Ark Kids Elementary: Peace

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

Ethel's anger over some hurtful words leads Alex to suggest some karate action.



Large Group Full Program

Large Group Full Program Instructions

Countdown / Rules
Materials: Lesson Plan
Leader
Note:

Question of the Day: What is one thing that your brother or sister does that makes you angry?

Note:

Welcome Prep: This game utilizes an included PowerPoint file that has been edited. The file originated from www.taysteachingtoolkit.com and is licensed for non-commercial use. You will find it in the lesson plan downloads. If you can’t use the PowerPoint, then you can modify the welcome and play a simple version of the game Exploding Kittens. Walk throughout the crowd and ask the kids questions. Alternate between boys and girls.

Note:

Optional musical selections for this lesson:

  • Soft instrumental music for Big Story
  • Game music for Engage 3 and Big Review
Materials: Lab Coat (2)
Hosts
Note:

This game utilizes an included PowerPoint file that has been edited. The file originated from www.taysteachingtoolkit.com and is licensed for non-commercial use. You will find it in the lesson plan downloads. If you can’t use the PowerPoint, then you can modify the welcome and play a simple version of the game Exploding Kittens. Walk throughout the crowd and ask the kids questions. Alternate between boys and girls.

  • The Host and Co-Host are wearing lab coats.

Co-Host We’re going to begin with one of Ethel’s least and most favorite games, Exploding Kittens.

  • Show the PowerPoint or alternatively play a simple version of the game Exploding Kittens.

Host This one has a twist. You will answer questions about angry animals. Whichever letter you choose will be the first letter of the answer to the question. If you get it correct, then you can earn points for your team.

Co-Host But, if you pick the exploding kitten, you lose all your points. Let’s play.

  • Play the game. Follow the directions on the PowerPoint. The cards for the game will appear on screen. The kids may select only one card on the PowerPoint or continue to select as many cards as they want after correctly answering. The cards are drawn by clicking the button on the PowerPoint. If a kid selects the bomb, then the turn is over, or he or she may choose to stop and bank the points. Ask as many questions as you have time for in this segment.

Co-Host Those were some angry animals.

Host Some were, but some are mild, that is, unless you push them too far and then they react. That happens to humans, too.

Co-Host Today we will discover how to handle anger. Speaking of anger, I heard that Ethel was pretty angry.

Host We should check on that. First stand to your feet and tell someone nearby which animal from the game you would least like to meet.

Materials:
Materials: Lab Coat (2), Kiddie Pool, Non-Diet Soda Can (2), Poncho, Safety Goggles
Hosts
  • Before the Engage, set up the experiment components on the stage.

Co-Host Ethel is angry. She’s really upset because of what Penelope said about her.

Host Have you ever felt like Ethel? Tell me about a time at school when you got super mad.

  • Interview a couple of kids.

Co-Host When I feel angry, it’s hard not to act on those feelings.

Host You feel like this soda can. I need an assistant to help me with this experiment. (Bring up assistant) I need you to shake up this soda can. Now open it.

Co-Host Hold on. (Co-Host continues shaking the soda) We need to prepare for this. Take your shoes and socks off. Put on this poncho, safety goggles, and stand in this pool. Now you can open it.

  • Shake the can vigorously and hand it to the child. The child opens it, and the soda spews.

Host That’s like anger. Someone or some situation shakes you up. The whole thing gets you so mad. All the anger and rage are ready to explode, but do you have to explode just because you feel like exploding?

Co-Host That soda can exploded, so it seems hard not to do it.

Host Before we finish the experiment, let’s see what our Big Point says. I need a volunteer to help us reveal it.

  • Host and Co-Host choose a kid to volunteer.

Co-Host After we count down from three, you can press that button and then read the Big Point.

Host Let’s all say it together, I Can Have Peace When I’m Angry!

Co-Host It seems like our Big Point says that you can choose to be calm and peaceful, even when you feel angry.

Host You can, when you trust God to help you. God’s presence in your life brings peace so that you can choose to be a peaceful person instead of exploding. I need our assistant in the pool to shake another soda can.

  • Have a child shake the can.

Host Before you open it, do this. Flick the sides of the can several times. This movement knocks the carbonation, or bubbles, off of the sides of the can. This reduces the pressure. Now open it.

  • The child opens it, and it doesn’t explode.

Co-Host The next time I feel really angry, I’m going to ask God for help to choose peace and deflate the anger. Just like we reduced the pressure inside the soda can, God can knock those angry feelings away from us.

Host That means that we don’t have to explode. Let’s see if Ethel will make that choice.

Materials: Lab Coat (2), Balloon, Pump or Air Compressor
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Host Do you think Ethel is making the right choice? Do you ever wish that you could have a karate match against a person who’s driving you nuts?

Co-Host We may feel angry, but that doesn’t mean we have to act on our feelings. God gives us the power to choose our actions in spite of our feelings. Let’s say our Big Point,

Co-Host

I Can Have Peace When I’m Angry!

Host Let’s see what the Bible says about peace by checking out today’s Big Verse.

  • Host and Co-Host choose a kid to volunteer.

Co-Host After we count down from three, hit the button, and then you can read the verse.

Co-Host Matthew 5:9 (NIrV) says, “Blessed are those who make peace. They will be called children of God.”

Host When we face a difficult situation, we can do one of two things. We can make it worse or work to make it better. It’s all up to you.

Co-Host No one can make you angry. People can hurt you. They can say mean things. They can aggravate you, but they can’t make you angry. Anger is an emotion that pops up in these situations, but it’s our choice what to do with it.

Host You can embrace the anger or let it go. We need an assistant to help us. Can you blow up this balloon?

  • Allow the child to blow up the balloon.

Co-Host You know what? That’s taking a little too long. Let’s use this.

  • Bring out the pump or air compressor.

Host When you choose to run with those angry feelings, it’s like adding air to this balloon. What’s going to happen if our friend keeps adding air and doesn’t stop?

Allow the child to add air until it pops.

Co-Host It pops. The anger blows up the problem. That’s not God’s best for us. Choosing the peace that comes from God deflates the problem.

Allow the child to blow up the balloon and let it go.

Host Being a peacemaker means working to make the problem better, even if it means you choose not to get back at the person who is wrong. God’s peace can heal a situation. Instead of taking matters into your own hands, trust God to handle it. Let’s take a moment to stand and worship our God, who loves to help us.

Materials:
Materials:
Leader
  • Play optional soft instrumental music

When you’re in the heat of the moment, and someone like Nabal is being nasty and mean, it’s hard not to give into anger. However, you can make steps toward making God’s way your natural way of responding. If you plant God’s words in your heart, then that’s what will come out of you when you’re pushed to your limit. Let’s do that now. Let’s repeat today’s Big Verse. This is called meditating on God’s Word. It’s a great way to get His truth in you. Let’s repeat this prayer a couple of times: “God, please help me be someone who makes peace. I want to be called Your child.” (Repeat at least twice) Keep repeating that throughout the week so that you are ready to make peace.

Materials:
Materials: Lab Coat (2), Balloon (2), Table (2), Thin Plastic Cup (20), Clothespin (2)
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Co-Host I’m glad to see that Ethel chose to make peace even though Penelope wouldn’t apologize.

Host She made the same choice as David in the Big Story. He let go of his anger, even though Nabal was still rude. I’m glad Ethel listened to our Big Point,

Host I Can Have Peace When I’m Angry!

Co-Host Of course, Ethel had help. Alex played the part of peacemaker, instead of instigator, just like Abigail helped David make a better choice.

Host That’s a great story to share with your family when you do this week’s Big Do.

Host Play a game with your family. When you get out or lose, show how you can have peace when you feel angry by not reacting to losing. Talk with your family about how you can continue to make that choice.

Co-Host Let’s play a game right now. We learned the importance of deflating our anger by choosing God’s peace instead of angry actions by watching a balloon deflate. In this game, two contestants will compete to see who can use the air from a deflating balloon to knock the most cups off the table in 60 seconds.

Host The balloons are already inflated, but you may have to add air as you play. Ready? Go!

  • Play optional Game Music

  • Play the game. You can pre-inflate the balloons and keep them closed with clothespins. Have 10 cups set up on each table. Give each child an already inflated balloon. To knock the cup off, the child must let some of the balloon’s air out. Use a thin plastic cup to make it easier.

Host Great job. Let’s turn and connect with our small groups and talk about what we’ve learned from the Bible.

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

  • Why was Ethel angry? Have you ever had someone tell a lie about you? How did that make you feel?

  • How did David feel when Nabal disrespected him? David was angry What did David want to do? He wanted to kill Nabal

  • How did Abigail make a wise choice? She was a peacemaker How could you be a peacemaker the next time you or one of your friends gets angry?

  • What did Herman tell us to do with our families in the Big Do?

Materials:
Leader
  • Play optional game music. Choose two kids from the audience to come on stage and answer the question.

  • Our Big Point says I Can Have Peace When I’m _______!

    • Angry
    • Annoyed
  • What was the name of the rich man who was rude to David?

    • Nathan
    • Nabal
  • What did Alex suggest Ethel do when she felt angry?

    • Fight
    • Talk
  • Who was Nabal’s wife?

    • Abigail
    • Ruth
  • David and his men had helped Nabal in the past.

    • True
    • False
  • Matthew 5:9 (NIrV), “Blessed are those who make peace. They will be called _________ of God.”

    • Enemies
    • Children
  • What is one way to choose peace when you feel angry?

  • Why is it wise to choose peace over anger?

  • How did Abigail act as a peacemaker?

    • She made peace with David
    • She encouraged Nabal to fight
  • What challenge did Herman give us as this week’s Big Do?



Large Group Abbreviated

Large Group Abbreviated Instructions

Countdown / Rules
Materials: Lesson Plan
Leader
Note:

Question of the Day: What is one thing that your brother or sister does that makes you angry?

Materials: Lab Coat (2)
Hosts
  • The Host and Co-Host are wearing lab coats.

Co-Host You know what Ethel's most favorite and least favorite game is? Exploding Kittens. Have you ever played it? Those are some angry animals.

Host Some are, but some are mild, that is, unless you push them too far and then they react. That happens to humans, too.

Co-Host Today we will discover how to handle anger. Speaking of anger, I heard that Ethel was pretty angry.

Host We should check on that. First stand to your feet and tell someone nearby which angry animal you would least like to meet.

Materials: Lab Coat (2),
Hosts

Co-Host Ethel is angry. She’s really upset because of what Penelope said about her.

Host Have you ever felt like Ethel? Tell me about a time at school when you got super mad.

  • Interview a couple of kids.

Co-Host When I feel angry, it’s hard not to act on those feelings.

Host Anger and rage can make you feel ready to explode, but do you have to explode just because you feel like exploding?

Co-Host It seems pretty hard hard not to explode when you are so angry. What can you do?

Host Before we finish the experiment, let’s see what our Big Point says. I need a volunteer to help us reveal it.

  • Host and Co-Host choose a kid to volunteer.

Co-Host After we count down from three, you can press that button and then read the Big Point.

Host Let’s all say it together, I Can Have Peace When I’m Angry!

Co-Host It seems like our Big Point says that you can choose to be calm and peaceful, even when you feel angry.

Host You can, when you trust God to help you. God’s presence in your life brings peace so that you can choose to be a peaceful person instead of exploding.

Co-Host The next time I feel really angry, I’m going to ask God for help to choose peace and deflate the anger. God can knock those angry feelings away from us.

Host That means that we don’t have to explode. Let’s see if Ethel will make that choice.

Materials: Lab Coat (2),
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Host Do you think Ethel is making the right choice? Do you ever wish that you could have a karate match against a person who’s driving you nuts?

Co-Host We may feel angry, but that doesn’t mean we have to act on our feelings. God gives us the power to choose our actions in spite of our feelings. Let’s say our Big Point,

Co-Host

I Can Have Peace When I’m Angry!

Host Let’s see what the Bible says about peace by checking out today’s Big Verse.

  • Host and Co-Host choose a kid to volunteer.

Co-Host After we count down from three, hit the button, and then you can read the verse.

Co-Host Matthew 5:9 (NIrV) says, “Blessed are those who make peace. They will be called children of God.”

Host When we face a difficult situation, we can do one of two things. We can make it worse or work to make it better. It’s all up to you.

Co-Host No one can make you angry. People can hurt you. They can say mean things. They can aggravate you, but they can’t make you angry. Anger is an emotion that pops up in these situations, but it’s our choice what to do with it.

Host You can embrace the anger or let it go.

Co-Host You know what? That’s taking a little too long. Let’s use this.

Host When you choose to run with those angry feelings, it’s like adding air to a balloon without stopping when it is full. What’s going to happen if you do that?

Co-Host It pops. The anger blows up the problem. That’s not God’s best for us. Choosing the peace that comes from God deflates the problem.

Host Being a peacemaker means working to make the problem better, even if it means you choose not to get back at the person who is wrong. God’s peace can heal a situation. Instead of taking matters into your own hands, trust God to handle it.

Materials:
Leader
  • Play optional soft instrumental music

When you’re in the heat of the moment, and someone like Nabal is being nasty and mean, it’s hard not to give into anger. However, you can make steps toward making God’s way your natural way of responding. If you plant God’s words in your heart, then that’s what will come out of you when you’re pushed to your limit. Let’s do that now. Let’s repeat today’s Big Verse. This is called meditating on God’s Word. It’s a great way to get His truth in you. Let’s repeat this prayer a couple of times: “God, please help me be someone who makes peace. I want to be called Your child.” (Repeat at least twice) Keep repeating that throughout the week so that you are ready to make peace.

Materials: Lab Coat (2),
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Co-Host I’m glad to see that Ethel chose to make peace even though Penelope wouldn’t apologize.

Host She made the same choice as David in the Big Story. He let go of his anger, even though Nabal was still rude. I’m glad Ethel listened to our Big Point,

Host I Can Have Peace When I’m Angry!

Co-Host Of course, Ethel had help. Alex played the part of peacemaker, instead of instigator, just like Abigail helped David make a better choice.

Host That’s a great story to share with your family when you do this week’s Big Do.

Host Play a game with your family. When you get out or lose, show how you can have peace when you feel angry by not reacting to losing. Talk with your family about how you can continue to make that choice. Let’s turn and connect with our small groups and talk about what we’ve learned from the Bible.

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

  • Why was Ethel angry? Have you ever had someone tell a lie about you? How did that make you feel?

  • How did David feel when Nabal disrespected him? David was angry What did David want to do? He wanted to kill Nabal

  • How did Abigail make a wise choice? She was a peacemaker How could you be a peacemaker the next time you or one of your friends gets angry?

  • What did Herman tell us to do with our families in the Big Do?

Materials:
Leader
  • Play optional game music. Choose two kids from the audience to come on stage and answer the question.

  • Our Big Point says I Can Have Peace When I’m _______!

    • Angry
    • Annoyed
  • What was the name of the rich man who was rude to David?

    • Nathan
    • Nabal
  • What did Alex suggest Ethel do when she felt angry?

    • Fight
    • Talk
  • Who was Nabal’s wife?

    • Abigail
    • Ruth
  • David and his men had helped Nabal in the past.

    • True
    • False
  • Matthew 5:9 (NIrV), “Blessed are those who make peace. They will be called _________ of God.”

    • Enemies
    • Children
  • What is one way to choose peace when you feel angry?

  • Why is it wise to choose peace over anger?

  • How did Abigail act as a peacemaker?

    • She made peace with David
    • She encouraged Nabal to fight
  • What challenge did Herman give us as this week’s Big Do?



Midweek / Classroom

Midweek / Classroom Instructions

Countdown / Rules
Materials: Lesson Plan
Leader
Note:

Question of the Day: What is one thing that your brother or sister does that makes you angry?

Note:

Optional musical selections for this lesson:

  • Soft instrumental music for Big Story
  • Game music for Lab Wars

Lab Wars Prep: Prior to this segment, set-up cardboard boxes in a large structure on the stage.

Materials: Lab Coat
Leader
  • Leader enters, wearing a lab coat.

Hey guys, welcome to the lab! I am going to show you an emoji, and I want you to tell me what emotion it represents.

Great job! If you are anything like me, you may experience many of these emotions throughout the day. Maybe your day looks something like this

You may have woken up in a bad mood, but then your mom makes you pancakes, but your little sister takes the last one. Then you head to school and see your best friend, but shortly after that you realize you didn’t do the correct homework assignment. I think you get the point. We have so many feelings that bombard us each day. What do we do with them? That is what we will be discovering all month. Before we get started in worship, turn to your neighbor and ask him or her, “What is your favorite emoji?”

Materials:
Materials: Lab Coat, Ball (1 Per Group)Lab Coat, Cardboard Boxes (At Least 10), Angry Bird Plush Toys (2 or 3), Water Balloon Slingshot
Leader
  • Prior to this segment, set-up cardboard boxes in a large structure on the stage.

  • Leader enters, dressed in a lab coat.

It’s now time to break up into your small groups. Go ahead and turn to your small group leaders now.

  • Split into groups.

  • Small Group Leader, Use these two minutes to introduce yourself to your kids and go over the rules you have for your group. This will set the expectation and show the kids clear boundaries, setting your group up for success. The ball can be used as a tool to signify whose turn it is to respond.

It’s time for Lab Wars! In tonight’s battle, we are going to throw it back to a classic game of Angry Birds. I need one representative from each small group to come up here and fight until one team is victorious. (Have each small group leader send up a kid) Each kid will have a chance to shoot the angry birds at the boxes. You will have three tries. The team that knocks over the most boxes wins!

  • Play optional Game Music. Have the kids take turns using the giant slingshot to shoot the angry birds at the structure.

Congratulations to the winning team! I used to love playing angry birds, but I always wondered, why are they so angry? Anger is a feeling we all experience. It’s normal to get angry, but it becomes a problem when you let your anger grow so big that it gets out of control. Tonight we will discover how God helps us have peace even when we’re angry. Let’s check in with our friends at the lab to see how they handle their anger.

Materials: Lab Coat
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Ethel is angry because of what Penelope said about her. Have you ever felt like Ethel? When I feel angry, it’s hard not to act on those feelings. Anger can feel like an explosion. It builds, and builds, and builds, until it explodes. Do we have to let our emotions take the lead? Let’s look at our Big Point. I need a small group to help me reveal what it is

  • Choose a small group to count down from three.

I Can Have Peace When I’m Angry! Emotions are real, but they are lousy leaders. This makes me think of a fun game. We’re going to play follow the leader, but with a twist. Let’s turn to our small groups and play it now.

Small Group Leader
  • Have your kids stand up and form a circle. Then follow the directions below to lead your group in playing follow the leader.

  • Round 1: Begin by playing normal follow the leader. You, as the leader, do motions that they copy (Example: wave your arms, stomp your feet, clap your hands, give a thumbs up, etc.) Let a few other kids be the leader.

    Round 2: This time, play follow the leader, but have them do as you say, not as you do. For instance, as you clap your hands, tell them to stomp their feet, etc. Older group: Allow a couple kids to lead this round. If they do the wrong motions, they’re out! Play as many rounds as time allows.

Leader

Everyone gets angry. It becomes a problem when you let anger be the leader. If you are angry and feel like going off, instead of letting anger take the lead, remember that God gives you the power to choose peace. Let’s say our Big Point all together,

I Can Have Peace When I’m Angry!

Materials: Lab Coat, Engage 2 Activity (1 Per Child), Coloring Utensils
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Do you think Ethel is making the right choice? She is working on her karate skills and prepping to fight back instead of following our Big Point and choosing peace. We may feel angry, but that doesn’t mean we have to act on our feelings. God gives us the power to choose how we act in spite of our feelings. In fact, let’s take a look at our Big Verse. I need a group to help me reveal what it is!

  • Choose a small group to help you count down.

Matthew 5:9 (NIrV), “Blessed are those who make peace. They will be called children of God.” When we choose to make peace, the Bible says we will be blessed! It can be hard to make the right choice when your emotions seem to be overpowering you. But it is possible. God gives us the power to choose peace. Let’s turn to our small groups and do an activity that will show us how to do just that.

Small Group Leader
  • Give an Activity Sheet to each child. Have them choose one color and fill in the shapes that show things that you should not do when you are angry. Have them choose a different color and fill shapes that show choosing peace. When they are finished, they will see the word “Peace.”

Leader

You can choose to be calm and peaceful, even when you feel angry. Trust that God will help you. God’s presence in your life brings peace so that you can choose to be a peaceful person instead of exploding. It is possible. Let’s say our Big Point all together,

I Can Have Peace When I’m Angry! In a few minutes we will check back with Ethel and see if she chooses peace.

Materials:
Leader
  • Play optional soft instrumental music

When you’re in the heat of the moment, and someone like Nabal is being nasty and mean, it’s hard not to give into anger. However, you can make steps toward making God’s way your natural way of responding. If you plant God’s words in your heart, then that’s what will come out of you when you’re pushed to your limit. Let’s turn to our small groups and talk more about this.

Small Group Leader
  • Note: The goal in this segment is to create a place where kids can openly share and to bring accountability as they become more like Jesus. Do this by truly listening, responding with love, and showing them what it looks like to be a friend and follower of Jesus.

  • Have you ever been so angry that you let your anger take control? What happened?
  • What might happen if you let anger take the lead? You might hurt someone else, hurt yourself, hurt a relationship, say something you regret, etc.
  • How can you choose peace when you are angry? You can go for a walk, take a deep breath, pray and ask God for peace, fill your heart with good things, etc.

One way to make sure peace comes out of us when we feel angry is to fill ourselves with God’s Word! Let’s take a moment and meditate on today’s Big Verse. Repeat after me, “God, please help me be someone who makes peace. I want to be called Your child.” (Repeat this a few times).

Leader

Emotions are real and completely normal! It’s ok to feel anger; you just don’t want to live there. Don’t let anger be the boss. Remember that God gives us the strength to have peace in any situation. Let’s say our Big Point altogether,

I Can Have Peace When I’m Angry!

Materials: Lab Coat
Leader
  • Leader enters.

I’m glad to see that Ethel chose to make peace, even though Penelope wouldn’t apologize. She made the same choice as David in the Big Story. He let go of his anger, even though Nabal was still rude. Ethel chose to listen to our Big Point,

I Can Have Peace When I’m Angry! You can make the same choice when you do this week’s Big Do!

Play a game with your family. When you get out or lose, show how you can have peace when you feel angry by not reacting to losing. Talk with your family about how you can continue to make that choice. Now let’s turn to our small groups to finish tonight’s service!

Small Group Leader

Use this time to hand out any positive reinforcement tools (i.e. Candy, stickers, prize coupons, etc.) Tell your group how much you enjoyed spending time with them this week. Finally, end your time together with a prayer and maybe even a group cheer.

Materials:
Leader
  • Play optional game music. Choose two kids from the audience to come on stage and answer the question.

  • Our Big Point says I Can Have Peace When I’m _______!

    • Angry
    • Annoyed
  • What was the name of the rich man who was rude to David?

    • Nathan
    • Nabal
  • What did Alex suggest Ethel do when she felt angry?

    • Fight
    • Talk
  • Who was Nabal’s wife?

    • Abigail
    • Ruth
  • David and his men had helped Nabal in the past.

    • True
    • False
  • Matthew 5:9 (NIrV), “Blessed are those who make peace. They will be called _________ of God.”

    • Enemies
    • Children
  • What is one way to choose peace when you feel angry?

  • Why is it wise to choose peace over anger?

  • How did Abigail act as a peacemaker?

    • She made peace with David
    • She encouraged Nabal to fight
  • What challenge did Herman give us as this week’s Big Do?

About Ark Kids Elementary

This content is provided free of charge by The Ark Church.