Ark Kids Elementary: Thanks & Giving

Thanks & Giving Week 1: Don't Forget To Say Thanks!

Rusty is busy preparing for his big Thanksgiving party. So is everyone else. The only problem is that Rusty can't seem to remember two simple words, "Thank You"



Large Group Full

Large Group Full Instructions

Countdown / Rules
Materials: Lesson Plan
Leader
Note:

Engage 2 includes a scavenger hunt game that needs to be planned ahead.

Crowdcontrolgames.com offers a great Scavenger Hunt Game that can be purchased and played on any computer. If that isn’t a great option, then consider having the items listed on notecards. Basic items such as shoes, jacket, glasses, etc. For fun you specify the items such as yellow shoe, red coat, etc.

Materials:
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Host Welcome to the Lab! This week begins a brand new series…

Co-Host On how to wash and wax my car!

Host No, it’s not.

Co-Host I think it is. That’s right; in this exciting series you’re going to learn how to make my car shine like my neighbor’s bald head.

Host This series is all about thanks and giving. We’re going to talk about ways to say thanks and then give.

Co-Host It was worth a try. My car is dirty, but at least I was planning to say, “Thanks” after you gave me that awesome car wash. See how I tied it in? Why don’t you and these kids knock out a polish before the first worship song?

Host No way, because we are getting ready to see what Herman and Rusty are up to today. But first stand up and tell someone as much as you can that you are thankful for in the next twenty seconds. See who can say the most. Go!

Materials:
Materials: Lab Coat (2), Button, Bop It
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Co-Host I thought Rusty would get the hint, but he just asked for a pumpkin spice latte instead. That sounds really good. Can we send a kid to grab one for me?

Host No, but we do need a lab assistant to come up here and help us reveal the Big Point.

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

Co-Host How good are you at making pumpkin spice lattes?

Host All you need to do is press that button after we count down from three.

3…2…1!

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

Co-Host Let’s all say it together, “Don’t Forget To Say Thanks!”

Host Like you get busy with homework or your friend comes over or you move on to the next present.

Host Let’s play a game to see how well you guys remember. We’ve chosen several kids to come up on stage and stand in a line across the stage.

Co-Host It’s simple. The game is Bop It! You will follow the pattern and pass it down the line. Let’s see if we can get it all the way from one end to the other.

  • Play the Game

Host Great job! Sometimes it’s hard to remember when the game is playing the stressful sound effects. Just because distractions pop up, it doesn’t mean it’s impossible to remember. Nope, we can remember to say, “Thank you” in any situation. Let’s see if Rusty can remember.

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

Host Sophia and Slater seem hurt that Rusty has forgotten to thank them.

Co-Host It does make it seem like Rusty is just using them. It’s almost like he doesn’t care about them.

Host We’ve all been guilty of doing the same thing. It’s important to tell others, and God, that you are grateful.

Host Don’t Forget to Say Thanks! I need another assistant to help us reveal the Big Verse.

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

Co-Host Your job is to hit the button as we count down from three.

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

Co-Host Colossians 4:2 (NIrV), “Always be watchful and thankful.” Hmm, that verse made me think of something. I think we miss saying, “Thanks” a lot of times because we aren’t looking out for the good things God has done for us.

Host It’s hard to be grateful when you aren’t looking for the good stuff that’s in your life, which brings me to a fun idea. Let’s play a thankfulness scavenger hunt.

Co-Host We’re going to use stuff we find in this room. Our assistant will represent the boys/girls, and we’ll choose another team captain. Let’s play!

Note:

Crowdcontrolgames.com offers a great Scavenger Hunt Game that can be purchased and played on any computer. If that isn’t a great option, then consider having the items listed on notecards. Basic items such as shoes, jacket, glasses, etc. For fun you specify the items such as yellow shoe, red coat, etc.

Co-Host Look at how much we have to be grateful for just in this room. I’m going to use these binoculars to keep an eye out for grateful opportunities, like you washing my car.

Host Still not falling for it.

Co-Host Wow, that is a giant booger. These are binoculars are powerful.

Host Let’s keep our eyes open and live out the Big Point,

Host Don’t Forget To Say Thanks! Let’s jump to our feet and worship our very good God!

Materials:
Materials:
Leader

Today would be a great time to tell God, “Thank You.” He has done incredible things for us. Jesus died for us so that we could be saved. God provides for our needs. He’s healed us and protected us. God deserves our thanks. So take a moment and quietly thank Him right there at your seat.

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

Co-Host I’m glad that Rusty decided to say, “Thank you.” He really does love his friends, he just forgot to let them know.

Host That’s why we all need to follow our Big Point,

Host Don’t Forget To Say Thanks! If you forget to tell God, “Thank You,” He’s not going to go in the corner and pout. God is still God, and He’s still amazing whether we admit it or not.

Co-Host Then why is it so important to say, “Thank you?” I know the answer. I just wanted to lay it up for you so that you could bring it to the house.

Host Thanks, but I thought it might be fun to get one of our assistants to ask this question. “Why is it important for you to say thank you to others?”

(Choose a volunteer to ask the question.)

Co-Host I am ready to use that Big Point whenever you get that urge to wax my car.

Host What if I just help you wash it? We’ll do it together.

Co-Host Done! Don’t worry, I’ll use the Big Point. Let’s say it together,

Co-Host Don’t Forget To Say Thanks! Let’s gather with our small groups and talk about thankfulness.

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

  1. What were some of the ways that Rusty’s friends helped him? How did it make them feel when he forgot to say, “Thank you?”

  2. How many of the guys that Jesus healed came back to say, “Thank you?” Does it surprise you that only one guy returned? How do you think giving thanks helped him more than the other nine guys?

  3. What are some things that might help you remember to say, “Thanks?”

  4. What did Herman tell us to do in the Big Do?

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

  1. Our Big Point says Don’t _____ To Say Thanks! a. Forget b. Remember
  2. What was Rusty preparing for at the lab? a. Birthday Party b. Thanksgiving Party
  3. What was wrong with the guys who approached Jesus in our Big Story? They had leprosy
  4. Why were Rusty’s friends upset with him? He wasn’t saying, “Thank you.”
  5. What is something you can be thankful for today?
  6. Complete the Big Verse: Colossians 4:2 (NIrV), “Always be _______ and thankful.” a. Watchful b. Looking
  7. Why do you think that God wants us to say, “Thanks?”
  8. How many guys returned to give Jesus thanks for healing them? a. 10 b. 1
  9. What happened to the man who came back to thank Jesus? a. He had dinner with Jesus b. Jesus forgave his sins
  10. What challenge did Herman give us as this week’s Big Do? Write a thank you note


Large Group Abbreviated

Large Group Abbreviated Instructions

Countdown / Rules
Materials: Lesson Plan
Materials:
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Host Welcome to the Lab! This week begins a brand new series…

Co-Host On how to wash and wax my car!

Host No, it’s not.

Co-Host I think it is. That’s right; in this exciting series you’re going to learn how to make my car shine like my neighbor’s bald head.

Host This series is all about thanks and giving. We’re going to talk about ways to say thanks and then give.

Co-Host It was worth a try. My car is dirty, but at least I was planning to say, “Thanks” after you gave me that awesome car wash. See how I tied it in? Why don’t you and these kids knock out a polish before the first worship song?

Host No way, because we are getting ready to see what Herman and Rusty are up to today. But first stand up and tell someone as much as you can that you are thankful for in the next twenty seconds. See who can say the most. Go!

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

Co-Host I thought Rusty would get the hint, but he just asked for a pumpkin spice latte instead. That sounds really good. Can we send a kid to grab one for me?

Host No, but we do need a lab assistant to come up here and help us reveal the Big Point.

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

Co-Host How good are you at making pumpkin spice lattes?

Host All you need to do is help us count down from three.

Co-Host Let’s all say it together, “Don’t Forget To Say Thanks!”

Host Like you get busy with homework or your friend comes over or you move on to the next present. Just because distractions pop up, it doesn’t mean it’s impossible to remember. Nope, we can remember to say, “Thank you” in any situation. Let’s see if Rusty can remember.

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

Host Sophia and Slater seem hurt that Rusty has forgotten to thank them.

Co-Host It does make it seem like Rusty is just using them. It’s almost like he doesn’t care about them.

Host We’ve all been guilty of doing the same thing. It’s important to tell others, and God, that you are grateful.

Host Don’t Forget to Say Thanks! I need another assistant to help us reveal the Big Verse.

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

Co-Host Your job is to help us count down from three.

Co-Host Colossians 4:2 (NIrV), “Always be watchful and thankful.” Hmm, that verse made me think of something. I think we miss saying, “Thanks” a lot of times because we aren’t looking out for the good things God has done for us.

Host It’s hard to be grateful when you aren’t looking for the good stuff that’s in your life. We really have to keep our eyes open!

Co-Host Look at how much we have to be grateful for just in this room. I’m going to use these binoculars to keep an eye out for grateful opportunities, like you washing my car.

Host Still not falling for it.

Co-Host Wow, that is a giant booger. These are binoculars are powerful.

Host Let’s keep our eyes open and live out the Big Point.

Materials:
Leader

Today would be a great time to tell God, “Thank You.” He has done incredible things for us. Jesus died for us so that we could be saved. God provides for our needs. He’s healed us and protected us. God deserves our thanks. So take a moment and quietly thank Him right there at your seat.

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

Co-Host I’m glad that Rusty decided to say, “Thank you.” He really does love his friends, he just forgot to let them know.

Host That’s why we all need to follow our Big Point,

Host Don’t Forget To Say Thanks! If you forget to tell God, “Thank You,” He’s not going to go in the corner and pout. God is still God, and He’s still amazing whether we admit it or not.

Co-Host Then why is it so important to say, “Thank you?” I know the answer. I just wanted to lay it up for you so that you could bring it to the house.

Host Thanks, but I thought it might be fun to get one of our assistants to ask this question. “Why is it important for you to say thank you to others?”

(Choose a volunteer to ask the question.)

Co-Host I am ready to use that Big Point whenever you get that urge to wax my car.

Host What if I just help you wash it? We’ll do it together.

Co-Host Done! Don’t worry, I’ll use the Big Point. Let’s say it together,

Co-Host Don’t Forget To Say Thanks!

And remember our Big Do.

Host Write a thank you note.

Let’s gather with our small groups and talk about thankfulness.

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

  1. What were some of the ways that Rusty’s friends helped him? How did it make them feel when he forgot to say, “Thank you?”

  2. How many of the guys that Jesus healed came back to say, “Thank you?” Does it surprise you that only one guy returned? How do you think giving thanks helped him more than the other nine guys?

  3. What are some things that might help you remember to say, “Thanks?”

  4. What did Herman tell us to do in the Big Do?

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

  1. Our Big Point says Don’t _____ To Say Thanks! a. Forget b. Remember
  2. What was Rusty preparing for at the lab? a. Birthday Party b. Thanksgiving Party
  3. What was wrong with the guys who approached Jesus in our Big Story? They had leprosy
  4. Why were Rusty’s friends upset with him? He wasn’t saying, “Thank you.”
  5. What is something you can be thankful for today?
  6. Complete the Big Verse: Colossians 4:2 (NIrV), “Always be _______ and thankful.” a. Watchful b. Looking
  7. Why do you think that God wants us to say, “Thanks?”
  8. How many guys returned to give Jesus thanks for healing them? a. 10 b. 1
  9. What happened to the man who came back to thank Jesus? a. He had dinner with Jesus b. Jesus forgave his sins
  10. What challenge did Herman give us as this week’s Big Do? Write a thank you note


Midweek / Classroom

Midweek / Classroom Instructions

Countdown / Rules
Materials: Lesson Plan
Leader
Note:

Optional Music for this lesson includes:

  • Soft instrumental music for Big Story
Materials:
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Hey, everyone, welcome to church! Tonight is all about the magic word. No, I am not talking about abracadabra. I am talking about, “Thank you!” It’s important to say, “Thanks” to everyone, but especially to God! A great way to do that is through worship! So, stand up, give your neighbor a high-five, and let’s thank God for all He has done for us.

Materials:
Materials: Lab Coat, matching game
Leader
  • Leader enters.

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

  • Split into groups

It’s time for Lab Wars! This is a time where each small group will battle it out to win 5,000 points! Tonight’s lab war will test your memory. On the screen you will see a matching game. When I call on your group, decide as a team which two slides you want revealed. The team that finds the most matches, wins!

Note:

This activity is currently available as a powerpoint in the lesson downloads. It is a digital version of the classic card matching game. Call on a small group and have them choose two tiles. If the tiles match, they get a point for their team and get to go again. If they don’t match, go to the next group. Feel free to use the classic card game as a replacement.

Materials: Lab Coat, Mylar Squares
Leader
  • Leader enters.

It seems like Rusty may be forgetting something. Do you guys know what it is? What words is he forgetting to say? (Let them respond) Wow, it looks like you guys already know exactly what our Big Point is all about today. I need a small group to help me reveal what it is! (Select a small group) Let’s count it down from three!

Don’t Forget To Say Thanks! It seems easy enough to remember to say, “Thank you” when someone, especially God, helps you. Unfortunately, life has a way of distracting us. This reminds me of a fun activity. Your small group leader is going to hand you a small “mirror”. Feel free to look at it and make all the funny faces that you want. In the meantime, your small group leader will read you a story. Go ahead and do this now.

Small Group Leader
  • Pass out the sheets of mylar to each child in your small group. As they play with it and look at themselves in the reflection, read the story and ask the questions that follow. The goal is to show that it is harder to remember things when you are distracted with looking at yourself.

Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Roberts have been best friends for 40 years. They live in Greensville, Washington. There are 7 children between their two families. Mrs. Jackson has 3 boys and 1 girl, and Mrs. Roberts has 2 girls and 1 boy. Their favorite pastimes are going for walks and gardening. Mrs. Roberts has a large garden, and in it, they grow strawberries, carrots, peas, tomatoes, and melons. Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Roberts make jams and preserves with her harvest and give it to their children to eat.

Who has a garden? Mrs. Roberts

How long have they been best friends? 40 years

How many children does Mrs. Jackson have? 4 children (3 boys and 1 girl)

Which of the following was not a type of produce in Mrs. Roberts’ garden? Peas, squash, tomatoes, or strawberries? Squash

From which state are Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Roberts from? Washington

Leader

Did any of you have a hard time remembering those details from the story? The mirrors created a real distraction and made it more difficult to remember. The same can happen when God and others do kind things for us. Sometimes we get distracted and only focus on ourselves, making it so much harder to remember to say, “Thanks.” When we limit the distractions and focus on others, it’s a lot easier to follow our Big Point. Let’s say it together,

Don’t Forget To Say Thanks!

Materials: Lab Coat, Tree Activity Sheet, Paper Leaves, Tape
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Sophia and Slater seem hurt that Rusty has forgotten to thank them. It seems like Rusty is just using them and that he doesn’t care about them. We’ve all been guilty of doing the same thing. It’s important to tell others, and God, that you are grateful. Let’s take a look at our Big Verse. I need a small group to help me count down from three to reveal what it is. (Choose a small group) Ok, count it down from three!

Colossians 4:2 (NIrV), “Always be watchful and thankful.” We miss saying, “Thanks” a lot of times because we aren’t looking out for the good things God has done for us. Let’s do something fun to practice doing just that.

Small Group Leader
  • This activity will help the children practice acknowledging things that they usually forget to say, “Thank you” for. Pass out the activity sheets to each child. Give each child 5-10 paper leaves or pile them in the center of your group. The children will write something that they have never said, “Thank you” for on each leaf and then tape them to their tree on the Activity Sheet.

Leader

When life gets crazy, or we get caught up with ourselves, we don’t catch all the things in our lives that are a blessing to us. It’s important to practice saying, “Thank you” for the big things and the little things. When we do that, we will be following our Big Point,

Don’t Forget To Say Thanks! Let’s take a look at a Bible story about a man who remembered to say thanks.

Materials: Lab Coat, Ball, Paper, Writing Utensils
Leader
  • Play optional soft instrumental music

Today would be a great time to tell God, “Thank You.” He has done incredible things for us. Jesus died for us so that we could be saved. God provides for our needs. He has healed us and protected us. God deserves our thanks. Let’s take a moment and talk about this in our small group. Then we are going to take a moment to thank God.

Small Group Leader
Note:

The goal in this segment is to create a place where kids can openly share and to bring accountability to becoming 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.

  • Have you ever done something kind for someone, and they didn’t say, “Thank you?”
  • How did that make you feel?
  • What is something God has done for you? Have you thanked Him?

Let’s take a moment and write a note to God. Tell Him all the things you are thankful for, even the small things that you may have never thought about. (Younger: Have the kids draw a picture for God of things that they are thankful for)

Leader

We love it when people remember to say, “Thank you” to us! It’s important that we do the same. If you forget to tell God, “Thank You,” He’s not going to go in the corner and pout. God is still God, and He’s still amazing whether we admit it or not. But when we do thank Him, it not only makes God happy, but it helps our hearts stay strong as well. That is why it’s important to remember our Big Point,

Don’t Forget To Say Thanks!

Materials: Lab Coat, Big Do Cards, Big Candy
Leader
  • Leader enters.

I’m glad that Rusty decided to say, “Thank you.” He really does love his friends; he just forgot to let them know. That’s why we all need to follow our Big Point,

Don’t Forget To Say Thanks! This week, you can practice the Big Point by doing the Big Do as a family! Think about someone who has done something kind for you. Then write that person a note and have the whole family sign it. I am sure they will appreciate hearing that what they did was a blessing to you. Now turn to your small groups to finish up today’s service.

Small Group Leader

Have a post-game huddle with your group. Pray for them, do a little cheer, whatever you decide is a good way to end your group.

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

  1. Our Big Point says Don’t _____ To Say Thanks! a. Forget b. Remember
  2. What was Rusty preparing for at the lab? a. Birthday Party b. Thanksgiving Party
  3. What was wrong with the guys who approached Jesus in our Big Story? They had leprosy
  4. Why were Rusty’s friends upset with him? He wasn’t saying, “Thank you.”
  5. What is something you can be thankful for today?
  6. Complete the Big Verse: Colossians 4:2 (NIrV), “Always be _______ and thankful.” a. Watchful b. Looking
  7. Why do you think that God wants us to say, “Thanks?”
  8. How many guys returned to give Jesus thanks for healing them? a. 10 b. 1
  9. What happened to the man who came back to thank Jesus? a. He had dinner with Jesus b. Jesus forgave his sins
  10. What challenge did Herman give us as this week’s Big Do? Write a thank you note

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