Finders 4: Fool’s Gold
Virtue: Responsibility: Doing what you are supposed to do.
Main Point: Doing what you are supposed to do by following directions.
Bible Story: Noah
Bible Passage: Genesis 6:5 – 9:17
Memory Verse: “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)
Welcome / Worship Bumper Intro
“Welcome to Motion and welcome to the first week of Finders 4: Fool’s Gold! I’m so excited you’re all here! Before we begin our hunt for Goldman, we’re going to welcome a special group of people who are in eKidz for the first time. Motion, help me welcome our VIPs!
If you have any questions, just ask someone in a blue eKidz shirt! We’re all here to make sure you have an awesome time. One of the ways we have an awesome time in Motion is by singing, clapping, and dancing while we worship. Motion, check out this video!”
(walk of stage)
Worship Leader Intro Video
Worship Song – Louder
Worship Song Intro
“Motion, stay standing as we sing I Am Yours.”
Worship Song – I Am Yours
“Before you have a seat, turn to three people, high five them and say, ‘Let’s go find Goldman!’
(engage kids, high-fiving them and repeating the phrase)
Like I said earlier, we’ve got a huge reason to be excited today. Take a look at the screen behind me! We’re beginning our brand new season of The Finders and it’s sure to be full of mystery and intrigue.
Now if you’ve never seen The Finders before, let me explain what you’ve missed! The Finders first started as a Film Club meeting at Miller’s Ridge Academy, but they banded together to become the mystery solving group known as The Finders. Last season, The Finders had to solve the mystery of the missing Mask of Monodios, but discovered the Mask was stolen by a criminal mastermind by the name of Goldman. Check out the screen as we look back at last season for our first encounter with Goldman.
(refer to screen for Goldman clip)
Now, The Finders are back to track down Goldman and close this case once and for all. Motion, I can’t wait to find out what’s going to happen in the new season of The Finders, so put your hands together and check out the screen because it’s time for episode one of Finders 4: Fool’s Gold!”
(initiate applause, walk off stage)
Finders 4 Episode 1
Video Outro / Dismissal to eGroups
“Motion, it looks like Goldman is back to his old tricks but I’m worried that Hannah may lose sight of what’s really important. She seems to be so focused on finding Goldman that she’s been forgetting about her real responsibility: taking care of her uncle Xander’s bakery. Will Hannah be able to focus on the directions Xander gave her and show responsibility or will she let her search for Goldman distract her from the friends and family around her?
Make sure you’re here next week to find out what happens in the next episode of Finders 4: Fool’s Gold.”
Right now we’re going to dismiss to our eGroups to learn more about how following directions helps us show responsibility. When I call your eGroup leaders’ name, you can follow them back to your eGroup.”
(call eGroup leaders’ names and dismiss kids)
“Welcome back from your eGroups! Like I said earlier, we’re so happy to have our VIPs with us today. If you’re a VIP, you’ll want to check out the screen because I’ve got some special instructions just for you.
(refer to the screen)
This is a VIP lanyard. If you’re a VIP, you’re wearing this around your neck right now.
[VIP Slide – Lanyard]
When you leave Motion, you need to take that lanyard to the orange tent called the Welcome Area.
[VIP Slide – Welcome Area]
Once you get to the Welcome Area, show them your lanyard and they will give you a gift!
[VIP Slide – Gift]
[VIP Slide – All Combined]
VIP Lanyard + Welcome Area = Gift.”
Trading Card Video Setup
“Now Motion, I’ve got something amazing I want to share with you. Throughout all of The Finders seasons, you’ve collected trading cards that you could trade with your friends. During Finders 4, we’ve decided to mix things up with the trading cards and we’ve got a brand new, exciting GAME for you to play. Check out the screen!”
Trading Card Video
Bring It! Challenge Setup
“That’s right Motion! During Finders 4, each trading card you collect will be a card you can add to your deck as you play against your friends to earn prizes and even more trading cards. Before we hand out your base packs, I want to hear who’s excited to play. On the count of three, I want you to cheer as loud as you can. One, two, three!
(wait for cheers)
If you want the first pack of cards, I want to hear you cheer! One, two, three!
(wait for cheers)
It sounds like this lucky kid cheered the loudest! Here you go, the first base pack of Finders trading cards!
(give one kid who cheered loudly the first pack of cards)
Ok, Motion, circle around your eGroup leaders to get your base pack and first Finders 4: Fool’s Gold trading card!”
(give eGroup leaders time to hand out cards)
Bring It! Challenge
“Now that you’ve all got your trading cards, let’s play one round of the beginner’s version of the game together. Take 15 seconds and find one person to play against.
(give kids time to find a partner)
Okay, lay out your game board, shuffle your cards, place the cards face down on the ‘draw’ space.
(give kids to time to do what was instructed)
Now just so we’re all clear, we’ll be playing a round with the rules from the easier game. When you play later with your friends, you can choose to play the more advanced version with item cards and location cards in full effect. For now though, lets walk through the basics of the game. Everyone turn over the top card of your deck. Do that now. The player who drew the higher power card gets to go second.
(kids will flip over the top card and determine who gets to go second)
Now, everyone draw 5 cards. If you are the player who is supposed to go first, give me a wave. OK, player 1, choose the two cards that have the highest power when added together and will lay those cards onto the ‘Card 1’ and ‘Card 2’ area. Player 2, play your two best cards, trying to play better cards than player 1. Everyone go ahead and do that now.
(give kids time to play the first round)
Now determine who won that round. Everyone take the cards off of the ‘Card 1’ and ‘Card 2’ area and put those cards along with the rest of your hand on the discard pile.
(give kids time to clear the game board)
Then, we’ll begin the second round by everyone drawing 5 new cards and switching who goes first and second. Go ahead and play the second round of the game and we’ll see if we someone can walk away with their first victory. Play the second round now.
(give kids time to play a second round)
Alright, it looks like we had quite a few people win this practice round. If you’re tied after two rounds, you and your opponent will play one final round to determine the victor. For the third round, whoever went second in the first game gets to go first again.
In the game we just played, Item and Location card effects were not used. Once you get more familiar with the game, you can start playing with those rules, which is the way the game is meant to be played. Those instructions are found on your game board and will allow item effects, location effects, and will allow you to keep the rest of your hand at the end of your turn.”
Trading Card Game Time Setup
“Now that you’ve got your cards, game boards and we’ve played a round of the easier game together, pair up with a friend and get ready to play a game on your own! Make sure you’re playing a game with someone of your skill level, by the way. If you’re playing the beginner’s version of the game, play with other beginners. But if you’re a more advanced player, try to find other advanced players to play against.
During this time, your eGroup leaders and I will move around the room and help explain the rules, play games with you, and cheer you all on. Partner up and we’ll get started!”