This is a two week series. It was designed to be
done outdoors on the Zoo van. The purpose of this set of lessons is to
present the children with a challenge. They have listened to ten to
twelve lessons over the course of the summer. The gospel message was
presented regularly and clearly, we told the children that they could
accept Christ at anytime. It was left as an open invitation. In this
series we will stress the fact that now is the time. Today is the day of
salvation, since the future is uncertain. In these lessons the theme is
The first week will be centered around fire stations and the second
week will focus on the hospital. All of the puppets will be dressed
accordingly. Safety will be dealt with in a small portion of the
Lesson 1 - Fire Station
In lesson one we will share that Jesus came to
rescue us from sin. It will be paralleled with a rescue from a fire. In
both cases people are saved from a bad situation and their lives will be
different. An emphasis will be placed on the fact that both
circumstances are urgent. The time to be saved is now.
- to teach the kids that Jesus can make their
lives different. He can save them from sin.
- to emphasize that Jesus loves them.
In this lesson the stage was decorated with a town
sign. It said "Fox Hollow". This is the town where all of our puppet
friends live. Like most towns, Fox Hollow has a fire department. The
remainder of the stage had a fire suit, ladder and a fire safety banner
on it. This segment of the lesson was used to discuss fire safety. Ask
the kids to tell you some fire safety rules.
It is very difficult to deal with a large group of
kids. Some are always more agreeable than others. You will find that it
is easy to make exceptions for these children. They make you want to
stretch the rules. Resist the temptation. We all have favourites but it
is important not to let the children know that. Consistency in rules and
in treatment is essential. Treat all the children the same way.
It is important to pray that the children will come
to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Have volunteers who will pray for
your program while it is in progress. Remember to pray that God will
work through you and your ministry to change lives.
It might be an interesting change to have the
puppet lead the singing. You could develop a puppet that comes back on
a regular basis to lead the singing. The puppets would be interesting to
watch during action songs. This might help to spice up your program.
- Bucket Brigade
This is a bean bag relay race. Select four or more children for each
team. Each team member receives a bucket. The object is for them to move
as many bean bags from the back of the line to the front of the line in
a certain time frame. One leader stands at the end of the line and
places the bean bag in the bucket. The players must pour the bean bag
into the next persons bucket without dropping it. If a bean bag is
dropped then the bean bag must stay where it fell till the end of the
game. At the end count the bean bags to see who is the winning side. If
it is a hot afternoon and you are brave, try this relay with water and a
- Fire Fighters Dress Up
This relay race has the children dress up in Fire Fighters gear and
run to a point and back where they remove the gear and hand it to the
next person. Clothes could include a pair of large boots, heavy coat,
fire hat, and a hose. When the children run make them yell "fire". If
you have older children, set up stations or stunts that they have to
This memory verse will be written on a ladder. The
ladder must be placed back in its proper order so that it can be of
assistance to the fire fighter. Have the children sort it out
and then learn it together. Use a puppet and a
leader to help the children assemble the verse.
The puppet is
"CHET THE CHIEF", an older fireman who has an extremely nice manner
and a lot of experience in fire fighting. He refers to that experience
throughout the lesson. As well as teaching the memory work for the day,
"Chet the Chief" also explains to the kids some basic safety rules
regarding fire prevention as well as teaches them the local telephone
number for the fire department. (example: 911)
The memory verse for the day is: "For Jesus came to seek and to save
the lost" Luke 19:10. Most verses that we use at "The Zoo" are slightly
altered from the "New International Version" or are direct quotations from
"The Kid's Application Bible". When altering a verse it is never our
intention to proof text, but to assist the child's understanding of the
Leader: I would like to introduce to you a man who has been
fighting fires for years. He is a good friend of mine and has made the
trip all the way from his home town of Fox Hollow today to visit with
us. Welcome Chet the Chief.
Chet: Nice to be here... (Fill in name of leader) I am glad
that you invited me here to be with you. I understand that you are doing
a little bit of fire safety today.
Leader: That is right chief.
Chet: Well, let me tell you, I've been a firefighter for a lot
of years. My grand-daddy was a fire fighter, my daddy was a fire
fighter, I am a fire fighter, and my son Junior is in training to be a
firefighter. I sure have seen a lot of action over the years and let me
tell you, I know how important fire safety is.
Leader: Do you have any fire safety tips for us today?
Chet: Well, I was listening to you all talk about fire safety
earlier, you kids have a lot of great ideas. I can only think of one
thing that you missed. Does anybody know the number you call for the
"Fire Department"? (Allow for response) The number in Halifax is now
911. When should you call this number? (Allow for response), That is
right, only in case of an emergency!
Leader: That is a very important number to know. It could save
your life if there ever was a fire in your home. I know something else
that could change your life too.
Chet: What is that?
Leader: I have a verse that was taken right out of the Bible.
It is very important, it talks about a rescue.
Chet: I sure would like to hear that verse.
Leader: The Children and I will sort it out. Do you mind if we
borrow this ladder.
Chet: Go ahead.
Leader: Thanks, we will sort the pieces of the verse out and
will stick them in the spaces between the rungs of the ladder so they
are easy to read.
Chet: Good idea.
Leader: (Pick volunteers to assist in placing the verse in the
right order, once this is done, read the verse once out loud and then
let the children join you a couple of times, use your finger as a guide
to assist those with weaker reading skills, try it without the ladder to
see how many kids have committed it do their short term memory)
Chet: Excuse me, I don't see how this verse has anything to do
with a rescue.
Leader: It does, that verse talks about why Jesus came. It was
his job to find and to save those who were lost.
Chet: Who are the lost? I'm not lost. I know how to get back
to my fire station.
Leader: Not that kind of lost Chet, I'm talking about people
who do not know God.
Chet: Oh that is different I see now. It is like a rescue.
Jesus came to save all of us. Well thank you, you helped me understand
the most important rescue of all.
Leader: Thanks for coming today Chief and teaching us some
Chet: No problem, I'll see you guys later.
Interaction between leader and puppets. One puppet
is a Fire Fighter and the other is a person who was injured in a fire.
He is dressed in bandages.
Leader: I would like to introduce you to a friend of mine. His
name is Franklin. Franklin is a fireman. He has been to a lot of fires
since he started his job. Sometimes it is really scary and he has to
rescue people. He is going to tell you about one of his experiences now.
Franklin: Hi, I am so glad to be here today.
Leader: We are really glad too! I heard you were on the scene
of a really big fire last month.
Franklin: Let me tell you about it. It was awful, I was
sleeping in my bed when the Station 5 fire alarm went off. That meant
that there was a fire somewhere in the town of Fox Hollow. I jumped up
and put on my suit. We jumped into our truck and turned on the siren and
lights and took off into the night. When we arrived at a huge apartment
building we saw that the fire had spread to most of the building. We
knew that we would have to work hard to contain the fire from spreading
to other buildings around. Another fireperson handed me a hose and we
began to work. I heard someone yelling. I looked up, and in a window
close to the top of the building, I saw a person trapped, screaming for
help. The chief saw it too and told a team of us to go into the
We put on our gear and went into the smoking building. It was
terrible in there. The smoke was so thick that you could not see
anything. We got to the floor that the person was on, we could hear him,
but we could not see him. Finally, we found the person. He was hurt. So
I picked him up and went back down the stairs and outside.
Leader: You are a real hero Franklin, you saved that person
from the fire. That is amazing! Do you know that he is with us today and
wants to let us know his side of the story.
(Puppet enters) Hi Alex, Are you feeling better?
Alex: Oh I'm doing much better. I just wanted to tell you guys
about that fire. I was hurt pretty bad, but I'm going to be alright. I
was in my apartment when I heard the fire alarm go off. I thought it was
just someone having fun with the alarm, so I decided to ignore it. The
next thing I knew, the fire had spread to my floor and into my
apartment. I was so afraid. I should have just left the apartment. If it
wasn't for Franklin, I don't know what would have happened. He saved my
life. Thanks so much Franklin. (Hugs Franklin)
Leader: That is such an amazing story. Thank you both for
sharing. You know kids, it is very important that we obey all the fire
bells and alarms that we hear. It is very important that you and your
family know the escape route out of your home in case of an emergency.
You also should have a place to meet outside if there is ever a fire in
your home so that your parents know if you are out. Remember when we
talked to Chief Chet earlier today, and we heard that Jesus was like a
fireman. Jesus came to save us from our situation, which was like a
fire. The Bible tells us that we all have sinned. Sins are those things
that we do or think that God disapproves of and "we all have sinned".
The Bible tells us also that "the price of sin, is death". If it
wasn't for Jesus who came to save us all from sin, than we would be in
trouble. Jesus said that we have to believe in Him, that means that we
have to put our trust in Him and believe that He came to save us. You
need to believe that He died on a cross to save us and that He rose from
the grave. If we can do that, and live for Jesus, than we will be saved.
Everyone has to make that choice for themselves, your parents or your
friends can't make it for you. If you want to make that decision today,
than find one of the Zoo Leaders after we are done and you can ask them
any questions you have and they will pray with you and tell you how you
can live for Jesus.
Copyright 1997, Bread of Life Ministries