Meet an Amazing Animal in the Bible When Peter Denies Jesus (Elementary Lesson)

Use this grab-and-go lesson to bring the story of Peter denying Jesus to life.
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Today, we’re looking at the story of Peter’s betrayal and how one animal in particular can help us bring it to life for kids.

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Welcome to the “Meet an Amazing Animal” series.

God has done some remarkable things through his furry, fuzzy, and funny creations. A talking donkey? A fish carrying around a tax payment in its mouth? A rooster reminder that brought a grown man to his knees?

In this series we’re exploring how God has used animals to make himself and his purposes known. Get all twelve free lessons.

You’ll help your kids experience powerful transformation as they link Bible truths they need with the animals they love.

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Bible Story: Luke 22:33–34, 54–62 

Animal: Rooster

Lesson Theme: God is never surprised.

Activity: No-Surprise Prayer

[icon name=”clock”] Time: about 5 minutes

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Ask kids to find a place in the room where they can be a bit apart from one another, and then to sit comfortably on the floor. Then ask them to lie on their backs and close their eyes. 

SAY: A bad surprise could happen right now, couldn’t it? A bowling ball could fall on your tummy. Or it could start hailing in here! 

(Be sure everyone laughs instead of getting scared.)

But let’s pray and thank God for all the good surprises He sends our way. God, thank you that there are no bowling balls falling. Or pianos. Or giant hail. Thank you that you protect us in ways we’d be surprised to see. Please thank God for walking with you every day.

(pause) 

God, thank You for your surprisingly huge love for us.

(pause) 

God, thank You for surprising us with moments of joy and happiness.

(pause) 

God, thank You for the surprising friends who come our way.

(pause) 

And thank You, God, for forgiving us when we ask for it. And You forgive us not just once or twice, but a surprising, shocking, amazingly generous number of times. 

(pause) 

 Amen. 

Then SAY: Today we’ll be talking about surprises.

Teaching Time

Share the story of Peter betraying Jesus from Luke 22:33–34, 54–62. Point out how God used the rooster, and use the following questions to guide discussion.

  • Tell about a time you weren’t happy about a surprise. What was the surprise, and how did it all turn out? 
  • If you were Peter in this account, what would you be feeling and why? 
  • If you were the servant girl, what would you be feeling and why? 
  • If you were Jesus, what would you be feeling and why?

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  Updated on April 20, 2021

About the Author

  • Mikal Keefer has published more than 25 books and is a frequent contributor to Group Publishing curriculum. Mikal is an active children’s ministry volunteer in his local church in Loveland, Colorado. Mikal, who is married and the father of two children, loves teaching kids—especially his grandkids—the truth of God’s story in fun and engaging ways!

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