Small Group Activity! “Blind Find”

Howdy!  So I am working on choosing some small group activities from the video curriculum I have been asked to use this summer at my church’s children’s ministry.  I wasn’t too satisfied with any of the activities in Lesson 2, a lesson on Christians helping Christians obey God, so I thought I’d create my own.  Here is my rough draft of what I call, “Blind Find.”

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SMALL GROUP ACTIVITY (LESSON 2) – “Blind Find”

  • Materials Needed
    • blindfold
    • three different objects of any kind
    • kids (haha)
  • Setup
    • Have your small group of kids in a group about 10 yards (or however much room you have) away from the objects they will be seeking.
    • Put the three objects being sought right next to each other.
  • Procedure (*NOTE* Let the child look at the object before he/she puts blindfold on)
    • One child puts blindfold on
    • Child attempts to search for one specified object out of the three, with no help from anyone.
      • Let this go on for a minute or so, chuckle as needed.
    • Have child return to you.
    • Have child try again, but this time, his/her groupmates may help the child find the object!
    • (Repeat for each child, or however many you have time for)
  • What’s the point of this?
    • Many times, we know who God is and what He asks us to do, just like when you could see the [object] before you put your blindfold on.
    • But, because Adam sinned, we often want to sin more than do good (obey God).  Our sin sometimes blinds us from seeing who God is and what He commands us to do, just like the blindfold kept you from seeing where the [objects] were. [If time permits: Talk about how Jesus wasn’t “wearing a blindfold.”]
    • But then what happened?
    • When our friends helped us, we were able to better see where the objects were.
    • In the same way, other Christians can help us see who God is and obey Him.
      • This is called, “community.”
        • Community is, “Christians working together to know God better and help each other follow His commandments.” (Repeat definition with them saying it, they will memorize it in the 11am hour)
    • Christians were not made to follow Christ by themselves, without any friends to help them.
    • Christian friends, like your groupmates, should help each other become more like Jesus and also help each other know Him more.
  • Challenge:
    • This week, help a friend or family member learn about Jesus or obey God’s commandments–tell someone what you learned this week!
  • Pray:
    • That God would help you understand Him more, and that He would help you to be in community with other Christians.
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I hope you enjoyed reading my small group activity script!  Let me know if you have any suggestions, or see any typos.  :)

-Chris

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Don’t get caught up in logistics, apathetic people, or both.

Hey.  So it’s summertime and I’m loving it SO MUCH.  The beautiful weather got here just in time–it no longer feels like March, but it actually feels like May!  It’s gorgeous outside, and I even appreciate the rain, because it’s a 70-degree rain, not a 50-degree rain.

Currently, I am sitting in my room, in the corner that plays my office, listening to a Coldplay record, yes, a record on my record player.  For those of you who don’t know what that is, click here.   I got my record player for Christmas, and I love how the music sounds, all warbly and scratchy now and then.  Coldplay is a good kind of music to be heard on a record player… Owl City, not so much.  It is beautiful outside.  It has just raid and the setting sun is departing slowly  behind the houses across the street, as if to trade homes with the storms that rolled through earlier.

I am enjoying my children’s ministries internship thusfar.  I absolutely love stretching myself by taking the same message I am taught by pastors, the Gospel, and exploring new ways to teach it to kids.  It really forces me to simplify my terminology in such a way that I really discover what these big theological, or “Christianese,” words mean.  I will be writing a lesson every week for the 11am hour at church, and I will be sure to post it every Monday–Sunday is already occupied by the Sunday Psalm, so I will save my children’s lessons for Monday.

I know I am not in any professional or occupational ministry yet, but I would like to provide a word of advice for anyone in ministry or looking to go into ministry.  Don’t get so caught up in logistic and apathetic church members that you forget why you do what you do, or you dumb down, or weaken, your ministry.  Nothing is more crippling for a ministry than for its leader to get so caught up in activities and people pleasing that he or she loses focus of the purpose of the ministry.

Imagine the dismay if a shepherd got so caught up in the luster of his staff or the fleeting emotions of his sheep that much of his flock wandered off or were devoured by a pack of hungry wolves.

Who cares what kind of shape your staff is in if you don’t have any use for it?

The point I’m trying to get across is a simple one.  Don’t become so focused on whatever ministry you’re a part of, and do not become so focus on the people that you’re serving, that you forget who you’re ultimately serving, and why you’re serving Him.

It’s so easy for us, myself included, to make ministry a task and not a ministry.  The point of a ministry is to minister God’s truth and love to whomever it is you are gifted to serve.  The people in your ministry are not a means by which you may exercise your gifts, nor are they whom you are out to please.

That, would be God.

Don’t get so caught up in trying to run your ministry right and trying to get people to care that you forget your purpose.

If you’re in a ministry right now, vocational or volunteer, ask yourself:

What am I doing?

Why am I doing it?

Who am I trying to please?

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I hope this has encouraged you or convicted you in some way.

-Chris

Sunday Psalm (Psalm 1)

Hey! Psalm 1 for you today.

[1] Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
[2] but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
[3] He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
[4] The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
[5] Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
[6] for the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.

-Chris