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Phyllis vos Wezeman and Colleen Aalsburg Wiessner have a book called "When did we see you?" Sixty Creative Activities to Help 4th to 8th Graders recognize Jesus today. I realize that's not the primary age group you requested, but it might be helpful.

Exchange Volunteer adds: book is out of print. Look for used copies on the internet. Published by Ave Maria Press; Spiral edition, 1994.

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Building a Culture of Peace Begins with Children

For Spring 2001 we adapted the Building a Culture of Peace Begins with Children from Presby. Peackemaking Program for our workshops. I have also utilized Peacemaking Creatively through the Arts (ALAssocicates, Phyllis Wezeman)extensively. 2 other resources I have, but haven't used (yet) are Young Peacemaker Project and PeaceWorks, from Kathy Fry-Miller (Educational Ministries Publ). We made indiv. Peace Poles and website is great for those. Good Luck and May Peace Prevail on Earth!

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Topic: Peace

POSTED BY Ruth Kroboth on 10/21/02:

I'd recommend the book Peace Begins with You by Katherine Scholes (ISBN# 0-316-77436-7). It's nice for young children. We're using it for K-4th grades. Among other things, it talks about how working for peace may mean starting a conflict, standing up and saying "NO!" We will also be learning a bit about Nelson Mandela & Desmond Tutu encouraging South Africans to put injustices of the past aside and work for peace. Brand new Nobel laureate, Jimmy Carter is another great role model (and a Sunday School teacher!)

For older kids (middle school & high schoolers - even adults) we will use Mark Twain's "The War Prayer." It describes a congregation praying for the success of their young soldiers and the destruction of their enemy. Then flips the coin to consider that victory for one side means tradgedy for the other. Powerful & thought-provoking.

With so many tensions in the world I too have given this a lot of thought and prayerful consideration. All I can say is that I have no idea how to counsel about war. I can only work to teach peace to the next generation if only in my small corner of the world.

I just posted my lesson on peace & peacemaking. Check them out under "Beatitudes - Blessed are the Peacemakers." Blessings to you and to all of us as we try to answer the unanswerable, Ruth

Topic: Peacemaking

POSTED BY Catherine on 10/22/02

After 9/11 we changed our plans for Advent and wrote worskhops for a rotation on The Prince of Peace - Peacemaking. Though we did this at Christmas, it could be used anytime.

One activity was to make origami cranes for world peace - part of the true story about a Japanese girl named Sadako. The entire congregation got into it! They are a bit complicated, but once you get the hang of it, it is easy. We made 1000 paper cranes. The little kids made a simple origami peace dove.

Our other workshops deal with how children can resolve conflict in their own lives.

We need to start somewhere!!

You can find this lesson set at the exchange under Jesus' Birth/Advent - other ideas Or you can find the set at our web site:

Yours in Peace, Catherine

Topic: Peace

POSTED BY Lisa M on 10/29/02

In the current political climate: the story of Hagar and Ishmael in the Abraham narrative is good for helping us understand that Judiasm, Christianity, and Islam all have the same roots.

The peaceable kingdom (Isaiah 11:6-9) is good for children. Through nature programs they know that wolves and lambs aren't natural friends, but that God's vision is for a world at peace.

Topic: God is in control

POSTED BY Cindy LB on 10/29/02

We are using a book in our Children's Worship program that goes through names for God.

Last Sunday's name was Jehovah Sabbaoth- God is in control. We talked about God being in control of the whole world, even when it doesn't look like it. We touched on war a little, and that God is still in control of these places where wars are happening. We then prayed for different countries- that God would show his love to them and that they would learn about his love in Jesus.

The kids really got into it- we had a few globes and the blow up beach ball type globe that we passed around. Each child chose a country and then prayed for that country as they held the ball.

Along with teaching kids about individual peacemaking, remember prayer is our greatest weapon!!

Topic: Peacemaking

POSTED BY julie burton on August 07, 2004

A couple of resources that may help are Peacemaking resources from the Presbyterian Church (USA). Go to and search the catalog.

A great book I found is "World Peas" (author escapes me). No, that's not a typo! It has some great activities.
Julie Burton

POSTED BY Lisa M. on posted August 12, 2004

One of the posted rotations for the Beatitudes is a unit on "Blessed are the Peacemakers" which is very good.
Peace, Lisa

POSTED BY Jan FPC Napa on August 12, 2004

There's a free lesson from Cook Ministries called "God's Peace, My Peace". We've adapted parts and used the prayer labyrinth from it. See Cathy's lesson here at who also used it.

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Making Peace: The Foundation for Living in Fellowship,

by Karyn Henley, Standard Publishing, 2002, ISBN: 0784713693.
Description: Do your students want to know God? Do they want to discover how to live at peace with others? Use Making Peace to help kids explore why and how to make peace with God and others. This 13-week course about making peace will help kids understand what it means to be at peace with God and others, provide biblical examples of people who were peace makers, and guide kids in ways to confront, apologize and forgive biblically. This book includes small group and large group discussions and activities, and activities to help kids deal with anger, make peaceful choices, and live in harmony. Ages 8-11

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Ruth Moore -Posted May 16, 2003
We are going to be doing a rotation model summer study using UMC Peacemaking curriculum. What an important topic for our time. The news lately of the high school girls attacking each other has left me with convictions that we need to help our children learn non violent conflict management. I also think we need to help parents model this. I have noticed elementary aged girls hitting other girls ( even 3rd graders) when they are jealous or want something. I have noticed children who are bullied unable to repond. I've noticed a few boys who slap younger sisters frequently.
I obvious repond to each situation. Any ideas of ways to teach children that this behavior is inappropriate and that peaceful resolutions are not only the moral choice but also a more productive choice in resolving conflict, If we pray for God's Kingdom to come on earth we must work toward those ends. I work among well educated, wealthy, highy competetive people
This may be a contributing factor. They are trying their best but we need to do more. Shalom !!

Ann Cover - Posted August 20, 2003
I would love to see your curriculum for Peacemakers. I also have the umc curriculum, but find it difficult to teach. Whatelse did you use?

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Barbara Lynn
posted March 31, 2005

I'm looking for some ideas for computer lessons under the topic of "Peace, Peacemaking." We do not have software as was recommended --Actual Reality, but might get that. I'm in a fix for ideas to use with "Kid Pix" for toddlers-grade 3.

Luanne Payne
posted March 31, 2005

I just did a search on the internet for ideas on computer lessons for peace and came up with some ideas to get you thinking.

  • Write & Illustrate a Short Story
    Write a short story & illustrate it using "Kid Pix 4 (or 3-D)" Software.
    First read the children some short stories where children made peace with another child to help get them thinking. Maybe have a container of ideas with slips of paper of situations they might find themselves in and they have to come up with a peaceful solution.

  • Write an illustrate a Peace Poem in "Kid Pix 4 (or 3-D)" Software.
    Read Write Think Teacher's Website:
    Peace Poem Template:

  • Do an internet search for peace symbols - print off as many different ones as you can find. These would help the kids with their drawings and/or poems.

  • Quiz - "Fall of Jericho" This software is FREE to supporting members! Check it out.
    Write a quiz using WWJD scenarios. Write a situation and they have to select the peaceful answer to everyday situations they come across. This you could write for different age levels.
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Moved here from the Help forum... some answers to a question about teaching about racism...

If you do a Google search using words such as, "bible stories related to racism" you will get lots of hits.  Suggestions of Bible stories to use were: Good Samaritan, Moses, Ruth & Naomi, Rahab...  I'd pick a few, then look in those lesson forums for material that would work with your racism theme.

The Sneetches, by Dr. Seuss would be appropriate for this unit.  The ones with "stars upon thars" acted superior to the no-star belly sneetches. 

This could be acted out in a drama workshop very easily.

How about some Creative Writing and tying to NPR's Michele Norris and her Race Card Project? Her project was to spark thoughts about race and ethnicity written in just six words. Could also be a Computer Workshop idea if you've got internet access you could explore her site, and maybe use Let's Talk to speak their thoughts? 

This idea comes from an activity in a piece of software (Actual Reality CD) that could be done as a game. It's called "Colorblind" and is designed to discuss our preconceived notions about people based on race.

Please note: I'm not spelling out the details here, just the basic idea.  I would hope anyone who reads this would know how to appropriately flesh this out with the appropriate additions and nuances.

Students hear quote from MLK Jr and then try to guess "who said it" choosing from photos of famous white people, Jesus, George Washington and MLK. 

Students see 3 men's' photos and must guess which went to jail for murder. Include photo of innocent but scary looking Middle Eastern man.

Show photos of poor people. Which is more likely to get food stamps, go to jail, be stopped and frisked by police, etc.

The point is to try and "fool" the kids to create points of discussion.
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There a variety of great lists of resources and links currently available to help families and churches have anti-racism conversations with children. Here is a link to one from @Jenna Campbell at FPC in Stillwater, OK: https://www.fpcfaithfulfamilie...nti-racism-resources

"As people of faith, we claim that all are beloved children of God. We also confess that we and the systems we participate in and benefit from have not always treated everyone with that truth. As parents and grandparents, it is critical that we have open and honest conversations about race and justice with our children and grandchildren.

Use these resources to not only engage your children, but also to increase your own understanding and awareness."

Seeing Jesus: Social Justice Activities for Today Based on Matthew 25

--- a resource by Phyllis Wezeman (famed children's minister and former board of directors member here at

“Seeing Jesus: Social Justice Activities for Today Based on Matthew 25” includes 60 social justice activities for children, teens, and adults, to live out the Matthew 25 vision.

6/2020: Available at the Pastoral Center resources: and on Amazon.

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Petra's Pier Picnic

A children's book about Hunger and Sharing by Phyllis Wezeman


“Petra’s Pier Picnic,” published by ACTA Publications, Chicago.
Also available on Amazon.

The artwork in this book brings to life the text that tells of a girl’s growing awareness of the needs of people around her. She sees a hungry family when she is on her birthday fishing expedition with her dad, and decides to give the couple her largest fish. The book includes an endnote with helpful suggestions for action regarding hunger in your community. Perfect for all ages, particularly elementary (K-5th grade).


Phyllis is a famed children's ministry educator and writer and was one of the founding members of


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