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SSTN - Number 201
June 11, 2001

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1) The new "Tea Bag Lesson"
2) Preschool Sunday school class - help needed
3) Fundraising idea
4) Christian Flag pledge
5) Flag making
6) Ideas for Sunday School Children B-Day gifts
7) VBS Teacher candy gift?
8) Curriculum for 4th & 5th grades
9) Parade Ideas
10) Fundraising idea
11) Church anniversary
12) Parade and Esther ideas

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1) The new "Tea Bag Lesson"

Hello. I love this new lesson that you have posted by Nora. I just don't
understand part of the instructions to the lesson. In the lesson where it
talks about "The Casing",. it states,"This extends into a long tube & you
can stand it up on the saucer."
Do you just form a sort of tube with the tea packaging? It also states,"
The casing rises as it burns." Does it literally float upward off of the
saucer? I love this lesson & the explanation using a tea bag! I'm going to
try this with our Sunday school class. I also love the Pentecost Lesson!!!
Thank you so much for using your talents to spread God's word thru this
web site. I posted your web site flier on our bulletin board at church.
God Bless. Lisha Reynolds

--from SSTN: Lisha, thank you for posting the SSTN contest invitation on
your church bulletin board! Great idea! YSIC, sarah.

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Multi-Aged Curriculum

Sunday School Specials (Vol. 1-4), has quick and easy Bible lessons for
combined ages! A lifesaver for small churches that combine multiple aged
groups! Great for large churches that host family nights, and small groups
with kids to entertain. You can get all four books in the 'Christian
Education' section of the Bookstore at: ChristianCrafters.Com

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2) Preschool Sunday school class - help needed

Hi! I teach the preschool class (3 & 4 yr. olds) at our church, but
only for 1 Sunday a month. I and three other ladies are doing it on a
rotating basis. We each do one Sunday a month. So now we need ideas
for lessons! There are 6 children in the class. 5 boys, and 1 girl.
There is mostly 3 year olds, and they are all very, very active and have
a hard time sitting still for any length of time. Any suggestions would
be helpful. Thank you!

--from SSTN: I think it is important for teachers to have a consistent
theme each month, then focus on one aspect of that theme each week. For
example, let's say the theme for June would be "Love". Establish a key
verse for the month. ie. 1 John 3:16-18. Then, each week do a lesson on
the theme reflecting the key verse, and helping the children to learn the
meaning of it. Once you have a theme chosen for your lesson, it is much
easier to come up with a song, craft, or a game to illustrate it.
If you are unable to coordinate this type of lesson planning, I would
suggest purchasing a book or curriculum to help you along. For some help
in this area, there are many great choices in the Christian education
section of the Bookstore at: ChristianCrafters.com. YSIC, sarah.

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3) Fundraising idea

Our church senior high group does an annual carwash, but with a twist.
Church members, family and friends pledge a specific amount per car
washed. It could range from a quarter to a dollar, or actually any amount.
The youth advertise a Free Car Wash. There is no charge to have your car
washed. Many people, especially those not part of our congregation, do
make a donation after the free service. One year, a man came with a very
expensive car. When he found out that the money was used to support the
teens' summer mission program, he returned with a second car and donated
$100 to the cause. Maryann, North Haledon,NJ

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Have A Bible Game Night at your home or church!

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--from SSTN: this is one of those postings that received a HUGE amount of
replies...so to conserve space, I'll post only the ones that are markedly
different. Thank you to EVERYONE that replied!!!!

The pledge to the Christian Flag:
"I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag and to the
Savior for whose kingdom it stands. One Savior
crucified, risen, and coming again with life and
liberty for all who believe."

There is also a pledge to the Bible:
"I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God's holy word. I
will make it a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my
path. I will hide its word in my heart so that I might
not sin against God."
I pledge allegiance to the Christian Flag
and to the Savior for who's kingdom it stands.
One brotherhood uniting all Christian's
in service and in love.
I pledge allegiance to the cross of my Lord Jesus Christ and to the
faith for which it stands:one Savior, eternal, with mercy and grace for
all--so help me God. Amen.
This pledge, along with the pledge to the American flag and the
Bible are all incorporated into our daily VBS sessions. The children
each day to be the "flag and Bible bearers."
On the following website, you will find not only the pledge, but history
and facts about the Christian Flag.

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5) Flag making

Last year our class decorated our own Christian Flags. We took dowel
sticks and cut them in half and for the flag part we used poster board and
cut it into a triangle shape. On my computer I printed out the pledge for
the Christian flag and we glued that on to our flags. Then out of foamies
we made Christian shapes cross, fish, and church and glued them to a
thread spool which worked great for stamps and the children were able to
grip them well. Then when the paint dried we let them color them also.
For a extra we put 24" long ribbon 1/4 inch wide in the red and white (At
Wal*Mart 48cents a spool I think) and tide it to the top of the dowel.
Both the boys and girls loved this.We did it for ages 4-9 years old.
Brenda Newport MI

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6)Ideas for Sunday School Children B-Day gifts

I generally send my Sunday School Students a birthday card on their
birthday and have been sending them book marks. Does anyone else have
simple ideas that I could send in the mail. They are all boys :) Thanks,

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7) VBS Teacher candy gift?


--from SSTN: make sure you read through the last issue, #200. As well as
use the Archives List at ChristianCrafters.Com...there are MULTIPLE
amounts of ideas that have been posted in past SSTN issues.

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8) Curriculum for 4th & 5th grades

This year we used the Disciple Land Old Testament material for 5th grade.
This was our first time using it. We emphasize OT in 5th grade as part of
our catechism program. My 5th grade teachers really liked it, and the
seemed to as well. Our 4th grade used Group's Faith Weavers curriculum.
I had to brand new teachers in 4th this year, and they raved about the
material. Said they always had more than enough ideas to fill the lesson
time. Laura C. St. Paul's Luthereran, Maumee, OH

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Praise-Amations! (Only $8.25 AND includes U.S. shipping!)

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) Parade Ideas

As soon as I read your question, the 1st thing that popped into my head
was the following idea: Have each child find a volunteer in the community
to ride on the float and then create a sign to carry saying thank you on
one side and the person's name & volunteer deed on the other, which they
carry as they march along side the float...or...each child can research
and decide on who is/was a great volunteer & then dress up like them, i.e.
the Founder of the Red Cross or a Peace Corp member. By selecting a group
of volunteers to be represented, a group banner could be displayed across
the side of the float. Depending on your faith, they could dress-up as
those who serve in the church as ministers, choir members & Sunday school
teachers - ALL VOLUNTEERS!!!!! Blest Wishes, Elizabeth J. Peters

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10) Fundraising idea

Our dance team earned more money this year with a few car washes. We
contacted Sams Club, for no charge to the team, they allowed us to wash
cars. We presold tickets for 5.00, Each member had to pre sell 10
tickets, it wasn't hard to do. At the car wash we couldn't keep up.
Scratch cards: we sold these for soccer, each member had to complete one
card. The profit was 80.00 per member.
Good Luck and God Bless, Jennine-Las Vegas

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11) Church anniversary

Our congregation just celebrated its 125th Anniversary in
April. The Sunday School children all painted their hand
prints on the t-shirts. We had the shirts screen printed
proir to the painting with the words "Little Hands Praying"

The kids had a blast getting their hands dirty, and also
learning about the churches history. They wore the shirts
on the Anniversary Sunday and sang for worship. Some of the
Confirmation students made a banner with all of our past
and present Sun. School and Bible School curriculums
represented. There are many things you can do, but always
remember to incorporate a little lesson about the church's
history too. It's a great learning experience for the kids!
Good luck and Happy Anniversary!!
Kristan Keith--Our Savior's Lutheran--Eau Claire, WI

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12) Parade and Esther ideas

We did a parade entry using our clown troupe. We all rode in a boat
(pulled on a boat trailer by a truck). We made huge waves from cardboard
and attached them to the boat. We made a banner for each side "Get Hooked
on Jesus." Some clowns had kids plastic fishing rods while others threw
candy attached to a card that said "bring this to ____church Sunday for a
free prize."

Another church does an entry every year. They use Kids POWer Hour
Curriculum, and always make their float to correspond with the theme they
are using in KPH. Just use the artwork and an overhead to draw the scenes
on plywood. Attach to a flatbed trailer and the teachers and kids dress
up in appropriate costumes. They win 1st place every year!
An Evening with Esther

How about a fashion show? A real one or a spoof -I wrote one that is
being published in my book - Ideas for Banquets Vol 3.

Also - a skin care expert that will give facials (to show how to do it).
I'd stay away from make up, since some people don't wear it, and lots of
moms don't want their daughters wearing it. Check with local dept stores
for perfume and cream samples to make up "Esther Beauty Packs."

Decorate with tall columns and lots of purple, gold and ivy. We did a
Ladies day a few years ago and decorated with purple and gold. It was so
elegant. Made grape clusters with Purple Christmas bulbs, cut gold
placemats from gold vinyl tablecloths. Tablecloths and napkins were dark
purple. Gold candle holders and purple candles. We spray painted red
Christmas apples gold and attached ribbon and a card with the scripture "A
word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. " You
could use "He will keep you as the apple of his eye." I bought all the
stuff after Christmas when it was cheap. (copyright 2001 - Banquets vol 3
- TBohannon)

(Editor's note: As soon as Teresa's book is published, we hope to make it
available in the Bookstore at: ChristianCrafters.Com)

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