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 amour of God
The Set: Medieval times. Turn the puppet stage into a castle.
Obtain a suit of amour if possible or make one.
A knight in shining amour, 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 righteousness is doing what is
right in accordance to God's law.
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 behavior.
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 in distress is doing something she knows
is wrong and is stolen by the enemy. The enemy sprays her with some foul
smelling odor. The knight in shining amour doesn't want to save her
because she smells bad. The damsel tries to cover up the smell with
sweet smelling perfume but it doesn't work. The knight in shining amour
informs her that she needs to eliminate the odor rather than trying to
cover it up. She cleans up with soap and water and then the knight saves
her. We can't be righteous just by covering up our sins, we need to let
God clean us. God wants us to be righteous. Righteousness means doing
what you know is right according to God's law with a sincere heart.
Carmen song about the breastplate is done as a
The cook comes out with a cook book. He talks about
following recipes. It is important to follow the recipe because it tells
you how to make the food. If we don't follow the recipe things can be
disastrous. He can tell about when he didn't follow the recipe and what
happened. God also has a book that tells us how to live. It is like the
recipe book for Christians. We need to follow the instructions in the
book so that everything works out.
The knight comes out with five pairs of objects to present to the
king (like a banana and a banana peel, a potato and a rotten potato,
fresh bread and moldy bread, a nice cupcake and a smashed cupcake, etc.)
He is trying to decide which ones to give the king. He can talk about
the differences between the two. Allow kids to come forward and choose
which one they would rather have. Then talk about making right choices.
Making right choices is important. To neglect what we know is right can
leave gaping holes in our armor. If the knight chooses the wrong one he
will be punished by the king. Christians must make choices all the time.
We need to make right choices. To neglect to do what we know is right
can lead to serious trouble for a Christian.
The damsel comes strolling along with a banana. She can't decide what
to do with her peel. There is a sign there that says No Littering. She
reads the sign, and ponders what she should do with the peel since she
can't litter. The enemy comes along and tells her that no one is
watching so she should just throw it down. After all, no one will know
she did it. She throws it down and wanders off. The knight in shining
armor comes along then and slips on the peel. The damsel comes running
out to help him. He is all upset that someone could do such a terrible
thing as littering. She confesses that she knew it was wrong but did it
anyways because she knew no one was watching. The knight in shining
armor can discuss righteousness with her, telling her how important it
is to always to what you know is right even if no one is watching. God
is always watching.
Over the next eight weeks we will be memorizing
Ephesians 6:10-18 This week we will be focusing on verses 14b
and reviewing verses 10-14a. 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 armor attempts to teach it to the children showing off
his armor as he does. 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.
The court jester comes out to entertain the king
with a story. He tells the story of David and Saul when David cut off a
piece of Saul's robe. David knew it was wrong to kill Saul. Even though
Saul had treated David badly David still did what was right.
You will need one large piece of card board cut to
look like a breastplate with a hole in the middle of it for each pod and
a water gun. Place a bucket behind each hole. The object of the game is
to shoot the water gun and fill up the bucket as much as possible before
time is called. After the game gather in pod groups and discuss how
unrighteousness leaves a hole in our armor. Take time to answer the kids
questions about what righteousness is.
You will need a visibly filthy rag. Take time to
explain that we are all born sinners. Our hearts are filthy like this
rag. Our actions alone cannot make us clean. Only God can make us clean
and righteous. However, once we have been made clean by God our actions,
our character, and our motives must be righteous.
Copyright 1998, Sheryl Coats