Free Children's Ministry Curriculum Written
by Sheryl Coats
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Celebration Medical Centre
Celebration City Courthouse
"Hill Billy days" is
an exciting theme. A backdrop with an old western town and a clothes
line with wool socks and long johns helped to create the atmosphere. The
puppets were dressed in cowboy hats and plaid shirts. Children's toys
are helpful. Stick horses and stuffed animals were used as props.
Western music also enhances the area.
To teach the children that:
Billy JO will sing a guitar song about cooperating!
He strums hap hazardly on a guitar and makes up the words as he goes.
The kids think it is sooo funny.
The sheriff will tell the rules. be gruff and
firm, but fun!
1. If ya get out of yer seat yall be lassoed to yur chair
2. Don't bother the cowpoke next to ya or yall be thrown in jail
3. Be quiet or ellie may will start to cry
4. Have a good ol how down time
Each week the official program should begin with
prayer. It is important to make this a regular part of the program so
that the children will develop a habit.
Before worship take time to explain why and how we
worship and remind the kids that this is a special time to show God how
much they love him.
Billy Jo is throwing pennies away into a wishing
well. Billy Jo Bob comes running up screaming "STOP What are you doing?"
Billy Jo says they are just good for nuthin pennies. Billy Joe bob tells
him that he learned a few weeks ago that if you put pennies together they
become worth something. Like Christians who work together. Alone we
don't accomplish much but together we can do great things. We learned
before that everyone has an important job and if we cooperate and use
our talents together great things happen.
The sheriff comes running out with a broken chain screaming about how
the bandit has escaped. He chained him up in the jail but the chain had
a broken link and the bandit got away. Parallel: a chain needs
all of its links to be effective. God needs all Christians to do their
jobs. If one person refuses to do their job it may not seem like a big
deal but really the whole chain is affected.
Now what are we going to do when we catch the bandit? We don't have a
chain to chain him up with. The kids were each given a piece of string
at the beginning of the service. See if they can come up with an idea to
put their string together to make a long rope to tie up the bandit with.
Lightening the load: Billy Jo Bob is trying to lift weights so
he will be strong enough to catch the bandit all by himself because he
doesn't want to share the reward with anyone else. He can't seem to lift
them alone. His brother Billy Jo can offer to help him lift the weights.
When he helps the task is accomplished. If we all work together we can
catch the bandit! It is better to work together than to try it alone and
fail. We will all share the reward.
Memory Verse Bandit"
This is the final week for the Bandit. The memory verse is delivered
by "Pony Express" and unwrapped by the leader and the Sheriff. They are
both watching for the Bandit. After the verse is taught, the Bandit
tries to steal the verse again. This time he is captured by the Sheriff.
The children will share in the reward at the end of the program.
Leader: The sheriff caught the bandit a few days ago but he
got away again. I think this week I'm going to need your help. The
Sheriff has offered a reward for everyone who helps in the capture of
the "Memory Verse Bandit". So while we learn the verse, I want you to be
on the lookout for the Bandit. Remember, we need to work together!
Let's unwrap the verse and see if we can learn it. Let's read it
together. Have the children repeat the verse until they can do it
without looking at the sheet. Have the sheriff capture the bandit and
use the rope the kids made to tie him up.
Clementine comes in with a big bag of cookies. She
can talk about how good they taste. She has a second bag (contents not
visible) with cookie ingredients in it. She can offer to share her
cookies with the kids but gives them the bag with ingredients in it.
This can illustrate that when the ingredients are mixed together they
are much better tasting. Like wise, church people who work together are
much more effective.
Tool box full of tools. In order to build something you need
more than just one tool. Someone is building something. I need all my
tools to accomplish the task. Each tool needs to do its job. If you are
missing one tool the job won't get done. If you are a part of the church
and you don't do your part then the job doesn't get done.
Two of the characters are fighting about how to do something. The
sheriff will intervene and talk about how if they will cooperate and
work together they can get it done better and faster. Christians who are
always fighting don't get much done.
All tied up. Tie together several kids and have
them attempt to accomplish a task successfully. Tell the kids that when
you work together toward the same goal we are effective servants for
God. Tell part of the group to go one direction and the other group to
go the other direction. Pulling in opposite directions will cause
friction and the job won't get done. Christians who fight and don't work
toward the same goal won't get the job done.
Select three boys and three girls. The players line up single file at
one pylon. There is a cactus set up a few feet in front of the line. The
first contestant throws four rope rings onto the cactus. The team that
successfully ropes the cactus most wins.
Select two boys and two girls. This game is a balloon toss. The
balloons are bugs and they have been found trying to get in their food,
of course you wouldn't want them. One player from each team must try to
keep all the balloons in the air. If they fall they get in the food.
This should be difficult since there will be 20-30 balloons going at
once. Then when they have failed allow everyone to participate and see
if it is easier to keep the balloons up. When the church works together
toward the same goal God's kingdom grows.
Puppet song from psalty...get hot stay hot.
Copyright 1998, Sheryl Coats