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 committed
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.
Encourage the kids to sing along with the puppets. Worship is a special
time. Encourage the kids to worship with their hands, hearts, and
Today is the day of the big western rodeo. The
first competition is a lassoing competition. The contestants must lasso
a cardboard cactus. Reckless Rex is one of the contestants. He is very
awkward with the lasso. He gets himself all tangled up in the lasso. He
starts ranting and raving about how hard it is and screaming about
giving up. He stumbles off and sits down to pout. Miss Daisy tries
explaining to him that we must persevere even when things are too hard.
We learn to do things better by practicing. Quitters never succeed. She
spends a few minutes talking about the importance of perseverance and
finally convinces him that he should not give up. She then encourages
him to participate in the next competition and he agrees.
The sheriff, the peddler, the deputy and Reckless
Rex are all competing in a horse racing obstacle coarse. Miss daisy is
in charge of the competition. The course is complicated (for Rex at
least). She fires the start signal and the contestants begin the race.
Reckless stumbles around and goofs up at every obstacle. This makes him
very tired and he gives up. Miss Daisy keeps rushing to him to encourage
him to get up and try again. Reckless starts to storm off without
completing the race because he is just too tired. Miss Daisy tries to
stop him and explain that if we want to succeed we need to persevere
even if we are tired. Reckless grunts and groans and hollers about being
tired and then storms off. The sheriff wins the race. Miss Daisy
interviews him after the race and he explains to the children that if we
want to do something we must work at it. If we want to be strong we
exercise. At first it is very hard because our bodies aren't used to it,
but we must not give up. Sometimes things seem too hard or sometimes we
feel too tired to keep going, but we must still persevere. It is an
important character trait for young Christians to learn. Sometimes is
may even be scary....(this can tie into the Bible story that is to
The peddler and the deputy volunteer to tell a
bible story about some people who persevered even though they were
tired, scared, and had a hard task to do. They tell the story of the
battle of Jericho. They build a wall out of big marshmallows and stick
people out of small marshmallows and toothpicks. They tell the story of
how the Israelites persevered as they marched around the walls (the
marshmallow people are marched around the marshmallow wall.) Emphasize
the importance of keeping at it even when they were discouraged.
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 just happens to know this verse and finishes up teaching it
to the kids.
There is a big parade scheduled for the end of the
rodeo. The deputy wants to be in the parade but doesn't play an
instrument. She decides that she will play in the parade anyway. She
pulls out an instrument and shows the kids how "good" she is.. The
outlaw puppets in jail stick their heads out and complain about the
lousy conditions and torture being inflicted on them. Reckless Rex rides
into town ready to stomp on the instrument. Pauley peddler intervenes on
the argument between the deputy and reckless with a solution. She has a
miracle cure for sale that will make the deputy and expert player
instantaneously. She sells some to the deputy after a long and
convincing speech about her product. The deputy takes some and tries
playing again and sounds just as bad. Miss Daisy now enters the scene
and explains to all of them that if you want to do something well, you
must practice, practice, practice before you get good. There are no
miracle cures! Just perseverance!
You will need a long two by four for each pod
group. Have the kids practice walking on the board without falling off.
After kids have each had an opportunity to walk the beam discuss with
them the importance of persevering. See if the kids have any questions
about what has been presented so far. Spend a few minutes asking God to
help each child to persevere for God in the upcoming year.
Allow the kids to compete in the obstacle course
that was set up for the opening skit. Award a small prize to each child
who completes the race even if their team didn't win. Spend a few
minutes talking about how God will reward everyone who perseveres in
their commitment to him.
Talk about the new year being a time when people
often make new years resolutions. They make commitments to do certain
Copyright 1999, Sheryl Coats