1) Question 1 on Pink or Orange cards: What would you give up or give away to someone without hesitation. If they say anything, seek deeper, making sure they know they will never get it back. This is not a morality play, but a real question. Like, would you give your cat or x-box away?
2) Question 2 on the Yellow or Green cards: What would you NOT or Never give away. Same thing, if they give crazy answers or difficult to believe answers, keep asking questions.
b) Once you have enough cards (Keep them and add to them each week - you can even even make up some answers so you have enough, before you start classes this cycle) put one child in the middle of the room in a chair, pick a card at random, and have the other children ask 20 Questions, trying to guess what is on the card. DO NOT TELL them about the color code (if used) ever, and do not even concern yourself with it, until the game is over. If they do not guess what is on the card, in 20 questions, the person is middle wins and selects the next student to sit in the chair. If they do guess it, the person who guesses it is the winner, and sits in the chair. Keep the card that was used, and pick on at random or what appears to be random, and give it to the new player.
Repeat until you have run out of time or it is time to start regular class.
Order of Class:
(1-3 are always the same, and totally optional)
Matthew 21:1-11 (NIV) As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”
This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
“Say to Daughter Zion,
‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”
The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna[b] to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[c]
“Hosanna[d] in the highest heaven!”
When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
When they pause, the "Actor," YOU, interpret the verse by acting it out and perhaps paraphrasing it in children's speak.
Matthew 20:17-19 (NIV) Now as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside and said to them,"We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!"
Ask them what they learned from this verse. Let them talk. Then ask them about the part in red ... we are going to Jerusalem. Let them talk. If they do not talk about doing the hard but right thing, explain what flogging and Crucifixion is. Then ask them What Jesus Gave up to do the right thing? Lead them, but let them talk.
Finally, ask them what "the right thing" is in their life that they might not want to do or give up. Lead them as they talk.
5) Summary - Read the verse again, and ask what the whole thing means. Help them come to understanding each time a child asks any question.
a. Introduction to God Rock's Lesson Planning System - Click Here.
5. Unit 2, Week 1 - Fasting and Looking Gloomy - Click Here.