Scripture: 1 Samuel 25
Introductory Activity – Verse Step-out
- Print the Life Verse on pieces of paper, 1-2 words per page. Arrange the words on the floor (not in order) in a grid. Make 2-3 sets of verse grids. (Tape the words to the floor to secure them.)
Create a team of kids for each word grid. The team should stand around the grid. Choose one child from each team to stand on the team’s grid. Say the Life Verse to the teams. Then say, “Go.” The teams should help their players step on the words in order. If time allows, move teams among the grids and play again. Tell kids that you will be learning about stepping in to help friends.
Live It Out – Stick Puppets
- Gather paper, craft sticks, markers, scissors, and tape.
Choose activities from the Kids Activity Page to reinforce the Life Point. Tell kids to use the materials to make puppets of themselves and friends. (They can make people figures and tape them to craft sticks to make puppets.) Lead kids to use their puppets to act out situations that show kids helping friends get along or solve a conflict. Lead kids to find the Life Verse in their Bibles. Read the verse together, noting that a way to be kind is helping friends in a conflict.
Introductory Activity – Tear and Reassemble
Give each preteen a piece of paper and a pencil. Ask them to write a word that describes how they feel when they hear the word conflict. After words are written, lead preteens to tear their papers into 12-15 pieces. Ask: “Can you put your paper back together in 30 seconds?” Give the signal and time 30 seconds. Call, “Stop.” How many reassembled their papers? If this is too challenging, give additional time. If time allows, trade papers and put together a friend’s word in 30 seconds (or whatever time). Tell preteens that you will learn about helping resolve conflicts.
Live It Out – Snowball Fight
- Gather paper and markers.
Guide each preteen to think about a situation that shows someone helping friends solve a conflict. Each one should draw a picture and write a sentence about the situation. When all the preteens have finished, tell them to ball up the paper. Move to a large area and have a “snowball” fight, tossing the snowballs at one another. Give a signal to end the snowball fight. Tell each preteen to pick up a ball and gather together in one area. Open the snowballs and talk about the situations. Say the Life Point and pray, asking God to help preteens step up and help.