Free Children's Ministry Curriculum Written
by Sheryl Coats
and More Bugs
Celebration Medical Centre
Celebration City Courthouse
new theme takes us into the meadow to discover mysteries about bugs. At
the same time we will discover mysteries about our relationship with
Christ. The puppet stage will be decorated with grass and flowers and
bugs and anything else that gives the appearance of a meadow...a few fake
trees and some artificial turf can really add to the effect.
To teach the children that:
Maintaining order is important. It is important to
review the rules on a weekly basis, both for the sake of new children
and to remind the other children what is expected of them.
1. No illegal movement: Stay in your seat and keep hands and feet to
2. No interference: Don't interrupt the lesson
3. Go for the touch down: Lets have fun!
Prayer is the key to our ministry. If we fail to
prepare with prayer we have failed! As prayer sets the tone for our
preparation, it also sets the stage for our program. It sets the kids
off on the right step knowing they are in the presence of God.
piggy penny comes in buzzing and flapping her arms
and making quite a commotion.
Ms: Hello Piggy (Now louder because she hasn't heard) HELLO
Prof: (interrupting) Excuse me! What are you doing????
Ms: Why hello Prof. Knowitall. I was just trying to get her
attention. Perhaps if we try together we can get her attention.
Prof: Oh very well, anything to get her to shut that racket
Ms: On three.... One two three..(both call her name)
Prof: I am a learned scholar in the area of insectum and it is
quite beneath me to have to be around the likes of this weird
Piggy: Oh hello. I was just trying to talk to all the insects.
Prof. I am a busy man. I don't have time for all this
nonsense. You cannot communicate with insects. Especially with all that
racket. You will only scare them off.
Ms: I would have to agree. All that noise would scare even the
biggest of bugs.
Piggy: Well how do bugs communicate?
Prof. (Quite irate) INSECTS! And they communicate in many
ways. (Checking his books and reading quietly) Yes, they communicate in
many ways and today I will teach you all about it.
Ms. This sounds fascinating.
Prof. Naturally. Some bugs ummm insects make sounds by
Piggy: Say what?
Prof.: Umm uhh.. That means that that...(glancing at his
Ms. I believe that means that they rub one part of their body
with another causing a noise.
Prof: Of course it does! What else would it mean? Anyone knows
Piggy: You mean like a cricket or a grasshopper do when they
rub their legs together and it makes a chirping sound?
Prof: Yes, naturally. (Referring back to his books) Another
form of insect communication is tapping.
Piggy: you mean there are tap dancing insects? Wow!
Ms. Not quite. It is more like morse code.
Prof. I was just about to tell her that.
Piggy: Are there any other ways that bugs communicate?
Prof: ARRRRGGGHH! How many times must I tell you they are not
bugs??!?!? And ummm uhh (looking at his books) yes there are other ways
that they communicate.
Ms. Let's not forget buzzing.
Prof.: Yes, some animals vibrate a part of their body causing
a buzzing sound. (Looking at books) Bees vibrate their wings rapidly
making the buzzing sound.
Piggy: You mean that they don't use their mouths?
Prof.: That is correct my dear.
Piggy: I know what I was doing wrong. (rapidly flapping her
Prof: What are you doing??
Piggy: I am buzzing, just like a bee. Now I can talk to the
Prof. My dear, insects communicate that way, not people and
you are a people as best I can see.
Piggy: oh....you mean I can't communicate with bugs at all?
Prof: ARRRRGGGHHHH! I can't take it any more! (Runs out
leaving behind his books)
Ms. Wait! Prof wait! I have something very exciting to tell
you about communication.... Oh too bad. He left and he didn't get to
hear about another form of communication.
Piggy: I want to hear about it.. Do you have a way I can
communicate with bugs?
Ms. No, but I have something even more exciting. You see God
made insects to talk in many unique ways, ants bang their heads,
crickets rub their legs, bees use their wings, but he gave people a
voice. He designed each with exactly what it needed to communicate. Even
more exciting is that unlike bugs, we can use our voice to communicate
Piggy: I can communicate with God? Wow who needs to
communicate with bugs when you can communicate with God?!?!!?!?
Ms. Precisely my point. All we have to do is use our voices
and we can talk to God.
Piggy: Oh I have got to tell the prof all about this. (Takes
off without even saying good bye)
Take time before offering to tell the kids about
the team names (such as the Amazing blazing Ants or the Cool and crazy
Crickets) and team points. Designate a helper to stay near the board to
record team points as they are earned. Once the names are established
take offering using the scales.
Well, while we wait for them to return why don't we take up our
The prof comes running in with piggy.
Prof. What is this I hear about communicating with God?
Ms. Oh hello prof. I am glad you made it back. We are just
getting ready to worship the Lord.
Prof. Sing???Again?? Didn't I tell you that I am a busy man
and I have no time for childish things? I thought you were going to tell
us about communicating with God.
Ms. But we are going to communicate with God. We are going to
Prof (interrupting) Well, call me when you are done with all
this childish singing and I will return to hear what it is you have to
say about communicating with God. Good bye and good ridens. (He takes
off in a great hurry)
Ms. But professor....oh bother he left without realizing that
singing to God is communicating with him. When we sing to the Lord we
are telling him how much we love him.
Piggy: well I guess we will have to worship the Lord without
Ms. I guess so. Perhaps we can get him to stay next week.
Singing is an important element of worship. Let's
lead the kids into the presence of the Lord. They need to experience
God's presence. As we lead they will follow.
(make sure to clear an area before church begins or
plan to go outside) Inflate several balloons and draw on them to make
them look like bugs. Have the kids form a circle on their knees. The
object of the game is to keep all the balloons in the air. If one hits
the floor it is dead and must be left there. Play until all the balloons
are dead. Then ask the children how it felt when one hit the floor. Talk
about how friends can let us down, but Jesus never lets us down. We need
to share our lives with Him and pour our hearts out to him. Prayer is a
wonderful part of our relationship with Christ.
(obtain a telephone, beeper, cordless phone, cell
phone, etc) Use these items to show how prayer is like talking to God on
a telephone. However, unlike the telephone he never gives us a busy
signal. He is always available...we don't have to wait till we find a
phone booth or wait for him to call us back after we page him (like with
Tell the story of Elijah and the sacrifice at Mt.
Carmel or the story of him praying that it wouldn't rain for three and a
"If my people will pray and obey I will hear them from heaven." 2
Bobo Bumble has a mega phone, cordless phone, and
is using a microphone. She thinks that she needs these things in order
for God to hear her prayers.
Bobo enters with the things mentioned above
Ms. Hello Bobo. What's all that stuff for?
Bobo: (using the megaphone and talking very loudly) I am
Ms. Oh Bobo, are you going to be in a play?
Bobo: Oh no! I could never do that. I am too scared to get up
in front of people. Why ,once the Sunday school teacher wanted me to
sing in front of the whole church all by myself!
Ms. And did you?
Bobo: No way hosay! I mean Ms. D... I could never do that.
Ms. That's too bad cause you sing so nice. So what are all
those things for?
Bobo: Well, I heard you saying that we can communicate with
God. So I went and got all this stuff.
Ms. You don't need all those things to talk to God Bobo
Bobo: Oh yes I do. I need them so he can hear me cause I am a
scardy bee and talk real soft. I want to make sure he doesn't miss my
prayer requests...they're very important you know.
Ms. Oh, bobo, God can hear you without all those things. You
don't need a telephone or a megaphone or even a microphone. He hears
everything even if we only pray quietly in our heads.
Bobo: NO KIDDING??? You can't be serious
Ms. Yes, I am serious. The bible tells us in second chronicles
that if we pray and obey then God will hear us from heaven.
Bobo: You mean that it doesn't say we have to yell or use any
kind of a phone?
Ms. Nope! We just have to pray and obey!
Bobo: Wow I like that. I can be my quiet self and he will
still hear me. I can talk to God!
Ms. It is exciting isn't it? I love talking to God.
Bobo: Do I have to say anything special?
Ms. Just talk to him like you talk to me. Tell him how you
feel and what you need and tell him how much you love him and that is
all there is to it.
Bobo: I can tell him anything?
Ms. Sure. Anything you want and he will hear you.
Bobo: Ok...well if you will excuse me I am going to go pray
Ms. Ok Bobo. See you later.
(you will need enough pennies for each kid to take
one home) Wishing well (perhaps make one from card board) Talk to the
kids about what a wishing well is and how people throw pennies in them in
hopes of having their wishes come true. Ask what the difference is
between wishing for something and praying about something. Sometimes we
spend a lot of time wishing for stuff, but we never bother to ask God
about it. Call for the kids to make a commitment to pray daily. Send
each child home with a penny to remind them that prayer is more than a
wishing game, it is a part of a friendship with Christ.