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! Lets 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.
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
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"
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
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 wasnt 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? Thats 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
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
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
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 soldiers shield, is what protects
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 dont 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
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 dont 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, arent 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
David knew how powerful God's words are. David had been taught to love God and
knew Gods 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 Gods
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 Gods 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 doesnt want us to worry. The Bible tells us that the birds dont
worry about anything, because God provides for them, and we shouldnt 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.
The Bible tells us to put on the whole armor of God to protect us from the
devils 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 doesnt 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 Lords 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 "Im In The Lords Army" and Return to Church.
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