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Children’s Ministry Magazine July/August 2011
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
Preparing for Adolescence: How to Survive the Coming Years of
2. Blessing Scriptures-from “Family
“May God bless you and make you a blessing to others.” (Genesis
“May God bless you and surround you with his shield of love.”
“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
“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. ” ‘Twas the Night Before Sunday School”-from “Leading
‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE SUNDAY SCHOOL
‘Twas the night before Sunday school when all through the
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
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.
“But…my 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!
4. Downloadable Jump Invitation-From
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
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
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.
Supplies: Cheerios or other snack item, table or
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
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.
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.