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Showing posts from November, 2015

Find the Turkey Leg Game: FREE

While working on Children's Church lessons I needed a filler power point game for November.  I had some other power points from  KidzMatter  but none of them where quite right.  So I got the idea from a game  in this set  and made my own called: "Find the Turkey Leg"  I adapted it so that it was an individual game, not a team game but you could make it that way if you wanted. These are what the slides look like: Title Slide Instruction Slide Let's Play! Child calls which turkey he would like. slide 1 may show up ---OR---- slide 2 may show up ----OR---- slide 3 may show up The best thing about this particular game is there are no internal links needed.  Just the basic slides. You could save these pictures, insert them into power point and make your own presentation. You would insert the first four slides then slide 1, 2 or 3, then the "Choose Your Turkey" slide again and repeat as many times as you'd like rando

Creativity:blessing or curse?

I came across this meme the other day and it totally describes me! Sometimes I can't stand myself because I can't keep track of ideas that flow constantly through my mind.  It's exhausting!!! When it comes to ministry however, you can't just run with every idea you have.  You must take it to the Lord in prayer and wait on the Spirit to guide you.  I have had a few disastrous moments to testify to this. On any given day (hour) I may be thinking of: a new puppet idea, a craft for kids, a lesson or theme idea for an upcoming lesson, a program or event that needs planning, dinner plans, my son's chemistry lesson, ideas to do with grandkids when they come, how to get information out on facebook or newsletter or email, what foods need to be collected for the food drive, when is that dentist appointment, is the laundry done, has the dog been fed, what will I get so-and-so for such-and-such gift, are the church bulletins done, has all the money been collected fo

Attendance Wall: Smart Cookies go to Sunday School!

"Smart Cookies Go to Sunday School!" When kids come to church, they need to feel welcomed and I like to give them something to look forward to each week as well as giving them some encouragement and a sense of accomplishment. So I like to use some sort of cute attendance chart, but I don't want the same old chart with star stickers or check marks. I like visual things and kids do too. I also need something that appeals to boys and girls. For this quarter, I brainstormed with a friend and we came up with the cookie jar idea, and then she came up with the title "Smart Cookies Go to Sunday School!".  I have to give her credit, the kids love it!  Each week they will add a cookie to their jar. Once I had the display idea and the title in mind I toyed with several ways to actually make the jars. I thought of making a clear front with a page protector or baggie that they could drop their "cookie" in or some sort of 3D effect with clear plasti

Gentleness Bible Lesson

"But the fruit of the Spirit is, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." Galatians 5:22-23a Our children's Church has been doing a unit on the fruit of the Spirit.  Each week we learn one of the components on that list. This lesson is about gentleness. Here is the story I adapted focusing on Jesus' gentleness.  As with all scripture there are many facets to each episode.  There are tons we can learn from them but when you teach children, consider the age and the maturity level of your kids. We are teaching 4-7 year olds and some of our 4 year olds are very "young".  So this story has been adapted, not changing scripture but just being wise about what information a young child needs to know. In this passage we see Jesus being gentle with a sinful woman. There are several scriptures portraying Jesus as gentle.  You could choose any of them.  For this unit the curriculum outline we follow uses this