Ark Kids Junior: Thanks & Giving

Thanks & Giving Week 3: We All Have Something To Give!

The Train Station is hosting a talent show. Everyone is going to stand on stage and share fun things that they can do. Unfortunately, Engineer Courtney thinks that she has nothing to share at the show. It's up to her friends to show her that we all have something to give.



Large Group

Large Group Instructions

Countdown from 10
Materials: Lesson Plan
Materials:
Leader
Materials: Overalls (2), Train Hat (2), Handkerchief (2)
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Host Welcome to the Train Station, Jr. Conductors! Look at all of the wonderful friends who joined us today.

Co-Host Just in case we don’t know everyone, I think we should all shout our names on the count of three. Would you like to count with me? Ready? 1…2…3! (Shout your name)

Host Oh my, that’s a lot of names. We all have names. Let’s think of something else we all have. Do we all have eyes? Yes. How many do you have? Do we all have noses? Does anyone have three noses? No.

Co-Host What else do we all have?

(Allow for answers and have the kids count or describe it.)

Host Today we’re going to learn about something else we all have, but first let’s stand and everyone, make a loud “Choo-choo!”

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

Host Why is Engineer Courtney sad? (Pause) Oh, she thinks that she doesn’t have anything to give at the talent show. Is that true?

Co-Host No, our Big Point teaches us something different. Let’s stand and practice the Big Point.

  • Practice the Big Point and have the kids return to their pockets.

Host We all have something to give. I think we should do a talent show right now. Let’s choose some friends to show us different talents. Our talents will look different. Some people can dance, sing, jump, count, or play an instrument.

Co-Host When we choose some to show their talent, let’s clap for them to thank them for sharing it with us.

  • Choose kids to perform different talents. To encourage participation, ask the kids who can jump high, count to ten, or sing loudly. Then, choose that kid to perform. Use a variety of “talents” to show that there are a multitude of gifts. Have the Host and Co-Host perform a talent first to make everyone more comfortable with sharing.

Host Great job! Look at all of the wonderful things you can do. Everyone has something that they can give. It’s okay if that gift looks different.

Co-Host God uses all kinds of gifts as part of His big plan. Let’s see if Engineer Courtney will find her talent.

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

Host Is Chef Bananas baking a big cake? (Pause) He is baking a really big cake.

Co-Host Elmer has a very smart dog. Can you tell me what a doggie says? (Pause) That’s right; a doggie says, “Ruff, ruff!” We can say a lot more than “ruff, ruff.” We can say the Big Point. Let’s stand and say the Big Point right now.

Co-Host We All Have Something To Give!

Host To understand our Big Point better, let’s read the Big Verse from the Bible. The Bible teaches us what is true, and it helps us.

Host 1 Peter 4:10 (NIrV) says, “Each of you has received a gift in order to serve others.” God has given each of us a gift to share with others. All of our gifts look different, but they are all important.

Co-Host I am going to show you some different parts of the body, and I want you to tell me why each part is important.

  • Show the slides of the eyes, nose, ears, mouth, hands, and feet. Have the kids point to/show you their eyes, nose, etc. Ask the kids what those parts do and why they are important.

Host If our whole body was one big eye, then we couldn’t eat food. If our whole body was one big foot, could we smell things? (Pause) No. If our whole body was one big hand, could we hear? (Pause) No. Just like we have different parts of our bodies that do important jobs, each of us can give different things. All of those gifts are important, and God loves to use our gifts. Let’s stand and worship God by singing.

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Leader

Jr. Conductors, we may not know what God wants us to give, but we believe that God will show us what things we can do or share to help others. Let’s pray and ask God what He wants us to give right now. (Pause) I’m proud of you for praying. God loves to help us share with others. I will pray for all of us.

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

Host What talent did Engineer Courtney share at the talent show? Did you like her magic tricks? What did she say after preforming a trick? Ta-da! Let’s all shout that. Ta-da! \

Co-Host I’m glad that she learned the Big Point. We can practice saying it again.

Co-Host We All Have Something To Give! I want to show you some pictures. You have to tell me if the pictures are the same or different.

  • Show the pictures and have the kids respond with the answer. Ask them to describe what is the same or what is different about the pictures.

Host Some of us have the same things to give, many of us have different things to share. That’s a good thing because our different gifts and talents help lots of different people.

Co-Host God uses us all to help in His big plan. Let’s say the Big Point again,

Co-Host We All Have Something To Give!

Materials:
Hosts
  1. Let’s Practice our Big Point again. Hmm, did our Big Point say We All Have Something To Give or We Don’t Have Anything To Give? We All Have Something To Give

  2. Let’s pretend that we are making a puppet talk. Slip your hand inside the puppet and move your hand to make it talk. What is your puppet saying? What did Conductor Carl make for the talent show? Sock puppet Why was Engineer Courtney upset? She didn’t think she could help Is that true? No

  3. Let’s stand and pretend to build something. What should we build together? (Based on the kids’ answers, have them pretend to build an object using different tools.) Let’s stand back and look at our work. Good job. What did God ask the Israelites build? Tabernacle tent Did God use lots of different people? Yes Did everyone have some way to help build the Tabernacle? Yes

  4. Can you show me something that you are good at doing, like dancing or singing or jumping in place? Wow, you are very good. What did Engineer Courtney learn that she could do? Magic tricks What did she say at the end of her trick? Ta-da! Did everyone at the talent show enjoy her magic tricks? Yes

  5. Can you point to your eyes? Look at your friend’s eyes. Does he or she have the same or different color eyes? Can you point to your hair? Does he or she have the same or different color hair? Does God give everyone the same gifts or talents? No Some are the same and some are different. Why is it good that we all have different gifts to share? All of our different gifts help lots of different people / We all work together for God’s Big Plan

  6. Let’s pretend to give a gift to our friend. Who gives good gifts to us so that we can help others? God Let’s review our Big Verse. 1 Peter 4:10 (NIrV), “Each of you has received ______ in order to serve others.” a. A Gift b. Nothing

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

Welcome to the Train Station, Jr. Conductors! I love spending time with you at the train station! What holiday are we about to celebrate? Thanksgiving! That’s why we are learning about being thankful and giving to others with Conductor Carl and his friends. Can everyone give me a wave? How about giving me a smile? Thank you so much! Now everyone give me a big, “Choo-choo!” so we can visit Conductor Carl!

“Choo-choo!” Everyone, stand up and let’s worship Jesus!

Materials:
Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, Basket (One Per Group), Food Items Inside Each Basket (These Can Be Plastic Or Print Outs), Plate, Table Or Tray
Leader
  • Leader enters, carrying a plate.

Jr. Conductors, who knows what we eat on Thanksgiving? (Pause) Turkey! Turkey isn’t the only delicious food we eat on Thanksgiving. At Thanksgiving you can have all kinds of foods. Mashed potatoes, green beans, macaroni and cheese, and pumpkin pie are just a few.

I know, let’s pretend to make a Thanksgiving dinner right now! Each small group has a basket with food in it. Everyone, look through your basket now. (Each small group leader shows their small group what is inside of their basket)

To make our dinner, each small group will give what they have so that we have an entire dinner. I have a plate to give so that we have something to put the food on. (Set it on the table) Now let’s have one person from each small group come up and give what they have.

Each small group sends one child and they place their food on the table. When they do, have the child tell the class what they have to give.

Because everyone gave what they had, we have an entire yummy meal. Let’s learn more about giving what we have with Conductor Carl and his friends. Turn your listening ears on so you can discover today’s Big Point!

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

Is Engineer Courtney happy or sad that she has nothing to give at the talent show? That’s right; she’s sad. But is it true that she has nothing to give? No, the Big Point tells us the truth. Let’s practice it together,

We All Have Something To Give!

God made each one of us special and gave us different abilities and things we like. In your small group you will talk about what makes you the same as your friends and what makes you different from them. Turn to your small group leader now, with a bubble in your mouth.

Small Group Leader

Talk about ways that the kids in your group are the same as each other and different from each other. Ask them to raise their hand if they have brown hair, a sister, blue eyes, etc. Then you can ask questions about what they like to do. If they like to sing, if they like to play sports, if they like to write, etc.

Leader

Jr. Conductors, did you find out ways that you are different from your friends? It is so neat that God made us all different so that we can each have something different to give. Let’s see if Engineer Courtney can figure this out.

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

Everyone at the Train Station is working hard on their talents! What is Chef Bananas making? (Pause) A really big cake. What did Elmer have? (Pause) A smart dog. They are following our Big Point. Let’s say it together,

We All Have Something To Give!

Our Big Verse will help Engineer Courtney.

1 Peter 4:10 (NIrV) says, “Each of you has received a gift in order to serve others.” Every person has something special that God has given them. You can do things that no one else can because God made you special! It’s our job to find out what God gave us and use it to help other people.

Think of it like this. Everyone, point to your eyes. If you didn’t have eyes, would you be able to see anything? No! Show me your feet. If you didn’t have feet, would you be able to run fast? Nope! We need each part of our body so that we can do all the things God made us to do. In your small group you get to show what the different parts of your body can do!

Small Group Leader
  • Tell the kids to do something, and then have them tell you what part of their bodies they used to do it. Some examples: walk like a crab (use your arms and legs), touch your nose to your knee (use your nose and your knee), jump like a frog (use your feet, legs, and knees), spin around (use your feet), laugh (use your mouth), etc.

Leader

I’m so thankful God gave us a bunch of different body parts so that we can do all kinds of fun things. Let’s listen to a story from the Bible about people who used the gifts that they had to build something great for God!

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Small Group Leader

Everyone, close your eyes and think about something that you can do to help other people. (Pause) Now tell God you will use that gift to serve others. (Pause) Great job. I’m going to pray for all of us. (Pray)

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

Engineer Courtney had some cool magic tricks at the talent show! Everyone, say, “Ta-da!” Good job. She learned our Big Point, and it really helped her. Let’s say it together,

We All Have Something To Give!

We can use our Big Point this week when we do our Big Do!

Conductor Carl told us that this week our Big Do is to do something for someone else. You could help your brother or sister clean their room, make your grandma or grandpa a card, or sing someone a song!

I’m so thankful God has given each of us something we can use to serve others. Let’s say our Big Point one more time,

We All Have Something To Give!

Materials:
Hosts
  1. Let’s Practice our Big Point again. Hmm, did our Big Point say We All Have Something To Give or We Don’t Have Anything To Give? We All Have Something To Give

  2. Let’s pretend that we are making a puppet talk. Slip your hand inside the puppet and move your hand to make it talk. What is your puppet saying? What did Conductor Carl make for the talent show? Sock puppet Why was Engineer Courtney upset? She didn’t think she could help Is that true? No

  3. Let’s stand and pretend to build something. What should we build together? (Based on the kids’ answers, have them pretend to build an object using different tools.) Let’s stand back and look at our work. Good job. What did God ask the Israelites build? Tabernacle tent Did God use lots of different people? Yes Did everyone have some way to help build the Tabernacle? Yes

  4. Can you show me something that you are good at doing, like dancing or singing or jumping in place? Wow, you are very good. What did Engineer Courtney learn that she could do? Magic tricks What did she say at the end of her trick? Ta-da! Did everyone at the talent show enjoy her magic tricks? Yes

  5. Can you point to your eyes? Look at your friend’s eyes. Does he or she have the same or different color eyes? Can you point to your hair? Does he or she have the same or different color hair? Does God give everyone the same gifts or talents? No Some are the same and some are different. Why is it good that we all have different gifts to share? All of our different gifts help lots of different people / We all work together for God’s Big Plan

  6. Let’s pretend to give a gift to our friend. Who gives good gifts to us so that we can help others? God Let’s review our Big Verse. 1 Peter 4:10 (NIrV), “Each of you has received ______ in order to serve others.” a. A Gift b. Nothing

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