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Something Free You Can Use Now: Black Eyed Peas "Gone Going" complete discussion starter with game, small group questions, scripture and a wrap up talk
Ever looking for something relevant for youth group... something that hits them
where they're at, but also shares the truth of scripture?
Well check out a brand new FREE (as always) piece of curriculum from my friend Teddi that we just
added to our SPIRITUAL GROWTH
AGENDAS on our web site's CURRICULUM &
JUMPSTARTERS page. This curriculum uses the Black Eyed Peas popular song "Gone Going" as a
discussion starter, and then provides you the game, discussion questions, scripture, small group
material and even a wrap up talk. What more could you ask for?
Check it out!
Black Eyed Peas -Gone Going
Storing Treasures That Please God
Main Point: Store up treasures that please God
As students arrive welcome them at the door and give them the choice between a small candy bar or
a ticket (like a carnival style ticket or a Monopoly style form of money or a home made version of
money like "Baptist Bucks" with your pastor's photo in the middle) which they may spend later on
"other candies." They'll ask about what they can buy later and you will simply reply that they
will have to wait and see. "Make a choice now, take a snack now or wait until the end of your
meeting time to get a snack." Don't allow trading, don't allow long periods of decision making
time, just make them chose and send them into your meeting area.
Transition Statement (intro. optional game)
If you have snacks, finish up cause we're about to get started. If you have tickets, just
store them away until later. We're going to divide you into two groups. Team A is on this side
of the room, Team B on that side of the room.
You can play a game called Capture the Wardrobe. (Basic capture the flag, but stealing items
of clothing instead of a flag.) Each team has a home mannequin or volunteer draped with popular
clothing and accessories (don't worry-kids won't be stripping the mannequin or volunteer... just
removing a few accessories). Your goal as a team is to protect the items on your own mannequin
while also stealing the most valuable items off the other team's mannequin (mannequins don't
move... they just stand still). Each team is allowed only one mannequin guard and that guard may
not be closer than 5 feet from the mannequin (or if you have a basketball court, you can use the
"key" as the safe zone). You must get any of several designated items off of the
mannequin/volunteer and return to home base without being tagged. If you are tagged, you are
escorted to the designated jail in enemy territory and can only be freed if someone makes it to
the jail without being tagged-the entire jail is freed.
The game is timed by the music. When you hear the music start, you may go, when the music stops,
all play is over and no more items can be added to your vault. Background music for this game is
"Gone Going" by the Black Eyed Peas.
Team with the HIGHEST VALUE OF ITEMS COLLECTED wins. On the inside of each item place a sticker
with a dollar amount for value. Play as many rounds as time allows.
Possible Items: (check your local Goodwill or find volunteers who have grown out of some
clothing items that will work for your group. Name brands aren't important to everyone, but
students will relate to "stylish items" being worth more than run-of-the mill stuff.) (Important
Note: Designate which items they are to grab. Any sweatshirts or t-shirts should be draped
across the mannequin for easy removal... we don't want kids stripping these "mannequins" of their
Have a seat and we'll add up the teams' totals. A couple of quick questions I want to throw at
Optional Large Group Questions: (have someone tallying points while you throw out these
Announce winning team as amounts are totaled. No prizes are necessary.
- What made you want to grab this pair of shorts/jeans/?
- How much do you think these sunglasses should be worth?
- When you see people wearing this brand, what do you think about them?
- What brand do you prefer to wear?
- What's most important in a good pair of shoes?
Maybe you noticed the song we played while you were scrambling for your fashion. It's called
"Gone Going" by the Black Eyed Peas. They put out some controversial music and I am not suggesting
you go buy their albums, but I wanted to take a closer look at this one song. I'll play it again
and I've got the lyrics printed up for you to read along.
(Pass out lyrics and pencils to students. Lyrics below.)
I'm going to play the song through one more time. This time please underline phrases that jump
out at you. Maybe you disagree or agree with something being said. When the song is over at the
bottom of your page write what you think is the song's main point.
(Play song again and allow students 3 minutes to come up with a main point/idea.)
BLACK EYED PEAS LYRICS
Large Group Questions:
Johnny wanna be a big star
Get on stage and play the guitar
Make a little money, buy a fancy car
Big old house and an alligator
Just to match with them alligator shoes
He's a rich man so he's no longer singing the blues
He's singing songs about material things
And platinum rings and watches that go bling
But, diamonds don't bling in the dark
He a star now, but he ain't singing from the heart
Sooner or later he's just gonna fall apart
Coz his fans can't relate to his new found art
He ain't doing what he did from the start
And that's putting in some feeling and thought
He decided to live his life shallow
Passion is love for material
And its gone... gone... going...
Gone... everything gone... give a damn...
Gone be the birds when they don't want to sing...
Gone people... up awkward with their things... gone.
You see yourself in the mirror
And you feel safe coz it looks familiar
But you afraid to open up your soul
Coz you don't really know, don't really know
Who he is, the person that's deep within
Coz you are content with just being the name-brand man
And you fail to see that its trivial
Insignificant, you addicted to material
I've seen your kind before
You're the type that thinks souls is sold in a store
Packaged up with incense sticks
With them vegetarian meals
To you that's righteous
You're fiction like books
You need to go out to life and look
Coz... what happens when they take your material
You already sold your soul and its...
You say that time is money and money is time
So you got mind in your money and your money on your mind
But what about... that crime that you did to get paid
And what about... that bid, you can't take it to your brain
What about those shoes you'll wear today
They'll do no good on the bridges you walked along the way
All that money that you got gonna be gone
That gear that you rock gonna be gone
The house up on the hill gonna be gone
The gold purse on your grill gonna be gone
The ice on your wrist gonna be gone
That nice little Miss gonna be gone
That whip that you roll gonna be gone
And what's worst is your soul's already gone
Transition Statement (into Small groups)
- According to this song... what happens to material things?
- What is the main point of this song? What makes you think that? Do you agree or disagree
with that point? Why?
- What do you suppose God thinks about this song?
We're going to look at a passage of the Bible that talks about wanting special stuff; like our
mannequins wore and like the subject of this song. We're going to do that in small groups. Let's
break up into small groups now.
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