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Childrens Ministry Manual

By Gwen Davis

This manual is being made available to the global Family of God to enable children's teachers to prepare quickly for the Children's harvest and revival of these Last Days. It is designed to support lessons taught in the International Children's Ministry Institute (I.C.M.I.). We believe the contents (especially the visuals) are most effective when taught by an I.C.M.I. trained teacher. Many of these lessons are in simple outline form for easy translation. Portions have already been translated into Spanish, French, Aramaic, Russian, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Marathi, Vietnamese, Thai, and Portuguese. If you translate any portions into another language, please send the translation to the address below. If you need copies of the portions already translated, please contact us by post or by e-mail; [email protected] or see www.latter-rain.org This manual is designed to easily make photocopies for teacher training. Teachers in developing nations may copy the lessons freely, but copying for profit is prohibited. The entire manual has an international copyright. Teachers with the means to do so, should send offerings to further the cause of Global Children's Revival! Offerings may be sent to: I.C.M.I. P.O. Box 250 Litchfield, IL 62056 U.S.A. Note: When making the visual lessons it is best to photo-copy the visual patterns and keep the master copy for future use. This is our first public edition. Comments and suggestions are most welcome.

Table of Contents

Dedication And Thanksgiving .................................................................................PN Introduction ..............................................................................................................PN

Qualities Of A Good Teacher ...................................................................................PN Other Qualities Of A Good Christian Teacher .........................................................PN Personal Checklist For Teachers ..............................................................................PN My Never Again List ...............................................................................................PN Others May You Cannot...........................................................................................PN Dying To Self ...........................................................................................................PN Overseas Teachers Seminars ....................................................................................PN 20 Hour Teacher's Seminar Sample Outline............................................................PN

The Teacher

The Child .................................................................................................................PN Understanding Children ...........................................................................................PN The Worth Of A Child ..............................................................................................PN Full Quiver ...............................................................................................................PN Children Learn What They Live ..............................................................................PN A Child Remembers .................................................................................................PN Learning Through the Senses...................................................................................PN Child Development Outline .....................................................................................PN Child Development Chart ........................................................................................PN Children & Youth Used Of God In The Bible .........................................................PN Guidelines For Discipline ........................................................................................PN Causes of Home Or Classroom Discipline Problems ..............................................PN Discipline And Rebellion .........................................................................................PN Discipline At Home And Church .............................................................................PN When The Enemy Shall Come In Like A Flood ......................................................PN Percentage Of Children ............................................................................................PN

The Child

Scripture Basis For Ministry To Children ................................................................PN Scriptural Responsibilities Of The Church ..............................................................PN Parent's Scriptural Responsibility ............................................................................PN Children's Ministry In The Local Church ................................................................PN Children's Ministry Resource Library .....................................................................PN Various Formats Of Local Church Children's Ministries ........................................PN Developing Children's Ministry ..............................................................................PN Methods....................................................................................................................PN One Hour With Children ..........................................................................................PN Bible Club Sample Lessons .....................................................................................PN Writing and Planning Curriculum ............................................................................PN

Childrens Ministries

Sample Curriculum Plans ........................................................................................PN Application For Free Curriculum.............................................................................PN Curriculum ...............................................................................................................PN

How To Prepare Children For The Last Days..........................................................PN How To Lead A Child To Christ ..............................................................................PN The Age Of Salvation Of Well Known Christians ...................................................PN Wordless Book Scriptures ........................................................................................PN Jesus, Our Sin-Bearer...............................................................................................PN Red Felt Squares ......................................................................................................PN The Road Of Decision .............................................................................................PN Noah And The Ark ...................................................................................................PN Simple Gospel Shapes..............................................................................................PN Salvation Stories To Use With Children ..................................................................PN Other Gospel Book Ideas .........................................................................................PN Gospel Book Pictures...............................................................................................PN Gospel Folding Pocket .............................................................................................PN Evangelism Outreach Ideas......................................................................................PN

Salvation

Who Is Holy Spirit ...................................................................................................PN The Work Of The Holy Spirit ..................................................................................PN The Baptism Of The Holy Spirit ..............................................................................PN Luke 11 ....................................................................................................................PN The Gifts Of The Spirit ............................................................................................PN Training Children In The Supernatural ....................................................................PN Praying For Revival .................................................................................................PN History Of Children In Revival................................................................................PN Revival Prophecies For Or By Children & Youth....................................................PN Pictures Of Children In Revival...............................................................................PN

Holy Spirit & Revival

Bringing Children From Evangelism To Discipleship .............................................PN Follow-up Discipleship ............................................................................................PN The 5 Things Lesson ................................................................................................PN The Ten Commandments .........................................................................................PN Preparing Children For Evangelism.........................................................................PN Teaching Missions To Children ...............................................................................PN Taking Children On An Outreach ............................................................................PN Village Ministry .......................................................................................................PN

Discipleship and Missions

5 Things We Do When We Pray ..............................................................................PN

Prayer, Praise and Worship

Power Hour ..............................................................................................................PN Prayer List ................................................................................................................PN Kids Prayers ............................................................................................................PN Scriptural Praise And Worship .................................................................................PN Visualized Praise And Worship ................................................................................PN Visualized Songs ......................................................................................................PN Perfected Praise ........................................................................................................PN The Tabernacle Of Praise .........................................................................................PN Jesus, The Tabernacle Of God With Men ................................................................PN How To Lead Children In Praise And Worship .......................................................PN Children's Study Of Praise.......................................................................................PN Music And The Brain ...............................................................................................PN Types Of Song..........................................................................................................PN Creative Worship Arts ..............................................................................................PN Children's Worship Teams .......................................................................................PN A Study Of Seven Words Of Praise .........................................................................PN Children's Songs ......................................................................................................PN Praise In Practice......................................................................................................PN

The Word Of God ....................................................................................................PN Scripture Memorization ...........................................................................................PN What You Can Do With A Memory Verse ...............................................................PN Memory Verse Incentives ........................................................................................PN Bible Verses Visualized ............................................................................................PN Parable of the Sower ................................................................................................PN

The Word of God

The Satan Lesson .....................................................................................................PN How To Minister Deliverance To Children ..............................................................PN The Wounded Heart .................................................................................................PN Divine Healing Study Outline..................................................................................PN My House Is The House Of God .............................................................................PN How You Can Be Healed .........................................................................................PN God's Plan ................................................................................................................PN Cast Your Burden .....................................................................................................PN Spiritual Weapons ....................................................................................................PN

Warfare, Healing, and Deliverance

Ministering to Babies ...............................................................................................PN Schedule For Baby Bible Class................................................................................PN Finger Plays .............................................................................................................PN Days Of Creation .....................................................................................................PN Smile or Frown ........................................................................................................PN

Babies and Preschool

Storytelling...............................................................................................................PN ...... Ask Believing You Shall Receive ............................................................................PN The Doll That Grew .................................................................................................PN For Those Who Overcome .......................................................................................PN He Touched Me ........................................................................................................PN He Took My Whipping ............................................................................................PN

Storytelling

Introduction To Puppetry .........................................................................................PN Puppet Faces ............................................................................................................PN Finger Puppets .........................................................................................................PN Simple Puppet Pattern .............................................................................................PN Puppet Stages ...........................................................................................................PN

Puppetry

Clown Ministry ........................................................................................................PN Designs and Make-Up..............................................................................................PN

Clowning Drama

Drama and Helps......................................................................................................PN Painted Faces ...........................................................................................................PN Costume Ideas ..........................................................................................................PN China Church ...........................................................................................................PN Unity in Christ .........................................................................................................PN Conductor.................................................................................................................PN

Object Ideas From Willie George ............................................................................PN

Object Lessons Drawing

Simple Drawings......................................................................................................PN Drawing Faces .........................................................................................................PN Emotion Faces..........................................................................................................PN Arts and Crafts .........................................................................................................PN Arts Recipes .............................................................................................................PN

Games ......................................................................................................................PN Fun Games ...............................................................................................................PN Superkids Church Games.........................................................................................PN Crosswords...............................................................................................................PN Word Search .............................................................................................................PN

Games And Puzzles

Dedication and Thanks

This Children's Ministry Manual is dedicated to the memory of my parents, The late Norman and Helen (Armentrout) Moffat, they brought me to a vital faith in Jesus at six years of age and the glorious Baptism in the Holy Spirit at 8 years of age. Their strong faith was my richest heritage. Having served as missionaries to India, their love for India and the nationa preparedme for my "calling". A special "thanks" is due to Mrs. Freida Lindsay who hired an inexperienced young woman to direct the Christian Education Department for Christ For the Nations Institute in 1976 ~ 1979. Those short years of service there prepared me to launch the vision of God's heart for Revival among the children in many nations. I am surrounded by a small "army" of loyal volunteers at Latter Rain Ministries who enable me to do the Father's will. May Father richly repay them. Thank you, also, to our several international friends for the contributions of their lessons. Every effort has been made to give credit for each lesson. A special "thanks" to Julie Jefferson who tirelessly worked to update some of the original mimeographed handouts of 25 years ago to the computer age! God bless you, Julie. The final editing, additions, and revisions could not have been done without the skillful assistance of Annie Benson and Deb Duffy. Thank you, Annie and Deb. Most of all, I offer this manual to the Lord Jesus Christ who has called me and enabled me by His grace to touch children in over 50 nations on 5 continents since 1969. Thank you Jesus! I love you dearly. "To God Be The Glory, Great Things He Has Done" Gwen Moffat Davis

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Chapter 1 The Teacher

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QUALITIES OF A GOOD TEACHER

(ACCORDING TO CHILDREN)

· · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · Can pronounce words good Exciting If "proved" wrong, will give in and say so Sweet but strict Teaches the best he knows how One who is very extraordinary One that sometimes will have fun with you One that knows what you're capable of One that can do more than you think he can One that you learn from continually Willing to listen Arouses ideas in others Generous of time You can always laugh with a good teacher A teacher than can teach well about God, and teach you to learn so that you can keep it in mind and not forget it A good teacher has to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and love everyone One who is not fussy! Be able to talk so that kids can understand Be funny sometimes Carries over lessons from week to week A teacher that makes learning fun One who knows pupil's abilities Not grouchy, but happy Doesn't get steamed over some little thing He should be able to accept responsibility Should be able to keep control of the pupils and himself One who does not break promises One who is firm to the mean people, and nice to the other people One who has understanding of this younger generation One who will give us responsibility One who is neat to look at Means what he says Is always on time One who has already done what he says Sets a good example Has good posture Be willing to learn with the class Need to have confidence in the pupils · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · One who uses the Bible when he teaches Be willing to help slower students One who has and teaches manners A teacher that prays is good Reasons out problems with pupils A teacher who tries to increase his own knowledge Gives work on pupil's levels A teacher who plans ahead If he has a headache, he shouldn't take it out on his pupils The teacher shouldn't talk too much, but let the pupils say something One who accepts criticism One who teaches instead of wasting time One who is not bossy A teacher who will experiment with new things Teachers who do not hurry us One who is understanding, and who we can tell our problems and secrets to He likes it when we come to church One who has patience; is sensible and sees that we do our assignments One who is in a good mood at least at the start of the day! One who is nice smelling, clean inside and outside A teacher who smiles One who doesn't always stick to the book A teacher who doesn't humiliate you A teacher that helps you learn things you never knew before They should have fun teaching One who is a thinker One who keeps the room attractive One who worries about you and knows you got a problem Does things with the lesson besides read it A good teacher has good pupils Grouchy ones are nice because when you're nice to them, they're better and they learn you how to behave Makes me want to be the kind of Christian he is, and to teach like he does 11

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OTHER QUALITIES OF A GOOD CHRISTIAN TEACHER

· · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · Born again In fellowship with God Filled with Holy Spirit Love for the Word of God Prays and reads Bible daily Prays for pupils Has a desire to win others Active, supporting member of local church Fruit of the Spirit are evident Loves pupils as individuals Puts interests & needs of pupils first Knows pupils by name Feels need for improvement Knows how to teach Has a contemporary alertness Is faithful and dependable Has good self-image Is confident in God's work in him Has tolerance toward others Gets along with other people Forceful (decisive; not hesitant) Emotionally stable Enthusiastic Healthy sense of humor Courteous Tactful Contacts absentees · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · Open-minded and inquiring Accurate and thorough Fair and impartial In good physical condition Original and resourceful Optimistic Honest Punctual Has correct personal habits Ambitious, growing personality Doesn't lose temper; doesn't yell Good disciplinarian Is a good sport Patient; give another chance Well-adjusted in all areas of life Unselfish Use of good English; proper writing skills Good voice quality Has good common sense In control of words, actions, attitudes Childlike (not childish) Doesn't talk down to pupils Doesn't expect too much or too little Doesn't embarrass a pupil Is an interesting teacher Visits children outside of the classroom

A teacher is an artist! What finer piece of art is there than that which God forms out of a human being who gives his heart to Him? As a teacher, we are entrusted with the privilege of "working with people" as an artist works on canvas and the sculptor works on clay! Just as the artist works on canvas, as a teacher you put on strokes of color, you draw lines of meaning, you shade in spots that need to be recessed, you highlight areas that need to be brought to the forefront, all for the purpose of "drawing out" as a masterpiece: a person dedicated to Jesus Christ, mature and complete. As the sculptor works on a piece of clay that has texture and its own peculiarities, the pupils with whom you work are individuals with specific characteristics and needs. The pupil, however, in the hands of the artist is willing to yield to the artist's touch, as he is smoothed in one place, gouged in another, and gently molded to help create a thing of beauty and worth. This is the effect a teacher can have on lives, as long as he knows and lives the Word of God, is led by the Holy Spirit and loves people as Jesus loves them. 12

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PERSONAL CHECKLIST FOR TEACHERS

(= YES) I know I am "born again." I am baptized in the Holy Spirit and have power to witness. I love God's Word and I feed on it daily. I am doing my best to live my life according to the Word. I'm learning to love God with all my heart, soul, mind & strength and am seeking His Kingdom first. I am learning to pray in faith according to the Scriptures for my own needs and for my students. I am earnestly seeking to be fully equipped through the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. I know God has called me to teach this class and He will enable me. I seek the "mind of the Lord" for each class session. I prepare my lessons ahead of time. I am always learning and collecting new ideas and materials. I use a variety of methods. I have a sense of humor. I teach with the anointing of the Holy Spirit and do not just impart information. (I John 2:27) I love my pupils individually. (Visit homes when possible) I pray for and submit to those in authority. I love and in honor prefer those who minister with me. I choose not to participate in gossip about my students or their families. I realize that part of the "cost of the ministry" is the spiritual warfare that must be waged. I choose to love, discipline and train my own children as Godly examples.

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MY "NEVER AGAIN" LIST

by Don Gossett

Never again will I confess. . . 1. I can't: "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13) 2. Lack: "My God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19) 3. Fear: "God hath not given me the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7) 4. Doubt and lack of faith: "God hath given to every man the measure of faith." (Romans 12:3) 5. Weakness: "The Lord is the strength of my life," (Psalm 27:1) and "Thy people that know their God shall be strong and do exploits." (Daniel 11:32) 6. Defeat: "God always causeth me to triumph in Christ Jesus." (2 Corinthians 2:14) 7. Sickness: "With His stripes I am healed," (Isaiah 53:5) and Jesus "Himself took my infirmities and bare my sickness." (Matthew 8:17) 8. Bondage: "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." (2 Corinthians 3:17) My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. 9. Condemnation: "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus." (Romans 8:1) I am in Christ; therefore, I am free from condemnation. 10. Loneliness: Jesus said, "Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world," (Matthew 28:20) and "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." (Hebrews 13:5) 11. Persecution: "If God be for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31) 12. Curses or bad luck: "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us; that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith." (Galatians 3:13-14) 13. Discontent: "I have learned, in whatsoever state (circumstances) I am, therewith to be content." (Philippians 4:11) 14. Unworthiness: "He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him." (2 Corinthians 5:21) 15. Confusion: "God is not the author of confusion, but of peace," (I Corinthians 14:33) and "We have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God: that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God." (I Corinthians 2:12) 16. The dominion of sin over my life: "The Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death," (Romans 8:2) and "As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us." (Psalm 103:12) 17. Insecurity: "When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid; Yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet . . . for the Lord shall by thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken." (Proverbs 3:24-25) 18. Failure: "Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us." (Romans 8:37) 19. Frustration: "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because He trusteth in thee." (Isaiah 26:3) 20. Fear of the future: "But as it is written, eye hath not seen nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him, but God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit." (I Corinthians 2:9-10 14

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OTHERS MAY ­ YOU CANNOT

If God has called you to be really like Jesus, He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility, and put upon you such demands of obedience, that you will not be able to follow other people, or measure yourself by other Christians, and in many ways He will seem to let other people do things which He will not let you do. Other Christians and ministers who seem very religious and useful may push themselves, pull wires, and work schemes to carry out their plans, but you cannot do it, and if you attempt it, you will meet with such failure and rebuke from the Lord as to make you sorely penitent. Others may boast of themselves, of their work, of their successes, of their writings, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing, and if you begin it, He will lead you into some deep mortification that will make you despise yourself and all your good works. Others may be allowed to succeed in making money, or may have a legacy left to them, but it is likely God will keep you poor, because He wants you to have something far better than gold, namely, a helpless dependence upon Him, that He may have the privilege of supplying your needs day by day out of an unseen treasury. The Lord may let others be honored and put forward, and keep you hidden in obscurity, because He wants to produce some choice, fragrant fruit for

His coming glory, which can only be produced in the shade. He may let others be great, but keep you small. He may let others do a work for Him and get the credit for it, but He will make you work and toil on without knowing how much you are doing; and then to make your work still more precious, He may let others get credit for the work which you have done, and thus make your reward ten times greater when Jesus comes. The Holy Spirit will put a strict watch over you, with a jealous love, and will rebuke you for little words and feelings or for wasting your time, which other Christians never feel distressed over. So make up your mind that God is an infinite Sovereign, and has a right to do as He pleases with His own. He may not explain to you a thousand things which puzzle your reason in His dealings with you, but if you absolutely sell yourself to be His love slave, He will wrap you up in a jealous love, and bestow upon you many blessings which come only to those who are in the inner circle. Settle it forever, then, that you are to deal directly with the Holy Spirit, and that He must have the right to tie your tongue, or chain your hand, or close your eyes, in ways that He does not seem to use with others. Now, when you are so possessed with the living God that you are, in your secret heart, pleased and delighted over this peculiar, personal, private, jealous guardianship and management of the Holy Spirit over your life, you will have found the vestibule of Heaven. -Author Unknown

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Dying to Self

When you are forgotten, or neglected, or purposely set at naught, and you don't sting and hurt with the insult or the oversight, but your heart is happy, being counted worthy to suffer for Christ. That is Dying to Self When your good is evil spoken of, when your wishes are crossed, your advice disregarded, your opinions ridiculed, and you refuse to let anger rise in your heart, or even defend yourself, but take in all in patient, loving silence. That is Dying to Self When you lovingly and patiently bear any disorder, any irregularity, any impunctuality, or any annoyance; when you stand face-to-face with waste, folly, extravagance, spiritual insensibility -- and endure it as Jesus endured. That is Dying to Self When you are content with any food, any offering, any climate, any society, any raiment, any interruption by the will of God. That is Dying to Self When you never care to refer to yourself in conversation, or to record your own good works, or itch after commendations, when you can truly love to be unknown. That is Dying to Self When you can see your brother prosper and have his needs met and can honestly rejoice with him in spirit and feel no envy, nor question God, while your own needs are far greater and in desperate circumstances. That is Dying to Self When you can receive correction and reproof from one of less stature than yourself and can humbly submit inwardly as well as outwardly, finding no rebellion or resentment rising up within your heart. That is Dying to Self Are you dead yet? In these last days, the Spirit would bring us to the cross. "That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death." -Philippians 3:10

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MISSIONS: TEACHERS SEMINAR

Goals: 1. Give vision for children's ministry 2. Offer practical training 3. Minister refreshing and healing to the teachers 4. Bring unity to the children's teachers of the city 5. Evangelize children through a city-wide children's rally (following the seminar) Determining Factors in Planning the Seminar: 1. Education (or lack) of the participants (village people sometimes cannot read handouts or may not know how to use art supplies) 2. Number of people who will attend. 3. Ages. 4. Size of facility. 5. Hours allowed (1 evening, 5 evenings, all day, etc.). 6. Curfew or hours the transportation stops. 7. Average years teaching experience of the participants. 8. Spiritual level: Saved? Filled with the Spirit? 9. Equipment available: Tables & chairs Overhead projector CD player, TV/VCR Keyboard & Sound Equipment Flannel board Whiteboard Puppet stage 10. Photocopying available? 11. Visual making supplies available?: Scissors Rulers Flannel Crayons Markers Cloth for puppets Felt Pellon 12. Is there time for advanced preparation of the visuals? 13. Is there a local Bookstore that could sell visuals at the seminars? 14. Visual lesson patterns can be displayed, photocopies ordered, and money paid in advance. 15. Denominational diversity­ They may be from one kind of church or from several different denominational groups. 16. No matter what you have planned, allow time for God to move! 17. Know the teaching and ministry gifts of each team member. 18. Are there qualified local teachers who should also teach? 19. Are there interpreters available for the number of hours planned?

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20. Do you have supplies to give? Each individual? Each church?: Gospel bracelets handouts pens red felt cross name tags Pellon pieces, red felt cross and brown felt for the 2 Roads lesson Medium size Wordless books Black and white hearts glued together and pellon for the Sin Bearer lesson Simple sewn hand puppet with a baggie containing yarn for hair, buttons for eyes, red felt for mouth, piece of cloth for a garment, and a needle and thread Ribbons and streamers Piece of blue flannel to make a flannel board Plastic carry bag ($1.50 U.S. from Language Recordings) 21. Hand-outs to give: Scriptural Basis How to Lead a Child to Christ How to Minister the Baptism Teacher's Checklist Methods Scripture Memorization 22. Visual Patterns to give: 2 Roads Holy Spirit Dove Lesson Wounded Heart Lesson Luke 11 5 Things

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SAMPLE OUTLINE FOR A 20 HOUR TEACHERS SEMINAR DAY 1

Hour 1 · Registration and name tags · Welcome · Participants meet each other · Introduce team · Personal testimony of involvement in Children's Ministry · Use Children's songs in Praise and Worship Hour 2 · Sample Children's Meeting (Salvation Theme): - Songs - Memory Verse - Lesson - Story - Object Lesson - Prayer Break · Be ready with a short game! Hour 3 · The Worth of a Child · Pray for those who have believed a lie about themselves or children Hour 4 · Matthew 18 / Evangelize Children · Show video about the need · Wordless Book and Gospel Bracelet · Teach, give and practice . Give an assignment to tell the gospel bracelet at home · Give a Salvation invitation for the teachers (if He leads). · Jesus, Our Sin Bearer Lesson · Red Felt Cross Lesson · Practice Break · Be ready with a short game! Hour 3 · 5 Things Lesson · Wounded Heart Lesson · Minister Inner Healing Hour 4 · Sample Children's Meeting (Holy Spirit Theme): - Songs - Memory Verse - Lesson - Story - Object Lesson - Prayer

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DAY 2

Hour 1 · Welcome · Testimonies of Wordless Book assignment · Praise and Worship · How to Lead a Child to Christ Hour 2 · 2 Roads Lesson

Hour 1 · Welcome · Testimonies · Praise and Worship · Praise and Worship Visuals Hour 2 · Holy Spirit Lesson Part I and Part II Break · Be ready with a short game! Hour 3 · Video: Jesus Will Use The Children · Holy Spirit Lesson Part III · Luke 11 Lesson · Show pictures of children · Pray for those who need to be baptized in the Spirit. Hour 4 · Revival Stories · Pray for Revival

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· Welcome · Testimonies · Praise and Worship · How to Plan for One Hour Hour 2 · Methods: 10 minutes each - Puppetry - Drama - Objects - Drawing - Storytelling - Memory Verse Ideas Break · Be ready with a short game! Hour 3 · Make Holy Spirit Visual Lesson

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· Hour 4 · · Continue making Holy Spirit Visual Lesson

DAY 5

Hour 1 · Welcome · Testimonies · Praise and Worship Hour 2 · Video of Holy Spirit moving among children Break · Be ready with a short game! Hour 3 · Leading Children in the Supernatural - Prayer - Gifts of the Spirit - Songs of the Lord Hour 4 · Prayer for: - Revival - The Lost Children - Laborers - Etc. · Closing ceremony (Speech, Prayer, Certificate, etc.)

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These topics can easily be changed according to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Each day during Praise and Worship Introduce a new praise method: flags, streamers, signworship, tambourine movements, etc. Be ready to insert games or songs when the people are weary. Show love for the whole Body of Christ. Be careful to include all participants. If some are illiterate, be sensitive to their needs. Team members must stay focused, be prepared and keep praying. Be friendly to the participants during the Break Times (don't stay with the team) Get names and addresses of the participants. When there are not enough supplies for each person, give a packet to each church. Expect a Spiritual breakthrough each day! A Children's Rally could be announced for the day after the seminar, using some of the newly trained teachers. It is good to give a special gift to the host pastor (Story of Jesus felt set $20.00 or a Puppet $5.00 or any other felt lesson.) Take a photo of the host pastor and family. Take photos of spiritual breakthroughs in such a way as to not interrupt what Holy Spirit is doing. (Appoint one person to do this)

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The Child

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THE CHILD

by Gwen Davis

1. Believes easily a. Dependent, trusting (Matthew 18) b. Natural attitude of trust (Proverbs 3:5) 2. Sensitive conscience a. Sin troubles them (Ecclesiastes 12:1) b. Live in a world of absolutes -- right and wrong (I John 3:7-10) c. Admit sin more readily; concept of right and wrong being molded (Proverbs 20:11) 3. Tender heart a. Sensitive to Calvary -- easily convicted by the Holy Spirit 4. Affectionate a. Respond to LOVE -- can show love and affection 5. Fresh outlook -- "see" things for the first time 6. Teachable a. Learn quickly b. Constant learners c. Full of questions and not afraid to ask (Luke 10:21) 7. Good memory -- can memorize easily and remember longer 8. Humble -- they know you know more (Matthew 18:4; I Peter 5:5) 9. Respect and respond to authority -- recognize and want guidelines 10. Forgive easily -- don't hold grudges (Ephesians 4:32) 11. Always hungry -- physically and spiritually 12. Honest without tact -- unsophisticated, tell everything 13. Energetic, zealous, love adventure ("Do it with all their might" Colossians 3:23) 14. Playful -- primary way they develop and learn and develop creativity and problem solving 15. Hero worshipers -- want to follow adult examples 16. Has a long life ahead -- unlimited potential to win others and establish Kingdom 17. Is a joint heir with Christ -- signs follow (Mark 16; Matthew 11:25) 18. Can contribute to the Body (church) (Ephesians 4:16) 19. Minister to God with praise (Matthew 21:12-16) 20. Has power in prayer and wants to pray 21. Can make real decisions for life 22. Unique simplicity -- live, love, laugh, play, and rest without complexity

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UNDERSTANDING CHILDREN

by Mary Burns

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DEFINITION

1. The psychology of children is a study of the laws governing mental growth and development. God has ordained these laws and they should be followed for success.

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DIVISIONS OF CHILDHOOD

1. 2. 3. 4. Infancy: 0-3 years Beginners: 4-5 years Primaries: 6-8 years Juniors: 9-11 years

III. OUR MEASURING YARD

"And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man." (Luke 2:52) 1. Physical 2. Mental 3. Social 4. Emotional 5. Spiritual

IV. SIMILARITIES OF CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 4 AND 14

1. All children have immortal souls. 2. All children are born sinners. 3. All children are born having a measure of faith. 4. All children are teachable. 5. All children are trustful. 6. All children are humble. 7. All children can be reached at an early age. 8. All children respond to love. 9. All children will readily believe truth as well as error. 10. All children respond to proper discipline. 11. All children want to please and do right. 12. All children's concepts of right and wrong are easily molded. 13. All children can and do show genuine love and affection. 14. All children readily believe the Bible to be God's Word. 15. All children are apt at memorizing. 16. All children want to excel, and respond to friendly rivalry. 17. All children respect prayer and love to pray. 18. All children are gripped by illustrations. 19. All children love to sing. 20. All children's emotions are easily stirred. 21. All children are capable of making real decisions. 22. All children are prone to vacillate.

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THE WORTH OF A CHILD

bY Gwen Davis

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VISUAL 1, THE GIFT: EACH CHILD IS A GIFT FROM GOD

1. (Psalm 127:3-5) "Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are the children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate." 2. The Bible says children are: a. A reward b. A heritage c. A blessing 3. Whether or not your parents wanted you or realized your worth, the Father says you are a GIFT--a reward, a heritage, a blessing. Repeat "I am a gift from God" (for teachers).

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VISUAL 2, THE QUIVER: EACH CHILD IS LIKE AN ARROW

1. When a man went to war, he carried as many arrows in his quiver as he could carry. Children are like arrows--the more the better! Like arrows, they need to be trained to walk a straight and narrow path of righteousness and integrity. Their "arrow heads" (spiritual preparation) need to be sharp and ready. The "Mighty Man", in the fullness of time, can shoot them around the world to hit God's strategic target. The man who has a quiver full is BLESSED and SHALL NOT BE ASHAMED. 2. Repeat "I am a gift from God".

III. VISUAL 3, DIFFERENT FACES: EACH CHILD IS PHYSICALLY PLANNED BY GOD!

1. Psalm 139:13-16 "For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them." 2. The Holy Spirit gave David understanding that: a. His physical members were planned in the womb according to God's Big Plan-book. b. He was "fearfully and wonderfully" made--this understanding made David want to "praise the Lord." 3. Father God wants us to know and understand that each one of us were formed in our mother's womb according to God's plan! (Point to each drawing) a. . . . some of us have dark skin, some golden and some of us are very pale b. . . . some of us have brown eyes, and some blue c. . . . some of us have straight hair and some have curly d. . . . some of us are boys and some are girls e. . . . some of us are quiet and some are loud 4. But you know, it is a strange thing. Most of us want to be different. a. If we have dark skin, we try to make it light. b. If we have pale skin, we lay out in the sun to get dark. c. If we have straight hair, we pay to make it curly.

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d. If we have curly hair, we iron it to make it straight. e. Sometimes guys even want to be girls, and girls want to be guys. 5. God wants us to know and understand that HE CREATED US FOR HIS PLEASURE. He likes our skin, nose, eyes, hair, height, etc. We may need to ask him to forgive us for complaining about our bodies. a. If negative words have been spoken to us about the way we look, we may need to break the power of those words with the TRUTH of God's Word. b. Teacher: You may be lead to pray right here to lead to repentance and/or to break the power of negative words and even self-judgment.

IV. VISUALS 4A & 4B,THE EARTH & THE HAND OF GOD & PEOPLE:

1. The Earth Was Created By God (Only show the earth, 3b uncover rest of picture) a. Of course, you know that God created the earth with all of its beautiful flowers, high mountains, vast oceans, variety of birds, fish, and animals. Did you know he was thinking about you even before he created the earth? 2. God Wanted You To Be in His Family a. He had already planned to adopt you into His family through Jesus. b. Read Ephesians 1:4-5 "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will," c. 2 Timothy 1:9 "Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began," 3. Think of it! GOD WANTED YOU to be in His family! He already knew the day you would believe in Jesus!! You were chosen before the foundation of the earth to be in God's family!! If you have never received Jesus into your life, let this be the day!

V. VISUAL 5, DIFFERENT OCCUPATIONS: GOD HAS A PURPOSE AND A DESTINY FOR EACH CHILD FROM THE WOMB

1. Do you think God would carefully plan your physical body and choose to adopt you into His family and then say: "Do what you want. You're on your own."? NO!! He has planted a "seed of destiny" in you a special plan and purpose for your life. a. Maybe He wants you to be a scientist, or a musician, or a mother of many children, or a teacher, or a preacher! Anything is possible because you are HIS SON or HIS DAUGHTER! b. As you learn to listen to His voice and obey, He will lead you step by step into His plan for your life. As you study His word it will wash you clean. Like a diamond has to be found, cleaned, and shaped to reveal its beauty, He will clean and shape you to do His will and reflect His glory. c. Maybe He will give you a dream or a vision about your future. Maybe He will send a prophet to tell you. Maybe He will speak to your heart while you are praying or maybe you won't know His plan for many years. It really doesn't matter. If you follow Jesus closely, He WILL reveal His plan!! 2. These Bible people were "called" before or in their mothers' womb! a. JEREMIAH--Jeremiah 1:5

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ISAIAH--Isaiah 49:1 JACOB--Genesis 25:23 JOHN--Luke 1:13-17 JESUS--Luke 1:30-33 PAUL--Galatians 1:15 ISAAC--Genesis 17:16, 19

GOD HAS A PLAN FOR YOU!!!

The Worth of a Child

This lesson was developed when the author was given 15 minutes to challenge a large charismatic church in Paris, France in 1987 with the vision for children. In prayer, the author received the lesson idea with stick figures. An artist from the local church drew them on transparencies. This lesson, with a drama about Samuel was used to challenge the thinking of the church that Sunday. It has since been used in countless nations to release teachers and children alike, to glimpse their value to God and destiny in Him. Sometimes it is taught with transparencies and sometimes with flashcards. May it be a valuable tool to help you plant the vision for "The Worth of a Child." Gwen Moffat Davis Enlarge each drawing to fit on an 8 1/2" x 11" / 216 x 279mm piece of paper. Trace onto a heavy white paper. Make the gift bright and beautiful. Color the quiver brown and the arrows different colors. Row 1: Color the first three faces different shades. Row 2: Color different colored eyes on the next two faces. Row 3: Color the girl's bow and the boy's tie. Color the land green & the water blue. Color the cross red. Color the hand beige. Color the people black.

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FULL QUIVER

Gwen Davis

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CHILDREN, A CURSE OR A BLESSING?

1. From the beginning man was told to "be fruitful and multiply." Children were seen as gifts from God and a sign of His blessing. God told Abraham, "I will multiply you exceedingly." (Genesis 17:2) 2. Barrenness was considered to be a curse, which only God could break. God broke the barrenness for these women: a. Hannah ( I Samuel 1) b. Sarah (Genesis 17:15-21; 21:1-2) c. Rachel (Genesis 30:1,22,23) d. Samson's Mother (Judges 13:3,8,24-25) e. Elizabeth (Luke 1:7,13,24,57) 3. Humanistic thinking about children today has permeated the global community and even the Church in many nations. Often, children are not seen as human until the actual birth. Parents are taught that they have an obligation to the environmental and economical balance of the world, to carefully plan and produce only one or two children. Permission to abort the "fetus" becomes an obligation to do so for those with "global consciousness." Couples who dare to give birth to four or more children often become the brunt of jokes, sarcastic remarks, and sometimes even anger!

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WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY?

1. Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. (Psa 127:3-5) a. When a man went to war he took as many arrows as his quiver would hold b. They (the parents) shall not be ashamed! 1. Some of the worlds most famous musicians ­ Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann, Wagner, Steinway, Monteverdi, Haydn, Schubert, Mahler, Debussy, and Pablo Casals were all from families of 5 ­ 21 children!!! Several of these were #7, #8, #9, # 11, and #18 in the birth order! 2. The United States of America has selected 30 presidents from families of 4 ­ 12 children! 3. Historical Christian leaders - Dietrich Bonhoffer, Jonathan Edwards, Charles Finney, Dwight Moody, Corrie Ten Boom, John and Charles Wesley, were all from families of 5 ­ 19 children. (With the Wesley brothers being # 14 and #17 of 19 children!!) Their mother, Suzanna Wesley, was # 25 in her family!! It appears that the truth is that creativity and intellect are NOT diminished as the family size increases! It also seems evident that healthy leadership training can occur in large families.

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IV. WHAT SHOULD WE DO?

1. Biblically, Christian couples are to allow Jesus to be the "Lord" of their lives, marriage, and the size of their family. If they are walking in obedience to Jesus, grace and provision will come with each additional child or grace will be given to those who physically can only have one or two. The number of children is not the issue, but the surrender to God's will is. 2. Some experts claim one reason Marxism could never really rule the majority of the hearts in the Soviet Union was because the Baptists and the Pentecostals continued to have large families! " 3. If a couple seem to be barren, they can receive prayer for God's supernatural intervention. Many barren couples have miraculously conceived after prayer. Others, for reasons unknown, are unable to have "birth" children, but have generously adopted entire families of needy children. His loving will should be our desire. 4. As they nurture the faith and life of Jesus in each child, the child apprehends His destiny in God! If all Christian families yielded to the Father's will and trained their children to do so, in less than a generation we would have godly, trained professionals to serve in every area of society and anointed leaders in the Church. Missionaries would be thrust like "arrows" to the unreached peoples of the earth. 5. May God grant us His vision, purpose and plan for our families and the extension of His Kingdom in earth!!!

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WE RECOMMEND:

1. A Full Quiver, by Rick and Jan Hess, Wolgenmuth & Hyatt Publishers, USA, © 1989. 2. How to Raise Children of Destiny, by Dr., Patricia Morgan, Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., © 1994 3. Above Rubies Magazine, P.O. Box 52444, Lafayette, Louisiana 70505, USA

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Friends of Latter Rain Ministries and International Childrens Ministry Institute

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CHILDREN LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE

If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn. If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight. If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy. If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty. If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient. If a child lives with encouragement, he learns confidence. If a child lives with praise, he learns to appreciate. If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice. If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith. If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself. If a child lives with acceptance and friendship, he learns to find love in the world. -Dorothy Law Nolte

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LEARNING THROUGH THE SENSES

by Dr. Mary Campbell

It is indisputably accepted that the involvement of more than one sense in a learning situation greatly increases the ability of the student to remember the new information. Statistics tell us that we only remember 10% of what we hear but 90% of what we do or experience. Surely, as Christian educators, our task of teaching and motivating others is of paramount importance. Our desire is to change attitudes and actions thus often redirecting young lives. We need to use every effort to capture our student's enthusiasm and interest. By encouraging learning through the senses, we can make Bible Truths come to life in the classroom. Attached are some suggestions that have proven successful for us. They are not meant to be an exhaustive resource but rather should only wet your appetite and open the door of your own imagination!

OLD TESTAMENT

Story 1. Creation Explanation This can be divided into several lessons. Clay in an unshaped lump is the earth before creation. Then display the globe. Children can feel both. The flashlight shining on the globe becomes the sun. The leaves and fruit can be passed around as the days of creation are explained. For snack time, the fruit is eaten. Handicraft time, the clay is used to make animals or Adam. Very young children will enjoy making a ball which represents the earth. 2. Creation of Rib bone, clay Take a rib bone to class and have the child pass Eve it around. Explain that God formed Eve from a similar bone. After the lesson the children can make "bones" out of clay. 3. Garden of Fruit, leaves, Children look at fruit as teacher explains how Eve Eden, Adam knife for slicing was tempted. They smell it, notice it's beautiful and Eve's fruit color, etc. Leaves are shown to show how Adam Disobedience and Eve dressed to hide from God. Fruit is eaten for snack. Leaf rubbings are done for handwork. 4. Curse of Rose with Explain that After Adam and Eve sinned a curse sin on the thorns, weeds was placed upon the earth. This is why we have earth weeds and thorns on roses. The children can smell the rose and touch the thorns. 5. Tower of Blocks Demonstrate the building of the tower while telling Babel (preferably light the story. Afterward, the children can build it. cardboard type) 6. Noah & the Toy animals, Many toy stores have toy arks. The children love Ark ark seeing them and playing with them after the story. Items Needed Globe, flashlight, fruit, leaves, clay, knife for slicing fruit Senses Envolved Hearing, sight, touch, taste & smell

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Story 7. Queen Esther

8. Jonah and the great fish

9. Daniel in the Lion's Den

10. Jacob at Bethel

Items Needed Explanation Crown and cape A cardboard crown and covered in foil and a cape are great attention getters for this story. At Halloween times, a "princess" costume can usually be easily located for a very economical price at a variety store. Have a girl stand nearby as the story is told. Place the crown and cape on her as Esther becomes queen! Paper, crayons, Relate the story of Jonah's disobedience and flight hole punch, from God's will. Explain that God created a great string, fish to swallow Jonah. Show pictures of various pictures of colors and species of fish and speculate as to what different colors color and shade the fish might have been. After and species of the story have the children prepare fish mobiles. fish Fold sheets of butcher paper, putting a small rolled piece of masking tape between the sheets. Have the children draw, color and cut out their fish, then turn it over and color the other side. Staple the edges together and stuff with crumbled newspaper. Finish by punching a hole in the top fin and add string. Tape recorder Relate the story of Daniel and his faithfulness to of lions roaring the Lord. As you discuss the terrible death penalty (you can record of being thrown into a den of hungry lions, play the real animals tape recording. After the lesson, the children can at the zoo or make lion faces of paper plates. Strips of paper get a great from an old yellow pages phone directory can be impersonator), fringed and glued on to thin paper plates. paper, scissors, crayons, glue or paste Large stones, Jacob had deceived his brother and was fleeing ladder when he stopped to spend the night at Bethel. He used stones for a pillow. Show the stones to the children and ask them if they think a stone would be a comfortable pillow. Then show the children the ladder and tell them about the dream Jacob had that night of angels ascending and descending a ladder. The children can touch the stones and ladder.

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Story Items Needed 11. Jacob and Heavy veil or Rachel lace table cloth

12. Isaac and Rebecca

Large pitcher, golden earring, 2 bracelets

13. Joseph's coat of many colors

Colorful jacket or quilt (may use a paper coat) and dip in catsup, food coloring, finger paint, etc. 14. David and Simple sling of Goliath leather strip and 5 small stones, picture of armor 15. Elijah: Pot of meal, Healing of bowls or small deadly potpaper cups, tage ladle and spoon

Explanation Tell the beautiful love story about how Jacob so loved Rachel that he worked 7 years for her. Then after the marriage he discovered that he had married the wrong girl. Wrap a child in the heavy veil then show amazement when the veil is removed. The children can also role play by themselves after the initial presentation. Tell the story of Abraham sending his servant in search of a bride for Isaac. Emphasize the servant's concern for God's perfect will and direction in the selection. Show the large pitcher as you describe Rebecca coming to draw water and her willingness to draw for the camels. Show the earrings and bracelets as you describe how joyfully the servant greeted her when he realized who she was, etc. The children can pass the objects around and/or role play. Show the beautiful jacket as you tell the story of Jacob's love for Joseph and the coat of many colors that he gave him. Demonstrate how his brothers were jealous of him and sold him into slavery while dipping the coat in blood and telling their father that they had found it.

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16. Mephibosheth 17. A barrel of meal (Elijah & the widow)

Show the type of sling David used to kill Goliath. If possible, contrast the armor worn by a giant. Emphasize that GOD won the battle not David. David used Goliath's own sword to kill Goliath. May use a crock pot or popcorn popper. Have it filled with soup. Tell how the soup was poisoned accidentally by a poison plant but Elijah tossed in some meal and it was healed. After tossing in the meal and stirring let the children eat the soup. (Tomato soup can be poured in little cups and eaten without needing spoons.) Crutch Explain how David showed kindness to poor Mephibosheth who was crippled. Then children will enjoy practicing walking with crutch. Sticks, Tell the story of the poor widow who was gathering cornbread meal, sticks to make her last meal of cornbread before barrel (canister) starving. When she obeyed the Prophet and made him a cake first, her barrel never ran out. Have enough cornbread for each child to taste.

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Story Items Needed 18. OppresBricks, clay, sion of the straw, mud, children of Is- whip rael in Egypt

Explanation Tell about how the children of Israel were trying to make bricks with only mud and they were punished. Show bricks and demonstrate how difficult it must have been to mold mud. For handicraft the children can make bricks from clay. 19. Moses Fan, strips of Tie strips of yellow, orange and red tissue to small and the burn- colored paper, fan. Turn it on to create a fluttering fire. Talk ing bush tissue, candles about Moses astonishment at seeing the burning bush and how he removed his shoes because he was on holy ground. 20. Baby Pan of water, Demonstrate how Moses was set afloat by his Moses smaller pan, mother by floating the tiny doll in the pan. His tiny doll, tall sister Miriam hid nearby in the tall weeds to watch weeds over him. The children enjoy putting their fingers in the water. 21. Moses' Rods, toy Explain how God caused Moses' staff to turn into a rod snakes snake when he threw it down and how the Egyptians attempted to imitate this. The toy snakes thrown on the floor will captivate your audience! 22. Plagues in Clear dish of Tell the story of God's deliverance through the Egypt water, red food plagues. Use a Pyrex or transparent plastic bowl of coloring, frogs water and squeeze a few drops of food coloring into (real or toy), rod it after placing the rod above it. This represents the water changing into blood. It can be done on an overhead projector for a large group. Just set the clear bowl directly over the lighted area. A toy or real frog emphasizes the plague of frogs. 23. Moses & Jewels or old Discuss with the children how the Egyptians gave exodus from jewelry jewels to the Israelites when they left Egypt. Let Egypt the children pass the jewels around 24. Red Sea Pan, thin plastic In an oblong sheet cake pan, prepare a divider parting wrap, Jell-O, of foil. Use two long sheets of plastic wrap and foil let them extend beyond the foil divider. Fill the pan with green jell-o. After it sets, remove the foil. While telling the story of the parting of the Red Sea, pull the jell-o apart by pulling the plastic wrapper. The children can see how the Israelites walked across on dry land. The children can eat the jell-o for snack time.

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Story 25. Manna from Heaven

Items Needed Popcorn, sheet or tablecloth

26. Spies in the promised land 27. Walls of Jericho

28. Rahab

29. Sodom and Gomorrah 30. The Brazen Serpent

Explanation Stress how God took care of His people during their wandering in the wilderness and even sent manna from Heaven. It fell from Heaven and the people gathered it each day. Spread a clean sheet or cloth on the floor and toss the popcorn "manna" into the air. After it has fallen, let each child gather a few pieces and eat it. Large grapes Tell the story of the twelve spies who went to Canaan to spy out the land. Show the grapes and talk about the beautiful grapes they brought back. These make a tasty snack also. Large blocks Form a wall of cardboard boxes. Demonstrate or cardboard how the children of Israel walked around the city boxes, trumpet each day for 7 days; then the 7th day they marched 7 times. Play the trumpet and push down the wall (or let the children help) to show how God made the walls fall down. Red string or Explain how Rahab protected the Israelite spies yarn when they were in Jericho and God protected her when the city fell. She tied a red string in her window and the children of Israel knew to spare her. Tie the thread on a chair and bring the correlation between the string providing safety and the blood of Jesus providing salvation for us. Sparkler or flash A fireworks sparkler can demonstrate how God paper, block of rained fire and brimstone on this wicked city. The salt block of salt illustrates Lot's wife turning into a pillar of salt. Let the children taste the salt. Pole, toy snake Roll a toy snake or roll of newspaper in brass covered in brass colored foil to show how God provided a remedy colored foil, for the curse of fiery serpents. The children can glue, popsicle make their own by wrapping a pipe cleaner in foil sticks and placing it on the pole made of popsicle sticks.

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Story 1. Wiseman 2. John the Baptist Items Needed Perfume, jewels, coins Honey Explanation Show gifts that the wisemen brought to Jesus. Let the children handle gifts, smell perfume, etc. Let the children pass around a jar of honey as you explain that John ate honey as recorded in the Bible. They can smell it and each one can dip his finger in the honey and taste it. Discuss the little boy who shared his dinner with Jesus. Break the bread and fish and feed to the children. While telling the story of how Jesus was anointed with the sweet smelling ointment, spray the perfume into the air. Show the children the concern this man's friends had in bringing him to Jesus. They carried him to the roof of a house and let him down. When discussing the fact that Jesus said he would take care of us and meet our needs, show the flower when referring to the scripture about the beauty of the flowers and how God clothes them so beautifully. If possible have enough flowers so that each child can look closely at one. (Wild flowers gathered on the way to church are perfect for this) Hold up the bird when discussing the fact that God is even concerned about each sparrow. Darken the room and light a candle to show the difference one light can make. (If candles are against the fire code in your situation, use a small flash light.) When the children actually see and handle a vine they realize that the branches of a vine are an integral part. Show the ragged clothes that poor blind Bartimaeus wore as he sat begging. A tattered old man's shirt is ideal. Slip on the shirt and become the beggar as you tell the story. Afterwards, the children love role playing. Have the emblems there as you present the story of the last supper. You may wish to partake of communion afterwards.

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3. Loaves and Small basket, 5 fishes biscuits, 2 fish sticks 4. Alabaster Perfume box of ointment 5. Man with Doll on palsy stretcher (may tape receiving blanket to 2 dowel rods) 6. Sermon Flowers, on the mount decorative bird (Matt. 6:2534)

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7. Ye are the light of the world (Matt. 5:14-16) 8. Christ the Vine 9. Blind Bartimaeus

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Story 11. Jesus washes the feet of the disciples 12. Crucifixion

Explanation The humility of Jesus is realized more fully when the children actually contemplate washing someone else's feet. Some may actually want to do so. This makes a lasting impression. Thorns, whip, Let the children see and touch these things. They large nails, may even want to taste the vinegar. The suffering vinegar Christ is more easily understood when touching 3 inch long thorns or holding a large nail in hand. 13. Peter de- Cock crowing You may have to imitate a rooster or find someone nies Christ recorded on tape else who can. This is very effective when telling recorder the story and captures the children's attention 14. Resurrec- Paper mache Mold chicken wire covered with brown grocery tion tomb bags dipped in stiff starch makes an excellent tomb. Make 2 weeks ahead to give plenty of time to dry. Add touches of dark brown or black spray paint. The children love to see it and could even go inside if it is large enough. 15. Philip and Chariot (box The box chariot keeps the children's attention the Ethiopian with paper plate while telling the story. They love to sit in it and Eunuch wheels role play the story afterward. 16. Peter and Crutch A crutch that represents the crippled man is John at Gate effective. They enjoy hobbling around with it and Beautiful pretending to be the crippled man.

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CHILD DEVELOPMENT

by Gwen Davis

The wholesome development of a child is influenced by many factors:

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PHYSICAL

1. He is dependent on adults for his basic physical needs: a. Cleanliness b. Nutrition c. Proper sleep d. Affectionate physical touch 2. Actual physical characteristics are basically hereditary, but also influenced by proper nutrition.

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1. A child's first learning is from his surroundings. 2. His impressions become thoughts and he learns information, names and facts. 3. He may learn better through one of these ways: a. Listening b. Touch and movement c. Visual information 4. His first years only enable him to grasp concrete specific information. Gradually he begins to understand abstract thinking. 1. Each child is created with a yearning to be loved. 2. Each child has a capacity to respond to affection. 3. A child deprived of healthy emotional stimulation is adversely affected in his ability to respond with natural, free expressions. 1. He grows from dependence to independence. 2. His personal identity is formed by: a. How his family sees him. b. How his friends see him. c. How he sees himself. 3. Family, School, Church, and community rules give guidance in acceptable "social" conduct.

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SPIRITUAL

1. Every person is created with a inner knowing that there is a God and a longing to know Him. 2. Family and religious influences determine the basic understanding of "Who God is" and "How to please Him". 3. He is very easily influenced be good or evil in the spirit realm. a. He easily trusts and responds to God's Holy Spirit of love and peace. b. He, likewise, can respond to demonic presence and occultic oppression with fear and restlessness. 4. He can learn basic concrete concepts about God. 5. He can be convicted of sin and release his faith in Jesus at a very early age.

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Child Development Chart

Many churches divide children into classes based on their age and development. Terms often used are: · Babies (Infants) 0-1 year · Toddlers 2-3 years · Beginners 4-5 years · Primary 6-8 years · Juniors 9-11 years It is important that teachers have a basic understanding of the general attributes of each level of child development. Other manuals offer more detailed studies and it is recommended that the teacher avail himself of these studies. Ages Infants 0-1 year Physical · Grows quickly · Sleeps a lot in first months · Teeth appear · Eye/hand coordination (6 months) · Crawls/walks · Potty training Mental · Canimitate expressions (0-6 months) · Memory lasts up to 10 days (12 months) · Very short attention span · Learns through their 5 senses · Can listen to active lesson 10 minutes Very active · Vocabulary: Needs rest 300+ words Likes to explore, · Learns best in crawl, climb small groups Limited motor · Likes rhyme & control rhythm Big muscles need · Likes puppets to move · Likes action songs · Likes short stories · Likes repetition · Likes musical instruments · 3 yr. old­ very good memory · Literal minded Social 0-6 months · Coos · Can recognize voices · Gradually begins to say words · Wave "bye" · Vocabulary increases · Imitates sounds Spiritual · Can sense the love & peace of God · Can respond to Holy Spirit anointing · Can be adversely affected by evil spirits

Toddlers 2-3 years

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Likes attention Emotions change quickly Doesn't want to share Begins to enjoy playing with others

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Thinks of God as a real person Needs to feel God's love in his teacher Learns to give Understands that the Bible is God's book Learns through nature

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Ages Physical Beginners · Growing rapidly 4-5 years · Tires easily · Constantly active · Needs to move large muscles · Lacks small muscle coordination · Wants to do things for himself

Primary 6-8 years

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Mental · Asks "how?", "why?" · Likes books, pictures, and recorded stories · Learning to think beyond "now", but still limited in concept of time · Has a good imagination · Can memorize short verses Over-active, with · Thinks literally jumping, run· Beginning to ning, tumbling, read wrestling · Likes to learn Tires easily · Can memorize Because of · Short attention uneven physical span growth, he can · Asks many quesbe susceptible tions to contagious · Rapidly growing diseases vocabulary Needs varied · Uses sensory activities skills Rate of growth is · Learns by expeslowing down rience, "doingage" Abounding activ- · Varied interests ity · Improved readBegins physical ing comprehenchanges sive skills Girls physically · High memorizaahead of boys tion ability Fine muscle · An investigator development · Works indepenNoisy dently Generally · Tends to see healthy right/wrong and Ready for no in between "camp" experi· Creative ence

Social · Enjoys small group play · Learning to take turns · Must be reminded about rules · Wants to please the teacher

Spiritual · Likes active songs with simple messages · Can be taught to pray · Has simple faith · Believes for the supernatural · Understands willful disobedience · Can be saved · Can be filled with the Holy Spirit · Can worship · · · · · · · · Can be saved Can be filled with Holy Spirit Enjoys missionary stories Can learn to pray Understands basic truths of scripture Understands sin and consequences Can worship Can minister in song, sign language, flags, and laying on of hands Can be saved and filled with Holy Spirit Can worship Can study Bible by topics Needs guidance Can be aware of their "calling" Can be involved in ministry: evangelism, missions, worship team, intercession team, drama/puppets laying on of hands, servanthood, Gifts of the Spirit

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Self-centered Demands attention Imitates "Group player" Has best friend Prefers competitive activities Likes to pretend Overly sensitive to criticism Combined solo/ group activities

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Collects things "Hero worship" Aware of what is popular & current Shows off skills Plays active games Quick tempered Loves jokes Highly competitive Desires independence Good sense of self worth Peer pressure

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Joseph 17 Years Old Genesis 37 Received revelation in a dream, patient, faithful, delivered his family... Miriam Young Girl Exodus 2:4-7 Obedient to her parents, loyal to her brother, quick to repent, anointed in worship... David Young Man I Samuel 16:18 Worshipped in solitude, exercised his faith to kill the lion and the bear, faithful, bold, etc... Mary Young Teen Luke 1:38 Counted the cost, obeyed God, began to operate in the prophetic... Josiah 7 Years Old 2 Chronicles 24:12 Destined by God to rule... Namaan's Servant Girl Young Girl 2 Kings 5:1-14 Faithful to her God, had faith, was bold to declare the answer... Samuel Young Boy 1Samuel 1 & 2 Submissive, faithful, could be trusted by God... Esther Young Teen Esther 2:20 Submissive and loyal to her uncle, did not love her own life... Daniel & 3 Hebrews Young Men Daniel 1:4-9,17,20 Feared God more than men, did not love their own lives... 48

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CHILDREN & YOUTH USED BY GOD IN THE BIBLE

GUIDELINES FOR DISCIPLINE

THE TEACHER SHOULD:

1. BE FAIR A child has a great sense of fairness; and will build up hostility toward his authority if he thinks he has been treated unfairly. Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. (John 7:24) Provoke not your children to anger, lest they become discouraged. (Colossians 3:21) 2. BE CONSISTENT For precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little. (Isaiah 28:10) 3. BE FIRM Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief; for that is unprofitable for you. (Hebrews 13:17) We must assume the God-given authority that has been delegated to us. We are responsible to God for our children, and one day must give an account for their souls. 4. BE LOVING These things I command you that you love one another. (John 15:17) Love is the real key to proper discipline. True love is doing what is best for those we love. 5. BE PATIENT AND LONG-SUFFERING Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering . . . (Colossians 3:12-13a) Remember, you are dealing with an immature mind. Progress may seem slow at times; but maturity will come. 6. BE ORDERLY Let all things be done decently and in order. (I Corinthians 14:40) Make a schedule to help prevent disorder and confusion. However, don't be legalistically yoked to it. Leave room for variation. 7. TEACH THE CHILD THIS PRINCIPLE: When we do wrong we will be punished . . . Galatians 6:7 says, "whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." When we do right we will be rewarded . . .Psalm 58:11 ­ There is a reward for the righteous. Be sure to praise good behavior. 8. TEACH THE CHILD THE PROTECTION FOUND IN AUTHORITY Teach the child that God who loves us has placed mothers and fathers, teachers and pastors over us to help in guiding our lives and to keep us from being hurt, and show us the right way to live.

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CAUSES OF HOME OR CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE PROBLEMS

I. THE PARENT OR HOME

1. 2. 3. 4. Improper discipline at home Parental fighting Inherited character and personality traits Lack of proper nutrition Solutions: · Visit the home. This can be a real eye opener. Be friendly and observe. By your example lead parents to concern and interest. · Pray for the child and his parents daily.

II.

THE TEACHER

1. Late to class 2. Lack of assuming authority 3. Bad attitude 4. Lack of genuine interest in children 5. Lack of understanding of the child 6. Unfairness 7. Inconsistent discipline 8. Lack of self-control 9. Not using a variety of teaching methods 10. Not having prepared well 11. Not having spent time in prayer on behalf of class 12. Lack of anointing Solutions: · Secure more and better lighting · Secure fans, open or shut windows, etc. · Speak to those making the noise or distractions. When possible, Rearrange the room and move farther away from the noise. · Move to a larger room if possible · Rearrange seating

III. THE ROOM

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Poor lighting Poor ventilation Noise and distraction Overcrowding Poor seating

IV. THE CHILD

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Basic personality difficulties Physical disabilities Emotional or mental problems Spiritual problems Rebellion

Solutions: · Provide guidelines (do's and don'ts) let the children know what you expect from them · Praise him when praise is due, never reward misbehavior · Move children (gang) boys and (giggling) girls · Love them for Christ's sake

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DISCIPLINE AND REBELLION

by Floyd & Sue Rice

HOW TO RECOGNIZE REBELLION 1. Crying unnecessarily 2. Yelling or screaming 3. Pouting 4. Whining and begging 5. Pretending not to hear 6. Stomping or kicking 7. Slamming doors 8. Throwing objects 9. Refusing to obey 10. Going to other parent to get one's way 11. Pushing the parent away 12. Resisting by a stiff body 13. Resisting by a limp body 14. Throwing a tantrum on the floor 15. Smart mouth or sassing back 16. Threatening a parent 17. Being sullen, snarly, murmuring 18. Making nasty facial expressions 19. Being stubborn or bull-headed 20. Doing the opposite of what they were told 21. Refusal to answer or speak

PARENTAL EXCUSES NOT TO DISCIPLINE 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. It wasn't all the child's fault He's not old enough to spank He's just tired We're not in our own home He's teething or not feeling well He's just copying the older children I'm raising my children like my father and mother did me 8. It's something he will outgrow 9. They're too old to change 10. I have this weak area in my life 11. I made a mistake 12. I have this bad habit 13. My child has a spirit or demon 14. I've already spanked him or her so many times today 15. I can just talk to my children 16. I've been tough enough, I'll give them a break 17. Fear of losing the child 18. It's different in my culture 19. My child's hyperactive 20. My wife (or husband) takes care of it

SCRIPTURES ON DISCIPLINE & REBELLION 1. Proverbs 19:20 2. II Timothy 3:15-17 3. Deuteronomy 6:1-2 4. Deuteronomy 11:21 5. Proverbs 22:6 6. James 3:3 7. I Samuel 4:21 8. Genesis 21:14 9. Genesis 37:30 10. Genesis 34:5 11. Proverbs 22:6 12. Proverbs 13:24 13. Proverbs 23:13 14. Proverbs 23:14 15. Proverbs 29:17 16. I Samuel 3:14 - 4:11 17. I Samuel 2:11 18. I Samuel 8:1-9 19. II Samuel 20. I Samuel 15:23 21. Deuteronomy 21:18-21 22. I Samuel 15:23 23. Proverbs 29:15 24. Psalm 78:8 25. John 14:15 26. Proverbs 3:11-12 27. Ephesians 6:4 28. Job 36:5, 10, 11 29. Proverbs 10:13 30. Proverbs 19:18 30. James 5:12 31. Genesis 18:19

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DISCIPLINE AT HOME AND CHURCH

by Gwen Davis

I. (PROVERBS 22:6) TRAIN UP A CHILD IN THE WAY HE SHOULD GO: AND WHEN HE IS OLD, HE WILL NOT DEPART FROM IT.

1. "Train" a. Give complete, clear instructions b. Show them how to do it c. Watch them do it d. They do it e. Repeat. Remind. Correct . . . until the principle is there naturally

2. "Way he should go" a. God's . . . by example, by instruction, by experience b. Particular, individual . . . develop his particular talents and gifts to prepare him for his "calling"

II. (EPHESIANS 6:4) AND, YE FATHERS, PROVOKE NOT YOUR CHILDREN TO WRATH: BUT BRING THEM UP IN THE NURTURE AND ADMONITION OF THE LORD.

1. "Nurture" a. Nature of God: Perfect love and justice b. Children need: Love and Discipline = Security c. Unconditional love and acceptance and understanding d. Physical nurture = needs play e. Emotional nurture = hugs, eye contact, praise f. Spiritual nurture = know God's love and grow in grace

2. "ADMONITION" a. Discipline b. Training to act in accordance with rules (proper conduct) c. Train by instruction d. Correction for disobedience e. Training to obey principles of the Kingdom f. Training to be His ambassadors g. Training to be led by the Spirit and to deny the flesh h. Training to obey parents and those in authority i. Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord (Colossians 3:20)

III. HOW TO HAVE GOOD CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE

1. The way to be: a. Be Loving- Have the children's interest at heart (John 15:7) b. Be confident- Some will take advantage of weakness c. Be concerned- Take a personal interest in the children (I John 1:4, 2:1, 5:21) d. Be Clear- Establish a few, orderly, clear, reasonable rules (1 Cor. 14:40)

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e. Be fair- Children have a well developed since of justice (John 7:24, Col 3:21) · understand special times of need · understand excitement of holidays, etc. · don't show partiality f. Be consistent- This is vital to earn trust and respect (Isaiah 28:10) g. Be firm from the beginning (Hebrews 13:17) h. Be patient (Colossians 3:12-13a) i. Be encouraging- Give praise for anything positive that is true j. Be inclusive- Involve children 2. When he blatantly disobeys after a warning: a. Talk to him individually · He must tell you what he did wrong · Help him to see it from God's view b. Punish (as allowed by the church), time out, take to parents, etc. c. Pray, forgive, and love d. Explain the protection of God's authority

IV. (HEBREWS 12:5-9) RESULTS IN THE CHILD

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Confidence Peace (Is 54:13) Christ-like Respect for elders Favor at school and on the job (people will want to be around him) Fear of the Lord will give him wisdom

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CHURCH LEADERS

1. (1Timothy 3:4) Bishops must have their children in subjection with all gravity 2. (Titus 1:6) Bishop has faithful children 3. Eli did not train his sons: a. (1Samuel 2:12) They knew not God b. (1Samuel 2:23) Scolded them, but did not enforce his word c. (1Samuel 2:29) Eli honored his sons above the Lord d. (1Samuel 3:13) God's judgment ­ Eli did not restrain them

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WHEN THE ENEMY SHALL COME IN LIKE A FLOOD (AGAINST OUR CHILDREN) (Isaiah 59:19b)

I. II. ABORTION HOME

1. We allow the murder of 1 unborn baby each 15 seconds in the U.S.A. 1. In 1982, 331,000 children were reported child abuse victims -- cords, sticks, fists, hot irons, etc. 2. Each year, more than 1,000,000 under age 14 run away from home -- many end up in prostitution. 3. About ½ the children of divorced parents suffer depression and a significant decline in school performance. 4. Many homes never read God's Word and pray together. 5. 2 out of 3 black babies are born out of wedlock. 55% of these babies will grow up with only one parent and 40% will grow up on welfare. 6. Only 39% of children born in 1988 will live with both parents until their 18th birthday. 7. ½ of all marriages end in divorce. 8. In 3 out of 5 divorce cases, children are involved. 9. 18 months after a divorce, 65% of the children involved will suffer severe emotional, physical, and/or social problems. 10. On the average, parents spend 15 minutes a week in meaningful dialogue with their children. 11. Parents' authority is often undermined by the TV shows and music videos because fathers and mothers are portrayed as oppressive, uncool, and boring. 12. 8.6 millions single parent families in 1989. 13. More than 25% of all families are headed by a single parent. 14. There are an estimated 3 million homeless, 52% of these are within families. 1. Humanism (man-centered religion) has replaced Christianity as the basis for education. 2. National pride and loyalty is derided, while a one-world government is promoted in many textbooks. 3. Moral views of parents are frequently undermined as being outdated and narrow. 4. The major goal of sex education is how to enjoy sex without having a baby or feeling guilty. 5. Major offenses in our schools: rape, robbery, assault, burglary, drug/alcohol abuse, arson, bombings, murder. 6. 17% of American teachers live in fear of physical violence. 7. Every month, 12% of teachers are threatened with violence. 8. Conflict, confrontation, and courage have replaced the three R's in many of the nation's schools. 9. In a high school values clarification class, every single student thought it foolish to return to the owner a purse they found containing $1,000. 10. ½ of all violent crimes against teenagers occur in school buildings or on school grounds (one every 6 seconds).

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IV. SEX

1. Twelve to fifteen million Americans have experienced incest -- average victim's age is 8. 2. Every hour, 46 teens have an abortion. 3. 1 out of every 10 teenage girls becomes pregnant each year. 4. More than ½ of white girls and ¾ of black girls become sexually active before the age of 18. 5. Teen pregnancy has risen 621% since 1940. a. More than 1,000,000 teenage girls get pregnant each year. b. 85% of teenage boys who impregnate girls will eventually abandon them. c. There are as many as 25 million homosexuals in the U.S. d. 33,000 Americans a day contract a sexually transmitted disease. e. 75% of convicted sex offenders have pornography in their homes or cars.

V.

PORNOGRAPHY

1. Exposure to pornography is the strongest predicator of sexual deviance among young teens. 2. More than 260 porn magazines and videos depict children ages 5-14 in sex acts with children, animals, etc. 1. Lyrics are promoting free sex, rebellion, suicide, Satan worship, drugs, and cannibalism. 2. Teens listen to approximately 18,000 hours of rock music between grades 7-12 (500 hours less than 12 years of school). 3. Music videos have an unending diet of seductive, sexual images. 4. Some rap music encourages rape, aggression, and violence. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. One out of ten high school students "get high" every day. 5% of all teens are daily drinkers. 1/3 of high school seniors get drunk once a week. In the next 30 minutes, 685 teens will become regular drug users. Average age for the first-time drug user is 13. 4 out of 5 of those who eventually become alcoholics begin drinking regularly by the age of 18. 7. Alcohol is involved in: 60% of all violent crimes. 8. Alcohol is involved in: 30% of all suicides. 9. Alcohol is involved in: 80% of all fire and drowning accidents. 10. 13% of 8th graders were alcohol bingers (5 or more drinks at one time). 11. 30% of seniors were alcohol bingers. 12. 44% of U.S. high school seniors have tried an illicit drug. 13. 1 out of 4 families will have an alcohol related family problem. 14. 20% to 45% of the 3 million homeless each year have an alcohol problem. 15. Alcohol related vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death among young people aged 15-24.

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16. ½ of all vehicle traffic deaths are alcohol related. 17. Drunk drivers kill 25,000 people yearly.

VIII.SUICIDE

1. Every 60 minutes, 90 teenagers will attempt suicide. Divorce, working mothers, rock music and lack of church attendance are listed as primary causes. 2. 2nd leading cause of death among adolescents. 3. Has increased 300% since 1950. 1. Between ages 5 and 15, a child sees 13,400 violent deaths on TV. 2. Viewing of one violent act on TV can be recalled and acted out 6 months later by a child. 3. The unreal becomes real and the sins of adultery, murder, blasphemy, lying, homosexuality, etc., become accepted. 4. Children see more than 10,000 murders on TV by the age of 18. 5. The prime time TV is a social agenda which endorses feminism, environmentalism, liberal sexual mores, and championing the victim of social prejudices from racism to homophobia. 6. 2/3 of Hollywood's creative elite believe TV entertainment should play a major role in promoting social reform. 7. Reportedly because of TV, nearly 60% of all adult Americans have never read a single book and most of the rest read only 1 book per year.

IX. TELEVISION

X.

BOOKS

1. Best-selling author Judy Blume's novels explore involvement of children in situations like rape,prostitution, divorce, voyeurism, and homosexuality with no underlying moral tone. 1. It is the stated goal of a leading occultists to have a witch in every school in the U.S. 2. Cartoons on TV increasingly portray powers from occultic sources, as do commercials, videos, video games, etc. 3. Toys and games like "Dungeons & Dragons" introduce children to occultic powers. 4. Of the 2,000,000 children yearly reported missing, many end up in satanist camps for sexual acts/sacrifices. 5. Grisly satanic murders and mass killings are commonplace. 1. More than 36,000,000 children in America NEVER go to church. 2. Many who do attend church are "turned off" by religious forms which deny the power of a living Christ!! 3. Half of college students who call themselves evangelicals thought that premarital sex was okay. 4. 1,485 Christian radio stations in the U.S. 5. 300 Christian television programs 6. 96% "believers in God" 7. 148 million professing Christians 8. 50 of the 55 men who instituted the U.S. Constitution were professing Christians.

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XII. RELIGION

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THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD SHALL LIFT UP A STANDARD AGAINST HIM (Isaiah 59:19b)

I.

(Lam. 4:4) The tongue of the infant cleaves to the roof of its mouth because of thirst; the little ones as for bread; but no one breaks it for them.

CHILDREN ARE SPIRITUALLY HUNGRY

II.

(Lam. 2:19) Arise, cry aloud in the night at the beginning of the night watches; pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord; lift up your hands to Him for the life of your little ones who are faint because of hunger at the head of every street. (Also see Isaiah 37:3b & 66:7, 8)

PRAY FOR THE CHILDREN

III. TEACH THE WORD DILIGENTLY AT HOME

(Deut. 6:5-9) And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words which I am commanding you today shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you lie down and when you rise up. (Also see Isaiah 28:9,10)

IV. ALLOW THE CHILDREN TO COME TO JESUS

(Matt. 18:14) Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish. (Also see Matt. 19:13-15)

V.

(Matt. 21:16b) . . . and Jesus saith unto them, yea; have ye never read, out of the mouths of babes and sucklings thou has perfected praise? Psalm 8:2 says their praise has strength to defeat the enemy.

THE YOUNG CHILDREN TO FREELY WORSHIP GOD

VI. ALLOW THEM TO BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT OF GOD

(Joel 2:28) I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy.

VII. SCRIPTURAL GUIDES FOR STUDY

1. Abortion (Ps. 139:13) 2. Sex (Jas. 4:4; 1 Cor. 5:11; Gal. 5:19-21) 3. Alcohol (Eph. 5:18; Rom. 12:1,2; 1 Cor. 5:11) 4. Home (Mal. 4:6; Eph. 5:22­6:4) 5. Pornography (Matt. 5:28) 6. Suicide (Ex. 20:13) 7. Humanism (Ps. 14:1a; 9:17) 8. Rock Music (Rom. 16:19b; Ps. 149; 150) 9. TV (Ps. 1:1-3; 101:3) 10. Peer Pressure (2 Cor. 6:14-18) 11. Riches (1Jn. 2:15-17) 12. Occult (Deut. 18:10-12) 13. Works of the flesh (Gal. 5:19-21)

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*These statistics are true for the USA, but may not be true of every nation

AGE OF SALVATION PERCENTAGES

86%

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4%

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SCRIPTURE BASIS FOR MINISTRY TO CHILDREN

by G wen Davis

I.

THE WORTH OF A CHILD

1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Gift of God (Psalm 127:3-5) Planned in and before the womb (Psalm 139:13-16) Chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4-5) God has a plan for each life even in the womb (Jeremiah 1:5; Isaiah 49:1) Teach babies (Luke 1:41; Isaiah 28:10) Teach the Word (Deuteronomy 6:6-8; II Timothy 3:15) Train their children (Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 6:4) Discipline their children (Proverbs 13:24; I Timothy 3:4; Hebrews 12:9-11) Impart faith to their children (Hebrews 11:23-27; II Timothy 1:5)

II.

PARENTS ARE TO

III. THE CHURCH MUST

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Evangelize children (Matthew 18:1-14; Genesis 21:17) Minister to their needs (Matthew 19:13-14) Feed them Living Bread (Lamentations 4:4) Recognize the child's place in the Body and allow him to minister (Ephesians 4:16)xzcvxcv Acknowledge the importance of the child's praise to God (Matthew 21:15; Psalm 8:2) Evil abounds (II Timothy 3:1-5) Enemy has come in like a flood (Isaiah 59:19a) Revival promised (Joel 2:28; Acts 2:38-39; Isaiah 59:19b) Must intercede (Lamentations 1:16, 2:11-12, 19; Isaiah 37:3, 66:8; Zechariah 10:1) Spirit will turn hearts of fathers to their children (Malachi 4:6)

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But Jesus said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven." -Matthew 19:14

I.

EVANGELIZE CHILDREN

1. 2. 3. 4.

Mat 18:1-14) It is not God's will that one of these little ones perish (Gen 21:17) God hears the cry of one child (John 3:16) God loves the whole world including every child (Mark 16:15) We are called to preach to each one

II.

LET THEM BE WATER BAPTIZED

1. If they have a good understanding of salvation that is the only requirement 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. (Matthew 28:20) Great commission is for all ages (Amos 8:11) Famine of the Word (Lamentations 4:4) We need to break down the anointed word for the children (Isaiah 54:13) All our children should be taught of the Lord (2 Timothy 3:15) Expose our children to anointed teaching and preaching

III. FEED THEM LIVING BREAD

IV. MINISTER THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TO THEM

1. (Joel 2:28) 2. (Acts 2:38-39) 1. 2. 3. 4.

V.

MINISTER TO NEEDS WITH THE LAYING ON OF HANDS

(Matthew 19:13-15; Mark 10:13-16) Jesus ministered to the children (Mark 16:18) Healing (I Timothy 4:12,14) Confirmation of "calling" Impartation of anointing

VI. ACKNOWLEDGE THE IMPORTANCE OF CHILDRENS PRAISE

1. (Matthew 21:15) God calls it "perfect praise" 2. (Psalm 8:2; 81:1-4, 8, 9) Children's pure praise is strength to defeat the enemy 3. (Jeremiah 31:13) Young men and old men will dance together

VII. RECOGNIZE THE CHILDS PLACE IN THE BODY OF CHRIST AND ALLOW HIM TO MINISTER

1. (Ephesians 1:1; Colossians 1:2) Believing children are "saints" ~ co-heirs with Jesus! 2. (Ephesians 6:1, Colossians 3:20) Paul writes to the "saints" and then addresses the children 3. (Ephesians 4:11-12) The apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are given to perfect the "saints" FOR THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY 4. (Ephesians 4:16) As every part (including the children) of the Body of Christ is effectively working, the Body (the Church) is edified of itself in love

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5. (I Samuel 3:1-15) Train children and youth to hear God's voice 6. (I Corinthians 12:7; Mark 16:17) Allow them to operate in Gifts of the Spirit...prophecy, heal the sick, etc. 7. (Joel 2:28) Young men will see visions! 8. (I Corinthians 12:14-27) Give more abundant honor to the weaker members of the Body

VIII.CARE FOR THE FATHERLESS

1. (James 1:27) "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."

IX. CHURCH LEADERS MUST HAVE WELL TRAINED CHILDREN

1. 1. (Titus 1:6; I Timothy 3:4-5)

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PARENTS RESPONSIBILITY TO CHILDREN

by Gwen Davis

Love God Study God's Word Teach the Word diligently · Babies · Morning and Night · Outside of home · Make it visible in the home Not allow any abomination in the home Not offer your children to other gods Impart pure faith to their children Love their children Train their children in Godliness Give correction for disobedience Testify to children of God's faithfulness Plan for future generations Choose to serve God with your family · Come out of Egypt · Hear & obey & be blessed · God will circumcise your heart & the heart of your child "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

Deut. 6:5 Deut. 6:6, 32:46,47 Deut. 6:7 Isaiah 28:9-10 Deut. 6:7 Deut. 6:7 Deut. 6:9 Deut. 7:26 Isa. 57:5; Jer 32:35; Eze. 23:39; Lev. 18:2125; Deut. 12:31; 18:10-11; 2Kings 16:3; 17:17; 21:6; 2Chron. 33:6 Heb. 11:23-27; 2Tim. 1:5 Titus 2:4 Prov. 22:6; Eph. 6:1-4 Prov. 13:24; 1Tim. 3:4; Heb. 12:9-11 Josh. 4:6,7,22; Ex. 10:2; Deut. 6:20-25; Joel 1:3 Deut. 4:9,10; 29:29; Josh 22:28; Ps 78:5,6; Isa 59:21 "Choose this day" Josh. 24:15a Josh. 24:14 Deut. 6:3; 5:29 Deut. 30:6 Deut. 30:14-20

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CHILDRENS MINISTRY IN THE LOCAL CHURCH

I. THE CHURCH LEADERSHIP:

1. Should have God's heart and vision for the children. 2. Proverbs 29:18 "Where there is no (progressive) vision, the people (children) perish." 3. Should make children a priority. a. Emphasize from the pulpit God's heart for the children b. Provide proper facilities c. Provide finances for supplies 3. Should encourage and support the children's teachers. 4. Should train the parents: a. How to train the children at home b. How to actively support the children's ministry of the church

II. THE CHILDRENS PASTOR (SUPERINTENDENT, DIRECTOR, OR ELDER):

1. Must be called by God and chosen by the church leaders 2. Must understand God's heart for children 3. Must understand the pastor's/leader's desires and goals 4. Must love children 5. Must love the teachers 6. Should have experience teaching children 7. Must be able to organize and lead 8. Should give spiritual oversight to all children's leaders 9. Should love and communicate with parents and families 10. Should develop the church ministry to children a. As the Lord leads b. As helpers are raised up 11. Should be a person of prayer and faith 12. Should not be busy with other church responsibilities

III. CHILDRENS TEACHERS:

1. The Children's Pastor and/or the Church Leadership should recognize that God has chosen the teacher to teach the children. 2. The Teacher must recognize and submit to: a. God's call b. His authority c. His anointing d. The Church Leadership 3. The Teacher should be trained by example, as well as, by instruction. a. He observes anointed children's ministry. b. He serves and assists the more experienced teacher. c. He begins to teach and the experienced teacher observes. d. He assumes the teaching ministry.

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4. The Teacher should: a. Love God d. Live a disciplined life b. Love Children e. Be teachable c. Be of good f. Be humble report

g. Be creative h. Be growing in faith i. Be a person of prayer

IV. TEACHER TRAINING:

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Required for all new teachers Keep the standard high Weekly or monthly meetings or all day seminars Emphasize: Anointing, Excellence, Order, and Unity The training should include: a. Scriptural view of the children b. The teacher's requirements (Teacher's Checklist) c. Short-term and long-range goal of the church d. Child development (see the Child Development section) e. Discipline issues (see the Discipline page) f. Specific training for the particular area of ministry: Sunday School, Girl's Club, Children's Church, etc. g. Experience using different methods (see the Methods section) h. Child Abuse Prevention i. Testimonies from experienced teachers j. Prayer * Audio tapes, videos, manuals, etc. can be used to enhance the training. (See Resource list)

V.

TYPES OF CHURCH MINISTRY TO CHILDREN:

1. Sunday School a. Choose the Supervisor b. Divide the children by age c. Adapt to the available facilities d. Train and appoint the teacher for each age group e. Establish the curriculum according to the church doctrine and vision of the leaders 2. Children's Church a. Form the team of teachers b. Choose the time · After family worship in the adult meeting. · During the entire morning adult meeting. · One evening during the adult meeting. c. Announce the ages of those who may attend · 6 ­ 11 years · 6 ­8 years · 9 ­ 11 years d. Prepare the facility e. Include: · Praise and Worship · Solos · Testimonies

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· The Message from the Word · Memory Verse · Message application (through objects, drama, etc.) · Ministry time f. If time allows, it can also include games, attendance contests, review games, crafts, and small group training classes. 3. Prayer Meetings (Weekly): a. Children are trained to express God's heart in prayer. b. They learn to express His heart in the Gifts of the Spirit. c. They learn to experience the "burden of the Lord" in travail. d. They are open to receiving visions. 4. Whole-Body of Christ 0r "Inter-Generational" Ministry a. Children participate with the teens and adults in worship, learning the Word, and prayer. b. Leaders allow the children to testify, sing, worship, dance, speak, prophesy, lay hands on the sick, etc. c. This can take place in the general meeting and/or in home cell groups. 5. Children in Ministry a. The following teams can be formed and trained to minister IN the church and in OUTREACH to the unreached community: · Prayer Team (Intercession) · Drama Team · Puppet Team · Ministry Team (speaking, teaching and praying for individuals) · Worship Flag Team · Worship Sign Language Team · Worship Interpretive Dance Team · Worship Tambourine Team · Worship Band and Singers · Evangelism Team b. All of these teams must: · Be birthed and maintained by prayer · Have an anointed, committed, trained adult leader · Meet regularly for prayer and practice · Be teachable · Be humble · Be trained to minister and not perform *It important to require a humble heart and a sweet spirit. It is easy to get proud when our ministry is seen. If we do the anointing will lift. "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble." (James 4:6) Recommended Reading: Learning to Lead Children's Cell Groups, by Lorna Jenkins, Touch Min. Int'l. Pte. Ltd. © 1994 Feed My Lambs, (a handbook for Cell Groups), by Lorna Jenkins, Touch Min. Int'l. Pte. Ltd. © 1995 Childhood Education in the Church, by Robert E. Clark, Joanne Brubaker & Roy B. Zuck; Moody Press Kingdom Kids, by Brownsville Assembly of God, Pensacola, Florida Generation XXI, Latin American & Caribbean Resource & Development Division of Foreign Missions of the Assemblies of God, USA, © 1995 66

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CHILDRENS MINISTRY RESOURCE CENTER

· · · · · · · · A librarian should be appointed. The collection of teacher's resources should be housed in a safe area. Shelves, filing cabinets, tables, garment closets, bulletin boards, world map, city map, tape duplicator, photo copier, and TV/VCR combos are all helpful when available. Regular hours should be established. Guidelines for use must be posted and enforced. Teachers should be shown the contents and be encouraged to use them. This could also be open for the entire city or area teachers. The librarian will organize, list each item on the Master Index, assign numbers, and conveniently display: 1. Bible Lessons a. Flash cards b. Flannel graph c. Felt figures d. Video e. Bible lessons 2. Application (parable) Lessons a. Picture/stories b. Drama c. Puppet d. Videos 3. Bible Studies (theme) a. Picture series b. Workbooks c. Lesson scripts 4. Costumes 5. Drama Props 6. Puppets 7. Puppet Props 8. Missionary Stories 9. Mission Maps & Lessons 10. Sample Curriculum 11. Teacher's Supplies 12. Teacher Training Books & Videos 13. Books on Methods a. Finger Plays d. Object Lessons g. Games b. Clowning e. Drama h. Etc. c. Puppetry f. Puzzles 14. Worship Aids a. Flags b. Rhythm Instruments c. Worship Harps d. Music Tapes & CDs 15. Craft Supplies

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VARIOUS FORMATS OF LOCAL CHURCH CHILDRENS MINISTRIES

I. STANDARD (IN THE U.S.A.)

1. Sunday School: Meet 1 hour on Sunday morning for systematic Bible study in classes divided by age. 2. Children's Church: Meet 1 hour Sunday morning during the adult sermon for a "meeting" with a topical Biblical theme. The format is similar to a "Bible Club". 3. Mid-week: One hour boys or girls club such as Pioneers, Royal Rangers, Awana, or Missionettes held in the evening during the adult class.

II. TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH, ALOR SETAR, MALAYSIA (HOME OF SUPER KIDS)

1. Clarine Chun: Director 2. "Super Kids": 1500 children meet weekly for evangelism and Biblical, moral teaching. It is a fast paced, well prepared "program." 3. Children's Prayer Cells: Weekly meetings in which church children are trained in prayer and ministry. 4. Sunday Morning Family Worship: The entire family sits together, worships together, and listen and takes notes on the sermon. Children are encouraged to participate in the meetings. Families are trained to discuss the sermon at home. 5. Super Kids Teachers' Conference: Conferences are held yearly. Teachers from all over Asia attend. The church children minister to the delegates with "signs following."

III. LIVING WORD CHURCH, NEW WILMINGTON, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

1. Helen Beason: (During the 90's) Director during that time 2. Prayer Meetings: Weekly meetings for 5 ­ 18 year olds with children being trained to hear God's voice and minister. 3. Sunday School: Meet two Sundays a month with systematic Bible Teaching in classes divided by age. 4. Children's Church: Meet one Sunday a month with children learning to minister. 5. Morning Worship: One Sunday a month the children are included in the adult meeting. The Pastor often chooses children (approved by the Children's Pastor) to assist the elders in praying for people, etc. 6. Children's Ministry Teams in Flags, Worship Sign, Etc.: Various Ministry teams were formed, (Flags, Worship Sign, etc.), but the children/youth had to be regularly involved in the Prayer Meeting in order to qualify for any team ministry.

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DEVELOPING CHILDRENS MINISTRY

(Dreams, Goals, Visions in Childrens Ministry) by Jeanette McKee

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SCRIPTURAL BASIS

1. (Acts 26:19b) "I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision." 2. (Habakkuk 2:2&3) "And the Lord answered me, and said, write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it, for the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie; though it tarry, wait for it, because it will surely come it will not tarry." 3. (Matthew 6:10) "thy kingdom come, they will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." 4. (1Corinthians 3:6-11)

II. FIVE FOUNDATIONAL STEPS IN DEVELOPING CHILDRENS MINISTRY

1. Step One ­ EMERGING a. Need arises b. Someone has burden, receives permission from leadership to start ministering. c. Someone (Children's Leader) gathers others together prays and BEGINS to teach them. d. Sometimes in a small church all ages are together right in the beginning. 2. Step Two ­ ESTABLISHING a. Church leadership and church bodies acknowledge the children's ministry. b. Children's leader appointed, given authority. He/she delegates other leaders as needed. c. Teachers are gathered from congregation. d. Weekly prayer and planning meetings established. e. Sunday School and/or Children's Church begun. f. Five and younger usually separated. Hopefully a 4-5 and a 2-3 year old class can start at this time if there are enough teachers. g. Teachers commit to teaching one year. h. Teacher dedication service i. Teacher agreement j. Teachers' letters of appointment given. Teacher training seminar offered at least once a year. k. Children begin to be saved, healed, baptized in the Holy Spirit. Parents begin to be aware. l. Curriculum usually bought. m. Teachers' Resource Library begins. Curriculum and store-bought materials catalogued to be used over and over. n. Teachers begin to be blessed, feeling fulfilled in serving the Lord with the children. 3. Step Three ­ ENLARGING a. Vision deepens b. Children's ministry well established. c. Church leadership and body are aware and praying and being taught about importance of children in Body of Christ. d. Children's choir and drama ministry. e. Children are seen more in adult services. They participate in ministry (specials, musicals,

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etc.). Weekly prayer and planning meetings mandatory now. Children's camp begun during school holidays. Sunday school curriculum developed. Nursery (2-3 year olds) and pre-school (4-5 year olds) now are separate classes. Baby class begins in ministry Library grows. Teachers beginning to step out and make and want their own visual aids. Team spirit and loyalty and fellowship among children's teachers are developed. Teachers are weekly encouraged, trained and strengthened. As church grows, the children's ministry grows.

4. Step Four ­ EQUIPPING a. Vision deepens, strongholds being broken through prayer and fasting. b. Favor for children's ministry deepens. c. Prayer and planning meetings continue d. Children and teachers growing in moving in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. e. Praise and worship growing in all areas of the children's ministry. Anointing growing. f. Children growing from Word of God. Changes in attitudes, behavior. Testimonies start coming in, share with parents, faith grows. g. Children's library and ushers, sound assistants, etc. begin among children's church. h. Standard and training for teaching becomes higher. People are realizing it is an important ministry in the Body of Christ. i. Commitment among teachers increasing, more teachers coming in. Men teachers encourage more men teachers to come in. j. 6-12 year old department separate from early childhood (0-5years old). Leaders commissioned over each department. k. Creative visuals and ideas now coming more from within the teachers instead of being tied to store-bought materials. l. More training and supervision of teachers. m. Recognizing the call of God on some teachers for full-time ministry. Helping to develop and equip them for ministry. n. Some teachers will be able to go and teach children's crusades, etc. o. Outreach begins to children outside church. Bible clubs, neighborhood ministry, vacation Bible school, tutoring, etc. p. Library is continuously being improved upon and added to. q. Intensive teacher training course developed. Teachers encouraged to read books, listen to tapes on children's ministry and observe in different age groups to get a well-balanced idea of the ministry to children of all ages. r. Children's leadership well organized. Leaders and department leaders meeting monthly for prayer and discussion. 5. Step Five ­ EXTENDING a. Vision deepens b. Families being brought to Jesus through influence of children. c. Prayer and backing of church leadership toward the children's ministry. d. Prayer and planning meetings continue. e. Church leadership integral part of children's ministry. 70

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Comes to minister and visit children often. Children's outreach continues. Mission emphasis (home and foreign) develops. Spirit-filled led ministry to children from birth to twelve. Teach spirit developed in every department. Stories, videos, books, training courses, curriculum developed from within your children's ministry. Teacher training established so a called children's minister can be developed through the ranks of your teaching staff from beginning teacher to leadership. Newsletters from each department. Better communications with parents and church. Family, parent, child counseling. Visitation program, if not established before, needs to begin. Children minister to adults and other children. Children's ministry teams go out ­ Christmas musicals, etc. in shopping complexes, hotels, etc. Better teacher-parent relationships and communication. Teachers going out to train other teachers. Teacher teams going out to hold children's rallies, camps, etc. Teachers going overseas for mission trips. Those called into-full-time children's ministry released into it, as the Holy Spirit would send them out from your church. Departments multiply as enrollment grows. More teachers needed, more training, more leaders, more families involved, more SAVED and more BLESSINGS!!!

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METHODS

by Gwen Davis

METHODS 1 HOUR

CHARTS

Songs 15 minutes Verse 5 minutes

Bible 20 minutes Application Lesson (True or Untrue) 10 minutes Ministry 10 minutes Review (Extra)

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CHALK MOTIONS OBJECTS words or pictures

PICTURES

FLANNEL pellon or pictures with words

PUPPETS DRAMA CASSETTE SLIDES words transparancies, or sounds or Power Point

WORK SHEET

ONE HOUR WITH CHILDREN

Date_____________________________________ Theme___________________________________ TIME 5 Minutes WHAT Welcome, Testimonies, Guidelines Songs_____________ __________________ _____________________ ____________________ _____________________ ____________________ __________________ __________________ Bible Verse_________ __________________ __________________ Bible Lesson_______ __________________ _______________________ _______________________ * Application Story __________________ __________________ __________________ Ministry,Prayer Requests, Review Teachers_________________________________ Items Needed_____________________________ HOW _________________ _________________ _________________ ___________________ __________________ __________________ _____________________________ _____________________________ __________________ __________________ _________________ _________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ _______________________ ______________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ ___________________ _________________ _________________ __________________ WHO _________________ _________________ _________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ _____________________________ _____________________________ __________________ __________________ _________________ _________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ _______________________ ______________________ _________________ _________________ ____________________ __________________ _________________ _________________ __________________

15-20 Minutes

5 Minutes

10-15 Minutes

10 Minutes

10 Minutes

*The application of the main theme can be broken into 2 or 3, 5 minute, presentations with objects, drama, pictures, games, etc., all reinforcing the Bible lesson. Note: If more than one hour is allowed, games and hand crafts can be included weekly or alternate weeks.

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BIBLE CLUB 1 HOUR SAMPLE LESSON

I. THEME:

1. God hates sin! 2. Jesus is coming again!

II.

(5 MINUTES) WELCOME

1. Review weeks 1 and 2 Bible facts 2. Use Visualized Memory Verse pictures to demonstrate Psalm 119:105 "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path" 3. Show flashlight -- how it makes a path for our feet to walk on 4. Read and repeat names of the first five books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) 5. Give verses and see who can find them and read them the fastest Genesis 1:1; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:5; Numbers 6:24; Leviticus 20:7 1. The Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock 2. Watch and Be Ye Ready 3. Hallelujah - He's Coming

III. (5 MINUTES) BIBLE MINUTE:

IV. (10 MINUTES) SONGS:

V.

(Matthew 24:42) "Watch therefore for you know not what hour your Lord does come."

(5 MINUTES) MEMORY VERSE:

VI. (20 MINUTES) BIBLE LESSON: VII. (5 MINUTES) APPLICATION:

Noah and the Ark (using one of the following methods: stick puppets, flash cards, drawing or felt) 1. "If Jesus came back today" -- flannel graph or 2. Dramas: a. 10 virgins (Matthew 25:1-13) b. 2 in the field (Matthew 24:40-41) c. Dead in Christ shall rise (I Thessalonians 4:16-18)

VIII. (5 MINUTES) RESPONSE:

Is there sin in our lives? Are we ready for Jesus' return? Are we warning others?

IX. (5 MINUTES) DOCTRINAL REVIEW

1. GOD: punishes sin, forgives sin, destroyed the earth with a flood 2. JESUS: is the Son of God, gave His blood for our sins, died and rose again, is coming again

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SAMPLE CURRICULUM PLANS

by Jeanette McKee

LIFE & TEACHINGS OF JESUS I. JANUARY

1. 2. 3. 4. Presentation of Jesus in the temple, words of Simeon & Anna (Lu. 2:22-38) The visit of Wise Men (Mat. 2:1-12) The flight into Egypt, return to Nazareth (Mat. 2:13-23) Jesus in the temple when 12 (Lu. 2:41-52)

II.

FEBRUARY

1. The baptism of Jesus (Mat. 3:13-17; Mk. 1:9-11; Lu. 3:21-22; Col. 2:12) 2. The temptation of Jesus (Mat. 4:1-11; Mk. 1-12-13; Lu. 4:1-13) 3. Disciples called (Mat. 4:18-22; 9:9; Mk. 1:16-20; 2:13-14; Lu. 5:8-11, 27-28; Jn. 1:35-49) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Jesus and Nicodemus (Jn. 3:1-21) Little children blessed (Mt. 19:13-15; Mk. 10:13-16; Lu. 18:15-17) Parable of the lost sheep and lost coin (Lu. 15:1-10) Jesus and the woman at the well (Jn. 4:4-42) Parable of the wedding feast and wise steward (Lu. 12:36-38, 47-48) Parable of the prodigal son (Lu. 18:11-32) Visit to Zaccheus (Lu. 19:2-10) Easter ­ Crucifixion Easter ­ Resurrection Parable of the sower (Lu. 13:6-9; Mt. 13:3-9,18-23, Mk. 4:3-20; Lu. 8:4-15) Peter's mother-in-law healed (Mt. 8:14-18; Mk. 1:29-31; Lu. 4:38-39) The leper healed (Mt. 8:2-4; Mk. 1:40-42; Lu. 5:12-13) The demonized healed (Mk. 1-23-28; Lu. 4:33-37) Healing the withered hand (Mt. 12:9-13; Mk. 33:1-5) Parable of the mustard seed (Mt 13:31-32; Mk. 4:31-32; Lu. 13:18-19) Water turned into wine (Jn. 2:1-11) Jesus feeds the 5,000 (Mt. 14:15-21; Mk. 6:35-44; Lu. 9:12-17; Jn. 6:5-14) The coin in the fish's mouth (Mt. 17:24-27) Draught of fishes (Lu. 5:4-9) Parable of the hidden treasure & the goodly pearl (Mt. 13:44-46)

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IV. APRIL

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1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Jesus walks on the sea (Mt. 14:22-23; Mk. 6:45-52; Jn.6:16-21) The tempest stilled (Mt. 8:24-27; Mk. 4:37-41; Lu. 8:23-25) The 4,000 fed (Mt. 15:32-38; Mk. 8:1-9) Peter's confession (Mt. 16:13-19; Mk. 8:27-29; Lu. 9:18-21) The Transfiguration (Mt. 17:1-9; Mk. 9:2-10; Lu. 9:28-36) Jesus is the Bread of Life (Jn. 6:25-59) The Gadarene demoniac healed (Mt. 8:28-34; Mk. 5:1-20; Lu. 8:26-39) The blind man and the dumb men healed (Mt. 9:27-34) Blind man healed at Bethsaida (Mk. 8:22-24) Deaf and dumb man healed (Mk. 7:32-37) The parable of the unmerciful servant (Mt. 18:23-35) Levi's feast (Mt. 9:9-13; Mk. 2:14-17; Lu. 5:27-32) Jesus the Bread of Life (Jn. 6:25-59) The paralytic healed (Mt. 9:2-8; Mk. 2:2-12; Lu. 5:18-26) The man at the pool healed (Jn. 5:2-9) The centurion's servant healed (Mt. 8:5-13; Lu. 7:2-10 The afflicted woman healed (Mt. 9:20-22; Mk. 5:25-34; Lu. 8:43-48) Jairus' daughter raised (Mt. 9:18-19; Mk. 5:22-24; Lu. 8:41-42) The healing of the demoniac son (Mt. 17:14-21; Mk. 9:14-29; Lu. 9:37-42) Healing of the 10 lepers (Lu. 17:11-19) Parable of the Good Samaritan (Lu. 10:25-37) Jesus at Mary & Martha's home (Lu. 10:38-42) The blind man healed (Jn. 9:1-41) The raising of Lazarus (Jn. 11:1-46) The woman with the alabaster box (Lu. 7:36-50) Parable of the great supper (Lu. 14:15-24) The annunciation of Mary (Lu. 1:26-38) Mary visits Elisabeth (Lu. 1:39-56) An angel appears to Joseph (Mt. 1:18-25) Birth of Jesus and visit of the shepherds (Lu. 2:1-17) Presentation in the temple (Lu. 2:22-24)

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IX. SEPTEMBER

X.

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XI. NOVEMBER

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BIBLE PRESENTATION I.

The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Mk. 1:1)

JANUARY

II.

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost (Lu. 19:10)

FEBRUARY

III. MARCH

But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not to come unto me; for the such is the Kingdom of heaven (Mt. 19:14)

IV. APRIL

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (Jn. 3:16)

V.

Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseaes (Ps. 103:3)

MAY

VI. JUNE VII. JULY

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today and forever (Heb. 13:8) For with God nothing shall be impossible (Lu. 1:37)

VIII.AUGUST

We love Him because He first loved us (Jn. 4:17)

IX. SEPTEMBER X. OCTOBER

The Lord is thy Keeper (Ps. 121:5a) Children obey your parents in the Lord; for this is right (Eph. 6:1)

XI. NOVEMBER XII. DECEMBER

I am the good Shepherd; the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep (Jn. 10:11) And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shall call his name Jesus; for he shall save his people from their sins (Mt. 1:21)

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PRESENTATION OF JESUS I. JANUARY

1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4. Almighty (Rev. 1:8) Alpha and Omega (Rev. 1:8, 22:13 Author and Finisher (Heb. 12:2) Beloved Son (Mt. 12:18) Branch Bread of Life (Jn. 6:32) Captain of Salvation (Heb. 2:10) Chief Shepherd (1Pet. 5:4) Cornerstone (Ps. 118:22) Counselor (Is. 9:6) Creator (Jn. 1:3) Deliver (Rom. 11:26) Door (Jn. 10:7) First and Last (Rev. 1:17) Jesus -the Good Shepherd (Jn. 10:11) Glory of the Lord (Is. 45-5) Jesus-Great High Priest (Heb. 4:14) Jesus-Holy One (Acts 3:14) Jesus-I Am (Jn. 8:58) Jesus-Faithful Witness (Rev. 1:5) Jesus-Jehovah (Is. 26:4) King of kings (1Tim. 6:15) Lamb of God (Jn. 1:29) Life (Jn. 14:6) Light of the world (Jn. 8:12) Lord of Glory (1Cor. 2:8) Lord of lords (1Tim. 6:15) Our Righteousness (Jer. 23:6)

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IV. APRIL

V.

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1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Mediator (1Tim. 2:5) Jesus-our Messiah (Da. 9:25, Jn. 1:41) Jesus-Mighty God (Is. 9:6) Jesus-Our Passover (I Cor. 5:7) Prince of Peace (Is. 9:6) Prophet (Lu. 14:19) Redeemer (Job 19:25) Jesus-Resurrection & Life Jn. 11:15) Rock (1Cor. 10:4) Rose of Sharon (Song 2:1) Savior (Lu. 2:11) Son of God (Mt. 2:15) True Light (Jn. 8:12) Jesus-True Vine (Jn. 15:1) Jesus-Truth (Jn. 1:14) Jesus-Word of God (Rev. 19:13) Only Begotten Son (Jn. 1:18) Jesus-Immanuel (Is. 7:14) Jesus-Holy Child (Acts 4:27) Son of the Highest (Lu. 1:32)

IX. SEPTEMBER

X.

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XI. NOVEMBER

XII. DECEMBER

BABY PRESENTATION I. JANUARY - I AM SPECIAL BECAUSE GOD MADE ME AND HE LOVES ME

1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4. (Psalms 139:1-24) (Isaiah 44:2) (Isaiah 44:24) (Jeremiah 1:5)

II.

FEBRUARY - GOD MADE ME

God gave me ears (Prov. 20:12) God gave me eyes (Prov. 20:12) God gave me hands to praise Him (Ps. 63:4) God gave me feet (Is. 52:7)

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III. MARCH ­ GOD MADE ME

1. 2. 3. 4.

God gave me a mouth (Ps. 8:2) God gave me a nose (Ps. 45-6-8) God gave me a brain (Phil. 4:8) God gave me a heart (Ps. 51:10)

IV. APRIL ­ OUR FRIEND JESUS

1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Jesus loves babies (Lu. 18:15) Jesus saves Jesus heals Jesus baptizes in the Holy Spirit

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MAY ­ MOMMIES AND BABIES

Thank you God for my mommy, I want to love and obey her My mommy loves and cares for me My mommy teaches me about Jesus My mommy prays for me Thank you God for my daddy. I want to love and obey him. My daddy loves and cares for me My daddy teaches me about Jesus My daddy prays for me Church is a happy place I like to come to church with my mommy and daddy We praise the Lord at church and hear God's Word My teachers and pastors and elders at church love me and teach me about Jesus Sarah and Issac Rebekah and Esau and Jacob Hannah and Samuel Baby Moses and his family

VI. JUNE ­ DADDIES AND BABIES

VII. JULY ­ MY CHURCH

VIII.AUGUST ­ BIBLE BABIES

IX. SEPTEMBER ­ BIBLE BABIES AND CHILDREN

Elizabeth and John the Baptist Mary and Jesus Eunice, Lois and Timothy Boy who shared his lunch David the shepherd boy

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OCTOBER ­ THANK YOU GOD FOR MY FAMILY

1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4. My brothers and sisters My grandmothers and grandfathers My aunts and uncles My cousins I love my friends I play with my friends I share with my friends I tell my friends about Jesus

XI. NOVEMBER ­ THANK YOU GOD FOR MY FRIENDS

XII. DECEMBER ­ BABY JESUS

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LIST OF USEFUL RESOURCES

CURRICULUM

1. Charisma-Life (Spirit-filled): 190 Westmonte Dr.; Altamonte Springs, FL 32714; Ph. (407) 862-7565 2. Willie George -- Faith Roots (Faith emphasis): P.O. Box 639; Broken Arrow, OK 74013-0639; Ph. (918) 234-5656 3. Mark Harper (Faith emphasis): P.O. Box 691989; Tulsa, OK 74169 4. Mid-West Christian Center (Spirit-filled): P.O. Box 768; Orland Park, IL 60462 5. Radiant Life (Assemblies of God): 1445 Boonville Ave.; Springfield, MO 65802-1894; Ph. 1-800-641-4310 6. Betty Lukins (Felt Bible lessons): P.O. Box 1007-E; Rohnert Park, CA 94928 7. David C. Cook (Evangelical): 850 N. Grove Av.; Elgin, IL 60120 8. Scripture Press (Evangelical): 1825 College Ave.; Wheaton, IL 60187 9. Standard Pub. Co. (Evangelical): 8121 Hamilton Ave.; Cincinnati, OH 45231 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4. Bible Visuals (Bible foreign & continuous): Box 4842, Lancaster, PA 17604 Living Stories (Simple salvation & Christian living): 114 Whiting St., Milford, KS 66514 Child Evangelism Fellowship (Bible): P.O. Box 348, Warrenton, MO 63383 A-Beka (Bible flashcards): Box 18000, Pensacola, FL 32523-9160

VISUALIZED STORIES:

STORIES TO MAKE:

Global Visuals (Story & song patterns): Box 281, Wadsworth, OH 44281 Sacred Literature Ministries: P.O. Box 777, Taylors, SC 29687 Lessons by Mary Burns: 1302 Ashbrooke, Grand Prairie, TX 75052. Ph. (214) 642-2387 International Faith Fellowship, Jim & Kay Baker (Simple English & Spanish puppet plays, verses, songs, etc.): 4821 W. Bus. 83, Suite 24, McAllen, TX 78501 5. Children's Bible Crusade: P.O. Box 8774, Auckland, New Zealand 1. 2. 3. 4. One-Way Street, Inc.: Box 2398, Littleton, CO 80161. Ph. (303) 790-1188 Puppet Productions: 7962 Convoy Ct., San Diego, CA 9211. Ph. (714) 565-2000 Son Shine: P.O. Box 6203, Rockford, IL 61125 Puppets for Jesus: R.R. 2, Box 244A1, Hermann, MO 65041

PUPPETS:

CLOWNING:

1. One-Way Street, Inc.: Box 2398; Littleton, CO 80161. Ph. (303) 790-1188 1. Mimeistry Mail Order: 1539 Parental Home Rd.; Jacksonville, FL 32216 2. End-Time Harvestors: 401 N. College, Decatur, IL 62522. Ph. (217) 428-7077 1. US Toys Co., Inc.: 1227 E. 119 St., Grandview, MO 64030

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TOYS & PRIZES:

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1. Dale Lane Publications: Phoenix First Assembly, 13613 North Cave Creek; Phoenix, AZ 85022 1. Bread for Children: Box 1017, Arcadia, FL 33821 2. Pockets: The Upper Room, P.O. Box 851, Nashville, TN 37202-9890 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Evangelizing Today's Child: Box 348, Warrenton, MO 63383 Children's Ministry Magazine: Box 442, Mt. Morris, FL 61054 Teacher's Swap Shop: Sacred Lit. Ministries, P.O. Box 777, Taylors, SC 29687 Shining Star: 1204 Buchanan St., Box 299, Carthage, IL 62321-0299 Metro Voice (Inner City): P.O. Box 220010, St. Louis, MO 63122

MAGAZINES FOR CHILDREN & TEENS:

MAGAZINES FOR TEACHERS:

WORKBOOKS FOR CHILDREN:

1. Being a Christian, The Armor of God, Fruit of the Spirit, Fact or Fantasy, by David Walters, Good News Fellowship Ministries, Rt. 28, Box 95-D Sleepy Creek Rd., Macon, GA 31210 2. Strongman's His Name . . . What's His Game? (Spiritual warfare): Jerry Robeson; P.O. Box 100; Woodburn, OR 97071 1. Bible Visuals #14 "The Holy Spirit": Box Z, Akron, PA 17501-0153 2. The Work of the Holy Spirit by Mary Burns. Shady Grove Church; 1829 W. Shady Grove Rd., Grand Prairie, TX 75051. Ph. (214) 790-0800 3. The Holy Spirit/Baptism (Transparencies): Latter Rain Ministries, P.O. Box 250, Litchfield, IL, 62056 4. The Gifts of the Spirit (Transparencies): Latter Rain Ministries, P.O. Box 250, Litchfield, IL, 62056 1. Healing of the Hearts by Jill Rapley; Templos Vivientes Editorial; P.O. Box 720115, McAllen, TX 78504 1. Teacher's Workshop -- Vol. I, II, III by Stacy Pearson; 13220 - 295th St., Lindstrom, MN 55045 2. Children's Church Teacher Training -- Video Manual (Charisma Life) by Kid's Church; Vol. I-IV $119 each; order all for #399.95; pre-paid $369.95; Ph. 1-800-451-4598 1. Focus on the Family: P.O. Box 3550; Colorado Springs, CO 80935-3550; Ph. 1-800-2326459 2. Family Voice of America by Concerned Women for America; 370 L'Enfant Promenade S.W., Suite 800, Washington D.C. 20024

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HOLY SPIRIT LESSONS:

INNER HEALING:

TEACHER TRAINING VIDEOS:

MAGAZINES FOR PARENTS:

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by Gwen Davis

I. STUDY THE SCRIPTURES ON THE COMING OF THE LORD AS A FAMILY (MATTHEW 24, 25; MARK 13, LUKE 21)

1. List promised signs of His coming -- wars, famines, etc. 2. List commandments for us -- watch, be alert, pray, etc.

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PREPARE A DEFENSE AGAINST THE "SPIRIT OF THE AGE"

As you read 2Timothy 3:1-5, ask your family "if these attitudes will prevail in the Last Days, what should be our attitude?" example . . . . . . . Love pleasure more than God (2Timothy 3:4) Love grows cold (Matthew 24:12) Lovers of their own selves (2Timothy 3:2) Proud (2Timothy 3:2) Disobedient (2Timothy 3:2) Unthankful (2Timothy 3:2) Covetous (2Timothy 3:2) Covetousness is idolatry (Colossians 3:15) Unholy (2Timothy 3:2) Good is evil and evil is good Sin is more evident (Matthew 24:12)

World

Love God first (Mark 12:30) Guard first love (Revelation 2:4) Deny self (Luke 9:23) Love not life unto death (Revelation 12:11) Humble yourself (James 4:10) Serve others Children obey your parents (Colossians 3:20) In everything give thanks (1Thessalonians 5:18; Colossians 3:17) love not the world or the things in the world (1John2:15) Beware of covetousness (Luke 12:15) Seek first the Kingdom (Matthew 6:33) Bride of Christ increasingly yearns to be holy (Ephesians 5:27) Unspotted by world (James 1:27) Be ye holy (1Peter 1:15, 16)

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III. PRACTICAL PREPARATION FOR YOUR FAMILY

1. Talk about and expect His return -- Maranatha! a. (Matthew 24:44) You also be ready b. (Luke 21:28) Look up, your redemption draws near 2. Watch signs 3. Be sure your child is saved (Noah and his sons) 4. Have the attitude "This world is not our home" a. Strangers, aliens, pilgrims b. Not entangled with the world (2Timothy 2:3-4)

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c. Not conformed to this world (Romans 12:2) d. Love not the world (1John 2:15) 5. Develop strong, unshakable FAITH in your child a. Timothy had pure faith like his mother and grandmother (2Timothy 1:5) b. Moses had faith of parents not to fear the king (Hebrews 11) c. Men's hearts will fail for fear (Luke 21:26) 6. Be strong in prayer together as a family, watch and pray (1Peter 4:7; Luke 34:36) 7. Study and memorize the Word together a. The very elect will be deceived. We MUST know the Word! (Matthew 24:24) b. Loved not the Truth (2Thessalonians 2:10) c. Timothy was to continue in the word becuase of evil men and imposters (2Timothy 3:1317) 8. Fervently "win the lost" a. Make it a family priority b. "Work while it is day for the night comes when no man can work." (John 9:4) 9. Know God and His character- know God and be strong, do exploits (Daniel 11:32b) 10. Prepare to face persecution (Matthew 24:9; 2Timothy 2:3, 3:12; Hebrews 11:34-40) 11. Give experiences without comforts -- builds endurance 12. Be continually filled with the Spirit! (Ephesians 5:16-18)

Related Scriptures

(Philippians 2:15) "That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;" (1Thessalonians 5:6) "Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober." (1Thessalonians 5:16-24) "Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it." (Revelation 22:17) "And the Spirit and the Bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."

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HOW TO LEAD A CHILD TO CHRIST

A child is old enough to accept Jesus when he knows right from wrong and the Holy Spirit is dealing with his heart. Most children are simply waiting for the opportunity to receive Jesus. They don't know they can and they don't know how to do so. We do not need to wait until they are old enough to understand, they simply must believe in their heart. None of us fully understand, we just receive by faith.

I. GIVE A CLEAR AND SIMPLE PRESENTATION OF THE GOSPEL USING ONE OF THESE METHODS:

1. Wordless Book a. Gold -- Streets of Heaven - God's home - God's love b. Black -- Darkness inside because of sinful hearts c. Red -- Blood of Jesus d. White -- Clean hearts e. Blue -- The Holy Spirit now lives in us f. Green -- Our spirit needs to grow 2. Pictures a. Heaven, Black Heart, Red Cross, Gift, White Heart 3. Scriptures a. All have sinned (Romans 3:23) b. Deserve to be eternally separated from God, but He gives us eternal life through Jesus (Romans 6:23) c. We all like sheep have gone astray, Jesus took upon Himself the sins of us all (Isaiah 53:6) d. Blood cleanseth us from all sin (I John 1:7) e. God loves you so much, He sent His Son to die for YOU (John 3:16) f. Believe in your heart and say with your mouth that Jesus is risen from the dead and you will be saved (Romans 10:9 & 10)

II.

The Holy Spirit has been speaking to their hearts. Now give opportunity for them to accept Jesus as Lord (ruler) of their lives. Be sure the Christian children understand they don't have to keep asking Him into their hearts. Here are suggestions for giving an invitation. Choose one or several. 1. Ask for upraised hand while all heads are bowed. This will prevent children from responding just because others are doing so. 2. Have children who respond, go to another area of the room. 3. Have children repeat a prayer after you and then, let them pray alone. (Allow time for true conviction, true repentance and true salvation.) 4. Have counselors pray with each child.

LET THEM RECIEVE JESUS

III. ASSURANCE OF SALVATION

Be sure the child understands from Romans 10:9 that he is saved because he has met the condition in the Bible and the Bible says he is--- not because he "feels" like it. Encourage him to say with his own mouth, "I am saved" after he sees it in the Word.

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IV. FOLLOW-UP

Give him a tract or handout sheet with some basic instructions for a new believer. Tell him: 1. God has given you a new spirit. (2Corinthians 5:17) 2. God speaks to your spirit by His Word. You must feed your spirit as you meet with others who love God to praise Him and study His Word. Begin to talk with Him about everything. 3. If we do something that is wrong, we must ask Him to forgive us right away. He will!!! (I John 1:9) 4. God wants us to grow to be like Him -- kind, loving, helpful and showing in our actions and words that we have been born into His family. 5. He wants us to tell others what He has done for us!

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Name Corrie Ten Boom Bob Hoskins

THE AGE OF SALVATION OF WELL KNOWN CHRISTIANS

About author of The Hiding Place Founder of Book of Hope South African evangelist missionary to India famous missionary to India world missionary evangelist founder of International Children's Ministry Institute director of "Focus on the Family" ministries well known preacher of the 18th century 20th century signs and wonders evangelist son of Billy and Ruth Graham well known Gospel singer great writer of Bible commentaries director of "Generals of Intercession 20th century healing evangelist daughter of Billy and Ruth Graham author of "What the Bible is All About international evangelist famous missionary to Egypt hymn writer founder of Teen Challenge

Rodney Howard Brown Mark Buntain Amy Carmichael Morris Cerullo Gwen Davis James Dobson Jonathan Edwards Maria Woodworth-Etter Franklin Graham Steve Green Matthew Henry Cindy Jacobs Kathryn Kuhlman Anne Lotz Henrietta Mears Luis Palau Lillian Trasher Dr. Isaac Watts David Wilkerson

Age saved at age of 5 filled with the Holy Spirit and called to preach at age 7 saved at age 5, filled with the Spirit at age 7, received the vision to preach at age 13 saved at age 12 saved at age 3 an orphan saved at age 14, called to preach at age 15 saved at age 6, filled with the Holy Spirit at age 8 saved at age 3 saved at age 7 saved at age 13 saved at age 8 saved at age 8 saved at age 11 saved at age 5 saved at age 14 saved at age 3 saved at age 5 saved at age 11 saved at age 8 saved at age 9 called to preach at age 8, started preaching at age 17

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WORDLESS BOOK SCRIPTURES

I. GOLD OR YELLOW (HEAVEN, STREETS ARE MADE OF GOLD)

1. Speaks of Heaven our eternal home and the dwelling place of God, the Father (Isaiah 66:1; Matthew 6:9) 2. Dwelling place of Jesus (Mark 16:19; Hebrews 9:24; 1Peter 3:22) 3. Angels live there (Psalm 33:6; Revelation 5:11) 4. Former things passed away (Revelation 21:4) 5. Jesus preparing a place for you (John 14:1-3)

II.

DARK (SIN, UNCLEANNESS OF SIN)

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Represents our sin which is rebellion against God All have sinned (Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Galatians 3:22) Comes from within, from an evil heart (Mark 7:18-23; Jeremiah 17:9) We need a clean heart (Psalm 51; Romans 6:23) Has NOTHING to do with a person's outward skin color

III. RED (BLOOD OF JESUS)

1. Jesus made the supreme sacrifice when He died on the cross. This is the only sacrifice accepted by God to forgive and cleanse us from our sins. (Matthew 20:18-19; Revelation 1:5; 1John 1:7; Matthew 26:2; Hebrews 9:14,22; 1John 2:1,2,12; John 1:29; 1Peter 2:24; Revelation 12:11; John 10:17-18) 1. 2. 3. 4. Hearts washed clean and sins forgiven by our Lord Jesus Christ Ask Jesus to come into your heart (John 3:16; John 3:6 & 7) Cleansed from sin (Psalm 103:12; Isaiah 1:18; Psalm 51:7) Salvation and forgiveness (1John 1:9; John 1:12; John 5:24; 1Corinthians 15:3-4)

IV. WHITE (PURITY, A HEART WHITE AS SNOW)

V.

BLUE (HOLY SPIRIT)

1. Like the blue sky is everywhere, God's Holy Spirit is everywhere. When you are born of the Spirit, the Spirit of God lives in you. He will speak to you and lead you. (Romans 8:14; John 3:6, 14:16, 26, 15:26, 16:8, 14; Acts 2:4,17; Galatians 5:22, 23; 2Peter 1:20-21) 1. Like green plants need sunshine and water to grow, after we receive Jesus in our life, our spirits need to grow. 2. Growing and maturing in the Christian life, (Colossians 2:10) 3. Keep God's commandments (Micah 6:8; John 14:15, 21, 23; 1John 5:3) 4. Prayer & Thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6; 1Thessalonians 5:16-19) 5. Thoughts (Philippians 4:8) 6. Read Bible (2Timothy 2:15; Psalm 119:11, 16, 103, 105; Deuteronomy 6:4-9) 7. Personal prayers (Ephesians 1:16-19, 3:16-19; Colossians 1:9-12) 8. Confess Jesus as your Lord and Savior 9. Read Word (Bible) Daily 10. Pray Regularly

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Flannel graph Lesson by Florence R. Kee

Genesis 1-3; John 19 Memory Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:21 Way back in the beginning, God made the beautiful world in which we live. In this world He placed the first man and woman whom He called Adam and Eve. Their hearts were pure and clean like this (place white heart on the flannelboard) for God made them in His own image (this means just like Himself). Genesis 1:27 Adam and Eve were very happy in their lovely garden home and they DEATH enjoyed sweet fellowship (friendship) with God, their heavenly Father. But ReBELLION one day a very sad thing happened which changed everything. Satan, the JEALOUSY DISOBEDIENCE enemy of God, came into the garden in LYING STEALING the form of a serpent and tempted Eve to disobey God by eating of the tree of the eVIL THOUGHTS knowledge of good and evil of which BAD TEMPER SwEArING He had forbidden them to eat. Eve gave in to this temptation and ate of the fruit DISRESPECTFUL of this tree and she gave some to her husband and he ate also. At once their white hearts became dark with sin (place dark heart over the white heart) and their fellowship with God was broken. Even the ground was cursed because of the sin of Adam and Eve. Thorns, thistles and weeds began to grow. The animal kingdom was also affected for it was then that the lion, tiger, leopard and many other animals became ferocious and man-eating.

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God was greatly displeased with Satan for bringing all this trouble into the world and He cursed him and said in Genesis 3:15, "There shall be enmity between you and the woman from now on and some day a woman (Mary) shall have a son Jesus and you will bruise His heel (nail Him to the cross) but He will bruise thy head (you Satan, will be destroyed forever in a lake of fire - Rev. 20:10)." From this day on the seed of sin began to grow in the hearts of Adam and Eve and they did many things they should not do. When God gave them a little boy, he did things which were wrong also. This proved that the seed of sin was in his heart as well as in the hearts of his mother and father. And so it has been all down through the years. Because Adam and Eve sinned, everyone born into the world has the seed of sin in his heart. There are many references in the Bible which prove that this is true. (Romans 5:12, Romans 3:10 & 23, Jeremiah 17:9) As you look into your heart today you can see many things which you know are wrong. (place the sins in the dark heart as you name them) What about those bad lies you told the other day? (lying) And that nickel you stole from sister's pocket? (stealing) Did you not swear at your baby brother? (swearing) And 94

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disobey mother? (disobedience) Or perhaps you were sassy? (disrespectful) to your father and rebelled when he punished you? (rebellion) Enlarge upon the remainder of the sins which are -- bad temper, evil thoughts, jealousy and worldliness. Use those sins which are most common in your group. DEATH But, dear boys and girls, God loves you in spite of all this. Yes, He loves you so much that JEALOUSY He gave His own beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to be your LYING LIFE Sin-bearer just as He promised in Genesis 3:15. Blessed Jesus who eVIL THOUGHTS never did even one thing that was BAD TEMPER wrong was placed upon a cross of DISRESPECTFUL suffering and shame. (Place the cross to the left of the dark heart) SwEArING He was reviled, rebuked, mocked STEALING and spit upon. A crown of sharp thorns was pressed down upon His DISOBEDIENCE precious head but He did not utter one word of complaint (Isaiah 53:7). While Jesus was hanging upon the cross of Calvary, all of our sins were heaped upon Him. (Remove the sins one by one from the heart and place them on the cross, naming each one as you do so) Read or repeat the following references, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 2:24. This was the greatest suffering Jesus had to bear . . . it broke His heart! (John 19:34) But He was glad and willing to suffer even this that you and I might be saved from sin and Satan and that we might go to His wonderful home in Heaven. (Remove cross with sins on it.)

ReBELLION

Jesus was buried in a tomb but on the third day He arose, triumphant over sin, Satan, death and hell (1 Corinthians 15:3,4) After 40 days He went back to Heaven in a cloud of glory and there He is living today. (Romans 8:34, Hebrews 7:25) Can you not hear His gentle voice speaking to you, "Dear boys and girls I love you. I died for you. I took the punishment for your sin. Come believe in me NOW and be SAVED." (Acts 16:31, Romans 10:13) If you will do this, all of your dark sins will be washed away (remove dark heart) and you will have a pure, clean heart like this. You will become God's own little child (John 1:12) and some day you will go to be with Him in Heaven. (Ask the children to bow their heads and close their eyes.) How many would like to say today, "I do believe that Jesus died for me. I now take Him as my own personal Savior?" Just raise your hand and then put it down. (Deal with each child individually, asking them to pray a prayer of acceptance out loud. Give them a children's guide book or a Gospel of John. See that they become established in a good church if possible). ©Copyright 1951 -- Leota J. Thomas (Originally taken from Series 36 -- The Gospel Story Illustrated)

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(Original lesson source unknown)

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WHO GOD IS

1. There is only one true and living God - the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. (Exodus 1:6) 2. God is Holy. (Leviticus 19:2) 3. God is in Heaven. (Ecclesiastes 5:2; Isaiah 66:1) 4. God wants people to be with Him in Heaven. (John 14:2-3)

God (Red Felt)

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GOD CREATED MAN IN HIS OWN IMAGE

1. God created man in His own image. (Genesis 1:26-27) 2. God and man had fellowship in the Garden of Eden.

God (Red Felt)

Man (Red Felt)

I.

SIN SEPARATED MAN FROM GOD

1. God commanded man to not eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. (Genesis 2:16-17) 2. Man chose to disobey God, sin entered the God Sin Man human race. Fellowship with God was (Black Felt) (Red Felt) broken!(Genesis 3:1-7; Romans 5:12, 3:23; (Red Felt) Isaiah 53:6) 3. Through the years, man has tried many ways to "get right with God," or be "reconciled" to God, but he cannot do this himself.

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MAN NEEDS A SAVIOR

1. Because God is Holy, He cannot sin or allow sin in His presence. Share about God's love and plan of salvation, using Scriptures such as: a. Romans 6:23 b. Romans 5:8 c. John 3:16 d. Hebrews 9: 22, 28 e. Romans 10:9-13 f. Luke 3:8

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The Cross (Red Felt)

Man (Red Felt)

The long red piece of felt is placed over the black felt square, forming a red cross. This shows how Christ's death on the cross brought man and God together again. A way was made for their fellowship to be restored. Man must believe, repent of his sin and receive Jesus as his Savior. (Acts 2:38, 16:30) *Four main points have been given to use with this felt cross lesson. However, the Holy Spirit may lead you to share this lesson many different ways.

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THE ROAD OF DECISION Gods Way or Satans Way

HEAVEN

HELL HELL

How to use in brief: When we are born into this world we are born with an "Old Sin Nature." We want to do wrong. No one has to teach us to do bad things, we just do them naturally. Like a fish is born wanting to swim, so all people are born wanting to do wrong. God's Word says in Romans 3:23, "All have sinned (done wrong) and come short of the glory of God." All people are like that. God says we -- lie, cheat, want our own way, fight, steal, and much more. From the moment you realize you do wrong things, you are what the Bible calls "lost." (Place figure on Broad road or Satan's Way) You are going away from God. You are going down a road in life called "Satan's Way," that will end in an awful place of punishment called "Hell." By the way, all people are on this road unless Jesus lives in them. In Matthew 7 : 13,14 it says " Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. "Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it". God made a way for all people to get off Satan's Road and get on His road. He sent His only Son Jesus to die for your sins, for my sins. (Place cross at the beginning of God's Road.) Jesus shed His precious blood to pay for all the wrong things we have done. He died, but He arose from the grave in 3 days, and He lives today! He wants to know you. He wants to give you life that will never end. Your "Eternal Life" will begin the moment you invite Jesus into your life. When you ask Him into your heart, He will forgive all the wrong things you have done. It doesn't matter how bad they may have been. Then, boys and girls, you will get off Satan's Road and onto God's Road which ends in everlasting life. Life to know Him and live with Him in this life. Life to live with Him some day in Heaven. (Place figure on God's Road or Narrow Road) Do you believe? Would you right now invite Jesus into your heart? If you never have before, you need to now. We may think we are on the right road because we are really not such a bad person. Unless you have invited Jesus into your heart, and asked Him to forgive your sins, you are not! Don't be fooled. The Bible says, "There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof is the way of death." (Proverbs 16:25) The Bible also says, "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father (Heaven) but by me." (John 14:6) Which will it be? The choice is yours. Choose Jesus today and you'll never be sorry.

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THE ROAD OF DECISION 2 ROADS

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A stick puppet play on Noah, with emphasis on Second Coming of Christ. PUPPETEERS: 1. Insert a ruler or stick in a pocket glued to the back of each picture. 2. Number the picture to coordinate with the script. 3. Draw an arrow to the left or right to indicate which direction to move the picture. 4. Use the bold words on the narrators script as your cues NARRATOR: 1. Study Genesis 6-9. 2. Read or tell the script. NARRATOR'S SCRIPT Adam and Eve's children lived to be very old. They had children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many great-great grandchildren. Now, there were many people on the earth. Their hearts were wicked. They did not live to please God. They loved themselves and they constantly did evil. The earth was filled with violence. (1 ­ Wait for sounds.) God was very sorry that He had made man. The sin grieved His heart. The rebellion of His people made Him want to destroy the whole earth. But there was one righteous man (2). His name was Noah. He did what was right. He was a just, and perfect man. He taught His sons to fear God. Noah walked with God. God told Noah His plan to destroy the earth because of their wickedness. He told Noah to build a big boat -- an ark. He told him exactly how to cut the boards and how big to make it. Noah obeyed God and by faith he started to build the ark (3). He kept building and building and building. The wicked people probably thought Noah was crazy. They had never seen rain. They did not like to hear Noah preach about righteousness. They didn't believe that destruction was coming. They probably laughed (4 ­ wait for sounds). When the ark was finished, God told Noah that it was time to enter the ark. God told Noah that in 7 days the rain would begin to fall. He told him to call the animals, a male and female of each kind, into the ark (5 ­ wait for sounds). Then, Noah and his family (6) went into the ark; Noah, his wife and his three sons and their wives. God shut the door (7). The rain began to fall (8) from heaven and the fountains under the earth opened up (wait for sounds of voices). As the rain came, people were desperate. Now they knew that Noah was right. They must have run to the ark and banged on the door. They must have cried out to God. They probably climbed on houses and in trees, holding their babies up as the water kept rising. It was too late! It rained for 40 days and 40 nights until the whole earth was covered with water. Every living thing died. Meanwhile, Noah and his family were safe in the ark, as it floated above the waters for five months. Finally, God sent a wind over the earth, and the water began to go down. In the seventh month, the ark landed on Mt. Ararat. By the tenth month, the tops of the mountains could be seen (9). Noah sent out a raven (10) but the raven did not return to the ark. Noah also sent out a dove (11) to see if it could find a place, but it came back. In seven days he sent out a dove again (12). This time it returned with an olive leaf in her mouth. This showed that there were leaves on the trees now. Seven days later, he sent out a dove again (13), but it did not return. Noah opened the window and saw that the ground was dry. He waited for God's instructions. Finally, God

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said, "It is time to leave the ark." So, Noah sent out the animals (14 ­ wait for all to come out). Then Noah and his family left the ark (15). Noah and his family were very thankful to God that He had spared their lives. His word was true to them. The first thing Noah did was to build an altar (16). He and his family offered a sacrifice of thanksgiving and worship to the true, living God. God blessed Noah and his sons. He told them to have lots of children and again fill the earth. He gave them power over all animals. God made a promise or a covenant with Noah. He said, "I will never again send a flood to destroy the whole earth. I set a rainbow in the sky (17) to remind you of my promise." (Read Matthew 24:36-44 and exhort about being prepared for the coming of the Lord.) Remember, as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be when Jesus comes again (18).

PUPPETEERS SCRIPT: Listen for the key words and follow the instructions.

"The earth was filled with violence." Show the pictures of the angry men. Shout: "She's my wife" "I'll kill you" "I hate you" Remove puppet. Show Noah and keep him up. Show top of ark. Very slowly raise during narration to top of water as if he's building it. DO NOT show water yet. Show men laughing. Shout: "Ha-ha-ha", "He's crazy", "What's a flood?", "He's a fool!", Etc... Remove. All animals enter the ark. Make loud animal sounds until all animals are in. Noah and his family enter the ark. Make a loud door shutting sound. Slowly raise the ark until the water is seen. Voices yell: "Help!", "I believe now!", "Let me in!", "I'm drowning!", "Please help!", etc... Slowly lower boat to top of stage.

"One righteous man." "Started building an ark."

"Probably laughed."

"Call the animals."

"Noah and his family." "God shut the door." "The rain began to fall."

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"Sent out a raven."

Raven leaves the ark, and doesn't come back. Dove returns to the ark Dove leaves and returns with a leaf taped to it's beak. Dove leaves and does not return. Animals leave. Make sounds of the animals until all the animals are out of the ark. Noah and family come out of the ark. Show the altar. Show rainbow. Show Jesus in the cloud.

"Sent out a dove." "Sent out a dove again." "Sent a dove again." "Sent out the animals."

"Noah and his family left the ark." "Build an altar." "Set a rainbow in the sky." "Jesus comes again."

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SIMPLE GOSPEL SHAPES

(Original source unknown)

THIS SIMPLE LESSON GIVES A CLEAR PRESENTATION OF THE GOSPEL. 1. GOD LOVES ME! 2. I AM A SINNER! 3. GOD SENT HIS ONLY SON! 4. JESUS DIED FOR ME! 5. HE IS ALIVE! 6. I MUST RECEIVE HIM! John 3:16 Romans 3:23 John 3:16; 1John 1:7 1Corinthians 15:3 1Corinthians 15:4 Romans 10:9,10; 1John 1:9; Romans 6:23

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1. (John 3:1-21) Jesus and Nicodemus (You must be born again.) 2. (John 10:10-18) Jesus, the Good Shepherd 3. (Luke 15:8-10) The Lost Coin 4. (Luke 15:11-24) The Prodigal Son (The Lost Son) 5. (Luke 15:1-7) The Lost Sheep 6. (John 6:32-58) Jesus, the Bread of Life 7. (John 10:7-9) Jesus, the Door 8. (John 8:12-19) Jesus, the Light of the World 9. (John 4:7-26) Jesus and the Woman at the Well 10. (Matthew 13:44) The Hidden Treasure 11. (Matthew 13:45-46) The Goodly Pearl 12. (Luke 19:1-10) Zaccheus 13. (Luke 20:9-18) The Wicked Husbandman 14. (Acts 2:37-42) Peter's Sermon 15. (Matthew 19:13-14) 16. (Luke 18:15-17) Little Children Blessed 17. (Mark 10:13-16) 18. (Matthew 22: 1-14) Marriage Feast 19. (Acts 9:1-19) Conversion of Saul 20. (Acts 10) Cornelius 21. (Acts 16:14, 15) Lydia 22. (Acts 16:31-34) Philippian Jailer 23. (Philemon 10:20) Onesimus 24. (John 9) Man Born Blind 25. (Luke 17:11-19) 10 Lepers Healed, 1 Saved 26. (Matthew 4:18-22) Disciples Called 27. (Acts 8:26-39) Ethiopian Eunuch 28. (Luke 10:24-37) Good Samaritan

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Other Gospel Book Ideas

1. Make 5 felt hearts, to be used as the petals, the same size (red, black, white, blue and yellow) 2. Make one green felt stem with leaves 3. Great for pre-school children 4. Use with a small flannelboard 1. Purchase a large umbrella with most of the 6 colors 2. Glue cloth on or paint the other sections 3. Make the 6th color as a fringe around the edge 4. Great for street evangelism

1. Sew a clown costume using the 6 colors 2. Great for hospitals, streets, slums, etc.

1. Sew a shirt with 6 colors Example: · back section ­ 1 color · front section ­ 2 colors · sleeves ­ 1 color each sleeve · collar ­ 1 color 2. Great for evangelism 1. Sew an apron using 6 colors (1 color apron & 5 different color pockets) 2. Put pictures and scriptures in the pockets 3. Great for evangelism

GOLD: Streets of heaven, God's home, God's love BLACK: Darkness inside our sinful hearts RED: Blood of Jesus 112

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GOSPEL FOLDING POCKET

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1. Cut two 9" x 8 1/2" square pieces of cloth of each color. (gold, black, red, white, blue and green) 2. Sew colors together at 8 1/2" sides (this allows extra room for folding). Sew them in a circle in order as shown in sketch #1. (Gold together, black next to gold, red next to black, white next to red, blue next to white and green together.) 3. Lay out in sections of three and press folds according to sketch #2. The bottom section is black-goldgold. See sketch # 3. The black side has one fold (or leaf of book) which is red-white-blue. The gold side has two leafs with black-red-white blue-green. The colors on top should be blue-green-green. 4. Begin folding and pressing by bringing the green to green so that there is a pocket opening that is green inside. See sketches #4 & #5. Colors on top will now be blue-blue-white. Bring the like colors together as you fold. Bring to blue fold line so there is a pocket opening that is blue inside. Colors on top will be red-white-white. Fold white to white fold line so that you have a pocket opening that is white. Colors on top will be red-red-black. Fold red to red fold line so you have a pocket opening that is red. You will now have only two sections, black and black. Fold the one black leaf to the black fold line. You should have gold on the outside, front and back, with a black pocket opening. 5. Press into place, sew seam together on finished edges through all twelve layers and add gold binding over unfinished edges. See sketch #6.

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EVANGELISM OUTREACH IDEAS

BIBLE CLUBS (SCHOOLS) Some American states allow "released time classes" during the day for religious instruction. It must be approved by the local authorities. It should be excellent and consistent. Other schools allow afterschool Bible Clubs. BIBLE CLUBS (NEIGHBORHOOD) A weekly one hour meeting in an apartment or home. BIG BROTHER/BIG SISTER A local church group can work with the public school to assign an adult to meet regularly with a troubled youth. CAMP Many children receive Jesus at five day summer camps in outdoor settings. CHILDREN'S TEAMS Children can share the Gospel through puppet, mime, clowning and singing teams. FREE CLASSES A local church or ministerial group can offer free classes: Tutoring, Music, English as a Second Language, Computer, Sports, Crafts, Etc. INTERNET Youth web pages and chat pages with Christian youth designing the web page and answering questions, under adult supervision. MEDIA Youth oriented panel discussions and call-in programs for Radio and T.V., led by the youth. "Gospel Spots" on Saturday morning. T.V. Youth directed cable T.V. program. MUSIC CONCERTS Using Christian groups to sing and give testimonies. OPEN AIR MEETINGS In villages, slums, parks and carnivals. Using clowns, puppets, mime and free services to minister. ROYAL RANGERS, MISSIONETTES & AWANA CLUBS Church based weekly clubs for Christian children. Can be used to reach the unsaved. See website: www.4Kids.ag.org and www.awana.org/insight

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REVIVAL MEETINGS Evening "revival-type" meetings for 3-5 days, offering Holy Spirit ministry to children and youth. TELEPHONE Give small card with a phone number to hear a recorded message or ask a live counselor a question. Youth and adults can be trained to answer questions and pray over the phone. They will need a list of local agencies for referral. (Teen Challenge, Suicide Counseling, Crisis Pregnancy, etc.) TRACTS Cartoon, Special Event, Holiday, Heroes, Current Toys/Movies. These Gospel tracts should be anointed, short, attractive and given prayerfully. TRUCK STAGE The side of a truck can be made to fold down to make a traveling stage for outreach in unreached areas or in regular neighborhoods. VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL Vacation Bible Schools are 5 day church sponsored classes divided by ages. They include teaching, games and crafts.

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MINISTERING THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT TO CHILDREN

by Gwen Davis According to the Scriptures, as soon as any Believer is saved, he is a candidate for the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Children need the power of the Spirit to help them live an overcoming Christian life. Any child who is a Believer can receive the Holy Spirit and should be given the opportunity.

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WHO IS HOLY SPIRIT?

1. He is God, part of the Trinity- Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Hold up 3 fingers like a W, also show that finger has 3 parts but 1 finger) a. Will- Father b. Word- Jesus c. Work- Holy Spirit 2. He is represented by various symbols in the Bible: a. DOVE (Luke 3:22) b. WIND (Acts 2:2; John 3:8) c. OIL (Acts 10:38; Hebrews 1:9) d. FIRE (Acts 2:3-4) e. WATER (John 7:38-39) f. WINE (Ephesians 5:18; Acts 2:15-16)

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THE WORK OF HOLY SPIRIT IN THE LIFE OF EVERY BELIEVER

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Tells us we need to accept Jesus (John 16:8) We are "born again" by Him (John 3:6) Tells us when we sin (John 16:8) Teaches us the Truth (John 14:17) Shows us things to come (John 16:13) Helps us remember God's Word (1Peter 1:23; 2Peter 1:20-21; John 14:26) He is our Comforter (John 14:16) Draws our attention to Jesus (John 15:26 & 16:14) Helps us to be more like Jesus (Galatians 5:22-23)

III. HOLY SPIRIT AS THE POWER OF GOD

1. The Holy Spirit moved in creation. He displays God's power and puts the Word into action. 2. In the Old Testament the Holy Spirit moved upon certain men at certain times to do special tasks. Samson tore a lion apart (Judges 14:6). He killed 30 enemy men (Judges 14:19). Samson also killed 1,000 enemy men with a jawbone (Judges 15:15). He was strong ONLY when the Spirit of the Lord came upon him. Give other examples. 3. God promised the day was coming when EVERYONE could receive this power, even children! (Joel 2:28-29) 4. After Jesus was baptized in water the power of the Holy Spirit came upon Him. Everywhere He went He showed that God had POWER over Satan (Acts 10:38). He healed the sick, raised the dead, etc. Jesus said He had to go away so He could send the Holy Spirit. He told the disciples to wait to receive the POWER of the Holy Spirit before going out to preach the Gospel (Acts 1:4).

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5. Memory Verse (Acts 1:8) "But ye shall receive POWER after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you and ye shall be my witnesses . . . . ." 6. Describe the Day of Pentecost according to the Bible. Act it out.

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Gives us power to witness. (Acts 1:8) Gives us a new language, "tongues". (Acts 2:4) When we pray in "tongues" it builds our faith. (Jude 20) Helps us pray in God's will. (Romans 8:26) Helps us worship. (1Corinthians 14:17) We don't understand but God does! (1Corinthians 14:2) Helps us to resist the devil. (Ephesians 6:15)

V. OBJECT LESSON ILLUSTRATING THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

1. Objects Needed: Clear water glass, pitcher of water mixed with vinegar, spoonful of baking soda, tray to put under the glass. 2. Directions: a. Show empty glass (Our lives are empty without Jesus) b. Slowly pour water and vinegar into empty glass. Make sure water is to top of glass (When we ask Jesus into our hearts, His life pours into us. As we obey the Holy Spirit, we become more and more like Jesus.) c. Stir baking soda into glass. It will bubble over. (Jesus wants us to have POWER to give life to others, so He baptizes us with the Holy Spirit.) d. "Now, we have power to tell others about Jesus!" 1. Ask, "How many of you would like to have POWER to witness to your family and friends? If you want Jesus to baptize you in the Holy Spirit, come forward." 2. Give instructions to those who come forward: a. They must be saved. b. Illustration: Read Luke 11:11-13. Using a hand-size rock and a portion of bread, ask an older man for bread. "I'm hungry, Daddy, please give me some bread." Will he give you a rock? No. How much MORE will our Heavenly Father give the Holy Ghost when we ask? c. Tell them when you lay hands on them Jesus is going to baptize them right then. He will! As Jesus is doing His part, the child should begin to speak in new words as the Holy Spirit gives him the ability (Acts 2:4) 3. Now lay hands on each head in FAITH and Jesus will do what He promised. Children receive so easily. However, a few will need gentle encouragement to begin speaking in tongues while the Spirit is moving upon and through them. It's okay to keep your eyes open and watch what's happening. It is good to have each child who has received immediately help pray for the next child, using his "new language". Lead them in singing in tongues. Remind them that they have received POWER to witness and a "secret language" to talk to God everyday. 4. The preceding instructions are ONLY guidelines. Allow the Holy Spirit to be creative! He is too big to be put in a "box". This study on the Holy Spirit could be taught in two or three class sessions or summarized in one day.

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Luke 11 Visual Enlarge each drawing to fit on a 8 1/2" x 11" / 216 x 279mm paper. Trace all patterns on medium weight *pellon using a black waterproof marker. If chalk is used, spray with hairspray to set color. If crayons are used, use wax paper and warm iron to set wax. Cut out. These instructions are true only if using pellon. If pellon is not available, color on sheets of paper. Glue flannel to the back when finished and use on a flannelboard. Or you may glue the colored pictures to 3 pieces of posterboard. (bread/rock, egg/scorpion, fish/serpent) Color according to directions using waterproof markers, chalk or crayons.

Use your imagination when coloring the FISH You may want to draw scales on the fish or use several different colors.

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I. THE "SPIRIT REALM" IS REAL

1. (2Kings 6:8-17) a. Elisha heard the Kings words, though he wasn't there. V.9, b. Elisha prayed for his servants eyes to be opened. V. 7 c. Then he saw the chariots of fire. V.17 2. (1Corinthians 2:9-10) Holy Spirit shows us things eyes have not seen and ears have not heard. 3. (Isaiah 55:8-11) God's thoughts are much higher than ours and His ways are wiser

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GOD WANTS US TO LIVE IN THE "SPIRIT REALM"

1. (John 10:27-28) His sheep hear His voice 2. (Romans 8:14) Sons of God are led by His Spirit 3. (John 5:19; 8:38) Jesus saw and heard in the "Spirit Realm" He only did what He saw the Father do. He only said what He heard the Father say. 4. (Romans 8:27) Holy Spirit intercedes through us according to God's will. Learning to get the "mind of the Spirit" in prayer prepares us to hear His voice in the "Gifts" 5. (2Corinthians 5:7) We walk by faith (in the unseen) and not by sight

TRANSPARENCY LESSON ( See sample drawings) III. GOD IS A SPIRIT

1. (John 4:24) We can ONLY commune with Him in the Spirit 2. (John 3:5) We must be born of the Spirit. When we are born again, we begin our spiritual walk. Our spirit grows through the Word, obedience and prayer. 1. Increases our capacity to commune with God in the Spirit, recognize His voice, and have to do what He tells or shows us. It is a doorway to living in a new realm of revelation and power.

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V. (1 CORINTHIANS 12:8-10) THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT ARE FOR ALL BELIEVERS WHO ARE SPIRIT BAPTIZED

1. Gifts of Revelation a. Discerning of Spirits: Enables us to discern the difference between the Holy Spirit, the human spirit and evil spirits. b. Word of Knowledge: a revelation of a piece of information which can't be known in a natural way God's diagnosis of a situation. c. Word of Wisdom: Supernaturally given revelation of God's direction and guidance for a specific situation. God's will for us. 2. Gifts of Power a. Faith: An instantaneous complete assurance of God's willingness and ability to act in a given situation.

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b. Healings: Special anointings of the Holy Spirit which enables us to bring God's healing power to those who are sick. c. Miracles: Special momentary gift of authority which enables us to perform miracles in the name of Jesus Christ. 3. Gifts of Utterance a. Tongues: Asupernatural means of God's communication with His people, a message given in a language unknown to the speaker, always used with the Gift of Interpretation (not the same as tongues for personal prayers given with the Baptism of the Spirit) b. Interpretation: of Tongues supernaturally gives in one's own language the meaning of what was said in the Gift of Tongues. c. Prophecy: an anointing of the Holy Spirit to speak the Words of God. It is for direction up building and encouragement. Sometimes it may predict future events, if God wills.

VI. THERE ARE 9 GIFTS AND 9 FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

1. God wants us to walk in balance. Some Christians want only the (Galatians 5:22) "fruit" of the Spirit, others want only the "gifts". Mature Christians should manifest both. 1. He gives instructions by the Holy Spirit to each member of His body. The mature church is made up of individual members who hear His voice and do what He says. 2. (Ephesians 4:16) "From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love." (read Ephesians 4:4-16)

VII. JESUS AS THE HEAD OF THE BODY OF CHRIST

VIII.WE MUST BELIEVE THAT HOLY SPIRIT WANTS TO SPEAK TO AND THROUGH US AND USE US FOR HIS GLORY!!

Read the following verses out loud and all together: 1Corinthians 12:1, 7, 11, 31; 14:1, 12, 31, 39

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Baptism of the Holy Spirit Spirit

Spirit grows: Word (Psalm 1:2&3) Obedience (Rom. 8:14) Prayer (1 Thes. 5:17)

Out of your innermost being shall flow rivers of living water (John 7:38)

...for he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God... (1 Cor. 14:2)

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Interpretation of Tongues

Knowledge

Wisdom

Prophecy

Tongues

Healings

Discerning of Spirits

The doorway to the Gifts of the Spirit

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