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Simple Sunday Christmas Party

This is a plan for a very simple Christmas Party the Sunday before Christmas Eve. In our church we hold a service on Christmas Eve, and we do not have a gathering on the Sunday following Christmas Eve as we encourage people to stay home, be with family and friends and neighbors.

Arranged by Teresa Klassen

PARTY PLAN

1. Start by welcoming the kids (3 minutes)

2. Christmas Quiz (see PDF — we have included the answers on this one) (10-12 minutes)

PDF: CHRISTMAS QUIZ – TEACHER’S COPY

PDF: CHRISTMAS QUIZ – STUDENTS COPY

Teacher says: I wonder how well you know the Christmas Story? We are going to break off into a few teams (make sure there are no more than 10 children in a team. Less is better, so have your leaders lead smaller teams). Whoever gets the most answers right in the time I give you will get the FIRST PRIZE — but everyone will get a little prize. Some treats you can have when you are ready to leave later.

  • Have everyone break off into groups with a leader in each group and then work through the Christmas Quiz (attached). Time them for about 8 minutes. If that is too short, then give them a little extra time, but not too much more!
  • Mix the kids up so there are older and younger kids in one group. Some of the questions are really easy, and some are tough.
  • Leaders — don’t help the kids…don’t give hints…if they don’t know the answer, have them make a wild guess!!
  • PLEASE WRITE DOWN ALL THEIR ANSWERS AND GIVE TERESA THE SHEETS AT THE END — WRITE DOWN AS MANY ANSWERS AS YOU CAN, INCLUDING THE FUNNY ONES. (I made a little display of the answers for our kids website)

First prize: suckers you can give the winning team at the end
Second prize: everyone gets one of the wrapped candy slices

3. Tell the Christmas Story (using flashcards provided) (10-12 minutes)

You can make your own flashcards, or you can get permission from the author of the bricktestament.com and print off some of his fun lego pictures (look under New Testament, Life of Jesus…you will have to choose ones that you feel are suitable. Not all the pictures always represent the best view of our faith, but most of it is very helpful)
4. Make the Christmas Craft (10-15 minutes)

It is a little Christmas decoration they can decorate. Make sure you use the scrap paper to set the decoration on and write their name on the scrap paper, set aside on the shelf.

I wrapped blocks I found at the Dollar Store in brown paper, and hot-glued a little red ribbon loop on top and then provided lots of messy glitter and stickers and felts for the children to use to decorate these.

5. Play a fun little game to get the wiggles out (5-10 minutes)

  • This is a relay race. Divide the kids in two or three teams
  • Smear some Vaseline on the ends of their noses (I know, they will think it is gross…that’s the fun of it!)
  • Then explain that they have to stick a cotton ball (a snowball) on the end of their nose and run to the other end, take the ball off and put it in the paper bag. The first team to use up all their cotton balls, wins! (no prize for this one though). If you want to make this more difficult (if the children are older) you can tell them they can’t use their hands to get the “snowball” off!!
  • There will be some kleenex that they can wipe their noses off later

6. Now the kids can settle down and you can play the Christmas movie (35 minutes)

Provide some pop-corn twist snacks and some juice.

We used the DVD from the Read & Share DVD series; the Christmas movie. It is very well done and very accurate.

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A Very Simple Christmas Sketch

Family Pictures – Christmas 2010

(A Little Christmas Sketch For Little People)

  • This is a VERY simple Christmas Feature to include children as a part of a Christmas Service.
  • You can expand the cast, but this one only needs around a dozen children and an adult (or teen) narrator.
  • There are NO lines to memorize
  • You can even simplify what I have here but this is what you will need for the play

YOU WILL NEED:

1.     Photos that you take a few Sundays before the event of children posing for the powerpoint photos near the front end of the play (I will try to post some so you get an idea how we did ours).

2.     A Polaroid frame you can use for the “live” photos – we made a frame with some light inexpensive wood and then stapled cardboard to it, that we painted white

3.     Some simple props made out of cardboard that you can paint

4.     A keyboardist and some simple sounds recorded on an iPhone or CD or…

THE “SKETCH”

Narrator’s Introduction: This year we did what we have done so many times before, we took a family picture. It seems like such a simple thing to do, but it is ridiculously difficult. This year I gave everyone fair warning: at 1:00 p.m. on Monday afternoon you better all be good looking because we are taking a family picture.  Monday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. it was pouring rain.  But I didn’t give up. We waited that rain out and when it was down to a drizzle we snapped as many photos as we could and…well…with a little photo-shopping, it is what it is. (You can show some blooper shots of failed family pictures shot and then your final family shot if you like).

Why do we want to capture things in photographs? I guess we want to hold onto those moments, to remember, to reflect…

I wonder…as Jesus looks back at all the time that has gone by, from the beginning of the world until now, what are His standout moments?  If He were to pull out the Polaroid’s, which ones would make him smile?

* Photos on powerpoint that look like Polaroids with kids reinacting scene…you can use children of any age. Just have them pose and then photoshop to add to the scene, child-like drawings to create the photo. See our sample.

(Photo One) Adam and Eve – in the beginning of course (Adam and Eve, big grins) when everything was perfect and new and full of possibility.

(Photo two) – Some photos aren’t as great as others. But the reality is…this was a pretty big moment in human history; one really bad decision (picture of Eve considering the snake up in the tree)

(Photo Three) – Every photo album has its crazy photos. Can you imagine the ark…close quarters for months on end…it was pretty…”wild” (we had children pose and then we drew in animal attributes, drew in an ark etc)

(Photo four) People seeing the rainbow for the first time…now that was a moment for God to show off his artwork wasn’t it? (child looking up at a rainbow that you draw in)

(Photo five) Joseph and his fabulous colorful coat. The story of Joseph was one of those suspense stories where you think things will never turn out…and then they do! (Child arms out, thumbs up…showing off the amazing coat you draw in)

(Photo six) Moses and the burning bush? He was just walking along on an ordinary day and then God capture this scene with the burning bush(child kneeling, warming hands…draw in burning bush)

(Photo seven) David & Goliath. This one definitely would be in the album…remember David yelling, “You come at me with sword and spear, but I come at you with the power of God!!” Yeah, that is definitely a keeper. (we used a preschooler and a really tall young man, in the shot you only see legs and then the little kid sitting on the floor with a drawn in slingshot and bag of rocks)

(Photo eight) Those first glimpses of the promised land? You know when you have waited and waited for something and then you see it. Who wouldn’t snap a picture? (group of kids, excited, hands to eyes as if searching…and a picture of milk and a picture of honey)

(Photo nine) Jonah and the whale? Wait for it….wait for it…God sets up the perfect shot and there it is…Jonah thinks he is a goner and then God does what only God can do. (Child puffing out cheeks and holding nose…draw in bubbles and a huge fish lurking behind him)

Polaroid frame is moved onto the stage. Scenes are formed behind this frame….as “frozen shots”

Jesus could have loads and loads of photos to scrapbook but I am thinking one of his favorite pages would have to be the Christmas one…because it would be the first time people would meet Him face to face.

  • We used gentle keyboard music behind the sketch from this point on, just to mask “dead spots”. When the actual scene would freeze, we would switch to music, or to a recorded sound that fit the particular scene.
  • We used a bell on stage to indicate the end of a scene…narrator did this.

Live Photo 1:

Music: Something ethereal

Props

  • Ladder
  • Large Flashlight
  • Cardboard cutout of window (curtains etc)

Stage Hand Stage hand 1: Up on ladder, shining down flashlight

Stage Hand Stage hand 2: Hold window in front of her, beside Mary,

Mary: Kneeling and praying

Narrator:                                    This would be the first photo capturing the moment. It all started when the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary saying,

“Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you! You have found favor with God! 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High…

Narrator slows: …his Kingdom will never end!” (“ding!”)

(Scene change: Mary Stands, moves forward, and turns around…Stage hand 1 puts flashlight behind curtain and carries ladder down. Stage hand 1 moves to right side of stage near curtain ready for his next prop. Stage hand 3 is standing there too. Joseph enters…Stage hand 2 grabs the “what”)

Live Photo 2:

Music: impending music (Jaws-like)

Props:

  • Voice balloon: “What?!?”

Stage Hand Stage hand 2: Stands outside of frame and holds up voice balloon saying                                                 “What”

Joseph: Looks shocked

Mary: Looks like she is explaining

Narrator:                                    This frightened and confused Mary, she was engaged to be married to Joseph.

Here we see Mary telling Joseph the news  that she would be having a son and that he would be called the Son of God. Can you imagine?

Narrator slows: God couldn’t have picked a more unusual way to have                                                             His Son come into the world. (“ding!”)

(Scene change: Mary moves behind curtain and takes voice balloon with her)

Live Photo 3:

Music: Lullaby

Props:

  • Pillow and blanket

Stage hand Stage hand 1: Grabs pillow from behind the curtain and holds it behind                                                             Joseph’s head

Stage hand Stage hand 3: Grabs blanket and holds up one corner and gives Stage hand 2                                                             the other. Holds blanket in front of Joseph

Stage Hand Stage hand 2: Stands outside of frame and holds up other corner of                                                             blanket

Joseph: Appears to be sleeping, hands behind head. Serious face

Narrator:                                    God knew the whole idea would scare Joseph too.

So he appeared to Him in a dream and said, “It’s all good Joseph. This is my idea. (Joseph smiles in his sleep)

Narrator slows: The baby will grow up and save people from all their                                                             sins.”  (“ding!”)

(Scene change: Stage hand 2 steps back, taking props with her and putting behind screen. Stage hand 1 moves to right. Stage hand 3 moves off stage to help Picketer 1 and Picketer 2 move into the frame Stage hand 2 stays where she is just to help Picketer 1 and Picketer 2. Stage hand 3 helps the boys stand still but stays out of the frame)

Live Photo 4:

Music: Newscast music, voice in background “Everyone’s heading home…meanwhile, there’s a lot of controversy about the new tax…should Caesar have held a referendum first

Props:

  • Picket signs (our signs said, “No H.S.T.” which was a controversial tax in British Columbia at the time this was written), kept by the chairs. Kelsey will help boys get ready

Stage hand Stage hand 1: Moves back to right

Stage hand Stage hand 3: Moves down to guide boys up

Stage Hand Stage hand 2: Stands outside frame

Joseph: Moves behind curtain to where Mary is

Picketer 1 and 2: Move into frame with picket signs

Narrator:                                    There are more photographs to look at. Mary is now  pregnant and something happens. The Government in  that time declared that all the world should be taxed

Narrator slows: This meant Joseph had to pack up and head to his home                                                             town in Bethlehem. (“ding!”)

(Stage hand 3 moves boys off stage and back to their seats)

So that’s where he and Mary went.

Live Photo 5:

Music: City noise…leading to sheep noise

Props:

  • “Bethlehem Inn: Rest With The Best”
  • “Bethlehem Stable: Sleep With The Sheep”
  • Manger with baby in it

Stage hand Stage hand 2: Holds Sign “Bethlehem Inn: Rest With The Best”

Stage hand Stage hand 1: Ready to help with Innkeeper if necessary.

Joseph: Comes out from curtain

Mary: Looking at Joseph with that “told you so” look

Joseph: Looking sheepish

Innkeeper: Pointing out back

Narrator:                                    When they arrived in Bethlehem the city was busy.   There were people everywhere. Joseph and Mary went  to Inn after Inn and could not find a place to sleep.    Finally, one of the Innkeeper’s offered an unusual solution…they could sleep in the Stable he had   out back.

(Stage hand Stage hand 2 quickly changes sign to: Bethlehem Stable: Sleep with the sheep. Thought Bubble goes away. Mary and Joseph stay in their pose. Stage hand 1 grabs the manger prop and sets it in place where Innkeeper was standing. Innkeeper leaves the stage)

Narrator slows: It was warm-ish and there was lots of hay they could                                                             sleep on, so that is where they went (“ding!”)

Live Photo 6:

Music: Twinkle, twinkle little star…

Props:

  • Manger with baby (already on stage from last scene…move it into foreground)

Stage hand Stage hand 1: Move manger into foreground

Joseph: Looking at the baby

Mary: Holds baby in her arms

Narrator:                                    That night…Jesus was born.

No big announcements. No fanfare. Just a quiet moment that would profoundly change all of human history.

Narrator slows:                        Quiet…well…kind of. (“ding!”)

Live Photo 7:

Sound: Crickets

Props:

  • Manger with baby (already on stage from last scene…move it into foreground)
  • Stool 1 and Stool 2

Stage hand Stage hand 1: Move manger behind curtain. Moves back to right

Stage hand Stage hand 2: Move stools onto set, foreground; holds up Stars

Stage hand Stage hand 3: Puts feed bags on stools; Stars

Mary: Moves behind curtain

Joseph            : Moves behind curtain

Shepherds & Sheep:                        Move onto stage – little guys sit on stools with Big Shepherd (we used a young adult, since we had so man young ones on stage) in the                                                             middle. Shepherd 2 and 3 stand behind sheep. All with big  grins.

Narrator:                                    God couldn’t contain his excitement so he found some    people – not kings or queens or prime ministers or  business owners or dignitaries –

Narrator slows: blue collar shepherds working in the fields with their                                                             sheep (“ding!”)

Live Photo 8:

Music: Hallelujah chorus

Props:

  • Second Polaroid frame * Optional. You can also just have the angels appear on stage without a frame.  The Shepherds and Sheep stay in the original fram.e
  • Angel prop signs

Stage hand Stage hand 1: Moves second Polaroid frame into place. This one has a                                                             bit of a cloud frame. Stage hand 1 holds one side

Stage hand Stage hand 3 Holds other side with his free hand

Shepherds: All look super shocked and amazed

Angels: Move into place, holding their angel signs. Big smiles.

Narrator:                                    God did what only God could do – he filled the sky with   angels which completely freaked out the shepherds

The angels smiled and said

“Don’t be afraid. We are bringing good news to you that will soon mean great joy for every person on earth. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem. You will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.

Live Photo 9:

Music: away in a manger

Props:

  • Second Polaroid frame
  • Angel prop signs

Stage hand Stage hand 1: Removes second Polaroid frame

Stage hand Stage hand 2 Helps little sheep find their moms

Stage hand Stage hand 3: Moves manger back into foreground

Shepherds: Move a little to the right side to allow Mary & Joseph to                                                             come to the other side. Shepherds are looking into  manger

Mary & Joseph: Moves to the left side smiling, looking at shepherds

Wise men crowns: Are in the manger

Narrator:                                    Ah yes, in this photo we see the shepherds worshipping    Jesus. They ran as fast as they could to get there…to be   the first people in history to lay their eyes on Jesus.

Narrator slows: Later, of course, others would see Jesus as well…(“ding!”)

Live Photo 10:

Music: something eastern

Shepherds: switch to wise men – just put crowns on overtop shepherd                                                 headdress

Narrator: The Bible tells us that there were three wise men, or  Kings, that came from the East to see Jesus. They had seen a special star pointing to where he was and this led them to Jesus.

Narrator slows: They brought him special, meaningful gifts. (“ding”)

Live Photo 11:

Music: warm background,

Shepherds: Back to shepherds

Narrator:                                    But for now …

…It was just the shepherds and Mary and Joseph in the stable.

If God had a photo album, would he pause here? He knew what all of this would mean

Narrator slows: …but would people get it? (“ding!”)

Live Photo 12:

Music: Jesus loves me

Shepherds: Leave stage

Stage hand Stage hand 2: Verse canvas hangs behind Polaroid frame

Stage hand Stage hand 3: Verse canvas

Mary:                        Stands by Narrator, ready to read verse

Narrator: Would people understand that because of Jesus they   could finally have a way back to a close and intimate   relationship with their heavenly Father?

Mary reads: John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his   only son, that whoever believes in him will not perish  but will have everlasting life.

Prayer (Grades K-3) (Sunday School Lessons for Children)

Date Class Scripture Topic
Sept. 19/2010 K-3 Acts 1:12-26 Prayer

Written/Arranged by Sherry Jackson

STATION 1 – GETTING TO KNOW YOU (10 minutes)

Have 2 children stand at the front and have a conversation about what they want to be when they grow up.

Then have 2 more at the front and have a conversation about what they are going to do after church.

Then 2 more about people they don’t get to see often and miss  (ie. grandparents or friends who have moved away)

TEACHER:    We had time to talk to friends about what we want to be when we grow

up and what we are going to do after church and about family and friends we miss, today we are going to learn how to talk to God about our dreams wants and things that make us sad.

STATION 2 – THE BIBLE (5-7 minutes)

TEACHER:            We were reading in the Book of ACTS last week and we are going to continue reading there today.  The book of ACTS tells us what Jesus wants us to do.  Today we are going to learn that Jesus wants us to pray before everything we do.

READ:                        ACTS  1 : 12-26

TEACHER:            Did you notice in that verse how it said that all the friends were together and they prayed CONSTANTLY?  Constantly means “a lot!!!”

What do you think prayer is? Let kids give some ideas

TEACHER                Praying is what you did earlier; it is having a conversation but with

God instead of your friends.

You can’t see him but you can talk to him anytime you want to.  Your friends you can only talk to when you see them or call them on the phone but God is always right there waiting for us to talk to Him.


STATION 3  – ACTIVITY (10 minutes)

I will supply a big picture of a clock on the wall

TEACHER:            Ask the kids what things they can pray for  (ie. having a good day, help studying for a spelling test or being angry because a friend hurt them.)

Write these on a piece of paper and tape it to different times  on the clock to show the kids they can pray anytime of the day and God will listen.

STATION 4 – SKIT  (5 minutes)

TEACHER:            Now we are going to see a little drama about prayer

Teacher, have 3 volunteers  WHO CAN READ help you. If you are short of readers, then have the adults do the skit.

3 kids at the park 2 playing 1 sitting still at the edge praying

2 kids walk up to the 3rd kid and start asking

kid 1 –WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

kid 3 –I AM PRAYING

kid 2 –WHY

kid 3 –BECAUSE MY GRANDPA FELL AND BROKE HIS HIP. HE IS IN

THE HOSPITAL AND I WANT HIM TO GET WELL SOON

kid 1 –WHAT IS PRAYING GOING TO DO?

kid 3 –PRAYING IS GOING TO LET GOD KNOW THAT I AM ASKING

FOR HIS HELP AND I KNOW GOD LISTENS TO OUR PRAYERS

kid 2 –DON’T YOU HAVE TO BE IN CHURCH TO PRAY?

kid 3 — NO YOU CAN PRAY ANYWHERE.  WE PRAY IN THE CAR ON

THE WAY TO SCHOOL THAT GOD IS WITH US AND WE HAVE A

GOOD DAY.

2 WEEKS LATER

kid 2 –walks up to kid 3 –HEY HOW DID THOSE PRAYERS WORK FOR

YOU?

kid 3 –GREAT MY GRANDPA IS STILL IN THE HOSPITAL BUT HE IS

STARTING TO WALK AROUND WITH SOME HELP AND WILL GET TO GO HOME SOON.  WHY?

kid 2 –BECAUSE I AM HAVING SOME TROUBLE IN SCHOOL AND I

WANT TO LEARN HOW TO PRAY…THIS BOY IS BEING A BULLY

AND I WANT HIM TO STOP.

kid 3– I CAN TEACH YOU HOW TO PRAY ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS

TALK TO GOD

kid 2 — BUT HOW? WHAT DO I SAY? HOW DO I START? WILL HE

LISTEN?

kid 3 — JUST TALK LIKE YOU WERE TALKING TO ME.  GOD IS THE

BEST FRIEND YOU CAN HAVE HE ALWAYS LISTENS.

kid 2 — OK I WILL TRY …….DEAR GOD I NEED YOUR HELP I WANT

THIS BOY TO STOP HURTING ME THANK YOU FOR LISTENING.

AMEN

kid 3 — THAT WAS PERFECT NOW LETS GO PLAY– GOD KEEP US

SAFE WHILE WE PLAY AND BE WITH US IN OUR NEW

FRIENDSHIP.  PLEASE HELP US TO HAVE FUN AND THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO OUR PRAYERS.  AMEN

STATION 5 – SMALL GROUPS (10 minutes)

PART A

We are going to learn some simple prayers. Break into smaller groups and teach by saying and repeating one or both of these prayers

SMALL GORUP LEADER:            Some prayers are prayers that people have written like

this one…

A)             NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP

I PRAY THE LORD MY SOUL TO KEEP

IF I SHOULD DIE BEFORE I WAKE

I PRAY THE LORD MY SOUL TO TAKE

GOD BLESS FAMILY AND FRIENDS

AMEN

SMALL GROUP LEADER: And this prayer is a prayer that Jesus taught His friends

B)             OUR FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN

MAY YOUR HOLY NAME BE HONOURED

MAY YOUR KINGDOM COME MAY YOUR WILL BE DONE

ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN

GIVE US TODAY THE FOOD WE NEED

AND FORGIVE US THE WRONGS THAT WE HAVE DONE

AS WE FORGIVE THE WRONGS THAT OTHERS HAVE DONE TO US

DO NOT BRING US TO HARD TESTING

BUT KEEP US SAFE FROM THE EVIL ONE

FOR YOURS IS THE KINGDOM POWER AND GLORY

FOREVER AND EVER

AMEN

NOW….discuss what you could pray if

–your best friend was moving away

–someone you know is in the hospital

–you just had your birthday party and you want to thank God for all

your friends and presents

STATION 6

TEACHER : God asks us to pray before everything we do this includes eating.  We sometimes call it grace but it is praying and thanking God for the food He has provided.  So before we have a snack we need to thank God for this food.

–            then bless the food before offering the kids a bag of cheerios

CLOSE  teacher closes in prayer

FREE TIME, PLAY IN THE ROOM

Be My Witness: Telling the story of Jesus (Grades K-3) (Sunday School Lessons For Children)

Date Grade Scripture Title
Sept 12 K-3 Acts 1:1-8 Be my witness: telling the story of Jesus

By Teresa Klassen

STATION 1 – Opener (10 minutes)

  • Have two children stand at the front and introduce them.
  • Tell the other children to look at them for about 10 seconds.
  • Then send the children to a place where they won’t be seen
  • Have the other children tell you as many things about them as they can; you write them down.
  • You can ask them questions to prompt them (“Where they wearing a jacket?” “Did they have anything in their hands?” “What color were their shoes?”)
  • Then bring the other children back and see how well you did, see what you missed

Teacher:  We had a lot of words to talk about these two people. Now, if you left this room and someone said, “Tell me about (child’s name”) you could talk about them because you have looked at them closely.  Today we are going to hear how Jesus asked his friends to talk about him.

STATION 2 – The Bible (5-7 minutes)

Move children to the couches and stools and you sit in front on the chair

Teacher:             There is a book in the Bible called ACTS. Can you say that with me?  It is in this half of the Bible. The book of ACTS talks about what happened AFTER Jesus died, and AFTER he rose again…it talks about what Jesus said just before he went to heaven and the instructions he gave to his followers. The book of ACTS talks about how the first church was started.

Read:                        Acts 1:1-8 (or have someone in grade 3 read it)

Teacher:             What do you think that word “witness” means? (Let the kids give some ideas)

Teacher:            Being a witness is exactly what you did a minute ago when you talked about what those two kids looked like and what they are wearing.  If you knew them, you would also talk about the things they like and don’t like, and how much fun they are, and where they live, and what they are good at.  That is called being a “Witness.” That is what Jesus asked us to do. Talk about Him to other people. Tell other people what he Is like, what he is good at, why he is such a good friend, how much he loves everyone…describe him to others!

STATION 3 – Activity (10 minutes)

  • For this activity we have pieces, like big puzzle pieces, of Jesus. On the back is a description of what Jesus is like. For example, one piece will say, “Forgiving” and a reader can read it out to the group and then they can tape it up on the larger piece of paper that has the outline of Jesus.

Teacher:            So, if we are going to describe Jesus to other people, we need some words to do so. I am going to  divide you up into 7 groups and I need one person who can read in the group to read what is on the back these papers. Then we are going to talk about Jesus and put his picture together here like a puzzle.

STATION 4 – DVD (12 minutes)

Teacher:             I am going to show you a few stories about Jesus that comes from the Bible. I want you to watch these, and then after the little movie is done, I will ask, what have you learned, what would you say about Jesus to other people

Show:                        Show the Read & Share DVD Bible, Volume 1, Episode 12

“Jesus loves children”

Lead a discussion about what this video tells us about Jesus. What would you tell other people about him after knowing these things about him?

STATION 5 – Drama Sketch (10 minutes)

Teacher:            There are so many people who need to hear about how wonderful Jesus is. When we share the good news about Jesus, this is called being a witness. He can help us, and He can help others.

Choose 2 older kids who can read and have them “Act out” this little sketch

Person 1:            I am feeling very worried.

Person 2:            Why are you worried?

Person 1:            I have to give a speech in front of my class and I am nervous about it. I don’t want to do it.

Person 2:            You can do it!

Person 1:            I don’t know if I can. My stomach even hurts because I am so nervous.

Person 2:            Well….I will pray for you that you won’t be nervous.

Person 1:            Pray? How will that help?

Person 2:            Well, Jesus says that we can tell Him anything, and that we don’t need to worry about anything. He says we can pray to Him and he will help us.

Person 1:            Really? I have never prayed about anything before. I don’t even know anything about God.

Person 2:            That’s OK, I will pray for you.  If you want to know more about Jesus, we can talk about it sometime. Or maybe you can come with me to SunLand sometime.

Person 1:            OK. Well thanks, I guess. That makes me feel better that you care and its nice that you are going to pray for me. Thanks.

Teacher:            Sometimes we just need to do something kind for someone else, or say something kind, or…like this person, pray for someone.  That is all being a witness for Jesus.

STATION 6 – Smaller Groups (10 minutes)

Each small group will have a bag of Honeycombs.

Leader:             The Bible says that our kind words are sweet to other people, sweet like Honeycomb.  So, I have these honeycombs and we are going to think of kind words we can say to others. Jesus says when we use kind words, and do kind things for others, that is being a witness for Him.

What are kind things we could say or do when…

1. Someone is moving away and they are sad about it

2. Someone is feeling lonely because they don’t have very many friends

3. Someone is afraid

4. Someone is sick and can’t go out, maybe they are even in the hospital

5. Someone is sitting all by themselves at school

CLOSE – Teacher closes in prayer

FREE TIME, PLAY TIME IN THE ROOM

The Bridge (Free Sunday School Activity for Children)

The Bridge For Kids

* Original Illustration by Bill Hybels. Rewritten for kids and illustrated with “stick-men” 🙂 by Teresa Klassen

1.   We matter to God.  He made us and He has always loved us and wanted to share his love with us in a very close friendship. In the beginning when God first made the world we did have a close friendship and our hearts were clean and right. (Point out: Who is God and who the people are in the picture. Point out how God is sharing His perfect love with all the people. Point out how God’s heart is clean and how people’s hearts were clean too)

2.But people disobeyed God and threw away His love and did whatever they wanted no matter what God said. They did all kinds of bad things – lying, cheating, gossiping, murder; they were unkind to other people and selfish and cruel – all of these things are called sin. Our sin is ugly and it sticks to us and makes our hearts unclean. (Point out: how people are no longer happy and how God is disappointed. Point out how people threw away God’s love. Point out how there are all kinds of sins sticking to people. Point out how God’s heart is still perfect, but now people’s hearts are darkened by sin)

3.  Our sin got in between and pushed God away. Our sin now meant that God is here and we are there and we can’t be together…ever. (Point out: how sin pushed God away and created a big gap between us and God. Sin separates us from God)

4.  People often think they can fix this problem by themselves. (Point out: the man saying “I can fix this”)

5.  So they try to be really, really good. But you know what…that doesn’t fix it. (Point out: how the people are smiling nicely and trying to be really good. Then point out how even doing really good things doesn’t get rid of our sin problem)

6.  People think “If I go to church” then my sins will all be fixed up. But that doesn’t work. (Point out: the church building over the people and explain how even going to church doesn’t fix our sin problem)

7.  None of us can DO THINGS to find our way back to God, we can’t earn forgiveness at all.

There is only one way for us to be with God in a close friendship. Someone has to pay for our sin; someone needs to forgive us. (Point out: how sin is still a really big problem and how God is saying that He is the only one who can fix it)

8.  Jesus is the only one who could pay for our sin. Jesus is perfect; He never ever sinned so He was the only one who could take all the sin that was stuck to us, the ugliness of all the sin in the world to the cross. Jesus took all those sins in his hands and when he was nailed to the cross and those sins were nailed there too.  His blood washed those sins away.

Jesus died for us and so all the ugliness of our sin died too. And when Jesus came alive on Easter Sunday…He showed us that we could have new life and clean hearts too.  Jesus gives us a new hearts, we only need to believe in Him.(Point out: how Jesus took our sins upon himself and “squashed” sin. The sins that were stuck on people are now nailed to the cross. Point out that when our sins were taken off of us, our hearts became clean again. Point out how the Cross is like a bridge that we can cross over to do life with God in our lives)

9. When you receive the gift of new life from Jesus…then his cross becomes like a Bridge that we walk across and now we can be close to God because we have new hearts.  That doesn’t mean we don’t ever sin – sometimes we do – but now we know that we can ask for forgiveness and Jesus is always washing us clean and giving us a new heart.

When we say thank you to Jesus for dying for our sins and coming alive again to give us new life; when we decide to follow Him, we move from here….to here…and God lives in our hearts and and is always with us and will always lead us. (Point out: when we believe in Jesus and what He did for us on the cross, that allows us to use His cross as a bridge so that we can live with God leading us. Now we are able to be with God, be guided by Him, understand His love and share His love with others)

The Lord’s Supper Lesson For Children (K and up)

I put together an article on this on Squidoo that would be appropriate for an older child/adult to read, I won’t reprint the article here, but you can access it here: The Lord’s Supper.  I will write a lesson around this in the future, but until then, I think there are usable ideas

Adam & Eve: Broken Friendship with God (K-1) (Free Sunday School Lessons for Children)

Date Class Scripture Theme
Sept 20, 2009 K-1
Genesis 3 Adam & Eve: Broken Friendship with God

Introducing the big idea (5 Minutes – keep it moving so kids stay tuned in)

“What is this?” (Hold up a traffic light prop, let the kids answer)

“What does it do?”

“What is the Red light for? What is the Yellow light for? What is the Green light for?”

“What would happen if we didn’t have any of these?”

“Traffic lights give us rules about when to stop, slow down or go. These are good rules. They are meant to keep us safe. When we break the rules we can hurt others. When we break the rules the police can give us a ticket. They don’t give us a ticket to just make us feel bad, they give us a ticket so that we will change our behaviour and drive in a safe way!”

OK. Let’s see how good we are at following traffic rules

Game – Red Light/Green Light: (5 Minutes, keep the game short)

Have the kids line up at the end of the room and explain that when you say Green light they can take steps towards you, but when you say red light, they have to stop! If they don’t stop, they have to go back to the line.

Transition: (1 Minutes)

Traffic rules are meant to keep us from accidents.

Remember last week, we talked about how God made us and loves us. Remember, he made the water and the sky and all the animals and finally he made people.

Well, today we are going to talk about the first people God made and the rule God made for them to keep them safe…and the important rule that they didn’t keep.

Take a look…

Adam & Eve Sin, DVD: (3 Minutes)

From Read N Share Bible DVD series (See Great Resources Page)

Retelling the Story of Broken Friendship (8 Minutes)

* Credit for this idea: Creative Storytelling Guide For Children’s Ministry by Steven James

Adam and Eve were such good friends with God. God gave them one rule, “don’t eat from that one tree in the middle of the garden.” But they chose to disobey God.  And this is what happened as a result.  I am going to need some help for this next part.  I need someone who can play Adam and Eve (Choose a boy and a girl). And I need someone who can represent God (choose someone to represent God).

(Have God stand on one side of you and Adam & Eve on the other. Then take the stick provided and say) This stick represents friendship – I am going to have God hold one end of the stick and Adam hold the other. This shows how close Adam and Eve were to God – they had a wonderful friendship in the garden. Nothing separated them. They would go walking with God in the garden. They were so connected with each other.

But then Adam and Eve disobeyed God and broke that one rule that he gave them. And this badly damaged their friendship; in fact…it broke it (have Adam or Eve break the stick. Now God is holding a broken stick and so is Adam or Eve).

Now people could no longer enjoy a close friendship with God because they had disobeyed God, they had sinned.

They left the garden and were separated from God…go ahead, move apart (have God stand on one side of the room and Adam and Eve on the other).

From then on, people tried to get close to God by being Good.

Eve…you were good today, take one step towards God. (have her take step forward)

Oh, but then you did something wrong…take one step back. (have her take a step back)

Adam…you were really really good today, take a few steps forward. Poor Eve, she is left behind.

But then Eve, you decide to be really really good, even better than Adam and so you can take one step more than Adam.

Oh but then Adam, you had a bad day where you lied and maybe even cheated. You are back against the wall.

And Eve, you gossiped…back against the wall.

(you can keep going with this if you want, making them move forward and back)

We are just like Adam and Eve. We can never make it on our own to God. Because we always sin. We all, always sin.

(Take the stick from Adam and Eve and have them each hold one end of the stick so they are side by side holding the stick) This friendship would always have been broken, except for one thing. God loves us so much and he wants this friendship to be fixed.

(Move over to God and bring him over to Adam & Eve, have him stand behind them, but between them – behind their stick. Take God’s stick and hold up God’s stick)

God sent Jesus to mend the broken friendship. Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sin (hold the stick against Adam and Eve’s stick to form the cross and then have God hold it there)

By doing this, we became close with God again.

This cross was God’s part, and our part is inviting Jesus to forgive us and to lead us.

But how do we do that…?

The Color of Forgiveness! (8 Minutes)

Each child is given a piece of paper with squares on it and a little package of colors. Just walk through the story now, using colors to tell the plan of salvation.

Black: Black is for sin. Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, and we sin too. Sin broke our friendship with God and separates us from Him.

Red: Red is for the blood that Jesus shed on the cross to pay for our sin. This was the only way to mend our friendship.

White: If we accept Jesus and turn from our sins, our hearts are made clean. We accept Jesus by admitting that we sin, and believing he can forgive us, and inviting him to lead us.

Green: Green is about growing to love Jesus more and more and obey him more and more. When we read the Bible, and pray, and learn from other people who believe in Jesus and serve Him…we grow!

Learning September’s Bible Verse: (5-10 Minutes)

See how well the kids remember the verse from last week

Bible Verse Hop: (this will be prepared for you)

Using masking tape, make 10 lines. Each line represents a word of the verse. Use the printouts to put at the end of the line (see diagram).

“I have put my trust in God’s love.” 1 John 4:16

  • Start with all the kids in a row and learn the first word standing on the first line: “I”
  • Then step back off the line and hop onto the first line again saying the word “I” and hop to the next word and say “have”
  • Go back to the beginning and hop on the first line “I”, second line “have” and add the third “put”
  • Go back to the beginning and hop on the first line “I”, second line “have” and add the third “put” and add the fourth line “my”

For this first week, do the whole thing fairly quickly, even if it seems they aren’t quite getting it. We will do this each week until they get it.

At the end of the exercise, give each child a little reward for their good work!

What About You? (8 Minutes) (this is for small group leaders)

This is a small group time. Today’s questions are:

1.            “What did you learn from today’s story?”

2.            “Why did Jesus die on the cross for us?” (to pay for our sin)

3.            “What did the ABC’s stand for…?” (go through this again with them)

Ask if there is anyone who would like to pray and then tell them you are going to pray for them at the end.