Free Children's Ministry Curriculum Written
by Sheryl Coats
and More Bugs
Celebration Medical Centre
Celebration City Courthouse
Our new theme takes us into the meadow to
discover mysteries about bugs. At the same time we will discover
mysteries about our relationship with Christ. The puppet stage will be
decorated with grass and flowers and bugs and anything else that gives
the appearance of a meadow...a few fake trees and some artificial turf
can really add to the effect.
To teach the children that:
Maintaining order is important. It is important to
review the rules on a weekly basis, both for the sake of new children
and to remind the other children what is expected of them.
1. No illegal movement: Stay in your seat and keep hands and feet to
2. No interference: Don't interrupt the lesson
3. Go for the touch down: Lets have fun!
Prayer is the key to our ministry. If we fail to
prepare with prayer we have failed! As prayer sets the tone for our
preparation, it also sets the stage for our program. It sets the kids
off on the right step knowing they are in the presence of God. Many of
these kids need to know that God is their FRIEND!
Marshmallow squishing contest... first have the
kids gently squeeze their marshmallow. Then have them really squish
them. Then have the kids gently toss a ball back and forth. Next have
them bounce it with all their might. What was different about the two
ways I asked you to do things? Today we are going to learn about loving
God with all our heart, mind, and strength.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with
all your soul and all your strength Deuteronomy 6:5. Today I am going to
teach you a very important verse of the bible. Each time I touch my nose
I want you to say it as loudly as possible...so that they can hear you
Prof: Good morning all. I have the most
fascinating information for all these little brats.
Ms. D: Why good morning professor. What new discovery do you
have for us today? Do you have some amazing bug facts for us?
Prof: BUGS? BUGS? DID YOU SAY BUGS? How many times must I
repeat myself? They are not bugs! They are insects.
Ms D: Oh I am soo sorry. I meant insects. I will try harder; I
Prof: Very well. Now where were we? (Looking at his books)
Ms. D: You were about to tell us some amazing bu.. Insects
Prof: Oh yes. That is correct. I have the most fascinating
fact here. One that children will find most intriguing.
Ms. D: well don't keep us in suspense. Tell us.
Prof: (looking at his books) eighty percent of flowering
plants depend on insectum to carry their pollen from one plant to
another...without pollination of flowers there would be no apples,
oranges, melons or even chocolate! HA! Just think of life without
chocolate. You brats need insects in order to have delicious chocolate.
Ms. D: wow that is a fascinating fact. We all love chocolate.
Prof. But wait! There is more!
Ms. D: Great. What else are you going to tell us about?
Prof: (looking at his books again) Insects have long skinny
tongues that work like straws. They use these to drink the nectar of the
flowers. Ummm...The nectar is made primarily of sugar and water. Do you
know what that means?
Ms. D: Not really. Are you going to tell us?
Prof: of course I am. It means that insects live on what
amounts to candy.
Ms. D: wow I bet the kids would love to live on candy.
Piggy penny (comes running in with her pockets full of candy and a
very sticky face) Oh boy! I can't wait to tell my mommy that I never
have to eat another vege or nasty liver and onions. All I am going to
eat is candy, candy, candy!
Ms D.: Penny, what do you have in your pockets?
Penny: I have candy, candy, and more candy...and I am going to
eat it all myself. I am not going to share with anyone.
Prof: My dear young brat, if you eat all that candy you will
make yourself as sick as a dog with the flu.
Penny: but bugs live on sugar so it must be ok.
Prof: Humf! I have told you a dozen times that you are not an
insect. As far as I can tell you are a humanoid..a runt humanoid.
Ms. D: You see penny, God made all living things different.
God designed insects to live on large amounts of sugar, but people need
a balanced diet in order to live.
Penny: Yuck! Yuck! I only like candy.
Prof: (Pulling out a food pyramid) I the most brilliant and
fantastic professor have a food chart right here with me. You will
notice that it shows that you need a balanced diet of fruits, veges,
grains, meats, and dairy. At the very top you will notice that it has a
small area designated for sugars. That means that you need very little
amounts of sugar. A balanced diet consists of more than just one food
Ms. D: That is really great. That reminds me that we need to
have a balanced spiritual diet too.
Prof: Well, I must be off now. I have much to do.
Penny: but don't you want to stay and hear about your
Prof: I am so wonderful that I don't need to hear about
spiritual things (he takes off as quickly as possible)
Ms. D: Prof, I have some fascinating facts about your
spiritual life to tell you. Oh this is so sad. The professor really
needed to hear what I have to say.
Penny: He is not so smart after all. He may know about bugs,
but he doesn't know anything about the important stuff.
Ms. D: that is so true. You see, the professor doesn't have a
spiritually balanced diet in his life. You see penny, just going to
church isn't enough. Reading one little verse in your bible isn't
enough. Just saying a little prayer isn't enough. If you only do one
spiritual thing then it is just like eating only one kind of food like
candy. We all know that we would get sick if we only ate candy. We
become spiritually sick if we don't have a balanced spiritual diet.
Penny: So what do I need to do to stay healthy spiritually?
Ms. D: That is an excellent question. (Turns the food pyramid
over where there is a spiritual pyramid and begins to describe what we
need in our lives like prayer, bible reading, church attendance,
Penny: Wow, there is a lot to do to maintain our relationship
Ms D: Yes there is, but they are all good for us and important
Penny: Why don't we worship right now? It was one of the
things on the pyramid.
Ms. D: That is a great idea.
Singing is an important element of our friendship
with Jesus. Take time to explain that when we sing we are showing and
telling God how we feel about him. Lets lead the kids into the presence
of the Lord. They need to experience Gods presence. As we lead they will
Take time before offering to tell the kids about
the team names (such as the Amazing blazing Ants or the cool and crazy
crickets) and team points. Designate a helper to stay near the board to
record team points as they are earned. Once the names are established
take offering using the scales.
Will you eat it? Have two bags with unusual edible
items in them. Select several volunteers. Describe the item. Have the
volunteers guess what you are describing. If they guess correctly ask
them "will you eat it?" If they eat it they score points for there team.
The team with the most points wins. Talk about what it means to eat a
balanced meal and what happens to our bodies if we leave out one of the
major food groups.
A clown comes in with a candy bar making quite a fuss over how
wonderful it is. When asked to share he/she first offers only the
wrapper, then offers a teeny tiny piece, but no more. The other person
can then tell the clown how sometimes we only want to give God a little
of our lives...but that is wrong. Giving God a little of our heart and
lives isn't enough.
Use the scales to explain to the kids what balanced
means. Use candy or money to show how if you put a lot in one side and a
little in the other side they are no longer balanced. Too little in one
side causes it to be uneven.
Tell the story of the Pharisees and their praying
in public, but lacking any real relationship with God. They were doing
spiritual things but didn't have a balanced diet of spiritual things.
They were only doing the things that made them look good.
Bobo Bumble Bee is angry with the pastor and comes
up screaming and hollering.
Bobo: (comes up angry)
Ms. D: What is the matter Bobo? You seem to be quite angry.
Bobo: I am angry! I am very angry! Why I am so mad I could
spit nails and and (goes into a tirade again)
Ms. D: Bobo calm down. Control yourself. What are you angry
Bobo: I am angry with Pastor. He is so mean. Why I just want
to take him out to the parking lot and show him how strong I am. I'm
going to beat him up, that's what I am going to do.
Ms.D: Whoahhh. Bobo, have you asked Jesus to be the boss of
Bobo: Well of course I have! I want to go to heaven and be
with Jesus someday.
Ms. D: You certainly aren't acting like it today.
Bobo: Yes I am, why I read a bible verse this morning! I did!
I read one verse every morning you know. I am very spiritual.
Ms. D: I am afraid that is not enough. Reading one verse
doesn't make you spiritual. You need a balanced diet of spiritual
Bobo: But I go to church sometimes. That surely makes me
Ms. D: Nope! You see Bobo, in order to be spiritual we need to
love the Lord with our whole hearts, mind, and soul. When we love him
that much we will want to read our Bibles and go to church and pray and
worship and display the fruit of the spirit in our lives.
Bobo: Does that mean I shouldn't be acting so rude and angry
Ms. D: As a matter of fact it does. Do you remember what the
fruits of the spirit are?
Bobo: As a matter of fact I don't. Hehehehehe..
Ms. D: Maybe the kids can help you out (allow kids to tell
bobo what they are)
Bobo: I see that I need some self control and some love and
some kindness and I need to forgive pastor don't I?
Ms. D: yep, you sure do.
Bobo: There is a lot more to being a Christian than just
coming to church isn't there?
Ms. D: When Jesus comes into our lives and we become a
Christian he becomes our friend. If we want to keep him as our best
friend we need to do the things that will help build our friendship with
him. (Bring out the chart and review them with bobo and the kids)
Bobo: That's a lot of things...
Ms D: Just doing one thing won't keep us spiritually healthy.
You have to have a balance.
Bobo: Well, I learned an important lesson today. I think I
will go tell pastor I am sorry.
Ms. D: before you go, could you tell us what he did that made
you so angry?
Bobo: Oh, he....
LESSON that ties into alter call:
have a large heart cut from a white sheet and small hearts cut from
red fabric. Tell the children the salvation message and then talk about
how Jesus loved us sooo much that he died for us. Ask the children what
we can do in return. Give each child a heart. We could just go to church
and never act nice, we could just read a little bit of the bible...we
could pray before bed time sometimes, but our spiritual life would not
be balanced. We need to give God everything. prayer, bible reading,
church, worship and our actions. Have a time for the kids to reflect
what a big decision this is. Then allow them to pin their heart to the
big heart if they would like to serve God with their whole heart.