bowling game using mini or pie pumpkins, or have kids compete to roll their
pumpkins along an obstacle course from start to finish.
Scarecrow Races: Divide
children into teams. Give each team a set of "scarecrow-type
clothes," e.g. floppy hat, large flannel shirt and overalls. Teams divide,
with half the team on one side of the playing field and the other half on the
other. At the . . . read
Trunk or Treat is an alternative
to Trick or Treating, whereby church members decorate their car trunks,
preferably with a Bible theme, and handout candy to the children of their
church and neighborhood. I decorated [my car] based on the Samaritan woman at
the well (John 4: 4-26). I raised the trunk up and placed a large washtub in
the floor of the trunk (you may have to place some kind of blocks or boxes
under it to raise it up or tilt it some) then stretch burlap material or tarp
across the raised lid of the car trunk to camouflage the back portion of the
trunk (behind the tub). Add some artificial greenery around the outer sides of
the tub to look like plants growing around the "well." Inside the
tub place a strand of clear Christmas lights, and cover them with crumpled
cellophane gift wrap - this gives the look of water. Make a poster board sign
that says, Jacob's Well. You may also want to illuminate the sign with a
floodlight. A costumed Samaritan Woman with a water jug filled with
treats tells her story to all the visitors that come by the well. I used
things that I had around my home and the children loved looking down into the
well to see the "water." Happy trunk-or-treating!
Brenda Rupard / Brookland, AR
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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."
the rest of this activity.
For Youth Sunday I used the acronym COOL, meaning Children Of Our
Lord, for my inspiration. The children sang a cool song wearing
sunglasses during worship service.
During the announcements before service, the Sunday School children sit together
on Youth Sunday. I asked them why they had sunglasses on since summer is over
and the sun is not shinning outside. They kept replying "We're COOL."
Then I had one of the children explain to the congregation the meaning of COOL!
They all had a good time, and we received a
lot of good comments from the congregation.
Bible Memory Technique: Bible
Divide class into
two teams. Teams stand in line and face one another. Mark a “serve”
position at the front of the lines. Players will rotate to serve one word
from the verse at a time. Decide which team will go first. At the go, first
player from team one stands on the serve position and says the first word,
then rotates to the back of the team line with the next player moving into
the serve position. The opposing team takes their turn by saying the next
word. Play proceeds like this until the entire verse is stated. If a player
is unable to say a word, he or she moves to the end of the line and play
passes to the opposing team. Teams score one point for each word stated in
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Five Christian Pumpkins
Five Christian Pumpkins sitting on a gate.
The first one said, “Isn’t Jesus great!”
The second one said, “He loves us, this we know!”
The third one said, “For the Bible tells us so!”
The fourth one said, “He takes away our sin!”
The fifth one said, “His Spirit lives within!”
Rolling away, they glowed so bright.
And shared with others their Gospel light!