Ark Kids Elementary: All Aboard

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

Ethel and Sophia have created a Spongebob Reality Tour to earn extra money. When Skip warns them not to give, the girls get nervous about sharing what they've made. It's up to Herman and Rusty to teach them to give freely. This lesson presents God’s gift of salvation. Every church presents the Gospel with slight variations and nuances. Read through the steps before teaching. Present the Gospel in a way that is consistent with the scripture and God’s leading.



Large Group

Large Group Instructions

Countdown / Rules
Materials: Lesson Materials
Leader
Note:

This lesson presents God’s gift of salvation. Every church presents the Gospel with slight variations and nuances. Read through the steps before teaching. Present the Gospel in a way that is consistent with the scripture and God’s leading.

Materials: PROPS: Lab Coat (2), Kleenex
Host
Note:

Host: and Co-host: enter.

Host: Welcome to the Lab! Today is going to be a lot of fun. Wouldn’t you agree?

Co-host: sneezes on the Host:.

Co-host: You’re welcome.

Host: Welcome for what? You sneezed on me.

Co-host: Technically, but I’m also sharing with you. There’s more where that came from.

Co-host: sneezes again.

Co-host: I’m just blessing you right and left. I’m not holding back.

Co-host: sneezes several times.

Host: Today is about giving, but it’s about sharing…good things. Not germs. Let’s stand up and get ready to worship. As you do, find someone and tell them this: If you could be gifted lots of any one thing, what would you want?

Materials:
Materials: PROPS: Lab Coat (2), Button, Table, 12 Bowls, Whipped Cream Can (2
Host
Note:

Host: and Co-host: enter.

Co-host: Ethel and Sophia really make the SpongeBob world come alive. I felt like I was in Bikini Bottom.

Host: Skip questioned why they would give away some of their earnings. Is his fear that they could lose everything by giving right or wrong?

Co-host: What do you guys think they should do?

Host: Let’s choose a lab assistant to help us with something. (Choose a volunteer) I hope you like whipped cream because I’m going to give you this can of whipped cream to enjoy. But there’s a catch.

Co-host: Before you can enjoy the whipped cream, you have put some in each of these twelve cups. How much you put in is completely up to you.

(Allow the kid to fill each cup with the whipped cream. Afterwards ask them the following question, depending on whether they put just a little in each cup or used most of the can.)

Host: Was it hard for you to give away that much of the whipped cream you wanted to enjoy? - Or – Why did you decide to put a small amount in each bowl?

Co-host: Did not being able to see how much was left in the can make it harder to decide?

Host: If you’re afraid of running out, then you might be tempted to follow Skip’s advice. Let’s check out the Big Point. I’m going to have our assistant press that button after we count down from three, and then we’ll read the Big Point. 3…2…1!

(A kid volunteer presses the button. Lights flash and the Big Point is revealed.)

  • Play: Slides - Big Point Slide

Co-host: Let’s all say it together, I Have Faith To Give Freely! Do you know why we can give freely? It’s because we trust Jesus. He’s the one who provides what we give, just like we provided the whipped cream to you.

Host: Jesus continues to bless us even after we give. By the way, we have a second, full can, just for you to have. The blessings keep coming. Let’s hope Ethel and Sophia don’t listen to Skip.

Materials: PROPS: Labcoat (2), Blindfold, Inflated Balloons (20), Kiddie Pool (2)
Host
Note:

Host: and Co-host: enter.

Host: Do you think that Sophia and Ethel will end up with more or less by refusing to give?

Co-host: Some people think they’ll lose out by giving, but the Bible teaches us that we actually gain more by being generous.

Host: Which is why it’s a good choice to live the Big Point,

  • Play: Slides - Big Point Slide

Host: I Have Faith To Give Freely! Let’s choose an assistant to help us reveal the Big Verse.

Host: and Co-host: choose a kid to volunteer.

Co-host: This Big Verse is key to learning the Big Point. I need you to hit the button as we count down from three and then you’ll read the verse. 3, 2, 1!

(Kid volunteer presses the button. Lights flash and the Big Verse is revealed.)

  • Play: Slides - Big Verse
Note:

(Allow the child to read the Big Verse.)

Co-host: I think we should play a game to give us a fun visual.

Host: Great idea. We’re going to choose two teams. You must fill up the other team’s pool with as many balloons as you can fit in there. Some members of your team will deliver the balloons and others will keep them inside the pool. The team that gives away the most balloons wins.

  • Play the game and time the teams. As the kids grab balloons from the center, continue to place more balloons there so they continually appear.

Co-host: The more you guys gave away, the more balloons appeared. It’s like our Big Verse. We can give freely because Jesus supplies us freely.

Host: Generosity doesn’t leave you empty-handed. That’s because you give out of what God has already blessed you with. The more you give, the more you can be sure God will bless you with more to share.

Materials:
Materials:
Leader
Note:

This lesson presents God’s gift of salvation. Every church presents the Gospel with slight variations and nuances. Read through the steps before teaching. Present the Gospel in a way that is consistent with the scripture and God’s leading.

If you want to be able to give with the same attitude as Abraham, it begins with receiving God’s gift to you. Being Jesus’ friend and follower will change you from the inside out so that you begin to give your best, freely, just because you love honoring God.

If you have never said, “Yes, I want Jesus to forgive me, be my best friend, and I will follow Him for the rest of my life,” then today is your day! I’d like everyone to close your eyes and bow your heads, so no one is distracted. If you have already said, “Yes” to Jesus, I want you to give me a thumbs up. That’s awesome. You can put your hands down. If you’ve never said, “Yes” to Jesus before, and you want to say, “Yes” to Him right now and ask Him to forgive you, raise your hand. We’re going to pray altogether. Those of you who are already friends and followers of Jesus can join in, too. Repeat after me, and let’s pray...

Dear God, I know everyone needs a Savior, and I know I can’t save myself. Jesus, I believe You are the Son of God. I believe You died on the cross for my sins, and God raised You from the dead.

Right now, I say You are my Lord, my Savior, and the One who forgives me. Thank You, Jesus, that You are my best friend, because I’ve said, “Yes” to You. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer for the very first time I want you to raise your hand again. We are so glad you said "yes" to Jesus! We want to talk to you more about your decision.

Materials:
Materials: PROPS: Lab Coat (2)
Host
Note:

Host: and Co-host: enter.

Co-host: Skip was greedy, and he ended up with even less than he began with. I think that example helped Sophia and Ethel decide that following our Big Point is a better option.

Host: Generosity is always better than being stingy. Let’s say it again,

Host: I Have Faith To Give Freely! Abraham believed that God could raise Isaac from the dead. He was convinced that God is good and would never go back on His promise. That’s how he was able to give freely.

Co-host: We can talk about Abraham this week as we do the Big Do.

Host: This Big Do is to gather your family together and have each person share the one thing that would be hardest for them to give up.

Co-host: Let’s think about some things that we have that we could share.

Host: What are some things God has freely given to you?

(Ask the question to several kids. Ask them whether it would be difficult to share and why.)

Co-host: We could pray and ask Jesus to help us have more to give.

Host: That’s a great prayer, and it will help you follow the Big Point,

Host: I Have Faith to Give Freely! Let’s gather in our small groups and talk about what we learned.

Materials:
Small Group Leader
  • Gather the kids into small groups and discuss the following.

  1. Why did Ethel and Sophia not want to give? What were they afraid would happen if they gave? They would lose everything
  2. What did Abraham believe God would give him? A son Do you think it was hard for Abraham to even consider giving Isaac to God? Did Abraham love God or love his gift more? God
  3. What would be the hardest thing for you to give up? How can you follow the Big Point when you feel like holding on tight to the things you have?
  4. What did Herman tell us to do with our families in the Big Do? Talk about what would be the hardest thing for you to give up
  5. Ask for prayer requests and pray.
Materials:
Leader
  • Choose two kids from the audience to come on stage and answer the question.

  1. Our Big Point says I Have Faith To Give ______! a. Occasionally b. Freely

  2. What was Abraham asked to give? a. Son b. Money

  3. True/False: Abraham had tons of other kids besides Isaac. a. True b. False

  4. Who convinced Ethel and Sophia to keep all of their money? a. Herman b. Skip

  5. Why were Ethel and Sophia afraid to give? They were afraid they would lose everything

  6. Complete the Big Verse: Matthew 10:8 (NIrV), “You have received _____, so give _____.” a. Little, Little b. Freely, Freely

  7. How did Abraham show that he trusted God? By obeying

  8. True/False: God provided a ram to take Isaac’s place as a sacrifice. a. True b. False

  9. Why do you think that God wants us to be generous? So we can bless others and to give us another way to be part of His big plan

  10. What challenge did Herman give us as this week’s Big Do? Talk about what would be the hardest thing for you to give up



Mid Week / Classroom

Mid Week / Classroom Instructions

Welcome
Materials: You will need to download and print this activity page for Engage 2. Printable's
Facilitator

Welcome to the Lab. What’s one thing you have a lot of that you wouldn’t mind sharing with someone else? (Allow for answers) One thing I could think of is homework! How many of you would give it all away to your friends? What is something you’d have a hard time sharing? (Allow for answers) We’re going to dig into the Bible and learn more about choosing the right attitude in giving. To get started, let’s stand up and get ready to worship.

Materials:
Materials:
Facilitator
  • Split the kids into small groups and allow a minute for the small group leaders to welcome the kids to their group.

Materials: lab coat, beach balls
Facilitator

In tonight’s Lab Wars game we’re going to see which group can give the most away. I’ve given each Small Group Leader a collection of beach balls. (Choose the number that works best for the number of small groups and your size room) When I say go, you’re going to bounce your beach balls to the other group(s). You have to stay seated the entire time. Only your Small Group Leader can stand and retrieve the beach balls. At the end of 60 seconds let’s see who has the least amount of beach balls sitting in your circle. Keep bouncing them away until the timer stops.

  • Play the game with 60 second timer.

Great job to our winner! (Award points to the winning team) Let’s check in with Herman and Rusty at the Lab and see what the gang is up to today.

Materials: Lab Coat, Coin
Facilitator

Ethel and Sophia seem like they are really into the Spongbob cartoon, but did you notice what Skip advised them to do? Skip questioned why they would give away some of their earnings. Is his fear that they could lose everything by giving right or wrong? (Allow for answers) Should they listen to him? The would be a great time to check out our Big Point and see what the Bible says.

I’m going to choose a small group to count down and read the Big Point. (Choose a group) Count down from three.

  • Allow the small group to countdown and read the Big Point.

I Have Faith To Give Freely! Do you know why we can give freely? It’s because we trust Jesus. He’s the one who provides what we give, so it’s ultimately coming from Him. That can still be challenging for some people. Turn to your Small Group Leader and let’s talk about why that is.

Materials:
Small Group Leader

I have a coin. (Real or fake would work. A larger coin, such as a half-dollar, would be a good option) Let’s say I wanted to give this away to you. (Choose a kid) Take it out of my hand. (Fight to keep your grip on the coin and don’t let it go easily) Does it look like I’m enjoying giving this away? Does it look like I want to give it away? What if I give it like this? (Open your palm and allow a kid to take it) Let’s talk about it. Why is it hard for kids, sometimes, to give freely?

  • Discuss the question among your group. If you have extra time, ask some follow up questions based on the kids’ responses. You can allow some of the kids to demonstrate both ways of giving.

Facilitator

If you’re afraid of running out things, then you might be tempted to follow Skip’s advice. You don’t have to think like Skip does. Jesus blessed us when He gave us what we have, and Jesus continues to bless us even after we give some of it away. You can’t outgive God. Let’s say the Big Point again,

I Have Faith To Give Freely! Let’s hope Ethel and Sophia don’t listen to Skip.

Materials: Lab Coat, Activity Page, Writing Utensil
Facilitator

Skip McDougall never gives great advice. Do you think that Sophia and Ethel will end up with more or less by refusing to give? Some people think they’ll lose out by giving, but the Bible teaches us that we actually gain more by being generous. I’m going to choose one small group to count down and read our Big Verse. (Choose a group) Count down from three.

Allow the small group to countdown and read the Big Verse.

Our Big Verse, Matthew 10:8 (NIrV) says, “You have received freely, so give freely.”

It helps to think of our money, talents, toys, electronics, etc. not as our own, but as something God has trusted us to take care of and share. We get to give back and bless others from what He has given us. When we do that, we follow our Big Point,

I Have Faith To Give Freely! Let’s take a moment in our groups and to discover how this works in our lives.

Small Group Leader

We have received so many good things from God. He gave His Son, and Jesus gave up His life for us! It blesses God to see us willing to freely share what He has given us with others. Let’s spend some time thinking about and writing down the gifts God has given us and how we could use them to give freely to others.

  • Hand out one Activity Sheet and a writing utensil to each child. Guide them through the page.

On the left, circle the gift God has given you. Then, on the right side, circle how you can use that gift to help others.

Facilitator

Generosity doesn’t leave you empty-handed. That’s because you give out of what God has already blessed you with. The more you give, the more you can be sure God will bless you with more to share. He sets the example for giving freely. He gave His own Son’s life so that we could be friends with Him. God wants us to practice giving, too. Let’s check out a great example of our Big Point,

I Have Faith To Give Freely! in today’s Big Story.

Materials:
Facilitator
Materials:
Small Group Leader

A great thing to share freely is the story of when you said, “Yes” to following Jesus. Hearing about the great things Jesus has done in you can help others say, “Yes” to Him as well. I want to share my story of how I said, “Yes” to Jesus. (Share your quick testimony) If you want to be able to give with the same attitude as Abraham, it begins with receiving God’s gift to you. Being Jesus’ friend and follower will change you from the inside out so that you begin to give your best, freely, just because you love honoring God. (Lead those interested in a salvation prayer)

Materials:
Facilitator

Skip was greedy, and he ended up with even less than he began with. I think that example helped Sophia and Ethel decide that following our Big Point is a better option. Generosity is always better than being stingy. Let’s say it again,

I Have Faith To Give Freely! Abraham believed that God could raise Isaac from the dead. He was convinced that God is good and would never go back on His promise. That’s how he was able to give freely. Check out this week’s Big Do.

Gather your family together and have each person share the one thing that would be hardest for them to give up. How would you respond if God asked you to give up something valuable? Why? (Interview kids) Thankfully, we can use our faith like Abraham and give freely.

Materials:
Facilitator
  • Choose two kids from the audience to come on stage and answer the question.

  1. Our Big Point says I Have Faith To Give ______! a. Occasionally b. Freely

  2. What was Abraham asked to give? a. Son b. Money

  3. True/False: Abraham had tons of other kids besides Isaac. a. True b. False

  4. Who convinced Ethel and Sophia to keep all of their money? a. Herman b. Skip

  5. Why were Ethel and Sophia afraid to give? They were afraid they would lose everything

  6. Complete the Big Verse: Matthew 10:8 (NIrV), “You have received _____, so give _____.” a. Little, Little b. Freely, Freely

  7. How did Abraham show that he trusted God? By obeying

  8. True/False: God provided a ram to take Isaac’s place as a sacrifice. a. True b. False

  9. Why do you think that God wants us to be generous? So we can bless others and to give us another way to be part of His big plan

  10. What challenge did Herman give us as this week’s Big Do? Talk about what would be the hardest thing for you to give up

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