Matthew 5:1-12 of the Bible offers a set of positive character traits, commonly known as the Beatitudes. Matthew 5:9 states, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God." The Bible tells Christians that peacemakers, or people who attempt to keep peace in their own relationships and in other people's lives, as well, will be blessed. Peacemakers focus on the positive in people and help others to do the same. Help VBS students understand and remember this important verse and concept with fun crafts.
Write the verse from Matthew 5:9 on a large piece of poster board. Give each VBS student a smaller piece of paper and ask them to draw a picture of someone acting as a peacemaker. Students may draw a picture of two people looking angry at each other and yelling with someone trying to intervene, or even a picture of two people boxing and someone stepping between them. Allow each student to explain his picture to the class and then glue it to the poster board.
Make refrigerator magnets featuring the verse in Matthew 5:9 for students to take home and display. Use a computer and printer to print off the verse in an attractive font. Help students cut the verse out and mount it on card stock. Attach a strip magnet to the back. Students can use seed beads, sequins, pens, crayons and other craft items to embellish their magnets.
Peacemaker Attributes Craft
Create a book compiling pages from each VBS student. Ask the children to write or draw a picture, depending on the age of the students, demonstrating the attributes of a peacemaker. A younger child may understand it better if you simply asked him to describe a peacemaker. Peacemakers help enemies reconcile, help people find the positive in other people, are not selfish, glorify God and are motivated to maintain peace in their lives and in the lives of those around them. A child might simply say that a peacemaker doesn't fight with his sister or that he shows love. After students have completed their drawings or writings, compile the pages into a large book to put on display in the church. Choose a few students to help create an attractive cover for the book.
Help students create a puppet and let them role-play the part of a peacemaker. Give each student a brown paper lunch bag. Use crayons, markers, buttons, fabric scraps, feathers and beads to create puppets. When the puppets are completed, give the students real life examples of when people may disagree and allow another student to step in to be the peacemaker in the situation. One situation may be when two kids are arguing about a ball on the playground. Ask two students to act out this situation with their puppets. Then, ask a third student and her puppet to practice being a peacemaker. This craft and activity gives the children real life examples and practice to help them become peacemakers in their own lives.
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