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SSTN - Number 252
November 28, 2001

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1) Lessons on Baptism, Salvation, Evangelism, etc.
2) Christmas Program
3) Biblical flowers?
4) Singles class
5) Learning centers for 4 and 5 year olds
6) Recycled things?
7) Missionary Vacation Bible School
8) Children's ministry courses
9) Happy Birthday Jesus song
10) Happy Birthday, Jesus Song
11) Read the Bible in a year
12) Thank you!

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1) Lessons on Baptism, Salvation, Evangelism, etc.

I have one ISBN # 0-7847-1216-6  This is for the book on Prayer and she has that series through Standard Publishing which includes Studying the Bible, Salvation, and Worship as well.

Her other series that i have used is on Families Learning Together series looking at Jesus, Our Teacher, Jesus, Healer and Helper, Jesus' Last Week and Jesus' Early Life through Standard Publishing as well.  I have only one ISBN # 0-784-70921-1.

from SSTN: For those interested, type, or copy and paste, the following titles into the search box of the Bookstore and you will find the books mentioned above:

Prayer: The Foundation for Growing Closer to God
Jesus Early Life, Book 1

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2) Christmas Program

In response to the person from a small church with eight children looking
for a Christmas program:  Get an adult to narrate the Christmas story.
You dress the kids up in Bible costume and have them pose behind a white sheet
with a light behind them.  No speaking parts and it really doesn't matter
what size they are as long as they can stay in one position for a few
minutes.  It takes some practice and marking of spots so that you get the
right shadow effect, but it is effective and easy and you only need a few
kids per scene.
Stacey Kay
Pacific Beach Presbyterian Church

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3) Biblical flowers?

Hi. I teach the Jr/Sr High Sunday School class at our church. I am
wondering if there's anybody out there who has a list of the Biblical
flowers, their meanings and where they can be found in the Bible? I'd like
to use this as a seek and find lesson. Thanks

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4) Singles class

In response to the singles sunday school class... I say don't seperate
them by age. The Bible admonishes us to let the older women teach the
younger and when we segregate by age group it becomes impossible. It may
be good for the younger people to see how people handle singleness as they
mature. (Especially if they are doing it well.) And a study of Biblical
singles (like Paul and so on...) may be worthwhile in showing them that
there is more to life than being married. God doesn't discourage marriage,
but He does have advice on how serving Him is easier if we are not
married. Outings for singles don't have to be "age-appropriate" all the
time either. (Nor do outings for most other groups in the church. It just
makes it so we don't have to think so hard about it.) I have seen many
groups that even co-mingle with married couples and children's groups to
do service projects ,outings , and parties. I think that as a body we tend
to seperate ourselves far too often. Let other people in the church know
that they need to include the singles in their lives too. Invite them home
for dinner, take them to a movie with you, take them to the zoo when your
family goes or to any other event that you think they would enjoy. One of
the biggest problems with being single seems to be that they don't feel
they fit in or it seems like everyone's trying to run a dating service for
them . They need family first and foremost. The other relationships will
come with time if they desire them and God  blesses them.

--from SSTN: great point! ysic, sarah

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5) Learning centers for 4 and 5 year olds

>Hi, I am looking for ideas for learning centers in a 4 and 5 year old Sunday School >classroom.  If possible >I would like to have centers for several different > learning styles. 

Sharla, I teach preschool through 6th grade at our church, including 2 children with emotional behavioral disorders, the way I make it work is through learning centers, also called stations.  I have adapted the centers used in Early Childhood Education/Preschools for Sunday School, following a model called
"Storybook Journey".  I have a bathtub filled with pillows for a reading station. When appropriate to the lesson, I have a water station in the tub- we have made baby Moses baskets and tested their sink and float ability. Other times I have a tub of sensory items and containers inside the bath tub:  sand, millet, rice, seeds.  I have a nature station with a magnifying glass and sorting containers.  There is a dramatic play station with Bible time costumes and props.  I have a small suitcase for our scribes of paper, pencils, crayons, markers, color pencils, stickers, envelopes, 4x6 blank index cards, so children can write...  I add a hands on science
experiment when appropriate.  There are many math activities in the form of ordering, sorting, puzzles, logic for the math station.  I have collected tons of stuff form Early Childhood sources
which work wonderfully.  Please feel free to e-mail me if you have
specific questions.
YSIC< wendy jwblolson@yahoo.com

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6) Recycled things?

May HE who blessed us with the creative gift (always in order to show his
glory and His love for us (that's the best part!) Praying that you and all
the new friends will be challanged to inspire those who don't have much to
work with.  I have tried to make myself think that way,  as if I did not
have money but so wanted to decorate my home or make a suncatcher.  i
guess this got me into the recycle frame of mind.  we have sometimes been
$-challanged, and well, I have come to enjoy the stretching of imagination
to make something.  I Have a good day.,a

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7) Missionary Vacation Bible School

> My church is trying to put together our Vacation Bible School for Summer
> 2002 and I have been chosen to do crafts.  We will be learning about
> Missionarys and I'm suppose to do a craft from France, one from Japan,
> from Mexico, and one from Africa.

Hi Brenda,
Have you thought of the following crafts For Mexico  God's Eye Decoration
You need two sticks (pencils will do or cane) and lots of brightly
coloured wool. Place the sticks together to form a cross shape.
Then wrap wool around each stick then to the next stick and around that
one.Tou keep going until you get to the end of the sticks then tie a loop
to hang it up. With older children you could use cocktail sticks and
embroidery floss. I have done this activity with boys as well as girls and
find they really enjoy it

Editor's note: picture/directions are in the crafts section of the site.

For Africa you could make masks of varying designs
Cut an oval from card then on top glue different shaped pieces of card for
the eyes, mouth and cheecks.  Then paint the whole thing using earthy

For Japan , How about Ikebana flower arrngements, where the space between
the plants, twigs, flowers etc. is as important as the plants themselves.

For Nativity Animals
Try painting or using collage on paper plates to make the faces and then
get the children to dress in appropriate coloured clothing.

Hope this helps
God Bless Debbie

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8) Children's ministry courses

In response to the reader who was looking for children's ministry courses,
I would recommend Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY.  The Christian Ed.
department offers a number of courses. I'm thinking of attending there in
the field of youth ministry, so if you have any questions or need an
information packet I can be contacted at bbond1@prtcnet.org        Brian

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9) Happy Birthday Jesus song

Although this has some different words, this is one we are using this year
to the tune of Happy Birthday - Hope it helps!

On the first Christmas Day, From the Father above, Came the little Lord
Jesus, to show us God's love.  Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to
you, we love you dear Jesus, Happy Birthday to you.

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KIDS CAN @ CHRISTMAS TIME - An Advent celebration of 28 crafts and
recipes. Some of the projects include: Epiphany Ornaments (a six-sided
three dimensional ornament inspired from the Orient), Ribbon Stars, a
Paper Lace Angel, Paper Lace Luminaries, a Nativity Windsock, a Chrismon
Snowflake Butterfly (new design), an Edible Nativity, Church Window
Cookies, and the Jesus in the Manger cupcake, to name just a few! To learn
more, click the link or copy and paste it to your browser:


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10) Happy Birthday, Jesus Song

I found the song on the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir web
page.  It even has a sample you can listen to.  The
web address is

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11) Read the Bible in a year

There is a wonderful program used by the United Pentecostal Church
International  called B.R.E.A.D., (Bible Reading Enriches Any Day) I
believe that is the correct  name.  You can contact the Pentecostal
Publishing House
8855 Dunn Road
Hazelwood, MO 63042-2299
They have both the adult version and a junior version.  I have used it
personally and it is a great tool to use for reading the bible through in
a year.
Poplar Bluff, Mo

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12) Thank you!

Dear Sarah and all the subscribers to the SSTN, I just to express my deep gratitude for sharing your ideas and experiences. It helps me a lot. Thanks again and again. May the lord bless all the work you are doing for his kingdom,
In His love, Lydia Canlas

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