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Father's Day Craft: I'm
Hooked on Daddy!
For ages 2-7
What you need: little hands, small
canvas board, acrylic paint, brushes, permanent marker.
What you do: paint canvas board with a wash of blue paint and allow to dry.
Paint one palm of hand using your choice of color. Press palm vertically along
the bottom of the board to create the "sea-grass." Paint the palm .
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Focus:“Come. Follow me,”
Jesus said. “I will make you fishers of people.” Matthew 4:19
You need: One fresh whole fish (head and all), 2-3 colors of fabric paint,
fabric marker or Scribbles paint, white t-shirt.
Place wax paper or several sheets of newspaper on the inside body of t-shirt.
Place the fish on a sturdy cork bulletin board. Stretch open the fins and pin
them to the corkboard using straight pins. Have .
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What You Need: 85 burnt-tipped matches to make one cross (burn the match tips before class time. I separated mine into three batches, placed them in a stainless steel sink, laid the tips side-by-side and then lit them.); Tacky glue; 8.5" x 11" card board or chip board; pencil; scissors.
Step One: Draw a 2" vertical line and an intersecting horizontal line slightly above the center of your board. Cut off the tips of two matches. Cut both matches in half. Glue to the horizontal and vertical line.
Step Two: Place a thin layer of glue around cross to make an "X" (approximately 1 1/4" wide and the length of the matches). With burnt tips facing out, lay seven matches side-by-side into the glue in all four corners.
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VBS - "Click It" Rewards
We use what we call "Clicks." Each child receives a postcard-size name tag
pinned to their shirt when they first arrive at VBS. The leaders wear hole punchers ("clickers") on rope around their necks, and reward children
throughout the day by giving them a "click" - punching a hole out of their card. Clicks are awarded for many different things, from saying memory
verses, to being kind, to bringing a friend, to winning a game, to answering a question, etc. At the finale night, a small prize is given out
to the two children in each age group with the most clicks. The prize is usually a toy to do with the week's theme (eg. for a space theme, a foam
rocket model or a space-print pencil case). All other children in the group win their prize too.
Leaders use their discretion as to who receives the awards in each group. For example, if one child is always whining and pleading for "clicks,"
ends up with the most clicks, and another child who has had a good attitude comes in third, then the leaders can award the prize to the child who
comes in third. We tell the kids, "The prize sometimes goes to the people with the most clicks, but really it's for people who have had the
best attitude and put in the best effort."
(Say:) Today is a special day, isn't it? Who can tell me what today is? That's right, it's Father's Day, and I brought a picture of my daddy to show you. (Hold up photo.) My daddy has already gone to Heaven, but I am happy because I know I will see him again when I go to heaven. I brought this picture of him to show you, because I wondered if you would think I look like him - do you think so? ( Hold picture by your face and let them have a look.) Lots of people have told me that I do look like my dad, and I'll bet some of you have been told that you look like your dad or mom too, haven't you? Well, just as we often resemble our earthly parents, we are also like our Heavenly Father, God. In fact, the Bible tells us . . .
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I Pray You Enough
I pray you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.
I pray you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.
I pray you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.
I pray you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.
I pray you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I pray you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
"My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ
Jesus" Philippians 4:19.