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THE FINDERS: FOOL’S GOLD

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Week 1:  November 14/15

 

 eGROUP LESSON PLAN

 

RESPONSIBILITY

Doing what you are supposed to do.

MAIN POINT

Doing what you are supposed to do by following directions.

MEMORY VERSE: LUKE 16:10 (NIV)

Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much,
and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

BIBLE STORY

Noah Follows Directions

Genesis 6:5 – Genesis 9:17

ENGAGE

ENGAGE starts 20 minutes before the worship experience begins. (4:40, 9:10, 11:10)

ENGAGE
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.

TIME
30 MINUTES

DO: 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.

SPOT IT: “FIND IT FIRST” EDITION

SUPPLIES

SPOT IT CARDS (1 FOOL’S GOLD CARD IN EACH DECK)

 

FIND IT FIRST – VERSION 1 (TWO TO EIGHT PLAYERS)

  • OBJECT: The object of the game is to collect the most cards.
  • SET UP: Have players sit in a circle. Shuffle the cards and deal one card face-up to each player. Place the remaining cards face down in the center of the group to form a draw pile.
    • Flip over the top card from the draw pile. Players try to be the first to find the ONE matching symbol appearing on both the center card and on their own card. The first player to do so should call it out (ex: “Lion!”) then take the center card and place it face-up on top of their flipped card, building a personal pile.
    • The first player to find the fool’s gold card must call out, “FOOL’S GOLD.” The first player to call it out gets to take a card from any player they choose.
    • Players will continue to use the top card of their personal pile to find a match with the revealed draw pile card. Repeat this process each time a new draw pile card is revealed. Play continues until no cards remain in the draw pile. The player with the most cards is the winner!

 

FIND IT FIRST – VERSION 2 (TWO TO EIGHT PLAYERS)

  • OBJECT: The object of the game is to have the least amount of cards after all rounds have been played. This is accomplished by getting rid of cards each round.
  • SET UP: Have players sit in a circle. Shuffle the cards and deal one card face down to each player. Set aside the remaining cards to use later. Decide how many rounds to play (between 4 and 8).
    • At the same time, players turn over the card in their hand, holding the card flat and steady in their palm so everyone can see. If players find a match between their card and another player’s card, he/she must call it out. (example: “Banana!”)
    • The player to call it out first places their card on top of matching player’s card and is now out for the round. (NOTE: Players with more than one card only look at their top card.) The round continues until one player ends up with all of the cards. The player loses the round and places the cards in a personal pile.
    • The first player to find the fool’s gold card must call out “FOOL’S GOLD.” The first player to call it out will give away their card to any player and is out for that round OR if they have a personal pile from losing a previous round they can give away their pile to any player.
    • Play as many rounds as decided at the beginning. Each round the losing player keeps the cards.
    • After all rounds have been played the player with the least amount of cards wins!

MEMORY VERSE

BEGIN ACTIVITY 10 MINUTES AFTER THE START OF THE WORSHIP EXPERIENCE (5:10, 9:40, 11:40)

MEMORY VERSE
During this time introduce your eGroup kids to the series virtue and memory verse. Spend time teaching and practicing the memory verse.

SUGGESTED TIME
5-8 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
NONE

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, learn what it means to live for Jesus, and play games!

This is the first weekend of Finders 4: Fool’s Gold! Our favorite mystery solving friends, The Finders, are back! This season of The Finders, Hannah, Zack, Caleb, and Charlie will find out that to be trusted with important things, you have to be responsible. Responsibility is doing what you are supposed to do. Today we will learn being responsible means doing what you are supposed to do by following directions.

When you have been asked to do something like a chore, class work, or a job, it’s called a responsibility. The Bible tells us when you do what you are supposed to do, with the smallest responsibilities, you can be trusted with big responsibilities, too. Let’s memorize Luke 16:10 to help us remember what Jesus taught in the Bible about responsibility.”

DO: Practice the memory verse with kids. You can use the following methods to help kids learn the memory verse:

  • REPEAT AFTER ME: Have kids repeat the words after you.
  • PAIR UP: After practicing the verse as a group, have kids pair up to practice the verse.
  • MOTIONS: Come up with motions to help remember the verse as a group. Practice it together.
  • DROP A BEAT: Put the verse to a beat as you say it together. You can do this by clapping, patting your legs, stomping, or any combination to make a beat.

Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, 

and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

Luke 16:10 (NIV)

STOP: TRANSITION TO LARGE GROUP

CONNECT

FINDING RESPONSIBILITY

CONNECT ACTIVITY: Kids will connect the idea of responsibility with the weekly Finders 4: Fool’s Gold episode and connect with each other.

SUGGESTED TIME

7-8 MINUTES

SUPPLIES

FINDERS 4 CHARACTER CARDS (Caleb, Charlie, Zack, Hannah, Xander)

SAY: “What an amazing first episode of Finders 4: Fool’s Gold! Can you believe how The Finders discovered Hannah’s Uncle Xander? I can’t wait until next weekend to see if we find out how he ended up tied to a chair with a piece of gold tape over his mouth!”

DO: 

  • Review the characters in today’s episode of Finders 4: Fool’s Gold by displaying the five Finders 4 character cards seen in the episode
  • Place the Caleb, Charlie, Zack, Hannah, and Xander cards in separate sections of the eGroup area.
  • Have kids sit around the character cards of their favorite character from today’s episode. There should be no more than four kids around each character card.
  • Once kids are sitting around the card have them introduce themselves to their group and share why this character is their favorite from episode 1 of Finders 4: Fool’s Gold.

SAY: “We can learn about responsibility from today’s episode of Finders 4: Fool’s Gold. Let’s talk about what happened to the characters.”

DO:

  • Ask the following questions and have kids discuss in their groups. Share answers from different groups after each question.
  • QUESTIONS:
  • What was Hannah’s job at her uncle’s bakery? (to keep it clean)
  • Did Hannah do what she was supposed to do? (No. She made a mess because she was distracted by tracking down Goldman.)
  • In today’s episode Zack told Hannah, “You uncle is counting on you. He gave you pretty clear directions – keeping this place clean is your responsibility.” What could Hannah have done to be more responsible? (Followed her Uncle’s directions first before she collected clues about Goldman. She could have asked someone to help her.)
  • Do you think Uncle Xander will trust Hannah to do her job after the mess she’s made? Why or why not?
  • Collect the cards before moving on to the next activity.

GROW

NOAH FOLLOWED DIRECTIONS | GENESIS 6:5 – GENESIS 9:17

BIBLE STORY ACTIVITY: Kids will assimilate the story by piecing different parts of the story together. Kids will draw how the Bible story characters acted responsibly or did not act responsibly.

SUGGESTED TIME

8-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES

BIBLES, ASSIMILATION SHEET, PENS, NOTECARDS, LEADER SHEET, CANDY CLUE 1

SAY: “Uncle Xander’s candy is delicious! Today we have a chance to try a piece of his famous candy, but first we must learn what the Bible says about responsibility and learn how we can be responsible in our own lives!  By doing so we’ll earn clues about today’s flavor of Xander’s candy!

Not only does Xander make delicious candy, but he also is an inventor. One of his most famous inventions is an assimilation ray. The assimilation ray turns a special powder made by Xander into any food in the world. The word assimilation means to take in and understand. It’s like putting the pieces together so you can understand something. Let’s assimilate the Bible story by finding how a man named Noah was responsible.”

DO:

  • Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles.
  • Use the leader sheet to instruct kids where to turn in their Bibles to find and read examples of Noah showing responsibility. NOTE: This may take time, but it helps them learn skills for reading the Bible on their own.
  • Give each kid a notecard and a pen. Have kids draw two lines to divide their notecard into four sections.
  • For each part of the Bible story you read to the kids, have them draw how Noah showed responsibility on their notecard.
  • ASK:
  • How did Noah show responsibility? (By trusting God and following His directions even when no one else understood. He did what he was supposed to do.)
  • By following God’s directions, did God trust Noah with bigger responsibilities? (Yes! God trusted Noah and his family with God’s new covenant. His covenant was to never again flood the Earth. Noah and his family would help God rebuild life on Earth.)
  • After discussion, have kids put their notecards on the Bible Story Box on the Assimilation Sheet.

SAY: “Great job! We’ve earned our first clue by finding responsibility in the Bible! (Show kids Clue Card 1.) What flavor could today’s Xander candy be? (Allow kids to respond.) Let’s learn about responsibility in our own lives to get our final clue.”

DO: Place the Clue Card 1 on the Clue 1 Box on the Assimilation Sheet.

 

GROW

NOAH FOLLOWED DIRECTIONS | GENESIS 6:5 – GENESIS 9:17

BIBLE STORY ACTIVITY: Kids will assimilate the story by piecing different parts of the story together. Kids will draw how the Bible story characters acted responsibly or did not act responsibly.

SUGGESTED TIME

8-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES

BIBLES, ASSIMILATION SHEET, PENS, NOTECARDS, LEADER SHEET, CANDY CLUE 1

SAY: “Uncle Xander’s candy is delicious! Today we have a chance to try a piece of his famous candy, but first we must learn what the Bible says about responsibility and learn how we can be responsible in our own lives!  By doing so we’ll earn clues about today’s flavor of Xander’s candy!

Not only does Xander make delicious candy, but he also is an inventor. One of his most famous inventions is an assimilation ray. The assimilation ray turns a special powder made by Xander into any food in the world. The word assimilation means to take in and understand. It’s like putting the pieces together so you can understand something. Let’s assimilate the Bible story by finding how a man named Noah was responsible.”

DO:

  • Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles.
  • Use the leader sheet to instruct kids where to turn in their Bibles to find and read examples of Noah showing responsibility. NOTE: This may take time, but it helps them learn skills for reading the Bible on their own.
  • Give each kid a notecard and a pen. Have kids draw two lines to divide their notecard into four sections.
  • For each part of the Bible story you read to the kids, have them draw how Noah showed responsibility on their notecard.
  • ASK:
  • How did Noah show responsibility? (By trusting God and following His directions even when no one else understood. He did what he was supposed to do.)
  • By following God’s directions, did God trust Noah with bigger responsibilities? (Yes! God trusted Noah and his family with God’s new covenant. His covenant was to never again flood the Earth. Noah and his family would help God rebuild life on Earth.)
  • After discussion, have kids put their notecards on the Bible Story Box on the Assimilation Sheet.

SAY: “Great job! We’ve earned our first clue by finding responsibility in the Bible! (Show kids Clue Card 1.) What flavor could today’s Xander candy be? (Allow kids to respond.) Let’s learn about responsibility in our own lives to get our final clue.”

DO: Place the Clue Card 1 on the Clue 1 Box on the Assimilation Sheet.

GROW

FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS

DISCUSSION ACTIVITY: Kids will apply the lesson of responsibility to their own lives.

SUGGESTED TIME

7-8 MINUTES

SUPPLIES

CANDY CLUE 2, ASSIMILATION SHEET (FROM PREVIOUS ACTIVITY), XANDER’S CANDY OF THE WEEK

SAY: “Jesus was responsible. He did what he was supposed to do. He followed the directions of His Father and lived a life without sin. As we live our lives to be like Jesus we can do what we are supposed to do by following directions.”

DO:

  • Have kids sit in a circle.
  • Ask the questions below to have kids discuss how they can be responsible.
  • After each discussion question give the group one piece of clue 2 by placing it on the “Xander’s Candy Clue 2” spot on the Assimilation Sheet.
  • After all four questions have been discussed the second candy clue will be revealed!

QUESTIONS:

  • What are some responsibilities you have at home? School? 
  • What are directions your parents give you? (Possible Answers: take turns, say your sorry, listen, be patient, use good manners) How does following the directions your parents give you show you are responsible?
  • How can you show others you can be trusted with more responsibilities? (Following directions even with the smallest things you are supposed to do. When you follow directions, others can trust you to do what is asked of you and will give you more responsibilities.)
  • When don’t follow directions, how can that hurt the trust someone has for you? (They can’t rely on you. They will stop asking you to do things for them. They will think you can’t do what you are supposed to do.)

SAY: “When we do what we are supposed to do by following directions, we are being responsible. You did a great job following directions today so let’s put our last clue together. What is it? (Allow kids to respond.) What do you think our Xander’s candy flavor is today? (Allow kids to respond.) That’s right! Blue Raspberry! Nice work. You get your first piece of Xander’s Candy! Come back next week and we’ll assimilate more clues about responsibility and try another flavor of Xander’s candy.”


DO: Pass out one piece of Xander’s blue raspberry candy to each kid. Allow them to eat it. Teach them to show responsibility by cleaning up the eGroup area and not leaving any wrappers behind!

 

GROW

PEEDY DELIVERY

PRAYER AND GAME ACTIVITY: Prayer is an important way to share Jesus with passion. Spend time in prayer with your eGroup before beginning the game.

SUGGESTED TIME

8-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES

eKIDZ PRAYER JOURNAL, PENS, PIZZA GAME SET (4 PER eGROUP)

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 being an example we can follow. Help us to be responsible by the following directions given to us. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

SAY: “In today’s Finders 4: Fool’s Gold episode, the pizza delivery guy was fast! He delivered the pizza and was gone before Hannah could blink. Today the fastest pizza delivery team will win the game, Speedy Delivery. Your team must follow directions to have the speediest and correct delivery to win each round. Whichever team wins the most rounds wins the game.”

DO:

  • Divide kids into teams (3-5 kids per team) and give each team a pizza game set.
  • The goal of the game is to win the most rounds by delivering the pizza order with the correct ingredients the fastest.
  • For each round call out a pizza order from below. Repeat the order as needed each round.
  • Teams must follow directions and send ONE team member to deliver the pizza to you the fastest with the correct ingredients. Have kids walk, not run, when delivering the pizza.
  • If a team comes to you with incorrect ingredients, have them go back and try again.
  • Each round teams must clear off their pizza before starting the next round.

PIZZA ORDERS: Kids will build their pizza on the blank cheese pizza. The number beside each topping indicates how many topping cards.

ROUND 1: 2 pepperonis, 1 green pepper, 3 pieces of fool’s gold

ROUND 2: 3 mushrooms, 3 onions, 1 piece of fool’s gold

ROUND 3: 1 piece of fool’s gold, 1 mushroom, 3 red peppers, 2 pepperonis

ROUND 4: 2 pieces of fool’s gold, 3 pepperonis, 2 pineapples, and 1 more gold piece

ROUND 5: 1 mushroom, 2 pineapples, 2 green peppers, 1 red pepper, 3 pepperonis, 2 onions,

and 1 piece of fool’s gold

 

STOP: TRANSITION TO LARGE GROUP
Take lesson plan and Bring It! supplies to Large Group!

SUPPLIES: Prize Tickets

 

BRING IT! CHALLENGE

THE BRING IT! CHALLENGE WILL BE COMPLETED IN LARGE GROUP.

OVERVIEW: During Finders 4: Fool’s Gold kids will participate in the most exciting trading card challenge yet, The Finders: The Game! Kids can collect trading cards by attending Motion and use the cards to play The Game. Kids can collect fool’s gold pieces on their game boards for winning trading card games, bringing their Bibles, saying the series verse, showing responsible behavior in eGroup, and participating in Large Group games. Each week kids get one new Finders 4 trading card from the eGroup supply.

TIME 

5-6 MINUTES

SUPPLIES

1 PER CHILD: GAME BOARD, PART 1 GAME BOARD STICKER, TRADING CARD BASE PACK, PLASTIC CARD CONTAINER, GOLD PIECE, WEEKLY ATTENDANCE TRADING CARD
PER eGROUP: PART 1 CARD RELEASE POSTER, FOOL’S GOLD STICKER SHEET

SAY: “I am so excited for you to play The Finders: The Game! Let’s review the Bring It! Challenge and prizes you can earn for winning games!”

DO: 

  • Give each kid a game board and Part 1 game board sticker to place on their game board. Have kids write their first and last name on their game board with a Sharpie marker.
  • Review the information on the back of the game board, including series information and how to earn fool’s gold stickers and prizes.
  • Award kids with fool’s gold stickers on their game board for bringing their Bible, saying the series verse, and showing responsible behavior during eGroup. Remind kids they can earn more fool’s gold stickers for winning rounds of The Finders: The Game and participating in Large Group.

SAY: “Guess what? Not only am I going to give you a base pack of cards today, you’ll also get an additional card today just for attending Motion!”

DO:

  • Show the card release poster for cards being released during The Finders: Fool’s Gold Part 1. Give kids their trading card base packs and ONE attendance trading card. NOTE: Do not let them choose the card they would like. Randomly distribute one card to each child.

SAY: “You can earn more cards by winning Large Group games, too! Right now we are going to play one game together as a Motion group, step by step. Does anyone have questions before we start playing? If you need help playing the game, I’ll be walking around! Whenever you have a winner of a game, raise your hand and I, or another eGroup leader, can give the winner a fool’s gold sticker for your game board. Let’s play!”

DO: Walk around Large Group and help kids play The Finders: The Game. Award game winners (first player to win two games) with a fool’s gold sticker for their game board.