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 discover the importance of being generous.
Kids will learn that:
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
Bobo comes up with a long Christmas wish list.
Bobo: (yells from behind the curtain) Hey can you guys keep it
down out there? I'm trying to think!!
Leader: My that must be something pretty important you are
Bobo: (comes up with a 10 foot roll of paper with hundreds of
items listed on it) You bet it's important!!
Leader: Wow!! What is that?
Bobo: This is the beginning of my Christmas list.
Leader: You mean you want all those things?
Bobo: oh yeah!! Why if I don't get all these things I am going
to be very upset...if you get the hint..
Leader: But Bobo..
Bobo: Oh and don't forget to get me a big box with a lock to
go with it all. I want to lock all of my stuff up so no one else can use
Leader: That doesn't sound very nice.
Bobo: Oh I can't wait to see everyone's faces when they see
all my wonderful stuff. They are going to be soooooo jealous.
Leader: I don't like the sounds of this conversation at all
Bobo. You are being very selfish and greedy.
Bobo: oh who cares?!?!? All I care about is making sure I get
all the right stuff and I don't want to forget and leave something off
Leader: I can't see what else you could possibly add. You have
a list a mile long already.
Bobo: I know!! I forgot to put cowboy boots on my list.
Leader: It seems to me that you have forgotten what Christmas
is all about. Christmas is about giving not about getting.
Bobo: You've got to be kidding!!
Leader: No I'm not. Christmas is about God giving his son so
that we could have a way to get to heaven. We give gifts to others as a
way of sharing God's love and celebrating the birth of Jesus. It's the
giving that is important, not the getting. Maybe you should listen in on
today's lesson. You might learn something.
Bobo: Oh all right.....
The sheriff has a beautiful wrapped gift for Ms
Daisy. When he gives it to her, Reckless Rex comes riding in to town and
demands that she hand over the gift. He is selfish and greedy. He wants
everything for himself. He opens the box and finds some flowers. He gets
angry and stomps on them. Then he wants to know who else has a gift. The
Deputy is shivering in her boots trying to hide a Christmas gift she has
for the sheriff. Reckless Rex sees and demands the gift. The deputy
sheepishly hands over the gift and Reckless Rex tears it open. Inside is
a caramel candy bar. Reckless Rex is again very angry because he hates
caramel. He throws the candy bar down and stomps on it too. The peddler
steps in and offers to sell Rex a very small box with a special gift
inside. (Inside the box is a piece of paper with a verse about giving on
it). Rex tears into it and is annoyed by what he finds.
The deputy tries to explain to Rex that it is important to be a
giving person rather than a greedy person. Rex fumes and screams and
rides out of town yelling about how sorry everybody is going to be that
they didn't get him a present.
Ms. Daisy tells the story of the lady who gave two
coins. She stresses how giving the woman was...and how the size of the
gift wasn't what was important, but the generosity of her heart.
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 just happens to know this verse and finishes up teaching it
to the kids.
You will need a jar that has a large enough mouth
to slide your hand in, but small enough that if you make a fist you
can't get your hand out. Put a couple of cookies in the bottom of the
jar and tie a red ribbon around the outside of the jar to make it look
Key point: When we are selfish we are trapped by greed, but when we
let go and give we are freed from greed and can receive with joy as we
give with joy.
The sheriff comes out with the jar. He tells the kids that he has a
gift for Reckless Rex and asks them if they think he will like it. Just
then Reckless Rex comes riding into town. He is still very angry. When
he sees the jar he rides over and grabs it away from the sheriff. He
sticks his hand in and grabs the cookies in his fist. When he does this
his hand is stuck and he can't get it out. This makes him very angry. He
tries as hard as he can to get his hand out without letting go of the
cookies, but can't. The sheriff then explains to him that in order to be
set free from the jar he must first let go of the cookies. He finally
agrees and his hand slides out.
The sheriff then explains that when we are selfish we are trapped by
our own greed. We are miserable because of our greed. However when we
let go of our selfishness we are freed. Generosity is a wonderful thing.
When we give it makes us feel happy, but when we are greedy we feel bad
and yucky inside. The sheriff then tells Rex that the cookies are a gift
for him to share with his friends. He shows him how to take them out one
at a time so as not to get trapped in the jar.
The peddler comes out with her cart of stuff. On
there she has a cup and a balloon. She tells the kids that she is going
to perform a magic trick for them. She tells the kids that she can pick
up the cup without touching it. She bend over the cup with the balloon
in her mouth. As she blows up the balloon it lifts the cup up. She tells
the kids that there is an important lesson to learn from this. You see,
when we give of ourselves we can help someone else. The cup is like a
person in need. When we blow into the balloon we are giving of ourselves
to lift the person in need. One of the greatest character traits we can
have is to be a giving person.
Wrap a box with many layers of paper for each
group. The box should contain a baby from a nativity set and the verse
John 3:16. The pod leader begins passing the box around as the music
plays. When the music stops the person holding the box removes one of
the layers of wrapping paper. Play continues until the last layer is
removed. The children will then discover that the box contains a baby.
The pod leader can then tell the kids that greatest gift that was ever
given was Jesus. God gave his son to die for our sins. Spend a few
minutes talking about what Christmas really means.
You will need a bowl of water and a washcloth. The
bowl is like our life. The water is like things that we can give. The
washcloth is like God. When we greedily keep everything for ourselves we
do not receive God's blessings. Try wringing the dry rag over the bowl.
Now dip the cloth in the bowl. However when we give to God, then he
blesses us. Wring the cloth out over the bowl. God pours out his
blessings on those who have given to him. Take time to explain that the
Bible tells us that when we do things for others we are doing it for
Christ. When we feed the hungry we are doing it for Christ. When we
visit the sick we are doing it for Christ....etc God desires that we be
generous. He wants us to be giving people instead of selfish people. At
Christmas time it is very easy to get greedy. We need to be reminded of
how generous God was to us.....
Copyright 1999, Sheryl Coats