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 shield of faith helps see
us through difficult times and avoid the devil's fiery darts.
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
This week the Knight in shining armour is stolen by
the enemy. He should struggle and make a big fuss to resist the devil,
but doesn't have his shield with him so he can't resist the devil's
darts. The damsel then decides that she must save the poor knight. She
worries about being so small and not having enough faith, but prays and
believes she can save him. She takes the shield of faith and charges in
and saves the knight. The damsel can explain to the kids what faith is
and that it doesn't matter what size you are when it comes to faith.
Even kids can have big faith.
Carmen song about the shield of faith done as a
The cook has a very special treat inside a box. He
tells the kids all about the treat and asks them if they believe him. He
can talk about how faith is believing in something you cannot see. Call
one volunteer up to peek in the box. Ask the child several questions
about what he saw. Now ask the kids again how many believe there is
really a treat in the box. In the Bible times some people got to see
Jesus. We now believe based on their testimony. Some day we will all get
to see Jesus face to face, just as at the end of class we will all get
to share in this treat.
Over the next eight weeks we will be memorizing
Ephesians 6:10-18 This week we will be focusing on verses 14b
and reviewing verses 10-14a. 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 come up. Allow them to shoot a toy bow
and arrow at a target to win a prize if they hit the target.
Each pod group will need a laundry basket and a
stack of newspaper. Place each pod group in a different corner with
their supplies. The object of the game is for them to act as a shield
around their basket to keep newspaper out while trying to throw
newspaper wads into the other team's baskets. The team with the least
amount of newspaper in their basket wins. After the game gather together
in pod groups and discuss what a shield is and why faith is represented
as a shield in Ephesians 6.
The court jester comes out to entertain the king
with a story. He tells the story of Moses going to Pharaoh to ask that
God's people be set free and about their escape at the Red Sea.
Emphasize the faith needed by Moses to trust God to set them free and
see them through the Red Sea. Make sure to mention Moses' lack of
speaking ability and feeling of inability. Faith saw Moses through
The knight in shining armour can do this object
lesson. You will need a pad lock and a key to open it. Patient faith is
the key to unlocking all of God's promises. God has made many promises
to us; to care for us, provide for us, heal us, etc. To unlock all of
God's promises we need to have faith. We not only need to believe in God
whom we cannot see, but we need to believe that he will be true to his
Copyright 1998, Sheryl Coats