Introductory Activity – Church Actions Search
- Materials: church newsletters, bulletins, or other printed (or online) information about your church; pencils; paper
Guide kids to look through the information about your church. Tell them to look for words and phrases that describe or tell things that people do at your church. They can make a list of those words and phrases. After kids have compiled lists of words, review the lists. Group the words into common themes. Say: “People do many things at our church. Today we will learn about one thing that should happen regularly in our church building and in all Christian church buildings.”
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Game – Tower Stack
- Materials: plastic cups
Group the kids into two (or more) teams. Each team will need 8-10 cups. Alternate asking teams review questions. Teams will stack cups for each correct response. Set the first cup with open side down; stack the second cup open side up; continue to alternate the orientation of the cups so teams are stacking cups bottom-to-bottom and lip-to-lip. If cups fall, the team does not restack but remove those cups. Continue the game until a certain number of cups are stacked or until a certain amount of time has expired. The team with the tallest intact stack is the winning team.
Craft – Magnet Puzzles
- Materials: heavyweight paper, markers, scissors, magnet tape or small self-adhesive magnets
Give each kid a piece of heavyweight paper. Invite kids to print the words of the Life Point on their paper. Encourage them to print the words large enough to fill the page. They can use decorative letters or add other decorative elements around the words of the Life Point. After a kid completes her printing and decoration, lead her to cut the paper into approximately 10 pieces. She can use wavy or zigzag lines; she can cut between words or cut through the middle of words as she chooses. Suggest she print her initials on the back of each piece. Provide pieces of magnet tape (or small magnets) to attach to the back of each piece. Tell kids to place their magnet puzzles on their refrigerators or other magnetic surfaces to work during the week and remember that people learn about God at church.
Teaching Tip: Provide ziplock bags to hold puzzles for transport home.
Introductory Activity – Guess the Bible Story
- Materials: Large piece of paper and marker or dry erase board and marker
Draw a picture of Jesus’ birth (manger scene) and lead kids to guess which Bible story it depicts. After kids guess, choose someone to draw another Bible story. Continue for several rounds. Say: “You know a lot of stories from the Bible. We learn at church. Today we will discover more about learning at church.”
Teaching Tip: Provide slips of paper with suggested Bible stories. On his turn, a kid can pull a slip and draw that Bible story.
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Game – Changeable Board Game
- Materials: self-stick notes, numbered cube, game pieces (buttons, marker lids)
Group kids into two (or more) teams. Guide teams to take turns arranging self-stick notes on a table to create a trail gameboard. Ask Team 1 a review question. If answered correctly, the team rolls the numbered cube; if the roll is 1-5, the team moves along the gameboard. If the team rolls a 6, they move 6 of the self-stick notes to change the path. After the team finishes moving the game piece (or rearranging the path), ask Team 2 a review question to continue the game.
Craft – Church Sculpture
- Materials: craft sticks, low-temp hot glue guns, craft glue, markers, cardboard pieces
Invite kids to use the materials to create sculptures. They can adhere sticks together to create church shapes. Tell kids to print the words of the Life Point on sticks to add to their sculptures.