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FUN LEARNING EPHESIANS 6:10-18

In my children's ministry I taught the Armour of God by teaching about each piece, then doing a mass-memorization with the following motions (see below).

I started with a large, shiny (new) trashcan - the items were in it.  This and all my props made it fun and unusual for the kids. I could also say that the world doesn't see any value in having an armour on, like trash... but we know there is value in it.

I would bring one child up at a time and give an item to hold or wear to each one.  It was comical, and we'd review each item after a new one comes up and each child would 'demonstrate' their piece.

LOINS GIRDED: Ruler Suspenders of Truth 
Truth doesn't change, like measurements

BREASTPLATE: Safety Vest
People will SEE you are different if you live for God

FEET SHOD: Rubber Galoshes - be prepared for the worst
Be in the world, but not of it.

SHIELD: Trashcan lid 
again, the world mocks the Bible - but it is still strong

HELMET: Hardhat
Helmets protect your brain - reference I John 5:13
"...so you may KNOW you have eternal life'. - not a feeling

SWORD: Flashlight (with cone, optional)
God's Word is a light unto our path - and to the world)

PRAYER: Kneepads: 
I felt it was important to include praying and looking (below).  We can't over look encouragement and commands from our leader

LOOKING: Goggles (or binoculars?)
Leave no one behind!

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, [MAKE LEFT MUSCLE]
and in the power of his might. [MAKE RIGHT MUSCLE]

Put on the whole Armour of God,
[HANDS UP AND CROSSED, SWEEP DOWNWARD AND AWAY]
that ye may be able to stand [STOMP FEET]
against the wiles of the devil. [WRING HANDS LIKE EVIL VILLAIN]

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, [GRASP EACH FOREARM - TUG LEFT AND RIGHT]
but against principalities, [POINT TO THE LEFT]
against powers, [POINT TO THE RIGHT]
against the rulers of the darkness of this world, [SLOWLY POINT AND MOVE HAND LEFT TO RIGHT]
against spiritual wickedness in high places. [POINT UP SUDDENLY - SURPRISED LOOK ON FACE]

Wherefore take unto you the whole Armour of God, [TAKING MOTION - DETERMINED FACE]
that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, [HANDS UP LIKE BLOCKING WIND]
and having done all, to stand. [QUICKLY DROP HANDS TO SIDE AND STAND AT ATTENTION]

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, 
[RUN HANDS IN SHAPE OF 'C' FROM CENTER OF IMAGINARY BELT TO SIDES]
and having on the breastplate of righteousness; [RAP KNUCKLES ON CENTER OF CHEST]

And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; [STOMP LEFT THEN RIGHT FOOT]

Above all, taking the shield of faith, [HOLD IMAGINARY SHIELD]
wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. [PRETEND SHIELD TAKES HIT]

And take the helmet of salvation, [PUT ON IMAGINARY HELMET]
and the sword of the Spirit, [HOLD IMAGINARY SWORD HIGH]
which is the word of God: [OPEN IMAGINARY BIBLE AND LOOK AT IT]

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, [PRAYIN HANDS]
and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 
[HAND TO BROW, SLOWLY LOOK LEFT TO RIGHT]

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Believe me, after THIS lesson, EVERYONE will be able to quote this passage and smile when doing it!  It's great to do with the kids in front of parents.  They get a huge kick out of seeing the kids on stage.
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