Ark Kids Junior: Don't Fear

Don't Fear Week 1: Don't Fear, Jesus Is Strong!

Engineer Kelly is worried about a big storm that's heading for the Train Station. She searches the Train Station for someone strong enough to get rid of the storm. It's up to Conductor Carl and you to help Engineer Kelly discover that only Jesus is strong enough to help her. We don't have to be afraid because Jesus is Strong!



Large Group

Large Group Instructions

Countdown from 10
Materials: Lesson Plan
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Leader
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Hosts
  • Host and Co-host enter.

Host Welcome to the Train Station, Jr. Conductors! I’m so glad that you came to visit us. Today is an extra fun day because you are here.

Co-Host Let’s welcome all of our friends to the Train Station today. Look to this side and wave at all of the people you see. Look to the other side and wave. Look behind you and wave. Look under your feet and wave. Look up in the sky and wave.

Host Were there any Jr. Conductors under your feet? Whew, that’s a relief. That means everyone is in their proper train seat.

Co-Host Let’s play pretend so we can get a clue about today’s lesson. Stand up. First, show me your biggest muscles. Wow, those are big muscles. Let’s pretend to pick up something heavy. I’ll use these inflatable weights to help me pretend.

  • Use the inflatable barbell and pretend that the weight is heavy. Pretend that you are going to tip over and fall. Move around the stage in a slapstick manner. If you don’t have an inflatable barbell, you could create one out of a PVC pipe and Styrofoam craft balls.

Hmm, that is an interesting clue. I wonder what we’re going to learn in our Big Point. We should make sure to use our listening ears. If you’re ready to have a great day, then give me a loud “Choo-choo!”

Co-Host Let’s worship Jesus!

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Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, Table, Solo Cups, Airzooka
Hosts
  • Hosts enter.

Host What is making Engineer Kelly feel so afraid? (Pause) That’s right; she’s scared of the thunderstorm.

Co-Host Have you ever been in a big storm before, Jr. Conductors? Did the wind blow hard? Was the thunder loud when it crashed? How bright was the lightning? Did it light up the sky? Sometimes I get nervous during storms.

Host Do you think she can find someone at the Train Station who’s strong enough to blow away a storm? It would take someone very strong to do that. Let’s see how strong our breath can be. I have a table with cups on it. What shape does the stack of cups make? (Pause) Yep, they make a triangle. Let’s trace it with our fingers. I want you to blow as hard as you can at these cups to see if you can knock them down.

Co-Host I can help the Jr. Conductors do that. We’ll pretend to be the wolf in the story of the three little pigs. Stand up. Let’s huff and puff and blow the cups down.

(Let out a big puff of air.)

Co-Host It worked for the wolf when he blew down the house of straw. Let’s try again. Let’s huff and puff and blow the cups down!

(Exhale again.)

Co-Host Are those cups made of bricks?

Host No, they are regular cups. I have a fun toy that might help us blow them down. It makes a big puff of air. I’ll choose a Jr. Conductor to help me.

(Choose a child to assist the Host in knocking down the cups with the Airzooka.)

Co-Host That was way more powerful than me. Wait, that reminds me of our Big Point. We learned about Someone who is really strong.

Host Some problems are too big for Jr. Conductors to fix on their own. Some are even too hard for mommies and daddies. Thankfully we know someone who is super strong, the strongest of all, and He loves us. It’s Jesus. He can knock down any problem, even if it’s too hard for us. Let’s stand and practice today’s Big Point.

  • Practice the Big Point and have the kids return to their pockets.

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Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Co-Host Can you roar like Lionel? (Pause) That’s a big roar, but was it big enough to scare away the storm? No. Can you use your arms to push up high in the sky like Chef Bananas? (Pause) Look how high you lifted your big kid arms! But it still wasn’t enough to push away the storm, either.

Host Is anyone strong enough to help Engineer Kelly? (Pause) That’s right, Jesus can! Let’s stand and practice our Big Point.

Host Don’t Fear, Jesus Is Strong!

Co-Host Our Big Points aren’t made up. We learn them from the Bible. I think it would be fun to learn the Big Verse, but let’s have some fun figuring it out.

Host Would you like to solve a puzzle with me? It’s a Big Verse puzzle. Instead of words, it has pictures that are clues. The clues will help us figure out which words are in our Big Verse.

  • Help the kids solve the puzzle by asking them to describe the pictures.

Host Great job! We discovered the Big Verse.

Host Revelation 1:8 (NIrV), “I am the Mighty One.”

Co-Host Does mighty mean weak or strong? Yes! Mighty means very strong.

Host Jesus is very strong. He never leaves us alone, and that’s why we don’t have to be afraid. We have our strong friend with us all the time. Let’s stand and sing a song to celebrate Jesus.

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Leader

Jr. Conductors, think about something that is scary to you. Picture it in your mind. Now ask Jesus to help you. Sometimes He will take the scary thing away right away. Other times Jesus will make you stronger on the inside, so you aren’t afraid of it anymore. Quietly pray right where you are and ask Jesus to help you. (Pause) Now I’ll pray for all of us.

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Hosts

Host and Co-Host enter.

Co-Host I’m thankful that Engineer Kelly learned that she can be brave, even during a storm. That’s because she learned our Big Point. Let’s say it again.

Co-Host Don’t Fear, Jesus Is Strong!

Host I have an idea. Let’s share some things that make kids feel scared and think about how Jesus can help us be brave.

As the kids mention scary situations, help them think about ways that Jesus can help us be brave. Allow them to act out what it looks like to be brave in each situation.

Co-Host Knowing that I have Jesus’ help makes me feel so much better. I’m glad that we have a strong friend like Jesus.

Host We are so blessed that Jesus loves us. If you feel scared this week, take some time to talk to Jesus. I’m so glad that you visited the Train Station today.

Co-Host Don’t forget our Big Point! Let’s say it together.

Co-Host Don’t Fear, Jesus Is Strong!

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Hosts
  1. Let’s Practice our Big Point again. Hmm, did our Big Point say Don’t Fear, Jesus Is Weak or Don’t Fear, Jesus Is Strong? Strong

  2. Let’s pretend that it’s raining something silly. I’ll start. Let’s pretend it’s raining ice cream cones. Oh no, vanilla ice cream is about to splat on your shoe. What do you want to pretend it’s raining? (Play pretend) Why was Engineer Kelly afraid? She was afraid of the thunderstorm. Who helped her become brave? Conductor Carl or Jesus

  3. Look at that bright light. Let’s pretend that we’re looking up at the sky on a very sunny day. Can you see anything? What could we wear to help it not be so bright? Sunglasses are a great idea. In our Big Story, John saw someone surrounded by a bright light. Who was it? Jesus

  4. Do you remember something John told us about Jesus? Let’s point to different areas of our body and remember what John said. (Point to each part as you indicate it) White hair that shows He only does good things, fiery eyes to show He sees everything, strong metal feet, and a powerful voice like rushing water

  5. Let’s pretend that you feel scared because mommy or daddy is leaving for work in the morning. How do you act when you’re scared? Show me. What do you say? How can Jesus help you? He can help you remember, “Don’t Fear, Jesus is Strong! How would you act differently when you aren’t afraid anymore?

  6. Who can make the biggest, most gigantic muscle in the room? Wow! Let’s see if that can help you remember our Big Verse. Revelation 1:8 (NIrV) says, “I am the _______ One.” a. Weak b. Mighty

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Midweek / Classroom

Midweek / Classroom Instructions

Small Group Split
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Small Group Leaders
  • Begin by splitting the kids into the desired number of small groups. Small Group Leaders, take a few moments to welcome your group.

Materials: Lesson Plan
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Leader
Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief
Leader

Hi, Jr. Conductors! Welcome to the Train Station! The Train Station is where we get to discover true things from the Bible. Today we will learn about someone who is strong. Can you show me strong muscles? This person is stronger than anyone else in the entire world! Who do you think it is? Hmm…we will have to wait and find out. Let’s get this train moving! Everyone give a big, “Choo-choo!” Let’s stand up and worship Jesus!

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Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Jr. Conductors, do you ever feel scared and want to cover your eyes? Let’s cover our eyes like we don’t want to see something. Jesus promises that no matter what happens, we don’t have to be afraid. Each small group will get a turn to act out something scary, and then we will all remind ourselves that Jesus is with us.

  • Give each small group a turn to act out something scary. For example: a thunderstorm, a bug, the dark, a bad dream, etc.

Wow, those sure are some scary things! When we know God, we know He can help us, even when something scary happens. Let’s sing “Jesus Loves Me.” If you know it, you can sing it with me.

  • Sing Jesus Loves Me

It makes me feel not as afraid when I think about Jesus. Let’s see if Conductor Carl and his friends know anything about what to do when you feel afraid. Everyone put a bubble in your mouth and listen closely!

Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, Uncooked Spaghetti Noodles (Individual Noodles For Each Kid and One Large Bundle of Noodles Per Group)
Leader
  • Leader enters.

What is making Engineer Kelly feel so afraid? (Pause) That’s right; she’s scared of the thunderstorm. Do you think she can find someone at the Train Station who’s strong enough to blow away a storm? Let’s all blow really hard. Hmm…I don’t think that was strong enough to blow the storm away. I think the Big Point is going to help her. Let’s practice it together,

Don’t Fear; Jesus Is Strong!

There are problems so big that we can’t fix them on our own. Even a mommy or daddy can’t fix every problem. Thankfully we know someone who is stronger than any problem, and He loves us! What is His name? (Pause) Jesus!

In your small group you get to show how strong you are. Everyone turn to your small group leader so you can have some fun showing your strength.

Small Group Leader
  • Use this activity to explain that there are things too hard for us, but not for Jesus. Give each kid one spaghetti noodle and let them break it. Next bring out the big bundle of noodles and let the kids take a turn trying to breaking the entire bundle. When they can’t, talk about how Jesus is the one who can help us when things are too hard for us.

Leader

Were you all able to break your spaghetti noodle? Could you break all the noodles at once? That was so hard. I’m thankful we know someone strong enough to handle every problem, no matter how difficult. Let’s see if Engineer Kelly will have courage after discovering that Jesus can help her.

Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, Activity Sheet (One Per Kid), Crayons
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Can you roar like Lionel? (Pause) That’s a big roar, but was it big enough to scare away the storm? No. Can you use your arms to push up high in the sky, like Chef Bananas? (Pause) Look how high you lifted your big kid arms! But it still wasn’t enough to push away the storm. Is anyone strong enough to help Engineer Kelly? (Pause) That’s right; Jesus can! Let’s sing our Big Point again,

Don’t Fear; Jesus Is Strong!

Our Big Point is true because it is from the Bible.

The Big Verse, in Revelation 1:8 (NIrV) says, “I am the Mighty One.” Mighty means very strong. Jesus is very strong. He never leaves us alone, and that’s why we don’t have to be afraid. We have our strong friend with us all the time.

In your small group you will work on an activity sheet. You get to decide which is stronger - Jesus or something scary. Turn around and listen to your small group leader’s directions, so that you can choose the right thing!

Small Group Leader
  • On this activity sheet, the kids circle or color the stronger choice: Jesus or something scary. Pass out one activity sheet per kid and a crayon and then go through the paper together, letting them tell you the answer each time. Let them color the paper if there is any remaining time.

Leader

Jesus is stronger than the scariest thing we can think of! Let’s listen to a story from the Bible that reminds us how strong Jesus is.

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Small Group Leader

Jesus wants to help us anytime we are scared, all we have to do is ask Him. Close your eyes and think of one thing that is scary to you. Now, quietly pray and ask Jesus to help you. (Pause) Now I will pray for all of us. (Pray)

Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief
Leader
  • Leader enters.

I’m thankful that Engineer Kelly learned that she can be brave, even during a storm. That’s because she learned our Big Point. Let’s say it again.

Don’t Fear; Jesus Is Strong!

The Big Do this week is to have everyone in your family write down one of your fears and put them in a jar. After you do, read the Big Verse with your family and remind each other that Jesus will help you! I know you are going to have a great week as you remember our Big Point. Let’s say our Big Point one more time,

Don’t Fear; Jesus Is Strong!

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Hosts
  1. Let’s Practice our Big Point again. Hmm, did our Big Point say Don’t Fear, Jesus Is Weak or Don’t Fear, Jesus Is Strong? Strong

  2. Let’s pretend that it’s raining something silly. I’ll start. Let’s pretend it’s raining ice cream cones. Oh no, vanilla ice cream is about to splat on your shoe. What do you want to pretend it’s raining? (Play pretend) Why was Engineer Kelly afraid? She was afraid of the thunderstorm. Who helped her become brave? Conductor Carl or Jesus

  3. Look at that bright light. Let’s pretend that we’re looking up at the sky on a very sunny day. Can you see anything? What could we wear to help it not be so bright? Sunglasses are a great idea. In our Big Story, John saw someone surrounded by a bright light. Who was it? Jesus

  4. Do you remember something John told us about Jesus? Let’s point to different areas of our body and remember what John said. (Point to each part as you indicate it) White hair that shows He only does good things, fiery eyes to show He sees everything, strong metal feet, and a powerful voice like rushing water

  5. Let’s pretend that you feel scared because mommy or daddy is leaving for work in the morning. How do you act when you’re scared? Show me. What do you say? How can Jesus help you? He can help you remember, “Don’t Fear, Jesus is Strong! How would you act differently when you aren’t afraid anymore?

  6. Who can make the biggest, most gigantic muscle in the room? Wow! Let’s see if that can help you remember our Big Verse. Revelation 1:8 (NIrV) says, “I am the _______ One.” a. Weak b. Mighty

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