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June 23, 2000
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* Children's Sermons
* #1 Dad Medals
* Sunday School picnic
* Co-ed classes
* Memory verses
* Race for Jesus
* Classroom management
* Thank You!

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Children's Sermons:

The Children's Sermon page is up and running at ChristianCrafters.Com. Currently there are three posted. I look forward to receiving more from all you wonderful teachers! Titles currently available: "Triune God-Or Three In One?", "July 4th, is this really Independence Day?", and "The Armor of God".

Sarah Keith-Your Moderator

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#1 Dad Medals:

I hope my ideas aren't too late. Many of our older ladies bring in different
cans and lids, so I thought of an idea for the use of concentrated orange
juice lids. I've spray painted them gold and hammered a hole for a shoelace
or piece of roping. I then took some clip art graphics of trophies and blue
ribbons and various stickers and the kids can colour and glue on whichever
they choose.

Another craft I have planned is to make post-it note pads. I've photocopied
large pictures of a fish, a football and a baseball glove. They will trace
and cut their choice of these out of coloured bristol board and draw on the
details. I have post-it pads that can be hot-glued onto the bristol board
and magnets for the back. They can use whatever title they want to like
"Honey-do List", add a pen on a string and voila!

Janis Boyle
Westmount Presbyterian Church
London, Ontario, Canada

(Sorry your posting didn't make it in on time. It's a great idea
we can use next year!!)

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Sunday School picnic:

Here's an idea for a game at the Sunday School Picnic. We have a
small church, and many times the preschool through sixth graders
are in a group together. It can be challenging to come up with
activities they all enjoy! One game they all like is called SPUD.
Number the children, and ask them to remember their number. Or,
you can just use names. One child is "IT," and has a rubber ball.
Everyone stands in a huddle, and IT throws the ball straight up
in the air and calls out a number. The child with that number has
to stay and catch the ball while the others run. When he catches
it, he calls SPUD! Runners stop. IT takes three giant steps
toward the child of his/her choice, and throws the ball. If IT
hits the child, the child gets an "S" and is the new IT. If IT
misses, IT gets an "S" and throws the ball again. Play continues
as long as interest holds. If any child spells S-P-U-D, they sit
out the rest of the game. Even junior high and high school kids
like this game, as long as you remind them to be gentle with the
little ones!

Sharon from western Kansas

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Co-ed classes:

What is the advantage, or disadvantage, of segregating the boys
from the girls? >>

This question really made me think. Why would you have separate classes for boys and girls? We have enough problems finding teachers without having to separate the boys from the girls. I have been teaching for 23 years and my classes have always been co-ed. I love watching them interact especially in games of cooperation. Sometimes during sings we have boys against the girls. The only difference is the Sundays the boys sleep in, it's a lot more quiet!

God bless,

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Memory verses:

In 1985 my first grade son learned bible verses that coincided with the

A-all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
B- believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.
Does anyone know where I can find the rest of those verses?

Jerry Reeves
Children's Church Director
Grades 1-3

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Race for Jesus

I am going to be teaching kindergarteners for VBS in the theme In the race for Jesus. I have seen some things on this already on my newsletter, but I need some ideas of how to decorate my classroom. I am kind of focusing on the story of Daniel and the Lions Den, but I also want to emphasize the racing theme. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, Stephanie, Springfield, MO.

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Classroom management

I have never been a Sunday School teacher before and I am now teaching a 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade class, 45 minutes. I don't have a steady helper yet, but I am sure God must have one in mind. I don't need ideas about things to present, but I DO DO DO need ideas on basic teaching skills and classroom management. I'm more likely to overdo on the excitement side and be pretty weak on structure and order.

Thank you!
Arlene Barber

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Thank You!!!

The ideas about the pickle dress up was a big hit at my annual S.S. Party. I found a veggie tales Bob the tomato bean bags at www.Danielles place.com and I used these for prizes for the best dressed pickle! The kids came up with all kinds of ideas and I took a picture of each child holding their creation and they each had a huge smile on their face!!!
Thanks again, and God Bless Teachers Network,
Alice Stiekes

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IMPORTANT INFO-PLEASE READ: (Especially for newcomers!)

Many of the free patterns and ideas in the ChristianCrafters.Com site are from the books I've written, or from books that I'm in the process of writing. If you'd like to know more about my Christian education resource books, email me at:

I've recently published and released my Christmas-Advent Christian crafting book entitled, CHRISMON SNOWFLAKE ORNAMENTS. Check it out by clicking on "Chrismon Snowflake Photos" from my home page. The purchase of this book helps to support the SSTN ministry! Blessings to you, Sarah Keith.

Don't forget about the availability of free Bible Games and Christian crafts @ ChristianCrafters.Com! If you have a Bible game or Christian craft that you've created, email me, Sarah Keith, and share it with the rest of the world!

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