Category Archives: Veteran’s Day/Memorial Day

Equipped For Battle Object Lesson

This is a great object lesson for Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day or whenever you’re teaching on spiritual warfare.

Equipped For Battle

Supplies Needed: A picture of soldiers similar to this one, Spiritual armor objects or picture.

Next week, we celebrate the birth of our nation. In order the the United States to become a nation, we had to fight for our freedom.

What is some of the equipment a soldier needs when he goes into battle? Give the children a chance to answer before giving suggestions.

Suggestions: uniform, google for night vision, gas mask, food, water, blankets, backpack, guns, bullets, tanks, jeeps, grenades, etc.

The Bible tells us of another kind of warfare. This warfare is spiritual and every Christian is involved in it. Just as every soldier needs equipment when he goes into battle, we Christians need equipment for spiritual battle.

Ephesians 6:10-18 lists the equipment we need. As you mention each piece of armor, show a picture of it or illustrate it with an object. Here’s a link with a picture you can print.

Belt of Truth: Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. When we put on the belt of truth, we live the truth.

Breastplate of Righteousness: When we ask Jesus to forgive our sins, He makes us right before Him.

Shoes of the Readiness of the Gospel of Peace: When we are ready to do what God says, we’ll have peace of God in our lives.

Shield of Faith: When we place our faith in Jesus, He will protect us against the devil’s lies.

Helmet of Salvation: We need to protect our minds by thinking the way God wants us to think.

Sword of the Spirit: The Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God – the Bible. The Bible defeats our spiritual enemies. That’s why it’s important to learn what it says and to obey it.

Prayer: The last weapon God gives us is prayer. After we’ve put on all of the armor, if we pray, God will fight our battles for us, and we will be fully equipped soldiers ready for spiritual battle.

Veteran’s Day Ideas for Children’s Ministry

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Here’s some ideas for ways to honor veteran’s in children’s church Sunday.

Say the pledges to the American flag, the Christian flag, and the Bible.

Pledge To the United States Flag: I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Pledge to the Christian Flag: I pledge allegiance to the Christian Flag and to the Savior for whose Kingdom it stands. One Savior, crucified, risen, and coming again with life and liberty to all who believe.

Pledge to the Bible: I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God’s Holy Word, I will make it a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path and will hide its words in my heart that I might not sin against God.

Have an older veteran speak to the children about his experiences. A World War II veteran would be ideal, but a veteran from any war will do.

Have the children make cards thanking the veterans who attend your church.  The cards can be creative, but make sure the children include a thank you for serving message.

Announce the names of the veterans from your church in children’s church.

Have the children sing a patriotic song. God bless America is a good choice.

Lead the children in a prayer for our service men and women.

Teach a lesson on spiritual warfare and relate it to how our veterans fight for our freedom. Jesus died for our freedom from sin and death.