Armor of God Party

Sent in by Theresa Bostick

 

Seat All the Children at the Table Where You Will be Eating.

This afternoon, we are going to be reviewing all of our "armor of God" lessons in three different ways. The first way we are going to be reviewing them is by eating some snacks. The second way we are going to be reviewing our "armor of God" lessons is by making a paper soldier wearing armor meant to remind us of the "armor of God". The third way that we will be reviewing our "armor of God" lessons is by playing a game to remind us of each piece. Are we ready to get started? Okay! Let’s eat!

I picked each snack food special to go with our different pieces of armor. I hope that you will remember each piece of armor when you eat that food again. Pass out plates and napkins, noting that they are green to remind us that we are in the army of the Lord. Give each child the food, noting what each snack is supposed to remind us of.

Food

The Fruit Roll is supposed to remind us of our "Belt of Truth". The Pizza Puffs are supposed to remind us of our "Breastplate of Righteousness".
The Pringles are supposed to remind us of our "Shield of Faith".
The Sherbert Punch in this wide bottom cup is supposed to remind us of our "Helmet of Salvation".
The Pretzel Rods are supposed to remind us of our "Sword of the Spirit".
The Nutter Butters are supposed to remind us of our "Gospel of Peace" shoes.

After each child finishes with their snack, have them move to the craft area. For our craft, we will be making a paper soldier wearing armor meant to remind us of the "armor of God". I cut out the paper soldiers and armor pieces before the party, as my children are too little to cut. I printed the scripture verse (Ephesians 6:11) onto construction paper to use as a background for the children to glue their soldiers to. Allow each child to choose their background color. Give each child their soldier. Have the children color and glue their soldier to their background. Return to the craft table after you review a piece of armor and play the associated game. Pass out the armor piece. Allow the children to color and glue the piece to their soldier.

After the children finish with each part of the craft, have them go to the lesson area.

Introduction

We have learned about the Roman soldiers and the armor they wore. Why did the soldiers wear armor? Wait for responses. The soldiers wore the armor to protect them in battle. Their armor protected them from spears, rocks, and swords used by their enemies.

We also learned about David and Goliath. Did David wear any armor when he fought Goliath? Wait for responses. Yes, he did, but he wasn’t wearing a metal armor like Goliath. He was wearing an invisible armor, the armor of God.
Did you know that we fight battles every day? That’s right! We do! Our battles aren't against giants or soldiers, but against someone else. Does anyone know who our number one enemy is? Wait for responses. Our number one enemy is the devil. He is much stronger and meaner then any enemy the Roman soldiers ever had. The Bible tells us that the armor of God protects us from the wiles of the devil. What does wiles mean? Wait for responses. Wiles means tricks.

We wear the armor of God, because we are in God's army. The devil is our enemy, and he is very tricky and very strong, but God is stronger than the devil, and He has given us His armor to protect us! When we get up every morning, we need to remember to ask God to help us put on the whole armor of God. This is a very important for us to do. The devil has no power over us when we are wearing God's armor.

 


Belt of Truth

The first piece of armor that we learned about was the "belt of truth". Say that with me "belt of truth". God's word tells us what is right and what is wrong. It tells us what is true and what is not. By reading and studying God's words we will learn the truth, and this will protect us from making mistakes and doing the wrong thing. The devil won't be able to trick us, because we know what the truth is.

David wore the "belt of truth". He asked God to show him His ways, to teach him and guide him in His truth. We put on the "belt of truth" when we learn about God's word and follow His commands.


The first game that we are going to play is to remind us about our "belt of truth". Sometimes it is very easy for us to let our "belt of truth" slid right off of us and fall to the floor. In other words, we tell a little fib or lie instead of telling the truth. I know that it is hard to tell the truth all the time, but the Bible tells us that "the truth shall set you free". So, the next time you have to choose whether to tell the truth or to tell a lie, remember the game that we are about to play, okay?

Play Belt of Truth Relay -- Children stand in a line against the wall on one side of the room. Give the person at the front of the line a closed belt. The child must put the belt over their head and allow it to fall all the way down their body to the floor. Then they jump out of it and go to the back of the line. The next child steps over the belt, picks it up and does the same as the child before. The game ends when the line has moved from one side of the room to the other.

 


Breastplate of Righteousness

The second piece of armor that we learned about was the "breastplate of righteousness". Say that with me "breastplate of righteousness". The breastplate covered the soldiers heart and protected it. David wore the "breastplate of righteousness". David did what was right. God had picked David as the next king of Israel. Even though David was small, God knew his heart, his thoughts and his intentions. David loved God, and God was pleased with David.

We must also protect our hearts from the devil. Jesus taught us to do what is right. He showed us how to treat others, to think good thoughts, to be forgiving, to be honest, to be fair, and to be kind. We put on the "breastplate of righteousness", when we live like Jesus. We are living a righteous life when we do what is right.

I picked our next game to show us how the "breastplate of righteous" covers and protects our heart. The heart is a very tender part and we should always strive to keep it covered in the righteousness of God, by doing what we know is right and by following the example that Jesus made for us.

Play Breastplate of Righteousness Game -- Set up a large heart, cut from a full sheet of red poster board, as the target. Give each child a can of the spray string. On the word go, the children begin to spray the string at the heart. The game ends when the heart is all covered.

 


Shield of Faith

The third piece of the armor that we learned about was the "shield of faith". Say that with me "shield of faith". David knew that God would protect him. He had faith that God would protect him. God had protected him before, and he knew that God would protect him when he fought the giant. He had learned to trust God through his experiences. So, faith is knowing and trusting God.


We get faith by knowing God. We learn to know God through His words, by praying and by studying and memorizing His words. We also learn to trust Him when we go through hard times. We realize that He is with us through the bad times and the good times. Our faith in God, like a soldier’s shield, is what protects us.


In our next game, we are going to see how the "shield of faith" works. When the devil shoots his fiery darts at us, and we use our "shield of faith" the fiery darts bounce right off, but if we do not place our faith in God to protect us, the fiery darts don’t always bounce off, sometimes they hit us and we get hurt. That is when we need to remember this game and always rely on God to protect us.

Play Shield of Faith Ball Game -- Set up large shields, cut from full sheets of poster board, as targets. Give the children balls to throw at the shields from a set distance. The game ends when each child has thrown at all shields.

 


Helmet of Salvation

The forth piece of armor that we learned about was the "helmet of salvation." Say that with me "helmet of salvation". The "helmet of salvation" reminds us that we are saved, if we asked Jesus into our heart. It reminds us that Jesus forgives us, no matter what we have done. It reminds us that we are saved, because Jesus loves us and died for our sins.


David wore the "helmet of salvation". David knew that only God could save him. The "helmet of salvation" reminds us that we are saved, even when we don't feel like it and even though we don’t deserve it.


In this game, we are going to learn that we are known by what we wear on our head. When you see a hat, it makes you think about what that hat is used for. Hold up football helmet. A hat like this is used to play football. Hold up dress-up hat. A hat like this is worn when attending a tea party or when dressing up. During this game, I want you to learn that we are known by our hat. We want people to see us wearing our "helmet of salvation". That way they will know that we belong to the Lord, and that we can share the good news of Jesus with them.

Play Helmet of Salvation Hat Relay -- Collect a variety of hats. Set them up on one side of the room. Line the children up in a line. On the word go, the child at the beginning runs to the area where the hats are set up and chooses a hat. He puts the hat on and runs to the end of the line. When he reaches the front of the line again, he places the hat in a container set up to hold the hats. The game is over when all the hats are in the container.

 


Sword of the Spirit

The fifth piece of armor that we learned about was the "sword of the spirit." Say that with me "sword of the spirit". This is not a piece of armor used only for protection. This is the piece of armor that we use to defend ourselves. It is our weapon. Our "sword of the spirit" is the Bible or the word of God. The Bible is a very powerful weapon. It's not the Bible itself, but what is written inside. The things written in the Bible are God's very own words. God's words guide us and direct us. They tell us how we should live our lives and how we should treat others. They tell us what is important and they reveal the devil's lies. They keep us away from evil and help us to do what is right. Those are some pretty powerful words, aren’t they? God's words have the power to change lives. They are life. If we listen to them and believe them, we will have eternal life. Not an ordinary life, but a meaningful, powerful life.

David knew how powerful God's words are. David had been taught to love God and knew God’s commands. He told Goliath, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied." He stood on God’s words and His promises to protect His people.

This game is designed mainly just to be fun. While we are playing it, I want you to remember that we only use our sword when the enemy is attacking us, in order to defend ourselves. Who is our enemy? Wait for responses. Our enemy is the devil, not the people around us. We should never, ever use our sword on other people. People are not our enemy. If a person does wrong to you, you should not attack them with your sword, you should pray for them.

Play Sword of the Spirit Ring Toss -- Set up several swords for a target. Mark a distance line for the children to toss from. Line the children up in two lines. Give each child at the front of the line 3 rings for tossing. Each child gets to toss until all their rings are on a sword then they run to the end of the line. This game can continue either until all children have had one or two turns.

 


Gospel of Peace

The sixth piece of armor that we learned about was the "gospel of peace". Say that with me "gospel of peace". Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful." John 14:27. Jesus gives us the kind of peace that keeps us from being troubled and afraid. When we understand the good news that Jesus died for our sins and has given us the gift of eternal life, we receive peace. Peace in knowing the truth, knowing that His Holy Spirit is with us to guide us and protect us.

David knew how powerful God's words are and stood on God’s words and His promises to protect His people. He was prepared for battle and was at peace. He wasn't afraid, because he knew God was with him.

We can have that kind of peace too! That kind of peace comes from knowing Jesus. We learn to know Jesus through His words. We put on the "shoes of peace" by reading, studying and standing on Gods words. When we put on the "shoes of peace" nothing can move us or scare us or make us run and hide because the peace we have comes from God.

In our last game, we are going to learn how to spread the "gospel of peace". Peace is something very important for us to have in the time that we live in. There are so many things that we could be worrying about, but worry is not from God. God doesn’t want us to worry. The Bible tells us that the birds don’t worry about anything, because God provides for them, and we shouldn’t worry about anything either. Just trust in God to do what He says He will do, and you will have His peace.

Play Musical Gospel of Peace Game -- Divide the children into two groups. Position one group of children in the middle and have the other group of children walk around the group in the middle as the music plays. When the music stops, each child must hug the person they are standing in front of and then change places. The game ends when the entire song has played.

 


Closing

The Bible tells us to put on the whole armor of God to protect us from the devil’s tricks. We wear the armor of God, because we are in God's army and we need to be ready to fight our enemy. The devil is our enemy, and he is very tricky and strong, but there is one thing that I am certain of. God is stronger than the devil and He has given us His armor to protect us!

When we get up every morning, we need to remember to ask God to help us put on the whole armor of God. This is a very important thing for us to do, because the devil has no power over us when we are wearing God's armor.

I want you to know that you are very special to God. He made you the way that you are, because He wanted you that way. It doesn’t matter what other people think or say. Our enemy is the devil, and God has given you His armor to use to protect yourselves from the devil and his tricks. When the devil attacks you, remember that you are in the Lord’s army and that you can protect yourself and fight back if it is necessary. But the most important thing that you need to remember is that you can call on the name of Jesus, and the devil will flee from you.

Sing "I’m In The Lord’s Army" and Return to Church.

I hope that this is something that you can use on your site. My children really enjoyed it and it can be altered in several different ways to accommodate most children. Thank you for such wonderful lessons. It is so easy for me to look at your site and find something that I can use to teach my children. There are so many different ways that your lessons can be used. You are truly blessed!

Theresa Bostick

 


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