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Before anything else here’s a little visit to Pecky’s World…
Let’s go back in time to find out more about those Old Testament Heroes!
Our aim today is to learn that I can be brave with God’s help. He has perfectly positioned me as his hero to stand up for truth.
MARK THE MOMENT
Start off your time together in a special way: choose someone in your family, look them in the eye and tell them that they are God’s incredible hero and he is super proud of them!
WORSHIP (8 MINS)
Thank Father God that he is always with us and celebrate his love for you
INTRO (12 MINS)
EXPLORE MORE ABOUT ESTHER (5 MINS)
You can read some more about her here:
- Find in a children’s bible:
- Jesus Calling Bible p132
- The Story Travellers Bible p166
- Or check out these key verses in the bible: Esther’s Story
UNPACK (2-5 mins)
- Esther had been perfectly positioned as Queen to speak up for those in trouble and many lives were saved.
- She needed courage to stand up for what was right and true.
- She needed others to pray for and support her as she took her step of faith to speak out.
Questions to go deeper:
- What could have happened to God’s people if Esther had refused to speak to the King?
- How do you think she felt going to see him? Remember, it could have cost her life!
- What do you think helped her take a stand for her people?
- Has anyone ever stood up for you when you needed it? How did that feel?
- Who could you speak up for? Or who could you pray for and support as they take a stand for what is right and true?
Fun Activities (5-15 mins)
Continue your own TIMELINE OF WONDER: Here’s Esther to add to your timeline! Where does she go? Your TIMELINE is now complete! Keep hold of it for next week’s final heroes session!
Create: Courage crowns.
Create your own crown using card, stickers, pens and scissors.
- Either use one of the templates, or create your own design by cutting up A4 card in a zig-zag way and sticking together so it goes around your head.
- Decorate with ‘Esther was brave’ ‘I am a courageous hero!’ ‘I can stand up for others’ and other truths you’ve learnt today. There are gems you can cut out and use too!
- Then have a coronation time; make a simple throne with material draped over a chair and crown each other as brave heroes standing up for God and others in need!
Can you make a mind map or create some word art using as many words associated with bravery and/or Esther’s story as possible?
- Collate your ideas together, use special pens, write words in different directions or in a variety of shapes and styles…
- Some suggestions: bravery, courage, daring, heroism, fearlessness, grit, valour, honour… in the shape of a crown or heart
- (if you’re stuck search ‘word art’ on google images for inspiration!)
Resources: Pdf templates, scissors, pens, stickers, glue, stapler/tape, paper and card
Prayer Ideas: (5-10 mins)
- Ask and receive: Where has God positioned us so we can be brave and courageous for him? Where is God asking me or our family to step out in courage with him or to make a stand for truth? Who could we support or encourage? Pray in response to these thoughts – speak courage and faith over one another that God is with us and for us, we are perfectly positioned and we always have his superpower of love…
- Prayer pebbles: Do you have a ‘thankfulness’ pebble? Use it to be thankful to God for anyone who has encouraged, supported and helped you. Be thankful too for all those people who are helping others in need now – you could focus on the NHS, or schools, or charities in our city or overseas…
TODAY’S GAME CHANGING MOMENT
I am a hero to God. He has perfectly positioned me to stand up for what is right and true.
We’ll be having a superhero party during Game Changers At Home to celebrate finishing our Old Testament Hero theme!
Why not dress up as your favourite hero or wear your hero mask or cape!
Share your creativity with us! We’d love to know about your favourite heroes or when you’ve stood up for what was right and true!
Or feel free to email us another time via email@example.com.