This month we’re having a backyard movie party where we’ll be singing songs, playing games, and watching clips from five of our favorite flicks! Each week we’ll learn a new lesson about being good friends from these movies and different Bible stories.
Our featured verse this month is: “A friend loves at all times. They are there to help when trouble comes.” Proverbs 17:17 (NIrV)
You’ll find videos, songs, leader guides, and prep materials below. You will all need access to the movie Penguins of Madagascar The Movie this week. So grab a bean bag and some pop corn and enjoy together!
Say the Point and Verse out loud together:
I will be a friend who loves others
“A friend loves at all times. They are there to help when trouble comes.” Proverbs 17:17
1. How did Jesus show His love for us? (Died on the cross for our sins)
2. Do you think Jesus is going to stay inside that tomb forever? (No)
3. Jesus loves you and me, and because He gave up His life for us, our friendship with God is fixed! That’s the happiest ending ever!Because Jesus showed His amazing love for us, how can we show love for others? (Forgive them when they do wrong, help them, speak kindly to them, invite them to church, etc.)
1.How can you be a friend who loves others well this week?
Ask the children to share things they’d like to pray about. Write your prayer request so you can continue to pray for your family during the week. Pray together, give them a chance to lead the prayer if they want to. Not sure what to pray?
Pray this: Jesus. Help us to be friends who loves others well. We love you so much! Thank you for loving us well. Amen.
We might LOVE a certain movie or a certain actor in a movie, but do you know what it means to LOVE others well? Loving others means that we care about people enough to give up the things that we want in order to do something for them. When we do that, we are being the kind of friend that Jesus want us to be!
Lets be friends who loves others!
1. MOVIE STRIP – Draw the bible story on the movie strip, then on the back draw a scene of you being a friend who loves others.
2. POPCORN GAME- TELL kids we’re going to play “Popcorn Toss” to practice being friends who love others! DIVIDE the into teams of two. CHOOSE two teams to play the first round.
GIVE one member from each team a popcorn bucket and have them put on the
blindfold. Have them stand a few feet away, facing the group.
Have their teammate kneel in front of them facing the group.
DISTRIBUTE the bag of “popcorn” (“popcorn” is crumpled pieces of brown and yellow paper) to rest of group. EXPLAIN the game:
Everyone will try to toss the “popcorn” into the popcorn buckets, trying to get in asmany pieces as possible. Each piece can only be tossed once.
Now, if you are showing love to someone, would you want them to eat the good yellow pieces of popcorn or the gross burnt brown pieces? (Yellow pieces) Right! So the person who is kneeling will show love to their teammate by swatting away the burnt pieces of popcorn (brown papers).
After all the pieces of “popcorn” are tossed, the team with the most YELLOW “popcorn” is the winner! Then, we’ll let two different teams have a turn!
PLAY the game. AFTER each round, READ one or two of the situations on the yellow“popcorn” from the winning team’s bucket.
3. MEMORY VERSE GAME 1. Allow kids to sit with their teams from the Make it Matter activity (everyone with the same Robot Pages). 2. Each team will come up with a voice for their robot. 3. Call on each team, having them say the verse aloud in their robot’s voice. 4. If time remains, see if kids can say the verse using the voices of their favorite movie characters! (Examples: Minions from Despicable Me, SpongeBob Squarepants, sing it like Elsa from Frozen, etc.)