Scripture: Luke 1:1-25,57-80; 3:1-22; John 1:19-37; Matthew 3:13-17
Introductory Activity – Plate Walk
- Print these words on the backs of paper plates, one per plate: name; school; friend’s name; favorite candy; favorite superhero; favorite game; teacher’s name; favorite sport; someone you would like to meet; favorite food; something you like to do; favorite color. Number the fronts of the plate (1-12). Lay the plates on the floor in a circle.
- Gather two numbered cubes or print 1-12 on paper squares.
Guide the kids to stand around the plate circle. (If you have more than 12 kids, add blank paper plates to the circle or make another set of plates for a second circle.) Play music and lead kids to walk around the plate circle. Stop the music. Roll the numbered cubes or draw a numbered square. Ask the child standing at that numbered plate to turn over the plate and tell his response to that item. After he tells and replaces the plate, start the music again and continue the game. Mention that kids can tell about many things; they can also tell about Jesus.
Live It Out – Sporty Invitations
- Gather plastic cups, pencils, construction paper (yellow, orange, white, brown), crayons, and scissors.
Talk about the Bible story. Ask kids to tell you ways they can tell about Jesus. Mention that one way to tell is to invite friends to church. Guide kids to use the large end of a plastic cup and trace around the rim to make round patterns on construction paper. Decorate each circle to resemble a sports ball (yellow—tennis, orange—basketball, white—baseball). To create a football shaped invitation, use the brown paper and a white crayon. Encourage kids to write friendly messages to invite someone to church. Tell them that each invitation should include your church’s name and its Web site address.
Introductory Activity – Graffiti Wall
- Tape a large piece of paper (or several large pieces of paper) to cover a section of wall. Lay markers along the paper. Print Savior and Jesus on the paper.
Encourage preteens to write words and draw pictures on the graffiti wall. They can use different styles of letters and different colors. Encourage them to show what the word Savior makes they think about. Lead some preteens to write the Life Verse on the wall, too. Tell them that they will discover how they can tell about Jesus the Savior today.
Live It Out – Diptych
- Gather poster board (or other heavy paper), markers, and colored masking tape. Cut the poster board into 6-by-9-inch pieces, two pieces per preteen. (You may choose another size, but make sure all the pieces are the same size.)
Review the Bible study. Talk about the Life Point and the Christ Focus. Ask: “How can we tell about Jesus today?” Give each preteen two pieces of poster board. Guide a preteen to draw a picture of John the Baptist telling about Jesus on one piece of poster board. He can draw a picture of a way he can tell about Jesus on the other piece. When the pictures are complete, he can tape the two pieces together along one side. Encourage him to print the Life Verse on the back of his diptych. Help him fold slightly along the tape and stand up the diptych. Preteens can place their diptychs at home to remind them to tell about Jesus.