: Snack-size candy bars, painters tape
Before your group starts, tape a few candy bars onto the wall with painters tape. Make sure they are high enough that kids cannot reach them, even if they jump. When kids arrive, tell them that the goal of this game is to reach the candy bar without the help of furniture or other people. Their only tool is themselves. Allow them to try for a while, and once they give up, put them in groups of two or three to work together and reach the candy bars. After all the candy has been retrieved, tell kids that in today’s lesson, they will learn that Jesus taught about serving others. There are a lot of things people aren’t meant to do on our own, and that’s why God gave us other people — so we can serve each other in love.
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Game – Pin the Question
Materials: Poster board, marker, stickers
Write the review questions on poster board and display them on a wall. Invite a child to close her eyes and give her a sticker. Spin her around a few times and guide her to place the sticker on the poster board before opening her eyes. Lead her to answer the question her sticker landed closest to. Feel free to create more questions, and don’t be afraid to get creative! Remind kids that practicing Jesus’ teachings begins with knowing what He taught us in the Bible, which is why we practice reviewing lessons and memorizing Scripture!
Craft – Make a Verse Puzzle
Materials: Heavy paper or cardboard, writing utensils, scissors, ziplock bags
Give kids heavy paper or cardboard and writing utensils. Encourage them to write and decorate the paper or cardboard with the Weekly Verse. Kids can cut the paper into a puzzle and put it into their ziplock bags. Kids can work on the puzzle throughout the week to practice memorizing the verse!