1. ‘You are Good’ by Hillsong Kids
2. ‘You are Good’ by Bethel
1. Make your own marble track. You will need a marble and lots of paper/card packaging, scissors and tape. [Alternatively you could swap the marble for a small toy car depending on the materials you have]. Bring in some materials that teams can use to build their own marble track. Perhaps kitchen rolls, cereal boxes, newspaper and other packaging. Have teams take some time to build their own marble runs. Then when the time is done the teams can be judged on whose marble run is the most creative or has the most turns or drops etc. Application: was it easy to keep your marble moving and on the track or did it fall off lots of times. Sometimes we have to work to keep on track in life too.
2. Giant Tshirt Relay. Two children put one hand around one another’s back and then a large adult tshirt is placed over them so that they become one person. They must then do activities together where they weave over, under and around objects. Or you may prefer to have them try and feed one another. Application: It is difficult to be faithful to one another by sticking together but it is worth it and can be lots of fun!
3. Balloon Stickathon. Each team is given a number of balloons that they must blow up, rub against their hair and stick on a wall. The team with the most that stick is the winning team.
BIG VERSE: I press on toward the goal to win the prize which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14.
INTRO QUESTION: Do you think God changes? Why/why not?
SET the Scene:
Read the Book of Ruth and then choose some small passages from the book. You may want to choose to read from a child’s story book bible children aged 5-8. You may want to focus on chapter 1 where Ruth decides to stay with Naomi.
1. ‘Books of the Bible – Ruth’ by Jelly Telly TV
SPOT the Simple Meaning:
1) RUTH STAYS ON TRACK
a) You will need a train and train track or a car and race track to show the children or allow them to play with as you speak [depending on the age of your group and how well your group can listen as they play!]
b) You could play the ‘Ladders’ game [depending on the space you have: each couple are given a number and when their number is called they will run]. You could re-name the ladders as the track that the children must stay on -without hurting anyone’s legs!
c) You could also try the Newspaper [use newspaper not blocks of wood] Crossing game where the children must work together to cross an area by only staying on the newspaper. Is it easy to follow the path that the first person has created? Why/why not?
Say: God is constant. He never changes and is always the same. His promises are true and He is faithful – He sticks with us no matter what! In fact, there is nobody in all creation like Him, because He created it all. He is the One constant God. That means we can fully trust Him because He never changes.
His character is good and true.
That’s why it is no surprise that when we trust in Him and want to follow Him He does not let us down. That’s exactly what Ruth found out!
Ruth had every opportunity to do her own thing and to go her own way. Yet she decided to follow Naomi and to follow her God. She didn’t have to keep helping her mother in law or stay in Bethlehem with her. However, Ruth chose to be a good friend to her. She chose to stick at it even when it got tough.
Have you ever got bored of doing the right thing or wanted to give up on doing good? It can be very tempting to give up sometimes when things don’t seem to be working out. Especially if other people are making it harder for you to keep going.
Yet God is always good. He is always faithful. He never changes. Ruth knew what was right and she stayed on track. She kept following God. A train or a car that goes off track could cause problems – it could hurt people.
Imagine if God suddenly decided to change His character and stop being good. This could ruin everything! Yet He remains faithful and good – He is unchanging.
When a car or train stays on the track, it was doing what it was made to do and it is safe and in the right place.
2) STAYING ON TRACK GETS YOU TO THE RIGHT DESTINATION
You will need a large ticket pass to hold up or stand by as you speak. [This would look great if you could make a giant one!] You could also show images or have a real life example of a signpost that points in different directions for different ways to walk.
Say: When we constantly stay on track and do the right thing it will take us to the right destination. A train or car that stays on the track will eventually find themselves at a finish line or a train station. When we stay on track with Jesus we will see that a life with Him leads to exciting adventures where we will learn to trust Him in new and daring ways.
The bible also tells us that if we accept Jesus into our lives and trust in Him then we will be led to the ultimate destination: heaven! That’s not because of the right or good things we have done. Nothing that we can ever do will get us into heaven. It is all because of Jesus and his great love for us. He is the One who provides us with a passageway into heaven. Why? Because He is God.
Ruth knew that she wanted a life that honored God and that helped her mother in law. By staying with Naomi Ruth was able to do the right thing. She did good things like going to work in the fields. As she did these things she was in the right place to meet Boaz. If she had gone back to her home in Moab she never would have met Boaz. She never would have known God. Ruth knew where she wanted to be.
How incredible is God that He could have everything lined up and in place for Ruth. God knew that Boaz owned the fields. He had made a way for Ruth, if she would just keep doing what was right. If you want to get to a good destination then you have to get on the right track, otherwise you are going nowhere fast! This woman got on an escalator the wrong way and she got nowhere fast! [show clip of the escalator video]
What’s worse, is that you may end up going in the complete wrong direction… and then wishing you hadn’t when you get there. But don’t worry, you can always get right back on track! If you want to get on the right track and if you haven’t accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and you would like to today, you can pray and ask him to take the lead in your life today.
Pray: Jesus, I believe that you died and rose again. I ask you to come into my life and be my Lord, my Saviour and my friend. Amen.
If I want to go to London then I will not get on a train to Scotland, because that is the wrong direction! [Use places more relevant to your location!] Likewise, if I want to see God do amazing miracles in my life and the life of others then I won’t start doing the wrong things that pull me away from Him. I will want to do those things that help me get to know Jesus such as reading my bible, prayer, and coming to church. If I want to see my friends following Jesus, people around me getting healed and people being set free then I will first give my whole life to Jesus.
1. Where do you want to be in one year? Five years? Ten years?
2. What do you need to do now to get to where you want to be?
3. What is God saying to you today?
4. What do you want to do differently after today?
5. What do you want to remember from today?
It all starts with what you are doing now… will you be someone that follows Jesus? Will you be in the right place to meet who He wants you to meet?
Pray: Father God, help me to be someone that stays on the right track, following You. Thank You Jesus that You show me how to keep doing right and to never give up. Amen.
SEARCH the Scriptures:
Bible Verse Scram. Print off the verses below (without the bible references) and place them individually on the floor. Children get into teams of two and are given a bible to share. You will shout out the bible reference and the children must find it in their bibles. Then they will run to find and grab the bible verse from the floor.
You may want to have multiple copies (depending on how generous you are to give out team points!)
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8.
For I the Lord do not change. Malachi 3:6.
God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? Numbers 23:19.
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:8.
If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself. 2 Timothy 2:13.
Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast. Psalm 119:90.
The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations. Psalm 33:11.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23.
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Psalm 34:8.
1. What do these verses say about God?
2. What do they make you feel towards Him?
SENSE How You Feel:
Say: Think about how it would feel for Ruth to realise that God was faithful to her… even though she was a Moabite and not an Israelite.
Think about how God is faithful to you as you do one of the activities below:
1) Make the Ruth barley craft
2) Create a large barley fields picture display with real wheat
3) Make your own wheat snack or encourage the children to make some and have the children collect it in cups, pass it around and eat together. Use different cereals to mix together.
4) Create the Ruth Gathering Wheat craft
5) Create the folding craft stick craft – with the words ‘Friends Stick Together’ on them.