Ask children to think of scary words or
things that scare them. When you say go, have them shout them out
"Oh my those are scary words! But there are much scarier words
in the Bible than those, and Jesus said them! Let me read them to
Read Matthew 7:21-23 from a child-friendly Bible.
do you suppose we must do to keep from being sent away from Jesus?
The Bible tells us we must turn from our sin and turn to God. We are
to say with our mouths, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in
our hearts that God raised him from the dead." Get
the rest of this activity.
King Belshazzar & Scary Hands
I taught the lesson about King Belshazzar and the handwriting on the wall for my class a couple of weeks ago and made scary hands by filling clear
plastic food-handler type gloves with popcorn. I put candy corn in each finger first to look like fingernails, and then filled the gloves with
popcorn and tied the top shut. I taped a pencil to the fingers, but you wouldn't have to. The lesson was a hit with my class, most of whom do not
celebrate Halloween. I thought the story might be fun to use in other ways and so wrote it out as a brief gospel tract.
It's posted at Bulletin
Inserts. Use it with your Fall festival or Reformation Day celebration or as an
evangelistic tract for trick-or-treat.
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I did an easy Epistle lesson that my class really enjoyed. I asked a Christian friend of mine (she
lives out of state and was not known by any of the kids) to write a letter of hope and encouragement to the kids.
In her letter she included some fun stickers - enough for each kid to have some. Then she mailed the letter directly to our church, addressed to the
attention of my class, where it was delivered unopened at the beginning of
class by the pastor. It's cool to have the pastor deliver it while the kids are there.
We opened and read the letter and looked on the map to see where she lived. Then we talked about what an epistle is,
that they are letters of the New Testament that were written and passed around among the believers to
encourage and exhort them. I read a few passages of encouragement from the Epistles to the kids. We talked about how hard the
t imes were for Christians then, and how much they would have welcomed the encouraging
words. We talked about how believers live all over the world, and how we can pray for them to be encouraged. We also talked about how we can be
living epistles by the way we live and how we can speak hope and encouragement into other people's lives.
(Sung in cadence style. Perfect for assembly line-up.)
Leader: Jesus loves me this I know,
Group echoes: Jesus loves me this I know,
Leader: For the Bible tells me so,
Group echoes: For the Bible tells me so,
Leader: We are weak but he is strong,
Group echoes: We are weak but he is strong,
Leader: Let us serve him all day long,
Group echoes: Let us serve him all day long.
Leader: Sound off
Group: One, Two!
Leader: Sound off
Group: Three, Four!
Leader: Sound off
Group: One, Two, Three, Four, One-Two, Three-Four!
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Creative Storytelling Techniques
Use action figures – You probably have these in your house already. You can check local thrift stores for bags of them.
Current events – have the older children look in the paper or Internet for a current event that is similar to the story (Good Samaritan – someone
persecuted for his or her religious beliefs, prejudices).
Boat stories – Turn you chairs to form a boat. Cover the outside of the chairs with paper.
Imagination – Have the children tell you what things look like. Get
them to describe a camel or what they think the Garden of Eden looked like. They can also describe what they think God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit
Props – Look for ways to enhance the story – such as the widow’s mite –bring copper pennies, or with the manna in the wilderness, use instant