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Activity + Discussion Guide:

Kids Week 1

Your Best Self | Message Series

Main Idea: Jesus can change my life, and I can tell others about him.

Introduction

Today there are two activities [(1) wiki sticks + (2) a bracelet/keychain] to help you talk about how Jesus can change our lives and transform us into something new! This is such amazing news that we should tell others about Jesus.

Here are some parent helps for these activities:

  • If your child expresses fear or questions about this story, let them know that it’s okay to be afraid sometimes. Today’s story includes a frightening thing called evil spirits, or demons. Demons are Satan’s helpers, and enemies of God. But guess what? They are scared of Jesus! They want nothing to do with Christians because they know we have Jesus inside of us! In the Bible story, though, there was a man who had demons in him. We aren’t sure exactly how they got there, but they were certainly no match for Jesus (You can assure kids that when Christ is in their hearts, they will NOT randomly get demons in their bodies!)

  • Transform means to make a thorough or dramatic change in the form, appearance, or character of.

  • At the end of these activities, you child may want to decide to follow Jesus. Here is a great resource to guide them through that conversation.

Share Your Story

Say: “Here we have a couple of wiki sticks. Can you take these wiki sticks and transform them into something new?”

Spend some time creating together. Then ask, “What did you make and how is it different than before?”

Today we are going to hear a story from the Bible where a man was completely changed by interacting with Jesus.

Hear God’s Story

Luke 8: 26 – 39, Paraphrased for simplicity:

Jesus and His disciples crossed the sea of Galilee. They met a man with evil spirits, who lived in a cemetery. He screamed constantly and hurt himself with stones. Jesus told the spirits to leave. “Don’t hurt us Jesus!” The spirits cried. “My name is Lots, “said the man. “There are lots of evil spirits in me.”

“Well you have to leave him,” said Jesus. “You have no choice.” The evil spirits were scared. They were a large heard of pigs nearby. “Then send us into the pigs!”

Jesus let the evil spirits enter the pigs. The whole heard rushed down a steep bank into the lake and drowned! The people who took care of the pigs told every in town what happened. They townspeople came to the cemetery. They saw that Jesus had made the man well. Frightened, the people begged Jesus to leave.

The man asked to go with Jesus. Jesus replied, “stay here. Tell everyone what I’ve done. The man did, and everyone was amazed!”

Create a New Story

    Today we will make a bracelet (or keychain) that will explain the greatest way that Jesus can change our lives – by forgiving our sins and making a way for us to live with him forever. You will find the instructions and materials in your child’s supply bag. Read through the meaning of each bead as your child makes the bracelet.

    Once you are finished, your child may want to make a decision to follow Jesus and ask him into their lives. Here is a sample prayer of salvation:


Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I want to stop sinning and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. In your name I pray, Amen.

    If they make a decision for Jesus please let us know by emailing us at: journeykids@journeyoffaith.com.


    We want to celebrate this with you and have some resources that will help you walk alongside them as their relationship with Jesus grows.

    If your child has already decided to follow Jesus, they can use this bracelet to tell others about who Jesus is and how he has/can change their life. If they are not ready to make a decision, their bracelet can serve as a reminder that Jesus loves them!

Weekly Memory Verse Game: Luke 8:39 “Go back to your family, and tell them everything God has done for you.”

Pass It Along:

Have kids sit or stand in a circle. Give them a soft object to pass around the circle. When kids get the object, they say the next word of the memory verse. Or they could bop a balloon around the circle while saying the memory verse.

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