'Do not worry about anything. But pray and ask God for everything you need. And when you pray, always give thanks.' Philippians 4:6

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Week 1 objectives: to discover that Paul wrote this letter while he was chained to guards in prison, and that in prison Paul told the guards about Jesus.

Game - 7 mins
Aim: to help the children think about Paul being chained to guards by encouraging them to take part in a challenge.
You will need: paper chain strips (see Printables) and sticky tape.

Encourage the children to get into pairs or groups of three. Explain that the children need to make short lengths of paper chains to link their small group together. The children could link their ankles and wrists together or just their ankles.

When the children have linked themselves together encourage them to walk once around the room. The first group to successfully walk around the room without breaking their chains is the winning group.

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

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 prayer. Underline the reference.

Explain that this verse can be found in the New Testament part of the Bible, in a letter written by Paul to the church in Philippi. Help one of the children to find the book of Philippians in a Bible.

Draw a stick person next to the verse and write the name ‘Paul’ underneath. Explain that Paul wrote this letter while he was in prison. Draw some chains around ‘Paul’s’ wrist (a simple string of circles would be sufficient). Explain that in his letter Paul tells the Philippians that being in chains has not stopped him talking about Jesus – in fact it has helped him spread the news that through Jesus everybody everywhere can become close friends with God.

Older children might like to look at Philippians 1:12–13 in a child-friendly version of the Bible to find out what Paul says about ‘his chains’.

Explain that Paul told the guards about Jesus. Encourage the children to imagine how he told them: perhaps the guards asked him what he was writing about, or they heard him praying. Perhaps, when some people came to visit Paul the guards heard them talking about Jesus. Maybe Paul simply told them that God loves them and that Jesus lived, died and rose again so that they could be close friends with him.

Read the verse again and underline the word ‘pray’. If you have time quickly ask the children what they think prayer is.

Briefly explain that prayer is talking with God. Explain that next week we are going to take a closer look at this verse as we learn more about prayer.

Song - 2 mins
To the tune ‘Auld Lang Syne’

Don’t worry about a thing my friend,
But pray and ask God,
For everything you need my friend,
And when you pray give thanks.

Philippians chapter 4 verse 6,
Says pray and ask God,
For everything you need my friend,
And when you pray give thanks.

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