When we break up into small groups during our Midweek, I let them choose if the children want to try a creative group or an active group.
This week, we were looking at the story in Acts 16, where Paul and Silas were in prison praying and singing songs to God.
The main idea is that even in tough times, we can always worship God and think of the blessings He has already given us.
Here is what the children did during this time.
Creative Group: Song of Praise
Items Needed: Paper Clipboards and Pencils
Say: In our story today, we talked about Christians getting arrested for helping out a little girl that was being taken advantage of for money. We can assume that they were not happy with the situation, but instead of being overwhelmed with anger, they started singing songs of worship?!
Ask: Does anyone here want to share a moment of frustration or anger?
Say: For our activity today, I want you to write a song or poem of worship to God that might help you in bad times.
Example: Don’t give up don’t quit. Remember good things take time. God will give you strength.
Ask: Does anyone want to share their poem or song?
>> This activity went over well with kids. One child gave up free time to finish her song and even drew illustrations to go with it. Super simple and very engaging.
Active Group – Hard Stretches
Items Needed: Nothing
Say: Get in a large circle. We are going to something a little unusual before we start a game. We are going to stretch.
Do: Have the kids do some hard stretches.
Ask During The Stretches: Are these stretches easy? Are they annoying? Are they bothersome? Are they important?
Say Before The Game: I am not a big fan of stretches and there are a lot of times, that I complain during the stretches. But they are important because they help me get ready for what is ahead. In our lesson today, we learned that bad times are coming. Not everything in life is going to be good or fun. Stretches help your body can ready for the activity, similar to how worship is beneficial for the soul. We need to be in worship whenever we can get so that when bad times happen, we can still praise God during those times. Alright, since we stretched, let’s play my favorite game of tag ______________________ for a few minutes
>> I thought the kids would rebel or complain about the stretches since this is usually the hypergroup. The opposite it happened, they did the activity and listened very well.