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SSTN  # 16 - February 20, 2002

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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE SSTN e-NEWSLETTER:

1) Journey to the Cross-Stages of the Cross
-> Easter Story cards
2) Easter Butterflies
3) Old VBS material?   
-> Easter Basket Stuffer
4) Nail & Wire Craft?   
5) Attracted to Jesus craft?   
6) Sunday school text book?   
7) Our Position In Christ?   
8) Children's Church materials?   
9) Portuguese resources?
10) Nehemiah Crafts?
11) Christmas tree to Cross
12) Creation

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1) Journey to the Cross - Stages of the Cross

This suggestion is going to date me a bit. Remember Burma Shave signs?
These advertising signs were popular from 1925 to 1963. The signs were
placed at intervals along highways, with each one showing a line from a
4-part rhyme, with the last sign usually reading "Burma-Shave". Wouldn't
it be a great way to tell the Lenten-Easter story to our surrounding
communities? We could make similar signs with the message of Easter
printed on them. Then place them along the roadways in front of our church
properties!

If you'd like to read some of the 4 part rhymes I've come up with, click
on the "Journey to the Cross" link from the Object Lessons and Sermons
page of the site:

http://www.christiancrafters.com/sermons.html 

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P.S. I can barely remember those signs! ;o))

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The Easter Story - Cards 

10 Egg-shaped cards that tell the Easter Story - When the cards
are cut, colored and assembled, players can play Easter Egg Scramble and
learn the Easter Story! Reproducible so your whole class can make a set!

In the Curriculum section: 
http://www.christiancrafters.com/kt_kit.html 


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2) Easter Butterflies

We did this a couple years ago at our church and it was very meaningful. I
ordered caterpillars from "Earth's Birthday Project." If you let them know
when you want them to open they will time it so you get them at the
appropriate stage. You can visit them at www.earthsbirthday.org.  Hope it
works out well for you.  W. Austintown United Methodist Church

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3) Old VBS material   

I am currently looking for any old VBS kits or just teachers' manuals for
us to use in Backyard Bible Clubs this summer.  I checked with a local
Christian bookstore, and they did help some. I will gladly pay postage if
anyone can help.
(I absolutely love this e-newsletter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Thanks,
Becky Rogers
Moultrie, GA

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Easter Basket Stuffer!

Stuff your baskets with FaithShapes! "The Card Game of Christian
Symbols"
A fun game for kids and adults, readers or nonreaders. The 64 cards are
beautifully illustrated with historical explanations and Scripture verses.
Use them for family game night, during Sunday School, or for personal
enrichment. Shape your faith with FaithShapes .

In the Curriculum section: 
http://www.christiancrafters.com/kt_kit.html 
 

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4) Nail & Wire Craft?   

My name is Crystie, and I hope someone can help.  Many years ago in VBS my
brother made a craft that I am now looking for.  I don't know exactly what
it's called but I will try to do my best to describe it.  You take a
pattern and follow the pattern by hammering nails into a piece of wood.
Then you take thin wire and and follow the directons weaving the wire
around the nails... and you end up with a 3-d type of picture.  My brother
did a horse, but I'm sure there are alot of other patterns out there as
well.  I haven't seen this done in a long time but I hope someone can
direct me to where I can find these patterns.  Many thanks!


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W.W.J.S.? Gospel Catchers

There's something much worse than cooties...it's called sin!  Now kids can
make Gospel Catchers rather than Cootie Catchers! A fun and innovative way
for kids to learn to share their faith with their friends!  Includes 4
Gospel Catcher patterns to make: the Colors of Christ (Gospel Colors), the
Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, and the Promises of God. Follow this
link to learn more:

http://www.christiancrafters.com/kt_kit.html 

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5) Attracted to Jesus craft?   

We are in charge of the youth church program the month of April.  Our
lesson for the first Sunday is to be how the youth will discover how we
are attracted to Jesus because of his wonderful, loving characteristics.
The bible verse is James 4:8.
I was wandering if you could think of a special craft that we could do or
if you know of any web-sites that might help me out.
Thank you for your time


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6) Sunday school text book?   

dear sara
thanks for the mail we are in the process of making a new sunday school
text book here in the middle east. this year we wish to bring out t.books
for class one and two
ie between the age of five an seven. i will be much grateful if you could
help me with some  model lessons or lead us to some websites or people who
could help us in the above matter may God bless you and your ministry
with prayers
finney benjamin
p.o.box 44724
abudhabi
united arab emirates
finney_benjamin@hotmail.com
ps.material by post (if any ) kindly in normal covers.
thank you

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7) Our Position In Christ?   

I am teaching a 6th grade Jr. High girls Bible Study in which this weeks
lesson is on their position in Christ (Romans 8:1-11;8:31-39).  Do you
have any craft, game, or skit ideas to help get the idea across?
Thank you so much!
Michelle South

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8) Children's Church materials?   

Dear Sarah Keith,
I understand that I am to send any questions etc to you.  I appreciate
your website.  I found your website as I was "surfing" the internet
looking for Children's Church resources.  I am currently taking a class
on Teaching Techniques through our church, and am looking for certain
materials that don't seem to exist.  I am looking for the old style
Character Building Children's church materials.  They  need to be in the
KJV, and I was wondering if you knew of a place to get these kinds of
materials, or of a place where one could get these second hand (perhaps
they are finished with them and are willing to give or sell them).  I
would appreciate any help that I can get on this.  Thank you.

Sincerely,
Janna Phelps

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9) Portuguese resources?   

Our church is going on a mission trip to Brazil & I was hoping to find
Childrens' puppet skits on tape in Portuguese so that we could bring the
gospel message to the children there on the site.  Can you help?
Thanks - In Christ - Marsha

--from SSTN: check out:  
http://www.Freetranslation.com 

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10) Nehemiah Crafts?

Do you have any crafts for ages 11-13 on the book of Nehemiah. 
thank you for your help
Shirley J. VAn Reuter

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11) Christmas tree to Cross

>>I was curious if you know of a craft in which smaller limbs from the
>Christmas tree are used to make crosses---the idea being to "connect" the
>>Christmas baby to Jesus of Good Friday/Easter. ...

During a Good Friday Service many years ago the congregation including
children were asked to meditate as they put together two small pieces of
wood using red wool wound around the cross-section. I still have my cross.


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12) Creation

Hello :)
I'm new to this, so I don't know if anyone has mentioned "Answers In
Genesis." This is an excellent resource for Creation stuff. They have a
Creation Museum they are building.I have seen their books also, they are
really nice. I believe they have something for every age group. The
website is really insightful, it can even be viewed in several languages.
Here is the US one:
http://www.answersingenesis.org/home.asp?aig_cHomeCountry=United+States
Hope this helps... :)In His care,
Tammy

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