Friends Strengthen Each Other: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

Friends Strengthen Each Other: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

This week, we continue with our series on friendship (curriculum via Children’s Ministry Deals) in our midweek program.  I really like the content so far, but the small group activities are a little lacking, so I’ve gathered some ideas for my own team and hopefully it will be a help to my readers as well!   So far, we’ve covered:

This week, we’ll be focusing on the Three Amigos!

KEY PASSAGE:

Daniel 3. The story of the fiery furnace.

SUMMARY:

When their faith was tested, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were able to stand strong because they had each other. God wants us to have friends who will strengthen us so we can stand strong and do more to further his kingdom.

Coordinating Video Clip:

As I was reading through the introduction of this lesson, it reminded me of one of the final scenes in the Bugs Life movie.  During the entire movie, the ants are bullied by the grasshoppers, but when they rally together, things take a different turn.  Take a look:

Here’s a clip from the new Superbook curriculum showing the beginning of this story from Daniel 3:

Coordinating Class Activities

#1: Build your own fiery furnace out of a box or table and reenact the story with the kids.  Check out our experience in this post.

Fiery Furnace: Dramatic Lesson Time

 

#2: If you have older kids, this would be a great lesson to talk about struggles the kids are having at school or at home.  Acknowledge that it’s hard to stand up for what is right and spend time praying as a group, encouraging and strengthening each other.

Coordinating Crafts

Make a fiery furnace from a cookie container or plastic cup (via Hands on Bible Teacher)

Coloring Page from What’s in the Bible

fiery furnace craft

Paper Bag Fiery Furnace from Farm Fresh Adventures

Melted Fire Crayons

Make Melted Crayons via Jesus Loves Me Curriculum

That’s it for now!

Happy Teaching!

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