In this series the children will be exposed to more
stories from the Bible. It is important for them to be familiar with the
contents of the bible. The three stories that were selected for this
series set the stage for our Easter series. The lessons deal with the
condition of humanity. They will teach the children why our fallen world
needs Jesus and His redemptive work on the cross.
The lessons are called "Time Machine Days" because the puppet
characters will be travelling through time so that they can witness the
biblical event. This will give the audience a chance to "be there" and
to experience the story.
Lesson #1 - Adam and Eve (The Fall)
Genesis opens with the creation story. This
includes the creation of humans. The first lesson will help to
communicate that God created the world without sin and when Adam & Eve
disobeyed, their choice caused the fall. Sin entered the world and has
been present ever since. Adam & Eve were kicked out of the garden and
they were separated from God.
The emphasis of the lesson will be on the story but it will be
communicated that through Jesus we can have a relationship with God.
Jesus' death takes away our sin so that we can enjoy communion with God.
- to share the biblical account of Adam & Eve
- to show that because of sin we are all
separated from God
- to present the idea that Jesus' death on the
cross paid for our sins and brings us back into right relationship
- to share that Jesus did this for all of us and
he loves us.
This series has a "time machine" theme. A time
machine will be needed for each lesson. We have selected to have two
puppets who travel through time. We have videotaped their transport
experience so that when they arrive in the puppet stage they appear in
the setting of the story.
The first lesson is set in the Garden of Eden. All of the props seen
in the teaching will go with this theme. Use trees, flowers, greenery,
birds and a few animals. In this series the props will be changed for
At the beginning of the program a video will be
played. This will occur while waiting for all of the children to arrive.
This will occupy any who arrive early. At different times we have chosen
to skip the video and we have used this settling period as a time to
talk to the kids about their week. This can be very valuable for
Discipline implies something negative in our minds
but in reality it is not. It is simply guiding children to behave in an
acceptable manner. The biblical example of this is seen in the many
illustrations about shepherds. The shepherd doesn't have a negative,
violent or drastic relationship with the sheep. He simply guides them
because he knows what is best. Positive reinforcement of proper
The indoor program provides a unique atmosphere for
prayer, without interruption. The distraction of outdoors and
surroundings are limited.
It is very important to introduce new songs that
are very simple. Make sure that the children can understand the words.
When they are singing the song around the house the whole family will
understand. This is an example of one of the songs that we recently
I'm Adopted (echo)
By the King (echo)
I'm Adopted (echo)
By Royalty (echo)
I'm Adopted (echo)
To the family (echo)
So I'll praise Him (echo)
And shout His name (echo)
His name is Jesus, Jesus,
Jesus is His name.
His name is Jesus, Jesus,
Jesus is His name.
na, na, na, na, na, na,
The games are adapted to suit the theme of Time
Machine Days or the theme of the lesson itself.
Game #1 - Time Line
Select one player from each team. The first participant will be given
a stack of cards with years written on them. The contestant will have
one minute to put them in chronological order.
Game #2 Garden Game
A botanist (studies plants) is looking for a rare flower. It is
hidden deep within the garden. The contestants will try to help find it.
(Before the game a piece of bristol board will be prepared. It will
have a game board on it. The game board is a garden and it is divided
into a grid. The grid has coordinates. Behind the squares messages are
Select players as time allows. Each player selects a coordinate and
uses the special markers to uncover a message written in invisible ink.
The game continues until someone uncovers the flower.
This memory verse will be taught by the leader and
it will not involve puppets. It will include lots of audience
In light of this week's theme "Time Machine Days", it will be
important to emphasize the fact that the bible is applicable to life in
the 1990's. The concepts taught in the Bible are relevant for today.
Each lesson in the series will use a different method to teach the
verse. In this lesson the verse will be written out missing some key
words. A flower or a tree made out of construction paper will cover the
empty space where a word should be. A child will be asked to come up to
the front and select a flower. The participant will remove it and on its
backside they will find a simple definition. The contestant will read
the definition to their team and the team will guess the key word that
fits in the blank.
The lesson centers on the "fall". It is set in the Garden of Eden and
the emphasis will be on sin.
"For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in
Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23.
The leader will explain the meaning of the verse after the children
have repeated and learned it.
The verse means that sin brings death and we are all sinners. If we
choose to continue to live this way we will die. If we choose to accept
Christ Jesus as a gift from God we will receive eternal life. We can't
get rid of our sin through our works. The only way to do it is to accept
Jesus and let him take our sin away.
This section of the lesson will not be used for a
typical object lesson. It will be used for a puppet skit to introduce
Two puppets (children) build a time machine. They travel back in time
and visit different locations.
Franklin & Ann enter the puppet stage.
Franklin: I think that our teacher will like our
project it turned out to be nice.
Ann: I hope we get a good mark. It was fun . I'll go
and get my dad to see what he thinks (exits briefly and comes back with
Ann's Dad: Kids, I think it looks interesting, why
don't you tell me about it?
Franklin: Our science teacher, Mr Allen asked us to
build a time machine. That is a really neat thing that lets you go back
in time and visit different places.
Ann's Dad: I see
Ann: We were allowed to work together so this is
what we came up with. It is just about done. We just have to wait for
all the glue to dry.
Ann's Dad: Good work, you two. Now I have some
things to take care of I'll talk to you later. It does look good.
Franklin: Your dad really liked our Time Machine.
Ann: Do you think it will really work?
Franklin: Ann, Time Machines are make believe. The
teacher just wanted us to use our imagination.
Ann: Let's go in it.
Ann : (from inside) Did you hear something strange?
Ann: I heard that (now frightened)
Franklin: So did I (also nervous) lots of noise and
The story will be read out loud by a leader. It
will be acted out by puppets. Before the story begins the two time
travelers find themselves in a strange but beautiful environment.
Ann & Franklin enter slowly and gingerly. They are looking all
Ann: Franklin, I thought you said Time Machines
Franklin: Maybe, I'm wrong. This sure doesn't look
like your basement.
Ann: That's because it isn't. This is a beautiful
Franklin: (starting to relax) It sure is pretty.
Ann: There are all kinds of beautiful flowers.
Franklin: I've never seen a place that was so nice.
Ann: Shhhh...... I think I hear something lets hide
behind that bush.
Ann & Franklin disappear and the puppets Adam and Eve enter. The
leader begins to read the story.
A long time ago God made the earth. He created the sky and the land.
He made the trees and the flowers. God also made all of the animals.
Then God made people. Adam was the man that God made. He had a very
important job. He gave names to all the animals. There were many
wonderful animals. But still, Adam was lonely. God said, "It is not good
for Adam to be alone." So God made a woman. Adam named her Eve. Eve was
just right to be Adam's special helper. Now
ADAM & EVE lived in the beautiful garden of Eden. Tasty fruit grew
from many of its trees. God told Adam and Eve they could eat any fruit
they wanted except one kind. He said, "You must never eat the fruit from
the tree of the knowledge of good and evil."
One day, a snake came to Eve. It said, "See how pretty the fruit is
on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It tastes good. It will
make you wise. Don't listen to God. Go ahead and try it." The fruit did
look good. So Eve ate some. Then she took it to Adam. He ate some, too,
even though he knew what God had said. That evening, God walked through
the garden. Adam and Eve tried to hide.
God called, "Adam, where are you?"
Adam said "I am hiding. I was afraid."
Then God asked, "Did you eat the fruit I told you not to eat?"
Adam said, "Eve ate it first."
Eve said, "The snake told me it would be all right."
But God was not happy. He told the snake, "You will have to crawl on
your belly from now on." He told Adam and Eve, "You did not obey me. You
will have to leave the garden."
It was a sad day when Adam and Eve left. God sent an angel to the
garden. The angel held a flaming sword. He flashed it back and forth so
no one would go back into the garden.
Adam and Eve exit.
That was how it happened! That was what happened to
Adam and Eve. God created us and all of us sin. We all do things that
make God unhappy. We will always make mistakes but you know we can be
A long time ago Jesus died on the cross. He died so we could be
forgiven. He loves you very much and He wants you to come to him. If you
would like to have Jesus forgive you for your mistakes you can pray with
us. Let us pray......
This prayer didn't make you perfect. You will still make mistakes but
you can try to do what the Bible says and Jesus will be right here with
you to help you.
Dismissal: Quiet seat prizes and closing prayer.
Copyright 1997, Bread of Life Ministries