YOU WILL NEED: Large marshmallows, lots of toothpicks and marshmallows of all sizes, including huge ones for the Get-To-Know You Toss, if they are available.
BEFORE CLASS BEGINS
Have your group sit in a circle. Say your name and then toss a large marshmallow to someone else. They will say their name and toss it to another person who hasn’t yet said their name. Continue until everyone has had a turn. Do it again in the same order. Then try to speed it up to see how fast your group can do it.
Read Psalm 147:4-5 from your Bible.
SAY: God counts the stars and knows them by name. His understanding is unlimited. He is almighty and He also knows your name. That’s how special you are to Him. He created you for a reason and today we’re going to create something too.
Using toothpicks and both large and small marshmallows see who can come up with the most creative sculpture. Give each student an opportunity to show and explain his or her creation to the class. Praise something about each kids creation and especially for any kind of spiritual application.
ASK: What is something that God cannot do? (Let the kids guess—Most will say that He can do anything, which is true but this is a play on words.)
SAY: God cannot make a mistake and God didn’t make a mistake when He made you. God made you special and God doesn’t make junk.
Read 1 Peter 2:9 from your Bible.
ASK: Who does this say you are?
SAY: You are chosen; royal; part of a priesthood—that’s means you are a minister before God, a holy nation, you are a person for God’s own possession—This IS who you are in Christ. This isn’t what you try to become. This is what you became the moment you were saved—a part of God’s family.
SAY: God made you special and has a special design, a special plan just for you.
Call up a volunteer to represent Jeremiah. Lead all the kids to say, “Hi, Jeremiah.”
Jeremiah was a prophet of God but listen to what God told him:
Read Jeremiah 1:5 from your Bible but first tell the kids that every time you say the word “I”, that’s God talking and for them to say, “That’s God!”
SAY: God had plans for Jeremiah’s life even before he was born and even before you were born, God had great plans for your life too. Follow Jesus in every way and you won’t miss a thing that He has designed for you.
If you have extra time…Play the Get-to-Know-You Toss game again.
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