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Children's Ministry Magazine

Theme: Peer Pressure

You'll need Jump5's song "Pressure" from the Accelerate album (Sparrow Records), a CD or cassette player, and a Bible.

Form trios. Have kids stand with their hands clasped behind their backs. Then have each trio stand tightly side by side. Designate an area across the room that the two outside trio members pressure the inside person toward. They can only use their bodies to pressure the inside person -- no arms or legs. The inside person must try not to give in to the pressure. Play for one minute. Then switch roles until each trio member is on the inside.

Afterward, ask: How easy or difficult was it to pressure the person in the middle toward the goal? What made it easier? more difficult? When you were in the middle, what did you have to do to keep from being pressured? How is this activity like or unlike how you feel when friends are trying to pressure you to do something you don't want to do? What do you do in those situations to not give in to pressure?

Say: Let's listen to this song about pressure by Jump5.

Play the song.

Ask: According to this song, what is the singer's motivation for not giving in to pressure? How can we want to do right with all our heart?

In their trios, have kids share with one another any pressured situations they're facing right now. Then have them pray for one another.

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