Materials for Families – Sunday 28 June

We’re following along with the Faith in Kids podcast in Ephesians.

For links to all the sessions in this series, click here.

Ephesians #9 BE SOLDIERS

Grab some shoes, a cushion, a coat, a belt, a stick and a hat as Ed and Jam find out the war that’s been raging for thousands of years, and what armour we need to be soldiers to fight that war and stand our ground.

Planning when to do this

Hopefully you’ve getting into the swing of things now. For more thoughts on how and when to use these ideas, see the intro from a few week’s ago.

How to listen

Just click here and press play.

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CRAFT IDEAS

There are eight ideas below, four for under 11s and four for over 11s. Feel free to use any that you think will serve you will.

Use the crafts and colouring sheets while you listen to the podcast (make sure you’ve got the materials you need first!). And use them to reinforce the teaching ideas.

The printable sheet for this week is here, page 7 onwards if for over 11s.

All the instructions below are also included on the sheet – if you’d prefer just to hit print and then stop looking at screen, go ahead!

Here are Ed’s discussion questions:

Under 5s.

Jesus says Christians are in a fight, who are we against?
 

5-7s

What is the Christian’s only weapon?
 

8-11s

Can you think of examples when you see the devil fighting against your family?
 

Over 11s

What gets in the way of opening the bible or praying?

Idea 1 – Craft 1

Colour and carefully cut out the man and the pieces of armour on page 1 of the printable sheet. As you dress the man in the Armour of God, can you say what each piece represents? Look in the Bible in Ephesians 6:11-18 to see if you’re right.

Idea 2 – Craft 2

Print page 2 of the printable sheet onto card and follow the instructions.

Idea 3 – Armour of God Bingo Game

Print page 3 and page 4 of the printable sheet – one for each player. Now take it in turns to roll a dice and place a counter/button/piece of card or paper onto the piece of armour that goes with the number you have rolled. Can you say what that piece of armour represents? If you roll the same number again, miss a go.

The first person to have a counter on all their pictures is the winner!

Idea 4 – The Shield of Faith

Print page 5 and page 6 of the printable sheet and colour the shield.

The Bible tells us that we need to use the Shield of Faith to put out the fiery arrows that Satan fires at us.

Can you think of some of the things that Satan does to try and hurt our faith in Jesus? – for example – he tells us lies about God.

Use the arrows on page 5 to write some of your ideas on. You could colour them and add some fiery flames, then cut them out and stick them to your Shield of Faith.

Spend some time together talking to Jesus about the things that you have thought of. Ask Him to help you use your faith as a shield against the lies that Satan tells us. Ask Jesus to help you use all the pieces of armour that He has given us to protect us. 

Idea 1 for over 11s – Crossword 1

Print page 7 of the printable sheet.

 

Idea 2 for over 11s – Anagram 

Print page 8 of the printable sheet.
 

 

Idea 3 for over 11s – Crossword 2 

Print page 9 of the printable sheet.
 
 

Idea 4 for over 11s – Prayer Idea 

On page 10 of the printable sheet.
 

Feedback

 Well done for making it to this point!
 
This is the last podcast in Ephesians, so it’d be really helpful to have your feedback to help us plan for where we go next.
 

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