Play a version of Simon Says with your S.E.A. Agents in Training called “Sergeant Says”.
Give various commands to your kids starting with “Sergeant Says” and have kids sit down when they miss a command.
Look up the memory verse and read it out loud with your kids.
Give each kid one of the plastic cups. Each cup will have one word from the memory verse written on it.
Review the verse together by letting each kid say the word on their cup.
Collect all of the cups, mix them up, and then hand one cup to each kid.
Challenge the kids to line up their cups in the correct order of the memory verse.
Bonus Ideas: Time your kids to see how fast they can line them up in the right order.
Look up Mark 2:1-12 and read it out loud. (If you have older kids, let one of the kids read it out loud instead.)
The man in this story needed to meet Jesus, but he couldn’t get to Him! Not only was the house where Jesus was teaching completely full, but this man wasn’t able to walk.
What did his friends do to help him?
Why do you think his friends decided to help him?
The man’s friends picked him up on his mat, and carried him all the way to the house where Jesus was. But they didn’t stop there.
They climbed onto the roof.
They dug a hole in the roof.
They got some rope and figured out what to do.
They lowered their friend down toward Jesus.
(And hopefully they fixed whoever’s roof they destroyed.)
When the man finally met Jesus (thanks to his friends), the man got more than he ever dreamed he would get! Jesus healed his legs — but even more importantly, Jesus forgave him and gave him a brand new life!
You may never need to dig a hole in a roof and throw one of your friends through it, but what are some other ways we can help our friends get closer to Jesus? (Have every kid shout their answer, but then ask a few kids to share their answers with everyone.)
When several kids have answered, list the ways we can help each other grow, like...
Pray for them.
Encourage them when they’re sad.
Tell them about Jesus.
Invite them to church.
Do kind things for them
MAKE IT PERSONAL:Tell a story from your own life about someone who helped you get closer to Jesus. Be specific about who they are and what they did to help you grow. Then ask the kids, “Who’s someone who helps you get closer to Jesus?”
Why did the man in today’s story want to get to Jesus?
How did the man get to Jesus?
What happened when the man met Jesus?
We can’t take our friends to see Jesus in person, but what are some ways we can help other people grow closer to God?
Let’s read Galatians 6:2. What do you think it means to carry each other’s burdens?
Who is someone you could thank for helping you grow closer to Jesus? What will you say to them?
Who is someone you could help grow closer to Jesus? How will you do that?
Have in mind a person, place or thing related to the story.
Explain to the kids that they have 20 yes-or-no questions to ask to find out what it is.
Let kids take turns asking the questions.
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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