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SSTN # 39 - May 15, 2006

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Jesus Ascending Flip-Card

1) Outer Space Ideas
2) Lifesaver Crosses
3) Different views
4) Western VBS

Breaking the Da Vinci Code:
Answers to the Questions Everyone's Asking

5) Christmas in July
6) Aussie Christmas
7) Wrong Products For Kids?
8) Crippled Lamb Program
9) Summer session ideas

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Jesus Ascending Flip-Card

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1) Outer Space Ideas

Use an overhead projector to make a “command center” with computer and
lots of nobs and dials. Could use a small classroom divider or a
refrigerator box.
The picture could be projected on a large sheet of newsprint or bulletin
board cover paper. Then surround the entire thing with blinking Christmas
tree lights or the new Rope lights….To make a rocket ship – use a skinny
cardboard box and make Rocket decorations – add fins from cardboard….maybe
there is even some kind Of tube like water heaters come in  that you could
use for that…..find a sound effects Cd or cassette or record (know I’m
dating myself here) and have “rocket blasts, steam blasts, etc.” At
regular intervals.

Possibly resource would be children’s coloring books, etc.  Could also use
fluorescent paints And light area with a black light – great for
background “space”NFlohr5948@verizon.net


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2) Lifesaver Crosses

Preheat an oven to 250.  Place aluminum foil on a cookie sheet.  On the
foil lay the lifesavers out to make a cross shape.  Then carefully plave
in the oven for 1-2 minutes.  the candies will melt together.  Remove from
oven.  In the top you may insert a plastic straw piece to make a hole. 
Leave the straw in until completely cooled.  Place a string through hole
to make a necklace or a decoration.  (May leave string out and just eat
for a snack.)  we make these as well as wreath shapes and candy cane
shapes for our Christmas tree.  Children love them. 
In His love, ~Melissa in GA

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3) Different views

If you work with people, it doesn't take long to realize there are many
different viewpoints!  Personally, I feel it is wonderful to have a source
such as this to exchange ideas.  Some churches have very limited budgets,
and some workers have very little time!  I direct a volunteer based
ministry, and our best volunteers are very busy people.
Keep up the good work! Keep sharing what God has blessed you with. Feel no
shame in asking for advice or ideas!
I teach adults at church, but I read your website to keep informed. God
bless each of you!

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4) Western VBS

In answer to request of Western VBS ideas here are a few that I remember
Find a coloring page of a simple cow face and other farm animals. Copy by
overhead projector or other method onto large pieces of cardboard and cut
them out. Attach the cow face to a 3' board and then attach the board to a
sawhorse. We made many of these for decorations and used 5 of the
faces for a timed cow roping contest-using hoola hoops as the ropes. Of
course we had some bales of hay for decorating but be prepared for the
mess. One game was to find something(I don't remember what) in a hay
stack.We asked the congregation to lend us any old items they had and from
that decorated one room as a general store, one as a cookhouse (snack
station), one station was under a big tarp outside. One craft was
decorating vests made from paper bags , one was stamping on plain cotton
triangle bandanas cut from fabric. We didn't worry about fraying edges.
One was a sheriff badge, one was a hot mat made by pressing thick twine in
a spiral shape onto a thick piece of cardboard covered in thick tacky
glue. The hot mat was only about 3" diameter. The final craft was the
salvation bracelet of colored beads on strips of real leather. Everyone
dressed in western clothes and we used a big metal triangle to signal time
to move stations.
It was one of my favorite VBS. Have Fun

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Breaking the Da Vinci Code: Answers to the Questions Everyone's Asking

Many who have read the New York Times bestseller The Da Vinci Code have
questions that arise from seven codes-expressed or implied-in Dan Brown's
book. In "Breaking the Da Vinci Code: Answers to the Questions Everyone's
Asking", Darrell Bock, Ph.D., responds to the novelist's claims using
central ancient texts and answers the following questions:

Who was Mary Magdalene?
Was Jesus Married?
Would Jesus Being Single be Un-Jewish?
Do the So-Called Secret Gnostic Gospels Help Us Understand Jesus?
What Is the Remaining Relevance of The Da Vinci Code?

Darrell Bock's research uncovers the origins of these codes by focusing on
the 325 years immediately following the birth of Christ, for the claims of
The Da Vinci Code rise or fall on the basis of things emerging from this
period. Breaking the Da Vinci Code, now available in trade paper,
distinguishes fictitious entertainment from historical elements of the
Christian faith. For by seeing these differences, one can break the Da
Vinci code.

You can find "Breaking the Da Vinci Code" in our bookstore by typing the
title, or copying and pasting it, into the search box at:

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5) Christmas in July

Hi Sarah,
re: Christmas in July - Last year at a summer camp we used this for our
lessons w/the children, ages 3-10. Our focus was on how the events we
celebrate at Christmas each year lead to the events we celebrate each
year at Easter. For most of the children, and even some of the parents,
the connectedness of the two events ( why did Jesus have to be born as a
human,  etc)  had not been clear.  Be sure to teach the children how the
two events are related so they grasp the fullness of the gospel message.
Ruth in ME

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6) Aussie Christmas

Why not do an "Australian Christmas" - after all we celebrate 
Christmas in summer every year down here. (We do Christmas in July as 
well, so we can experience a winter Christmas!)
Just type in "Aussie Christmas" into Google or your web browser and 
there'll be heaps of ideas. Good luck!
New South Wales, Australia

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7) Wrong Products for Kids?

Hi there
Thanks so much for your news letter , I am a new Sunday School super
intendant and I seriously need some help / advice.
I need to know where to access information of the latest up to date
"problems" children are being exposed to ;
in this I mean where would I find info on the wront type of toys (eg
action heroes , computer games , dvds etc so that I may do some research on them
before I tackle this area with the children .- our sunday school is from
the age group of 5 to 13.
Some of our children are exposed to a lot of " evil" and I need to be able
to talk to them with conviction.
Can you help?
your colleague / servant in Christ
René Brandt

--from SSTN: Rene' it is great that you want to protect the children in
your ministry from evil. However, I would recommend you concentrate on
teaching the Word of God to your kids, then as you discover the
personalities of the children in your ministry and the things which
interest them, good and evil, address those particular issues as they

Just a reminder: When God saves us, he also changes us into his likeness.
The Holy Spirit has promised to guide us and convict us of evil as we grow
up in him. This is why it is SO IMPORTANT to teach kids God's Word.

If you are at a loss concerning what to teach, then get your hands on
Bible-based curriculum for their age groups. You can start looking at:

Your webservant,
Sarah Keith

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8) Crippled Lamb Program

I used this book for our childrens program last Christmas and it was
amazing.  One of the songs we sang was "Mary Did You Know"  at the point
the little lamb realizes who the baby is.  I used a narrator and the
children acted it out.  What a special message it brought to our
congregation, and our children..  Good luck.  Gods Blessings to you! CB
from Ebenezer Lutheran, Catawba NC.

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9) Summer session ideas

Hi Mary,

Are you familiar with the Heritage Builders Family Devotional Books. 
Each book has 12 lessons so they would work well for a 3 month summer
period.  Each lesson usuaally has 2 - 3 segments to it including a hands
on activity, and bible verse application.  As they are family devotional
books they can be used for a range of ages.     This summer as our
church has a number of preschoolers and our older children remain in the
service our the summer, we are planning to use the Heritage Builders for
Preschoolers book.(don't remember the exact title).    I don't have the
book with me right now but you could probably google, "Heritage
Builders" and you would find the information.


--from SSTN: you can find "Heritage Builders" in our bookstore. Just type
the title into the search box at:

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