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SSTN # 31 - April 18, 2006

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1) Memorizing Old Testament Books
2) Good News Chorus
3) Good News Chorus
4) Creation
5) But This I Know Song

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6) Growing in God's word?
7) S.C.U.B.A.  theme?
8) Teaching Unchurched Kids 
9) Pre-teen class
10) All Aboard--God's Celebration Train?

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1) Memorizing Old Testament Books

Dear Fran,

I use a pneumonic device to help the kids learn the Old Testament books.
It is based on taking the first letter of the Old Testament book and
making it a more common word.  The kids in my class came up with these
words.  Feel free to use these or to have your students come up with
their own pneumonic.

*    Go Eat Lettuce Not Doughnuts (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus,
Numbers and Deuteronomy)
*    Jane Just Retired (Joshua, Judges and Ruth)
*    Sausage Keeps Cool Every November Evening (1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2
Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther.)
*    John Pops Popcorn Every Sunday (Job, Psalms, Proverbs,
Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon or Songs)
*    Irene Just Lost Every Dime (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations,
Ezekiel, and Daniel)
*    Hilary Just Approved Olivia Jones' Money (Hosea, Joel, Amos,
Obadiah, Jonah, and Micah)
*    Never Hide Zebras Here Zack Mason (Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah,
Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi)

I hope these help.
Connie G.

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2) Good News Chorus

is made by Child Evangelism Fellowship.
I won't tell the words because of copyright laws, but she can probably
Contact them on-line and order the song sheet. It is still printed on
"newsprint" type of paper - my children love shouting the part that
Ends:  "that's wonderful, EXTRA good news"......


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3) Good News Chorus

That is produced by Child Evangelism Fellowship. You can order stuff from
them. The song goes "Good news, good news, Christ died for me, good news,
good news If I believe...... (copyright prohibits printing the entire

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4) Creation
Just wanted to let you all know that there are some great resources at
"Answers in Genesis" for children.  We have recently been impressed with
the DVD "Dinosaurs, Genesis and the Gospel" and are incorporating it into
a month workshop rotation.  Also some of the songs by Buddy Davis have a
catchy limerick component which has brought some different type of
music that the kids are enjoying into our program.  
Thanks Sarah for co-ordinating such a fantastic network.

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5) But This I Know Song

You may, or may not, recall a posting I made that month relative to a hymn
I was looking for, "But This I Know."  After posting, within a few days I
received in the mail the music for that hymn from a lady in Hawaii.  And
you were kind enough to post my thanks.
    It was interesting to me that her reply was the only response I
received.  And, later I sang the song in church, and expect to do so
again. . . . . .  Well, on Monday, this week, while I was out I received a
phone call from a Christian young man, inquiring about that hymn, the
title, etc.  That evening I talked to him.  He resides in Las Vegas, NV,
attends Hill Baptist Church.  He said he had been going through old
E-mails, came across my original posting in Jan. 05, which prompted his
call to me.  Apparently, he was affected by the message of that hymn, as I
    Anyway, today I sent him a letter and the music and lyrics of the
hymn.  He seems to want also to find out if there is an arrangement
available for instruments, etc.He and I thought circumstances relative to
tracing the hymn were indeed unique.  It is evident of how the Lord owrks
in ways we could not anticipate or plan ourselves.
Bob Cooper

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6) Growing in God's word?

I am new to this and don't have time to look through the archives. Can
anyone help me quickly? We are beginning a Growing in God's Word theme in
our Sunday School and I need some good songs, object lessons, etc. to help
me out. Thanks so much, and I am so glad to have found this wonderful

Shawna Richardson Amherst,
Nova Scotia Canada

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7) S.C.U.B.A. theme?

We are planning to use the S.C.U.B.A. theme for our VBS this summer.  Does
anyone have any decoratiing, bible stories, and craft ideas for this
theme? You can e-mail me at rpena@texas-heart.net or post your ideas at

--from SSTN: make sure you check our archives
as well as Group Publishing's message board.

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8) Teaching Unchurched Kids 

Hollie,  Thank you for your comments.  They were an inspiration to me, and
I love the phrase "Christianity as a Second Language".  I must remember
that.  It is so easy to forget that everyone did not grow up learning
about the Bible and Christ.  Mary

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9) Pre-teen class

Praise God! We just started our 'tween' class in September  - for kids
from 10 - 12 years old. There is a definite need to reach kids in this
age group. This is actually a great age group - they are ready for more
responsibility and are enthusiastic they are also very honest. We have
about 10 kids with 2 teachers.

We had a small room and we purchased some comfy couches, chairs and a
small table - so it is more like a 'coffee house' type feel. All of the
kids love it (not just the ones in that class).

Teaching in this class is very interactive - reading the Bible -and
bringing it to daily applications. The kids are very open about
situations in school and home and so it is easy to help them understand
how to apply their learnings to every day situations.  Every now and
then we ask them what they want / what they like / what they would
change. They have told us that they still like to do 'hands on' things
- so for an activity we had the kids make a collage (cutting pictures
from magazines that they felt dealt with the topic) and gluing it onto
poster board - it actually makes some nice artwork for our walls!
Some of the kids have asked if they could teach a lesson - we gave them
the opportunity - they really only spoke for about 5 minutes about the
topic / story and had some great questions & games that they asked the
rest of the class. It was a great way for them to see if this is
something they enjoyed without any fears and as a teacher it is
encouraging to see what they know and how they understand things. Once
they were 'finished' teaching - you can continue talking about the
topic so that they don't feel like they were just a little part of the
class and then you went to the 'real' stuff - it takes much more work
for the teacher but worth it in the end. We have had this age group
help work on puppet shows as well - at first they were a bit hesitant -
but after the first time they were excited to be doing it again.
It doesn't sound like your church uses a specific curriculum - my
belief - with teaching any age group - is that a specific curriculum
doesn't matter - what matters is that they know you love Jesus and that
they know you love them. Many of them don't know or hear that they
matter or that someone loves them.

God bless - we'll keep you in prayer.

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10) All Aboard--God's Celebration Train?

We are in the process of planning our Vacation Bible School and the
theme this year is "All Aboard--God's Celebration Train".  Would love
any ideas that we might incorporate into this theme and if anyone knows
where we can get conductor hats or banadanas, I would love it! (or any
other "train" prompts".

Sandy R, Cincinnati OH

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