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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.

Jesus Loves The Little Children (Preschool) (Sunday School Lessons For Children)

Date Class Scripture Theme
October 17, 2010 Preschool Jesus loves all the little children of the world

Written/Arranged by Teresa Klassen

1. Three Things We Know!

  • One, two, three (count with your fingers) Jesus loves me (on the word “love” draw a heart over your heart)
  • Look and see (turn around) Jesus made me (point to yourself with your thumbs)
  • From the beginning (stretch your hand out far to the left) to the end (stretch your hand far to the right) Jesus is my friend (give yourself a hug)

2. Bible Story

From the First Step Bible page 364

“Come Close, Little Ones”

3. DVD

Jesus Loves Children (Read ‘N Share, Volume 1, Story 12)

4. Craft

There will be a half page with three columns

Title: Three Things I Know!

  • Column 1 — One, two, three — Jesus loves me
  • Column 2 — Look and see — Jesus made me
  • Column 3: From the beginning to the end — Jesus is my friend

Children will glue a picture on each column

5. Singing

“Jesus Loves The Little Children”

Purple CD “Favorite Bible Songs” (by Wee Worship) Disc 1, song 7

6. Game

  • Have the children sit in a circle.
  • Have one child hold a heart and pass it to the child to their right and say, “Jesus loves you”
  • Do this slowly, and then do it a little faster and faster

7. Snack

  • Heart cookies
  • Remind the children that a heart reminds us about love and Jesus loves us!

8. Jesus Knows My name

  • Have a picture of Jesus on a poster with Jesus saying, “I love you”
  • Help the children write their name
  • Then put their name in Jesus’ arms

9. Jesus loves all the little children of the world!

  • Flashcards of children from around the world
  • The teacher says, “This child is from (Africa, for example). Her name is _______. Does Jesus love ______?”
  • Children say “Yes!”
  • Teacher affirms, “Yes, Jesus loves __________”

10. Bible verse

“God is love!” 1 John 4:8

Clean up together

Enjoy playing together!

LESSON CHECKLIST:

1.     Bible

2.     CD with song

3.     Heart shaped cookies

4.     Craft main page with title and sub-titles

5.     Craft pictures x 3 kinds

6.     Heart for game

7.     Poster with Jesus holding out his hands

8.     Strips of paper where children can write their names (with help)

9.     Flashcards with pictures of children from around the world. On the front = picture. On the back, name of the child and country they are from

Good New! (Preschool) (Sunday School Lessons for Children)

Date Age-group Scripture Theme
Oct. 3/2010 Preschool Acts 2:14-36 Good News!

Written/Arranged by Teresa Klassen

1. Free Time

Just play with the children and enjoy getting to know them

2. Kid’s Speak

Teacher asks the children: “What are some things that make you happy?”

If the children don’t know how to answer, then ask them…

  • Does it make you happy when you have to clean up a very messy room (nooooo)
  • Does it make you happy when you get to eat ice-cream (yes)
  • Does it make you happy when you have to go to bed early (nooooo)
  • Does it make you happy when you get to play outside on a sunny day (yes)
  • Does it make you happy when you are feeling sick (nooooo)
  • Does it make you happy when it is your birthday (yes)

Teacher says: Some things don’t make us very happy: this is bad news

Some things make us very happy: this is good news!

3. Good News! – Poster Activity

  • We will have a poster of Good/Happy things.
  • We will have smiley faces that say “Good News”
  • Have the children glue a Happy Face on every poster picture
  • When the put the picture on the poster have them say, “Good News!”

4. Jesus’ Good News

We will have flashcards with the following little truths from the Bible

1.     When Jesus made the world it was perfect, and we were best friends with Jesus. That is how Jesus wanted it to be!

2.     But sometimes we do things that are naughty, right? Sometimes we don’t share. Sometimes we don’t listen to our mommy’s and daddy’s, and this is wrong. This is what people do sometimes. We do things that are wrong.

3.     When we do things that are naughty, this is called sin.  When we sin it makes our hearts are all dirty and black.

4.     When our hearts are all dirty and black with sin it makes Jesus sad. Our sin pushes Jesus away. He loves us and doesn’t want our hearts to be black with sin. He wants to be our best friend.

5.     When we say sorry to Jesus He forgives us.

6.     When we say “I am sorry” to Jesus he makes our hearts clean again

7.     When Jesus says he will make our hearts clean, this is very, very good news and it makes us very, very happy!

5. Sing

Sing  “Jesus Loves Me” along with the CD/DVD

6. Good News-paper

This activity uses the Bible. There will be a “newspaper” inside the Bible.

Teacher says: Do you know how your mommy and daddy sometimes read the newspaper (show the children a newspaper). This paper is full of news about what is going on in the city where we live.

The Bible (show them a Bible) is full of news too.  It is full of very good news!

(Pull out the “Newspaper” from the Bible) Look…this news from the Bible says, “Good News” (show the children the big front headline of the paper that says “Good News”) This says, “Good News” can you say that with me?

Let’s open up our paper and see what the Good News is…

Front of the paper says: Good News

Inside Left says: Jesus loves you!

Inside Right says: Jesus loves me!

7. Craft

Make a “Good News-paper” with the children and have them practice telling it to the class.

  • We will have a big piece of paper folded in half.
  • We will have 3 other pages that you can glue onto this – one on the front, and two in the middle

Front of the paper says: Good News

Inside Left says: Jesus loves you!

Inside Right says: Jesus loves me!

8. Snack

Pray with the children before you have your snack and thank Jesus for the Good News that he forgives our sin and makes our hearts clean again!

9. Bible Memory

“Jesus is the light of the world”

  • Jesus is: point up
  • The Light: make your finger like your candle and your other hand like a flame (explain that it is a candle/light)
  • Of the world: make your arms like a big circle, like the earth

10. Clean up, Clean up

Have the children help you tidy up the room

Staying At The Table (Grades 4-6) (Sunday School Lessons For Children)

Date Class Scripture Theme
October 24, 2010 456rs Acts 2: 4: 6: Staying At The Table

Written/Arranged Teresa Klassen

This year we are planning for a 45 minute class time/discussion; after this the 456rs join in with Big Church for worship/The Lord’s Supper.

This whole lesson will center on the symbol of the table.

1: Opener – The Game of Spoons (10-15 minutes)

Credit to http://boardgames.about.com/od/cardgames/a/spoons.htm for game instructions.

Teacher: (sitting at the table) Some of the greatest times we will have with people are around a table. We share great meals, we have great conversations, we discuss things, we talk things over, sometimes we play games…all around the table. So that’s where we are starting today…playing a game at the table…

Supplies needed:

• Enough spoons for each player, less one.

• Deck of cards

The Goal of the Game: to be the first to collect four cards of the same rank. If someone beats you to it, you don’t want to be the last one to clue into that.

Setup

• For each player in the game, you need four cards of the same rank from the deck. For example, with 5 players you could use the Aces, 2s, 3s, 4s and 5s.

• Shuffle the cards and deal them to the players. Each player will have four cards.

• If you’re playing Spoons, put the spoons in the middle of the table so that every player can reach them.

Gameplay

• Players simultaneously choose one card from their hands, pass that card to the opponent on their left, and pick up the card they’ve received from the opponent on their right.

• Each player can never have more than four cards in his hand, so it’s illegal for a player to pick up a new card before passing one to the left.

• When a player collects four of a kind, as subtly as possible, take a spoon and place it in front of yourself.

• When one player does this, every other player must do likewise as quickly as possible. The last player to grab a spoon is the loser.

• Instead of knocking people out of the game, just keep score on who loses – give them -2 points for every loss

• Play a few rounds

Teacher: You may wonder why we would start today playing a game around this table…normally when you play spoons, someone is eliminated, meaning, if you lose, you are out. I want you to think about the church like a group of people gathered around a table like this. A whole bunch of different people, just like we are all different from each other. Jesus said that the church will be like this, some people doing well at life, some people losing out at times, but He said…stick together, don’t leave the table, be with each other and support each other…stay at the table.

2: Bible (10-15 minutes)

Teacher: (sitting at the table still) Can anyone remember what book of the Bible we have been learning from these past weeks? (Acts). Well, we are still in Acts – as you know by now, Acts is all about the very first church. Last week we talked about how the church spread all over the world. Today I want to bring it back home…literally. I want to talk about what it means to make a church your home. And to do that, I want us to flip over to a book called 1 Corinthians – as you might have guessed, if we have a first Corinthians it means we have a……you guessed it, second Corinthians. These books are actually letters, written by Paul, a great man who was a big part of starting the first churches.

Paul writes something interesting…(pass out a copy of the verses to each student) does anyone want to read this?

(Teacher, I have added questions in the text in bold…ask these AS YOU GO ALONG. Stop the reader at these points to discuss it with the students)

14 Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. What does this mean? I know it might seem obvious, but someone explain it in your own words…

15 If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body.

16 And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body?

17 If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?

18 But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. Why do you think Paul wrote this verse, verse 18. What is important about this verse? Why do we need to know this?

19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Imagine that for a second, what do you think Paul is thinking about when he says this…what is he imagining?

20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”

22 In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. Like what?

23 And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, Like what?

24 while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. What does THIS mean? Now it seems Paul is talking about people not about body parts…what does he mean by this?

25 This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. Put this in your own words…what does this mean?

26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. Put this in your own words…what does this mean?

27 All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. Why do you think Paul used the picture of a ”body” to try to explain what the church is?

3: If Something Was Missing (10 minutes)

Teacher: (Pull out plastecine man) Alright, here we have a “body” and – poor guy – I have a knife. What should we call this guy? (get them to name him). Ok, so I am going to pass ____ around and I want you to really carefully cut off a piece of the guy. Please do it neatly, because I want to make sure everyone gets a part.

Save your piece once you have it, don’t wreck it, just put it in front of you…

(Let kids cut of a “piece”)

Teacher: OK, now explain to me, what is the piece you cut off…and if ____ didn’t have that piece, how would that affect him?

(Have them share)

Teacher: The Bible is saying that the church is like ____. The church is made up of pieces. We are the pieces. And every piece is important. EVERY PIECE…and that means you too.

When one piece is hurting or a piece leaves the table, or goes missing…the body is missing something. It is out of balance. It hurts.

Everyone has an important part to play in the Body…

So, as we sit around the table like this…we need to find out what our part is.

4: What Am I Like? (10 minutes)

• Teacher, this is a bit like a personality test. It is based on a book by Gary Smalley and John Trent

• We will have 4 animals – an otter, a lion, a golden retriever, and a beaver with a strip of descriptive sentences by each animal, all will be covered except the first one.

• You will have them look at the first sentence, then after that the next, and then the next.

• There is a signing sheet beside each picture and they should sign their name beside one or at the most two animals for each sentence we uncover – the sentence that is most like them.

• In the end, they will go to the picture that has the most signatures (of their signature) and then we will talk about each one, and how each personality is unique and important.

Teacher: (Still at the table) So who are you? What are you like? In grade 4 or 5 or 6 you are beginning to understand what you are good at. As you grow up as a follower of Jesus, you will also begin to see what He has gifted you to do in the world and at the table –- as a part of a local church.

If I asked you right now, “What are you like?” It might be kind of hard to say…so this morning we are going to do something to try to get at it.

You will see four animals in the room.

Under each animal I have a sentence….actually a list of sentences but you can only see one right now.

What I want you to do is go and look at the sentences you can see right now and find the one that is most like you…just pick one or two at the most, no

more then that. I am only going to give you a few seconds to decide. Once you have that figured out, then we will look at another sentence…

Teacher, when you are done, read out the descriptions of what each personality is like. I have included the script for this at the end of the lesson. Acknowledge that they might not be totally like this, but maybe a little like it. Affirm who they are!

Close by saying: “You are an important part of the Body – you are needed as a part of the gathering of Christians, and you are needed in your neighborhood among your friends to share the love of Jesus. As you grow older – remember that. Remember to stay at the table and be a part of your church, forgive one another, learn together, stick together, work it out together, lead together, reach out to others together…

• LISTEN TO THE MONITOR FOR WHEN THE MUSIC STARTS – but if you need more time in class, no worries.

• IF YOU RUN OUT OF LESSON, play spoons again!! ☺

• PLEASE TIDY UP THE ROOM AND TURN OFF THE HEAT AND THE LIGHTS WHEN YOU LEAVE.

PERSONALITY CHART

SENTENCES THAT WILL BE UNDER EACH ANIMAL

Lion Otter Gold Retriever Beaver
I have a lot of good ideas and like it when people want to try my ideas. I like having a good time with people; whatever looks fun, that’s where I want to be. People say that I am a good, loyal friend. I like people, but I don’t mind being alone and doing what I want to do.
I like being the leader on a team. I love to laugh, I love telling stories or jokes and being the life of the party. I am laid back and easy-going. I like being with people, I am a good listener I like to think and figure things out.
I am a positive person. If there is a problem, I like to figure out a solution. People think I am funny; I make people laugh. I am a good team-mate. I like doing things that make people happy. I am neat and organized. I can be quiet and sometimes serious, especially when I am working on something.
I like to share what I think. I am outgoing. I like entertaining people. I am a good listener and I have an easy time going along with other people’s ideas. I am good at reading instructions and figuring out the steps to get something done or put together.
Sometimes I am stubborn and really want my way. Sometimes I am disorganized and messy and it frustrates people. I get my feelings hurt easily. Sometimes I don’t stand up for myself and go along with the crowd. I can be hard on myself because I want to do things perfectly.
I like trying new things and coming up with better ways of doing things. I like a lot of change, and I really like being busy and on-the-go I say “yes” to a lot of things. If you ask me if I will help you with something, I almost always will. I like to learn about things and research things. I like doing things with my hands and putting something together the right way.

PERSONALITY DESCRIPTIONS

Pieces taken from these websites:
http://koinonia-all.org/homeschool/personality.htm
http://weirdblog.wordpress.com/2007/02/22/personality-types-lion-beaver-otter-and-golden-retriever/
http://proverbs4.blogspot.com/2006/03/what-animal-are-you.html

ARE YOU A….LION??

Words that describe you might be:

• Extroverted

• task-oriented

• optimistic

• leader

• energetic

• outgoing

• daring/risk-taker

• self-sufficient

• competitive

• assertive

• organizes and delegates well

• problem solver

• strong-willed

• likes to be in control

• stubborn/agumentative

Lions are often leaders. They are determined, confident, and bold, they take charge and get the job done. They enjoy challenges, are good at making decisions and are great problem solvers. Their motto is “Let’s do it now!” Those are all strengths, but there are weaknesses too. Lions can be opinionated, arrogant, and unsympathetic. They are easily bored with details and can be difficult to please. Because they are less sensitive than others, they can easily hurt other people’s feelings. You will find lions in positions of leadership, crusading for causes, and participating in athletics. “Classic lions” will generally pursue their education with initiative and great care and will be your top students. As you grow up as a Lion, make sure you work on being tolerant of others and work hard to be compassionate.

ARE YOU AN….OTTER?

Words that describe you might be…

• playful

• love people

• love attention

• life of the party

• fun loving

• hate isolation

• love to entertain

• love to talk

• energetic

• disorganized

Otters are the life of the party, making new friends at every opportunity. Otters seem to know everyone. They make good first impressions, are enthusiastic, and live for the present moment. Taking risks without a care, their motto is “Trust me; it’ll work out!” On the down side, otters are unpredictable, lacking in self-control, and disorganized. They can be messy and are easily distracted. They often have a lot of unfinished projects. Otters make the best salesmen, actors, and motivators. On a leadership team, they spark vision and enthusiasm. A combination lion/otter personality would be a “fun boss.” Because otters are such socializers, school is a low priority for them. If they get their assignments done at all, it will be in a last minute flurry of activity. Otters don’t like paperwork for any job or school work. Never one for details, they will scurry through the things they have to do like a whirlwind, leaving the details for those behind them. Training an otter can be frustrating, especially if your personalities clash. If you are an Otter, you will need to learn self-control, reliability and integrity (being a person who can be counted on!)

ARE YOU A…GOLDEN RETRIEVER?

Words that describe you might be:

• people-pleaser

• laid back

• happy

• undemanding

• avoid conflict

• avoid responsibility

• crushed by getting yelled at

• can be selfish and lazy

• go along with the crowd

• hard time saying no

• chameleon

The golden retriever is calm, dependable, good-natured, and easy to get along with. They are peace-loving people. Golden retrievers are faithful friends, good listeners, and stable. Because they dislike any kind of confrontation, they will compromise to keep the peace at whatever cost. Sometimes they can be passive, unenthusiastic, and very stubborn. Since golden retrievers hate change, their motto is “Let’s keep things the way they are.” An interesting thing about Golden Retrievers is that they can change to become more like the other personalities if they need to rise to the occasion. If golden retrievers ever need to lead, they can lead and they make great leaders because they direct with a gentle, pleasant manner that lions lack. If they see that people need some fun, they can be an Otter. If things need organizing, they can be more like a Beaver. Their temperament makes excellent counselors, diplomats, and elementary educators. As “homebodies,” they love to putter around the house. Working well under pressure, they handle school adequately, although they are not motivated to do more than is required. If you are a golden retriever you will need to find ways to be motivated and to also take the initiative at times.

ARE YOU A….BEAVER?

Words that describe you might be:

task-oriented

• worker

• orderly/organized

• neat

• scheduled

• serious

• quiet

• talented

• musical

• artistic

• intense

• creative

• like to research

• good student

• high standards

• hard on themselves

• can get depressed easily

• avoid noise and confusion

Beavers love those details that otters despise! Creative, self-disciplined, and intellectual, beavers strive for quality. They are sensitive, predictable, and orderly. Their motto is “How was it done in the past?” As perfectionists, they tend to be overly critical. Beavers get discouraged more easily and are more likely to take revenge or to be moody; beavers can be difficult to get along with because they need things to be done a certain way all the time. Our best teachers are beavers; they never tire of drilling our heads with phonics rules and the multiplication tables. The “creative” occupations are filled with beavers — musicians, artists, writers, tailors/designers, culinary arts, interior decorators/architects, etc. Beavers fill the ranks of accountants, inventors, and philosophers. In school, beavers’ assignments will be the neatest and most thorough. However, their attention to detail will cause them to work and worry over exams and projects. Beavers, you need to know that sometimes things can be “imperfect” and it is OK. You also need to know that not everyone can or wants to do things the way you want them done. You will also need to work harder than others to not be negative or pessimistic.

CHECKLIST FOR OFFICE USE:

Item Needed Number Description
Spoons Provide 12 Spoons for spoons game/opener
Deck of cards 1 For opener, spoons game
Piece of paper/pen 1 For scorekeeping
Bible 1
Copy of 1 Corinthians 12 for students 12 I have put a copy of the verses, minus the teacher’s questions, after this checklist, you can use this to make your copies. Place the copies inside the Bible just to give the visual of the verses coming out of the Bible when the teacher hands them out to the students.
Plastecine figure on a pan 1 Make a plastecine figure on a pan, almost like a gingerbread man. Make sure you include ears and eyes and a nose and a mouth. Make a full person with arms and legs. Figure should be 10-12 inches tall on a baking pan.
Plastic knife 1 To cut off parts of the plastecine figure
Pictures Lion

Otter

Golden Retriever

Beaver

Tape these onto the wall in the four corners of the room
Personality descriptions 4 For each of the personalities, using the personality chart, print out the list of descriptions leaving a space between each one. Cover each sentence with another piece of paper that can be taken off. Just leave the top sentence exposed so that this can be your starting point. Do this for each of the “animals”
Signing page 4 Under each of the animals have a signing page that students can sign their names to
Pencils/felts/pencil crayons 12 Have enough pencils or felts or pencil crayons for each student so they can write their name
Personality descriptions 12 Using the personality descriptions pages (not the chart, the description pages that give more details), make enough copies (you can do this back to back) so that each student can take one home.
A table A table or a few tables if you have many children, and you will need a leader at each table

1 Corinthians 12:12-27

14 Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part.

15 If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body.

16 And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body?

17 If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?

18 But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it.

19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part!

20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”

22 In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.

23 And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen,

24 while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity.

25 This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other.

26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. Put this in your own words…what does this mean?

27 All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. Why do you think Paul used the picture of a ”body” to try to explain what the church is?

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 Church Spreads (Grade 4-6) (Sunday School Lessons for Children)

Date Class Sripture Theme
October 17, 2010 Grade 4-6 Acts 9:31 The Church Spreads Across the World

By Teresa Klassen

This year we are planning for a 45 minute lesson; after class the 456rs join in with Big Church for worship/The Lord’s Supper

1:SPREAD IT! (10 minutes)

Teacher:            So, to start off this morning, we are going to build a domino                                                 course…I’ll explain why later!

Get out the dominoes and time them for 5 minutes and let them build a domino course. Then watch the domino championships on the DVD:

2: WATCH IT! (5 minutes)

This is the YouTube link we will use: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeF7yLkEECs

Teacher:            So the way dominoes work, of course, is that one domino bumps into                                     the next one and everything spreads from there.

Last week we talked about the very first church, and today we are going to talk about how the very first church created a movement that  spread like dominoes across the world!

3: BIBLE (7  minutes)

Teacher:

Can anyone remember what Bible book we are studying from right  now? It begins with the letter A (Acts)

Today we are in Acts 9: 31: Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and  encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of  the Lord.”

Show them the map of how the gospel spread in the beginning…

The way that the church spread was simply by people living the way  God asked them to, Christians met together and encouraged each other, they shared what they had with others, they reached out and             helped people around them, they shared the Good News about Jesus and it caught on. Other people’s lives started changing and pretty soon  the church started spreading around the world!

4: GUESS HOW BIG THE CHURCH IS? (10 minutes)

These will be up on the wall, is a guessing game and whoever comes closest to the right answer will get a “prize” (chocolate bar)

Teacher: So we have a dozen or so churches here in West Kelowna, but do you have any idea of how many Christian churches there are in the world?

  • How many Christians do you think there are in India? [A: Approximately 27 million]
  • How many Christians do you think there are in Africa?  [A: Approximately 380  million]
  • How many Christians do you think there are in China? [A: Approximately 39 million]
  • How many Christians do you think there are in Canada [A: Approximately 3.8 million]

Teacher: There are millions of Christians around the world!!

  • But how many people live on planet earth right now? [A: Approximately 6.8 billion]

That means there are a lot, A LOT, of people who don’t know Jesus yet. That means that we need to keep spreading out like dominoes to tell   people about the good news about Jesus.

4: NOTHING CAN STOP IT (10 minutes)

Teacher:            Jesus said something interesting…in Matthew 16:18 Jesus said, “I will                                     build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.”  In  other words, the church would be unbreakable…unstoppable! This isn’t because we as people are so great, or so strong or so smart…it is   because the church is God’s idea and God’s idea will not be stopped. He loves the church!

I guess the question is, what does that mean for you and me…if we are supposed to be like this domino [hold up a domino] what can you do, what can I do?

Jesus never asked us to FORCE His message on anyone. He asked us to treat people respectfully, to be ourselves, but to not be afraid to tell people about the Jesus who lives in our hearts…he said, wherever you  are, whatever you naturally are doing, treat other people the way I  would treat them and they will start asking about how come you are  different from other people…

What do you think Jesus meant when He said, “Be different from other people…”

Let’s write some way that we can be different from others…

(You will have a bunch of little blocks, write on each block a trait of being a Christian…loving instead of hating, forgiving, caring, generous, patient, praying for people, not gossiping, helping those in need…set these up like the dominoes…)

Conclude:            The church is people, being these things. That is what the church is. Us being out in the world, being these things, one person bumping into another, acting like Jesus so that the world notices and is changed…

Around 11 a.m. check the monitor in the class to see if the music has started.  If it has, try to move as soon as you can to the auditorium. A row has been reserved for the 456rs. Before you do, we are serving the Lord’s Supper, so make sure you explain this to the kids as follows…

EXPLAIN THE LORD’S SUPPER

Remind the kids that we are always going to be joining in the morning service for the second half (worship and the Lord’s Supper)

Today when we go into the morning service they are going to serve Communion, also known as the Lord’s Supper. When Jesus was about to die he had one last supper with his friends.  That’s why it is called the Lord’s Supper. At this supper he said, when you eat this broken bread and drink the juice I want it to remind you that I died for you.  The bread represents my broken body, the juice represents the blood that was spilled for you to forgive your sins.

When we take communion, we take a piece of bread and we dip it in the juice and we go back to our seats and eat it there…and while we do, we think about the amazing gift that Jesus gave us. He died for you and for me so that we could be forgiven and be in a right relationship with God.

The Lord’s Supper is just a reminder of the decision some of us have made to follow Jesus

You don’t have to come and take the Lord’s Supper. If you haven’t asked Jesus to lead your life, or if you just want to know more about the Lord’s Supper before you take it, feel totally free to take a pass and stay in your seats.

–                Remind the kids to be quiet when we go into the room

–                Tell them they can sit with the group or go and sit with their parents

–                Make sure you go in WHEN THE MUSIC IS PLAYING.

–                The reserved seats are to the left, near the front, near the screen

IF YOU STILL HAVE TIME AT THE END OF THIS YOU CAN PLAY CHARADES AS FOLLOWS:

5: BE YOURSELF

Teacher:            Jesus wants you to be you. So when you want to share God’s love with                                     other people, he doesn’t expect you to suddenly be like a pastor, or your teacher, or your mom or dad…He just wants you to be you…so,  just for fun, let’s see who you are. We are going to play charades, but               the topic of this game is “Things you like” – so it can be things you like to do, things you like to eat, places you like to go…