To help take the "Scare" out of Halloween, use this lesson to
help kids trust Jesus when they're afraid...
1. Care Call -- Bring in several items that
represent caring professionals, such as a stuffed animal for a
veterinarian. Ask kids to match the item with the profession.
Discuss how each person cares for something or someone.
2. Bible Activity: Balloon Bash -- Say: Jesus
cares for us when we feel afraid.
You'll need one inflated and tied-off balloon for each child
except one, a music cassette tape, and a cassette player. Play
Say: Keep your balloons in the air until the music stops. When
the music stops, grab one balloon. Whoever's left without a balloon
sits out for one round.
Turn off the lights and play several times. After the game, say:
Sometimes dark places are scary. Who can tell about a time you've
felt scared? Who did you turn to for help? Read aloud Mark 4:35-41. Ask: Why do you think Jesus'
friends turned to him when they were scared? Why do you think Jesus
Say: Jesus' friends felt afraid. But they were safe
because Jesus was with them. Jesus is always with us, too.
3. Craft: No Fear Faces -- Say: Sometimes we
hide our true feelings when we're afraid. That's like wearing a
mask. Let's make masks to show how we feel when we're afraid.
Cut an egg carton into six sections with pairs of cups attached.
Give each child a section. Have children cut large holes in the
bottoms of their cups. Then have children decorate the outside of
their cups with yarn, glitter, and feathers. After their masks are
finished, help children staple an elastic band to the edges of the
mask so they can wear it.
Have children put on their masks and talk about things that are
scary for them, such as giving an oral report or being home alone.
Then have children take off their masks as you read aloud Psalm 56:3. Reinforce the idea that we don't
need to be afraid because Jesus is always with us.
4. Prayer -- Form a circle and close in prayer
thanking Jesus for caring for us when we're afraid and for always
being with us.
Allergy Alert: Some children have food allergies that can be
dangerous. Know your children, and consult with parents about
allergies their children may have.
5. Snack -- Food For
Thought-You'll need: Apple slices, peanut butter, mini
marshmallows, and blunt knives
Directions: Have children spread
peanut butter on their apple slices. Then have them stick four mini
marshmallows to the peanut butter to make "smiles."
Say: We feel
happy when God protects us and keeps us safe. When we feel happy,
we smile. Turn and give each other a big smile.
Then enjoy eating your apple smile.
Susan Grover is a children's minister in California. Please
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