favorite Bible story of young children is when baby Moses was rescued
from danger. The perfect song to accompany this story is "Put 'Em in a
Verse 1 says: I put 'em in a basket and floated him down The river Nile I put 'em in a basket and hoped he'd be found And after a while The princess will find him cause I know it's best My God will take care of the rest Giving up my baby is hard I confess But baby I love you so Baby gotta let you go go go Gotta let you go go go Gotta let you go go go Gotta let you go go go Listen to song clip HERE.
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is one of my daughter's favorite songs!She loves the upbeat rhythm of
the music and loves to make up motions to go along with the lyrics." (Sher R.)
Materials Needed: White construction paper,
crayons, scissors, glue, brads, and scripture verse strip which says:
"Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others." 1
Activity: After learning the Bible
verse, let the children make self-portraits. Attach the head and arms
to the body with brads so they move. Have the children draw pictures of
gifts which they have to serve others and attach these to the hands.
thoroughly. Lessons should be
action-packed with creative, exciting presentations 2. Anticipate
problems and act to prevent them. 3. Have the room
prepared when that first pupil arrives. The children must
have something constructive to do immediately. Those first few minutes set the
tone for the class time which follows. 4. Give choices
within acceptable limits. 5. Determine how
your actions and responses can be carried out in
love. When disciplining
children, they should be corrected in a way that shows them they are loved. When
boys and girls sense our loving concern, they’re much more willing to emulate
our values and our relationship with God. The key to discipling children is to
model Christ-like behavior for them while assuring them in every way possible
that we truly love them. 6. Evaluate the
reasons for misbehavior. It could be a need
for attention, boredom, upset emotions, insecurity, illness, hunger, or inner
tension expressed by wiggles. 7. Make your
children feel valued. Use such phrases
as: “I’m glad you’re a part of our class”; “You are important to me”; “How
special you are”; or “Do you know that God created you one of a
kind?” 8. Pray
regularly. Ask God to give you
wisdom to respond, not react, to situations and that your inner attiude will
always be appropriate when exercising authority. 9. Pray for each
child by name and need. God created the
boys and girls in your class. He knows them better than anyone else. When your
heart yells, “I don’t know what to do” — go to God and seek His wisdom. If we go
to Him seeking answers, we will find them! 10. Make
expectations clear by setting up a few classroom
rules. a. Follow
directions b. Keep hands,
feet, and objects to yourself c. Be respectful –
that includes respecting the teacher, visitors, other students, and
property 11. When giving the
rules, explain reasons behind. Children have a
right to know that when we all obey the rules we are safer and have more fun.
The goal of discipline is to teach children and to lead them increasingly toward
self-discipline. 12. Share
consequences of not following the rules. Specific positive
and negative consequences will be different at each age and stage of
development. What works in the preschool class will need to be different in the
middler group. 13. Once policies
have been stated, allow no infringements. Be
consistent. 14. Talk less, act
more. Instead of asking
children to be quiet over and over, wait for them to give you their attention.
Or flip a light switch if it gets too noisy. 15. Follow a set
plan for desirable behavior. a. Deal with the
problem individually. b. Have the child
tell what he did and share “What rule was broken?” c. Ask what rule
was broken. d. Be sure child
understands why the behavior is not acceptable. e. Let the child
experience the consequences of his behavior. f. Give love and
The need for love is the greatest of all human needs. Children who don't
receive love cannot fulfill their God-given potential for a fulfilling,
contributing life. While children's workers at church spend relatively brief
amounts of time with children, our effect on boys and girls must not be
minimized. Small tokens of love from a child's teacher can sometimes have an
impact way out of proportion to the significance of the event. Here are 8 simple
ways to show your children you love them.
1. Get down on their level. The unspoken gesture of getting on your
knees so you can communicate eye-to-eye with kids speaks volumes.
2. Be a patient listener. Let's face it. Children's narratives can
sometimes be tedious, filled with long pauses, repeated words, and more details
than anyone really cares to hear. However, really LISTENING to a child says, "I
care. I'm interested in you." To show that you are listening, it sometimes helps
to interject a question or comment in the narrative. For example, "That must
have been a lot of fun," or "How did you feel when your brother did that?"
3. Remember birthdays and other special events. Recognize birthdays in
your classroom. Take photos of the children during activities and display these
in the classroom or give them copies. Send a birthday card or e-mail.
4. Occasionally attend something of importance to the child: sports
events, musical recitals, school events.
5. Welcome children warmly when they come to class, and give them time
to share the events of their week. Possible questions are: "How was your
week--good, bad, or average? What was the best thing that happened all week?
What was the worst thing that happened?" As children respond, rejoice or
commiserate with them as appropriate.
6. Remember the children who always come. Absentees are usually
contacted urging them to return to class. By contrast, regular attendees can
sometimes be overlooked. Occasionally call or e-mail these children to express
your appreciation for their regular attendance and participation.
7. Notice things about your children. Is Jessica wearing a
particularly attractive dress? Tell her so. Has Nathan lost a tooth? Let him
tell about it. Is Corbin sporting new shoes? Admire the special features he
points out. This attentiveness tells children they are important to you.
8. Praise good work, good behavior, and good effort. According to some
specialists, it takes several positive remarks to undo the effect of one
negative comment. Some children hear mostly commands and negatives: "Sit up
straight." "Why can't you . . .?" "You never . . . ." or " You always . . . ."
Help to balance these with honest praise of the good things you notice: "You're
doing a great job on that picture," "Thanks for waiting so patiently." "You're
really improving in raising your hand before you talk." When praising a child,
ALWAYS be sincere, and be SPECIFIC about what you praise.
Games are an excellent way to build cohesion in the group as the
children learn to trust and work together. They also break the ice and help any
new boys or girls become better acquainted.
1. Organize extensively.
Be sure you know how to play each game and what the rules are. Think about
the location where the game will be played and imagine your group being there.
What problems might be encountered?
2. Be prepared with creative alternatives.
Be ready at a moment’s notice to meet the needs and mood of your group.
Always have several games “up your sleeve” just in case what was planned will
3. Keep it simple.
Spend as little time as possible in organizing the game or dividing into
teams. It’s during this time children become restless and problems begin.
4. Be quick to recognize teaching opportunities.
Children constantly learn. Playing games provides numerous opportunities for
teaching Christ-like attitudes and proper behavior responses.
5. Plan games where all pupils can participate.
Except for physical reasons, everyone should be involved.
6. Be creative.
Use a variety of games, rather than letting even a favorite monopolize each
7. Watch for lagging interest.
If interest lags in a game, another one should be started immediately. If
not, pupils will want to begin to drop out.
Puppets are still an effective teaching tools. In fact, they
are the #2 teaching tool. Here are some ways they can be used in the
1. Presenting stories a. Read the story carefully, picking out the important parts. b. Keep the play short. Attention span is one minute beyond age.
2. Teaching Scripture verse a. A puppet could be named Detective Dan. His purpose would be to search through Scripture to find verses for the boys and girls to learn.
b. A hound dog could actually look like he's searching for a verse and then dialogue with the children to help them learn it.
3. Reviewing previous lessons A Question Kid puppet can be created. Attach a question mark to your stage. Children take turns pushing the question mark circle which is the "doorbell" to bring up the Question Kid who, in turn, asks review questions.
4. Making announcements
5. Involving with music a. Those who normally don't like music will become involved when they use a puppet. b. Creative way to learn new songs.
6. Reinforcing a biblical principle or providing information
7. Teaching behavior A church mouse named CM
could be used in a non-threatening way to help children learn proper
behavior at church, because a church mouse sees all and knows all!
1. Know why people are reluctant to serve in a
children’s ministry position.
Think someone else can do the job better than they can.
not want to be tied down with responsibilities. Are content to worship, but not
Afraid they will fail. Fear of the unknown is a vital drawback of volunteers.
Lack of confidence. o not understand what is involved in the specific
Worker fatigue. Often too few people are called upon to carry too many
Poor enlistment techniques. Out of desperation, we often grab anyone and then
one else who will do it.”
2. Assess present and future needs.
To obtain an overview of the personnel needs in your
children’s division, list all the positions - those which are filled and the
ones which need to be staffed.
3. Spend thirty days in prayer, asking God to lead you
to just the right persons for just the right jobs.
It’s amazing how responsive people are when God places
a ministry on their heart.
4. Recruit through personal contact.
60% of the people in any congregation do NOT respond
to general announcements! One-on-one recruitment is always the most effective,
and also eliminates the possibility of people responding for a position who are
5. Set a time limit on assignments, and honor your
Sometimes when a person accepts a job, it becomes a
lifetime assignment. Staff members may need short respites or different
ministry assignments to remain challenged.
When asking review questions for your Bible story lesson,
think of “how” ones.These require more
mental activity on the part of pupils than “who” or “what” questions.“How” questions help pupils imagine how the
person felt rather than just recalling facts.
Instead of asking, “Who watched Baby Moses when he was
placed on the river?” ask, “How do you think Miriam felt when she was left
alone with the baby?”
Bible Verse: “A friend loves at all times.” (Proverbs
Directions: Cut a large red heart from construction paper.
Write the verse on the heart.
Activity: Show the heart and have the class repeat the
verse 3 times together. Ask the boys and girls to sit in a circle. As you
clap, the children pass the heart to their right from person to person. When you
stop clapping, that child and the ones sitting to the right and left of that
child, all stand and say the verse with the teacher.
(Every time the children hear the word “walking” in the story, they stand
and walk in place. Tell the boys and girls that when you put your hand in the
stop position, they are to be seated.)
A man was walking from Jerusalem to Jericho. Suddenly, robbers
attacked him. They beat him up, took his clothes, and left him there.
A priest came walking down the same road. The man thought, “Great!
Someone will help me.” But the priest was in a hurry and didn’t take the time
to stop and help the injured man.
A Levite came walking down the same road. The man thought, “Great! I
hope this person will help me.” But this teacher in the temple did not stop and
help the injured man either.
A Samaritan came walking down the same road. The injured man probably
thought, “The first two people who came by didn’t help me. This person probably
But when the Samaritan saw the man lying there all beaten and bloody, he
wanted to help him. He gave him first aid and placed bandages on the wounded
man’s body. Then he carefully helped the injured man get on his donkey, took
him to a place to stay for the night and continued to take care of him.
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Prior to the activity, talk about positive character qualities which
people have such as being kind, considerate, friendly, helpful, nice,
thoughtful, caring. You can also discuss talents which people have such
as singing, playing a musical instrument, being good at sports, etc.
Have the children sit in a circle on the floor or in chairs. Give
one child a large heart made from red construction paper. While music
is playing, the children pass the heart to their right around the
circle. Once the music stops, the pupil who has the heart will choose
either the child to their left or right and say something positive about
them, such as: I think you are very kind. You are a great soccer player. I like how you color. You are really nice.
Be sure something positive is said about each child in class before ending the activity.
Challenge the children to tell each of their family members something
they really like about them on Valentine's Day either in person, on the
phone or via e-mail.
“We are awesome, awesome, awesome!” the people who came after Noah said to
one another. “Let’s build a magnificent city all by ourselves with a gigantic
tower that reaches way up into the sky so everyone will know how awesome we
So brick after brick after brick, they started building their tower.
The people bragged and boasted to each other about how famous they were going
to be as they laid brick after brick after brick.
“Everyone in the whole world will know about us,” they smugly said feeling SO
important in their own power. “We will be better than everyone else. We are
awesome, awesome, awesome!” And they continued building brick after brick after
God saw their pride and said: “If they do all this, there’s no telling what
these people will try next. I’m going to jumble up their language so they can’t
understand each other anymore.”
Up until this point in the Bible, the whole world had one language – one
common speech for all people.
After God confused their language, when the people talked, it sounded like
babbling because they had different languages instead of just one. Now it was
impossible to continue building brick after brick after brick because they could
not understand each other anymore.
Oops! Guess they should not have been so proud. God scattered the people all
over the world and that city became known as Babel.
1. Why did God stop their plans? (The people were building a monument to
themselves, to call attention to their own abilities and achievements, instead
of giving glory to Him.)
2. Is there anything you have ever boasted about or tried to build yourself
up, but not for the glory of God?
3. What is the opposite of pride and how can it be shown in our lives?
(Have the children explain what humility is and see if they can give
examples of how it can be shown in their everyday lives.)
4. What are some ways we can put God first in our lives?
Action Step: Have each child make a poster from construction
paper which says: “Put God First.” Provide crayons, markers, paint and an
assortment of add-ons such as glitter, colored sand, paper confetti, etc.
Bible Verse: “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but
with humility comes wisdom” (Proverbs 11:2).
Ask, “Have any of you ever received a letter from
someone?”(Let children share who their
letters have been from.)
Show on your whiteboard the components of a letter: The
greeting is “Dear Grandma.”In the body
of the letter you might thank her for something she has done for you or given
to you.You might share with her things
which have been happening in your life.You might even ask her for something.The closing of the letter is when you write, “Love” and sign your name.
When we pray, it’s like writing a letter to God.Our greeting is “Dear God.”Then we can thank Him for things He has done
for us or given us.We can share with
Him things which are going on in our lives.And we might have some things we want to ask Him for.The closing of our prayer is when we say
Children will open up their hearts when praying through
writing letters, as did the child in the prayer she wrote pictured below.