Trumpets the kids made during “Blow Your Horn” activity (optional)
“God’s Promises” (Activity Page); photocopy onto cardstock and cut apart. Make enough copies so that each can have one card.
Small, clean stones (you can use bits of gravel, river rock, or any other small stones)
Markers or crayons
Craft or gel glue
Make copies on cardstock of this week’s GodTime and Parent CUE cards.
Tell parents about our additional family resources: Studio252.tv, CUE Box, and the Parent CUE App. To find out more about these great resources, go to http://www.Studio252.tv/leaders.
FOR LEADERS ONLY
GOD VIEW: the connection between COURAGE and
God’s character, as shown through God’s big story
This month, let’s think about how:
(1) God desires a relationship with us. Being courageous demonstrates trust and builds that relationship.
(2) The Bible challenges us to respond to life with courage even when what we face doesn’t make sense.
(3) As we trust God and show courage, we become more like Jesus who was brave enough to say and do what God asked—even when He faced death on the cross. This week, we’re discovering:
In this week’s Bible story, we remember God’s promise to Abraham that he would receive the Land of Canaan. But the great city of Jericho was blocking Abraham’s family from moving into Canaan (Joshua 6). They simply needed to courageously trust God and the land would be theirs.
Our Bottom Line is I can be brave because I know God keeps His promises. God promises to never leave us. God promises to give us hope and a future. Sometimes it’s our fear that keeps us from ever living in the promises God has given us.
The monthly memory verse is: “When I’m afraid, I will trust in You.” Psalm 56:3 NIrV.Many of God’s followers will tell you their greatest adventure started when they trusted God into a decision they were afraid of. And in the end, they never regretted living courageously and believing God’s promises.
Bottom Line: I can be brave because I know God keeps His promises.
Memory Verse: “When I’m afraid, I will trust in you.” Psalm 56:3, NIrV
Life App: Courage—being brave enough to do what you should do, even when you’re afraid.
Basic Truth:I can trust God no matter what.
Plug In: Focus the Energy (Small Groups, 10-15 minutes)
Focus the energy on today’s Bible story in a Small Group setting with an engaging discussion question and an interactive opening activity.
Before kids arrive, pray for each regular attendee by name. Pray for those who might visit your group for the first time. Ask God to remind the kids of His promises to us. Pray the kids will be strengthened by those promises, especially when they are afraid. Thank God for following through on His promises.
Invite the kids to place their offerings in the container, and then ask the questions below.
What You Say:
“Is there anything you’ve ever done that you’d like to do seven times in a row? What was it? (Riding a roller coaster, eating cake and ice cream, playing a video game, coming to church, watching a movie, etc.) Why would you like to do it seven times?”
2. Tall Wall
What You Need: Jumbo marshmallows, moist wipes, wax paper (optional) What You Do:
Set out the marshmallows and challenge the kids to work in teams of two or three to build the tallest marshmallow wall that they can. If you like, give each team a sheet of wax paper to build their tower upon. Praise the kids for their cooperation, creativity, and problem solving skills. Provide moist wipes when the kids finish—they may need them!
NOTE: As an alternative to marshmallows, provide clean soda cans, disposable cups, or blocks in a variety of shapes and sizes. Challenge the kids to build the tallest wall they can with the given items. What You Say:
“Wow! You made some great walls! [Transition] in our Bible story today, we’ll hear what a wall and God’s promises have in common. Let’s go to Large Group to learn more.”
Lead your group to the Large Group area.
Catch On: Make the Connection (Small Groups, 25-30 minutes)
Make the connection of how today’s Bible story applies to real life experiences through interactive activities and discussion questions.
1. Blow Your Horn (application activity / review the Bible story)
What You Need: “Blow Your Horn” (Activity Page), blunt-tipped scissors, markers, crayons, stickers, clear tape, Bible
What You Do:
Let each child choose a color of paper. When every child has a page, guide the kids to point to the words as you read the Bottom Line aloud together. Next, set out the scissors and lead the kids to cut along the lines. Provide hand-over-hand assistance as needed. Finally, invite the kids to decorate their pages with the markers, crayons and stickers. When each child finishes, show him how he can roll the page to make a trumpet. Help him tape the trumpet in place.
What You Say:
“What do you remember about trumpets from our Bible story today? (The Israelite priests blew trumpets when they marched around Jericho.) Even though God’s plan for the Israelites to march around Jericho, blow trumpets, and shout didn’t make sense, Joshua and the Israelites obeyed. Obeying God’s seemingly crazy plan was a brave thing to do, and their obedience and courage paid off: the walls of Jericho came down.
[Apply] “You know, God may ask you to do things that you don't understand, but when you remember His promises, you can be brave. Where can you find God’s promises? Yes! The Bible (hold up the Bible). If you read your Bible and memorize God’s words, you can think about God’s promises whenever you’re scared, and His words will help you have courage.(Invite the kids to share any of God’s promises they already know, like John 3:16. Be ready to share one of your favorites too.) So, the next time you’re feeling scared to do something you know you should do, think to yourself, [Impress] ‘I can be brave because I know God keeps His promises.’”
2. The Battle of Jericho (application activity / great for active learners)
What You Need: Bible, the trumpets from “Blow Your Horn” (optional) What You Do:
Guide the kids to gather around you. Open your Bible to Joshua 6 and read verses 2 through 5 aloud. Lead the kids in a dramatization of the story. Depending on the size of your group, invite two or more children to be the walls of Jericho. Guide them to stand close together and to stand up straight to make themselves as tall as possible. Choose one child to be Joshua; the remaining kids will be the priests and Israelites. Direct Joshua to lead the priests and Israelites around the city once, with the priests blowing their trumpets. Guide the kids to “return to camp” and “go to sleep.” Do this for six “days.” On the seventh “day,” lead the kids to march around Jericho seven times. After the seventh time around, direct Joshua to command the people to give a loud shout. At this shout, the walls of Jericho (kids standing tall) will fall. If possible, repeat the game and let children take turns playing the different roles.
What You Say:
“Did Joshua and the Israelites obey God’s plan? (Pause.) Yes, they did. What do you think might have happened if they had chosen not to follow God’s directions? (Pause for responses.) Is it always good to obey God? Yes! You know, [Apply] sometimes God’s plans are easy to follow, and sometimes they don’t make sense to us at all. They sometimes don’t make sense because God knows so much more than we do, and His plans are way better than ours. Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIrV) says: ‘My thoughts like are not your thoughts. And your ways are not like my ways … The heavens are higher than the earth. And my ways are higher than your ways. My thoughts are higher than your thoughts.’ [Personalize] (Share a time when you were scared and God’s plans didn’t make sense, but you obeyed and saw God work His plan for good.)[Apply] So the next time you’re scared and things don’t make sense, remember God’s promise that His ways are good.Remember to think [Impress] ‘I can be brave because I know God keeps His promises.’”
Pray and Dismiss
What You Need: “God’s Promises” (Activity Page), small stones, markers or crayons, glue
NOTE: Before the kids arrive, pray that each child will receive the Bible verse promise he or she needs most. What You Do:
Give each child a “God’s Promises” card and help him or her read it, if necessary. Invite the children to color their cards as they choose. As they color, briefly review this week’s Bible story and Bottom Line, [Impress] I can be brave because I know God keeps His promises. Invite the children to tell what their verses promise. Next, let each child select a stone to glue to his card. Tell the kids that the stones can remind them of the time God kept His promise to Joshua and the Israelites and made the walls of Jericho fall. It can remind them that God kept His promise then, and God keeps His promises now. Encourage the kids to take their cards home and put them in a place where they will see them often.
What You Say:
“God kept His promise to Joshua and the Israelites. He told them that if they followed His plan, the walls of Jericho would fall and the city would be theirs. God kept His promise then, and God keeps His promises now. [Apply] God always keeps His promises.So if you’re ever scared or confused, think to yourself:[Impress] I can be brave because I know God keeps His promises. Let’s pray.
“Dear God, thank You that You kept Your promise to Joshua and the Israelites. Thank You that You keep Your promises to us, too. Help us to remember Your promises that will help us be brave to do what we should do, even when we’re afraid. In Your Name, we pray. Amen.”
Give each child a GodTime card. Pass out Parent CUE cards as adults arrive for pick-up.