Introductory Activity – Ring Toss
- Plastic cups or bottles, permanent marker, paper plates, scissors, tape
Cut the middles from paper plates to make rings. Print the letters of Paul’s and Barnabas’ names on cups or bottles. Scatter the letters around the game area. Use the tape to make a tossing line a few feet from the letters. Guide kids to take turns tossing the rings around the letters. Challenge them to ring the letters in order to spell Paul or Barnabas. Comment that they will hear another story about Paul today.
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Game – Over/Under Relay
- Beanbags (one per team); paper squares and tape or sticky notes; marker
Print the words of the Life Point on paper squares or sticky notes, one word per square. Make a set of words for each team. Stick the words on a wall or table at one end of the game area.
Group kids into teams. Guide teams to stand in a line, one behind the other, facing toward the word cards. Give the first player of each team a beanbag. On your signal, the first players pass the beanbag over their heads to the next player; those players pass the beanbag under their legs to the third players; and so on. When the last player receives the beanbag, he runs to the word cards and takes the first word. He shows the word to a leader. If the word is correct, the player runs to the front of his team’s line and passes the beanbag over his head to start the relay again. If the word is incorrect, the player returns the word card to the wall and retrieves the correct word before passing the beanbag again. (The leader can tell the player the correct word if needed.) The first team to complete the Life Point is the winning team. Talk about God’s plan for people to be involved in His work.
Craft – Storying Cloth
- White cotton fabric (cut into 12-inch squares), freezer paper, fabric markers, storying cloth* (if available)
Iron the fabric to freezer paper.
Tell kids that some missionaries use storying cloths to help people learn about Jesus. These storying cloths show pictures of Bible stories, showing people how Jesus came to be Savior. Show the storying cloth. Give each kid a piece of white fabric. Guide kids to draw pictures of Jesus on the cloth. They can include various stories about Jesus’ life. Encourage them to include the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection on their cloths. Say the Bible Verse and talk about the Bible story. Note that God wants people to be involved in His work. Help a kid remove the freezer paper when he has finished his story cloth. (Note: Freezer paper can be saved and reused.)
*Storying cloth can be ordered from https://store.imb.org/bible-storying-cloth-scarf/
Introductory Activity – Freeze
- Music CD
Play music and lead kids to move or march around the game area. Stop the music and freeze in a particular position. Tell kids to freeze in a way that matches you. Play music and move again. Choose different positions as you freeze: saluting, playing a guitar, hitting a baseball, signaling touchdown, etc. Tell kids that they will hear a story today about men who obeyed God.
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Game – Backward Soccer
- Two cube tissue boxes; 4 chairs; tape
Reinforce the boxes with tape. Use 2 chairs to make a goal at either end of the game area.
Group the kids into two teams and assign goals to the teams. Tell kids they will play backward soccer with square balls. Each team will have a “ball” (box) to try and kick into the goal. They will try to keep the other team from kicking the ball into their goal. All players must move backward and kick the ball with their heels instead of their toes.
Line the teams in the middle of the game area with the balls. Start the game. When a team scores a goal, stop play. Ask that team a review question. Award 1 point for the goal; award 2 additional points for a correct answer to the question. Move to the middle of the game area after each goal and start play again. Talk about the Bible story and the Life Point.
Craft – Sculptures
- Cardboard tubes, cardboard pieces, glue (or low temp glue guns), markers, other art materials
Lead kids to print the Bible verse on one or more cardboard pieces or tubes. Tell them to use the materials to create a sculpture with the words and other materials. As they work, talk about the Bible story. Talk about how Paul and Barnabas were involved in God’s work. Talk about people in your church that are involved in God’s work. Talk about ways preteens can also be involved in God’s work.