I Can Be a Peacemaker: Feb. 13th-19th
The world we thought we knew is changing rapidly and the forces of evil appear to be working overtime. The adversary is raging against that which is good, and turmoil, contention, and division are aggressively pushing their way into every aspect of our lives.
We might be tempted to feel overwhelmed by it all (and to maybe panic a little bit!). But we must not yield to that temptation. Instead, we would be wise to remember that Jesus already overcame the world! Even in the midst of spiritual storms, He can give us peace!
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” - John 14:27
If we are willing, Jesus has also invited us to assist by becoming peacemakers! By small and simple means, we can help create peace in a world that desperately needs it. We can help calm the storms rather than add to them. We hope this lesson bundle will help you and your kids explore some of the ways that we can be everyday peacemakers.
LESSON BUNDLE DOWNLOADS:
➤ L E S S O N
Open the lesson with a song and a prayer.
🎶 K A R A O K E V I D E O : "Love One Another"
➤ P R E P A R A T I O N:
You will need a small small plastic water bottle or a small mason jar (the opening must be smaller than the rest of the container). You will also need a funnel, a pencil, and enough rice to fill the container.
➤ I N T R O D U C T I O N
Show the empty container to the children. Explain that this container represents our life on earth. Use the funnel to fill the container with rice. While you are doing this, explain that we were all sent here to live here on earth together. If we aren’t fighting, things go smoothly for us! (Now poke the pencil all the way down into the rice, and pull it back out to demonstrate how easy it is to lift the pencil back out of the rice!)
Explain: Jesus Christ taught us to love one another and He taught us to be peacemakers! We can’t choose what other people do, but we can always choose what we will do. Today, we are going to talk about some things we can do to be a peacemaker!
🎥 V I D E O : " The Peacemaker Cookies | A Recipe for Being a Peacemaker"
Say: “Now we are going to watch a video about a recipe for being a peacemaker! Watch and see if you can remember some of the ingredients!”
[Watch Video: “Peacemaker Cookies | A Recipe for Being a Peacemaker”]
Discuss the following questions after watching the video:
1) Can you remember any of the ingredients for being a peacemaker? (Sharing sugar, encouraging eggs, belonging butter, friendship flour, volunteer vanilla, cheerful chocolate chips.)
2) Can you think of some other ingredients for being a peacemaker? (Kindness, caring, listening, helping others, patience, thoughtfulness, saying thank you, etc.)
3) Why do you think Jesus wants us to be peacemakers? (He loves us and He wants all of us to feel joy and peace instead of anger and contention.)
➤ S C R I P T U R E
Read the scripture verses below and discuss the questions that follow.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
1) Why do you think Jesus wants us to be peacemakers? (He loves us and He wants us to feel joy and peace!)
2) Can you remember a time when you saw someone be a peacemaker? How did you feel? (Share memories and experiences.)
[Read the first part of Mosiah 29:14]
And even I myself have labored with all the power and faculties which I have possessed, to teach you the commandments of God, and to establish peace throughout the land…
1) Who is speaking in this verse? (King Mosiah.)
2) Is it easy to be a peacemaker? Or does it take a lot of work sometimes? (Sometimes it takes a lot of work to be a peacemaker.)
3) What if someone else isn’t being nice to us? Should we still try to be a peacemaker? (Yes! Even if someone isn’t being a peacemaker, we can still try to make things more peaceful by sharing, helping, or being friends.)
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
1) Who is speaking in this verse? (Jesus Christ.)
2) Was Jesus a peacemaker? (Yes!)
3) How can we have the peace that Jesus Christ wants to give us? (By remembering Him and by trying to follow Him!)
4) How can we help others to have the peace that Jesus Christ gives? (By trying to be an example and by inviting others to remember Jesus and to follow Him.)
➤ C O L O R I N G P A G E
Pass out the coloring page, one to each child. Color the scene from the video and the ingredients for being a peacemaker. Invite the children to think of their own ingredients for being a peacemaker and to draw them in the empty boxes! Encourage the children to try to be peacemakers while they complete the activity. Use this time to talk about all of the different ways that we can be peacemakers!
➤ T E S T I M O N Y
Bear testimony of the truths found in the scriptures.
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