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Healing Hurting Hearts Lesson #11

Lesson 11- PEACE LIKE A RIVER

AS KIDS ARRIVE PRIOR TO THE LESSON (10 minutes) ACTIVITY
Get the children to draw two pictures the first on a sheet of paper titled “The Way My Life Is” and the second on a sheet of paper titled “The Way I Want It to Be.”

Supplies needed:
• .Markers. Pencils, crayons, glue, scissors.
• Bulletin board
• Print flowers, trees, sun visual aids
• Print the Bible Verse Visual Aid
• Jesus outfit
• Wrapped gift
• Visual aid of the world.
• Print the chapter 11 of the ‘And Puppy’ book one for each child.

1. GAMES: (10 minutes)
NO FEAR BULLETIN BOARD:
Let children work together on a bulletin board — drawing or cut out and colour flowers, trees and the sun. Let the children write NO FEAR WHEN JESUS IS NEAR.

2. GAMES: (10 minutes)
Shoe Mix-Up:
Divide the group into two teams. Have children take off their shoes and mix up the whole pile; have them from two lines, on the count of 3 one child from each team races to find their shoes, they run back to the group and tag another child who races up to the pile of shoes, continue until all the children have their shoes on.

3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS (10 minutes)
I am a CHRISTIAN (Use Video and lyrics)

4. INTIMATE WORSHIP (5 minutes)
Draw me close to you (Use Video and lyrics)

5. TEACHING
a. Review:

Remember last week we learnt that God spent 14 years just preparing his chosen leader, Joseph.

Preparation takes time and let us be patient and not lose heart during the most difficult stages of our preparation.

Remember in your struggle when you are down to nothing God is up to something. Every event in your life has been ordained by God and will contribute to your "palace experience."

Your life may be taking some strange twists and turns but the One who holds your tomorrows is in control.

(Ask the children to come up and share some of the twists and turns that have happened in their life following the great storm)

b. Learn a Bible Verse (5minutes)
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid." John 14:27 (NLT)

Dramatize: Use Visual Aid

Jesus stands with outstretched hands holding a gift. Two children demonstrate peace of mind and heart. One touches her head, the other draws a large heart on his/her chest. One child holds the Visual aid of the world. One child acts troubled, pacing up and down holding his head and wringing his hands. One child acts afraid, hiding and shaking.

c. Teach the Lesson (15 minutes)

Introduction:
I must confess that when I was a child, I was afraid of the dark. At the end of the day, when it was time to turn out the lights and go to bed, I wanted to know that I was not alone in the darkness. That is where my Teddy Bear came to the rescue. Somehow, the darkness was not so frightening with "Teddy" in the bed with me.

Teaching:
Have you ever been afraid? (Give the children a chance to share)

Of course you have. We are all afraid at times. It is nothing to be ashamed of -- even adults are sometimes afraid. Some of us may be afraid of the dark. Some may be afraid of the thunder and lightening that comes with a storm. Here are just a few of the things that people are afraid of: bugs, bees, snakes, heights, dentists, doctors, dogs, cats, mice, and germs.

When Jesus told his disciples that he was going to return to his Father, they were afraid. What would happen to them? Would the enemies recognize them as his followers and try to harm them?

Jesus knew that his disciples were afraid and he offered these words to comfort them. "I am leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart. Don't be troubled or afraid"

Remember what I have told you: 'I am going away, but I will come back to you again. I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me.'"

These words were a great comfort to his disciples and they are a great comfort to us today. When Jesus returned to his Father heaven, he asked the Father to send the Holy Spirit to comfort his disciples until the day when he returned.

That includes you and me! What a wonderful gift Jesus has given us -- peace of mind and heart. We no longer have anything to fear. Whenever we find ourselves in the dark or in the storms of life, Jesus is with us.

Optional: Watch the Peace video if possible

www.sermons4kids.com/peace_of_mind_and_heart.htm

On the night Jesus was born, the angels said, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." Where can we find this peace that the angels were talking about? Can we really find "peace on earth?"

I saw a bumper sticker on a car one day that said, "Know Jesus, Know Peace - No Jesus, No Peace." That really says it all! If we want to know peace, we can only know that peace when we know Jesus, the Prince of Peace. If we don't know Jesus, we can have no peace.

www.sermons4kids.com/know-jesus-know-peace.html

Look at where God has now taken our good friend Joseph. Read Genesis 41:39-57

Caribbean Story 'And Puppy': Chapter 11 Peace like a river

Discussion:

6. APPLICATION / ENCOUNTERING GOD
Play some quiet worship music, have the children come and quietly sit with their eyes closed, ask God to speak to them and fill their hearts with the peace that passes all understanding. Ask God to guard their minds, ask God to remove the spirit of fear and reveal His love and power giving them a sound mind.

CLOSING PRAYER
Father, we thank you for the Holy Spirit who guides us and calms our fears. We also thank you for the promise that one day we will be in Heaven with Jesus. In his name we pray. Amen.

By the end of this lesson the children should be able to:
• Know that Jesus has a gift for them
• Know that whenever we find ourselves in the dark or in the storms of life, Jesus is with us
• "Know Jesus, Know Peace - No Jesus, No Peace."

TAKE HOME PAGE Take Home Activity Book’.

NEXT WEEK We are going to learn that God watches over his children.

 
     
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