Free Children's Ministry Curriculum Written
by Sheryl Coats
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Celebration Medical Centre
Celebration City Courthouse
Welcome to the Celebration Medical Centre.
The set: set up the room like an emergency
This week: We will discover that in order to avoid spiritual
emergencies we need to resist temptation.
To teach the children that:
It sometimes seems to get old to review the rules
week after week, but it is very important to do it anyways. Consistency
is the key to effective discipline.
Remember to spend time in prayer this week for the
children in our service. God is able to do great and powerful things
when we seek his face. God has great things in store for us this week.
HAVE YOU BEEN FAITHFUL TO SEEK HIS ANOINTING AND LEADING? We have been
given a great responsibility!
Characters needed: Three stooge doctors, a patient, and Bobo
A patient runs in with a large hook stuck in his
mouth. He can't talk, only mumble hysterically. The three doctors try
all kinds of weird things to remove the hook. For example. They try
pulling, pushing, sawing with a large saw, they try to decorate it so it
is not so noticeable, etc. They finally remove the hook and ask the
patient why he was trying to eat a hook. He explains that he was at the
pond and saw a fishing pole sitting there with a delicious piece of
chocolate cake attached to it. He just couldn't resist taking just a
nibble, but it was so good he couldn't see it going to waste on a smelly
old fish so he kept eating and before he knew it he had been snagged by
Tug of war. Select volunteers to participate
in tug of war battles. It is easy to illustrate temptation with this
game and kids almost always enjoy tug of war. Place one person in the
middle of the rope. Then fill both sides with kids to pull. Explain that
one team represents a particular sin and the other represents what God
wants desires. Allow the kids to begin pulling to demonstrate how Satan
pulls at our hearts trying to get us to do things that are wrong. If you
want to demonstrate further that if we have God on our side you can then
allow a strong adult to help out on the team that represents good.
Temptation tag: Allow one of your leaders to be a dentist. He
stands in the middle and cannot move his feet, but can bend and reach.
The children must try to get as close as possible and grab a piece of
candy from the floor around his feet. The leader tries to tag the
children before they can reach the candy. If a child is tagged they must
sit down. When everyone has been tagged have the kids return to their
seats. Explain to the kids that flirting with temptation is dangerous.
We may get away with it once in a while (like getting a piece of candy
without being tagged), but eventually you are going to get caught. We
need to stay as far away from sin as possible.
( you will need a large pretend injection) The
three stooge doctors are about to perform an operation. (Perhaps you
might have them operating to remove the chocolate cake from the previous
patient who has now come in with a terrible stomach ache) The lead
stooge doctor tells the other doctors not to touch the anaesthetic
injection he has left on the table. He will be right back to help the
patient. The other doctors decide once he is gone that they are big
enough and good enough to give an injection and decide to touch it
anyways. However, they both want to do it and end up fighting over it
and one accidentally injects the other doctor who falls to the floor out
cold from the anaesthetic. The lead doctor comes back in and says "I told
you not to touch that!!" Explain to the children that God has told us
what he doesn't want us to do. The bible is our guide for living. It
tells us how God wants us to act. We need to resist temptation to
disobey Gods word.
Memory verse: James 4:7
Puppet show:(Bobo comes up covered with chocolate pudding on
Leader: Hello Bobo.
Bobo: Say, what happened to you?
Leader: nothing happened to me. Why do you ask?
Bobo: Well, you look like you swallowed a watermelon, make
that a couple of watermelons.
Leader: Bobo! That is terrible.
Bobo: Well, if the fat fits you must be wearing it.
Leader: Bobo!! I am not fat.
Bobo: Oh yeah??? Well, when you went to the doctor last week,
why did the scale say "ouch! One at a time please"?
Leader: Bobo, doesn't your conscience bother you when you say
terrible things like that?
Bobo: Nope, I don't think so.
Leader: what do you mean you don't think so?
Bobo: Well, how can something bother me if I don't know what
in tarnation it is?
Leader: Your conscience is that little voice you hear inside
you that says "don't do it. It's wrong to do that" Have you ever heard
that little voice Bobo?
Bobo: Ohhhhh yeah. I've heard that little voice before.
Bobo: When what?
Leader: Oh Bobo! When have you heard that little voice?
Bobo: Well, last week I heard that little voice when I was at
Leader: You did?
Bobo: that's what I just said isn't it?
Leader: Of course it is what you just said. I want to know
what the voice told you.
Bobo: well, why didn't you say so? I was at school and I was
really hungry so I was about to steal Robert's Twinkie and I heard that
little voice say "you better not do that"
Leader: so did you do it anyways?
Bobo: Of course not.
Leader: I am really proud of you Bobo for listening to your
Bobo: I took Julies snicker bar instead. (Bobo snickers)
Leader: That is absolutely terrible.
Bobo: yeah it was kind of stale.
Leader: I meant it is terrible that you yielded to temptation
like that. By the way, I just got a phone call from Mrs. Mary this
Bobo: OH yeah???
Leader: Yes, as a matter of fact I did. Did you take that
pudding over to her like I told you to this morning?
Bobo: I sure did. I took it right over. Yep I sure did. Aren't
you proud of me?
Leader: You know, Mrs. Mary said that the dish was half empty
when you brought it over to her.
Bobo: Why I beg to differ with her on that one. I am sure it
was half FULL!!
Leader: But Bobo, it was all the way full when I gave it to
you. What happened to the rest of the pudding?
Bobo: Would you believe me if I told you that the big bad wolf
jumped out of the woods and ate up half of the pudding?
Leader: No, I would not believe that story. You ate that
pudding didn't you Bobo?
Bobo: Perhaps I did have just a little.
Leader: Why did you do that Bobo?
Bobo: I just love chocolate. It is all your fault, if you had
made butterscotch I wouldn't have eaten a bit of it.
Leader: That is a pitiful excuse Bobo.
Bobo: Well, I was tempted and I can resist anything but
Leader: How in the world did you eat all that pudding? You
didn't use your hands did you?
Bobo: Of course not. I do have my manners to think about. I
thought I might be tempted so I took along a spoon. Now that is
Leader: That is preparation to sin is what it is. What you did
was wrong Bobo. You should never put yourself in a position to sin like
that. We need to stay as far away from sin as possible. It is hard
enough resist temptation without preparing to give in.
Bobo: I feel terrible now. I was really bad wasn't I ?
Leader: Yes, Bobo, what you did was a wrong. The bible tells
us to resist temptation.
Bobo: I need to ask forgiveness don't' I?
Leader: You sure do. You need to ask God to forgive you and
you need to ask Mrs. Mary to forgive you.
Bobo: You're kidding right? Just asking God is enough isn't
Leader: No, I am as serious as I get. You need to ask Mrs.
Mary to forgive you.
Bobo: Oh alright. But first all this talk about food has made
me hungry. I think I will go have a snack first.
Bobo: Ok Ok. I will go find Mrs Mary first and then have a
snack. Good bye everyone. And remember, don't give into temptation!! It
ain't worth it.
Doctor says is like Simon says. One of the doctors
will call out things such as "the doctor says cough" or "the doctor says
scratch your neck" (sneeze, stick out your tongue and say ahhh, pretend
you have a broken leg, etc) When the doctor says "the doctor says" the
kids must perform the task, however if the doctor neglects to say
"the doctor says" and just says "scratch you neck" they must not do the
task. Have the doctor move through these as quickly as possible. If the
kids act when they aren't supposed to they are out and must sit down.
When time is up or all the kids are out have them all sit down. Explain
that we need to listen closely to God's voice. Satan is often trying to
get us to do things we aren't supposed to.
Tell the story of Jesus being tempted by Satan.
Tell the kids that every time you say Satan you want them to boo (be sure
to tell them to stop booing when you hold your nose). Every time you say
Jesus they are to cheer. Every time you say tempted they are to say Uh
uh!!! No way!! Not gonna do it!!
(you will need a large sheet of newsprint,
approximately 3-4 feet long and markers) String the paper across the
front of the room. Write the number 911 in the middle of it. Tell the
children that you want them to come forward and write something that
causes them to be tempted on the paper. For example, I am tempted to
take a piece of candy from the store. Be sure to have helpers there to
assist younger kids who struggle with writing. Once the paper is filled
up with things that cause temptation draw the kids attention to what is
written on the paper. Review the story of Jesus being tempted. Why could
Jesus say no to temptation? Explain that Jesus came to help us resist
temptation. We can BREAK free from it because of what Jesus did for us
on the cross. We can tear through the power of temptation and say NO! At
this point you can begin to tear the paper into small pieces. We don't
have to give in to temptation. Jesus gives us the power we need to tear
temptation to smithereens.
Copyright 1998, Sheryl Coats