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June 5 (Large Group)

God gives us companions in our own fairytale-like story called life. So even when we walk through the hardest journeys or even if we were to experience tragedies, we can know we are not alone. There is always someone you can count on!
Big Idea: God gives us companions.
Bible Story: Ruth and Naomi Leave Moab; Ruth 1; Acts 2:1-6
Memory Verse: The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” (Psalm 121:8)

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

Hot Takes (Upper Elementary)
Kids will line up and each kid will get a chance to share their “hot take”.
After their turn, they can go back to the end of the line and the next kid will share.
Play as many rounds as you like!
Here are some prompts to start with:
Best pizza topping
Best movie ever
Best video game ever
Best superhero ever
Best volunteer ever (just kidding!)!

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 were in a series called Ever After. We are going to look at the story of Ruth to see how God truly writes the best stories for us! I have a question for you today! What is your favorite fairytale story? (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: For All My Days + Here
INTRODUCE THE STORY: This month we will be diving into a new series all about friendship and how God gives us each other in hard times. A companion is someone who goes along with you on a journey. No matter where you’re going, they’ve got your back — or more like — they’ll be at your side! Todays story is all about love and friendship and I think you will enjoy it because the best part about this particular story is that it’s true! It’s straight from the Bible!
Video of Ruth Chapter 1
-Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there was a great famine.
(Draw this scene or play video from 0:37 to 0:50 without sound.)
-A man named Elimelech moved from Bethlehem to the country of Moab with his
wife, Naomi, and their two sons, Mahlon and Chilion. But things just got worse.
Sadly, Elimelech died and Naomi was left with her two sons.
(Draw this scene or play video from 0:50 to 1:00 without sound.)
-Mahlon and Chilion married Moabite women named Orpah and Ruth. But even more
tragedy occurred to this family and both sons passed away, too.
(Draw a scene or play video from 1:00 to 1:35 without sound.)
-Naomi, knowing life would be difficult without anyone to take care of them, told her
daughters-in-law to go back to their mothers’ houses because she saw no hope for
them with her.
-Naomi felt incredibly sad and alone and decided to move back to her hometown.
Orpah listened to her mother-in-law and left.
-But Ruth said she would stick with Naomi. She said that she would go wherever
Naomi went, be among Naomi’s people, and she would serve Naomi’s God, too.
-Ruth didn’t have to stay. Her husband, Naomi’s son, was no longer around, so she had no duty to Naomi. But Ruth left her own home to follow Naomi. And we’re going to find out soon enough that it was the best decision she would ever make!
Talk about a time when you were having a hard time and God sent you a companion to give you hope and encouragement.
End with a prayer!

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