Ark Kids Junior: Guard Your Heart

Guard Your Heart Week 3: Put In The Good!

Farmer Faith and Engineer Courtney learn how to help put good things inside the runners at Train Station race



Large Group

Large Group Instructions

Countdown from 10
Materials: Lesson Plan
Leader
Note:

Suggested Music selections for this lesson include:

  • Optional soft instrumental music for Big Story
Materials:
Leader
Materials: Overalls (2), Train Hat (2), Handkerchief (2), Fishbowl, Fake Goldfish, Fast Food Bag
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter. The Co-Host enters carrying a fishbowl with a fake goldfish floating inside. You can use any kind of clear bowl as a fishbowl. If you have a real goldfish, you could also use that.

Host Welcome to the Train Station, Jr. Conductors! I’m so glad that you visited. Let’s make everyone feel welcome today by turning to a friend and saying, “Hello!”

Host tells the Co-Host “Hello.”

Co-Host Shh, not so loud. You’ll wake up Tony.

Host Who’s Tony?

Co-Host My goldfish. He sleeps a lot. I think. I’m actually not sure when goldfish go to sleep. Looks like he’s up. I guess it’s time to feed him. We need our strength. Tony is racing with me today in the big race. Hold this.

  • Co-Host hands the Host the fishbowl and pulls out the fast-food sack.

Co-Host (Fast Food restaurant) is his favorite.

Host Jr. Conductors, is (fast food) good food for a fish to eat? (Pause) No! What kind of food do they eat?

Co-Host Fish food? Oh boy, that makes a lot more sense. (To the fish) Tony, can I have your lunch? I’m kind of hungry.

Host What we put inside of us is important. It’s not just food. We’re going to discover what we can put in our invisible hearts. Everyone, stand and let out a big, “Choo-choo!”

Materials:
Materials: Overalls (2), Train Hat (2), Handkerchief (2), Edible Paper, Food Safe Markers
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Co-Host The big race is going to be so much fun. I’m glad that Farmer Faith and Engineer Courtney are going to help us.

Host I think the Jr. Conductors could help them find just the right thing. Should Farmer Faith and Engineer Courtney give the runners something bad or something good? (Pause) Yes, something good. That reminds me of today’s Big Point. Let’s practice our Big Point again.

Host Put In The Good!

Co-Host Is our Big Point talking about what we use when we run a race?

Host Our Big Point is talking about what someone puts inside of their invisible heart. That’s the part of us that connects with God and follows Him.

Co-Host When we fill our invisible hearts with good things, it helps us follow God and help other people. What can we feed our hearts? I like pizza. Jr. Conductors, pretend to eat a really cheesy slice of pizza.

  • Pretend to eat a slice and pull away a long string of cheese.

Co-Host The pizza is really hot. Oh no, jump up and down and wave your hand in front of your mouth to cool it off. Let’s quickly drink a whole jug of water.

  • Pretend to chug a big glass of water.

Host Oh my, you can sit down. Pizza is delicious, but you don’t feed your invisible heart pizza. We feed our invisible heart with God’s Word, the Bible.

  • Show the edible paper with “God’s Word” written on it with food safe markers. These can be purchased online or at a cake decoration supplier. If you don’t have this option, you could substitute with a cookie with a Bible on it or a cake. Really any kind of item that you can eat could work.

Co-Host Oh, I didn’t know that’s how it worked. Okay, heart, it’s time to eat.

  • Co-Host takes a bite of the edible paper.

Co-Host I thought the Bible would taste like candy.

Host That’s not how we feed our heart the Bible. We feed our heart by reading the Bible and listening to God. You can read it with a grown-up every day. It’s good food for your heart. Let’s see if we can help our friends with the big race.

Materials: Overalls (2), Train Hat (2), Handkerchief (2)
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Co-Host Jr. Conductors, have you ever eaten something spicy? What did it feel like on your tongue? I’m glad that Farmer Faith and Engineer Courtney decided not to give that to the runners.

Host Me, too. Conductor Carl’s idea of giving water is much better. That’s something good for the runners. It reminds us that we only want to put good things in our hearts. Let’s practice singing the Big Point again,

Host Put In The Good!

Co-Host I think we should talk about today’s Big Verse. This verse teaches us when we should feed our hearts.

Co-Host Psalm 1:2 (NIrV) says, “The Law of the Lord gives them joy. They think about His law day and night.”

Host This is a song from the Bible. It’s a song King David wrote. The word “law” in this verse is talking about God’s Word. King David believed that the Bible gives us joy.

Co-Host That joy comes because the Bible is full of true things and teaches us about God.

Host That’s right. We can think about what we read in the Bible day and night. What do we see in the sky in the morning? (Pause) Yes, the sun.

Host Is the sun dark and cold? (Pause) No, it’s bright and warm. Let’s pretend that it’s morning. Lay down. Can you say, “Cock-a-doodle-do,” like a rooster? Rub your eyes. Now sit up. Stretch your arms wide and yawn. What else do we do in the morning?

  • Have the kids share some morning rituals and act them out.

Co-Host We learned in this verse that we can also think about the true things we read in the Bible.

Host Just like we feed our bodies with breakfast, we feed our invisible hearts when we think about the Bible. What do we see in the sky at night? (Pause) Yes, the moon and stars.

Host Is it dark at night? Yes. Are there a lot of stars in the sky or just a few? A lot. Let’s pretend that we are ready for bed. What kinds of things do you do to get ready for sleep?

  • Have the kids share nighttime rituals and act them out.

Co-Host We learned from our Big Verse that we can also think about the Bible at night. How can we feed our invisible hearts at night?

Host We can put God’s word into our hearts all day long and even right before bed. Reading the Bible and thinking about it brings us lots of joy. The songs we sing here at church are true words from the Bible. This is a great time to stand and sing a song to worship God.

Materials:
Materials:
Leader
  • Play optional soft instrumental music

This is a great time to use our Big Verse. Let’s use it to pray and talk to God. Repeat this prayer after me, “I will think about the Bible all day and night.” (Repeat 3x). I’ll use our Big Verse to pray for all of us. “Dear God, thank You for giving us the Bible. Your word brings us joy, and we will think about it day and night. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.”

Materials:
Materials: Overalls (2), Train Hat (2), Handkerchief (2), Individual Gummy Snacks (1 Per Child)
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Co-Host Mmm, that water sure was tasty. It helped me and Tony finish the race.

Host Did Tony have some of the water, too?

Co-Host No, Tony brought his own water. (Whispers) He lives in water.

Host Just like that cold water helped you, God’s word helps us. When we read the Bible, we get to follow the Big Point. Let’s all practice our Big Point again,

Host Put In The Good!

Co-Host That’s what King David did when he was sad. He listened to God, and God’s words helped David become strong and win the battle.

Host We can tell our families about King David when we do the Big Do this week. Conductor Carl gave us a fun idea.

Host Have a healthy snack and talk about good things we can feed our invisible hearts as you eat.

Co-Host The Bible is good for our hearts because it brings us joy. God’s Word reminds us of how much God loves us and how Jesus wants to be our friend. What are some snacks that you enjoy eating?

  • Have the kids list snacks they like to eat. Talk about what they taste like and even pretend to eat it. If it’s a sour snack, have the kids make a face. If it’s possible, consider giving the kids a snack, like fruit gummies.

Co-Host We have a fun snack to give you today that you can eat as you think about all of the good things God gives us in the Bible.

Host Let’s say our Big Point once more.

Host Put In The Good!

Materials:
Hosts
  • Did our Big Point say Put In The Good! or Put In The Bad?

  • Stand and pretend that you are running in a race. First, we need to stretch our arms and legs. Run in place. Can you run fast? Can you run slowly? You can sit down. Who wanted to help Conductor Carl during the big race? Farmer Faith and Engineer Courtney What did they decide to give the runners? Water

  • What is your favorite food to eat for breakfast? (Allow for answers) What is your favorite book to read before bed? (Allow for answers) What does our Big Verse say? Psalm 1:2 (NIrV), “The Law of the Lord gives them joy. They think about His law day and ____.”

    • Night
    • Next week
  • Would it make you sad if you lost your favorite toy or a pet? Can you show me your saddest face? Who was sad in our Big Story? David Why was David sad? Bad guys took away his family

  • What makes you smile really big? (Allow for answers) Can you show me your biggest smile? When David felt so sad, did he put good or bad things in his heart? Good things Which of these would be good food for your heart: anger or God’s words?

  • What kinds of snacks do you eat after school or preschool? (Allow for answers) What did Conductor Carl tell us to do for the Big Do? Have a healthy snack and talk about good things we can put in our hearts

Materials:


Midweek / Classroom

Midweek / Classroom Instructions

Small Group Split
Materials:
Small Group Leaders
  • Begin by splitting the kids into the desired number of small groups. Small Group Leaders, take a few moments to welcome your group.

Materials: Lesson Plan
Leader
Note:

Suggested Music selections for this lesson include:

  • Optional soft instrumental music for Big Story
Materials:
Leader
Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief
Leader
  • Leader enters dressed as a Train Conductor.

Welcome to the Train Station, Jr. Conductors! I’m so glad we are at church together. Today we are having fun playing together, going to the Train Station, and hearing true things from God’s Word. Those are lots of good things! Can you give me a thumbs up? (Give a thumbs up) Good job! Our Big Point today is about good things, too. Let’s go to the Train Station to find out more. Everyone, say, “Choo-choo!”

Now stand on your feet so we can sing to Jesus!

Materials:
Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, The B-I-B-L-E youtube video
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Jr. Conductors, some of the most important things we can put into our hearts are God’s words. We find God’s words in the Bible. Let’s sing along to a fun song about the Bible together! Everyone, stand up.

  • Play a YouTube video of the song The B-I-B-L-E. Listener Kids has a great version.

That was so much fun! You can have a seat on your pockets. Let’s all turn on our listening ears and find out what Conductor Carl and his friends are doing!

Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, Activity (1 Per Group), Heart Stickers (4 Per Child)
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Should Farmer Faith and Engineer Courtney give the runners something bad or something good? (Pause) They should give something good. I’m glad they have the Big Point to help them. Let’s practice it together,

Put In The Good!

Our Big Point talks about what we put inside of our invisible heart. That’s the part of us that connects with God and follows Him. When we fill our invisible hearts with good things, then good things will come out! You get to work on an activity with your small group, and you’ll get to find good things to put in your heart. Put a sticker on the picture if it is something good to put in your heart!

Small Group Leader
  • Pass out heart stickers to the kids and help them choose which items to put a sticker on.

Leader

Did everyone find some good things to put in their hearts? Good! Let’s see if our Big Point is helping Farmer Faith and Engineer Courtney. Everyone, turn on your listening ears!

Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, Bucket (1 Per Group), Sponge (2 Per Group)
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Conductor Carl had a wise idea to give the runners water. Let’s all pretend to drink a big glass of water. Glug, glug, glug. Good job! Water is a good thing to put inside you. That reminds me of our Big Point. Let’s sing it together again,

Put In The Good!

Today’s Big Verse teaches us about the best things to put in our hearts. Psalm 1:2 (NIrV) says, “The Law of the Lord gives them joy. They think about His law day and night.” This verse is from a song in the Bible. The word “law” in that verse means God’s Word. The Bible is God’s Word, and it gives us joy because it is full of true things and teaches us about God.

God’s Word is something good we can put inside of us. When we do, good things come out that allow us to help other people. In your small group, you get to play with a sponge. Everyone, pay attention to your leader for instructions!

Small Group Leader
  • Fill a bucket with an inch or two of water and add in some sponges. Demonstrate to the kids how when you put the sponge in water, water comes out of the sponge. Talk to them about how when we put the Word of God in us, it comes out of us, too.

Leader

Did everyone get to see how the sponge had water inside? It is so important to put good things inside ourselves so that good things come out of us! Let’s listen to a story about King David and hear how he followed the Big Point.

Materials:
Small Group Leader
  • Play optional soft instrumental music

Let’s practice putting in the good right now. We can use our Big Verse to pray and talk to God. Repeat this prayer after me, “I will think about the Bible all day and night.” (Repeat 3x) I’ll use our Big Verse to pray for all of us. (Pray)

Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief
Leader
  • Leader enters.

The cold water helped the runners finish the race! Just like water helps our bodies, God’s words help our hearts. I’m thankful God gave us good things to put inside of us.

You can practice the Big Point this week when you do the Big Do. The Big Do is to have a healthy snack and talk about the good things we can feed our invisible hearts as we eat. You can do this with your daddy, your grandma, your brother, or anyone in your family! Then be sure to bring your card back so you can get a treat. Let’s say our Big Point one last time,

Put In The Good!

Materials:
Hosts
  • Did our Big Point say Put In The Good! or Put In The Bad?

  • Stand and pretend that you are running in a race. First, we need to stretch our arms and legs. Run in place. Can you run fast? Can you run slowly? You can sit down. Who wanted to help Conductor Carl during the big race? Farmer Faith and Engineer Courtney What did they decide to give the runners? Water

  • What is your favorite food to eat for breakfast? (Allow for answers) What is your favorite book to read before bed? (Allow for answers) What does our Big Verse say? Psalm 1:2 (NIrV), “The Law of the Lord gives them joy. They think about His law day and ____.”

    • Night
    • Next week
  • Would it make you sad if you lost your favorite toy or a pet? Can you show me your saddest face? Who was sad in our Big Story? David Why was David sad? Bad guys took away his family

  • What makes you smile really big? (Allow for answers) Can you show me your biggest smile? When David felt so sad, did he put good or bad things in his heart? Good things Which of these would be good food for your heart: anger or God’s words?

  • What kinds of snacks do you eat after school or preschool? (Allow for answers) What did Conductor Carl tell us to do for the Big Do? Have a healthy snack and talk about good things we can put in our hearts

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