Last week I quickly mentioned that my church is currently working on creating and implementing our own childrens ministry program and that I would later explain it in more detail in a later post.
This post will be a quick rundown through the program. It will not cover every little detail, but it will give you a good idea of what the program will be like.
In the coming weeks we hope to create a website where all the material will be uploaded and available to be downloaded for free by any church that wishes to try out the Scripture Explorers program.
Club motto: “Worshipping God By Knowing Him And Making Him Known”
Club Verse: “and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:15
Club focus: Teaching children the foundational truths of Gods Word so that they can have a concrete understanding of God Himself and be equipped to share Him with others.
The club will be divided into different age groups.
Age: 3 to 4 years old.
Group verse: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27
Mascot name: Wool.
The second group are the Bees.
Age: Kindergarten to Second grade.
Group verse: “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119:103
Mascot name: Pollen
The third group are the Ants.
Age: Third grade to Sixth grade.
Group verse: “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11
Mascot name: Harvest.
The last group are the Eagles.
Age: Middle school to High school.
Group verse: “And how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:15
Mascot name: Feathers.
Children in each group will first have to complete an entrance booklet before they earn their main book. (Sample)
The entrance booklet serves two purposes:
- It will give kids a sample of what they will be learning in the main book.
- They will learn to get into the practice of memorizing Bible verses.
After they finish the entrance booklet they will earn and work on the main book. (Sample)
The book is divided into different sections with a variety of lessons in each.
Each lesson is divided into 4 sections:
- Biblical Truth- The main teaching of the lesson.
- QandA- The application of the teaching.
- Definitions- An explanation of specific word(s) that help kids understand the Bible verse.
- Memorize- The Bible verse that the kids need to memorize.
Every year the book will cover a specific doctrine.
Book One is The Bible. Kids will learn the answer to questions like: What is the Bible? How did we get the Bible? Why is the Bible important? How can we trust that the Bible is true?
The next books will cover doctrines like: God, Creation, The Fall Of Man, Christ, Justification, Sanctification.
Every group will use the same book, although adapted for their age.
The Bible Lesson
The teaching will be based on the lessons from the book. This way the handbook helps to reinforce the lesson and the lesson helps to reinforce the handbook.
So this was a very quick rundown/outline of the program itself.
When the website goes up we will also include other resources like: clip art, achievement pages, ideas for uniforms, ideas for book-bags, certificates, coloring pages, door hangers and flyers, postcards, forms (registration, weekly point sheets, sign in) and of course the logos.
Ill let you guys know as soon as the website is up and running. So keep your eyes out for that.
A simple beard your kids can make for a variety of Bible stories.
- Print the template onto card stock. (Template)
- Color and cut out the beard.
- There are two ways of wearing the beard. 1 Glue the beard to a large popsicle stick. 2 With a one-hole punch, make two holes on each side of the beard. Then add a long piece of yarn through each hole.
Do you treasure God’s Word? Do you treasure it in the depths of your heart?
The Bible is like gold to those who know its value. It is the very word of God.
“My son, if you will receive my words and treasure my commandments within you… If you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures.” Proverbs 2:1,4
- Print the template. (Template)
- Color and cut out all of the pieces.
- Glue both sides of the chest together.
- Assemble the treasure chest.
- Glue the Bible, gold coin piece and the smallest piece onto construction paper. This gives the item strength.
- Cut out the pieces from the construction paper.
- Cut out the rectangle from the bottom of the treasure chest.
- Glue the gold coin piece to the treasure chest.
- Take the smallest piece and fold on the solid lines, creating a crease. This will become the stand for the Bible.
- Glue one part of the stand to the back of the Bible piece and the other to the gold coin piece.
If you like you can add glitter to the gold piece part.
Some people are like wolves who pretend to be sheep. They act and dress like the sheep, only to destroy the lambs once they are among them. We should teach our kids that the Bible tells us how we can figure out which sheep are true sheep, and which are wolves. This emphasizes the importance of reading and knowing Scripture.
- Print the template. (Template)
- Color the mask.
- Cut it out.
- Glue the mask onto a piece of cardstock.
- Cut out the mask again, including the eyes.
- Glue a large popsicle stick to the bottom of the mask.
Children don’t understand everything they read in the Bible, but they should be taught the importance of reading the Bible at an early age. Teach them the importance of reading Scripture every day. Let their lives be saturated by the Word Of God so they cultivate a habit of turning to the Bible for any question they might have.
“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17
This craft can also be used for the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10.
- Print the templates. I have included three different sizes of ears. (Template)
- Color the head and the ears.
- Cut out all of the pieces.
- Glue the long rectangle pieces to each side of the head/hair piece.
- Wrap the band around your kids head. Once you have the desired length use a couple of paper clips or a piece of tape to hold the shape. Then add glue to set it in place.
- Fold back the square on each ear.
- Add glue to each square on each ear and with the band around the childs head stick the ears in place.
I have included templates for both boys and girls.
I have been hard at work and as equally excited because in the coming weeks we will be working on preparing our church’s Vacation Bible School for this summer. Every year we choose from one of two themes provided by Life Way. This year we decided to go with their jungle theme version Jungle Jaunt.
So I have been busy as a beaver working and planning the crafts that will go along with our Bible story each day. Starting on Monday and continuing each day until Friday I will be posting our crafts for the entire week of Vacation Bible School. Each day crafts for a different Bible story.
I have noticed that many churches have already held their Vacation Bible School in June, but for those that still have not I hope these crafts will inspire you and help make planning your Vacation Bible School a little less stressful :).
Day 1 One Amazing Creator
Day Two One Miraculous Provider
Day 3 One Powerful Healer
Day 4 One Living Savior
Day 5 One Lord Of All
The armor of God described in the book of Ephesians is a popular theme for Sunday School lessons and Vacation Bible Schools. Kids not only like making the armor, but they enjoy putting it on and playing around with it.
This past week I decided to come up with my own version of the armor of God. For the next six days I will be posting crafts on the complete armor of God. Each day will bring a different part of the armor. I’m sure your kiddos will love them.
“10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10-11
If you happen to have a Sunday School or Vacation Bible School armor of God theme and you wish to send me pics of your kiddos making or wearing the armor, I’d be glad to put them on my blog.
“3 The rainbow that I have put in the sky will be my sign to you and to every living creature on earth. It will remind you that I will keep this promise forever. 14 When I send clouds over the earth, and a rainbow appears in the sky, 15 I will remember my promise to you and to all other living creatures. Never again will I let flood waters destroy all life.” Genesis 9:13-15
This craft can be used to teach the story of Noah and to help reinforce the fact that God always keeps His promises.
- Print the template. (Template)
- Glue cotton balls onto the cloud template.
- Cut out the rectangle from the template.
- Trace the rectangle onto six different colors of construction paper.
- Cut out the cloud and each individual rectangle.
- Glue the strips of construction paper to the back of the cloud.
To hang the cloud on a wall glue a piece of yarn in a loop to the back of the cloud.
Kids love sticking their hands in the sandbox on a warm day. As a kid that was the first thing I did when we would go to the park. This simple activity helps reinforce the story of Ezekiel and it will only cost a couple of bucks to do this. Plus it offers countless hours of fun.
Buy a bag or two of plastic bones. You can get then all the same size or mix and match.
Bury the plastic bones in a sandbox in different depths. You can provide your kiddos with shovels, brushes or they can dig right in and use their hands. Remember to count how many you buried so you know if your kids have dug them all up.
This activity can also be adapted for any bible lesson. Just buy plastic toys in the shapes and sizes you will need for your lesson.
Jesus feeds 5,000 is also referred to as the fishes and loaves miracle. This is a quick and easy craft so the kiddos will remember your Bible lesson.
- Print the template. (Template)
- Color and cut out each piece.
- Glue the fish and loves behind the basket in a random order.
- Glue the whole thing onto a piece of construction paper or cardstock.
- Cut out the whole figure.
- Your kids can write the memory verse on the back.
If you decide to use the small template, after the kids have finished it you can glue a magnet to the back and they can place it on their fridge.