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SSTN  # 12 - February 11, 2002

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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE SSTN e-NEWSLETTER:

1) Temptation of Jesus?
2) Spanish resources for Christian kids
-> REPRODUCIBLE - Easter Story Cards
3) Explaining the Trinity
4) Explaining the Trinity
-> FaithShapes Card Game
5) Palm and Easter Sunday sermons
6) Using Disney to illustrate ministry   
-> W.W.J.S.? Gospel Catchers
7) Bible competition
8) Sunday school names?
9) Sermons for Palm and Easter Sunday?
10) Water into wine?
11) Songs to Memorize Bible Names
12) LESSONS JOHN 15 - True vine?

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1) Temptation of Jesus?   

Hi!! I am blessed to say that I just subscribed to your newletter and look
forward to the blessings to come.

I am children's Pastor at Jackson Hole Christian Center and am looking
for some hands on type --and or visual type of lesson for the 3-5's on
the Temptation of Jesus.  Do you have a resource for such??

Thanks so very much and have a super blessed day!!!
Tammy

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2) Spanish resources for Christian kids

I know that Southern Baptist produce their missions group literature
in Spanish and there is some Sunday School literature in Spanish; I'm
not sure for what ages.  I would check with your major denominational
suppliers, as well as local Christian bookstores.  The variety of
material available in Spanish is increasing.

Beth Gray
Laurens, SC


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REPRODUCIBLE - Easter Story - Cards 

10 Egg-shaped cards that tell the Easter Story - When the cards
are cut, colored and assembled, players can play Easter Egg Scramble and
learn the Easter Story! Reproducible so your whole class can make a set!

In the Curriculum section: 
http://www.christiancrafters.com/kt_kit.html 


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3) Explaining the Trinity   

The best explanation  I have seen is using the three forms of water. I
started with an piece of ice, melted it to make water and then boiled it
to create steam. one substance in three forms
Debbie
St.Peter's Scarboroough Ontaro

--from SSTN: this is in the Sermon's section of the site:
http://www.christiancrafters.com/sermons.html 

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4) Explaining the Trinity

Another way of explaining the Trinity is to use an egg. There is the
yolk, egg white and the shell. Symbolizing the Father, Son and the Holy
Spirit. They are each a separate entity but still one God (egg). Different
parts but all one. I hope this helps. Bonnie Wittenberg, Wi.

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FaithShapes - 

"The Card Game of Christian Symbols"

A fun game for kids and adults, readers or nonreaders. The 64 cards are
beautifully illustrated with historical explanations and Scripture verses.
Use them at home, in class, or for personal enrichment. Shape Your Faith,
with FaithShapes!

In the Curriculum section: 
http://www.christiancrafters.com/kt_kit.html 


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5) Palm and Easter Sunday sermons

Last year I use the Resurrection Eggs from Family Life for the
Easter children's sermon.  Each item in the egg relates to some
part of Holy week.  The last egg is empty to represent the empty
tomb.  I had 12 children open the eggs and then explained what
the item represented.  To close the sermon I gave each child an
empty plastic egg to help them remember that the tomb was empty.

A Palm Sunday idea.  Recruit a teen or man to play Jesus.  Have your
Sunday School classes make "spirit items"  - posters that say Yea Jesus!
Jesus is #1, etc, megaphones, pompoms and enact a modern day Palm Sunday
procession.  I did this with a Sunday School class one year and they had a
great time with it.  We even
wrote our own cheer.

Laura C.
St. Paul's, Maumee

--from SSTN: the Resurrection Eggs are available for sale in the
Bookstore-Holidays & Holy Days section:
http://www.christiancrafters.com/bookstore.html 
There are also free sermons in the sermons section of the site:
http://www.christiancrafters.com/sermons.html 

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6) Using Disney to illustrate ministry   

>Was wondering if anyone had ever used Disney films/characters to
>illustrate ministry. 

I have never used it but I came across a site you may like to check out
when I was doing some research for our Childrens midweek ministry. They
have some great ideas that I would like to try.The address is
www.sidewalksundayschool.org

I hope this helps!
Blessings,
Tammy White

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W.W.J.S.? Gospel Catchers - REPRODUCIBLE!

There's something much worse than cooties...it's called sin!  Now kids can
make Gospel Catchers rather than Cootie Catchers! A fun and innovative way
for kids to learn to share their faith with their friends!  Includes 4
Gospel Catcher patterns to make: the Colors of Christ (Gospel Colors), the
Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, and the Promises of God. Follow this
link to learn more:

http://www.christiancrafters.com/kt_kit.html 


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7) Bible competition

I am a sunday school teacher, I work with ages 3-8. We have a couple of
boys who are competing this year in Bible competition.  We are having the
rest of the class learn what they are learning even though, they are not
competeing. They are learning the books of the Bible, 23 Psalm, Galation
5:22,23, John 3:16,17, Matthew 6; 9-13. My four year old daughter has
memorized all of it. what I did we would go over it and when she would
memorize something ,I would video it. I also made a video saying all of it
on tape, and gave it to all the kids.  Kids love to watch videos. It is
working! Now I have a tape of my 4 yr old saying all of it.  It's alot of
hard work, But what a blessing to hear them say it.  Deanna ( NC)

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8) Sunday school names?

Thank you so much for your ministry, it is a big help.  I have been
searching and searching through the archives for an idea someone posted
for sunday school names...it had to do with "kids under construction".
The only one I remember is that the teen class was called "The Zone".  Can
you help me?

Angela Johnson

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9) Sermons for Palm and Easter Sunday?

Dear all, A happy and peaceful New Year to everyone.
I hope someone can help me. I have been asked to find a Children's sermon
for both Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday - one which the children can either
run themselves or take part in! We have used plays/poems/raps in the past
so I am looking for something different/unusual. Can anyone out there help
me please? Many thanks Lynne

--from SSTN: have you checked the site?
http://www.christiancrafters.com/sermons.html 
--or--
http://www.christiancrafters.com/skits.html 

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10) Water into wine?

Somewhere I have seen instructions for making something to illustrate
turning water into wine.  do you have any ideas on that?  thanks

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11) Songs to Memorize Bible Names

>I'm looking for a way to teach kids to memorize the books of the bible in

This isn't a song, but Jerry Lucas (also known as Dr. Memory) has a great
method for teaching the books of the Bible.  His book, BIBLE BASICS with 2
tapes, is available at his website. Kids will even be able to say the
books backwards!
Janice Fast
Wichita KS

--from SSTN: it's available in the Bible section of the Bookstore at my
site too ;o).
http://www.christiancrafters.com/bookstore.html 

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12) LESSONS JOHN 15 - True vine?

Dear Sarah, Thanks for a great services rendered.  Please if there's
anyone who can help me with lessons on John 15 - True vine I need to cover
this over 4 or more
Sundays.

Thank you
Celeste

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