Lesson 1, April 6, 2019
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).
You’ll need: a large, heavy object for each 10 students (e.g., cinderblock, heavily loaded backpack/sack/satchel). Also a self-stick label and pen for each student.
Provide each student with a self-stick address label and a pen. Each student should write their name followed by the word “burden” (e.g., Jackie’s burden).
Write the power text in large letters on whiteboard for the class to see.
Divide the class in half, with each half standing to face the other half, forming a “gauntlet.” (Or form several facing lines of no more than 10 persons per line.) Place a “burden” at the feet of the first person on one side of the line (Person #1). That person places their sticker on the “burden,” and the person directly opposite Person #1 picks up the burden, carries it to the classroom door and back again, placing it at the feet of the next person in line on the opposite side (Person #2), while the class recites the power text together.
Person #2 places their sticker on the “burden” and the person across from him/her repeats the activity. At the end of the line, repeat in the opposite way, so that the students who carried now attach their stickers, and the students opposite carry the “burden.” Repeat until all the stickers are attached to the “burden.”
Lesson 2, April 13, 2019
“Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality” (Romans 12:13).
You’ll need: Sliced fruit, pen and paper for each student.
Bring a plate of sliced fruit, making sure there is one for each student.
Provide a slip of paper and pen to each student. Each student should write their name on the paper, fold it, and place it in a container. Mix the names up and have each student draw a name out of the container. (Have them draw again if they choose their own name.)
Write the power text in large letters on the whiteboard for the class to see.
Encourage each student to take a piece of fruit and serve the student whose name they drew. As they offer the fruit, they should repeat the power text. Close with the class repeating the verse in unison.
Lesson 3, April 20, 2019
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
You’ll need: a piece of construction paper, tape, and a pen for each student.
Give each student a piece of construction paper and a pen. Instruct students to write “HOLY SPIRIT” on the paper and then roll the paper into a “megaphone,” holding it together with a piece of tape.
Write the power text in large letters on a whiteboard for the class to see.
Circle the class around the perimeter of the room and instruct the students to turn to each other and whisper, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you . . .”
Then face the center of the room, use your megaphone and shout loudly “and you will be my witnesses to the ends of the earth.” Repeat several times, erase the first half of the verse from the board, repeat several times, erase the second half and repeat a few more times.
Lesson 4, April 27, 2019
“And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday” (Isaiah 58:10).
Prepare in advance four large candles and a lighter, as well as copies of the power text for each student.
Darken the room. Gather everyone into a circle around the four large candles. Give each student a copy of the power text and ask them to read aloud, pausing at each break, following your lead. As the students repeat the verse in unison, do the following:
If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry (light one candle)
And satisfy the needs of the oppressed, (light one more candle)
Then your light will rise in the darkness (light one more candle)
And your night will become like noonday. (light the last candle)
Blow out the candles and repeat.
Close by saying: When we choose to faithfully serve others, it brings light into their lives, just as the candles light up our dark room here today.
Lesson 5, May 4, 2019
“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people” (Ephesians 6:7).
Prepare two halves of a large heart. On the first half write, “Serve wholeheartedly,” on the second half write, “as if you were serving the Lord, not people” and the reference. (For larger classes you’ll need a heart for every 10-12 students.) Divide the students into two relay teams.
Position students at opposite ends of the room or a long hallway and give each team a half of the heart. Place a table at a midway point between the two teams. The first student of each team will take the half of the heart and race to the midway point. The student with the first half will lay it down and loudly say: ”Serve wholeheartedly!”
The student from the other team will lay his half next to the first half and say: “as if you were serving the Lord, not people” Ephesians 6:7. Each one will then grab their half, race back, relay it to the next person in line and repeat the process until everyone has had a turn. If there is enough time, let them repeat the game.
Lesson 6, May 11, 2019
”Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift” (Matthew 5:23, 24).
Prepare a gift-wrapped box. Divide the students into two teams, team 1 and team 2. Give each of the members of team 1 a paper with the following written on it: “First go and . . .” The second piece of paper is given to each member of team 2; it reads, “be reconciled to your brother.” Place a table at the front of the room with a sign that reads, “then come and offer your gift” (Matthew 5:24).
Position teams at opposite sides of the room, the table in the front, and the wrapped gift in the back of the room. At your signal, one member of Team 1 loudly says, “First go and . . .” as he moves to the other side of the room and links arms with a member of Team 2. As the two students link arms, the member of Team 2 says, “be reconciled to your brother.” The two stay linked together as they retrieve the gift from the back of the room, bring it to the table in the front, and repeat together, “then come and offer your gift” (Matthew 5:24). The pair then remains standing at the table as each member of the teams repeats the activity. After everyone has had a turn, ask everyone to repeat the entire power text in unison.
Lesson 7, May 18, 2019
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19, 20).
Prepare in advance construction paper, pencils, and scissors for each student. Have each student trace their foot/feet on the construction paper. (You’ll need 50 footprints, unless you write two or more words of the power text on each foot rather than only one.)
The students can either cut the footprint(s) out or leave them drawn on the paper. When the footprints are completed, assign one (or more) words of the power text, including the reference, to each student to write on his or her footprint.
Place the footprints all around the room in the order of the verse and then ask for volunteers to “walk” the path of the footprints as the class recites the verse together.
Lesson 8, May 25, 2019
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind” (John 1:1, 4).
Prepare in advance slender strips of paper with one to two words from the power text written on them. Place a strip inside a deflated balloon. Blow up 9 to12 balloons and tie securely.
Write the power text on a prominent location in your room. Scatter the balloons around the room. Upon your signal, tell the students to quickly find a balloon, burst it, and then assemble the wording in the proper order (using the text on the board as their guideline).
Once the verse is assembled, have the class read it together two or three times.
Lesson 9, June 1, 2019
“‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty’” (Revelation 1:8).
Write the power text on the board as follows:I am:
- the Alpha
- and the Omega,
- who is,
- and who was,
- and who is to come,
- the Almighty.
Acting as the “cheerleader,” say: The Lord God says, “I AM . . .”
The class responds: “the Alpha”
Leader: The Lord God says, “I AM . . . “
Class: “and the Omega”
Continue through the entire power text. Repeat twice.
Lesson 10, June 8, 2019
“To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne” (Revelation 3:21).
You’ll need: a plastic crown with jewels and a “throne.” (Create a throne by covering an ordinary chair with gold cloth or foil. A crown can be purchased at most party stores, or created from aluminum foil or gold paper.)
Call the students to the front where you have positioned the throne. Ask: (name) are you an overcomer? Student answers: Yes. Invite the student to take a seat on the throne as the class says in unison: To (name) who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on His throne.
(If you have a large class, provide two or three thrones and crowns and invite two or three students at once.)
Lesson 11, June 15, 2019
“Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:19, 20).
You’ll need: 25-30 balloons, strips of paper with word/phrases of the power text written on each one as follows:
Here I am,
at the door
Write the power text on a banner or whiteboard displayed in your room.
Insert a single strip of paper inside a deflated balloon. (If you do not want to use that many balloons, place more than one strip inside each balloon.) Inflate balloons and tie off the ends. Scatter the balloons throughout the room. Upon your signal, instruct the students to race to pop the balloons to discover the hidden words inside. When all the words have been retrieved, the students should assemble them in the correct order following the power text displayed in the classroom.
Lesson 12, June 22, 2019
“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being” (Revelation 4:11).
Ask the class to kneel in a circle around the room. Divide the circle into eight equal sections. Display the power text as follows:
- You are worthy,
- our Lord and God,
- to receive glory
- and honor and power,
- for you created all things,
- and by your will
- they were created
- and have their being.
Beginning with Section 1, go around the circle and as each section to stand as they recite their part of the verse and then kneel back down. Repeat several times until the class moves quickly and smoothly through the verse. Close with everyone kneeling and offer a short prayer of praise to the Creator.
Lesson 13, June 29, 2019
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38, 39).
Write the power text in large letters on a white board or poster board. Make a sign that says “God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord,” and place it on the wall opposite the students. In advance make large signs, each with one of the following words: LIFE, DEATH, ANGELS, DEMONS, PRESENT, FUTURE, POWERS, HEIGHT, DEPTH, ANYTHING IN CREATION.
Give the signs to 10 students. Line the rest of your students up opposite the God’s love sign, with the students holding the signs lined up in between the class and the “God’s love” sign.
Class says: I am convinced that neither life, nor death, neither angels nor demons . . . As the class calls out the words on the signs, the students holding those signs run away quickly, leaving nothing separating the students from God’s love. Repeat as time allows, giving each student the opportunity to carry a sign.