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This week's session is... Be Strong and Courageous

This session is to help parents and carers discuss the idea of fear with their children, and to teach them that God is bigger than our fears.

 

Before you start...

Fear was one of the results of the fall. Adam and Eve sinned, and immediately became afraid. “I was afraid because I'm naked, so I hid from you,” Adam tells God. Before the fall, there was no fear – and so fear is a result of sin and our distance from God. The antidote for fear is found in God, too: “Perfect love casts out fear,” says John. In other words, when we are in a relationship with God, He gives us the strength to overcome fear.

What are we afraid of? The list is endless! There are recognised phobias for each letter of the alphabet – water, birds, open spaces, closed spaces, failure, rejection, being found out …

Children share these fears. Many children have specific fears – spiders, snakes, speaking in front of the class, being laughed at by their friends. Many are scared of the dark, or scared of being alone. Some children will confess their fears whilst others will try to hide them. But all the children will be able to relate to this session because they all know what it is like to be afraid.

Fear can be a good thing as well as a bad thing. It is right to be afraid of some things – for instance, getting burned, because that fear keeps us safe. We are afraid of pain, so we don't put our hand in boiling water. Being scared to take a short cut in the dark is sensible too. Fear can act as a voice that helps us to keep safe. A healthy fear stops us from doing silly things and having to face the consequences.

Bad fear can also stop us – but it stops us from doing things that we know we need to do. Fear of going to the dentist can stop us from making a dental appointment – but it can't stop the decay from spreading! Fear of other people can stop us from taking a stand for God and doing what is right.

We need to learn how to face up to and overcome our fears.

Most people have fears that they have to come to terms with on their own. Some fears are dissipated when we become more aware of what is going on – a child who always screams when Mum goes away will stop doing so when he learns that Mum always comes back. Some fears are faced so many times that they become familiar and the fear goes out of them. But some fears remain. God can give us the confidence that we need to face up to these fears. When we ask Him for help, He gives it to us. We can face the fear knowing that God is with us – but we must take the step of facing up to the fear!

 

Warming Up: Feel the Fear

You will need: Blindfolds, lots of different things to feel with different textures - some yucky, like cold spaghetti.

Ask for a volunteer and blindfold them. Show everyone else in your family all the things you have brought for the volunteer to feel. Make a big thing of how yucky they are. Now ask your volunteer to feel them and guess what they are. If you have set it up well, they will be apprehensive about what they are being given to touch.

The Point: To engender a little fear!

 

Getting Started: Fear Charades

You will need: nothing!

Ask the children to think of something that they are scared of (if they're 'not scared of anything', they can think of something that someone else is scared of). Let each child in turn come up and mime that fear to everyone else. Allow the children to guess the fear being mimed. 

Comment that fear is natural and common, and it's good to know your fears so that you can deal with them and overcome them. 

The Point: To introduce the idea of being scared. 

 

Getting Started: Be Brave

You will need: this youtube video.

Ask the children to put their hand up if they're afraid of something, and whether anyone would like to share what that fear is. Now ask if anyone has ever been brave and ask them to share. Tell them that the Bible says over and over and over: 'Do not fear!'. But not only that, God shows us how to do this - by putting our trust in Him.

Play the clip.

Discuss any questions the children might have after watching the clip. Tell them that Jesus is greater than any of our worries, so we can give them to Him and trust that He loves us.

 

Digging In: Bible Thoughts About Fear

You will need: a Bible. If you don't have a Bible at home you can find one online here.

Read Joshua 1:1-9. Joshua has just taken over from Moses and his job is to lead the Jews over the River Jordan and fight battles with the people who already live there until the Jews have won and own all the land.

  • How do you think Joshua feels?
  • How many times does God tell him not to be afraid, or to be bold and strong?
  •  Joshua must have felt scared, and he had two choices – be scared and just move over and take a little bit of land; or trust God's promise and lead the people in many battles until God's promise had been fulfilled. Which option did Joshua take?
  •  Are you ever in a position where you have to decide to trust God, even though you still feel scared, or refuse to do what God has said?
  • How can you be brave in your life?

This section looks at Joshua, who was obviously terrified of taking over from Moses- hence God's repeated encouragement to be brave. Joshua was scared, but God encouraged him and Joshua chose to put his faith in God and go and do what God had told him.

Read Romans 8:31-32. Romans 8:35-39.

  • Who is always on our side?
  • Why should having God with us help us to be confident?
  • What things does the writer say can't get in the way of God's love for us?
  • So can anything get in the way of God?
  • Why should knowing this help us when we feel afraid of things?

Romans 8 helps the children to realise that they are not alone. Nothing can separate us from God's love, so we have no reason to be scared of anything.

The Point: To look at what the Bible says about fear.

 

Response: Afraid Again!

You will need: A large picture of a spider outlined so that words can be written in its body. Black paint.

“Whenever I am afraid I will trust in You” Psalm 56:3

Draw a great big spider on a piece of poster paper. This should be placed where all the children can see it.

Using a marker pen, write “Whenever” in the spider's body.

Write the remaining eight words of the verse on the spider's legs – one word on each leg.

Read the verse with the children.

  • Ask them when they can trust in God. They should say whenever they are afraid.
  • Who can they trust? (God)
  • When should they trust God? (When afraid.)

Choose volunteers to paint in the spider's body and any two of his legs. Repeat the verse again.

Choose three volunteers to paint in three more of the legs and repeat the verse again.

Choose final three volunteers to paint in the last three legs and say the verse together.

The Point: To encourage young people to learn the Bible.