Connect Week 1

WE ARE A TEAM

Together Everyone Accomplishes the Mission

Prepare Ahead Of Time:

A pack of large balloons, small table or desk, Connect Week PowerPoint, Student Testimony.

Scripture:

Genesis 2:18, Acts 2:42

Countdown Video* (5mins):

Play countdown video found at firstpriority.cc/connect

 

[Download CONNECT WEEK 1 PDF]

Welcome (2mins)

Say: Welcome to our first Connect Week ever! This is a new element of the brand new EPiC First Priority strategy! We are excited to talk about how to connect to our churches, connect to the Lord and connect with our friends here at First Priority!

Icebreaker (10mins)

Give students balloons to blow up… about 10-15 in total. (You could have these blown up before hand if time is a concern)

Say: Some things just seem impossible right? There are many times that we look on the calling to reach the whole world with the GOSPEL and it just doesn’t seem possible to accomplish. Today we are going to talk about how working together will help us accomplish more!

Choose a volunteer. Place ONE balloon on the floor. Flip the table or desk over and then place the flat surface of the table on the single balloon. Ask the student to carefully step on the table… it will pop!

Say: It is impossible for just one balloon to handle the pressure and weight of – STUDENT NAME- because the pressure is too great for just one balloon to handle. Let’s try it again with more balloons.

Place many balloons on the floor (10 or so depending on the size of the table or desk) place the same table on the balloons with all of the balloons touching the flat surface of the table (somewhat evenly). Now ask the same student to stand on the table carefully (help steady them) The balloons will hold the weight as the pressure is distributed evenly.  

Say: With many balloons the pressure from the table and – STUDENT NAME- was distributed and the seemly impossible becomes possible! When all of us work to accomplish the mission the pressure and weight becomes easier to bare!

It is the same with the sometimes overwhelming task of sharing the GOSPEL with our whole school! Even though it seems impossible when we work together the mission becomes more realistic. When we add God to mix, well… nothing is impossible with God!

Connect To God (7mins)

Say: Following Jesus is not an individual competition, it is a team sport! We were never meant to follow Jesus by ourselves, in fact, the Bible says:

“It is not good for man to be alone.” – Genesis 2:18

The early church right after Jesus spent a lot of time together encouraging one another in the Lord. They knew that it was vital for them to spend time together to read the Word, eat meals, remember the Gospel and talk about it and spend time in prayer.

“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. – Acts 2:42

When we put our faith in Jesus we become part of a family! That family cares for one another supports one another and accomplishes the mission of God together!

If we are truly a team working together to accomplish the mission of First Priority we need to make sure that we are involved in connecting with other Christians here at school, in our churches and whenever else we can! Did you know God invented the idea of relationships? Friendships are a gift from God. When we spend time together worshiping the Lord and reading His Word we are empowered to fulfill our mission to reach people with Jesus by knowing that we are not alone.

This helps us unite to accomplish our mission of reaching every student on this campus with the life-changing truth of the Gospel! Remember: When we work together everyone accomplishes the mission.

New Believer Moment* (3mins)

Say: Is there anyone here today that made a decision for the first time to follow Jesus last week at Proclaim Week? If you would like to share about why you made that decision we would love to hear from you today! But, we understand if that’s scary and you don’t want to stand up here and share yet.

Give a moment for new believers to share if they are willing

Say: If you made a decision to follow Jesus and you didn’t get a chance to share, or didn’t want to quite yet, make sure you see a student leader after club today. Also, make sure you get a First Priority Bible!

Have student leaders identify themselves

Connect To Church Activity (8mins)

Say: Raise your hand if you went to church this week! ………..Awesome!

Have students raise their hands

Say: What are some ways you’ve noticed that your church works together as a team?

Allow students to answer

Say: What are some reasons that teamwork is important to success?

Allow students to answer

Say: Today –STUDENT NAME- is going to share with us about their church, why they are involved weekly, and how they serve the Lord at their local church.

Have a student leader answer these questions:

  1. What church do you go to? How are you involved? 

Encourage the student to explain why being connected to a local church is such a big part of their life.

  1. How have you seen your church work as a team to accomplish their mission?
  2. What is your church’s mission?

Connect To Club (8mins)

Say: It’s important to keep coming back to club throughout the school year and we are looking for volunteers to help be a part of our leadership team! If you are interested in being part of that team of leaders please see me after club today! Also, if you are going to be part of the club this year, please fill out a membership form to become an official member of the First Priority Club here at – SCHOOL NAME- we are so excited to welcome anyone of you to be a member! If your not sure you want to be a member yet that’s ok too! Just keep coming and enjoying these times with us!

Pass out membership cards to those students who want them

Also If you don’t have a Bible we would love to give you one of the First Priority Bibles!

Hand out FP Bibles to anyone who needs one

Say: We will now use our three-week planner to plan the next few weeks of club. You can have an opportunity to be part of the team by signing up to help!

Use the three week planner giving students opportunity to volunteer

In-Prayer Moment (2mins)

Say: Let’s take a couple minutes to break into small groups and pray for the friends on our prayer cards that they would know Jesus, get connected to our club and get involved in a church!

Give them a couple minutes to pray

Club Selfie (2mins)

Say: Let’s take a club selfie!

Get the whole group together and take a selfie. Post it to social media with the hashtag #FPClubSelfie

Announcements* (2mins)

Display announcement slides

Say: We have lots of different church options if you don’t have a home church check out the ones here on the screen. If you don’t see your church listed let me know. We will see you next week at Equip Week! We are excited to have you join us as we discuss the question of “What is Truth?” Be sure to be there… and feel free to invite some friends!                                              

Make any local club announcements

*Optional