This nine-lesson curriculum on the Armor of God begins with a lesson identifying the battle and the enemy. The next six lessons cover the six pieces of armor as listed by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 6. The eighth lesson discusses how to be a good soldier, and the ninth lesson is a review of the entire series.
You will need an Armor of God costume to use over the course of the entire series, such as this set from Christianbook.com. Try to find a way to display the armor that will also allow you to pick up the pieces as props and have students put them on during different parts of the class.
You can also place these Armor of God visuals on a display board or piece of posterboard. You can use velcro on the words and "blanks" or different pictures, so that they can be mixed up and then placed in order for practice.
Most weeks students will make a piece of the Armor of God during CRAFT/SNACK time. The activities in this curriculum are more craft-focused than in most of my curricula, so you will want to look ahead to see what supplies are needed in future weeks. You might want to assign someone to just focus on crafts during this series. Also keep in mind that the CRAFT/SNACK time may take more time than usual.
Lessons in The Armor of God curriculum are written to fill about 100 minutes and follow this basic schedule:
As mentioned earlier, the crafts will take up more time than our activities usually do; therefore, you may need to adjust other times accordingly. Sometimes we switch BIBLE SKILLS with CRAFT/SNACK to be sure we have enough time for the craft.
At the beginning of class, while kids are gathering in, we work with the entire group to memorize the Armor of God (song is taught during the BIBLE SKILLS portion of Lesson 2 and then reviewed during LARGE GROUP time on subsequent weeks), Fruit of the Spirit, Memory Work songs, Psalm 1, and books of the Bible. Do various activities each week, depending on what you want to emphasize and what your students need the most help memorizing.
During this time, divide the class into smaller groups, a few students per teacher. Each student works through a list of verses at his/her own pace. Teachers assist students as needed, and students quote verses to teachers when they are ready. Our kids really enjoy this time!
You will need to decide what verses you want your students to memorize. We work on doctrinal verses as found in a series of workbooks called Quick and Powerful Scriptural Concepts for Children by Valda Johnson and Ilene Sargeant, published by Out of the Fire Publications, 230 SE Pine Street, Albany, OR 97321. You can find Quick and Powerful at Pentecostal Publishing House.
The basic idea with the Quick and Powerful system is to have students work on six verses at a time, quoting one at a time, then two at a time, etc., until they are ready to test on all six verses. We then offer prizes for students who pass with a score of 80 percent or better. My “Bible Memorization” page has more information if you need ideas in this area.
As your students are gathering back from small groups, focus their attention on Jesus by singing two or three songs.
Anything worth teaching is worth reviewing. We want our students to remember the things we have been learning, cumulatively, throughout the series and the year. We use questions taken from previous lessons, often incorporating them into a quick game to make REVIEW a fun and interactive time.
Have a basic list of about five rules (see example). Review these quickly and pray with the class to help them focus right before the Bible Lesson.
The BIBLE LESSONS use a variety of techniques to engage the students such as props, skits, or PowerPoint presentations. I tend to ask a lot of questions in my lessons. Some are open ended, intending to invite discussion, and some have specific answers. I also stress reading verses directly out of your Bible during the lesson, setting an example for your students.
The Bible Lessons are scripted with words you are to say in bold and suggested answers in (parentheses). Highlighted words are
actions you are to take. All BIBLE LESSONS end in prayer as it is so
important to give the kids an opportunity to respond to the BIBLE
This is the portion of the class where kids get hands-on with the Bible, learning how it is organized and practicing looking up verses. We purchased a case of Bibles to have on hand in our classroom. However, students should be encouraged to bring theirs from home if possible. The goal is to become familiar with and learn to love your very own Bible! We use the Books of the Bible demonstration board to assist students during this portion of the class.
As mentioned earlier, this series of lessons on the Armor of God is more craft-focused than usual. The kids enjoy making pieces of armor that they can actually wear. You might want to have one specific person in charge of crafts, looking ahead to make sure the appropriate supplies are on hand in plenty of time.
I pray your students will enjoy learning about and putting on the Armor of God. One of the best things we can do is equip them for their lifelong battle against the enemy of their souls, helping them to realize God has supplied everything they need to win!