Your Father loves you more than this world ever can.
Free Time / Organized Play – You can allow up to 15 minutes for free time while children are making their way into the classroom. This is also a good time to get bathroom breaks out-of-the-way.
Howzitgoin? – Use this time to capture each child’s week in review. Use a dry erase board to illustrate a scale of 1-10. 1 being horrible and 10 being fantastic.
Activity #1 – Trivia!
Say: Let’s read verses 13-14 again. “Fathers, I’m writing to you because you have KNOWN the One who is from the beginning. Young people, I’m writing to you because you have won the battle over the evil one. Dear children, I’m writing to you because you have KNOWN the Father. Fathers, I’m writing to you because you have KNOWN the One who is from the beginning. Young people, I’m writing to you because you are strong. God’s WORD LIVES IN YOU (in other words, you KNOW God’s word). You have won the battle over the evil one.
Notice how many times the word KNOW is used in those verses. John is writing to people who KNOW all about God and who are in a relationship with him. Because of that KNOWLEDGE they are able to win the battle against the evil one.
So, let’s play a game of trivia and see how much you KNOW!
Split the group into two teams, making sure a variety of ages is represented on each team.
Put the teams in two lines, one person behind the other. Team A on your right, Team B on your left.
Ask a trivia question from below to each person, then have them move to the back of the line.
Continue asking until everyone has had at least one turn. If they get the question wrong, it’s okay (we’re not keeping score!), they still only get one question for each turn. If you have a small crowd, feel free to play for a few rounds.
- What color do you get when you combine red and yellow? (Orange)
- Who was the first President of the United States? (George Washington)
- How many states are in the United States of America? (50)
- What is the capital of North Carolina? (Raleigh)
- What sport involves two teams trying to score touchdowns on a field? (Football)
- In the movie Toy Story, what is Woody’s owner’s name? (Andy)
- What is the opposite of addition? (Subtraction)
- What is the pastor of Renovatus’ name? (Pastor Jonathan)
- Who is Lightning McQueen’s best friend? (Mater)
- Name two other planets besides Earth (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus)
- What color do you get when you combine blue and yellow? (Green)
- Name two kinds of dinosaurs (T Rex, stegosaurus, Brontosaurus, etc)
- How many letters are in the English alphabet? (26)
- Name all five vowels (A, E, I, O, U)
- Who is the President of the United States? (Barack Obama)
At the end, say: You probably weren’t expecting to get a quiz this morning! Wouldn’t it have been great if I had given you a study guide so you would KNOW all the answers in advance? We have the opportunity to get to KNOW God better every day. We can read his word, spend time with his people and listen to teachers who teach from the Bible. We can talk to him any time we want and we will love him more and more as we get to KNOW him better and better.
Small Groups – Split your class to mirror the # of adults. Typically, there are two volunteers, so the recommended division is K-2nd graders and 3rd-5th graders. Have each group answer these questions:
- How is knowing a person different from knowing facts (facts are straight-forward, knowing a person is complex…you know how they act, what they believe, what things they like and dislike)?
- When you love someone, do you want to make him or her happy? How can we make God happy with our attitudes and actions? (Love people, keep his commandments, etc – smaller kids will probably be even more basic!)
- How do we know God loves us? (The Bible teaches us, we see that God takes care of us)
Activity #2 – No More Room!
Materials Needed – Two small to medium-sized clear plastic containers with lids (like Tupperware), 2 bags of large marshmallows. Before starting, take one marshmallow from each bag and draw a big red heart on it with a marker. Keep this to the side until the end of the game. Don’t let the kids see it!
Split class into two groups and give each a bag of marshmallows and a plastic container. Let each person on the team take turns putting in a marshmallow. It will be easy at first when there’s plenty of room. But as the container quickly gets full, they will find it harder and harder. The goal is to put the bag of marshmallows in and still be able to fit the lid on (it should be a really tight fit).
Once both teams have their lid on, say: These containers represent your heart. The marshmallows from the bag are all the things we put in our heart every day. Activities, soccer practice, cheerleading, homework, and bad things like jealousy, arrogance, being mean to others, and disobeying our parents. We like to be busy and have cool stuff going on, but we fill up our lives and hearts until there’s no room for this (hold up the marshmallow with the heart on it). There’s no room for God’s love. There’s nothing wrong with having a busy schedule, but the things on our schedule do not love us the way God does. So we should not love them the same way we love God. We have to remember that God loves us more than anything or anyone else ever can, so we should put him first in our lives and leave room for him in our heart. He must be number one.
Our key verse for this week is 1 John 2:15 “Do not love the world or anything in it. If you love the world, love for the Father is not in you.” We hear that phrase “the world” a lot throughout Scripture. What does it really mean? It’s not talking about the physical world – the things we see around us in creation, like trees, plants, or animals. When someone in the Bible says “the world,” they mean the attitudes and behaviors that go against what Jesus teaches.
Attitudes like arrogance, jealousy, selfishness, and being mean to others are the opposite of what Jesus taught. And they often lead us to sin. Because God loves us so much, it makes him sad to see us sin.
When God sent Jesus to die on the cross for us, it was because God wants to be in a relationship with us. He wants to know us, and he wants us to know him. If we have sin in our hearts or lives, it’s just like the marshmallow activity – there’s no room left for the things that are like God.
In every activity that we do and every person that we talk to, we should always make sure we are showing God’s love. We should be generous and share with others. Be kind and think of others’ feelings. Love people even when they are rude or mean to us. When we do that, we are showing that we have God’s love in our heart.
God loves us more than anyone else ever has or ever will. Even more than your parents or best friends! Let’s say a prayer together to ask God to show us his love and help us show his love to other people.
Dear God, we thank you for loving us. We thank you for sending Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. We thank you for the opportunity to know you. God, help us to always remember to put you first in our hearts and lives. Forgive us for our sins and help us to show your awesome love to everyone we meet. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Close w/ The Apostle’s Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
Free Time/Organized Play/Clean Up – If you have any trash lying on the floor or on tables, use this time to clean up prior to letting free time commence.
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