Free Children's Ministry Curriculum Written
by Sheryl Coats
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Celebration Medical Centre
Celebration City Courthouse
Theme: We will be in the wild west
discovering Godly Character traits for kids.
The Set: Set up the class room to look like a town in the wild
west. Decorate with cardboard cactus, stick horses, a jail house, a
place to park horses, a hotel, wanted posters, etc.
Sheriff Sam - a good guy, the sharpest
shooter in the west.
Deputy Do Good - a dumb deputy who is good at heart and always
tries to do good.
Reckless Rex - a mean outlaw
Pauly Peddler - a traveling saleswoman who always has something
for sale she thinks will save the day.
Miss Daisy - the waitress at the local restaurant
One Eyed Will - a puppet who has only one eye. He is the memory
verse bandit and is always lurking around waiting to steal the memory
Bobo - a big hairy puppet that is always getting himself into
This week: Kids will discover the importance of being obedient.
Kids will learn that:
Have kids spend 1-2 minutes at their seats in
prayer and then allow Deputy Do good to open in group prayer. This time
is very important as it teaches the kids not only how to pray but also
that they can pray.
Add a western spin to the rules this week. The
sheriff can come out and explain the rules.
Start the worship with a cowboy puppet song or use
O.B.E.Y from the donut man.. Encourage the kids to sing along with the
puppets. Worship is a special time. Encourage the kids to worship with
their hands, hearts, and voices.
(The sheriffs house has been decorated with toilet
paper strung all over) The sheriff comes running out screaming about his
Leader: Oh my! I think I know what's happened to your house
sheriff... I think Bobo might have something to do about this. Bobo!!!
Come up here this minute.
Bobo: (comes up sheepishly.) Who me???
Leader: Yes, I do believe that you are the only one here named
Bobo: Well, I suppose I am. Well nice to see you. I'll catch
ya later pardner.
Leader: Hang on just one minute Bobo. I would like to know
what that is before you leave. (Points to sheriffs house)
Bobo: That? Well, it looks like the sheriffs house to me.
Leader: I know that!!! I mean what is that all over the
Bobo: Well, let me see... I do believe that it must be toilet
paper. Yes, siree, it's toilet paper. Well glad to be of help. See you
Leader: Oh no you don't. You stay right here. How did that
toilet paper get on there?
Bobo: It seems most logical to me that someone must have put
Leader: I know that!!! What I want to know is WHO put it
Bobo: Well, that is NOT what you asked.
Leader: Bobo, who put that toilet paper on the sheriffs house?
Bobo: I refuse to answer on grounds that it might incriminate
the wayward person that is responsible for this great travesty of an
Leader: I believe I can interpret that to mean that you Bobo
Bobo: How did you ever guess?
Leader: Bobo, didn't I tell you last week that you were not to
toilet paper the sheriffs house?
Bobo: Well,...... kind of.... I guess.
Leader: Bobo, don't you know that disobedience is a very bad
Bobo: Yes, I know that.
Leader: Then why did you disobey me and toilet paper his house
Bobo: (sobbing) because I am so disobedient....
Leader: Why are you disobedient?
Bobo: I am so disobedient because I'm just a dummy. A smart
dummy, but still just a dummy.
Leader: I don't think that excuses are going to work. God
expects us to be obedient and he doesn't accept excuses. You know you
will have to be punished. There are always consequences for disobedience
Bobo: Oh please don't throw me in jail. I promise never to do
Leader: I'm not going to throw you in jail Bobo. But I am
going to make you help the sheriff do yard work every day this week. You
can start by cleaning up all the toilet paper in his yard.
Bobo: All of it??
Leader: Yes all of it!!
Bobo: I guess that means I need to get a ladder huh?
Leader: Great idea Bobo. And remember, it's important to
always be obedient to those God has placed in authority over you.
Bobo: (hollers as he leaves the puppet stage) I'll be reminded
every time I look at a roll of toilet paper.
Miss Daisy comes running in to town. She is very
excited and frightened. She informs the sheriff, deputy and the peddler
that she's just saw Reckless Rex headed for town.
Reckless Rex shows up riding a stick horse. He is very angry that he
is having a bad hair day. He fumes and fusses and rants and raves. The
town peddler steps forward and announces that she has just what he needs
to fix his problem. She has just what he needs to save the day. She has
a special tonic that will get rid of bad hair days once and for all. He
excitedly wants to buy the tonic. However the peddler tries to tell him
that there are very important instructions that he must follow. He
angrily grabs the hair tonic and runs off. A few seconds later he comes
running back screaming and hollering. The tonic has turned his hair
bright green because he failed to obey the peddlers instructions.
Deputy Do good tries to explain to Reckless Rex that obedience is a
very important Godly character trait. Obedience means following
instructions and doing what you are instructed to do. God wants us to be
obedient to God, our parents, and those in authority. There are
consequences for disobedience. Reckless Rex stomps off hollering that
nobody's going to tell him what to do.
(make two pitchers of sassafras lemonade before
class. Add salt to one.) The sheriff announces that after all that hard
work it's time for a break of lemonade and cookies. They buy some
lemonade and cookies from the peddler. The deputy pours the sheriff a
glass from the salty lemonade. The sheriff takes a drink and spits it
out. They talk about the salty lemonade and the deputy decides to tell
the sheriff a story about salt while they are on break. The deputy tells
the story of Lots wife being turned into salt because of her
The pony express (a horse puppet) delivers the
memory verse written on brown paper wrapped around a brick and tied with
twine. The deputy unwraps it and teaches it to the children. As he is
teaching it the memory verse bandit one eyed will sneaks up and steals
it. The deputy freaks out and the sheriff comes running. The deputy
doesn't know what to do. How will the kids learn the verse? Thankfully
the sheriff happens to know this verse and finishes up teaching it to
the kids. They then post a wanted poster up of one eyed will.
Give pod groups a clue sheet. If they follow the
instructions they will find a treat at the end. Once the treats are
found have pods discuss the importance of obeying Gods instructions. Be
sure to discuss the reward we will receive if we are obedient to God.
Cowboy dress up relay. You will need a set of
cowboy clothes for each team. Make a poster board that lists the order
in which the kids must put on each piece of clothing. The kids will race
across the room put on the clothes in the correct sequence and then spin
around a cone 3 times and then remove the clothing and race back to tag
the next player. Stress the importance of following the correct order.
Copyright 1999, Sheryl Coats