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4th & Girls, 4th & 5th Boys Week 1, March 1
Bible Story: Stewless (Esau can’t wait) • Genesis 25:24-34
Bottom Line: When you think you can’t wait, think twice.
Memory Verse: “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” Psalm 27:14, NIV
Life App: Patience—waiting until later for what you want now.
Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.
Early Arriver Activity (8:45) (10:30) (5:45) What You Need: An offering container, white board and marker
What You Do:
Welcome students as they arrive and ask them to put their offerings into the container.
Give kids a white board and marker. Pronounce the first misspelled word from the list below and then call out the letters for the kids to write down. Tell them to unscramble the letters to discover a food item. After they figure out what the misspelled word is, let them share whether it’s a food they like or dislike.
1. SAURG (sugar)
2. HOOCELTAC (chocolate)
3. RIVEL (liver)
4. GEGS (eggs)
5. UPSO (soup)
6. TOOTPA (potato)
7. LEMONTRAWE (watermelon)
8. RUGBERS (burgers)
9. LICOCORB (broccoli)
10. SABEN (beans) Plug In (9:00) (10:45) (6:00) ABC, Dining!
What You Need: No supplies
What You Do:
Instruct kids to sit in a circle. Begin by saying, “I’m so hungry I could eat one apple.” Explain that the person to your left should repeat what you said then add the next number and any food that begins with the next letter in the alphabet. For example, “I’m so hungry I could eat one apple and two beans.” Continue around the circle, having players repeat all of the previous numbers and foods and then add another. The goal of the game is to get all the way to the letter Z and the number 26.
What You Say:
“That was a lot of food! I’m not sure if that game made me hungry or if I suddenly lost my appetite. How about you? On a scale of 1-10—10 is FAMISHED—how hungry are you right now? [Transition] In today’s lesson we’ll hear about a guy who was incredibly hungry. You might be surprised at what he was willing to pay for a meal. Let’s go find out.” 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 Backseat Treasures (application activity / review the Bible story) What You Need: Container of “backseat” items
What You Do:
Set up the game by asking kids if they’ve ever had to help clean out their family’s car after a road trip. Did they find anything interesting on the floor or under the backseat? Some money? Stale fries? A missing library book?
Sit in a circle with the kids. With great enthusiasm, hold up the container. Explain that you recently came across some amazing treasures while cleaning out your car. With even greater enthusiasm, tell them that you have enough to share with EVERYONE. All they have to do to receive their “Backseat Treasure” is to answer a review question about today’s Bible story and then reach into the bag and take out an item.
Choose someone to go first. Ask him the first review question (see below). After answering correctly, invite him to reach into the bag and take the first item he touches. Pick another kid to go next. After the second kid answers a question (correctly) and chooses an item, give him a chance to “think twice.” That means he can think about whether he’d like to keep the item he chose or take the first kid’s “Backseat Treasure” (make a trade) if it’s something he likes better. Continue until everyone has had a chance to choose and exchange items with any of the previous kids. At the end of the game, give the kid who went first a chance to trade what he has with any of the items the other kids have.
1. What were the names of the two brothers in today’s Bible story? (Jacob, Esau)
2. Who was the oldest brother: Jacob or Esau? (Esau)
3. Who had a skill for making lentil stew: Jacob or Esau? (Jacob)
4. Who was entitled to his father’s full inheritance: Jacob or Esau? (Esau)
5. Who was the youngest brother: Jacob or Esau? (Jacob)
6. Who was a skillful hunter: Jacob or Esau? (Esau)
7. Who came home famished after a full day of work: Jacob or Esau? (Esau)
8. Who sold his birthrights for a pot of stew: Jacob or Esau? (Esau)
9. Who used his brother’s hunger as a chance to get what he wanted: Jacob or Esau? (Jacob)
10. Who was a sorry example of patience: Jacob or Esau? (Esau)
What You Say:
“Did you feel a twinge of impatience when another kid took the ‘Backseat Treasure’ you’d chosen? Would it have made a difference if it’d been something you REALLY wanted? All of us face an ‘Esau Moment’ once in a while when we want something so badly that we don’t stop and think about what we’re doing. Like Esau, we end up trading what is best for what is less. [Impress] When you think you can’t wait, think twice. You may even have to think three times or four! If Esau had done that, he might not have made such a rash and foolish choice.
His story reminds us that we can really miss out when we’re not willing to wait.
[Make It Personal] (Share an age-appropriate example of a time when you had an ”Esau Moment” and did something before thinking twice. Maybe it was an expensive purchase you should not have made, an inconsiderate comment you wished you could take back, or an overreaction. What did God help you learn from that mistake?) [Apply] “When you think you can’t wait for something this week, STOP. Take a moment to think about what your next step should be. Ask God to help you see what the consequences of a bad choice in the heat of frustration might mean for yourself and for others. Being patient when you want something right away shows that you’re trusting God and waiting for Him, which is always the wisest choice.” Catch On #2 Detour Ahead (memory verse activity / great for active learners) What You Need: Bibles, Motor Verse Cars Activity Page, straws, painter’s tape
What You Do:
Hand out Bibles and ask kids to look up Psalm 27:14 using the navigation tips below.
th th Finding verses with 4 -5 graders: Our verse is from Psalms. Ask kids to tell you whether that’s in the Old Testament or the New Testament. (Old) So we know it’s toward the front of the Bible. It’s actually right near the middle of the Bible. When kids find Psalms, explain that the big numbers on the page are the chapter numbers. Tell them to find chapter 27. Explain that the small numbers are verse numbers. Tell them to them find verse 14 in chapter 27.
When everyone has found the verse, ask a volunteer to read it aloud. Invite the kids to recite it together once or twice.
Ask the kids to explain what they think it means to “wait for the Lord.” What does it look like for a kid to live out Psalms 27:14?
Use painter’s tape to create a start and finish line on the floor. The line should be long enough for all the kids to stand side-by-side. The distance between the two lines should be about three feet.
Place the motor verse cars on the starting line with the words and phrases out of order. Give each kid a straw and assign each person a car.
Challenge the kids to work together to move the cars to the finish line and arrange them in verse order from left to right. Explain that the only way to move their car is to push it along by repeatedly blowing into their straw and bumping the cars forward.
What You Say:
“You guys are awesome drivers! You had to take some frustrating detours, but you got the cars lined up where they need to be. I hope this game helped you learn Psalm 27:14, the verse we’ll be memorizing together this month. [Apply] The Bible is what God uses to ‘push’ us in the right direction. His Word leads us and helps us know how to make wise choices. This week, [Impress] when you think you can’t wait, think twice and remember the words of our memory verse: ‘Wait for the LORD. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the LORD.’”
Explain that you will choose a child to wear a blindfold (or close their eyes) and guess who’s mooing. Choose a child, and once they are blindfolded, silently choose another kid to do their best impression of a mooing cow.
The child who is wearing the blindfold has three tries to guess who is mooing. Give everyone a chance to be the mooer and the guesser.
Plug In (9:00) (10:45) (6:00) License Plates What You Need: “License Plates” Activity Pages, markers, pencils; pictures of funny vanity license plates (optional; for 5-6 Challenge)
What You Do:
Set up the activity by asking the kids if they ever play the License Plate Game while traveling. The goal of the game is to try to spot a license plate from every state (or to see who can spot the plate that’s furthest from your home state). Ask them to share any funny or creative license plates they’ve seen.
Set out the markers and give each of the kids a “License Plate” Activity Page. Talk about the samples shown at the bottom of the Activity Page to help get their creative juices flowing, and then invite them to create a personalized license plate that expresses something true about them or a truth they believe about God.
5-6 Challenge: After doing the activity above, show kids examples of funny vanity plates. Challenge them to make up some difficult-to-read license plate quotes and see if anyone in the group can figure out what they say.
NVRL8 – Never Late DRTHVDR – Darth Vader D1SNELND – Disneyland RDRNNR – Road Runner I82MCH – I Ate Too Much
What You Say:
“If every person wore a license plate that told something true about them, it’d help us know one another better, wouldn’t it? When it comes to God, there’s not a license plate big enough to hold all that we know to be true of Him. I’m glad we have the Bible—and not just a license plate—to help us know our great God. What a privilege we have to be able to open the Bible and learn His truth! [Transition] In today’s Bible story we’re going to hear about a group of people who knew what was true about God, but they ignored it and ended up making a huge mistake. Let’s go to Large Group and hear all about it.” ead 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 Cow, Mountain, Moses (application activity / review the Bible story / great for active learners) What You Need: No supplies
What You Do:
Begin by asking the kids to come up with three simple poses to represent a cow, a mountain, and Moses. Or, if
you prefer, simply use the following ideas then let kids practice the poses several times:
COW – hold fingers on head to make horns MOUNTAIN – hold arms as a triangle above head MOSES – hold an imaginary staff, or stroke a long, invisible beard Demonstrate how to play a review game called, “Cow, Mountain, Moses.” Choose two volunteers. Tell them that at your signal, they should high-five one another and then quickly strike one of the poses (cow, mountain, or Moses). Explain that the cow beats the mountain, Moses beats the cow, and the mountain beats Moses (similar to “Rock, Paper, Scissors”). Players can take a different pose in each round, but once they begin a pose they cannot change it midway. The winner of the round will play a challenger. In order to challenge the winner, a kid must first answer one of the review questions below. Include additional questions if desired.
1. Where in the Bible can you read the story of Moses, the mountain, and the cow? (Exodus) What was the name of the famous mountain in today’s lesson? (Mount Sinai) 2.
Why did God have Moses climb Mount Sinai? (to receive God’s laws on stone tablets) 3.
4. Who did Moses leave in charge while he was gone? (Aaron)
5. How long was Moses gone from the people and up on Mount Sinai? (40 days)
6. Where did Aaron get the gold to make the golden calf? (from the people’s jewelry)
7. How did Moses learn about the golden calf? (God told him)
8. What were the Israelites doing when Moses returned? (worshiping the cow, dancing)
9. How did Moses react when he saw what the people had done? (he threw the stone tablets on the ground, took the calf, and burned it in the fire)
10. How did Moses punish the Israelites for worshiping a cow? (he made them drink the water with ashes from the golden calf)
11. What is today’s Bottom Line? ([Impress] When you think you can’t wait, don’t forget what’s true.) Make sure all the kids get a chance to answer a review question. Add more questions or repeat the ones listed above if needed.
Remind the kids that even though the Israelites knew that the all-powerful, all-loving God had a plan, they still took matters into their own hands when they got worried and were left waiting. Ask the kids to share about situations when it’s hard for them to wait—even though they know they should. What are some of the problems and consequences we face when we don’t wait? Why does it help to focus on the things we know to be true about God when we’re feeling like we can’t wait?
What You Say:
“In our review game, one action beat another. Sometimes you won. Sometimes you didn’t. When it comes to impatience, God has given us what we need to win every time. God’s pretty clear that impatience is NEVER cool, especially when it prompts us to make bad choices the way the Israelites did. Instead of remembering all that God had done for them, they got so worked up that they were willing to do something that really upset God.
Bad choices never end well. Even if it doesn’t happen right away, there will eventually be a consequence, and most of the time it’s far worse than the waiting would have been.