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 it is important to listen to God
when we pray.
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
Prayer is the key to effective ministry. When we
pray God does great things. Take time this week to pray for our service
and for the kids you will minister to.
Worship and offering time
You will need a tug of war rope. Suggest that you
will play boys against the girls. Call 6-8 boys up to compete for the
boys and only two girls to compete for the girls team. Ask who will win.
When the girls complain that it isn't fair suggest that perhaps they
would like some help. When they ask for help give them two large men to
help their team out. Now the boys will complain. The point that you want
to make here is that when God is on our side no one can defeat us. There
is no problem too big for God if we ask for him.
"Ask, and it will be given to you." Matthew 7:7
Bobo has a major problem and doesn't know what to
Bobo: Oh I am doomed. Life is over! I might as well crawl in a
hole and hide.
Leader: Hello Bobo. You seem to have a problem.
Bobo: Oh do I ever have a problem. Why it is just terrible.
Leader: Well, maybe you would like to share it with us.
Bobo: Oh it is just too terrible. I don't know what to do. Oh
I might as well just give up.
Leader: My that sounds like a very big problem. Did someone
Bobo: OH even worse. Why it is so big it is bigger than a
Leader: Well, why don't you tell us about it and maybe we can
Bobo: Oh I just can't, I just can't talk about it.
Leader: How can we help you if you won't tell us what you
Bobo: I am just too embarrassed. I could never tell you.
Leader: We won't laugh. We promise.
Bobo: Oh, all right. Do you promise?
Leader: We promise.
Bobo: Well, I was sliding down the banister and I got a
splinter stuck in my ...in my dereeair.
Leader: In your what?
Bobo: (sounding agitated) I said I got a splinter stuck in my
dereeair...you know the back side of my front?!!
Leader: Oh. I see,
Bobo: How could you? My dereeair is back here.
Leader: I meant that I understand the problem now.
Bobo: See I told you it wouldn't help to tell you.
Leader: Well, I could send the inventor back there to help you
Bobo: You think he would do that for me?
Leader: Of course I think he would help you out.
Bobo: That would be great because this splinter is really a
thorn in my flesh right now.
Leader: You know Bobo. It is ok to ask for help. Sometimes
Christians think that they can't ask God for help either because they
think it is too small of a problem or because it is too big of a
problem. We need to remember that if we have a need we need to ask God
Bobo: I see your point. Now how about sending the inventor
back here to take this point out of my dereeair?
Leader: sure thing Bobo.
The inventor will build a machine this week that is
called a wishomatic. It is designed so that when you ask for something
the machine will give it to you. The problem is that every time the
inventor asks for the machine to give him something it gives him the
wrong thing. For example when he asks for peace the machine gives him
peas and when he asks for joy in his heart the machine gives him a
bottle of liquid detergent called joy and when he asks for goodness it
gives him a Mr.. Goodbar, etc.
Weighed down with a bucket of rocks...You will need
a bucket of potato sized rocks and a very large rock. Hold up the very
large rock and ask which child would like to carry this rock around all
day. If you get volunteers bring one forward and have them stand holding
the rock while you continue with the object lesson. This rock should be
heavy enough that the child will tire easily and ask to put it down. Now
hold up the little rock. Who can lift this rock? It is just little? What
about if I added one more rock to this bucket? Now who can lift it?
Continue adding rocks until the bucket is very heavy. Now select a small
child to try to carry the bucket. (This should be very difficult for the
child to do.) The point you want to make here is that we often only want
to give God BIG problems. We hang onto all of the rest of our problems.
Problems weigh us down and make it hard for us to live for Christ
successfully. When we pray we should give God all of our needs and
Ask me game. Make out a form with a list of
items such as "someone with blue eyes" "Someone who forgot to brush
their teeth" "someone who gets allowance" etc. (If your group consists
of small kids who still do not read you might want to use pictures such
as of an eye, or a toothbrush, and a dollar bill and go over the list
before they begin) Allow the kids two to three minutes to obtain as many
signatures as possible. When time is up have all the kids return to
their seats. Explain to the kids that in order to get signatures they
had to be willing to ask people to sign. If you didn't ask then you
probably didn't get very many signatures. Likewise, when we have needs
we need to ask God to take care of them. The bible tells us if we ask it
shall be given unto us.
You will need a grocery list, a to do list, a
Christmas wish list, and a prayer list. Smudge comes in murmuring. He
was sent to the store by the inventor and now can't remember what he is
supposed to buy. The leader asks him if he wrote it down on a list. He
says he didn't but he does have a list. He fishes it out of his pocket.
It is a Christmas list of things he wants. Did he give it to his mom so
she knows what he wants? No he didn't. But now he discovers he has
another list. It is a to do list of things his mommy wanted him to do
today. The leader goes over the things on the list and discovers he
hasn't done any of them. (The point you want to make here is that lists
help us to remember things. It is helpful to have a prayer list so we
remember to take our needs to the lord. A list won't help us if we don't
look at it or share it with someone)
Tell the story of Hannah praying for a child.
This a good time to allow the children to pray for
other children with needs. Encourage those that have a need they want to
take to the Lord to come forward and then have the other children gather
around to pray for them.
Copyright 1998, Sheryl Coats