Power Text Activities Q3-2019
Lesson 1, July 6, 2019
“Noah did everything just as God commanded him” (Genesis 6:22)
Write each of the following sentences on a strip of paper and add to a sack/container:
Noah preached about God, just like God commanded.
Noah listened to God’s plan, just like God commanded.
Noah followed the plans for the ark, just like God commanded.
Noah built the ark, just like God commanded.
Noah made the ark three stories high, just like God commanded.
Noah built the ark with one door, just like God commanded.
Noah used Gopher wood to build the ark, just like God commanded.
Noah believed God would send rain, even though he had never seen it, just like God commanded.
Noah sealed the ark with pitch, just like God commanded.
Noah prepared for all the animals, just like God commanded.
Noah preached for 120 years, just like God commanded.
Noah worked with His three sons, just like God commanded.
Noah’s family entered the ark with him, just like God commanded.
Noah trusted God’s plan, just like God commanded.
You can add any other facts about Noah’s obedience; but just make sure you have one for each child or ‘group’ of kids.
Each child should run to the container, take a strip, and read it aloud to the class. After each child reads their strip, the class responds with shouting: ”Noah did everything just as God commanded him!” The teacher then shouts, “Genesis 6:22!”
The child then runs back to his or her seat, and the next child runs to the front, repeating the pattern above. Continue until every child has had an opportunity for a turn.
Lesson 2, July 13, 2019
“The Lord then said to Noah, ‘Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation’” (Genesis 7:1).
Divide the class in half, and line the students up in two lines facing each other. Have two students at the beginning of each line come into the center of the rows (one at a time for smaller classes), and as the children say the power text, they should move down the line. They then join their lines at the end, and two different students move down the row as the other students say: “Then the Lord said to Noah, ‘Go into the ark, you and your whole family . . .’“ The two students STOP and ask, “Why?” The class continues with, “’because I have found you righteous in this generation,’” as the two students finish the row and join the end of the line.
Repeat until all students have walked down the row.
Lesson 3, July 20, 2019
“For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:9, 11).
Divide the class in half, with one half sitting and one half standing. Ask the students who are standing to greet each of the students who are sitting with a handshake. As they greet each of the “sitting” students, they should say, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up,” The “sitting” students then respond with, “just as in fact you are doing.” Each student should repeat this until every sitting student has been greeted.
Lesson 4, July 27, 2019
“Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth” (Genesis 9:16).
You’ll need to distribute crayons or colored markers and sheets of white paper.
On the board, write the power text divided into seven parts:
1. Whenever the rainbow
2. appears in the clouds
3. I will see it and remember
4. the everlasting covenant between God
5. and all living creatures
6. of every kind
7. on the earth
Ask each student or group of students to create a rainbow of “words” by writing each numbered piece of the power text with a different colored marker and in the shape of a semi-circle. When everyone is finished, recite the power text together.
Lesson 5, August 3, 2019
“The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him” (Exodus 15:2).
Display the power text in the classroom. Divide the students into four groups. Give each student a piece of paper and ask Group 1 to write STRENGTH and DEFENSE on their paper; Group 2: SALVATION; Group 3: PRAISE; Group 4: EXALT. Ask students to form a square with Group 1 forming one side of the square, Group 2 another, and Groups 3 and 4 the other two sides of the square.
Group 1 says: The Lord is my strength and defense (as they raise their signs).
Group 2 says: He has become my salvation (raising signs).
Group 3 says: He is my God, and I will praise him, (raise signs).
Group 4 says: My father’s God, and I will exalt him (raise signs).
Repeat several times, going faster or slower. Close by saying: Praise God for His power in our lives!
Lesson 6, August 10, 2019
“So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, ‘In the evening you will know that it was the Lord who brought you out of Egypt, and in the morning you will see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we, that you should grumble against us?’” (Exodus 16:6, 7).
Display the power text in the classroom. For this activity you can use your choice of flashlights, candles, room lights, closing eyes/blindfolds, or any other light source.
Say: Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites . . . (turn lights off, don blindfolds, blow out candles, etc.) and class repeats together: “In the evening you will know that it was the Lord who brought you out of Egypt, (turn on lights, open eyes, light candles, take off blindfolds, etc.)
Class repeats together: “and in the morning you will see the glory of the Lord.” Repeat multiple times until class can say it from memory.
Close by saying: Praise God for showing us His love all the time, in dark times and light times!
Lesson 7, August 17, 2019
“May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests” (Psalm 20:5).
Divide class into two groups. Provide markers and a long strip of paper for each group to make one “group” banner OR individual papers to be taped together to form one large banner. Instruct students to write the power text on each banner (or one to two words of the power text on each individual paper and then tape pieces together to form banner).
When each banner is completed, each group lines up facing the other with each student holding part of the banner. Instruct students to squat down, holding banner in front of them. As Group 1 stands and SHOUTS: “May we shout for joy over your victory; Group 2 answers by lifting their banner above their heads and saying: “and will lift up our banners in the name of our God.”
Repeat several times, with each side repeating both parts of the power text.
Close by saying: We worship God when we give thanks for the victories in our lives.
Lesson 8, August 24, 2019
“Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them” (Exodus 25:8).
In advance, print off a picture of a temple or sanctuary—one for every three to five students. On the back write the memory verse, cut the picture into ten or more pieces, and place them in a plastic bag.
Give each three to five students one of the bags, and some clear tape. Ask them to piece the picture together, tape it, and turn it over to reveal the memory verse. Repeat it together.
If you have individual pictures of your class members or a group picture that you can use, you can do the above activity with that picture, explaining to the students that WE are God’s sanctuary and He promised us to fill us with His Spirit the way he filled up the Temple with His presence.
Lesson 9, August 31, 2019
”Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, ‘We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it’” (Numbers 13:30).
In advance, prepare two signs with the name CALEB on one and MOSES on the other. On the back of the CALEB sign write the words of the power text. Invite one of the students to stand in front of the class and hold the sign labeling them as MOSES. Hand the CALEB sign to one of the students, instructing him/her to choose another student to bring to the front of the classroom and stand in front of Moses. The student with the CALEB sign then says (reading from the back of the sign): ”SILENCE! We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” The sign is then passed to the student standing in front of MOSES, who takes the sign, chooses another student from the class to come stand in front of MOSES and repeat the activity.
Repeat until each student has the opportunity to play the part of Caleb, then recite the power text together as a class to end the activity.
Lesson 10, September 7, 2019
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2).
Prepare in advance an equal number of name tags that read HUMBLE, GENTLE, PATIENT. Make sure there are enough tags for everybody. Display the power text in your class room. Distribute the name tags and ask the students to place them so that they are visible to one another. Circle the chairs or sit in a circle. Recite the power text together and as you say “humble,” ask all the students with a HUMBLE name tag to stand; as you say “gentle,” all those students stand; and when “patient” is recited, those students will stand. Repeat several times going faster with each round. Close the exercise by discussing what it means to bear “with one another in love.”
Lesson 11, September 14, 2019
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).
Divide the class into four equal groups. Give each group one part of the power text: 1) Be strong and courageous. 2) Do not be afraid. 3) Do not be discouraged. 4) For the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Give each group two minutes to create moves or motions that best illustrate their part of the text. At the end of the two minutes, ask each group to act out their part while you recite the words that match their actions. If you have the time, repeat the activity, giving each group a different part of the text. If you have a small class, have the class create actions for the entire text.
Close by asking: “What would be different for you if you remembered that God is with you every day, everywhere?”
Lesson 12, September 21, 2019
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5, 6).
In advance, place on the wall of your classroom a large heart with the word GOD written on it. Create a tower from boxes or paper bags. Put a large sign on the tower reading YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING. Invite the students one at a time to come and “lean on” the tower. Following each students attempt, rebuild the tower and offer another student a turn. Invite the class to come one at a time and “lean” on the heart sign. After each student has taken a turn, discuss the difference in leaning on YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING vs. the wall with the GOD sign. Read the power text to the class. Ask: “How do you think this activity helps you to understand these words from God?”
Close by repeating the power text together.
Lesson 13, September 28, 2019
"But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).
In advance, prepare a handout for each student as follows:
Please choose ONE of the following in each category.
_______________Pasta ________________Cold Cereal
“Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve . . . But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Give each student one of the “choice sheets,” ask them to complete it by choosing only ONE in each category. Allow one minute to complete choices and ask them to choose a partner and share why they made the choices they did. Allow two minutes for sharing.
Say: “Each day we make hundreds of little choices, just like the ones on this paper. Each of our choices says lots about us and determines the direction of our lives. Even the friend you chose as your partner today reveals who you might enjoy spending time with!
“Let’s recite the power text together, again. Now get back together with your partner and talk about how this text is like the other choices you made on your choice sheet.”
Close by repeating the power text and reminding the students that each day, in large ways and small, we need to choose to serve and worship the Lord.