Monday, July 11, 2011

Service Themed Lesson

We've started a new curriculum for the summer at our church which I got to teach this past Sunday. We're using a book by Group called "Hands-On Service Ideas for Children's Ministry" (found here). I thought I'd share some thoughts on what worked well in my lesson "Rings in a Pool of Water", and some ideas for activities I added.

Monday, June 13, 2011

How to make a Bible scroll

Materials needed: paper, pencils, black tea, paintbrushes

Why I volunteer

I came across a great article on the Ministry-to-Children website that addresses the tendency to "sell people" on volunteering in Kids Ministry because it's "easy". It's a great reminder - volunteers are people too! They're not interested in easy. They want to be part of something fulfilling and rewarding. When I think about why I volunteer in kids ministry and what has kept me volunteering for the last 8 years or so, it's certainly not because it has been easy.

If we're going to sell people on anything, it has to be that Jesus loves children. He says that we need to be like them if we want to enter the kingdom of heaven. Kids ministry is important because it's important to Jesus.

Why do you volunteer in Kids Ministry? What was it that sold you on signing up?

Sunday, June 12, 2011

God gives a message to Jeremiah

Theme: The Bible is God's Word

This lesson aims to teach children that the Bible is very special because it is God's word written down for us. Children have the opportunity to learn and think about how people over thousands of years have been careful to keep God's word safe, so that we can read it today.

Opening Activity: Tell children to find a special important message hidden somewhere for them in the room. Open the envelope to find a memory verse puzzle.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Fishing game

This is a great game that can go with the many of the fishing stories in the Bible. I used it for the story about Jesus appearing to Peter and the disciples after his resurrection, while they were fishing.

How to play the Fishing Game...

God calls Samuel

Theme: Listen to God and obey Him

Memory Verse: "Come and listen to the words of the Lord." Joshua 3:9

For activity ideas and how to make a matchbox bed, see below.