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All aboard Week 2: I Have Faith To Give When Jesus Asks!

Conductor Carl and his friends aren't sure why God has asked them to give. Join them as they discover how to give what they have.



Large Group

Large Group Instructions

Countdown from 10
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Leader
Materials: Overalls (2), Train Hat (2), Handkerchief (2)
Host and Co-Host

Host: Welcome to the Train Station, Jr. Conductors! ¿Podrían darme una gran sonrisa?

Co-host: Um, I don’t think I understand what (Host) said. Could you repeat that? Jr. Conductors, put your hands up to your ears so you can listen closely.

Host: ¿Podrían darme una gran sonrisa? ¿Por favor?

Co-host: Now he/she added more words I don’t understand. Do you know what our friend is saying? Is he/she speaking in a different language? Do you know which one it is?

Host: It’s Spanish. I said, in Spanish, “Could you give me a big smile?” Then I added, “Please?”

Co-host: Oh, of course. Let’s smile. It’s easier to follow directions if you understand. Here’s something I know you understand. Give me a big, “Choo-choo!”

Co-Host Let's stand and worship Jesus

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Host and Co-Host

Host: It sounds like we have a big job today.

Co-host: We need to put on our thinking caps so we can help Conductor Carl and his friends figure out what God wants them to give.

Host: I’m glad they’re trying to give, even when they don’t understand.

Co-host: Conductor Carl does do a good job of following our Big Points. Let’s practice today’s Big Point now.

Host I Have Faith To Give When Jesus Asks!

Host: Today’s Big Point is all about obeying Jesus. Let’s play a game and practice obeying. Everyone stand up.

Co-host: It’s called “Conductor, May I?” We’ll ask (Co-host) if we can do something. If he/she says, “Yes,” then we can. If he/she says, “No,” can we do it? No. Conductor (Co-host), may we dance silly?

  • Play the game incorporating several movements. For some of them, say, “Yes,” but for others, say, “No” and give an alternative command.

Host: I had a lot of fun with that game. It’s important to listen to and obey Jesus when He asks us to give. Even if you’re not sure why or how, you can trust that Jesus will always help you do what He asks you to do.

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Host and Co-Host

Co-host: I thought for sure that Inspector Nigel would be able to help solve the mystery. Let’s say the Big Point again.

Co-Host I Have Faith To Give When Jesus Asks!

Host: The verse that Conductor Carl read from the Bible said that Jesus could help them.

Host: The Big Verse, Proverbs 3:5 (NIrV) says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding.”

Co-host: Depend is a big word. What does it mean?

Host: I’ll show you. Everyone stand up. Let’s pretend that that we have a cuddly, cute little dog. What kind of dog would you want to have?

Co-host: I would want a bulldog. Their scrunched up faces are so funny!

Host: They sure are. Let’s stand up and pretend to take care of a dog. (Pretend to give a dog food and water, give him a bath, and take him for a walk) Great job, Jr. Conductors. You can sit on your pockets.

Co-host: Can a dog get it’s food by itself?

Host: No. He needs his owner to help.

Co-host: Can a dog give himself a bath?

Host: No. He needs his owner for that, too. The dog depends on his owner to take care of him. We depend on Jesus to help us make the right choices when we don’t know what to do. He can help us know what to give. Let’s stand and sing a song to Jesus.

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Leader

It can be hard to obey or give if you don't trust Jesus. That’s because it takes faith to give. The word faith means believing in Jesus and what He says. Let’s take a moment to talk to Jesus. As we sit quietly, remember to trust Jesus to help you. A good way to build your faith is to say God’s words in the Bible. Quietly say, “I trust in Jesus with all my heart.” (Repeat a couple of times) Now I’ll pray. (Pray)

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Host and Co-Host

Host: I’m so glad that Conductor Carl and his friends discovered what Jesus wanted them to give. They were ready to say, “Yes.” Let’s say our Big Point again.

Host I Have Faith To Give When Jesus Asks!

Co-host: I know those kids will enjoy that delicious cereal for breakfast. What’s your favorite food to eat for breakfast? Mmm, those sound good. Our Big Story was also a great reminder of what we get to do in this week’s Big Do.

Host: Gather together as a family and ask God what He wants you to do with the money you are collecting this month. When God tells you what to give, say, “Yes!”

Co-host: I’m glad that our friends at the train station said, “Yes” to giving.

Host: Earlier I asked a question in a different language. Let’s practice saying, “Yes” in a different language.

  • Show the slides. Help the kids practice saying each word several times – Oui (France), Da (Russia), Si (Spain), and Nai (Greece).

Co-host: Good job, Jr. Conductors. Now you know how to say, “Yes” in lots of different languages. It doesn’t matter whether you are in our country or all the way on the other side of the world; if Jesus asks you to give, what should you say?

Host: Make sure to pray with your family this week about how to give it do the “Big Do” that Conductor Carl mentioned with your family this week. You can ask Jesus to tell you what to give. Then you can use the Big Point, I Have Faith To Give When Jesus Asks!

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Host and Co-Host
  1. Let’s Practice our Big Point again. Hmm, did our Big Point say I Have Faith To Give When Jesus Asks! or I Say No When Jesus Asks? I Have Faith To Give When Jesus Asks!

  2. Let’s make some sounds like farm animals. What does a pig say? Oink What about a chicken? Cluck cluck What about a cow? Moo Who had a cow at the Train Station today? Farmer Faith What did Conductor Carl and Engineer Kelly have? Cereal and bowls Who told them to bring those things? God

  3. Let’s make fish faces. Pretend to be a ferocious shark. Does an octopus have one leg or lots of legs? Lots of legs Who went fishing in the Big Story? Peter Who asked Peter to catch fish? Jesus Did Peter say, “Yes” or “No?” Yes

  4. Let’s pretend to pick up something heavy. What did Peter lift that was heavy? A net full of fish Did Peter trust Jesus to tell him good and right things? Yes

  5. Let’s pretend to eat a bowl of cereal. Crunch the cereal. Slurp up the extra milk. Conductor Carl and his friends discovered that Jesus wanted them to give the cereal. What’s something you could give? Money, a smile, a toy, help

  6. Stand up and hop on one foot. Hop on the other foot. Sit on your pockets. What does our Big Verse say? Proverbs 3:5 (NIrV), “Trust in the Lord with all your ______. Do not depend on your own understanding.” a. Heart b. Foot

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Mid Week / Classroom

Mid Week / Classroom Instructions

Welcome
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Facilitator
  • Begin by splitting the kids into the desired number of small groups.

Hi Jr. Conductors, welcome to the Train Station! Let’s practice saying the word “Yes” in different ways, and by using different voices.

Have the kids say things like yes, yep, yeah, you bet, yeppers, etc. Lead the kids in saying each word with a different voice like high pitched, low, squeaky, etc.

Today, we’re going to learn the person we can always answer, “Yes!” Give me a big, “Choo-choo!”

Let’s stand and worship Jesus!

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Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief
Facilitator

Let’s play a game where you get to practice following directions. It’s called “Conductor Carl Says.” In this game I’m going to give you directions. You can only do the things that Conductor Carl says to do. If I say, “Conductor Carl says touch your toes,” then you can touch your toes. But, if I just say, “Touch your nose,” should you do it? No, because Conductor Carl didn’t say.

  • Have all of the groups stand and play. This game isn’t about which kids “win;” instead, it’s more about getting the whole group used to the idea of saying, “yes,” to instructions. Encourage the kids to help their friends listen for the right actions to follow.

Great job following directions. Let’s visit our friends at the Train Station and see if they do a good job of following directions.

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Facilitator

I wonder what God wants Conductor Carl and his friends to give. Do you think they will listen to God? I think so. When God asks us to do something, it is important that we obey right away! That’s what we learned in our Big Point. Let’s practice it together.

I Have Faith To Give When Jesus Asks! Let’s practice saying, “Yes” in our groups.

  • Small Group Leaders help the kids practice saying the word “Yes” in different languages – Oui (France “Wee”), Da (Russia), Si (Spain “See”), Nai (Greece “Nay”), Ja (Sweden “yaw”), Hai (Japan “hi”), Sim (Portugal “seem”).

That was so much fun! Doing what God asks us to do is very important. We can all say “yes” to being Jesus’ helpers. Let’s practice our Big Point again,

I Have Faith To Give When Jesus Asks! I wonder if Conductor Carl and his friends have figured out what they can give. Let’s all watch and see.

Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, Goldfish Crackers, Small Sheer Bags
Facilitator

Conductor Carl shared today’s Big Verse with us.

Proverbs 3:5 (NIrV) says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding.” When we depend on something, it means we trust it to help us. We trust God to help us. Today, in our Big Story we’re going to learn about someone who trusted Jesus. Jesus asked him to do something he didn’t expect. Let’s work on a fun activity about our Big Story.

Small Group Leader

Let’s make something fun. I’m going to give each one of you a bag. It looks like a net. We are going to pretend that it’s Peter’s net. Peter was one of Jesus’ friends. He was a fisherman. He would go out on his boat and catch fish. Let’s fill these “nets” with goldfish. When you get home, you can tell your family about today’s story and enjoy a snack.

  • Allow the kids time to fill the bags with goldfish. Small, sheer bags used for wedding favors are a great option for the kids to use. You can allow the kids to have a snack during the Big Story video or save them for later.

Facilitator

I’m excited to hear how Peter said “yes” to Jesus. Let’s turn on our listening ears so we can hear what happened.

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Facilitator
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Small Group Leader

It can be hard to obey or give if you don't trust Jesus. That’s because it takes faith to give. The word faith means believing in Jesus and what He says. Let’s take a moment to talk to Jesus. As we sit quietly, remember to trust Jesus to help you. A good way to build your faith is to say God’s words in the Bible. Quietly say, “I trust in Jesus with all my heart.” (Repeat a couple of times) Now I’ll pray. (Pray)

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Facilitator

I’m so glad that Conductor Carl and his friends discovered what Jesus wanted them to give. They were ready to say, “Yes.” Let’s say our Big Point again.

I Have Faith To Give When Jesus Asks! Our Big Story was also a great reminder of what we get to do in this week’s Big Do.

Gather together as a family and ask God what He wants you to do with the money you are collecting this month. When God tells you what to give, say, “Yes!” I’m glad that our friends at the train station said, “Yes” to giving. Make sure to pray with your family this week about how to give it do the “Big Do” that Conductor Carl mentioned with your family this week. You can ask Jesus to tell you what to give. Then you can use the Big Point, I Have Faith To Give When Jesus Asks!

Materials:
Facilitator
  1. Let’s Practice our Big Point again. Hmm, did our Big Point say I Have Faith To Give When Jesus Asks! or I Say No When Jesus Asks? I Have Faith To Give When Jesus Asks!

  2. Let’s make some sounds like farm animals. What does a pig say? Oink What about a chicken? Cluck cluck What about a cow? Moo Who had a cow at the Train Station today? Farmer Faith What did Conductor Carl and Engineer Kelly have? Cereal and bowls Who told them to bring those things? God

  3. Let’s make fish faces. Pretend to be a ferocious shark. Does an octopus have one leg or lots of legs? Lots of legs Who went fishing in the Big Story? Peter Who asked Peter to catch fish? Jesus Did Peter say, “Yes” or “No?” Yes

  4. Let’s pretend to pick up something heavy. What did Peter lift that was heavy? A net full of fish Did Peter trust Jesus to tell him true things? Yes

  5. Let’s pretend to eat a bowl of cereal. Crunch the cereal. Slurp up the extra milk. Conductor Carl and his friends discovered that Jesus wanted them to give…what? Cereal Who did they give the cereal to? Kids at school

  6. Stand up and hop on one foot. Hop on the other foot. Sit on your pockets. What does our Big Verse say? Proverbs 3:5 (NIrV), “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. ______ depend on your own understanding.” a. Do not b. Do

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