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Kindergarten & 1st Grade Week 1, November 2
Thank You x Infinity
Bible Story: Thank You x Infinity (Give thanks all the time) • 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Bottom Line: You always have something to be grateful for.
Memory Verse: “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV
Life App: Gratitude—letting others know you see how they’ve helped you.
Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.
Early Arriver Activity (8:45) (10:30) (5:45) What You Need: An offering container
What You Do:
Invite the kids to place their offerings into the container, and then ask the following questions: What time do you usually wake up? Eat breakfast? Go to school? Eat lunch? Watch your favorite TV show? Eat supper? Go to bed? (Note: Some kids may not yet have a good concept of time. Be sure to accept whatever time the kids offer for each activity, even if it doesn’t make sense. It’s the participation—not the accuracy—that counts.) Plug In (9:00) (10:45) (6:00) Time After Time What You Need: White board, tear sheet, or piece of art paper; appropriate markers
What You Do:
Briefly introduce the concept of time by asking questions such as:
Which is longer: a second or a minute? A minute or an hour? An hour or a day? A day or a year?
Would it take 30 minutes to eat supper or 30 years? Would it take one second to say your name or one hour? Would it take a couple of hours to watch a movie or a couple of years?
Next, lead the kids in a wacky, Mad-Libs® style fill-in-the-blanks game. Guide the kids to suggest six numbers.
The numbers can be real or imaginary (umpteen, a gazillion). Print the numbers on the white board or paper, and then use the numbers to fill in the blanks as you read the story below.
Minute Melinda was mixed up with time.
It took her _____ months to tie her shoe;
But only _____ minutes to tour the zoo.
To eat a lollipop took more than _____ years, And she needed _____ hours to clean out her ears!
It took her _____ months to pet a mouse, But only _____ seconds to build a house!
Minute Melinda was mixed up with time!
Read the completed story to the kids, hamming up the absurdity. If time allows, the kids can pantomime the story on a second reading.
What You Say:
[Transition] “Let’s go to Large Group where we’ll hear about something we should ALWAYS take time to do.” 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 Time Out! (memory verse activity / great for active learners / possible large-group activity) What You Need: Bibles
What You Do:
Help kids use the navigation tips to look up the Bible verse. Then read the verse aloud as the kids point to the words.
Finding verses with kindergartners: Guide children to open the Bibles to the marked page. Point to the word 1 Thessalonians at the top of the page as you say “1 Thessalonians” aloud. Then guide children to find the big number 5 on the page. Explain that this is the chapter number. Finally, guide them to look under the big 5 for the little 18; this is the verse number. Tell them to leave their finger on the verse as you read the verse aloud. Then lead everyone to say the verse together.
st Finding verses with 1 graders: Guide them to open their Bibles to the front and find the table of contents. (Hold up a Bible opened to the table of contents to show the kids what the page looks like.) When the kids find the table of contents, lead them to find 1 Thessalonians in the list under “New Testament.” You can help by telling them that 1 Thessalonians starts with the number 1 followed by the letters T-H. When the kids find 1 Thessalonians, lead them to look at the page number beside the word.
Explain that the number tells them on what page they can find 1 Thessalonians. Help the kids find the page. When they find 1 Thessalonians, explain that the big numbers on the page are the chapter numbers. Help them find chapter 5. Explain that the small numbers are verse numbers. Help them find verse 18 in chapter 5.
Unpack the verse, emphasizing the fact that God wants us to thank Him no matter what happens—whether it’s something that seems good or something that seems not-so-good.
To reinforce the concept, play a variation of freeze tag. Choose one child to be “It.” Guide the other kids to spread out in your playing area. At your signal, It chases the other players. When It tags a player, that child must say, “Thank you,” stand with her legs spread apart, and freeze. She is unfrozen only when another player crawls between her feet and she yells, “Thank you!” Add variety to the game by randomly calling out different ways for the kids to move: tiptoe, baby step, jump, hop on one foot, slow motion, etc. (HINT: Change “It” throughout the game so that each child has an opportunity to tag others. If you have a large group, choose two or three children to be It.) When the game ends, guide kids to [Apply] brainstorm times when it is easy for them to be thankful (I get the present I want for my birthday; my mom makes my favorite thing to eat; I get what I want for Christmas; I have good friends) as well as times when it may be difficult to be thankful (when other kids aren’t nice to me; when I don’t like what we’re having for dinner; when my friend plays with another friend instead of me; when my mom and dad are arguing; when I get in trouble instead of my brother or sister; etc.).
What You Say:
[Apply] “God wants us to be thankful no matter what happens, whether it’s something that seems good or something that seems not-so-good. In our game, it was fun to say thank you for the not-so-good thing of being tagged, but every day we can say thank you to God for the good AND not-so-good things, too.
“When it’s hard to be thankful, we can always thank God because Jesus loves us, He will always be with us, and we can [Recycle] trust God no matter what. So remember: ‘Gives thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank him because you believe in Christ Jesus.’ (1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIrV) It’s true: [Impress] you always have something to be thankful for.” Catch On #2 Thank You (application activity) What You Need: “T-H-A-N-K” (Activity Pages)
What You Do:
Give each child a “T-H-A-N-K” game board and “Thank you, God” cards. Read a scenario below. Guide the kids to search their game boards for the picture you describe. When they find it, lead them to cover the picture with a “Thank You, God” speech bubble. The game ends when every child has his/her game board covered.
Your best friend is moving to another city. With God’s help, you choose to be thankful that you can still talk to her on the phone and visit her every once in a while.
Your parents agree to let you have a puppy!
You break your arm and miss playing in the big game. With God’s help, you choose to be thankful that you can still go to the game and cheer your friends on.
Your mom is really sick and can’t leave the house. With God’s help, you’re thankful for all the people who help your family by sending cards, making meals, and praying with you and your dad.
Your dad makes your favorite meal for supper.
Your parents say that your friend can spend the night.
You have a hard time learning addition as quickly as your friends. With God’s help, you’re thankful that you’re learning a little bit more each week.
All your friends are able to come to your birthday party!
Kids at the playground make fun of you. With God’s help, you thank God that you can pray for them. You ask God to help you show them His love.
What You Say:
“In 1 Thessalonians, Paul said, ‘Give thanks no matter what happens.’ Sometimes it’s easy to give thanks, and sometimes it’s hard. Look at the scenarios on your game boards. In which scenario would it be easy for you to be grateful? (Pause.) In which scenario would it be hard for you to be grateful? (Pause.) [Make It Personal] (Tell a child appropriate time when you chose to be thankful even though it was difficult to do so.) [Apply] “When it IS hard to be thankful, take TIME OUT to think about all the things you can be grateful for. You can be grateful for your family, your friends, and especially the fact that God loves you no matter what! So remember: [Impress] you always have something to be grateful for.”
One day, Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. He traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he came to a village, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten men met Him.
All the men—from one to ten—had leprosy. The men called out in a loud voice, “Jesus! Master! Have pity on us!” (Luke 17:13, NIrV) Jesus saw the one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten lepers and said, “Go. Show yourselves to the priests.” (v. 14) The lepers must have been surprised by Jesus’ words! Lepers weren’t supposed to go near anyone, especially priests! But the one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten lepers obeyed Jesus and went. And while the one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten men were on the way, they were healed! Their sores were gone!
Nine lepers kept going, but one of the ten came back, praising God in a loud voice. The one man threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. Jesus said, “Weren’t all ten lepers healed? Where are the other nine? Didn’t anyone else return and give praise to God …?” (vv. 17-18) Then Jesus said, “Get up and go on. Your faith has healed you.” (v. 19) If time allows, repeat the story, guiding the kids to move in different ways: hopping on one foot, tiptoeing, crab walking, etc.
(Note: If you have multiple Small Groups in the same environment, you can line these up on the floor next to your group rather than hanging them on the wall.)
What You Say:
“One man understood that it was important to take TIME OUT to let Jesus know he had seen how Jesus helped him. What did Jesus say to the one leper who came back? How do you think Jesus felt that nine men didn’t take TIME OUT to say thank you? (Pause.) How do you think he felt that one man DID take TIME OUT to thank Him?
(Pause.) “Just like the one leper, [Apply] we can take time out to thank Jesus for the things he does for us, too.
What is something you can thank Jesus for? (for loving me, for providing for me, for giving me a family, for being my Savior, etc.) [Make it Personal] (Share an age-appropriate story about a time Jesus did something for you and you were thankful.) So remember to [Impress] take time to say thank you to Jesus.
Your gratitude will make Jesus (name the emotions the kids suggested earlier).” Catch On #2 There and Back (memory verse activity / great for active learners) What You Need: T-ball, whiffle ball, or baseball bat; “Bible Verse Cards” Activity Page; Bible marked at 1 Thessalonians 5
What You Do:
Guide the kids to line up at one end of your environment. Lay a bat on the floor opposite the kids at the other end. Just beyond the bat, set the “Bible Verse Cards” in random order.
Lead the kids in a “Dizzy Izzy” relay game. To play, the first child runs to the bat, picks it up, and sets the round end on the floor. She then puts her forehead on the end of the handle and runs around the bat ten times, all the while keeping the bat touching the floor and her forehead touching the bat. She then moves—dizzily!—to the Bible verse phrases, picks one up, runs back to her team and tags the next child in line. Be sure to provide as much coaching (and dizziness assistance!) as necessary during the game.
When the kids retrieve all the cards, guide them to work together to put the verse in order. Guide the kids to point to the words as you say the verse aloud together.
What You Say:
“First Thessalonians 5:18 says that God wants us to thank Him because we believe in Jesus. Thanking God is one way to show Him that we love Him. When Jesus healed the 10 lepers, how many showed Jesus they loved Him by coming back to thank Him? (One) Yes, only ONE came back. I don’t know about you, but I want to be like the one leper who took TIME OUT to say thank you to Jesus. [Apply] It’s important to take time to thank Jesus, because thanking Him shows God and others that we love Him and that we see what He does for us. So remember: [Impress] Take time to say thank You.”
In classic “Duck, Duck, Goose” fashion, keep suspense high by varying the speed you move around the circle and tap kids on the head. The catch to the game is that once a child pops up, he continues to do the motion until the game ends. Continue the game until every child is up and moving (and possibly panting)!
What You Say:
“Are you tired? (Pause.) Who do you think is the most tired? (Pause.) I’m going to give each of you a reward for all of your hard work. (Give each child the chosen reward, beginning with the last child up and moving, and ending with the first.) Who do you think should have received the first reward? (Pause.) Why? (Pause.) Interesting. [Transition] Well, in our Bible story today we’ll hear about some workers who thought that their reward wasn’t fair. Let’s go to Large Group to find out more.” 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 Rock Around the Clock (review the Bible story / great for active learners) What You Need: “Around the Clock” (Activity Page), Bible marked at Matthew 20
What You Do:
Use the “Around the Clock” Activity Pages to create a giant clock on the floor. Guide one of the kids to stand at 6:00 and invite a child to open the Bible to Matthew 20. Narrate the Bible story below in your own words. As you name a time of day, have a different kid move to the appropriate hour on the clock until the end of the story.