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Children's Ministry Magazine Web Extras July-August 2011

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Children's Ministry Magazine July/August 2011 Issue

1. Great Resources for Parents of Preteens-from "Age-Level Insights 10 to 12"

Raising a Modern Day Princess

Raising a Modern Day Knight

Parenting Teens with Love and Logic: Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Adulthood

Preparing for Adolescence: How to Survive the Coming Years of Change


2. Blessing Scriptures-from "Family Ministry"

"May God bless you and make you a blessing to others." (Genesis 12:2)
"May God bless you and surround you with his shield of love." (Psalm 5:12)
"May God fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him." (Romans 15:13)
"May the God of peace make you holy and keep you blameless." (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
"May you overflow with grace and peace as you grow to know your Savior." (2 Peter 1:2)
"May God who began a good work in you keep it growing until it's complete." (Philippians 1:6)
"As Christ dwells in your heart by faith, may you be rooted and established in love." (Ephesians 3:17)
"May God show you the way of life and fill your heart with joy in his presence." (Psalm 16:11)
"As you hunger and thirst for righteousness, may God fill your desire." (Matthew 5:6)
"May you know God's love that's bigger than knowledge." (Ephesians 3:19)


3. " 'Twas the Night Before Sunday School"-from "Leading Volunteers"




'Twas the night before Sunday school when all through the house,
not a person was anxious, not even a mouse.

The stockings were hung by little dresses with care,
tiny shirts sat pressed for little boys to soon wear.

The children so peacefully nestled in bed,
while visions of Jesus danced in their heads.

And Mama in her PJs and Dad on his back,
even they were looking forward to tomorrow's big trek.

When suddenly the phone started ringing real loud,
I sprang from my bed, my head still in a cloud.

I rushed down the hall, tripped over some toys,
thought some harsh words to myself, "I'll speak to those boys!"

I finally reached the phone, slightly out of my breath,
answered "Hello!" really quickly, annoyed half to death.

When what to my weary ears should I hear, but....


Sunday school's off...We've no teachers this year.

So shocked, I stood silent, so sadly I quivered.
" children, my babies"... My speech I delivered.

"I'm sorry, dear sir, but we've tried all we could
But not enough will help us, though... If only they would."

"But what of the older and what of the new?"
Have you tried all the members? Just what shall we do?"

"We've made lots of calls, we've asked all so nice.
We've begged and we've pleaded...They still said, 'No dice.' "

"But what about Andrew or Sally or Paul?
Did you think, my dear friend, upon those names to call?"

"We've thought long and hard and on those names we prayed."
" And I wonder, my friend, has your decision been made?"

"Oh! I sure meant to call; you were at the top of my list."
"But with soccer and softball, I've no time for this!"

"It is with you as it is now with all."
"God's work takes last place, no time for 'God's ball."

"That's not what I meant!"



"But that's what you said!"


"What's wrong with my thinking, what is it I dread?"

"OK, now you've got me, I'll help just this month."
"Do you have the materials?"



"Oh yes...I've got a bunch!"

I hung up the phone, slightly anxious, a little weary,
Could God really use me and my talents? How scary!

But the more that I pondered, and the more that I thought,
The more I felt needed, and God's love I still sought.

So, On Adam! On Eve! On Noah and Moses!
On David! On Ruth! On Mary and Joseph!

What a joy to share, a real blessing 'twill be,
giving back to these children what was given to me!

I rested so peacefully, knowing I'd done what's right.
So, Happy Sunday school to all and to all a good night!


-Pat Lynch Fredericksburg, Virginia



4. Downloadable Jump Invitation-From "Jump!"

CLICK HERE to download Jump Invitation.


5. Foot-Washing Devotion-From "Jump!"


6. Free Sample Chapter of Shift by Brian Haynes-From "Family 'Values' "


7. More Instant Games-From "Instant Fun for Everyone"

Two By Two

Supplies: long rubber bands

Have kids form pairs and slip a rubber band over each pair's ankles and wrists so that they are "tied" together. Have pairs race around the room, trying to be the first to make it around your room ten times without either rubber band breaking.


Big Shoes

Supplies: 2 pairs of adult shoes, plastic bags

Ask two of your adult volunteers to shed their shoes. (Males will work best as they're likely to have larger shoes.) Form two even teams. Designate a start and finish line for each team, and set the shoes at the start line. Have teams line up, relay fashion behind the start line. Players will take turns removing their shoes, putting on the pair of adult shoes, and racing to the finish line and back. For sanitary purposes, give each child a plastic bag to cover his or her feet before putting them in the shoes. The object is to be the first team to have all players complete the relay.


Cereal Counter

Supplies: Cheerios or other snack item, table or paper

Line participants side-by-side in front of tables. If you don't have tables, hand out pieces of paper for kids to place their food on. Give each player some Cheerios or other small snack item. Kids will race to build the longest line of Cheerios in the time allotted. They must start with a line of 1, then make a second line with 2 Cheerios, and so on, building each line one longer than the previous one.


Flip the Stirrer

Supplies: coffee stirrers, coffee cups

Line participants side-by-side. Set a coffee cup on about 5 feet from each player. Spread out coffee stirrers. Players will try to "flip" or toss the most stirrers into the cup. If it's too hard or too easy, adjust the distance of the cup.


Tissue Toss

Supplies: tissues, paper towels, or napkins for every two players.

Have kids forms pairs. Give each pair some tissues, paper towels, or napkins. Have pairs choose who'll be the catcher and the pitcher. Tell partners to stand two feet apart and face each other. On go, the pitcher tosses a paper product to the catcher. The catcher catches the tissue and continues holding it in that hand while catching the next tissue. Pairs will try to successfully make the most catches and hold on to them in the allotted time.

Children's Ministry Magazine Web Extras July-August 2011


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