Finding out what you should do and doing it.
If you want to be wise, think before you act.
MEMORY VERSE: PROVERBS 8:10 (NIV)
Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold.
Josiah Chose to Follow God
2 Kings 22-23
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.
MINUTE TO WIN IT CHALLENGE
DOMINOES (15 PER eGROUP), LARGE POPSICLE STICKS (1 PER KID PER eGROUP), STOPWATCH
SAY: “This weekend’s Minute to Win It Challenge is called, ‘Don’t Drop the Dominoes!’”
- To win this weekend’s challenge kids will work in pairs to see who can stack the most dominoes on a popsicle stick without the dominoes falling. Teammates have one minute to complete the task.
- Have kids compete in teams of two.
- Teams will compete one at a time while the rest of the group watches and counts as the competing team adds dominoes.
- To complete the challenge one kid will hold the popsicle stick in his/her mouth. (Throw the popsicle stick away after the challenge.)
- Use the stopwatch to give the team one minute to complete the challenge.
- When time begins, the second kid will stack the dominoes on the end of the popsicle stick. If any dominoes fall, they must start over.
- The team who stacks the most dominoes on the end of the popsicle stick in one minute are this week’s Minute-to-Win-It Champions!
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!
DOMINOES (15 PER eGROUP)
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 which don’t honor God. Before we talk more about wisdom, let’s get to know each other.”
- Have kids sit in a circle and choose a domino.
- Each kid will choose one of the two numbers on the domino, possible 0-15, to determine the question they answer.
- Go around the circle and have kids share their name and answer the question which matches the number chosen.
0-1: When is your birthday?
2-3: How many brothers and/or sisters do you have?
4-5: Do you have any pets? What are their names?
6-7: What is your middle name?
8-9: What is your favorite thing to do?
10-11: What is your favorite restaurant?
12-13: What is your favorite flavor of ice-cream?
14-15: What is your favorite snack food?
- After all kids have shared, collect the dominoes.
AS TIME ALLOWS, DO: Ask a question and have kids share their response.
- Do you know what the word spontaneous means? to do something without planning or thinking about it ahead of time
- When was a time you were spontaneous with your family or friends? Share something you did that wasn’t planned.
SAY: “Doing spontaneous things can be fun. But sometimes doing things without thinking about what might happen later can be unwise. What would happen if you choose to play video games instead of studying for your test, or stay up late when you know you have to be up early the next day. Today we will learn, if you want to be wise, think before you act.”
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: “So far this series we’ve learned 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 an effect on our lives. This series you had 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.) Today you’ll see if you choose wisely to earn a Game of Bring It! Choices prize!”
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’ve gotten closer to completing The Game of Bring It! Choices by reaching the Eliminator and the prize for the path you choose. Today we’ll see who filled up their chosen path by collecting game board pieces. If you are a VIP or it’s your first time during the Eliminator series, I can help you choose a path to follow.”
DO: Review how to earn game pieces. Encourage VIP kids to choose the level 1 path. Work to help VIP kids to learn the memory verse by the end of Motion so they can earn the level 1 prize today.
- 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 their game pieces earned for doing the things listed above. Allow kids to put game pieces on their game board. CELEBRATE kids for filling up a path and earning a prize. Have them put the game boards away before going to Large Group. Kids will show their game boards at dismissal to collect their prizes.
TRANSITION TO LARGE GROUP
JOSIAH CHOSE TO FOLLOW GOD
2 KINGS 22-23
BIBLES, BIBLE STORY CARDS (3)
SAY: “In today’s episode of Eliminator, Daniel had to choose wether or not to pull the fire alarm. Did he choose wisely? (Allow kids to respond.) Daniel chose to think it through so he could make a wise choice before he acted. Pulling the fire alarm would have gotten him out of class, but he also could have been kicked off the basketball team. One action that might not seem so bad can sometimes lead to something you didn’t mean to happen.
Today we’ll read a story about a King named Josiah [joe-sī-uh]. King Josiah had to think it through and choose how he should act. He had to choose whether the people in his kingdom would follow God OR if the he would allow them to do whatever they wanted and worship fake Gods. Did he choose wisely? Let’s open up our Bibles to 2 Kings 22:11 to find out.”
DO: Help kids find 2 Kings 22:11 in their Bibles. Read the Bible story from the Bible Story Cards while kids follow along in their Bibles.
SAY: “King Josiah heard what would happen if he chose to let his people continue to worship fake gods. King Josiah thought before he acted and chose to follow God. He thought about the wise choice to make before he acted and then chose to do it.
You too can be wise and think before you act. Just like King Josiah made the choice to worship only God, we can choose to follow Jesus with our actions. Before you act, think about what Jesus taught us in the Bible, things like showing kindness and being honest. Do your best to make choices to live according to His word!”
THINK ABOUT IT
MASKING TAPE, “THINK ABOUT IT” DISCUSSION QUESTIONS, FOOD (30 PIECE OF COLORFUL PAPER PER eGROUP)
DO: Read Proverbs 22:3 from the Bible.
SAY: “The Bible has a whole book full of proverbs like this one. Proverbs are pieces of advice from God to help you make wise choices. What does Proverbs 22:3 say? (Allow kids to respond.) This proverb tells us it is wise to think before you act which saves themselves a lot of trouble. I’m glad Daniel chose not to pull the fire alarm. He wouldn’t have like being kicked off the basketball team. Don’t be like the ‘simple,’ or ‘unwise,’ in Proverbs 22:3. They go with the first idea they have even if it isn’t the best idea. Then they end up with a result they don’t like. If you want to be wise, think before you act!”
- Split the kids into two teams.
- Make a tape line in the middle of the eGroup area, about six feet long.
- Have Team 1 sit on one side of the tape line and Team 2 on the other side of the tape line.
- Starting with Team 1, take turns asking each team a “Think About It” Discussion Question.
- For each question the team must choose the wise action and tell why it’s a wise choice.
- Give each team time to think it through.
- For each answer teams get three pieces of food (paper). The more food the team collects the better advantage they’ll have in the next activity.
SAY: “You guys did a great job thinking about how to be wise and think before you act in those situations. It’s not always easy to make the wise choice, but making the best choice for yourself and others is what Jesus wants you to do. The next time you need to make an important decision, stop and think before you act to eliminate what’s unwise and make a wise choice.”
DO: Have teams remain on either side of the line for the next activity.
PRAYER AND GAME ACTIVITY
MASKING TAPE, FOOD (COLORFUL PAPER FROM PREVIOUS ACTIVITY), STOPWATCH
SAY: “Remember, if you want to be wise, think before you act. Before we begin our last activity, let’s pray together and ask God to help us think before we act so we can make wise choices.”
DO: Take prayer requests and write them down to 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 want to be wise in how we act. Help us think through a choice before we make a decision to act. Please help us know what choice is wise and what choice is not. We love You! In Jesus’ name, amen!”
SAY: “You may be wondering why you are still sitting on either side of this line holding those pieces of colorful paper. Well, I hope our discussion gave you some food for thought, because you are going to need it for our food fight! Listen carefully to the rules!”
- The goal of the game is to be the team with the least amount of food (paper) on their side of the line after time is up.
- Have teams ball up the food (paper) they earned during, “Think About It.”
- Have teams spread out on their side.
- To keep it safe, kids cannot stand during the game, but must play from a seated position or from knees. KIDS CANNOT THROW food (paper), it must be tossed underhand.
- Remind kids to think before they act. The goal of the game is not to hit kids with food (paper) but get as much food (paper) on the other side as possible.
- When you say, “TIME TO BE WISE,” teams must stop tossing the food (paper).
- Once kids understand the rules, have a food fight!
- Use the stopwatch to give the teams one minute to get rid of their food (paper).
- When time is up, each team will count how much food (paper) is on their side of the line.
- The team with the least amount of food (paper) wins!
- If time allows, redistribute the food (paper) and play again.