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August 12, 2018

11am

ELEMENTARY (Kinder-5th)

Get to know each child’s name and use it often!  This will help the children and you, the leader, create an environment where each child feels known and loved!

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Wisdom—Finding out what you should do and doing it

Danger Zone (Wise People See Danger) • Proverbs 22:3

“If any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it. He will give it to you.” James 1:5a, NIrV

If you want to be wise, look before you leap.

GATHERING TIME  - 3rd FLOOR (10:45-11:05):  

  • LEAD TEACHER: Assigns roles to ALL volunteers as they enter room
  • TEACHERS:  Greet children as they enter and help them connect with an activity and other children during drop off time.

WELCOME IN LARGE GROUP (LEAD TEACHER) (11:05-11:10)

  • 3Rs REVIEW

ROTATIONS - (transition to classrooms) 11:10, 11:25, 11:40

  1. SMALL GROUP ACTIVITY
  • Instructions below and all materials can be found in MungerKids bag.

2)  ART

3)  BIBLE STORY

  • Bible Story below (Hand out classroom Bibles and have children find the Bible story (make it real!))

CLOSING TIME (11:55-12):

  • RECAP: Monthly Life App and Bible Verse
  • PRAYER LINE: “Thank you God for…”
  • LORD’S PRAYER

EXIT ACTIVITY:

  • Children may participate in available games.

  

Danger Zone

 

Bible Story: Danger Zone (Wise People See Danger) • Proverbs 22:3

Bottom Line: If you want to be wise, look before you leap.

Memory Verse: “If any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it. He will give it to you.” James 1:5a, NIrV

Life App: Wisdom—Finding out what you should do and doing it

Basic Truth: I need to make the wise choice.

 

 

Story: Communicating God’s Truth in Engaging Ways (Large Group, 35 minutes)

Engage kids’ hearts through a dynamic and interactive Bible story, worship, and prayer experience in a Large Group setting.

 

 

GETTING READY

1.   Opener/Closer

What You Need:

 

What You Do:

 

2.   Bible Story

What You Need:

 

Large Group Visuals:

 

Danger Zone

 

Bible Story: Danger Zone (Wise people see danger) • Proverbs 22:3

Bottom Line: If you want to be wise, look before you leap.

Memory Verse: “If any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it. He will give it to you.” James 1:5a, NIrV

Life App: Wisdom—Finding out what you should do and doing it

Basic Truth: I need to make the wise choice.

 

 

Story: Communicating God’s Truth in Engaging Ways (Large Group, 35 minutes)

Engage kids’ hearts through a dynamic and interactive Bible story, worship, and prayer experience in a Large Group setting.

 

Host is at the door, welcoming the kids as they enter.

 

Opener

HOST: “Hey, everyone! I’m glad you’re here. Today we’re on the hunt for wisdom since we’re all about to go back to school and start a new grade.

 

“Wisdom is finding out what you should do and doing it. You and I NEED wisdom every single day! The great news is God is our ultimate source of wisdom. He can help you [Basic Truth] make the wise choice no matter what you might be facing. But wisdom doesn’t just come to you. You’ve got to search for it. Wisdom is ALWAYS worth searching for.

 

 “All right! Today you will hunt for wisdom by trying to find the correct answer to the questions I ask.

 

Split the class into two teams and hand out one word to each student. Because you will probably have more words than students, be sure the words that answer the questions you’re going to ask get passed out.

 

“All of you received a word. In just a minute, I’m going to choose two of you to be “it” that round and then I will read a question. One of your words is the answer to that question. The two “its” have to go around the room and try to find the person with that question. Now, if you hear the question and realize you have the answer to it, don’t tell anyone until you’re asked because we have to work for wisdom. The first person who thinks they’ve found the correct answer should come tell me. They will get a point for their team.

 

Each round, choose two new “its”. One from each team. Declare a winning team at the end and give them all high 5s.  

 

 

Setting up the story

STORYTELLER: “If we’re talking about wisdom, then we definitely need to talk about one of the wisest people who ever lived: King Solomon. Solomon was the son of King David. He became king at a young age after his father died.

 

“How did Solomon get so wise? Any ideas? (Pause for response.) Solomon was wise because he asked God to give him wisdom.

 

“You see, God appeared to Solomon in a dream. God told Solomon to ask Him for anything he wanted. Solomon could have asked for ANYTHING, but he knew he had a big job ahead. He knew he would need God’s wisdom to rule the Israelites. Here’s what he said to God.

 

Open the Bible to 1 Kings 3:9 and read.

 

“Give me a heart that understands. Then I can rule over your people. I can tell the difference between what is right and what is wrong, (NIrV).

 

“Sure enough, God gave Solomon the wisdom to lead His people. Solomon became so wise that people would come from all over to ask him questions and get his advice. Solomon wrote down a bunch of wise sayings, too, which we now have in the book of Proverbs. (Hold up Bible.) Today we’re looking at one of those wise sayings. It’s Proverbs, chapter 22, verse 3. Let’s say it together. Repeat after me.

 

Open the Bible to Proverbs 22:3 and read.

 

KIDS and STORYTELLER: “Wise people see danger and go to a safe place. But childish people keep going and suffer for it,” (NIrV).

 

STORYTELLER: “Great. Wise people see danger before it comes. But childish people keep going without stopping to think, and that can get them into trouble. Have you ever started to do something that seemed like a good idea at the time, but then you thought about it a second time and realized it was a mistake?

 

“Sometimes we can find ourselves in situations like that if we’re not careful. Let’s talk about what that might look like for you.”

 

Seeing the bff

For the three scenario pictures, you’ll hold the picture up with pieces of paper covering the two sides so you can reveal parts of the scenario as you go through the activity.

Scenario Image #1a (middle third only): Boy running out the door toward the street

 

STORYTELLER: “Let’s say you’re running out the door to see your best friend who lives in your neighborhood. Your friend loves God and makes wise choices, so your mom is totally cool with you hanging out with him. You’ve finished your chores and homework, so you decide to head to his house. That seems like a totally fine thing to do, right?

 

“Well . . . hang on. What if there was something else to think about? What if, maybe, you hadn’t thought of everything? What if we could see a little more of the picture?

 

Scenario Image #1b (reveal the right third): Car on the street

 

“Uh-oh. I forgot to mention to you that your friend lives across the street. And as you can see, there’s apparently a car coming. Would it still be a good idea to go to your friend’s house right this second?

 

“I mean, you could wait for the car, right? You know you should always look both ways before crossing the street and make sure it’s safe. But there’s one more part of the picture. Let’s see what that is.

 

Scenario Image #1c (reveal the left third): Mom looking puzzled

 

“Your mom loves your best friend, but she has no idea that you’re heading over to his house. You forgot to ask her if you could go. You know your mom doesn’t like you going outside and crossing the street without an adult. After all, your road can be a little busy. It could be dangerous for you to go alone.

 

“Now that you can see the whole picture, would you still rush out the door to your friend’s house? No. You’d ask your mom first. But you can’t see the whole picture unless you stop and think. [Bottom Line] If you want to be wise, look before you leap.”

 

video game

Scenario Image #2a (middle third only): Boy playing a video game

 

STORYTELLER: “Let’s look at another scenario. Here’s you playing your favorite video game, and you’re about to finish it! If you were that close, wouldn’t you keep playing until you win? Why would you stop now? Well, there might be more to the story.

 

Scenario Image #2b (reveal the left third): Pile of unfinished homework

 

“Apparently you still have some homework to finish for tomorrow. You know your grandma’s rule is that you finish your homework before you play video games. But you’re so close to beating the game. You could probably finish your homework when you’re done, right? Well, there’s still some more to the picture.

 

Scenario Image #2c (reveal the right third): Digital clock that says 8:15 p.m.

 

“Yikes! Looks like you completely lost track of time. It’s 8:15. You’re supposed to be in bed in 15 minutes! And you still have homework to finish for tomorrow. There’s no way you’d have time to finish your homework AND the game AND brush your teeth before bedtime.

 

“Finishing the game didn’t seem like an unwise choice before. But it does when you take the time to look at the full picture. That’s why you’ve got to stop and think it through. [Bottom Line] If you want to be wise, look before you leap.”

 

MOVIE TIME

Scenario Image #3a (left third only): Two girls on a sofa, looking happy, holding a bowl of popcorn

 

STORYTELLER: “All right. Let’s look at one more example. Your cousin is sleeping over at your apartment, which is so fun!

 

Scenario Image #3b (reveal the right third): TV on a TV stand

 

“Looks like you two are watching a movie. It’s a movie your cousin has seen before, and she tells you how funny it is. Wouldn’t you want to watch this hilarious movie with her?

 

“Well, let’s stop and think. Let’s look at the full picture.

 

Scenario Image #3c (reveal the middle third): “PG-13” text bubble

 

“Hmmm. The movie is rated PG-13. You know your parents have a rule that you aren’t allowed to watch PG-13 movies. But your friend says the movie isn’t that bad—and HER parents are okay with her watching it.

 

“You know what the wise choice would be here—to obey what your parents told you and ask your cousin to pick a different movie. But you could only do that if you stopped to look at the rating on the DVD case. [Bottom Line] If you want to be wise, look before you leap.”

 

wrapping up THE STORY

STORYTELLER: “In each of those situations, you need wisdom to be able to make the best decision. You need to see the whole picture. And you can only see the whole picture if you stop to think it through.

 

“That’s the thing with wisdom. Sometimes the wise choice might not be something you realize at the beginning. Sometimes you need to stop and think.

 

[Bottom Line] “If you want to be wise, look before you leap.

 

“God wants you to stay out of trouble. He gave you a mind to help you figure out how to do that. When you’re faced with a situation where you don’t know what to do, stop. Think about all the things that might happen with each decision you could make. Look before you leap. THEN you can [Basic Truth] make the wise choice.

 

“Let’s pray and ask God to help us do that.”

 

Pray

STORYTELLER: “Dear God, thank You for giving Solomon so much wisdom. Thank You that we can read his wisdom for ourselves in the book of Proverbs. Thank You for reminding us today that we should always think it through and look before we leap. Help us to [Basic Truth] make the wise choice and stay away from trouble. We love You, and we ask these things in Jesus’ name, amen.”

 

Closer

HOST: “Wow. I think we all need that reminder to look before we leap. Remember what Solomon said about wise people?

 

Open the Bible to Proverbs 22:3 and read.

 

“Wise people see danger and go to a safe place. But childish people keep going and suffer for it, (NIrV).

 

“Having wisdom means pausing and thinking about what to do BEFORE we act. Take a pause so that you can [Basic Truth] make the wise choice.

 

[Bottom Line] “If you want to be wise, look before you leap.

 

“Maybe, for you, that means counting to 10 and taking that time to think about your decision. You could look something up in the Bible to see what God says about it. You could ask a wise person God has put in your life—like a parent, your Small Group Leader, or another adult you trust. And you can ALWAYS ask God for wisdom, like Solomon did.

 

“That’s what our Memory Verse is about. It’s James 1:5. Repeat after me.

 

Open the Bible to James 1:5a and read.

 

HOST and KIDS: “If any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it. He will give it to you,” (NIrV).

 

HOST: “When you ask God for wisdom, you can be SURE that He’ll give it to you. That will help you look before you leap.

 


1. Make Your Own Word Search

 

What You Need: “Word Search” Activity Pages, pencils

 

What You Do:

 

What You Say:

“These words we searched for are all related to our Bottom Line: [Bottom Line] If you want to be wise, look before you leap. This isn’t just about not doing something dangerous, but also not doing something that might not be best for us. Do you remember how we learned about Solomon asking for wisdom? That was the best thing he could have asked for, and we can ask for it too. When you’re faced with any situation, think about where it might end up before you do it. If you’re not sure, ask God for help. Read His Word. Ask an older person you trust, who knows God’s Word. All of those things will help you look before you leap and make wise choices.”

 

2. Leap Verse

What You Need: Bibles, plastic jumping frogs

 

What You Do:

 

What You Say:

“If you want to be wise, look before you leap. God will always give you wisdom—no matter the situation. If you’re faced with a situation that you don’t think is quite right—if you think you’re about to make the wrong decision—take a minute to ‘look.’ Ask God for help. Think about verses from Scripture and what you know to be true. And look to wiser people to help you too. You know, sometimes we make unwise choices because everybody else is doing something. But just because others are doing it, that doesn’t mean it’s something you should do. You still need to look before you leap. That’s always the wise choice.”