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SSTN # 62 - July 6, 2004

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Chalk-It-Up ... Fellowship Fun!

1) Fiery Furnace
2) Games for ladies' ministry
3) Teaching Autistic Children
4) Bible Heroes?

Prayer Wheel ... Easy Download

5) 75th Anniversary Ideas?
6) Games for Ladies' Ministry
7) Games for Women's Ministry
8) Treasures of the Nile?

--> Bloom & Boom - Lessons for Teens

9) Zechariah's Visions?
10) Passover Seder for children
11) Summer Reading
12) VBS In The Park...

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Chalk-It-Up ... Great 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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1) Fiery Furnace


I loved your idea about using the blacklight for the Fiery Furnace story.
Please share more of your story ideas.


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2) Games for ladies ministry

> Hi, can someone help with games for a ladies ministry.

Try looking at:


I've used this site many times; it has heaps of ideas
relating to ladies ministry.

Pat Pollard
Perth, Western Australia

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3) Teaching Autistic Children

For Dan in Ft. Lauderdale, and all others teaching children with special
needs:  consistency is the key to good teaching for these children.
Check with parents and their regular school teachers to use the same
techniques and prompts. It might be very helpful to be part of the
child's planning team at the local school! (and possibly a good way to
invite others to your class). Since you live in South Florida, there are
two nearby resources, the Dan Marino Foundation
(www.danmarinofoundation.org) in Westin and the Univ. of Miami CARD
center (www.umcard.org). Why not invite one of their instructors to your
class? All states have a state wide Family Network on Disabilities,
where you can find specific, concrete ideas for help. Including children
and adults with special needs in the mainstream of church life is
exactly what Jesus would do! Blessings.

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4) Bible Heroes?

My church's VBS theme is "Amazing Victories" which focuses on heroes of
the Bible.  Can you give me some ideas for crafts and fun activities for
1st and 2nd graders?
Thank you,
Cindy from Texas

--from SSTN: check out the samples for "Super Heroes of the Bible" listed
on the Curriculum Creatives page at:

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Prayer Wheel ... Easy Download

Children turn the wheel to learn "The Lord's Prayer", the prayer that
Jesus taught us to pray. Use the Prayer Wheel during class time, at the
dinner table, or for morning and bedtime prayers! Kids color, cut, and
assemble the easy-to-make patterns. Download an unlimited supply of
patterns for a onetime fee.

Learn more at:

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5) 75th Anniversary Ideas?

Our church is turning 75 years old next year, and we are currently in the
planning stages for a huge celebration.  If you have any wonderful ideas
to pass along in relation to all aspects to this type of celebration, it
would be much appreciated.  Thanks!

Kim in WV

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6) Games for Ladies Ministry

You could make up a lot of games, by using your computer. I made a game
called, "Women of the Bible Bingo", by taking Women of the Bible, placing
them on a bingo card, calling out numbers and going from there. There are
also games like, giving the bio of a women of the bible and you have to
match the scrambled names to the bio of the women of the bible. then there
is a word search of women of the bible names, then a crossword, using
women of the bibles's names. hope this helped you, if not, i'll explain
more, just email me at njs@san.lacity.org

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7) Games for Women's Ministry 

I recently attended a Women's Ministry and we had a wonderful time
in the Lord!  One game in particular gave us an opportunity to learn
names.  Two women sit in a chair facing each other, but there is a
blanket between them.  You cannot see anyone one on either side.  The
blanket is dropped to the floor or lowered and you must say the Lady's
name out loud.  It is really interested when you don't know each other
and you try to guess.  After three or so attempts, you introduce your
selfs.  We did this with over 50 ladies and no one was bored and every-
one got a turn.

Hope this helps,
Ahreita Griffin
Charlotte, NC

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8) Treasures of the Nile?

We are using Treasures of the Nile 2003 because we
only stuy half last vbs, any ideas on what we could
use for props, etc... any thoughts would help.

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--> Bloom & Boom - Lessons for Teens

A girls and guys guide to growing up. Practical advice from a Christian
viewpoint about the internal and external changes experienced by
teenagers. Learn more in the Christian Education section of our bookstore:


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9) Zechariah's Visions?

Can you by any chance develop, in picture, the visions Zechariah had in
the first chapters of his book in the Old Testament? That is something I
cannot find in any resources I have looked into.

Thank you

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10) Passover Seder for children

Focus on the family had an article in one of their magazines. Contact them
for info.
La Marque, TX

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11) Summer Reading
Check out a Christian-based mystery story, "The Curse of Durgan's Reef"
in the Novel-Novels section of the Bookstore at:

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12) VBS In The Park...

Thought I could share a couple of VBS ideas I've done or
participated in through the years.

VBS in the Park:
Our church chooses a city park as location for our
VBS.  We take in everything we need including a puppet stage (folds in
half on hinges for moving), clowns (a couple from our church who do
simple "tricks" and then a puppet story), I do crafts (including making
a huge character cut-out with hole cut into "face area", then I take kids'
picture for end of VBS activity), we have a Bible Story after puppets
and time of singing,(we put blankets on the floor if in a park shelter, or
spread blankets on ground for song time and Bible Story - even for
crafts if necessary, using paper plates in the kids' laps to hold crafting
materials);  move on to Crafts(this year we have picnic tables)
, then to fun outdoor games, and
finally treats. We have a karoke (sp?) machine for music and for speaking.
We do this every Wednesday evening in June and July.  Passed out flyers
about 2 days before the first one. While we were hoping for at least 10
children, we had 30 the first night.  God can indeed supply whatever we
need.  We do carry everything in. Use our Jr. High as "helpers"

VBS on Saturday only:
We had a one-day VBS on a Saturday with minimal amount of helpers.
Had our Jr. High do a skit (we actually used
old VBS materials as our resource), we did the Bible Story, craft, made
a simple hot dog lunch (hot dog, chips, drink, cookies & fruit kabobs),
sang some songs and sent them on their way by 1:30 or 2 p.m. We started
at 9 or 9:30.  There were about 4 adults as I remember, and 4 or 5 Jr.High
kids who helped...we had 20-30 kids in attendance. Sat on the
floor on blankets for Bible Story.

Hope this helps get someone started with ideas. Keep on working to bring
the Gospel to the unchurched children. Blessings and Joys as you work
with His children.

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