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May 2014, Week 2 Compact K-5

FOR LEADERS ONLY GOD VIEW: the connection between ENDURANCE and God's character, as shown through God's big story Jesus said, “In the world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Jesus never promised that life would be easy. In fact, He assured us of the exact opposite. But as Jesus lived without sin and defeated death through His resurrection, He proved that He could overcome the world! Now, our belief in His strength and power helps us stay strong even during the hard times. Before Jesus ascended back into heaven, He left His disciples with the monumental task of telling the world about Him, His life, death, and the resurrection that makes it possible to be with God forever. Throughout the New Testament we get a glimpse of what life was like for these men and women as they lived out Jesus’ Great Commission. We can also read letters sent to the first churches to encourage believers who were enduring through humiliation and persecution as they struggled to live their faith and tell others about Jesus. Many of these first Jesus followers were thrown into prison or even put to death for their faith. Yet they continued to spread the message of Jesus from village to city and from city to the world. There was no way they could have done that without help from the Holy Spirit and a lot of endurance. Endurance is sticking with what you started even when it gets tough. It assumes that parts of life are going to be hard, yet in spite of that we can have hope and never give up. Through endurance we learn to trust God’s promises so we can experience the joy of completing what we began. We keep going because there will be a reward for having endurance. Often that endurance has the power to encourage others. When they see us stick with it even when we’re tired or make mistakes or when we feel alone or discouraged, they may come to realize they can have endurance during their tough times, too. This month, let’s think about how: (1) Endurance is a response to God, knowing He has given us His Spirit to help us. (2) Endurance is a response to the mission Jesus gave us as His followers. (3) Endurance will show others how much we trust God through difficult times. (4) Showing endurance is part of the process of helping God restore the world.

 

This week, we’re discovering: In this week’s Bible story, Paul and Silas had been put in prison, as they had been telling people about Jesus. (Acts 16:16-40) They continued to trust God and have joy—they even sang songs to God while they were in jail. Their example helped bring the jailor and his family to faith in Jesus. Our Bottom Line is I can stick with it even when things don’t go my way. There are going to be some times when life doesn’t go our way. Kids might not get the role in the school play or the grade they wanted in math. Adults might not get the job they applied for or the opportunity they’d hoped for. That doesn’t mean we stop working or trying. We can stick with it and keep trying. The monthly memory verse is: “Let us not become tired of doing good. At the right time we will gather a crop if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9, NIrV Even when things don’t go our way, if it’s something good, we can trust God that at the right time, we will see a reward for our hard work and endurance.


252 Groups

May 2014, Week 2 Compact K-5

Hangin’ Tough Bible Story: Hangin’ Tough (Paul and Silas in Prison) • Acts 16:16-40 (Acts16:9-15, supporting) Bottom Line: I can stick with it even when things don’t go my way. Memory Verse: “Let us not become tired of doing good. At the right time we will gather a crop if we don't give up.” Galatians 6:9, NIrV Life App: Endurance—sticking with what you started even when it gets tough. Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

Plug In: Focus the Energy (Small Groups, 10-15 minutes) Before kids arrive, pray for each regular attendee by name. Pray for those who might visit your group for the first time. Ask God to provide encouragement and strength for those in your group who might need it. Pray that those kids in particular would be uplifted by today’s story. Pray that all of the kids would be reminded that just because things aren’t going their way doesn’t mean God isn’t present. Ask God to make His presence apparent to your kids today. 1. Early Arriver Idea What You Need: An offering container What You Do: Sit in a circle with your group. Greet kids as they come in and [Personalize] tell kids about the little things that might not have gone your way sometime this past week. Did your alarm clock go off? Did you have to find a shoe? Did you have to stop and get gas? Were you out of coffee? Or did things go exactly as planned? What You Say: “What about your mornings? Did anything happen that was unplanned? Were there any difficulties in the schedule of getting out the door this morning?” 2. Mother, May I? What You Need: No materials needed What You Do: Line up students shoulder to shoulder and stand about 15-20 feet away. Play an old fashioned game of “Mother, May I” in which you (the mother) tell one student to take a certain number (and type) of steps forward. (Note: If you are a “father,” not a “mother”, play “Father, May I” or get silly playing “mother” in a high-pitched voice.) The student must say, “Mother, may I?” after your command and before moving. You respond with, “Yes, you may” and then the student can move. If the student moves without asking permission, he or she must go back to the beginning of the line. Choose students and assign a number of steps randomly and evenly. The first person to reach you wins. Now, play again, this time choosing unfairly. (Consider a playful warning so your students don’t lose it!) Call on only one or two students to take steps forward, ignoring the rest. Or when they ask, “Mother, may I?” say, “No, you may not,” and refuse to let them move.


252 Groups

May 2014, Week 2 Compact K-5

What You Say: “Wow! That was fun! And a little frustrating at times. Raise your hand if you got so frustrated with the way things were turning out, you wanted to stop playing the game. Even before we played this game it’s probably safe to say we were all too familiar with things not going our way sometimes, right? [Transition] Well, let’s head to Large Group and hear a story from the Bible about two guys who really had things go the wrong way, but somehow managed to stick with it.”

Worship – Sanctuary Bible Story - Video Catch On: Make the Connection (Small Groups, 25-30 minutes) * 1. Beginning, Middle and End (review the Bible story / great for active learners) What You Need: “Beginning, Middle and End” (Activity Page), masking tape What You Do: Use the masking tape to make three large squares in a column on the floor. (Make these big enough for kids to stand inside). Line kids up facing the squares shoulder-to-shoulder so that the three squares are perpendicular to the line of kids. Tell kids that the square closest to them represents the beginning of Paul and Silas’s story. The next square is the middle of the story and the square furthest from them represents the end of the story. Read off the list of events from the story. After you read an event from today’s story, give kids about 10 seconds to stand in the correct square (i.e., the closest square if it’s from the beginning of the story; the middle if the event is from the middle; and the furthest square if the event is from the very end of the story). Once 10 seconds is up, congratulate your group if they all chose correctly. Discuss with your group if there is a discrepancy in answers. TO ADAPT FOR YOUNGER KIDS: Use the masking tape to write a “1”, “2” and “3” in each square to help the children remember which square stands for the beginning, middle and end of the story. What You Say: “You really paid attention today during the story! But how could you not? Evil spirits, jail, earthquakes?! The Bible has some pretty incredible stories and [Apply] I’m so glad the story of Paul and Silas is in there to help me remember, [Impress] I can stick with it, even when things don’t go my way.” 2. Earthquake!! (application activity / great for active learners) What You Need: Up to 100 small paper cups, table or poster board What You Do: Have kids sit around the table (or poster board) and tell them they have 10 minutes to build the tallest paper cup tower they can. But here’s the catch: Whenever you shout “Earthquake!!” everyone has to hold both hands in the air while you hit the table once with your fist. The cups may shift and fall or they may stay put but kids will have the remaining time to rebuild and stick with the plan to create the tallest cup tower ever! Until the next earthquake. Give kids at least one minute between “Earthquakes” and do not end with an “Earthquake.” Make sure to give them a minute to rebuild before the 10 minutes is up. There should be at least three “Earthquakes” in the 10-minute span.


252 Groups

May 2014, Week 2 Compact K-5

TO ADAPT FOR YOUNGER KIDS: To make it a bit easier for this age group, place only 30 to 50 cups in the center of your Small Group area for the kids to stack. You might also consider using large Solo® cups instead of a smaller sized cup. What You Say: “Whew! That was a difficult task to complete! But look at the awesome cup tower you were able to create, despite all the ‘bumps’ in the road. Which earthquake do you think was the hardest to recover from? How did you feel every time an earthquake happened? (Pause and let kids respond.) Well, you may not have actual earthquakes every few minutes of your life but when you set out to do something, it’s rarely as easy as you plan. [Personalize] (Tell about a time you started a job and things didn’t exactly go your way. For instance, maybe you forgot a few things at the store, something broke, your deadline was moved up, etc.) [Apply] When things don’t go your way, it’s easy to just give up but that’s when it’s most important to show endurance! That’s when you’ve got to stick with what you’ve started. And always remind yourself: [Impress] I can stick with it, even when things don’t go my way.”

Pray and Dismiss What You Need: No materials needed What You Do: Stand in a circle and hold hands. What You Say: “Just like Paul had Silas by his side and just like you all worked hard together on the cup tower, [Apply] it’s important to have people around to help you stick with it. When you get discouraged or have a really tough job to do and things just aren’t going your way, a friend being willing to help or encourage can be the difference between endurance and giving up. So make sure you encourage each other to stick with it, no matter what happens. And after you give some help and encouragement, make sure you pray and ask for God’s help, too. Prayer is one of the most powerful ways to encourage each other. Let’s bow our heads and pray together now. “Dear God, thank You for the story of Paul and Silas. Thank You for the reminder that even when things don’t go our way, it can work out in the end for the best. Help us to remember how important it is to stick with what we start, even when things don’t go our way. And when we are discouraged, send friends our way to cheer us on. We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.” Give each child a GodTime card. Pass out Parent CUE cards as adults arrive for pick-up.


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