Scripture: Luke 10:38-42
Introductory Activity – Which Comes First?
Group the kids into two teams. Tell teams that you will name two things. The team should tell which came first. If the team member gets it correct, the team gets 20 points. If the answer is incorrect, the other team gets 10 points. Alternate asking members of each team to name which came first. (The correct answer is underlined.)
- B or X?
- May or March?
- Genesis or Psalms?
- 12 or 22?
- Friday or Monday?
- Luke or Matthew?
- second grade or sixth grade?
- M or Q?
- Fall or Spring?
- chicken or egg?
Tell kids that today you will learn about Jesus’ teaching of what should come first.
Live It Out – Mind Map
- Gather paper, markers, and tape.
- Print Put God first on a piece of paper and tape to the wall.
Complete activities on the Kids Activity Page. Read the words on the paper on the wall. Talk about ways to show love to God and put God first. Kids can write words and draw pictures about putting God first and attach the words and pictures around the title page to create a mind map. Encourage kids to look for ways to put God first throughout this week.
Introductory Activity – Priority Toss
Guide kids to stand in a facing you or in a circle with you. Toss a foam ball or beanbag to a preteen. He names something that people think is a priority and tosses the ball back to you. Toss to another preteen and repeat. Keep tossing the ball back and forth as quickly as possible. Tell kids that you will learn about what Jesus said is a priority above all.
Live It Out – “Watch” Reminder
- Gather paper, scissors, glue, and pencils.
Complete activities on the Activity Page. Talk about the priorities that preteens have and ways to make God the priority in their lives. Guide kids to make “watches” to remind them to put God first. Each preteen can cut a paper strip to fit around his wrist. He can cut a circle (or other shape) to be the “face” of the watch. On the face, he can write something to help him remember to make God the priority in his life. He can glue the face to the paper strip band. Then he can glue the ends of the strip together to complete the band. (Tape can be used to secure the band so it can be removed, too.)