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4th & Girls, 4th & 5th Boys Week 1, June 1
I Heart U
Bible Story: I Heart U (Love one another) • 1 John 4:10-12, NIrV
Bottom Line: Friends love each other.
Memory Verse: “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
1 John 4:11, NIV
Life App: Friendship—treating others the way you want to be treated.
Basic Truth: I should treat others the way I want to be treated.
Early Arriver Activity (8:45) (10:30) (5:45) What You Need: An offering container
What You Do:
As kids arrive, greet them and invite them to place their offerings in the container. Encourage kids to interact with one another by sharing some of the best and worst things that happened to them this week.
Prayer Time After large group, gather children in their small groups. Lead them in prayer focusing on “The Bottom Line.” Catch On #1 Sweet and Sour Sonata (memory verse activity / great for active learners) What You Need: Bibles
What You Do:
Make sure everyone has a Bible and ask kids to look up the key verse for the month, 1 John 4:11. Use the following tip to direct those who are not familiar with navigating through the Bible.
th th Finding verses with 4 -5 graders: Our verse is from 1 John. Ask kids to tell you whether that’s in the Old Testament or the New Testament. (New) So we know it’s toward the back of the Bible. It’s close to the back of the Bible. Find Revelation, the last book of the Bible, and then work your way forward. When they find 1 John explain that the big numbers on the page are the chapter numbers. Tell them to find chapter 4. Explain that the small numbers are verse numbers. Tell them to them find verse 11 in chapter 4. Then read it out loud as a group.
Read the verse together and then let kids share what it means. Ask them why they think God put 1 John 4:11 in the Bible. What does He want us to know from this verse? What does He want us to do? What do they think is coolest or most exciting part of 1 John 4:11?
Choose one kid to be the “musician.” Tell the remaining kids that they are the “piano.” Ask the piano to sit in a line shoulder to shoulder with their backs to the musician. The kid at one end is the highest note. The kid on the opposite end is the lowest note. The kids in between form the ascending or descending notes. Direct the musician to create a memory verse song on the piano by tapping the keys (heads or shoulders) of the kids in front of him. The first kid that’s tapped must sing the first word of 1 John 4:11 in a high or low pitch depending on his position. The next kid that’s tapped sings the next word and so on. The musician continues to play until all of the words of the verse have been recited. Repeat several times letting other kids be the musician.
What You Say:
“You guys created some very unique music. We could totally start a memory verse band! What could we call ourselves? The Sweet and Sours? Piano Heads? The Peach Cobblers? We just might be on to something!
Our music may have been a little off tune, but one thing that is always music to God’s ears is when [Impress] friends love each other. [Apply] When we love our neighbors, friends, family, and the kids at school or church—even our enemies—we’re actually loving God, too. That’s the kind of harmony God loves to hear.”
Mix up the order and randomly assign a letter from the word “WELCOME!” to each team (Team 1: WC!E, Team 2: ELOM) Make sure the kids understand that everyone on their team must participate in forming the shape of the letter. No one should be left out. They can stand together or lie down on the floor to create their letter but they must do so without speaking to one another. When all the letters have been guessed, ask the kids to figure out the word the letters spell.
What You Say:
“What do you think of when you hear the word ‘WELCOME’? (Pause for answers.) What do you think of when you hear the words ‘LEFT OUT’? (Pause for answers.) In our game of ‘Letter Charades,’ each person on your team connected with another to form a letter in the word ‘WELCOME.’ No one was left out. [Transition] ‘Welcome’ is a key word to remember today. You’re welcome to guess what we’ll be talking about!
Let’s head over to Large Group and see if you’re right.” Lead your group to the Large Group area.
Prayer Time After large group, gather children in their small groups. Lead them in prayer focusing on “The Bottom Line.” Catch On #1 A Welcome Voice (application activity / great for active learners) What You Need: coins
What You Do:
Form two teams and give each team a coin. Send one person from each team out of the room (or have them turn around, close their eyes, and stand at the opposite end of the meeting area). Choose someone from each team to quietly hide their coin somewhere in the room, leaving only one-fourth of it visible. Make sure the remaining kids observe where their team’s coin is hidden but that it is barely visible.
Then bring the two team members back (or have them turn around) and challenge them to search for their team’s coin. Tell the other kids that they are not to offer any help but simply sit silently and completely ignore the searchers as if they weren’t even there. If the coins are well hidden, the kids will most likely not find them.
After a few minutes, pause the game and offer some clues by way of the following: Assign each team a different song to sing. Keep the songs simple such as, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” “Jesus Loves Me,” or a favorite praise chorus your kids know. The important thing is that all the kids are familiar with the song. Tell the teams to guide their searcher to the coin by singing softly when he or she is far from the coin and louder when near it. Signal the teams to begin singing simultaneously and searchers to resume looking.
When the game is over, congratulate the winning team and then bring the kids together. Ask those who did the searching how it felt to be the only ones who didn’t know where the coins were. Did they feel ignored, left out, awkward, frustrated, embarrassed? How did they feel once their team joined in and became part of the game?
Give the coin searchers a round of applause for being good sports. Let them keep the coins as a thank you gift for helping you with this activity.
What You Say:
“We all know what it’s like to be in a situation where it feels like we’re the only ones who don’t know what’s up.
We feel left out. It can be awkward, embarrassing, and even scary. In our game, I asked team members to ignore the kids who were searching, but in real life, people who follow Jesus should NEVER purposely leave someone out or ignore them. Maybe there have been times when you’ve left others out without thinking about how it made them feel. [Apply] We have opportunities every week to make somebody feel welcome or to leave them out. You can show someone friendship by welcoming them. Invite them to join your lunch table. Ask them if they want to play a game. Ask yourself, ‘Do I make people feel included?’ or ‘Do I make sure people feel important when they’re with me?’ [Impress] Friends welcome each other. We can each make a point to be on the lookout for new kids to our group and find ways to make them feel included whenever we can. When we welcome others, we are shining for God, because God has welcomed each one of us.” Catch On #2 Friendly Gestures (memory verse activity) What You Need: Bibles What You Do: Guide kids to look up this month’s key verse, 1 John 4:11, in their Bibles (use the tips from last week if necessary) and choose someone to read it aloud to everyone. Then ask them to find today’s verse, 1 Peter 4:9.
Discuss the meaning of today’s verse by having kids put it into their own words. Ask them what makes them feel the most welcome. How can they treat others the way they want to be treated when it comes to not feeling left out?
Form groups of two or three. Invite kids to work together to create an elaborate high-five or a handshake that expresses 1 Peter 4:9 in some way. Ask them to give their “Friendly Gesture” a name. When everyone is done, let teams take turns teaching each other their handshakes.
What You Say:
“Those were some incredible and crazy new handshakes! What a great reminder that [Impress] friends welcome each other. I don’t know about you, but I think 1 Peter 4:9 will stick in my head—wacky motions and all—for the whole week! Today’s verse is important for many reasons—the biggest one being that God told us to do it. Making up a ‘Friendly Gesture’ was fun, but now it’s time to think about how to put hospitality into action. [Apply] How might you be able to show hospitality to someone this week? (Pause for responses.) One of the most exciting things about living out 1 Peter 4:9 by making others feel welcome is that it could open up the door for you to share about Jesus, the greatest friend of all!”
If time allows, let the kids chime in with tricks they know how to do and invite them to teach everyone.
What You Say:
“Learning new stuff is fun—especially when it’s something you can show your friends. Sometimes half of the fun is in getting to teach it to somebody else. [Transition] When we’re here at church, we get to learn from one another about something way more exciting than a magic trick. We get to learn about our amazing God! I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for that to happen each week. I’m excited about this month’s theme of friendship. So let’s move over to Large Group and find out what we can learn from God about being a friend.” Lead your group to the Large Group area.
Prayer Time After large group, gather children in their small groups. Lead them in prayer focusing on “The Bottom Line.” Catch On #1 60-Second Lesson (application activity / review the Bible story) What You Need: Bibles with concordances (or Bibles and concordances or smart phones/tablets with concordances), paper, pens
What You Do:
Remind everyone that [Impress] friends teach each other. One of the very best things we can teach to one another is God’s Word. Explain that you’re going to give the kids a chance to teach today. The lessons won’t be long—only 60 seconds. The lesson topic will be one word and they can pick the word. The only rules are that the word must describe something they know to be true about God, and the verses they use to back up what they believe must be found by using a concordance.
If some of the kids are not familiar with what a concordance is, explain that it’s a cool tool for helping us find verses on most any topic in the Bible. It helps us find Scripture “addresses” or references that use the word we’re searching for. It’s set up like a dictionary with key words in alphabetical order. For example, if they would like to learn what the Bible has to say about love, they can look that word up and find a list of verses that contain the word “love.” Begin by brainstorming together a list of words for teams to choose from. Write words on a whiteboard or paper. Prompt kids to consider single words that describe God’s character (such as: powerful, loving, forgiving, Savior, etc.). [Personalize] Let the kids share first, then add your own thoughts here as well.
Hand out paper, pens, and Bibles. If the Bibles do not have a concordance in the back, provide a separate concordance. Then form pairs or teams based on the number of Bibles and concordances available. Let each team choose a word from the list that they would like to look up and teach. Give them about five minutes to work, and then call the groups together.
Give each team one minute to teach the others by sharing their word and then reading a Bible verse or verses that express what it means. Let each team member contribute. If kids are unsure of what to teach after they have read their verse to the group, suggest that they finish the following sentence: “We learn from this verse that God …”
What You Say:
“When we know God, we have something incredibly important that we can teach to someone else. Do you have to be a pastor or a missionary or a Small Group Leader or a Bible scholar or have a degree in Bible smartness? No! Those things are all great, but even without them, you can still teach someone else what you know about God. [Apply] Every follower of Jesus that’s here today can tell his or her friends and family about their faith this week. The more you learn about Jesus, the more you have in your heart to share with others. And the more you share, the more people will hear the Good News of how they, too, can become a child of God. Think about it. If every Christian taught others what they know to be true of God, we could change the world! That’s why [Impress] friends teach each other.” Catch On #2 Learn a Verse (memory verse activity / great for active learners) What You Need: Bibles
What You Do:
Provide Bibles as needed and help kids look up Romans 15:14. Review this month’s theme verse as well—1 John 4:11—and then form two teams. Assign one team Romans 15:14 and the other team 1 John 4:11. Invite kids to create a memory verse game and teach it to the other team. Let them know that you have paper, markers, or other standard classroom supplies available if they want to use them. They can also do something active, like coming up with a dance or actions. If kids need help, brainstorm word elimination games, fill in the blanks, jigsaw type puzzles, or putting the verse to a familiar song. Let team members contribute new ideas or draw from review games they’ve played in the past.
Allow five minutes for the teams to create their “Learn a Verse” games. When finished, let them teach and then play each other’s games.
What You Say: