Adventist Adventurer Awards and Answers/Cooperation


Read and discuss

Acts 4:32-37 and Exodus 35:20-29; 36:2-7.

Acts 4:32-37

32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.

36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.

Exodus 35:20-29

20 Then the whole Israelite community withdrew from Moses’ presence, 21 and everyone who was willing and whose heart moved them came and brought an offering to the Lord for the work on the tent of meeting, for all its service, and for the sacred garments. 22 All who were willing, men and women alike, came and brought gold jewelry of all kinds: brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to the Lord. 23 Everyone who had blue, purple or scarlet yarn or fine linen, or goat hair, ram skins dyed red or the other durable leather brought them. 24 Those presenting an offering of silver or bronze brought it as an offering to the Lord, and everyone who had acacia wood for any part of the work brought it. 25 Every skilled woman spun with her hands and brought what she had spun—blue, purple or scarlet yarn or fine linen. 26 And all the women who were willing and had the skill spun the goat hair. 27 The leaders brought onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece. 28 They also brought spices and olive oil for the light and for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense. 29 All the Israelite men and women who were willing brought to the Lord freewill offerings for all the work the Lord through Moses had commanded them to do.

Exodus 36:2-7

2 Then Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the Lord had given ability and who was willing to come and do the work. 3 They received from Moses all the offerings the Israelites had brought to carry out the work of constructing the sanctuary. And the people continued to bring freewill offerings morning after morning. 4 So all the skilled workers who were doing all the work on the sanctuary left what they were doing 5 and said to Moses, “The people are bringing more than enough for doing the work the Lord commanded to be done.”

6 Then Moses gave an order and they sent this word throughout the camp: “No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary.” And so the people were restrained from bringing more, 7 because what they already had was more than enough to do all the work.

What is cooperation?


Willingness to work together; give and take. Learning to cooperate is when a person thinks about and balances their own needs and wants with another person’s needs and wants. Some people think that cooperation means a child does what the adult wants. That’s not the case. True cooperation is a give and take between people that ends up with something they both agree on. Cooperation is a skill that must be learned.

Why is cooperation important in your family, school, and church?



Housework, Sabbath Preparation, Budget

Your family is the most important 'team' that you will ever work with.

To be successful everyone in the family needs to:

·       respect each other

·       respect each other’s space and belongings

·       listen to each other

·       do chores at the right time and willingly?

·       learn how to work out problems without fighting each other

·       communicate well so that everyone knows what is happening

·       spend time together as a family

·       celebrate each other’s successes and support each other through the sad times

·       learn to share.


be a helper to your teacher help your classmates when they need

To have real cooperation at school everyone needs to keep the school rules. These rules have been put into place to keep everyone in the school community safe and cared for.

Your teacher and the kids in your class may work together to add some more special rules about how you will work together so that everyone in the classroom gets a ‘fair go'.

Maybe you talked about the values which are most important to you and what they would look like if they were being followed in your classroom.


Be involved in your church activities be attentive with the new club members, especially when they are not from the church

·       Cooperation is an important value

·       Excellence (everyone trying hard to do their best in everything)

·       Fairness (everyone having an equal chance and being treated the same)

·       Integrity (which is about honesty in the way we act and speak)

·       Respect (for ourselves, others and property)

·       Responsibility (for ourselves, our belongings and our actions)

Role play a Bible story about cooperation.


Nehemiah rebuilding the temple while others are attacking/protecting. Nehemiah 4:15-23

Will need blocks to build with. Separate children into 3 groups. One group will be rebuild the "temple", one group protects the builders while the last group attacks.

Sing a cooperation song.


Sandi Patti Cooperation Hop.

Play a cooperative game.


Team building hula hoop

Make a cooperative craft with your group


Process: Create a tower as tall as possible that can stand self-supported.

  • create or be assigned a team; 3 people to each team.
  • You will be given 100g of spaghetti and 50 grams of mini marshmallows.
  • You will have 5 minutes to plan your approach.
  • You will have 30 minutes of build time.
  • Spaghetti and marshmallows may be broken but marshmallows may not be made wet.
  • You may not actively seek out other groups to poach ideas but you may spot ideas from your work station.
  • Once time is called a full minute will be waited before teacher measures height. This is to ensure tower stability.

Learning Goals:

  • Students will work on
  • Determining variables and controlling them
  • Team work
  • Time management
  • Creative problem solving
  • Engineering for structural strength
  • Perseverance and idea adaptation

Here is a video showing parts of the challenge and the winning design Spaghetti and Marshmallow Towel