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SSTN # 7 - January 17, 2003

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--> Ten Commandments Series

1) Divorced pastors - PLEASE READ
2) StarShine Christmas Presentation?   
3) Sunday School Certificate
4) White Elephant Exchange   

--> Egg-shaped Easter Story Cards

5) Musical bells?
6) Christmas program ideas for next year?
7) God's Cookbook Sermon?
8) Anxiety - Scripture

--> Easter Pageants...NEW!

9) Racing devotional?
10) Teaching The Books Of The Bible
11) Teresa's White elephant exchange
12) Books of the Bible Resources All Age Groups   

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Ten Commandments Series

Does your church offer a midweek Bible class for Kindergarten - 6 grade?
Then consider teaching "God's Top Ten - Understanding God's Love In The
Ten Commandments". This series covers 10 two hour sessions, or 20 one hour
sessions. Get the first lesson free! Learn more on the following webpage:


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1) Divorced Pastors

As mentioned in the previous letter, I do not want to limit discussion in
SSTN on any issue in ministry. But I also don't want to tie up the network
with one topic. So I thought the best way to serve everyone was to set
aside a special page in ChristianCrafters.com to allow for this
important topic to be discussed. To read the recent postings on divorced
pastors (17 of them), please refer to this page:


Your webservant,
Sarah Keith <><

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2) StarShine Christmas Presentation?

I'm looking for a Christmas Program- for all ages popular in 1994-97. 
HELP!  Published by ?   Thanks so much!

Tim Wall

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3) Sunday School Certificate

My Wife and I have just gone on a camp here in South Africa with 30 abused
As many might know ,the child abuse is very high over here.
The one thing that  I thought that should be used in all children's
ministry is the following.
We had to get a police clearance certificate.This means that your police
would issue you with a certificate stating that you have no prior
convictions concerning any area.
They happened to find that when I got mine ,that a accident I was involved
in over 18 years ago was on it as I was just over the legal alcohol limit.
I have since become a Christian and things have changed.
Whilst the organisation was checking all the people who wanted to take
part in this camp months before, they discovered that one person had been
convicted as a paedophile.This way they could deal with the situation
I for one am quite happy to have a document like this as it clearly states
as to where I stand .
Mitch Webber
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4) White Elephant Exchange   

I've played this game several times.  You choose a story in which you
insert the words  "right" and ''left" several times in appropriate places.
Make your story 2-2 1/2 pages long.  Have everyone at your party sit in a
large circle.  Pass out 4 or 5 gifts, maybe a few more or a few less
depending on how many people are playing.  Scatter them out.  Explain to
the people that every time you say the word "right" they must pass the
gift to the person on their right.  When you say "left" it gets passed to
the left.  When the story is finished the people holding the gifts win
them.   Example story starter:  "Once upon a time there lived a family
called the Right family.  There was Father Right, Mother Right, and Bobby
and Billy Right. One evening Mother Right left to go to the store.  She
turned left at the end of the driveway. She knew she was headed in the
right direction when...."
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Egg-shaped Easter Story Cards

Ten Egg-shaped cards that tell the Easter Story - When the cards
are cut, colored and assembled, players can play Easter Egg Scramble and
learn the Easter Story! Reproducible so your whole class can make a set!

In the Curriculum section: 

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5) Musical bells?

Please ask RS in Dillsboro, IN where to get the colored musical bells.
Thanks, Karen Young

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6) Christmas program ideas for next year?

Please send me info on Christmas program ideas for next year...God bless
you and your ministry.

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7) God's Cookbook Sermon?

Years ago I did a children's sermon about following directions while
baking a cake..mixing up the ingridients, salt  LOOKS like sugar, asking
mom instead of reading recipe and so on, I have had a request to help
'celebrate' the pastor's birthday by baking her a cake but I can't
remember how to tie it all up to following God's cook book, the Bible. can
anyone help me find the talk?

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8) Anxiety - Scripture

A favorite saying of mine, although it is not straight from Scripture, it
is probably based on Scripture.  I have is on a brass sailboat...  "The will
of God will never lead you where the grace of God cannot keep you."

Another one of my favorites is from a Veggie Tales movie, where cousin
Mordecai is speaking to Esther.  Mordecai tells her to never be afraid to
do the right thing.

Give God your concerns, ALL your concerns, and he'll give you the guidance
and strength for what you need, perhaps not all YOU want or think you
need, but his ways are better than ours.  "Give us today our daily bread."
Matthew 6:11.

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--> Easter Pageants For 2003!

Two new pageants have been added to the website. Choose "Fun and Easy
Easter Pageants - with Soundtrack CD", or "Stations of the Cross For
Kids". You will find them listed in the Games and Skits section of the
Bookstore at:


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9) Racing devotional?   

Anyone have any ideas for a short devotional for k-2nd on racing??

--from SSTN: check out "Off to the Races" on the games page:

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10) Teaching The Books Of The Bible

Good Morning Ms. Keith:
I just wanted to share some resources with the SSTN relative to Teaching
The Books Of The Bible And Other Bible Skills, and some helpful
Children/Youth Ministry Websites.
Great Resources For Teaching the Books Of The Bible and Other Bible
a.   What The Bible Is All About For Young Explorers - Gospel Light -
Frances Blankenbaker
b.   The Baker Bible Handbook For Kids - Baker Book House Company - Terry
Jean Day and Carol J. Smith
c.   Finding Your Way Through The Bible - Abingdon Press - Paul B & Mary
Carolyn Maves
d.   The Big Book Of Bible Skills - Gospel Light - William T. Greig
e.   52 Games That Teach The Bible - Rainbow Books - Nancy S. Williams
f.   Let's Hide The Word - Word Publishing - Gloria Gaither and Shirley
g.   (Learning For Life Series) Your Child And The Bible, A Family
Activity Book - Moody
Press - Rick Osborne and Kevin Miller
h.   All About the Old Testament Coloring Book - Grace Publications -Kathy
i.   I Want To Know About The Bible - Zondervan Publishing House - Rick
Osborne and i Christie Bowler
j.  52 Celebrate and Worship Kids Sermons And Objects Talks - Gospel Light
William T. Greig  

--from SSTN: for those interested, many of these resources may be found by
typing the titles into the bookstore search box:

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11) Teresa's White elephant exchange

The Left/right idea is very simple. Everyone holds the gift he/she
brought. The narrator starts reading the story. Every time he says "left"
the gift is passed to the left (passed to 1 person only). When he says
"Right" it is passed to the right.  This continues until the story is
finished. You keep the gift you are holding at the end of the story.
My Christmas Story idea is copyrighted in my book 'Ideas for Ladies, Vol.
III," by Barbara Westberg and Teresa Bohannon.  It is available through
You can do a web search on "left/right story" or "The right family" and
find other stories to use.

La Marque, TX

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12) Books of the Bible Resources All Age Groups   

I am starting a session this Sunday to teach my 4th-5th grade SS Class
the Books of the Bible and How to Study the Bible.  Some helpful resources
that I have found are:
a) 'The Bible for Blockheads' (Gives the big picture on all 66 Books of
b) 'Knowing Your Bible' (An All Church Training Series) by Anthony D.
Glen Percifield and Wave Nunnally) - a good teacher resource which
includes History of the Bible, surveys of the Old and New Testaments
of each book and section), How to Study the Bible, etc.
c) 'Studying the Bible' - for Ages 8-11 by Karyn Henley - Gives suggested
Bible Study Helps, discusses where the Bible came from, has a book by book
breakdown with two songs to teach Books of the Bible for Old and New
Testament.  Also discusses why the Books of the Bible are arranged as
they are, has study by topics, character study, places and times, and
guided devotions. I am also using one of the helpful hints given earlier,
except rather than boxes, my husband is cutting 2 X 6 boards each 7 1/2
inches tall which I will
cover in different colored fabric for each section with the name of each
book on the
I plan to put them on shelves in our classroom and play the game suggested
removing a book, sliding the others together and asking the children which
book is missing.  There is also a very nice felt set of Books of the Bible
you might want to check out.  It's probably targeted to younger children,
but I think it's really cool! Hope this information is helpful!  We are
going to have a lot of fun with
this study!!

--from SSTN: many of these resources, including Through the Bible in Felt,
are available in the Bookstore. Just type the titles into the search box:


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