**** A service of  SundaySchoolNetwork.com ****

"For where two or three come together in my name,
there am I with them." -- Jesus

<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><

To reply or to post a new topic:

When replying, delete ALL TEXT that is NOT PERTINENT to your response.
Please TITLE your message to reflect the content.

<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><

SSTN # 56 - July 28, 2006

<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><


1) Summer Outreach?
2) Large Class
3) No interest in senior high?
4) Large Class

Buzz Words - Paul and Silas

5) Large Class
6) Large Class
7) Large Class
8) Women of the Bible
9) Website all ages

<>< <>< <>< TODAY'S SSTN POSTINGS: <>< <>< <><

1) Summer Outreach?

Besides VBS, what other outreach activities does your church provide
during the summer?


<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><

2) Large Class

Hi Susan,

>My Sunday School class of 1st-3rd graders has recently increased in size
>from about 9 children to nearly 20. While I'm trying to rejoice in this
>opportunity...younger boys don't seem to understand the lesson unless
>they are doing something active ...incorporate movement instead of

Not to mention that it's more fun to be doing something than just being
lectured to. ;o)If you don't have a helper, then you need one. In fact,
you might even have a liability issue on your hands if you don't have
another adult in there with you.

"Lecturing" or I prefer to call it, "story telling" is fine, if you
incorporate other techniques with it. For example, reading with passion
and emphasis while having kids act it out or draw it or use clay,
something hands-on while you're telling the story or directing them to
tell it. For example, see the "Wedding Banquet" parable in the Skits
section of the site at: http://www.SundaySchoolNetwork.com 
This entire parable is told and taught using a hands-on Bible approach.

Once the story is told, then a game (or craft) can coincide with it. I
guarantee you'll have their attention. However, if you have rowdy kids, an
extra helper is necessary to keep them focused while you teach.

One more thing, I like to say to the kids that I have something really
important to tell them that will help them for the rest of their lives.
Therefore they need to listen really carefully so they can learn what it
is they need to know. (It's amazing how many stop to listen when I say

Your webservant,
Sarah Keith <><

<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><

3) No interest in senior high?

I know that our church is not the only church to start losing kids after
confirmation.  It seems like as soon as they get confirmed, they don't
think it is important to come to Sunday School anymore.  I have always
worked with a group younger, 9 through 13 and I wonder what I can do to
keep them excited about coming.  This summer we have been using the
"Christ's Apprentice" program, which is mission based.  The kids are
enjoying it.  But, again, the oldest kids are 13.  Also, getting adults
interested in teaching teens is tough at our church.  Does anyone have any
suggestions as to how to get the teenage crowd turned back on to Sunday
School.  And please understand that we are a small group of Christian
Education people.  We struggle to kept enough teachers for the younger
kids.  And, as much as I try to get the people to move to a more
contemporary way of worship, we are still a more traditional church.  I am
struggling, need HELP!  Cindy

<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><

4) Large Class

>I'm frustrated, ineffective and hoping for help from
>some of you who teach large groups regularly.

I’m hoping you have a staff helping you, for safety reasons as well as
saving your sanity. :-)

As soon as you see interest lagging, move on. Change the setting. Do
something different. Avoid being so locked to a schedule that you have to
finish Jeopardy or die trying!

The Bible story interaction is a must. Children retain about 10% of what
they hear, but they’ll retain 90% of what they hear, see, and DO. So
whatever you have to do, adapt your story to include participation. Let
the children build the Tower of Babel. Let 4 children become a chariot—2
wheels and 2 horses, with 2 more children inside as Philip and the
Ethiopian (or Egyptians chasing Hebrews). A child with outstretched arms
is a tree, another crouched in a ball is a large rock, another on all
fours is a sheep. Do not worry that the children do not do it exactly
right, or that they will be so busy playing a part that they miss the
story. I have taught 4s-5s, as well as grades 1-3, in small and large
settings, and these methods really do work. The children will learn so
much more, they will beg to be used, and they will have fun at church.

The larger the class, the more difficult it is to use everyone. From the
moment they walk in the door, use the children via a special selection
method. Write each person’s name on a ping pong ball, place it in a
bucket, and then when you need a volunteer (for snacks, passing out
markers, actors for the Bible story, line leader, etc.), draw a name from
the bucket. Once the name is drawn, it goes in another bucket, and does
not go back to the first bucket until (1) everyone has been used, or (2)
class is over. If a name is drawn but the child does not want to fulfill
that role, return his name for drawing later. This avoids embarrassment
and forced participation. Some children do not like acting in front of
others, but they have no problem being line leader or passing out markers.

One more thought—decide what is most important about your class: the
children enjoying being in God’s House and learning about Him, or
maintaining a schedule and order. Let everything be done in decency and in
order, but at the same time be flexible—these are kids, so let them be
kids the way God made them, having fun, enjoying life, and loving God.

Long answer, but I hope it’s helpful.


<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><

Buzz Words - Paul and Silas
Class listens closely for the following “Buzz Words”, then act them out
while you read the story. This technique can be used when retelling other
Bible stories too.

Choose nine children to lead the class, and give each of them one of the
words (below). As you read the words in quotations, emphasize them,
pausing for a second to give the kids a chance to make the motions. If you
have a small class, choosing leaders is not necessary. Just have the kids
make the following motions as you say them:

Walking: Walk in place.
Pray (prayer or prayed): Fold hands in prayer and bow heads.
Run (running or ran): Run in place.
Money: Hold hand in the air and rub fingers and thumb together.
Shout (shouted or shouting): Shake fists over head.
Prison (or prisoners): Hand over hand grasping your wrists.
Earthquake: Shake body back and forth and spin around.
Loose (or loosed): Grasped hands on wrists are opened with fingers spread
Joy (or joyfully): Jump up and down with hands over head.

"One day when Paul and Silas, two "joyful" followers of Jesus, were
"walking" to the place of "prayer", they were met by a slave girl who had
an [evil] spirit and told fortunes. She earned a lot of "money" for her
owners doing this.  This girl followed Paul and Silas, continually
"shouting" at them day after day. Paul was so troubled by her that he
"shouted" to the evil spirit in her, "In the name of Jesus Christ I
command you to come out of her!" At that moment the spirit came "running"

The rest of this story, and other hands-on Bible techniques, can be found
in the "Fruit of the Spirit" book from the Bible-4-Life Curriculum series
at:  http://www.sundayschoolnetwork.com/curriculum.html  .

<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><

5) Large Class

Has you Sunday School thought about making another class?  At one point we
felt that first graders were too young to be in with third graders.  Their
attention spand just wasn't as long.  So we went to three classes, 1&2,
3&4 and 5&6.  It also gives you more time with individual kids and they
feel like they are more a part of it.  Hope this helps, Cindy

<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><

6) Large Class

Years ago I taught preschool/kindergarten level. There were usually 20-30
kids in the worship service classtime (generally one to one and a half
hours in length).  I needed help.  Teens and other parents were such an
asset.  I would pass out colored ribbons (usually 4 or 5 colors) to each
child as they walked into the classroom.  Each teen or parent received one
also.  That teen/parent became responsible for the children with the same
color ribbon. As a group I would teach the lesson.   Once the basic story
and memory verse was told we broke up into the smaller "colored"
groups. From that point on to the remainder of class time they stayed in
their groups making crafts, doing paperwork, etc.  We sang songs as a
group but teen/parent helpers were with their group. Potty breaks were
done by "color" and so on....I taught the same story and Bible verse for
usually 3-4 weeks in a row, each time presented differently, such as
puppets one week, skits another week, etc. Crafts were different each week
but all went along with the lesson.  It worked terrific. Kids loved it and
they truely learned the lesson because it was repeated over and over. 
Hope this helps.....PS  I have an URGENT medical PRAYER REQUEST>>>>please
pray....God is already aware....thanks.  DAR,AL

<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><

7) Large Class

>My Sunday School class of 1st-3rd graders has recently increased in
>size from about 9 children to nearly 20. ..way to incorporate movement
>instead of >lecture. The problem is that with 20 kids, the logistics of
>doing ANYTHING but lecture >becomes complex. By the time we get everyone
>ready and instructed, corralled >AGAIN into the right place, all our time


We are missionaries in Uruguay and I usually have a large class by myself
as well. It calls for the teacher to be prepared and some readjustment to
the material being taught.

It's always good to have a small craft that reinforces the lesson taught
so they can take it home and let their family see what they are learning.
In doing a craft.....keep it simple and go with all material precut....and
use tape or stick glue....

Reinforcing the lesson through songs also makes the class interesting.
One does not have to be an expert singer.  Singing along with a CD is good
for those like me who are challanged.

From experience, kids don't retain what they learn in lecture and need a
hands on learning style.  It gets complicated when the teacher is alone
but not impossible.

A group game like can be done...dividing the kids into team and playing
old fashioned Bible Baseball....where each answer moves the participant
one base.  Playing Human tic-tac-toe....where some members are the x's and
o's and some members actually answer the questions is another possibility.

May God bless you as you seek to impact your children.

<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><

8) Women of the Bible

Dear Nancy,

Several years ago I did some classes on some of the women in the Bible.
There was a series of 11 of them.  We talked about Priscilla; Dorcas,
Mary, the mother of Jesus; Mary Magnolin; Elizabeth, Ruth, Lydia; Moses'
Mother; Deborah; Hannah; and Rahab.  We also created a Jeopardy game for
review.  Unfortunately, I cannot locate all these lessons to share with
you.  However, I do have Moses' Mother, Deborah, Hannah, Rahab and the
Jeopardy Game review questions.  I also have a lesson plan for Ruth
which is part of a separate set of lesson plans. If you would like any
of these, please e-mail me at scioart@yahoo.com.

Connie G.

<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><

9) Website all ages

Here is the website I get ideas from it is for all ages:

--from SSTN:  thank u. ;o)

<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><

Help  SSTN  Continue

Only one dollar a month helps to provide the
Christian educational resources in the website and newsletter.
For more info, go to this webpage:


Or, write your US check or US Money Order out to:
Sarah Keith - SundaySchoolNetwork.com

Mail to:
438 East Ilex Drive
Lake Park, FL 33403

(In the memo section of your check write: "SSTN Subscription".
Please include your email address.)

Your webservant,
Sarah Keith <><

<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><

--Copyright 2000  S.A. Keith--All Rights Reserved. ----

Please read the complete copyright information at SundaySchoolNetwork.com.
You will find the link at the bottom of the homepage.

SSTN Posting Guidelines:  

Reproducing in any medium, commercial or noncommercial, is strictly
prohibited without prior written permission. SSTN has contributors from
all over the world who share their ideas. If you reprint any of the ideas
from SSTN, SundaySchoolNetwork.com or ChristianCrafters.Com in any medium
(websites, magazines, newsletters, etc.), you must contact the submitter,
and website for reprint permissions. Any materials used must also include
the submitter's name and where the ideas were gleaned from. The opinions
expressed or advertisements displayed in the SSTN e-Newsletter are not
necessarily endorsed by SundaySchoolNetwork.com or ChristianCrafters.Com.
SSTN reserves the right to edit and or exclude information from the SSTN

<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><

SUBSCRIBE--UNSUBSCRIBE - and Change of Address directions:

To SUBSCRIBE or change your email address go to the
"Sunday School Network" page
at: http://www.SundaySchoolNetwork.Com/page3.html 

(If you are subscribing your friends, make sure you have their

Return to the Archives