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252 Groups November 2013, Week 3

Small Group, 2-3



Fools Rush In
Bible Story: Fools Rush In (choose your friends wisely; Rehoboam listens to fools) • Proverbs 13:20; 1 Kings 12:1-15a

Bottom Line: If you want to be wise, hang out with wise people.

Memory Verse: “Choose my teaching instead of silver. Choose knowledge rather than fine gold.” Proverbs 8:10, NIrV

Life App: Wisdom—finding out what you should do and doing it.

Basic Truth: I need to make the wise choice.

GET READY

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


Plug In: Focus the Energy (Choose one or both of these activities.)

Early Arriver



  • An offering container


Superhero Help

  • No supplies needed



Catch On: Make the Connection (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. Activity #2 is particularly good for children who need to move in order to stay engaged.
Choose Carefully (application activity / review the Bible story)

  • One copy of “Choose Carefully” (Activity Page)
  • 1 pad of Post-it® notes


  • Enough pencils or pens that each child can have one

  • 5 regular sheets of blank paper

  • Painter’s tape

  • One or more markers for writing


Fools vs. Wise Guys Relay (application activity / great for active learners)

  • 2 pennies

  • Masking tape


Better Than Silver and Gold! (memory verse activity)

  • No supplies needed


Prayer

  • No supplies needed



Additional Resources:

  • Make copies on cardstock of this week’s GodTime and Parent CUE cards.

  • Tell parents about our additional family resources: Studio252.tv, CUE Box, and the Parent CUE App. To find out more about these great resources, go to http://www.Studio252.tv/leaders.


FOR LEADERS ONLY

GOD VIEW: the connection between WISDOM and

God's character, as shown through God's big story
This month, let’s think about how:

(1) Choosing wisdom is not always easy. God’s Word is full of truth we can apply to our lives.

(2) The Bible challenges us to respond to others with wisdom even when it costs us something.

(3) Showing wisdom proves that God is at work within us.

This week, we’re discovering:

In this week’s Bible story, King Rehoboam needed to make an important decision (1 Kings 12:1-15a). He asked the elders of the kingdom for advice. Then he asked his buddies and they disagreed with the elders. The king decided to agree with his buddies, and his decision led to a split in the nation of Israel.

Our Bottom Line is: If you want to be wise, hang out with wise people. Proverbs 13:20 says, “Anyone who walks with wise people grows wise. But a companion of foolish people suffers harm.” (NIrV) The people we hang out with will always influence the decisions we make. We want to choose friends who will encourage us to be wise, not people who will push us to do foolish things.
The monthly memory verse is: “Choose my teaching instead of silver. Choose knowledge rather than fine gold.” Proverbs 8:10, NIrV Good friends will help us remember what is most important. When we’re trying to make a decision, they will point us to God’s wisdom to help us make the right choice.


Fools Rush In
Bible Story: Fools Rush In (choose your friends wisely; Rehoboam listens to fools) • Proverbs 13:20; 1 Kings 12:1-15a

Bottom Line: If you want to be wise, hang out with wise people.

Memory Verse: “Choose my teaching instead of silver. Choose knowledge rather than fine gold.” Proverbs 8:10, NIrV

Life App: Wisdom—finding out what you should do and doing it.

Basic Truth: I can make the wise choice.

Plug In: Focus the Energy (Small Groups, 10-15 minutes)

Focus the energy on today’s Bible story in a Small Group setting with an engaging discussion question and an interactive opening activity.

Before kids arrive, pray for each regular attendee by name. Pray for those who might visit your group for the first time. Ask God to help the kids find friends who encourage them to make wise choices. Pray they will be wise friends. Thank God for the people He has given us who help us be wise.



1. Early Arriver Idea


What You Need: An offering container
What You Do:

Pass the offering container around and ask whom would you go to: for a toothache; if you needed help in math; if you wanted the world’s best spaghetti; or needed help getting to the next level of a video game? (Listen to their answers.)


What You Say:

“Why did you choose these people? When we ask for help, we need to choose wisely and really think about who is the best person to help us.” (If there’s time, let kids come up with something different that they need and let the other kids guess which expert they would go to.)



2. Superhero Help

What You Need: No supplies necessary
What You Say:

“Which superhero would you most want to save you from danger, stop a mad scientist, or to invite to your house for a sleepover? (Take their answers.) Why did you choose these heroes? (Listen to their replies.) [Transition] Today in Large Group, you will hear about a guy who didn’t pick his friends or ‘heroes’ very wisely.”


Lead your group to the Large Group area.


Catch On: Make the Connection (Small Groups, 25-30 minutes)

Make the connection of how today’s Bible story applies to real life experiences through interactive activities and discussion questions.

1. Choose Carefully (application activity / review the Bible story)


What You Need: 1 pad of Post-it Notes; enough pencils or pens that each child can have one; 5 regular sheets of blank paper; painter’s tape; one or more markers for writing
What You Do:

Tell the kids that they will use five Post-it Notes to vote for different people in various categories. Read the names aloud as you hang up the pages of the “Choose Carefully” Activity Page. Talk through the pros and cons of each character. Read off the questions below, asking the kids to vote each time by putting a sticky note on the page of the person they would choose. Let kids grab their sticky notes after all the votes are counted so they’re ready for the next question.




  1. Who would you want to sit beside in class?

  2. Who would you choose to be your next-door neighbor?

  3. Who would you trust with a secret?

  4. Who would you want to sit next to on a long car ride?

  5. Who would you choose to be your friend for many years?

What You Say:

“Choosing friends carefully is sometimes tricky because people aren’t perfect. How did you decide whom to vote for? Was it easy or hard? Do you think you made good choices? In real life, do you think you always choose your friends carefully? [Personalize] (Share a personal story of a time when choosing a new friend was a really good or really bad choice. Be careful not to give names or to intentionally tear someone down.) [Apply] When you make a new friend, pray and ask God if being friends with this person is a wise choice. [Impress] If you want to be wise, hang out with wise people.”


* 2. Fools vs. Wise Guys Relay (application activity / great for active learners)

What You Need: 2 pennies, masking tape
What You Do:

Begin by marking a “Start” line and a “Finish” line with masking tape. Make the race parameters as large as possible (within reason), depending on your available space.


Divide kids into two teams. Ask each kid to flip a penny before starting the relay. If it is heads, they are a wise guy and will run the race in a normal fashion. If they flip it and it turns up tails, they are a fool have to run the race in a foolish manner. They need to run backwards, flapping their wings and clucking like a chicken. After the race, run Round 2 by telling the kids to switch roles. If they were a wise guy, then now they are a fool and vice versa. If there’s time, let kids come up with their own foolish way to run the relay and play another round or two.
What You Say:

“Who ran faster, the wise guys or the fools? (Pause for responses.) Who stood out more? (Pause.) Was being foolish a little embarrassing or uncomfortable? (Pause.) Have you ever been embarrassed by a friend who was acting foolish? (Pause.) The Bible talks about how when we make foolish choices, we look foolish and bad things can happen to us. [Apply] Ask yourself, have I chosen my friends wisely? Are my parents happy with the friends I have chosen? [Impress] If you want to be wise, hang out with wise people.



3. Better Than Silver and Gold! (memory verse activity)

What You Need: No supplies necessary

What You Do:

Discuss with the kids the benefits of having silver and gold versus wisdom by asking these questions:


  • What would you do with all the silver and gold you wanted?

  • What would you buy?

  • How would you help others?

  • How could wisdom be any better than all that silver and gold?

Sit down in a circle so that the kids’ knees are touching. Go over the memory verse quickly, all together. Then instruct each kid to say just one word of the verse and then bump the knee of the person to their left to pass it on. The bumped child will say the next word and keep it going. See how fast the kids can go. To make it harder, have them switch directions—bumping the knee of the person to their right instead or skipping every other person to really make them have to pay attention. As a final challenge at the end, see who can say the whole verse all by themselves.


What You Say:

[Apply] “Share your wisdom and knowledge with a friend this week by teaching them this verse. They will grow in wisdom too. [Impress] If you want to be wise, hang out with wise people.”

Pray and Dismiss

What You Need: No supplies necessary
What You Do:

Help the kids compare and contrast wisdom and foolishness by asking these questions:




  1. What are some of the characteristics of wisdom? (Builds up others; kind; respectful; best for all; can be generous; brings peace; it’s from God)
  2. What are some of the characteristics of foolishness? (Can be selfish; embarrassing; regret it later; stressful; not from God)


  3. How can you use these feelings and characteristics when it comes to choosing friends?


What You Say:

[Apply] “When you are not sure what to do, the first thing to do is to ask God for wisdom. I’m going to give you a minute to do that and then I’ll close us out. Let’s pray.
“Dear God, thank You for sharing Your wisdom with us. We want to pray for wisdom about _______. (Pause for kids to pray silently.) Teach us to be wise in the friends we choose. Help us to always remember, [Impress] if you want to be wise, hang out with wise people. Thanks for the wisdom You give us, God. Amen.”
Give each child a GodTime card. Pass out Parent CUE cards as adults arrive for pick-up.

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