John: Jesus meets us

 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me

Intro:
We’ve seen Jesus meet lots of people while he was here on earth, both before and after he died on the cross. But what difference does that make to us? It was 2000 years ago and Jesus has gone back to heaven so it just doesn’t matter… or does it?

Game: I have never…
Have one child in the middle of a circle who must think of something they have never done. Everyone else who has also never done this must swap places and the person in the middle will try to sit down. Whoever is left without a seat is the next person to think of what they’ve never done. (For older children have them swap places if they have done what the person in the middle has never done.) Some helpful questions to ask kids whose minds have gone blank:
Have you broken any bones?
What country haven’t you been to? (With suggestions if necessary)
Is there something you haven’t eaten?
Which school do you go to? Now name a different school you’ve never been to.

Game: Bulldog
1 person stands in the middle to catch people as they run across. Kids may run across the room if what is said is true of them, if they get to the other side they are safe but if they are touched by someone in the middle they will join them to help catch people next time.
Things that are true:
Run if you are blonde;
Run if you can swim;
… have curly hair;
… are wearing trousers;
… are an older brother/sister;
… have been on an aeroplane;
… were born in March;
etc.

Memory Verse:
We did John 20:31 to the tune of At the name of Jesus with the leaders providing the organ swell at the end. Ignore the 8 bar intro and you only need the first 56 seconds of the video to get the tune.
But these things are written/ that you may believe/ that Jesus is the Messiah, /the Son of God,/ and that by believing/ you may have life in his name./ John chapter twenty verse thirty one/ Bom bom bom bom bom bom bom bom
Or you can find your own tune, if you’d rather.

Drama:
It’s strange to have this under the subheading drama because what we did (and therefore what I suggest doing) is having someone come in and talk about how they met Jesus. It can be one of the leaders or just someone from church. We picked someone who was a sunday school kid when she became a Christian since we thought that’d connect best with our kids.

Talk:
It had to be the end of John 17. Everytime I read it I get all tingly; he’s talking about us; he’s talking about me! Share some of that excitement with your kids with this Teaching.

Activity:
Leader Bingo: I collected various facts from our leaders: favourite Bible verse, age when you became a Christian, best thing about knowing Jesus, biggest surprise about Jesus, looking forward to…
I then mixed up the answers and put them in a little chart and the children all got one. They had to go and ask the leaders if a fact was about them (the older ones could read them out, the younger ones would just point) the leader would then say ‘yes’ and write their name on it or say ‘no’ if it wasn’t them. If you had five facts from five leaders I would suggest making two 5 by 4 grids with some different facts on to avoid just copying.

Songs:
Tell them – Meet the King: Emu music
Super Saviour – Super Saviour:Colin Buchanan

Person outlinePrayer:
If you’re doing the whole series of Jesus meets…  cutting out a string of 10 people and writing a name of someone on each is a helpful way to keep track. You may want to keep the string until the end if your kids are regular attenders so that they don’t get lost. Fold a long strip of paper like a fan 10 times; cut round this outline or draw a person freehand. Make sure their hands touch the fold of the paper on both sides!
Work through your paper chain people; Who can say thank you for? Who will you keep praying for? Take them home.