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SSTN  # 61- June 10, 2002

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1) Discipline Problems
2) Teacher Appreciation
3) Morning Prayer

-> Praise-Amations!

4) Guidelines for Sunday school teachers?
5) Help for Windish Church
6) Fathers Day craft?
7) Theme for Children's celebration?

-> W.W.J.S.? Gospel Catchers

8) Christian La Bamba lyrics
9) Cowboy/girl day?   
10) Water Games   
11) Children's Church, Sunday School and discipline   
12) Recruiting children   

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1) Discipline Problems

I am in desperate need of advice for children that have been removed from
class for continual disruptive behavior.  We have gone the route of
removing the child from class, talking with the parents, counseling and
even having the child suspended from the next class.  The parent has even
removed the child and sat in another room during the whole service and
nothing seems to work.  I'm finding now that when this child begins
disrupting that it's spreading from one child to the next and takes the
rest of the class to get things back in order.  What can we do that will
maintain a teachable atmosphere and at the same time we need to make sure
that this troubled child can be sucessful?
Brenda F Clemmons, NC

--from SSTN: you might want to check the Archives List too for some great
advice:   http://christiancrafters.com/archives.html 

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2) Teacher Appreciation   

For VBS appreciation a few years ago I copied inspirational stories and
poems into a note book.  Hope this helps.

God bless  Jane

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3) Morning Prayer

How about the song "This is the day that the Lord has
made".   Psalms 5:3 is a good scripture regarding morning prayer.

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Remember those cartoon flip cards that you roll between your hands to make
them animate? With Praise-Amations, children will be excited to see their
praise cartoon mini-movies come to life as they roll them between their
hands. 27 Reproducible patterns to make and do with your entire class!

In the Curriculum section: 

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4) Guidelines for Sunday school teachers?

Our Sunday school feels we need to develop guidelines for our teachers.
Would you know where I could obtain such information?
Sharon Niggemeier

--from SSTN: check the Christian Education section of our Bookstore:
and you might try the Archives List:

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5) Help for Windish Church

In reply to Sherry's question: You may be able to attract some parents to
come and check out your church by having "Windish workshops" on a
weeknight they can bring their children to.  I found your explanation
interesting, I'm sure others will be interested too.  From the pool of
families that come for the workshop, you may find those interested in
coming to church.

Workshops should include crafts, language, and stories that come from
Windish culture.  We live in a society of cultural pluralism--take
advantage of it!  (You can also take advantage of your older Windish
members--I'm sure they would love to pass on what they know.)

Good luck,
Dana in Cincinnati

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6) Fathers Day craft?

Hello,  As director of a Children's Bible Club ( 4yr. & up)  I am in need
of a 'keepable' childrens craft. One that is meaningful for them to give
to dear ole Dad. We had a lovely one for Mothers. Would like to come up
with something just as nice for Dad.
Our church website can be visited at www.gbcm-umc.org/newrumley/
Thank you, God Bless,

--from SSTN: Pat, and anyone else, remember to check the Crafts page,
the Sermons page, and the Archives List for ideas:
If anyone has more ideas to share...I'd love to place them in the site
too! ysic, sarah keith <><

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7) Theme for Children's celebration?

I am the Children's ministry co-coordinator at our church , and every year
we hold a  "Children's celebration weekend".  We do something different
every year.  Last year we presented a musical of Noah's Ark.  ( all our
littlies dressed as animals and our older kids doing the drama side)

This year we are planning a Barn dance theme, hay bales, line dancing etc.
I am stuck for a catchy theme for the weekend.  We have a  service on the
Sunday which all the parents are invited to and like to keep a theme for
the weekend.  Help please with any ideas for a theme or other things we
could use to make this weekend a success.

Keeping kids keen in Christ
Queensland , Australia

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W.W.J.S.? Gospel Catchers

There's something much worse than cooties...it's called sin!  Now kids can
make Gospel Catchers rather than Cootie Catchers! A fun and innovative way
for kids to learn to share their faith with their friends!  Includes 4
Gospel Catcher patterns to make: the Colors of Christ (Gospel Colors), the
Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, and the Promises of God. Follow this
link to learn more:

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8) Christian La Bamba lyrics

Group called Apologetix does all Christian parody songs. They have several
CD's out and do live concerts all over. They are really good.

The LaBamba song is on their CD called "Spoofernatural"

The call it "La Bible" the words are all the books in the Bible in order,
what a neat way for the kids to learn the books of the Bible. I don't know
if I am allowed to copy the lyrics for you, but I have them from the CD

My teenagers love them and we have all their CD's. They sing all types
of music for every generation...some I really don't like but they are all
biblically based and geared toward bringing Jesus and salvation to all who
hear. Hope this helps.

--from SSTN: you can find the Spoofernatural CD in the Bookstore:
Type 'Apologetix' into the search box...when you get to the B&N page,
click the music link to type the title again. It will give you an entire
list of all their CDs. (BTW, I can't reprint lyrics without copyright
approval...ysic, sarah)

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9) Cowboy/girl day?   

Thank you for the wonderful newsletter Sarah.
I want to have a wild west theme day in sunday school, would any of your
readers be able to suggest a appropriate story or skit?   
regards, Rob Newlyn.

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10) Water Games   

Checking old emails, I saw the request for water games.  Have you seen the
one where you fill a baby pool with water and then add ice cubes.  Sit as
many children around the pool as space will allow and tell them the object
of the game is catch the "ice" (the fish) with their toes.  Kids love it!
Sorry I am so behind the times for checking email.

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O-ffering advice
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11) Children's Church, Sunday School and discipline   

>Responding to "discipline problems" writer:  It troubles me to hear from
>one who participates in children's ministry who thinks that sunday school
>and children's church is a place basically to dump kids off so that
>parents can enjoy church.

I have a feeling that you are responding to my answer about the validity
of having a children's church while the adults are in worship.  If you
re-read my answer I did not say that children's church and Sunday school
were a place to dump kids off so that the parents can enjoy church.  What
I said is that I believe that the entire family needs to be in worship at
the same time and that if worship only reaches adults then parts of it
should be changed so that children find God in worship as well their
parents.  What I said is that I have trouble with parents who want
children's church so that they can be without their children during
church. I feel that part of a parents' responsibility as Christians is to
model to their children how to worship.  Children learn by worshipping God
not by being told this is how we worship.  I learned to love worship by
being there every week with my parents not by what anyone "taught" me.  We
are so segregated in this society by race and by ageism.  Children learn
from adults and adults learn from children and when we exclude children
from worship we miss that avenue and opportunity of learning and

I feel that Christain formation is important for all Christians regardless
of their age.  Adults need Sunday School too and when Sunday School is
during church, when do the adults get to study the word of God?  One
twenty minute sermon is not enough for adults to understand God's plan for
us or to form us as Christians.  God deserves more that an hour and a half
a week.  I believe that everyone should participate in both Sunday School
and church every Sunday.  Although having Sunday School and then
children's church is not my ideal I will say that I prefer it to having
children go to Sunday school during worship.   MAU

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12) Recruiting children   

>Hi I have a problem!  I am having trouble motivating my Sunday School
>teachers to grow their classes.  I would like them to make visits and/or
>call prospects we have gotten over the past year through various events

Ephesians 4:11 says: "It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be
prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers."

God has given us all different gifts, and those who have the gift of
teaching may not have the gift of evangelism.  I, for one, feel very
comfortable in a classroom, but would not feel comfortable going out and
recruiting children.  Maybe you could find a person or group of people
more gifted in that area whose main task is getting more children to come
to church, rather than trying to get the teachers to do it.

Jill, Nashville, TN

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