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Blessed are the Poor In Spirit 
"Gettin’ Empty" 


Present various items to the class which are empty such as an empty bag of cookies, an empty piggy bank or an empty jewelry box. Create anticipation for the kids to see what’s inside. Ask, “What do you expect to find? Who wants to be the first to open one of them up?” (You might allow a few kids to come open them.) “Did you expect to find them empty? Is being empty ever a good thing?” Most often we like things to be filled up. When we go on a trip, we want our gas tanks filled. When we’re hungry we want our stomachs filled. When we get a box of candy, we want candy in it. In fact, I can’t think of anything that when empty, it’s a good thing! 

When Jesus began his teaching, he said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” 

What do you think of when you hear of someone being poor? (Discuss) 

When we think of being poor, we think of someone who . . . 
Read on about being Poor in Spirit.

 Queen Esther Bible Skits for Childfren's Ministry

   
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The Bible was written over a 1500 year period, by a wide variety of authors (as many as 40), from many different locations. Its authors are from all walks of life. Some were kings, some peasants; still others were philosophers, fishermen, doctors, judges, scholars, poets and farmers. Despite the span of time and the diversity of writers, it is one book, with one common purpose: to reveal God's salvation plan to us. The Bible was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to benefit all who read it.

Bible Stack-O! is based on the concept of chunking; a technique whereby you memorize small bits of information at a time. Telephone numbers and credit cards are typically chunked. 

Psychologists have determined that 5-7 bits of information is the optimal amount per chunk. Therefore, when teaching children to memorize, it is best to divide the information into smaller bits of information and then commit it to memory before moving on to the next bit of information.

The Bible Stack-O! game helps children to learn about the Bible and its content. The 39 Old Testament cards are numbered on a black background and the 27 New Testament cards are numbered on a white background. Each card has a written summary of its Bible book.

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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.

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That Shiny New Thing

“What was that flash?” I looked around, but I didn’t see anything. Then it happened again. “What is that?” I still didn’t see anything. I refocused my attention, “I’m trying to read my Bible!” I read some more, but it happened again. Only this time, the flashing was persistent. “What in the world is going on?” I looked around the room. Nothing. Then I glanced out the window and discovered the neighbor across the street had put a large metallic pinwheel in his yard. Because it was a windy, sunny day, it shone and flashed in a strobe-like effect, directly into our front window, disturbing my quiet-time! 

I guess I’m easily distracted. But as I continued reading, trying to ignore my keen peripheral vision, it reminded me of a spiritual truth, that is, how easily I can become distracted by “shiny things” in my life - some good, some not-so-good – and take my eyes off of Jesus as a result. Can you relate? When I was younger, I suppose the shiny new things that tended to distract me were . . . Continue on to
Keep Your Eyes on Jesus.

Bible Games for Kids & Christian Skits    


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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Finding Strength Through Suffering

I love making jewelry from raw sheet metal and wire. It’s very gratifying to pound away at the metal, conforming it to the shape I have in mind, adding texture with various hammers and degrees of pressure, giving each piece its unique character. I then absolutely adore using a torch to flame-color the metal. The transformation that occurs never fails to amaze me; it is mesmerizing!

You might think that metal would weaken when you hammer or bend it, but actually, the opposite is true. As you “work-harden” it, the metal gets stronger at a molecular level. 

The most remarkable transformation occurs when intense heat is applied and then the metal is cooled, a process called “annealing.” This further strengthens the metal and brings out the most amazing colors. I never know exactly what the refining flame will produce, but it is always beautiful!  

Sometimes I must hammer the metal longer to achieve the image I have in mind. Occasionally, due to its thickness or the impurities that need to be burned off, it takes longer for the flame to bring out the colors. However, once the piece is transformed into the image I desire, I stop pounding and turn off the flame.

While working on my latest two pieces I realized a spiritual principle. Do you see it? 

Read on about finding
strength through suffering.

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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,
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