Peace — Proving you care more about each other than winning an argument.

April 2021 • Week 3 (week 2 video)

Today’s Bible Story: Give Me Peace on Earth (Live in Peace with Others) • Colossians 3:15

Monthly Memory Verse: So let us do all we can to live in peace. And let us work hard to build up one another. Romans 14:19 (NIrV)

Life Application: Peace—Proving you care more about each other than winning an argument.

Suggested Songs: Peace Like a River, King of My Heart, Christ the Lord is Risen Today

Praise & Pray: Sing along with the provided worship videos and Pray. Access Songs Here.

What You Might Pray: “Paul tells us in Colossians 3 that God made us to work together. He wants us to live in peace with each other. When we do that, it’s like we build a bridge of peace between ourselves and others. Help us today to learn how we can build peace with others. In Jesus’s name we pray, amen.”

Read God’s Word Together: Colossians 3:15 (Need a kid friendly Bible? Check out our suggestions here.)

Family Devotional and Discussion

What You Do: Watch the complementary video together as a family and discuss today’s question

What You Discuss: “Instead of letting anger take charge we need to let peace take over. Making peace is our responsibility. Compromise is when two people both give up a little bit of what you both wanted to make peace. It is important to remember that even when we disagree, we can still have peace together. Who do you need to make peace with?”

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Bible Story Review

What You Need: Bible

What You Do: Hand out Bibles and ask kids / family members to open to Colossians 3:15 and read together

  • Gather kids together to unpack today’s Scripture, using the following guide to start your conversation.
    • Ask one person to read the first phrase from the verse: “Let the peace that Christ gives rule in your hearts.” (NIrV)
    • Challenge kids to say this sentence in their own words.
  • Ask someone else to read the second phrase: “As parts of one body you were appointed to live in peace.” (NIrV)
    • Challenge kids to say this sentence in their own words.
      • How can remembering that we are part of a whole collection of believers help you show peace to others?
  • Let someone read the final short phrase: “And be thankful.” (NIrV)
    • Ask: What do you think being thankful has to do with peace? How can remembering to give thanks to God help you to show peace to others?
  • When is it hard to live in peace? What are things that can keep us from showing peace to others?
  • How can the peace God gives you help you live in peace to others?
  • What does it look like to live in peace with others?
  • What can you do when you are struggling to show peace to others? Who can you talk to when you need help figuring out how to show peace?

Pray and Bless Your Family

What You Need: No supplies needed

What You Do: Ask for prayer requests.

What You Might Pray: “Dear God, thank You for caring for us so much that You sent Jesus, the Prince of Peace, to sacrifice Himself for us. Thank You for giving us peace in our hearts that allows us to live in peace with others, no matter what the circumstances. Please help us make peace with (pause and ask kids to silently insert the name of the person they wish to make peace with). We need Your peace and help to see a different perspective when we feel like arguing or winning. Thank You that [Bottom Line] we can make peace with others. Pray for prayer requests. We love You, and we pray these things in Jesus’ name, amen.”

Additional Activities:

What You Need: Paper

What You Do: Hand a blank piece of paper to each kid / family member.

  • Ask the family members to sit somewhere in the room, six feet apart from each other. Classroom: Kids will stay sitting on their ‘X’.
  • Instruct the kids/family members to close their eyes. NO PEEKING!
  • Explain that you will give some step-by-step instructions for them to follow.
  • Instruct the kids/family members NOT to ask any questions while you do the activity.
  • If a kid/family member is confused about the instructions, instruct them to continue the activity as THEY understand the directions.
  • Direct the kids/family members to do the following steps:
    • Fold the paper in half.
    • Fold the paper in half again.
    • Tear off the bottom right corner.
    • Turn the paper upside down.
    • Tear off the other bottom right corner.
  • When you have told them all of the instructions, ask the kids/family members to open their eyes and hold their paper up so everyone can see everyone else’s paper.

What You Say: “Look around. What do you notice? Everyone’s paper looks different, doesn’t it? How did you feel when you saw what your paper looked like compared to everyone else’s? Did anyone think you did it wrong when you saw how others did theirs? I gave everyone the same instructions, yet everyone’s paper looks different! There were a lot of different ways to interpret my instructions.

In the same way, there can be a lot of different ways to think about the same situation or conflict. What you think is unfair, someone else might think is totally fair. When you’re in the middle of a conflict, it’s wise to slow down and try to look at it from the other person’s side. [Bottom Line] We can make peace with others when we take the time to listen to other people’s ideas rather than insisting we are right.” (Make it Personal – Share about a time when you had a conflict with someone and chose to make peace with them. Were you the first to apologize? Did you compromise? Did you listen more intently to gain a different perceptive? Did you find a solution that satisfied everyone? Help kids see that they’re designed to be creative and can initiate the peacemaking process by letting God guide their hearts.)

What You Need: “Peace / No Peace” Activity Pages (DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE), painter’s tape, and Bible

What You Do: Tape the “Peace” Activity Page at one end of your environment and the “No Peace” Activity Page at the other.

  • As family members / kids to open the Bible to Colossians 3.
  • Read verse 3:15 and briefly unpack the truth that God made us to make peace with others.
    • With His help, we can choose to make peace by being the first to say we’re sorry, by letting others go first, and by sharing what we have.
  • Have family members partner up. If you have an odd number of family members, either pair yourself with a kid or invite a kid to be your helper.
  • Direct the pairs to gather in the center of your environment.
  • Read a scenario below or describe a scenario that’s relevant for your family.
  • If the kid in the scenario chose to make peace, family members —as pairs—move to the “Peace” sign, face each other, and hold their arms up and forward London-Bridge-style.
  • If the kid in the scenario didn’t choose peace, the pairs move to the “No Peace” sign and stand apart.
  • Family members return to the center after each scenario.
  • Scenarios (HINT: Read each scenario slowly to enhance comprehension, but maintain a quick pace between rounds to keep interest high.):
    • There’s a new kid in your class who acts differently, and the other kids stay away from them. You ask them to play with you at recess.
    • There are two cookies left in the box. Instead of eating both, you eat one and give one to your brother.
    • There’s only one piece of Easter candy left. You take it and eat it before your sister figures it out.
    • You let someone else have first choice of what to play at center time.
    • You let your friend choose which game to play.
    • You run and push ahead so you can be first in line on the slides at recess.
    • You and your friend have a fight. You say you’re sorry first.
    • There’s a kid at school who looks different than you. You invite them to your party so you can become friends.
  • Classroom Adaptation: Kids will stay on their ‘X’ and partner up with someone near them.
    • After reading the scenarios give partners a few seconds to discuss if they think the kid showed peace or no peace.
    • If the partners think the kids in the scenarios showed peace, have kids show the peace sign with their fingers (demonstrate for any children who may not know the peace sign).
    • If partners think the kids in the scenario did not show peace, have kids give a thumbs down.

 

What You Say: “God made us to work together. He wants us to live in peace with each other. On our own, it’s easy to fight, argue, and try to get what WE want. But with God’s help we can share, put others first, and be first to say we’re sorry. And when we do that, it’s like we build a bridge of peace between ourselves and others. [Bottom Line] We can make peace with others.

[Make It Personal] (Tell kids about a time when you made peace with others. You may have let your brother or sister choose first, let your friend choose the movie—even if it was one you didn’t like that much, or been the first to say you were sorry. Tell kids how you felt afterwards and how it made your relationship better.)

“Who can you make peace with week? (my friend, the kid at school, my brother, my sister) So, remember that [Bottom Line] we can make peace with others.”