Scripture: 2 Kings 4:1-7
Introductory Activity—Pass the Bottle
• Gather 2 water bottles, some water, and tape. Remove the lids from the bottles. Fill one bottle ¾ full with water. Set the other bottle on top (so the tops line up) and tape them together.
Guide kids to stand or sit in a circle. Spin the water in the bottle, like a tornado, and flip it over so the water is on top. Tell kids to pass it as fast as they can. The person holding the bottle when all of the water is out of the top is out (or comes to the middle). Play as many rounds as time allows. Mention the water in the bottle was pouring out into the other. Today kids will learn about a time when God was faithful and helped a woman’s oil keep pouring and pouring.
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Game—Clap and Chant
• No supplies needed.
Guide kids to form a line or circle. Choose one child to be It first. Lead kids in a simple rhythm and chant pattern. They should slap each leg once and then clap. They will repeat this three times. As they slap their legs they should say “God” as they clap their hands they should say “is.” After the third time, kids should stomp each foot once as they say “Faithful!” When kids shout “Faithful!” the child who is It should point to someone. That child then should say one way God is faithful to them. Then kids should repeat the chant and that child is now the one to point to someone. Note: For younger groups make sure to discuss ways God is faithful before you play the game.
• Provide 3 paper plates per child, some yarn or string, hole punch, chalkboard paint, paintbrushes, bowls or plates, and 1 piece of chalk per child.
Variation: if you have a small group you could provide a wooden sign for kids to paint instead.
Guide kids to paint their plates with the chalkboard paint. Have kids punch a hole in the bottom and top of two of the plates and the top of the remaining one. Kids should then use the string to loosely tie the three plates together and also attach one string at the top to use to hang it. Encourage kids to hang their sign in the house where everyone can see it. Tell kids to look for ways that God is being faithful to their families and write them on their sign. Remind kids this can be a reminder to their families that God is faithful.
Introductory Activity—Move Water
• Gather straws, 2 buckets (4 if done in 2 teams), water, and funnel with a small tip (to fit in straw) or a dropper.
Challenge kids to make a long tube of straws. Kids can link the straws together end to end by sliding one inside the other. Before kids begin, tell them how long their tube needs to be (example: from one side of the room to the other, the length of a table, or 30 straws). Once kids have the tube completed, place a bucket at each end. Instruct some kids to help hold the tube and others to help pour water. Give kids water and the funnel and guide kids to carefully pour water in the tube and get it to come out the other end. Discuss the water and how it keeps flowing through the tube. Mention today kids will learn about a time when God’s faithfulness kept oil flowing and flowing for a widow.
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• Gather index cards, pencils, markers, a bag, and large pieces of paper (or a dry erase board). Divide kids into 2 teams.
Ask teams to think of ways God has been faithful to them (examples: provides a home, food, family, clothes, health) and write each one on an index card. Guide kids to place the index cards in the bag. Lead teams to play a game of Pictionary using the cards. Remind kids God was faithful to the widow and He is faithful to us, too.
Craft—Make Lava “Lamps”
• Provide empty water bottles (with a lid), oil, food color, funnels, and antacid tablets (break the tablets into quarters). Note: this can be done per child or kids could work as groups to make a few bottles.
Tell kids they will be making an oil/lava “lamp.” Guide kids to fill their bottle half full of oil. Next have kids pour in water to fill the bottle about an inch or so from the top. Kids can then drop in 5-10 drops of food color. Now kids can drop in one of the quarter-sized pieces of antacid tablets. The oil will bubble up like lava! As the oil continues to bubble, discuss the story with kids as they watch. Ask kids to name some things the oil could have been used for to help the widow and her family survive. Remind kids God is faithful. He provided what the widow needed and He can provide what we need, too.