Wild and Crazy Living (Prodigal Son)

Wild and Crazy Living (Prodigal Son)

Teaching on the Prodigal Son?  Check out this fun lesson plan that gets kids moving and thinking about some wild and crazy living! What You Need: Pictures of fun stuff kids would like (leave me a comment and I'll send you over my pictures), labeled with prices Tape Coins Fresh baked bread Sign advertising fresh baked bread Pig slop (just raid your fridge for leftovers, add a little water) Cupcakes or other treat Celebration music (optional) What You Do:  Before the … [Read more...]

True Repentance and the Prodigal Son

True Repentance and the Prodigal Son

We're on part two of a lesson about true repentance for our midweek program.  For our kids, we've defined repentance as: Last week, we had some puppet visitors come in to talk about repenting of both bad behavior (disobedience) and good behavior (when we're being prideful). This week, we'll take a look at Luke 15 and discuss the personalities and actions of the two sons.   To introduce the story in Large Group, I plan on showing this short … [Read more...]

Armor of God Lesson: Small Group Ideas

Armor of God Lesson: Small Group Ideas

Are you looking for some great crafts, games, or activities to coordinate with an Armor of God lesson?  You've come to the right place.  Keep reading to discover ways we can teach about the armor of God and fighting sin. Games Put on your Armor Relay Race: In this game, one student will serve as the model and the rest of the kids will run in the race.  Have the model student stand on one end of the playing area and have a number of props beside them to represent the armor of God (for … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: Lazarus

Sunday Snapshot: Lazarus

We're always looking for a way to get kids up and moving and really engaged with the story...and if you can add toilet paper to the mix, that makes it even better! Here are some snapshots of a Lazarus lesson we had a little while back.  Kids raced against the clock to see who could have the best wrapped Lazarus at the end of 2 minutes.  Here are the results in action! A real team effort! Woah!  Easy around the neck! Every part needs covered! … [Read more...]

Day 4: Jesus’ Last Days Skit {31 Days Series}

Day 4: Jesus’ Last Days Skit {31 Days Series}

Last year, as we made our way through the Sticker through the Bible curriculum, I struggled with what to do with the traditional "Easter" lesson.   I wanted to keep it engaging for our regularly churched kids, but also easy to understand for any new guests we might have that day.  I decided to go with a skit and handed each child a card with a name on it as they came in the door.   We took down the tables for the day, and put the chairs around the perimeter of the room.  The … [Read more...]

Jesus is the Best Friend: Mary, Martha and Lazarus

Jesus is the Best Friend: Mary, Martha and Lazarus

This week, we'll be wrapping up our series on Friendship.  We got the curriculum from Children's Ministry Deals. The lessons are biblically solid and easy to teach, but my small group leaders did comment that they wished it was a little more geared towards building friendships between the kids.  We picked this topic because we're having a little trouble with girl drama in the older groups. This series focuses on being faithful, sharing Jesus with our friends, and encouraging each other to do … [Read more...]