Ark Kids Elementary: Don’t Fear

Don't Fear Week 2: Don't Fear, Jesus Wins!

While watching a Marvel movie marathon, Rusty stops at the exact point where the bad guy wins. He decides to form a superhero team, The Scottish Sentinels, to defend the neighborhood. Do the bad guys win? If you hear the whole story, you'll find out that Jesus wins. We can trust Him to protect us.



Large Group

Large Group Instructions

Countdown / Rules
Materials: Lesson MaterialsLesson Plan
Materials: Lab Coat (2)
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Host Welcome to the Lab! I hope you’re ready to experience an action packed, fun-filled hour of awesomeness.

Co-Host You’ve got me hooked. What are we doing?

Host You know what we’re doing. You helped get things ready.

Co-Host Dude, you’re right. I completely forgot about that because I’ve been so intrigued by this video on the internet that showed how some peoples’ thumbs are straight up and down and others are curved. Mind blown.

Host That gives me an idea for a fun way to start today. Let’s start the day with a fun game of Paper, Rock, Scissors. Paper beats rock, rock beats scissors, and scissors beat paper. Find a partner!

Co-Host 3…2…1! Let the battle begin!

Host Who won?! Let’s see what Herman and Rusty are doing for fun today.

Materials:
Materials: Lab Coat (2), Button, Sumo Suit or Zorb Ball (2)
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Co-Host How many of you guys love Marvel superhero movies? Who’s your favorite superhero?

Host The problem is that Rusty and the gang stopped at the end of Infinity War. What happens in the next movie?

Co-Host Don’t ruin it for me. I’m waiting until it comes out on Disney+.

Host It’s already out.

Co-Host I’ll just close my ears, then.

Host In the next movie, the good guys win. If you stop in the middle of a story, things can look pretty bad. It’s such a relief to know how it ends. That’s exactly what we’re going to discover today. Let’s choose an assistant to help us out with today’s Big Point.

(Host and Co-Host choose a kid to volunteer.)

Co-Host I need you to reveal the Big Point by hitting that button while not telling me anything about the Avengers’ movies. 3…2…1!

Kid volunteer presses the button. Lights flash and the Big Point is revealed.

Co-Host Let’s all say it together, “Don’t Fear, Jesus Wins!” I actually don’t mind that the Bible gave away the ending to the story.

Host It makes life so much better. We have chosen a couple of contestants to play a game. They are your Connectors and you have to decide who you think will win.

Co-Host The first one to get knocked out of the circle loses. Let’s play!

  • The two contestants begin inside the circle. When you say “go,” they try to bump each other out of the circle. Think safety first! Play the game. If you don’t have access to one of these items, then you could easily substitute any type of versus game. A rope for tug of war could work as well.

Host Who won? It’s not always easy to pick the winner, but with Jesus it is.

Co-Host That’s true. It’s a done deal that ultimately Jesus will be the winner.

Host Maybe Herman can remind Rusty of that truth. Let’s check it out.

Materials:
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter

Co-Host That chicken looks like she could handle a supervillain. You don’t think Rusty actually snapped Herman into dust, do you?

Host Probably not. His inventions usually don’t work. Thankfully today’s Big Point is much more reliable,

Host Don’t Fear, Jesus Wins! Sometimes it looks like the opposite is true. In fact, let’s choose a volunteer to come up and act out a superhero story with (Co-Host).

Host and Co-Host choose a kid to volunteer.

Host We’re going to do this “Mad Libs” style. I will call out the different things categories. I need you guys to help me fill in the blanks.

(Call out each category and write down one of the suggestions.)

Host • Superhero Team Name • Type of lunch • Animal • A Villain’s name • Item • Type of Pet • Something on your head • Superpower

(Co-Host and kid volunteer put on masks and act out the story. Make it silly and ridiculous.)

Host (Superhero Team) and their sidekicks were eating (Lunch) when all of a sudden, their superhero signal, a (Animal), shown in the sky. (Superhero Team) dropped their lunch and ran into the city only to discover that Dr. (Villain) was in the middle of stealing the world famous (Item). The (Superhero Team) shouted, “You can’t have that (Item)!” All of a sudden, Dr. (Villain)’s ferocious (Pet) leapt from underneath Dr. (Villain)’s hat. The heroes shouted, “It bit me on my (Part of head)!” (Superhero Team) used their (Superpower) to neutralize the (Pet) and stop Dr. (Villain). They returned to their lair to finish their (Lunch). The end.

Co-Host I thought I was done for in that story.

Host It seemed like it, but that’s why it’s important to hear the entire story. Let’s check out this verse. But first your superhero partner can hit the button as we count down from three.

(Kid volunteer presses the button. Lights flash and the Big Verse is revealed.)

Co-Host John 16:33 (NIrV), “In this world you will have trouble. But be encouraged! I have won the battle over the world!’”

Host Whenever things look a little rough, it’s important to remember that Jesus has already won the battle. It’s finished. We’re just waiting for Jesus to show the world He has won. Remember,

Host Don’t Fear, Jesus Wins! Let’s stand and worship Jesus, the ultimate winner!

Materials:
Materials:
Leader

One of the best ways to build up your faith is to repeat God’s Word. Reading a verse from the Bible over and over reminds you of what is true and gives you confidence that Jesus has won the battle. Let’s repeat part of our Big Verse today. I’ll say it and you repeat it. We’ll do this several times. “Jesus has won the battle!” (Repeat 3-4 times) What we just did is called meditating on God’s Word. You can do that over and over. Every time you feel fearful, you can choose to repeat God’s Word. Then you will get stronger and stronger on the inside and grow to believe that God is who He says He is. I want to pray for you today. (Pray)

Materials:
Materials:
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Co-Host Those Christians must have been convinced the Romans were going to win and keep them from following Jesus.

Host I’m sure many of them were worried about that, which is why it was so important for John to teach them the heart of our Big Point.

Host Don’t Fear, Jesus Wins! They needed to know that no matter how bad things looked in the moment, Jesus is the winner.

Co-Host I have a question for you guys. What kinds of fears could be helped by knowing that Jesus wins?

(Co-Host interviews kids in the audience.)

Co-Host If it helps that much, then I guess we should share this Big Point with other people.

Host You don’t want to keep news like this to yourself. Let’s say our Big Point once more,

Host Don’t Fear, Jesus Wins! Let’s gather with our small groups, so we can talk about it.

Materials:
Small Group Leader
  • Gather the kids into small groups and discuss the following.

  1. Who is your favorite superhero?
  2. Do you ever get so nervous in the middle of reading a story that you skip to the end? How do you feel when you find out the end of the story?
  3. How does knowing that we are on the winning side with Jesus help us not be afraid?
  4. What did Herman tell us to do in the Big Do?
Materials:
Leader
  • Choose two kids from the audience to come on stage and answer the question.

  1. Our Big Point says Don’t Fear, Jesus _______! a. Wins b. Loses
  2. Our Big Story described Jesus in a ________. a. Game b. Battle
  3. Why was Rusty so upset when he watched the movie? He thought the bad guys won
  4. Yes/No: The battle in our Big Story was a back and forth battle that Jesus barely won. a. Yes b. No
  5. How does knowing that Jesus wins help you when you feel afraid?
  6. Our Big Verse, John 16:33 (NIrV) says, “In this world you will have trouble. But be encouraged! I have _____ the battle over the world!’” a. Won b. Lost
  7. Since Jesus wins, I don’t have to be afraid of ______.
  8. In the story of the battle, what did Jesus use to defeat His enemies? a. Bomb b. Word
  9. What is the best thing to do when trouble pops up? a. Assume the worst and give up b.Trust Jesus
  10. What did challenge did Herman give us as this week’s Big Do? Play a board game, and keep playing, even if you are losing


Midweek / Classroom

Midweek / Classroom Instructions

Countdown / Rules
Materials: Lesson Plan
Leader
Note:

Materials Needed:

Lab Coat

Ball

Tug of War Rope

Superhero Matching Game

Big Do’s

Big Candy

Note:

The following music selections are suggested for this lesson.

  • Game Music for Lab Wars
  • Soft Instrumental Music for Big Story
Materials:
Leader

Leader enters.

Hey, everyone, welcome to the Lab! We are so glad you’re here. I’m curious about something. Do any of you have a friend or know of a team who seems to win every time they do something? Whether it’s on the field or in the classroom, it just seems like they’re always on the winning side. Or maybe you’re that person or on that team that almost always wins. Either way, I think we’d all agree that it is much more fun to be on the winning team than the losing team! We’re going to talk more about this, but first, let’s stand and worship God, who is definitely the winner of all winners!

Materials:
Materials: Lab Coat, Tug of War Rope
Leader
  • Leader enters.

You guys did a great job worshipping God! It’s time to break up into your small groups. Go ahead and turn to your small group leader now.

  • Split into groups

Who is ready for Lab Wars!? Lab Wars is when your team will have a chance to win 5,000 points! In this week’s war, we will be competing in a classic game of Tug of War, boys vs. girls. Each small group leader will send up one representative from your group! Your goal is to get the first person on the opposite team across this line. We will play two out of three. Whichever team succeeds wins 5,000 points! Small group leaders, send up your contestant! Let’s get started. On your mark, get set, go!

  • Play optional Game Music

  • Have the small group leaders send up one representative from their group. Split them into two teams of boys vs. girls and allow them to battle it out. The team that wins the most out of three rounds wins!  

Great job to our winners! (Award points) That was fun. As you all began each round, you didn’t know if you were going to win or lose. When it’s a game, it can just be fun to play, whether you win or lose. But in life, it sure would be nice to know ahead of time how things are going to turn out. Let’s check in with our friends in the lab to see what they’re up to.

Materials: Lab Coat
Leader
  • Leader enters.

How many of you love Marvel superhero movies? Stand up if you have seen all of the Marvel movies. There are __ of them. Why are Rusty and the gang all upset? Exactly! They stopped at the end of Infinity War. They don’t know that in the next movie, the good guys win. When you stop in the middle of a story, things can look bleak. It’s a huge relief to know how it ends. That’s exactly what our Big Point does for us! It tells us how things are going to end. Let’s take a look at it,

Don’t Fear; Jesus Wins! I have a fun idea! Let’s have a classic game of Rock, Paper, Scissors in our small groups until we have a group winner. You have 5 minutes to discover your Rock, Paper, Scissors champion!

Small Group Leader

We have 5 minutes to complete this challenge! Everyone, find a partner. If you lose, have a seat! We’ll keep playing till we have a champion. Remember, paper beats rock, rock beats scissors, and scissors beat paper. Ready? Go!

Leader

That was fun! You guys are champs at Rock, Paper, Scissors. It’s fun to win at individual games and as a team. That’s why it’s great to be on Jesus’ team, because like our Big Point says,

Don’t Fear; Jesus Wins! Maybe Herman can remind Rusty of that truth. Let’s find out.

Materials: Lab Coat, Superhero Matching Game
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Yikes! Do you think Rusty actually snapped Herman into dust? I agree; probably not. Rusty’s inventions usually don’t work, but it would help him if he realized what happens at the end of the story. We’re going to test your superhero movie knowledge and talk about how knowing the end can help us now.

Small Group Leader
  • Place the cards face down in the center of the group. Allow each child to take turns trying to match the superhero with his archenemy.

    • Captain America:

      • Hero = Steve Rogers (Captain America);
      • Villain = HYDRA
    • Iron Man:

      • Hero = Tony Stark (Iron Man);
      • Villain = Obadiah Stone / Mandarin / Thanos
    • The Incredible Hulk:

      • Hero = David Banner;
      • Villain = Emil Blonsky (the Abomination) / Leader
    • Thor:

      • Hero = Thor, son of Odin;
      • Villain = Loki
    • Batman:

      • Hero = Bruce Wayne;
      • Villain = Joker
    • Superman:

      • Hero = Clark Kent;
      • Villain = Lex Luthor
    • Spider-Man:

      • Hero = Peter Parker;
      • Villain = Green Goblin / Dr. Octopus / Venom
    • Black Panther:

      • Hero = T’Challa;
      • Villain = Klaw
  • What hero or villain is your favorite?

  • How does knowing the end of the movie make you less nervous when the hero is in trouble?

Leader

You guys really know your superheroes and villains! Great job. Our lives can be like those movies. There are those days or weeks when it seems like everything is going wrong and you just can’t win. But if we belong to God, we can remind ourselves of the end of the story. Jesus wins! That’s exactly what our Big Verse says. I am going to choose a small group to help me count down from three to reveal the Big Verse.

  • Choose a small group

Let’s count it down, 3, 2, 1!

John 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble. But be encouraged! I have won the battle over the world!’” (NIrV). We are going to have some tough days. That’s just a part of life. But it’s not the end of the story. We can hang in there because we know we’re on the winning team! Check out our Big Story and discover how Jesus wins!

Materials:
Leader
  • Play optional Soft Instrumental Music

Those Christians who lived in Rome back then must have been really worried that the Romans were going to win and keep them from following Jesus. That’s why it was so important for them to know that no matter how bad things looked in the moment, Jesus is the winner. I don’t know about y’all, but I have days when I really need to remember that. Let’s turn to our small groups and talk about this more.

Small Group Leader
Note:

The goal in this segment is to create a place where kids can openly share and to bring accountability to become more like Jesus. Foster this environment by truly listening, responding with love, and showing them what it looks like to be a friend and follower of Jesus.

We all go through difficult times. That’s exactly what our Big Verse says, “In this world you will have trouble.” It’s easy to let fear creep in when we’re in the middle of a hard time. Fear is one of the main tools Satan uses to try to rob us of the good things God wants to do in our lives.

  • When is a time it would have really helped you to remember that Jesus wins in the end?

  • What is one battle or fear you have right now? It could be fear of dying, parents getting a divorce, someone you love dying, not having any friends, failing a grade, etc.

Those are definitely difficult things. But remember what the rest of our Big Verse says, “But be encouraged! I have won the battle over the world!” To help us remember, we’re going to repeat part of our verse several times. Say, “Jesus has won the battle!” (Repeat 3-4 times then pray over your small group)

Leader

What we just did is called meditating on God’s Word. You can do that over and over. Every time you feel fearful, you can choose to repeat God’s Word. Then you will get stronger and stronger on the inside and grow to believe that God is who He says He is. By doing this you remind yourself of what is true. Today is not the end of the story. Remembering that Jesus has won the final battle can help you through hard days. It is such a relief to know that no matter what we face in life, Jesus is the ultimate winner. It makes life so much better, even enjoyable! Let’s check back in with Rusty to see if he’s figured out that there’s more to the story.

Materials: Lab Coat, Big Do’s, Big Candy
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Knowing that Jesus can defeat all forces of evil helps us be confident that He can certainly take care of any and all of our fears. It feels so much better when we’re having a bad day or going through a hard time to remember the end of the story. When we choose to be on God’s team and think about the fact that Jesus wins, it helps us not be nervous and afraid. Our Big Point is true,

Don’t Fear; Jesus Wins! You can practice our Big Point while having some fun with your family when you do this week’s Big Do.

Choose a board game to play as a family. It could be something like Monopoly or Sorry or a card game. If it seems like you might lose, don’t stop playing. Keep going and see who wins! Now, turn to your small groups to finish up. When your small group leader dismisses you, come on down and sit at the front.

Small Group Leader
  • Pass out the Big Do for this week.
  • Pass out the Big Candy.
  • Have a post-game huddle with your group. Pray for them, do a little cheer, whatever you decide is a good way to end your group.
Materials:
Leader
  • Choose two kids from the audience to come on stage and answer the question.

  1. Our Big Point says Don’t Fear, Jesus _______! a. Wins b. Loses
  2. Our Big Story described Jesus in a ________. a. Game b. Battle
  3. Why was Rusty so upset when he watched the movie? He thought the bad guys won
  4. Yes/No: The battle in our Big Story was a back and forth battle that Jesus barely won. a. Yes b. No
  5. How does knowing that Jesus wins help you when you feel afraid?
  6. Our Big Verse, John 16:33 (NIrV) says, “In this world you will have trouble. But be encouraged! I have _____ the battle over the world!’” a. Won b. Lost
  7. Since Jesus wins, I don’t have to be afraid of ______.
  8. In the story of the battle, what did Jesus use to defeat His enemies? a. Bomb b. Word
  9. What is the best thing to do when trouble pops up? a. Assume the worst and give up b.Trust Jesus
  10. What did challenge did Herman give us as this week’s Big Do? Play a board game, and keep playing, even if you are losing

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