Bearing One Another In Love

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“With all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2

Love is central in our relationship with God and in our relationship with others. 

Our kids need to understand the importance of selfless and sacrificial love. Not in what the world says is love, but in true biblical love.

Bearing One Another In Love

Instructions

  1. Print the template, either on white paper or colored construction paper. (Template)
  2. Cut out all of the pieces.
  3. From a black sheet of construction paper cut out small black circles.
  4. Glue the small circles onto the heart.

Simple Version: Glue the heart onto body. Finally glue the leaf onto the heart.

Older Version: Fold and cut the heart in half. Puncture a paper fastener/metal brad to hold the heart pieces in place. Finally glue the leaf onto one of the heart pieces.

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All Made In God’s Image

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God made all of us. Humans were made special by God. We were made in the image and likeness of God.

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27

13 For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:13-14

“But now, O Lord, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.” Isaiah 64;8

All Made In God's Image

Instructions

  1. Print the template. (Template)
  2. Color and cut out all of the pieces.
  3. Glue the hands around the earth.

Jonah Sun Catcher

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Things are starting to calm down around here so I decided to upload a quick post.

This is another quick, but cute sun catcher craft. This time for one of my favorite stories; the story of Jonah and the great fish.

Jonah Sun Catcher

Instructions

  1. Print the template onto card stock. (Template)
  2. Glue the template sheet to the back of a sheet of black construction paper.
  3. Cut out all of the white from the template. You will be left with the fish border shape. Keep the eye and body figure.
  4. Place the fish shape onto a self laminating sheet or contact paper, construction paper side down.
  5. Then place the eye and figure inside the body of the fish.
  6. Fill the inside of the fish with tissue paper.
  7. Cover with another sheet of self laminating sheet or contact paper.
  8. Cut out the fish from the laminating sheet or contact paper.
  9. Stick the fish to your window with double sided tape.

Update: Lack Of Posting

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Stressed-who-me-woman2I want to talk about why I haven’t been regularly posting new crafts and activity sheets this month.

The month of July has always been the most hectic month for me every year. It seams as if this is the moth when I’m at my busiest.

Lucky for me this year I have even more projects to work on :) and activities and projects at church just add to the chaos.

  • Schools starting in a month.
  • Projects with my church media ministry regularly keep me busy.
  • I have my weekly lessons to prepare for.
  • We are currently organizing our V.B.S. program and decorating three days a week.
  • This year we decided to come up with our own kids program at church. This project seams to be taking most of my time since this includes planning the lessons, teaching material, handbooks, uniforms, crafts, designs, mascots, you name it…

I am about two weeks behind on Crafting the Word of God and about a month behind on the Spanish version of my site.

I just wanted to upload this short post to let you, my awesome readers know what’s going on with my schedule and why its affecting my frequency of posting. Hopefully as the month comes to an end the chaos will settle down enough where I can dedicate a lot more time into planing more and more crafts.

Lead By Example

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slide-02Quite often we fail to realize that the eyes of the kids in our children’s ministry are constantly glued on us and on what we do.

For those whose parents are not saved we can be the only example they have of how a believer should act.

This raises a question that we should all be asking ourselves: am I leading by example?

There are many areas in our ministry where we can exhort our kids to do one thing, but we could be failing to live up to that exhortation.

Telling others to do something while you do the opposite is called hypocrisy. There is no other term for this and it should not be the conduct of a child of God.

“Do as I say and not as I do.” We have all heard this saying before and I am willing to bet that growing up we all saw this played out in an adult that we respected. We can remember that at the moment of seeing this hypocrisy we all felt a certain frustration or confusion. “Why is he telling me to do this when he himself does not do it?”

As believers and servants in our ministries we should examine ourselves to see if there are continual instances where we might tell our kids to do something and yet we fail to do the same. Are we being hypocrites?

A few examples of where we could be failing to lead by example.

Priorities- It is important that we schedule the unimportant events in our lives around our ministry; NOT the other way around. Do you give your churches children’s ministry priority? Or would you prefer to stay home and watch the game on t.v? We need to show our kids the importance of going to church.

Evangelism And Outreach- When was the last time that you preached the gospel to someone who is not saved? When was the last time that you invited someone to your church?

Memorization And Study Of Scripture- Superficially reading God’s Word is like going to a restaurant and walking out without eating your meal. When was the last time you spent time memorizing God’s Word? What was the last verse you memorized? When did you last study God’s Word and not just read it?

Preparation- A teacher that is unprepared is ineffective. Do you bring everything that you will need for your kids service or program? If you are going to be teaching, did you honestly spend enough time preparing yourself to teach? Do you remember to bring your Bible with you? (I hate to include this last one but it happens more than you think.)

Punctuality- What time do you arrive at church? Do you arrive early and make sure that your classroom is set up for when your kids arrive? Or are you running around like a headless chicken frantically setting things up? How can we encourage our kids to arrive on time if we are constantly arriving late?

Exhortation- Do you tell your kids to have patience and you easily get frustrated? Do you exhort your kids to love one another and yet there is a brother in your congregation who you cannot stand? Before you ask your kids to apply Scriptural truth to their lives, you should be putting it into practice in your own.

In our ministries we need to work hard to make sure we are leading our kids by example. Our words must match our actions.

Always remember that you have little pairs of eyes watching what you do and what you say.

Shout Out!

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Check out Meaningful Mamas site where she shares her 100 best bible crafts from around the web. A few from Crafting The Word Of God were lucky enough to be included.

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Burning Bush Sun Catcher

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A really cute craft for the story of Moses and the burning bush.

Burning Bush Sun Catcher

Instructions

  1. Print the template onto card stock. (Template)
  2. Glue the template sheet to the back of a sheet of black construction paper.
  3. Cut out all of the white from the template. You will be left with the burning bush border shape.
  4. Place the burning bush shape onto a self laminating sheet or contact paper, construction paper side down.
  5. Fill the inside of the trunk, leaves and fire with tissue paper.
  6. Cover with another sheet of self laminating sheet or contact paper.
  7. Cut out the burning bush from the laminating sheet or contact paper.
  8. Stick the burning bush to your window with double sided tape.

I Can Be A Good Samaritan

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Use this craft when teaching children the story of the Good Samaritan.

Your kids will learn that we must love our neighbor and be willing to help others.

I Can Be A Good Samaritan

Instructions

  1. Print the template on card stock. (Template)
  2. Color and cut out all of the pieces.
  3. Glue the medical instruments inside the bag.
  4. Assemble the bag by folding on the solid line and gluing the tabs in place. If you wish you can also leave the tabs unglued and use them as hinges.

If you wish you can simply not color and cut out the medical tools and give your kids actual band aids instead.

Pharaohs Head Dress 2

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This craft is my second pharaoh’s head dress. If you would like a simpler version of this craft take a quick look at it. HERE

Pharaohs Head Dress 2

This craft can be done for different Bible stories and adapted for each one. It can be used for:

  • Abraham’s move to Egypt and his deception towards the pharaoh.
  • Joseph becomes second in command over Egypt.
  • God freeing His people through Moses.

Instructions

  1. Print the first two pages of the template on blue construction paper, the second page on yellow construction paper and the last page on white card stock. The template is blank in case you would like to print the template all white and have your kids color it in. (Template)
  2. Cut out all of the pieces.
  3. Glue the yellow pieces onto the two large pieces.
  4. Attach both blue pieces with the small white rectangular piece.
  5. Next glue on the snake head to the head dress.
  6. Finally attach the head dress to the child’s head using the white stripes.

 

Jonah And The Great Fish

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This cute craft is for the story of Jonah and the great fish.

Your kids will be able to recreat this Bible story for themselves.

Jonah And The Great Fish

Instructions

  1. Print the template on card stock. (Template)
  2. Color and cut out all of the pieces.
  3. Glue the small Jonah onto the the thin strip of paper.
  4. Cut along the thin solid lines on the fish.
  5. Stick the large strip of paper through the large slits.
  6. Stick the thin strip of paper through the smaller slits.

Now it will be easy for your kids to share the story of Jonah with their friends.