Scripture: Genesis 37; 50:15-21
Introductory Activity – News Walls
- Print Good News on a large piece of paper. Print Bad News on another large piece of paper. Tape the papers to the wall and lay markers underneath the papers.
Lead kids to write things that are good news and bad news on the papers. They could also draw pictures. Add additional pieces of paper as needed to each “news.” Tell kids that, no matter what happens, God’s plan is always good.
Live It Out – Headband Game
- Gather a bandana, index cards, and tape.
- Print these words or phrases on separate index cards: baseball, baby, school, friend, computer, doctor, park.
Read the Life Point. Tell kids that God’s plans are good and they can trust those plans. Many things happen, good and bad. But God is always working and doing good. Choose one child to stand in front of the others. Tie the bandana around his head. With a piece of tape, attach one of the cards to the bandana so the child cannot see it. The child can ask yes or no questions to the group so he can guess the word on his headband. After the word is guessed, ask the kids to tell you good things or bad things that could happen related to that word. (Examples: Win or lose a baseball game; happy new with new baby; bully at school; sleepover at a friend’s house; play games on the computer; get sick and see the doctor.) Talk about trusting God’s plan. If time is available, continue the game with additional words. Or provide markers and paper for kids to draw themselves doing things to follow God’s plan.
Introductory Activity – Impossible/Possible
- Write Impossible on one piece of paper and Possible on another piece of paper. Attach the sheets to walls at opposite ends of the room.
Tell preteens to gather in the middle of the room. Tell them you will call out a task and they show if they think they can do that task by moving to the appropriate sign. (It’s possible or impossible for them to do.) Call out these tasks:
- Jump out of an airplane.
- Help your brother or sister clean a room.
- Tell someone about Jesus.
- Make all As in school.
- Become a famous athlete.
- Send 100 texts in one day.
- Get elected as president of the United States.
- Be a loyal friend.
- Go to another country as a missionary.
- Take apart a computer and put it back together.
- Tell someone what a dream meant.
Set a fast pace; ask preteens to move back to the middle before reading the next task. Ask preteens why they decided they could or could not do certain tasks. Explain that God gives people the ability to follow His plan. Sometimes the tasks may seem impossible, but God will help you do His plan. His plan will happen even when bad things or impossible things come up.”
Live It Out – Life-Sized Game
- Make a “life-sized” gameboard with sheets of blue and yellow paper. Tape the sheets in any order to make a path around the room. Gather a numbered cube.
Remind preteens that Joseph obeyed God, even in times that were difficult. Joseph later knew that God’s plan had been at work all the time. Ask: What could have happened if Joseph made selfish plans instead of trusting God and His plan?” Show the game path. The first player can toss the cube and walk on the path that number of spaces. If he stands on a blue square, he can tell one way a person could follow God’s plans at home (or substitute school, the sports field, church). If he lands on yellow, he tells one way a person could make selfish plans at home (school, etc.). Talk about the benefits or consequences of following these plans. State that following God’s plans are always the best way. Even when good things or bad things happen, God is still at work with His plan. And His plan is always good.