Free Children's Ministry Curriculum Written
by Sheryl Coats
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Celebration Medical Centre
Celebration City Courthouse
Theme: Prepare yourself for the spiritual
battles of life, putting on the whole armour of God
The Set: Medieval times. Turn the puppet stage into a castle.
Obtain a suit of armour if possible or make one.
A knight in shining armour, a court jester, a
beautiful damsel, king, kings cook, and the enemy, etc. Bobo the puppet
and a town crier puppet are also needed.
This week: we will discover that being true to God is crucial
to holding everything together. You must truly love God!
To teach the children that:
Encourage the children to find a place of prayer to
prepare their hearts for God's message. This a great time to model the
importance of prayer by gathering the leaders together to pray for the
service. Remember that prayer is vital to our ministry. Open the service
in a group prayer.
It is very important to review the rules on a
weekly basis. It is also good to remind them of the reasons for the
rules occasionally too. We need to pay closer attention to enforcement
of rules as a controlled environment fosters a better learning
environment. Pod leaders should pay special attention to monitoring
their children's behaviour.
Worship is a very special part of our relationship
with Christ, not only for adults but also for children. They need to
experience that same intimacy with Christ. Encourage them to demonstrate
their love for Christ through their worship.
Theme song: God's got an army marching through this land.
Introduce the theme and the characters, the knight,
the damsel, the enemy, the king, and the cook in the King's Court. The
court jester doesn't respond right away when he is called out to be
The damsel is stolen by the enemy as she is
introduced. She screams as she is taken away by the enemy for the knight
in shining armour to save her. He calls to her of his true devotion to
her, of his deep love for her, and of his undying devotion to save her.
Then he proceeds to ignore her plight. He piddles around, looks for a
snack, etc explaining to the kids that he will save her when he gets
around to it. While he says he loves her, his actions show otherwise.
The king can intervene and explain to the knight that when you truly
love someone you must be willing to sacrifice and do whatever it takes.
Our actions are a good indicator of the sincerity of our hearts. When we
truly love Christ with our whole hearts our actions will show that.
The court jester comes running out carrying on as a joker as usual.
He gets so busy showing off that he loses his pants because he forgot to
wear his suspenders or belt. This will allow you to introduce the idea
that a belt is very important.
Tet a tet by Carmen as a puppet song. Use a girdle
to sing the chorus.
Over the next eight weeks we will be memorizing
Ephesians 6:10-18 This week we will be focusing on verses 13-14a
and reviewing verses 10-12. The town crier comes out with a royal
decree again that all citizens of the Celebration kingdom must learn
the verse. The new portion is posted on the castle wall and the knight
in shining armour attempts to teach it to the children. Once you have
practiced it several times allow two volunteers who can say the verse
come up. Allow them to shoot a toy bow and arrow at a target to win a
prize if they hit the target.
Huge pants relay: you will need a very large
pair of pants for each team. Set up an obstacle course. The teams line
up. The first person puts on the pants and must run the course and back
and then hand the pants to the next player. The team to have all of it's
team mates complete the course wins. The spiritual parallel is that it
is hard to run the race when your pants keep falling down. Like a belt
holds up our pants, truth of heart holds our relationship with Christ
Hula hoop competitions: Have volunteers come up to compete in
hula competitions to see how long they can keep a hula hoop up around
Tell the story of the Rich young ruler. He wanted
to serve God, but wasn't willing to truly love God from his heart.
You will need Velcro for this object lesson. Talk
about how Velcro was created to hold things together. One piece of
Velcro is useless, it takes two pieces. Christ is like one side of
Velcro and we are the other. We aren't any good to God if we don't love
him with our whole hearts. Our sincerity of hearts holds us to Christ!
Bobo comes up with a girdle. (What you girdle
around your heart has power over you)
Weird noises are coming from the puppet stage. It is Bobo talking
funny because he has a girdle on very tight and can hardly talk.
Leader: Hey Bobo, what's wrong back there? Are you ok?
Bobo: (talking very funny and high pitched) OOOHhhh hello,
ummm, nope, nutins wrong.
Leader: You sound very funny today. Are you sick or something?
Bobo: Oh, no, I'm not sick or nutin. It's just this girdle
Leader: A girdle???? What are you talking about?
Bobo: (stands up a little further to display a girdle fastened
around his waist.) This! Don't you know what a girdle is?
Leader: Well, of course I do. It's a cloth thing that is
fastened around a ladies middle and tightened to make her look thinner.
I understand they are very uncomfortable.
Bobo: Well, you can say that again. This thing is killin me.
Leader: So, why are you wearing a girdle?
Bobo: It's because I am soooooooo smart. I read in the Bible
that you need to girdle yourself with truth so I wrote truth on a little
paper and girdled it on. I didn't know it would be so uncomfortable
though. I don't know if I will be able to keep myself girdled in truth
for much longer.
Leader: I'm glad to hear you are reading your Bible Bobo.
However, I think you misunderstood that verse. That verse means that
just like a girdle holds things together, you need to be held together
by a sincere relationship with Jesus.
Bobo: Let me get this straight; I don't need this itchy
uncomfortable thing? All I need is to be sincere in my relationship with
Leader: That's right Bobo.
Bobo: (squealing with delight) hip hip horray, yippy, yippy I
ay!!! Oh boy, I can't wait to take this crazy thing off! I hate to chat
in run, but I need to change. (Rushes off squealing with delight)
You will need safety pins and small beads that will
fit on the pins in black, red, white, green, and gold or yellow. Have
pod groups gather together and discuss what true love is. Take time to
explain that Christ showed us true love when he died for us. We in turn
need to show true love to Christ with sincerity of heart by our actions,
thoughts, and lives. Have kids slide a bead of each color onto a safety
pin in the above order. The black represents the sin that was in our
hearts, the red represents the blood Jesus shed for us on the cross,
white the cleansing we receive at salvation, the green represents
growing in Christ, and the gold represents our promise of heaven for
truly serving God. Have the kids pin the safety pin to their shoe as a
reminder to love God with their whole heart as He loves them.
The cook comes out with several eggs, an egg
separator, a clear bowl, and a fork. The yolk represents the heart of a
person. The white represents sin. The cook shows how when the yolk is in
tact it can be separated from the white by an egg separator. However if
you prick the egg yolk it mixes with the white and can no longer be
separated from the white. When our hearts are not wholly committed to
Christ we get mixed up with sin. We need to separate our selves from sin
by whole heartily loving God.
Take time to review what has been learned today.
This can be done by reviewing the goals for the week. Is your heart true
to God? Have you failed God serving him half heartedly? Cut a large
heart from butcher paper. Using self stick Velcro circles, attach one
side of the Velcro to the heart. Attach the other side of the circles to
small hearts. As the kids commit to serve God whole heartedly, have them
come forward and write their name on a small heart and attach it to the
Copyright 1998, Sheryl Coats