Familiarize yourself with the following passage:
Daniel 1:1-21Judah has been besieged by Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, has issued an order that young me from the royal family and families of nobility who showed great potential be brought to his palace and trained for service to the kings. Daniel was a young man from the royal family or nobility of Israel. He was taken captive to the king’s palace along with three of his friends who were renamed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These men were given the best that the king had to offer, from education to food. Daniel and his friends love God and wished to continue practicing obedience to Him. Part of this obedience included what they could and could not eat. They asked the king’s chief to feed them food that was acceptable to God. The chief agreed to a ten day test, allowing Daniel and his friends to eat their food, while the other young men at the king’s food. At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his friends looked healthier and stronger than the other young men. So, the chief took away the kings food and gave all the young men the same food as Daniel and his friends. At the end of their time of training, Daniel and his friends were found to be far superior to all the other young men and were taken into the service of the king of Babylon, where they stayed for many years.
Object Lesson:Supplies Needed:
• A piece of candy
• A vegetable or fruit
1. Ask each child to choose which item they would rather have, the candy or the fruit/vegetable. Perhaps divide the group according to who chose which item.
2. Explain to the children the health consequences (pros or cons) of each item.
3. Inform the children that in today’s story they will hear about a young man who had to make a similar choice that affected the rest of his life!
Memory Verse:Daniel 1:8
But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.
Jesus Connection:Jesus says in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Throughout our life we will be presented with many choices. For most of these choices the world around us will be going one way, leaving God’s way looking not so popular. Before these choices need to be made, we need to determine to live the words of Jesus and seek Him in all we do. In this way God will honor us and grant us the favor of those around us, just as He did with Daniel.
Dare to be a Danielhttp://www.childrenssonglyrics.com/b/86-bible-songs/359-dare-to-be-a-daniel-lyrics.html
Dare to be a Daniel,
Dare to stand alone;
Dare to have a purpose firm,
Dare to make it known!
Standing by a purpose true,
Heading God’s command,
Honor them, the faithful few! All hail to Daniel’s Band!
Many mighty men are lost
Daring not to stand,
Who for God had been a host
By joining Daniel’s Band!
Many giants, great and tall,
Stalking through the land,
Headlong to the earth would fall
If met by Daniel’s Band
Hold the Gospel banner high!
On to vict’ry grand;
Satan and his hosts defy,
And shout for Daniel’s Band!
Change-A-Name Word Game (for older kids)Supplies needed:
• 4 pieces of paper with one of the following names on each pages:
1. Remind the children the part of this story when the king of Babylon changes the names of Daniel and his friends. There new names became Belteshazzar, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Today you will use these names to play a word game.
2. Divide the class into four groups of equal numbers (if possible). Give each team a name and see who can come up with the most new words from the name they are given. For example:
a. Belteshazzar – harsh, star, beat, test, belt, sale, share, etc.
b. Shadrach – had, dash, harsh, car, hard, has, etc.
c. Meshach – me, he, she, chase, shame, mesh, etc.
d. Abednego – be, no, go, bed, done, ago, need, gone, etc
3. Allow the children 5 minutes, then say stop. Count up the number of words from each group and declare a winner.
A New Way to Say the Same ThingSupplies Needed:
• 10-15 words in English
• 10-15 words in another language (a direct translation of the English words)
1. In the story, Daniel and his friends had to learn a new language, Babylonian. This game will teach children words from another language.
2. Write the English and foreign words on paper and cut the words out.
3. Spread out the words in front of the children.
4. Ask the children to work together to make matches that they think are correct.
5. After the children have finished making matches, go over the words with them to see how many they got correct
6. *For younger children make the words simple. For older children, make the words more complex, or even consider using phrases.
3D ApplesSupplies Needed:
• Apple template (each template has enough parts for three apples) printed on thick paper
1. Give each child a section of the apple template. They should get two apple parts, one with a stem, and one with a leaf.
2. Allow the children to color their apples.
3. Cut out the apples on the outside black line. Then, cut the dotted lines, being careful not to cut past where the dotted lines end.
4. Slide the apples together where the dotted lines were cut.
5. Next, put dots of glue in the center of the apple. Place seeds on the glue. Allow time to dry.