Free Children's Ministry Curriculum Written
by Sheryl Coats
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Celebration Medical Centre
Celebration City Courthouse
We are in Hill Billy days. All of the characters
are dressed in flannel shirts, cowboy hats or bonnets, overalls, etc.
The stage is set up with a clothes line with long underwear and flannel
shirts on it. A rocking chair with a patch work quilt is on the porch
scene. An old metal wash tub can add effect. A jail house is made out of
an old refrigerator box. Wanted posters are hung around the room. Use
We are all a part of the body of Christ. Each of us
is important to God and to the church. We all are an indispensable part
of the family of God. We must stick together, help each other, serve one
another, work together and fulfill the role that God has given us. The
children will learn who the church is, what God expects of the church
body, and how they fit into the family of God.
To teach children that:
Puppet song about the family of God.
The sheriff will review the rules with ENTHUSIASM
(write them on the inside of your hat if you need help remembering them.
1. stay put or yall be lassooed to yur chair
2. Don't bother the cowpoke next to ya or distract ellie may.
3. Have a goood ol hoe down time
This is an important part of the program. It sets
the tone for the program. When we faithfully pray for our service God is
faithful to show himself in our services. Take prayer seriously! Also,
prayer time in service is important. It prepares the kids for entering
into worship. Prayer requests are important, make time to pray for the
things that are concerning the children. We are the ones who are
teaching the kids to pray. They need to see the relationship involved in
prayer and not a recitation.
Offering--bring out the scales this week
Encourage the kids to enter into
worship....encourage them to have fun and enjoy praising God. Remember
that the enthusiasm we reflect will be the same as what they model. If
we worship, they will.
Piggy bank. this could be done as a character skit.
Clementine could bring in her piggy bank and talk about how much money
Money is something that we think is very important. Talk about what
we use a piggy bank for. If you had 40 dollars in your piggy bank you
probably would not be careless with it and lose it. It is very important
to you because of what is inside. You are more important than that to
God because of what is inside of you. When you have a clean heart you
are very important to God.
This could be done as a character skit. Billy Jo
comes in eating M&Ms and says he doesn't like the green ones.
M&Ms...they are different on the outside, but the same on the inside.
Christians are all different on the outside, but God loves them all. On
the inside they are all washed by the blood of Jesus. Each one is
special. Each M&M candy is different on the outside but it is still an
M&M.. Each Christian is different on the outside but still a part of the
body of Christ. You are important to God regardless of how big you are
or how talented you are. You are his child and he loves you for who he
made you to be.
Dress Up Relay
Select three boys and three girls. The members of each team line up
in single file and the first contestant is handed a costume. The costume
consists of a cowboy hat, a bandana and a plaid shirt. The first child
puts these on, grabs a stick horse, and gallops up to the pylon and
back. The child then removes the costume and hands the equipment to the
next contestant. The first team to have all of their players complete
the run wins.
All stewed up
Ellie may comes in harpin about havin to cook up some stew. She gets
the children to volunteer to help her fix up a couple of big pots of
stew. Select four kids from each team. They will line up single file.
The first contestant races to the other side of the room where there is
a recipe and ingredients. Each ingredient has a portion of a memory
verse written on it. They grab the first ingredient which has the first
phrase of the memory verse on it and ride their horse back to the stew
pot and put it in. The next contestant then rides the horse over and
obtains the next ingredient and so forth until all the items are in the
stew. First team with complete stew wins.
( for this activity you will need potatoes, carrots, onions, water,
and stew pots)
The "Memory Verse Bandit" is back. The memory verse
is delivered by the "Pony Express" and unwrapped by one of the
characters in the presence of the Sheriff. The Bandit is fast and
manages to steal the verse right out from underneath their noses after
they have read it two or three times. Now the Sheriff is offering a
reward to anyone that assists in the capture of the Bandit. He hangs a
wanted poster up of the bandit.
The leader teaches the verse before it is stolen. Have the children
repeat the verse until they can do it without looking at the sheet. It
is important to explain what the verse means. Romans 12:4 "Just as
each of us has one body with many members, so in Christ we form one
Billy Jo comes runnin in with a large beautiful
present...screamin "I got a present I got a present" He opens it to
discover that it has a life size cut out of a person in it. The memory
verse is written across his shirt. Have the kids brainstorm what each
part of the body could be used for to glorify God...e.g.. The head could
be the pastor, the mouth someone who sings, the arms someone who works
in the nursery, the legs someone who takes up the offering, the feet
someone who runs errands for the church, the fingers someone who types
the bulletin, etc. Talk about how each body part is important. Not
everyone can sing, but we all have something we can do for God.
Pa Jones comes up grumbling and mumbling
Leader: What is wrong Pa Jones?
Pa: Them shutters I just fixed is broke again! and Ma wants me
to fix em again....I just hate them shutters!!
Leader: I remember...you promised her you would fix them
several months ago. You did that didn't you?
Pa: Ya I got ‘em fixed jus like I promised. And now they're
broke again. And this screw driver aint no good! Stupid ding bat thing.
I'll jus have ta throws it away!
Leader: But that looks like a perfectly good screw driver, why
would you want to throw it away?
Pa: Well, what do ya spect? I've been tryin to put nails in
them there shutters fer hours and this thing aint workin at all. It's a
worthless piece of junk.
Leader: You know pa, I think that the screw driver is a fine
tool, it just isn't the right one for the job. You need a hammer to
pound in nails. There are a lot of different kinds of tools and each one
has a particular job.
Pa: why, I never thought of that. I bet this screw driver
would work great to tighten the loose screws in ma's head huh?
Leader: Pa, that is the wrong kind of screws but it would work
great to tighten the loose screws in the table legs of my dining set.
Pa: Well, I'll be!! That is just dandy. So I need to get a
Leader: That is right pa. Even though each tool is different
it is still very important because it has a certain job to do. It is
kind of like the church. There are lots of people in the church but all
of them are important. God has a special job for each of his children.
Pa: Wow. Ya mean that even I am important to God and he has
something special for me to do?
Leader: You bet you are Pa. And each of these children are an
important part of Gods family too and he needs them to use their talents
Pa: Why that's stupendous. Everyone of these kids is a part of
the body of Christ...a part of his family! And he needs them..
Leader: that is right Pa. God needs each and everyone of them.
Pa: Well, now that I have that all straiten out I am going to
go put this screw driver away and find me a hammer.
Leader: that sounds great Pa. See you later.
Sherriff is sitting by the jail guarding. He gets
hungry and orders a pizza. When it is delivered it only has the crust.
He is very upset and is storming around complaining about how a pizza is
more than a crust. It needs cheese, and sauce and pepperonis, etc. One
of the other characters can draw the parallel to the church. Jesus is
the crust... we are the toppings. We are all important and add flavour to
Billy Jo will come in whining about only gettin one
penny for an allowance. Ellie May will ask the kids what you can buy
with a penny. When they say you can't buy anything, the discussion can
turn to the accumulation of pennies. One penny can't do very much but
lots of pennies put together are very useful. From there you can draw
the parallel that we are all needed in the church. We may feel small and
insignificant but when put together can make a difference.
Coupons...Talk about ice cream and how it is so
much fun to have your mom give you money for ice cream when the ice
cream truck comes by on a hot summer day. Then talk about a coupon for
ice cream. If you have a coupon for free ice cream, but you leave it
sitting in your dresser drawer then it won't do you any good. Our
talents are the same way. God gave us each talents and abilities to use
for him. If we never use them then they are good for nothing. Use this
one to tie into the alter call. Do you know what talents God has given
you? Are you using the talents he gave you? You are important to God and
you are important to the body of Christ which is the church.
Alter call and worship
Copyright 1998, Sheryl Coats