Children’s Skit about Resisting Temptation from Others

Children live in a world in which they face temptation every day, including from their friends. Kids need to know that they can resist temptation from others! Here is a skit to help you teach this important lesson to children.

Part 1:

(Sam and Jake walks in, while Hillary goes to the front, lays down, and starts sleeping)

c260817_mSam: That was so much fun! We should have pizza parties for Alex more often!

(Both see Hillary sleeping, with her small piggy bank in her hand)

Sam: Hey… look at that! I think Hillary has some money! I think you should take it so we can go spend it.

Jake: I don’t know about that…

Sam: Come on, it’ll be fine!

Jake: Wouldn’t that be stealing?

Sam: No, its ok! Just go ahead and take it. We could really use the money.

(Jake slowly goes over, then takes the piggy bank while Hillary is still sleeping)

Sam: (whispers) See, that wasn’t so bad! Let’s go!

(both of them walk out of the room)

(then Hillary wakes up confused and starts looking around desperately)

Hillary: Where did my piggy bank go? Where is it?!?! (walks out of room to go find it)

Part 2:

(Jake and Hillary walk in)

Jake: Hey, here is your piggy bank and money back. I’m sorry we stole it from you earlier. I really shouldn’t have taken it from you.

Hillary: Why did you take it?

Jake: My friend kept telling me to take it, and I thought it would be fun to spend the money, so I stole it. It was my fault though, because I shouldn’t have listened to him. What I did was wrong. I asked God for forgiveness, and want to ask for forgiveness from you too.

Hillary: I forgive you. You are right, God said in Exodus 20:15, “You shall not steal.”

Jake: I want to obey God by not stealing. Thank you for forgiving me!

Hillary: No problem. Let’s go catch up with everyone else. I think they just started playing kickball!

(both of them walk off stage)

Children’s Lesson Plan Template

Every time you prepare to teach a lesson, you use a specific format. When preparing your lesson, using a lesson planning worksheet can be extremely helpful in your preparations to both write down your main outline and to make certain that you are not missing anything important. Here is an explanation of a standard lesson planning worksheet that I use for many of my children’s lessons:

Lesson Planning Worksheet:

c300722_mTarget Group: Age, Gender, Background
Passage: Your main Scripture passage and any supporting passages.
Exegetical Idea: The big idea. What is the Biblical author trying to communicate to the original audience?
Pedagogical Idea: The truth that the teacher wants the children to understand from the Biblical passage.

Lesson AIM’s:
The lesson AIM’s are designed to make sure that your teaching will affect all three domains of learning:
  • Cognitive (Head): Thinking and Knowing. What will the audience learn?
  • Affective (Heart): Values and Attitude. How will the attitudes and values of the audience be affected?
  • Behavioral (Hands): Actions and Skills. What will the audience be motivated to do because of this message?

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The HBLT Approach:

This teaching approach is designed to give you a basic outline for teaching a Bible lesson. Each section is a vital part of teaching Biblical truth and will help you engage your audience more.

c395122_mHOOK: (designed to draw in your audience)

  • Captures audience’s attention
  • Surfaces a need
  • Sets a goal
  • Leads into Bible lesson

BOOK: (designed to communicate Biblical truth from a passage)

  • Involves the audience engaging in the study of the passage.
  • Clarifies the meaning of the passage.
  • Communicates the general and transferable principles from the passage.

LOOK: (designed to relate the meaning of the passage to life)

  • Relates truth to life.
  • Provides opportunity to explore general implications of passage to life.
  • Motivates the students to action.

TOOK: (designed as the application section of your lesson)

  • Provides opportunity to identify out-of-class application of truth to life.
  • Leads the audience to specific actions or life change.
  • Allows meaningful completion of the lesson.

Evaluation:

For this section, write down how you think you did, or have someone else evaluate you while you are teaching. What were your three biggest strengths?  What are one of two areas that you could work on improving?

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I hope this instructional template is a blessing to you and your ministry!

Leading a Children’s Small Group

Leading a Small Group:

This summer, I have been keeping careful track of every time I teach, so that I can accurately report it for my internship paperwork. While I have been teaching the large group of kids on Sunday mornings for about a month, I have also led a small group of 2nd-5th Grade boys several times this summer as well. I am sharing this outline of my small group time from a few weeks ago to help give both an example and a personal evaluation of what the children’s small group looked like that I was leading. Small group formats can be vastly different depending on the curriculum and the kids you are working with, but hopefully this will help share some ideas for your own children’s small groups!

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For the 11am children’s service, we followed this format:

Small Group

  • Welcome
  • Coloring Activity
  • Activity Page: “Save the Situation”
  • Pre-Lesson Activity: Trumpet, Pitcher, Torch game

Large Group

  • Tithe and Offering Time
  • Lesson Intro
  • Key Bible Verse
  • Bible Lesson
  • Song Time
  • Discussion Starter (transition to small groups)

Small Group

  • Discussion Starter Questions
  • Bible Story Review
  • Key Bible Verse Activity
  • Bible Story Activity

Description of Lesson:

The lesson today was on Judges 6-8 and the story of Gideon. The Big Picture question was: “How should we respond to God’s calling? We should obey God and trust Him to help us.” The Christ Connection was that “God used the judges to deliver His people from their enemies; Christ delivers people from the greatest enemy, Satan.” The key bible verse was Judges 2:18.

Small Group Activities:

  1. Our first activity (before the Large Group lesson) was a coloring page with a picture of Gideon and his men. Children would arrive and join this small group activity.
  2. The second activity was called “Save the Situation.” This was a children’s worksheet activity that led into a discussion about Jesus and His power to save us from sin.
  3. The third activity was Trumpet, Pitcher, Torch (following the model of Rock, Paper, Scissors). At the end of the game, I linked the game to the Bible lesson for that day by saying that the judge we would be looking at used all three items to defeat an army.
  4. After the Large Group lesson, I led our small group in the discussion questions, which began to look at the application of the story to their lives.
  5. The next activity after a few Discussion Starter Questions was the Bible Story Review. For this, we played a game and tried to answer questions about the Gideon story correctly.
  6. For the Key Bible Verse Activity, each child tried to recite the memory verse. If they did, they would get a gumball as a prize.
  7. The Bible Story Activity for this week was a team game in which each team would get a chance to roll a cube, answer a review question, and get points for their team.
  8. At the end of the small group, I went over the Christ Connection with my small group again.

Preparations:

For this children’s service, I led the volunteer meeting beforehand. To prepare for our small groups, we looked over the instructions for the small group activities and talked through the lesson. Since the materials for games and crafts are already prepared each week by an administrator, I simply pulled them out of the resource cart and showed them to the volunteers.

How I Led the Small Group:

My small group of 1st-5th grade boys went well. While normally the group is only 2nd-5th grade boys, I took several of the misbehaving 1st graders into my group. I kept my small group engaged by asking questions about the lesson and challenging them with the Bible Story Activity. Several times I had to stop the group because a child was misbehaving, but I was able to address the issue briefly and then continue leading my small group in our discussion and activities. The boys had several great questions today about our lesson. Overall, I think that the discussion time went very well.

Object Lessons on Resisting Temptation

Here are four ideas for object lessons on temptation. They are great illustrations that you can use to help teach a children’s lesson on this important subject.

c155335_m1. Tug of War: For this object lesson, have two volunteers play tug-of-war. One volunteer will hold one end of a rope, and will be “the devil and the world.” The other volunteer will be on the other end of the rope, and will be the “Christian.” While they begin to pull each other back and forth, explain how Christians need to fight against the temptations of the devil and this world. As the Christian begins to lose, begin reading Scripture (1 Cor. 10:13) as a third volunteer comes in and pulls the Christian back as the victorious winner. You can then explain how God is with us in times of trouble, and He does not give us anything that we cannot handle.

c157602_m2. Candy Trap: For this object lesson, take an opened box and cut a small hole in the side of it. Then take a rope and stick it through the hole and tie a knot on the other side. Next, prop up the box on one side with a stick or other object, so that the floor underneath the box will be visible to the children when you actually do this object lesson. The last supply needed is candy! Place a candy bar under the box.

When you are explaining your trap to the children, tell them that temptation always looks good (just like the candy bar), and explain how when we give into temptation, it traps us very quickly! At this point, you would pull the rope and let the box fall down, trapping the candy bar inside. This object lesson can then launch into a talk about the effects of temptation and how to resist it.

c157853_m3. Watch Those Eggs: For this object lesson, you will need a blindfold and a dozen boiled eggs. When start your lesson, ask the children for temptations that people face. Write down twelve of their suggestions on the boiled eggs and set them on the ground. The best way to situate the eggs is to make a small path and spread the eggs out on this path. Invite one of the children to come to the front and challenge them to walk through the path without stepping on any eggs. The child should walk through easily and reach the other side without breaking any eggs. Thank the child and let him/her sit down.

c194599_mNow, invite a second child up to the front and blindfold him/her. Ask the child, “Do you think you can walk through this path without breaking any eggs?” When the child replies with no (you may have to reason with the child to bring him/her to this conclusion), then ask the child if he/she would like help walking through the path safely. After the child makes it through the path without breaking any eggs (with you guiding the whole way), explain to the children that these eggs are very similar to temptation. In fact, temptation can sometimes be hard, and we need to ask for help from God and other Christians to make it through! We know that God does not give us more temptation than we can handle, so we can trust in Him and ask for His help to face temptation and make it through.

4. The Armor Of God: Want to get really creative? Find a costume of a full suit of armor, and describe the Armor of God in Ephesians 6 while wearing it! This visual would really help enforce the idea that Christians are in a war, and that Christians need to be equipped to fight against temptation and the forces of the devil.

Using Technology in Children’s Ministry

I love using technology in kids’ ministry. First, it acts as professional development for me by giving me access to experts in the field through twitter and blog posts. Second, it provides great opportunities for helping kids to learn about the gospel and be transformed by it.

For me, the greatest thing about using technology in my teaching is that it provides opportunities for kids to pursue individual interests and ideas. Every week I teach kids about Jesus in four public schools in Sydney, Australia for thirty minutes each week. This is a privilege and opportunity that I am very grateful to have. I work hard to make these lessons engaging, challenging, and thought provoking for the kids.

This past school term the kids have chosen a story from one of the gospels and they are working alone or in pairs on a project about that story. The kids are doing all kinds of interesting things to display their story:

  • Making dioramas of events in the story
  • Making posters
  • Writing and illustrating a children’s book
  • Making puzzle books
  • Making power point presentations
  • Writing and performing plays
  • Making an animation

The challenge with this teaching is that the kids are all working on different stories. I can’t just stand at the front of the class and teach about the one story. The kids need to be able to work independently to access information and ideas about their story. This, of course, is where technology steps in.

I always take my tablet, smart phone and computer with me when I teach. This means that wherever I am I always have internet access.  Here are some things that the kids have used my technology for:

  • To find out where a Bible story was so that they could find the passage in their Bible
  • To watch an animation of the Bible story they were researching
  • To find maps of where the story happened
  • To look at what the places look like today
  • To download a stop go animation app to use in their project
  • To take photos for their presentation
  • To film their play

At one of my schools, the classroom teacher organized for us to use the school’s computers. This meant that the kids had their own computer to work on. Some children made a power point presentation, while others printed off pictures for posters.

When the kids are working like this, I am free to walk around and talk to kids as they work. I can give much more individual attention than I would have been able to if we were all gathered together talking about one thing. I get to hear their stories and their ideas, and along the way I get to know them a whole lot more.

Of course, not all kids’ ministry looks like a classroom. Here are some other ways that I use technology in kids’ ministry:

  • Showing a movie on my tablet. It is quite surprising, in a world of large projected screens, that the kids will sit and watch a movie on my tablet. Usually when I show a DVD, I am sitting at the back of the room watching with the kids. When I show them using my tablet, I sit in front of them. This means that I can see their reactions to what they are watching; I can pause the movie and we can talk about different issues as they come up.
  • Using movie clips as lesson illustrations.
  • Taking lots of photos. I send them to parents, put them in newsletters, project them in church.
  • Using edmodo to provide safe chat rooms for small groups of kids (www.edmodo.com).
  • Using prezi to create presentations for when I’m teaching (www.prezi.com).
  • Showing ‘how to’ movies that I have found on www.youtube.com to a group of kids who are making something
  • Giving links to crafts and other ideas (especially using www.pinterest.com) to my kids’ ministry leaders.
  • Telling parents about great apps they can download at home. For example, the preschoolers were learning about Jonah and I found a simple game that their parents could download. While they played the game they could talk about what they had learned at church.  We also played that game in the lesson, and the kids loved it!

Technology should never replace the personal relationships that develop through one on one interaction. However, it can complement our teaching by providing more opportunities for learning and being transformed by God’s love.

God bless,

Kaye Chalwell

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Kaye Chalwell is a children’s minister in Sydney, Australia. She has been involved in Christian ministry for the past 25 years, working in Christian schools, public schools, curriculum development and churches. She loves working with kids, training and supporting kids’ ministry leaders, writing curriculum, reading and writing about kids’ ministry, and spending time with her husband, three adult children and one teenager. She is currently working on her doctorate in Christian pedagogy. You can follow Kaye on twitter @Kchalwe and check out her blog at www.transformingkidsministry.wordpress.com.

Guest Post: Six Steps to Overcoming Boredom in Your Teaching, by Ron Brooks

Did you ever have that ultra boring college professor that chose to lecture for three hours every week in that same monotone voice?  When I look back through my old college notes, I may not remember the professor very well, but I can tell you how boring the course was based on the drawings and doodles all over my page.  No one likes a boring class or lecture  The younger the audience, the more difficult it is to make things interesting.  I know that first-hand from multiple years of teaching and kids ministry.

If we get bored with that monotone lecture, why do we sometimes assume that kids will love what we say and hang on our every word?  With media and technology, some kids have a much shorter attention span than I did as a kid, and gone forever are the days when Beaver Cleaver sat quietly and respectfully, paying close attention.

So knowing this, what can we do to help kids pay attention?  At the end of the day, the ultimate ‘win’ is that kids learn.  We want them to learn, but we need to be intentional about the methods we use.

While I am not an expert, I can tell you some things that work for me.  Please remember that there are several different learning styles.  We often teach the way we learn best.  The more learning styles we can use in a given lesson, the more kids you will reach.

Music:  We use a combination of CD and DVD music for our song and worship time.  We typically do three songs, but we do not do them all at the same time. The faster songs are an opportunity for the kids to sing, clap, jump or otherwise move around.  The worship time is also a time to move, but in a quieter worshipful way.

Acting:  Sometimes it is fun to get the kids involved, rather than just read a Bible story.  Why not have some kids act it out as you read?  Provide a few props and instructions and the kids will be able to watch as Jesus heals a blind man or Lazarus comes back from the dead.

Games:  The truth is the more fun kids have, the more likely they are to want to return (don’t believe me?  Just think about Chuck E Cheese or Disney World!).  Games can add an element of fun and also break up the other elements of your morning.  It takes some effort, but make the games match with the morning theme.  Play a version of Simon Says if you are talking about obedience.  Do a relay if your passage is about Paul running the good race.  Play animal charades if the animals are getting onto Noah’s Ark.  I think you get the idea.

Tell a story:  A dramatic reading of your passage will be much more effective than just normal reading.

Object lesson:  Kids of all ages love a good science experiment or magic trick.  When your visual aid matches with your topic, you just connected with all of your visual learners.

Comedy:  Sometimes you can teach kids and they do not even know they are learning.  Maybe you have a character enter your service and has a conversation about your topic with you or with the kids. Kids will pay attention because it is funny, but they will be learning as well.

I have given you several methods and teaching ideas to help keep you from being that boring professor.  I have said nothing about the material.  At the end of the day, Jesus needs to be at the center of all we do.  The method is not sacred, but the message is.  Don’t put your focus on the how, but on the what and the why.  Our focus is Jesus, and we have liberty with the method of presentation.

When Jesus is at the center, we can’t go wrong. Then we can do our best at creating a quality environment and service that helps kids see Jesus.

I am interested in finding out, what you do to keep Jesus #1 in your ministry?  What other creative ways do you teach Jesus? What do you think of the ideas I shared?  Leave a comment and continue the conversation.

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Ron has over 15 years of children’s ministry experience.  He is a co-host of The Kid’s Ministry Collective, which is a radio program dedicated to encouraging and equipping those in children’s ministry.  Ron has been out of the country 9 different times to 5 different countries doing mission work with kids, and recently published FamilyTalk: a guide to family devotions. He is a dad to the best little girl you could imagine and married to the best woman you could imagine (and the only one who could put up with him). She is definitely the better half. You can check out Ron’s blog and website or find him on Twitter and Facebook if you would like to connect with him!

That You May Know: Complete Audio Set (with Special KidMinTools Deal!)

Complete Audio Set

Alright, so you might be wondering what this post is about. Keith Ferrin is a talented speaker, whom I got the chance to hear speak at Moody Bible Institute last year. He recently released an audio Bible CD set that I think is a very valuable resource for  both ministry and Christian families. Why am I sharing this with you? Because I know how valuable an audio Bible can be. When I drive by myself, my two favorite things to do are pray and listen to a Christian speaker or music. The problem that I run into frequently is that audio Bibles have a tendency to make me tired. The text is great, but the narrator often doesn’t express much excitement. Long story short,  this is a captivating storytelling audio Bible, and Keith is providing it for a great price. In fact, check out the details below for a special deal given to you just because you read this KidMinTools blog post! That’s enough talking from me, check out a sample video here on John 9 and read his story below:

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Back in the spring of 1993, I was a youth pastor in Tacoma. A buddy – who was a youth pastor across town – said “Hey Keith, there’s this guy coming to our church who has memorized the entire Gospel of Luke. He gets up on stage with no sets, no props, no other actors. He just quotes it and kind of acts it out at the same time.”

Truth be told…I went out of curiosity. I thought it would be pretty boring after about 10 minutes. That night, my view of the Bible – and ministry direction – were forever changed. The Living Word of God became a reality…not a phrase. Thank you Bruce Kuhn.

Long story short: Three years later, I had internalized Philippians and the Gospel of John and started traveling to churches, universities, and conferences, doing what Bruce had done with Luke. More than 16 years has passed and I couldn’t dream of doing anything else.

Helping people see that the Bible is not only true – but it is also a blast! – is my passion.

About a decade ago, people asked me if I would record some of these word-for-word presentations. Over the years I have recorded 10 presentations and put them on six CDs. In January of this year, I recorded four new ones. I started thinking about how I could repackage them to get more of the Bible into the hands of more people for less money.

The result was the Complete Audio Set that just came out two weeks ago. Instead of selling six CDs for $10/each, I was able to package them all together and sell the whole thing for $24.99! It contains all 14 of the presentations I do on six CDs in one box. (John, Romans, Sermon on the Mount, Gal, Eph, Phil, Col, I & II Thess, I & II Tim, I & II Pet, and Jonah.)

One of the catch phrases of my ministry is “Just God’s Word, a stool, and a glass of water.”

My desire is to keep it simple so that people are reminded that the Word of God is plenty! I have sought to carry over that simplicity into the audio recordings as well. (No sound effects or animal noises. J)

Steven saw that I had a short 72 hour sale when they launched and asked what I could do for his readers (now that this sale is over). My thought – since most of you don’t know me – was to figure out a way for you to see what I do in addition to hearing it. So…for any of you who buy the Complete Audio Set, I am going to throw in my DVD of the Sermon on the Mount for free!

Simply go to the online store and put both items in your cart. The DVD will automatically be free (normally $11.99) upon checkout. You don’t need to enter a coupon code, but you DO need to have both items in your cart, and you DO need to do it by the end of September.

I hope you enjoy the CDs and DVD. And if there’s any way I can serve you or the folks at your church, please shoot me a note. I’d be honored!

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Keith Ferrin is a speaker, author, Biblical storyteller, and blogger (www.keithferrin.com). He founded That You May Know Ministries (www.thatyoumayknow.com) in 1996 and has spent the last 16 years speaking at conferences, churches, and universities with the focus of helping people come to know and experience that the living Word of God is a reality – not a phrase. He is the author of two books: “Falling In Love With God’s Word” and “Like Ice Cream: The Scoop On Helping the Next Generation Fall In Love With God’s Word.” You can connect with Keith on Twitter or Facebook.

 

Junior High Teaching Outlines

When it comes to preparing lessons, there are many resources available to help you. In the past, I have used different combinations of curriculum, outlines, and self-created lessons to teach the children’s and youth ministries that I have served in. When your ministry goes through a busy season, it is always helpful to have resources on hand to help you prepare a lesson in a shorter amount of time.

This resource is called JR High Teaching Outlines. It is a helpful resource for planning lessons. It includes: 52 lesson outlines, a powerpoint for each lesson, and a teacher and student sheet. The most helpful thing about these outlines is that you can add your own illustrations into the lesson, and you are ready to teach your junior high students! All you have to do to use these outlines is buy them online, download them, and you are ready to go!

What are some of the advantages of buying teaching outlines? First, you can spend more time working in other areas of your ministry. This is extremely helpful before large events (e.g. missions trips, conferences, etc). Second, it can allow you to spend more time building relationships with your students and networking with other ministry leaders. Third, it can help if you (or your secretary!) are getting overwhelmed every week by the outlines that you have to prepare for your staff and students.
The best part about these teaching outlines are that they are affordable. Whether you have these outlines available for the busy seasons of ministry or use them regularly in your ministry, an investment of less than $20 is more than worth it. If you are interested, you can check out these helpful teaching outlines here.

Craft Time: Disney Family Fun

Looking for craft ideas for your children’s ministry? Check out Disney’s Family Fun website, a site full of all kinds of craft ideas just waiting to be used in your ministry! Disney provides craft ideas by age group, category, type, and material. I have found this very helpful in trying to decide which crafts to use for which Bible lessons. There are even seasonal crafts and how-to videos available to watch! This is extremely useful for those of us who are not creative with crafts and could use the extra help. Check out this helpful resource here, and use it the next time you need a great craft for a Bible lesson!

Read the Story, Again!

How many times have the kids in your ministry heard the story of Noah and the ark? How about Jonah and the fish? Samson? Chances are, there are at least several Bible stories that the kids (and adults) in your ministry have heard many times. Teaching on other stories in the Bible is great thing to do. What do you do if you want to teach a story that part of your audience has heard before? Here are a couple suggestions to help:

1. Do a skit of the story. How many times have your kids heard the story of Esther? If you act out the story, they are sure to pay more attention this time! This also gives your staff a chance to be involved in teaching the lesson. Want to switch it up? Give several kids the chance to act our the story! To do this, you need to give them the costumes and usually say their lines for them (have them repeat the lines after you, it will be funny!). Some of the kids will learn more by actually “being” a part of the story!

2. Try doing a dramatic reading of a story. To do this successfully, you (or another staff member) needs to really get into the reading of this story. Take the story of Jonah, for example. When Jonah gets angry at God, make it sound like Jonah is angry! When the Ninevites repent, make them sound repentful. The key to doing a good dramatic reading is including the character’s emotions in the reading.

3. Here is a classic method: Small groups. Many children’s ministries use small groups, but not all of them use small groups to their fullest potential. Do you have a story that might bring up a lot of questions? Teaching the Bible lesson in a small group helps the kids get the interaction with a leader that they need to better understand the stories. Let’s say you want to teach on the story of Elijah and Mount Carmel. The kids are bound to have a bunch of questions! Problem is, you might not have time to answer them all. Give your leaders a good small group sheet to help them teach the lesson, then let the kids ask questions as they go through the lesson. You will find that this method will be just as effective, and in some cases, even more effective than the “large group teaching.”

Well, there you go! Have more ideas for teaching Bible lessons? Drop me a comment and leave some feedback/suggestions.