Free Children's Ministry Curriculum Written
by Sheryl Coats
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Celebration Medical Centre
Celebration City Courthouse
Theme: We will be in the wild west
discovering Godly Character traits for kids.
The Set: Set up the class room to look like a town in the wild
west. Decorate with cardboard cactus, stick horses, a jail house, a
place to park horses, a hotel, wanted posters, etc.
Sheriff Sam - a good guy, the sharpest
shooter in the west.
Deputy Do Good - a dumb deputy who is good at heart and always
tries to do good.
Reckless Rex - a mean outlaw
Pauly Peddler - a traveling saleswoman who always has something
for sale she thinks will save the day.
Miss Daisy - the waitress at the local restaurant
One Eyed Will - a puppet who has only one eye. He is the memory
verse bandit and is always lurking around waiting to steal the memory
Bobo - a big hairy puppet that is always getting himself into
This week: Kids will be introduced to the theme and discover
the importance of being content.
The children will learn:
Have kids spend 1-2 minutes at their seats in
prayer and then allow Deputy Do good to open in group prayer. This time
is very important as it teaches the kids not only how to pray but also
that they can pray.
Add a western spin to the rules this week. The
sheriff can come out and explain the rules.
Start the worship with a cowboy puppet song.
Encourage the kids to sing along with the puppets. Worship is a special
time. Encourage the kids to worship with their hands, hearts, and
Miss Daisy comes running out of the town
restaurant. She is very excited and frightened. She informs the sheriff,
deputy and the peddler that she's just learned from One Eyed Will that
Reckless Rex is headed for town and he's real unhappy. Everyone is
trembling in their boots. Reckless Rex shows up riding a pink stick
horse. He is miserably unhappy that his horse is not as wonderful as
everyone else's. He grumbles and complains and carries on about it. The
town peddler steps forward and announces that she has just what he needs
to fix his problem. She has a much nicer horse for sale. He buys the
horse and discovers that he is still miserably discontent. The others
have much nicer boots or nicer hair...etc.
Deputy Do good tries to explain to Reckless Rex that contentment and
joy come from our relationship with Christ and not from things, or
people, or circumstances. Reckless Rex rejects Deputy Do's statements as
horse hockey and heads out of town on his new horse.
Miss Daisy tells the story of Naamans servant girl
who despite her circumstances of being enslaved was content and continue
on through the story to Gahazi, Elijahs servant, who was not content
with what he had and sought to deceive Naaman so he could have all the
The pony express (a horse puppet) delivers the
memory verse written on brown paper wrapped around a brick and tied with
twine. The deputy unwraps it and teaches it to the children. As he is
teaching it the memory verse bandit One Eyed Will sneaks up and steals
it. The deputy freaks out and the sheriff comes running. The deputy
doesn't know what to do. How will the kids learn the verse? Thankfully
the sheriff happens to know this verse and finishes up teaching it to
the kids. They then post a wanted poster up of One Eyed Will.
You will need a clothes line up on stage and one
line for each pod group, note cards and plenty of clothes pins. Take a
few minutes to talk about grumbling and discontentment. As kids
volunteer some things to grumble about write them on the note cards and
pin them to the clothes line.
Break into pod groups. Give each pod leader a clothes line, note
cards, pen, and clothes pins. In their pod groups have kids continue to
list thing they grumble about. Pod leaders pin them to their clothes
line. Then pod leaders can wrap the kids up in the clothes line. Have
kids discuss what it is like to be tied up. Pod leaders should explain
that complaints tie us down. Unwrap the kids and spend a few minutes
thanking God for his blessings.
Bobo comes up with a roll of toilet paper.
Leader: Hi Bobo, I hate to ask this but why do you have that
roll of toilet paper?
Bobo: um, this roll right here?
Leader: Yes, that's the one.
Bobo: would you believe I am taking it out to the outhouse?
Leader: that seems logical enough except that the outhouse is
in the other direction.
Bobo: Well, alright then! I'll just tell you why I have this
roll of toilet paper! I have this roll of toilet paper because I am
going over to the sheriffs house to toilet paper it. There! Now you
know. Now out of my way. I have business to take care of.
Leader: Oh Bobo. Why would you want to do that for?
Bobo: The sheriff invited me over for thanksgiving dinner last
Leader: that was so nice of him. Why would you want to be so
mean to him after his kindness to you?
Bobo: Oh that's just the beginning. You see, it was
thanksgiving. And do you know that he didn't bother to make me any
Leader: It seems to me you have plenty of stuffing.
Bobo: (getting agitated) Not that kind of stuffing!! The kind
that you eat. How can you have thanksgiving dinner with no stuffing? Of
all the nerve!!
Leader: What did you have?
Bobo: there was turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, green bean
casserole, rolls, jello, salad, yams, cranberry sauce, apple pie,
pumpkin pie, custard, ice cream, and my favourite chocolate éclairs!!
Leader: You mean to tell me that you are all upset that you
didn't get stuffing when you got stuffed with all that other good food??
Bobo: Well, yeah.....I like stuffing.
Leader: Bobo, Bobo, Bobo....
Bobo: UM, there's just one of me. That would be just one Bobo.
Leader: Bobo. I am disappointed with you. Rather than being
thankful with all you had you focused in on what you didn't have. The
Bible tells us that we should be content whatever comes our way. You
have so much to be content and joyful about and you decided to be
discontent. Aren't you ashamed of yourself?
Bobo: Now that you put it that way....I am soooo ashamed.
Please take this toilet paper away from me. I never want to see another
roll of toilet paper again as long as I live.
Leader: Oh I don't think you mean that. Toilet paper is very
useful when it is used properly. Maybe you should just say you are so
sorry and are going to work on being content with what God sends your
Bobo: Ok. That does sound better.
Leader: Here, take this toilet paper and go put it in the
Bobo: No problem. Thanks for setting me straight.
Cactus toss. You will need some large
cardboard cactus (made from appliance boxes) and some rings. Pin cards
on the cactus arms that have complaints or noncomplaints on them. Have
several volunteers from each team come forward to compete for their
team. The point is to ring as many of the good things as possible
without ringing the complaints. Each player tosses one ring toward the
cactus and then runs to the end of the line. The first team to ring all
the good things wins. (Each time a bad thing is ringed a good thing ring
You will need some worms (real or rubber)
We can learn several things from worms.
We can learn from the worms that even though life may not be the
greatest all the time we don't have to complain about it. We can be
content knowing that God is in control and know exactly what the future
holds. We must find our contentment in life from our relationship with
Tell the kids that when we are sad or discouraged we can come to
Christ and ask him to fill us with his joy and contentment despite our
circumstances. Encourage kids to come to the alter to repent of their
grumbling and to seek to be filled with the joy of the Lord.
Copyright 1999, Sheryl Coats