Our elementary curriculum builds on the biblical foundation laid for kids in preschool. We want elementary kids to see the excellent character of our all-powerful God and why He is the hero of every story. We do that by looking at 36 godly character traits – one per month – with weekly Finish Lines that teach kids about God, His Word, and how He can help us reflect His character to the world. Our character trait for May is HUMILITY!
Use these activities to keep talking about and applying what you learned this weekend throughout the week.
Read Ephesians 6:10-20:
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.
In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
Paul tells us to “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.” Each piece of the armor of God is essential to the battle that we fight each day. Using Legos, a doll, or a stuffed animal, dress the toy in objects to represent the armor of God. As a family, remind each other what each piece represents. Remove one piece of armor at a time. Have everyone discuss what would happen if a soldier did not have that particular piece of armor. What would happen if we did not have this piece of armor? Go through each piece of the armor of God. Each day, we must humbly ask God to help us stand our ground against the enemy. It is a battle that we cannot fight alone, but it’s one God the Father fights with us through the Holy Spirit.
When you come to a red light, play a game of memory verse hot potato. The person driving will be in charge of the music. While the music playing, the kids will pass a soft object between one another. When the driver stops the music, the person with the object will say the memory verse. Continue to do this until the light turns green.
Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:18 to “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion.” One way to pray is to pray Scripture. Take some time to pray together using Scripture. Pick a passage and pray God’s Word back to Him. Here is an example of how to do this using our memory verse for this month, Philippians 2:3-4.
“God, I pray that I would not be selfish or try to impress others. Help me to be humble and think of others, looking out for their interests above my own. Thank you for being the perfect example of humility. Amen.”
SUPPLIES: a piece of cardboard or something you can use as a “shield,” pieces of white paper, a writing utensil. The Bible tells us that we are in a battle against the enemy. When we trust in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we no longer have to fight on our own! This is why Paul tells us to “put on every piece of God’s armor” (Ephesians 6:13) so that we can learn to depend on God daily. Talk about different ways that the enemy tempts you to sin or lies that you are tempted to believe. Write them down on half sheets of paper. Let one person hold the item you are using as your “shield of faith.” Others can crumple up the pieces of paper and throw them at your shield of faith. When we are covered with the armor of God, we are able to stand firm against the enemy!
Thank God for His armor and ask Him to help you depend on Him every single day. Praise Him for being all-powerful and willing to fight all of our battles with and for us.