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Give It Away

Life App:

Responsibility - Showing you can be trusted with what is expected of you

Bible Passage:

Give It Away (Bigger Barns) • Luke 12:16-21

Key Question:

What do you have that you can share?

Bottom Line:

Share what you have.

Basic Truth:

I am made by God to reflect His Image.

Memory Verse:

“Suppose you can be trusted with something very little. Then you can

also be trusted with something very large.” Luke 16:10a, NIrV

The psalmist wrote, The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, (NIrV). God is the author of

creation, and God has entrusted us to care for and cultivate it. We do that by taking responsibility. From the work we need to accomplish to people we meet to the words we use; life is filled with moments where we can decide to reflect God’s character, take responsibility, and use what we have wisely. When we follow through and do what needs to be done, we can point others to Jesus, the One who took the ultimate responsibility for us and made it possible for us to be with God forever.

Key Question: What do you have that you can share? From an early age, most kids are taught to share. As they get older though, the stakes get higher and it can take more effort to share. As we ask this question, we pray that preteens will see that they can share more than their stuff. They can share their time, their friendship, and their talents.

In week two, we head to Luke 12:13-21 where we find a parable Jesus told about a rich man who was focused on the wrong thing. As a successful farmer, his land produced a large amount of crops. He decided to build bigger and bigger barns to collect it all. He might have a had a lot for himself, but he failed to think about how he could have helped the people around him.


Bottom Line: Share what you have. Sometimes we are on the receiving end of someone’s generosity, but other times we get to show responsibility by sharing and being generous to

others. When we realize that God has given us everything we have, we’re more likely to share with others. We pray that as kids learn more about the parable of the rich man, they’ll discover ways they can be responsible with how they share what they have.



Play intro music and greet each kid as he or she arrives. Use this time to fill out attendance sheets, and help new kids connect to your group.



• Gather your group to sit in a circle.

• Explain that the group is going to play a game to help them get to know their friends!

• Instruct the kids to take turns rolling the die and answering a corresponding numbered question from the list below.

• If they roll a number and both questions have been asked, let them roll again.

• Continue until every kid has had a chance to roll and answer a question. Questions are as follows:

• Rolled #1

o What’s your favorite TV show?

o Which do you like better, summer or winter and why?

• Rolled #2

o What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

o Which do you like better, recess or lunch?

• Rolled #3

o Do you have a pet? (If not, what pet would you like if you had one?)

o What is your favorite food to eat for breakfast?

• Rolled #4

o What is your favorite thing about school?

o Tell us one thing about your family.

• Rolled #5

o Tell us one thing about your family.

o If you had 15 extra minutes to do anything, what would you do?

• Rolled #6

o What is your favorite game to play (outside or inside)?

o What is your favorite thing to do after school? What You Say:

It’s a lot of fun learning about our friends! Let me ask you all one more question, “What do you like to share?” Today we will be talking about how it is an important responsibility to share what God




Show the countdown video as you transition to Large Group. Set it to end as the session begins. HOST: Welcome everyone! I’m so glad you are able to come hang out with us in KidCity today. My name is [INSERT NAME]. We are going to have a lot of fun today by playing a game, singing some incredible songs that worship God, and then we are going to hear an amazing true story from God’s Word, the Bible.

But first, let’s quickly go over our KidCity Expectations (rules) so we can make sure that we make the most of our time today: (Don’t dwell on these too long, but make sure you review them briefly so we can set everyone up for success.)

1. Be Kind – We need to be kind with our words and actions to our friends, leaders, and the space that we are using.

2. Be Safe – Make wise choices with your actions and words.

3. Have Fun – Participate in what we are doing! It’s no fun just sitting there... Now that we know our expectations, let’s kick off our day with a game!



(Memory Cards Printed Out, Tape)

HOST: “Hi, everyone! My name is [Host’s name], and I love hanging out here in [your environment’s name]! This month we’re talking about responsibility.


“Responsibility is showing you can be trusted with what is expected of you.


“When you’re responsible, you show people that they can trust you! All month we’re discovering some Rules for Life that will help us live with responsibility. Just like there are rules to all of our favorite board games, there are some important rules for living, too!

“Speaking of responsibility and rules, let me explain the rules for today’s game. It’s a lot like a memory game, when you try to find matching cards.

“You see the line on the floor. (Point to the tape line dividing the room into two sections.) That line puts all of you on one of two teams—this team and this team. (Point to both sections.) This team will go first. (Point to one side.)


“I’ll choose someone to come flip over two cards to try to find a match.

Point to the area in the room where you’ve set up the Memory Cards in a grid. “If they get a match, their team gets another turn. If not, the other team gets a turn. We’ll set a timer for three minutes, and the team with the most matches at the end of three minutes wins! “Remember, work together as a team so you can remember what’s on the other side of the cards when they get flipped over. You can help each other! Okay, let’s get started. Three, two, one, GO!


Set a timer on your phone for three minutes. Choose a kid with his/her hand raised to go first. Facilitate the game, alternating turns between the teams. If a team gets a match, let the kid pick up the two sheets of paper and pick someone else from the same team to go next. Be sure to pick kids who have their hands raised so you’re not putting anyone on the spot. Try to

choose kids from the back and sides of the room—not just the area by the stage. As the kids finish, provide hand wipes or a hand washing station where they can clean up before

returning to their seats. When the timer ends, count the matches and declare the winning team, but congratulate both

teams. Collect the pieces of paper. “Great job, everyone! I loved seeing you help each other and share your knowledge. Now it’s time to get on our feet and get ready to sing with our worship team!”



SAY • Let’s worship God!



(No Supplies)

HOST: Thanks for joining us today. By show of hands, how many of you have a best friend? (Pause for response.) How many of you have a favorite cousin? (Pause for response.) How many of you have a neighbor you really love to play with? (Pause for response.) I love seeing so many hands go up. This tells me each of you have a community of friends you love. All of us have people in our lives who we deeply care about!

“When you’ve got someone who you’re close to, one of the best ways you can show you care about them is to SHARE things with them! Sometimes this is easy. Like when you have extra candy that you don’t really like, but your brother does. It’s easy then to share that candy. But what if you are asked to share something that you REALLY love...like your tablet.


“Today, we will be talking about how we have a responsibility to share what we have with others...even if it’s the hard choice. Let’s watch the So&So Show...”



Show the Bible story video [So&So Show]

“When you look at the life of Jesus, He not only spoke on such topics like we learned about today —He also embodied the principle. Jesus knew all about being generous. He treated others with love and kindness. He spent time with people who others had forgotten. He even gave His life on the cross so that we could be forgiven!

“Jesus lived a life of generosity! From the people He healed to the mouths He fed to the time He spent with others; Jesus did not hesitate to share with others.

“This parable was told not only for the man in the crowd shouting to Jesus but for us as well! If you are a follower of Jesus, it is your responsibility to learn about Jesus and follow Jesus with your life.”

[SLIDE: Basic Truth] We are made by God to reflect His Image...meaning we are made by God

to act like Him.

“This means we should share with others. Instead of trying to protect what we own or worry about getting more, we can leverage what we own to love others.

“Often we think to be rich we must acquire lots of money. However, to be rich in God’s sight, one must help others by sharing what you have. This could include sharing massive stockpiles of freshly picked fruit from a Skittle vine. Sharing your time with people who need some

encouragement is a great way to help others. It could even include donating some of your toys to different charities.”

[SLIDE: Key Question] “What do you have that you can share? It doesn’t need to be big, but

sharing what you have—even if it’s small—can have a huge impact on others. But this isn’t always easy. Often, we worry and think about what we can get for ourselves. However, this is an

opportunity to look to God for help us share what we have! “Let’s pray and ask God to help us do that.”


“Dear God, thank You so much for this story Jesus told. It helps us understand why it’s so

important to share what we have. Help us be brave enough and generous enough to share what You’ve given us. Please give us the wisdom to think about what others need, instead of just thinking about ourselves. We love You, and we pray these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.”





“Before we leave to go to small groups today, let me tell you what our memory verse is for this month...”

Read the Memory Verse Slide


Life App:

Responsibility - Showing you can be trusted with what is expected of you

Bible Passage:

Give It Away (Bigger Barns) • Luke 12:16-21

Key Question:

What do you have that you can share?

Bottom Line:

Share what you have.

Basic Truth:

I am made by God to reflect His Image.

Memory Verse:

“Suppose you can be trusted with something very little. Then you can

also be trusted with something very large.” Luke 16:10a, NIrV


(4 Pieces of Construction Paper, Tape, Cotton Balls or Pom Poms, Paper Plates – 1 Per Kid, Timer [Optional])

What You Do:

• Help kids adjust their masks, if necessary, then apply hand sanitizer.

• Divide the group into two to four teams, depending on your number of kids and the size of your Small Group area.

• Direct each team to stand at opposite “corners” of your area – as far apart as your small group space allows.

• Set a construction paper “barn” (construction paper) by each team.

• If you have three or four teams, position the barns so that they’re about the same distance apart.

• Tape each “barn’s” edges to the floor.

• Drop an equal number of cotton balls or pom poms onto each team’s “barn” and give each kid a paper plate

• Set a timer (or just count to a minute) and guide kids to fan their plates to move the cotton balls out of their own team’s barn and into other barns.

• When time runs out, kids return to their team’s barn.

• Keep interest high by varying the length of time set and by guiding kids to move different ways for each round—tiptoe, on their knees, crawling, heel-walking, etc.

What You Say:

“Did the man in today’s Bible story share what he had? (No!) What happened? (Other people got his stuff. God told him it was more important to share.) You guys did a great job sharing what you


had. You didn’t try to keep it for yourselves! We can say it this way. [Bottom Line] Share what you have.

“[Key Question] What do you have that you can share? (my toys, my food, a smile, or some extra kindness) Great ideas! Even if you don’t think you have anything, you can ALWAYS share a smile, a kind word, or a hug. No matter what, you can do what God wants you to do and [Bottom Line] share what you have.”

“God made each of you special. In fact, He made us all in His Image...not that we look like Him on the outside, but that we are able to do good things because He made us be able to act like Him. We can be responsible and share what God has given us because He is a God who shares


[Basic Truth] I am made by God to reflect His Image (act like Him).


(“Dare to Share” Activity Page – 1 Per Group, Floor Tape)

What You Do:

• Provide kids with a pump of hand sanitizer before beginning this activity.

• Place a 6 foot long strip of tape on the floor

• On one end of the tape, write the word “EASY” and on the other end write the word “HARD.”

• Mix up the “Dare to Share” cards from the Activity Page.

• Place all the “Dare to Share” cards face down near the tape line.

• Let the kids take turns taking a “Dare to Share” card from the top of the pile, reading it, and then placing it on the line according to how easy or hard it would be for them to share or give away that item.

• As more cards are added, kids can rearrange the order as needed. Allow there to be some debate.

• Encourage kids to discuss why some things are harder to share than others.

o Out of all the things on the “Dare to Share” cards what would you say is the hardest thing for you to share? What’s the easiest? Why?

o Point to one of the “Dare to Share” cards. Who do you know (not yourself!) that would benefit if this gift was shared with them?

o What would you say is the main point of this parable?

o What were some options the man might have had to deal with his growing amount of stuff rather than building more barns?

o No matter who we are or how much we have, what is something we all have that can be shared with others?

o Does this parable only apply to people with tons of stuff? Why or why not?

o If we believe that everything we have comes from God, how should that change the way we feel about sharing our stuff?

o Besides money or tangible possessions (stuff you can hold) what else does God give us that we can share with others? (This is a great time to talk about our Basic Truth – that we are made in the Image of God, therefore we have godly character traits...like generosity!)


o Being responsible is the opposite of being a fool. What are some ways we can show responsibility when it comes to the things God has allowed us to have?


Askthe following questionsand lead the group to discuss:

• How much is enough when it comes to the stuff you have? Is the answer the same for everyone or different for each of us?

• Describe the characteristics of someone you’d call “foolish.” (no names)

• What’s the main difference between being responsible with the things God has given us or being foolish?

• Would you say it’s easier to be the GIVER or the RECEIVER when it comes to sharing? Why is it hard for some people to accept the help of others?

• How can we share with others without making them feel embarrassed or less important?


(Preteen GodTime Card - 1 Per Kid) What You Say:

“Dear God, it’s so easy for us to hold on too tightly to the things we have. Help us to let go when we see others in need and be willing to share what we have. You have given us so much—even Your own Son to die in our place. Help us to look for and not ignore opportunities to share what we have with others. Amen.”

Pass out the GodTime Cards to each kid. If there’s spare time, encourage kids to start looking over their GodTime card and point out how it relates to today’s lesson





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