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SSTN # 54 - June 11, 2004

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The Curse of Durgan's Reef ... A new novel for Christian teens.

1) Summer Bible Reading Program
2) Noah's Ark / Construction VBS
3) Noah's ark craft
4) Father's Day Song?

Chalk-It-Up ... Fellowship Activities!

5) Lord's Supper / 18 mos.-3 years old
6) Children In Worship Service?
7) Shining Star for Jesus
8) VBS Prizes...don't go overboard

Lessons For Summer

9) Noah's ark ideas
10) Construction VBS
11) VeggieTown Values - Job VBS?
12) Kids Sing Cowboy Songs?

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The Curse of Durgan's Reef ... A new novel for Christian teens.

"The Curse of Durgan's Reef" follows the adventures of two heroic teens as
they search for the cause of mysterious deaths on Australia’s dynamic
Great Barrier Reef.  The young heroes must rely on their faith in God to
confront dangerous sea creatures, violent storms, and murderous criminals.
Author Bruce Conn, a marine biologist, inspired by his own three teen
children, explores the hearts of his characters to illuminate the
Christian virtues that ultimately triumph over superstition, hatred and
Learn more in the "Book Club - Novel Novels" section of our Bookstore at:

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1) Summer Bible Reading Program

I don't know if this will help you or not, but I hope so.  I am a former
Children's church director and my husband is the youth leader in our
church.  My husband, my preacher, a co-youth leader, and myself put
ourselves on the line for incentives for our kids.  We had a pie throwing
contest if they brought their Bibles for 8 consective Wednesday nights. 
Needless to say, we were a real mess!!!  I also challenged the Children's
Church with the same thing and the whole church got a great laugh for a
wonderful incentive. Maybe you could get your pastor or youth leader
involved that way.  Nothing is too silly for God!!  My daughter's school
did a March Madness basketball reading incentive.  Maybe you could title
something to the effect of Bible Gladness - etc.  For every Bible lesson
they read, they could have a scroll like paper and be able to put the
lesson title on the scroll.  You probably could go to your local newspaper
and get the last of the newsprint rolls and make scrol
l for nothing.  Then, you could display it in the hallways of your church
or anywhere you may have room.  I hope you have great success with this
endeavor and may God richly bless you for it.  In God's love, theda

Calling all Sunday School people:
I'm trying to start a Summer Bible Reading Program in my church for grades
1st grade and up. The older kids will volunteer to read out loud in one
corner to the non-readers.  I probably will only get 15 to 20 kids to
We'll be meeting only for part of the church service--about 40 minutes or
so. I 'd like to have the kids sit quietly and spend time reading the
Bible stories that I give them each week.  But as you all know, that will
not hold their interest for the entire time.  I thought about having the
kids "re-enact" the story with puppets, flannelboard figures, flashcards,
etc.   Maybe have a Bible Story movie once every 6 weeks or so.  I also
thought of letting the kids listen to  Bible stories on CD's and
tapes----if I can round up some headphones, I thought the kids can listen
to the stories once in a while.  (We do not have a computer available--I
wish we did, we could do alot of things on one.)
I don't really  know where else to go with this idea.
I want to make this a very special time for the children,  have them read
their Bibles more, and grow in the Lord.  But I'm afraid the kids will be
"bored"--or not come because it is too much like "Sunday School"--they are
so used to having the summers off in my church.
I did not really want it to be a "contest" type program due in part to
variance in age group.   Yet I will be giving out simple
rewards--bookmarkers, etc. for coming to the Program.
I also thought about making up some type of visual to show the parents how
many stories are being read--but can't figure anything out yet.  I'm
running out of time to get this going--can anyone out there help me out?
Like I say--I really want to attract the kids to the idea of reading their
Bibles over the summer.
Any help or ideas or suggestions anyone can give me would be GREAT. 
How can I "grab" the kid's interest  to even come to the program?
Is there a program or a book that tells how to run a program like this?
Has anyone else tried to start a program similar to this?  How did it go?
What worked best for you?
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
June H

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2) Noah's Ark / Construction VBS

Make picture frames for the kids and paint them bright colors, glue
mini-nails, screws and bolts. take pictures of the kids with construction
hats and their animal (stuffed or real) and glue to frame.we did this
picture on building habitate for humanity. but I've done with both and
they come out cute. or you can make frames with spots or stripes for the
animals and add pictures.

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3) Noah's ark craft

I saw a very cute Noah's ark craft at a preschool once, it was done by
very little ones (maybe 2's?)  The teacher had cut ark shapes from brown
construction paper and given to the children to glue on to blue paper. 
She then gave them animal crackers to glue on the picture.  The result was

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4) Father's Day Song?

Hey Everyone,

I'm from a church in Sydney Australia and we're currently looking for a
fathers day song that we can start teaching our 4, 5 yr olds... any help
would be appreciated!


--from SSTN: what about "Father Abraham"?
You can print the words and hear the music at:
http://www.ebibleteacher.com/children/songs.htm#Father Abraham

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Chalk-It-Up ... Fellowship Activities!

Encourage creativity in kids with 22 Awesome Outdoor Games Kids Draw With
Chalk. Fun and wholesome activities for parties, icebreakers, and
friendship building! Use them at church, school, youth groups, or for
family-time get-togethers! Comes with a pack of 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)! Get two sample games and learn more at:


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5) Lord's Supper / 18 mos.-3 years old

I need a craft for the Lord's Supper for ages 18 mos. - 3 years old. 
Help.  It is for our bible school .

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6) Children In Worship Service?
In your opinion, what are the PROS AND CONS of bringing
children into the adult worship service?

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7) Shining Star for Jesus

This message is in response to the posting about Shining Star for Jesus
ideas for 3 and 4 year olds. You could purchase glow-in-the-dark stars
(the kind that you would normally hang on the ceiling or wall), and punch
a hole in each one, write Jesus in the middle of the star with a permanent
black marker, and then have the kids string one and some glow in the dark
large beads onto a piece of string or yarn to make a necklace. You can
substitute paper stars if they are on yellow paper, glow in the dark
paper, or painted with glow in the dark paint.
You could give the kids yellow chalk and black construction paper and let
them draw their own stars, constellations, and so on on the black paper.
You can write the word Jesus in the middle using yellow chalk ahead of

Let the kids make star mobiles by having them color stars with the word
Jesus in the middle of them, and then hole punch the top of the stars, and
tie  a short length of yarn through them. Attach these to a drinking
straw, a wooden dowel, or two drinking straws that have been taped
together in an X formation. Once you have finished stringing the stars on
it, thread another length of yarn through the drinking straw and tie it at
the top leaving some room for hanging.

Have the children "draw" stars with glue on a sheet of black construction
paper, and then let the kids cover it with yellow or gold glitter to make
shining stars for Jesus.

You can have the children color in a star, and put this poem below it
"Starlight, Starbright, I see a shining star tonight, I pray I may, I pray
I might, be reminded of Gods love tonight." or "Starlight, Starbright, I
see a shining star tonight, I pray it may, I pray it might, remind me of
Gods love tonight"
Hope this helps!
Love in Christ,
Sarah in California

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8) VBS Prizes...don't go overboard

Please do not go overboard with prizes for attendance, reading the Bible,
contests, or any other activities in VBS or other Christian
ministries. External rewards are not conducive to moral development. In
Christ, Myrtle

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Lessons For Summer

What can bugs teach children about Jesus? More than you think!
In "Goin' 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 mid-week classes or a refreshing change of pace
during the Sunday School hour! Learn more in the Curriculum Creatives
store at:

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9) Noah's ark ideas

When we did Noah's ark a couple of months ago, I found an old platform in
storage and turned it into an ark. I took large pieces of card board and
cut them into the shape of the ark and fastened them to the front of the
platform. Than I placed a plank for the kids to enter the ark. They loved

On the first week we "built" the ark. I found some would like contact
paper and the kids were able to "collect" the gofer wood and attach it to
the ark.

The next week they collected animals from all over the room and took them
into the ark.

On the 3rd lesson we sent out the raven (kid wrapped in black cloth) and 3
doves (kids wrapped in white cloth) Two went out and the third didn't come

With the 4th lesson we came out of the ark and built an altar. After which
we talked about the significance of the a rainbow.

Have fun!

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10) Construction VBS

I liked your idea about covering the boxes for the books of the bible.  I
am a packrat for craft items and have been collecting old check boxes to
use for the parable of the treasure, but they could work out great for
books of the bible too and would be smaller.  These could all be stored in
a box or rubbermaid container to use for a future class.  Just a

Anita  Joshua 24:15

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11) VeggieTown Values - Job VBS?

I was wondering if there is anyone out there whom has used the VeggieTown
Values on the Job VBS and has the music CD or anything. I would be happy
to pay shipping if need be. We are a small rural church in Delaware Ohio
and we are trying to save any and all money we can for a building fund. I
opted to borrow a program from another local church however, the kit isn't
complete. If anyone has anything we could borrow or any suggestions on
ways to turn this from a site based program to a conventional one, please
contact me at jas41986@aol.com. Thank you and God Bless. Debbie

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12) Kids Sing Cowboy Songs

To Diana Brownsboro, TX:
I am doing a western theme for our Sunday school opening day.  In the
archives, you listed “Kids Sing Cowboy Songs”.  I am unable to locate it,
and was wondering if that is the correct title.  You said it was through
Brentwood Music. I am unable to locate it through them.  Maybe there is
another Brentwood Music that is not on the internet. Could you (or anyone
else) email me with where I can locate this CD.   
Thanks, Michele.   

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