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July 10 (Large Group)

Today’s story is about having faith in what God can do . . . and God can do a LOT! When we need help and don’t know what to do, we can have faith that God will take care of us, too!
Big Idea: I can have faith in God.
Bible Story: Elisha and the Widow’s Oil: II Kings 4:1-7; Colossians 1:3-14
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)

Icebreaker Game

Line it Up:
See how fast your group can get into an alphabetical line based on their names. Better yet, split into boys vs. girls or two randomly assigned groups and race to see which group can get organized first.

Large Group

Welcome → Worship → Introduce the Story → Story Video → Closing
WELCOME: Hey friends! My name is ________ and I’ll be your host today. This month we are continuing to learn about our big God who allows us to do big things! God has already done so many big things in my life! (Host shares a big thing God has done in their life)
Question: My question for you is, what are some “big things” you have done in your life?
(Allow responses.)
TRANSITION TO WORSHIP: Let’s bow our heads and close our eyes to pray as we prepare to worship. (Pray over the kids. Then start the worship songs.)
WORSHIP SONGS: Believe it & Chasing Me
INTRODUCE THE STORY: Last week we heard about two guys, Elijah and Elisha. Elijah was Elisha’s mentor — someone who taught and guided him — until he was taken up into heaven. This week, we’ll hear a story from Elisha’s life after his friend was gone.
Let’s watch our story video to see what todays lesson will be!
Bible Lesson:
BIBLE STORY | Elisha and the Widow’s Oil
INSTRUCTIONS: Bookmark II Kings 4:1–7 in your Bible and read the passage in small chunks as you tell the Bible story.
ASK: Have you ever had to do something that you thought was impossible?
Today’s story is about having faith in what God can do . . . and God can do a LOT!
[Read II Kings 4:1–4.] The woman said that she had nothing except a small jar of olive oil. She thought that it wasn’t enough, but Elisha knew that God could do something big for her! She had to have faith to do what Elisha told her to do!
Let’s see what the widow’s faith did for her! [Read II Kings 4:5–7.]
Isn’t it amazing what happened because she had faith and did what Elisha told her to do? The woman was worried about the really big problem that she was facing, but God used Elisha to show the woman that she could have faith in God!
What God did through Elisha and the woman is what we call a miracle, something that happens that we can’t really explain. All we know is that God used something so small like oil to solve a really big problem for the woman and her family.
Object Lesson:
OBJECT LESSON | Pouring the Oil
INSTRUCTIONS: Prepare a jar or pitcher of olive oil (or any oil) and pour it into small cups as you teach. Cover the container so you can't see inside.
In our story today, we read about a woman who had a need. She did what God's messenger Elisha told her to do when she kept pouring oil into jars.
[Take one of the small cups and pour some oil into it then set it aside. Keep going until you fill all the cups.]
Elisha, the woman, and her son kept filling jars with oil until there were no more jars left to fill because the oil kept flowing.
Sometimes we forget just how big and powerful God is and think God can only do a little bit. But just like how that jar of olive oil didn't stop flowing until there was nothing more to fill, God's love for us never ends!
So next time you're not sure who you can turn to with a problem, remember to say I can have faith in God.

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