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Noise maker horns, a handful of confetti (optional).
(Read the Scripture references and become familiar with them. They are the backbone of the sermon.)
(Say:) Hello kids! Why do we celebrate July 4th? (Listen for answers.) Yes, Independence Day! Does Mexico have a July 4th? (This is a joke. Of course they have July 4th. They just don't celebrate their independence on that
day.) What does it mean to have independence? (Listen to answers.) When the USA gained independence from England, we received freedom from their control.* The king of England could no longer could tell people living in our country--in the United States of America--how to live. We were free to establish our own rules and government.
Today, I want to talk to you about true freedom, which no king, government, or person can ever take from you!
Show your patriotic colors!
Learn to make a Flag
Good Stuff or Garbage
in the Temple?
Focus: making good choices about what we put into our bodies.
Needed: "fillable" cream puffs or tart shells, fruit yogurt, cream
cheese, and/or whipped topping, chopped dried fruits, granola, chocolate chips
or mini-M&M's, (anything to make a yummy filling), mud or dirt, small
rocks, coffee grounds (anything to make a nasty-looking filling), pretzel
sticks, marshmallows, small plates, cups, and spoons.
Begin the lesson by telling the group
that you're going to prepare a delicious treat. Mix up a nasty-looking filling
and use it to stuff one of the puff or tart shells, saying, "Doesn't this
look great?" and ignoring their "EWWW's".
Place it on one of the
plates and use pretzel sticks to add arms and legs to the puff or shell, and
stick on a marshmallow for the head. Then ask the group what they see and why
they think it's yucky. Discuss how this relates to the nasty stuff we
sometimes put into our bodies . . .
you need: Create
your own mask design such as the one shown here. Find a "Moses-like
picture, or use the Moses Mask pattern from God's
Top Ten, a wooden paint stick, crayons, yarn, glue, fabric, scissors,
What you do:
"Moses-like" face onto cardstock paper or mount to cardboard. Cut
out the mask and eye holes. Staple onto the paint stick.
Optional: Glue yarn on for the beard and hair. Glue fabric on for the head
garment. (Depending how children decorate their masks, they can make
various Bible characters, male or female.)
Have students act out the Ten Commandments story, or
another Bible story, using their masks.
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Devotional: Created in God's Image
Have you ever heard someone say, or maybe you’ve said it, “I’m not very creative; I can’t even draw a stick figure!” While it’s true that many people can’t draw, the visual arts are not the only measurement for determining creativity. In fact, I believe creativity is a hallmark trait of being made in God’s image!
When God created Adam and Eve, he said,
"Let us make man in our image, after our likeness . . . So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” Genesis 1: 26-27
As Christians we believe the term, “us,” is a direct reference to the triune* nature of God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. On the other hand, there are those who would say the “us” is a reference to God’s heavenly court, meaning God and his angels. This presents a problem, because people are not created in the image of an angel. We—human beings, male and female, and not any of the other animals—are created in God’s image, in his likeness. And since God is Spirit (John 4:12), this image must refer to
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Lights, Camera, Action Bible Skits
Story Focus: Naomi’s despair, Ruth’s selfless devotion.
Overview: Based on Ruth, Chapter One. The story of Ruth takes place during the time when Judges ruled Israel. It was a wicked time in Israel’s history, but not everyone disobeyed God. Our skit tells the story of three such people: Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, who obeyed and loved God.
Director: “Lights, Camera, Action!”
Narrator: “In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land of Judah.”
Elimelech: “Naomi, our crops won’t grow and our food has run out. We’ve got to get out of here or we’ll starve to death!”
Naomi: “But Eli, where will we go?”
Elimelech: “I’ve heard there is plenty of food in Moab.”
Naomi: “Moab? You want us to move to Moab?”
Elimelech: “We’ll move there until the famine is over, then we’ll come back home. Pack our bags and tell the boys to get ready. We’ll leave in the morning.”
Naomi: “Maaaaah-lon and Kiiiii-lion! Pack your bags. . . .
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