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SSTN # 67 - July 27, 2004

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--> Super Heroes of the Bible

1) S.C.U.B.A. VBS
2) S.C.U.B.A. VBS
3) Behavioral contract?
4) Sock It To the devil song

--> Amazing Miracles of the Bible

5) It's cool in the furnace, skit?
6) You've got to have F-A-I-T-H, song?
7) Ten Commandments crafts?
8) Penpals

--> Spirit Gifts...An Introduction For Children

9) Pirate VBS
10) Used S.C.U.B.A. Resources
11) Using the word "dumb"
12) About Pirates
13) Altoid (mints) can crafts?
14) Used Lava Island Materials?

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--> Super Heroes of the Bible

"Super Heroes of the Bible" is a special midweek program which examines
the lives of some famous and not-so-famous people who had willing hearts
to obey God. And by obeying him, they were used in miraculous and powerful
ways to help change the course of human history. It is the goal of this
series to build FAITH, COURAGE, and OBEDIENCE in the lives of children,
and to change the world for Jesus Christ.

To learn more, go to this page:
(you may need to copy and paste this address to your browser)

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1) S.C.U.B.A. VBS

Our church has the S.C.U.B.A. VBS  - if the person that wanted it will
email me I'll get your shipping address!
Stacie Dichsen

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2) S.C.U.B.A. VBS 

If you are interested in S.C.U.B.A. but do not want to purchase the
curriculum, I put together a lesson plan using Internet resources for a
VBS. The lesson plan deals with the entire week, and is along the same
concept as S.C.U.B.A. only it deals entirely with Jonah. Please feel free
to e-mail me for more information: living_life_my_way@earthlink.net
Hope this helps!
Love in Christ,
Sarah in California

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3) Behavioral contract?

I would very much like to receive a copy of the behavioural contract that
is referenced by Rachel Onion in SSTN #64, Point 3.  If you would be so kind
to forward my e-mail address csamycia@telusplanet.net, it would be greatly

Thank you, Connie

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4) Sock It To the devil song

Dear Shannon:
It seems to be titled "If You Love Jesus".  I found the words if you would
like to e-mail me POConline@verizon.net
Elise Peterson

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--> Amazing Miracles of the Bible

God’s glory and love are revealed through the miracles he performed and
were fully realized when he came to earth in the form of a man to save
mankind. By studying the miracles of the Bible children will gain a better
understanding of God’s love and faithfulness and how he continues to be
loving and faithful in miraculous ways to his people today. Great for
rotation-type programs!

In the Curriculum Creatives section:

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5) It's cool in the furnace, skit?

About 30 years ago, the church I attened performed "It's cool in the
furnace," a musical about Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednigo. Does
anyone out there have a copy or know where I might find one? Thanks for
your help.
June Drotleff, Co-ordinator
Emmanual Lutheran Church Sunday School 

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6) You've got to have F-A-I-T-H, song?

We're using a borrowed, unlabeled cassette of the music from an old
vacation bible school program, and I would love to find a CD of the
music.  The song we use is called FAITH, and goes in part. . . "You've got
to have F-A-I-T-H;  You've got to have faith."  It uses "YMCA" type arm
motions.The kids love it.  Does anyone know where it comes from? If you
can help, please reply to this newsletter.  Thanks!
Wichita, KS

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7) Ten Commandments crafts?

Please, I need help with craft ideas on teaching the ten commandments to
children ages 8-12

--from SSTN: check out "God's Top Ten" in our Curriculum section:
There are some free ideas listed.

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8) Penpals

Hello brothers and sisters in Christ,
I am very interested in partnering with another small ministry to share
Christ through young children and pen pals. Our ministry has children from
the age of 7-14. I am the directory and would love to hear from anyone who
would have information or want to work together. Please contact me Leslie
at jnlfe@comcast.net

--from SSTN: type "Penpals" into the Archives search to find more penpal
resources: http://christiancrafters.com/archives.html 

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--> Spirit Gifts...An Introduction For Children

An inspirational midweek program that contains a variety of fun lessons,
crafts, and games to teach the children in your ministry about the
following Spirit-filled Gifts: FAITH, WISDOM, MIRACLES, HEALING,

To learn more, visit this webpage:

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9) Pirate VBS

There are a lot of crafts that you could do for a pirate themed VBS. I
just finished a non-Sunday School pirate unit not too long ago, and we
made quite a few inexpensive crafts that the kids absolutely loved. Here
are just a few of the many ideas. If you would like to receive the rest of
them, please feel free to e-mail me at: living_life_my_way@earthlink.net
as there are far too many to post here.

For a theme, you could use Ahoy! All you mates of Christ! or something
similar; Or Gods Love The Greatest Treasure of all (more of a buried
treasure sort of thing)

    Spyglass Telescope: you will need 1 paper towel roll, one toilet paper
roll, markers, rubber band, and cellophane or Saran Wrap. Optional:
Stickers. Directions: Color and decorate both the toilet paper roll and
paper towel roll using markers and stickers. Cut four "tabs" of equal size
into one end of the toilet paper roll, by making four, half inch slits
into the toilet paper roll. Bend the tabs up, and slide the entire toilet
paper roll into one end of the paper towel roll. On the end of the toilet
paper roll that is not inside of the paper towel roll, fasten a piece of
clear (or colored) cellophane or plastic wrap using a rubber band. Now the
toilet paper roll can slide in and out just like the end of a real
telescope. You can pre-print the Bible verse onto computer labels and have
the kids put the label on the side of the craft, or you can let  older
children write the Bible verse in permanent black marker on the side of
the craft. For younger children you could also print a verse onto a
regular sheet of paper, cut the verse out, and let them tape or glue it to
the side of their telescope. Here's one possible verse: Psalm 19: "Open my
eyes that I may see wonderful things"

    Eye patches: you will need black fun foam, a hole punch, and black
elastic. Directions: cut a half circle with a flat top out of black fun
foam, slightly large than a child's eye area. If you wear glasses, trace
around the frame, it's a perfect template! Hole punch the top two corners
of the fun foam along the flat edge, and tie a thin piece of black
elastic, or elastic bead cording (craft supplies stores) slightly smaller
than the child's head to make an eye patch.

    Vest craft: you will need a paper grocery bag, paints, paintbrushes,
and a permanent marker. Directions: Ahead of time, cut out vests from
paper grocery bags, this is really easy to do, but in case you have never
done it before, you can find the directions online at:
http://www.recipes4learning.com/view.php?id=182 . Have the children paint
stripes, or whatever design they want to make their own pirate vests.

    Bandana craft: you will need a square of white fabric large enough to
wrap around a child's head and tie in the back and fabric markers or
fabric paints. Let the children decorate a sheet of white fabric to make
their own bandana, they can also tie-dye it, by rolling it up, putting
rubber bands around it, and while wearing gloves dipping the fabric into a
dye solution.

Hope this helps!
Love in Christ,
Sarah in California

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10) Used S.C.U.B.A. Resources

Elise, please tell us where you are located and what SCUBA resources you
need.  I might even have some unused children's books, but I need to
check and see what we have on hand - we used it last summer.
Blessings, Kit, North Palm Beach, FL

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11) Using the word "dumb"

to whom it may concern,
in regards to using the word dumb, I have always used the word in regards
to those who cannot speak. My apologies to anyone that it might offend.
But it is not meant to be offensive. Of all the things going on in the
World today, and we are going to whine about using the word "DUMB"? If
someone is using it and you do not like it simply BE HONEST with them and
instruct them how you would like them to address it. But just remember the
Bible (at least the KJV)( Isaiah 35:6 for one) calls a person who cannot
speak dumb. Again my intent is not to offend anyone.
love in Christ
Cindy H. from ohio

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12) About Pirates

I would like to comment on the theme of "Pirates" for a children's musical
in church.
By its definition, the word itself has several negative connotations that
I do not find appropriate -  especially for church use.  "A pirate is one who robs
at sea or plunders the land from the sea; one who makes use of or
reproduces the patented or copyrighted work of another illicitly or
without permission." (American Heritage Dictionary)   In effect, a pirate
is a THIEF.  Using "Piracy" as a theme for a Christmas musical may send
off a totally different message. 

As a teacher of children's theatre (aside from sunday school) I have had
several experiences in musicals.  Children love to wear costumes, and the
more imaginative, the better.  Once, we had a Christmas musical entitled
"Angels and lambs, ladybugs and butterflies."  These creatures also
witnessed the angels' announcement of the manger birth, so they all went
to tell their friends about it.  When all have gathered, they march to the
manger to make a beautiful and colorful tableau, singing "All creatures of
our God and King, lift up your voice and with us sing, Alleluia!"  
Children also love to mimic animals and birds. Maybe you can make use of
this idea.


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13) Altoid (mints) can crafts?

Does anyone have any suggestions for any crafts our children could make
from the  Altoid (mints) cans.I have been saving them hoping to come up
with an idea for the childrens church.
Thank you

--from SSTN: this would be a great addition to our Recyclable Items. By
the way, this month's item is "Burlap fabric"...anyone have any ideas on
this too?

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14) Used Lava Island Materials?

I know this is early for some, but want to get a headstart!  My church
chose to do VBS a year behind.  For example, we did SCUBA this year!  BOY
OH BOY, it was a success!  Im looking for anyone who as finished their
LAVA LAVA and would like to either sell or donate their materials &
ideas.  Thanks!!!

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