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Faith Talk - Week of August 17-23

In Kids Rock this Sunday our lesson was over “Abraham Leaves Home” Genesis 12:1-7; 17:1-16. The power point for this lesson was God will bless others by blessing you. The two points for today’s lesson were: a cycle of blessings and an example of blessings.

Memory Verse: “I will bless anyone who blesses you, but I will put a curse on anyone who puts a curse on you. Everyone on earth will be blessed because of you.” Genesis 12:3

Object Lesson: Comfort Zone

http://teachingthem.com/2011/01/26/comfort-zone-object-lesson/

Description
This game helps participants to understand how important it is to step our of our comfort zones in order to grow. You can use the story of Abraham (Abram at the time) leaving his country and his family and everything he knew as a reinforcement of the lesson.

Scriptures
o Genesis 12:1-9

Materials
o Rope (about 30 feet or more) or a garden hose, 5 balls, laundry basket or trash can, Bible

Preparation
o Tie the rope or garden hose into a loop.
o Use the rope or garden hose to make a small circle on the ground (about 1 ft – 1 ½ ft in diameter).
o Coil the excess rope or garden hose on top of this circle so that you have only one circle.
o Set up the trashcan or laundry basket about 20 ft away from the circle (further if you want to increase the difficulty).
o Practice the script.

Procedure
Use the following script (or modify to suit your needs):
§ “How many of you know what a comfort zone is?”(Acknowledge responses.)
§ “A comfort zone is a place or situation where you feel safe, comfortable.”
§ “When you are in your comfort zone, you don’t take risks.”
§ “Those are uncomfortable, so they can’t be in the zone.”
§ “In your comfort zone, there is no progress or growth, because progress and growth only occur when you take risks and step out of your comfort zone.”
§ “God asked Abraham (Abram at the time) to leave his comfort zone.”(Have a volunteer read Genesis 12:1-9.)
§ “Abraham had to leave everything that he knew (his family, his friends, his country, his home….) in order to follow God’s leading into a strange country.”
§ “The trip would take months, and it would be full of risk to Abraham, his wife, his nephew, Lot, and their servants.”
§ “They would face dangers from animals, thieves, foreign kings, fatigue, potential starvation and other threats.”
§ “But Abraham could not experience God’s blessing from inside his comfort zone in his home in Haran.”
§ “To experience God’s blessing, Abraham had to take a risk.”
§ “Let me show you a demonstration that will help you understand comfort zones better.”
§ “I’m going to need a volunteer.”(Select a volunteer from the group.)
§ “Let’s pretend that this is your comfort zone.”(Position volunteer inside the coil of ropes or garden hose.)
§ “Don’t you feel all comfy in there?”
§ “Now, let’s pretend that you have a goal that you want to achieve.”
§ “Your goal is to get five (or more if you like) shots in a row in that basket/trash can.”
§ “You can take shots only from inside your comfort zone this first time.”
§ “How many shots do you think you will make?”(Listen to response, and share it with the audience if it was too quiet for them to hear.)
§ “Well, let’s try. Take your shots.” (Allow volunteer to take all his/her shots. Share the score with the audience.)
§ “Not so good.”
§ (Ask volunteer…)“What do you think would help you to be more successful?”(Listen to response, and shear it with the audience if it was too quiet for them to hear. If the volunteer doesn’t mention stepping out of their comfort zone, prompt them.)
§ “Let’s try that.”(Allow volunteer to take one step, as big as they can, out of their comfort zone.)
§ “But wait. That wasn’t very scary. Stepping out of your comfort zone has to have some risk involved.”
§ “Otherwise, every place on earth would be your comfort zone.”
“Let’s make it more scary.”
§ “Can I get another volunteer?”(Select another volunteer. Make him (or her) stand five feet away from the first volunteer.)
§ “This person represents the risk of stepping out of your comfort zone.”
§ “He (or she) has to stand right here and count to ten slowly (“one, one thousand, two, one thousand, three, one thousand….”).”
§ “When he gets to ten, he can try to tag our first volunteer, the shooter, as long as he is out of his comfort zone.”
§ “But if the shooter goes back into his comfort zone, he can’t be tagged there.”
§ “However, he still has to make all five shots, either from within the comfort zone if he hasn’t don’t it already or out of his comfort zone if he is brave enough to come out one step.”
§ “Do both my volunteers understand how this works?”(Answer any questions they have. Then, let your shooter try to make the shots, stepping no more than one step out of the comfort zone. If the risk person tags the shooter, the shooter can’t shoot anymore shots.)
§ “That looked challenging.”
§ “But something interesting happens when you step out of your comfort zone.”(Uncoil the rope or garden hose to make it twice as big as it was.)
§ “Your comfort zone grows!”
§ “Now you feel comfortable going further than you went before.”
§ “So, let’s try it again.”
§ “Our risk person will count to ten slowly before he tries to tag our shooter.”
§ “Our shooter can step one, big step outside of his comfort zone and take five shots without getting tagged.”(Allow them to try this.)
§ “It’s getting easier. Let’s do it again!”
§ “The comfort zone increases, because our shooter took a step out of it during the last round.”(Uncoil the rope or garden hose another loop or even two (depending on how fast you want to finish the exercise) to make it bigger. Then let the shooter try to make his shots again. If the shooter makes all his shots, you’re done. If he doesn’t, you might want to run the exercise a time or two again. When you are finished, thank and dismiss your volunteers and close with the following comments.)
§ “So, you can see how a comfort zone works.”
§ “Whenever you take a risk and step out of it, it grows.”
§ “The more you do it, the easier it will be to accomplish your goals.”
§ “Remember our story about Abraham?”
§ “He took a huge risk, but every step out of his comfort zone helped him to grow in his faith in the Lord.”
§ “By the time Abraham reached the Promised Land, he had learned to put his complete faith in the Lord.”
§ “He needed that faith to help him wait the 25 years for God’s promise of a son to come true.”
§ “He would need it again to pass the test of almost offering Isaac as a sacrifice to the Lord.”
§ “Abraham could never have the faith to do those things if he had stayed in Haran.”
§ “If you want to experience God’s greatest blessings, you’ve got to follow Him out of your comfort zone.”



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