Run a relay race with a twist.
Divide into two teams and make two lines. Mark a starting point and a turn- around line. Each team must run to the turn-around line with a book balanced on the head and arms at one’s side. If the book falls off, the person must pick it up and put it back on the head before starting again. Tag the next person in line who will do the same. The first team to finish wins. (If teams are uneven, one person can run twice.) Cheer for the winning team. (Share a treat, if you like!)
What was the hardest part of the relay?
Did you ever feel frustrated? Why?
Did you ever feel like quitting?
What does it mean to be faithful? (to keep going when you feel like giving up; to do what’s right at all times; etc)
Read 2 Timothy 4:6-8.
What did Paul tell Timothy (and us) about not giving up? (he had finished the race; there is a prize for all who keep going; etc)
We can be faithful even though it is sometimes hard.
Watch the following four minute inspiring video about Nick Vujicic, a young man who wanted to give up because he was born without arms or legs.
What do you think would be hardest to do without arms or legs?
How could you keep going with such big handicaps?
Nick believes that God had a purpose for him and that kept him going. God has a purpose for each one!
Items Needed: sidewalk chalk
Students began learning a Bible verse on being faithful, 2 Timothy 2:15.
Read the verse together. Go outside and draw a grid on the sidewalk or driveway (a tic-tac-toe grid would be perfect). Then assign kids different words to write in the different squares. (They will need to write more than one word in each grid to complete the entire verse. Also, don’t write the words in succession, but scramble them so kids will have to jump from one word to the next.)
Take turns jumping the verse. The “jumper” should start on the first word(s) of the verse, jump to the next word(s), and continuing jumping until he has completed the verse. (Onlookers can say the words as the “jumper” jumps on them.)
What does this verse tell us to do? (study the Word; be a good worker who won’t be ashamed; correctly explain the Word; etc)
As we study the Bible every day, every Sunday, every year, we will be faithful to know what God wants and gain strength to do it.