This series follows the Celebrity Days Series. The aim of Celebrity
Days was to introduce the children to Jesus. It covered the cross and
its centrality to Christianity. Detective Days will be "Investigating
what Jesus taught". Now that they know Jesus, it is important to cover
what Jesus expects of us. The lessons will cover three of Jesus'
parables. The lessons will be applied to the lives of children.
Lesson Two - Judging People
In this series we are investigating what Jesus
taught. The children will be looking at the stories that Jesus told.
They will be asked to uncover the lesson in it. This lesson will be
applied to a life situation that the children can relate to it and use
it in their own lives.
The opening time could be used for almost anything.
An opening puppet song is often a big hit. Regardless of what you do
this time should be interesting and upbeat. It will help to set the tone
for the program. On the Zoo Bus we try to select cartoons that the
children enjoy. This helps to keep their attention focussed so they are
not just running around.
In each Zoo session the rules must be repeated. The
children will complain but do it anyway. Over the past year we have
discovered that the moment you are not as strict, the children begin to
take over. This can cause a great deal of frustration since the
important message that you want to share will not be communicated.
The prayer time is important. In the program we
will try to stress it as an important opportunity to talk to God. Try
not to rush through it. Remember that this may be the only time that the
Songs that match the theme would make an exciting
addition. Detective style music would help the theme come to life even
before it is introduced. This type of music is extremely difficult to
find. If someone was musically inclined they could change the music from
other children's choruses to suit the theme.
During Detective Days we will try to incorporate
games that coincide with the theme.
Select two players, one from each team. The first
contestant is given a "police or detective" notepad. On the pages there
are clues that the officer has collected. The first page has one word on
it. The word is scrambled. The contestant must unscramble the word and
then unscramble the word on the second page. The contestant must figure
out each word and solve the sentence. It must be done in one minute. The
second contestant must unscramble the words in his/her pad.
- What is that?
Select two players, one from each team. This game
involves drawing. The first contestant is shown simple words. They must
read the word and draw the item on a board so their team can guess what
it is. The object is to see how many words the team can guess in one
At this point in the program the "mystery bag"
was introduced. This is a large bag with a question mark in it. Inside
there is a sentence that sums up the lesson being taught. After each
segment of the program a child will be selected to choose a clue from
the bag. At the end the children will put the puzzle together and solve
the mystery. Give out First Clue at this point.
Last week the detective's typewriter was broken but he managed to get
that problem fixed. Now the detective has run into another problem. He
received a clue but it got all mixed up. If he can sort it out he will
get the clue. This is a puppet interaction. Einstein the Elephant is
back. He talks to the audience and to the memory verse leader.
Einstein: Hi there. Let me tell you I'm having a much better
week. I got my typewriter fixed and it works perfectly now. I also got
another clue in the big case. Do you want to see it?
Leader: We would love to see it. Wouldn't we?
Einstein: (as he tries to grab the clues to show them to the
audience, he trips and the clues go flying) Oh no, now look what
happened. I had them all arranged so that I could read the message and
now its mixed up. This is terrible. This is worse than my typewriter
problem. What can I do?
Leader: It will be ok, Einstein. We will help you sort it out.
It looks like footprints.
Einstein: They are footprints. Each one has a word on it and
the words make a message. The message is a clue for the big case that I
am working on.
Leader: Let's get started. I will need some volunteers to help
me out. (Leader will select kids to help out with the sorting.) There
you go Einstein. I told you it was nothing to worry about. We sorted the
message out and we will read it to you; "If anyone of you is without
sin, let him be the first to throw a stone." John 8:4
Einstein: That's it, that is the important message! Wow, you
guys are really smart. Wait a minute though, what does it mean?
Leader: (addressing the kids, allow them to have some input.)
Does anyone have any idea what that means? It is something that Jesus
said. He was talking to a group of people. They were angry at a woman
because of what she had done. Jesus said that they shouldn't be so mean
with the woman because everyone makes mistakes. He meant that we should
not judge people. We have a video that will help to explain the verse.
Einstein: Maybe it will help me understand. Thanks for all of
At this point a child that has been behaving will
be selected. This child will draw a piece of the mystery message out of
the bag. The children will be informed that the other pieces will be
removed from the bag after each major activity. Give out second clue.
The story will be told through the use of video.
The video was a "Nest Entertainment" product and is highly recommended for its superb quality. The
name of this cartoon was "The Righteous Judge".
At this point hand out the third clue.
Skit - Snake and Julie
Snake is the neighbourhood tough guy. He is quite
nasty but has started to be interested in the videos that he has been
watching with Julie.
Snake: Well, Julie, I guess that video was a little better
than the one from last week. But I still didn't like it. If I was there
I would have thrown rocks at that lady.
Julie: But Snake, that isn't what you were supposed to learn.
Snake: I don't care. That lady did something wrong. She was
really rotten. She deserved to have rocks thrown at her.
Julie: That is horrible, Snake. You totally missed the point.
Snake, can I ask you some questions?
Snake: Ok, go ahead!
Julie: Have you ever made any mistakes, Snake?
Snake: I have made a few I suppose.
Julie: Would you want people to be nasty to you every time you
make a mistake?
Julie: That is what you should have learned from the video.
You should not judge people. No one is perfect.
Snake: I don't know. I guess you are right but I'll have to
think about it.
Give out fourth clue and assemble the puzzle. Read
the message. "Jesus tells us not to judge people."
Use this opportunity to ask questions and ensure that the children
have understood the concepts.
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