Pile of Prayers
Cover the bulletin board with sky blue wrapping paper. Have kids
cut leaf shapes from orange, red and yellow construction paper. Let
younger kids cut simple leaf shapes while older kids cut maple-leaf
shapes. Place the leaf shapes in a tiny basket and pin the basket
to one corner of the bulletin board. Place straight pins in a small
envelope and pin the envelope next to the basket.
Write, “Pile of Prayers” on a long strip of construction paper
and pin it near the top of the bulletin board, tucking a few leaves
behind it. On two smaller strips, print “Concerns” and “Praises.”
Pin these strips near the bottom.
Invite kids to write prayer requests on the leaf shapes and pin
them to the “Concerns” pile. Praises for answered prayer can be
written on the reverse side of the “Concern” leaves, then added to
to the “Praises” pile. Everyone will enjoy watching the piles grow
and change as the weeks go by!
Gifts for Jesus
Cover the entire bulletin board with shiny red or green foil
wrapping paper. Cross the bulletin board with ribbons that meet in
a big bow, so the board looks like a wrapped gift. Add a paper
strip to title the display “Gifts for Jesus.”
Write out Matthew 25:40 on a white sheet of paper and pin it
near one corner. Beneath the verse, pin an envelope full of
self-stick Christmas gift tags. Each week invite kids to write on a
gift tag one thing they’ll do to show Jesus’ love to “one of the
least of these,” and then have them stick the tags to the bulletin
board. Each week ask kids to tell about how they showed Jesus’ love
during the previous week.
Use dark blue foil wrapping paper to cover the board. Run
miniature white Christmas lights around the edge. Write, “Twinkling
Praises” on a large star cut from silver paper and pin it near the
top left corner. Place multicolored, gummed stars and small slips
of paper in an envelope pinned to the bottom right corner.
At a special time each week, turn on the twinkling lights and
kids to write their praises to God on slips of paper and stick
them to the display with the gummed stars. As kids add their
praises, the twinkling bulletin board will grow more bright and
Cover the board with green calico fabric. Have kids use
brightly-colored chenille wire to form the words, “Friendship
Flowers.” Then have them pin the words in an arch across the top of
Have kids each write their name in the bottom of a paper muffin
cup. Help kids pin the muffin cups all around the board, with the
inside of the bottoms facing out. Have kids cut petal shapes from
light green construction paper.
Tuck pins into one envelope and petal shapes into another. Pin
the envelopes to a bottom corner. Each week invite kids to write
simple affirmations such as “nice smile” or “good friend” and pin
them around the appropriate person’s “flower.” Write affirmations
for children who don’t have many petals. As the friendship flowers
grow, so will love and good feelings among your kids!