Ark Kids Junior: All Aboard

All Aboard Week 3: I Have Faith To Give Freely!

Engineer Courtney is afraid to share her donuts with her friends. Conductor Carl helps her learn that she can give freely.



Large Group

Large Group Instructions

Countdown from 10
Materials: Lesson Plan
Materials:
Leader
Materials: PROPS: Overalls (2), Train Hat (2), Handkerchief (2)
Host

Host: Welcome to the Train Station, Jr. Conductors!

Co-host: I’m so glad that you are…a-a-a-achoo! (Pause) You’re welcome.

Host: Why did you say, “You’re welcome?”

Co-host: I shared my germs with you. That’s a good gift, right?

Host: Jr. Conductors, are germs a good gift? No way! We only want to share good gifts.

Co-host: That makes sense. God only shares good gifts with us. I’ll make sure to cover my face, so I don’t share germs when I sneeze. (Pretend to sneeze in a silly manner)

Host: Thank you. I prefer good gifts. Let’s keep having fun at the Train Station and give a big, “Choo-choo!”

Materials: PROPS: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, Jar of Gummy Bears, Foam Ball Cut in Half, Foam Balls (2)
Host
Note:

Host: and Co-host: enter.

Host: Did Engineer Courtney give Conductor Carl a big donut or just a small crumb? (Pause) It was a tiny crumb.

Co-host: Why didn’t she give him a donut? (Pause) She was worried she wouldn’t have enough if she gave them away.

Host: I’m glad that Conductor Carl shared the Big Point with her. Let’s practice it with our friend, Miss Meagan.

Host: I Have Faith To Give Freely!

Co-host: What does it look like to give freely? I’m going to choose a friend to help me. (Choose a volunteer) If I have a big jar of gummy bears, would I be giving freely if I only offered my friend one tiny gummy bear foot and nothing else?

Host: (Shake your head), “No.” What if we offered our friend a handful of gummy bears? Would that be giving freely? (Pause) Yes! No you can practice giving freely, too!

(Give the child gummy bears and choose a new volunteer.)

Co-host: Let’s say I have a foam ball. They are fun to play with. Would it be giving freely to give my friend half of a ball?

(Show the foam ball cut in half.)

Host: (Shake your head), “No.” That doesn’t look very fun. What if (Co-host:) gave a friend two foam balls? That would be giving freely. We don’t have to keep all the good stuff for ourselves, because we trust Jesus to take care of us whenever we give. I hope Engineer Courtney learns that, too.

Materials: PROPS: Overalls (2), Train Hat (2), Handkerchief (2), Whipped Cream (2), Bowl
Host
Note:

Host: and Co-host: enter.

Co-host: Did Professor Beaker help Engineer Courtney give freely? (Pause) He tried, but it didn’t quite work. His robot was funny, though. I think Engineer Courtney should trust our Big Point. Let’s say it together,

Co-host: I Have Faith To Give Freely!

Host: When you really like what God asks you to give, it’s tempting to hold on to it. Do any of you like yummy, creamy whipped cream?

Co-host: I really like it on my ice cream. Do you ever put whipped cream and chocolate syrup on your ice cream?

Host: That does sound good. I’m going to give away some of my whipped cream. To do that, I need to squirt it into the bowl.

Co-host: We can tell you when to stop so that you don’t give it all away.

Host: (squirts the whipped cream into the bowl. As he/she does, the Co-host: should ask the kids if the Host: has put too much into the bowl. Beg the Host: to stop before he runs out. Be animated and get the kids emotionally involved.)

Co-host: You have to stop or you won’t have any left for yourself. Jr. Conductors, put up your hands and say, “Stop!”

Host: My can is empty.

Co-host: See, we told you.

Host: It’s okay. I have another one.

Co-host: Is that why you gave it away freely?

Host: Yep, it’s just like what our Big Verse says.

Host: Matthew 10:8 (NIrV) says, “You have received freely, so give freely.” Jesus has given us lots of good things, and we can share some of those good things. We can trust that Jesus will take care of us when we give. Let’s stand and sing to Jesus.

Materials:
Leader

Everyone close your eyes. Think of something good that God has given you. It’s a good idea to tell God, “Thank You” for that gift. You can do that quietly at your seat. Go ahead and tell God, “Thank You” now. (Pause) Now let’s ask God to help us give freely to someone else, since we have been given so much. I’ll pray for us. (Pray)

Materials: PROPS: Overalls (2), Train Hat (2), Handkerchief (2), Pan, Glass, Baking Soda, Vinegar
Host
Note:

Host: and Co-host: enter.

Host: I’m so glad Engineer Courtney gave away her donuts. I think she learned our Big Point. Let’s say it together,

Host: I Have Faith To Give Freely!

Co-host: Chef Bananas was kind to share more donuts with her. He makes delicious donuts.

Host: We can talk about our Big Point when we do the Big Do this week.

Host: Gather your family together and have each person share the one thing that would be hardest for them to give up. Even though it might be hard, we know that God gives us even more good things when we are generous with others. It reminds me of this experiment that Professor Beaker showed me at his lab. Let’s choose a friend to help us.

  • Choose a child to help with the experiment. Have them help with the ingredients.

Co-host: I remember this one. First, we’re going to put this baking soda, what color is it? (Pause) We’re going to put it into the glass.

Host: When we give, God gives back to us.

Co-host: He loves to give us lots and lots of help. God doesn’t give back just a little bit, or even the same that we gave away.

Host: Nope, God always gives us more than we gave away. Watch what happens when we put vinegar into the glass. (Combine the mixture and allow it to overflow) The more we give away, the more God gives good things back to us. That’s why we can follow the Big Point! Let’s say it together,

Host: I Have Faith To Give Freely!

Materials:
Host

Host:

  1. Let’s Practice our Big Point again. Hmm, did our Big Point say I Have Faith To Give Freely! or I Have Faith To Give a Little? I Have Faith To Give Freely!

  2. What shape is a donut? Is it a square or a circle? It’s a circle. Let’s pretend to eat a donut. What kind of donut is your favorite? Why was Engineer Courtney afraid to give away her donuts? She thought she wouldn’t have one left for herself Did Professor Beaker help her make enough to give away? No

  3. Let’s stand and pretend to climb a mountain. (Pretend to climb) Is a mountain tiny or tall? It’s tall. Let’s keep climbing up high. Who climbed a mountain in our Big Story? Abraham and Isaac Did God ask Abraham to give away Isaac as an offering? Yes

  4. What sound does a goat make? Does a goat have a long trunk? No Does it have a long, yellow neck and eat leaves from trees? No What does a goat look like? What did God give Abraham on the mountain? Goat Did God tell Abraham he could give the goat away instead of Isaac? Yes Was God pleased with Abraham for giving? Yes

  5. Let’s pretend to count ten donuts. (Count to ten) Did Engineer Courtney get to eat a donut? Yes What is something you have ten of, that you could share with someone?

  6. Pretend to hold a big pile of stuffed animals. Show me with your arms how many you are holding. What is your favorite stuffed animal? Our Big Verse is Matthew 10:8 (NIrV), “You have received freely, so give _____.” a. Freely b. Nothing

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Mid Week / Classroom

Mid Week / Classroom Instructions

Welcome
Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, Small Toys (5)
Facilitator
  • Begin by splitting the kids into the desired number of small groups

Hello, Jr. Conductors! Welcome to the Train Station. I’m glad you are here. Can I show you something fun? Look at these? What kind of toys do I have? (Describe the toys) Let’s count how many toys I have. 1…2…3…4…5. I’m going to let one of my friends hold one. (Give one toy to a child) Let’s count how many I have now. 1…2…3…4. That’s still a lot of toys to play with. I think I could let another friend have one. (Give another toy to a child) Let’s count how many I have left now. 1…2…3. I think I can have lots of fun with three toys. Wow, you can share things and still have lots left. That’s what we’re going to learn about today. If you are ready to have a fun time at the Train Station, give a big, “Choo-choo!” Everyone, stand up and sing a song to Jesus!

Materials:
Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, Wads of Paper
Facilitator

Let’s begin our fun at the Train Station with a game. This game is all about giving. I’m going to give each group a bag of paper snowballs. When I say, “Go,” you have to toss your paper snowballs to another group. Keep tossing the snowballs until I say, “Stop.” Let’s see which team can give away the most “snowballs.”

  • Give each group a bag of paper wads as their “snowballs.” Have the Small Group Leaders help their kids toss the snowballs to the other small groups. Give the kids a ten second countdown when you are ready to finish the game.

That was fun. Those paper snowballs made me wish I could toss some real snowballs. Let’s shiver like it’s cold outside. You were able to give away lots of snowballs because each group received a lot of them. I think that’s a big clue to what we’re learning today. I think this would be a great time to visit our friends in the Train Station.

Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, Bag of Gummy Bears, Gloves
Facilitator

Why didn’t Engineer Courtney give a donut to Conductor Carl? (Pause) She was worried she wouldn’t have enough if she gave one away. Is that true? We should practice today’s Big Point so we can help Engineer Courtney learn what is true. Let’s practice it now.

I Have Faith To Give Freely! You have a fun and yummy activity to do in you group, so have fun.

Note:

Be sure to wear plastic gloves as you pass out the gummy bears.

Small Group Leader

Look at this bag of gummy bears. I sure have a lot of them. Would you like one? Okay, I will pass out a little bit of a gummy bear to everyone. (Begin to tear a gummy bear in tiny pieces and pass them out) Hmm, does it look like I’m giving these gummy bears away freely? No, it doesn’t. How would I give them out if I was giving freely? Yes, giving freely means I give some to everyone one!

  • Pass out one or two gummy bears to each child. Allow them to eat the snack. Use this time to practice the Big Point or discuss Engineer Courtney’s story.

Facilitator

We don’t have to keep all the good stuff for ourselves because we trust Jesus to take care of us whenever we give. That is how we show we have faith to freely give! I hope Engineer Courtney discovers that, too.

Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, Small Gift Box, Stickers, Small Toy, Tape
Facilitator

Did Professor Beaker help Engineer Courtney give freely? (Pause) He tried, but it didn’t quite work. His robot was funny, though. I think Engineer Courtney should trust our Big Point. Let’s say it together,

I Have Faith To Give Freely! Conductor Carl shared a helpful verse with Engineer Courtney.

Matthew 10:8 (NIrV) says, “You have received freely, so give freely.” Jesus has given us lots of good things. Because He did that, we can give lots of good things to other people. We can trust that Jesus will take care of us when we give. Let’s practice that Big Verse with a fun activity.

Small Group Leader

We can give because Jesus gave to us. I’m going to give you something to give away. I’m going to give each of you two (small toys). You can keep one and give the other one away. Who will you give it to? (Pause) Let’s decorate these gift boxes so we can put the (toy) in them to give away.

  • Give each of the kids a small toy. It could be a bouncy ball or similar sized item. The small gift boxes can be purchased from online retailers. Allow the kids to decorate the boxes. Place one toy in each finished box, and tape the lid shut. Distribute the second toy as the kids leave the class.

Facilitator

When we give freely, we know that God will always help us. He never forgets about us. We won’t forget to give you your toy when you leave class later. There was a man in the Bible who gave freely, too. Let’s hear his story.

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Facilitator
Materials:
Small Group Leader

Everyone close your eyes. Think of something good that God has given you. It’s a good idea to tell God, “Thank You” for that gift. You can do that quietly at your seat. Go ahead and tell God, “Thank You” now. (Pause) Now let’s ask God to help us give freely to someone else, since we have been given so much. I’ll pray for us. (Pray)

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Facilitator

I’m so glad Engineer Courtney gave away her donuts. I think she learned our Big Point. Let’s say it together,

I Have Faith To Give Freely! Conductor Carl gave us a great idea for the Big Do.

Gather your family together and have each person share the one thing that would be hardest for them to give up. What something that would be hard for you to give up? (Allow for answers) Even though it might be hard, we know that God gives us even more good things when we are generous with others.

Materials:
Facilitator
  1. Let’s Practice our Big Point again. Hmm, did our Big Point say I Have Faith To Give Freely! or I Have Faith To Give a Little? I Have Faith To Give Freely!

  2. What shape is a donut? Is it a square or a circle? It’s a circle. Let’s pretend to eat a donut. What kind of donut is your favorite? Why was Engineer Courtney afraid to give away her donuts? She thought she wouldn’t have one left for herself Did Professor Beaker help her make enough to give away? No

  3. Let’s stand and pretend to climb a mountain. (Pretend to climb) Is a mountain tiny or tall? It’s tall. Let’s keep climbing up high. Who climbed a mountain in our Big Story? Abraham and Isaac Did God ask Abraham to give away Isaac as an offering? Yes

  4. What sound does a goat make? Does a goat have a long trunk? No Does it have a long, yellow neck and eat leaves from trees? No What does a goat look like? What did God give Abraham on the mountain? Goat Did God tell Abraham he could give the goat away instead of Isaac? Yes Was God pleased with Abraham for giving? Yes

  5. Let’s pretend to count ten donuts. (Count to ten) Did Engineer Courtney get to eat a donut? Yes What is something you have ten of, that you could share with someone? Toys, stuffed animals, stickers

  6. Pretend to hold a big pile of stuffed animals. Show me with your arms how many you are holding. What is your favorite stuffed animal? Our Big Verse is Matthew 10:8 (NIrV), “You have received freely, so give _____.” a. Freely b. Nothing

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