jTV: Forgiveness in Real Life
Virtue: Forgiveness: Showing love to someone who has hurt you.
Main Point: I can forgive others.
Bible Story: Joseph Forgives His Brothers
Bible Passage: Genesis 37-45
Memory Verse: “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)
WHAT YOU NEED: deck of cards (2)
WHAT YOU DO:
Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to your eGroup. Ask them about their week and interests. Use the following questions to generate discussion:
What’s something cool that happened this week?
What was the best part of your week?
Have you ________ (seen/eaten/listened to/read) any good _________ (movies/TV shows/food/music/books) lately?
What are you looking forward to next week?
Once you have five to six kids begin “jTV.”
Kids can play this game in groups of eight. Use the second deck of cards to start a second group if needed.
Deal the entire deck of cards as evenly as possible to all kids. Kids should look at the cards in their personal deck.
It’s okay if some kids receive fewer cards than others.
Choose a kid to begin play. This kid starts by choosing one card from his or her deck to create a center pile. This pile should be in reach of all kids.
Rotating clockwise, each kid will try to match the card just played.
If a kid can’t play the same card as the center card, he or she loses their turn.
If a kid can play the same card as the center card:
The first kid who can play the same card will lay their card down and say, “j.”
The second kid who can play the same card will lay their card down and say, “T.”
The final kid who can play the same card will lay their card down and say, “V.”
The kid who said “V” will start the next round by laying any card from their personal pile on the center pile.
The first kid to get rid of all the cards in their personal deck wins!
WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Livestream scripts (4), Bible story sheet
WHAT YOU 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!
We’re in a series called jTV, where we’re learning about forgiveness. Even though the Bible was written thousands of years ago, we’re going to livestream the story today and act it out in real life. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and learn about someone who forgave others.”
WHAT YOU DO:
Choose three kids to be the actors and have them stand in front of the eGroup. Assign them each a part and give them each their corresponding script. SEE THE LEADER TIP ON THE LEFT.
The eGroup leader is the narrator. Read the Livestream script aloud while the kids livestream (read and act out) the story.
After finishing the story, let the group review and discuss what happened in the livestream story and what it teaches about forgiveness.
Read today’s Bible story with the eGroup.
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Genesis 37. NOTE: This may take time, but it helps kids learn skills for reading the Bible on their own. If needed, encourage kids to use the table of contents in their Bible, and then decide if the book is in the Old or New Testament.
Read the Bible story aloud as directed on the Bible story sheet.
WHAT YOU SAY:
“Forgiveness is not a feeling; it’s a decision. Many times, we won’t feel like forgiving someone who has hurt us. Even though Joseph’s brothers hurt him and sold him as a slave, he decided to forgive them. He could have been mad and had them killed, but he decided to forgive them for their actions.
People will hurt us, sometimes on purpose, but other times on accident. Forgiveness is not always easy, but God asks us to show forgiveness to those who have hurt us. We can forgive others because we have been forgiven by God.”
WHAT YOU NEED: game boards (2), game cards (2 sets of 12), game pieces (2 sets of 4), dice (2)
WHAT YOU DO:
Divide kids into two groups. Give each group a game board, a set of game cards, four game pieces, and one die. Groups should place the game cards on the spot on their board where it says, “DRAW CARD.”
In each group, help kids form four teams. Teams may consist of one or two kids depending on the size of the eGroup.
Tell each team to choose a game piece and place it on one of the “Start” spaces on the game board.
Explain teams will roll the die to move around the game board from their “Start” space to their “Home” space.
If a game piece lands on a “DRAW CARD” space, the team on that space should take a card, read it aloud, and follow the instructions. Used cards can be returned to the “DISCARD CARD” space and reused if needed.
The first team to get their game piece to their “Home” wins!
WHAT YOU SAY:
“We may not always feel like forgiving someone, but forgiveness is not a feeling; it’s a decision. We decide to show love to others, and we show forgiveness with both our words and actions. Our memory verse, Ephesians 4:32, tells us we can forgive each other because Jesus first forgave us. This week, remember to forgive others.”
Think of a time someone hurt your feelings. How did you respond? Looking back, would you have changed your response?
Have you ever had to ask a friend for forgiveness, but felt afraid of how they would respond? How did it feel to be forgiven?
(For the following question, use the game cards that did not show forgiveness. Read the scenario on a card and then ask the question.) How could you show forgiveness in this situation?
JOURNAL AND PRAYER
WHAT YOU NEED: eKidz Prayer Journal (or eKidz Prayer Journal page), pen
WHAT YOU SAY:“Today we learned that even though people hurt us, we need to show them forgiveness. When you choose to forgive, you can see God do great things through you! I want you to think of one person that you’ve been having a hard time forgiving, even though you know you should. I’m going to write your name in our eKidz Prayer Journal. This week I will pray for you to love others like Jesus and show forgiveness to that person.”WHAT YOU DO: Write down each kid’s name in your eKidz Prayer Journal. Take your eKidz Prayer Journal home with you and pray for your kids throughout the week.WHAT YOU DO: Have kids silently repeat this prayer after you:SUGGESTED PRAYER: “God, thank You for loving us and forgiving us of all the wrong things we do. I am having a hard time forgiving _____________ for _____________. Please help me love this person and forgive them like You forgive others. I love You. In Jesus name, amen.”
WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, deck of cards (2), Face Off challenge sheet
WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Ephesians 4:32, tells us that we should forgive others. Forgiveness means showing love to someone who has hurt you. Because God first forgave us, we can forgive others.”
WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage them to use tools from the Bible tool kit to mark the verse in their Bible. Tell kids who didn’t bring a Bible they will receive a memory verse card during the Bring It! Challenge so they can practice it at home.
Ask kids if there are any words or phrases they don’t understand and explain them as needed.
Choose a memory verse activity: “Face Off” or “Verse Practice.”
Kids can play this game in groups of four to eight. Use the second deck of cards to start a second group if needed.
Deal the cards as evenly as possible to all kids. Kids should not look at the cards in their personal deck.
All kids will turn over a card at the same time from the top of their deck.
The kids with the highest and lowest card will face off to win all the cards turned over for that round.
Use the Face Off challenge sheet to call out one challenge for the two kids to complete. The first kid to complete the challenge wins the round and all the cards. Have them add the cards to the bottom of their deck.
Continue for each round.
Play as time allows. The kid with the most cards (or all the cards) wins!
Use the following methods to help kids practice the memory verse:
REPEAT AFTER ME: Have kids repeat phrases of the verse after you.
PAIR UP: Have kids pair up to practice the verse together.
MOTIONS: Come up with motions to represent phrases in the verse. Practice it together.