The Wall Builder

The Wall Builder

 (Bible Overview #26 of 54)

One Main Truth:  Weak areas allow the enemy to attack, weak areas must be repaired

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1 GAME: Red Rover

Game / Bible / Life Connection:  In the Game You looked for a Weak Spot / In the Bible Nehemiah Repaired the Weak Areas in the Wall / You Need to Repair the Weak Areas in Your Life

1. Have the children stand in a single file line from the shortest player to the tallest player. Then simply have the first child go to the left and the second child go the right until you have two new lines that are evenly divided by size.
2. Have the players in both lines stand shoulder to shoulder. The two lines should be facing the other line. Have about 15 feet between the two lines.
3. Ask players to hold hands, then spread out to the left and right so that all players hands are stretched out to their sides and holding the players hand next to
them, making a WALL.
4. The first team calls out: “Red Rover Red Rover send “Raj’ Right Over.” Raj, from the other team, looks for a WEAK SPOT to break through, if he breaks through, he takes a player from that team back to his team. If he does not break through then he must stay on that team.
5. Take turns allowing each team to call out: “Red Rover Red Rover send “Raj’ Right Over.
 
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2 BIBLE DISCOVERIES: Gospel & Truth - Nehemiah 2

 Game / Bible / Life Connection:    In the Game You looked for a Weak Spot / In the Bible Nehemiah Repaired the Weak Areas in the Wall / You Need to Repair the Weak Areas in Your Life

Home: Hello! My name is Amy. I live with my parents and my little brother Kitty. We have a warm home where we sleep safely at night.  Mommy and daddy work hard to keep our home clean, healthy, and safe.  Mommy gives us food and daddy fixes things that need repair. I help with some chores but Kitty is naughty. He plays all the time. He doesn’t even do his homework properly.  Mommy tells me to keep an eye on him. Our favorite time is bed-time when mummy a bible story every night. We love listening to her stories!

After we are tucked in, mummy begins. Daddy is still busy. He is fixing the lock on the main door. Mommy says, “The people of Israel were disobedient once again. And disobedience has consequences, children.  This is the story of Nehemiah. He was captured and taken to a foreign land as a slave.” Hmm… I wonder what it must be like to be a slave. Poor Nehemiah.  Mommy continued, as she patted Kitty’s hair. “At that time, Nehemiah was made the cup bearer to King Artaxerxes of Persia. Nehemiah’s job was to taste the king’s food to protect him from possible poisoning.”  “That’s what mommy does before she feed us” Kitty observes. Yes, she always makes sure that the salt and
chilly are ok before daddy eats, and also cools the food before giving it to Kitty and me.

Mommy continues, “Jerusalem was being destroyed.  Enemies brought down the city wall! Can you imagine how upset we would get if someone destroyed the walls of our home?” Sunny jumps up and begins boxing an imaginary enemy! Mommy continues, “Nehemiah was so sad. He cried for many days. He fasted and prayed to God and confessed the sins of his people begging God’s forgiveness.” Kitty got on his knees and pretended to cry. “With the permission of the King, Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem, to rebuild the wall! Praise God!” “Just like daddy, Nehemiah did not give up. He worked hard, and with the help of the people and the protection of God, he rebuilt the
wall in just 52 days.”

“Look around, children. There are broken families everywhere. Communities are crying to be rebuilt.  Even Earth needs more plants clean water. The Lord needs YOU in His work in restoring all this! Will you help?” Both of us promise, “Yes, mommy!”  Mommy prays, “Dear God, let the story of Nehemiah’s commitment to rebuilding Jerusalem, be an inspiration to all of us. Amen.” We too say “Amen” and go to sleep. I wonder what tomorrow’s story will be…

3 LIFE CONNECTIONS

  Game / Bible / Life Connection:    In the Game You looked for a Weak Spot / In the Bible Nehemiah Repaired the Weak Areas in the Wall / You Need to Repair the Weak Areas in Your Life

Memory Verse:   “Let us rebuilt the wall of Jerusalem and end this disgrace.”  Nehemiah 2:17b

Leader, ask God to connect to the children’s minds, the children’s hearts, and in the prayer to connect to the children’s soul.

1. Game 
Can someone quickly explain today’s game?
Raise your hand if you were called to break through the wall?
Where did you try to break through (the weak area)
Why there? (because it was weak I could break through easily)

2. Bible
What was the name of the man repairing the walls of Jerusalem?
Did he try to fix the strong areas or the weak areas in the wall?  (the weak areas)
Why?  (that is where the enemy could break through).

Boys and girls in your life, your character, your attitude and your actions are like walls protecting God’s spirit within, you may have strong areas, but
possibly you have weak areas like not telling mom and dad the truth or maybe cheating at school?

3. Life
Repeat after me: “God my life, my character, my attitude and actions are like walls, Jesus show me the weak areas in my life *pause* Holy Spirit please give me courage to obey and share this truth.”

4. Worship Song
Ask the children what is their favorite worship song and then sing several worship songs with hand-motions
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5. Reinforcement 
Use local resources and common objects.
(Optional)
Divide the group into two groups. Let the children gather pebbles and build little
towers. The tower that is the tallest wins. The idea is to build teamwork and persistency in the face of resistance

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