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SSTN # 30 - April 7, 2005

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--> Pentecost Rusher  T O Y ... Awesome Activity!

1) Clever Discipline Technique
2) Hospitalized boy...internet resources
3) Hospitalized boy
4) Autistic boy?

After-School Fellowship ... Get ready for summer!

5) Hospitalized boy...books on tape
6) Apostle Paul VBS ?
7) Used Materials
8) Losing my Fruits of the Spirit...help

Summertime Fun Lessons

9) Play: "The Clown"
10) Adult Sanctuary & Punishment
11) Youth Involvement...Praise Program
12) Communion instruction

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Pentecost Rusher  T O Y ... Awesome activity, your kids will love it!

Children will be reminded of the rushing wind and tongues of fire when the
Holy Spirit descended on believers at Pentecost! Your kids will have fun
making, playing and listening to the Pentecost Rusher. An Easy Make & Take
Project for Pentecost Sunday.  Print out as many patterns as you need for
a small one-time fee.

Find it in the Curriculum section at: 

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1) Clever Discipline technique

I have a group of 5th and 6th graders this year that were totally
disruptive. It was to the point that I wanted to quit teaching entirely,
because we couldn't get anything done.  I tried a lot of different things
but the thing that finally did the trick was to bring a video camera to
class.  All I did was put it on a tripod and aimed it toward the class. 
They asked why they were being taped and I told them that I assumed they
were so proud of their behavior, that they wold want their parents to see
it too.  It was like flipping a switch and they have been model students
ever since.  I'm not sure how it would work for younger children, but this
group of kids knew how unacceptable their behavior was and itworked like a
charm.  We have had 6 great weeks in a row, got through all of the lesson
and had time to work on a project. 
Kathy Wardynski

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2) Hospitalized boy...internet resources

This is in response to June who asked for ideas to occupy a 9 year old boy
who is hospitalized.  Many hospitals offer access to videos and computer
games.  If he's allowed on the internet I have found 3 great entertaining
Christian sites for kids. 
One is  http://www.toyboxtales.com/index.html.  It's is a children's
pastor's site who has made all these very funny videos using action
figures to tell story's and parables from the Bible.  You can download
them for free and they are really funny.  I think any elementary age boy
would love them!  There are lots of them and they all teach great
The second is http://www.whitsend.org/imagine/index.html.  Here kids can
play battleship, connect 4, and some other games.
The third is http://www.kingscall.org/ a fun interactive online adventure
If he had access to a laptop computer with internet, he could play these
while in his bed.  They are very entertaining and make the time pass!
Hope that helps!
Dawn in Kentucky

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3) Hospitalized boy

For ideas to send the little boy facing a long hospital stay, I would
suggest Bible related CDs and/or tapes such as Adventures in Odyssey (by
Focus on the Family).  These come in sets that are often a theme and they
do a fantastic job of keeping a child's attention (adults too!).  Yes,
they may seem a little pricey but they are worth every single cent!  Some
of the Adventures include "travel" for actual Bible story re-enactment
that are excellent.  There's also The Donut Man, Psalty, You Are There,
etc.  There are other terrific Bible-related song tapes or CDs out there
-- (e.g., Hallelujah Hop was a favorite of my daughter).  If there is a
video player in the hospital TV, the Nest Entertainment Bible story videos
are the best animated Bible stories on the market (my opinion).  Veggie
Tales are loved by all ages. 

Perhaps the class could bring money to go in together for some of these
items to send to the boy every week or so.  Or if some of the children own
them, perhaps they could share them or give them (as long as they are in
good shape or gently used).  If your church library or children's library
has these things perhaps they could be checked out for him.  Perhaps a
fundraiser could be held to raise funds for these things or request
donations of these items.  Or a gift certificate to a Christian bookstore
for the parents. 

Lastly, good child appropriate Bible-related stories could be read to him.
Also, ask other parents with children this age. 

My heart goes out to the boy and his family.  I hope some of the ideas are

Rene' Tucker
Houston, TX

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4) Autistic boy?

I was wondering if anyone had any ideas or resources that we could use to
reach an autistic boy that is in our church.  He is a real sweetheart, 6
years old.
He has been tested at school and his reading comprehension is way above
grade level-kindergarten. He is hard of hearing and his eyesight is not
good.  He will not sit unless he is watching his little handheld CD
machine that shows cartoons etc.  He is
extememly mecanical.  Our church is very small and he usually goes to the
nursery to just do puzzles or play with the trucks.  Does anyone know of a
Christian resourse for dvd's of cd's that we could put in his little box. 
He won't interact very much or listen while you try to read to him.  Any
suggestions would be appreciated-
thanks- Nancy

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After-School Fellowship ... Chalk-It-Up ... Encourages creativity! 

22 Awesome Outdoor Games Kids Draw With Chalk. Fun and wholesome
activities for parties, icebreakers, and friendship building! Use them at
church, school or after-school programs, youth groups or family time
get-togethers! Comes with a pack of giant marble sidewalk chalk, a recipe
to make your own chalk, and directions to make some unique game
accessories. Includes games for older and younger kids (K-5th grade)!

Download two sample games and learn more at:


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5) Hospitalized boy...books on tape

Hey June,
Good job on the once a day for the child in the hospital.  I'm a chaplain
for an organization a one card is required but having been in the hospital
for over 5 months with 21 surgeries and months of rehab cards were fun for
me.  Something else was the headset and books on tape.  I was given a
Bible on tape and several musical recordings and books on tape from the
library to listen to while I was confined.  Room on the side table was
limited because of the machines they were using to help me breath, eat and
have heart rhythm. Hope this helps you and your  Sunday school child.  God
Bless You for the effort you are making.

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6) Apostle Paul VBS ?

We are planning to do the travels of Apostle Paul for VBS this year-does
anyone have any suggestions regarding activities or crafts? Any help would
be greatly appreciated.

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7) Used Materials

I have a fair library of books to recommend if you are on a shoe string
buget, email me and I can give you the names and publishers.
Thomas Paker SST @ St Philip Lutheran Church.


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8) Losing my Fruits of the Spirit...help

Hi All, I really enjoy reading this post.  Alot of creative ideas are
generated by Sarah's ministry here.  Anyways, I feel like I am losing my
Fruits of the Holy Spirit.  I was once so incredibly happy at my church,
but over the past 9 months, I have been extremely angered, upset, and
disheartened.  My pastor and I are at odds with one another. I decided I
want to further Christ's work and go into ministry for myself.  I thought
my pastor would be extremely joyous over this announcement, but in return,
he has shown me he has no positive remarks for me at this time.  Needless
to say, I have been challenged by him and some others to seek out other
churches, which I have been doing.  I like the other churches where I have
attended, but none seem the same as my "home church".  I truly miss by
sisters and brothers of the church.  I want to do what is best for me and
what is pleasing to myself and God. I was once a coordinator for VBS,
youth groups, mommy and me group, and also a Sunday school teacher, and
now I have resigned from everything.  I truly believe that God is
leading me in another direction and as a good disciple, I want to
completely be obedient to Him.  Can anyone help me with my confusion at
this point??

Yours in Obedience to Him,
Karen Amspacher

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Summertime Fun Lessons

What can bugs teach children about Jesus? More than you think!
In "Buggie For Jesus - I'm a BEE-liever", children will learn important
Bible truths using hands-on buggie crafts, games, lessons, and yummy
devotions. Great for summer lessons, midweek or a refreshing change of
pace during the Sunday School hour! Learn more in the Curriculum Creatives
store at:

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9) Play: "The Clown"

I was in a play called "The Clown" about 25 years ago. the main character
was, obviously, a clown. There were 4 other characters wearing shirts with
the letters E V I L on each shirt.Through their interactions with the
Clown, they re-arranged the way they stood and became L I V E.

I'll look in some of our old files and see if I can find it, but I'm

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10) Adult Sanctuary & Punishment

>As far as discipline goes, these days, about the only threat I can use
>with the kids is that they will have to go in the adult sanctuary.

Please,please, please do not use going to the adult sanctuary as a
punishment. Think about the message it sends. Being in the sanctuary and
worshipping God should be a joy, a wonder, something really special not a

A couple of alternative ideas. If you have adults who are willing to sit
with the kids set up a utterly boring place. It could be a mat in a
hallway, it could be a chair in an office. The idea is that the child
would sit there with nothing, absolutely nothing to do for 10 minutes or
so (kinda like the naughty step).

If the children's parents are in church, simply send a message that their
children are misbehaving and would they come and sit with them.


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11) Youth Involvement...Praise Program

Just read your email. I love to read them. I am not always able to reply,
but I do injoy them.  You asked about a suggestion on your praise
program.  What we do is let the kids have a role every quarter, such as
one can be in organizing the program for the qr. or every week.  One can
be in charge of the group there in for the qr. one can be the song leader
for the qr. and  so on.  This also teaches the kids to work in a proper
manner for the Lord.  Which you and your husband will over see it and make
all the teaching and supervisions as to where you dierct them in going. 
This will help them get to see what you are trying to do for them.  It
will also help them study more if they have to help give the lesson.  I
hope I have help you insome way.  You have helped so many by your own
faith.  God bless you and husband as you try differnent thing to get the
attention of young people today.

Your sister in Christ

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12) Communion instruction 

I don't have any suggestions to offer but I just wanted to encourage
you and thank you for the work you are about to start for your kids...I am
22 now, been taking communion for maybe 5 years or so and did not
understand why until last year...either i missed when they explained what
it was for or i wasn't taught why at all...but thank you for your
willingness to further your kids spiritual walk :)  

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