Finding out what you should do and doing it.
If you want to be wise, hang out with wise people.
MEMORY VERSE: PROVERBS 8:10 (NIV)
Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold.
Rehoboam Listens to the Unwise
1 Kings 12:1-15a
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.
PLASTIC CUPS (6 PER eGROUP), PING PONG BALLS (6 PER eGROUP), STOPWATCH
SAY: “This weekend’s Minute-to-Win-It Challenge is called, ‘Tilt-a-Cup!’”
- To win this weekend’s challenge kids will work in teams of two to catch as many pingpong balls in the cups as they can.
- Have kids choose a partner to form teams. Teams will compete one at a time in the challenge.
- To complete the challenge, one partner will hold a stack of six cups and the other partner will stand five feet away with the ping pong balls.
- Once the timer starts, the first partner will bounce a ping pong ball on the floor and the second partner will catch it in the cup that is on the top of the stack of cups.
- Once a ping pong ball has been caught, the kid holding the cups will move a cup from the bottom of the stack to top of the stack, placing it on top of the cup containing the ping pong ball.
- The team will continue to catch ping pong balls in the top cup until time is up. This will get harder as more ping pong balls are caught, because the cups stacked on ping pong balls will start to tilt.
- The team who catches the most ping pong balls in one minute is the winner of this weekend’s Minute-to-Win-It Challenge!
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!
PING PONG 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!
Our series this month is called Eliminator. We’re learning how wisdom is finding out what we should do and doing it by eliminating choices that don’t honor God. Before we talk more about wisdom, let’s get to know each other.”
- Have kids sit in a circle.
- Tell the group your name and your favorite game (board game, video game, etc).
- Roll the ping pong ball to a kid and ask him/her to tell the group his/her favorite game. Then he or she will choose a kid to roll the ping pong ball to next.
- This will continue until all kids have shared their name and favorite game.
AS TIME ALLOWS, DO: Ask a question and have kids share their response.
- Who is a friend you spend a lot of time with?
- What are ways this friend is there for you? always there for you, listens when you have a problem, plays with you, gives you advice, cheers you up, encourages you, celebrates with you when you pass a test or win a game, supports you when you don’t win,
- What kind of advice has this friend given you?
SAY: “During the week you spend a lot of time with your friends at school, on sports teams, or in your neighborhood. These friends should make you better by helping you make wise choices. Today we will learn, if you want to be wise, hang out with wise people.”
BRING IT! CHALLENGE
During Eliminator kids will receive a Game of Bring It Choices game board. Kids will choose which game path to complete to earn prizes during the series. Each weekend kids will earn game pieces for attending Motion, bringing a Bible, saying the memory verse, completing a home choice question, and/or bringing a friend. They will use the game pieces to fill up the path they choose. The goal is to reach the Eliminator and earn the prize for the chosen path.
GAME OF BRING IT CHOICES GAME BOARD, GAME BOARD PIECES, SHARPIE
SAY: “This series we are learning about making choices to be wise in our speech, wise with our friends, and wise about how we act. All of these choices are like a game. Every decision is important, and has a big effect on our lives. This series we gave you a choice for the Bring It! Challenge. Who brought back their Game of Bring It Choices game board? (Celebrate the kids who brought their game boards back.) If it’s your first week during this series, I’ll explain how to play The Game of Bring It Choices!”
DO: Pass out a Game of Bring It! Choices game board to VIP kids/kids new to series. Have kids write their name on the Game of Bring It! Choices game board with the sharpie.
SAY: “Each weekend by bringing it you will be closer to solving The Game of Bring It Choices by reaching the Eliminator and the prize for the path you choose. Fill up any path by collecting game board pieces for attending Motion, bringing your Bible, saying your memory verse, bringing a friend and a bonus option called the Home Choice. What path will you choose? The choice is yours!”
DO: Explain how to earn game pieces and prizes.
- Attending Motion= 1 game piece
- Bringing Your Bible= 1 game piece
- Reciting the Memory Verse= 2 game pieces
- One Home Choice Question= 2 game pieces
- Complete one Home Choice question each week to earn bonus game pieces. You can only receive two game pieces each weekend for answering a Home Choice question.
- Bring A Friend= 3 game pieces
DO: Give kids game pieces earned for doing the things listed above. Allow kids to put game pieces on their game board. Have them put the game boards away before going to Large Group.
TRANSITION TO LARGE GROUP
REHOBOAM LISTENS TO THE UNWISE
1 KINGS 12:1-15a
BIBLES, BIBLE STORY CARDS (3)
SAY: “In today’s episode of Eliminator, Daniel had to choose which group he wanted to work with for a science project. Did he choose wisely? (Allow kids to respond.) Daniel almost chose his group based on how he felt, not on what was wise. But once he thought about which team would make him better, not worse, he made the wise choice to join Olivia’s team.
Today we’ll read a story about a king named Rehoboam (ree-ho-BO-am). He had to make an important decision. He asked advice from two groups of people, one wise group who wanted to help him be a good king and another group who wanted him to use his power in a bad way. Did Rehoboam choose the advice of the wise OR did he choose to follow the advice of the unwise? Let’s open up our Bibles to 1 Kings 12:1 to find out.”
DO: Help kids find 1 Kings 12:1 in their Bibles. Read the Bible story from the Bible Story Cards while kids follow along in their Bibles.
SAY: “King Rehoboam chose to hang out with a group of unwise people. He took their advice and it did not make him better. Because of their advice he chose to treat the people in his kingdom cruelly. His actions did not honor God. What might have happened if he had chosen the advice of the wise people? (Allow kids to respond.)”
BIBLE, “WISE UP” CARD (1 PER KID), eGROUP LEADER “WISE UP” SCENARIO CARD
DO: Read Proverbs 13:20 from the Bible.
SAY: “The Bible has a whole book full of proverbs like this one. Proverbs are a piece of advice from God to help you make wise choices. What does Proverbs 13:20 tell us to do? (Allow kids to respond.) This proverb reminds us of the importance of choosing to be around wise people. Wise friends will help us make wise choices. Foolish friends, or those who have bad judgement, will give us bad advice which won’t help us.”
- Have kids sit in a circle.
- Give each kid a “Wise Up”card.
- One at a time, read the scenarios from the eGroup Leader “Wise Up”scenario card.
- If the kid in the scenario has chosen to hang out with wise friends, have kids hold up the wise side of the “Wise Up”card. Discuss why it was a wise choice.
- If the kid chooses to hang out with unwise friends, have them hold up the unwise side of the “Wise Up”card. Discuss what the kid in the scenario can do to wise up and make a choice to hang out with wise friends.
SAY: “As Christians we choose to follow Jesus. The friends we choose to hang out with should help us make choices which honor the decision to follow Jesus and help us eliminate choices which don’t. Sometimes it’s hard to make the wise choice and we need friends who are there to help us. Remember, if you want to be wise, hang out with wise people.”
PRAYER AND GAME ACTIVITY
COLORED MASKING TAPE
SAY: “Before we begin our last activity, let’s pray together and ask God to give us the wisdom to choose friends who will help us make wise choices.”
DO: Take prayer requests and write them down so you can pray for your 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, we know You want what is best for us. We want friends who want what is good for us, too. Please help us know when the friends who we hang out with don’t help us to make wise choices. Send friends into our lives who will make us better, not worse. We love you! In Jesus’ name, Amen!”
SAY: “Today we learned it’s wise to choose wise friends. In our game today, it will be important to choose wisely to win the game.”
- The goal of the game is for the kid who is “it” to get all of the “wise ones” on their side of the line of tape without choosing the one kid who is the hidden, “wisdom wipeout.”
- Place a line of tape about five feet long on the ground. Choose one kid to be “it” and have them stand on one side of the line.
- Have all the other kids line up side by side on the other side of the line facing the kid who is “it.” Have the kid who is “it” turn away from the group and close their eyes.
- Choose one of the kids in line to be the “wisdom wipeout” by tapping them on the shoulder.
- Have the kid who is “it” turn back around and start to choose “wise ones” to come to their side of the line of tape.
- When chosen, kids who are “wise ones” will cross over the line of tape to join the person who is “it,” while saying the main point, “If you want to be wise, hang out with wise friends.”
- When/if the kid who is the “wisdom wipeout” is chosen, he/she will say, “Wipeout!” and all kids will go back to the starting side of the line. The kids who was the “wisdom wipeout” is now “it.”
- If the kid who is “it” successfully gets all of the “wise ones” on their side without choosing the “wisdom wipeout,” congratulate them for choosing wisely. Choose a new kid to be “it” and play again.