Thanks for joining us as we make sure kids are still getting lessons from the Bible even while we are not meeting.
I want to make sure to give credit to Bible Story Basics for this lesson. They have written an excellent Curriculum.
1- Figure Labyrinth to quiet our minds and pray. In our Bible Story today we follow Peter’s journey through a difficult time.
2- Break up the scripture into chunks: Matthew 26:57-58, Matthew 26:69-72, and Matthew 26:73-75.
a. Peter is waiting to see Jesus’ fate. Jesus is being questioned and it is not going well. Why do you think it isn’t going well?
b. Why do you think Peter pretended not to know Jesus? How do you think Peter felt when everyone started asking him questions?
c. How did people know Peter was a friend of Jesus? Why did Peter cry?
3- Speculate what happened next: Peter was a great leader but we don’t know what happened to him between his denial, Jesus forgiving him on the seashore and his leadership in Acts. What do you think happened? Can you write a story about what happened?
4- Do I Know You?: Peter was recognized in the crowd because of his accent. He had a distinct accent from and area that Jesus was from. You too are probably pretty familiar with the voices of those you know. Let’s see if we can recognize each other. Tack turns with one of you being Peter. When you are Peter turn have your eyes closed and your back to everyone else. Those that are not Peter, take turns saying, “Do I know you.?” with different accents. See if you can fool Peter into thinking it is not you.
5- Memory Verse. Take time repeating Psalm 121:8- The Lord will protect you on your journeys- whether going or coming. Try saying it in your different accents that you tried in the previous game.
6- Erase Your Mistakes: For this activity, you will need plain paper, pencils and an eraser. Have children write a sentence or two about a time she or he felt out of control and made a mistake or a poor choice. These are private, you do not need to see them. Then take your pencil and scribble over the sentences so that you can no longer see them. Talk about how we all make mistakes, and God forgives. Jesus takes our guilt and shame away and replaces it with love. Now take your eraser and erase a heart where your mistake sentences used to be.
8- Out Of Control- We will do a version of this for Children’s message in worship. Watch as see if you want to play it more!
9- Bless children- Tell each child, by name, “God is always with you.”