brings over 25 years of experience to children's ministry. Our Bible lesson plans and activities
are designed to lead children to
Christ, helping them grow in their faith, so they can proclaim the good
news message to the next generation.
book of Ruth is a beautiful, Hebrew short story
which focuses on Ruthís unselfish loyalty to Naomi and Boazís commitment
to these two widows. The story is primarily about Naomiís transformation
from despair to joy due to the self-giving love of Ruth and Boaz.
is this story important for today's kids?"
I'm glad you asked! The story of Ruth is ultimately about God's love and
provision for those who are part of God's family, not because of birthright,
but because of their faith and loyalty in God. In this story we also learn
about Boaz, Ruth and Naomi's Kinsmen Redeemer. It is he who paid off their
debts and restored their relationship in the community. In turn, Jesus is our
Kinsmen-Redeemer, who has brought us out of slavery to sin, cancelled our debt
and has restored us, giving us a hope and joy for the future.
(You might decide to play the game
before the lesson.) Set Up:
Establish a large circular playing area. Mark it off using flags,
ropes or hoses. In the center of the playing area spread items such as various
sizes of balls, blocks, cardboard tubes, etc. Give each player a large paper
bag. Have them write their name on it.
How To Play: Tell the players the object
of the game is to pickup as many items as possible in the amount of time they
are given. Have the players line up on the outside edge of the circle.
Place bags behind each player. Number off the players 1-4 so that each player
will be numbered 1, 2, 3, or 4. Tell them you will call out one of the numbers
and the players with that number will be given a few seconds to pick up some
of the items from the center of the circle and place them in their bag.
Players may only grab one item at a time, then return to the circle to put it
in the bag, and return to the field to collect another item. (During play
teacher may call out different modes of entering the circle. For example,
hopping, skipping, broad jumping, etc.) Players may continue to collect items
until the teacher blows a whistle or yells stop (give the players a few
seconds). Teacher then calls another number and play proceeds as before. Vary
the amount of time for the different numbered players to collect items. Be
obvious that some players are receiving more time to collect items than other
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Bible Game: Off to the Races
the game: Give each player a Ping-Pong ball, colored pencils, and/or permanent
colored markers. Have the players decorate their Ping-Pong balls. If you are
studying a particular theme, have players draw designs to coordinate with it.
(e.g. Noah's Ark animals, faces of people from the
Bible, etc.) Players may draw their own free-style designs too.
Set up:Designate a course for your race. It
should be wide enough for all the players to line up at the start line side by
side, and approximately 15' in length. It needs to be a smooth course,
preferably a carpeted area. Mark off a start line and a finish line at the
opposite end of your course. Give each player a straw and the Ping-Pong ball
How to play: At the go, players use their . . . Get this
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church youth group. God Bless You!
I just wanted to let you know
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on Sunday nights and had ran out of ideas
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What a wonderful
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Thank you so much!
Another sister in Christ,