Children's Object Lessons
  

Title: How big is a Christian?

Scripture: Eph. 4:15

Object: Tape Measure

Idea: Christian Maturity is not measured in inches or years, but in the way we share our love

Ask the chidren: "who is the biggest Christian in this sanctuary today?" (Let them share). Then suggest that the tallest person present (whom you have determined ahead of time) come forward, as he (or she) could be the biggest Christian around. Have the kids measure his or her height, neck, biceps, etc.).

Then ask: "is this really how we can measure the Christianity of a person? (slightly shake your head). What are some good Christian values, can you think of any? What makes us good and big Christians? How about having love? Can you measure love with a tape measure? (shake your head)

We must all grow up--our bodies as well as our Christian spirit. We must grow in inches as well as in love. How do we grow in love to God and our neighbors? Take suggestions (prayer, going to church, worship, reading bible, listening, learning from each other, etc.)


Theme: Faith (or Trust)

Object: a blindfold.

A variation of the well-known, let yourself be blindfolded and then fall backwards into the arms of someone who will catch you.

Ask for a volunteer from among the children. Explain that the volunteer would be blind-folded and then receive directions from you to walk from predetermined points A to B in the sanctuary. The goal is to get the volunteer there without bumping into things.

Ask before blindfolding the child: "do you trust me to talk you through this? "Do you have faith in yourself and in me to get from here to there without being able to see where you're going?"

You can use this to illustrate faith, trust, and also raise awareness of visual impairment and other physical challenges.


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Theme: Pack Up Your Troubles Object: A Packing Box, Tape, Pens and Papers, Magic Marker

Have the children think of all the bad things in the world and write them all down. Ask them what it would be like to get rid of them.

Tell them that Jesus invites us to cast all of our burdens on Him, in a sense, to pack up all of our troubles and send them off to Him.

Invite all the kids to crumble up their concerns and throw the into the box. Have one volunteer help you "pack" the box with strapping tape. (Make a big show of this.) Then write on the box with a big magic marker: "No Return Necessary."

Remind them that when we give Jesus all of our troubles, we must give them ALL away and learn to trust in Him. And when we get rid of all of our burdens, we are free to walk in the light again with him.


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Theme Temptation I took pie plates and wrote temptations like stealing, Lying, Disobeying, Cussing, and then I wrote a scripture below that goes with each temptation.

I then told the story of Jesus in the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights. I talked about how Jesus used the word of God to fight temptation. Then I brought out one of our workers dress with a devil mask and we put the devil in our western jail and just his head was sticking out from the bars then I took the pie plates and talked to the kids how the devil tempts us with these sins. I took each individual pie plate and talked about the temptation and what the word of God says about it and we filled the pie plate with whip cream and I let some of the kids give the devil a pie in the face.


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Object: A broom & dust pan -or - a vacuum cleaner. Advent II - the voice in the desert cries, "Prepare the way!" Just as we use a broom to get the house ready for a guest, so we need to use the broom of repentance to clean out the dust in our lives. Get the house [heart] ready: GOD IS COMING! paulf@central Texas


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Love, God's blessings, talents, have a bag of hershey's kisses tell the kids for every one they give away you'll give them 2, for every 2 , 4 etc. give till all the congregation gets, Ask what if you had eaten the first one? Joy shared is what God has in mind.


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Holding on to sin

get a jar just big enough for them to put their hand through then put a ball in that just fits, ask them to grab it with thier hands, now they can not remove their hands. If the jar is one that you can not see through so much the better. Then I tell them as long as they hold on to that ball of sin they can not get free, but if you release it(the sin) you can get free. the other thing is that while they think nobody can see what they are doing when they sin, we know because they can not release their hand.


 

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9 April Jeremiah text. Just an idea that I have not finished thinking over yet. Try using an idea about a 2nd chance at life. That way you can incorporate a heart transplant or heart reapir. By giving us a 2nd chance with a new heart - so too God gives us a 2nd chance. Using this meataphor then move to something that has been broken...then repaired (like crockery or a bowl)then put the ideas together. Hope this helps.


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A pencil with an eraser on it, Tell the children about God writing their name down in the book of life, He does it with our accepting Him into our lives and the eraser is used to remove all the sins we have committed. Nothing we have done will be brought with us when we meet Jesus in heaven.

A small church pastor.


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Heart transplant. Have someone under a sheet as if on an operating table. "Operate" on them and take out a stone (that has been hidden under the sheet). Replace it with a heart of "flesh" (a cow's liver or heart, available from a butcher) and explain that this pliable heart can be molded into what God wants. Use a stethascope and "listen" to the bad things the stone says, and then the good things the heart says. Based on Ezekiel 36:26


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Set up some chair in the same fashion as a maze. Then blindfold someone and lead them through telling them directions. Explain that in a maze we cannot see the whole picture but if you were in an airplane it would be much easier to get through the maze. In the same manner God can see our lives and he has a set plan, we have to listen to him in order to get out of the maze of life the best and easiest way.


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Regarding Mark 4:35-41 - Just a thought - Why not use a "storm in a teacup" as the visual. The effect of a storm is given as you add milk to it and watch it disperse. Gradually it settles When we turn to Christ amid our "Storms in teacups" he settles us.

This illustration is best used in a clear cup.

VW


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Lesson on helping other Christians. Objects needed - several strands of dry spaghetti, a bundle of dry spaghetti, and a bundle of spaghetti already boiled.

Tell the kids that one Christian standing alone cannot do much by themselves. Demonstrate this by taking the single strands of dry spaghetti and standing them up straight and one at a time pressing down on them and breaking them.

Tell the kids that several Christians together can accomplish a lot. Demonstrate this by taking the dry bundle, stand it up straight and hit it against the table. This bundle may experience breakage on the outside but most of the strands will not break.

Then tell the kids that when you mix non-Christians (the wet spaghetti) with Christians (the dry spaghetti) you get a problem. *Ahead of time, you will need to prepare the wet spaghetti, lay it out and let it dry. Right before your lesson time, wrap some dry spaghetti around the wet spaghetti and bundle it up with a rubber band.* Take this bundle and stand it straight up and smash it against the table. The dry strands will not stand strong because of the "sin" from the wet strands rubbing off on them.

Pick any scriptures on Unity or One body. Simon @Florida.


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HOW GOD CAN VANISH SIN-BOWL OF WATER (WARM), POOR IN PEPPER A LITTLE BIT AT A TIME SAY THT THE LTTLE BIT O PEPPER IS SIN AND IT STANDS FOR lYING. THEN POUR MORE ALOT THIS TIME AND SAY THAT THIS IS STEALING SOMETHING, THEN FILL IT ALL UP AND THIS IS DISOBEYING MOM OR DAD. THEN BEFORE YOU START PT SOME RED FOOD COLORING IN DAWN TOMAKE IT LOOK LIKE BLOOD. THEN EXPL TO THE KIDS THAT THIS IS JESUSS BLOOD. WHEN YOU DROP IT IN THERE THE SIN WILL VANISH TO THE SIDES. THIS EXPLAINS THAT WHEN YOU ASK FOR FORGIVENESS IT IS ALL WASHED AWAY.-JAMIE JOHNSTON


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For the heart transplant you might want to use theidea of organ donation, there are pins and bumper stickers available at most hospitals even young children need to know how important this is.


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Theme:Evangelism/Witnessing

Gather the children together and announce that you have some wonderful news to share with them.

Without the congregation hearing, tell the children "Jesus Saves" and that they need to share this exciting news with others. Then have the children disperse throughout the congregation telling people that "Jesus Saves".

The congregation are instructed to spread the good news to the person sitting beside them and so on...

When the children come back to their places explain that this is the only way that others will know about Jesus - WE must be excited to tell them and they will be excited to tell their friends too.

You can use the bible story of Simon Peter running home to tell his brother that he had just met Jesus.

Submitted by: Angela L.Fubler


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Sin--- a spool of thread. Have child stand up and wrap a strand around them and then have them break it by holding out their arms. Next time do a few more strands of thread, break, and see it's a little harder. Another time really wrap 'em up... show how sin can become more and more harder to bread until we can not break it at all. Only God can break the power of sin.


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Childrens sermon on revival. Drop an alka seltzer in a clear glass and let the children observe the bubbling. (compare to a new Christian salvation feeling) After a few minutes the bubbling will almost completely cease. then stir the water and watch the action start again, maybe not as actively but it will start bubbling again. Point out the bubbles on the side of the glass. that is the "joy" that we can experience in REVIVAL. (as time goes on Christians sometimes get a little stale and don't show as much joy or excitement. Revivals should bring the "new" Christian experience back and gives us that "new" salvation joy. A long time youth worker and avid Children Sermon presenter.


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Childrens sermon on revival. Drop an alka seltzer in a clear glass and let the children observe the bubbling. (compare to a new Christian salvation feeling) After a few minutes the bubbling will almost completely cease. Then stir the water and watch the action start again, maybe not as actively but it will start bubbling again. Point out the bubbles on the side of the glass. That is like the "joy" that we can experience in REVIVAL. (as time goes on Christians sometimes get a little stale and don't show as much joy or excitement. Revivals should bring the "new" Christian experience back and give us that "new" salvation joy.

A long time youth worker and avid Children Sermon presenter.


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Lesson: Romans 10;12 Aim: To demonstrate that no matter who we are or what we look like God loves us all the same. Take a deck of cards, show the kids the cards and ask them if they want to play a game. Before hand place 4 black cards in a row in front then a red one. The name of the game is fire and water. Tell them to yell water when they see a black card and fire when they see a red one. Then hold the cards so that when they yell fire you can spray the cards at them. While they are laughing and picking up the cards talk a little about high cards and low cards and queens vrs aces. Then ask for a volunteer. Have him rip a 3 in half. Then ask the kids if they thought it ripped because it was a low card. Have him rip a king in half. THen a black card vrs red. Then give him the whole deck and tell him to rip it in half. Why can't he? By ourselves we aren't as strong. Even a child by just being part of our congregation helps to make us all stronger in Christ.


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I have volunteered to do a Childrens Communion Awareness class. I am planning to make our minister a new stole, as well as the kids are going to make their own to wear. We are also going to make the bread for communion, and our minister is going to let the Children help with the serving of communion. There is so much I could do with this subject. Im looking for childrens prayers, games, and devotions to incorporate with this class. I would also like to be able to explain to the children (4th - 6th grades) the reason we take communion in a way that they will understand. Im open to suggestions. Yours in Christ. Kewpie514@aol.com


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GARBAGE IN GARBAGE OUT -- WE CUT THE BOTTOM OF A TRASH CAN OFF AND PUT IT ON OUR HEAD. AS WE BEGAIN TO DO THE WRONG THINGS AND SAY THE WRONG THINGS THE TRASH BEGIN TO FILL UP THE TRASH CAN ON OUR HEAD. IT GOT SO FULL IT BEGAIN TO SPILL OVER ON TO OTHERS. THE OBJECT IS -- WHAT WE PUT INTO OUR HEAD IS WHAT WE BECOME. OUR HEAD CAN BECOME FULL OF THINGS THAT ARE BAD AND UNGODLY. ROMANS 8:5


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Thanks for the cake...

A boy is telling his grandmom how awful things are going for him. He is complaining about school, the weather, his boredem, etc... The grandmom, is meanwhile, in the middle of making a cake. Trying to change the subject she asks if he would like a snack. His reply is of course, "YES." "How about some cooking oil?" "No way!" he responds. "Okay, how about some flour?" "Gross, Grandma!" he said. "Well, would you like a stick of butter or maybe some baking soda?" "GRANDMA! What's wrong with you?" The grandma then explains that alone, all these things don't sound very good, but when you put them all together in the right order, they make a delicious cake. When we take all the things God gives us, alone, they may not all taste very good, but when we look at them in the right order and they are all part of the same plan, things look better. The recipe for a delicious life is to enjoy the whole cake, not the individual parts.


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Theme: You are special to God

We used the analogy of "A Diamond in the Rough" and demenstrated by using a tarnished piece of silver and polished it while explaining how God keeps refining us to make us better- in the end the silver was pretty.

In the kids snack bags we hid a "gem". Actually the marbles you put in vases for a pretty look.


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to vanish sin--have water in a jar and add drops of food coloring to represent sins. Then use bleach to represent how christ can make us clean form our sins and pour the bleach into the water.


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Let your light shine -

Before the lesson, take a big flashlight and remove the batteries (stick them in your pocket). Fill the flashlight with junk (rusted nail, car keys, bottle cap etc.)

Presentation: Show the kids the flashlight and ask them what it does. They'll answer: "it Makes light." have someone turn off the lights and make it obvious that you are trying to turn on the flashlight. Once they see that you can't turn it on, have someone turn the lights back on. Open up the flashlight and slowly start taking out the junk. Once junk is out, put in batteries and try again. Explain how our lives will only shine if we fill them with good things (Bible study, prayer) instead of garbage (sin). -MSK


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Baptism You will need a bowl of water pepper dishwashing detergent Before showing to class, put a little soap on your forefinger. Sprinkle pepper into the water as you have the children call out different sins(the pepper representing sin). Tell about Jesus being baptised and explain when we become saved we want to be more like Him and how we should follow him in baptism. Let your fingers walk up to the bowl and lifting your fore finger as if your making that one BIG step. As your finger touches the water the pepper will shoot to the other side of the bowl. This will show them how your sins are washed away. Hope I explained this all right.


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Go to craft store buy these fake looking jewels. They will look like rubies, diamonds, sapphires etc. Cover each one individually with mud (let hardened, they will resemble a clod of dirt when dry). Place them in a box. Tell the children you have a gift for them. Open the box and offer them one. The kids will exclaim,” they don't want dirt.” Walk over and pour them in a container you can't see through (place out of the way as you return to teaching). Explain to the children that no matter what they have in their past, that God can cleanse them of it. Go on to explain how he can even polish each and every one of them to make them shine as jewels. Walk over to container and stir hand around to get of remaining dirt. Offer the children the shining jewels. They will want one then. Going on and explain the difference between them and God. They only wanted them after they were clean. God took them when they were dirty.


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You will need a pacifier, string, paper and a baby bottle (the kind that as you turn it up the milk appears to disappear.) Take the pacifier, tie strings to it. From these strings attach little pieces of paper with different words on them, Nintendo, bike, different toys, etc.). As you hold the pacifier up to show the children, (the strings with the paper will be in the palm of your hand.) Ask the children what the pacifier is used for, you will get a lot of responses but the one you are looking for is, “It’s to give to a baby until you can get it some milk.” You explain to them that’s why they call it a pacifier. You might want to read them the definition of “pacifier.” Then ask them, “What would happen if you gave it to the baby and never gave it milk?” They will answer, “It will die!” Go on to explain that it’s a lot like we are using some of these examples or some of your own. “If I only had that new Nintendo game, I’d be happy.” “If I only had a new bike, I’d be happy.” And so on. You then explain, “You would only be happy for a little while, reminding them of the definition of pacifier.) It only satisfies for a little while. It wouldn’t be long until a new Nintendo game came out or a bike or whatever they want at the time. Then you show the baby bottle. (On the side of the bottle, you can stick a scripture of the side where God’s word is referred to being like milk. (1Peter 2:2 GWT is one.) is one. Turn the bottle up letting the milk flow, of course it disappears. Keeping it turned up like this, ask them to they know the difference between the things, (Nintendo, bike or whatever) and God? Turn it upright then and the milk comes back. GOD REFILLS OUR CUP!


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You will need two matching pair of shoes. Dollar store flip-flops (thick soles) will do fine. You will also need magnetic strips, the kind that is in a roll like tape (sticky on one side and magnetic on the other). Pieces of flat tin (maybe a pie plate, if it’s magnetic, I don’t know) or anything lightweight that is magnetic. Take a magic marker and as you have the children call out different sins you write them on the tin and toss them onto the floor. Have a child (one that has rehearsed with you). Use them as an example, saying ‘John or Jane’ (whomever you are using have them to look sad at first and then happy at the last, you will know what I’m talking about as I go on, or at least I hope I make it sound right.) Go on to say that they are not saved (just play like) and every day they have to walk out into this world. Have the boy or girl walk through the sins and the sins will start sticking to their feet. Have the child walk in an exaggerated walk as if the sins are pulling them down. You might want to have someone on the other side whom appears to be leading him or her to the Lord. (While they are over there they can secretly slip on the other pair of shoes with out the magnetic tape. You meanwhile will be placing the sins back out there. Go on to explain how after receiving Christ in their lives they still have to make that same walk every day but it’s not as difficult. That’s when the child walks back through smiling as they confidently walk through the tin. (If you want to use only one pair of shoes, you can discreetly remove the tape from them. But in some cases their might be a little magnetic field still there and the tin might wiggle as they walk back through, if that’s the case, you can explain the sins are still tempting, you can overcome them.


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This one you can use in the winter (only in areas where they have ice). Ask the children did they hear the rain? Ask them did they see it as it turned into ice and built up on the trees. Ask them did they hear it as the limbs came crashing down. Go on to explain to them how we are so much like those trees sometimes. How our sins can build up and get heavier and heavier until our world just like the limbs on a tree can come crashing down all around us. Go on to explain how the tree if it had the sun shining on it, there is no way the ice could build up. Like us, if we had the SON shining on us our sins couldn’t build up and our world wouldn’t come crashing down around us. All we need to remember for it not to build up is to stay close to God’s warmth. His warmth being His word. You could use two small bowls of ice and a small heater. Place one near the heater and the other one away from the heat as you teach. Showing how the ice will melt as long as it’s near the heat.

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Discuss the weather man. You have heard a forecast of "partly cloudy, with a 30% chance of rain which could possibly turn to snow. How accurate is that? I have brought my "weather stone" with me today". Display a nice, large, smooth, rock. "Place the rock on your front porch. If you go outside and the rock is wet, then it is raining, if the stone is cold, then it"s cold out, if it has snow on it, then it snowing, etc. Sometimes we complicate the gospel of Jesus Christ with vague and unclear presentation. We sound like the weather man, covering all bases. Now repeat the gospel story in the simplest way you can.


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I'm not a preacher but since I found a lesson here that will help me I will leave two that have really struck home with me. The first is for easter. The person presenting it gathered a dozen of the plastic easter eggs in a carton, the kind that you can break in half. Then she carefully broke each one in half Inside of the eggs were various items that in sequence gave the kids hints to the easter story. For example some of the objects were a nail, a piece of cloth, a whip (from a lego toy) and so on the lesson was great in that she did very little talking and the children got a chance to shine and give us, the adults some very memorable points of view on the whole story of easter. I'll never forget it. The other was with the word JOY. Which stands for Jesus, Others and YOU, a very accurate way that Christ calls us to approach the people in our lives, putting him first, then others, and then ourselves. Perhaps not the most favourite message in a pluralistic society, but releavent.

Roberta, vriesema.family@sympatico.ca


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Title: Phoning God Object: Phone Book, Bible Theme: Bible Reading & Prayer

What’s this? Right it’s a Telephone Book. And what is it used for? Right, everything that you need is supposed to be in this book. All you do is flip through the pages, find what you need, and the number is right there.

If you need a toy store, it’s in there. If you need a candy store, it’s in there. If you need a place to buy clothes, it’s in there. Anything you’re looking for is supposed to be in this book.

But I came across something that really, really bothered me. I was going through the G’s and God wasn’t in there. Then I thought, “Well, let me check the J’s, maybe I could find Jesus.” But, Jesus wasn’t in there either.

And then I got to thinking. Well, Jesus died a long time ago, then He rose from the dead, and then He went back to Heaven to be with God. And nobody probably knows the phone number for Heaven. But what about the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is here on earth, He can even be found in the church. So they have to have a number or something I could use to get in touch with the Holy Spirit. But you know what, the Holy Spirit wasn’t in this book either. So after that, it really started to bother me even more. In a book that has over one thousand pages, I can’t find God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit.

And then I remembered a commercial the Phone Book people would have on T.V. where they said, “If it’s not in here, then it probably doesn’t exist.” Well I’ll tell you this, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit may not be in this book but I KNOW they exist.

Their names and numbers may not be listed in this book, but I know of another book that lists all of their information.

Who knows what book I’m talking about? Right, the Bible. If you want to know about God, He’s in there. If you want to know about Jesus, He’s in there. If you want to know about the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit is in there.

And you know what one of the best things about the Bible is? It comes with phone numbers too. When you’re feeling sad, you can call John 14 When you’re feeling down and out, you can call Romans 8 When you’ve sinned, you can call Psalm 51 When you’re worried about something, you can call Matthew 6 When you’re lonely and scared, you can call Psalm 23 When you want to be a better Christian, you can call 2nd Corinthians 5

So, everything that you REALLY need is in this book. And just like we use the phone book to call other people, we can use prayer to call on God. So let’s pray.

Harreld Webster Divinity Christian Church MadPooh@hotmail.com


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Bob the Builder, can he fix it?

Jesus the Carpenter, He can!

makes a great poster stephen.kirkland@scotland.com


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The Rich Man Using a piece of 8 1/2 by 11 paper. Tell that there was once a rich man who was never happy so he decided to buy a sail boat. (Take your paper and fold the corner over to represent a sail boat.) He sailed everywhere and was happy for awhile. Then he was bored and unhappy again. So he went out and bought a house. ( take paper and fold the pointed corner down to form a house shape.) He was happy with his house for a short time then he was unhappy again. He decided to go out and buy a plane. ( fold the paper house into what a paper plane would be like you did as a child.) He flew all over the world. but he became bored again. Then a friend told him about Jesus and that was a free gift and it would bring him happiness always. Take the paper plane hold the wings up together and tear the wings off. If you folded the paper correctly when you open it up it will be the symbol of the cross. And then you can explain how Jesus died on the cross so we could have eternal life.


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The Rich Man Using a piece of 8 1/2 by 11 paper. Tell that there was once a rich man who was never happy so he decided to buy a sail boat. (Take your paper and fold the corner over to represent a sail boat.) He sailed everywhere and was happy for awhile. Then he was bored and unhappy again. So he went out and bought a house. ( take paper and fold the pointed corner down to form a house shape.) He was happy with his house for a short time then he was unhappy again. He decided to go out and buy a plane. ( fold the paper house into what a paper plane would be like you did as a child.) He flew all over the world. but he became bored again. Then a friend told him about Jesus and that was a free gift and it would bring him happiness always. Take the paper plane hold the wings up together and tear the wings off. If you folded the paper correctly when you open it up it will be the symbol of the cross. And then you can explain how Jesus died on the cross so we could have eternal life. Terry L. Wagnon Dug Gap Baptist Church, Dalton GA


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The Rich Man Using a piece of 8 1/2 by 11 paper. Tell that there was once a rich man who was never happy so he decided to buy a sail boat. (Take your paper and fold the corner over to represent a sail boat.) He sailed everywhere and was happy for awhile. Then he was bored and unhappy again. So he went out and bought a house. ( take paper and fold the pointed corner down to form a house shape.) He was happy with his house for a short time then he was unhappy again. He decided to go out and buy a plane. ( fold the paper house into what a paper plane would be like you did as a child.) He flew all over the world. but he became bored again. Then a friend told him about Jesus and that was a free gift and it would bring him happiness always. Take the paper plane hold the wings up together and tear the wings off. If you folded the paper correctly when you open it up it will be the symbol of the cross. And then you can explain how Jesus died on the cross so we could have eternal life. Terry L. Wagnon Dug Gap Baptist Church, Dalton GA


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BIG GOD, little devil. Make 2 cookies, 1 huge (I couldn't take it off the cookie sheet) and 1 tiny. Show the big one and tell the kids that we so often think the devil is this big and let him lie to us. Show the little one. We put God here and think He only has this much power. Now reverse it and show the kids that actually the devil is this puny little thing and God is this GREAT BIG GOD full of power and might but the devil lies to us and we fall for it. I then cut the big cookie into pieces to share with the children and said, "O taste and see that the Lord is good." Ps. 34:8


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Lesson - God gives second chances. Have a baskteball, baseball bat, tennis racket - or any sports equipment in a sport where you get more than 1 chance. Tell kids that what the sports items have in common is you get second chances in each - 2 foul shots, 2 serves, and 3 strikes in baseball. God also gives second chances because God loves us and wants us get better at being God's kind, loving, caring people. This would work with the Flood story, to respond to an earlier post. revj.


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For Mothers Day get a Mohters Day Card hold it up and ask the children what kind of card it is. They will of course say it is a Mother's Day Card. Ask the children what their mother's do for them. They will respond with thinks like cook, clean, take care of them when they are sick. Say that is like what God does for us he loves us, he created us, and he cares for us when we sick and what ever relates to motherhood. Say Mother's Day reminds us of how much our mothers love us and we can also let it remind us of how much God loves us to.


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I have taught the value of communion to children (8-12) by focusing on the value of frequently remembering Jesus and his teachings, and frequently noting and repenting for our sins. I do not focus on the miricle of actually turning wine and bread into body and blood. Ask the children if a day goes by when they do not eat any bread. Examples: toast, sandwich bread, dinner rolls, crackers, garlic bread, etc. Ask what beverage they drink every day: pop, milk, water, juice? To make lesson more lively, bring in examples of each. Then teach children that wine was the everyday beverage in Jesus' time and that bread was served at every meal. So Jesus must have wanted us to remember him often if he said "When you eat/drink of these things, do so in remembrance of me". We also make confession of our sins before eating or drinking the communion elements. And we are assured that if we know our sin and are sorry and try to do better next time, God will forgive us and help us. So as often as we eat and drink our daily bread and beverage, we can think on Jesus and his lessons for our lives, and be reminded of the most basic truth of Christianity---that through Jesus we are forgiven and loved. Let the students spend a few silent moments thinking on things they would like to be forgiven for. Verbally assure them of God's love and forgiveness and invite them to eat and drink. bjk


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You will need a large clear jar with a lid that can be sealed, a second container of some type, some Chlorine bleach, some Iodine, and two light colored sponges. Cut one sponge in the shape of a heart. Cut the other in the shape of the cross. Both need to be of a size that will fit in the jar with a lid.

Fill the jar with a lid about half full of water, and the other container with a very strong solution of bleach and water (half and half will do). Set the cross in the bleach solution as you begin your lesson (not too long before, it could disolve the sponge).

For the lesson, show the children the heart shaped sponge. Talk about sin and put some drops of iodine on the sponge to represent those sins. You can talk about how impossible it is to remove those stains by yourself. Even dip the heart shaped sponge in the jar of water and show it is still dirty. Then, put the heart shaped sponge in the jar of water and leave it. Now take the cross out of the bleach solution, keeping as much of the solution in the sponge as possible. Tell the children about the power of the cross to cleanse the heart from sin. Put the cross in the jar with water and the stained heart, seal it with the lid, and shake it up a bit as you talk some more about the cross. Then, open the lid and take the heart out. It will be clean.

You should experiment with this lesson once before you actually give it to be sure you have a strong enough bleach solution to clear the iodine from the heart shaped sponge. Be sure to rinse the heart shaped sponge very clean with clear water so the iodine stains will remain when you do the real lesson.

George Shafer, Anchor Baptist Church, Salt Lake City, Utah. PastorShafer@Anchor-Baptist.org


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Object lesson for Matt 7 - Wise and foolish builder. Place mound of sugar (to represent sand) in center of pan. Place small plastic house on top of sugar. Spray with water (to represent rain) and watch as sand shifts and house topples. Repeat with house on top of rock. Use song "The wise man built his house upon the rock . . ." I used this recently for VBS and the children loved it. They like to make the rain by spraying the water!


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I took a large clear plastic container to Junior Church with me one Sunday. I told the kids, that it represented their hearts, and lives. I took some large rocks, some small rocks and some birdseed. I told them that the large rocks represented God. The smaller rocks represented family and friends. The birdseed represented houses, cars, toys, etc. If you fill the plastic container (Your heart and life) with the birdseed (houses, cars, etc) first, then there is no room for God. But if you put God (the big rocks) first, the you still have room for family and friends (the smaller rocks. Plus, you still have room for houses, cars, toys, etc..... The kids paid close attention to this. It was a way for them to understand priority.


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Letting go of our sin and receiving God's grace: Have a volunteer stand in the front of your group. Talk about how a person begins to sin in different ways as they grow up as you give him boxes with the names of different sins on them. The volunteer is to hold onto each of these as they are given him. This becomes more difficult as time goes on and he will eventually have a hard time holding onto all of them. Then tell how this person hears about Jesus and wants to receive his grace (another box with "grace" written on it). He has a problem, however, because his hands are already full of sin. Ask the kids what he must do in order to receive God's grace. Answer - He must be willing to let go of all his sins (repent) in order to receive the gift of God's grace. Once forgiven, the person is able to walk away in freedom with great relief and joy.


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With the children up in front w/you, ask for a volunteer, someone who is quick and has good eyes. Have your volunteer stand in front of you w/his hand out in front of him/her, the thumb and first finger poised to catch what you're going to drop. The rule: you cannot raise or lower your hand; you can only use the thumb and first finger to do you catching. Then you take a dollar bill and hold it between the volunteer's thumb and first finger, half way down the bill. You tell the volunteer that you are going to drop the dollar bill, and s/he is supposed to catch it. If s/he catches it, s/he can keep it! Of course, it's next to impossible to catch, esp. if the one who drops the bill waits a few seconds, so the volunteer doesn't know when it will be dropped. I like to give the volunteer 3 chances, just to make the point. APPLICATION? The dollar bill is like sin; we can't totally get rid of it no matter how hard we try. So we need Jesus to do it for us. THIS ILLUSTRATION CAN PROBABLY BE USED IN A VARIETY OF STORIES. Good luck.


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Here is one that works! I had a farmer show me this. You need a quart jar (like Miracle Whip), a golf ball and either corn or soy beans. The jar represents our lives. You add the corn bit by bit explaining different things that we do in life in the morning, or eating meals, or other activities. By the time you are done talking, the jar is filled. Then you say that the golf ball is God. There is no way to fit God into the jar because it is all filled. This is what happens when we put God last. Now empty the jar and put a small amount of corn in the bottom, then put in the golf ball, kind of centered in the diameter of the jar. The proceed to fill the jar with the remaining corn. Surprisingly, it will all fit. When we put God first in our lives, all the rest will fall into place. PH in OH


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Cookie Jar Object Lesson: Need 1 Cookie Jar, Cookies, Trash(waded paper,etc. Q-What is this? A-A Cookie Jar Q-What goes in a cookie jar? A-Cookies (duh) Teacher: So if I bake cookies and put them into the cookie jar, then when you put your hand in you will pull out a COOKIE. Right? Now suppose I invited you all to my house and we baked cookies and while the cookies were cooling I had you all go around and collect trash out of the trash cans and fill the cookie jar up this trash. Would it still be a cookie jar? Yes. So if you put your hand into the cookie jar now you would pull out a cookie? No. Why not? Because there is trash in to cookie jar and not cookies. This reminds me of us. If we put good things in us like going to Sunday School, reading the Bible, watching only "good" shows on television, then is is like putting the "good" cookies in the jar. But if we put "trash" in us, like reading bad books, looking at bad pictures, watching bad things on television, then is is like putting trash in the cookie jar. WHAT WE PUT IN - IS WHAT WE GET OUT.


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To illustrate John 15:1-11 You need: leaf removed from a plant several days before and withered; leaf removed more recently; a (flowering) plant in a pot. Produce the first lesf, ask why it is so withered - it has been removed from the stalk some time ago - it has no way of receiving what it needs for life. Produsce the second - less withered, but what will happen to it - it will become like the first, and for the same reason. Make the point that if we remove ourselves from Jesus then we will not be able to grow or to do anything, because our life will be cut off. Now produce the flowering plant - what a contrast if we stay close to Jesus - which would you rather be? Pray and then end the session by singing "One more step along the world I go" (Songs of God's People 90), highlighting the refrain - "keep me travelling along with you."


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Happy New Year!!! A lesson for Christ the King (New Year's Eve) or Advent I (New Year's Day) props: a pack of holiday crackers Do you ever use things like this in your house? In my house, we use them on New Year's Eve, to celebrate the end of the old year, and the beginning of the New Year. And I brought them with me today because today is our Church New Year's. Every year we tell the story of Jesus, from the time when people were waiting for him to come, to being born, to people learning all about him and who he really was, to him dying on the cross for us, and all the things he taught us while he was here. And we're about to start the story over be getting ready for Christmas. So let's celebrate. Everybody take a cracker, and get a friend to help you crack it open.... And inside we find some things to help us celebrate our special New Year's. What did you find inside? A crown? That's to remind us that Jesus is our King, and if we let Jesus be the boss of us, we'll become members of his kingdom of peace and joy. Did you find a toy? That is silly present isn't it? But it reminds us that God gave us a wonderful present. God sent Jesus to be a person, and feel what we feel, and show us the way to live. That's a much better present than a __________ don't you think? Did you find a joke? Is it a funny joke? Those words remind us of another gift from God. We have God's word- this book has funny stories and sad stories and romantic stories and poetry and all kinds of things in it. If we read this book, and think about the stories in it, we'll learn alot about God, and how much God loves us, and how God wants us to live our lives. Those are three special things about this special time of year. The things inside our New Year's Cracker remind us to read God's Word, remind us about God's greatest gift to us, and remind us that Christ is our King. So Happy New Year!


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Iwanna-saurus The stuffed "Iwanna-saurus" made his first appearance at my church at Thanksgiving, but expect him to become a recurring character. Iwannasaurus is a dreadful beast that lives in all of us. And sometimes, he starts to take over. He growls and grrs. I want, I want, I want. I want a cookie. I want a super NES. I want bertie bott's every flavour jelly beans. I want I want I want. Scary stuff. The Iwannasaurus can only be defeated by a magical Imsoglad. An imsoglad is located at the tip of a child's finger, and must be carefully aimed at the attacking Iwannasaurus, and fired with the words "Imsoglad that ______". The more Imsoglads a group of children can fire, the weaker the Iwannasaurus becomes, until, finally, he lies gasping at their feet (the rest... is silence). But they must beware-- the Iwannasaurus can attack at any time (especially near Christmas!). If they feel the Iwannasaurus getting stronger, they need to be ready with a handful of Imsoglads. It's a good idea to think up 5 or 6 Imsoglads every morning, just in case Iwannasaurus attacks. You can never be too careful. Have fun.


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Lesson: Diversity, Jesus is for all people. This is what the Lord inspired me to show the importance of different peoples. Have the children chose one color marker or crayon and have them draw a picture of something they are thankful for or just enjoy or want to draw. (It is important that they only use one color now) Then have them draw the same picture using as many colors as the want. Then ask them about the pictures. Which one do they like best? Why? Hopefully the see how different colors like make the picture more interesting and fulfilling. *Another possible demonstration could be by have them choose between black and white pictures and color. You might be able with enough computer savy scan various pictures in both black and white and color and ask them which they like best. I think it is important to show how important all peoples are, and yet that our streghten really comes when we work together. jschroeder@mac.com


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Lesson: Letting Jesus into your Heart Purchase several heart shaped balloons at your local craft store. Show the kids the deflated balloon and explain that before we begin our relationship with Jesus our hearts are empty. As wer begin to know Jesus our hearts begin to fill with His love for us. (Start blowing up the balloon a little at a time.) Continue by explaining that as we get older our relationship with Jesus grows and thus does our heart until it is so full of the love Jesus has for us and we for Him that we just have to share the Good News! (At this point the balloon should be completely inflated and you should be able to let it go to show sharing Jesus' love). The kids in our church loved this story. At the end I gave each child a couple of heart shaped balloons to take home.


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lesson title; the blank check...object to understand that God's love is not measurable...we fill in the blamks This is not my original idea but I have ofton thought of the message. Take a blamk check with you..Have the children gather and ask how much God loves them...Now how much Does their parents/guardians love them...Take the blank check and tell them that god loves us so much that we fill in the amount. His love is so great that there is not a check in the world that could be filled in for the amount of gods love for us.


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Shadrach, Meshach & Abed-nego Object Lesson? This is excellent! At the appropriate time a handkerchief is dipped into an alcohol-water solution, and then wrung out so that it is still quite wet. A lighted mathch ignites the handkerchief, and a healthy blue flame comes, but the evaporation of the water will cool the handkerchief and keep it from burning. lhartel@dia.net


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SELF ESTEEM!! Take a money note, like a dollar or ten dollar bill, and ask the audience, "Who wants this note?" They will all say yes. Then crumple it up. Ask, "Who wants it now?" Again, they'll all say yes. Jump on it. Roll it in the dirt. Make sure it looks terrible. Then ask, "Who wants it now?" When they say yes ask, "But it's all old and dirty, why do you want it?" Because it has value. Just like you. No matter what you've been through God still want's you because you have value.


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Life Everlasting - A good visual demenstration for everyone. Tell a story about two families going to the zoo. One family does not know or believe in Jesus. Pick up 4 air filled baloons and show the kids that this family is driving to the zoo and gets into a terrible accident. Pop each ballon with a pin in your hand and say the whole family perished away.Dad, mom, brother and sister.Look on the floor and say gone --They all perished away!! Now pick up 5 ballons with string attached and tell the kids this is a family who believes in Jesus. The fifth baloon (give the balon a different color). represents Jesus. This family also gets into a terrible accident and they all die. Pop each baloon except the baloon that represents Jesus. Then tell the kids in a higher tone of voice.....and this is what happen to them....Let the string go and the last baloon (filled with helium will rise to the top of the churches ceiling.. What a great visualization this is. Tell the kids the family believed in Jesus. Say John 3:16 says "For God so loved the world, He gave his only begotten son. Whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting live." Tell the students how important it was for that family to believe in Jesus.


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In advance, recruit a student for this object lesson and explain to him in detail what you're going to do. Make sure it is well rehearsed. It WILL get the kids' attention. Bring out a large trunk and ask the kids if they'd like to see a magic trick. Say, "Have you ever seen the trick where someone escapes from a trunk like this one? Would you like to see that today?" By this time, they'll be totally interested. Bring your volunteer forward and tell the kids that "Billy", here, is going to attempt a trunk escape for us this morning. Open the trunk and dramatically wave your hands around and inside it to show that there are "no trap doors, no secret compartments." Tell Billy to get in the trunk. Have him crouch down inside it and then close the lid and lock it with a padlock. Have Billy move around in the trunk like he is trying to get out. After a few seconds, say, "Billy, aren't you going to escape?" Billy says, "I'm trying, but I can't get out." Wait a few more seconds and then say, "Come on, Billy, we're waiting." Billy says, "I'm sorry, I thought I could escape, but I need some help to get out. I can't do it by myself." Look at the class and say, "You know, kids, that's exactly how Satan traps us. He has us step into something that we're just sure we can get out of, and then all of a sudden we're trapped with no escape. Just like Billy is locked inside this trunk, each one of us is locked in a life of sin that we can't escape from. We have to have help to get out of it." Read John 3:16 to the class, and say, "God sent Jesus to earth to rescue us from the sin we're trapped in. He knew that we could not escape on our own, so He sent His Son to release us. All we have to do is ask him into our heart, and we're free." Ask Billy if he'd like to be set free. When he says yes, take out the key to the padlock attached to a large keyring that says "Jesus" and say "Jesus is the key that sets us free." Unlock the trunk and let Billy out. As he steps out, ask the class to applaud him for asking Jesus to rescue him. This is an attention getting lesson that the kids will remember. I wish I had taken pics of it. If anyone uses it and takes photos, please let us know where we can see them.


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Heart Transplant. Set up an "operating table" and have a "patient" covered w/ a sheet. Make an introduction about how bad of a shape your patient is in ,and how you must do surgery immediatly. (You may use a doll or a pillow for your patient.) When you begin surgery, you will find several sins and filth that caused your patient's heart to be bad. You can use lying, cheating or for older groups use drugs & alcohol. As you talk about these things, pull the sin out of the patient by reaching under the sheet. We also used a rubber snake to represent satan in our lives. In the end, the patient gets a new heart, filled with love, peace, etc. (which you can place inside the patient during surgery.) The patient is now a child of the king! Enjoy! AH- Cushman, Ar.


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lesson: the burning bush that was not consumed:MOSES Use a bundle of silk greenery found in the florist department, or one you have at home.In a bucket or bowl, mix 4 parts rubbing alcohol to 1 part water, submerge only the leaves(not the handle you will be holding in your own hand!) into the alcohol mix, raise it up, let extra drip off, move away from the bowl, and use a lighter or aim n flame to set it afire. It will burn with flames, but the alcohol burns out quickly so the leaves don't melt or wilt at all, it is not consumed. This will get the attention of the little ones quick! You can do it a couple of times in a row, but after that the plastic begins to heat and droop. I never get to do it only once, always "Do that again!"


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Thank God For His Patience God is slower than a sloth when it comes to patience, for he wants everyone to repent and live holy, godly lives. “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” — 2Peter 3.9 This morning l’d like to talk to you about the slowest and fastest animals. Who can guess what animal is the slowest? (Guesses). It’s the three-toed Sloth of South America, which has an average ground speed of 6 to 8' per minute or .06 to .1 mph. In the trees it can zoom along at a blazing 15' per minute or .17 mph. Now, who can guess what animal is the fastest? (Guesses). Over short distances up to 1,800 feet, a little over 1/3 of a mile, the fastest land animal is the Cheetah which has a possible maximum speed of 62 mph. What fish is the fastest? (Guesses). The Cosmopolitan Sailfish is the world's fastest fish over short distances. It can go 68 mph. Now here’s an extra question. What is the fastest bird? (Guesses). The peregrine falcon is the fastest living creature, reaching speeds of at least 124 mph and possibly as much as 168 mph when swooping from great heights. The reason I wanted to talk to you about fast and slow is because of what our Bible verse says today. The Apostle Peter says, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2Peter 3.9). The good news is God is not slow like a sloth in keeping his promises, but fast like a falcon. The reason God is slow when it comes to punishing people for their sins and doing wrong, is because he wants them to repent, or be sorry for what they did wrong. You repent by apologizing, asking God and who we have hurt to forgive us, then try to make things right, and finally seeking to live holy, godly lives. Prayer: Let’s ask God to help us repent when we do something bad. Heavenly Father, enable us to admit when we are wrong and have fallen short. Forgive us our sins. Empower us by your Holy Spirit to live holy, godly lives. Thank you for your patience. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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The Heavens Declare the Glory of God: The splendor and wisdom of God are evident in the vastness of space. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.” — Psalm 19.1-2 Objects: Binoculars, a frisbee and Hubble Deep Field picture. Ever since I was young, with my eyes and binoculars, I enjoyed looking at the night sky, watching the stars that God made. Look at this picture of the Hubble Deep Field. Each patch of light represents a galaxy, and guess how many stars can be in just one galaxy? (Guesses). Hundreds of billions of stars! Now, what is the name of the galaxy our planet, Earth, is located? (Guesses). Yes, the Milky Way. How many stars do you think might be in our galaxy, the Milky Way? (Guesses). Astronomers estimate there are between 200, and maybe up to 400 billions stars, and our galaxy is a spiral galaxy. A spiral galaxy is shaped like a gigantic disk or frisbee. I need a volunteer (choose one). Stand over there and I will try and throw this frisbee to you........Excellent! Good catch! I am going to let each of you guess about how many miles a second our galaxy, the Milky Way, is speeding a long. But, know this, we are traveling more than 100 miles a second. So, starting at the right, what do you guess? (Guesses). The Milky Way galaxy is moving at a speed of around 370 miles per second, and for our galaxy to go around once would take 200 million years. Awesome, isn’t it! The Bible say, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge” (Psalm 19.1-2). Even though the heavens don’t communicate or talk like people do, God’s Word informs us it is revealing some important information about God to us. What might the heavens be telling us as we watch the night sky? (Guesses). Yes, it is telling us about our Creator himself, that he is glorious or awesome and he made it. Like God’s Word declares, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1.1). The Apostle Paul tells us we can know a couple of truths from observing the stars, “For since the creation of the world,” he writes, “God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Romans 1.20). No one will be able to used the excuse, “But, God, I didn’t know you existed, so please forgive me.” God will say, “Sorry, that excuse doesn’t work, for my creation revealed to everybody my existence.” Let us thank God that we can know he exists. Heavenly Father, we stand in awe when we look deep into your universe, it is stunning. And Lord, we especially thank you for sending your beloved Son, Jesus of Nazareth, to reconciled us to yourself. Thanks in Jesus’ blessed name! Amen.


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RAPTURE SUBMITTED BY TOD ORAZI. START BY WRITING THE LETTER (A) AND LETTER (D) ON SMALL PIECES OF PAPER THEN WHEN CHILDREN COME IN HAVE THEM REACH INTO BAG AND PICK OUT A LETTER THEY MUST KEEP THE LETTER THEY CHOOSE AND VERY IMPORTANT DO NOT TELL WHAT IT IS FOR THEN START YOUR NORMAL CLASS, CHURCH ETC SOMEWHERE IN SERVICE HAVE SOMEONE BLOW A TRUMPET AND SAY ALL WITH THE LETTER (A) FOLLOW ME (IN ANOTHER ROOM CLOSE BY HAVE COOKIES AND PRIZES AND MUSIC READY WHEN YOU GET THERE EXPLAIN THAT THEY JUST WENT THRU THE RAPTURE AND THE LETTER (A) STOOD FOR ACCEPTED CHRIST AND HERE IS THERE REWARD) AT SAME TIME HAVE ANOTHER PERSON EXPLAINING TO LETTER (D) KIDS SAME AS ABOVE BUT THEY DENIED CHRIST DO NOTHING WITH THESE AND LET THEM SEE THE OTHERS EATING AND HAVING FUN THEN ASK THEM HOW THEY FEEL (YOU'LL GET ANGRY SAD MAD UPSET ETC.) EXPLAIN THATS EXACTLY HOW IT IS GONNA BE IN THE RAPTURE, HAVE THEM THEN RESITE THE SINNERS PRAYER AND GO JOIN OTHERS FOR GOOD TIMES. THIS WENT OVER GREAT WITH OUR CHILDREN'S CHURCH. ANY QUESTIONS EMAIL: TORAZI@CFL.RR.COM


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The Book of Malachi or Giving Second best: Show valuable items and talk about them: a signed baseball, a beautiful picture, a set of markers, an action figure. Ask the class who wants these. Designate a child for each item. Have them come forward, but instead of giving them the items you displayed, give them used and abused substitutions. This is what the Israelites gave God in the book of Malachi. Do we give God our best, or a substitute for our best, acting as though we have given Him something special.


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I John 1:5 Walk in the light: Brag about waking up in the darkness and being able to walk around in it. I tell them I'll prove it to them. I describe how I will blindfold myself and then I will walk to a table, drink a cup of water (the water of life that refreshes us), walk to another table and pick up a valuable collectable (my valuable offering to God). Bring that collectable to a teacher (who represents God) and shake his hand (fellowship with God). I blindfold myself, step on someone’s toe, knock over the cup of water, slip on the water and hurt myself, knock over the toy and step on it, then punch the teacher in the stomach as I reach out to shake his hand. I then talk about how great I did walking in the dark. Of course the children have a different evaluation for me. I am a liar. I can’t walk in darkness. When I do, what happens? I hurt others, I spill the refreshing water of the Spirit, I ruin my gift to God, and I hurt God, breaking fellowship with God.


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Being different from the world: Call up three people (children and teacher) who are asked to guess coins by their feel. Have a penny, a nickel, a dime, and a Susan B. Anthony dollar. Have them close their eyes and give them one coin at a time. Have them guess the value of each coin. After they have guessed each coin tell them many they got right. No one will guess the dollar (they always think that it is a quarter). It isn’t different enough. The government replaced the Susan B Anthony coin because too many people assumed that it was a quarter. Can our friends tell the difference in our lives that results from us being Christians? Or are are our lives so similar that they don't think Christ makes a difference in people's lives? Does the way we live show that there is greater value in living the Christian life?


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God gives us commands to provide for us and to protect us. He always places restrictions around things of value.: I bring two baseball cards. There is a valuable card that is encased. The other is not. I pass around the valuable card with many rules. The are to handle it carefully. They are to not take it out of its case. It always has to be in clear view. As they hand it to the next child, they must make certain that the next child has a grasp on it before they let go. As that card is passed around, I take the second card and fling it to a child in the first row and say, "Pass it around. You can do anything that you like with it?" Then I ask then, "Which card do you think is more valuable? Why?" The one with rules is most valuable, because the rules help protect it. Why does God have rules for us? (This is especially meaningful when talking about sexual purity with teens.)


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God is the ground of moral authority: I have two trees (literal small Christmas trees are the best, but you can also draw them.) I then explain how one tree represents the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (from the Garden of Eden). The second tree represents all of the other trees. The first tree belongs to God. The second belongs to us, just as Adam and Eve had freedom to eat from any of the other trees. Then I give examples to show the difference between Opinion and Truth. I'll ask what the children's favorite sports team is. I will then say that I like the Yankees, so everyone who likes the Yankees is right and everyone else is wrong. I'll do the same with favorite color, and favorite snack. Of course the children will explain to me that these are only a matter of opinion. I'll then explain that they belong on "My Tree". I'll then talk about stealing, lying, gossip, honoring God, etc. and that these are not a matter of opinion, but a matter of truth. They are right or wrong no matter what anyone believes. It all depends on what God says. These belong on God's tree. I then can have bulbs listing things of opinion or things of truth (right and wrong) and have children place them on the appropriate tree. If you have time, you can talk about what happens when you put the items on the wrong tree. If I put "my favorite snack" on God's tree, I would a become judgmental, thinking my tastes are the only true tastes. On the other hand if I put "honoring God" on My Tree (opinion tree), the people will think that it doesn't matter whether or not they honor God.


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The importance of Christian friends or marriage partner: Pick a team of adults and a team of young children. Ask the group whom think will win the race. Tie the team of adults facing in different directions. Tie the children together facing the same direction. Begin the race. The children win. If we unite with that which is the opposite of God, we will not be able to run the race of life as we should. People with different values will slow us down in our Christian walks, or even pull us in their direction. We may befriend them, but don't let their values infect yours.


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God works all things together for good: You can either use a short message using a puzzle, or couple that with the life of Joseph for a "sermonette". I tell the children that I am going to make a puzzle. I take a piece and explain that it is beautiful. I place it on a table to begin the puzzle. I'll do this with a couple of pieces. I then take a dark piece and declare that it is ugly. I don't want it in my puzzle, so I throw it away. I alternate beautiful pieces I keep and ugly pieces that I throw away for a couple of turns. At this point the children are complaining. I ask them why they are objecting. They say that I won't be able to finish the puzzle without the ugly pieces. I then tell how I once did this message with children at another church. When I asked them why I couldn't throw the ugly pieces away, a little girl taught me a lesson when she said, "Because when the picture is finished, even the ugly pieces become beautiful." We want to throw away the ugly pieces in our lives. But realize that God is in control. When our lives' pictures are complete, we will see that God has made even the ugly pieces to become beautiful. To show this is true. Look at the life of Joseph. I make two sets of puzzle pieces. One color of pieces represent the ugly pieces in Joseph's life. These pieces are named: "Slavery", "Prison", "Prison II". The beautiful pieces are named: "Ruler", "Egypt", "Cup-bearer", "Pharaoh". I then tell the story of Joseph though the pieces. I begin with "ruler" and say that this is a good piece. God told Joseph in a dream that he would rule over his family. Then an ugly piece, "Slavery", but the brothers were jealous. beat and sold him into slavery. Continue the story alternating the appropriate ugly pieces and beautiful pieces. At the end I explain that in order for Joseph to "rule and saves the world" he had to meet Pharaoh (a beautiful piece) when Pharoah had his dream. Why was Joseph still accessible when Pharaoh had his dream? Because the cupbearer forgot him and he remained in prison (ugly piece, Prison II). How was Joseph introduced to Pharoah? By the cup-bearer (beautiful piece). How did he meet the cup-bearer? (Ugly piece Prison) Pharoah's wife turned on Joseph. Why was Joseph in Egypt so that he would even be near Pharaoh? He had been sold into slavery (ugly piece). You can conclude: When God finishes the picture, even the ugly pieces become beautiful.


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Sin stops our light: Place a piece of paper between the battery and bulb in a flashlight. When the flashlight doesn't work. Ask the children what they think is wrong. They will guess that the battery is dead, the light is broken or the switch doesn't work. Show them that there was junk between the battery and bulb. The battery is like the Holy Spirit in our lives and we are the light, trying to shine the light of Christ. However, we need the Holy Spirit to empower us. Any junk (sin) stops the power of the Holy Spirit from flowing trhough us and we do not shine the light of Christ through our lives. We need to confess our sins.


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God's Grace: I tell the children that I am going to tell them a story that they have never heard before. It is the Boy Who Cried Wolf, Wolf. They groan, saying they've heard it. I say, "Really, well let me tell it to you anyway. I then tell a creative version of the story which pretty much matches the original, but each time the boy cries, "wolf, wolf" instead of "wolf". But, at the end, after the boy has cried wolf, wolf for the third time, I ask, "What do you think happens." They say, "the father doesn't come." I say, "No, I told you that you've never heard this story before, the father comes running and shoots the wolf." This is because, God is ready to forgive our sins, no matter how bad they are or no matter how many times we sin. All we need to do is cry out, "Father, forgive me." and mean it. Do you think that the shepherd boy would ever mislead his father if his father came and shot the wolf? Of course not. That is true with us as well. God's grace should lead to us all the more wanting to obey Him.


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The Substitutionary Atonement of Christ: I talk about the Certificate of Debt (I read this in Hal Lindsay's Book, The Liberation of Planet Earth. I have not been able to confirm this elsewhere, but the fact that tetelestai means "Paid in full" has been well-established in the legal realm.) I explain that in Roman times, when I criminal was convicted, he would be placed in a cell and outside that cell a Certificate of Debt would be placed. This Certificate had two columns. On the one side was a list of his crimes. In the second column was the penalty for each crime (Eg. "three years in prison"). At the bottom was a tally of the penalty that he needed to pay. When the prisoner finished his time. The word "tetelestai" (sounds like "to tell a lie") was written across it. This word means "paid in full." The Certificate was then given to him. If anyone ever met him on the street and charged that he was a criminal, he could pull out his Certificate and show that it had been paid in full. We each have a Certificate of Debt in heaven. All of our sins are recorded on it. And there is the list of the penalty "The wages of sin is death". Colossians 2:13,14 says, "He forgave us all our transgressions having cancelled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, haivng nailed it to the cross."(NAS) When Jesus died on the cross, among the last words He said was, "It is finished." Do you know the Greek word for "It is finished?" It is tetelestai. I have acted this out. Including having children take their Certificate of Debt to heaven before it has the word "Tetelestai" written on it. Then they take it to the cross and trade it in for the word "Tetelestai". They take that to the gates of heaven and the angels challenge them saying, "But you have sinned and God is holy, He cannot let you into heaven in your sin." The children then show the word "tetelestai" and they are welcomed in.


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Gossip. Buy a cheap tube of tooth paste. squeeze all the tooth paste into a plate and ask someone to put all the paste back into the container. It is almost impossible. Tell them how its the same with what we say. I we talk about someone we cant take it back. We have to watch what we say because once we have said it it is said. Teena Kentucky


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Theme: Washed from sin

Give-away: Cross inside heart-shaped glycerine soap

In the first reading from 2 Kings 5 we hear about a great Aramean warrior, but he's got this terrible disease called leprosy. In his house there is a young Israelite girl who was captured and now serves the warrior's wife. She has been taken from her home and family. How would that make most people feel? Instead of feeling anger toward her master, she shows compassion and tells of her faith that the prophet of God can heal him. And he goes and sees the prophet Elisha, who tells him "Go, wash seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed."

Now -- I'm going to change directions a little bit. What day was February 14th? What things do you think of when you think of Valentines Day? >> HEARTS<<

We often think of our feelings as coming from our hearts. What kinds of feelings do people keep in their heart?

love, joy, happiness FRUIT OR hatred, anger, jealousy SIN

What did the servant girl have in her heart?

Okay, let's go back to the warrior. Which people in the story believed he would be healed? What washed away his disease? >>THE POWER OF GOD<<

Now let's go back to our hearts. When we have sin in our heart how do we cleanse our hearts?

Confession: ...but if we confess our sins, He who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


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Holy Spirit's leading You need a hairdryer and a ping pong ball. Turn on hairdryer and place pingpong ball on air current. It will stay hovering above bouncing around on the current. (Hairdryer Holy Spirit - we are the ball) Application- Life will not be smooth but we are still proteced. Different experiments ask the children what they think will happen in each case. Move the hairdryer from side to side - the ball follows in the air current (application following the Spirit's leading)Tip the hairdryer slowly sideways - surprisingly the ball will stay in the air current for quite a long way before it falls - tantalise do it a bit then back up right - a bit further etc, ( application we are safe under the Spirit's guiding but if we move too far away we will eventually fall)

Glenda Edmunds - Tasmania Australia


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Armour of God. Have ready a selection of everyday items of protective clothing: a cycle helmet, oven gloves, shin pads, skateboarders knee pads, steel toecap boots, umbrella, sunglasses etc. Ask the children to come forward and put on each item and talk about how they protect people. Then read Eph 6:14-17 to learn what armour God gives us. Punchline: when you put on your (cycle helmet..knee pads..etc)how are you protected?..does this mean you'll never (fall off your bike, ..etc) ever again? - No, it gives you a way of dealing with it. God's people aren't exempt from the trials and accidents of life, BUT God gives us powerful armour to use as everyday items to allow us to meet whatever life throws at us and not be defeated by it. Then read Eph 6:10-18 and discuss further.


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cleaning our life so Christ will use us... you need 2 see thru glasses and a piture of water. fill one glass 1/2 full with trinkets.offer a glass of water, then act like you are going to fill the one filled with trinkets. - they should say no they want the clean glass. ask why, tell them the water is clean. is it because then the water wouldn't be clean if it was in a dirty glass? these glasses are like twins. Christ is looking for those who will carry the water of life to thirsty unsaved people. He requires that those who carry the water of life must be clean and empty.Paul said "if a man shall purge himself from these he shall be a vessel unto honor, ssanctified and meet for the Masters use. Just like I wouldn't really use this glass filled with trinkets until it has been emptied. so God does not use christians until they are empty of worldly things. You wouldn't want to drink from this glass if i only took out most of the things.if you want Christ to use you, be sure your life is clean and empty so He can fill you and use you.-taken from an old book my pastor loaned me.

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HE HAS THE WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HANDS

I need a volunteer to help me today. I have all this stuff and I need you to hold it for me because I have something in my bag that is in the bottom and I need to get to it. (Start to take things out and load the child down with more than he can possibly hold.)

You sure could have used some help with this couldn�t you? Do you think that maybe if we had asked your Dad to help he could have held all this stuff? Dads are pretty special aren�t they and do you know what today is? Yep, it is Fathers Day, a special day that we honor our fathers. They are pretty special people to have around in our lives aren�t they? But you know what as special as they are they can�t always do everything and maybe I even had a little more here than they could have held too.

There is a special Father though that all of us have. He can hold all that is in this world and more. That special Father is God. He made the world and all that is in it. He gave us our earthly fathers to take care of us and love us.

He loves us so much that he has given us everything that we need everyday. He will continue to love us no matter what and he will forgive us for all the things that we do wrong if we just ask him to. He is in control all the time of everything that happens. He has the whole world in His hands.

Sing: He has the whole world in His hands.

Pray:


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LIGHT THE WAY

Have you ever been lost? Did you ever get up at night when it was really dark and could not find your way in the dark house? Were you scared? How did you find your way? Did you turn on the light? (Discuss this and try and get the kids to share on what they did turn on the light, call for their parents, whatever they want to tell you.)

I want to share something with you today that I enjoy collecting. I have a lot of these and I could not bring them all but this is what I brought to show you today. Does anyone know what I have? It is a lighthouse. You know, lighthouses were built many years ago to give ship captains confidence when they traveled by night to show them the way. It would warn them they were near the coast and that there were rocks there to steer away from so that they would not crash their ship. It let them know that they were near land and showed them a familiar landmark to let them know they were on the right path.

I really like my lighthouses and I wanted to share them with you today. (At this point you can point out anything about the lighthouses that you want to make it interesting to the kids.)

We are a lot like the ships on the sea. Sometimes we cant see where we are going, we aren�t sure if we are on the right path and we need a light to guide us to the right place.

Do you know who this lighthouse reminds me of? It reminds me of Jesus. He is the Light of the World. Just like the lighthouse that guides the ships to safety He is always there to guide us. When we stumble over the rocky path of life, he is always there, when it is dark and we can�t see, he is there, when we aren�t sure of the path, he is there.

Jesus said, �I am the light of the world. Whoever walks with me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.� John 8:12

All we have to do is look to Him and we can be sure that we are on the right path.

Pray:


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PUT SOME JOY INTO YOUR LIFE

I have been thinking a lot about my life lately. I want to put some JOY into my life. Does anyone have any ideas how I can do that??? I have a box here of LIFE cereal. I am going to use this to represent my life. Now I really want some JOY in my LIFE. (finds a bottle of JOY in her bag). Great now I am going to add JOY to my LIFE. (Put the bottle in the box but it only goes in a short way). Now what is the problem? Pull the black bags out of the bag and as you pull them out discuss that they are sin and the sin is being taken out of your life as you pull them out. (Puff the bags up as you pull them out making a big pile of black bags and you might want to name some sins as you pull the bags out, ie: lying, selfishness, stealing, etc..).

(may continue to pull the bags out while you speak) Our lives are much the same as this box of life. Before we can have joy in our lives the sin has to be taken out. Sin takes all the joy away because it gets in the way of being happy. (Take the box now and put the JOY all the way in). The JOY represents Christ�s Love in our hearts. Once we ask Him to come into our hearts and remove the sin we can find that JOY.

God wants us to share the JOY that we have in our LIFE since we have asked Him into our hearts. Without that JOY in our LIFE do you know what we have? (Pull out insert of other box of cereal of Honey Nut Cheerios). NUTT N HONEY!!!

Pray:

Father: We thank you that you forgive our sins and bring Joy into our Life. Help us to share that Joy with others.


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Building a Foundation. Need blueprint (i.e.house paln), popsicle sticks and legos, newspaper, 2 boxes. Build 1 solid house out of legos, one house out of the sticks stacked. Cover them separately with a box. Explain that Mr. Godsee wanted to hire someone to help build his kingdom. After placing an add in the paper Mr. Doright and Mr. Dowrong applied for the job. Mr. Godsee decided to have them both build a house and whoever built the strongest foundation would get the job. Mr. Dowrong quickly threw together the stick house hoping speed would impress Mr. Godsee, but followed no plan for building. Mr. Doright took his time, following each detail of his blueprint and built a beautiful strong home. Lift up the boxes and demonstrate how easily the stick house falls over and how sturdy the lego house stands. As "God sees" all that we do in life, "doing right", building a strong foundation, using, and following the blueprint He has given us in His word, the Bible, we can grow strong in our Christian walk. Speeding in life, taking shortcuts can result in "doing wrong" and we can fall short of building a strong foundation. Children love trying to "blow" the houses down.


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Psalm 37:4 "Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart"

I looked high and low for an object lesson on this verse..then I came up with this one. EVALUATING OUR DELIGHT LEVEL IN JESUS. (Youth Class)

I drew a scale/meter on the board..with the ranges as the following: NOT SAD---HAPPY---VERY HAPPY ---DELIGHTED

As we went through the lesson I had planned, where we talked about the definition of delight and being delighted..I stopped at appropriate times and gave my class 3 different treats. The first treat was something simple, a piece of hard candy. Then we talked about how they felt when they received the candy, and we rated how we felt on our 'Delight Meter'. Then mid-way through the lesson, I gave the class a better treat of White Chocolate Macademia Nut Cookies..they really got excited about this and we rated this on our Delight Meter also... The discussion focusing on how we should delight in (have great joy and pleasure) the Lord above all things.. Then at the conclusion, I had them draw for a small prize, only 1 winner, the one who drew the smiley face. The person who won was overjoyed and excited..We rated her reaction on the delight meter as all the way 'delighted'! We talked about how she had great joy at winning the prize and how much more we should have exceeding and great joy over the 'free' gift that we have receive from Christ, of eternal life and salvation. We talked about how we should be bubbling over with joy and pleasure and delighting in Him, then he will give us the desires of our heart.


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For a sermon on shepherds, and God as a shepherd, I'm using OT references to God's sending a pillar of fire by night and a cloud by day. The pillar of fire will be a black lamp that sheds orange light on three pieces of fabric; the lamp has an internal fan, creating the "look" of fire. The OT theme of leadership and the NT theme of Jesus as shepherd are pulled together. Let me know how this works! revjan@srt.com

 


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pour a pure glass of orange juice in a glass. taste the flavor of it. now add more and more water to it and the taste is not as good. the orange juice is our purity through christ. the water is the sin that lessens the flavor.


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Object:Dollar Bill Hold up a dollar bill and ask if any body wants it. Of course, you will have several takers. Then, crumple the dollar bill..ask who still wants it..next, step on it..ask who still wants it..and then, tear it in two, and ask who still wants it. The value of the dolalr bill is not in how it looks or even in how it's been treated. To God, the value in you is not in how you look or how others have treated you. He wants you enough to send His Son to die for you quincy@shreve.net



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Have two deflated balloons in each of your two pockets. Ask the children is they can guess what's in your pocket. When they can't, pull out one of the balloons and tell them it's a balloon... that you heard that balloons are a lot of fun to toss around... but for some reason your balloon isn't that fun. Tell them you've tried tossing it around (and do so as you talk)but it doesn't seem like fun. Ask if they know why. Obviously, because you haven't blown it up. Respond with surprise... you have to put something into it? You mean you have to make an effort? Then blow it up... let it go... blow it up again and tie it. Faith is like a balloon... you have to put some effort into it to really make it work. It's no fun unless you do that. But some people hide their faith so you'd never know it was there... like a deflated balloon in your pocket (pull out the other balloon that's still deflated). But faith that you put into action is like this balloon (blown up one)... you can't hide it! And when people see it, they like it because it has action to it. Let your faith show. Don't hide it. Put it into action so everyone can see it. James 2:17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.(NIV)


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Giving

I give each child a dixie cup with a few popcorn kernals. A lot of them didn't know what they were (I guess they believe popcorn comes from a microwave). I don't tell them, either. It adds to the suspense. I tell them that they can keep theirs, or they can give it back. Then, I take my dixie cup and put my kernals in an offering plate. If your church uses bags instead of plates for offering, just use a pie tin.

Anybody who wants to give their kernals back can follow and dump their kernals in with mine. (Some might want to keep theirs for themselves, but that's o.k.)

"Oh, This is an offering plate. Do you know what this is used for?" Answer- people put money in it. People are giving the money to God.

"Look! I had just a little bit, and you had just a little bit, but when we put all of ours together, look how much we have!" Be sure to emphasize that giving might not be just money. After all, little children don't really have any money (although older children might be getting an allowance). It could represent giving time, giving kindness, helping our neighbors, etc.

Then, get out the air popper. Saym "When we give to God out of a pure heart, He gives back to us. Except, when He gives back to us, He gives abundantly. He gives us much more than what we put in." Pop the popcorn and compare the volumn of the popped popcorn with the volumn the unpopped seeds were.

If any child didn't give his or her kernals, say, "See, now if you don't give, you get to keep what you have, but you miss out on a blessing from God. Wouldn't you rather have some popcorn right now than those kernals?" Then I give that child popcorn anyway.


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What special day happens on November 11? (Remembrance Day � remembrance of veterans).

I have here symbols of remembrance. The first one is easy. (Show a poppy). What does it mean when you wear a poppy? (Someone will remember the place called Flanders fields where many soldiers in the First World War were buried. Poppies grow wild between the crosses that mark the graves).

An evergreen branch. What does this remind you of? (Christmas, Advent, etc). Talk about the branch staying green all year round, and it reminds us that with God life goes on forever.

Picture of a dove. Peace symbol. Many churches have a dove somewhere in the building (stained glass window). It reminds us of the Holy Spirit, and it also reminds us that one day God promises there will be peace always, and no more war.

Wreath � Again, it might remind children of Christmas. Talk about the wreaths that are laid at cenotaphs. It�s a circle; it has neither beginning nor end. It reminds us of God, who is the beginning and the end (alpha and omega). On Remembrance day, if you watch the news that night, you will see people in Ottawa placing a wreath at the cenotaph with poppies and evergreen branches, and then release doves in the air so that we can pray for peace. Today in church we are honouring people of Bradford who served in the war. Although it happened a long time ago, we want to remember because if it weren�t for them, our life would be a lot different than it is today. They gave us freedom. We wish that it were possible that we would never go to war again, but even on this very day there are Canadians in Afghanistan fighting a war to make life better for people who live there.

Submitted by Rev Karen


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Rear View Mirror

Can't drive safely looking in the rear view mirror only. In the same way, we can't live life by only looking at the past but need to live in the present with a view toward the future.


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Tell the children you have a beautiful artwork in your hand. In fact what you have is a full length mirror (with the words "You are my beloved" at the bottom. After having them guess at wha the artwork could be show them the mirror and connect the message given by God to Jesus after his baptism is the same as the one God gives to us today.


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The lesson is to share with children that through our problems and sufferings not to give up because it will make you stronger and you can show them how.

Now a problem or something bad in your might be refered to as a bent because it makes a quick turn and it can hurt.

Materials need is three paper cups and a piece of typing paper. Fill each cup up with equal parts of water. The take the paper and crease it every half insh so as when you are finsihed it will look like an accordian. Place the folded piece of paper making a bridge between the two cups and place the other cup on top of the bridge. Explaining as we do go through struggles in life we need to give our troubles to the Lord and he will make us stronger just like this piece of paper.

 


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Items needed: Four clear glasses (three filled with water, one with vinegar), four spoons, baking soda, red food coloring, green food coloring. The glasses should be sitting on top of a thick towel.

BEFORE THE LESSON: place the glasses so your group can see all the glasses. Place them in the following order: Water, Water, Vinegar, Water.

Beside the first glass have a spoon with one or two drops of red food coloring coverd with baking soda (don't use too much food coloring as it will "bleed" through.

Beside the second glass have a spoon with one or two drops of green food coloring coverd with baking soda (again, not too much food coloring).

Beside the last two glasses just have a spoon next to them with baking soda in the spoons. (You want each of the four spoons to look the same sitting next to the four glasses).

THE ACTUAL LESSON: Read Jesus' temptaion in the wilderness. As you read the story from the Bible, illustrate that Jesus could have gotten mad (stir in the "red" spoon into the first glass of water). He could have gotten jealous (stir in the "green" spoon into the second glass), or he could have gotten "boiling" mad (stir in the the third spoon - this part may get a bit messy). Instead he responded with the purity of God's Word. (stir the last spoon into the last glass - no "violent" reaction).


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Eggs for Lent Each week in Lent I made a paper machier egg with an object inside it. Place a small object inside the balloon. Things like a nail, a gold coin, a small palm leaf, a lizard (symbol for desert) etc. To make the egg, blow up a balloon only half way and shape it into an egg. With a water-and-glue mixture, cover balloon with strips of colourful tissue paper. Let dry. You will allow the knotted end of the balloon to hang out. When it is dry the next morning, cut off the knotted end and gently pull out the balloon. I made eggs for each week of lent. Children loved watching what was inside each week. Karen in Ontario


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Shadrach Meshack Abednego

Take a large bowl and put rubbing alchol in it then throw a match in it and let it burn as it burns talk about the fiery furnace and how they were not harmed in the fire.

 


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"No testing has overtaken you...God will not let you be tested beyond your strength." I Cor 13 1-13

Needed: Two substantial free weights (40lb) I barbell.

Theme: Discovering ways God will not let us be tested beyond our strength. (Testing as a way to make us stronger)

Begin with discussion of what are some difficult things that happen to us in life. Write two of them down on a piece of oak tag and tape them, one to each of the weights. Have a younger child try to pick one up or use two youth one on each. One way to make it easier is to put the weights on a bar bell. (Discuss how God can give us ways to make the difficulties more managable. (At the same time you will have doubled the weight.) Now have both youth try to lift the bar with weights. (If things are going well, as they always do with children's object lessons, HA HA, they will still not get it off the ground.) Have the two younger children find two older children. Have them ask for help. (Seek and you will find, knock and it will be openned, ask and it will be given theme discussed during process) If they can not get it off the ground recruit the weight lifter in the congregation to show what he can do. God does provide the strength. (I am going to use two dads as spotters by the way.) Finish up with discussion of how God helps us.

 


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How temptation can become sin: You ask your class to all stand in a circle. The first child starts with a ball of string and wraps some around their finger. They then share with the circle something that tempts them. The child then throughs the ball os string to anyone in the circle they want. The next child does the same and so on until all the children are holding the string. What you have just created is a web. Satan uses temptation to trap us. Temptation is not the sin but we must always walk in the spirit so that we do not get caught in Satan's web.


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Tithing:

Gave groups a bag of mixed (differing amounts) candies, sunflower seeds, raisins, etc. I also gave them a piece of paper with each item in the bag listed and two spaces for entering the number of each item and the number they were going to give back to God. They placed the tithe back in the bag and got to eat the rest. We discussed how that God gives us the ninety percent to use as we please but that we owe Him the tenth. We talked about how hard it is, at times, to give up the tithe. All the groups that chose to tithe (it was there choice to tithe or eat everything) got a special prize showing that God rewards our tithing. This exercise also helped the kids to see the concept of one-tenth (Smaller children have a hard time understanding that idea) by counting out items. I also gave out tithing charts, that they took home, that helped them see how much to tithe without having to do the math.

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The words of our mouth:

This illustration is not for everyone but it did make an impact.

We were talking about the words that came out of mouths. We mentioned that we would never eat nasty things and compared that to speaking nasty things.

I made some peanut butter clay for kids (an edible clay which can most likely be found online). I rolled it in coco to give it the right color and shaped it into what looked like a dog's pile. I put it in a plastic baggy. When I pulled it out I made a statement about what my dog left in the backyard. I smelled the bag and cringed as though it smelled badly. After discussing further the used of bad words, I talked about things we would never put in our mouths. I asked the group how they would feel if I ate what was in the bag. I took it out, smelled it and cringed, and then put it in my mouth and ate it. There was total silence in the room and the object lesson is still lasting in the minds of the kids.

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Let me show you what I have brought with me this morning. What are these? [Seeds]. What do we do with them? [Plant them, water them, etc.] What might grow? [Get responses].

Say! I�ve got an idea! Let�s do a play together! Here, I�ll give each of you one of these seeds [Careful with the younger children? we don�t want any seeds up the nose, in ears, etc.! You might just pass around a baggie with seeds inside and have the children look at them.] Now, you pretend to be the plant that your seed will grow into. For example, if you think your seed will grow into a tree, you might want to stand like this [demonstrate, arms out symbolizing branches]. Maybe you would be a weeping willow tree. [arms drooping down] If you think your seed will grow into a bean plant, maybe you would stand like this. [demonstrate? hands up above head, together, standing tall]. Maybe you�d be a pumpkin, and you might stand like this. [arms in circle in front]. Maybe you are a sunflower. [arms in circle above head]. Got the idea? Good! Now, go ahead, swoosh! You are all plants now!

Okay! I�m going to pretend to be a news reporter, and I�m going to interview all you plants. Ready? Just follow along with me.

[talking into microphone] Good morning! I am Emilia Florio of WGOD TV here in beautiful downtown Alexandria [or any town]. We�re standing here this morning in the middle of Jim Wagner�s garden [or anyone in the congregation who is known for their garden], talking to a few of the plants which grow here. Excuse me, sir, can you tell me, what kind of plant are you? [get response; You may want to ask each child two or three questions] How long have you been growing here? [response] Were you always a ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­___________ ? How did you begin your life? [A seed] How did you grow? How did you know to grow into a ­­­­­­___________ and not a ___________?

Now, let me get this straight. All of you started as some kind of seed, yet you all grew to be different plants? And you say that because you were planted in the right ground, and watered, and fertilized, you grew from that tiny seed into the plant which you are according to God�s plan? Amazing!

And there you have it Ladies and Gentlemen! From Jim�s garden in Alexandria, PA, this is Emilia Florio of WGOD news.

Swoosh! You�re all boys and girls again. Come sit by me. Now, what do you think? If God has a plan for these tiny seeds, do you think he has a plan for you, too? Absolutely! Every one of you has special talents and skills, you know, things you�re good at, which you don�t even know about yet. As you grow, you�ll recognize God�s plan for you. It�s our job as parents and your church family to help you do this. Would you pray with me?


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Calming the storm: This was used with a large group of kids - we had them helping out. We placed a floor fan at the front of the room; we sat them on a blanket (representing the boat) on the floor; one child sprayed water from a spray bottle into the fan; one child flicked on and off the lights; one child made thunder noises with a piece of tin; the other children rocked back and forth on the blanket. It was incredibly noisy and a bit scary. Then we had one child stand up as Christ and calm the storm. The children loved it. They wanted to do it over and over again, each taking turns doing the different parts. Except one little girl said, "My mom won't be happy if I get wet". We put her in the back of the boat.


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At a bit of a last minute request I have been asked to lead the kid's time at my church this Sunday. I have been given 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 as the basis that they would like me to do an object lesson on. Any help would be much appreciated. Belinda.Cassie@aue.salvationarmy.org


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Theme help little ones(babies) to know God and know who God Is and he exists, object: communication and learning skills.

From day one tell your child who God is, even though he is only a baby, through out the years to come of his/her life they will have a feeling about God as if they are suppose to know and they will know mass then, and they will be happier honest, I have a nephew and I have been telling him about God since he was born and now he is two and a half and he is always happy, laughing, and one morning he wolke up and he saw the picture of Jesus and he said "Hello God" with a wave.

 


 

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Prayer

Talk about the different kinds of prayer wtih children. Look at today's worshi bulletin and explain to them what the different kinds of prayers are: In our church we pray an Approach, Confession, Children's Prayer, Lord's Prayer, and intercessory. Then there's the prayers at home: grace, bedtime prayer. Lots of families have a standard grace that they have memorized. Maybe the kids can tell you some of them. Conclude by composing a children's prayer with their help. Write it on newsprint and invite kids to read it together prayerfully. Submitted by Rev. Karen in Ontario


 

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Explaining the Trinity: Prepare in advance a glass of water, a glass with ice cubes, a glass with boiling(steaming)water. (I microwave the water during the hymn that precedes the Children's Message.) Ask the children what is in each glass. Ask them if all three things are really the same thing. We can think of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit as three forms of the same thing. different, yet the same apologies if this has been submitted already and I missed it in the list cls9b@virginia.edu


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You need a cordless phone and base. What happens when you get too far away from the power source? You can't hear well (static or the phone goes silent.) But when you place it back on the power source it begins to recharge.

When we get too far away from God, we have a hard time hearing from Him. But when we go back to God, our power source, we become recharged.