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July 7, 2000
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1) Daniel & the Lion's Den--craft
2) Sin separates us--craft
3) Construction Theme
4) Classroom management
5) Two tiered puppet stage
6) Bulletin Board Ideas
7) Women's Activity?
8) Older Kids

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1) Daniel & the Lion's Den--craft

We are doing the same VBS. I teach Preschool age (not sure what age you're
doing). I am getting paper plates and painting them orange. Then taking
yellow yarn, cut into about 4" strips, glue all around plate for mane.
Drawing on mouth & nose & glueing on wiggly eyes. You can make a mask by
cutting out eye holes & putting holes on each side for a string of yarn to
tie around child's head.

Stacy Linder

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2) Sin separates us--craft

>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...

As I thought about this request I thought that making this 'mini-lava lite'
might be a great way to illustrate separation.

"Sin Separates Us From God" - Make A Mini Lava Lite

A glass jar (such as a tall, thin, spice jar, olive jar, etc.)
Vegetable oil (Represents our sin)
Salt (Represents a Christian, the salt of the earth - Matthew 5:13)
Water (Represents Jesus, The Living Water - John 4:13-14)

Fill the jar with water about 2/3 full.
Fill remainder of the jar a little less than 1/3 full with the vegetable oil.

Shake salt on top of the oil, slowly.
Add more salt to keep the action going for as long as you want.

Here's the point:
Oil and water are two substances that cannot mix. In the same way, God's holy presence cannot mix with our sin. He cannot be in the presence of sin. As a result, we are separated from God because of it. But, when Jesus washes your sin away, you are cleansed, made right with God, and can enter into his Holy presence. You can 'mix' with God! Let this mini-lava lite remind you that your sin (oil) separates you from God. But the good news is that Jesus (water) has come to wash away our sin in order to join us to God! *Note: The salt moves through the oil and into the water. When we are free from sin, we can move to Christ! (Copyright 2000--S.A. Keith)

Romans 5:8 "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we
were still sinners, Christ died for us."
1 Timothy 2:5 "For there is one God and one mediator between God and men,
the man Jesus Christ."
Romans 10:9 "That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and
believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be

Sarah Keith/Your Moderator
5/6th Grade Boys
K-4th Kingdom Kids

ALSO: you might be able to use the game, "Missing The Mark", from the Bible Games section. Every child could even make their own mini targets.

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3) Construction Theme:

Last year we did a Construction Theme for our Day Camp using an old
curriculum by David C. Cook, I believe, called Promise Builders for Jesus.
We wrote our own scripts taking off on the Tool Time Show. For a craft we
made a house out of Tongue Depressor Sticks and put a picture of each
student in the house part and painted the roof and sides. Inside the roof
part we put the verse Jer. 29:11. For decorations we borrowed signs from a
local construction company and went to Menards and Home Depot for other
items. Home Depot supplied work-tool aprons for our counselors. Our logo was
tools that shaped a cross.
Phyllis Van Rossum

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4) 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 was having trouble with 2nd graders being easily distracted and easily
thrown off track. So at the beginning of class (about 5 minutes), I started
a construction project with paper, glue, scissors, markers, crayons, etc.
that related to the day's lesson so that the kids could work on it while
listening to the bible story. They listened very well and still
participated with the story and questions. The children loved to interrupt
the story to ask questions as soon as they popped into their heads, and this
continued even though they were working on the project. This showed that
they were still actively listening. Also some of the students that found
the story extra interesting would sit quietly and listen instead of working
on the project.

Have a blessed Sunday School year,

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5) Two tiered puppet stage

> Can anyone help me out with the instructions on building a
> two-level puppet stage that can be transported.

One Way Street, Inc. has a book on puppet stages that has recently been
updated. They are on the web at www.onewaystreet.com. Or call them at
Marg Huffman
Lion & Lamb Puppets
Loudonville, OH

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6) Bulletin Board Ideas

Take photo of each child, cut out flowers from construction
papers and put pictures in center of each flower and place
them on bulletin board with theme "God, how does Your garden grow?"

Pat Rogers - 5th grade teacher, First Baptist Church, Dade City, FL

I didn't do this for the 5th graders, but a dear sister in Christ did this bulletin
board for her 3rd graders - it is really neat.

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7) Activity for Women?

I'm in charge of our next Christian women's group program, and need help finding a good activity. I would appreciate any ideas or suggestions on where to look. Thanks!

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8) 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 >>

In response to the need for ideas for older kids: I've never taught this age group, but I do remember that one year our pastor did a really neat project with the older kids for VBS. He used the VBS theme and Bible stories for the week and had the kids be writers and reporters. They published a newspaper as if they were reporting on the Bible stories as incidents that were current news. At the end of the week they published it and passed it out to each family who attended. May God bless you as you seek to serve him as you minister to these older kids.
Linda Lawler
www.edupatterns.com: a site offering free curriculum materials for children's ministry
Pittsburgh, PA

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