Soldiers' Relay

Wednesday: Soldiers' Relay
Elementary Lesson: Armor of God / Temptation of Jesus: Temptations should be resisted using God's word and the armor of God, not human reasoning.
Memory Verse: Ephesians 6:11
Preschool Lesson: David and Goliath: We should trust in God.
Age Groups:
  • elementary
  • preschool
  • teens
Equipment Needed:
  • Various articles of soldier clothing and gear (in pairs: for each item you need two, one for each team). Much of this can probably be borrowed. Ideas for stuff to use include canteen, plastic sword, shield, pack, (fake) IR goggles, breastplate, helmet, greaves, plastic firearm, compass, large boots, heavy belt, toy grenades, oversize cargo pants, ...
Divide the children into two teams. (You can use the red/blue teams if they are pretty even.) Explain to the children what marching is, and how it's different from running.
Each team member in turn must don all the soldier stuff (or items like swords and such may just be carried), march down to a designated spot, go around the chair/pole/tree/whatever, march back, and take off all the soldier stuff so the next team member can do the same thing.
The preschool can do the soldier dress-up relay but need simpler (or less) gear to wear/carry.
TThe teens can do the soldier dress-up relay, but you may need to complicate it with additional gear, a heavier pack, specific ways to carry things, cadence to recite, stricter enforcement of marching style, water balloon grenades to throw at a target, calisthenics to perform, or cetera.

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