Ark Kids Junior: All Aboard

All Aboard Week 1: I Have Faith To Give!

Giving isn't about what's in your pockets; it's about the faith in your heart. Hannah offered her best gift to God, her baby boy before he was even conceived. Her story will inspire your kids to use their faith to give, too.



Large Group

Large Group Instructions

Countdown From 10
Materials: Lesson PlanSeries Graphic
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Leader
Materials: 2 overalls, 2 train hats, 2 handkerchiefs
Host and Co-Host

Host: Welcome to the Train Station, Jr. Conductors ! I’m so glad that you came to visit us.

Co-host: Me too! I love it when our friends drop by to say, “Hello!” If you love seeing your friends at the Train Station, give me a big smile.

Host: You can give your friends other things, too, like a big thumbs up. Let’s do that.

Co-host: I like to give hugs. Let’s pretend to hug someone.

Host: Don’t forget a wave. Give someone a friendly wave.

Co-host: Do you know what else we can give? If we’re ready to have a fun day with Conductor Carl and his friends, we can give a big, “Choo-choo!”

Host: Let's stand and worship Jesus!

Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, Change Bag, Fake Money
Host and Co-Host

Host: Jr. Conductors, why is Engineer Kelly worried?

Co-host: That’s right; she wants to give, but she doesn’t think that she can. Why does she think she can’t give something?

Host: Her pockets were empty. Do you have any money in your pockets?

Co-host: (Pulls out his/her pockets) Look at my pockets, Jr. Conductors. Are they full of money or empty like Engineer Kelly’s? (Pause) Yep, they’re empty. Do you think I can give?

Host: Let’s all nod our heads, “Yes.” We can give because of Jesus. He is the one who helps us. Look at this bag. (Show the change bag) I’ll have a friend come and look at it. Is it empty?

Co-host: It looks like my pockets.

Host: But when you have faith and believe in Jesus, He can give you all you need and make you able to give. Let’s check the bag once more. (Move the switch and pull out the fake money)

Co-host: There’s money in there now. Wow! That reminds me that we can all follow our Big Point and believe Jesus can help us. Let’s practice it together.

Materials: Printable's
Host and Co-Host

Host: I’m glad that Conductor Gordon was nearby to remind Engineer Kelly of our Big Point. Let’s stand and say the Big Point again. Let’s say it together. Put your hand by your ear,

Host: I Have Faith To Give!

Co-host: I liked the verse that Conductor Gordon shared, too. Let’s read it. The Big Verse is found in

Co-host: 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIrV), “We live by believing, not by seeing.” Do you think we’re supposed to keep our eyes closed all the time? Everyone stand up. Close your eyes and keep them closed tightly. Point to me without opening them.

Host: Open your eyes. Did you point at our friend? Close them again. Point to (Volunteer). Open your eyes. Did you find him/her? You can sit on your pockets.

Co-host: It’s hard to find something when you can’t see.

Host: That verse doesn’t mean we keep our eyes closed. It means that we believe Jesus can help us before we see the good things He wants to do.

Co-host: Can you think of some ways that Jesus helps us? (Allow for answers)

Host: Jesus can also help us give. We believe He’s helping us even before we see it. That’s how Engineer Kelly can give, even with empty pockets. Let’s stand and thank Jesus with a song.

Materials: Little girl to play Hannah, optional Bible costume for her; baby doll
Leader

Giving is so much fun! When we don’t have anything to give, we can ask God to help. God loves to help us give because He loves for us to help others. When we ask God for help, we know He will do it. God always keeps His promises and helps us. Let’s close our eyes and ask God to help us have something to give. (Pause) Now I’ll pray and talk to Jesus, too. (Pray)

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Host and Co-Host

Host: Do you think that God can help Engineer Kelly give? He sure can! Let’s say our Big Point again,

Host: I Have Faith To Give!

Co-host: Sometimes I’m not sure what to give.

Host: That’s okay because we have help. Who helps us give? (Pause) Jesus! We can talk to Jesus and ask Him what to give. What do we call it when we talk to Jesus?

Co-host: (Pause) Yes, we call it praying. We could pray about what Conductor Carl shared in the Big Do.

Co-host: Remember, he said to look for a jar around your house. Use that jar to collect money that you will use to give. It will start as an empty jar, but I believe that God will help you find ways to fill it up.

Host: I think so, too. Let’s look at some different gifts and talk about how the Jr. Conductors could give that gift.

Note:

Show the slides (money, a toy, love, groceries). With each gift idea, ask the Jr. Conductors questions about the gift. Could they give that? Where would they find it? What kind of that item would they like to give? Who could it help? Etc.

Co-host: I think we have lots of good ideas to get us started.

Host: We sure do. I’m excited to get my jar ready and start saving up my gift. We can all use our Big Point. Let’s say it together,

Host: I Have Faith To Give

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Host and Co-Host

Host:

  1. Let’s Practice our Big Point again, I Have Faith To Give! Hmm, did our Big Point say I Have Faith To Give or I Can’t Give? I Have Faith To Give

  2. Let’s pretend that our pockets are full. Take something out. What did you find? (Repeat a few more times) Did Engineer Kelly worry about not being able to give? Yes Why did she think she couldn’t give? She had empty pockets

  3. Let’s pretend to take care of a baby. What should we give the baby to drink? (Pause) Pretend to give the baby a bottle. The baby needs to burp. Let’s pat the baby’s back. Oh no, what did the baby do in its diaper? Say “yuck!” Who wanted a baby in the Big Story? Hannah Who did Hannah ask for a baby? God

  4. Let’s pretend to hold a gift in our hands. Is your gift heavy or light? Is it soft or rough? Does it make noise? What is it? When Hannah promised to give her baby to God, did she have him yet? No Did God give Hannah a baby? Yes

  5. Let’s pretend to eat a cupcake. What kind do you have? Let’s pretend to decorate a cupcake. Put on frosting and sprinkles. Now let’s pretend the cupcake has something gross in it. Did Engineer Kelly make good cupcakes or bad ones? Bad ones Did Engineer Kelly learn that she can trust God to help her give even if she can’t make cupcakes? Yes

  6. Let’s play a fun game. Turn around where you are and look at the back of the room. Now close your eyes. No peeking and no turning around! Guess what I’m doing right now. (Stand on one leg, turn around and around, squat down in a ball) Open your eyes, and you can turn back around. Were you right or wrong? What does our Big Verse say? 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIrV), “We live by believing, not by _______.”a.Seeing b.Walking

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Mid Week / Classroom

Mid Week / Classroom Instructions

Welcome
Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief
Facilitator
  • Begin by splitting the kids into the desired number of small groups

Welcome to the Train Station, Jr. Conductors! I’m so glad that you came to visit us. It’s fun to say, “Hi!” to your friends by giving them big smiles. Can you give me a big smile? I also like to wave at my friends when I see them. Can you turn to someone and give them a wave? It’s also nice to give hugs. How about you give yourself a big hug? Today we will discover lots about giving. If you are ready to have a fun time at the Train Station, give a big, “Choo-choo!”

Let’s stand, sing a song, and to give worship to Jesus!

Materials:
Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, Wrapped Gift
Facilitator

Let’s have fun pretending that it’s a special day where we get to give a present. When do you get presents? (Allow for answers) That’s right, we often get presents on our birthday or a Christmas. Is it fun to get presents? Yes, but it’s also fun to give presents. I want you to tell me something you can pretend to give to your mommy or daddy as a present. (Allow for answers)

Let’s have each group pretend to give a different gift. I’ll tell you what the gift is and then we’ll pretend to wrap it up in a box.

  • Have the different groups pretend to wrap gifts. Give them silly ideas like an elephant or jumping monkey. Let them have fun with the silliness and act out what it would be like to wrap those items. The Small Group Leader will help their group engage with the activity.

God loves for us to be His big helpers. One way we can help God is by giving. The good news about God is that He loves us so much that He helps us give. Let’s see if our friends at the Train Station are ready to practice giving.

Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, Small Ball
Facilitator

Why is Engineer Kelly worried? (Pause) She wants to give, but she doesn’t think she can because her pockets are empty. It would help her to learn the Big Point! Let’s stand and practice it together,

I Have Faith To Give! Let’s play a fun game in our small groups to practice giving.

Small Group Leader

Have you ever played, “Hot Potato?” In this game, we sit in a circle and pass a ball. It will give us a chance to have fun giving.

When I say, “Stop!” whoever is holding the ball gets to say our Big Point. Are you ready? (Lead the kids in playing Hot Potato. Call out, “Stop!” a few times to let several children have a turn)

Facilitator

In our game, we didn’t always have something to give. But each time the ball came back around to you, you got to give it to your neighbor. We’re discovering today that we each can give. Let’s check back in and see if Engineer Kelly has figured out what she should give.

Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, Crayons, Paper Feet
Facilitator

Conductor Gordon shared today’s Big Verse with Engineer Kelly to help her understand how to use her faith.

2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIrV) says, “We live by believing, not by seeing.” We can believe what Jesus says even before we see it with our eyes. Everyone, point to your eyes. That’s because we know that Jesus never tells a lie. Everything Jesus says is true. We can give because we believe that Jesus will help us, even before we have anything to give in our hands. Let’s work on a fun project together in our small groups.

  • Pass out the paper feet and crayons to the kids. Have the kids color the feet and decorate them. As you do, talk to the kids about what happened in the Train Station and how it’s important to believe Jesus even if we can’t see Him.

The Bible says that we walk by faith and not what we see. This foot reminds us that we follow Jesus and believe that He will give us all we need to be His big helpers. Let’s stand and say today’s Big Point as hold up our feet and walk around the room to remind us we follow Jesus by believing what Jesus says.

I Have Faith To Give! Let’s sit on our pockets and hear a story about a lady who had faith to give.

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Facilitator
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Small Group Leader

Giving is so much fun! When we don’t have anything to give, we can ask God. God loves to help us give. He loves for us to help others. When we ask God for help, we know He will do it. God always keeps His promises and helps us. Let’s close our eyes and ask God to help us have something to give. Dear God, thank You for helping us to give so we can be part of your big plan to help others. Will You please show us what we can give? We have faith and believe that You will help us give. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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Facilitator

Do you think that God can help Engineer Kelly give? He sure can! Let’s say our Big Point again,

I Have Faith To Give!

Conductor Carl gave us a great idea for the Big Do.

Look for a jar around your house. Use that jar to collect money that you will use to give. It will start as an empty jar, but I believe that God will help you find ways to fill it up.

Materials:
Facilitator
  1. Let’s practice our Big Point again, I Have Faith To Give! Hmm, did our Big Point say I Have Faith To Give or I Can’t Give? I Have Faith To Give

  2. Let’s pretend that our pockets are full. Take something out. What did you find in your pocket? (Repeat a few more times) Did Engineer Kelly worry about not being able to give? Yes Why did she think she couldn’t give? She had empty pockets

  3. Let’s pretend to take care of a baby. What should we give the baby to drink? (Pause) Pretend to give the baby a bottle. The baby needs to burp. Let’s pat the baby’s back. Oh no, what did the baby do in its diaper? Say, “Yuck!” Who wanted a baby in the Big Story? Hannah Who did Hannah ask for a baby? God

  4. Let’s pretend to hold a gift in our hands. Is your gift heavy or light? Is it soft or rough? Does it make noise? What is it? When Hannah promised to give her baby to God, did she have him yet? No Did God give Hannah a baby?** Yes**

  5. Let’s pretend to eat a cupcake. What kind do you have? Let’s pretend to decorate a cupcake. Put on frosting and sprinkles. Now let’s pretend the cupcake has something gross in it. Did Engineer Kelly make good cupcakes or bad ones? Bad ones Did Engineer Kelly learn that she can trust God to help her give, even if she can’t give cupcakes? Yes

  6. Let’s play a fun game. Turn around where you are and look at the back of the room. No close your eyes. No peeking and no turning around! Guess what I’m doing right now. (Stand on one leg, turn around and around, squat down in a ball) Open your eyes, and you can turn back around. Were you right or wrong? What does our Big Verse say? 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIrV), “We live by believing, not by _______.” a. Seeing b. Walking

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