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Issue #44 - October 21, 2008              For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them. ~ Jesus

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1) Christmas Skit for Preschoolers?
2) Parental Involvement
3) Teacher Evaluation
4) Teacher Evaluation
5) Teacher Evaluation

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6) Prayer Force One
7) Getting Parents Involved
8) Trunk or Treat Idea
Calling Christians to Prayer
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1) Christmas Skit for Preschoolers?

Looking for a short skit for preschoolers for Christmas any ideas?

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2) Parental Involvement

>What are some creative ways to encourage parents to become more >involved with children's ministry? And in particular, to help them >understand the importance of their own children memorizing the Bible >memory verses from class time?

In Jan. '08 we started Family Sunday School. First, each family bought a copy of the Children's Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor. Next we developed a reading list for a brief daily family Bible reading time during the week. Then we began to come together on Sunday mornings using the inductive Bible study format, coloring pages and puzzles found on 

We made attendance completely optional for the parents. They do occasionally choose to attend the adult Sunday School session but generally gather with the group of families.

We have a fairly small group (~20 total) and have decided that, as we grow out of the space we are using, we will divide the group evenly and thereby incorporate newcomers into part of the original group. 

As an opening, we have been learning the books of the Bible by singing Bible Book Bop by the Go Fish Guys. We also use Quickie Quizzes by CPH and play Bible Challenge to reinforce knowledge and increase speed in locating Scriptures. Many times the parents join right in and either assist the younger ones or play the game themselves.

It has been quite enjoyable for the parents to learn alongside their children and oftentimes the children seem to behave in a way that is more grown-up through interaction with their parents and other adults. Neat!!!


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3) Teacher Evaluation

I would like to respond to #3 Teacher Evaluation from Issue #43.

I have had many Sunday School teachers through my childhood. The one I remember is the one who taught us to open with a prayer and then we all took turns reading the scripture.

That was the best teacher I ever had and remember that one above all the rest.

I'm sure there are other teachers who do more and will be remembered as much or maybe even more, but let's not underestimate the value of what might not seem to us at the time of being something of great value.

Every teacher is a special gift to someone.


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4) Teacher Evaluation

While I understand the point made about not evaluating teachers- that we should welcome all as they bring various gifts, I did read a good book by Jim Wideman called Children's Ministry: Volunteers that Stick that offered good tips in this area. In his book he talks about recruiting teachers/volunteers, job descriptions, interviewing and placement, orientation, training and evaluation. While I have chosen not to formally evaluate my teachers, I found that he offers good suggestions for evaluating your overall program. It's an easy read, funny and interesting.

God's joy, 

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5) Teacher Evaluation

I agree with whomever said "don't." When I first became the CE director here I realized there were problems. I thought about evaluating, but knew it would make enemies fast. One solution - we combined all our classes ages 4-11. Each teacher was assigned one part each week, and we put the schedule on a marker board. We had a weekly meeting to plan the next Sunday. I could discuss our strengths and weaknesses without pointing fingers. We discussed ways to strengthen the weak parts. Peer pressure from other teachers made everyone want to do their best. One teacher resigned after a while, admitting her heart was not in teaching (obvious to everyone). She found another area of the church to work in.

In addition, I provided lots of training opportunities, and required each teacher to have 12 ours of training per year. Providing new ideas really encouraged the teachers and made teaching enjoyable.

Hope this helps.


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7) Getting Parents Involved

Regarding this question: 
>What are some creative ways to encourage parents to become more involved with children's ministry? And in particular, to help >them understand the importance of their own children memorizing the Bible memory verses from class time?

About every 6 weeks I write the lesson in such a way that it is a parent/kid lesson at church. It is for "Parents Night" on Wednesday's Kid's Klub.

The kids have their parent(s) come with them and attend club with their child, going from the main room lesson time, to the small group discussion time and even to gym/craft time. When the parent sees how much fun the kids have they, too, get excited that their kids are doing something they love AND at the same time will benefit their kids in the long run.

Not all parents show up, but those that do almost ALWAYS benefit from the visit.

Don Bursell
DonB! Ministries

8) Trunk or Treat Idea

I would like to share my trunk decoration from last year, I did the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4: 4-26) --Raise the trunk up and place a large washtub in the floor of the trunk (you may have to place some kind of blocks or boxes under it to raise it up or tilt it some) then stretch a burlap duck blind cover or some other kind of material or tarp across the raised lid of the car trunk to 'camouflage' the back portion of the trunk (behind the tub). Add some artificial greenery around the outer sides of the tub to look like plants growing around the "well"; inside the tub place a strand of clear Christmas lights, and cover them with crumpled cellophane gift wrap- this gives the look of water. Make a poster board sign that says; Jacob's Well, and you may want to place an outdoor flood light to illuminate the sign. A costumed 'Samaritan Woman' with a 'water jug' filled with treats can tell her story to all the visitors that come by the well. I used things that I had around my home and the children loved looking down into the well to 'see' if they could see the water. Happy trunk treating!

Brenda Rupard
Woods Chapel General Baptist Church, 
Brookland, AR 

--from SSTN: awesome idea! 

9) Calling Christians to Prayer

As I read #5 and your newsletter calling us to prayer, just one minute, I thought how simple but yet know so many will not even take that minute to pray. Some will probably read it and jump right over it and ignore the importance of prayer. Anyway, after reading it last night, I copied and pasted it in Word Perfect and made it like a note card with the request for prayer inside and on the outside, I placed in large letters, Do You Have a Minute?

Tomorrow I will be participating with a nonprofit ministry at a small town community event and this morning I had 200 invitations to pray copied and tonight I just finished folding them. I can hardly wait until tomorrow to pass out the invitations and await their responses.

Thank you so much for passing on such great ideas. By the way, I am planning to send that as an invitation to most if not all on my e-mail list for so much stuff comes without value. Spending a minute and hopefully more for many with the Lord in prayer is Priceless! May God Bless each prayer and oh how we need His Blessings on America.

Loving Him more,
Ann Nixon
I plan to include this in my Sunday School class also.

--from SSTN: great idea!



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