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June 5 (Lower Elementary)

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)


INSTRUCTIONS: Lets take a Poll!
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! Let’s play a fun trivia game about companions! To make this trivia more interactive, make each corner of the room be an answer and allow the kids to run to the corner the corresponds with their answer.
-Who was Woody’s closest companion, even though they started off as enemies (Toy Story):Bo Peep, Bullseye, Zurg, or Buzz Lightyear?
-Who was Kristoff’s closest non-human companion (Frozen):Olaf, Sven, Grand Pabbie, or Hans?
-What was the name of Riley’s imaginary companion (Inside Out): Ray, Bing Bong, Genie, or Joy?
-Who is Lightning McQueen’s best companion (Cars): Jackson Storm, Cruz Ramirez, Mater, or Mac?— --Who was Rapunzel’s animal companion (Tangled): Maximus, Fang, Vladimir, or Pascal?
-Who started off as an invention but became a companion to Hiro (Big Hero 6): Fred, Honey Lemon, Wasabi, or Baymax?
-Which of her companions was the one to teach Raya how to trust (Raya and the Last Dragon): Sisu, Tuk Tuk, Namaari, or Boun?
-What would have happened if these main characters did not have their companions?

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 the kids in your small group in a circle and play thumbs up, thumbs down to connect with them about their week.


INSTRUCTIONS: Play the 2-minute Bible story video on your TV and ask your kids the following questions.
Who were the two friends in today's story?(Naomi and Ruth)
Naomi and Ruth were friends, right? There was another word we used that means friend. Do you remember it?(Companion)
When Naomi told Ruth to go back home, how did Ruth respond?(She said she would follow Naomi.)
Ruth and Naomi stuck together, like how our paper people are stuck together!
Put this somewhere safe to remember thatGod gives us companions.


The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” (Psalm 121:8)


Look up the Bible verse and read it out loud with your kids.
Invite the kids to come up with motions for the verse to help them remember it.
Practice using the motions together as a group.


ACTIVITY | Pick a Pal
Naomi and Ruth had to travel over 1,800 miles (2897 kilometers) to go back to Israel together. That is a hard and long journey, but a great opportunity to be better companions. Who would be the best companions to have on each of these adventures?
INSTRUCTIONS: Use the printable with your small group and have them think of what kind of companion would be the best to have in each of the given scenarios then write or draw in the spaces provided.
-Let’s think about one more together . . . what kind of companion would you want with you to talk to others about God?

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