Sunday the story was Jesus walking on water; we had laid a two-by-four on bricks and told a child to walk across the wobbly two-by-four. While the child walked across the other kids were yelling at the child and we had hair dryers blowing on him.
At the opposite end of the two-by-four a child stood holding a picture of Jesus. Amazingly every child who stayed focused on Jesus made it across without falling off. Every child who took his/her eyes off of Jesus fell off the boards.
Then, immediately after this experience the kids gathered their Bibles, and they sat down in their two teams to play a game of Pictionary. One child on each team was secretively told something to draw; as they drew their teammates searched Matthew 14:22-33 for the answer. As soon as they told their Discipler the correct answer a second kid ran with the answer to the Story Specialist who then gave her the second clue.
Chat ‘n Chew follows the scripture presentation – it is a time when they sit with their Discipler and critically discuss how the scripture applies to them today. Remember – they have just experienced the importance of staying focused on Jesus, they intuitively know what this means.
RESULT – that next week a Mom was aware her son was having a rough time at school and was amazed when he came home with, “Mom I’ve gotten through this week because I’ve stayed focused on Jesus like when I walked on water.”
Each Sunday the kids experience something different – however, they always dig into the Word.
Here are some of the different ways the children experience Scripture.
- Kids study a tray with items; then they study the scripture to find items that were on the tray. For extra points they tell how the item fits in the story.
- As Story Specialist tells the story the children put pictures in proper order. Then using the pictures they tell the story back to their Discipler. Bucks are given if everyone participates and pictures are in order.
- Two men act out Cain and Abel.
- Story is dramatically read aloud.
- Readers Theater
- Story Specialist mimes the story while the kids try to find each particular verse in the scripture. Then can the kids tell the story back to the Discipler?
- Each Trek Team given a prophecy to study, they create a skit to explain the prophecy to other teams.
- Treasure Hunt through room or full facility – they will need to take their Bibles with them.
- Boxes are laying around the room; as the Story Specialist tells the story of Nehemiah the kids are divided into family groupings and directed by Disciplers to build the wall.
- As story is told kids are pulled out to play different parts – everyone eventually involved.
- Game of Concentration to learn about the Disciples.
- A party celebrating the marriage of an older couple in the church and who should show up but Jesus and his disciples.
- Eight vignettes depicting the Beatitudes – children go from station to station and have to write the number of the vignette station next to the correct Beatitude it is depicting.
- Scavenger Hunt
- Skits – kids are given a sheet of paper with questions which they are to answer – Bucks are given for each correct answer.
- Kids are taken on a hike during which Jesus joins them. Jesus leads the kids in a game when one of the Disciplers complains he is hungry …
- Younger kids go on a scavenger hunt and bring back items to Older kids to find in the scripture. Older Kids explain connection to younger kids.
The list could go on – you get the idea.
Make every Sunday Creative and Fun.
Make the kids participants in the story not just observers.
One sixth grader told her mom she could hardly wait until Sunday because she didn’t know what was going to happen, “I wonder what crazy thing they will have us do this Sunday?”
If you don’t want to create your own take a look at Sunday Plus Curriculum.