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SSTN # 5 - January 18, 2005

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1) Stations of the Cross
2) When I was cold...
3) More Meat, Less Crafts
4) Star Crafts

Sample Lessons........download them today!

5) Ideas for 3 year olds?
6) Animals for witness 
7) Spanish materials to give
8) Heroes of the Bible?
9) Lord's Prayer in sign language?

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1) Stations of the Cross

I am looking for something to have my 6th grade religious education class
make that would be in the form of a hanging art project reflecting the
Stations of the Cross.  I was wondering if you could possibly help me out
here and can suggest any place I might be able to go for help in doing
Last year my class got 1 station each and they made art projects
reflecting that station, but, it was done so they could sit and be
displayed on a table.  This year, my director wants to hang them up like
in a form of a banner.    
Any help, suggestions will be greatly appreciated. 
My email is zob-3425@msn.com
Thanks Mary

--from SSTN: for those responding, please reply to the entire network so
all may benefit. Also, check out the archives for more ideas on

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2) When I was cold...

On the street I saw a small girl, cold and shivering in a
thin dress, with little hope of a decent meal. I became
angry and said to God: “Why did you permit this? Why
don’t you do something about it?”

He replied: “I did do something about it. . . . I made you!”

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3) More Meat, Less Crafts

The person who wrote regarding fewer crafts - more meat struck home with
me. I also worry that Sunday School can become too much of an
arts-n-crafts time. I spend A LOT of time finding "just the right" craft,
project, etc...But, I look at it like this: one, SS teachers are not the
only - or necessarily - the most important spiritual influence for a
child. That comes from many different sources. Secondly, is it more
important for that child to be bored senseless or to return - even if it
is for games, art, songs and (heaven forbid!) snacks? And, finally, what's
wrong with fun in church? God has a sense of humor and fun - why shouldn't
we? Lighten up!

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4) Star Crafts

I taught a pre-school class several years ago.  I was teaching on
friendship so we had a little tea party.  I served juice and cheese
sandwiches cut in the shape of stars.  You can use a cookie cutter to cut
out the stars... don't know if this helps.

PS  Creation is a good story to tell if you want to use stars..

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Sample Lessons....download them today!

"Lion Bites" from "Super Heroes of the Bible":

"Alpha & Omega Relays" from "His Name Shall Be Called...":

"No Other gods" from "God's Top Ten":

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5) Ideas for 3 year olds?

I would love any ideas for decorating, games, and storytelling ideas to
keep my 3's sunday school classes attention. A lot of my students are
newly 3 and still have some of the 2's left in them.

--from SSTN: a great resource is, "Bible Pray & Play" versions 1 and 2.
You can find them in the Bibles section of the Bookstore at:

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6) Animals for witness 

>"I would like to concentrate on using animals to bring in a
>Christian witness but any ideas would be welcomed." 

I was sent this website from Children's Ministries Magazine. It has
stories of animals that illustrate Bible truths. Hope you find it useful
(it's in English, though.) http://cmmag.com/articles/detail.asp?ID=4751

Sharon from Australia again!

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7) Spanish materials to give

I have Spanish VBS materials, including puppet scripts, stories, games and
craft projects for mission use.  Please email me a snail mail address and
I will share my materials.
Joyce Henderson

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8) Heroes of the Bible?

I would like to start a series of  lessons on Heroes.  There was a book
on the website about 3 months ago but I can't seem to find it.  Does
anyone have any great ideas or resources.  I will be teaching  Grades 5
- 7 first and then adapting it to Grades 2 - 4.  Thanks for any

--from SSTN: You'll find "Super Heroes of the Bible" in the Curriculum
Creatives section at:

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9) Lord's Prayer in sign language?

I am trying to find The Lord's Prayer in sign language so that I can teach
it to my preschool Sunday School class.  I have searched the internet but
I can't find it. 
Any ideas?
Tina - Tennessee

--from SSTN: check the Links page and the archives for "sign language" at:

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