Introductory Activity – Drop and Tell
- Purple handkerchief or purple beanbag
Choose a kid to be It. Lead the other kids to sit in a circle. It walks around the circle, carrying the handkerchief. He drops the handkerchief behind someone and continues walking. The kid chosen tells something about Jesus. If she completes saying it before It gets back to her, she becomes It and the other kid sits in her space. Tell kids that someone who sold purple cloth heard about Jesus in today’s Bible story.
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Game – Button Golf
- 9 small paper plates, buttons (2 per team), permanent marker
Number the plates 1-9. Scatter the plates on the floor in the game area.
Group the kids into 2 (or more) teams. Guide players from each team to try and flip the buttons onto plate 1. Kids flip the buttons by laying one button on the floor near the plate and pressing the edge of the second button on the first button to make it flip in the air. When a team flips the button on the plate, ask that team a review question. If the team answers correctly, the team moves to plate 2. Players on each team should take turns trying to flip the buttons on the plates. Continue moving through the course. The first team to flip a button onto plate 9 and correctly answer a question is the winning team.
Teacher Tip: To lengthen the game, add more plates or tell teams to move through the course and back.
Craft – Verse Door Hanger
- Index cards or construction paper squares, markers, yarn, scissors, hole punches
Give each child two or more cards or paper squares. Tell kids to write the Bible verse on their cards, spreading the words over the cards they have. As the work, talk about the Bible story. Talk about God’s plan for salvation. When a child completes the verse and any designs she wants to add, help her punch a hole near each corner of all her cards. She can cut lengths of yarn and tie the cards together (top to bottom) in order. On the top card, help her attach a longer length of yarn for a hanger. Tell her that she can hang the verse on her door to reminder her about God’s plan to send Jesus to be Savior and Lord.
Introductory Activity – Mystery Word
- Index cards or paper squares, marker
Print the letters f, o, r, g, i, v, e, n, e, s, s on cards or squares. Make several sets of letters. Group kids into small groups and give each group a set of letters. Tell groups to make as many words as possible with the letters; they can use only the letters they have. After a minute or so, tell groups that all the letters can be used to make one word. Challenge them to make the mystery word. After about 30 seconds or so, if no group spells the mystery word, give this clue: “The word begins with f.” After 15-30 seconds, say: “The word ends with s.” Continue to give clues until a group spells the word. Tell kids that the word forgiveness is an important word in today’s study.
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Game – Knock ’em Down
- 10 plastic cups, foam balls, masking tape, permanent marker, timer
Print the numerals 1-5 on cups, making two sets. Use the tape to mark a line across the middle of the play area. Set up one set of cups on either end of the play area. Group the kids into two teams. Assign a team to each side of the play area. Tell teams that they must try to knock down the other team’s cups while protecting their own cups. Divide the foam balls between the teams. Set the timer for 30 seconds. On your signal, kids begin rolling balls to knock down the other team’s cups. They can continue to roll the balls until time is up (or until one team knocks down all the other team’s cups, whichever happens first). Ask each team a review question. If the team answers its question correctly, award the number of points that they knocked down. Reset the cups and the timer, redivide the balls, and play again.
Craft – Ring Books
- Heavyweight paper squares, binder rings, colored pencils, gel pens, hole punches
Recall the Bible story and talk about ways to serve God at church. Invite kids to draw pictures or write words about becoming a Christian. (See the inside cover of your leader guide for possible words, phrases, and verses to use with kids.) Suggest kids write today’s Bible verse and Life Point on squares, too. When a kid finishes making several squares, help her punch a hole in the corner of each square and thread squares on a binder ring. Give additional information or tell kids whom they can talk with if they have questions or would like to talk further about becoming a Christian.