|I know a lot of
churches are into the "High-tech" Children's Church, so this one might
be for you. It is actually the same as Mr. Sin, but we jazz it up
a little bit. A lot of churches will write the memory verse on PowerPoint,
and then take away one word at a time so the kids can memorize the verse.
Here is a way of making it fun.
One of the teachers comes up
front and has the children say the memory verse on the PowerPoint with
them . "HeyMan" (Haman, from the book of Esther) then comes
up, and tries to convince the children to not listen to the teacher, but
to listen to him and not say the memory verse.
He then shoots the PowerPoint
screen, and one of the words "magically" disappears. He leaves thinking
he has ruined it for the children. (You can use any kind of gun,
a toy laser for a futuristic look, or a toy six shooter for an old western
theme. When HeyMan shoots at the screen, simply cause one of the
words to disappear on your PowerPoint presentation.) The teacher
then has the children say the memory verse with one of the words now gone.
HeyMan comes back up angry, and again tries to get the kids to listen to
him, and not say the memory verse. He asks the kids if they really
believe in what the Bible says, and the children without any coercion from
the teacher will answer yes. When he fails, he again shoots one of
the words and leaves thinking that they surely won't be able to say the
memory verse now. This goes on for as many words as you have. When the
last word is shot, HeyMan leaves for good, but the children have memorized
the memory verse.
For added fun, have HeyMan
shoot the words in different silly ways. For example, he can shoot
the word from behind his back. You can also have a lot of fun with
HeyMan's name. For example, when HeyMan is talking to the teacher,
he can say, "Hey man, ..." and the teacher answers, "I'm not HeyMan, you
are." HeyMan then says, "I didn't say HeyMan, I say hey ... man."
For more fun, HeyMan can have
friends (his gang). In our church, he has a friend that tries to
come up and help, but when he shoots, he misses the words. Sometimes
we tie a string to HeyMan's hat, and his sidekick shots it off instead
of the word. Be creative and have fun. The sky is the limit.