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1 3PK Oct , 2014 Nehemiah Nehemiah God Hears Our Prayers First 10 minutes of the service hour: Engage kids in cooperative play activities to help them connect to other kids Keep Play-Doh confined to one table/area and have a volunteer stationed in that area while it's being used. Kids should only use Play-Doh while seated at a table. Next 5 minutes: Connect Time Next 25 minutes: Large Group Last 25 minutes: Snack and Small Group Finish early? Repeat the activity! Kids this age learn through repetition. Or, check out the end of the activities section to find an idea for this week. As kids leave, remind them to tell their parents why they are taking home a tool eraser. Encourage them to retell the story of Nehemiah at home! Nehemiah prayed every time he needed help. And even though it wasn t always exactly how Nehemiah expected or hoped, God always answered. In the end, he made a way for Nehemiah to rebuild Jerusalem s wall.

2 GOAL: Connect time is all about engaging kids in a short, interactive game to prepare them for Large Group. o Clean up! (10 minutes after the service start time, when you get the 5- minute warning from the presenter) o Line Up o While in line, tell kids we re going to hear about a guy named Nehemiah who rebuilt a wall. Let s take out our pretend tools! Take out our hammers (pretend hammer down some nails). Take out our shovels (pretend to shovel). Stack our bricks (pretend to stack bricks; stack them really high). Admire our work (say oooh and ahhh ). Have fun with the activity and be as elaborate in your building as you want. Then remind kids to stay quiet for Large Group and tip-toe in together to find out what happens to Nehemiah!

3 Goal: to help kids review the story so they can retell it at home Why? This story reminds us of how God hears us. There are actually quite a few truths about God we can learn from this story. But focus on how God hears and answers prayers. Tip: Practice the talking and listening motions from Large Group as much as you can! REVIEW THE STORY 1. What was Nehemiah s special job? (Rebuilding the wall around his city.) 2. Why did he ask God for help? (The job was big; people wanted to stop him.) 3. Did God hear Nehemiah s prayers? (YES!) 4. How did God answer Nehemiah s prayer? (He helped him build the wall.) 5. Does God hear our prayers? (YES!) 6. What would you like to ask God for today? (See if kids have requests.) *Pray for the kids, addressing their specific requests if they have them. ACTIVITY: NEHEMIAH ASK: What s one way we can be close to God? (By talking to him and listening to him; make the motions from Large Group.) Let s remember how Nehemiah did that today! Give each kid a tool eraser (no need to write kids names on them). Pretend to ask God for help (like Nehemiah). Use the tools to build a wall in one, two or three of the following ways (just be sure to end on the coloring page). o With blocks in the room. o With Play-Doh (for in-room use only). o On the coloring page (let kids color it with crayons first). Celebrate the wall s completion by thanking God! Extra time? Practice Listening with (Everybody-wins!) Musical Chairs: Set the chairs up back to back, like a normal game of musical chairs. Then start the music and let the kids start marching. When the music stops, the kids should race sit in a chair. To mix things up, have kids try to go back to the chair where they started.

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5 1 A lot happens in this story, but focus on the way God hears our prayers (and answers them). Be as elaborate in the wall-building exercise as you can be! Plan ahead based on what works best for your group. *Click to play intro slide. Presenter: Hi Friends! Welcome to Kid s Club. I'm and I'm really glad you're here today. Before we get started, I want you to meet my friend HOPS. She s going to remind us of the kind of choices we can make today in Kids Club. Video: HOPS 2 Obey Your Leaders (about 1 minute) Wow, I can t wait to have some fun in Kids Club today. Before we hear our story, can I see a big thumbs up from everybody who s ready to have some fun? (Let kids respond.) Great job! Now I think we re ready to hear God s story. REVIEW Presenter: (Hold up the Bible for kids to see.) This is where we can read about God s story. Out of all the stories in the world, this story is the most important. It s God s Rescue plan. Remember how God made the whole world and everything was good? The world was perfect! Give me a smile! (Let kids respond. Then change your tone.) But THEN, something bad happened. Adam and Eve disobeyed God, and sadness and death came into the world Show me your sad face. (Let kids respond.) This was really sad. But even though Adam and Eve disobeyed God God loved them anyway! And he planned a great rescue so that Adam and Eve and you and me can be close to God again. God loves to be near us. And one of the ways we can be close to him is by talking to him. Cup your hands like this (cup your hands around your mouth). Great! We can also listen to him (cup your hand around your ear). Can you guys do this? (Let kids respond.) Good job! Does anybody know what it s called to talk to God and listen to him? (Let kids say: prayer.) That s right!

6 INTRO: NEHEMIAH Did you guys know that when we talk to God, he hears us? Well, he does! Today, we re going to hear about a guy named Nehemiah. Can you guys say Nehemiah? (Let kids say it.) Good job! Nehemiah had a BIG job to do. You guys practiced Nehemiah s job in Connect Time. His city was broken down the walls protecting it had crumbled. It was the home of God s family, and Nehemiah knew he wanted to fix it. Let s pretend to stack bricks. First, put on your special work gloves (pretend to put on gloves). Now, let s build! (Begin on the floor, guiding kids; add come commentary as you guide them toward building it as high as they can reach. This will get them up and stretching. Your commentary might be something like: Wow, this is hard work. Let s add another row. Oh, that s really good. This wall is getting high. Pretty soon we won t be able to reach the top. But it has to be really big big enough to cover all the houses and stores and parks in an entire city. So let s stretch up as high as we can. OK, whew. Now have a seat.) GOD HEARS NEHEMIAH S PRAYERS So Nehemiah knew that he would need God s help for this VERY big job. The worst part was, some mean guys wanted to stop Nehemiah. They did everything they could to keep him from building the wall. So Nehemiah asked GOD for help. And do you think God heard Nehemiah s prayers? (Let kids say: Yes!) Of course He did because God always hears our prayers! Let s see what happens. As you watch, see what God does when he hears Nehemiah s prayers. Video: God s Story / Nehemiah Wow, what a story! God certainly heard Nehemiah s prayers because he answered them! It wasn t always in the way Nehemiah expected, but that s OK. He trusted God to hear him and help him. And God did! CONCLUSION Sometimes we have to do hard things too. But we can always ask God for help, because we can talk to him (guide kids to cup hands around mouth again). And then we can trust that God hears us! We can listen (guide kids to cup hands around their ear again) for his answer! Hey, let s talk to God right now! I love knowing that he always hears our prayers. (Pray, breaking it into small, repeatable phrases). Pray: Hi God! Thank you for wanting to be close to us. Thank you for always hearing our prayers. Thank you that you re listening to us right now! We trust you to answer in just the right way. In Jesus name, aaaaaa-men. WORSHIP

7 Now, let s sing to God. We know he hears that too because he hears us every time we talk to him, even when we re singing or whispering or just thinking in our head. Song: Be Strong Song: Trust in the Lord Dismiss kids to small groups. (Be creative as you dismiss them. Ask them to come give you a high five first, or maybe tiptoe or hop to their groups.)

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10 Pretend to build a wall no supplies needed Per kid: Coloring pages: Bricks One tool eraser (OT: IN-9/1277) Per small group: Markers/crayons Play Dough Bible 1. Song slide: for when kids enter the room (All that You Need instrumental; mp3 only; can be downloaded on website) 2. Video: Fall HOPS 2 Obey ( 3. Video: God s Story / Nehemiah (new; Dave or Mae will have file) 4. Song: Be Strong 5. Song: Trust in the Lord Tell me about Nehemiah. Did God hear Nehemiah s prayers? Daily Talk Starts - separate doc

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