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June 30, 2000
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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE SSTN e-NEWSLETTER:
* Children's Sermons
* Sin separates us--craft?
* Daniel & the Lion's Den--craft?
* Construction/Building Theme
* Thanks!
* Bulletin board ideas?
* Classroom management
* HELP with older kids?
* Classroom management

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Two new 'Children's Sermons' have been posted at ChristianCrafters.Com:

1) "A Father's Day Message: BEING A BLESSING" (Sent in by Kit Macleod.)
2) "BIBLE Memory Verses from A to Z" (Sent in by Ahreita Griffin and Joyce Holbert.)

Also, check out some great book selections in the bookstore on 'Children's Sermons
and Devotionals'. Enjoy! -- Sarah Keith, Your Moderator.

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Sin separates us--craft?

Dear Friends,

I'm the craft coordinator for VBS this year and I'm stumped for craft ideas
that help illustrate that sin separates us from God and that Jesus is the way to God. Any help would be appreciated. This craft is for VBS ages 4-12.
Can you help?

Thanks in advance,
Blessings from the little Minnesota farm,
Jenny

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Daniel & the Lion's Den--craft?

I am teaching VBS and am looking for a craft idea for the bible story "Daniel & the Lion's Den". If anyone has any ideas, please contact me ASAP! Thanks a bunch!

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Construction/Building Theme

>>We are considering a construction theme for next year's camp sessions.
>Has anyone done a spiritual theme with this concept. <<

My Reply to Construction Theme:

We are just about to begin our VBS and are using a Habitat for Humanity
International curriculum. The construction metaphor is used to help
children experience Christian community, learn about the value of Christian
service and be introduced to the ministry of Habitat for Humanity
International. I don't know where it was purchased, but I imagine you could
contact Habitat in your area. Publisher is: Smyth & Helwys Publishing,
Inc., 6316 Peake Road, Macon, Georgia, 31210-3960. 1-800-747-3016.

Hope this helps,
Blessings,
Lynn C.

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Thanks!

This site is a Godsend! i want to thank Sherri for the name of "Wee Sing
Bible songs" for the books of the Bible. our pastors daughter had it and
brought it to me and before she could get it to me it was "lost" and she
could not remember the name of it. i really appreciate your help, Sherri!
also the lord has answered my prayer and another lady is going to take the
preschoolers for the jr. church hour, and I will have the older ones. It is
relay hard to make a lesson or anything interesting enough for both age
groups at the same time! thank you Jesus and thank all of you for your
input on this subject! Kathy

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Bulletin board ideas?

Do you have any bulletin board ideas?

God Bless,
Lisa

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Classroom management

>> I don't need ideas about things to present, but I DO DO DO need ideas on basic >>teaching skills and classroom management.

I find myself in pretty much the same situation as you, Arlene. I teach in Children's Church and find myself without an assistant. Let me say that when I did have one, we used the idea that whoever was up teaching or leading would focus on only that and that the other would focus in managing or disciplining the class--in love, of course. But without an assistant, I found myself lacking in the discipline area as that is not my strong point anyhow. I have come to find that the Lord is truly working on me in that area. I think it really helps to set some very firm rules. Make sure they aren't all don'ts include some very fun dos. Make certain that the children understand the consequences of breaking the rules. You could divide the room in half and use the three strike rule per team. It's very important that you never get to the third strike. Another thing you could use to deter them from getting strikes is a caught being good kind of prize where you would reward them with a piece of candy or sticker or something for their obedience. Also, if you need some further help in the disciplining there is an article on www.kidology.org regarding disciplining with discipline. I liked it and thought that it was helpful.

Toni in Michigan

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HELP with older kids?

Hi. I like recieving this newsletter but don't find much in it for use with older kids. Our group is 15 - 17 yrs old and I'd love some neat ideas for this older bunch on any topic as we are rather new to this. Thanks for any and all help received.

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Classroom management:

Hi Arlene:
You have a challenge having the 3rd graders with the 4th and 5th, but the first thing you need to explain to the class are the rules. You can even have them posted on your bulletin board. Never wait until the last minute to look at the lesson. Think about the lesson all week and get to your classroom in plenty of time to set up and relax. Try to TELL the story, not read it off a sheet a paper. We have the children sit on the floor and pretend they are sitting on the grass hearing the stories of Jesus. Try to make the lessons interesting. Reinforce with a craft, game or a video and once in a while you can read the story out of a book. Just remember that you will have good and bad Sunday's. The Sunday's that you go home thinking this lesson worked and the children really understood and had fun, is a wonderful feeling!

God bless,
Joni


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IMPORTANT INFO-PLEASE READ: (Especially for newcomers!)

Many of the free patterns and ideas in the ChristianCrafters.Com site are from the books I've written, or from books that I'm in the process of writing. If you'd like to know more about my Christian education resource books, email me at:
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I've recently published and released my Christmas-Advent Christian crafting book entitled, CHRISMON SNOWFLAKE ORNAMENTS. Check it out by clicking on "Chrismon Snowflake Photos" from my home page. The purchase of this book helps to support the SSTN ministry! Blessings to you, Sarah Keith.
You can now shop and save money in our online bookstore!

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