Introductory Activity – Toss and Spell
- Large pieces of paper; marker; tape; plastic plates (at least 10 plates each of 2 or more colors)
Print J, E, S, U, S on large pieces of paper. Mark off 5 large squares on the floor with tape; tape one letter in each square. Use tape to create a tossing line a few feet from the boxes.
Group the kids into two (or more) teams. Give each team a stack of plates; each team should have different colored plates. On your signal, teams should take turns tossing the plates (like a flying disk) onto the letters. When all plates have been tossed, call “Stop.” Send a member from each team to gather any plates that are not on a letter. Start the tossing again. The first team to get one plate on each letter is the winning team.
Tell kids they will hear a story about Jesus in which He did something that no one else could do.
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Game – White Board Race
- Large white board, markers (2 different colors), numbered cube
Draw 10 or more spaces across the white board. Group the kids into two teams and give each team a marker. Ask a review question to Team 1. If the team answers correctly, a member of the team can roll the cube, count over that many spaces, and draw a stick figure in the space on the board. Ask a review question to Team 2. That team can also roll the cube an draw a stick figure in the correct space if they answer the question correctly. Continue to ask questions, with teams rolling and drawing figures when answering correctly. When teams draw a figure in the last space, erase the figures, redraw spaces, shuffle teams, and play again. Say the Life Point.
Craft – Torn Paper Messages
- Magazines, newspapers, outdated curriculum; variety of colored paper scraps; white construction paper; glue or glue sticks; gel pens
Guide kids to think about messages they would want to communicate about Jesus. They can look through the printed materials to find key words or other letters to create words. Or they can tear colored paper into letters to spell simple messages. They can glue words or paper pieces to white construction paper. To simplify, lead kids to tear paper shapes and print words on these shapes to create their messages. Talk about Jesus and say the Life Point.
Introductory Activity – Wrap Race
- Yarn, wide craft sticks, timer
Cut yarn into 36-inch lengths.
Group kids into teams or pairs. Give each team a craft stick and a length of yarn. Give a signal and one member of the team can wrap the yarn around the stick until it’s all around the stick. The first team to complete the task wins. Set the timer for 1 minute and challenge teams to wrap the stick in the allotted time. Shorten the time or give longer lengths of yarn to continue the game. Or after the yarn is wrapped, challenge teams to unwrap the stick (while continuing to hold the stick). Tell kids that someone was unwrapped in today’s Bible story.
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Game – Hang It Up
- Two-inch wide paper strips, marker, yarn, chairs, clothespins
Print the Life Verse on paper strips, one word per strip. Make two sets. Mix the two sets and place them in the middle of the room, facedown. Create a clothesline on each end of the room by tying yarn between two chairs. Lay a group of clothespins with each line.
Create two teams. Each team should stand by one of the clotheslines. On your signal, one member from each team runs to the middle and finds the first word of the verse. Then the member runs back and clips the word at the end of the line. Another member runs to the middle to find the second word of the verse, and so on. Continue until both teams have clipped all the words of the verse to the lines. Say the verse together. Talk about Jesus the Savior and God’s plan for salvation. (See the front of your leader guide.)
Craft – Verse Rollup
- Adding machine tape (or long strips of paper), markers, gel pens, small rubber bands or string
Cut long lengths of adding machine tape for each kid. Lead kids to write the Life Point on one side of the adding machine tape. They can decorate around the words and draw pictures about Jesus as they choose. As they work, talk about the Bible story. Note that Jesus raised Lazarus and the people had to take off the cloth strips to unbind him.
Talk about God’s plan for salvation. (See the front of your leader guide.) Guide kids to find verses about Jesus the Savior (including the Life Verse). They can print the verses or verse references on the back of their strips. Guide them to roll up the strips and secure with rubber bands or string. Tell them to carry the rollups as reminders that people can put their faith in Jesus.