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

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Week 4 objectives: to think about God being good, powerful and wise, and why in the light of this it is wonderful that God cares for us.

Game - 7 mins
Aim: to think about God being good, powerful and wise.
You will need: ‘God is good’, ‘God is powerful’, ‘God is wise’ signs (see Printables) and three hoopla hoops or masking tape.

Before the session place three hoopla hoops on the floor of your teaching space. Position them so that they are as far apart from each other as possible. If you don’t have hoopla hoops use masking tape to mark out three ‘boxes’ on the floor. Place the signs next to each box or hoop. Each hoop should have one sign next to it. Ask for a volunteer. Explain that you are going to keep repeating the three phrases: ‘God is good’, ‘God is powerful’ and ‘God is wise’ – however not always in the same order! Explain that the volunteer will need to go and stand in the appropriate hoop to match the phrase you call out. However to make the game more challenging they shouldn’t stand in the hoop for the phrase you have just said but for the previous phrase. For example, if you start the game by saying ‘God is good’ the volunteer should stand still and wait. When you say ‘God is powerful’ they should go and stand in the ‘God is good’ hoop. When you say ‘God is wise’ they should move to the ‘God is powerful’ hoop and so on. Either limit everyone’s turn to thirty seconds, or you could decide that if a player makes a mistake they should be replaced by another volunteer.

For alternative games see ‘more hoop games’ (see Printables).

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, Week 2 and Week 3’. Underline the reference and remind the children that this verse can be found in Peter’s first letter. The letter is called ‘1 Peter’. 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. After Jesus went up to heaven Peter wrote a letter to help Christians who were suffering. 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.

When Peter wrote this verse he was writing about God’s love and protection. Underline the words ‘worries’ and ‘cares’. Explain that one way to describe a worry is a problem or trouble that someone keeps thinking about over and over again. When we worry about problems and troubles they can seem to get bigger and bigger; they might be small troubles but they begin to feel really big to us. The Bible teaches 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. He doesn’t want people to worry; he wants people to pray and trust him instead.

Underline the word ‘give’ in the verse. Suggest that one way to give worries to God is to tell him about them. Talk about how we might do this; we might whisper our worries to God, say them out loud or in our heads. Remind the children that we call talking with God ‘praying’.

Finally remind the children that Christians also believe that one way God takes care of people is by giving us friends and people around us whom we can talk to. There are some worries that we need to talk to a grown-up about. For example if somebody asks us to do something that makes us feel uncomfortable or we know is wrong then we should tell a grown-up who will listen.

Underline the word ‘Him’. This verse tells us that God cares for us, that God looks after us. Ask the children why it is so wonderful to know that God is looking after us. Listen to the children’s answers. Show the children the signs you used in the game as you explain that Christians believe it is wonderful to know that God is looking after people because he is good, powerful and wise.

To help children remember the three words you could use the following actions. The Bible teaches that God is a loving God who is good (do a thumbs up sign), powerful (flex your arm muscles) and wise (place your fist against your forehead in a thinking-person pose).

Ask the children if they had something precious and they needed someone to look after it – who would they ask? A clumsy person, a forgetful person, an unkind person, a cheating person?… no, they would find the kindest, most trustworthy and careful person that they could. The Bible teaches that God is all those things and much, much more. God is fully good; there is no badness in him. God is all powerful; there is nothing good and right that he cannot do. God is completely wise; he knows everything there is to know and he always knows what is best for everyone and everything.

Christians believe that knowing these three things about God: he is completely good, he is all powerful and he is wise makes it wonderful to know that he cares for us.

With older children you might like to dig deeper (see Printables) and spend time talking about why, if God is good, powerful and wise bad things still happen in the world.

As this is the last week cover up the Bible verse and ask the children if anyone can say it from memory. Help the children if they get stuck. If you have a rubber stamper and tickets, stamp the tickets belonging to children who can say the Bible verse. Include those who needed some help.

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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