Key Verse: Hebrews 12:1-2

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.


Warm-up:

As children settle into the classroom begin with an icebreaker game:

Game Option 1: Guess a brick

  1. Each child draw a brick from a bag of color bricks without letting the others see it.

  2. They are to describe a person or thing that is of that color.

    • For older kids, you can also do a form of charade where they must act out the person or thing.

  3. The other children will have one guess (per person) on the color of the brick. Go clockwise around the table.  

1. Introduction

What kind of things do you like that are fast? Do you like running? biking? Horses? or race cars?

Today’s Bible Lesson comes from Hebrews 12:1-2

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

This verse tells us how our lives are like a big race! A race that we need to endure. Do you know what Endurance mean?

Have you ever run for a very long time and you starts to get tired and you want to stop? Maybe ask Mom or Dad to carry us??? The bible tells us sometime in life we want to stop and give up following Jesus. Sometimes life gets very hard and we get very tired, but Paul is saying don’t give up. Endure! Focusing on Jesus is the only way we can finish the race! Focusing on Jesus is what gives us energy to endure the race!

What are some things that reminds us to focus on Jesus! Can you build it?  You have 5 min!


2. Challenge Activity: Wacky Race

Instructions:

Build a sturdy vehicle for a race challenge! 

Requirements:

  1. Vehicle must be able to race down a ramp.

  2. For each pieces that fall off the vehicle during the race is -1pt. 

  3. Vehicle that rolled the furthest 10pt. 2nd place 5pt. 3rd place 2 pt.

Transition:

  • Have children sit back down around their table
* Give timed warnings along the way (i.e. 5 min. warning, 1 min, warning). When time is up, have children put all the leftover pieces on the table back into the case before proceeding to the “test range”.
* It is recommended that the teacher do not provide an example of a LEGO structure they build. You may provide photos of real life structures that stand firm as an inspiration, but avoid actual LEGO example if possible. This will allow children to problem-solve as they work out their solution on the worksheet/paper and in the actual building exercise.


3. Take Home (Optional)

Children can take their vehicle home as a pre-determined build.


4. Clean-up

Have children deconstruct and sort pieces back into the case.

Materials:

  • LEGO: You may provide your own selected pieces for the activities, but for the lesson plan shown we will be using LEGO Education set #9689 (204 pieces)

  • A non-transparent bag with color bricks (for icebreaker game option #1)

  • Bible(s)

Setup:

  1. Tables and Ramps for race

  2. 1 set of LEGO for children