Lifeway Galactic Starveyors VBS 2017 Day 5 – Kindergarten Lesson and Activities
❏ “Bible Story Pictures 1-5” (pack items 1-5)
❏ “Bible Markers” (pack item 6) ❏ “Clubhouse Wall” (pack item 7)
❏ “Star Map Overlay” (pack item 8)
❏ “Galactic Fact 5” and “God Fact 5” (pack item 13e)
❏ “Places Pictures” (pack item 20) — Tuck the pictures into the fishing net.
❏ “Time Line” (pack item 22) — Attach paper clips to the cards and place them in a bucket.
❏ Shooting Star beanbag (from Day 1)
❏ Large piece of paper — Tape near the focal wall.
❏ Paper clips
❏ Deep pail or bucket
❏ Length of string with a magnet tied to one end (or wand magnet)
❏ Fishing net (from a party store) — Hang the net on a wall.
❏ Spinner (from Starveyor Kit)
❏ CD and CD player
- Lead kids to form a circle. Play “God Is With Me Always” (track 4) while kids pass a Shooting Star beanbag around the circle.
- Stop the music. Ask the child holding the beanbag to tell something he knows about God. Print his comment on the large piece of paper.
- Start the music again and lead kids to continue passing the beanbag around the circle. Repeat several times.
- Read the previous days’ “Galactic Facts” and “God Facts.” Read today’s facts aloud then add them to the wall. Say: “God is with us all the time. He created us, He loves us, and He has a plan.”
TELL THE BIBLE STORY
- Turn the “Star Map Overlay” and read the previous days’ points.
- Place the four previous Bible story pictures on the floor as you say the corresponding point.
- Stop on today’s point (God promises to help me). Say: “God promises to help us. Listen in this Bible story for what Jesus says about God’s help.”
- Open the Bible to John 21 and Acts 1. Tell the Bible story in your own words.
REVIEW THE BIBLE STORY
- Lay “Bible Story Picture 5” face-up on the floor. Encourage kids to talk about the Bible story. Ask prompting questions as needed to help children recall key facts.
- Ask kids: “What did Jesus say about God’s help?” (Jesus promised that God would send a special Helper who would always be with and help the disciples.)
- Place the bucket with the “Time Line” cards in the middle of the group.
- Choose a child to come to the bucket and use the string and magnet to fish out a card. Show the card to the group and talk about that picture. Then lay it face-up on the floor.
- Invite another volunteer to fish out a card, talk about it, and place it alongside the other “Time Line” picture. Repeat until all cards are fished out.
• Explain: “God had a plan for Jesus. God had a plan for Peter. God has plans for us, too. He promises to help us.”
• Lead kids to sing “God Is With Me Always” (track 4).
THANK GOD AND PRAY TOGETHER
- Encourage kids to look at the pictures in the fishing net.
- Select a volunteer and instruct her to point to (and name) a place she can go. Say: “God is always with us and will help us. God helps us when we are at the park (or whatever picture is selected).”
- Give each child an opportunity to choose a picture.
- Point to today’s point on the “Clubhouse Wall.” Remind kids that God promises to help us. Encourage the kids to repeat the point in rhythm like a cheer.
- Pray, thanking God for always being with us and helping us. Say: “Thank You, God, for helping (each child by name).”
SPIN AND SAY THE VERSE
- Lead kids to say the Bible verse together one time.
- Spin the Spinner and challenge the kids to repeat the verse twice before the Spinner stops. If kids can easily do this, spin the Spinner and challenge them to say it three or more times before the Spinner stops.
- Play “Galactic Starveyors” (track 6) as kids move to Bible-learning activities.
COOK ON A CAMPFIRE
Supplies: Bible; “Bible Story Picture 5” (pack item 5); “Book: Look at the Stars” (pack item 14); twigs, small wood kindling, or cardboard tubes; large rocks or wooden blocks; red, yellow, and orange tissue paper; raised cooling rack or small wire shelf; plastic pots and pans; small cooking utensils
- Encourage kids to use the materials to create a campfire.
- Suggest they use rocks or blocks to make a circle for the fire pit, arrange the kindling or cardboard tubes in the fire pit, and create tissue paper flames.
- Help kids set up the cooling rack or shelf over the fire as a grill for cooking.
- Talk about the Bible story as kids play. Look together at the Bible story picture and remind kids of the breakfast Jesus cooked for His friends.
EXTEND THE ACTIVITY
- Put the “Time Line” (pack item 22) cards in order and talk about God’s plan for Jesus. Say: “God has a plan for us. He promises to help us.”
- Thank God for His plan.
God promises to help me.
WRITE STICKER STORIES
Supplies: Bible, “Places Pictures” (pack item 20), “Sticker Story Paper” (CD) or blank white paper, assorted stickers (stars, planets, animals, people, shapes, flowers, Jesus), pencils, gel pens, optional: adhesive labels and “Sticker Story Pictures” (CD)
- Copy at least one “Sticker Story Paper” per child (optional). Print the “Sticker Story Pictures” on adhesive labels for more sticker options (optional).
- Lead a child to create a scene at the top of his paper using 2–3 stickers and gel pens. Encourage him to add as much detail as desired.
- Guide the child to write (or dictate to a teacher) a couple of sentences about his scene to make a story. (For example, he could describe the stickers and what he drew. Or he may write a more complex story with a beginning, middle, and end.)
- Look together at the “Places Pictures.” Talk with kids about places they often go. Mention that God promises to be with them, no matter where they go.
EXTEND THE ACTIVITY
- Tape a rectangle on the floor as a stage.
- Encourage kids to stand on the “stage” and read (or tell) their stories to friends.
KID CONNECTION God promises to be with me.
MAKE AND EAT TORTILLA PLANETS
Supplies: Bible, “Bible Markers” (pack item 6), corn tortillas, small bowls with water, food coloring, new watercolor paintbrushes, straws (optional)
- • Note: Use only new, clean paintbrushes that have never been used with paint.
- • Mix food coloring into small bowls of water.
- • Give each child a tortilla. Lead kids to paint designs on their tortillas to resemble planets. Suggest they use straws to make craters (holes) on their planets.
- • Open the Bible to Colossians 1 and read the Bible verse as children work. Comment that God created all the planets and stars. God created everything in heaven and on earth.
- • Thank God for His creation.
- • Allow kids to eat their tortilla planets.
EXTEND THE ACTIVITY
• Talk about the different planets using the “Sequence Game” (pack item 24).
• Flip over the cards and put the Bible verse in order. D KID CONNECTION God created the universe. God promises to always be with me.
DRAW STAR DESIGNS
Supplies: Bible, “Sky Cards” (pack item 21), shallow box of sand, unsharpened pencils, index cards, marker
- Draw simple line drawings related to the story on a few index cards: fish, stick figure man, campfire, boat, wavy lines (lake). Place these alongside the “Sky Cards” near the box of sand.
- Invite a child to choose a card and use the un-sharpened pencil to draw a matching design in the sand.
- Talk about the Bible story as the child works. Mention that Jesus and His disciples cooked and ate breakfast on the shore of the lake.
- Explain that God promised to send a Helper to be with the disciples. Say: “God is with us, too. All the time, no matter where we go!”
EXTEND THE ACTIVITY
- Suggest kids write Jesus in the sand. Encourage them to write their own names, too.
- Thank God for Jesus.
God promised to send a Helper to be with the disciples. He will help me, too.
Supplies: Bible, “Bible Story Picture 5” (pack item 5), “Bible Markers” (pack item 6), “Avoid the Black Hole Game” (pack item 19), “Time Line” (pack item 22), Shooting Star beanbags (from Day 1), new aquarium nets (2–4), CD, CD player
SING AND MOVE
- Play “He Loves Me, Me, Me” (track 2). Lead kids to sing while rocking back and forth as if in a boat.
- Call on volunteers to name things they know about God.
RECALL THE BIBLE STORY
- Show today’s Bible story picture and talk about the Bible story.
- Comment: “God had a plan for Jesus. Let’s review that plan.”
- Lay all of the “Time Line” pictures on the floor. Distribute aquarium nets to volunteers. Guide them to stand around the pictures. Explain: “When you know which picture goes with what I say, slap your net on that picture.”
- Describe the first “Time Line” picture: “God told a prophet named Isaiah to write that God would send a baby.” After kids slap the picture, choose different volunteers and play again.
- Continue in like fashion, reviewing the stories about Jesus.
REPEAT THE VERSE
- Open the Bible to the verse and read it. Guide kids to say the verse with you.
- Form several small groups of kids. Give each group a shooting star. Lead kids to toss the stars around their small groups as they say the Bible verse together.
- Repeat the verse several times while small groups toss the shooting stars.
- Allow volunteers to pray.
- Suggest that they thank God for the universe He created, thank God for Jesus, or thank God for always being with us.
PLAY A GAME
- Remove the moon cards and one black hole card from the “Avoid the Black Hole Game.” Set these aside. Count out enough star cards so that every child gets a card, with one child getting a black hole card.
- Lead kids to stand in a circle, with you in the middle. Give each child a card.
- Guide kids to pass the cards around the circle until you say: “Stop!” On Stop, every child should be holding a card.
- Lead the child holding the black hole to name a place he often goes. Say: “God is with us at _______ (place named).”
- Trade places with that child (and take his card). As the one in the middle of the circle, he gets to decide when the group starts and stops passing the cards.
- Continue playing as time allows.
Bible Passage: John 21:1-19; Acts 1:4,8
Bonus Verse: But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit–the Father will send Him in My name–will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you. John 14:26
The Point: Even though I mess up, God still loves me and will never leave me.
After this, Jesus revealed Himself again to His disciples by the Sea of Tiberias. He revealed Himself in this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (called “Twin”), Nathanael from Cana of Galilee,Zebedee’s sons, and two others of His disciples were together. “I’m going fishing,” Simon Peter said to them.
“We’re coming with you,” they told him. They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. When daybreak came, Jesus stood on the shore. However, the disciples did not know it was Jesus. “Men,” Jesus called to them, “you don’t have any fish, do you?”
“No,” they answered. “Cast the net on the right side of the boat,” He told them, “and you’ll find some.” So they did, and they were unable to haul it in because of the large number of fish. Therefore the disciple, the one Jesus loved, said to Peter, “It is the Lord!”
When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tied his outer garment around him (for he was stripped) and plunged into the sea. But since they were not far from land (about 100 yards away), the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish. 9 When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish lying on it, and bread. “Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught,” Jesus told them. 11 So Simon Peter got up and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish—153 of them. Even though there were so many, the net was not torn. “Come and have breakfast,” Jesus told them. None of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?” because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread, and gave it to them. He did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to the disciples after He was raised from the dead.
Jesus’ Threefold Restoration of Peter
When they had eaten breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said to Him, “You know that I love You.”
“Feed My lambs,” He told him. A second time He asked him, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” “Yes, Lord,” he said to Him, “You know that I love You.” “Shepherd My sheep,” He told him. He asked him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?”
Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time, “Do you love Me?”He said, “Lord, You know everything! You know that I love You.”
“Feed My sheep,” Jesus said. “I assure you: When you were young, you would tie your belt and walk wherever you wanted. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will tie you and carry you where you don’t want to go.” 19 He said this to signify by what kind of death he would glorify God. After saying this, He told him,“Follow Me!”
Acts 1:4, 8
While He was together with them, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the Father’s promise. “This,” He said, “is what you heard from Me;
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”