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September’s Theme: Block Party: Everyone’s Invited
Friend Like Me (Elijah and Elisha)
READ 1 KINGS 19:14-21 AND 2 KINGS 2:1-15
· 1 and 2 Kings tell the stories about the kings who ruled over God’s people, in the days after David was king. Most of them didn’t follow God; the kingdom started to fall apart. God sent the prophet, Elijah, to share God’s words with people.
· Elijah did amazing things through God’s power. At one point, he asked God to bring on a drought, then send rain to people in need. Through God’s power, he even brought a boy back to life.
· Being a prophet was lonely and challenging. Elijah cried out to God in 1 Kings 19:14. So, God sent Elijah to get Elisha to be the next prophet. They became friends. Read more in 2 Kings 2 to find out their experiences and how Elijah was taken up to heaven in a fiery chariot.
· Elijah and Elisha were always there for each other. No matter what happened, they were there to encourage each other along the way. Bottom Line: Friends encourage one another.
What was Elijah and Elisha’s job as prophets?
Name one thing they did for each other as friends.
How can you be a friend to someone?
Activity: 3-Legged Race
Supplies: A long sock, piece of fabric, or scarf to tie around 2 people’s legs.
Directions: Mark a starting line and a finish line. Tie the fabric around 2 legs to make a third and middle leg of two friends so they have to walk together. If you have 2 more people, do this process again. Line up on the starting line and start the race. Whoever gets to the finish line first, wins! Practice a few times and try the race again.
After the race, discuss these:
Was this race difficult or easy?
What made it easier?