**** A service of ChristianCrafters.Com ****

"For where two or three come together in my name,
there am I with them." -- Jesus.

<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><

When responding to a topic:
Delete ALL TEXT that is NOT PERTINENT to your response
before posting your message. Reply to:  Sakeith@aol.com

SSTN - Number 259
December 14, 2001

<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><


1) Birthday Party for Jesus
2) Quick Children's Sermons
3) Pastor vs. teacher
4) Christmas tree ornaments
5) Birthday Party for Jesus
6) Communion lesson?
7) Decorate with a nature   
8) PRESCHOOL things?
9) Names of God/Jesus?
10) Old Hymnals?
11) Costume for a Camel?       
12) Lost contact

<>< <>< <>< <>< TODAY'S SSTN POSTINGS: <>< <>< <>< <><

1) Birthday Party for Jesus

>for preschool aged children story, and would like some crafts or
activities to help >reinforce our preschoolers understanding of the real
meaning of Christmas.

Hi there:
You could probably do some of the same things we did when we did "a baby
shower for Jesus."  People brought baby gifts and they were donated to a
charity.  They played a relay game..."wrap the baby" which they did with a
roll of toilet paper, and of course we had cake.  Having the story is also
an excellent idea.
God bless,

<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><

2) Quick Children's Sermons

Good Morning: In response to #254:#2  Tommie   Quick Children's
I recommend "Object Lessons For a Year = OBJECT" by David Claassen 
ISBN 0-8010-2514-1

I look forward weekly to your site and get lots of ideas! Thanks!

--from SSTN: Thank you. You can also find and search for children's sermon
books in the Bookstore-Sermons section:

<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><

3) Pastor vs. teacher

I have been reading all the comments over pastor vs. teacher. I seems to
me that the confusion lies in the use of the word pastor.  In the scriptures
the word pastor is used to mean elder, overseer, leader of the church.  An
elder shows he has the qualifications to nurture and oversee a church by
having successfully raised believing children.  God obviously thought this
experience of being a parent would be necessary to being a good leader in
the church.  If I understand how the word is used in many churches today,
pastor is the name given to the preacher or minister of the congregation.
This is a different role than the role of an elder.  There are no
qualifications for a minister to be a father or husband.

<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><

4) Christmas tree ornaments

>I teach 1st - 3rd grade.  I am looking for any Christmas
>tree ornaments ideas anyone has.

I submitted this idea but I don't know if it made the rounds...all you
need is 4 white coffee filters, glue and white string or pipe cleaner.  Ball up
one filter and wrap second one around it like the Kleenex ghosts you made
when you were a kid.  Tie off the neck.  Pinch the center of the third
filter and poke it up inside the neck, this becomes the dress.  Fold the
fourth filter in half and glue to the back for wings.  You can add a
cardstock circle to the back of the head as a halo and glue string or
something to hang it by.  The kids decorated the church tree with this
last year and I made a larger angel out of coffee filters for the top.
Everyone loved it because it looked nice and the kids made them.

I also am looking for an easy and inexpensive gift for the kids to hand
out to the congregation after their Christmas program.  They will be singing
"Christmas is a time to love".  I will need to have 40 gifts.  I think I
will be making them all as time for the kids to make them is short this
year.  thanks

--from SSTN:
make heart ornaments using red craft foam, or cardstock paper. Then frost
them with white glitter glued on top, or white paper heart doilies glued
on top. Hang with a gold thread. ysic, sarah <><

<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><

5) Birthday Party for Jesus

>I need ideas for a Birthday Party for Jesus... for preschool aged chilren
>(1-5 yrs.).....

Every year, my daughter and I make a "Happy Birthday Jesus" cake.  I
frost it, and she gets to decorate it--then we put in some birthday
candles.  A birthday cake made it easier for my daughter to "see" that
the holiday was for someone's birthday when she was younger.

Also--Oriental Trading Post (a catalog that's also available online) has
a whole line of  "Happy Birthday Jesus" products--I'm sure you could find
something inexpensive to go along with your theme.

You may want to have the children make gifts for the birthday boy to
further make the point of whose birthday it is.  Ideas for gifts include
having the children place ideas of what they can do to please Jesus (like
"obey my mom" or "be nice to my sister") in a pretty gift-wrapped box; or
you can read the story of the wise men's gifts and discuss what gifts
they would have brought.  (Few baby showers today include gold,
frankincense, and myrrh.)  The kids could bring in baby gifts (actual
items or pictures from catalogs) or draw pictures to put under a tree.
If the parents are willing, new baby items could be brought in to put
under the tree ("for Jesus"), and later donated to a woman's pregnancy

Just some ideas...
Dana in St. Clair Shores, MI

<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><

6) Communion lesson?   

My team and I are trying to develop a lesson teaching about Communion.
Does anyone have an idea that worked for them?  We have thought about
doing it around the Last Supper and having our meal on the floor with
costumes, etc.  Any resources you can suggest would be appreciated.
--- Melinda Gibson

<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><


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:


<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><

7) Decorate with a nature

hey sarah, here is an idea for anyone who has kids with lots of stuffed
animals and needs to decorate with a nature them:  I used the baby Jesus
and placed Him in a cradle made from thos wooden folding plate-holders.
then i took the stuffies and let them "gather around with "natural gifts"
the bear brought a bee-hive of honey made from rough looking road wrapped
around a cone.  the honey drips were from the glue gun.  the little
squirrel brought a big preserved leaf from the yard (or get a silk one
from the fall decorations just put away), in the middle were walnuts.  our
racoon brought some beads from his wanderings.  I think the skunk brought
his very best cinimon sticks.  well, you get the idea.  In this way,
childern realize that what they have already can be a gift to the Lord.
blessing to all, adrienne

<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><

The Sweetest Story Ever Told

Begin a new family tradition of giving sugar cookies and sharing Jesus!
This book comes with five cookie cutters, a recipe card, and gift tags
that tell the Christmas story. In the Bookstore-Holidays section:


<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><

8) PRESCHOOL things?

Thank you for all of the wonderful things you provide. I am a brand new
preschool sunday school teacher and have found several ideas and helpful
hints from you. Any more PRESCHOOL things would be wonderful! Thank you
again, In His Service ,Tracy

--from SSTN: thank you, Tracy. Make sure you check out the Christian
Education, the Craft and the Bibles section of the Bookstore:

<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><

9) Names of God/Jesus?

Does anyone have any ideas for lessons/crafts/games on the theme of
Names of God/Jesus? Thanks! 
Kit MacLeod, North Palm Beach, FL

<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><

FREE Chrismon Snowflake Star!


<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><

10) Old Hymnals?

I am in need of used hymnals for a project at our church.  If you or
someone you know has old hymnals that are no longer being used please
contact me via email.  They must be hard-back books but they can have torn
or missing pages.  Thanks, God bless and Merry Christmas!
Michelle Rowland
Calvary Baptist Chapel
Alexandria, Indiana

<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><

"Get em' in the LOOP!" Share our ideas!

Invite your friends, pastors, and coworkers
to join our discussion in SSTN.


<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><

11) Costume for a Camel?   

Hi, My daughter goes to Websterville Baptist Christian School and I
am looking for an easy Camel costume for the School Christmas Program, do
you by chance have any quick and easy ideas.  I need to make 3 of them for
the program for next Friday (Dec 14, any suggestions would be a great
Thank YOu.

--from SSTN: sorry for the short notice. At this time of year postings are
plentiful and they are placed into the newsletter in the order received.
Just a reminder to post your requests as far in advance as possible. (I
know it isn't always possible) Also, remember to check the Archives List
for more ideas. ysic, sarah <><


<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><

12) Lost contact

Dear Sarah, hopefully you can help some with this problem. Recently while
corresponding with some wonderful SSTN subscribers, I experienced computer
problems, lost all of their addresses while working with tech support to
solve the problem, and have had to change e-mail addresses. I'd like to
hear from them at my new e-mail address jipsy@webjammer.net
Thank you,
Janet Smith
Paintsville, KY 41240

<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><

SSTN Voluntary Subscription

Your support subscription to SSTN helps to pay the expenses to keep it
coming each week! Help keep SSTN alive!

To learn more, go to:


Or, mail your subscription check to:

Sarah Keith <><
438 East Ilex Drive
Lake Park, FL 33403

(In the memo section of your check write: 'SSTN Subscription'. Please
include your email address.)

<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><

--Copyright 2001 S.A. Keith--All Rights Reserved. ----

Please read the complete copyright information at ChristianCrafters.Com.
You will find the link at the bottom of the homepage.

The SSTN GUIDELINES are posted on the Archives List page.

Publication in any medium, commercial or noncommercial, is strictly
prohibited without prior written permission. SSTN has contributors from
all over the world who share their ideas. If you reprint any of the ideas
from SSTN or ChristianCrafters.Com in any medium (websites, magazines,
newsletters, etc.), you must contact the submitter, and
ChristianCrafters.Com for reprint permissions. Any materials used must
also include the submitter's name and where the ideas were gleaned from.
The opinions expressed in the SSTN e-Newsletter are not necessarily
endorsed by ChristianCrafters.Com. SSTN reserves the right to edit and or
exclude information from the SSTN e-Newsletter.

<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><


--To SUBSCRIBE or CHANGE your email address in the SSTN e-Newsletter:
Go to the 'Sunday School Network' page at:
If you are subscribing a friend, make sure you have their permission.

--To UNSUBSCRIBE to the SSTN e-Newsletter:
At the bottom of this newsletter you'll find your unique code for removing
your email address. The exact code MUST be placed into the 'mail to' or
'send to' area of your email box. Copy and paste the ENTIRE code, then
click send. The code begins with the word, 'leave' and ends with the
letters, 'ws', use the ENTIRE code. Get it below.

<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< 

Return to the Archives List