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SSTN  # 8 - January 28, 2002

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1) Through the Bible in a Year
2) Karaoke
--> Valentine Craft
3) Explaining death to Children?
4) 66 books in one?
5) Classroom management
6) Bulletin Boards?
--> Masks & Story Book
7) Trust games?
8) Easter Program?
9) Multi-aged curriculum?
--> BIBLE Cards for Beginners
10) Disruptive and talkative?
11) Puppet ministry
12) Puppet ministry   

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1) Through the Bible in a Year

I'm not sure the level of the children that you're working with, but it
might be beneficial to you to check out Doug Field's One Minute Bible.  It
is written to youth, but it may be of help to you.  The reading is short,
and although it says that it goes through the Bible, it hits on lots of
major points throughout the Bible.  The short devotional like commentaries
are good as well.
In Christ,
Toni in Michigan

--from SSTN: The One Minute Bible is now available in the Sermons and
Devotionals section of the BOOKSTORE:

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2) Karaoke

I use Karaoke quite a lot with my youth group (10-14).  We basically use a
cd player and take the words directly from the cd insert.  If you do not
have the words w/ the tape/cd.  You may want to try the following

There are also many web-sites that where you can download lyrics for free.
Have fun!
Le Ann

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Valentine Craft

Scherenschnitte is the art craft of intricate paper cutting. Symbols of
faith were common in German Scherenschnitte. They were used to convey love
messages towards God, as well as by men to express love towards their
sweethearts.  Scherenschnitte cards contained expressions of love and is
the forerunner of today's Valentine's Day card!  Click on "Scherenschnitte
Art" on the crafts page to get a free craft and to learn more:


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3) Explaining death to Children?

I am looking for some titles of good books to help explain death to
children. Do you have any to suggest?
Director of Children's Ministy-Covenant Presbyterian

--from SSTN: The book, "Someday Heaven" is a great way to talk to kids
about what happens after death for believers. It is available in the
Christian Education section of the Bookstore:  
If anyone else has a suggestion for the store, please tell me the title
and ISBN.
Thanks! Sarah K.

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4) 66 books in one?

I teach the Kindergarten class at church and have memory verses each
We also learn the books of the New Testament.  I am looking for a way to
teach the concept of 66 books with one cover to help them understand the
concept of the Bible.  I'm thinking of individual books that we can talk
about, then place a large cover around them all.  Most of the ideas I have
come up with are bulky (making the completed Bible too large to handle) or
not representative if I just ue one page for each book. Any ideas?

--from SSTN: I remember a few discussions on this in the past. Check the
Archives List using keywords such as: Bible, 66, sixty-six, wooden,
shelves, spine, (these words come to mind from those discussions.)

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W.W.J.S.? Gospel Catchers

There's something much worse than cooties...it's called sin!  Now kids can
make Gospel Catchers rather than Cootie Catchers! A fun and innovative way
for kids to learn to share their faith with their friends!  Includes 4
Gospel Catcher patterns to make: the Colors of Christ (Gospel Colors), the
Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, and the Promises of God. Follow this
link to learn more:


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5) Classroom management

This is for the person who was looking for ways to help with classroom
management in a 3 and 4 yr old Sunday School Classroom.  I believe there
was a problem with a 4 yr old girl.  Have you considered making her your
"special helper"? She could collect the offering, hand out papers, etc.
If you have another person in the room you might consider having them
"shadow" (or follow)  the two girls for a few Sundays.  The volunteer
could redirect them or step in before a problem gets too big.

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6) Bulletin Boards?

I am in need of some fresh ideas for Bulletin Boards.  I am responsible
for the three general bulletin boards that are located in the hallways of
our church.  Two really large boards and one medium sized boards.  Do you
have any suggestions?
Joyce Alexander

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Masks & Story Book

Dramatic Bible stories with pop-out masks and props kids can use in drama
and role-playing. In the Games and Skits section of the BOOKSTORE:


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7) Trust games?

I was hoping to find some good games on trust for adolescents to build up
trust in a prayer group that I am in.Age groups (13-20).I am sure I will
find some through this group.

--from SSTN: if anyone has any ideas on this, I would gladly place them
into the site too.  ysic, sarah <><

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8) Easter Program?

I have volunteered to be the chairperson for our church Easter Program for
2002.   I need some ideas besides having the students in each Sunday
class recite Easter speeches.  Any ideas?
Thanks.  God Bless.
Shenelle R. Cotton

--from SSTN: have you considered a skit? Check out the freebies in the
site at:   http://www.ChristianCrafters.Com/skits.html 

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9) Multi-aged curriculum?

I attend a small church with only two sunday school classes there.  I
teach the children from ages 6 to17 in my class.  I was wondering maybe if
anyone has any SS curriculum that might help.  Thanks for the help and may

--from SSTN: check out the curriculum page:
also, type in 'multi-aged class', in the Archives List for some great
ideas too:

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10) Disruptive and talkative?

My husband and I have taken on a Sunday School class of 12 - 15 Fifth and
Sixth graders.  We had lessons and activities but they were so disruptive
and talkative, I felt never could get their attention to even get the
message of the lesson across.  Some don't even want to be there and don't
want anyone to tell them anything.
Surely others are facing the same difficult classes - any suggestions will
Sherry Harig

--from SSTN: dear Sherry: This is the age group that I teach too.  I feel
your frustration...I've been there! First, it is great that your husband
is in there with you. While you wait for some answers from the rest of the
network, check the Archives List and type these keywords:
disruptive, unruly, disobedient, etc. for some tips.


Also, one thing I do is "divide and conquer". Separate the group into
smaller groups and have them work as teams. (Allow the students to name
their group.) Keep the pace moving with many different ways to present the
lesson. I.E. Bible lesson, skits, games, and crafts, that reinforce the
Check out the games section of the site: 
This is such an important transition age...and can really be fun to teach.
You might even enlist one of the parents of the more disruptive kids to
come and help....and remember to PRAY!! ;o))

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11) Puppet ministry

Dear Sarah, someone was wanting to start a puppet ministry, and needing
information, so I thought I'd list a few of my favorite web sites that I
found useful when beginning ours. First , you can get great quality
for $39 at www.childrensministry.org. They are very helpful, you get
personal help, and they also carry skits and music on CD's that are most
helpful for beginner puppeteers. It is much easier to memorize a CD and
move the mouth of the puppet than to have to add the trouble of learning
lines from a book, getting the timing, and everything just right. Our kids
love the tools we got from them. Also, just for ideas, look in your
computer browser, such as www.ask.com and type in puppet ministry or
puppets and you will get lots of neat sites to look at. One site has a
puppet stage that you
can order. I made ours for very little money, and if you would like to
how, just email me at rhondajl24@hotmail.com and I will get back to you.
Please put puppet stage in the subject box, because I don't open junk
mail.God bless your efforts. It is an awesome ministry to begin. Also,
your group pick out their own name. We chose G2G which stands for Glory to
God. That is what we wanted our theme to be!!!

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12) Puppet ministry   

Check out botcw.com
This is a marvelous site and includes a resource for puppet ministry

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