This curriculum series is based on the Great
Commission given by Jesus in Matthew. "Therefore go and make disciples
of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have
commanded you." Matthew 28:19,20. This verse is essential for our
Christian walk, we have a responsibility to share the Good News. Christ
has asked us to go to others and teach them. This is the goal of "The
Zoo" program but it will also be the goal of these lessons. We will be
trying to equip the children to go home and to school and share the
message. This is the final phase of our yearly cycle. All year we have
been teaching and introducing the kids to Jesus and now it is our task
to equip them to share Jesus with others. (All lessons will be quite
simple and will still include an evangelistic message for those children
who might have missed this over the course of the summer months.)
The theme will be taken from the 1996 summer movie called "Mission
Impossible". It will be a spy, espionage, intrigue kind of theme. The
characters will be mysterious and dressed appropriately. The music and
lighting will help contribute to the effect.
The Zoo Bus Puppet Stage was decorated to go with the theme. We
chose to use this theme while the movie was still fairly fresh in
people's minds. During this series we will go back to using videos since
the TV & VCR are available.
CD of the "Mission Impossible" theme music
Lesson One - Mission
If you want to be able to carry out your mission
you are going to need some basic training. You can't complete the
mission unless you have been trained to handle it. In order to share the
gospel, the Bible is an important tool. It contains the written message.
It can be very helpful if you know how to use it. This lesson will focus
on the scriptures; who wrote them and how do we use them.
- to teach the children that the Bible is God's
- to teach them how to look up verses.
- to encourage them to use the Bible in their
- to encourage them to share what they have
learned about Jesus.
On "The Zoo" bus, the opening is usually a cartoon.
While the children are loading on to the bus this video plays to occupy
them. The boot system for taking off foot wear will no longer be used.
In an area where over crowding is an issue, attendance will be taken.
Children will enter according to where they live. The program will occur
twice. It will be done the first time for one location and a second time
for children living in another area. This seemed to be the most
effective way to divide. If you encountered this problem in a building
it would be easier to handle, you could simply use two rooms and divide
The rules must be strict. Although it might be
difficult it is very important to create a standard of expected
behaviour. This is the only way that control will be maintained.
Always open in prayer. Give the children an
opportunity to see what prayer is all about. If the crowd is calm, it
might be a time to ask for prayer requests.
Due to the limited space on "The Zoo" bus, we have
found that sometimes adaptations need to be made. Singing is usually a
high energy time. If the children seem too out of control, have them
remain seated. It isn't as much fun but it is a good way to maintain
Select two players; One boy/One girl. This game will be a flash card
game and it will be played twice. In the first round the children will
be given cards and asked to put them in order. The cards will have
scripture references on them. They will all be in the same book but will
need to be arranged by chapter. e.g. John 1:6; John 4:1; John 10:11. The
child will arrange them.
In the second round of the game the contestants will be given
different flash cards. This time they will be all from the same book and
chapter but must be arranged by verse. e.g. John 4:1; John 4:3; John
4:10. Older children might find this easy. It is difficult to tell how
quickly they will catch on.
This game will be done using the one minute timer. All of the cards
must be arranged in one minute.
The "Mission Possible" theme music comes on and the
verse leader is standing outside of the puppet stage. A puppet sneaks up
and hands the leader a verse. It is written in invisible ink. The leader
must get it back and uncover the message. Once it is revealed it will be
taught to the children.
"God has breathed life into all scripture. It is useful for teaching
what is true, correcting our mistakes and training us to do what is
right". 2 Timothy 3:16.
The Bible contains God's words. That is really exciting because it is
a book that can tell us exactly what God wants us to do. It can teach us
the truth, it can show us where we went wrong and it can help us to do
the right thing. A book that can do all that is pretty amazing. That is
why we need to know how to use it!
In this series an amateur video was made to go with
each lesson. They were designed to reinforce the lesson. The lessons
will include the script from each video. In this lesson the
"SPY GUY" will teach the children to look things up in the Bible.
Music starts, video camera follows black foot prints to desk (very
slowly) Video stops on desk - music fades Spy guy appears.... Shhh! Be
very quiet. Do you hear anything? Are you sure you weren't followed? Ok
it looks like the coast is clear. Now I can begin... I am Spy Guy, of
course that is not my real name . It is my undercover name. By now I'm
sure that you know I have figured out the code and that is what I'm
going to share with you today.
See this book, I bet some of you have one at home. It is very
important. This book contains God's word and I have figured out how to
use it. I know the code, I'll tell you how it works...
The Bible is divided into two parts. The first one is the Old
Testament, the second one is the New Testament. Each section is divided
into smaller pieces called books. The names of these books are what you
see on the memory verse each week. (There is a knock at the door) Oh
look it is Scotty. He is a secret agent too. He is going to help me show
you the code. (Scotty will hold the cards that have the verse on it and
the bible page.) See on the memory verse it has the book name Second
Timothy right after First Timothy. To help explain this to you I have
enlarged a page from the Bible. At the top of the page it says Second
Timothy just like the verse. Match them up and you will know that you
are in the right place.
Every week when you do a memory verse it has a book name that you can
find in the Bible. After the name of the book there are some numbers.
The first number is the chapter, it is the big number. It puts you in
the right place. After the two dots: you'll find the small numbers. They
show you exactly where to find that verse. Let's look at the Bible page
again. See the big number three, it is the chapter number that we are
looking for and the small number 16 shows you exactly where the verse
is. It is exactly what is written on your verse.
Believe it or nor it gets easier, if you practise! But there is a
little tip to help. You might be thinking, "Spy Guy", but there are too
may books in the Bible with big names. Don't worry, I've got it cased.
At the front of the Bible there is a list of all the books and where to
find them. Try this one - Nehemiah. I just look in the front of the
Bible and it tells me where to find the part of the bible called
Nehemiah. See not so bad. That's how you do it. Keep trying!
This story was read and acted out by puppets in the
Introduction: Did you pay attention to the video? Do you think
you would be able to look something up in the Bible? Well, I have a
story for you. It is a story about an undercover agent. He was on a
mission. He was assigned to break the code.
Special Agent Orangeo was on the case. He knew that he could figure
out the code. If he did figure it out then he could share it with other
agents, what a breakthrough that would be!
All his boss had given him was a dirty, worn out Bible taken from a
hotel room. The boss told him to figure it out. He also gave him a note.
Orangeo unfolded the paper. It said take your Bible and meet the girl
in the Dallas Cowboys Sweater, under the tree at the corner of Federal
and Romans Ave. So Orangeo snuck up to the corner. He saw the girl and
he walked over to her. She handed him a briefcase. When Orangeo opened
it, he found a cord with an example of the code on it. It said Matthew
28:19. The girl told Orangeo it was like an address for a person but it
is an address for a verse. Then she left quickly.
Orangeo was confused. He didn't know what that meant. He thought for
a long time. He walked down the street while he was thinking. He looked
at the houses. Each one had a special number on it. The number tells you
where on the street to find a house. Hmmmm.
Just then Orangeo had an idea. He ran to the phone booth and opened
up the phone book. He started looking for the address on the card, it
didn't work. Now Orangeo was getting depressed.
He decided to call his friend Garbonzo who had been to Sunday School
before. Orangeo explained the problem and Garbonzo had an answer.
Garbonzo told Orangeo that a Bible verse is like an address. It tells
you exactly where to find the sentence you are looking for. If you look
in the front of the Bible there is a list of all the different sections
(streets) in the Bible, they are called books.
First you look up the right street or book so you know you are close.
If you were looking for a house you would have to know the street but
you would also have to know what number so you could find it. The
numbers are in order. So first of all we know that we are in the book
called Matthew, so we are close. But we want to find the right house or
chapter. The verse says Matthew 28:19. So we need to find 28. That is
all there is to it.
When Orangeo got off the phone he was really happy. He had completed
his assignment and it was a lot easier than he thought it would be. He
had to hurry back to meet his boss and share the good news. Now Orangeo
was a good agent and he could look things up in the Bible anytime he
Quiet seat prizes and treats for everyone.
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