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Scarecrow Races

(Show pictures of scarecrows.)

Ask, "Why do people use scarecrows"? 
(Receive answers.)

Ask, "What are some things that scare you or cause you to be afraid?" (Receive answers.)

In the Bible there are hundreds of verses about being fearful or afraid. God knows scary things happen to us. Yet, he has promised to be with us, to protect us, and to never leave us. Today's game can help us remember that God is with us when we're afraid!

Divide children into teams. Give each team a set of "scarecrow-type clothes," (floppy hat, oversized long-sleeved shirt and overalls). Teams divide, with half the team on one side of the playing field and the other half on the other side. At the go, first player on each team puts on the scarecrow clothes, races to the other side of the playing field, takes off the scarecrow clothes and shouts, "God is with me when I'm afraid," then hands off the clothes to his or her teammate, and proceeds to the back of the line to sit down. Player who received the clothes, puts them on and races to the opposite side of the field, playing as before. Play continues like this until all the players have put on the scarecrow clothes, raced to the opposite side of the playing field to take them off and shouted, "God is with me when I'm afraid." 

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Skit: King Saul's Bad Choice

Bible Reference: I Samuel 28:3-25:31

Broom Puppets (see directions): Samuel, King Saul, Saul in disguise, Servant, Good Advisor, Bad Advisor, Witch. (Leader and Operator are not puppets but position themselves to the side of the stage.)

Do you know what this is? (show broom). We can find brooms everywhere. What do you do with brooms? (Discuss)  

Sometimes during Halloween children will dress up in witch costumes and pretend to ride a broomstick. There are also cartoons about witches riding broomsticks. But I want to show you another way to use a broom. 

(Show the witch puppet bag (or hat), and place it on the brush part of the broom.) 

This is a broom puppet. We will use it in today's Bible skit. 

Thankfully there is no such thing as a witch who flies around frightening people. That's just pretend. But in today's Bible story from 1 Samuel there is an important lesson about a "medium," who is sometimes called a witch, in Scripture. King Saul had a choice to make about going to see a medium. He knew mediums or witches were evil and not of God. Listen closely now to an important lesson about making good and bad choices. 

Leader: King Saul was miserable old man. He had disobeyed God. He had exalted himself over Godís rules. He had gone crazy. He thought no one loved him and everyone wanted to kill him. In his madness he killed all the priests. Now the Philistines were coming to attack his army and he was afraid. In the past, he would have gone to God's Prophet, Samuel, for advice. But Samuel had died, and he had gotten rid of all of the other priests! Saul had no one to turn to for help. . . . 

Continue reading about King Saul's Bad Choice.

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Skit: Valley of the Skulls

Bible Reference: Ezekiel 37:1-14

Puppets Needed: Broom puppets for Ezekiel, Soldier 1, Soldier 2, Soldier 3, and Non-speaking parts: small paper bag Soldier Puppets for the remainder of the children in your program, the Voice of God is offstage. *Broom puppets are fun to make! (See instructions below.)

Object Lesson

(Show a chicken bone or any dry bone) What is this? (a bone) 

You know, children sometimes dress like skeletons on Halloween, and sometimes a skeleton or skull is displayed on poison as a warning. The Bible has an interesting story about bones in Ezekiel 37:1-14. Israel had been defeated and seemed doomed. The prophet Ezekiel had a unique experience in the desert. He was all alone in a dry, desolate place when he noticed some bones in the sand. Then God spoke to Ezekiel. Here is the story.

Ezekiel: Yo! Whazzup? The nameís Ezekiel, but my friends call me Zeke. Iím a prophet. That means I deliver Godís messages to people . . . Get the Valley of the Skulls skit with discussion questions.

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Lesson: Dry, Dead Bones

When you see a skeleton, what comes to mind? (Receive answers.)

Skeletons are a reminder that we die. Do you have any idea why everything dies? (Receive answers.) Science hasnít answered this question, but the Bible has!

The Bible teaches us that without Jesus, we are dead in our trespasses and sins. What do you suppose this means? Trespasses and sins are actions or thoughts that oppose Godís rules or his way of doing things. The Bible says . . .  
Get The Dry, Dead Bones lesson and Gospel Tract.



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