Job 19:25-27 Luke 20:35-36
While Remembrance Day isn’t a specifically Christian day, your Church will probably be engaged in some act of remembrance if not a full blown remembrance service. It is an important day nonetheless and we were very pleased when the children responded positively to this lesson.
Without any specific Bible readings to draw on we chose Job 19:25-27 and Luke 20:35-36 which we read at the start of the lesson so the children would hear the lesson in the context of these readings. We asked them to bear the readings in mind as we discussed Remembrance Day.
– You’ve probably noticed a lot of people selling and wearing poppies around this time of year. Today you’ll notice almost everyone wearing a poppy and we just had a two minute silence in church. We do this every year on November 11th, the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month was when World War I ended.
– Although the First World War was fought all over the world, the most killing happened in a place in Belgium called Flanders. At the end of the war the soldiers saw that the fields where their friends had died were covered in poppies. Since then we wear poppies as a symbol, they remind us of the soldiers who died fighting to protect us and they give us hope for the future.
– We have a two minute silence to remember the soldiers. Not just the soldiers that died in the first and second world wars but all soldiers. It’s a time to close your eyes and think about the people who are fighting in wars right now across the seas.
– We’re not just remembering the people who died in war, but also those who fought in it, or came back injured and their families. You might have had someone in your own family who went to war. Here we leaders talked about people we knew in our family who have been involved in the war effort, e.g. During World War II my grandfather fought in India and both of my grandmother’s brothers died.
If you are preparing the lesson far enough in advance it might be worth asking the children to ask their parents if they have any soldiers or anyone involved with war in their family that they can talk about in the lesson.
– You’ll hear the words ‘never forget’ said a lot today. Why do you think that is? It’s so that we will always remember the sacrifice of the soldiers who died to protect their country and families. But it’s also so that we never forget the horrors of war so we can try and make sure it doesn’t happen again.
– As well as remembering the soldier’s sacrifice for us to live the way we do now, we should also remember that it was Jesus on the cross who made the ultimate sacrifice for us so that we could have eternal life if we believe in Him.
A5 Light paper/card
Black felt pen
-On the light paper or card using the ruler the children can draw out a cross and cut it out. (If you only have a short time with the children it might be worth you doing this part beforehand).
– On the red paper draw a poppy shape, this is easily done by drawing two circles overlapping each other, or drawing the outline to a number eight. Cut that out.
– In the centre of the poppy draw a black spot.
– Glue the poppy to the centre of the cross. (We used glue dots, if you’ve never used them before we strongly recommend them, they’re amazingly efficient and also quite fun.)
– On the cross where you have space write ‘Never Forget’
The children can take this craft home to remind them of what they learned today about Remembrance. The significance of the poppy reminds them of the soldiers and the importance of remembering them while the cross reminds them of the price Jesus paid on the cross to save us.
There is a nice colouring page and wordsearch available at http://www.sermons4kids.com/remembrance-day.html
This week in our prayers we should remember all those who gave their lives in defence of their countries and their way of life. We should pray for comfort for the families of servicemen and women and anyone affected by war. We should give thanks for our own freedom and that Jesus was willing to sacrifice Himself so that we may have faith today.