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Week 2: Peace
Light the second purple candle in the Advent Wreath.
Read Isaiah 9:6: A child will be born to us. God will give a son to us. He will be responsible for leading the people. His name will be Wonderful Counselor, Powerful God, Father Who Lives Forever, Prince of Peace.
If hope has a different meaning in the Bible then it does in the world, then peace also has a different meaning. Jesus talked a lot about the peace He came to give. His peace isn’t the absence of conflict, war, or trials, but it is a calm assurance that Christ is in control even when the world around us is in chaos.
Ask the children what peace is. Talk to the children about how Jesus is called the Prince of Peace. He’s not called that because everything becomes peaceful when we get saved. He brings us peace in the midst of our troubles. Tell a story about a tragedy in your life and how God gave you peace in it when you trusted in Him.
Activity: Have a Christmas tree in place, and let the children decorate it.
Make sure you have the following ornaments for the tree. Talk to the children about what these ornaments represent.
Red Apples: (You can have the children cut apples out of construction paper is you like. Save other ornaments for later weeks. This will be an ongoing project.)
We hang apples from the Christmas tree because Adam and Eve sinned by eating the apple. Jesus came to Earth to save us from our sins.
Red symbolizes Christ was born on Christmas so He could shed His blood for the sins of the world. That gives us peace.
Stories about the Christmas Tree:
Here are two stories you can tell the children about the Christmas tree. One is from church history. The other is a legend.
The Paradise Tree: From the eleventh Century, religious plays called “Mystery Plays” including the popularParadise Play depicting the story of the creation of Adam and Eve, their sin, and thier banishment from Eden. An evergreen tree was used for this winter festival and decorated with apples symbolizing the forbidden fruit.
Verses about Peace: All verses in the Advent Series are from the International Children’s Bible.
Isaiah 9:6: A child will be born to us. God will give a son to us. He will be responsible for leading the people. His name will be Wonderful Counselor, Powerful God, Father Who Lives Forever, Prince of Peace.
Mark 4:39: And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
John 14:27: I leave you peace. My peace I give you. I do not give it to you as the world does. So don’t let your hearts be troubled. Don’t be afraid.
Bible Story: (Luke 2:1-7;
Object: Show a picture of a clean nativity scene where everything looks angelic. Then show a picture of a smelly, dirty cave with lots of animals.
Tell the story about Mary having the baby, Jesus. Emphasis how she didn’t have it easy. While she was very pregnant, she had to ride miles on a donkey. Talk about the hardships they must have faced on the trail. Talk to the children about camping outside. Talk about the bad things about camping.
Then when Mary and Joseph got to Bethlehem, they couldn’t even stay at an inn. They had to stay in a smelly old cave. They didn’t have barns today. They kept their animals in caves. She gave birth in a manger filled with straw. A manger is a feeding troth for animals.
This is where Jesus was born. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, but He was born in a stable.
They didn’t have a doctor or a midwife or even Mary’s mother there. Neither Mary of Joseph knew what was going to happen, but they had peace in the midst of it because they trusted God.
Jesus is the Prince of Peace. He can give us peace even when things aren’t going well. He came to give us peace with God. How do we feel at peace when everything goes wrong? The Bible tells us how.
Isaiah 26:3.(ICB) You, Lord, give true peace. You give peace to those who depend on you. You give peace to those who trust you.
End the lesson with a Christmas hymn. I suggest O Holy Night.
Children’s Sermons & Object Lessons:
Children’s Ministry Activities:
Pentecost Sunday is June 4th this year. This is an important time for Pentecostal churches, yet many children’s ministries don’t take advantage of it to lead children into the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Here are some posts to help you while you plan for Pentecost Sunday.
Theme: God Wants Children To Praise Him
Verse: Matthew 21:16 (NIV) … From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise
Game: Pin the Tail on the Donkey
You can buy this at most party supply stores.
After playing the game a few times, talk to the children about how Jesus rode to Jerusalem on a donkey.
Activity: Palm Branch Limbo
To play “Palm Branch Limbo,” you will need a few palm branches. These branches are easily found in department stores and floral shops weeks leading up to Palm Sunday. The children will have to limbo under the palm branches while the other children around them cheer them on.
Remind the children of how palm branches were placed in front of Jesus as the crowd around Him cheered Him on and shouted praises to Him.
Bible Story: Jesus Enters Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-17)
You can assign children parts and have them act out this story.
When Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, he rode in on a colt like a king. A colt is a young donkey. That means a child donkey held the full glory of God on his back. Child can have the full glory of God in them. You don’t have to wait until you’re grown up.
Everyone heard that Jesus was coming and ran out to meet Him. Some laid palm branches on the ground for Him to ride on. Others waved palm branches and shouted Hosanna, Son of David. They called Him Son of David because that was what they called the Messiah. They knew that the Messiah would have King David as an ancestor in His family tree. Hosanna means “save us” or “rescue us”. They were recognizing that Jesus is the Son of God who had come to save them. Imagine being in the crowd that day and waving palm branches to Jesus and shouting “Hosanna”.
After Jesus rode into Jerusalem, He went to the temple. There were men outside selling and cheating people. This made Jesus angry that these men would cheat people in the Temple of God. He knocked over their tables and said, “It is written, my house will be called a house of prayer. You have made it into a den of thieves.”
This made the religious leaders angry. They made money off these men who cheated the people.
At that point, children ran up to Jesus and waved palm shouting “Hosanna, Son of David.” Children, let’s use our hands to praise Jesus the way these children did. (Encourage the children to shout praises.)
Some of the religious leaders were angry that the children were praising Jesus. They said, “Do you hear what those children are saying? Tell them to be quiet.”
Jesus defended the children. He said, ““Have you never read,“‘From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise?”
Jesus wants children to praise Him. (Encourage children to shout praises to God.)
When Jesus entered Jerusalem, children and adult grabbed palm branches to praise him with. We don’t always have palm branches around, but we can still praise Jesus with our palms. (Hold up your hands.) God created us with two palms we can always use to praise Him with. Let’s hold up our palms now and shout “Praise the Lord”.
Object Lesson: The Rocks Will Cry Out
Supplies Needed: rocks
If you have enough rocks, give a rock or pebble to each child to take home. Tell them to put it out some place to remind them to Praise the Lord.
Have any of you ever heard a rock talk? After the Pharisees tried to get Jesus to stop the children from praising Him, Jesus said something very interesting. He said if we don’t praise Him, the rocks will cry out praise.
(Show the rocks) Have any of you ever heard a rock speak? That was amazing what Jesus said. But if children hadn’t praised Him as the Messiah the day he entered Jerusalem, that’s just what would have happened. Rocks not only would have spoke, they would have cried out praises to God.
God still wants His children to praise Him. I don’t want the rocks to cry out my praise. I want to praise God with my own mouth.
Let’s do that right now. On the count of three, let’s all shout “Praise the Lord”.
Quote the memory verse for today’s lesson. Matthew 21:16 … From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise
When Jesus said this, He said it in Hebrew. It was written down in Greek. And we quote the verse in English. What the verse really meant in the original language is that God taught children and babies to lead praise. That means that Jesus not only wants children to praise Him, He wants children to lead praise.
Have you ever seen a church that had children lead praise and worship in Big Church. Most churches normally have adults leading praise, but God wants children to lead praise. That doesn’t mean you have to join the adult praise team. But it does mean if you praise God with your whole heart, adults will see it and want to praise God too.
Ask the children to make a decision to praise God with their whole hearts. If you have time, lead them in another praise song and encourage them to praise God with their whole hearts while they sing it.
Craft Activity: Hand Palms
Supplies Needed: construction paper, craft (Popsicle) sticks, scissors
Have children trace their hand prints onto construction paper. Have them cut out the hand prints and glue them onto the craft sticks.
Remind the children that we made these palm branches to remind us that we all have palms to wave when we praise the Lord.s