Free Children's Ministry Curriculum Written
by Sheryl Coats
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Celebration Medical Centre
Celebration City Courthouse
Welcome to the wacky worship workshop...where we
learn about building our relationship with Jesus.
The set: set up the room like a workshop
with all kind of wacky inventions. The weirder it looks the better. Try
obtaining some old science equipment or old computer components that can
be taken apart to make the room look like a crazy inventor inhabits the
This week: We will learn that thankfulness is an important
ingredient in prayer and our relationship with Christ.
To teach the children that:
Characters needed: The crazy inventor, his
faithful assistant, smudge (who always tries to wreck stuff) one or two
workshop workers and Einstein the puppet and Bobo the puppet.
Rules are a necessary part of life. Be sure to
enforce the rules on a consistent basis. Kids need consistency and they
Sometimes we get caught up in our daily lives and
we neglect to take time to seek God's anointing for our service. Be
sure to take time this week to seek God, to pray for the children you
will minister to, and to pray for God's presence in our service.
Preservice activity: Before service starts, circulate among
the kids and give each one a small candy bar. Don't say much, just hand
them one and remind them to throw their wrappers in the trash. Take note
of how many actually say thank you. Later in the lesson bring to the
kids attention how many remembered to say thank you. If you have a
normal bunch of kids many will have neglected to say thank you.
String a clothes line across the room. Ask children
to tell you things they like to complain about. Write each item on a
note card and allow the child to pin it to the clothes line with a
clothes pin. Once the line is full begin to wrap the kids up in the line
of complaining until they are totally tangled up. Have them sit down and
ask them how it feels to be tangled up in all those complaints. Tell the
children that today you are going to be learning about thankfulness and
complaining. Have each person pin their card to their shirt complaint
side down and go back to their seats.
MEMORY VERSE: Ephesians 5:20 "Always give thanks to God for
(you will need a large plate of cookies or candy)
(Bobo is back stage stuffing his mouth with candy to the point of
gorging and the noise can be heard in class)
Leader: I wonder what Bobo is doing back there today. That is
really a strange noise.
Bobo: (his mouth is stuffed with candy and he is trying to
talk so it sounds muffled) Did you call me? What do you want?
Leader: (who didn't understand a word he said) Say what??
Bobo: (repeating himself with his mouth still full) I said,
did you call me?? What do you want?
Leader: (who still doesn't understand) Bobo, what is in your
Bobo: (proceeds to stuff more candy in his mouth) Um it's just
candy...(he begins to groan) Oh my tummy hurts...(stuffs more candy in
Leader: Have you been eating too many sweets again?
Bobo: Oh no, I could never eat too many sweets.
Leader: Well, what did you eat?
Bobo: Oh just a little ice cream
Leader: Ice cream shouldn't give you a tummy ache unless you
ate an awful lot of it.
Bobo: Well, I only et fifteen gallons. Maybe it was the seven
boxes of cookies that I ate.
Leader: Bobo, you didn't
Bobo: Well yes I do believe I did et seven boxes of cookies.
Bobo:Well, maybe it was eight, but who's counting.
Leader: It's I ate seven boxes of cookies Bobo.
Bobo: You ate seven boxes of cookies? No wonder you are so
Leader: Bobo! That is very rude. And NO I did not eat seven
boxes of cookies. I was correcting your grammar.
Bobo: My grammas not here. And you don't need to correct her.
She is always good.
Leader: Oh Bobo. You said you et seven boxes of cookies and
you should have said you ate seven boxes of cookies. Why in the world
did you eat so many sweets?
Bobo: Cause I love sweets! And I wanted to make sure I got it
all to myself. Do you have any more candy? (Groaning) Oh my tummy.....
Leader: Bobo!!!! It looks to me like you have already gorged
yourself with sweets this morning.
Bobo: But I want more!!
Leader: What happened to all the candy I gave you to pass out
to the kids this morning?
Bobo: I ate it! I wanted it all to myself. I didn't want the
other kids to have any. And I want more now!
Leader: you are being terribly selfish and stingy today.
Bobo: You never give me what I want. You are mean. I want more
candy!! You only gave me a few pieces of candy and I want more! Give me
Leader: You are being very ungrateful Bobo. You are being a
very bad example for the kids. We are trying to teach the kids how
important it is to be thankful for what you have.
Bobo: I guess I just blew it huh? Instead of being so selfish
I should be happy with what I have been given right?
Leader: That's right. It is important to be thankful for what
we have instead of always demanding more and more.
Bobo: Boy have I learned a lesson today. I feel terrible. Will
you please forgive me. I will try to be more thankful.
Leader: I forgive you Bobo.
The inventor will build a machine this week that he
thinks will be a great asset to everyone. It is a grouchoverter. It
takes grumbling and grouching and turns it into praise. All you have to
do is put grouchy things in one side and praise will come out the other
side. He builds the machine, puts in a complaint and really stinky
garbage comes out the other end. He is confused. He tries to figure out
why yucky stuff came out. He makes a few adjustments and tries again and
more stinky garbage comes out. The leader then explains that if you
grumble and complain to God, then grumbling and complaining is what he
is going to receive. What you put in is what is going to come out. You
cannot expect a machine to convert your complaining into praise. Praise
and thankfulness has to come from the heart.
(you will need a popcorn popper and popcorn) The
popcorn represents our praise and thanksgiving to God. As we give it to
God He receives our praise and thanksgiving and is pleased. He then
pours out his blessings on us...the popcorn should start popping by this
time. His blessings are greater than we could ever imagine. What we put
in is multiplied; we reap so much more than we give by being thankful.
(In following with the theme, it might be nice to build an invention
with a popcorn popper inside..perhaps the inventor tries to invent
something new and useful that will help him make a fortune only to
discover it has already been invented.)
Thankful musical chairs: set up enough
chairs for each child to have a chair. Place a picture of a tool on each
chair (use four-six different tools). When the music stops every child
must find a seat. Then call out a tool. Each child sitting in a chair
with that tool must tell something they are thankful for.
The inventors assistant has baked some delicious
cookies (bake some cookies ahead of time but leave out the sugar) She is
all excited about them and offers some to the kids. When the kids reject
the cookies because of how bad they look she starts to cry. The leader
can interact with her and lead the discussion to discover why the
cookies look and taste bad. If you forget to put a certain ingredient in
it can ruin the whole recipe. If we leave thanksgiving out of our
prayer it can ruin the whole thing.
Tell the story of the Israelites in the desert and
how they grumbled continually...about food, water, etc. Despite all the
miracles that God had performed and all he had done for them they still
(you will need a bag of common items which we often
take for granted such as soap, toothbrush, a can of soda, a bible,
shoes, etc and also five kernels of corn) Begin by telling a story about
the pilgrims who suffered greatly when they first arrived in America.
Times were so tough that often they only got five kernels of corn to eat
for a meal each. They learned to thank God through tough times.
Next begin taking items out of the bag. Hold up the toothbrush and
tell the children about the families in Ecuador who could only afford
one toothbrush for the entire family. Hold up the shoes and tell about
the children who have no shoes to wear and take out the soap and
describe how many children all over the world have no place to bathe, no
running water, and no soap. Continue to take out items and remind the
children of the many things in life we take for granted. Finally take
out the Bible. Tell the children about the countries where they do not
have access to a Bible.
God has blessed us and yet we often walk around grumbling just like
the Israelites did. We need to remember all that God has done for us.
When we pray we need to take time to tell God thank you.
Have the children take their cards off and write something they are
thankful for on the blank side of the card. Ask them to wear their card
home and hook it to something in their room. Each day challenge them to
add something to their card.
Copyright 1998, Sheryl Coats