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.
This craft will remind your kids of the need of “always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.” 1 Peter 3:15
- Print the template. (Template) Print the larger shield template on colored card stock. Print the smaller shield piece, the cross, the verse, the handle and the word “defense” on colored construction paper. (For your younger kids I’ve included a fully assembled smaller shield which included all of the smaller pieces. This way all your kids have to do is color it in and then glue it onto the large shield piece.)
- Cut out all of the pieces.
- Glue the smaller shield onto the large shield.
- Next glue on the cross, then the word “defense” and finally the verse piece.
- To finish the craft, on the back glue on the handle.
Activity sheets are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class.
Preview and print this free printable activity sheet by clicking on the link below.
Feel free to browse all of our Bible print-outs.
Coloring pages are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class.
Preview and print this free printable coloring page by clicking on the link below.
Feel free to browse all of our Bible print-outs.
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.
“Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth…” Ephesians 6:14
When I was coming up with a craft for the Belt Of Truth I did a quick Google search. I wanted to get an idea about how roman soldier belts actually looked like and came upon this picture.
I really liked it and that is what I based my craft on. This is what I ended up with.
There are quite a few parts to this craft, but I have included detailed instructions. Don’t worry because once you actually print the template, by just looking at the picture you can easily figure it out.
- Print out the templates onto colored cardstock. (Each page is labeled either red, black or yellow.) (Template)
- This craft has a lot of individual parts, but I have labeled them for easy assembly. After you print out the templates cut them up in groups. (Ex: In page 4 cut out the two smaller pieces and the letter D together.)
- Group your cut outs together. (A with A’s, D with D’s. This makes assembly incredibly quick.)
- Finish trimming the individual pieces from the cardstock. Keep them organized.
- Start by gluing and assembling groups A, E, F. (Group A will become the part that holds everything together.)
- Next glue a small yellow circle to the middle of a red square. (You will need 21 of each.)
- Glue the red square/ yellow circle pieces onto the long strips B, C, D. (B will need 5 squares and C/D will need 4 squares each piece.)
- To finish assembling the strips glue the yellow rings onto pieces B, C, D, F.
- Lay strip A in front of you. Add glue to the top of strip B, find the center of strip A and add strip B to the bottom back. Do the same with strips C, D, E and F.
- To finish the belt, wrap the belt around the child’s waist. Cut off any excess, leaving about 2 inches. (Basically one side of strip A should be 2 inches longer then the other side.)
- To hold up the belt you can either use stick on Velcro or 3 large paper clips.
I have included the word “Truth” in case your kiddo wishes to place it on the belt.
For the yellow rings you can use plastic or metal washers spray painted yellow. For the small yellow circles you can use plastic bingo chips spray painted yellow. Colored foam sheets can also be used for the smaller pieces including the red squares.
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.