Issue #21 - June 7, 2011              For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them. ~ Jesus  


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1) Spiritual Stillbirth
2) Storytelling Technique: Travel Back in Time
3) Gathering Game: Hidden Surprise

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1) Spiritual Stillbirth

Our anxiety over the status of an unconverted child may lead us to push children into spiritual stillbirth.

We can get children to raise their hands, 
We can get them to come to the front of the room, 
we can get them to pray the words we suggest, 
But do they really understand what they have done? 

To get the rest of this lesson, visit our Anytime Bible Talks & Lessons page and look for "Discipling Children - Presenting the Gospel"



2) Storytelling Technique: Travel Back in Time 

The following sample technique, based on John 4:1-42, is similar to the story-telling technique, “Goin’ on a Bear Hunt,”  an interactive method whereby the listeners travel with you; as the story progresses, the listeners move according to your directions. It’s ok to pause while the kids walk or run in place and before moving on to the next section of the story. You might select a few kids to stand by you as you lead the class and tell the story. You can improvise the story in your own words or use the following script and read it dramatically:

“Everybody stand up, because today we’re going to travel back in time with Jesus. 

Let’s begin walking (walk in place or begin patting legs).

The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining and baptizing more followers than John, but it wasn’t Jesus who baptized, it was his disciples. When the Lord learned of this, he left Judea and hurried back to Galilee.

Let’s get moving (walk faster)! 

Now Jesus had to go through Samaria, which was quite a long ways away from Samaria.

Let’s get running so we’ll get to Samaria before lunch time (run in place)! 

Look, there’s a shortcut through that wheat field. Let’s go! (Clap hands through the wheat.) 

Now climb the hill. (Arms climb up.) 

Now down we...

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3) Gathering Game: Hidden Surprise

To be played while kids arrive, it is easy for kids to be added to the game as it continues. They can also be played while waiting for the next thing to happen. 

Materials Needed: lots of masking tape, pill bottle, flat box, dice and Bible Bucks:

Object: To be the one to unwrap the pill box with the Bible Bucks inside.

Have the kids sit with you on the floor in a circle.
If there is more than one team per age group have all teams sit in one large circle.
[One adult greets at the door]
You may want to have more than one pill box wrapped so the game can be played more than once.
Take an empty pill bottle and place any amount of Bible Bucks in it. 
Wrap it up with layers of newspaper and duct tape, electrical tape or any other kind of tape. 
You can even layer it with different types and make a huge tape ball.
Take a set of dice and place them in a flat box. 
If the person rolls a double, they must go inside the circle and start working on getting the tape ball apart. 
They continue unwrapping until the next person rolls a double. 
Keep going until someone wins the Bucks. 
Play again if time allows and you have a pill bottle prepared.

Copyright 2011 Wanda Parker

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