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5th week of our Journey - 6 Rough Diamonds

This week’s destination:
DEEP SEA DIAMOND MINING!

• The children will be introduced to 6 stories we will call them the 6 Diamonds this will enable them to share the Gospel to their friends using stories orally helping you to remember the order of The Gospel Plan – HEAVEN, SIN/MAN, GOD, JESUS, FAITH, leading up to a commitment and establishing GROWTH.

MATERIALS:
Games
: Print 6 large diamonds. Four chairs and Jesus outfit for Game 2.

Teaching: Print Music song sheets and lyrics from Visual Aid. Photocopy Sword Play Tracks (one for each child, boys and girls) plus signs and visual aids. Photocopy medium diamonds for the children to take home and small diamonds for the children to stick on their ‘Treasure Map’.

Diamond 1 HEAVEN: Birthday Gift - (Big paper iphone or real iphone and big paper money or real $2.00bill. Print Romans 6:23- Visual Aid ‘The Bridge demo in Visual Aid Manual or downloaded from 2Tim22.com)

Diamond 2 MAN: Bondage of Sin – (Black cloth, Jesus outfit, red cloth)
Rom 3:23 verse in Visual Aid Manual or downloaded from 2Tim22.com)

Diamond 3 GOD: The Vigilante/The Boss (FOOD STORE sign, shawl and stick, scarves, white gloves, tinned food)

Diamond 4 JESUS: My Life Story– (A large book not the Bible. Photocopy Sword Play track one for each child).

Alternative: The Dying Man – (Caps for solders, Identity dog-tag)

Diamond 5 FAITH: Life Savior– (‘LIFE SAVIOR’ ring, DROWNING MAN sign, sailors cap, sheet for sail, stick mast, paper hammer and saw, blue cloth for waves, white cloth for wind, captains cap and scarf)

Diamond 6 GROWTH – Grow and Go –(Food colouring, paint or dye - green, yellow and blue, 3 clear glasses )

' Mystery Clue’: One of 6 ‘Diamond cards’ to take home, polish the story and share with a friend.

AS KIDS ARRIVE PRIOR TO THE LESSON:
Welcome Teacher/Trainers, Trainers and students. Give the children the Visual Aids to colour prior to class.

1. OPENING GAME: (10 minutes)
Treasure Hunt. Cuts out 6 Diamond Cards for each student found in the Visual Aid Manual. The Teacher/Trainer hides the Diamond Cards before the class begins. The children are told to try and find the 6 diamonds.

2. TEAM GAMES: (10 minutes)
Jesus said Follow Me: Divide the group into two teams. Place four chairs in front of the first team and four in front of the second team. Play like ‘Simon says’ but instead it’s Jesus says “Get in the boat” Jesus says “Hop on left foot” “Hop on right foot” Any child that obeys that is disqualified.

3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS: (10 minutes)
Jesus went a walking a walking by the sea (Use MP3, music sheet lyrics found in Visual Aid Manual)

4. INTIMATE WORSHIP: (5 minutes)

Lord you are more precious than diamonds.(See music sheet)

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, help us to be obedient to your every command to follow you Jesus.

5. TEACHING:
a) “Back Track”

• Optional Bible Verse: (Journey of Life verse with hand movements or Military Cadence march)
• ON THE RIGHT TRACK – (Get the children to hold the banner with Tractor and Trailers)
• Did you use your wiggly fingers to share the Good news with your friends this week? (Get volunteers up)
• Did you use your Passport to Heaven? (Get a child to come up and demonstrate)

b) Sword Play (Wave the Power Sword)
Ready…Swords up… Revelations 1:16 … CHARGE! (Wave Power Sword)
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, (Hebrews 4:12a)
(Give out the Sword Play Tracks one for each child)

c) Teaching the Lesson (15 minutes)

This week’s Fishing Bait: – Diamonds

What are diamonds? Diamonds are extremely precious jewels, and we will need them along our Journey. This week you found 6 different types of Diamonds, let look at them. We found a diamond with a gift box, one with an tea bag, what does that mean… it’s a mystery. One diamond has two gloves, look one has a big book…. and this one has a life ring, lastly there is one with glasses! What could these clues mean? Let’s find out.

(The children will stick the small Diamond Cards onto their ‘Treasure Map’ as each story is told.)

Diamond 1: Birthday Gift
(Teacher/Trainers will act out the story using a big paper iphone and paper money or $2.00 bill)

It’s my birthday let’s suppose my best friend worked very hard for a whole year and purchased me a very expensive gift, like an Iphone. My friend offers me this gift without any conditions. I am overjoyed and excited to receive this wonderful gift. BUT then I reach into my pocket for some money ($2.00) to pay for it, or I offer to work for it. What an insult that would be! If I pay for it or work for it, it’s not a FREE gift anymore.

God offers Heaven—eternal life—to you and me as a FREE gift that is not worked for or deserved and no amount of good works could equal the price that Jesus Christ paid for this gift. What an insult, but so many of us treat God like that, we think we can come to church sometimes, do a few good deeds and get to heaven.

Sword Play
Ready…Swords up… Romans 6:23 … CHARGE!
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life.” (Romans 6:23)

What keeps us from getting this gift?

Diamond 2: Bondage of SIN
SIN - What is SIN? Sin is anything we think, say, do or do not do that displeases God. Sin blinds us from the truth, (Get a volunteer to come up, explain before the session what we are going to do. Tie the black cloth over his eyes.) Sin stops us from hearing God. (Tie the black cloth around his ears.) Sin binds us. (Tie the black cloth around his hands and lead him around) Sin trips us up (Tie the black cloth around his feet and he stumbles and falls ) and sin eventually will kill us. (Cover the boy on the floor with the black cloth) ‘The wages of sin is death’. (Jesus appears wearing a white wrap and blue sash and crown, carrying a red sheet, He places it over the ‘body’ laying dead on the floor and instantly he/she leaps up praise God and hugging Jesus)

Sword Play
Ready…Swords up… Romans 3:23 … CHARGE!
For all have sinned – and come short – of the Glory of God. - (Romans 3:23)

Split group into 4 groups to learn verse, each group shouting out their part of the verse use Visual Aid to help teach the verse

There must be a different way… God’s way

Diamond 3: The Vigilante / The Boss
(The Vigilante story can be told while the Trainers act in the drama. This story is an illustration of God’s love and justice both being satisfied and the transfer of the punishment from man to Jesus. Vigilante’s hat, capes, white gloves, walking stick, Lieutenants cap, sword, FOOD STORE sign, food eg fruit)

Once upon a time there was a Vigilante, he lived on top of a mountain with his army and their families. The Vigilante and his army were always on the run as they fought against an evil dictator. In their camp on the top of the mountain, they had everything they needed to fight the evil dictator that had taken over their island. They had their weapons, their ammunition, their food and water.

One day, the Lieutenant came before the Vigilante and stated that someone had been stealing the food. The Vigilante became very angry because the army could not fight against the evil dictator without food. He gave the order to the Lieutenant “Go tell all the army and their family that anyone caught stealing food will be punished severely in public to make an example of them.”

The Lieutenant returns a few days later and brings the person that has been caught stealing the food. The Vigilante orders the person to be unmasked and just then realizes it was his own mother that has been stealing the food. He is shocked and asks his mother if she is guilty of this and she said ‘Yes I was so hungry.’ The Vigilante loves his mother and does not want to punish her because he knows the punishment may kill his mother BUT at the same time he is a just man and he knows that if he does not punish his mother his men will lose respect for him and will not fight for him.

What will the Vigilante do? What the Vigilante did next surprised everyone in the camp. He removed his coat, his hat and his white gloves. He wraps his arms around his mother and instructs the Lieutenant to punish him instead of his mother.

Boys and girls we are the mother in this story. We are guilty and deserve to be punished. We have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. The Vigilante firstly represents God in the story. God loves us and does not want to punish us but He is just and must punish sin. The Vigilante secondly represents Jesus who takes the punishment that we deserved, on the cross He died for us, to pay the penalty of our sin. He then rose from the dead and is in Heaven now offering us the FREE gift of eternal life in Heaven with God. This story reminds us that one hand God loves us and does not want to punish us BUT on the other hand He is also just and does not leave the guilty unpunished.

Optional: Bajan Boss skit

Sword Play
Ready…Swords up… 1 John 4:8b … CHARGE!
God is love …” (1 John 4:8b)

Ready…Swords up… Exodus 34:7b … CHARGE!
Yet He does not leave the guilty unpunished.” (Exodus 34:7b) (God is just)

Do you see the problem?

God solved the problem by sending His Son Jesus.

Diamond 4: My Life Story
(Trainer holds out the Big Book not the Bible and says)

Let’s suppose this book is a record of my life, first page is a birth certificate the last page is my death certificate and all the pages in between contain a record of my life all the good things I have done and all the bad things I have done. There are some things in this book I am not very proud about.
(Trainer holds out his left hand and says)

Let’s suppose this represents me and laying right on top of me is the record book of my life and its heavy!
(Trainer places the Big Book on his left hand and pretends that it is very heavy)
It contains all the good things I have done but it also contains a record of all the BAD things I have done.
(Trainer holds up his right hand high up in the air directly above the Big Book and says)

Let’s suppose this represents God. God is Holy, loving and just and His eyes are too pure and holy to even gaze on sin. (Habakkuk 1:13) So when God looks at me He can’t see me because of the sin in my life. The sin
separates me from God.

The Bible says ‘In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the was God and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us’ (John 1:1,14)
(Trainer now brings his right hand down to the same level to his left hand and the Big Book and says)

Jesus is God, He came from Heaven to earth, He lived a perfect life, the Bible says “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him (Jesus) (Trainer transfers the Book, which contains all his sins, from his left hand to the right hand that represents Jesus saying) the iniquity (sins) of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6) Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins,

(Trainer now lowers his right hand with the Big Book to the ground allowing the book to drop) He was buried

(Trainer now raises his right hand back up to Heaven high above his left hand and says)

He rose from the dead and He is in Heaven now offering us the free gift of eternal life. Is there anything now that separates me from God?
(Teacher now moves his right hand down and interlocks his left hand and says)

NO, my sin is gone as far as the east is from the west and now I can be in the right relationship with God.

Alternative: The Dying Man
During World War 1 (Or any other war that the children may be familiar with) a soldier became terribly wounded, and he knew he has only moments to live. (Have a young boy, dressed in camouflage with make believe gun lying down as though he is in the trenches – with a red cloth over his shoulders to demonstrate blood from the wounds)

He had a friend with him. (Introduce another young boy, dressed in camouflage with make believe gun) This young lad had a bad start to a bad life. (Hold him on the shoulder as you talk about him)
He'd made wrong decisions that took him down the wrong way, mixing with wrong people, getting involved in drugs, he became a robber and he'd already served time in prison. In fact, he was wanted, back home, by the police again.
The wounded man, the dying man, pulls the wanted man close to his face. He took his dog tag, his ID chain, and presses it in the hand of his buddy. "Listen, buddy, you've led a bad life," he said. "Everywhere you are wanted by the police. But there are no convictions against me. My name is clear, so, here, take my dog tag, take my wallet, take my papers, my identity, my good name, my life and quickly, hand me your papers that I may carry all your crimes away with me in death."

That is the same offer that Jesus makes to us through His saving death on the cross - and his life-changing resurrection. Jesus, the Lamb of God, still offers to take your sins to the cross with him. And because of the resurrection, you can take his good name ... Christ ...you can be called a Christians, a Follower of the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Sword Play
Ready…Swords up… Isaiah 53:6… CHARGE!
“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Jesus the iniquity (sins) of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6)

(Give out the Sword Play Tracks one for each child boys and girls)

How do we get this relationship with God and the gift of eternal life?
By Faith

Diamond 5: The Life Savior
(Cloths to represent sea ( blue) and wind ( white) Life Savor, Sign Drowning man)

Once upon a time there was a little boy and the little boy lived on an island and he loved to run and play all around his island, but the little boy grew tired of running and he decided what he really needed was a sail boat so he could sail all around his beautiful island.

The boy didn’t have any money to buy a boat so he decided he would build his own boat. So he got some wood and some sail cloth and started to work on his boat and pretty soon it began to take shape.

One day, he lowered his boat into the water and set sail around the island. But just then a big storm came blew up with a big wind (wave white sheet) and large waves came crashing over the boy’s boat. (Wave blue sheet)

He was struck by lightning and very soon the boat began to sink and break apart. The little boy was in big trouble his boat was sinking lower and lower into the ocean. He was holding on to the boat that he had build with all of his might. The storm subsided but he was about to go under.

Just then off in the distance, he heard a sound. The sound of a fog horn (ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhooooooo)

And there was a ship coming straight at him and soon he could read the name of the ship it was called ‘The Way the Truth and the Life’ The captain of the boat yelled to the boy “Ahoye little boy do you need some help?’

The little boy said “No, no I don’t need any help I built my own boat and I’m hanging onto it, I don’t want to let go of my boat” The captain throws him a life ring and yelled to the little boy “I really think you need some help take hold of this life ring.” The little boy does not want to let go of the boat that he has build but he is about to slip under the water and drown.

The little boy has to decide, he reaches out and takes hold of the ‘Life Savior’ and the captain of ‘The Way the Truth and the Life’ pulls him to safety. The little boy represents you and me. We have all built our own boats trying to work our way to Heaven. But our boats get holes in them and fall apart this represents the sin in our lives which tears apart our good works. The captain represents God and He throws us the life ring which is our ‘Life Savior’ JESUS without the Life Savior we will perish;

Sword Play
Ready…Swords up… Acts 16:31… CHARGE!
Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved …” (Acts 16:31)

Diamond 6: GROW AND GO!
(Have the three clear glasses filled with green water, yellow water and blue water on a table in front of you - use food colouring dye)
Are you sensitive to others, patient and kind, have you learnt to master your mouth, are you a peace maker instead of a trouble maker? These are the characteristics of a mature Christian person. None of this stuff comes naturally, it’s very hard in fact we can’t do it on our own. That’s why I am so thankful for the Bible, that informs and corrects me, that I can pray to God and worship Him. I am thankful that I have Christian friends to help and guide me as I grow and go sharing my faith with others.

These glasses of coloured water will illustrate what it means to grow and mature. The green glass (lifting it up) is growth and that is what we need to be doing, growing, but in reality we are not always mature, sometimes we are blue, (lifting blue glass up) maybe our relationship with our parents is not what it should be, maybe we are rude and disobedient to our teachers. We are blue things are not going as we had hoped. We are blue. Have you ever felt blue? Sometimes we feel green (lifting green glass up) sometimes we feel blue (lifting blue glass up)
When you are feeling blue what you need is a little light (lifting yellow glass up) from God’s Word, the Bible tells us His Word is a light unto our path. We need Jesus, He is the Light of the World. So if you are a little blue you need to get filled up with His Word filled up with Jesus (Pour some of the yellow into the blue glass which turns green)

If you do that you will green right up again (Lift up both green glasses) and start growing and maturing ready to GO into all the world

Sword Play
Ready…Swords up…Ephesians 4:15 … CHARGE!
We will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. (Ephesians 4:15)

(Give out the Sword Play Tracks one for each child)

DOES THIS MAKE SENSE TO YOU?

‘Mystery Clue’ Witnessing Tool: One of 6 ‘Diamond cards’ to take home, polish and share with a friend.

6. APPLICATION/ENCOUNTERING GOD: Spend time asking God to show you who to ‘go after’.

CLOSING PRAYER:
Ask God to give the children opportunities to share their faith, giving them boldness and courage

TAKE HOME PAGE:
• Optional: Take Home Quiz’ books are available for the children at the end of this session.

NEXT WEEK: We are going to polish these Diamonds, learn how to perform the skits so we can start to plan a “Fishing Trips” using the ‘Mystery Clue’ Witnessing Tools. Bring your Treasure Chest back next week with all your ‘bait’.

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