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4th & Girls, 4th & 5th Boys Week 1, February 1

Group Hug!

Bible Story: Group Hug! (Jesus and the Children) • Mark 10:13-16

Bottom Line: There’s always time to be kind.

Memory Verse: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31, NIV

Life App: Kindness—showing others they are valuable by how you treat them.

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:

Welcome kids as they arrive and collect their offerings. Ask them about something great that happened this past week.

What You Say:

“Did someone in particular make that awesome thing possible, perhaps by being kind to you in some way? How did that make you feel about that person? What do you think makes a person kind? Who is someone who might think you are kind?” Plug In (9:00) (10:45) (6:00) A Special Visitor What You Need: Toy animal that can be pets.

What You Do:

Introduce the group to the animal you’ve brought with you. Explain whom it belongs to and how the group has been entrusted to care for it today. Discuss now to care for your pet. Talk about pets they have (or have had), including what it meant to make time for those pets. Point out how we have to decide if we’re going to be kind to such creatures or harass them, such as constantly tapping on a fishbowl or yelling at a dog.

What You Say:

“Having a pet can be a challenge. Sometimes people get busy and overlook their responsibilities to care for their pets, and sometimes we do the same thing with our friends and family—we overlook opportunities to care for them. [Transition] Let’s go to Large Group and learn more about caring for others and how to show them they are valuable.” 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 Disciples, May I? (review the Bible story / great for active learners) What You Need: A bag of small candy (or grapes), hand sanitizer

What You Do:

Designate one or two members of your group to be “the disciples,” and put them in control of the candy (or grapes). Make them each clean their hands with the hand sanitizer. Explain that if anyone else wants a piece, he or she has to ask, “Disciples, may I have something sweet?” Based on however the students playing the disciples are feeling, they can say, “Sure,” or “No, not right now,” or “Yes, but first you have to do something and prove you’re worthy of it.” This is where they can get creative and ask another student to hop on one foot, dance like a turkey, and so on. Monitor this to make sure nothing is cruel, but all in good fun.

Debrief afterward, asking the non-disciples how they felt about the experience. See if anyone can relate this back to today’s Bible lesson from when the disciples tried to keep the kids from being able to spend time with Jesus. Finally, offer everyone (including the disciples) a free round of candy or grapes.

Note: For a non-food option, consider using stickers or beads. If you use beads, also provide lanyard material or stretchy bracelet cord so the kids can make bracelets after the activity.

5-6 Challenge:

Do the activity as described above, but along with asking someone to do a physical action, the “disciples” will also ask kids to tell one way they were kind to someone this past week or one way they plan to be kind to someone this coming week. They have to answer the question WHILE doing the action.

What You Say:

“We don’t always realize how sometimes we can be like the disciples were in today’s Bible story, but when we’re unkind to people, they don’t get to see God in us and realize how awesome He is. [Apply] Instead, we need to be like Jesus and show kindness to everyone. Kindness can be like connecting the dots between everyone and God. Kindness is showing others they are valuable by how you treat them. And sure, kindness shows other they are valuable to you, but when you show kindness you are also showing them that they are valuable to Jesus, too. It’s why [Impress] there is always time to be kind, or else we might just end up forgetting to share what we’ve found in Jesus with others.” Catch On #2 I Want … So I Will … (application activity) What You Need: “I Want … So I Will …” Activity Pages, pencils

What You Do:

Lead a brief discussion with your group about how sometimes people stop your efforts for showing kindness.

You can allow them the chance to share personal stories here (without using any names!) or any examples they’ve seen in their lives or history when people faced people who were unkind even when they tried to extend kindness to them.

Point out that sometimes we contribute to this when we want others to be kind before we’ll be kind in return, or when we decide that we’ll stop being kind if the other person doesn’t return the kindness.

Hand out the Activity Page and use it to talk through the ways that we want kindness extended to us, and how we can extend that same kindness to others.

[Make It Personal] Share about a time when you were so inspired by someone else’s act of kindness that you wanted to pay it forward and be kind to others.

What You Say:

“Sometimes we wait to be ‘all in’ on something until we see other people are ‘all in’ on it first. This can be true even of kindness if we wait for others to be kind to us before we decide if we’ll be kind to them. But it’s like we learned today: [Impress] there is always time to be kind, which means that [Apply] kindness can begin with us if we allow it. You may even end up being the one who models to others what kindness looks like as you show them they are valuable by how you treat them.”

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On your signal, have everyone lie down on the ground and prepare to launch their balloons into the air with a big push. Encourage them to keep the balloons off of the ground, whether they’re propping up their own balloon or someone else’s. Let them know that you’ll be signaling them again to grab the closest balloon to them as the game pauses. Have them go around and say one thing they can do to show others the word that’s written on their balloon. Resume the game, repeating this process a few times.

5-6 Challenge: You can do this challenge on its own or as an extension of the above activity. Give each kid a balloon to blow up and tie off. (If they did the activity above, give each kid a fresh balloon.) Then ask kids to sit in a circle, and hand out permanent markers. Challenge kids to write something kind on their balloon about the person sitting on their left. When everyone is finished, give each kid a chance to say what is on his balloon and then present it to the person on his left.

What You Say:

“Not only do you have family and friends that care about you, but you also have a church family who shows you kindness. [Transition] Let’s go to Large Group and learn about how kindness had an impact on one family in the Old Testament.” 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 Poster Prompts (application activity) What You Need: Large pieces of paper or newsprint, markers

What You Do:

Pass out the paper and markers and explain that you’re going to be creating posters that can be hung up on each person’s household refrigerator. The goal is to come up with at least five choices to be kind, which is a list that either the group can brainstorm together or each student can develop on his or her own. These are meant to be kind things that anyone can do, such as taking care of the trash, vacuuming, cleaning the toilet, yard work, cooking, and more.

Next, tell students to create a headline at the top of the paper that reads: “I dare each of us to be kind by …” and then add their list of ideas under it. [Apply] They can decorate it, but the main challenge is to have it be something they can take home, post on the refrigerator, and share with their family as a one-week challenge. They can dare each family member to either do one of the things they normally don’t do or try something they’ve never tried before. Think of this as an activity that’s meant for our serving to be done in secret where maybe only God will know that they did it.

[Make It Personal] (Share about a time you were relieved when another person was kind and did something that you were supposed to have done.) 5-6 Challenge: In addition to the ideas for how their family members can be kind to each other, challenge kids to come up with an idea or two for how their ENTIRE family can be kind to some friends who are in need or even some extended family members who might need kindness right now. Encourage kids to be creative yet realistic in planning out their acts of kindness.

What You Say:

“We often need reminders to either do the things that our family normally does, or to do this without seeking attention. That’s the attitude Jesus had—often doing things for people and asking that they wouldn’t tell others about it. This can be especially challenging in our families when we want others to notice what we’ve done. This means that we look for the opportunities, even when they aren’t obvious. [Impress] Be kind to your family and friends.” Catch On #2 Bucket Can Shootout (memory verse activity / great for active learners) What You Need: Bibles, buckets, scrap piece of paper

What You Do:

Ask for a volunteer to read the memory verse out loud as everyone else follows along. Next, ask for another volunteer who is willing to try to say it without looking at the Bible. Whether the student speaking from memory succeeds or not at saying it accurately, affirm the effort. Point out how one person’s efforts can inspire another.

Next, pair students up and pass out scrap pieces of paper to them. Instruct them to rip them into smaller pieces that can be crumpled up into small paper balls. Have each pair designate which person will shoot the paper balls into the bucket from five feet away, and which one will kneel near the bucket can to assist in making sure the pieces go in. Allow each group to have a turn, with both members saying the memory verse together before they begin, and then firing away.

What You Say:

“When you’re the one taking important shots at something in life, God helps you along the way. [Apply] However, many of your family and friends might be trying to do something great, too, and they might need you to kindly assist them. God has called you to [Impress] be kind to your family and friends by doing to them what you would have them do for you. He’s given you these relationships for a reason, whether you get along with everyone or have to work at it. Show others they are valuable by how you treat them.”

If you lead mostly older kids, consider asking these discussion questions:

 What are some ways God has showed kindness to you? How is your life different because of God’s kindness?

 Explain how remembering God’s kindness to you can help you in being kind to others.

 Share an example of how your family members or closest friends have been kind to you.

 What is one thing you can tell a family member or friend that you think would really impact them in a good way? Describe how this could change that person’s life for the better.

 Describe the kind of relationship you want to have with your family? How might the kindness you show today impact that?

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Hand out pencils and “The 100” Activity Page to each student. Explain that this is to help them realize the differences between the various people in the world, using the analogy of what it might look like if all statistics were in place but there were only 100 people on earth. As you read this, take note of their reactions. What stands out to them and why? Respond to the questions on the sheet together regarding how we can show kindness even in the midst of such diversity.

5-6 Challenge: Explain that with all of that diversity on earth, there are many organizations that have been created to help with some of the issues like hunger, clean water, and so on. Put kids into groups of two or three and challenge them to come up with an idea and a name for an organization that could show kindness to people with needs in their own community. For example, the group “Kindness Kids” makes sure that nobody eats lunch alone at school.

What You Say:

“Of course, the world is larger than 100 people, but you probably mean ‘the world’ to one person. Today we’re going to explore what it means to not overlook anyone as we follow Jesus. Kindness is showing others they are valuable by how you treat them. [Transition] Let’s go to Large Group and hear one of Jesus’ teachings on this idea.” 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 What I Like About You (review the Bible story / great for active learners) What You Need: No supplies needed

What You Do:

Review the Bible story with students, asking them for their thoughts on what Jesus meant when He said that how we treat others is how we treat Him. Use the metaphor of their families, such as how the way they treat their siblings can affect their parents. Ask them if this is what they think Jesus means, or something else.

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