Free Children's Ministry Curriculum Written
by Sheryl Coats
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Celebration Medical Centre
Celebration City Courthouse
Theme: Prepare yourself for the spiritual
battles of life, putting on the whole armour of God
The Set: Medieval times. Turn the puppet stage into a castle.
Obtain a suit of armour if possible or make one.
A knight in shining armour, a court jester, a
beautiful damsel, king, kings cook, and the enemy, etc. Bobo the puppet
and a town crier puppet are also needed.
This week: we will discover that the helmet safeguards your
mind with the hope and assurance of salvation.
To teach the children that:
Encourage the children to find a place of prayer to
prepare their hearts for God's message. This a great time to model the
importance of prayer by gathering the leaders together to pray for the
service. Remember that prayer is vital to our ministry. Open the service
in a group prayer.
It is very important to review the rules on a
weekly basis. It is also good to remind them of the reasons for the
rules occasionally too. We need to pay closer attention to enforcement
of rules as a controlled environment fosters a better learning
environment. Pod leaders should pay special attention to monitoring
their children's behaviour.
Worship is a very special part of our relationship
with Christ, not only for adults but also for children. They need to
experience that same intimacy with Christ. Encourage them to demonstrate
their love for Christ through their worship.
Theme song: God's got an army marching through this land.
Introduce the theme and the characters, the knight,
the damsel, the enemy, the king, and the cook in the King's Court. The
court jester doesn't respond right away when he is called out to be
The damsel is stolen by the enemy once again. The
knight in shining armour is sitting in the castle without his helmet on.
When he discovers she is missing the enemy approaches him and begins to
deceive him and to shoot him with darts in the head (koosh ball darts).
Because he doesn't have his helmet on he is deceived into believing that
he doesn't need to save the damsel. The king can describe to the
children that a soldier should never go to battle with his head
unprotected. When Christians leave their minds unprotected it gives the
enemy a chance to attack us with temptation and sin. We need to guard
our minds and be careful what we allow in.
CARMEN SONG Mind your mind paisano. Carmen has a video out called Yo
kidz! This song is one of the videos.
Over the next eight weeks we will be memorizing
Ephesians 6:10-18 This week we will be focusing on verses 13-14a
and reviewing verses 10-12. The town crier comes out with a royal
decree again that all citizens of the Celebration kingdom must learn
the verse. The new portion is posted on the castle wall and the knight
in shining armour attempts to teach it to the children showing off his
armour as he does. Once you have practiced it several times allow two
volunteers who can say the verse to come up. Allow them to shoot a toy
bow and arrow at a target to win a prize if they hit the target.
Hats off game: This game is played like musical
chairs. You will need a hat for each child. Give each child a hat but
one. When the leader yells hats off, all the kids throw their hats up in
the air and scramble to get a new one. The child without a hat is out
and a hat is removed from play. Play continues until there is only one
player remaining. Spiritual application is that we need to always keep
our minds protected. If the devil catches us with an unprotected mind he
will be waiting to fill it with sinful things.
The court jester comes out to entertain the king
with a story. He tells the story of how Samson should not have been
involved with a philistine lady and how Delilah nagged Samson until he
gave into temptation. He can focus on how Samson failed to guard his
mind. By letting down his guard he fell to temptation and his life was
Funnel lesson: You will need a large funnel. Allow
the cook to explain how a funnel works. Show how whatever you pour in is
what is going to come out the other side. Our minds are like a funnel.
What we put in our minds is what is going to come out our mouths and
hands. If we watch violent TV, it is much easier for us to feel mean and
be mean. If we listen to bad words then bad words are going to flow out
of our mouths more easily.
The damsel and the knight are playing dominos on the floor. The enemy
comes along and knocks over the first domino causing all of the dominos
to fall over. The knight in shining armour can explain how sin has a
domino effect on our lives. One sin easily leads to another.
Bobo can be heard back stage yelling and carrying
on. He is obviously watching television backstage. When he comes up he
is wearing a garbage can on his head.
Leader: Hey Bobo, will you come up hear please?
Bobo: (sounding very rude) Not right now. Can't you hear I'm
Leader: It is very important Bobo.
Bobo: (sounding VERY rude) Are you a dummy or something? Maybe
you're so old you can't hear. I SAID I'M BUSY!!!
Leader: Bobo, come up here right this minute or I'm going to
have to punish you.
Bobo: ( comes up with a garbage can on his head and sounding
sarcastic) Yeah, hurry it up. What do you want?
Leader: You are being very rude and selfish today. It looks to
me like you have been filling your mind with trash. It appears to me you
have been watching some bad TV.
Bobo: Oh yeah!! What would give you a dumb idea like that?
Leader: well, if your bad behaviour didn't give it away the
garbage can on your head sure would.
Bobo: What garbage can on my head? I don't have a garbage can
on my head.
Leader: oh yes you do. You see Bobo, when we fill our minds
with bad stuff then our actions begin to imitate that bad stuff.
Bobo: (suddenly realizing he does have a garbage can on his
head) Oh no, what am I going to do? Life is over for me. I will never be
able to show my face in public. Oh me, oh my, ooooohhhhhh.......
Leader: Now let's not get carried away here.
Bobo: Help! You mean the garbage man is coming to carry me
Leader: No Bobo. The garbage man is not on his way to carry
you away. What I mean is that the situation isn't hopeless. You see, you
can ask God to forgive you and you can stop filling you mind with
garbage and start filling it with Good stuff.
Bobo: Oh that would be so much better. I don't want to be a
Leader: (lifting the garbage can off Bobo's head) God doesn't
like us to fill our minds with sin and evil. He wants us to fill our
hearts and minds with good. Then good will come out of our mouths and
actions. Whatever goes in is going to come out.
Bobo: thank you for decanning me. I am going to stop watching
yucky TV and listening to awful music. I need to go rest now. This has
been a terrible ordeal.
Hat towers: place a large pile of hats in
the center of the play area. A player is selected from each pod and they
run up and begin to pile hats on their heads to see who can get the most
on without them toppling over. After you have finished playing have pods
gather together and discuss today's lesson with them making sure they
understand what it means to guard your mind.
The cook has a basket of beautiful red apples. He
is so proud of them. Then the enemy comes along and sneaks a bad apple
into the basket when the cook is out of the room. The enemy tries to
hide it deep enough that he won't find it. However the cook comes back
and discovers the apple and explains to the kids that just one bad apple
can spoil the whole batch. (Just a little sin can spoil your whole
Take time to review what has been learned today.
This can be done by reviewing the goals for the week. Using an empty
soda bottle ask the kids if this bottle is empty or full. The bottle may
look empty but it is actually full. It is full of air. Our minds are
like this bottle. They are going to be filled with something. If we
don't fill them with pure things then Satan will come along and fill
them with bad stuff. A mind is never empty. It always is filled with
something. Ask the kids if they have been filling their minds with good
Copyright 1998, Sheryl Coats