Introductory Activity – How Can I Help?
Materials: slips of paper, large cup, pen
Before the session, write on slips of paper different scenarios where people in your church need help. Place the slips of paper in a cup. Allow volunteers to pull out a slip of paper, read it to the class, and say how they would help the person in the scenario. Allow multiple children to volunteer. Say the Weekly Verse together.
Possible scenarios to write on the slips of paper:
THE SANCTUARY IS FILLED WITH TRASH AFTER A WORSHIP SERVICE.
YOU MEET A FIRST-TIME GUEST WHO DOESN’T KNOW WHERE TO GO.
YOUR TEACHER JUST WALKED INTO THE CLASSROOM LATE.
A YOUNG CHILD SEEMS LOST IN THE HALLWAYS.
Live It Out
Game – Seventh Man
No materials needed.
Stand in a circle with the kids. Start counting with 1 and lead the child next to you to say “2” and so on until you get to 7. Ask the seventh child to answer a review question. After he answers, he sits. The next child begins counting again at 1. Continue around the circle, with every seventh child answering and sitting. (Only standing children count.) Game ends when last child sits. Say the Life Point together.
Craft – Hands of Service
Materials: construction paper, markers
Give every child a piece of construction paper and markers. Instruct them to write the Life Point across the bottom of the page. Direct them to place their hand on the paper and trace around it. Tell them to write different ways they can serve your church inside of their hand. Allow volunteers to share what they wrote inside of their hands. Say the Life Point together.
Introductory Activity – Building Block Bonanza
Materials: plastic interlocking bricks
Lay a large number of plastic bricks on the floor. Tell your kids to build a structure. Instruct them to determine what structure they want to build and devise a plan to work together to build it. Afterward, talk about the different roles kids took to ensure the structure was completed. Explain that the church needs people to serve and lead in various ways, just like they needed to build their structure. Say the Weekly Verse together.
Live It Out
Game – Over/Under
Materials: small balls (one per team), bells (one per team)
Set the bells at the far end of the game area (on a table or chairs). Group the kids into teams and tell teams to stand in single file lines, facing the bells at the far end. Hand the balls to the first player on each team. On your signal, teams pass the balls over and under. (First player passes the ball over his head to next player, that player passes the ball between his legs to next player, and so forth alternating down the line.) When the last player receives the ball, she runs to the far end and rings the team’s bell. Read a review question and the first team to ring the bell answers the question. Tell players with the ball to stand in the front of the line and give the signal to pass over/under again.
Craft – Water Bottle Wrap
Materials: felt cut into 6-by-3-inch strips, fabric paint and markers, foam stickers, other art materials, sticky Velcro circlesInvite kids to write Serve one another on their strip of felt. They can decorate the strips with the other materials. As they work, talk about how the church leaders helped in the Bible story. Talk about ways church leaders teach and help at your church. When a preteen finishes, help him put one side of the Velcro on the top at one end and the other side on the bottom at the other end. (When the Velcro are attached, the felt will be attached to make a circle/loop.) Tell kids that they can wrap their felt around a water bottle or cup.