brings over 25 years of experience to children's ministry. Our Bible lesson plans and activities
are designed to lead children to
Christ, helping them grow in their faith, so they can proclaim the good
news message to the next generation.
Preparation: I made a simple trough-like manger. The ends are from two pieces
of 1" x 1" x 12". I made a lap joint for each so
the pieces interlock to form an "X" 90 degrees to each
other. Four slats join the two end pieces. I chose to
use mortise and tenon joints so one sees a clean "X"
when viewing from the ends.
Show the kids and the congregation the manger. Explain that the
manger into which Jesus was laid was probably not like this, but was a
hewn block of stone or slabs of stone next to the wall to make a
trough. But, what I have here is what we often picture, so we
will work with it for today.
Jesus was placed into a trough to remind us that God became a
human. John says, "The Word (Jesus) became flesh."
The fancy word for that is "incarnation." If you eat
chili con carne it means you have chili with meat in it, not just
beans and sauce. A carnivore eats meat.
"Incarnation" means to take on flesh. Jesus did
not give us a set of instructions on how to become like Him, but
He became like us. He lived in the midst of the mess caused by
our sins. He lived a perfect life so God could see us as perfect
because of Him.
Something happens if we look again at this little manger. .
You have fantastic resources. My favorite is your lessons on the
Commandments. Although I taught it sometime ago, the kids still use the hand signals. Keep up the good work.
~ Frances Kemp
I was intrigued with the Amazing Parable Race description [and purchased it]. It allows me to add another resource
to my "bag of tricks" for very little additional cost . . . huge plus! I have many of your resources and appreciate the quality of the materials you provide. For a broadly graded class, I find I can easily reach the youngest and the oldest (Preschool through 5th grade) children. Thank you!
~ Lauren F.
We used the Parables
of Jesus as a starting point for our neighborhood kids Bible
study and adapted the lessons to suit our needs. The lessons provided fun and
easy ways to teach the parables. ~ Michle
We have a very small church (28 to 30 people total on average) and it is
hard to find programs to do for VBS. So when I went looking for something that I could do with a group of
kids, the Prayer of Jesus stood out. There are six,
two-hour lessons and we did a lesson a day. The book has game and craft ideas to go with each lesson.
. . . I am already looking into buying more books from Sunday School Network. I feel that learning to pray together as a group, a family, we have grown even closer to God.
~ Thank you, April G.
[The teacher's newsletter]
is an awesome resource for anyone that works with kids! You never know what will come from
it. I met a new friend in South Africa and the Lord is doing a great outreach there---so many children have been reached and so many teachers trained and given resources, and it started with this connection.
~ PTL for this site.
Skit: The Christmas Caravan
Oasis at caravan crossroads just outside Bethlehem.
Narrator: (Enters) It is Christmas time and the three camels that carried the Magi to Bethlehem for the first Noel have come together to celebrate the 25th anniversary of that event. Let me briefly reintroduce the three camels. (Each camel enters to center stage and faces audience while Narrator makes introductory remarks, then walks back to pen while others are introduced).
Camel 1: Hassen Bin Wurkin known now, as “Hassen” was Balthasar’s camel. He is the oldest of the three camels and has been retired from active service as “Caravan Commander” by his owner. He now lives a life of ease and comfort as “Commander Emeritus” with his own camel herd.
Camel 2: Ali B’Golly (Ali) was Melchior’s camel. He was the middle camel. He briefly worked for the “Camels Are Us” Rental Company and is now self-employed as a consultant for a leading camel caravan service. . . .
with a 5 Minute Cake-in-a-Mug Recipe
A fun and inexpensive gift for friends and family!
When you purchase the Nativity
Gift Ornament, you'll receive an instant download for a
full-color ornament pattern in PDF format, along with instructions to
prepare dry ingredients to make a 5-Minute Chocolate Cake-in-a-Mug.
Customer review: We used this for a
craft at our church's Breakfast in Bethlehem event. Very cute!
The folks at
Network are a pleasure to work with;
I highly recommend them. . . Sunday School Network is a company you can trust.
~ Glen B.
Its hard for a small church like ours to
afford Bible curriculum and yours is so affordable and fun!
Our church used one of your plays with great success . . .
Thank you for
your ideas and your website. ~ Lynn Rhodes
I just want to say that I am very
thankful for this site. I have found a lot of neat
for Sunday school
group. ~ Kim
I just wanted to let you know
what a blessing this website has been to me. I am teaching
on Sunday nights and had ran out of ideas
to use. I prayed that God
would give me some sources. Well, He did, alright! This website! I
was up until almost 2:00 A.M. one night searching it out.
What a wonderful
site! I love it! It has such great ideas.
Thank you so much!
Another sister in Christ,
I appreciate your
. . . I purchased all of
the books that you offered. They have been absolutely wonderful! The kids
respond so well
. . . ~ K. Eriksen