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252 Groups

May 2014, Week 3 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 biblical principle, we dig deeper into this month’s memory verse. In Galatians 6:9, Paul is teaching the people from the church in Galatia about the importance of consistently making the wise choice and doing good. When we can keep doing good, God will honor our efforts when the time is right. Our Bottom Line is I should stick with it because it’s worth it. We can really see this principle in action when it comes to learning a new skill, developing a talent, or building a relationship. Although we may not see the results of our endurance right away, sticking with it will be worth the effort we put in. 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 God’s timing is always perfect. Sometimes we might become anxious and impatient, wanting to see the results of our efforts quickly. But our endurance not only helps us develop the talent, skill, or relationship we’re working toward, but also helps us build character within ourselves.


252 Groups

May 2014, Week 3 Compact K-5

I Won’t Back Down Bible Story: I Won’t Back Down (Galatians 6:9 principle) • Galatians 6:9 Bottom Line: I should stick with it because it’s worth it. 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. Pray that God would speak to the kids who might be struggling to endure tough circumstances at school, on sports teams, or in other areas of their lives. Ask God to help those kids to know that they’re not alone; that He is with them. Ask God to give kids a glimpse of what’s to come if they endure and stick with it, with His help. 1. Early Arriver Idea What You Need: An offering container What You Do: Sit in a circle with your group. Discuss the following questions: “If you could play any instrument, what would you want to play? If you could play any sport professionally, which would you choose? If you could choose any job to have when you grow up what would it be? Why?” TO ADAPT FOR OLDER KIDS: Ask if any of the kids are currently taking music lessons (piano, violin etc.) or have been playing a particular sport for a longer period of time. Allow them to share their experience with the rest of the group. Do they plan to stick with it? Why? 2. Gather a Crop What You Need: Masking tape or painter’s tape, Ping-Pong balls What You Do: Use the tape to mark a two-foot square on the floor. Scatter the balls around your environment. The balls are a “crop” for the kids to gather! Guide the kids to “harvest” the “crop” by blowing the balls across the floor and into the tape “basket.” Note: Endurance required! (If you don’t have table tennis balls, you can use cotton balls instead.) What You Say: “What is a ‘crop’? (The plants that farmers grow.) What does it mean to harvest a crop? (To gather the crops when they are ready.) You did a good job of sticking with it to harvest our pesky ‘crop’ of balls and gather them into the ‘basket.’ [Transition] In our Large Group today, we’ll hear more about sticking with it and harvesting crops. Let’s go to Large Group!”


252 Groups

May 2014, Week 3 Compact K-5

Worship – Sanctuary Bible Story – Video Catch On: Make the Connection (Small Groups, 25-30 minutes) 1. Harvest Match-Up (review the Bible story / application activity) What You Need: “Jobs and Rewards” (Activity Page) What You Do: Lay out the separate jobs and rewards cards on the floor facedown. Sit in a circle around the grid. Tell kids they have to remember where certain cards are and match the reward with the right job (e.g., study, good grade). Each kid takes a turn flipping over two cards, looking at the image, and reading them. If the reward matches the job, that kid gets to keep the cards. (Small Group Leader tip: Use the letter in the bottom right hand corner of the card to be sure if a pair matches.) When all the cards are paired and claimed, mix them up, lay them out and play again! TO ADAPT FOR YOUNGER KIDS: Be ready to help early readers sound out words or even read the word for them, if they are struggling. What You Say: [Apply] “Just like Paul told the Galatians, many jobs we do are tough but it seems like the tougher the job, the bigger the reward! That’s why it’s important to remember, [Impress] I should stick with it because it’s worth it.”

Pray and Dismiss What You Need: Index cards, envelopes, card-making supplies What You Do: Let the kids make encouraging cards that they will give or mail to someone. These could be cards to specific people, or general cards of blessings and well wishes to give to people who are sick or shut-in. When kids are finished with the cards, lead them in prayer. Option: Collect the cards and deliver them to a local organization, such as an assisted living complex or a veteran’s hospital. What You Say: “Our Bottom Line is: [Impress] I should stick with it because it’s worth it. We’ve also been talking about how we can ‘do good.’ [Apply] One of the ways we can do good is to encourage others— and stick with it. Just like Paul wrote letters to his friends to tell them they were awesome, we all have people in our lives that we could build up with positive words. As we pray today, I want you to think of someone who could use some encouragement. ‘Dear God, we know that You are awesome and we can trust You no matter what. Help us not become tired of doing good and give us eyes to see where You need us to help others. God, there are so many people who need encouragement and they need to know how much You love them. Help us to show the world Your love. Amen.’” Give each child a GodTime card. Pass out Parent CUE cards as adults arrive to pick up.

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