Bottom Line: Show respect to God because He’s in charge of everything. Memory Verse



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252 Groups August 2017, Week 1

Small Group, 2-3



Keep Calm and Respect God
Bible Story: Keep Calm and Respect God (Faith of the Roman Commander) • Matthew 8:5-13

Bottom Line: Show respect to God because He’s in charge of everything.

Memory Verse: “Show proper respect to everyone.” 1 Peter 2:17a, NIrV

Life App: Respect—showing others they are important by what you say and do.

Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

GET READY

Prepare ahead of time for 2nd–3rd grade Small Groups this week:


Social: Providing Time for Fun Interaction (Choose one or both of these activities.)

Early Arriver

Made to Connect: an activity that invites kids to share with others and build on their understanding 

  • An offering container


At the Helm

Made to Create: an activity that explores spiritual ideas through the process of drawing, building, and designing

  • Supplies for each kid to make a helmet, such as aluminum foil, pipe cleaners, feathers, construction paper or cardstock strips cut in 2 ½ inch strips, etc.

  • Tape

  • Scissors



Groups: Creating a Safe Place to Connect (Choose as many of these activities as you like.)

* If you don’t have time to do all these activities, be sure to do activity #1.

* 1. Forward March

[Talk about God | Bible Story Review | Application Activity]

Made to Imagine: an activity that promotes empathy and facilitates biblical application through role-play and reenactment


  • Helmets kids made during Social

  • Optional: Roman soldier costume


2. Drum Roll Please!

[Live for God | Application Activity]

Made to Explore: an activity that extends learning through hands on experimentation and discovery.

  • Print the “Drum” Activity Page and cut apart; 1 set of 4 for each small group

  • Pencils or markers



3. Respect Roll

[Hear from God | Memory Verse Activity]

Made to Play: an activity that encourages learning through following guidelines and working as a group

  • Print the “Cube Template” Activity Page; 12 per Small Group. You will need a total of 12 cubes for each small group. Depending on the size of your small groups, you may want to ask Small Group Leaders make up the difference or assemble extra cubes prior to the kids’ arrival.

  • Tape

  • Scissors

  • Pencils or markers

  • Bibles

  • Please keep these cubes to use next week. A ziplock bag has been provided for storage. Please write teachers name on bag.


Prayer

[Pray to God | Prayer Activity]

Made to Reflect: an activity that creates space for personal understanding and application
  • Paper


  • Pencils or markers


Additional Resources:

  • Make copies on cardstock or email this week’s GodTime and Parent Cue cards.

  • Tell parents about our additional family resources: Studio252.tv, CUE Box, and the Parent Cue app.


Keep Calm and Respect God
Bible Story: Keep Calm and Respect God (Faith of the Roman Commander) • Matthew 8:5-13

Bottom Line: Show respect to God because He’s in charge of everything.

Memory Verse: “Show proper respect to everyone.” 1 Peter 2:17a, NIrV

Life App: Respect—showing others they are important by what you say and do.

Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

Social: Providing Time for Fun Interaction (Small Groups, 15 minutes)

Welcome kids and spend time engaging in conversation and catching up. Get ready to experience today’s story.


Before kids arrive, spend some time praying in preparation for their arrival. Ask God to give you wisdom as you start this new series on respect, a topic that all kids struggle with at times (some more than others!). Pray that they would leave your group with a deeper understanding of why it’s important to respect God.

1. Early Arriver Idea


Made to Connect: an activity that invites kids to share with others and build on their understanding 
What You Need: Offering container
What You Do:

  • Invite kids to put their offerings in the offering container as they arrive.

  • Engage kids in conversation. Use the optional questions below to facilitate discussion.
    • What are some ways you would show someone they are important?


    • Who is someone you respect?

    • Why do you respect them?



2. At the Helm

Made to Create: an activity that explores spiritual ideas through the process of drawing, building, and designing
What You Need: Supplies to create a helmet, such as aluminum foil, pipe cleaners, feathers, construction paper or cardstock strips cut in 2 ½ inch strips, etc
What You Do:

  • Guide kids to make helmets using the materials supplied.

  • Be sure to make a helmet for you too.

  • While kids are working, engage them in conversation. Use the optional questions below to facilitate conversation:

    • What are some situations where you would need to wear a helmet? (riding a bike, playing football/baseball/lacrosse/softball, in a construction zone)

    • Can you think of jobs people do that require a helmet? (football player, motorcycle rider, bicyclist, welder, race car driver, soldier, skier, construction worker/builder)

    • What do you think a helmet has to do with our story today? (Let them speculate and then give them a hint: A helmet has to do with the occupation of one of the people in our story today.)


What You Say:

“You made some great helmets! We are going to use our helmets after Large Group. Leave your helmets here and [Transition] let’s head to Large Group to hear a story about a Roman commander and why his story is important to us.”

Lead your group to the Large Group area.

Groups: Creating a Safe Place to Connect (Small Groups, 25 minutes)

Create a safe place to connect and learn how the Bible story applies to real life experiences, through interactive activities and discussion questions.

* 1. Forward March

[Talk about God | Bible Story Review | Application Activity]

Made to Imagine: an activity that promotes empathy and facilitates biblical application through role-play and reenactment
What You Need: Helmets kids made during Social, Roman soldier costume (optional)
What You Do:


  • Line kids up on one end of the room and stand opposite them, as far away as you can (within reason), but at least 20 feet away.

  • Explain that as you review today’s story, you will be playing the part of the Roman commander and the kids are playing the part of your soldiers.

  • Their goal is to be the first to make it to where you are, “Red Light/Green Light” style. The only way kids can move forward is to wait for you to say, “Forward march,” and then march slowly forward. Kids can take large “marching” steps forward, but they cannot march at more than a regular walking pace.

  • If you have a Roman commander costume, this would be a great opportunity to wear it. Kids should put on the soldier helmets they made during Social.

  • Ask/say:

    • In the story today, how did the soldiers show respect to their commander? (they listened to him; they did what he told them to do)

    • So, when the commander told his soldiers to “FORWARD MARCH,” what did the soldiers do? (encourage the kids to march forward)

    • And when the commander told his soldiers to “HALT,” what did the soldiers do?” (encourage the kids to stop moving)

    • There was one servant of the commander who could no longer serve the commander. Why was that? (the servant was sick)
    • What did the Roman commander do to show respect to his servant and show his servant how important he was? (he went to find Jesus; he asked Jesus to help)


    • (Yell “FORWARD MARCH” and after kids take a couple of steps yell, “HALT.”)

    • When the commander found Jesus and asked him to help, what was Jesus’ reply? (yes)

    • Jesus was ready to go to the commander’s house to heal the commander’s servant. How did the Roman commander show Jesus respect? (acknowledged that Jesus was so powerful and important that coming to the commander’s house wasn’t necessary; all Jesus had to do was say the word and his servant would be healed)

    • The Roman commander went home.

    • (Yell “FORWARD MARCH”, and after the kids have taken a few steps or someone has reached the other side of the room, yell “HALT.”)

    • What did the Roman commander discover when he got back home?

  • Before wrapping up, you may want to play a couple of rounds of FORWARD MARCH. The first kid to reach the other side of the room can play the part of the Roman commander next.


What You Say:

“The commander in our story knew his soldiers respected him. When he told his soldiers to do something, they listened and did what they were told. When he said, “Forward march,” his soldiers responded by marching forward, and when he told them to halt they stopped. But the Roman commander also knew God deserved more respect than anyone! You, just like the Roman commander, should [Bottom Line] show respect to God because He’s in charge of everything. God is in charge of the earth, the stars, the wind, our lives—He is in charge of everything! When you respect God, your actions and words show others how important He is.”




2. Drum Roll Please!

[Live for God | Application Activity]

Made to Explore: an activity that extends learning through hands on experimentation and discovery.

What You Need: “Drum” Activity Page, pencils or markers

What You Do:


  • Tell kids you are thinking of something God is in charge of and it is their job to guess what it is, one letter at a time.

  • On the “Drum” Activity Page, make a dashed line for each letter in your word. For example, if your word is “moon”, you would make 4 dashed lines.

  • Kids guess letters in the word. For each correct letter they guess, write the letter in the corresponding blank. For example, if they guess “o”, you write an “o” in the second and third spaces.

  • For each incorrect letter guessed, write the letter in one of the seven empty blanks on the drum.

  • The object is to figure out the word before they have seven incorrect guesses.

  • The first kid to guess the correct word gets to think up the word for the next game.

  • Explain that all the words they choose must be something God is in charge of. (Which is kind of a trick criterion, because God is in charge of everything!)

  • Be prepared to help kids with spelling.


What You Say:

“It was easy to come up with a word because God is in charge of everything, and not just everything on earth; God is in charge of everything in the universe and in heaven! He is in charge of today and tomorrow, and He is in charge of forever! And because of that, we want our words and actions to reflect how important we think God is. What are some things we can do to show God how important He is? What can we do to [Bottom Line] show respect to God because He’s in charge of everything?” (read the Bible, obey Him, thank Him, be kind to people because everyone is made in His image, take care of the earth, etc.)

[Make It Personal] (Explain that sometimes you don’t always understand God’s plan. Maybe you wanted a new job and you are still waiting, or you didn’t want to move but you had to. Share with the kids one way you show God respect because you know He is in charge of everything and you can trust Him no matter what. Is there a verse you recite to remind you God is in charge of everything? Maybe you put God first at the start of every day by praying before you even get out of bed. Or maybe before falling asleep you thank God for three things.)



3. Respect Roll

[Hear from God | Memory Verse Activity]

Made to Play: an activity that encourages learning through following guidelines and working as a group
What You Need: “Cube Templates” Activity Pages, scissors, tape, markers, Bibles
What You Do:


  • Give kids a Bible and look up the memory verse: 1 Peter 2:17. Read the verse together.

  • Give each kid a “Cube Template” and instruct them to write their name in the square containing the Bible verse reference.

  • Let kids cut along the solid lines of the template and then fold along the dashed lines to create a cube. (If you have fewer than 12 kids, make some extra cubes while kids are putting their own cubes together.)

  • Help kids put tape along the edges to hold the cube together.

  • Divide the group into two teams. Each team needs at least six cubes between them.

  • In their teams, kids take turns rolling all of their team’s cubes until they get the first word of the memory verse.

  • Whichever cube lands on the first word gets taken out of the pile of cubes and set aside.

  • Then teams continue rolling the remaining five cubes until they get the second word in the verse.

  • The cube that lands on the second word gets taken out of the pile of cubes and set aside.

  • Continue in this manner until each team ends up with all cubes lined up in the correct order of the verse.

  • The first team to complete the memory verse and jump up and say the verse out loud wins.

  • Note: Keep the cubes to use again next week. However, if a kid knows they won’t be here next week, they can take their cube home to practice the memory verse.

What You Say:

“Let us say our verse together: Show proper respect to everyone, 1 Peter 2:17. Who should you show respect to? (Pause.) So does that mean you should respect your friends? Your family? What about the lady standing in line in front of you at the grocery store? She is a stranger and you will never see her again. Should you respect her? (Pause.) Okay, what about the kid that drives you nuts in class because they talk all the time? Surely ‘everyone’ doesn’t include people you find annoying, does it? (Pause.) So you are saying everyone means everyone! Since God made everyone in His image and He loves everyone, it makes sense He would want you to respect everyone. Sometimes it will be hard to respect everyone but you should want to show everyone how important God is. God created everyone and everything, and when you remember to [Bottom Line] show respect to God because He’s in charge of everything, you will want to show proper respect to everyone.”


Pray and Dismiss

[Pray to God | Prayer Activity]

Made to Reflect: an activity that creates space for personal understanding and application
What You Need: Paper, pencils or markers
What You Do:


  • Tell kids to write “RESPECT” vertically on a piece of paper.

  • For each letter, kids write something God is in charge of that starts with each letter. For example:

Rainbows

Elephants

Sunsets

Playgrounds

Eggs

Cats

Toes

  • For a greater challenge, kids can write a prayer as an acrostic poem using each of the letters in “RESPECT” to start each line.

    • For example:

Respecting God is an

Excellent thing to do

Since He is in charge of

Positively

Everything!

Creator God, I thank You because I can

Trust You no matter what

  • Give kids time to share what they wrote.


What You Say:

“We should [Bottom Line] show respect to God because He’s in charge of everything. One way to show respect is to thank God. You can thank Him for the earth and everything on it. You can thank Him for people in our lives, or you can thank Him for gifts He gives you. The list of what you can thank God for is unlimited! Another way to respect God is to talk to Him, to share with Him not only what you are thankful for but also to talk to Him when you are lonely, happy, scared, or nervous. God loves you and He wants to hear from you. Let’s pray.

“God, You are awesome! You created everything and You are in charge of everything. You have given us so much. We are thankful for (list some of the ideas kids mentioned during the activity). God, You are so important to us. Guide our actions and our words so we show everyone how much we respect You. Amen.”

As adults arrive to pick up, tell parents we are learning about respect this month. Explain that today we heard a story about a Roman commander. Encourage parents to ask their kids about why the Roman commander went to find Jesus.


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