Gather the kids in your small group in a circle and play the Lame Name Game.
Here’s how it goes: go around the circle and invite each kid to share their name and answer a silly question.
Today’s Silly Question: If you could combine any two animals to create a “super animal”, what two animals would you choose? And what would you call your super animal?
Human Scavenger Hunt
Give each kid a Human Scavenger Hunt Sheet.
Each space has something written on it, such as “someone wearing red”.
Challenge kids to find someone in the group who fits in each space.
Each kid must write their name on the space they are signing off for.
The first person to fill all their spots wins.
Look up Luke 10:38-42 and read it out loud. (If you have older kids, let one of the kids read it out loud instead.)
Jesus went to Mary and Martha’s house for dinner, but when He got there, only Mary spent time with Him! Martha was busy cleaning, cooking, and getting ready for the party. She was so busy that she even got angry with Mary for not helping!
Do you think Mary did anything wrong? (let kids answer)
Do you think Martha did anything wrong? (let kids answer)
But Jesus wasn’t angry at Mary, and He didn’t think she did anything wrong. He was happy Mary was spending time with Him!
Even though Jesus corrected Martha and told her to come sit with Him, Jesus wasn’t angry at her—He just thought she needed a reminder about what mattered most.
MAKE IT PERSONAL:Tell a story from your own life about some of the things that distract you from spending time with God. Then ask the kids, “What’s one thing that distracts you from spending time with God?”
Why was Martha angry at Mary in today’s story?
Why was Jesus happy with how Mary spent her time?
How did Jesus want Martha to spend her time?
We can’t invite Jesus to our house for dinner like Mary and Martha did, but what are some other ways we can spend time with Him?
When we pray, what are some of the things we can talk to God about?
Look up the memory verse and read it out loud.
Choose a kid to roll a dice, then have the kids recite the verse together in the style that corresponds with the list below.
#1: In a robot voice.
#2: While hopping on one foot.
#3: While making a silly face.
#4: Like you’re sitting in a bathtub filled with ice water.
#5: Like you’re being chased by a dragon.
#6: Make up your own.
When finished, hand the dice to another kid and repeat.
Close your small group time by praying with your kids.
With the remaining time you have left, let kids work on the activity pages in their binder. Use this time to connect with the kids in your group. It’s often in the “blank space” that relationships begin to form!
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