Week 4 objectives: to discover why Christians believe it is important that they trust God and to think about people who trust God having more and more peace.
Game - 7 mins
Aim: to think about how sometimes it is difficult to believe that what somebody says is true.
You will need: ‘Paperclip and a cup of water challenge’ instructions (see Printables), two paper clips, a piece of paper, a plastic cup, a jug of water, a note card and a large bowl.
Ask the children if they believe you can link two paperclips together using just a piece of paper, or hold a cup of water upside down.
Show the children the two paperclips and the paper and then follow the instructions to complete the first challenge. Encourage the children to have a go at completing the challenge themselves. Show the children the cup of water and the piece of card and then follow the instructions to complete the second challenge. Encourage the children to have a go at the second challenge too.
Talk about - 8 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 whiteboard or paper.
Underline the word 'peace' remind the children that a couple of weeks ago we learnt that one way to think about God’s peace is a great feeling of calm on the inside.
Underline the word ‘trust’ and explain that this week we're going to think about the word 'trust'. Ask the children if they know what the word ‘trust’ means. Respond positively to the children’s answers. Talk about the word ‘trust’ meaning believing that what somebody says is true.
Talk about the challenges you have just completed. Ask the children if they believed you when you said that you could link two paperclips together using a piece of paper and hold a cup of water upside down. Remind the children that ‘trust’ means believing that what someone says is true.
Point to the verse and explain that this verse tells us that people who trust in God (circle the word 'trust') have more and more and more peace (circle the word 'peace').
But why do people who trust in God have more peace?
Quickly draw a stick figure next to the verse. Write the word 'God' close to the stick figure but not right next to it. Explain that Christians believe that trusting in God is a really, really, really important part of their friendship with him. They believe that as they trust in God they become closer and closer friends with him. Rub out the stick person and draw another right next to the word 'God'. Draw an arrow pointing down above the stick person. In their close friendship with God the Holy Spirit can do more and more work in their lives.
Remind the children that last week we learnt that when the Holy Spirit works in the life of a Christian the Fruit of the Spirit ‘grows’. Show the children the Fruit of the Spirit textboxes and use sticky tac to stick them around the stick person. Explain that the Bible calls love, joy, peace etc. the Fruit of the Spirit. When the Holy Spirit works in the life of a Christian his fruit grows and grows and grows in their lives and they become more loving, more joyful, more peaceful and more patient etc. Point to the different textboxes as you name the fruit.
You may need to explain again that these things don’t grow in the same way leaves and branches grow on trees, but, as the Holy Spirit works – changing and guiding a Christian, he or she becomes more loving, more peaceful, more patient etc.
Briefly summarise what the children have learnt so far this week by pointing to the verse and explaining that another way of saying this verse is that God gives true peace (a great feeling of calm on the inside) to people who trust in him, who believe that what he says is true.
If you have time, talk a little more about what Christians believe. Christians believe that what God says about himself, about his love, about what he has done and about what he will do are all true. The Bible teaches that God is good powerful and wise, he loves everyone more than they can imagine, he has made a way for everybody, everywhere to become close friends with him and he will never leave us on our own. Christians believe all these things are true.
Finally, if you have a little more time, briefly talk about depending on God. Underline the word 'depend'. Explain that this verse not only talks about trusting God but depending on him too. Ask the children if they know what the word 'depend' means. Explain that there are some people whom we trust so much that we depend on them - we rely on them to do things for us, perhaps things we couldn't do on our own or things that are too difficult for us.
The Bible teaches that God loves people depending on him because people who depend on God trust him day after day after day.
Finish the session by pointing to the verse and saying 'God gives true peace (a great feeling on the inside) to people who depend on him, who trust in him day after day after day.