Beating the Midwinter Doldrums

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WINTER OLYMPICS
Get ready and gear up! It’s as much fun preparing for Winter
Olympics as it is participating in them.

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• Have each class adopt a country and study its foods and customs.
Have classes make paper flags for their countries. Each class can
share a game from its country with other classes.

• Assign each class a missionary family. Have kids select a mission
project they could do for their family. Kids could write to their
families to discover special needs.

• Select Olympic-type Bible stories or Scriptures to fit your
theme, such as Jonathan using archery in 1 Samuel 20; Zacchaeus climbing a tree in Luke 19; Philip running to catch up with a
chariot in Acts 8; and Paul talking about discipline in
1 Corinthians 9.

• Use these five colors in your Olympic rings to tell the
gospel story: gold (God loves us and wants to give us eternal
life), dark purple (sin bruised our relationship with God and
caused a separation), red (Jesus died for our sins), white (when we
receive his gift, we’re forgiven and made clean), and green (we can
grow in our faith). Tell the story often, using these rings.

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• End with a fun Olympic event to celebrate what kids have learned.
Invite families to be spectators at these events:
-Opening Ceremonies-Have classes march in carrying their countries’
flags and dressed in native costumes.
-Climbing-Children create human pyramids to see how high Zacchaeus
can climb!
-Swimming-Fill a room with blue fabric, crepe paper, or balloons.
Scatter Noah and his animals under the “water.” Children race the
clock to rescue animals.
-Chariot Races-Kids build cardboard chariots out of boxes and race
them through the Red Sea.

• Award medals to everyone! Give gold for good sportsmanship,
silver for cooperation, and bronze for great teamwork.

Cindy Kenney is director of Christian education in Batavia,
Illinois.

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