I will remember, God has a plan for me.
MEMORY VERSE: PSALM 103:1-2 (NLT)
Let all that I am praise the Lord;
with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
Let all that I am praise the Lord;
may I never forget the good things he does for me.
Samuel Anoints David as King
1 Samuel 16
ENGAGE starts 20 minutes before the worship experience begins.
Engage is a time to welcome kids to your eGroup with a fun activity to help them feel comfortable and get to know each other. Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to the eGroup. Ask them about their week and interests. Once you have five to six kids begin the Engage activity.
I PACKED MY SUITCASE
SAY: “Whenever you go on a vacation you have to plan for what you are going to pack, so you remember to take everything you will need for the trip. We’re going to pack our eGroup suitcase and your job is to remember what everyone is taking!”
- The object of the game is to have everyone remember what those who came before them have packed in the eGroup suitcase.
- Have kids sit in a circle.
- Choose an object starting with the letter “A” (for example, an apple). Begin the game by saying “I packed our eGroup suitcase with an apple.”
- Continuing through the alphabet, the next kid will choose an object starting with the letter “B”. They will add on to the previous statement what was packed in the suitcase. (“I packed our suitcase with an apple and a book.”)
- If a kid can’t remember what was said before, help them by giving them clues.
- Go around the circle and see if the group can make it through the alphabet remembering everything everyone packed in the suitcase.
- MODIFICATION FOR OLDER KIDS: Make the activity harder by only allowing objects in a certain category (food, clothes, animals).
ONCE THE WORSHIP EXPERIENCE BEGINS (5:00, 9:30, 11:30)
Connect is a time for kids to connect with their eGroup leader. Participate and have fun with your eGroup. Learn the names of your eGroup kids and try to learn something about each one. Let them learn about you!
PLAY PLACE BALL
SAY: “Welcome to eGroup! My name is _______ and I’m your eGroup leader! As an eGroup we will hang out together during Motion, hear stories from the Bible, talk about what it means to live for Jesus, and play games!
This is the last weekend of our series called Hey Me! We’ve learned about God’s truths and how we can remember them in our lives every day! But before we talk more about remembering God’s truths for our lives, let’s get to know each other!”
- Have kids stand or sit in a circle. Go around the circle and have each kid say their name before you begin the game.
- The objective of the game is to pass the ball to everyone in the circle once without dropping it. Also, kids should remember the order the ball is passed so they can pass the ball a second time in the same order.
- Start the game by saying the name of a kid in the circle and passing the ball to him or her.
- He or she then says the name of another kid and passes the ball to him or her.
- The ball will continue to be passed until everyone has had a chance to catch and throw. The last kid to catch the ball passes it back to you.
- If someone drops the ball, the game starts over with the original thrower (you).
DO, AS TIME ALLOWS: Ask a question and have kids share their response.
- What are some things you make plans for? vacation, hang out with friends, what to eat
- How do you feel when your plans don’t work out like you thought?
SAY: “Everybody makes plans to do things. Sometimes, we can’t be sure things will go as planned. But, one thing we can always be sure of is God has a plan for us and He helps us follow His plan. Today we’re going to learn to remember this truth: God has a plan for us.”
BRING IT! CHALLENGE
OVERVIEW: During Hey Me, we’re learning how to remember the most important truths about God. The best place to find God’s truths is in The BIBLE! The Hey Me Bring It! Challenge is all about teaching the kids to REMEMBER IT! Kids will be rewarded for remembering to BRING IT, READ IT, and SAY IT. Kids will get to choose prizes every week for doing one, two, or three of the REMEMBER IT challenges.
NOTE: If kids tell you they don’t have a Bible at home, write their name on the eTL info sheet provided. Give this to your eTeam Leader on the way to Large Group.
STICKERS (1, 2, 3), eTL INFO SHEET
SAY: “This series we are learning the most important truths about God and how we can remember the good things He does for us. Do you know the best place to look for those reminders and promises? (Allow kids to respond. Answer: The Bible!) In our Bring It! Challenge called, REMEMBER IT, if you remember to BRING IT (Bring your Bible to Motion), READ IT (read the Bible at home by doing a devotional), and SAY IT (say the memory verse any time during the series) you will get to choose from awesome prizes each week!”
SAY: “Our verse this series is Psalm 103:1-2. It reminds us to thank God for all the good things He does for us! Let’s practice!” Have kids repeat the words and motions after you.
Let all that I am (thumbs to chest) praise the Lord; (point up with both hands)
with my whole heart, (one hand over heart,)
I will praise his holy name. (one hand in the air)
Let all that I am (thumbs to chest) praise the Lord; (point up with both hands)
may I never forget (point to head)
the good things he does for me. (high five two people)
Psalm 103: 1 and 2 (hold up one then two fingers)
SAY: “Now it’s time to award prize stickers for the REMEMBER IT Bring It! Challenge. If you brought back your devotional from last week, get it out now! You’ll get this week’s devotional later today.”
- Give kids a chance to SAY IT (the memory verse.)
- Give kids a sticker based on the number of REMEMBER IT challenges they complete.
- BRING IT- has Bible, READ IT- has last week’s devotional completed, SAY IT- says memory verse
- Kids will earn the number of prizes on the sticker at dismissal. (Example: Sticker 1= one prize)
- “1” Sticker- if they have done one of the REMEMBER IT challenges
- “2” Sticker- if they have done two of the REMEMBER IT challenges
- “3” Sticker- if they have done all three of the REMEMBER IT challenges
TRANSITION TO LARGE GROUP
SAMUEL ANOINTS DAVID AS KING
1 SAMUEL 16:3-4, 6-7, 11-13
BIBLES, BIBLE STORY REMINDERS
SAY: “What do you want to be when you grow up? (Allow kids to respond.) Today, Mr. Frank taught us we all make plans, like what you want to be when you grow up, what you’re going to do this week, and even what we’re going to do later today! No matter what our plan is, or even if we don’t know what the plan is, we can trust God and remember He has a plan for us. Let’s open up our Bibles to 1 Samuel 16 to read about David, the guy who defeated Goliath. It is a story about how David learned about God’s plan for him.”
DO: Read the Bible Story using the Bible story reminder cards. Kids can follow along in their Bibles as you read from the Bible story reminder cards.
AFTER READING THE BIBLE STORY
DO: Mix up the Bible story reminder cards and have kids put them back in the correct order. Once they are back in the correct order, have the kids retell the story using the pictures.
- POINTING HAND: God told Samuel to go to Bethlehem to find the next king of Israel among the sons of Jesse. 1 Samuel 16:3-4
- HEART: God didn’t pick who Samuel thought should be king. God said he does not to look at the strength on the outside, but what is inside someone’s heart. 1 Samuel 16:6-7
- SHEEP: David was a shepherd out tending the sheep. He wasn’t even considered by Samuel or his father, but God had a plan for David. 1 Samuel 16:11
- CROWN: God had a plan for David to be king. Samuel anointed David with oil, and David did become king one day. 1 Samuel 16:12-13
SAY: “David had a good heart and loved God. David was preparing himself for the plan God had for him by following and obeying God, even before he knew the plan was for him to be king. God has a plan for everyone: He had a plan for David to become king, He had a plan for Jesus to come and take the punishment for our sins, and He has a plan for you and me.”
I WILL REMEMBER
BIBLE, DEVOTIONALS, PAPER, POST-IT PADS (1 PER KID), PENS
- Have kids find Psalm 32:8 in their Bibles. Read Psalm 32:8 from the Bible.
- Give kids the Bring It! Challenge devotional post-it for this week. Remind them to READ IT again at home. Have them place the sticky note near Psalm 32:8 in their Bible. If they don’t have a Bible, have them put it on a piece of paper.
SAY: “This Psalm was written by David after God made him King. David was looking back, remembering the plan God had. He could see how God gave him the skills he needed to be King. David realized by following God’s instructions, God had led him on the path to becoming King. God has a plan for all of us. We can trust and follow Him. He will guide us straight to the plan He has for us!
Just like David wrote down what he wanted to remember about God, we can write the truths we’re learning about God, too. All series you’ve been given Hey Me post-it pads to remember God’s truths. I am going to give you your last Hey Me post-it pad for the series!”
DO: Give kids a Hey Me post-it pad.
- What did David do to make sure he was living out God’s plan for him? He obeyed God and lived according to His word his whole life. He was faithful to God as a shepherd and remained faithful to God as a king.
- What can you be doing right now to be more like David in this situation? Obey God’s word, read the Bible, talk to God every day, remember God has a plan for you.
DO: Give kids a pen.
- On one of your post-its, draw a picture of you in the future. Below it write “Psalm 32:8.” You can remember to follow God and He will guide you through the plan He has for you. (Only have kids write the reference to the verse, not the whole verse.)
DO: Have kids use a post-it to write down, “God has a plan for me.” Have them write down two more things they want to remember from eGroup. This could be what they learned about David from the Bible story or how to follow God’s plan for their lives (read the Bible, pray, etc.).
SAY: “Put the reminders from the post-it pad in a place where you will notice them, like your bathroom mirror, your bedroom door, in your Bible, or on a school notebook. Use the other post-its in your Hey Me post-it pad to write down things you see in the Bible that remind you of God’s plan for you or how much Jesus loves us. When you see them you can remember to keep following God, letting Him lead you to the plan He has for your life!”
GOD IS OUR GUIDE
PRAYER AND GAME ACTIVITY
eKIDZ PRAYER JOUNRAL, MASKING TAPE
SAY: “Before we begin our last activity, let’s pray together.”
DO: Take prayer requests and write them down in your eKidz prayer journal so you can pray for your eGroup kids during the week. Encourage kids to share one or two prayer requests. Invite kids to pray with you if they want.
SUGGESTED PRAYER: “Dear God, thank You for having a plan for our lives. Thank You for going ahead of us and planning our steps for us. You are a good God. We love You! In Jesus’ name, amen.”
SAY: “Today we learned God is our guide and wants us to have the best life possible. For our game, ‘Be A Guide,’ let’s see if our teammates can help guide us along the correct path!”
- Have the kids split up into partners. One will be the “walker” and the other will be the “guide.”
- Set up a path for the GUIDE to navigate the WALKER through. Create the path with four to five “X”s using the tape.
- The WALKER must keep his/her eyes closed and follow the GUIDES instructions to find each “X.” The GUIDE does not need to touch the WALKER, but use guiding words like, “take a few small steps forward” or “ take a big step to the left.”
- Each pair of kids will take turns on the path.
- FOR OLDER KIDS: Time the pairs to see who can follow the path the quickest or change the path for each pair.
SAY: “Imagine how difficult it would have been to follow that path without a guide? When we trust in God, we can trust He is showing us the right way to go. Remember God is your guide and He has a plan for you!”