This curriculum series is based on the Great
Commission given by Jesus in Matthew. "Therefore go and make disciples
of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have
commanded you." Matthew 28:19,20. This verse is essential for our
Christian walk, we have a responsibility to share the Good News. Christ
has asked us to go to others and teach them. This is the goal of "The
Zoo" program but it will also be the goal of these lessons. We will be
trying to equip the children to go home and to school and share the
message. This is the final phase of our yearly cycle. All year we have
been teaching and introducing the kids to Jesus and now it is our task
to equip them to share Jesus with others. (All lessons will be quite
simple and will still include an evangelistic message for those children
who might have missed this over the course of the summer months.)
The theme will be taken from the 1996 summer movie called "Mission
Impossible". It will be a spy, espionage, intrigue kind of theme. The
characters will be mysterious and dressed appropriately. The music and
lighting will help contribute to the effect.
The Zoo Bus Puppet Stage was decorated to go with the theme. We
chose to use this theme while the movie was still fairly fresh in
people's minds. During this series we will go back to using videos since
the TV & VCR are available.
CD of the "Mission Impossible" theme music
Lesson 3 - The Great
Over the past two weeks the "Mission Possible"
series has covered how to look things up in the Bible and what our
message is. During the final lesson the emphasis will be on sharing the
message. Based on the Great Commission Matthew 28:19, the children will
be encouraged to share the love of Christ and His message of salvation
in their community.
- to encourage the children to share the gospel
message with their friends and other people in their community.
- to teach the children that Jesus loves them.
In the Zoo bus there is not really a lot of space.
While the children are entering and finding a seat, we usually show a
video or cartoon to catch their attention. This occupies their time so
that they don't get into fights or pick on one another.
Creativity when presenting the rules each week can
help make this segment more interesting. Try letting the children
volunteer the rules. This will also reveal how many they actually know.
A puppet could present the rules or the rules could be placed in a game.
Writing them out and reading them might be a nice variation. You could
try to present all of the rules in a positive manner. Instead of saying
no hitting you could say that one of the things that you have to do at
the Zoo is be nice to everyone around you.
Here is an example of what you might pray at the
Dear Lord, We thank you that you love us and you listen to us when we
pray. Please be with us here at the Zoo and help us to learn more about
you. In your precious name we pray, Amen.
Due to limited space and high attendance at the Zoo
bus, we have had to make adaptations. At times we have found it easier,
if the children remain seated. This causes less confusion. Adapt the
actions so that they can be done while seated.
All games in this series were designed to suit the
"secret agent" theme. They were also changed so that they could be used
on the Zoo bus.
- Bible Books
Using the table of contents at the front of a Bible, two contestants
try to put cards with Bible book names on them in order. The cards are
spread out. They have to flip them over and sort them out. The object of
the game is to see how many they can put in order in one minute.
- Secret Agent Pictionary
Select one contestant at a time. The contestant selects a card with a
word on it and they must draw it so his/her team can guess what it is.
Every correct guess gains one point for their team. The contestant tries
to gain as many points as possible in one minute. The second contestant
does the same thing. The team with the most points wins.
The "Mission Possible" music comes on and the
"SPY GUY" sneaks up and dances to the music. He hands the leader a
memory verse. The memory verse is written in invisible ink. The children
come up and uncover letters.
The children have to repeat the verse until they have memorized it.
then to people everywhere and share the Good News".
Leader: (After the verse has been uncovered and the children
have had a chance to read it). This verse is not something that we have
made up. It comes right from the Bible. It is something that Jesus told
His disciples to do, and it is a message for us. We are supposed to
share the good news with people wherever we go. The Good News is what we
learned about last. The Good News is that Jesus loves us and that he
died to pay for our sins!
An amateur video was filmed to reinforce the
lesson. It presents the same point in a different way through a
different medium. This could be done as a simple puppet skit.
Our camera is focused on an object. It slowly moves to reveal the spy
guy, and then it moves again and comes to rest on a sign that says
"Agent Headquarters". This is done while the "Mission Impossible" theme
music is playing in the background.
Boss: Hi Spy Guy! How did you do with your mission? Why don't
you have a seat?
Spy: I came here to tell you about it, I figured out the code.
I know how to look things up in the Bible. I can teach the other agents
if you'd like?
Boss: Sure, but how did the rest of the mission go?
Spy: It was great. I found the message, Back Street Bernie had
it. It was about Jesus, it said that Jesus died for us and he will
forgive us for our sins. So there you have it boss, my work is done.
I'll see you later for my next assignment.
Boss: Hold it there, not so fast. Your mission is just
Spy: What? I hope your not serious, I need a break. I found
out all the information.
Boss: You did get all the information, you did a great job.
You learned about the Bible and you learned that Jesus loves you. That
is real important, it can change peoples lives, but you have only
completed part one. You forgot part two.
I have a piece of the code, it says Matt 28:19. I'll look it up and
then you'll know what to do next. It says " Go then to people everywhere
and share the Good News".
Spy: You can't be serious? That verse is crazy. How can I go
everywhere? That is nuts, Boss. Wait a minute, what Good News?
Boss: Don't panic. It does not mean that you have to go
everywhere. That verse gives you a very special mission. A mission that
Jesus gave to all of us. Jesus wants us to share what we have learned.
We have learned that Jesus loves each of us and he died for us, that is
the Good News and that is what he wants us to share with people.
Spy: But Boss that is really hard, that will take forever.
Boss: That is a mission that will take us our whole lives. No
matter how old we get we can always share Jesus with others.
Spy: Oh, I think I get it, this is something that I can do
Boss: That is right Spy Guy! Now get on with your mission. Oh
wait a minute, you'll need this, it is a Bible. All the stuff about
Jesus is in there.
Spy: Thanks Boss. I'd better hurry up, I have a big job to do!
The story was read while the puppets acted it out.
Orangeo had worked really hard. He finished all the assignments that
his boss had given him. Orangeo was pretty tired. He just wanted to take
a break. So Orangeo was able to take the day off. He decided to go to
the park for a walk.
As he walked Orangeo remembered all of the things that he had
learned. He could look things up in the Bible anytime he wanted. It was
no trouble at all, he practiced all the time. Orangeo also remembered
all the things that he learned about Jesus. He kept on walking.
Eventually Orangeo sat down on a bench and then his friend Julie
appeared. She had been out for a walk too and she sat down with Orangeo.
Julie was having a bad day. She told Orangeo all about it. She failed a
test, she went to the mall and lost her wallet, and she even had a fight
with her Mom. What a day!
Orangeo listened carefully to Julie and tried to be helpful.
After a while Julie looked at her watched and remembered that she had
an appointment so she left quickly.
Orangeo got up and kept walking. He felt bad for Julie. Then Phobe
came up beside him, she was in a great mood. She told Orangeo all about
the great day that she was having. Everything was fantastic. Her soccer
team won an big game that morning and her best friend was moving back
into her neighbourhood. It just could not be a better day. Orangeo was
really happy for her.
A little while later Joshua walked by. He stopped Orangeo and Phobe.
They all talked. Joshua told them about his day. It was OK. Nothing
really good or bad happened. It was a pretty average day.
When Orangeo went home he found a piece of paper in his pocket from
work. The Boss must have given it to him on the way out the door. It had
his memory verse on it. It was Matthew 28:19. Orangeo remembered the
verse. It said.... "Go then to people everywhere and share the Good
That made Orangeo think. Should he have shared the Good News today?
Did anyone of his friends need to know about Jesus?
(This short segment is an opportunity to talk to
the children about what they have just heard).
- Should Orangeo have told his friends about
- Which friends needed Jesus more? (Trick
question, "All of them did).
- Should we share Jesus with our friends?
- Who can remember the memory verse?
The memory verse told us to share the truth with everyone. That
includes all of our friends.
Quiet Seat Prizes and Closing Prayer.
Copyright 1997, Bread of Life Ministries