Unit: Following God’s Plan

Session Title: Peter taught about choices

Life Point: People are responsible for the choices they make.

Unit Verse: “Come and listen, all who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for me.” Psalm 66:16

Weekly Bible Verse: “Be holy in all your conduct.” 1 Peter 1:15

Bible Passage: 1 and 2 Peter

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Object Lesson: Words are like toothpaste
Use a travel sized toothpaste to illustrate when we say or do something hurtful to others that there is no taking it back. The instructions are on the website below.
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Object Lesson: Holy Water
Holiness means separation. Use this activity to demonstrate to the children what it means to be separated. You will need a drinking glass (must be clear glass), vegetable oil, water and food coloring. Take 1/2 cup of vegetable oil and pour into the glass. Next mix 1/2 cup of water with a few drops of food coloring (any color) in a separate glass or bowl. Keep them separated until ready to use.

Explain to the children that the oil in the glass represents the world and the water represents us. Sometimes the world would have us think that we can mix together with it (pour water into oil). They try to convince us to do the things that they do and join in with them (shake or mix together the ingredients). At first it might seem like it works (mixture blended together, let stand). But after a while we realize that we can never mix with the world (the two will separate again). Holiness means to be separate from the things and the attitudes of this world. We can-not be a Christian and mix in with the world. We are different and called to be a separate and holy people. Let’s always remember that.
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Craft: What’s Your Cup Filled With?
For this craft you will need a paper cup for each child, water, markers, glue and items to decorate their cup with. Pass out a cup to each child and pour some water in each cup. Ask the children if they would drink out of the cup if there were bugs in the cup? Would they drink out of the cup if there was mud in the cup? In the same way, we need to have clean lives in order to please the Lord.

What makes our cup (or our lives) dirty is what comes out of our hearts. Jesus talked about the things in our heart that come out of our lives are the things that defile us (or make us dirty). We need to guard our hearts and ask God every day to help us to have clean hearts and to live a holy life. When we do then God’s living water can flow out of our lives (like the water in the cup).

Have the children write their names on their cup and if you like, the memory verse as well. Next, allow the children to color and/or decorate their cups and take home.

**Modification** I would go to the dollar store or somewhere and find plastic cups the kids can reuse and use paint marker or sharpie to decorate the cups.
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