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SSTN - Number 187
May 4, 2001

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1) R E S P E C T?
2) Good Samaritan Craft
3) Plaster of Paris Molds?
4) Sailboat salads
5) Bird Life in Wingdom
6) Tune to a spiritual?
7) Power Up With Jesus?
8) Igloo from plastic gallon jugs
9) Snow globe ideas
10) Pastor Appreciation
11) Pastor's appreciation day
12) Teacher Appreciation Ideas

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1) R E S P E C T

I need to teach a group of 5 year olds to show respect to adults as well
as to each other. I would love a story, craft or game that could tie in
with this important lesson. I will be doing this class in a week. Any

--from SSTN:
Lesson: Use the golden rule verse as your Scripture: "Do unto others what
you would have them do unto you." Matthew 7:12
Then, explain that RESPECT means to show courteous and kind treatment
to others, and this is how we can show it:

R - is for REMEMBER that God gives you parents and teachers to tell you
about him.
E- is for EVERYONE will be happier when we behave well.
S- is for SITTING still during a lesson.
P- is for PAYING attention to your teacher.
E- is for ENJOY learning new things about God.
C- is for CARING for one another.
T- is for THANKING. Thank your teachers for their time in teaching you.

Craft: Have the children make extra large letters (even as big as they
are) using colorful fabrics, or coloring them in with crayons, glitter,
markers, puff paint, etc. Place photos of the kids, teachers, pastors,
parents, onto the letters and hang them in class as a reminder to show
R-E-S-P-E-C-T to one another.
If you use this idea...please send pictures and I'll place them into the
Bulletin Boards section at: ChristianCrafters.Com
(You could even play Aretha Franklin's RESPECT song during class....just
kidding! :o)) YSIC, Sarah K.)

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2) Good Samaritan Craft

I thought I would share a craft idea that I am using for my SS class of
2-3 yr olds. To reinforce the idea of loving your neighbor as the good
Samaritan did, each child will make two dyed noodle necklaces/ bracelets.
One for themselves and one to give to "a neighbor." Due to the age of the
children I will be explaining we can only give one away to a person their
parents say it is okay to do, and will send a note to the parents about
What I would like to share now, is tips I learned about dyeing pasta for
crafts that some (like me) have learned the hard way. First, WEAR
disposable gloves-- currently my fingers are all colors and I have a party
I am hosting tonight. Second, most of the information I had seen about
dyeing pasta said use a few drop of food color added to rubbing alcohol--
it takes a lot more than a few drops if you want vibrant color-which all
kids want. Finally, it is fun so enjoy, but wear gloves!!

Thank you, Sarah, for this wonderful board that has saved my sanity so
many times with the wonderful ideas everyone has shared. It is truly a
blessing. Gloria in Yorktown, VA

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3) Plaster of Paris Molds?

Have had a hard time locating molds to use in VBS. Can you help?

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4) Sailboat salads

>I was wondering if you would have any craft ideas on how to make a sail
boat? <<<

This is more of an edible craft, but it might work. They would make good
centerpieces. I got it out of a Quick Cooking cookbook. Here's the recipe:

Sailboat salads

1 pkg.(3 ounces) berry blue gelatin
1 cup boiling water
1 cup cold water
1 can (29 ounces) peach halves, drained
4 toothpicks
2 thick slices process American cheese
2 cups torn lettuce

Place gelatin in a bowl;add boiling water and stir until gelatin is
dissolved. Stir in cold water. Por gelatin into four salad
plates;refrigerate until firm. For boat, place a peach half, cut side up ,
in the center of each plate( refrigerate any remaining peaches for another
use). Cut cheese slices in half diagonally. for sail, carefully insert a
toothpick into the top center of each cheese triangle. Bend cheese
slightly; push toothpick through bottom center of cheese. Insert toothpick
into edge of peach. Arrange lettuce around plate. Yield: 4 servings.
Kari-1st UPC-Trinidad, CO

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5) Bird Life in Wingdom

> I would like to know where I can get a copy

Actually, the book is "Birdlife in Wington", by Calvin Reid, who also
wrote "Parables from Nature". I remember hearing the stories from these
books when I was in Jr. church, over 40 years ago, and I loved them! I
have very old copies of both, and they were published by Wm. B. Eerdmans
Publishing Co., in Grand Rapids, MI. I believe Eerdmans is still in
business. I hope you can find them, but if they are indeed out of print,
and you can get permission to copy, I'll try to scan them, or just copy
and send them to you. Blessings, Kit MacLeod, North Palm Beach, FL

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6) Tune to a spiritual?

Does anyone have the tune to a spiritual whose words are

"Somebody prayed for me
They had me on their mind
They sacrificed their time to pray.
They had no doubt
That God would work things out
I'm so glad somebody prayed for me."

Thank you. God bless, Jane

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7) Power Up With Jesus?

Greetings in the name of Jesus! I need some ideas for our VBS which has
been scheduled for June 4th. The theme is Power Up With Jesus. Scripture
is Acts 1:8 "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come
upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all
Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."

Looking for a craft idea that will teach the children about the Holy
Ghost in particular, however, any ideas will be helpful at such a late
date. Thank you in advance, Ahreita Griffin-Charlotte, NC

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8) Igloo from plastic gallon jugs

Supplies: Gallon milk jugs (washed, with lids removed. Amount depends on
size. For a life-sized igloo, it will take over 200 jugs). Wire or rope,
Duct tape (hot glue may be used, tape holds best) Get the diagram of the
igloo at:


String 25 (or more) jugs together loosely (by the handles). This will be
the base, so adjust I to the size you desire. Lay the jugs in a circle,
leaving a 2' wide opening for the door. Run strips of duct tape across
the tops of the jugs to hold them in place.
Make loops of duct tape and attach the second layer of jugs to the first.
Run the wire or rope through the handles. Continue adding layers of jugs,
each layer smaller than the previous layer. When you have reached the
desired height for the door opening, the next layer of jugs will go in a
complete circle.
By Teresa Bohannon

Other Igloo Ideas:
Use a dome shaped tent and cover with a white sheet. Gather 1/2 inch to 2
inch thick styrofoam (you need all the same thickness). Many businesses
receive merchandise packed in foam, ask for donations. Cut the foam in
blocks and glue to the sheet or tent. By Teresa Bohannon

*** The Mailbox Magazine, in a past issue) has instructions for a Milk Jug
Igloo slightly different than mine. I cannot find my copy, but believe it
was in the Winter 1999 issue.

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Great for lessons on Praise and Worship! Children color and assemble the
flip cards to watch their mini-movie. Includes 27 reproducible flip
cards. In the Curriculum section at:

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9) Snow globe ideas

Add a few drops of glycerin to the water and it will keep the water fresh
and keep the stuff from clumping. You can purchase glycerin at the
Pharmacy. You can use oil (baby or mineral) but it will separate from the
water, glycerin won't. ALSO be sure you are using glitter that is

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10) Pastor Appreciation

As a pastors wife, one of the most cherished gifts we have received was a
book the children made (one for each of us). Each child was given a sheet
of manila construction paper. The teachers said "complete this sentence:
I appreciate (love) my pastors wife because..." then they drew a picture.
Holes were punched in each and they bound the book with ribbon. Some of
the comments were" because she teaches us about Jesus, because she loves
Jesus, because she is a true Christian in word and actions." Made me cry!
You could do the same thing with squares of fabric and fabric markers or
crayons. Get someone to sew the squares together and quilt them, or let
the kids tie (tack) the quilt.

It is always special when one of the children make a presentation. They
have given us gift certificates to our favorite restaurant, mall gift
certificates, all kinds of gifts. There is a place in Kingston, TN called
"Whitestone." It is a Bed and Breakfast place, and pastors stay 1/2 price
during the week. The owners built it as a haven for pastors and their
wives. It is the nicest place we have ever stayed. Send your pastor there
if you want to really bless him! Teresa -Faith Tabernacle UPC-La Marque,

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11) Pastor's appreciation day


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12) Teacher Appreciation Ideas

1. A tea bag in a coffee mug with a tag that reads:
Because you're "tea-rrific"
2. Tape a piece of "Extra" gum on a card with the saying
Thank you for going the extra mile.
3. A "Power or Energy Bar" with a tag -
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power of
and of self-discipline - 2 Timothy 1:7
4. An orange wrapped in tissue paper with a tag that reads:
"Orange" you glad you touched the life of a child during VBS.
5. An apple wrapped in tissue paper with a tag that reads:
"You're the apple of my eye - Thanks for all you do.

6. Bath Salt in a zip lock bag with a tag that reads:
Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you.
Psalms 55:23

7. Small compass from a party store glue to a piece of paper or a city map
of your area cut into squares with the following verse written on it.
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not
turn from it. Proverbs 22:6
8. Flower Seed Packet with the following saying written on the packet.
Thank you for sowing seeds for Christ during VBS.
9. A slice of time - Use a wood cut out watermelon or paint a lima bearn
look like a watermelon slice. Attach a pin back in place on the back with
hot glued gun. The pin itself is mounted on card stock, with a message
reads = "Thanks for giving a slice of your time in VBS"
10. A birthday Candle - Here's a (birthday candle) to keep you burning
brightly as we Search for The Truth of the Ten Commandment this year in
Thanks for joining our team. OR - Thanks for sharing your light with
this week in VBS.
11. A bag of nuts - "I'm nuts about you. Thanks for all you do to make
such a great success.
12. Attach a snack-size candy or a piece or two candy to a note card or a
piece of card stock. The assorted candies with sayings can be changed
year to year as the VBS themes changes. Such as:
1.Life Saver candy - You're a real lifesaver! Thanks again for your
ministry in VBS.
2. Grand Candy Bar- "You're worth a Grand" to me for all you do in
3. Million Candy Bar- "You're worth a Million" to me for all you do
4. Joy Candy Bar - It's has been a real "joy " working with you in
(Given the last day)
5. Candy Kiss - A Sweet "Kiss" for you - for all you!
6. Gold Nuggets - You're a "Gold Nugget for serving in VBS! Keep
good work! Thanks for all you have done.
7. Bubble Gum - I'm "Bubbling" over with excitement as you join us on
our archaelogical dig in Search of the Truth for the Ten Commandments.
8. Promise Candy - As we start our dig in Search of the Truth of the
Commandments I "promise" you that you will be appreciated. OR I "Promise"
you an archaelogy expeditin like you have never seen before. Thanks for
joing us in VBS this year.
9. Treasure Candy - You are such a "Special Treasure" You are more
valuable than all of the treasures. OR You were a rare catch this year in
VBS - Thanks
10. A stick of gum - Thanks for sticking with us as we Search for the
Truth this year in VBS.
11. Jolly Ranch Candy - We'll have a "Jolly" good ole time this year
when we study about the Ten Commandment in VBS 2001.
12. A piece of candy slices (the gummy type) Thanks for giving a
of your time and taking this expedition with us as we SEarch for the Stone
Tablet in VBS this year.
13. A payday candy bar - I hit "Payday" when you got caught up in our
Search for all the Truth of the Ten Commandment in VBS this year.
14. I'm covered in "Bubbles" just thinking about you joining our
expedition in Search of the Stone Tablet this year in VBS.
15. A snicker candy bar - Put up your "Snickers" and join up for a
ride through the Egyptian Desert during VBS this year OR I know the
enjoyed your class from the "snickers" I heard. Thanks for helping out in
`16. A sucker - Thank you for not being a sucker and joing us in VBS
we take an adventure into the desert of Egypt Search for the Truth of the
Stone Tablet
17, A mint candy - We (mint) to tell you how much we appreciated all
your help in VBS this year. Thanks. OR We're thankful for your
18. A heart shape sucker - It's easy to see you have a
(heart) for children. Thanks for the outstanding job you did in our VBS.
19. a tootsie roll - Thanks for (a tootsie roll) rolling along with
on our journey in search of the Secret Stone Tablet. OR For the important
"roll" you played this year in our VBS.
20. a candy Hug - Here's a (a candy hug) for you. Thanks for being
apart of our VBS team. OR So you know we love you.
21. a candy mound bar - It has been a "Mounds" of fun since you joined
up on our VBS Expedition to Middle East in search of the Ten Commandments.
22. a candy betwix bar - "Betwix" you and me, I think we will have a
very fulfilling year as we Search for the Secret Stone in VBS.
Unlimited candy that you can use - These are some of the things I use in
Association for VBS workers. Lou Midgett

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