Gentiles on My Mind Bible Story: Gentiles on My Mind (Jerusalem Council) • Acts 15: 1-35 Bottom Line



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252 Groups July 2016, Week 1

Small Group, K-1



Gentiles on My Mind
Bible Story: Gentiles on My Mind (Jerusalem Council) • Acts 15:1-35

Bottom Line: The story of Jesus is for everybody.

Memory Verse: “God’s grace has saved you because of your faith in Christ. Your salvation doesn’t come from anything you do. It is God’s gift.” Ephesians 2:8, NIrV

Life App: Faith—believing what Jesus did can change me.

Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

GET READY

Prepare ahead of time for kindergarten–1st grade Small Groups this week:


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

Early Arriver


Hey, Everybody!

  • Print 2 copies of the “Hey, Everybody!” Activity Pages onto cardstock; cut apart the cards; 1 double set for every three kids



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 #2.
1. Rules, Schmules! (application activity / review the Bible story)

  • A large ball, such as a playground ball or beach ball

* 2. The Story of Jesus Is for EVERYBODY! (application activity)


  • Print the “The Story of Jesus Is for Everybody!” Activity Page; 1 for each kid

  • Crayons and/or markers


3. Grace and Faith (memory verse activity)

  • Print the “Rebus Cards” Activity Pages on cardstock and cut apart; make 2 copies of the “God’s” and “saved/salvation” cards from the Activity Page

  • Tape


Prayer

  • The “saved/salvation” card from the “Rebus Card” Activity Page

  • Use celebratory, kid-friendly giftwrap or a gift bag to wrap the card. Be sure to make the gift look as special as possible.

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.

Gentiles on My Mind
Bible Story: Gentiles on My Mind (Jerusalem Council) • Acts 15:1-35

Bottom Line: The story of Jesus is for everybody.

Memory Verse: “God’s grace has saved you because of your faith in Christ. Your salvation doesn’t come from anything you do. It is God’s gift.” Ephesians 2:8, NIrV

Life App: Faith—believing what Jesus did can change me.

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, pray for each regular attendee by name. Pray for those who might visit your group for the first time. Pray for the kids who don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus yet. Ask God to plant seeds in their hearts through today’s story and message. Pray for the kids who already have a relationship with Christ; pray that they would be an encouragement to those around them who don’t yet know Jesus.


1. Early Arriver Idea


What You Need: Offering container
What You Do:

  • Invite kids to place their offerings in the container.

  • Ask kids to think about the farthest place they have ever traveled from home. Did they travel there to visit someone or for a vacation? What did they see and do while they were there? Did they eat any new or different foods?



2. Hey, Everybody!

What You Need: “Hey, Everybody!” Activity Pages
What You Do:

  • Guide kids to get into groups of two or three.

  • Give each group a set of “Hey, Everybody!” cards.

  • Lead kids to set the cards facedown in a grid. (Don’t worry if the grid is wonky. The fact that the kids worked to arrange the cards themselves means a lot of brain cells were firing!)

  • Guide kids to take turns flipping over two cards at a time to find a match.

  • Decrease competition by allowing kids to take only one turn at a time, regardless of whether or not they make a match.






What You Say:

“What are some things you notice about the kids shown on the cards? (Pause for responses.) In what ways are the kids different? (Pause.) How are they alike? (Pause.) [Transition] Let’s go to Large Group where we’ll hear the most important way that EVERYONE is alike.”

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. Rules, Schmules! (application activity / review the Bible story)

What You Need: Large ball
What You Do:

  • Mark a goal at one end of the room and guide kids to line up in pairs at the other.

  • Challenge the pairs to each take three turns moving the ball to the goal and back. For the first round, the teams must follow one rule: they may not use their hands!

  • For the second round, add an additional rule: they may not use their hands, and each partner may use only one foot.

  • For the final round, add a third rule: they may not use their hands OR feet!


What You Say:

“Did the rules make it easier or harder to move the ball to the goal and back? (Pause.) In our Bible story, the Jerusalem Council agreed that God didn’t want people to have to follow certain rules in order to be saved. He just wanted them to have faith in Jesus, because [Bottom Line] the story of Jesus is for everybody. So the Jerusalem Council made a plan that would help people follow Jesus instead of making it harder. So does God want YOU to follow a bunch of rules in order to be saved? No. God just wants you to have faith in Jesus, because [Bottom Line] the story of Jesus is for everybody—including YOU!”



* 2. The Story of Jesus Is for EVERYBODY! (application activity)

What You Need: “The Story of Jesus is for Everybody!” Activity Pages; 1 for each kid, markers and/or crayons

What You Do:


  • Give each child an Activity Page.

  • To complete the activity, have your kids look at the kids around the edge of the page. Then draw a line from each kid to his or her matching outline.

  • Guide kids to complete the activity, providing assistance as needed.


What You Say:

“Who is the story of Jesus for? Yes! [Bottom Line] The story of Jesus is for everybody! The story of Jesus is for people all around the world, and the story of Jesus is for you, too. The only thing you need to do is believe in Jesus. [Make It Personal] (Using kid-friendly words, briefly tell how you came to believe in Jesus.) The story of Jesus is for me, the story of Jesus is for you, and [Bottom Line] the story of Jesus is for everybody! So who is the story of Jesus for? Say it with me! [Bottom Line] The story of Jesus is for everybody!”



3. Grace and Faith (memory verse activity)

What You Need: Bibles, “Rebus Cards” Activity Page, tape

What You Do:

  • Help your kids look up the verse in their Bibles, and then read it aloud together a few times.


Finding verses with kindergartners: Guide kids to open the Bibles to the marked page. Point to the word Ephesians at the top of the page as you say “Ephesians” aloud. Then guide kids to find the big number 2 on the page. Explain that this is the chapter number. Finally, guide them to look under the big 2 for the little 8; this is the verse number. Tell them to leave their finger on the verse as you read the verse aloud. Then lead everyone to say the verse together.

Finding verses with 1st graders: Guide them to open their Bibles to the front and find the table of contents. (Hold up a Bible opened to the table of contents to show the kids what the page looks like.) When the kids find the table of contents, lead them to find Ephesians in the list under “New Testament.” You can help by telling them that Ephesians starts with the letters E-P-H. When the kids find Ephesians, lead them to look at the page number beside the word. Explain that the number tells them on what page they can find Ephesians. Help the kids find the page. When they find Ephesians, explain that the big numbers on the page are the chapter numbers. Help them find chapter 2. Explain that the small numbers are verse numbers. Help them find verse 8 in chapter 2.



  • Use the “Rebus Cards” to unpack the verse, being sure to explain what saved/salvation, grace, and faith mean, in K-1 friendly terms, of course! (Note: Kids this age won’t understand yet what these words mean—and the meaning will change for them as they develop a relationship with God—but exposing them to these words and using them in conversation is a great way to plant a seed.)

    • Saved/salvation – being forgiven and having life forever with God

    • Grace – God’s goodness to us, especially when we don’t deserve it; kind of like getting to have ice cream for no reason

    • Faith – believing that the story of Jesus is for me; believing that what Jesus did can change me

  • Post all of the cards randomly around your environment.

  • Slowly say the verse aloud, guiding kids to move to each card as you say its word or phrase.

  • Repeat a couple times, increasing your speed with each repetition. Add variety by guiding kids to move different ways: tiptoe, crab walk, kangaroo hop, caterpillar crawl, etc.


What You Say:

“Wow! This verse is AMAZING! It tells us there’s nothing we can DO to earn salvation. We aren’t saved by doing good things or by following certain rules. The only way we are saved is by God’s incredible goodness to us when we believe that Jesus came to take the punishment for the wrong things we do. Salvation is God’s gift to everyone who believes in Jesus. So remember: [Bottom Line] The story of Jesus is for everybody.”



Pray and Dismiss

What You Need: Prepared present
What You Do:

  • Guide kids to gather close around you.
  • Use the conversation below as a guide to lead the kids in prayer.



What You Say:

“Who is the story of Jesus for? Yes! [Bottom Line] The story of Jesus is for everybody. Do you need to follow certain rules in order to be saved? Do you need to DO certain things in order to be saved? No, you don’t. (Invite a volunteer to open the gift, pull out the card, and show it to the group.)


“Salvation is an INCREDIBLE gift. God gives us this gift when we believe in what Jesus did for us on the cross. Ephesians 2:8 says it this way: ‘God’s grace has saved you because of your faith in Christ. Your salvation doesn’t come from anything you do. It is God’s gift.’ (NIrV) [Bottom Line] The story of Jesus is for everybody … including YOU. Let’s pray.
“Dear God, thank You SO much for sending Your Son Jesus to die on the cross as payment for our sins so that we can be saved. Help us never forget this incredible, wonderful gift that You have given us, and help everyone here come to believe in You and know deep in their hearts that the story of Jesus is for them. We love You, Lord. You are SO, so good. Amen.”

Give each child a GodTime card. Pass out Parent Cue cards as adults arrive to pick up. Ask each child: “Who is the story of Jesus for? (Pause.) Yes! [Bottom Line] The story of Jesus is for everybody! Everybody including you? (Pause.) Yes, including you!”




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