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March 8, 2000
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* Forwarding SSTN e-Newsletter
* June VBS-need ideas
* story of Jacob and Esau
* ABC Memory Verses
* VBS- "Feel God's World"
* SIN-bad things rather than good
* Lenten devotionals

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eed ideas for June VBS-

Start with a theme. This is something commercial programs do well. (ie. Space, ocean, country farm, etc.) Once you decide on a theme-that will help shape your activities and craft ideas. Then for each day, have one Bible point. (ie. God loves me, God saved me, etc.) This will help you choose your Bible references and your theme will shape your crafts and activities to coincide with the Bible point.

Also, the program we've been using for a number of years blends different ages into small groups (about 5-6 kids). The leader of each small group has a responsible older child 11-teens, or an adult. The small groups travel together to the different activities (crafts, story time, song time, snacks, etc.) making one larger group (of about 5-6 groups). This has been a wonderful way to have multiple age interaction and it is conducive to an orderly VBS. The younger children look up to the older, and the older children help the younger. Each of the kids within the small groups are given a job for the day, (ie. line leader, materials manager, Bible reader, song leader, etc.) I really love this approach!
Hope this helps you get a handle on it!
Sarah Keith
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PS-if you do this-let us know and maybe we can help you get more specific with actual ideas. Hey network friends...got any suggestions?

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I will be telling the story of Jacob and Esau to 3-5 yr.olds and hope to
>emphasize on Jacob's way of getting the birthright and God's way of giving
>Is there anybody who knows a craft, games etc. to help me in this lesson?

I don't know if this is what you want but my class recently studied Jacob &
Esau. At the beginning of the class, we made a quick lentil soup. Canned
lentils, ham, carrots, celery, water & spices. The children did not know why
we were cooking the soup until it was complete. As they ate the soup I told
them the story of Esau selling his birthright for a dish of lentil stew.
Though not all of the children were daring enough to taste the lentil soup,
they all had a great time cooking. (Those who did taste the soup loved it and
wanted more.) I think we all enjoyed something a little different from the
Holly, Bridgeport, CT, K-6

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Response to: "We are reorganizing our Children's Ministries. I am looking for a
>good memory verse program for our Children's (K-4) and Junior (5&6) Church.

Perhaps you will consider what our Youth Church has done successfully the last three years, and that is teach ABC Memory Verses. Your source is the Bible. Examples as follows:

A...And what I say unto you I say unto all, watch. (Mark 13:37)
B...Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; (Ephesians 5:1)
C...Commit thy way unto the Lord; Trust also in him, And He shall bring
it to pass.
D...Do not err, my beloved brethren. (James 1:16)

I pray that these examples will be a blessing to you. Yours in Christ,
Ahreita Griffin
Charlotte, North Carolina

(From Christian Crafters.Com - Great idea! Thanks for sharing.)

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Responding to: "I am looking for simple crafts and fun games for our early June VBS. >These should be universal for ages 5 through 12 years old. This would be very helpful >as this is the first time we are attempting this without the help of a commercial >program.....

Not knowing what your theme is for VBS this year, may I suggest the following fun craft, "Feel God's World" based on the Bible Story, the Creation in Genesis Chapter One. Children are to collect items of different textures from their environment (i.e., something hard (rock), soft (cotton ball) smooth, silky (cloth), bumpy, (tiny branch) etc.) and glue them onto a styrofoam plate/tray. Those who forgot to bring their items from home were allowed to go outside (as there was some open land beside our church) and collect items. (NOTE: Even the teenagers wanted to participate!) This and other nature crafts can easily be worked into a VBS program from a book entitled Creation Crafts by Darlene Hoffa. I purchased this book through a book club called Christian Distributors. You may need this book number; ISBN:0-570-04758-7
Yours in Christ,
Ahreita Griffin
Charlotte, NC

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I teach teenagers at my Sunday School. Recently they asked why does it seem easier to do bad things rather than good. Can you suggest a way to answer this that would be accepted by the teenagers.

God's blessings

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My church website has daily Lenten devotionals posted. They are written by members from our church, young and old. It is a great way to get everyone in church thinking about Lent and the preparation of our hearts to Easter Morning. Check it out:
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