Category Archives: Lesson plans

New Year – New start

We love to flag up posts on sites other than our own, which may be a help to our readers. Ken Sapp, on his website Creative Youth Ideas, has some tried and tested suggestions for work among children or youth.
Suggestions for a Christian youth meeting about feet

His post “Step Up in the New Year” brings together ideas for the start of a new season.

“A person’s feet tell us two very important facts: where one is standing and which way one is going.”

Fun Games

Ken has collated some fun games suitable for children or teens around the theme of feet. There are bound to be several that will suit your group. One example with bare feet and marker pens sounds hilarious!!

Spiritual connections

He follows these with suggestions for opening up the spiritual aspects, using Bible references, and finally adds some very practical and thought-provoking life applications.

There is even an idea for a simple take-home reminder of the theme.

If you are looking for something to start your new season of ministry, maybe this is for you!

Free instant access New Year’s resources

Right now Children’s Ministry Deals are making available for download some New Year’s Children’s ministry resources.

New Year Children's ministry resource

What is there?

There are “Minute to Win It” games, colouring sheets, lesson plans and much more. Perhaps you will find something that will suit your group. Some were previously priced at up to $25 but now are free!

So head on over to their web page and pick up your bargain!

 

Palm Sunday craft

 

Palm Sunday craft

Image from childrensministry.com

Children’s Ministry magazine is always a fund of great ideas. There online resources are no exception.

In this craft and activity you can wave your home-made palm branches and shout praises to Jesus, while thanking God for the blessings others bring into your lives.

This idea for a family Palm Sunday celebration can be used in a church context, family worship or class room. Just adapt the setting. The discussion and craft are very versatile and helpful. Through our own emotions we can gain a greater understanding of what the Jerusalem people and Jesus felt. We can also have opportunity to value and appreciate others – and that is always good.

Here is the Palm Sunday activity and craft plan from Childrensministry.com

Christmas school assembly ideas

Damaris Trust is a wonderful organization that creates resources for evangelism. Their goal is to relate the Bible message to popular culture, including using movies to explore the theme of redemption.

This year, Damaris have once again received permission to use snippets from the British film Nativity! Using this as a starting point, they have created ideas for a primary school Christmas season assembly.

When you visit the Christmas assembly page  you can click to open up the elements you wish to use and have a PDF made of those parts.
There is also a PowerPoint presentation to use and ideas for drama, singing and a time of reflection.

To view the Damaris suggestions and pick up the PowerPoint, visit the Collective worship for Christmas page.

You may also find these free Christmas resources of ours to be helpful.

  • Christmas – Myth or Truth?   PowerPoint teaching
  • Christmas Gifts  PowerPoint teaching
  • Christmas lights  Powerpoint Quiz
  • Christmas Cookie Count  Powerpoint Quiz
  • Christmas Cookie Count  printable Quiz
  • C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S  Simple spelling presentation the kids can “perform”.
  • Meeting special needs and pre-school curriculum

    Do you have a child in your family or group that has special needs? We have  been very impressed at the regularity and quality of posts on
    Our Out of Sync Life.

    The author, Momma C. sums up her site like this:

    God has blessed us with three beautiful children – one with Sensory Processing Disorder, a very Strong Willed middle child, and a Spirited Little Man. Follow us as we learn to train up our children to love the Lord with all of their heart, soul, and mind.

    Even if right now there are no children in your care with special needs, you will still find this blog very uplifting and illuminating. There are heaps of ideas for crafts, and other learning opportunities.

    Momma C is a trained educator  and she also runs a companion site , ABC Jesus Loves Me.   This is a pre-school Bible curriculum, free for use in the home. It is especially helpful for children with developmental delays.

    We’d encourage you to check out these wonderful sites.
    Our Out of Sync LifeABC Jesus Loves Me

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