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December 18 , 2000
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1) Children's church
2) Keeping children Interested
3) Bible Olympics
Special Theme For January
Angel Wings
New Years
Candy craft
Two Ideas for service projects
Christmas Spotlight

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1) Children's church

We have older children. And what I have done is trained them to be Prayer Warriors. I have showed them how to pray and how to pray for the younger children. We have given them more responsibility with the younger children. Even with crafts. Once in a while we do crafts and the older sit with the younger. And this helps them to know that at this young age they can be used. Every Sunday night we form a large circle. While a couple of us are praying with the children. We have another adult person watching that everyone is praying. Because at this age they need some boundary lines. As far as us adults. We really do worship & Glorify the Lord and the children follow. Not every service will be the same. One of our Deacons will let us know when their is altar call going on in the Sanctuary. The children are used to us walking them up to the altar with the adults. From their all the Brothers and Sisters help us pray for the children. We have had children blessed & filled with the power of God. It is beautiful. We have a set routine and follow it. We never change it. This helps the children know & feel comfortable because they know what will happen next. I have from 2.5 up to 12 year olds right now. Sometimes we have up to 45 kids. This Sunday were having a puppet show on the "How many have received PRESENCE" I will have a picture of a child kneeling before the cross! with a red ornament hanging from it.

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2) Keeping children Interested

I teach a small class of 2, 3, and 4 year olds. When I tell them a story for the first time, I ask them (& remind them a lot) to listen very carefully. I keep the story short & in words they understand, then I ask them very basic questions about the story. For example, when I told them the Christmas story, one of my questions was "Who was the baby in the manger?" The first one that answers each question gets a prize. I use the same method the next week by retelling the same story, and then have them fill the next word when I stop. I use simple prizes like stickers, paints, whistles, etc. that you can buy from the party favors section at any department store. Candy Boyer, Seminole TX

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3) Bible Olympics

Why not give medals for each competition? We made medal for our Olympics by spray painting canning jar lids gold, silver and bronze. We then glued ribbon to the lids. Each lid had the name of the game won, i.e., Bible drill, Armor of God race (who can be first to get their Armor on and recite
the verse), I will follow Jesus game (a team race of "follow the leader"). I would avoid any reference to the WWF. They are not a good example to use in church. Brainstorm with other leaders to come up with Biblical names of everyday games. Don't forget to make participation (or good sport) medals
so every child gets a medal. In my Sunday School class, we have competitions that run every quarter. If they show up on time, bring their Bibles, know their verses, bring an offering and have their lesson prepared they get points. At the end of the quarter, the points are converted into prizes; Pencils, bookmarks, T-shirts or books. Think small this year, pray about it and next year will be twice as good. Love in Christ, Mary Summers

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4) Special Theme For January

We do what we call "Catechism Olympics" during the month of January. We started doing this last year and now this year we are expanding it. We started out last year with Preschool-Kindergarten learning how to pray; 1st-2nd Grade - learning the Lords Prayer; 3rd-4th Grade - Books of the Bible; 5th-6th Grade - Ten Commandments. We had the Olympic Ceremony in February inviting the entire congregation. The kids also prepared banners with their grade and what they had to learn. They all marched in while our music director played the theme for "Chariots of Fire". They lined up just like they do during the real olympics. Then each group presented their learning material and we gave each learner a ribbon that designated what they learned. E-mail me at ksyrstad@yahoo.com for more details if you would like. Good Luck! Karen

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5) Angel Wings

For our pre school play we hit upon the idea of laminating sheets of gold paper in wing shapes. They will now be permanent and are easy to store. They also looked great under the lights. For the Gabriel we attached tinsel to the edges after the laminating. They were attached to the kids with figure of eight elastic.

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6) New Years

>often find it necessary to combine all our classes the Sunday after Christmas because
>of low attendance. So, we've turned that day into a New Year's / Winter
>Any fresh ideas for a one hour celebration are welcome!

For an Epiphany type party we have a birthday party for Jesus after Christmas. We have a birthday cake, play games, and the kids bring baby gifts that we take to a local charity.

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7) Candy craft

>>I was wondering if anyone has any small craft ideas that would involve a piece of >>candy or candy >>cane to give to the children.

I have directions for a train and a candle made from Rolos, Hershey kisses, etc. You could e-mail me at sstroni40@aol.com if you would like the directions.

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8) Two Ideas for service projects

The kids in my daughters class had a bake sale were the parents or kids
baked something and then they sold their baked goods before, during and
after Sunday School and church service. They then used the money to purchase
things for the food pantry or toys for kids that didn't have any.

You can also plan a day to make cookies with the kids and then deliver them
to shut ins. It is best if you have the dough all made the day before.

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9) Christmas Spotlight

Please let others know about the Christmas spotlight page at http://www.ernieeagle.com/christmas/spotlight.htm so that visitors can
see the sites that are being featured. Have a blessed holiday season. Peggy

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