Ask children to think of scary words or
things that scare them. When you say go, have them shout them out
"Oh my those are scary words! But there are much scarier words
in the Bible than those, and Jesus said them! Let me read them to
Read Matthew 7:21-23 from a child-friendly Bible.
do you suppose we must do to keep from being sent away from Jesus?
The Bible tells us we must turn from our sin and turn to God. We are
to say with our mouths, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in
our hearts that God raised him from the dead." Get
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TRIP THROUGH THE BIBLE
I tell the kids that we are taking a trip through the Bible but will never
leave our seats. I begin by saying "I took a trip through the Bible and
found "Abraham." The next child will repeat what I said and then add
something they found that begins with the next letter in the alphabet (eg.
Beersheba). The second child then says "I took a trip through the Bible
and found Abraham and Beersheba." The third child says, "I took a
trip through the Bible and found Abraham, Beersheba, and Canaan." Play
continues as such for the whole alphabet.
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Choose a topic such as Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, Jesus, Books of the
Bible, Heroes, Old Testament, etc. Choose ONE topic per session. Write the
topic on the board. Below the topic write each letter of the alphabet with
two blank lines to write-in words next to each letter. Create teams and have
each child take a turn giving a word from scripture that begins with any of
the letters. (IMPORTANT - The words must be pertinent to scripture.
For example, if the letter is "t" then an acceptable answer would
be Ten Commandments, Thomas,
or tithe; answers that are not acceptable are normal everyday words such as "the, them, tomorrow, to.") Once those two blanks are filled in
for each letter, no one may give another answer beginning with that letter.
Have the children "justify" some of their questionable answers.
You'll be surprised what they learn and what you will learn!
Present various items to the class which are empty such as an empty bag of
cookies, an empty piggy bank or an empty jewelry box. Create anticipation
for the kids to see what’s inside. Ask, “What do you expect to find? Who
wants to be the first to open one of them up?” (You might allow a few kids
to come open them.) “Did you expect to find them empty? Is being empty
ever a good thing?” Most often we like things to be filled up. When we go
on a trip, we want our gas tanks filled. When we’re hungry we want our
stomachs filled. When we get a box of candy, we want candy in it. In fact, I
can’t think of anything that when empty, it’s a good thing!
When Jesus began his teaching, he said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” What do you think of when you
hear of someone being poor? (Discuss)
When we think of being poor, we think of someone who doesn’t have a lot of
money or nice clothing or food to eat or who doesn’t live in a nice home,
but this isn’t what Jesus is talking about. Being poor in spirit means . .
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Been Changed Ice Breaker Game
Teams are determined by a colored spot or number on each nametag. After
the teams of 2, 3, or 4 are assembled, give them large index cards on which
have been written three verses of Scripture. Slightly alter one of the
verses. The group has to identify the incorrect verse. (Jeopardy-type
answers are also very good.)