July Monthly Tips

BIG IDEA:

Love – Caring for others no matter who they are.

MEMORY VERSE:

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39

LARGE GROUP TIPS

Our theme this month is EPIC LOVE. We’ll still be utilizing all of the neon, glow-in-the-dark decorating we did for June. For creative ideas for hallways, check-in tables, stage decor and music, see June Large Group Tips.

There are two weeks this month where we have written in EPIC acts into hosting instead of a game. This can be anything from a fire breather, juggler, great magic tricks, local break dancer. You can do an internet search for local entertainment acts in your city and see what works for your church.
 
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June Monthly Tips

BIG IDEA:

Trust – Knowing you can always count on God.

MEMORY VERSE:

“For I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I
entrust my life.” Psalm 143:8

LARGE GROUP TIPS

Our theme for our summer curriculum is called EPIC. We’ll be teaching about EPIC Trust in June (EPIC Love in July.) Our entrances, hallways, greeter check-in tables, volunteer rooms and large group stages will be decked out with black backdrops and neon color/paint, glow necklaces and bracelets, black lights and the kids summer t-shirts will glow in the dark. We will be purchasing LED sound activated bracelets that will beat in time to worship songs and our EPIC opener video.

For pre and post-show music this summer, we will be using karaoke tracks of songs that have a techno/electronic dance music feel. A lot of the games will have a “glow in the dark” element to them so having the ability to dim your stage and house lights will be helpful. Also, we will be using this $25 app to pick kids for the games.
 
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May Monthly Tips

BIG IDEA:

Honesty – Telling the truth.

MEMORY VERSE:

“The Lord detest lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful.” Proverbs 12:22

NOTE: May 22 is TRANSIT TEST DRIVE! 5th graders will not participate in large group on UpStreet on May 22. Instead they will travel to Transit, our middle school environment, for a preview. This will also be 5th graders last Sunday in UpStreet before they are promoted to Transit.

LARGE GROUP TIPS

Each week we’ll be playing a game called The Honest Truth (similar to Jimmy Fallon’s Box of Lie from The Tonight Show). On stage will be three boxes, each box will have an item inside (i.e., a tootsie roll inside a cup filled with Mountain Dew). The host will call up two kids (boy and girl) then describe the item in the box, sometimes correctly and sometime incorrectly, and the kids on stage (with the help of the audience) will have to determine if the host is telling the truth. Your host will just need to make sure they are clear on which items they should describe correctly versus which ones they should describe incorrectly (all labeled in the script).

In the scripts, where possible, we have avoided using the words liar, lie, or lying as many kids are asked not to use those words.
 
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April Monthly Tips

BIG IDEA:

Stewardship – Learning to treasure what matters most.

MEMORY VERSE:

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21

LARGE GROUP TIPS

For Stewardship this month, we’ll be playing STAY or PLAY all month. Each week, a People Picker app (download link in the script) will direct the host to a child in the audience. That child will get $5 to either keep (stay) or trade in (play) for a chance to win a bigger prize or a prize less than $5 in one of two boxes on stage. Be careful to read the first week’s instructions because the game is rigged Week 1 to ensure a child wins the “bigger” prize to persuade kids to play in subsequent weeks.

In the Bible story for Weeks 2, 3, and 4, we’ve written in a large group prop of 10 over-sized dimes. Options for the dimes, you could print a large image of a dime and adhere it to foam core or print an image of dime on a large silver plate charger. You will also need three containers on stage (big enough for the dimes to fit through the lid) to represent the Give, Save, Spend jars.

As a reminder, copyright and licensing laws restrict us from providing audio cues we have purchased. For most audio cues, you can conduct a Google search which will lead you to a variety of websites like iTunes, Amazon Digital Music, and iStock Audio from which you can purchase the audio cue.

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    March Monthly Tips

    BIG IDEA:

    Hope – Believing trouble won’t last forever.

    MEMORY VERSE:

    “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

    LARGE GROUP TIPS

    This month we’ll play the same game every week in hosting but with different game elements. You will need a Double Trouble team (people with squirt guns), so you’ll need to make sure you have a couple extra hands around during the game. This can be your worship leader or storyteller, etc. Every week you will also need a short edit of the Taylor Swift song “I Knew You Were Trouble.” January curriculum called for the very same cue in a Bible story so you should have this cue already.

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    February Monthly Tips

    LARGE GROUP TIPS:

    All month in hosting we’ll be playing a game called The Big Pyramid (a version of the $25,000 Pyramid game show). You will need to purchase the game from Crowd Control Games but we
    have arranged for you to do this at a discounted price. Crowd Control Games has agreed to make a customized version of this game for our scripts. So we will provide a link to you next month with the exact version of The Big Pyramid you will need to buy. Just for fun we’ve put a game show microphone in the hosting props. You can purchase that here.

    Week 1 – February 7

    You will need to purchase an cell phone ring audio cue for this week. But the the four videos listed in this week’s script will be provided. However, your storyteller for today will interact with the video so they will want to have them in advance so they can practice.

    Worship: Trust in You & God is With Us (both will be provided)

    Week 2 – February 14

    There is a TON of interaction between the Host and Storyteller this week. Your Hosts need to be prepared to have a MAJOR role in the Bible Story. While the script makes reference to playing The Big Pyramid Game during the Bible Story, you won’t actually play the game like is done in hosting. We will provide a CG of the “Prayer-amid” categories and then the host will play the game using a cue card.

    Worship: Trust in You & God is With Us

    Week 3 – February 21

    This week’s script calls for a giant prayer cube on stage that can spin while the storyteller is explaining how Jesus taught us how to pray. Easiest thing to do would be to get a square packing box from a hardware store and put it on an inexpensive Lazy Susan tray. You can spray paint the box and then hand draw, trace or have large stickers printed with the four images used in the story. The image graphics will be provided with the monthly artwork.

    Worship: My Help Comes From You & Trust in You (both provided)

    Week 4 – February 28

    For this week’s story you will need the storyteller to pantomime the story of Jonah as told by a voice over audio cue. The stage direction is all included in the script and there are props you will need to purchase.

    Worship: My Help Comes From You & Trust in You (both provided)

    SMALL GROUP TIPS

    Week 1 – February 7

    K-1 OA: – 1 cell phone shaped eraser per small group

    K-1 BSR: SGL will have to help the kids assemble the speech bubbles by cutting them out and taping them that they will use to review the Bible story

    K-1 BLR: The kids will be assembling their very own phones – be sure to leave enough time to get to this activity.

    2-4 OA: You may want to actually play this game with your leaders to show them how it’s supposed to play out. Remember the idea is to get a message across.

    2-4 BSR: – 1 beanbag per group

    Kids will review the story as they try to be the first to grab the beanbag when they know the answer.

    2-4 BLR: Kids will be making a spinner as they talk through different ways and times they can talk to God. Be sure to leave time to get to this activity.

    5th EA and OA: Kids will be making paper footballs since today is the Super Bowl!

    Week 2 – February 14

    K-5th EA: We would like to have a box of candy hearts to share with the group. Below is a note about a gluten-free option.

    *Also note the activity page that is included to put on your greeter tables to let parents know we will be eating conversation hearts today.

    Sweethearts Conversation Hearts.

    These tiny confections with the cute sayings on them (like “Be Mine,” “New Love” and “Dream”) are made by Necco, and are considered gluten-free. When buying conversation hearts, make sure to steer clear of Brach’s or Mayfair’s versions of the same candy, as those are not considered gluten-free.

    K-1 BSR: Kids will be making paper cup telephones. SGL will have to help with the majority of this. Each kid will have 2 cups attached with string.

    K-1 BLR: Kids will use their cups for this activity and they need a bottom line sticker for one of them. You will need emoji stickers to show the different times that we talk to Jesus – sad, happy, excited, scared.

    2-4 BSR: Kids will be playing a game like -“we are going on a picnic” only they will be coming up with all the different times that they can talk to God as they go through the alphabet. Be sure that all your leaders are familiar with this.

    2-4 MVR:

    Review how to play this game called GOTCHA! The idea is that something will not be correct in the verse and the kids have to figure out what it is.

    5th EA: Kids will be having a competition to see how far they can shoot a rubber band. Might want to have a few extra rubber bands on hand in case a group loses theirs.

    Week 3 – February 21

    K-5th BSR: The kids will be making a prayer cube just like the one that was given out in KidStuf as the Take-out. This will hopefully reinforce what we are teaching all the way around.

    2nd-5th OA: The kids will be learning how to make a paper cup out of a plain piece of paper that they can actually drink out of. You will need a bottle of water for this as well – cause it’s no fun unless you can try it out! 🙂

    Week 4 – February 28

    K-1 BSR: Each group will need a large round dark blue plastic tablecloth that they will use for the rest of the activities for the day.

    January Monthly Tips

    All month long we are talking about the big idea of FRIENDSHIP. We want to play off of the “ship” in friend–ship in a fun, super cool kind of way. We want kids to “get on the boat” and be good friends. We want to ask them, “Who’s Your Crew?” and challenge them to think about the kinds of friends they choose in life.

    LARGE GROUP TIPS:

    To give some additional language around explaining the Big Idea this month, the host will be playing a quick–paced game called Sail or Bail. The idea is the host will set–up a short scenarioabout friends with multiple choice answers around what a good friend would do. The kids will yell Sail (being a good friend) or Bail (not being a good friend) after the host reads the answers.This host should breeze through this fairly quickly since there is also a standard weekly game.

    We are also launching a new song from our SHOUT CD this month in worship. Be sure you give your worship teams some time in advance to learn it.

    Week 1 – January 3

    Hosting: The small groups should get the game card and pencil/marker with them BEFORE they come into large group. The game questions are different based on younger (K–2) and older (3–5), so be sure you have printed the appropriate questions for the small group leader. If your environment has K–5 together, just pick the set of questions that you feel most comfortable with but we would suggest that you aim for your older audience.

    You will also need two song clips edited to a particular time code. You can do this in iTunes. You need a very childish version of Row, Row, Row Your Boat edited to just include the phrase “row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream…” And then you need an clip of Styx’s Come Sail Away edited to the time code of 4:53-5:05 so that is just includes a high-energy version of “come sail away, come sail away, come sail away with me…

    Worship: Shout and We Are the Ones (from our new North Point Kids SHOUT album, both provided)

    Bible Story: In addition to other props for the story, you’ll need a table and supplies to make ice cream sundaes this week

    Week 2 – January 10

    Hosting: For today’s game you will need a pack of Bean Boozled jelly beans. There is a link provided in the script for ordering online. You don’t need the actual Bean Boozled game board, just the pack of jelly beans.

    Worship: Shout and We Are the Ones (from our new North Point Kids SHOUT album, both provided)

    Bible Story: Today you will need a table and supplies to make hot chocolate. But some of the supplies will need to be close to empty, so becareful to either empty the contents or have your storyteller and host fake like the contents are gone.

    Week 3 – January 17

    Hosting: For the game, groups will try to stand up together, while circled up back–to–back, arms linked. It should like this: youtube.

    Younger Worship: Nothing Better and Your Love is Like WOW (from our new North Point Kids SHOUT album, both provided)

    Older Worship: Rooftops and Your Love is Like WOW (from our new North Point Kids SHOUT album, both provided)

    Bible Story: This week’s story has a large portion that is live–storytelling over video footage. We’ve written the script so that portion can be read out of a binder, but you will want to make sure your storyteller has advanced access to the video in order to work with timing between the video and the binder–reading.

    Week 4 – January 24

    Hosting: Today’s game is Name that Sound. We’ve compiled a list of sound effects for both Younger and Older grades. You will need to purchase the sound effects for your ministry. We purchase sound effects from a variety of places like iTunes, Amazon, or iStock.

    Younger Worship: Nothing Better and Your Love is Like WOW (from our new North Point Kids SHOUT album, both provided)

    Older Worship: Rooftops and Your Love is Like WOW (from our new North Point Kids SHOUT album, both provided)

    Bible Story: Today’s message involves a couple “acting” vignettes between the Host and Storyteller and various props for those segments. Also, we’ve written both a Younger and Older scenario, so if all your kids are together be sure you edit the script to include only one scenario.

    Week 5 – January 31

    Hosting: Kids will be picked to eat gummy worms tied to a string on a fishing pole (or dowel rod). Be sure to ask regarding any allergies.

    Younger Worship: Nothing Better and Your Love is Like WOW (from our new North Point Kids SHOUT album, both provided)

    Older Worship: Rooftops and Your Love is Like WOW (from our new North Point Kids SHOUT album, both provided)

    Bible Story: You will need to purchase two songs, Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” and Pharrell’s “Happy” and edit them down to highlight a particular phrase. You can do this in iTunes. For “I Knew You Were Trouble,” you will need 1:06–1:11. For “Happy,” you will need 1:18–1:24.

    SMALL GROUP TIPS

    Starting this month, we have created a separate curriculum for 5th grade in order to transition them to more of a discussion–based curriculum in Transit. So please take note of that when you are ordering supplies, there should be minimal supplies for 5th grade.

    Also – starting this month we are incorporating what we are calling our HIGH FIVE questions. These are included in the Early Arriver for small group leaders to easily engage with their kids when they first arrive. A couple will stay the same – but then the others we change up and keep
    fresh from week to week.

    Week 1 – January 3

    This will probably be a low Sunday since most kids are not back in school yet. Just a heads up when planning for supplies.

    K–5: You will notice in supplies for Opening Activity there are a couple of things that are listed to take to large group with you as well as a reminder at the end of Opening Activity.

    K–1 – BLR:

    • 20 pennies per small group
    • 1 – Dixie cup
    • 1 – Solo cup

    Kids are playing a game of “sink the boat.” This will be a super fun way to engage the kids as they apply the bottom line of treating others the way you want to be treated.

    2–4 – BLR: Kids are playing the same game – but they are in two teams so you will need a few more pennies.

    • 30 pennies per small group

    Week 2 – January 10

    This is typically a high attendance Sunday – so plan accordingly with your supplies.

    K–1 – BLR: The kids will be rowing a boat as they give examples of how good friends put each other first. They should be able to do this within the space of their small group area – with just a little bit of room for the person at the back of the line to move to the front and the whole group scoots to make room for that person.

    K–1 – MVR: Coaches/Leaders may want to sing the tune of Row, row, row your boat for your SGL to be able to know how to lead the kids when they get to MVR.”Luke six, thirty one, – (Row, row, row, your boat) Sail the ocean blue – (gently down the stream) Do to others as you would– (merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily) Have them do to you!” (life is but a dream)

    2–4 – BSR: Give your leaders a heads up that they will be competing against their small group to answer all the Bible story review questions this week. Should be a fun competition.

    Week 3 – January 17

    K–4 – BSR: The kids will be feeling what it was like to carry a friend just a few feet inside their small group rug in Bible Story Review. Give leaders a heads up on this – they loved it the last time we did it!

    K–1 – BLR: Have your leaders take notice that each task shows the required amount of players for each task. Try to pick different kids for each round so that everyone gets a chance to participate.

    2–4 – MVR: You will need 2 dice for this activity as the kids try and complete the memory verse with how many they roll on the die.

    Week 4 – January 24

    K–5: All the kids will be making paper airplanes in Early Arriver. K–1 will have an activity page that
    has a template to make one.

    2nd–5th: can make their very own. The kids will be having a flying competition in Opening Activity so prepare your leaders for this! Think through the best way to facilitate it for your rooms.

    K–1 – BLR: The kids will be talking through WHO they need forgive and WHAT they need to forgive that person for. Be sure that your leaders have a heads up on this and encourage them to share a time when they had to forgive with their kids.

    2–4 – BLR: The kid will be writing the same thing down in 2–4 and then ripping it up throwing it away to symbolize that we don’t have to carry that hurt around with us when we choose to forgive.You will notice that prayer is moved right after BLR this week so that the group can pray and ask God to help to choose to forgive.

    This week will end with the MVR.

    Week 5 – January 31

    K–1 – BSR: The Kids will be having a competition with balloons – you will need 2 blown up for this activity

    K–1 – BLR: Be sure to walk through this activity with your leaders so they are clear on how to mark on the kids fingers to get the right outcome. “Good” – inside of thumb finger “Friends” – inside of pinky finger “Are” – ring finger (next to pinky) “Important” – top of hand (turn their hand over, opposite of the palm) Now, show them how to put each finger down as you say the bottom line. After the word “Are” (at that point, you will have a peace sign) flip your hand upside down to show “important” and the “peace sign” will look like walking fingers. End it with your fingers walking while saying “So, you gotta walk with the wise!”

    K–1 – MVR: The kids will need 1 balloon for this activity. Probably needs to be in addition to the 2 balloons for BSR

    2–5 – EA: Who’s your Crew? Be sure that the kids have plenty of time to work on this – they will use it later in BLR as they really talk through why it’s important to have good friends.

    2–5 – OA: 2 decks of cards are needed to play War.

    2–4 – BLR: You will need labels for this activity.

    2–5 – MVR:

    • You will need these labels for this activity
    • you will also need Dixie cups – 24 total
    • 5th grade – Solo cups – 24 total

    December Monthly Tips

    *** WE DO NOT HAVE SERVICES THE WEEK BETWEEN CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS (DECEMBER 27) SO THERE IS NO CURRICULUM PROVIDED FOR THAT WEEK.

    For this month, since every Bottom Line is “Jesus is the light of the world,” we’ve planned to build a light-up Bible story prop that will stay on stage the entire month. You will notice that each week we highlight a certain word from the prop. So our props will be routed into the lighting boards in our room to allow for easy control for our tech volunteers. If that is not an option for your children’s environment, a similar prop could be made using pallet wood, light-up marquee letters, or have the phase outlined in strands of Christmas light and controlled by a remote controlled outlet or extension cord.

    LARGE GROUP TIPS:

    December 6 – Week 1

    For the game, you’ll need two poles wrapped in Christmas lights for Christmas limbo.
    Worship:

    • The Little Light (Amber Sky Records)
    • A new North Point Ministries Christmas song we are creating

    December 13 – Week 2

    For the game this week, you’ll need to preorder 5-6′ tall stockings.
    Worship:

    • Joy to the World (provided)
    • New Christmas song (provided)

    December 20 – Week 3

    For the game this week, you’ll need a fast version of 12 Days of Christmas. We use a version by Relient K.
    Worship:

    • Joy to the World (provided)
    • New Christmas song (provided)

    SMALL GROUP TIPS

    December 6 – Week 1

    K–1 – EA  – The kids will be creating a Christmas tree out of play-doh and decorating it tiny pom-poms, beads and/or buttons.  You will need a Christmas tree cookie cutter for this activity. Here is an example of a cookie cutter to purchase – feel free to find your own.

    K–5
    The bottom line this week is Jesus is the LIGHT of the world so we will be using flashlights for multiple activities for both K-1 and 2-5 this week.  Be sure to have one flashlight available per small group in their curriculum as well as extra batteries and flashlights if needed.

    K–5 – BLR – You will notice a reference to JumpStart in BLR this week in curriculum.  JumpStart is a Gospel presentation we do for parents and kids about once a month after church.  For more information on our JumpStart presentation, see our resource called We Believe.

    We will be briefly talking about JumpStart as part of our Bottom Line Review today to let kids know that JumpStart can help answer any questions about faith and what it looks like to have a relationship with Jesus.  **Be sure to talk through this with your leaders and ask them to follow the wording in curriculum so we all communicate the same thing.

    **We will be handing parents a JumpStart card as they arrive to pick up their kids today.  There is a note in curriculum to prompt your Coaches. Please make sure your leaders are aware of your next JumpStart dates so they can clearly communicate that to parents that inquire.

    December 13 – Week 2

    K–1 – We will be using hula hoops for multiple activities this week.

    K–1 – Opening Activity
    We will be using jingle bells for this activity.  Be sure to walk through the activity with your leaders so they are clear on how to tie the jingle bells to the hula hoops.  Here is a link to an option for jingle bells.

    K–5 – Bottom Line Review
    JESUS is the light of the world – light switch cling – 1 per kid
    Order these from a local printer.  cling with Jesus is the light of the world printed with glow-in-the dark materials.

    2–5 – Bible Story Review
    Kids will be playing a game like “Guess who?” where they will be trying to figure out what part they play in the Christmas story.

    December 20 – Week 3

    K–5 – Opening Activity
    During this activity the kids will learn the motions to the 12 Days of Christmas.  It’s super important that you take time to focus on this even if you don’t do the Early Arriver so that your kids can participate in large group.

    After Large Group

    We will all have a party to celebrate Jesus’ birthday.  Here are a few things that you will need to order or think through:

    Photo Booth – you will need to have some kind of backdrop and costumes for the kids to dress up quickly and be a part of the nativity for a photo op.  Coaches will need to lead the room in small groups taking turns to have a picture together.  Here are some options:

    • Options for backdrops:
    • Nativity Masks:
    • You may already have a lot of this stuff from past Christmases:
      • Use wigs/beards/staffs or cane for your wisemen/Joseph
      • Baby doll wrapped in cloth for Baby Jesus
      • Cloth to wrap Mary and Joseph

    Decide on what you will be serving for the birthday celebration.  Everyone will get their cupcake/cookie and as a group sing Happy Birthday Jesus before you all eat together.  It is written in curriculum to use the Little Debbie snack Christmas cakes.

    Be sure to have a yummy allergy/gluten-free option for those kids that cannot have a Christmas cake.  We want this to be fun for everyone!

    ** We included a couple of activities after large group to help fill time if needed

    November Monthly Tips

    Every November our churches launch our annual Be Rich campaign, which is a giving and serving initiative. Derived from 1 Tim. 6:18, “be rich in good deeds,” the campaign encourages attenders at our six Atlanta–area campuses and church partners to give financially and commit volunteer hours to local non–profit partners. To learn more about the Be Rich initiative, you can visit HowToBeRich.org

    Given this church–wide initiative, the Big Idea for November is Generosity which we define as: Love In Action. We will be encouraging the kids all month to, “show generosity by putting love in action” by giving and serving those around them. To help illustrate that point, we created the Give Squad! You will see that the Give Squad makes an appearance via video each week at the end of the Bible story giving kids one simple idea of how they could put love in action. However, the first week of Nov features a video launching our Wheel of Ideas, which is a fun, online application kids and families can use to generates ideas of how they an put love in action.

    The Wheel of Ideas will live on a specific webpage (address to come at a later date) so you could use the language in your children’s environments. However, with very few edits, the curriculum can stand alone if you choose to remove this language from the scripts.

    You’ll notice the worship team comes out in Give Squad branded t–shirts each hosting segment this month to give something away. We have provided you with the art file if you would like to create your own shirt, however, it is not crucial to the hosting segment.

     


     

    Large Group Tips

     

    November 1 – Week 1

    Hosting
    As a show of generosity, our hosts this week will be giving away a branded yoyo to every FIRST TIME visitor. The actual “prize” is not related to anything else in the script so you could choose anything fun and cool to give away.

    Worship
    Give It Away (GroupMusic)
    Movin’ Me (Amber Sky)
    Can’t Stop Singing (Amber Sky)
    Tell the World (provided)

    Bible Story
    You will need a box large enough for your host to comfortably sit in, like a refrigerator box or wardrobe moving box,  and you will want to make sure your host and storyteller have some time to rehearse since this story requires more props and movement than might be normal.

    November 8 – Week 2

    Hosting
    We’ve made a small group VIP area down front this week with water, popcorn, comfortable seating. The host will pick a random small group from the back to come up and enjoy the morning while sitting in style.

    Worship
    Give It Away (GroupMusic)
    Movin’ Me (Amber Sky)
    Can’t Stop Singing (Amber Sky)
    Tell the World (provided)

    Bible Study
    There are no special instructions for this week.

    November 15 – Week 3

    Hosting
    A few times a year we like to show our small group leaders some appreciation and let them know how grateful we are that they serve. This week in hosting, the Host is giving the small group leaders some “time off” during large group. Only during the worship though. The small group leaders will exit the room where they will find 100 Grand and Take Five candy bars waiting for them.

    Worship
    Your Love is Like WOW (provided)
    Movin’ Me (Amber Sky)
    Can’t Stop Singing (Amber Sky)

    Bible Study
    There are no special instructions for this week.

    November 22 – Week 4

    Hosting
    Same VIP area as Week 2.

    Worship
    Your Love is Like WOW (provided)
    Movin’ Me (Amber Sky)
    Can’t Stop Singing (Amber Sky)
    Tell The World (provided)

    Bible Study
    There are no special instructions for this week.

    November 29 – Week 5

    Hosting
    Every kid will get a slap bracelet this day. You can find these at many party supply retailers online. You can also get them branded with a logo pretty cheaply if you desire.

    Worship
    Your Love is Like WOW (provided)
    Give It Away (GroupMusic)
    Movin’ Me (Amber Sky)
    Can’t Stop Singing (Amber Sky)

    Bible Study
    There are no special instructions for this week.

     


     

    Small Group Tips

     

    November 1 – Week 1

    • K–1 – OA  – The kids will be playing a game using buttons, tokens or other small objects – just use what you have for this.
    • K– 1 – BLR – The kids will be using play-doh today. You will need 1 small container per child and just cheap paper plates for them to keep their play–doh on while they are making their creations. Also – be sure to have sharpened pencils available (1 per child) for them to use to carve a picture in their play-doh.

    November 8 – Week 2

    • K–5th – Coaches(The following note is in curriculum in weeks 2 and 3.) At the end of the hour you will hand out a tattoo attached to the Love in Action card to each parent as they leave UpStreet today.
    • K– 5th – BLR – (The following note is in curriculum in weeks 2, 3 and 4.) All month long we are going to ask you to find different ways to be generous and put love into action. You could clean your brother’s room, make a card for a friend and leave it on their doorstep, be a friend to someone at school that doesn’t seem to have many friends, share a snack, or clean up the kitchen for your mom. After you put love in action, slap this tattoo on the top of your hand and have a parent take your picture. Then continue to look for ways to do it again.Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 2.54.16 PM
    • Heart tattoo – 1 per SGL

      Tattoos can be ordered through:

      Steve Budde
      Budde Promotions, LLC
      844-887-4708
      steve@buddepromotions.com

    • K–1 – BLR – Need some cheap glasses or goggles to play our game. Feel free to use sunglasses if you don’t have any handy.

    November 15 – Week 3

     Make note to save the change from offering for several weeks for the activities using money this week.

    • K–1 – EA – be sure to have plenty of regular sharpened pencils for this activity – the kids will be rubbing coins with the side of a pencil lead.
    • K–1 – OA – 1 penny per kid
    • K–1 – BSR – 50–75 pennies per group — In curriculum it’s listed that you need a bucket or pail for this activity– however you can use your pencil boxes or even your clipboards. The idea is just to be able to hear what is dropping.
    • 2–5 – OA – 2 pennies per group
    • 2–5 – BSR – 6 pennies per group
    • 2–5 – MVR – Be sure to go over this activity with your leaders. The kids will be using sticky fingers to pick up the memory verse and put it in order.

    November 22 – Week 4

    • K–1 – OA – The kids will be playing a super fun game of room Bingo. They have to collect all the pieces to their room to win. Super fun – but be sure your leaders are clear on how it works.
    • K–5 – BSR – The kids will be playing real live furniture for Bible story review this week. They will love it!
    • 2–5 – BLR – The kids are writing thank you notes this week to someone who isn’t expecting it. The cards will be an activity page so you don’t need to buy them.

    November 29 – Week 5

    •  K–5 – Coaches – bring your bags with bracelets to large group with you. These are slap bracelets that will be given out to every kid as part of large group.

      The bracelets were ordered from the following:

      Steve Budde
      Budde Promotions, LLC
      844-887-4708
      steve@buddepromotions.com

    • K–1 – BLR – The kids will be using erasable markers and styrofoam plates for this activity. Be sure to have wipes or tissues on hand to wipe it off each round. The SGL will be reading scenarios to the kids and they have to respond with a happy or sad face.
    • 2–5 – BLR – The kids will be tasting a sour candy like Warheads to show how ugly our faces can be when we don’t have the right attitude.

    October Monthly Tips

    This is going to be a great month as we are talking about the Big Idea of SELF-CONTROL – Taking a step back to choose how to act. All month long we are going to talk about how God wants all of us to choose to have self-control. When we lose control, it’s like we let the “monsters” inside of us leap out. We have to learn to cage those monsters and think before we act, react or go too far. Our monsters can show up in all kinds of ways like anger, gossip and jealousy. Many times they escape when we lose control of our words or overreact to a situation. So all month long we are going to learn to take a step back and choose how to act!

    Small Group Tips:

    • Each week this month, as a part of the Bottom Line Review activity we will have a mission or a challenge for the kids to do throughout the following week. We are calling them Monster Missions. This will be an opportunity for the kids to cage their inner monsters and have self control. Here is an example of Monster Mission #1: This week, whenever you feel angry, upset, or frustrated, stop what you are doing, take a step back and choose how to act!
    • You will also notice a note in curriculum right before Opening Activity in weeks 2 and 3 to follow up with the kids and ask them how they did on their missions.

    October 4 – Week 1 – 2-5 – BSR

    You will be taping out a tic-tac-toe board on the floor and playing a game of human tic-tac-toe as you review the Bible story. Have enough masking tape so that your leaders can jump right in after Bible story and perhaps even tape it out for them while they are in large group. **You will use masking tape multiple times this month.

    October 11 – Week 2 – 2-5 – OA

    Be sure to go over this activity with your leaders so they feel ready to go on this game. Super fun game of blowing the Kleenex over the line! **You will need straws multiple times this month so be sure to lump your numbers all together for all activities before purchasing.

    October 18 – Week 3 – K-1 – EA

    The kids will be making mouths with a paper plate and a tongue that they will staple inside. Just be sure you have a visual of this for your leaders. It’s always easier when you can see where you are headed.

    October 18 – Week 3 – K-1 – EA

    Be sure to go over the memory verse activity with your leaders. It’s not difficult but again will be easier if they see it demonstrated. The kids are all just slapping their hands on top of each other when they say a word in the memory verse as if they are in a team huddle.

    October 25 – Week 4 – Monster Mash

    Today is going to look a little different – things get a little crazy, and you will notice that curriculum is not the norm and here’s the reason why. We are having a unique Sunday – what we are going to call “Monster Mash.” The purpose of “Monster Mash” is for small group leaders to have some intentional time to connect relationally with the kids in their group. We believe something great happens in a group when strong bonds of friendship and trust are made. We have designed this day to encourage lots of conversation so that leaders can get to know the kids better in their group and they can form friendships with one another. So get ready for a little crazy and A LOT OF FUN!

    • You will notice Monster Balloons that are listed multiple times in curriculum this week for both large group and small group. You can order custom balloons online with the Monster Mash logo or you can look online for balloons with monster faces on them.
    • Throughout curriculum this week, you will notice a lot of links to different items that we will use for the Monster Mash. This is only for a reference so you have an idea of what we are talking about.

    Photo Booth Ideas – here are a few ideas to incorporate into your photo booths.

    Other ideas for photo booth:
    Some type of backdrop – Boas, Monster themed picture frames (empty center)


    Large Group Tips:

    October 4 – Week 1

    For this week’s game you’ll need movie clips that illustrate a character losing their battle with self-control. Kids will then identify the character name and movie title of that clip. In our large group script you will see the movie titles and time codes of the clips we’ll be using. Unfortunately, due to copyright law, we are not able to provide the actual clips. However, your ministry can use any clip from a movie your church or ministry area has purchased.

    October 11 – Week 2

    There are two audio cues listed in this week’s script that your team will need to purchase. They are used in the game as background music. We will be using the chorus of each song but they are not crucial to the game and any fun game music will work fine.

    October 18 – Week 3

    No special notes or instructions for this week

    October 25 – Week 4 – Monster Mash

    As previously mentioned, this is a themed-day for our campuses where we suspend normal Sunday programming for a fun day for small group leaders to connect relationally with their kids. So there will be no worship songs or Bible story for this day. We will theme out our stages with life-size cut outs of the monsters from curriculum.
    The items you will need to purchase for this script are:

    • One roll of industrial size paper towels per small group.
    • 10-12 balloons per small group. (You will see for our K-3rd graders we will provide balloons already inflated and tied. But our 4th and 5th graders will be required to blow up the balloon as part of the game.)
    • We are giving the winning small group movie passes to a local theater. (This particular prize is not crucial to the morning.)