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August 1 (Lower Elementary)

This is our last week of the series, Up in the Air! So far, we have been learning so much about what God does for us. Today, we'll talk about what we can do for God.
Big Idea: I can be used by God.
Bible Story: Elisha and Naaman: II Kings 5:1-14; Colossians 3:1-4
Memory Verse: “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2 (NIV)

Order of Service

Sample Service Time: 9am
8:45 Play & Check-in (Classrooms)
9:05 Icebreaker (Classrooms)
9:10 Transition to Auditorium
9:15 Large Group (Auditorium)
9:40 Transition to Classrooms
9:45 Small Group Time (Classrooms)
10:10 Check-out (Classrooms)


Players find someone of roughly the same height and pair up.
Give each pair a balloon to blow up and tie.
The pair must keep this balloon sandwiched between their backs throughout the game.
Everyone forms a large circle.
Pairs take turns to assume the role of “Simon”.
– One person from each pair shouts out one instruction.
– One person from the next pair shouts the next instruction, and so forth.
Players should only respond to those instructions prefaced by “Simon says”.
Pairs are out if:
– any of the 2 players responds to instructions not prefaced by “Simon says”
– any of the 2 players do not respond to instructions prefaced by “Simon says”
– the balloon drops to the ground
The last pair standing wins.
The more “extreme” and creative “Simon” is in giving instructions, the more fun the game.
– Do jumping jacks
– Do squats
– Dance
– Tap your partner’s head
– Comb your partner’s hair with your fingers
– Walk 5 steps
– Jog on the spot
– Howl like a wolf
– Play air guitar
– Give yourself a big bear hug

Large Group

10 minutes into service, gather the kids in your group and head to the Auditorium for Large Group. There will be a designated place for your age group to sit, so make sure you follow the signs! This is where kids will have a worship experience and hear the Bible story. Once Large Group ends, your group will be dismissed to head back to your room.


Gather into your small groups and play a fun game of thumbs up, thumbs down to see how your kid’s week is going. You can start by asking them what their favorite part of their week was, what was their most memorable activity from the week, what they look forward to etc.


Please do UNPACK AND EXPLORE together today!

Unpack and Explore will be ZONK today!


“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2 (NIV)


Assign each kid a word from the memory verse.
Have them stand in order and have them say their word aloud when you point to them.
Then have them form a train by putting their hands on the shoulders of the kid in front of them.
They will follow you around the room, taking turns saying their memory verse word in order.
Once you get all the way through to the end, have everyone say, “Choo choo!”



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