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SUNDAY MORNINGS

July 16, 2017, Week 3 Grade: 5

Roadside Assistance Bible Truth: Roadside Assistance (Philip and the Ethiopian Official) • Acts 8:26-40 Bottom Line: God made you to follow Jesus. Memory Verse: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10, NIV Life App: Uniqueness—discovering who God made you to be so you can make a difference. Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

Social: Setting the Tone for the Experience (9:00, 10:15, 11:30) Circles or Rows? • No supplies needed Bible: Communicating God’s Truth in Engaging Ways (9:15, 10:30, 11:45) • Bible Presentation in Large Group Prayer (9:50, 11:05, 12:20) • No supplies needed Dismiss (10:00, 11:15, 12:30)

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SUNDAY MORNINGS

July 16, 2017, Week 3 Grade: 5

Roadside Assistance Bible Truth: Roadside Assistance (Philip and the Ethiopian Official) • Acts 8:26-40 Bottom Line: God made you to follow Jesus. Memory Verse: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10, NIV Life App: Uniqueness—discovering who God made you to be so you can make a difference. Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

Social: Providing Time for Fun Interaction (Prayer Groups, 15 minutes) Welcome kids and spend time engaging in conversation and catching up. Get ready to experience today’s Bible Truth. Before kids arrive, pray for each regular attendee by name. Pray for those who might visit your group for the first time. Praise God for creating us to be in relationship with Him. Thank Him for sending Jesus to provide a way for that relationship to happen. Pray for the kids who might decide today to start a relationship with Jesus. Ask God to guide those conversations. Circles or Rows? What You Need: No supplies needed What You Do: • Tell students you’re going to play a game where they will either group up in tight little circles or make straight lines. • Remind them to listen carefully and follow your lead. • Instruct them to line up in a row in alphabetical order by their first names. • Now that they are warmed up, instruct them to think of their favorite season (fall, winter, spring, or summer) and have them circle up with people who like the same season they do. • Then give students a few different groupings in rapid-fire succession. Choose from the list below or make up some of your own. o Circle up close with people who have the same eye color as you. o Circle up with people who get to school in the same way as you (car, bus, walk). o Line up in the order of your birthdays, starting with January and ending in December. o Circle up in these groups: people who have lots of chores at home, people who have a few chores at home, and people who have no chores at home. o Circle up based on the number of languages you can speak and read. o Line up in alphabetical order of last names. What You Say: “You guys were getting pretty fast lining up and circling up. Today’s Bible Truth involves a guy who was given specific orders by God on where to go and what to do when he got there. Because this man did what God asked and followed His lead, the good news of Jesus spread to a whole new group of people in a whole different country! And there’s a surprise ending, too. [Transition] Let’s head to Large Group to hear more.” Lead your group to the Large Group area.

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SUNDAY MORNINGS

July 16, 2017, Week 3 Grade: 5

Roadside Assistance Bible Truth: Roadside Assistance (Philip and the Ethiopian Official) • Acts 8:26-40 Bottom Line: God made you to follow Jesus. Memory Verse: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10, NIV Life App: Uniqueness—discovering who God made you to be so you can make a difference. Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

Bible: Communicating God’s Truth in Engaging Ways (Large Group, 35 minutes) GETTING READY 1. Opener/Closer What You Need: • •

Host A box decorated to serve as the “ThisOrThat Decision Generator”

2. Bible Truth What You Need: • • • • •

Historyteller Host Bible Workout clothing for Host: headband, knee-high socks, T-shirt, etc. Giant water gun (filled with water)

3. Worship What You Need: •

Power Praise Team

Music and Sound Effects (SFX): • “Rock this Planet” • “Look at Me” • “Close”

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SUNDAY MORNINGS

July 16, 2017, Week 3 Grade: 5

Roadside Assistance Bible Truth: Roadside Assistance (Philip and the Ethiopian Official) • Acts 8:26-40 Bottom Line: God made you to follow Jesus. Memory Verse: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10, NIV Life App: Uniqueness—discovering who God made you to be so you can make a difference. Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

Bible: Communicating God’s Truth in Engaging Ways (Large Group, 35 minutes) Engage kids’ hearts through a dynamic and interactive Bible Truth, worship, and prayer experience in a Large Group setting. CG: Welcome Slide SFX: Play high-energy music as kids enter. CG: Gadgets and Gizmos Theme Slide Host enters with the ThisOrThat Decision Generator. Opener HOST: “Greetings, kids of The Park! My name is [Host’s name], and I am so excited that you’re all here with me today! Let’s start with some powerful praise and worship from the Power Praise team! Up on your feet!” Power Praise team enters as Host joins the audience. Worship POWER PRAISE: “Let’s get ready to sing. Let’s give all that we are to going Jesus’ way. He is the way, the truth, and the life. Let’s sing. C’mon! SFX: “Rock this Planet” “Yeah, let’s choose to go God’s way today and every day. When we do that, people get to witness Him in and through us. May people always see Jesus’ love when they see us. Let’s sing. CG: “Look at Me” “When I look around this room, I see God’s creativity all throughout the world. He created us each to be unique. There are special things about each of us. God knows every detail about us that makes us unique. Let’s grow a little closer to Him right now. Everybody sing this out.” SFX: “Close” “Awesome job everyone! We’ll see you next week. Have a safe summer week!”

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Power Praise exits as Host retakes the stage. HOST: “All month long we’ve been talking about UNIQUENESS. CG: Uniqueness Slide “Uniqueness is discovering who God made you to be so you can make a difference. And we’ve been exploring it through the use of gadgets, doohickeys, thingamajigs, and gizmos! Today is no different. I’ve brought my latest and greatest invention with me for its first ever calibration run. I call it the ThisOrThat Decision Generator! This baby will always pick out the worst choice between two disastrous options. For example, it can tell us which is worse: losing your phone at school or stepping on your iPad® screen and cracking it. Both options would be excruciatingly painful, BUT only the ThisOrThat Decision Generator can tell us which one is worse! “But this cool little doodad is new and untested. That’s why I have it here today! I need your help. We need to test the calibration coordinates of this machine. To do this, let’s all stand up and gather in the center of the room. This should be a painless experience! Help direct Prayer Groups to the center of the room. “Okay, so the ThisOrThat is going to throw two options up on the screen, and both options are going to be total bummers. You all will move to the side of the room that you think is worse—for example, you would have run to the left side of the room for losing your phone or the right side for stepping on your iPad screen and cracking it. Once everyone has picked, the ThisOrThat will display the correct answer by pointing an arrow to the side of the room representing the worst option. Make sense? (Pause for response.) GREAT! Let’s put this gizmo to work! SFX: Upbeat game music Facilitate the game through five rounds. Kids pick a side of the room they feel represents the worst option. The person running the slides can decide which answer is worse. For fun, we suggest choosing the opposite of the popular choice every time in order to drive the kids crazy. “Let’s press the control dial and have the first dilemma appear. Here we go! CG: ThisOrThat Game Slide 1 “Move to the left side of the room if you feel like losing the TV remote for a week is worse than having your TV stuck on Disney Junior for a day. Otherwise, move to the right side of the room. Allow kids a few seconds to move to one side of the room or the other. “Great. Now let’s have the ThisOrThat Decision Generator tell us which one is really the worst. Pretend to press a button on the box.

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CG: ThisOrThat Left Arrow Slide OR ThisOrThat Right Arrow Slide (you choose!) “Oh wow! So many of you were incorrect in your guess. Maybe question two will be easier. Let’s continue with our trial run of this machine! Continue through the next three questions. Once the kids have chosen a side, put up one of the arrow slides. CG: ThisOrThat Game Slide 2 CG: ThisOrThat Game Slide 3 CG: ThisOrThat Game Slide 4 “All right, so far this trial run has gone incredibly well! This is our last question. Is everyone ready? (Pause for response.) Great. Here we go!” CG: ThisOrThat Game Slide 5 Allow kids to pick a side of the room. Once kids have picked a wall, the screens will go dark. CG: Screens go dark “NOOOOOO! WHAT HAPPENED?! Everything was working so great, too! I think the circuits must have overheated and fried the motherboard. I’m sorry, but I’ve got to go replace the motherboard real quick. Uhm, why don’t we welcome [Historyteller’s Name] to the stage to share today’s Bible Truth with us?” Host exits as Historyteller enters. SETTING UP THE BIBLE TRUTH HISTORYTELLER: “Good morning, everyone! Let’s jump right into our Bible Truth where we find Philip and this cool road trip an angel sent him on. Before that, let’s set the stage by explaining who Philip was. “After Jesus went back to heaven, the early church began to form and grow in number. They ate together, prayed together, and studied all about Jesus. Early on, there was a man named Philip who had given his life to following Jesus. He was chosen to help distribute food to those in need. Most of this early church growth happened in Jerusalem, until the Jewish religious leaders began to make life very tough for Jesus-followers. That’s when Philip and his friends scattered to avoid prison or worse. But they continued teaching others about Jesus everywhere they traveled. “Philip traveled to a city in Samaria. This would have been one of the last places many Jews would go because Jewish people weren’t always viewed favorably in Samaria. However, Philip wasn’t fazed. He was on a mission and began to tell whoever he met that Jesus is the Son of God. Through God’s power, Philip even healed people who were sick or couldn’t walk! “Now, I want to do something a little different today. I want all of you to help play a part in telling what happened next in Philip’s Life. I realize the summer can be dull for kids without regularly scheduled recess time or physical education classes. To help tell this Bible Truth, we will be exercising with one of

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the most physically fit guys I know. I feel bad that his machine isn’t working, so let’s all stand on our feet and give a HUGE welcome to [Host’s name]! AN ANGEL SAID GO SFX: Upbeat workout beat Host jogs onstage. He’s wearing workout clothing. HOST: “WAHOO! I hope you are all ready to sweat this morning. If you are low on your Fitbit® steps, no worries. I’m here to catch you up! Everybody walk in place with me.” Host encourages kids to walk in place at a slow, steady pace. HISTORYTELLER: “While you all walk, let’s continue with our Bible Truth. An angel appeared to Philip while he was in Samaria. The angel said (open Bible and read Acts 8:26b): Go south to the desert road. . . . It’s the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza (NIrV). So Philip took off.” HOST: “You all heard [Historyteller’s name]! The angel said, ‘Go!’ So we must GO!” Host starts jogging in place and encourages the kids to follow suit. HISTORYTELLER: “And along the way, Philip—” HOST: “WAIT!” Historyteller immediately stops speaking. HOST: “Philip was in a desert, right? A desert is hot, right? That means Philip would have been sweating. We need to be sweating. Let’s double time it!” Host starts jogging fast in place and encourages kids to follow suit. ETHIOPIAN NEEDS HELP HISTORYTELLER: “Along the way, Philip met an Ethiopian official.” HOST: “Let’s all wave at the official.” Host leads crowd in the “Nae Nae” wave (from the “Whip/Nae Nae” dance) until the next exercise move. HISTORYTELLER: “This was no ordinary official. He was responsible for Ethiopia’s treasury for the queen. The official had traveled all the way to Jerusalem from Ethiopia to worship God. Now he was in his chariot on his way back to Ethiopia, trying to read the book of Isaiah.”

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HOST: “The official worked for the queen. Let’s show our respect. Take a knee and bow! Now switch knees! Host leads the group in lunge exercises. When the knee dips down, Host bows. HISTORYTELLER: “Philip felt God’s Holy Spirit nudging him to move closer to the chariot. With that, Philip chased down the man.” HOST: “CATCH THAT CHARIOT! HIGH KNEES!” Host leads the group in high knee exercises until the next exercise. HISTORYTELLER: “As he drew nearer, Philip recognized the words of Isaiah being read out loud by the official. So Philip asked if the official understood what was written. Because the official never had anyone explain the words of Isaiah to him before, he offered Philip a seat so Philip could explain the passage.” HOST: “Great job, everyone. Take a seat!” Host allows kids to start to sit down. HOST: “What are you doing? Take a seat . . . as in squat! Don’t sit on the ground! Make it burn, baby!” Host leads the kids in a squat and holds the pose. PHILIP HELPS HISTORYTELLER: “As they sat, Philip explained to the official that the verses in Isaiah pointed to a Man named Jesus. He continued to point out that Jesus is God’s Son who came for everyone, no matter how you grew up or where you live. Philip didn’t leave anything out. He shared all the good news.” HOST: “The official from Ethiopia received GOOD news! Time for jumping jacks of JOY!” Host leads the kids in jumping jacks. HISTORYTELLER: “After the Ethiopian official heard what Philip had to say, they rode past a body of water. The Ethiopian official voiced a desire to be baptized and immediately stopped the chariot.” HOST: “AAAAAAND STOP! Take a knee. You all deserve a break!” Host has the kids take a knee. HISTORYTELLER: “Philip walked down to the water with the official and dipped him below the surface. This baptism served as a sign the official wanted to follow Jesus for the rest of his life.” HOST: “And as a sign of my appreciation of all your hard work this morning, I will reward you with a

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water break.” Host pulls out a giant water gun and sprays the kids (or the Historyteller). HISTORYTELLER: “As the official came out of the water, the Bible tells us God’s Spirit whisked Philip away. He was nowhere to be found—not by the chariot, not on the shore. He was gone. However, this did not dampen the spirits of the official. He returned to Ethiopia rejoicing the entire ride home. Philip later appeared, and he continued to share the Truth of Jesus with everyone he met.” HOST: “Thanks everyone for exercising with me today. Don’t forget, Prayer Group Leaders, Icy Hot® is your friend. Enjoy the burn!” Host exits. WRAPPING UP THE BIBLE TRUTH HISTORYTELLER: “I am guessing most of you did not anticipate to be sweating today after hearing Philip’s Life. Likewise, I would guess the Ethiopian official did not expect the clarity he received when he randomly picked up a stranger on that old, dusty, desert road. What I love about Philip is his willingness to follow Jesus no matter the cost. From the beginning of the early church, he was present and eager to serve others in need. When Philip left Jerusalem, he wanted everyone to hear about Jesus. The good news was for everyone, including the Ethiopian official. As a result of his boldness, others discovered Jesus for the first time. Salvation Message “This is something we pray everyone in this room understands. The reason we continue to talk about Jesus, just like Philip did, is because Jesus came for us too. It’s easy to think Jesus only came to earth to influence the lives of the people in the New Testament. However, Jesus came for us too—ALL of us. It’s important for everyone to understand what Philip understood—that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, who lived a perfect life. He was falsely accused of crimes He did not commit. As a result, He was put to death on a cross. But Jesus’ death wasn’t in vain. His death paid the punishment for Philip’s sins, the Ethiopian official’s sins, all of the sins of all of us here in this room today, and the sins of everyone in the world. The Bible tells us that the cost for doing something wrong is being separated from God forever. And when Jesus died, He paid for all of our sins. He took away our sins and gave us new, clean hearts. And when our hearts are clean, we can come close to God, because God is perfect. Because Jesus paid for our sins on the cross and gave us new hearts, we can be God’s friends. Then, as if that weren’t awesome enough, three days after Jesus died, something amazing happened. He came back to life. And He invites us to live a new life with our new hearts. He wants us to follow Him and be God’s friend. “When we understand this, we’re able to do what God made all of us to do—follow Jesus. In fact, that’s what we want you to remember today. CG: Bottom Line Slide [Bottom Line] “God made you to follow Jesus. And we get to follow Him with our own unique talents and unique gifts and unique style. Let’s pray.”

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Pray “Dear God, thanks for another day to sing Your praises. Thank You for Philip’s Life and the opportunity we had today to study it. Please help us understand that You made us to follow Jesus. If there are kids in this room who need help understanding this, please give them the courage to ask questions so they receive the same clarity as the Ethiopian official. We love You and we ask all of these things in Jesus’ name, amen.” “If you have an offering or tithe with you today, bring those on up to put in the offering container.” Historyteller exits as Host enters with the ThisOrThat box. Closer HOST: “UGH! I thought this was going to be an easy fix. When the circuits overheated, it not only fried the motherboard but also the visual power amplifier. I’m frustrated because my ThisOrThat Decision Generator is not doing what it was made to do. I want it to tell me what is worse: losing power to your Kindle® or not understanding the words you’re reading. I’m sure the Ethiopian official would say not understanding the words you’re reading is worse. Fortunately for the official, Philip happened to be around to help him understand the words of the prophet Isaiah. Unlike my machine (kick the box), Philip was doing exactly what he was made to do: following Jesus. It seems to me that Philip really understood our Bottom Line. CG: Bottom Line Slide [Bottom Line] “God made you to follow Jesus. So many times, we do the opposite. Maybe because it’s easier or cooler or more fun, we follow people or things other than Jesus. But we weren’t made to follow the cool crowd or the latest trends. We were made to follow Jesus. “To do this, we must believe in Jesus and what He did for us. And your relationship with God will grow stronger when you read about what Jesus said and did and when you obey what He tells you to do through His Holy Spirit inside of you. It’s like you have your own Jesus Decision Generator that always points to Jesus. Following Jesus is not always easy, but it’s what we were made to do. CG: Memory Verse Slide “Read this month’s verse with me.” “‘For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ Ephesians 2:10, NIV.” “We were made by Him to follow Jesus, to do GOOD works, not good for us works, but God’s prepared good works that will advance His kingdom here on this earth.” “My prayer is that you will all begin to live our your own, individual, unique part of God’s plan. Go have fun with your Prayer Group, and we’ll see you next time.”. Dismiss children to their Prayer Groups. CG: Prayer Group Slide

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Pray and Dismiss (10 minutes) What You Need: No supplies needed What You Do: • Remind kids of today’s Bottom Line: [Bottom Line] God made you to know Jesus. Then acknowledge that God has a plan for each person in your group and it is bigger than they can ever imagine. • Thank God for loving us so much He sent Jesus so we can be with God now and forever. • Thank God for putting people in our lives to help lead us, watch over us, and teach us how to follow Jesus as we grow. • Ask for God’s help to better trust and obey because of our love for Him. What You Say: “God is absolutely unlimited in His creativity. He has made every person with a unique personality, giftedness, and a specific plan. How does it make you feel to know that there isn’t anything about the way you were made that is a mistake or flub on God’s part? God has wired you to be you. But the best part is that He built into you the capacity to know Him and the ability to follow Him all your life. I’d say that’s about as cool as anything ever gets!” Pass out Parent CUE cards as adults arrive for pick-up.

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