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Kids Week 2

Your Best Self | Message Series

Main Idea: Jesus has a plan and I can follow him.

Introduction

Today you will talk more with your child about following Jesus in our daily living. The best way for us to know and understand Jesus’s plans are to read the Bible. Even if his plans are not entirely clear to us, we can obey his words as we seek to understand them. Even though kids may not have a lot of opportunities to big make decisions, each day is full of little chances to show love, respect their parents and teachers, share with friends or siblings, demonstrate care about those around them, etc. Today your kids will have a chance to think through ways they can follow Jesus every day.

  • Here is the link to a song you will use to play freeze dance.

Share Your Story

Say: “Today we are going to play Freeze Dance. When I press play on the song everyone needs to dance as much as they can! When the music stop freeze in place. You will stay frozen until the music comes on again. Are you ready?”

After you play, tell them, The words in this song remind us that Jesus has a really awesome plan for us. They lyrics in the song said that we can trust him because his plans are for a reason! Even if we don’t understand it, we can know that God’s love for us will never change and that makes his plans best! Can you think of a time that you or your family followed God’s plan?

Now, let’s listen to a story where Jesus had a good plan to care for the people who are following him.

Hear God’s Story

Luke 9: 12 – 17:

Late in the afternoon the twelve disciples came to him and said, “Send the crowds away to the nearby villages and farms, so they can find food and lodging for the night. There is nothing to eat here in this remote place.

But Jesus said, “You feed them.”

“But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Or are you expecting us to go and buy enough food for this whole crowd?” For there were about 5,000 men there.

Jesus replied, “Tell them to sit down in groups of about fifty each.” So the people all sat down. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread and fish to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers!

Create a New Story

    Inside your child’s bag you will find 5 foot cutouts. Before this activity, chose different words from the following list and write one on each the foot: Care, forgive, friend, giving, good, grateful, happy, honest, kind, love, obey, patient, pray, trusting, tell the truth, share, study God’s words, etc. (If you have more than one child in your group, use as many of the feet as you want for this game) Hide the feet around the room so that your child will be able to find them.

    Say: “We can follow Jesus’s plan by following his example in the Bible. Following his example means to be like Him, to act like Him, or do what he has done. Hidden around the room are feet and I have written different words on them to help us think through ways we can follow Jesus. When I say go, look for the feet and bring them back to the middle.”


    Once the game is over, gather the group and pass out a foot to each child. One by one, have them share their word and then ask the child if he or she can think of a way they can do whatever is written on the foot. For instance, if the word is kind, ask the child if he can think of a way, he can be kind. Allow anyone else in the group to think through and say ways to follow Jesus. Play as many times as you want. (You can write new words on the feet and hide them again if you child thought that was a fun part of the activity.)


    After the activity, encourage the kids to put one of these feet somewhere they will see it as a reminder to follow Jesus’s plan this week.

Weekly Memory Verse Game: Luke 9:17 They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers!

Pass It Along:

Have kids say the memory verse creatively—loudly, softly, with lots of emotion, in a robot or animal voice, and so forth.

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