Ark Kids Junior: Peace

Peace Week 1: I Can Have Peace When I’m Angry

Engineer Courtney is angry. She can't get a pie on her birthday. What a terrible day to be upset. What should you do when you feel angry?



Large Group

Large Group Instructions

Countdown
Materials: Lesson Plan
Leader

Suggested optional music for this lesson:

  • Soft instrumental music for Big Story
  • Game Music for Engage 3
Materials:
Leader
Materials: Overalls (2), Train Hat (2), Handkerchief (2), Stuffed Animal
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter dressed in overalls.

Host Welcome to the Train Station, Jr. Conductors!

Co-Host Do you know what kind of animal I’m holding? (Pause) This one isn’t real; it’s stuffed with fluffy stuffing. Do any of you have real animals at your house? What kind?

  • Allow for answers.

Host Let’s look at some pictures of animals. When we look at each one, I want you to try to make the sound you think that animal makes when it’s angry.

Co-Host If you’re not sure, just guess.

  • Play the following slides. Some of the animals won’t have an easily identifiable sound. Encourage the kids to make up a sound. Be silly and have fun with it.

Host Oh my, those were some angry sounds. Do you ever feel angry or frustrated?

Co-Host I do. I wonder what we can do when we feel angry.

Host That’s something we’re going to learn in the Big Point. Listen closely. First give us a big, “Choo-choo!”

Materials:
Materials: Overalls (2), Train Hat (2), Handkerchief (2), Emoji Balloon (2)
Hosts
Note:

This Engage uses emoji balloons that can be purchased online. If you don’t have these particular balloons, then draw simple faces on a light-colored balloon. You need a happy face and angry face balloon.

  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Co-Host Engineer Courtney seems so angry. Why is she upset?

Host Have you ever gotten angry on your birthday? Oh my, that seems like a terrible day to be upset. I think we can follow our Big Point on our birthday and every day.

I Can Have Peace When I’m Angry!

Co-Host Engineer Courtney thinks that she has to act angry because she feels angry. Let’s ball up our fist like we’re angry. Shake it and say, “Grrr!”

Host Sometimes we do feel like that, but God helps us make different choices. When frustrating things happen, our angry feelings can get puffed up like this balloon.

  • Blow up the angry face balloon.

Co-Host What do you think will happen if our friend keeps blowing up the balloon?

  • Allow for answers

Co-Host It will pop. Let’s tell him/her, “Stop!”

Host Those angry feeling make you want to pop. That’s how Engineer Courtney felt. But God wants to help you. He can fill you up with calm and peaceful feelings. He wants to give you those and take away your angry feelings.

Co-Host Take a deep breath. Hold it. Let it go.

  • Let the balloon go.

Host Talking to Jesus, worshipping Jesus, and reading the Bible help you make wise choices instead of listening to your feelings. Even when you feel angry, you can have peace.

  • Blow up the happy face balloon.

Co-Host It’s because God gives you the power to choose how you act.

Host Let’s see if Engineer Courtney will make that choice.

Materials: Overalls (2), Train Hat (2), Handkerchief (2), Foam Hands, Tiny Hands
Hosts
Note:

This Engage uses giant foam hands. You can also substitute toy Hulk hands. Both the foam and tiny hands can be purchased online. If you don’t have access to either visual, you can still have the kids do the actions.

  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Co-Host Is Engineer Courtney still angry, or is she choosing peaceful feelings?

Host She sure is. Feelings are real, but they shouldn’t tell us what to do. God gives us the power to choose. That’s what we do when we follow the Big Point. Let’s practice singing the Big Point again,

Host I Can Have Peace When I’m Angry!

Co-Host Conductor Carl shared a verse with Engineer Courtney.

Co-Host Matthew 5:9 (NIrV) says, “Blessed are those who make peace.” Blessed means that God will help you when you choose peace instead of getting upset.

Host Let’s think of some things we can do with our hands when we feel angry. I have giant hands.

  • Show the giant foam hands.

Co-Host I have tiny hands. (Show the tiny hands) You can use your regular hands. If we feel angry, we could shake our hands as we throw a fit. Let’s shake our hands as we jump up and down.

  • Co-Host shakes his/her hands and jumps.

You can have a seat. We can use our hands to wave at someone politely who frustrated us. Let’s wave and smile.

  • Wave with the giant hands.

Co-Host If we lose a game, we could push someone with our hands. Hold your hands out and pretend to push.

Host Even if we feel angry, we could use our hands to shake hands. Shake someone’s hand that’s nearby.

  • Use the foam hands to shake the Co-Host’s hand.

Co-Host If we’re angry, we could use our hands to point and call someone names. Let’s pretend to point and laugh.

Host We could use our hands to draw a picture for someone, even if they made us angry. Let’s pretend to draw a picture.

Co-Host Just because you feel angry, you don’t have to act angry. You can make peace with others. That gives God the chance to help you, even when things don’t go your way.

Host Bad things may still happen, but you can make a peaceful choice no matter what. That’s because you follow God as your leader instead of your feelings. Let’s stand and worship God.

Materials:
Materials:
Leader
  • Play optional instrumental music.

David made a wise choice when he decided not to fight Nabal. David loved to worship God. That helped him when he needed to listen to wise advice and make a better choice. Worship helps us stay close to God so we can have peace. After we check on Engineer Courtney it will be time to worship.

Materials:
Materials: Overalls (2), Train Hat (2), Handkerchief (2), Emoji Balloons
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Co-Host Choosing peace helped Engineer Courtney have a happy birthday.

Host I’m thankful she made a wise choice. Let’s all practice our Big Point again,

Host I Can Have Peace When I’m Angry!

Co-Host That’s what David did in our Big Story. Abigail was a peacemaker and helped David choose peace, even when he felt angry. I’m glad that we can be peacemakers like Abigail, too.

Host You can tell your family about Abigail when you do the Big Do this week.

Host Play a game with your family. If you lose the game, don’t get angry. Choose peace.

Co-Host Let’s play a game together now. I have some friends who will help us play. Let’s play a game where we see if we can keep these happy face balloons floating while the music plays.

  • Choose kids to play the game. If space permits, you could allow all of the kids to play. Play optional Game Music. Play a few rounds of the game. Have the Host or Co-Host “accidentally” knock the balloon away or hit it to the ground. Ask the kids what the wise choice is to make in that situation.

Co-Host That was fun. Thanks for helping us make a wise choice.

Host Even when you feel angry, you can choose peace. Let’s say our Big Point once more,

Host I Can Have Peace When I’m Angry!

Materials:
Hosts
  • Did our Big Point say I Can’t Have Peace When I’m Angry or I Can Have Peace When I’m Angry?

  • What song do we sing on our birthday? (Pause) Happy Birthday! Let’s sing it now. (Sing) Who was angry on her birthday? Engineer Courtney Why was she angry? She thought they forgot her birthday, Chef Bananas made her wait to try the pie, Engineer Kelly stepped on her toe

  • Let’s use our hands to make our face look happy instead of angry. Make an angry face. Use your fingers to push each side of your mouth up to make a smile. (Demonstrate for the kids) Matthew 5:9 (NIrV) says, “Blessed are those who make ______.”

    • Peace
    • Fights
  • Pretend to swing a sword. Say, “Swish, swish” as you swing it. Who wanted to fight with a sword in the Big Story? David Why did David want to fight Nabal? Nabal had been rude to David and his soldiers

  • Can you practice bowing down? Why did Abigail bow down in front of David? She wanted to make peace Did Abigail help David make a wise choice? Yes

  • What did Conductor Carl tell us to do in the Big Do? Play a game

Materials:


Midweek / Classroom

Midweek / Classroom Instructions

Small Group Split
Materials:
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
Leader
Note:

Icebreaker Prep: The balloons will be used in a matching game for the kids. You will need one emotion per small group and two balloons for each emotion. Attach the balloons to weights so that they can stand upright and the kids can move them around. Then place them on the stage all mixed up. You will invite a kid from each group to come up one at a time and make a match.

Materials:
Leader
Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief
Leader
  • Leader enters dressed as a Train Conductor.

Welcome to the Train Station, Jr. Conductors! I’m feeling happy to be at church with you. Raise your hand if you felt happy today. (Pause) Now raise your hand if you felt sad today. (Pause) Raise your hand if you felt angry today. (Pause) Do you know that God wants to help us no matter how we feel? It’s true! Let’s get the train going so we can find out more. Everyone, say, “Choo-choo!”

Now stand on your feet and let’s sing to Jesus!

Materials:
Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, Balloon With Face (12), Balloon Weight (12)
Leader
Note:

The balloons will be used in a matching game for the kids. You will need one emotion per small group and two balloons for each emotion. Attach the balloons to weights so that they can stand upright and the kids can move them around. Then place them on the stage all mixed up and invite a kid from each group to come up one at a time and make a match.

  • Leader enters with the balloons

Jr. Conductors, show me what your face looks like when you feel happy. (Give a big grin) What about when you feel sad? (Frown) Silly? (Make a silly face) When you are scared, what does your face look like? (Make a worried face) A lot of times you can tell how someone feels by looking at their face.

Let’s play a game with these balloons that have faces on them. Each group will send one Jr. Conductor up to find two balloons that match. Everyone in the group can help and encourage your teammate from your pockets. Let’s start!

  • Pick one group to start and have one kid come up and make a match. Encourage everyone else to cheer for the child. When the child makes a match, have him or her sit back down and invite someone from another group. Repeat until every group has had a turn and all balloons are matched.

These are a lot of faces! I am so thankful God helps us, no matter how we feel. Conductor Carl and his friends are learning about how God helps us when we are angry. Everyone, turn on your listening ears!

Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, Sensory Bottle (1 Per Group)
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Engineer Courtney is angry on her birthday! What a terrible day to be upset. She needs to follow our Big Point. Let’s practice it together,

I Can Have Peace When I’m Angry!

Engineer Courtney thinks that because she feels angry, she has to act angry. She is letting her feelings be in charge, but that isn’t the wisest choice. Instead, God wants to help us be in charge of our feelings. When we feel angry, sad, or scared, God can help us make peaceful choices. That means we can stay calm no matter what! In your small group, you get to play with a toy that shows how it feels when you let your feelings be in charge and when you choose to be peaceful.

Small Group Leader
  • Show the sensory bottle to the kids. As you shake it, explain that this is like when they let their feelings take charge. Everything gets all mixed up and crazy. Next let the sensory calms down, so everything settles. Explain that is what choosing peace is like. Let the kids have a turn playing with the bottle.

Leader

I’m so glad that we don’t have to be all mixed up and crazy on the inside, like those bottles. We have a good God who helps us stay in charge of our feelings and be calm and peaceful. Now let’s see if Engineer Courtney will choose peace!

Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, Engage 2 Activity (1 Per Group)
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Engineer Courtney is finding out why it is important to stay in charge of her feelings. God has given us the power to choose peace. That is what our Big Point is talking about! Let’s sing it together again,

I Can Have Peace When I’m Angry!

Conductor Carl shared a verse with Engineer Courtney to help her.

Matthew 5:9 (NIrV) says, “Blessed are those who make peace.” God promises that He will help us when we choose to stay calm, even when we feel angry. In your small group you can talk about times that you feel angry, and how you can stay in charge and choose to have peace. Turn around to your small group leader.

Small Group Leader
  • Use the Engage 2 Activity print out to talk through the scenarios and discuss the different options the kids have for how to respond.

Leader

I’m so thankful God gives us the power to choose how we act. Let’s listen to a true story from the Bible about a time when King David was angry. Turn on your listening ears!

Materials:
Small Group Leader
  • Play optional soft instrumental music

It is a wise choice to pray and talk to God when you feel angry. You can always ask Him for help as you choose to stay peaceful. I want you to take a minute and talk to God on your own. Ask Him to help you choose peace when you feel angry. (Pause) Great job! Now I will pray for you. (Pray)

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

Engineer Courtney had a happy birthday because she chose peace! In our Big Story, David chose peace when Abigail helped him. I’m thankful that God can use other people to help us make wise choices.

We can practice making the choice to stay peaceful when we do the Big Do this week. Play a game with your family, but if you lose, don’t get angry! Choose peace. Let’s say our Big Point one last time,

I Can Have Peace When I’m Angry!

Materials:
Hosts
  • Did our Big Point say I Can’t Have Peace When I’m Angry or I Can Have Peace When I’m Angry?

  • What song do we sing on our birthday? (Pause) Happy Birthday! Let’s sing it now. (Sing) Who was angry on her birthday? Engineer Courtney Why was she angry? She thought they forgot her birthday, Chef Bananas made her wait to try the pie, Engineer Kelly stepped on her toe

  • Let’s use our hands to make our face look happy instead of angry. Make an angry face. Use your fingers to push each side of your mouth up to make a smile. (Demonstrate for the kids) Matthew 5:9 (NIrV) says, “Blessed are those who make ______.”

    • Peace
    • Fights
  • Pretend to swing a sword. Say, “Swish, swish” as you swing it. Who wanted to fight with a sword in the Big Story? David Why did David want to fight Nabal? Nabal had been rude to David and his soldiers

  • Can you practice bowing down? Why did Abigail bow down in front of David? She wanted to make peace Did Abigail help David make a wise choice? Yes

  • What did Conductor Carl tell us to do in the Big Do? Play a game

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