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Enrichment Idea: Live the Story

Focus: The Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:1-23).

Tell the children they will be farmers in today's Bible story. Have the children put on ďfarmer clothes,Ē real or pretend, such as hats, boots, and overalls. Then give them seeds, real or pretend, and then go search for the different kinds of soil/paths on your church property that are mentioned in the storyósmooth footpath, rocky path, thorny path, and good soil. As you read Matthew 13:3-8 have children throw down their seeds on each path. If possible, plant the seeds in good soil, so that during the course of your study children can watch the progress of the plants as they take root and grow.

Read more about the Parables of Jesus and sample a lesson.

Parables of Jesus Bible Lessons

   
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The Feast of Trumpets

Lesson Focus: God Calls Us To Repent.

Read Leviticus 23:23-25 from a child-friendly Bible.

Trumpets were blown, calling people to wake up spiritually and repent of their sins. Today, God calls us to repent and receive Christís atonement, so we are ready for the final trumpet blast. 

The Feast of Trumpets is the first of the fall Feasts of the Lord. It occurs on the first day of the seventh month, during our September* or October months. Although the Bible doesnít say this, traditionally itís believed this day celebrates the creation of the world, and specifically when God created humankind on the sixth day. The Feast of Trumpets marks the beginning of the civil or national year for Israel. In our time, it is known as Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. However, todayís celebration has little if any comparison to the celebration instructed in Scripture. The Feast of Trumpets, like the Sabbath, is considered a Holy Day for rest and worship. It is celebrated by blowing a trumpet made from a ramís horn called a shofar (pronounced show-far). It is believed that a ramís horn is used to recall the ram that was sacrificed by Abraham in place of his son Isaac. The month leading up to the Feast of Trumpets is to be a time of repentance. Godís people are to consider their sins, turn from them, ďrepent,Ē and prepare their hearts for the Feast of Trumpets and the nine days that follow. Together these ten days are referred to as the Days of Awe and lead up to the tenth day, the most holy of all days in Israel, the Day of Atonement. This entire forty days, the month leading up to, plus the ten Days of Awe, are to be a time of repentance. (Learn more about the Feasts of the Lord.) 

*Rosh Hashanah 2015 begins at sundown of Sunday, September 13 and ends in the evening of Tuesday, September 15.

We used the Parables of Jesus as a starting point for our neighborhood kids Bible study and adapted the lessons to suit our needs. The lessons provided fun and easy ways to teach the parables. ~ Michle

We have a very small church (28 to 30 people total on average) and it is hard to find programs to do for VBS. So when I went looking for something that I could do with a group of kids, the Prayer of Jesus stood out. There are six, two-hour lessons and we did a lesson a day. The book has game and craft ideas to go with each lesson. . . . I am already looking into buying more books from Sunday School Network. I feel that learning to pray together as a group, a family, we have grown even closer to God. ~ Thank you, April G.

[The teacher's newsletter] is an awesome resource for anyone that works with kids! You never know what will come from it. I met a new friend in South Africa and the Lord is doing a great outreach there---so many children have been reached and so many teachers trained and given resources, and it started with this connection. ~ PTL for this site. Bev T.

I just wanted to let you know what a blessing this website has been to me. I am teaching children's church on Sunday nights and had ran out of  ideas to use. I prayed that God would give me some sources. Well, He did, alright!  This website!  I was up until almost 2:00 A.M. one night searching it out. What a wonderful site!  I love it!  It has such great ideas.  Thank you so much! ~ Another sister in Christ, Mable D.

   
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God's Armor Chant

(Chanted to the ďtuneĒ of the military cadence call ďSound OffĒ)

Salvationís Helmet Tells me Who I Am
A Powerful Soldier Under Christís Command 
Satanís Lies are Very Wrong
The Belt of Truth Makes Me Strong

Chorus: Godís Armor (Godís Armor)
For Me (For Me)
Godís Armor For Me In Which I Stand

The Breastplate of Righteousness is Forever Mine
Thatís Wh-y Jesus Came and Died
I have the Power to do What is Right
Iím Always Ready for Satanís Fight

The Shield of Faith Protects Every Part
I can Extinguish Satanís Darts
God has Given His Word to Me
Like a Sword - Defeats the Enemy

Godís Armor even Covers my Feet
Courage to Fight with the Gospel of Peace
Above All Let Us Pray
To Live in Godís Strength Every Day

Christian Skits & Bible Games for Kids


Christian skits based on the Gospel of Mark Bible books game
Mark: Bible Skits               Bible Stack-O! 

Christian skits based on the book of Ruth Bible Games Explosion 52 Year-round Bible games
   Ruth: Bible Skits            Bible Games Explosion!

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Are You A Transformer? 
And I'm not talking toys!

Focus: Explaining the words Conformed and Transformed from Romans 12:2.

Read Romans 12:2, And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,  that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Ask children if they know what it means to be conformed and transformed? 

As you explain the word, conformed, repeat the verse, ". . . be not conformed . . . ," which means we are not to be shaped by the world around us. (Begin pressing the clay, making it "conform" to the pressure of your hands.) We can be negatively conformedóchanged by the world in the wrong waysósometimes by the friends we choose, the shows we watch, or by what we listen to or read. In fact, if we don't stay close to Jesus, then it is likely that we'll be conformed or shaped by the world in the wrong ways. 

Continue to Transformed for Christ.

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