‘Give all your worries to Him because He cares for you.’ 1 Peter 5:7


Week 2 objectives: to learn what Jesus said about worrying. To understand that God wants us to pray about our problems and trust him in our troubles.

Game - 7 mins
Beware of allergies – make sure it is safe for the children in your group to handle the food used in this activity.

Aim: to think about feeding birds.
You will need: two chairs, lentils or pearl barley, a dust pan and brush, kitchen weighing scales (optional), glue sticks, baby bird pictures (see Printables), blindfolds, teaspoons, a stopwatch, paper nests (see Printables for ‘How to make a nest from a paper bag’) and two small bowls.

Before the session print the pictures of the baby birds. Make a nest out of a paper bag or a bowl. Stick the bird pictures to the bottom of the ‘nest’.

Place about six tablespoons of lentils/barley into the second dish. Place two chairs about two meters apart facing each other. On one chair, place the empty nest, and on the other, the dish containing the lentils/barley.

Explain to the children that one person at a time is going to ‘feed the birds’. Show the children how to take a teaspoon of ‘bird food’ from the bowl and place it in the nest. Explain that each child will have thirty seconds to try and give the birds as much ‘food’ as possible. After the thirty seconds see how much lentils/barley has been transferred. You could weigh the ‘food’ and record how much each player put into the nest. If the children want to make the game more challenging you could blindfold each player before they begin transferring the lentils/barley. Allow as many children as want to, to have a turn.

Talk about - 6 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, Bibles and marker pens.

Before the session write the verse on the sheet of paper or whiteboard. Read the verse aloud and explain that this verse will help us learn more about God’s love and protection.

Briefly recap what the children talked about in ‘Week 1’. Underline the reference. Remind the children that this verse can be found in Peter’s first letter. The letter is called ‘1 Peter’. Ask one of the older children to find Peter’s first letter in the Bible.

Quickly draw a smiley face on the board next to the reference and write the name Peter underneath. Explain that Peter was one of Jesus’ first disciples. He and his brother Andrew were fishermen. Draw a couple of fish next to the reference. Many times Simon Peter is mentioned in the Gospels. After Jesus went up to heaven Peter wrote a letter to help Christians who were suffering. The Christians were suffering because they believed in Jesus. People were unkind to the them. People wanted to catch the Christians and stop them speaking about what they believed. Peter wrote a letter full of joy, encouraging the Christians to trust God through their difficult times. Draw a simple envelope next to the verse.

Remind the children that when Peter wrote this verse he was writing about God’s love and protection.

Underline the words ‘worries’ and ‘cares’. Ask the children if they know what the word ‘worries’ might mean, or if they can give an example of a worry. Listen to the children’s answers and respond positively. Explain that one way to describe a worry is a problem or trouble that someone keeps thinking about over and over again. It might be a small problem but because they think about it over and over again it begins to feel like a really, really big problem.

When Jesus lived on earth he talked to people about their worries: ‘Don’t worry about your life’ he said: ‘Don’t worry about what you are going to eat or wear. Look at the birds. The birds don’t put seeds in the ground and wait for them to grow; they don’t buy barns and store the grain until they need it – but they always have food, because Father God feeds them’ (Matthew 6:26). Show the children the bird’s nest and a handful or lentils/barley you used in the game. Jesus asked the people a question: ‘Who is worth more, you or a bird?’ What do you think is the correct answer? Talk about the children’s answers. Jesus showed people that they didn’t need to worry. He asked people to think about the birds; to think about how God looks after them and then to think about how much more God cares about each one of them.

Talk a little bit more about how much God cares for people. Remind the children that when we worry about problems and troubles they seem to get bigger and bigger; they might be small troubles but they begin to feel really big to us. Christians believe that God wants to help people with every single problem and trouble that they come across. He wants people to pray about their problems and trust him in their troubles. The Bible teaches that God loves people more than they can imagine and that by his Holy Spirit he will come along-side and never leave us on our own. Christians believe that God doesn’t want people to worry; he wants people to pray and trust him instead. God wants to give people his peace.

Peter heard Jesus talking to people about their worries. In his letter Peter was saying something very similar: ‘You don’t need to worry because God cares for you.’

Explain to the children that next week we are going to think more about how we can give our worries to God.

Song - 2 mins
To the tune ‘Skip to my Lou’:

Give, give your worries to him,
Give, give your worries to him,
Give, give your worries to him,
Because he cares for you.

One Peter, five verse seven,
One Peter, five verse seven,
One Peter, five verse seven,
Because He cares for you. 

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