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JUNE

2010
STEP
BACK
IN TIME
voltage leader manual
BIG PICTURE: STEP BACK IN TIME
BIG WORD: A huge cloud of witnesses is all around us. So let us throw off everything that stands in our
way. Let us throw off any sin that holds on to us so tightly. Let us keep on running the race marked out
for us. Hebrews 12:1 (NIRV)

OVERVIEW
Week 1 (5th & 6th June)
BIG IDEA: Noah – A new beginning
BIG POINT: God keeps his promises
God promises us a new beginning. He loves us and cares for us and through Jesus we can have a new be-
ginning in our life. Just like God promised Noah a new beginning and rescued him, God rescues us.

Week 2 (12th & 13th June)


BIG IDEA: Joseph – The forgiving Prince
BIG POINT: Jesus forgave us & we can forgive others
Nothing we could do can make God love us less and nothing we could do can make God love us any more.
Through Jesus God made a way. He forgives us for the wrong things we do and has made a way for us to be
rescued. If God can forgive us, we can forgive others. Colossians 3:13 says “Forgive as the Lord forgave you”.
Joseph was a forgiving prince and the King of Kings Jesus forgives us.

Week 3 (19th & 20th June)


BIG IDEA: Esther – For such a time as this
BIG POINT: Have courage, God has positioned you
It took courage and boldness for Esther to approach the king without being invited. She was literally risking
her life. We need to have courage when we speak up for what is right. And like Esther, we can be sure that
when we trust God, things in our lives don’t always just happen by accident. You may be in the place where
you are “for a time like this”.

Week 4 (26th & 27th June)


BIG IDEA: Moses – 10 Ways to honour God
BIG POINT: I can honour God by obeying His word
The rules showed God’s people how to live, and how to be close to him, and how to be happy. They showed
how life worked best. 10 ways to honour God.
We can honour God by obeying His word. When we read his word we don’t just look at the page….we must
do what it says!
BIG PICTURE: STEP BACK IN TIME
BIG WORD: A huge cloud of witnesses is all around us. So let us throw off everything that stands in our
way. Let us throw off any sin that holds on to us so tightly. Let us keep on running the race marked out
for us. Hebrews 12:1 (NIRV)

BIG ACTIVITY (FOR SUNDAY NIGHT EXPO OR OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES)


Week 1 (5th & 6th June)
BIG IDEA: Noah – A new beginning BIG POINT: God keeps his promises

Animal Masks
Materials Needed: Paper plates, string or elastic, scissors, markers, coloured paper, glue
Give each child a paper plate and allow them to decorate the plate as a mask of their favourite animal.
Help them to cut out the eyes and draw a nose and mouth. Give them coloured paper to use and mark-
ers to decorate with.

Week 2 (12th & 13th June)


BIG IDEA: Joseph – The forgiving Prince BIG POINT: Jesus forgave us & we can forgive others

Joseph’s coat
Materials Needed: Newspaper and masking tape
Give the children some newspaper and masking tape and give them the challenge to make a coat like
Joseph’s out of newspaper. To make it more challenging set a time limit fo the activity. They can choose
one person to be Joseph as they dress him and create his coat. Give points for the most fancy coat!

Week 3 (19th & 20th June)


BIG IDEA: Esther – For such a time as this BIG POINT: Have courage, God has positioned you

Queen Esther Crown


Materials Needed: card or thick paper, scissors, sequins or shiny bits of paper, glue, markers
Make crown shapes out of card or thick paper, give one to each child. Write on the crown the words “FOR
SUCH A TIME AS THIS” and allow children to decorate the crown by sticking on sequens. Talk about Es-
ther’s life as you make the craft.

Week 4 (26th & 27th June)


BIG IDEA: Moses – 10 Ways to honour God BIG POINT: I can honour God by obeying His word

The Life of Moses


Materials Needed: Write the big events of Moses’ life on seperate sheets of paper. (Events: Genesis 2 - Mo-
ses in basket, found by Pharoah’s daughter. Genesis 3 - Moses & the Burning Bush. Genesis 7-11 - Plagues
in Egypt. Genesis 13 - 14- Crossing the Red Sea. Genesis 16 - In the Wilderness. Genesis 19 - 20 Ten Com-
mandments.
Divide into groups and allocate each group one part of Moses’ story. In their group the children work out
how to act it out. Ask the groups to act it out in front of everyone without showing their paper, every-
one has to guess what they are acting. When all the groups are done work together to put each piece of
Moses’ life into the right order.
BIG PICTURE: STEP BACK IN TIME
BIG IDEA: Noah – A new beginning
BIG POINT: God keeps his promises
BIG WORD: A huge cloud of witnesses is all around us. So let us throw off everything that stands in our
way. Let us throw off any sin that holds on to us so tightly. Let us keep on running the race marked out
for us. Hebrews 12:1 (NIRV)

KDG TIME
Connect
Who do you most admire & why?

Discussion Questions
1. What sort of promises has God given to each of us in the Bible?
That He loves us, He will forgive us. He promises salvation to those who accept Him and eternal life
with Him in Heaven. He promises never to leave us.

2. In Hebrews 12:1, it talks about running a race marked out for us.
What things sometimes become obstacles in our race?
Things like being greedy, having unforgiveness, not trusting God etc. We pray to God and ask for
strength, and He promises that all things work together for good to those who love and serve Him faith-
fully. We can learn from the examples of people in God’s word of how we can live a great life for God too.

3. If God keeps His promises to us, what should we do when we make a promise to someone?
Being honest and keeping our promises is very important. Sometimes we might think it’s hard for us to
keep our promises but God can help us! Always do your best to make good choices and be true to your
word.

Big Word
“A huge cloud of witnesses is all around us. So let us throw off everything that stands in our way. Let
us throw off any sin that holds on to us so tightly. Let us keep on running the race marked out for us.”
Hebrews 12:1 (New International Reader’s Version)
Write the verse on a large sheet of paper, read each part aloud and have the children repeat it after you.

Activity
Help the children to complete the activity sheet.

Game
Ping Pong ball race
Materials Needed: Straws (1 for each child), ping pong balls
Divide your group into groups and mark out a play area with a start and finish line. Have the children line
up at the starting line (1 team at a time), and when you say “Go” they have to use the straw to blow their
ping pong ball over the finish line. The first to cross the line is the winner. Play the winners from each
group against each other to declare a grand champion.

PRAYER
Dear God,
Thankyou for keeping all of your promises you make. Thankyou that I can trust you with my life and that
you will always be there no matter what.
In Jesus Name, Amen VOLTAGE JUNE WEEK 1
BIG PICTURE: STEP BACK IN TIME
BIG IDEA: Joseph – The forgiving Prince
BIG POINT: Jesus forgave us & we can forgive others
BIG WORD: A huge cloud of witnesses is all around us. So let us throw off everything that stands in our
way. Let us throw off any sin that holds on to us so tightly. Let us keep on running the race marked out
for us. Hebrews 12:1 (NIRV)

KDG TIME
Connect
Who is the oldest person you know? Who is the youngest person you know?

Discussion Questions
1. Who did Jospeh forgive?
Joseph forgave his brothers for how they treated him.

2. How Christ able to forgive us of all our wrongs?


He lived a perfect life, took all of our sins on himself and then died on the cross for our sins.

3. Why should we forgive others? How should we forgive them?


We should forgive others because Jesus first forgave us. We should forgive in a loving and genuine way,
not because we have to.

Big Word
“A huge cloud of witnesses is all around us. So let us throw off everything that stands in our way. Let
us throw off any sin that holds on to us so tightly. Let us keep on running the race marked out for us.”
Hebrews 12:1 (New International Reader’s Version)

Activity
Help the children to complete the activity sheet.

Game Flip the Fish


Materials Needed: Newspaper, Scissors, Pen, Books for flapping
Make simple fish sapes out of newspaper (Fish should be around 40cm long). Give one fish to each play-
er and ask them to write their name on it. Create a start and finish line for the game, make it as long as
possible. Players line up in a row laying their fish on the ground in front of them. When you say “Go” they
flap their books to race their fish across the floor and to the finish line. The first fish over the line wins.

PRAYER
Dear God,
I am glad that You love me no matter what. Help me to always recognise Your ways so that I can make
good decisions. This week, help me to give my life to You and follow You on a daily basis.
In Jesus, Amen

VOLTAGE JUNE WEEK 2


BIG PICTURE: STEP BACK IN TIME
BIG IDEA: Esther – For such a time as this
BIG POINT: Have courage, God has positioned you
BIG WORD: A huge cloud of witnesses is all around us. So let us throw off everything that stands in our
way. Let us throw off any sin that holds on to us so tightly. Let us keep on running the race marked out
for us. Hebrews 12:1 (NIRV)

KDG TIME
Connect
When is your favourite time of day? What is it about that time of day that you like?

Discussion Questions
1. How should we overcome fear in our lives?
By praying and asking God or comfort, read the Bible to remind us of how big and mighty God is.

2. Like Esther, we all have special gifts and callings for our lives. What are some talents that God has
given you?
Invite the children to share with each other what things they are good at doing.
Be sure to give encouragment as children share and help them to think of what things they are good at.

3. How can we encourage others as believers and build their courage?


By giving them compliments, being supportive of our friends and saying nice things to lift them up.

Big Word
“A huge cloud of witnesses is all around us. So let us throw off everything that stands in our way. Let
us throw off any sin that holds on to us so tightly. Let us keep on running the race marked out for us.”
Hebrews 12:1 (New International Reader’s Version)
Write the verse on a large sheet of paper, read each part aloud and have the children repeat it after you.

Activity
Help the children to complete the activity sheet.

Game
Pass the Picture
Materials Needed: sheets of paper, pencils
Have the children sit in groups of 4 and give each child a piece of paper foled into 4 parts horizontally.
First each person draws a funny head on the top of the page, then with it folded down they pass the pa-
per onto the next person. Next without looking at the head everyone draws a funny body folds the paper
down and passes it on. Next they draw legs, pass it on folded down and lastly the feet are drawn. When
everyone is done you can unfold your pages and see your funny made up character.

PRAYER
Dear God,
Thankyou for the courage you give to us. Thankyou that you are always strong and whenever we feel
scared or weak you are with us.
In Jesus Name...Amen

VOLTAGE JUNE WEEK 3


BIG PICTURE: STEP BACK IN TIME
BIG IDEA: Moses – 10 Ways to honour God
BIG POINT: I can honour God by obeying His word
BIG WORD: A huge cloud of witnesses is all around us. So let us throw off everything that stands in our
way. Let us throw off any sin that holds on to us so tightly. Let us keep on running the race marked out
for us. Hebrews 12:1 (NIRV)

KDG TIME
Connect
What book are you reading at the moment?

Discussion Questions
1. What does it mean to honour God? What are ways to honour God?
To obey his Word and put Him first in all things. Tithing, helping others, respecting your parents, obeying
the Bible, Praying (talking) to God.

2. Can you remember some of the 10 commandments? Which ones do you know?
Allow the children to share their answers and discuss how do they relate to our lives.

3. Ephesians 6:1 says “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” Are we obeying God when
we obey our parents? What does it mean to obey our parents? What are some examples?
Yes, because we are obeying His commands. Listen to them when they tell us to do something. Cleaning
our rooms, picking up our toys, etc.

Big Word
“A huge cloud of witnesses is all around us. So let us throw off everything that stands in our way. Let
us throw off any sin that holds on to us so tightly. Let us keep on running the race marked out for us.”
Hebrews 12:1 (New International Reader’s Version)
Write the verse on a large sheet of paper, read each part aloud and have the children repeat it after you.

Activity
Help the children to complete the activity sheet.

Game
Pass it On.
Divide your group into two teams (or play with another group). The first person from each team is to go
out and make up a message together. This message will be used by all teams. Once signalled to start,
the first person on each team is to whisper the message to the next person on their team. They will
whisper the message to the next - and so on. The last person to receive the message will say it aloud.
The team that is the closest to the correct words of the message wins.

PRAYER
Dear God,
Thankyou for giving us the Bible so we can read your word. Help us to better learn your word and put it in
our hearts so we can honour you in all that we do.
In Jesus Name...Amen
VOLTAGE JUNE WEEK 4