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Heal a Hurting Heart - Hurricane Lesson #14

By the end of this lesson the child should be able to:
• Know that Jesus has a gift for them
• Know that whenever we find ourselves in the dark or in the storms of life, Jesus is with us
• "Know Jesus, Know Peace - No Jesus, No Peace."

DOWNLOAD Hurricane Lesson #14

Get the children to draw two pictures the first on a sheet of paper titled “The Way My Life Is” and the second on a sheet of paper titled “The Way I Want It to Be.”

Supplies needed:
• .Markers. Pencils, crayons, glue, scissors
• Bulletin board
• Print flowers, trees, sun visual aids
• Print 'Bible Verse Visual Aid' get the children to colour them prior to the class
• Jesus outfit
• Wrapped gift
• Visual aid of the world
• Print the 'Activity Book'
• Print the 'Take Home Bible Memory Verse'
• Print Chapter #14 'And Puppy' one for each child

Optional: DOWNLOAD Lesson #14 Visual Aids

1. GAMES: (10 minutes)
Alike and Different

Play a game where children find other children who have something in common with them-same color shoes, same height, same age etc. Have kids report the things they have in common. Now have everyone find a partner who’s different in some way — a boy and a girl might pair up, or one child may like a special food will join with one who hates it!. Have kids report the differences. Then have children find something in common with their current partners, create a peaceful situation.

2. TEAM GAMES: (10 minutes)
Find Your Partner

To prepare for this game, you need to write famous Bible characters that have a partner on each paper. Such as Adam and Eve, Mary and Joseph, Samson and Delilah . When the kids are ready, stick one paper on their backs and let them find their partners.They are not allowed to ask other kids what is written on their back. They can only ask questions to other kids that are answerable by yes or no. While they are asking questions, they should find their partner before the time runs out. The pair that finds their partner in the fastest time wins.

3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS: (10 minutes)
Optional: Download
'I am a CHRISTIAN' video
Download 'I am a CHRISTIAN 'lyrics'

4. INTIMATE WORSHIP: (5 minutes)
Optional: Download 'Draw me close to you' video
Download 'Draw me close to you ' lyrics'

a. Review:
(5 minutes)
Remember last week we learnt that God spent 14 years just preparing his chosen leader, Joseph.

Preparation takes time and let us be patient and not lose heart during the most difficult stages of our preparation.

Remember in your struggle when you are down to nothing God is up to something. Every event in your life has been ordained by God and will contribute to your "palace experience."

Your life may be taking some strange twists and turns but the One who holds your tomorrows is in control.

(Ask the children to come up and share some of the twists and turns that have happened in their life following the Hurricane)

b. Learn a Bible Verse (5minutes)
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid."

John 14:27 (NLT)

Optional: DOWNLOAD Bible Verse Visual Aid

Dramatization of Bible Verse:

Jesus (dressed in white wrap and blue sash, wearing His crown) stands with outstretched hands holding a gift. Two children demonstrate peace of mind and heart. One touches her head, smiling. The other child draws a large heart on his/her chest. They reach out and receive the gift Jesus is offering.

Contrasting another child (dressed in black wrap) is backing Jesus and holds the Visual aid of the world. He hands out gifts to the other children, one acts troubled, pacing up and down holding his head and wringing his hands. One child acts afraid, hiding and shaking. One is angry etc, they receive the gifts from the world.

c. Teach the Lesson (15 minutes)

I must confess that when I was a child, I was afraid of the dark. At the end of the day, when it was time to turn out the lights and go to bed, I wanted to know that I was not alone in the darkness.


That is where my Teddy Bear came to the rescue. Somehow, the darkness was not so frightening with "Teddy" in the bed with me.

Optional: DOWNLOAD Colouring page visual aid

Optional: DOWNLOAD Lesson #14 Visual Aids

Have you ever been afraid? (Give the children a chance to share)

Of course you have. We are all afraid at times. It is nothing to be ashamed of -- even adults are sometimes afraid. Some of us may be afraid of the dark. Some may be afraid of the thunder and lightening that comes with a storm. Here are just a few of the things that people are afraid of: bugs, bees, snakes, heights, dentists, doctors, dogs, cats, mice, and germs.

When Jesus told his disciples that he was going to return to his Father, they were afraid. What would happen to them? Would the enemies recognize them as his followers and try to harm them?

Jesus knew that his disciples were afraid and he offered these words to comfort them. "I am leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart. Don't be troubled or afraid"

Remember what I have told you: 'I am going away, but I will come back to you again. I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me.'"

These words were a great comfort to his disciples and they are a great comfort to us today. When Jesus returned to his Father heaven, he asked the Father to send the Holy Spirit to comfort his disciples until the day when he returned.

That includes you and me!

What a wonderful gift Jesus has given us -- peace of mind and heart. We no longer have anything to fear. Whenever we find ourselves in the dark or in the storms of life, Jesus is with us.

Optional: Download 'Peace - Five Minute Devotional' video

On the night Jesus was born, the angels said, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." Where can we find this peace that the angels were talking about? Can we really find "peace on earth?"

I saw a bumper sticker on a car one day that said, "Know Jesus, Know Peace - No Jesus, No Peace." That really says it all! If we want to know peace, we can only know that peace when we know Jesus, the Prince of Peace. If we don't know Jesus, we can have no peace.

Look at where God has now taken our good friend Joseph.

Read: Genesis 41:39-57

Optional: DOWNLOAD Bible Verse Visual Aid


Optional:Download 'And Puppy' Bible Verse Lesson #14


The Story Teller and 'Scruffy' the sock puppet read "And Puppy' Chapter 14 'Peace like a river'

Download Chapter 14 of ‘And Puppy

Optional: Download All 'And Puppy' Bible Verses

Below is an extract from the Story Book

Dad started planting vegetables and keeping fish, goats and even rabbits to eat and distribute among the community.

He taught me about Moringa and we planted it all around our property and all the animals ate it and were very healthy. We even drank the tea and began to feel stronger and healthier, dad showed me how you can purify water using Moringa.

Download Moringa videos

Download English Moringa Children's Colouring Book

Download English Moringa Parent Educational Handbook

(This could be taught in a separate session it is an introduction to our Grow and Go curriculum which leads on to the Sowing Seeds of Success and further teaching on Moringa)

Discussion: The healing journey

Play some quiet worship music, have the children come and quietly sit with their eyes closed, ask God to speak to them and fill their hearts with the peace that passes all understanding. Ask God to guard their minds, ask God to remove the spirit of fear and reveal His love and power giving them a sound mind.

Father, we thank you for the Holy Spirit who guides us and calms our fears. We also thank you for the promise that one day we will be in Heaven with Jesus. In his name we pray. Amen.


Optional: Download ‘Activity Book'

DownloadTake Home Memory Verse 1

DownloadTake Home Memory Verse 2 ’

Optional: Download Chapter 14 of ‘And Puppy

Optional: Download Moringa Children's Colouring Book

NEXT WEEK: We are going to learn that God watches over his children.

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