Each Sunday Plus Bible Focus lesson includes a Nook (Gathering Questions and opening game), a Reality Check (where the kids actually experience the concept), Hearing the Word (presentation and breaking down of the actual scripture)click here, and a Craft.
Find a Beatitudes Game to be used in a Midweek Gathering for review or for parents to use for Family Discipleship at home. Click here
(15 MT, have several Trek Teams participate together)
Materials : God Loves You Booklets (Click Here), toothpicks (round) snack size baggies, sticky paste not glue (if you can’t find sticky paste use flour playdough)
- Reality Check today is going to be the presentation of the Gospel.
- Only if one is a child of God are the Beatitudes able to be applied.
- Application happens as the Holy Spirit transforms the individual’s heart.
- You are doing the Gospel presentation so that you know that the kids who are present have some level of an understanding of the Gospel Message.
- It does not mean that the Holy Spirit is moving them to accept it.
- Don’t try and do the Holy Spirit’s job.(John 16: 7-11)
- Only the Holy Spirit can open the kids’ eyes and hearts to the truth.
- It is merely your job to present the truth.
- Count out toothpicks and place in baggies – a baggie per kid.
- Ask the person who will play the part of “Jesus” to practice adhering the toothpicks so he knows how he will do it.
- Give each kid three round toothpicks.
- Tell them they are to stack the toothpicks on top of each other.
- Do not make any statement of a reward if they are able to get them to stack.
- They are not to use glue or anything else to make them stick.
- They are not to crisscross them.
- They are to be stacked one on top of another.
- Let them work at it for about 3-4 minutes.
- You want them to get frustrated.
- Keep encouraging them to try again.
- Then have another adult come in and offer to help.
- He goes to each kid and says, “I have what it takes to make these stick together, would you like me to fix it for you?”
- Do not let them take the paste and do it themselves; the adult has to do it.
- If they ask for the paste, tell them it is yours and you are not able to give it to anyone else to use on their own – it belongs only to you.
- This is not about beauty or creating something that is utilizable, it is that the “savior” can do something they can’t.
- Think through the amount of time needed to accomplish this if you have a large group.
- You may want to break your group into smaller groups with a different “savior” for each small group.
- Or use only two round tooth picks and move quickly through the group.
- You also could begin during Nook, in the Gathering Time,having the kids put their sticks together then, giving the “savior” more time to go around to all the kids.
- Do it with just one or two kids at a time as they enter.
- Do not make any promise of a reward if they are fixed.
- If they don’t care, move onto the next kid.
- If they say “Yes,” then take the paste and adhere the toothpicks to each other.
- BE AWARE OF YOUR ALLOTTED TIME!
- Each Trek Team sits on the floor and goes through the Discussion with the Discipler leading.
- As you go through everything be aware of the time.
- When you were told to stack the toothpicks did you think that you could do it? Why or why not?
- Why do you think you were asked to stack the toothpicks?
You wanted them to experience something they couldn’t do. It was a useless activity there was no way they could it.
- How did you feel when name of person offered to make them stick?
- Did you want to do it yourself? How did you feel if you asked to use the paste yourself and he wouldn’t let you?
- Give each one a “God Loves You” booklet. (Click here to download booklet)
- Tell them that this booklet explains how they can join God’s Family.
- Tell them that if they haven’t done so before and want to know more to ask about it in Chat ‘n Chew.
- Do not plan to spend time going through it at this time. Most of the kids have probably been through it several times already.
- Being good enough to pay the price for our sins is something we just can’t do ourselves. We must humble ourselves and surrender to Jesus.