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SUNDAY MORNINGS

March 18, 2018, Week 3 Grade: 5

Give Peace a Chance Bible: Give Peace a Chance (Abigail Intervenes) • 1 Samuel 25:1-35 Bottom Line: Prove you care more about others by being part of the solution. Key Question: What are ways you can be a peacemaker? Memory Verse: “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” Romans 14:19 (NIV) Life App: Peace—Proving you care more about each other than winning an argument Basic Truth: I should treat others the way I want to be treated. Social: Providing Time for Fun Interaction (9:00, 10:15, 11:30) 9:00 & 11:30 Just For Fun • Index cards or half sheets of paper; one per student • Pencils • A timer 10:15 Get Your Head in the Game • Plastic cups; 2 stacks of 6 for each Small Group • One string and rubber band lasso for every 8 kids • Extra string; about 2-4 for each Small Group • For each rubber band: • You should be able to pull each length of string at the same time and stretch the rubber band out evenly • For a visual, go to: http://bit.ly/2AD6xsw Bible: Communicating God’s Truth in Engaging Ways (9:10, 10:25, 11:40) • Bible Presentation in Large Group Groups: Creating a Safe Place to Connect (9:40, 10:55, 12:10) All Service Times Discussion Questions • No supplies needed Prayer: Making it Personal (9:55, 11:10, 12:25) • No supplies needed Dismiss (10:00, 11:15, 12:30)

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SUNDAY MORNINGS

March 18, 2018, Week 3 Grade: 5

Give Peace a Chance Bible: Give Peace a Chance (Abigail Intervenes) • 1 Samuel 25:1-35 Bottom Line: Prove you care more about others by being part of the solution. Key Question: What are ways you can be a peacemaker? Memory Verse: “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” Romans 14:19 (NIV) Life App: Peace—Proving you care more about each other than winning an argument Basic Truth: I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

Social: Providing Time for Fun Interaction (Small Groups, 10 minutes) Welcome kids and spend time engaging in conversation and catching up. Get ready to experience today’s Bible Truth. Before kids arrive, take a few moments to pray for them. Ask God to give kids opportunities to be peacemakers. Pray that He would help them know when and how to be part of the solution when it comes to conflict. And pray that God would guide your conversation with your few as they navigate applying today’s truths. 9:00 & 11:30 Just For Fun Made to Play: an activity that encourages learning through following guidelines and working as a group

What You Need: Index cards or half sheets of paper, pencils, a timer or mobile device What You Do: • Give each student a pencil and index card or sheet of paper. • Tell students they’ll have two minutes to write names of people who have helped others, as many as they can think of during the time limit. • Names can include: o Generic names and occupations: mom, dad, policeman o Specific names: Jesus, Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, Jr. o Fictional names: Spiderman, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Kristof, o The people can be dead or alive, fiction or real. • After time is up, let one student volunteer to read a few names or titles off of his list. • The rest of the students should cross out any names the volunteer reads that are also on their own lists. • Continue letting students take turns reading off a few names while the rest of the group crosses off the duplicates. • The student with the most names/titles left on his/her list is the winner! What You Say: People play all kinds of roles in our lives. I do hope that this activity has helped you to see just how important all people are in your life. Let’s go to Large group to see how we can honor others by choosing peace. Lead your group to the Large Group area.

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SUNDAY MORNINGS

March 18, 2018, Week 3 Grade: 5

10:15 Get Your Head in the Game What You Need: Plastic cups; 6 for every 8 kids, “lasso”; one for every 8 kids, mobile device What You Do: • Divide the group into teams of 8 • Give each group six plastic cups, prepared rubber band and string “lasso” • Tell kids they get to work together to build towers using the cups provided. • The trick is that they have to use only the strings to expand the rubber band to pick up the cups and place them on the pyramid. • They cannot use their hands to touch the cups in any way. • They must start with a single stack of six cups. They cannot line the cups up to make the building easier. • For a visual go to: http://bit.ly/2AD6xsw Wrap Up and Say: “Building these pyramids was a challenge. You had to work together, and everyone had to do his part. To live in peace, everyone has to do his or her part, too. Let’s head to Large Group to hear a Bible Truth about someone who worked very hard to keep the peace.” Lead your group to the Large Group area.

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SUNDAY MORNINGS

March 18, 2018, Week 3 Grade: 5

Give Peace a Chance Bible: Give Peace a Chance (Abigail Intervenes) • 1 Samuel 25:1-35 Bottom Line: Prove you care more about others by being part of the solution. Key Question: What are ways you can be a peacemaker? Memory Verse: “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” Romans 14:19 (NIV) Life App: Peace—Proving you care more about each other than winning an argument Basic Truth: I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

Bible: Communicating God’s Truth in Engaging Ways (Large Group, 30 minutes) GETTING READY 1. Opener/Closer What You Need: • •

Host 252 Intro Video Clip

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

Communicator Bible Three large bags Three large labels – David, Nabal, Abigail Shield Sword Two loaves of bread Two packages of donuts Two packages of snack cakes Two packages of beef jerky Two water jugs

3. Worship What You Need: •

Power Praise Team

Music and Sound Effects (SFX): • “All the Glory” • “Anything Ever” • “Good, Good Father”

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SUNDAY MORNINGS

March 18, 2018, Week 3 Grade: 5

Give Peace a Chance Bible: Give Peace a Chance (Abigail Intervenes) • 1 Samuel 25:1-35 Bottom Line: Prove you care more about others by being part of the solution. Key Question: What are ways you can be a peacemaker? Memory Verse: “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” Romans 14:19 (NIV) Life App: Peace—Proving you care more about each other than winning an argument Basic Truth: I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

Bible: Communicating God’s Truth in Engaging Ways (Large Group, 30 minutes) Engage kids’ hearts through a dynamic and interactive Bible Truth, worship, and prayer experience in a Large Group setting. CG: Jump Ball Theme Slide CG: 10-second countdown Host enters. Welcome Host has lots of energy as he or she welcomes everyone to The Base. Host is relatable and inviting. Host wears his or her favorite basketball jersey/college basketball shirt, and Host can talk about the College Basketball Tournament upsets (starts March 13), 2018 Winter Paralympics, movie opening (Sherlock Gnomes, etc.), spring break, a viral video on YouTube, etc. Host tells them how excited he or she is that they’re there and briefly runs through what they can expect. This is especially helpful for first-time guests to make them feel like they know what’s happening. Host transitions to Worship. HOST: “Hey, everybody! I love that we are all here together. Help me welcome the Power Praise team in this morning.” WORSHIP SFX: “All the Glory” SFX: “Anything Ever” SFX: “Good, Good Father” Power Praise team exits as Host retakes the stage. Host transitions to the opening game. Opener HOST: “We’re going to change things up a bit this morning. Have a seat and on the count or three let’s ask [Tech Leader’s Name] to ‘Roll film please. Ready? Here we go. One. Two. Three. KIDS AND HOST: “Roll Film please.”

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SUNDAY MORNINGS

March 18, 2018, Week 3 Grade: 5

CG: 252 Movie Clip COMMUNICATOR SCRIPT INTRODUCTION COMMUNICATOR: “Quick public service announcement. Today we have a new element to our Large Group time and that is your fill-in sheets. Take those out right now because you’re going to use them throughout this message.” “I don’t know if I ever told you this but I love movies. All kinds. Old movies like The Wizard of Oz and Star Wars. New movies like The Lego Batman Movie and . . . Star Wars. Give me a big bowl of “butter lovers” popcorn and a good flick . . . and I am set! I know I’m not the only one in the room who loves movies. Everyone gather with your Small Groups and tell them your all-time favorite movie.” Communicator allows groups time to discuss their favorite movies. Once groups finish, allow a couple of kids to share their favorite movies. “Those are all great movies. If I may weigh in, my favorite movie is Toy Story. I know, I know . . . it’s a kids’ movie. But it’s so good! If you haven’t already seen it, it’s this story about a bunch of toys that belong to boy named Andy. The center of Andy’s affection was a pull-string sheriff named Woody. Woody was the top of the heap when it came to the toy hierarchy! However, this all changes when a new toy shows up at the house, a Buzz Lightyear space ranger action figure. Woody clearly does not appreciate the attention Buzz gets, but—spoiler alert—eventually Woody overcomes his feelings of jealousy to become friends with Buzz.” “The only part of Toy Story I do not like is when Woody and Buzz fight and don’t get along. Once they become friends, I want them to be bros with no disagreements. All of us desire peace even if it doesn’t always feel that way. Peace is what makes us truly joyful. Here’s your first fill-in, and always what we’ve been talking about this month.” CG: Fill-in #1 Slide “Peace is proving you care more about each other than winning an argument.” When I watch Toy Story and see them argue, I feel like I’m witnessing a couple of my buddies squabbling with no way to make it stop. Everyone else in the movie—Bo Peep, Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, Rex—just watches without stopping the fight.” TENSION COMMUNICATOR: “And you know what? Now I think about it, I’m the same when my real-life friends don’t get along. For example, I’ve played countless games of basketball with classmates when a fight breaks out between them. In the heat of competition, it’s like they forget about their friendship. Then I’m standing there thinking, ‘I should break them up,’ but instead, I just watch them. It’s like my mind knew what to do but my body refused to act.”

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SUNDAY MORNINGS

March 18, 2018, Week 3 Grade: 5

“Have you ever had friends argue with each other? Maybe it was over something small like not sharing a pencil during math class. Maybe it was something really wrong like not sharing answers on a test. What did you want to do when two people you care about were coming to blows? What did you do?” “I’m going to guess that there are others in this room who have had similar experiences. Many times you don’t want to take sides because you don’t want one friend to feel like you care about him more or less. Or you don’t want to get sucked into the drama. It is not easy to jump into a bad situation.” “There was this lady a long time ago who witnessed two guys about to come to blows in the Old Testament. She did something really cool to intervene. Let’s spend time exploring this event because I think we can all learn from her example.” Communicator pulls out three bags labeled DAVID, NABAL, and ABIGAIL with supplies in the appropriate bags. TRUTH COMMUNICATOR: “God had chosen David as the new king of Israel. However, Saul was still king and did not like David. As a result, David and his men often hid in the wilderness from Saul. One season, they camped near the massive herds of a wealthy man named Nabal.” “Anyone with sheep and goats were at great risk of thieves and wild, hungry animals. But David and his men took it upon themselves to protect Nabal’s shepherds and flocks.” Communicator moves to the bag labeled DAVID and moves a shield and sword from David’s bag into Nabal’s bag. “Nabal enjoyed a season of prosperity and growth with David’s assistance. During sheep shearing, David decided to send ten men to Nabal with specific instructions. Check out what he told his men to say: (Open Bible and read 1 Samuel 25:6-8, NIrV.) ‘May you live a long time! May everything go well with you and your family! And may things go well with everything that belongs to you! I hear that you are clipping the wool off your sheep. When your shepherds were with us, we treated them well. The whole time they were at Carmel nothing that belonged to them was stolen. Ask your own servants. They’ll tell you. We’ve come to you now at a happy time of the year. Please be kind to my men. Please give me and my men anything you can find for us.’ David was looking for a little bit of gratitude from a man who was very wealthy and had abundance.” Communicator pulls out bread, donuts, snack cakes, beef jerky, and water jug from NABAL’s bag and places it right back in NABAL’s bag. COMMUNICATOR: “Nabal flat out rejected their request and refused to give them meat, bread, or water. When David’s men reported this to their leader, he was furious He told 400 of his men, (Open Bible and read 1 Samuel 25:13b.) ‘Each of you put on your swords!’ (NIrV). And just like that (Snap fingers.), this happy bond between these two groups had ended. David was ready to fight with his soldiers to end Nabal.”

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SUNDAY MORNINGS

March 18, 2018, Week 3 Grade: 5

“One of the herdsmen caught wind of David’s plan and rushed to tell Nabal’s wife, Abigail. This servant did not mince his words. He pointed out David’s men treated the shepherds with kindness, but Nabal returned the favor with rudeness and disrespect. Good had been repaid with evil. Trouble was brewing, and David was only getting madder as he approached Nabal’s home.” “Abigail was quick to respond. She packed up 200 loaves of bread, five sheep ready for cooking, a bushel of cooked grain, 100 raisin cakes, 200 fig cakes, and drinks. With her goods on the backs of donkeys, she intercepted David and his men before they arrived at Nabal’s. Abigail jumped off her steed and bowed before David out of respect. She humbly spoke, (Open Bible and read 1 Samuel 25: 24-25.) ‘Pardon your servant, sir. Please let me speak to you. Listen to what I’m saying. Let me take the blame myself. Please don’t pay any attention to that evil man Nabal. His name means Foolish Person. And that’s exactly what he is. He’s always doing foolish things. I’m so sorry I didn’t get a chance to see the men you sent,’ (NIrV). From there, she continued by blessing David and giving them the large load of goods.” Communicator takes water, bread, donuts, snack cakes, and beef jerky out of the ABIGAIL bag and places them in the DAVID bag. COMMUNICATOR: “David’s anger eased. Her words were disarming and welcoming. When David spoke, he showered blessings on Abigail for what she had done. On top of that, she protected Nabal and their home as a result of her intervention.” “David sent Abigail home with gratitude and accepted her gifts as a token of peace.” APPLICATION COMMUNICATOR: “Things between David and Nabal quickly spiraled out of control. This was brewing into something much bigger than a tiff between a space ranger action figure and a pull-string cowboy. Rather, this was turning into war with 400 armed men ready to take care of business. If nobody stopped them, Nabal and his servants would have been nixed – finite – WIPED OUT.” “But that’s not what happened, and here’s a fill-in. CG: Fill-in #2 “Abigail chose to step in and do something about. She defused the argument Even though it wasn’t her fight, she recognized how bad this situation was because of her husband. She apologized and offered gifts. Because she acted as the peacemaker, she kept the peace between David and her family.” “This isn’t always easy, but, and here’s your next fill-in, CG Fill-in #3 “Deciding in advance I will be a part of the solution instead of the problem helps me keep the peace.” “Think about your own friends and people you see every day. When situations turn to drama, do you try to keep the peace or do you cheer on the fight? Do you choose words to calm the anger or do you make the situation worse by adding your own angry words?”

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SUNDAY MORNINGS

March 18, 2018, Week 3 Grade: 5

“We aren’t suggesting you jump in the middle of something and risk your own safety, but you could yell, ‘Stop!’ You could seek out an adult for help.” “All of us in this room can be part of the solution to make peace between friends, classmates, teammates, family, and neighbors.” CG: Fill-in # 4 “Fourth fill-in coming at you, I am part of the solution when I choosing to be the voice of reason in unreasonable situations.” LANDING COMMUNICATOR: “There is the great verse in Romans we’ve been learning throughout the month. I want to encourage everyone with it today.” CG: Memory Verse Slide “It says, ‘Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification,’ (NIV). Here’s your last fill-in CG: Fill-in #5 A big part of keeping the peace is using wisdom when you enter an argument or help to solve the issue. Let’s talk more about this in Small Group.” CG: Key Question Slide “As you head to your Small Groups, ask yourself this question: What are ways you can be a peacemaker?” Today’s Bottom Line, and your last fill-in. CG: Fill-in #6 “Prove you care more about others by being part of the solution.” “Before you all leave, let’s pray.” Communicator leads group in a prayer related to what they just heard then dismisses them to small group. SFX: Play high-energy music as the kids exit.

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Give Peace a Chance

Give Peace a Chance

_____________ is proving you care more about each other than ____________________________ argument.

Peace is proving you care more about each other than winning an argument.

“Pardon your servant, sir. Please let me speak to you. Listen to what I’m saying. Let me take the blame myself. Please don’t pay any attention to that evil man Nabal. His name means Foolish Person. And that’s exactly what he is. He’s always doing foolish things. I’m so sorry I didn’t get a chance to see the men you sent,” (1 Samuel 25:24-25)

“Pardon your servant, sir. Please let me speak to you. Listen to what I’m saying. Let me take the blame myself. Please don’t pay any attention to that evil man Nabal. His name means Foolish Person. And that’s exactly what he is. He’s always doing foolish things. I’m so sorry I didn’t get a chance to see the men you sent,” (1 Samuel 25:24-25)

Abigail ______________ to step in and _____________________ .

Abigail ____chose_____ to step in and ____do something_____ .

Deciding _________________I will be part of the solution instead _________________________ helps me keep the peace.

Deciding in advance I will be part of the solution instead of the problem helps me keep the peace.

__________________ of the solution when I choosing to _______ _____________________________ in unreasonable situations.

“Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” (Romans 14:19, NIV)

“Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” (Romans 14:19, NIV)

I am part of the solution when I choosing to be the voice of reason in unreasonable situations

A big part of keeping the peace is __________________________ when you enter an argument or help to solve the issue.

A big part of keeping the peace is using wisdom when you enter an argument or help to solve the issue.

BOTTOM LINE Prove you care more about others by being ______________________________________.

BOTTOM LINE Prove you care more about others by being part of the solution.

NEXT STEPS: God help me to… …choose to be a peacemaker and be part of the solution. …choose to be generous with others. … be honest about how I handle arguments I am in, or see, and make plans that will help me to always be a peacemaker. … use wisdom when there are arguments.

NEXT STEPS: God help me to… …choose to be a peacemaker and be part of the solution. …choose to be generous with others. … be honest about how I handle arguments I am in, or see, and make plans that will help me to always be a peacemaker. … use wisdom when there are arguments.

SUNDAY MORNINGS

March 18, 2018, Week 3 Grade: 5

Give Peace a Chance Bible: Give Peace a Chance (Abigail Intervenes) • 1 Samuel 25:1-35 Bottom Line: Prove you care more about others by being part of the solution. Key Question: What are ways you can be a peacemaker? Memory Verse: “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” Romans 14:19 (NIV) Life App: Peace—Proving you care more about each other than winning an argument Basic Truth: I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

Groups: Creating a Safe Place to Connect (Small Groups, 15 minutes) Create a safe place to connect and learn how the Bible Truth applies to real life experiences, through interactive activities and discussion questions. All Service Times Discussion Questions What You Need: No supplies needed What You Do: (Be sure to break up into small groups.) • Gather the children to sit in somewhat of a circle so that they can all see one another. • Ask: o What is one way you could be a peacemaker? o When is it hard to be a peacemaker? o When is it easier to be a peacemaker? o How can you be a peacemaker with someone who likes to gossip and talk about people? o Can having just one peacemaker in a group change the whole situation? Have you ever experienced this? If not personally, can you think of a situation in a book or movie?

All Service Times

Pray and Dismiss (5 minutes) [Pray to God | Prayer Activity] Made to Connect: an activity that invites kids to share with others and build on their understanding

What You Need: No supplies needed What You Do: • Challenge kids to think of one way they can practice being peacemakers this week and encourage them to share their idea with the group. • Pair up the kids and have them pray for each other, specifically asking God for guidance on how they can be peacemakers this week. Pass out Parent CUE cards as adults arrive for pick-up.

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