Anger. Proverbs 29:11 Matthew 5:21-26 Genesis 4:1-16. Main Point - The wise child, who trusts in God, learns to control his/her anger.

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1 101 K-5 Joint Group Time Anger Proverbs 29:11 Matthew 5:21-26 Genesis 4:1-16 Main Point - The wise child, who trusts in God, learns to control his/her anger. Memory Verse Ephesians 4:32 This verse can be found on Colin Buchanan's CD, 10, 9, 8 God is Great. To find out more about this CD, go to the Music Links page of the Kidswise web site. Singing Choose two or three songs that talk about loving others (being kind and gentle rather than angry and cruel). Sing the following song as a theme song for the book of Proverbs: God Speaks (from the CD, Get Ready, EMU Music). Cain and Abel Use the script titled, Cain and Abel (available on the Kidswise web site) and have leaders act out the story of Genesis 4.

2 Group Time Anger Proverbs 29:11 Matthew 5:21-26 Genesis 4:1-16 Main Point - The wise child, who trusts in God, learns to control his/her anger. Bang - Children stand in circle. - One child is selected to stand in the middle of the circle. He is the shooter. - The shooter makes a gun with their hands. - The shooter points and says bang to one child in the circle. - The child that is shot needs to avoid the bang by ducking. - The two children on either side need to be the first to shoot the other or they sit down. Conclusion: - In this game we were pretending to shoot each other. - When we hear about real shootings in the news, we think of someone who is angry and wants to hurt another person. - It never ends well. - We might think we would never shoot anyone. - But Jesus says, when we re angry with someone, it s like we ve murdered him or her in our heart. - God takes our anger very seriously. Chase The Emotion - Divide children into two teams, Team 1 and Team 2. - Assign a captain to each team. - Assign a home base to each team (a wall at opposite ends of the room). - Team 1 begins by deciding on an emotion to mime (e.g. anger, sadness, fear, happiness, worry, excitement, tiredness, surprise). - Both teams form a line facing each other, about 2 meters apart. - Team 2 calls out: Hey you! How do you do?

3 107 - Team 1 replies: Who me? Let me see? - Team 1 begins miming the emotion. - Team 2 takes turns in guessing the emotion. - The captain of Team 1 answers the guesses either by saying yes or no. - When the correct guess is made, Team 2 tries to catch the members of Team 1 before Team 1 can run back to their home base. Conclusion: - In this game we showed a lot of different emotions. - Sad, happy, angry - Today, we ll be looking at the emotion, anger. - In Proverbs 29:11 God says A foolish person lets his anger run wild. - It s like you let your anger take over. - And you don t do anything to stop it. - Who was the first person in the Bible to let their anger run wild? (Cain, he got so angry with his brother Abel he killed him) Genesis 4: Type up Genesis 4:1-16 and make one copy per child. - Use highlighters to indicate the various spoken parts of the reading. - Allocate different roles (Narrator, Cain, Eve, God). - Read the passage as a dramatic reading. Discussion (small groups) Icebreaker: - What makes you angry? - How do you feel when people get angry with you? Discuss: - What was Abel's job? v2 (to look after animals) - What was Cain's job? v2 (to grow and pick the plants) - When the Bible says Abel brought the fat portions from the

4 108 first born, it is saying he brought the best part of the lamb and that he especially chose the first born from his flock. He gave the very best to God. Read verse 3 again and see how Cain's gift is described. Why did God like Abel's gift and not Cain's? (Cain chose 'some', i.e. anything will do attitude; didn't choose the best) - Why did Cain get angry? v4-5 (God liked Abel's offering, not his, Cain was jealous) - What was the warning God gave Cain? v6-7 (not to let sin grow, not to let his anger grow) - But Cain didn't listen. What did Cain end up doing to his brother? v8 (killed him) - Read the following verses: Proverbs 15:1, 22:24, 29:11. What wise things do you learn from these verses? (speak gently to someone who is angry, don t choose people who are easily angered as friends, learn to control your anger) Conclusion: - Proverbs is all about living a wise life. - A life that makes God happy. - The only way we can make God happy is when we trust in Jesus. - And a wise child then lives for Jesus. - In Proverbs 29:11 God says A foolish person lets his anger run wild. But a wise person keeps himself under control. - Loving Jesus means we will work hard at not letting our anger take control. Application: - Is it okay to get angry and hurt the people who hurt you? (i.e. the bully) - Warning: issues of abuse may arise when asking this question - be sensitive to children s answers. - What can you do instead? - What can you do to stop your anger growing?

5 109 Prayer Time - Copy page 110 onto cardboard and cut out one per child. - Have the children fill in the card. - When they have all written a prayer, ask each child to pray their own prayer out loud in turn. - Encourage the children to take their cards home and to pray their prayer each day. Steps To Deal With Anger - Download the resource file titled, Proverbs Stencils. Find the stencil of bookmarks with a list of things to remember when angry. - Print one per child on coloured cardboard. - Discuss each step in small groups: Is it clear? Can they say it in a clearer way? Are there other things they can add? - Encourage children to keep the bookmark in their Bibles at home and to pull it out when they need help with anger.

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