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Issue #18 - May 27, 2009              For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them. ~ Jesus

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1) Pasta-bility...without wine-ing
2) Christian Baseball Skits?
3) Ascension Sunday
VBS vs. Sports Camp
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6) Children, Go Where I Send Thee?
7) Vision for Children's Ministry Explained
8) Western Themed Object Lesson
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Pasta-bility...without wine-ing 

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2) Christian Baseball Skits?

We're using a baseball theme for VBS this year and I haven't been able to find appropriate skits that include a salvation message or at least use some Christian characteristics in them. Anyone have some good ideas?

Findlay, OH 

--from SSTN: for added inspiration, use our search tool and use keyword, "baseball". See posting #5 in today's newsletter.

3) Ascension Sunday

Regarding Ascension Sunday teachings for children,

What if there was some kind of craft that had Jerusalem in it? I say this because Jesus ascended to the heavenly Zion, the city of the living God which is in heaven.

Zion in the Bible was at Jerusalem. When David went to Zion and worshiped, he connected with the heavenly Zion. The Lord was there and gave gifts to David which we can see in the Psalms. Psalm 2 is a good example.

Jesus prepares a place in the heavenly city for us.

When I read some of the Psalms it's as if the Lord came down to connect with David, and no doubt such was the case as he worshiped God there. 

4) VBS vs. Sports Camp

This tip is for those churches and children's ministries directors/pastors who have a passion for seeing lost unchurched kids to come and find Jesus (and have the opportunity for salvation).

I have been a children's pastor for over 5 years now and have done only 2 Vacation Bible Schools (but have participated in many prior to this). After I directed the second VBS I decided there had to be a better way to do an evangelistic outreach for children. We were finding that there were many "new visiting" kids coming from other churches to our VBS. This was not my goal. I wanted kids who would not otherwise grace the door of a church to come and hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. These churched kids (from other churches and ours) hear the gospel every week. If our VBS's were only going to be ministering to churched kids I began to feel that we were wasting our time (exhausting our selves everyday for a week so that the same kids I minister to each Sunday can get more of the same). I started to pray and do some soul searching and one day the revelation came after observing a couple of boys wrinkle up their nose at the mention of a Vacation "Bible School". Unchurched kids do not want to come to a Bible school. It's not a vacation for them. Then I set out on a mission to find the solution to this problem. I found that there are some sports camps kits that are VBS (sshhhh, we don't call it that anymore) kits in disguise. We have been doing sports camps and giving the kids the Gospel for 3 years now and we have seen an increase of 25-50% of unchurched kids attend. Our salvation alter calls are bigger too! 

Our Sports Camp ministry team and the whole church for the most part is on board (although it has taken these 3 years for them to understand why we do the Sports Camps and don't call it VBS). I have church members who actually politely correct other helpers when they slip up and call it a VBS. You may ask why this is so important. I have had parents all geared up (registering their child at a table in the mall or at a fair) to bring their unchurched child (family) to our Sports Camp and then only to have a church member call it a vacation Bible school and have the parent quickly back peddle and say they would think about it. And you can guess that we didn't see them back for the camp or a church service either. 

Once we get the families to the sports camp we minister to them (give them the opportunity to accept Jesus, see if they have other needs we can help with) and we have had several stay and are still here today helping us with this years sports camp. We just have to present the gospel to unchurched people in a way that they can grasp and feel like you are meeting a need they want met. Many parents want their kids to be in sports but many can't afford it. We provide an evening week long sports camp for free. Little do they know that we will offer them something they think they don't need or want, Jesus. Many accept the invitation in the end and that's what the church and ministry is all about, meeting the real needs of those around us.

Pastor Sheila Bush
Children's Pastor/C.E. Director
Tecumseh Assembly of God

--from SSTN: excellent advice!

5) Search Tool and SSTN Archives Updated

The Search Tool and SSTN Archives have now been updated for 2009. The easiest way to search for ideas, over 1400 pages, is now found on our home page at:
Type in almost any subject related to children's ministry to find a goldmine of ideas!

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Children, Go Where I Send Thee?

We are on a very tight budget for Bible School in August; therefore, we're trying to come up with our own curriculum, activities for our theme "Children, Go Where I Send Thee". Does anyone have any ideas for crafts, activities involving FEET? Thanks. Linda

--from: I sure hope you'll be using the song with the same name. If not, google the title to find it. 
Also, make sure you use our "Search For Ideas" link, green box, above, and type "feet" into the search box.

7) Vision for Children's Ministry Explained

I had something more mundane in mind in asking for a vision. 

Ultimately, the goal is to love the Lord their God with all their heart and soul and strength, and their neighbors as themselves. 

I was thinking of things like:
Knowing the story of salvation history;
Knowing the layout of the Bible,
Having a habit of Bible reading,
Having a regular prayer life.

Those whose students come from established Christian homes may find this silly, but we have a great many parents who are new to the faith (even though they may have grown up nominally Christian), and kids to whom telling about Jesus walking on water is as strange as if we were to say, "Now today we're going to talk about my favorite story when Vishnu was a cow herder." Our teachers, too, are not grounded in the Word, and I would like to contribute to their spiritual growth as well. 

Anne L. Haehl--I tell stories. 

--from SSTN: The things you were thinking about, could become your goals/vision--so that, knowing the salvation history of the Bible or having a regular prayer life, would be taught via a curriculum or lesson series that would express those goals. I can point you to The Great Promises of the Bible for salvation history. It was written for the purpose of showing how the Bible is ONE story concerning God's plan of salvation for humankind. Actually, the goal of the entire Bible-4-Life series is to teach foundational Bible truths for children and teachers of children.


8) Western Themed Object Lesson

The decorating theme is western. What is the objective or lesson theme for the day (salvation, healing, provision, etc.)? That is what you base your object lessons on.




9) Western Themed Object Lesson

Hi Tammy,

You can find a western themed puppet skit on "Being Greedy" at
The skit is called "I Want a New Horse". This could be easily adapted to a two-person play. 

I hope this helps,
Connie G.


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