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Focus: To understand the words Conformed and Transformed from Romans 12:2. (To illustrate today's lesson you will need a Bible, a lump of clay, and a Transformer toy placed in a bag or cloth sack.)
Remove Bible from bag and read Romans 12:2, And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
(Take out the clay and begin pressing it.)
Ask children if they know what it means to be conformed and transformed?
As you explain the word, conformed, repeat the verse, ". . . be not conformed . . . ," which means we are not to be shaped by the world around us.
(As you press the clay, show class how you make it "conform" to the pressure of your hands.)
We can be negatively conformed—that is changed by
the world in the wrong ways—by our friends, the shows we watch, or the . .
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Make a bridge from your old life to your Christian walk. Write qualities that Christian should have on the paint stirrers, one quality per stick. Then build a wall scene or an actual bridge replica using these stirrers as the planks of the bridge. If you do this as a wall decoration, make a paper character(s) on one side of the bridge. Have this person in normal clothes. On the other side of the bridge have the character(s) in a white robe and a sign that says "God's
Child(ren)." Depending on how many planks (stirrers) you use, you could develop a lesson on each of these Christian qualities. If you develop this into lesson plans, you might want to consider having a character that you can move to the different planks of the bridge (character traits) as you talk about each Christian quality. Extra stirrers can be used as fillers if you need more room for your character to stand
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Inflate multiple colors of balloons, 12" or larger. The more children, the more balloons you'll need. A ratio of one balloon to two to three kids is good. Have children line up into two equal, or almost equal, lines facing one another, 5'-6' apart. Distribute the balloons. At the go, children toss the balloons to the children facing them. The object is to keep the balloons in the air and volleying back and forth. After a few seconds of play, teacher calls out "Balloon Banter," signaling players to freeze and hold the balloon still. The children holding the balloons in that round take turns answering the matching color-coded question that teacher displays. For example: Red=What's your name?; Blue=Do you have any brothers or sisters?; Yellow=What do you want to be when you grow up?; Green=Where's your favorite place to go?; Orange=What's your favorite restaurant or food?; Purple=What is your favorite game?, etc. (See questions in "Sweet Talk" too, below.) When the children holding the balloons have answered, play continues as before. Play as long as time allows. Optional: As balloons are being tossed, teacher calls out different body parts children must use to keep the balloons going. For example, "use your left hand, your foot, your elbow, your head, etc."
"Sermon Notes - Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God." A 25 week guide for taking Sermon Notes. Each week there's a place to record the date, title, and speaker, with three pages for note-taking, and an additional page to record a life application and personalized prayer. Taking Sermon Notes Promotes: active listening, keeps the mind focused on the message, can be used as a home-study reference, and may even promote message retention. This sermon notebook is a great Christian gift for Mother's Day, Student gifts, and for Holidays and Holy Days.
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