Ark Kids Elementary: All Aboard

All Aboard Week 4: I Have Faith To Give What I Have!

Rusty is convinced that his gift isn't worth giving. That's not true when you obey God and give what you have to offer.



Large Group

Large Group Instructions

Countdown
Materials: Lesson MaterialsSlides and Printables
Materials: PROPS: Lab Coat (2)
Host
Note:

Host: and Co-host: enter

Host: Welcome to the Lab! Are you ready for a fantastic day?!

Co-host: I am. Give me five!

Host: high-fives the Co-host:.

Co-host: Thanks for slapping my hand, but did you hear my request?

Host: I thought you were asking for a high-five.

Co-host: No, I’d rather you not spread your germs to me. I was asking for five bucks so I could go grab a coffee at Starbucks.

Host: We have a serious lesson to explore first. Five dollars might seem small, but you can do a lot with it. Before we visit Herman and Rusty, find someone and share the best thing you can get for five bucks.

Materials: PROPS: Lab Coat (2), Button, $20 Bill, Paper, Double-sided Tape
Host
Note:

Host: and Co-host: enter

Co-host: Rusty is upset.

Host: Why is he so bothered about giving today? (Allow for answers) He probably should have kept that info to himself.

Co-host: Have you guys ever thought your gift wasn’t as special as someone else’s gift? I have.

Host: Let’s choose a lab assistant to help us reveal today’s Big Point. I think it will help us see the value in every gift.

(Choose a child to assist in revealing the Big Point.)

Co-host: 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!

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

Co-host: Let’s all say it together, I Have Faith To Give What I Have! Rusty thinks his gift is just not special enough.

Note:

For this trick, refer to the video instructions from David Laflin’s Give What You Can Gospel illusion (www.laflinmagicstore.com). This illusion allows you to fold a plain piece of paper multiple times, and when you unfold it, you reveal a $20 bill. The video explanation reveals the setup and demonstrates how to perform the illusion.

Host: That’s how a lot of us feel, too. (Fold as you talk) We think that we’re not talented enough to be used by God or that we aren’t rich enough to give anything that makes a difference. We just feel small. (Have the paper folded to its smallest point) That’s the cool part about serving God. (Unfold the paper as you talk revealing the money) He takes ordinary gifts and talents and turns them into gifts that make a big impact.

Co-host: Wow, let’s hope Rusty can learn that. Maybe you should go show him what you just showed us.

Materials: PROPS: Lab Coat (2), Button, Balloons (4 Blue, 4 Red)
Host
Note:

Host: and Co-host: enter.

Host: Can you guys believe that Rusty is working for Hans Von Striker?

Co-host: That guy is so mean. Rusty’s gift is fine, as long he’s giving what God asked him to give.

Host: He said that he was, but he just doesn’t believe our Big Point.

Host: I Have Faith To Give What I Have! 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 a great reminder from God about what to do when it’s time to give. 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.)

(Allow the child to read the Big Verse.)

Co-host: I’m sure there are some of you who struggle with this idea as well. Let’s do a little poll to talk this through.

  • Choose three additional kids to come up. Make the statements below, and have the kids decide if they are true our false. If it’s true, they will grab a blue balloon. If it’s false, a red balloon.

    Ask as many questions as time allows. Ask the kids after each question to explain why they chose their answer.

Host: Remember, grab blue balloon if it’s true and red balloon if it’s false. Of course, you guys in the audience can help them decide.

  1. God loves you more if you give more.
  2. God can’t do much with a small offering.
  3. Obeying God is more important than how much you give.
  4. Your attitude is more important than your gift.
  5. The size of the gift equals how important you are.
  6. Rich people impress God.
  7. A small gift can be more important than a large gift.

Co-host: Those answers could be really surprising if you didn’t understand our Big Point.

Host: Thankfully, God teaches us this truth in His Word. Let’s stand and worship God.

Materials:
Leader

Let’s bow our heads and close our eyes. One of the best ways to change your attitude is to change your focus. That means instead of thinking constantly about what you don’t have or your challenges, think about God. The more you focus on who God is, how much He loves you, and the great plans He has for you, the easier it is to give. One of the best ways to think about God is to worship, so let’s stand, and as we worship God, use this time to thank Him for helping you to become a cheerful giver.

Materials: PROPS: Lab Coat (2), Frisbees, Hamper or Bucket (4)
Host
Note:

Host: and Co-host: enter

Co-host: I’m glad Rusty wasn’t willing to sell out his best friend just to make a few extra bucks.

Host: The best part is that he chose to trust Jesus and follow our Big Point. Let’s say it again.

Host: I Have Faith To Give What I Have! That’s what the poor widow did, and Jesus was pleased with her gift.

Co-host: I imagine no one but Jesus paid much attention to her and her gift, but look, we’re still talking about her 2,000 years later.

Host: Two pennies, yet her story has inspired a lot of people to give. In fact, we can be inspired by her to do this week’s Big Do.

Co-host: The Big Do is to use the money you’ve collected in your jars to bless someone else. You could buy a treat for someone. Donate a meal or give it away at church.

Host: Don’t worry about how much you have, just be willing to give it.

Co-host: Let’s play a fun game to celebrate a great series.

Note:

Choose two teams of three kids to play. This game is similar to Kan Jam. If you have a Kan Jam set, you could use that set. You can also make your own using round buckets or hampers and your own frisbees.

Host: I like that idea. This is a fun game. Here’s how it goes: toss a frisbee and get it to land in this can. Think of it as landing your coin in the offering box.

Co-host: First team to three wins.

  • Play the game.

Host: Great job! Don’t forget our Big Point this week,

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

Materials:
Small Group Leader
Note:

Gather the kids into small groups and discuss the following.

  1. Why was Rusty upset about his offering? He thought it was too small What mistake did Rusty make? Comparing himself to others What advice did Herman give him? Just give what God asks him to
  2. Do you ever compare yourself to other people? Why does that create problems? What does God say about that? He wants us to give what He asks us to give with a good attitude
  3. What did Herman tell us to do with our families in the Big Do? Give the money in the jar
  4. Ask for prayer requests and pray for each child.
Materials: PROPS: Wheel, Buzzers
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 What I ______! a. Wish b. Have

  2. What did the widow give in the offering? a. Bag of Gold b. Two Coins

  3. True/False: Comparing your gifts to others is a great idea. a. True b. False

  4. Why did Rusty work for Hans Von Striker? a. He was bored b. He wanted more money to give

  5. What was Rusty’s big mistake? Comparing himself with others

  6. Complete the Big Verse: 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIrV), “Each of you should give what you have ______ in your heart to give.” a. Wished b. Decided

  7. Why did Jesus say that the widow’s gift was more than the rich people’s gifts? She gave all she had

  8. What is more important when you give? a. Attitude b. Amount

  9. Why is it important for us to give what we have if God doesn’t need our money? So we can bless others, obey Him, and be part of His big plan

  10. What challenge did Herman give us as this week’s Big Do? Give away the money in our jar



Mid Week / Classroom

Mid Week / Classroom Instructions

Welcome
Materials: Sg Scenario
Facilitator

Welcome to the Lab! I hope you have enjoyed learning how to be part of God’s big plan through giving. You may not have ever thought much about how you could give. Maybe you thought that was just a “grown-up” thing. That’s not true. Everyone can play a part. That’s what we’re going to discover in our lesson. Let’s begin with worship. As we stand, find someone, and tell them the best thing you ever bought at the dollar store.

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: Labcoat, Whiteboard or Drawing Pad, Different Colored Markers
Facilitator

I have a question for you. How many of you have ever played on a sports team before? Anyone play baseball? Football? Soccer? Volleyball? When you’re playing football all you really need is a quarterback to win, right? Goalies in soccer are really the only position that matters. You know right away that’s not true. Every person on a team has a part to play. The same is true with God’s team, the Church. We all have something to offer. That’s what we’re going to do in our Lab Wars game. It’s like Pictionary. Your team will try to guess what your teammates are drawing. The only catch is that each of the Pictionary artists can only add one line to the drawing. They will take turns each drawing one line to try to make the whole picture. See if your team can guess. The team that identifies the most drawings wins.

  • Give the kids on the different teams different colored markers and allow them to take turns drawing the picture. Each team should have different clues. The Small Group Leaders will keep track of how many drawings are guessed correctly by their team. You can put the whiteboard or poster boards at the front of the room or you can place a drawing pad in front of each group. Other options for this game is to give each group a magnetic drawing board or tablet computer and allow them use that to draw. Give the kids 2-3 minutes to play the game.

Great job to our winner! (Award points) Each person brought something to the win. Even though each line was small by itself, they all connected to form a drawing. Everyone can offer something to help. Let’s check in with Herman and Rusty and see if they understand that truth.

Materials: Lab Coat, Small PVC Pipe, Cloth, Empty Aluminum Can
Facilitator

Rusty is upset. Why is he so bothered about giving today? (Allow for answers) He probably should have kept that info to himself. Have you guys ever thought your gift wasn’t as special as someone else’s gift? I have. Do you think that God thinks that if our gift is smaller than someone else’s? Instead of guessing, why don’t we turn to the Bible and learn today’s Big Point to discover some truth.

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 What I Have! Giving isn’t just about giving big. It’s about giving exactly what God has asked you to give and trusting that is enough. Let’s turn to our small groups because your leader has a cool experiment for you to try.

Materials:
Small Group Leader

Faith is trusting that God can do something amazing even when you can see His work with your own eyes. In this experiment, we’re going to use this pipe to move this can without touching it. First, we rub the pipe with the cloth to create static electricity. Watch what happens when I place the pipe near the can and move the pipe. (The can moves) You can’t see the electricity, but you it is still working.

Allow the kids to take turns trying the experiment as you ask some questions. • Why do you think that God can use any gift, even ones that seem small? • Why is it important to trust God when we give? • Can God’s power work in our gifts even when can’t see or understand everything’s that happening? • Why do you think God wants us to give, even if our gift seems small?

Facilitator

The cool part about serving God is that He takes ordinary gifts and talents and turns them into gifts that make a big impact. Hopefully, Rusty can learn that truth before he does something he’ll regret.

Materials: Lab Coat, Scenario Page Printable's
Facilitator

Can you guys believe that Rusty is working for Hans Von Striker? Rusty’s gift is fine, as long he’s giving what God asked him to give. But, he just doesn’t believe our Big Point.

I Have Faith To Give What I Have! Let’s check out today’s Big Verse to understand more about our Big Point. 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.

2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIrV), “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give.”

Giving is something we should pray about first and listen to what God says. From there, we simply give what he asks us to give. Let’s turn to our small groups and check out this story about a someone who made the choice to give.

Small Group Leader

Read through Scenario Sheet and discuss the questions.

Facilitator

One of the reasons I love that story is because it reminds us that you don’t have to be a millionaire for God to use you. God wants you to be a part of His big plan right now where you are with what you have. Let’s say our Big Point together,

I Have Faith To Give What I Have! Let’s check out what Jesus had to say about some offerings.

Materials:
Facilitator
Materials:
Small Group Leader

Let’s bow our heads and close our eyes. One of the best ways to change your attitude is to change your focus. That means instead of thinking constantly about what you don’t have or your challenges, think about God. The more you focus on who God is, how much He loves you, and the great plans He has for you, the easier it is to give. One of the best ways to think about God is to worship. You can worship God with songs, but you can also worship God by thinking about who He is, what He has done, and thanking Him for that. Take a moment to thank God for who He is. (Pause) Now, I’ll pray for our group.

Materials:
Facilitator

I’m glad Rusty wasn’t willing to sell out his best friend just to make a few extra bucks. The best part is that he chose to trust Jesus and follow our Big Point. Let’s say it again.

I Have Faith To Give What I Have! That’s what the poor widow did, and Jesus was pleased with her gift. I imagine no one but Jesus paid much attention to her and her gift, but look, we’re still talking about her 2,000 years later. Two pennies, yet her story has inspired a lot of people to give. In fact, we can be inspired by her to do this week’s Big Do.

The Big Do is to use the money you’ve collected in your jars to bless someone else. You could buy a treat for someone. Donate a meal or give it away at church. Don’t worry about how much you have, just be willing to give it.

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 What I ______! a. Wish b. Have

  2. What did the widow give in the offering? a. Bag of Gold b. Two Coins

  3. True/False: Comparing your gifts to others is a great idea. a. True b. False

  4. Why did Rusty work for Hans Von Striker? a. He was bored b. He wanted more money to give

  5. What was Rusty’s big mistake? Comparing himself with others

  6. Complete the Big Verse: 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIrV), “Each of you should give what you have ______ in your heart to give.” a. Wished b. Decided

  7. Why did Jesus say that the widow’s gift was more than the rich people’s gifts? She gave all she had

  8. What is more important when you give? a. Attitude b. Amount

  9. Why is it important for us to give what we have if God doesn’t need our money? So we can bless others, obey Him, and be part of His big plan

  10. What challenge did Herman give us as this week’s Big Do? Give away the money in our jar

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