During the outdoor program we have the opportunity
to spread our message of hope and salvation. The lessons are projected
over a sound system and can be heard by many in a community. For this
reason we have decided to stick to simple lessons with a strong
evangelistic message. More direct discipleship will occur in our indoor
program which runs from late October to early May. This series is
Adventure Days. Adventure will be the outward theme but the lesson will
encompass our true task, to share with the kids the salvation message,
to tell them the "Secret of Everlasting Life". In Adventure Days you
will travel with our protagonist to wild jungles, high mountains and hot
deserts. He will find many different beliefs about eternal life but in
the end he will find The Way, The Truth and The Life.
Lesson 2 - The Mountain
In the second week of the Adventure Days series the
focus remains on "the Secret of Eternal Life" The professor is still
trying to find the answer after a very unsuccessful attempt the previous
week. The stress this time will be on good deeds. It is important to
love one another and to try to be helpful. However, if you feel that you
can go to heaven simply because you are a good person you are sadly
mistaken. What is important is what is in your heart. You can only go to
heaven if you know Jesus and have a personal relationship with Him.
- to teach the children that Jesus is the way to heaven
- to teach that good deeds are important but your relationship
with Jesus is more important.
- to teach the children that Jesus loves them
The opening can be anything that you choose, puppet songs or skits
are usually very effective. Drama presentations or clowns might be good
too. Use your imagination. The more variety the better. Try to do
something different every week just to keep them guessing.
Prayer should always be included in the outdoor
program. Since it will be heard by the entire community you might want
to pray for things that concern them as a whole. If you are aware of any
specific situations this would be an excellent opportunity to teach
people that they can bring these concerns to God.
Enjoy this time in the program. It is fun for the
kids. Try to pick an energetic leader for this part of the program. The
leader should be someone who can help the kids get excited about
singing. It should be a person who can teach actions to help make the
songs more entertaining.
Games can be a lot of fun but we need to consider safety first. At the
Zoo we don't play any games that require a child to place an object in
their mouth. There are a number of popular relays that include this type
of activity but they are not incorporated into "The Zoo" program. We
deal with children who are quite young and choking during the program or
even at home when mimicking a game is a definite possibility.
The games for this lesson are adapted to suit the Mountain theme.
- Unpack Game
Select 10 players. Divide them into two teams of five. Have the
children line up in single file behind a pylon at the starting line. The
first contestants will run to the finish line marked by a pylon. At the
pylon they will find mountain climbing equipment spread all over the
lawn. They will pack it all into the knapsack supplied and then yodel
very loudly. When they have completed the task they will run back to the
starting line and tag the player that goes next. The second contestants
will unpack the bag and yodel. This game continues until each person
has gone twice. The team to complete this first wins.
- Crazy Mountaineer Dress Up Relay
Select eight contestants. Divide them into two teams of four. Have
them line up behind pylons at the starting line. In front of the start
pylon there will be a pile of crazy mountaineer clothing. (Large hiking
boots, shorts with suspenders and a hat with a feather in it) The first
contestant will put on the clothing and run to the finish line and back.
When the child returns to his/her pylon he/she will remove the outfit
and hand it to the next contestant. The first team to complete this
This is an interaction between the puppet and a leader. The puppet
Phoebe is back. Phoebe is talking about her trip again. She sent a
post card to her parents. It had an
important message on it but in the
mail it got all wet and the note on the back is hard to read. The
children have to decipher it before they can remember it.
Phoebe: Hi everyone, I'm back. I brought something else to
show you this week.
Leader : Great Phoebe, what is it?
Phoebe: It is a picture of me in the mountains, another place
that I went on my summer vacation. It was very exciting. The mountains
were huge and tall. See, come over here and I'll give you the picture.
(hands it to leader)
Leader: Oh it turned out great. You look like you are having a
lot of fun. Those are big mountains behind you.
Phoebe: Turn it over, I wrote a special message on it.
Leader: (turns it over and discovers that the message is
ruined) Phoebe, I hate to tell you this but your message is in pretty
bad shape. I don't think I can read it.
Phoebe: But it was so important. What do I do now?
Leader: There is some of it left maybe the kids and I can
figure it out. Do you mind if we try?
Phoebe: No go right ahead. I hope you can do it.
Leader: (Allow time to interact with the children as they help
to complete the message)
Let's read it together "For by grace you have been saved through
faith not by works". Ephesians 2:8. That is what it says Phoebe. We will
repeat it a few times so that we can learn it.
Phoebe: That's it, that is the message that I learned in the
mountains. What does it mean? Do you know?
Leader: Yes, I have heard that verse before and I know what it
means. It means that it is important to do good things to help others
but that is not what is going to give you everlasting life. The Bible
says that you need to believe in Jesus and ask him to forgive you for
Phoebe: I learned so much today. Thank you for helping me. I
think I will take my picture home so that I can look that verse up in my
Bible. See you guys later.
Leader: See ya Phoebe.
This story is told by puppets interacting with one another. Dr. Kentucky James is back. He
is continuing his search for the "Secret of Everlasting Life." He is
joined by a puppet dressed like a reporter and a couple of monkey
Reporter and Kentucky James enter from opposite ends of the stage and
bump into each other in the middle.
Reporter: Oh, I'm sorry. Excuse me sir!
Kentucky: that's OK. You seem to be lost, can I be of
Reporter: Yes, I am lost and I sure hope you can help me. I'm
looking for a man by the name of... let's see I wrote it down
somewhere... oh yes, Professor Kentucky James.
Kentucky: Well guess what? I'm Kentucky James. What can I do
Reporter: I'm a reporter from the "Zoo News". I have heard
that you have been searching for "The Secret of Everlasting Life". Have
you found the answer yet? Do you know how to get to heaven?
Kentucky: To tell the truth I do not know the answer. Last
week I went to the jungle to visit a wise old elephant and I don't
believe that he had the right answer. This week I climbed a mountain to
find the answer to the "Secret of Everlasting Life", would you like to
here about it?
Reporter: Sure, please tell us about your trip. We would love
to hear about it.
Kentucky: I was pretty depressed when I got back from the
jungle. I wanted to find the answer but I did not think that the
elephant had the answer.
I came back here to my office to decide what to do next. As I was
flipping through a magazine I saw a picture of a large mountain. I
remembered the "Marvelous Snow Monkeys" on Mount Sager.
I thought I could find the answer there. So I packed my gear for a
mountain expedition. I got on a plane and the next thing you knew we
landed at an air field at the base of Mt. Sager. I hiked and hiked. I
knew that the monkeys lived on top of the snow capped mountain. If the
Snow Monkeys knew the secret I was going to find it. The team made it to
the snow line the first day, we had to set up camp and stay the night
there. It was freezing that night in the snow but I had to be determined
and a little snow and cold would not stop me from finishing my search
for the monkeys. More than anything I wanted to know, "how do I get to
The next morning we continued our pursuit. I got really tired so I
sat down on a rock next to a dark cave to rest. I heard an echoing noise
come from the cave. I didn't move. I hoped what ever made the noise
would not come out. Then I felt a tap, on my shoulder! I turned around
quickly, nothing was there. Then there was another tap on my other
shoulder, I turned again, and there was nothing. Then a small monkey
jumped in my lap, scaring me so bad that I fell off my rock and into the
snow. As soon as I recovered from the shock I realized this was one of
the "Marvelous Snow Monkeys". I explained to him what I was searching
for and he told me he would take me to his king.
(enter the Monkey King)
"Your Royal Monkey Highness, I have come a long way to ask you a
question, may I ask it"?
Monkey King: "Ooooo, Ooooo, Go ahead".
Kentucky: "What is the secret of everlasting life"?
King: "Oooo Oooo Oooo, Well we monkeys believe that you can
get to heaven if you are nice to one another. All the monkeys in our
tribe do nice things all the time. That is all it takes"!
Kentucky: "Thank you so much for your time, King".
As I went down the mountain I thought wow! The monkeys are pretty
smart. They weren't crazy like the elephant. All they said it took was
being nice, no problem.
Reporter: Oh wow, what a story Professor James! That's it, you
found the secret to everlasting life, you found the answer! I can
hardly wait to get back to the studio and tell our viewers.
Kentucky: Not so fast. That isn't the right answer. At first I
thought the monkeys were on to something. I thought that they were
right, but I am not so sure now. Since I came back I found that the
monkeys were not 100% correct. Doing good to each other is very
important, but it is not the secret to eternal life. I am going to keep
working on it. I'll call you if I get any leads.
Reporter: Well, OK, thanks for the interview professor.
Kentucky: No, thank you. (Puppets exit opposite directions)
Ask questions that will help to clarify the message.
- Is doing good important?
- How did the monkeys think you get to heaven?
- were they right?
- How do we go to heaven?
- What does everlasting life mean?
Quiet Seat prizes and closing prayer.
Copyright 1997, Bread of Life Ministries