Free Children's Ministry Curriculum Written
by Sheryl Coats
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Celebration Medical Centre
Celebration City Courthouse
Welcome to the Celebration City Municipal Court
The set: set up the room like a court room.
This week: We will discover that stealing is a sin
To teach the kids that:
Write up the rules on parchment paper to look like
a legal document. Have the bailiff read the rules at the beginning of the
Prayer is the key to effective ministry!!!!
Characters needed: a judge, a defendant, witnesses (could use
puppets for this), lawyers, bailiff (the kids will serve as the jury)
Kids will participate if they see the leaders
participating. Be sure to worship the Lord and actively participate in
worship...the kids will be watching you.
(In this case, Jeanne decided she wanted a gigapet,
but didn't have money to buy one. Jenny had a dozen of them so she took
one of Jennies figuring Jenny would never notice. When Jenny discovered
she was missing a gigapet, Jeanne hid it so she wouldn't be discovered
as the thief.
The bailiff will welcome the members of the jury and explain to them
what they will be doing and then ask all to rise as the judge enters.
The judge will then announce the case and ask the defendant to stand.
Then the attorneys will begin trying their case with opening statements,
calling of witnesses, etc. The members of the jury will then be asked to
go into deliberations and come back with a verdict.
Members needed for this case are the Judge, Bailiff, two attorneys or
one who changes his hat to play the role of both attorneys, Jeanne the
defendant, and three witnesses (Jenny- her best friend, George-her
brother, and Bobo--two of whom will be puppets and can be worked by the
bailiff if necessary). Jeanne tries to justify her actions by bringing up
that Jenny didn't need that one because she had so many. She tries to
make it sound like it was ok to steal it because Jenny didn't need it.
She should be argumentative. George should be non committal. He should
answer everything in vague generalities.
Bobo should testify that he saw Jeanne take it.
Questions to ask the witnesses:
Witnesses should be ready to adlib and answer any
other questions the lawyer asks.
Once the witnesses have been called and the attorney makes closing
statements allow the children to gather and decide on a verdict.
You will need 2 large clear bowls such as punch
bowls and food coloring. Fill the bowls with water. Begin by talking
about stealing with the children. Explain that the food coloring
represents stealing. Tell the kids a story about someone who stole
something big like a diamond ring from a jewellery store worth half a
million dollars. At this point pour in a whole bottle of food coloring
into one of the bowls of water, after all it is a big sin. Now begin by
describing someone stealing something very small, like a quarter from
moms purse for a soda without asking. Drop a very small drop of food
coloring in the second bowl...there that's not too bad. It just has a
little color. What? You mean it is still bad? I need clear water? After
you make the point that even a little sin makes you impure then begin to
show how stealing starts out small. Most prisoners who are in jail for
theft did not start out by stealing a diamond ring or a car. They
started stealing little things as young kids. They would steal a piece
of bubble gum or some small change from mom's purse. However, once you
start stealing small things it gets easier to steal bigger things. (Add
food coloring drop by drop as you speak until the water is as dark as
the first bowl) Stealing is wrong regardless of whether it is stealing
something small or stealing something big. God hates both.
Play steal the bacon. One child is it. They stand
in the middle with a bean bag at their feet. The other children form a
circle around it. The object of the game is for the kids to steal the
bacon from it. It must try to stop them by tagging the kids.
You shall not steal. Exodus 20:15 Use a rebus for
the memory verse ( a sheep (ewe), a shawl, a knot, st + an eel)
Bobo should sneeze and cough throughout the skit.
Bobo: (is sneezing and coughing up a storm back stage)
Leader: Bobo is that you back there?
Bobo: (trying to mask his voice) No it's little red riding
Leader: That's funny, you sound a whole lot more like the big
bad wolf to me.
Bobo: (coughing and sneezing again) I AM NOT A BIG BAD
WOLF!!!! Ooops, I mean (voice sounding disguised again) I am not a big
bad wolf. I am a sweet little girl.
Leader: Why don't you come up so we can meet you.
Bobo: (comes up wearing a red cape and hood still using sweet
girly voice) Helloooo, I am little red riding hood. I am a good little
Leader: My what funny skin color you have little red.
Bobo: Well, I have this rare disease that makes my skin
yellow, yes that's it, I am sick.
Leader: Well, what furry skin you have for a little girl.
Bobo: ummm, well, ummm, oh, it must be that disease I have
that makes my skin look furry.
Leader: But, what broad shoulders you have for being such a
Bobo: Oh boo hoo hooo, You hurt my feelings. You don't think I
am a pretty little girl.
Leader: As a matter of fact, I don't think you are a little
girl at all. I think you are BOBO!!
Bobo: (back to his usual voice and still coughing and
sneezing) how'd you know?!?!?
Leader: Well, bobo I think it was the yellow fur that gave you
away. Bobo, why were you wearing a disguise?
Bobo: Would you believe I was going to a costume party?
Leader: on a Sunday morning??? Not hardly.
Bobo: well, would you believe that I was cold so I borrowed
this beautiful cape?
Leader: No, I wouldn't believe that either, but I would
believe that you were trying to hide from me.
Bobo: Oh really, and why would I want to hide?
Leader: Well, perhaps this would give you a clue (holds up
Bobo: Ummm, a purse???
Leader: yes, a purse, my purse to be exact.
Bobo: really? That's your purse? My what fine taste in purses
Leader: Bobo, do you know anything about the money that used
to be in this purse?
Bobo: Well, sure, it was probably green and it was made by the
government and I bet it had a picture of a president on it. How's that?
Leader: terrible!! That is not what I meant. Do you know what
happened to the money that was in this purse.
Bobo: You spent it???
Leader: No I did not spend it! Someone stole it!!
Bobo: You're kiddin.
Leader: you know I am not kidding!
Bobo: I do???
Leader: Yes you do because you took the money didn't you?
Bobo: Well, ummm, now what gives you that idea?
Leader: Do you remember yesterday you came and asked me for
five dollars to go get a new sled so you could go sledding with your
Bobo: Do I ever!!! You were so mean and told me I couldn't go!
Leader: Didn't I tell you that it was too cold to be going
sledding and I didn't want you catching a cold so I wanted you to wait
until tomorrow when it is supposed to warm up?
Bobo: Yes, I do believe that is what you said. Yep Yep Yep.
Leader: and why didn't I want you to catch a cold?
Bobo: Because today we are going to go visit Grandpa at the
Leader: Bobo, you stole that money from my purse and went
sledding didn't you?
Bobo: Me??? Stealing??? I wouldn't call it stealing.
Leader: And what would you call it?
Bobo: How about borrowing?
Leader: When you take something that doesn't belong to you
without permission it is stealing!!
Bobo: Well, I was going to pay you back sometime.
Leader: that doesn't change the fact that you took something
that didn't belong to you when you weren't supposed to. That is stealing
even if you planned to repay it sometime.
Bobo: Oh boy, don't just sit there guys (addressing the kids)
do something. Can't you see I am it trouble here?!?!?!?!?
Leader: Yes, you are in trouble, but there isn't anything they
can do to help you. You got yourself into this mess and now you have a
Bobo: well, it is just a little cold. It's no big deal.
Leader: It is a big deal Bobo. First of all, you are going to
be punished for stealing money from my purse. No allowance for three
Bobo: For three whole weeks???? That's 7 dollars and fifty
cents worth of allowance and I only stole five. Don't you think that's a
Leader: As a matter of fact I don't. I think it is very fair.
And second of all, I am afraid you won't be able to go with me to the
nursing home to see grandpa today.
Bobo: Say what?!!?!!?!?!? You can't be serious.
Leader: Oh I am very serious. You have a cold now and we don't
want to make grandpa sick so you will just have to stay home with the
babysitter. In fact, I think you should stay in your room while I am
gone and write "I will not steal" five hundred times.
Bobo: In my room??? Write five hundred times? Aw, come on,
that is so mean. I'll get lonely and I'll get writers cramp.
Leader: You should have thought of that before you stole the
money out of my purse.
Bobo: Well, I'll say!!! That was one costly sledding trip. I
am going to go sulk somewhere.
Leader: well, while you are back there sulking why don't you
listen to the Bible story. It might be of interest to you.
Bobo: oh, alright.
Tell the story of Achan stealing the things from
Jericho and hiding them.
You will need a lump of white dough and some food
coloring. The point you want to make here is that you can't hide your
sin from God. He sees when you steal. Begin working with the dough,
kneading it and stretching it as you talk. Then begin to add food
coloring and work it into the dough (as you do this the food coloring
will begin to stain your hands) Notice that my hands are stained now.
Just like my hands become stained and I can't hide the stains, your
heart becomes stained when you steal and you can't hide that from God.
You will need a cookie, a ring, a pen, a piece of
candy, some homework that is complete, and a popular toy. Begin by
explaining that stealing is a sin. It is wrong to take something that
does not belong to you. Hold up the ring. Ask kids if it would be wrong
to take a ring from your mom's dresser. Now hold up the piece of candy.
Ask the kids if it would be wrong to take a piece of candy you found on
the floor that you knew your friend had lost. Go through each item...to
take a pen from the church pew....what about copying someone's
homework...isn't it stealing to copy? It doesn't matter the value of the
item. Stealing is wrong regardless of how valuable the item is. We
often try to justify our stealing by saying we didn't take something
expensive or that we needed it more than the person who owned it. We
cannot justify stealing. It is always a sin.
Copyright 1998, Sheryl Coats