Ark Kids Elementary: Guard Your Heart

Guard Your Heart Week 2: Keep Out The Bad

Rusty, Ethel, and Sophia decide to ditch Herman's movie and watch a scary one.



Large Group

Large Group Instructions

Countdown / Rules
Materials: Lesson Plan
Leader
Note:
  • Question of the Day: What is a food that you ate so much of that it made you sick?
Note:

The following music selections are suggested for this lesson.

  • Game Music in Welcome segment
  • Soft Instrumental Music in Big Story
  • Game Music for Engage 3
  • Game Music in Big Review
Note:

Prep for Engage 2: This engage uses heart balloons, but you could substitute regular balloons. Prior to service, on each balloon, write the word below in bold. Then inflate the balloon and insert the corresponding slip of paper that contains the descriptions of what comes out.

  • Anger (on the balloon): Hurting others, Hurting yourself, Disrespectful Behavior (written on the paper inside the balloon)

  • God’s Word: Healing, Truth, Wise Choices

  • Fear: Worry, Sadness, Sickness

  • Worship: Good words, Peace, Joy

  • Love: Love, kindness, friendships

  • Negative Words: Bad Thoughts, Low Self-esteem, Loneliness

Materials: Lab Coat (2), Large Popcorn Tub (2), Ping Pong Balls (2 Colors)
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host start on stage with two kids and two volunteers.

Co-Host On your mark, get set, go!

  • Play optional Game Music

Host These adult volunteers are tossing “popcorn,” aka ping pong balls, into the popcorn tubs. The catch? The kids are only supposed to catch the colored ping pong balls. Any white ping pong ball cancels out a colored one.

  • Play the game. Count the colored ping pong balls and subtract the white ping pong balls.

Co-Host Great job to our winners. It was hard to keep out the wrong ones when so many were getting tossed at once.

Host That’s true, and keeping out wrong things is really important. In fact, that’s what we’re going to discover today in the Bible.

Co-Host I have to go finish popping some popcorn. I heard that it’s movie night for Herman and the gang.

Host While we get ready to check in at the lab, stand to your feet and tell someone nearby which movie snack you prefer: Popcorn or candy.

Materials:
Materials: Lab Coat (2)
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Co-Host I think that movie might be bothering them more than they are willing to admit.

Host Do you think they’re scared? Have you ever watched something so terrifying that you dreamed about it later?

Co-Host Some of those things seem so interesting that you talk yourself into watching them.

Host Unfortunately, I’ve had those same conversations with myself. Let’s check out our Big Point and see what it says you should do when you find yourself in the middle of that conversation of, “Should I or shouldn’t I?” I need a volunteer to help us reveal it.

(Host and Co-Host choose a kid to volunteer.)

Co-Host You will press that button after we count down from three and then read the Big Point.

Host Let’s all say it together, Keep Out The Bad! That means that to guard your heart…

Co-Host ...Just to remind everyone, our heart is the invisible part of us where we make the choice to connect with God. It’s really important....

Host ...Right, and if you want to guard it and keep it healthy, it means saying, “No” to some things, even things that might look interesting.

Co-Host Or saying, “No” to things that you wanted to do because you don’t want to be the only one at school not doing them. Let’s take a look at some things and decide if they are okay or if we should block them.

Host If we should allow them, give us a thumbs up. If we should keep it out of our hearts, use your arms to make an “x.”

  • Discuss the following slides with the kids. Some of these won’t be clear for the kids. That’s on purpose. We want the kids understand that not every category is bad in and of itself. Interview the kids and allow them to discuss when they would allow certain items in or keep them out. Discuss how sometimes it can be helpful to avoid certain categories even if they have some good things in them, but the majority is harmful.

  • Inappropriate Jokes

  • Talking with our parents

  • Movies

  • Video Games

  • Notes at School Sharing Gossip

  • Sports

  • Social Media Apps

  • Violent Comic Books

  • Music with Bad Words

  • Inappropriate Websites

  • Hanging Out with Friends

Co-Host Wow, you really have to think about what to let in and what to keep out.

Host That’s true. We don’t have to say, “No” to everything. There’s a lot of good stuff, but if anything we read or watch or listen to goes against what the Bible says is good, that can be a problem.

Co-Host If what you’re allowing into your heart steers you away from God instead of towards Him, then it’s probably not helping your heart. I wonder how Rusty, Ethel, and Sophia are doing.

Materials: Lab Coat (2), Heart Balloons, Strips of Paper
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Host I think that movie has really affected them.

Co-Host They thought it was just a harmless movie, but even things that seem harmless can affect your heart. It’s important to

Co-Host Keep Out The Bad!

Host The Bible is a book that was written a long time ago, but the truth in it still helps us with problems we face today. Let’s find out what the Bible says about this in today’s Big Verse.

(Host and Co-Host choose a kid to volunteer.)

Co-Host Hit the button as we count down from three, and then you’ll read the verse.

Co-Host Proverbs 4:23 (NIrV) says, “Above everything else, guard your heart. Everything you do comes from it.”

Host We have to guard our hearts because what we put in is what we will get out.

Co-Host Like gardening. You can’t plant tomato seeds and expect to grow bananas.

Host We have some balloons, and on each balloon is written something that we can put into our hearts. We’re going to pop them and see what comes out of each balloon.

Note:

This engage uses heart balloons, but you could substitute regular balloons. Prior to service, on each balloon, write the word below in bold. Then inflate the balloon and insert the corresponding slip of paper that contains the descriptions of what comes out.

  • Anger (on the balloon): Hurting others, Hurting yourself, Disrespectful Behavior (written on the paper inside the balloon)

  • God’s Word: Healing, Truth, Wise Choices

  • Fear: Worry, Sadness, Sickness

  • Worship: Good words, Peace, Joy

  • Love: Love, kindness, friendships

  • Negative Words: Bad Thoughts, Low Self-esteem, Loneliness

Host What you put in your heart makes a big difference.

Co-Host If you want to have a good connection to God, then you have to keep out the bad stuff that tries to get in the way.

Host Yup, your actions, words, thoughts, and faith will all be changed by what goes in and comes out of your heart. Let’s put something good inside by standing and worshipping Jesus.

Materials:
Materials:
Leader
  • Play optional soft instrumental music

Let’s bow our heads and close our eyes. I want you to think about what you’re putting into your heart. Is it helpful? Is it making things worse? Guarding your heart means that sometimes you have to say, “No” to certain things or even certain people. That’s not always an easy choice, but it’s the right choice. Take a moment, right where you sit, to talk to God. Tell Him about the thing you’re having trouble keeping out, and ask God to help you say, “No” to what doesn’t belong in your heart. (Pause) I’ll take a moment to pray for all of us.

Materials:
Materials: Lab Coat (2)
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Co-Host I’m glad they were finally able to get some sleep.

Host Yeah, and I’m sure they will think hard about the kinds of stuff they let inside. The Big Point is true,

Host Keep Out The Bad!

Co-Host That was a lesson that Lot didn’t learn. It cost him big time. When you see bad stuff, stay away.

Host You can share what you’ve learned today when you do this week’s Big Do.

Host Play a game of trash can basketball. Technically you can use almost anything as the target. Wad up paper or use nerf balls and have one person shoot and the other block. See who can block the most shots.

Co-Host Let’s practice avoiding things. We’ve chosen two adult volunteers and a group of kids to play a little game of dodgeball. Our adult volunteers will stand on either side of the play area and toss these beach balls. If it touches you, then you’re out. Let’s see who can last the whole time.

  • Play optional game music. Have two volunteers toss beach balls into a designated play area. You can use cones or tape to mark the area. If you have giant beach balls, you can roll them through the play area as a fun alternative.

Host Good job avoiding danger. Let’s turn and connect with our small groups and talk about what we’ve learned.

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

  • Have you ever been tempted like Rusty and the gang to watch or look at something you knew wouldn’t be good for you? Why was it hard to resist the temptation? How did watching the movie affect Rusty and his friends? They were fearful and anxious and filled with negative thoughts and words

  • Why was it a mistake for Lot to choose the land near the city? The people of the city made bad choices and it affected Lot’s family

  • What should you do if your friends are trying to get you to look at something that you know isn’t good for your heart? Tell them, “No.” Avoid those friends. Suggest a good alternative. Talk to your teacher and parents and ask for advice.

  • What did Herman tell us to do with our families in the Big Do?

Materials:
Leader
  • Play optional Game Music. Choose two kids from the audience to come on stage and answer the question.

  • Our Big Point says, Keep Out the ______! Good Bad

  • What kind of movie did Rusty and his friends watch? Horror Comedy

  • What happened after Herman’s friends watched the movie? They had a peaceful night They couldn’t sleep

  • What was the name of Abraham’s nephew? Little Lot

  • Why did Abraham and Lot have to separate? Flocks were too large They wanted to play the same video game

  • Proverbs 4:23 (NIrV), “Above everything else, guard your heart. ________ you do comes from it.” Everything Some things

  • What was wrong with the city Lot chose to live beside? Pollution They disobeyed God

  • Putting bad things in your heart won’t affect you much. True False

  • What should you do if your friends suggest something that will hurt your heart?

  • What challenge did Herman give us as this week’s Big Do?



Midweek / Classroom

Midweek / Classroom Instructions

Countdown / Rules
Materials: Lesson Plan
Leader
Note:
  • Question of the Day: What is a food that you ate so much of that it made you sick?
Note:

The following music selections are suggested for this lesson.

  • Game Music in Lab Wars
  • Game Music in Engage 1
  • Soft Instrumental Music in Big Story
  • Game Music in Big Review

Engage 1 Prep: This segment suggests a heart shaped box or container. It will be filled with pieces of paper that say the following:

  • Inappropriate Jokes

  • Talking with our parents

  • Movies

  • Video Games

  • Notes at School Sharing Gossip

  • Sports

  • Social Media Apps

  • Violent Comic Books

  • Music with Bad Words

  • Inappropriate Websites

  • Hanging Out with Friends

Note:

Engage 2 Prep: Prior to this segment, prepare each small group by gathering 5 small jars and one canister per group. Label the small jars with the following: “Violent Video Games”, “Scary Movies”, “Negative Words”, “Bad Friendships”, “Inappropriate Music”. Fill the jars with water and add food coloring to make the water dark.

Materials: Lab Coat
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Hey guys, welcome to the Lab! How many of you have a fence around your yard? Fences can be very useful, especially if you have pets. You don’t want them to run off! But having a fence doesn’t just keep pets from getting out. It also keeps things from getting in, like raccoons, armadillos or other pesky varmints. Just like a fence helps guard our house, it’s important to guard our hearts as well. When we do, we can keep anything unwanted out of our hearts. We’ll dive deeper into this tonight, but first let’s stand and worship!

Materials:
Materials: Lab Coat, Beach Ball (2 Per Group)
Leader
  • Leader enters, dressed in a lab coat.

You guys did a great job worshipping God! It’s now time to break up into your small groups. Go ahead and turn to your small group leaders now.

  • Split into groups

  • Small Group Leader, Use these two minutes to introduce yourself to your kids and go over the rules you have for your group. This will set the expectation and show the kids clear boundaries, setting your group up for success. A ball can be used as a tool to signify whose turn it is to respond.

It’s time for Lab Wars! In this week’s battle, everyone gets to play. When I say go, your small group leader will throw two beach balls toward other groups. For 30 seconds, you need to protect your small group by keeping all the beach balls out. There is just one rule, you can’t leave your small group. If a ball rolls or bounces out of play, a small group leader can grab it and throw it back in the mix. The group(s) that don’t have any beachballs in their area when the time runs out will win 5,000 points for their team! Does everyone understand? On your mark, get set, go!

  • Play optional game music. Play the game

Congratulations to our winners! It was a lot of work keeping those beachballs from getting past your group, but you did it! For this game, you had to keep the beach balls out. Do you know there of things we want to keep out of our hearts as well? Keeping out wrong things is really important. That’s what we’re going to discover today in the Bible, but first, let’s check in with Herman and his friends. I heard they’re having movie night!

Materials: Lab Coat, Heart Box, Paper Prompts
Leader
Note:

Note: You can find a heart shaped papermache box on Amazon. If budget doesn’t allow for this, you can either tape a heart to a bucket or cut a large heart out of paper and place it in the center of the group.

  • Leader enters.

I think that movie might be bothering them more than they are willing to admit. Have you ever watched something so terrifying that you dreamed about it later? Some of those things may seem interesting, but before you talk yourself into watching them, let’s check out our Big Point and see what it says you should do when you find yourself in the middle of that conversation of, “Should I or shouldn’t I?” I need a small group to help us reveal it. (Choose a small group to count down.) Ready?

Let’s all say it together, Keep Out The Bad! That means to guard your heart. Remember, your heart is the invisible part of you that connects with God. Let’s turn to our small groups and do something fun. Each group has a heart that has a bunch of stuff inside. Some things are good, and some are bad. It’s your job to tidy things up. Toss out the bad things and keep in the good. Let’s do that now!

Small Group Leader
  • Each small group has a heart box with pieces of paper in it. Written on the pieces of paper are things that may or may not be good for your heart. Have the kids take turns picking a piece of paper. They can read what it says, or you can read it for them. Then let them decide if it’s something they should keep in your heart or take out. Note: Some of the prompts don’t have a right or wrong answer. Allow the kids to discuss and think about these. If they all agree movies are bad, guide them in a discussion by asking the question, “Are all movies bad”?

    The pieces of paper say the following:

    • Inappropriate Jokes

    • Talking with our parents

    • Movies

    • Video Games

    • Notes at School Sharing Gossip

    • Sports

    • Social Media Apps

    • Violent Comic Books

    • Music with Bad Words

    • Inappropriate Websites

    • Hanging Out with Friends

Leader

You really have to think about what to let in and what to keep out. We don’t have to say, “No” to everything. There are lots of good things, but if anything we read, watch, or listen to goes against what the Bible says is good, that can be a problem. If what you’re allowing into your heart steers you away from God instead of towards Him, then it’s probably not helping your heart. I wonder how Rusty, Ethel, and Sophia are holding up. Let’s check in.

Materials: Lab Coat, Jars Filled with Dyed Water (5 Per Group), Jar Labels, Large Canister (1 Per Group), Large Sponge (1 Per Group)
Leader
Note:

Prior to this segment, prepare each small group by gathering 5 small jars and one canister per group. Label the small jars with the following: “Violent Video Games”, “Scary Movies”, “Negative Words”, “Bad Friendships”, “Inappropriate Music”. Fill the jars with water and add food coloring to make the water dark.

  • Leader enters.

That movie seems to be really bothering them! Sometimes it may seem that movies or songs are harmless, but it’s actually very important to guard ourselves from certain ones that are just no good. Let’s say our Big Point again,

Keep Out The Bad! Let’s find out what the Bible says about this in today’s Big Verse. Help me count it down from three,

Proverbs 4:23 (NIrV) says, “Above everything else, guard your heart. Everything you do comes from it.” God wants us to guard our hearts because what we put in is what will come out, in our thoughts, feelings, and attitudes. Let’s turn to our small groups to do an activity that will help us understand how this plays out.

Small Group Leader
  • Each small group has as sponge, several small jars, and a large canister (one that is large enough to dip a sponge into). The jars are labeled different things, such as “Scary Movies”, “Violent Video Games”, etc. Together as a small group, read the small jars. Then allow the kids to pour them into the large canister. Once all the small jars have been poured into the canister, use the sponge to soak up the water. As you do, say the following.

When we fill our hearts with bad things, things that are not good come out of us.

  • If we fill our hearts with scary things, what is something that could come out? Worry, sadness, sickness

  • If we fill our hearts with violent video games, what is something that could come out? Anger, hurting others, hurting yourself, disrespectful behavior

  • If we fill our hearts with negative words, what is something that could come out? Bad thoughts, low self-esteem, loneliness

  • If we fill our hearts with bad friendships (friends that do wrong things, say inappropriate things, etc.), what is something that could come out? Bad words, wrong behavior, disrespect

  • If we fill our hearts with bad music, what is something that could come out? Wrong thoughts, bad words, bad behavior

Leader

What we put in our hearts is very important. When you put in bad things, negative things will show up in your life! Your actions, words, thoughts, and faith will all be changed by what goes in and comes out of your heart. That is why it is so important to follow our Big Point,

Keep Out The Bad! Let’s listen to a Bible story about two guys. One chose to keep the bad out, while the other not so much. Check out their story.

Materials:
Leader
  • Leader enters.

I want you to think about what you’re putting into your heart. Is it helpful? Does it make things worse? Guarding your heart means that sometimes you have to say, “No” to certain things or even certain people. That’s not always an easy choice, but it’s the right choice. Let’s turn to our small groups and talk more about this.

Small Group Leader
Note:

The goal in this segment is to create a place where kids can openly share and to bring accountability as they become more like Jesus. Do this by truly listening, responding with love, and showing them what it looks like to be a friend and follower of Jesus. A ball can be used as a tool to signify whose turn it is to respond.

  • Have you ever had a splinter that got stuck in your hand? How did that feel? It hurt, right? That’s because it didn’t belong in your hand.

  • How can putting bad things in your heart hurt you? It causes bad things to come out of you, you can be a poor influence on others, it can make you afraid or worried

  • Think about the friends you hang out with. Do they help bring you closer to God, or do they do things that go against what God likes?

  • Have you noticed bad things coming out of your heart before? What is something you may need to stop putting in your heart?

Take a moment and pray. Ask God to forgive you if you have put wrong things in your heart. Then ask him to help you to Keep Out The Bad.

Leader

When we fill our hearts with bad things, wrong things come out of us. God wants you to live an amazing life, filled with good things. He wants you to be blessed, have joy, peace, and so much more. It is our job to follow our Big Point,

Keep Out The Bad! Let’s check back in at the lab to see if Rusty, Sophia, and Ethel learned this lesson.

Materials: Lab Coat
Leader
  • Leader enters.

I’m glad they were finally able to get some sleep. I’m sure they will think hard about the kinds of stuff they let inside. The Big Point is true,

Keep Out The Bad! You can share what you’ve learned today when you do this week’s Big Do.

Play a game of trash can basketball. Technically you can use almost anything as the target. Wad up paper or use Nerf balls and have one person shoot and the other block. See who can block the most shots. It will be a fun way to remember what we learned today. Now let’s turn to our small groups to finish up tonight’s service.

Small Group Leader
  • Use this time to hand out any positive reinforcement tools (i.e. Candy, stickers, prize coupons, etc.) Tell your group how much you enjoyed spending time with them this week. Finally, end your time together with a prayer and maybe even a group cheer.

Materials:
Leader
  • Play optional Game Music. Choose two kids from the audience to come on stage and answer the question.

  • Our Big Point says, Keep Out the ______! Good Bad

  • What kind of movie did Rusty and his friends watch? Horror Comedy

  • What happened after Herman’s friends watched the movie? They had a peaceful night They couldn’t sleep

  • What was the name of Abraham’s nephew? Little Lot

  • Why did Abraham and Lot have to separate? Flocks were too large They wanted to play the same video game

  • Proverbs 4:23 (NIrV), “Above everything else, guard your heart. ________ you do comes from it.” Everything Some things

  • What was wrong with the city Lot chose to live beside? Pollution They disobeyed God

  • Putting bad things in your heart won’t affect you much. True False

  • What should you do if your friends suggest something that will hurt your heart?

  • What challenge did Herman give us as this week’s Big Do?

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