1st Quarter
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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WEEK 1 ... God' s Love WEEK 7 ... Love
WEEK 2 ... Reading Your Bible WEEK 8 ... Forgiveness
WEEK 3 ... Rejoice In The Lord WEEK 9 ... Sow, Water, Reap
WEEK 4 ... God Can Use You WEEK 10 ... All things Thru Chirst
WEEK 5 ... Witnesssing WEEK 11 ... Giving
WEEK 6 ... Second Coming WEEK 12 ... Hearing God's Voice
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Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If you are like me, you are probably tired of forking out a lot of money for curriculum that is just not worth it !!!  I know that many of you have good ideas and quality programs, but you need some new and fresh ideas to use every once in a while. God has put on my heart to write down some of the best ideas we have had in the past 15 years, to pass them on to others. Jesus said, "Freely ye have received, freely give", and being the God didn't charge us for the ideas He gave, we aren't going to charge, but give to others what He has given to us.

We also suggest, and ask that you come up with your own names in the place of the names you will find on the following pages. This will allow for your Children's Church to be unique, and fitted to your own personalities and characters. If every church had a puppet with the same name, yet they all looked and sounded different, this would seem strange to a child who might visit your church on one particular Sunday.

If you have enjoyed this curriculum, please feel free to duplicate it and give it to others. This ministry's purpose is to get kids to Jesus, and to get the words of Jesus to the kids. Also, if you have any ideas you would like to share, please send them in, and we gladly will pass them on.

Peter says in II Peter 1:12-15 that he continually put the people in remembrance of God's truths even though they already knew them and were established in those truths, so that when he would go on to be with the Lord, the people would have those truths firmly and deeply rooted in their minds. In the same way, we in the Children's Ministry need to continually put our kids in remembrance of Jesus and His truths, even though they think they know it all and are established in those truths, so that when they leave our Sunday School, they will always have these truths firmly and deeply rooted in them, and be able to stand strong in the faith of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

If you have found this curriculum helpful, or if you haven't, please email us and let us know what you think. Your opinion is not only desired, but needed. clunky@fishersofkids.com

Now, God bless you as you minister unto God's children.

                    Love,
                    Dan Harris

1.  GOD LOVES US
 
Service Out-line
1. SINGING 
2. ANNOUNCEMENTS 
3. WORSHIP 
4. CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT* part 1 
5. BIBLE STORY 
6. JOSHUA SKIT 
7. CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT * part 2 
8. MEMORY VERSE 
9. SERMON 
10. ALTER CALL 
11. GAME (Review) 
 
This is just a basic out-line of how we have found it best to 
run a childrenís church service. 
Donít be bound to follow it strictly, but be open and allow God to show you what He 
would have you to do.

Clunky Puppet Skit : 23

Part 1:

Clunky comes up frantically, looking for his bunka (his bunka is his safety blanket), and is worried that he might have lost it. Clunk tells you that he has had his bunka since the day that he was born, and that he and his bunka are one. He then tells some of the stories of different times that he went places and forgot his bunka, and what happened. (Like Dan had to spend the whole night rocking him and singing lullabies... etc.) You begin to look around a little bit, and find it semi-hidden by the couch. You pull it up, and ask Clunk if this is it. Clunk is so excited, and tells you he owes you. You both leave, as Clunk kisses and talks to his bunka.

Part 2:

Later in the service, some other puppet comes up to the service crying, and you go and ask him what is the matter. He tells you that he is new here, that he is visiting his grandparents up here, and misses his mommy and daddy, and begins to cry. You try to cheer him, when Clunk comes up and asks the matter. You tell him, and he looks at the new kid, then down at his blanket (which he is holding), back at the new kid, then again at the blanket, and then offers the kids to use his bunka until he goes home to his mommy and daddy. The new kid is so overwhelmed and leaves with the blanket. You too are overwhelmed by what Clunk did, and ask him why. Clunk tells you that he figured that the new kid needed his bunka more than he, and that he just tried to imagine what it would be like without his mommy, daddy and bunka. You both leave with Clunk a little misty eyed and sniffing, and you telling him that you are going to take him out for pizza after church for that.

Bible Story : Matt 13:44-45

(When telling these Bible stories, being that the characters donít have names, we like to call them the parables of "Fred and Barney.")

Joshua Skit : 17

(Characters : Joshua, Mom, Sis, and Billy. Award Certificate.)

Josh and Billy come out playing. They stop, and Josh asks Billy what's going on in that Scout troop he joined. Billy tells Josh that they are going to be having the annual soap box derby, and his dad gave him $10.00 to build his car. He then asks Josh if he wants to help him build it. Josh says yes, and they both leave to go ask Billy's dad if he would take them to the store to get the materials for the car.

(Someone comes out with a sign that says "Two Weeks Later.")

Josh and Sis come out and finish cleaning the room. Mom comes out and gives both of them a dollar for their allowance, and asks them what they are each going to do with their money. Sis says she has saved enough money, so that after she pays her tithes, she is going to go down to the store and get that dolly she has been wanting. Josh says he is going down to the store to buy that candy that keeps calling him every time he walks by the candy section. Mom and Sis leave, and Josh calls Billy on the phone, and asks him if he wants to come over so that they can go to the store and buy that candy. Billy comes, but is not in a very happy mood. Josh asks him what's the matter, and Bill explains that he only has enough money left over of the $10.00 his dad gave him, to buy the cheap wheels for his car, and that he might as well not even enter the race with those old wheels. He tells Josh that some of the kids are getting the new faster high-tech wheels, and they are going to win, even though their cars aren't as good. Josh asks him how much he is short, and Bill tells him .95 cents. Josh turns away from Billy and pulls out his dollar. He looks at Billy, then at the dollar, then at Billy, then at the dollar, then he decides to give to Billy his dollar so that he can go out and buy the new wheels for his car. Billy can't believe it, and is so grateful he hugs Josh. (Billy and Josh then act manly after hugging, asking each other sports questions.) The two boys leave to go buy the wheels.

(Someone comes out with a sign that says "Day of the Race.")

Josh and Billy come out running and all excited, with Billy holding an award certificte, and wearing a blue ribbon pinned to his shirt because his car won first prize. Billy again thanks Josh, and tells him that it wouldn't have been possible without him. Josh acts humble. Billy then pulls out a gift certificate for $50.00 given to him for first place, and tells Josh that he is going to let him have $25.00 of it. Josh tells him that he only gave him $1.00, but Billy explains that he wouldn't have gotten anything at all, if it wasn't for the $1.00 that Josh gave him for the wheels. The boys leave excited, and talking about what they are going to buy with their share of the money.

Memory Verse : Mr. Sin

John 17:23

    "that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me."
Mr. Sin :

Mr. Sin is a human puppet who is dressed to look like a bad person. His goal in life is to try and keep the children from learning the memory verse.

We write our week's memory verse on five or six balloons, and then tape them to the puppet stage. One of the teachers comes up front and has the children say the memory verse with them. Mr. Sin 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 pops one of the balloons, and leaves thinking he has ruined it for the children. (We put a pin on Mr. Sin's chin for him to pop the balloons with.) The teacher then has the children say the memory verse with one of the words now gone. Mr. Sin 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 pops one of the balloons and leaves thinking that they surely won't be able to say the memory verse now. This goes on for as many balloons as you have. When the last balloon is popped, Mr. Sin leaves for good, but the children have memorized the memory verse.

Sermon : We have found it best to quickly review what we have done bringing
                          it all together, then present a small sermonette.
 
Question :  Which did Fred love more, the treasure or everything that he owned?
Answer :  The treasure.
Why? :  He sold all that he owned to get the treasure.
Question :  Which did Barney love more, the pearl or everything that he owned?
Answer :  The pearl of great price.
Why? : He too sold all that he owned to get the pearl.
Question :  Which did Clunky love more, bunka or the new kid?
Answer :  The new kid.
Why? :  He gave his bunka away to the new kid.
Question : Which did Joshua love more, candy or Billy?
Answer :  Billy.
Why? :  He gave his dollar to buy candy to Billy.
Question :  Which does God love more, his Son Jesus or us?
Answer :  You could almost say us, but the answer is neither. Yet God doesnít love his very own Son Jesus more that he loves us.
Why? :  Because he gave his Son Jesus for us.

Sermon Points:
 
1.  How much does God love us? As much as his very own Son (John 17:23).
2. No matter what you do, or if the whole world turns its back on you, God loves you.
3. Alter call.

2.  READING YOUR BIBLE
 
Service Out-line
1. SINGING 
2. ANNOUNCEMENTS 
3. WORSHIP 
4. STORY 
5. CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT 
6. BIBLE STORY 
7. NERD SKIT 
8. SERMON 
9. GAME (Review)
 
Games

For a list of fun games to play, check out our web site at:

http://www.fishersofkids.com/game.htm

Story : The Three Christian Pigs

Once upon a time, there were Three Christian Pigs named Porker, Patrick and Peter Pig who lived on Sewey Lane. Now the first Pig, Porker, never ever read his Bible or went to church and consequently built his "faith-house" out of hay. One day, the Big Bad Wolf (the devil) came walking down Sewey Lane, and seeing Porkerís house of hay said to himself, "Hmmm what a stupid little pig. I think I will go and tempt little Porker and blow his house in." So the Big Bad Wolf went up, knocked on the Porkerís door, and tempting him said, "Little Pig, little Pig, one little sin." And Porker replied, "Not by the hair or my chinny, chin chin." So the Big Bad Wolf huffed and he puffed and he blew his house in, and little Porker Pig sinned.

The next little Pigís name was Patrick. Now Patrick read his Bible occasionally and usually went to church, thereby building his "faith-house" out of sticks. One day, the Big Bad Wolf (the devil) came walking down Sewey Lane, and seeing Patrickís house of sticks said to himself, "Hmmm what a stupid little pig. I think I will go and tempt little Patrick and blow his house in too." So the Big Bad Wolf went up to Patrickís house, knocked on the door, and tempting him said, "Little Pig, little Pig, one little sin." Patrick replied, "Not by the hair or my chinny, chin chin." So the Big Bad Wolf huffed and he puffed, but he didnít blow his house in. You see, sticks are stronger than hay. But that Big Bad Wolf wasnít going to quit. "He might have won today," said the Bid Bad Wolf, "but I will be back tomorrow." So early the next morning he came back to Patrickís house and knocking on his door he said, "Little Pig, little Pig, one little sin." And Patrick replied, "Not by the hair or my chinny, chin chin." So the Big Bad Wolf huffed and he puffed and huffed and puffed some more and this time he blew his house in, and little Patrick Pig sinned. You see, sticks are stronger than hay, but sticks are still just sticks.

The last little Pigís name was Peter Pig. Now Peter read his Bible every day and went to church as often as he could, and consequently built his "faith-house" out of bricks. One day, the Big Bad Wolf came walking down Sewey Lane, and seeing Peterís house of sticks said to himself, "Hmmm what a stupid little pig. I think I will go and tempt little Peter and blow his house in too." So the Big Bad Wolf went up, knocked on Peterís door, and tempting him said, "Little Pig, little Pig, one little sin." Peter replied, "Not by the hair or my chinny, chin chin." So the Big Bad Wolf huffed and he puffed, but he didnít blow his house in. You see, bricks are stronger than hay and sticks. But that Big Bad Wolf wasnít going to quit. "He might have won today," said the Bid Bad Wolf, "but I will be back tomorrow, and I will knock in his house just like I knocked in Patrickís." So early the next morning he came back to Peterís house and knocking on his door he said, "Little Pig, little Pig, one little sin." And Peter replied, "Not by the hair or my chinny, chin chin, cause in the name of Jesus, I am not going to sin." So the Big Bad Wolf huffed and he puffed and huffed and puffed some more but he couldnít blow his house in. So he huffed and he puffed and he huffed even more, but still he could not blow Peterís house in. So that Big Bad Wolf left with Peterís house still standing, cause you see, bricks are tons stronger than hay or sticks.

Clunky Puppet Skit : 4

Clunky comes up with a set of headphones on, plugged (taped) into his Bible. He begins to complain that his Bible must be defective, because he can't hear a thing. You begin to talk to him, but he says "What, I can't hear you." You get louder, but Clunk still can't hear. Finally, while screaming, you pull off his headphones, and Clunk says "Well, you don't have to yell!" You tell Clunky that you don't listen to the Bible by plugging headphones into it. Then you make the statement that the Bible is food for your soul, but before you can explain to him what you mean, Clunk leaves. We hear the sound of Clunky eating behind the stage, and when he comes back up, he has a Bible with bite marks in it, telling you that it ain't too bad, but it needs a little bit of salt. You can then explain to Clunk that the Bible must be read.

Bible Story : Matthew 4:1-11

EdWord :

Edword is a puppet who likes to try and help tell the Bible story, but never seems to get it right. He always seems to appear at the time of the Bible story, and consequently asks if he can help out. Though he thinks he knows all of the stories by heart, he is always goofing them up, which gives you a good opportunity to tell him, and the children, how it really goes. When Edword begins to ramble on, have the children get his attention by saying "Edword, Edword, Edword!!!" Then you straighten him out.

Memory Verse :

Romans 10:17

    "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."

Nerd Skit : 1

(Nerd Charters: a waiter, husband and wife. The stage is set up like a restaurant, with a table and two chairs in the middle. You will also need props for food and dishes.)

The waiter walks out and tells the kids that he has reservations for two people for this table, and that they should be arriving at any time. (Waiter straightens up the table.) The couple arrives, and the waiter greets them and takes them to their table. He gives them two menus, and tells them that he is their waiter, and will be back when they are ready to order. The waiter leaves, and the couple looks at the menu, deciding what they want, and call the waiter back. He comes, takes their order, and then leaves. (While the waiter is gone, the couple has a casual conversation.)

About 30 seconds later, the waiter returns with their order, and tells them that if they need anything, to just call. The couple looks at their food and remarks about how delicious it looks and smells, but they don't eat any of it. They then call for the waiter and ask for seconds. The waiter looks down, noticing that they haven't eaten any of it, and asks them if anything is wrong with their order. They tell him no, that everything looks and smells so wonderful, they just want more. The waiter tries to convince them to eat some of it, but finally leaves when he realizes they won't be convinced.

The waiter returns with the seconds and leaves. The couple again talks about how wonderful everything looks and smells, and then calls for the waiter and asks for seconds on their drinks as well. Again, the waiter seeing that they haven't eaten anything, tries to talk them into first drinking what they have, and that he will then get them free refills. They won't listen and demand seconds on their drinks. The waiter leaves and returns with seconds on their drinks. The waiter leaves the table.

The couple comments on how good everything looks, and call for the waiter, now asking for dessert. (They still haven't taken one bite.) The waiter looks, and asks why they won't eat any of their food, and they tell him it looks too good. He leaves to go get their dessert.

Once more, the couple remarks on how wonderful the food looks, then calling for the waiter, they ask for their check, which he eagerly gives them. They tell the waiter to give their regards to the chef, and they leave.

The waiter now looks up to heaven and prays "Dear God, I thank you for sending these people here today. They remind me of many of us Christians. We believe the Bible, the Word of God, and we know it is good, but then we set it on a shelf, or on the coffee table and never read it. Now, as stupid as it would be to come to this restaurant, order all of this food, and not eat it, it's even stupider to have the Bible, the Word of God, and not read it. The next time I see my Bible and decide not to read it, please Lord, remind me of these crazy people. In Jesus' name I pray, amen." The waiter then leaves.

Sermon : Review the stories, skits, and memory verse.

How often did Porker read his Bible?
What kind of faith house did he have?
How often did Patrick read his Bible?
What kind of faith house did he have?
How often did Peter read his Bible?
What kind of faith house did he have?

What was Clunky doing trying to hear the Word of God?

What did the man and woman order at the restaurant?
What was strange about what the man and woman did?
What did they keep saying when the waiter asked them why they havenít eaten anything yet?

What were the first three words that Jesus said when the devil tempted him to turn the stone into bread and eat it? (It is written.)
What were the first three words that Jesus said when the devil tempted him to jump off of the temple? (It is written.)
What were the first three words that Jesus said when the devil tempted him to bow down and worship him? (It is written.)

Sermon Points:
 
1.  Would you go to a restaurant and order food without eating it? Of course not. Yet we all have Bibles but we donít read them. Now as silly as it would be to go to a fancy restaurant and order food and not eat it, it is even sillier to have the Bible, the Word of God, and not read it.
2. Even Jesus, when he fought temptation with the devil, used the strength that he found reading the scriptures, "It is written."
3. Though reading the Bible will not keep you from ever sinning, it will build up your faith house and give you the strength to fight temptation.
4. What kind of "faith house" do you want? Do you want one made of straw? Do you want one made of sticks? Or do you want one made of Bricks? It is up to you.
5. During this time in their lives the kids are building the foundation that the rest of their house is built on.
6. Give the kids a chance to decide what kind of "faith house" they want.
7. Alter call for the kids to pray and make a choice.


 

3.  REJOICE IN THE LORD
 
Service Out-line
1. SINGING 
2. ANNOUNCEMENTS 
3. WORSHIP 
4. STORY 
5. MEMORY VERSE 
6. BIBLE STORY 
7. CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT 
8. SERMON 
9. WORSHIP 
 
One of the biggest mistakes in childrenís ministry is to sermonize everything. We do a skit, then sermonize it. We tell a story, then sermonize it. We have a puppet skit, then sermonize it!!! By the end of the day, the kids are sermonized out. The best thing to do is to move directly from one skit to another without sermonizing, then bring it together for your sermon at the end.

Story : The Legend of Bone Creek

Once upon a time, in the town of Bone Creek, their lived a man named Deputy Dan. Now every couple of years, the governing authorities of the territory of Kansas would meet with the mayors and sheriffs of the territory to go over new laws as more and more people were moving west. Being that the sheriff went the time before, it was Deputy Danís turn to go this year, so he packed his bags, got on the stage and headed for Kansas City. While Deputy Dan was gone, the James Gang, the most notorious and ruthless band of cut-throats in the entire west happened along Bone Creek. This gang of outlaws were noted for their merciless slaughter of anyone who got in their way, as well as their utter hatred for God and religion. With guns blazing, they quickly got the attention of the entire town and told them that they were the James Gang, and that everyone in town had 30 minutes to get to the town square or suffer the consequences. When the 30 minutes was up, the entire town, including old and young, men and women were there and paying attention to the infamous gang. Mr. James, the leader of the gang, climbed upon his horse and taking one shot into the air, quickly got everyoneís attention, and then began to speak, "In case you didnít know, we are the James Gang. Now we have been running from the law for quite some time, and we are getting a little tired. We are not here to hurt you or to pillage your town, but simply to hide and to rest. Please donít try to leave the town, because we have both trails guarded and blocked, and as for trying the telegraph wire, donít bother, cause we have cut it down. We will only be here for a few days, and if you will simply follow our few rules, no one will be hurt, and no one will suffer. If we come to your restaurant and ask for some food, by all means, just give it to us. We wonít take more than we can eat, and besides, why fight and loose your life for a measly beef steak and potato. If you own a store, the same rule follows. We have a few supplies that we need to pick up, but other than that we wonít be taking anything we donít need. As to the hotel keeper, all we want is a few of your rooms, not even your best. Just a couple rooms in the back away from everyone else so we can get a little peace and quiet. Oh yes, and one more rule, while we are in town, there will be no church services, or mention of it either. We know what kind of men we are and have chosen the life we live, so donít waste your time and effort trying to conform us, cause we ainít gonna listen, and you might find yourself wishing you hadnít. Now, in case youíre wondering what we will do if you were to go and break one of our simple little rules, tomorrow morning when you wake up, you will find a gallows standing right where we sit for us to hang anyone who disobeys. Personally I would rather just shoot you, but the boys here love to see a good hanging, and I guess it does show a good example to anyone else who would like to break one of our rules." As soon as Mr. James had quit speaking, they headed over to the lumber yard, and got some men to begin to build the gallows as well as to board up the town church.

Now things went pretty smoothly for the first couple of days. For the James Gang had done exactly what they said. They stayed in the back rooms of the hotel, they ate no more than they could eat, and they took just bare necessities for themselves, and usually they spent most of the day either sleeping or playing poker at the local salon where no one was going to bother them. That is until the day the Deputy Dan road back into town. Now the stage coach came in through the back part of town, so deputy Dan didnít notice the gallows. He quickly dropped off his gear at his house not far down the street, and continued to head down the back road to the salon where he would usually stop by and shoot the breeze with the town folk. As he entered the salon and went up to the bar to order his usual of a tall glass of sodi pop, the headed over to a table with a group of friends and began to talk about his trip, "Boy am I sure glad to be back in Bone Creek. I am really looking forward of olí Reverend Jonesí sermon. That preacher is Kansas City was a bore." The salon, once filled with the noise of laughter and fun, had suddenly become hushed at the mention of Reverend Jones and his preaching. For also in the salon that day was Mr. James, and some of his men. Quietly Mr. James got up from his seat and moseyed over to where Deputy Dan was sitting, and with a loud voice so as to get everyoneís attention, which he already had, he asked Deputy Dan if he was new in town. Deputy Dan looked at Mr. James and told him that he was just getting back from a trip to Kansas City. Mr. James looked at the people in the bar, then back at Deputy Dan and told him, "So that everyone here knows that I am a fair man when I want to be, I am going to look past this ignorance of yours and give you another chance. You see stranger, we are the James Gang, and we are staying in this fine little town of yours for a couple more days, and one of our rules while we are here, is that no one talk about God or religion. Do you understand what I am saying?" Deputy Dan looked at Mr. James and gave him a nod, giving the leader of the notorious band of outlaws the confidence he was looking for at scaring this new stranger. Just as soon as Mr. James had set down at his table and began to laugh with his friends and play poker, Deputy Dan spoke up again, "Yep, I sure am glad that I live in a town with a preacher who ainít afraid to speak the truth about God and the gospel." At this Mr. James bolted from his chair, and in an irritated mood, began to threaten Deputy Dan, "I donít know who you think you are, but I ainít a kidden. Now in case you didnít notice when you came into this town of yours, but we have built us a gallows for jokers like you to hang on. We have been very peaceful during our past few days without an incident, but if you donít watch yourself, you will be our first man hung." Once again confident that he had scared what ever courage was left in Deputy Dan, he went back to his seat with a smile on his face from ear to ear. But as soon as he was seated and playing cards, Deputy Dan spoke up, "Hallelujah. Just one more day till Reverend Jones preaches the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and remission of sins." At this Mr. James flew out of his chair ablazed in anger, pulling out his gun and pointing it at Deputy Dan with all intention of shooting him right there and then, when his men held him back and reminded him that to hang him from a rope was a much more fun way to kill him. With this Mr. James was calmed down, and the rest of the James Gang grabbed Deputy Dan and led him out to the town square, where they began to shoot their guns into the air, and once again get the attention of the town. "People of Bone Creek," shouted Mr. James, "you have exactly five minutes to quit what you are doing and get out here to the town square or we will have more than one hanging today. As soon as the five minutes were up, the entire town of Bone Creek was there at the gallows watching and listening to Mr. James speak from the gallows.

"People of Bone Creek, did we go to anyoneís store and take anything we didnít need? Did we order at any restaurant more than what we could eat? Did we take the best rooms at the inn? The answer to all of these is no. We have been friendly among you as if you were our own kin, yet this, this stranger dares to defy us not only once or twice, but three times in talking about God, and me being the good and fair man that I am, more that once forgave him and gave him a chance. But now, so that all of you may see that I mean what I say, that we want it peaceful like during these last couple of days here in this fine town of Bone Creek, we are going to show you just what we are like if you donít aim to please us." Then looking at Deputy Dan, Mr. James asked, "Do you have any last words before you go to meet that God of yours?" And as Deputy Dan took a little step forward, his feet and hands tied with rope, and the noose around his neck, he began to sing, "I love you Lord, and I lift my voice." The town was quiet, but as soon as he began to sing, it got even more quiet so as to hear a pin drop. "To worship you all my soul rejoice." Then starting slowly and quietly, a few others began to join with him in his singing, "Take joy my king, in what you hear." By this time, almost the entire town was now joining in with Deputy Dan in worshipping God, "Let it be a sweet sweet sound, in your ear." At this Mr. James didnít know what to do, here he was hanging a man for talking about God, and yet, the entire town was worshipping God. Angered and confused he quickly reached over to the lever, pulling it which triggered the floor from under Deputy Dan to give way. What happened next, some say was just a coincidence, but others say it was nothing less than a miracle. For on that day in Bone Creek, the rope around Deputy Danís neck broke allowing his body to fall to the ground. The people stared for what seemed like an eternity. Then with one mighty move as if they were one man, no longer afraid of the gallows or the guns that the gang members were holding, the towns people rushed the James Gang, taking away there guns, and then forcing them up to the gallows and began to threaten them, "Hang us will you, well now it is your time to hang." Quickly Deputy Dan got to his feet and forced his way up the gallows to stop the vigilante. He then looked at Mr. James and said, "Mr. James, it is now you who has five minutes to get out of town. Donít bother to go back to your hotel room and get your stuff, but just get on your horse and get out fast, or I may not be able to stop this mob much longer." And that is exactly what he did, never to be seen again in those parts.

Memory Verse : Nerds

Philippians 4:4

    "Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice."
Nerds :

(You will need a nerd, a burglar, and the memory verse written down on pieces of wood or cards.)

The nerd comes out and sets up the memory verse in order. He then tells the kids his name, and that he is supposed to teach them the verse. He has the kids say the verse with him. He then steps in front of the table with the memory verse on it and begins to talk about the verse. While he is doing this, the burglar comes out and takes one of the words to the verse. The kids will yell and tell the nerd that someone is taking one of the words, but he just ignores them. The nerd turns around to go over the verse again with the kids, and notices that one of the words is now gone. He accuses some of the kids of taking the word, and then has them all say the verse with him again. Once more he steps up to talk to the kids, and the burglar comes out and takes one of the words. Again he turns and finds one of the words gone. He accuses the kids, and then has them say it with him. This time, he listens to what the kids are saying, that someone came from behind the stage and took the words. The nerd decides to go investigate and goes behind the stage to find the robber. While he is walking behind the stage, the person comes out the other side and takes one of the words. The nerd then comes back out, and now finds another word missing. He has the kids say the verse with him, and then asks them which way the burglar went. This time he goes around the right side of the stage, and the burglar comes around the left and takes one of the words. The nerd comes out and finds another word gone. He has the kids say the verse with him, but this time will not listen to the kids when they say he is behind the stage. The burglar comes out and stands right behind the nerd, and the kids yell and tell him. The nerd turns around to look, but the burglar turns with him so that the nerd doesn't see him. This happens a couple of times, until the burglar finally takes one of the words and leaves.

You may do many different variations to this until all of the words are gone, and the kids have memorized the memory verse. (Have the burglar knock on the right side of the stage, and when the nerd comes to see, the burglar goes out the left side and takes the word. Or have the burglar crawl on the ground, and when the nerd looks, he doesn't see him.)

Bible Story: Acts 16:16-34

Clunky Puppet Skit : 13

Clunky comes in crying and all upset. You ask him what is wrong, and he begins to describe all about the rotten day he has had. First of all Clunk says he got up on the wrong side of the bed. You ask what happened, and he says "Just that. I got up on the wrong side of the bed." Clunk explains that he only has one side to his bed, the other side is against the wall, and he got up on the wrong side and banged his head against the wall. You ask if he prayed for it, and he tells you yes and that it got better. He then tells how later as he was walking down the hallway, he didn't notice the dump truck and stepped on it, going for a ride right down the hallway, through the living room, down the stairs, and banged his head right into the basement wall. You ask if he prayed for it, and again he says he did, and that it got better. Clunk then tells about how his "kitty dog..." You interrupt him and tell him that kitties are cats, and puppies are dogs. Clunk says that he knows, and then goes on with the story about how his "kitty dog..." Again you interrupt him. (This goes on a couple of times.) Finally, Clunk explains to you that his kitty's name is Dog...kitty Dog. He then explains how that his kitty wet on his pants, and he didn't have time to change before coming to church. You then explain to Clunk that when he has days like that, he just needs to begin to Praise the Lord. Clunk is confused, and thinks you mean that he should praise God for everything that happens You then tell him that we need to praise God through all things. You then explain to Clunk that if we let something get us down, then it will ruin everything else, but if we begin to Praise God through all things, then we will keep our joy, and not get all down about everything. Clunk asks what in the world he could Praise God for on a day like that. You can list some things: Parents, friends, how he got better after he prayed for his aches...and most importantly, if for nothing else, he can Praise God for His Son Jesus. Clunk finally begins to understand, and he begins to Praise the Lord.

(Some other things that you can have go wrong: His gold fish bit him, his puppy cat ran away, his girl friend, he ran out of MIRACLE WHIP - a sandwich just ain't a sandwich without MIRACLE WHIP.)

Sermon : Quickly review the stories, skit, and memory verse.

Sermon points :
 
1.  Clunky was bummed out because he looked at the bad things and allowed them to get him down in instead of looking at the good things that God had done and rejoiced.
2.  When Paul and Silas worshipped God, He did not take away the jail, but He opened the door for them to get out. When we worship God, He doesnít always take away the problems in our life, but He does make a way for us to get out of them.
3. Allow the kids a chance to think about the good things that they have and that God has given them : family, a home to live in, friends, freedom to go to church and worship God, and if nothing else, eternal life.
4. Spend some time worshipping God.


 

 

4.  GOD CAN USE YOU
 
Service Out-line
1. SINGING 
2. ANNOUNCEMENTS 
3. WORSHIP 
4. BIBLE STORY 
5. JOSHUA SKIT * part 1 
6. MEMORY VERSE 
7. CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT 
8. JOSHUA SKIT * part 2 
9. SERMON 
10. GAME 
 
Tell your kids you love them. If they learn nothing else from your childrenís church the most important thing they can learn is that you love them. You represent God, which means if you love them, God must love them too.

Bible Story : Judges 3:12-30
 

Joshua Skit : 12

(Characters : Joshua, Sis, Billy, Big Bully and an old lady.)

Part 1:

Josh, Billy and Sis come out, with Bill and Sis razzing Josh about how dumb he is. Josh says that he is not dumb, so Billy points down to the ground behind Josh and says "Look, a $20 bill on the ground right behind you." Josh turns around and bends over to look, and Billy gives him a swift kick in the backside, causing Josh to fall down. Billy and Sis leave, laughing and teasing Josh about being a dumb little kid. Josh begins to think out loud, that Billy and Sis are right, that he is a dumb little kid and that God could never use anyone like him. Heart begins to talk to Josh, and tells him, "You're not a dumb little kid, granted you're no brain surgeon, but you are not a dumb little kid." Josh argues with Heart, but Heart begins to tell Josh about how David was just a poor little shepherd boy, and that Peter was an unlearned fisherman, but to look at what they did, and that with God, he is important, and could do great things as well. Josh realizes that Heart is right, and then leaves.

Part 2:

The little old lady comes out, and begins to walk across the stage, when Big Bully comes out and tells her that he wants all of her money. Josh, Billy and Sis come back out and see this. Billy and Sis panic, but Josh encouraging himself in the Lord, walks up to Bully and asks him if that is his $50 bill on the ground behind him. Bully turns and bends over to look, Josh looks at the kids with a great big smile on his face, and then kicks Bully in the backside, causing him to fall down. Josh then helps the little old lady out, telling her about Jesus. Bully then gets up and leaves.

Memory Verse : Simon RePeter

Philippians 4:13

    "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
Simon RePeter :

Simon RePeter is a hairy puppet who comes to Children's Church to teach the kids the memory verse. He comes up, tells the children his name and that they are to repeat after him. He then begins to say parts of the memory verse, giving the children time to repeat it. This has a lot of opportunity for fun and silliness with the kids repeating everything Simon says. In the end though, the children have repeated the memory verse several times, and consequently have learned it.

Clunky Puppet Skit : 12

Clunk comes up crying and all upset. You ask him what is the matter, and he says "I am short, bald, and eight years old and still in kindergarten. God could never use anybody like me. And besides all that, look carefully and see if you notice anything different about me." (Clunk is blue.) You ask him if he has gained a little weight, or some other dumb question. Clunk blurts out that he is BLUE. "Nobody else in the world is blue. How could God ever use a short, bald, blue, granted adorable, eight year old still in kindergarten?" You then remind him of the time that he went for a walk down the street to the ice cream parlor a couple of weeks ago, and how that about one fourth the way there, he turned around and noticed about 15 people were following him down the street. (Have Clunk tell the story.) He says he didn't think anything about it at first, but then as he got about half way there, he turned around again, and there were about 30 people following him down the street. Clunk says that he begins to walk a little faster, and just around the corner from the ice cream parlor, he turns around again, and there are about 45 people following him down the street. Clunk says he begins to run, and as he gets to the ice cream parlor, he turns around, and there are now about 75 people who have followed him to the ice cream parlor. Clunk says that at first he thought that they were going to hurt him, but then found out that they were following him because they had never seen such a cute, adorable, and foxy...well anyway, they had never seen a blue person before. Clunk didn't know what to do, but then began to tell them about Jesus, and how much Jesus loves them. You ask Clunk what happened after that, and Clunk tells you that he got to lead 23 of those people to ask Jesus into their hearts, and become born again. You then explain to Clunk that it was because he was short, bald, and BLUE that all those people followed him down the street, and that he was able to lead 23 of them to Jesus. Clunk becomes happy, and decides to take another trip to the ice cream parlor right after church is out, and then asks you for a dollar. Clunk leaves, and you can explain to the kids that God doesn't care how old, or tall, or cute, you are, He just wants to use someone who is obedient and will let Him.

Sermon : Review the Bible story, skits, and memory verse:
 
Question: Why was Clunky walking down the street?
Answer: To get some ice-cream.
Question:  Why were people following Clunky?
Answer:  They had never seen anyone blue before.
Question:  What did Clunky do when he got to the ice cream Parlor?
Answer:  Tell the people following him about Jesus.
Question:  How many of the people following Clunky got saved?
Answer:  23.
Question:  What were Billy and Sis teasing Joshua about?
Answer:  Not being very smart.
Question:  Who does God use to protect the little old lady from Bully?
Answer:  Joshua.
Question:  What characteristic does the Bible describe about Ehud?
Answer:  He was left handed.
Question:  What did Ehud hide under his skirt?
Answer:  A dagger.
Question:  Where did Ehud hide Eglon?
Answer:  In the summer parlor (or bathroom).

Sermon Points:
 
1.  God often uses the weak to overcome the strong.
2.  God is not concerned about how smart or strong or popular we are. He doesnít care if we are short or tall, skinny or chunky, wear glasses or are a girl or a boy.  What He looks for is whether we trust in Him and will let Him use us.
3. Joshua was used by God because he trusted Him. Ehud was used by God because he trusted Him. Clunky was used by God because he trusted him. David killed Goliath because he trusted in God too. Do you want to be used by God?
4. Give the kids a chance to come forward or pray at their seat and allow God to begin to use them.

5.  WITNESSING
 
Service Out-line
1. SINGING 
2. ANNOUNCEMENTS 
3. WORSHIP 
4. CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT 
5. BIBLE STORY 
6. NERD SKIT 
7. SERMON
8. GAME 
 
A fun way to introduce each skit is with a theme song. You can purchase c.d.ís with different songs to play at the beginning and end of each segment kind of like a TV sitcom. You wonít have to tell the kids what is next or when it is over, they will here the song and know.

Clunky Puppet Skit : 1

Clunky comes up dressed like the Apostle Peter, carrying a fishing pole with a worm on the end of the hook (actually a clothespin), singing the song "I will make you fishers of men." You come up front and ask him what he is doing. Clunk tells you that he is "SIMON CLUNKER, the great Fisher of Men," and that he is going out fishing for men. You pick up the worm, and then explain to Clunk that you don't go fishing for men using worms, fish like worms, but you won't catch any men with them. You try to continue to explain what the term "Fishers of Men" means, but Clunk interrupts you and tells you that he realizes his mistake, and then leaves, telling you that he will be back in just one minute. While Clunk is gone, we can hear him calling up the pizza parlor from behind the stage, and ordering a pepperoni pizza. (During this time, switch the worm for a cardboard pizza.) We hear the sound of someone knocking at the door, Clunk answering it, and then asking the pizza deliverer what took him so long. Clunk then pays him and comes back up with the pizza on the end of his hook telling the kids that now he is going to be a real "Fisher of Men." Again you try to explain to Clunk that you don't use pizza, because for one reason, some people don't like pepperoni pizza (Clunk is amazed that someone actually doesn't like pepperoni pizza), but again, before you can explain fully, Clunk leaves to get something he is sure that everyone will like. While he is gone, we hear him getting into his piggy bank. This time he comes back up with a dollar bill on the end of his line, telling you that he knows everyone loves money. This too is wrong, so you tell Clunk that it is not an object, but a person, and again, Clunk leaves before you fully explain. We hear Clunk looking for his camera, then we see a flash. Clunk comes up the last time with a picture of himself, sure that everyone loves him. Finally, while holding on to him so he can't leave, you explain that you become a "Fisher of Men," by telling people about Jesus.

Bible Story : Jonah 1 - 3

Nerd Skit : 17

(You will need a narrator, and two nerds.)

The narrator comes out and tells the kids that they are going to watch four skits on witnessing. He then introduces skit number one.

Skit 1:

Nerd A comes out upset, and down about life, asking himself, "What is the purpose of life anyway?" While he is doing this, Nerd B comes out looking at the sights, and then notices that Nerd A seems down-and-out, and remembers that he learned in Sunday School about witnessing, so Nerd B decides to witness to Nerd A. Nerd B goes over to Nerd A and begins to talk about how nice the trees are today ... really green, and about how pretty the sky is ... really blue, and then quickly (so fast we really can't hear or understand him) says something about the big Guy in the sky. He feels much better, because he supposedly witnessed, and then leaves. Nerd A shrugs his shoulders and asks the kids what that was all about, and then leaves, still down and out.

The narrator then asks the kids if that was a skit about witnessing, and why it was not. (It wasn't witnessing, because he never told him anything about God or Jesus.) He then introduces skit number two.

Skit 2:

Nerd A comes out upset, and down about life, asking himself, "What is the purpose of life anyway?" While he is doing this, Nerd B comes out looking at the sights. Nerd B notices that Nerd A seems down and out, and tells the kids that he probably doesn't know Jesus, and that he learned in Sunday School about witnessing, so Nerd B decides to witness to Nerd A. Nerd B goes over to Nerd A, asks him if he knows Jesus, and when Nerd A says "no", begins to grab him and yell at him telling him that he is a sinner and needs to repent or he is going to hell. He then rudely asks if he wants to accept Jesus, and when Nerd A says he is not sure, Nerd B tells him he is stupid, and then leaves. Nerd A shrugs his shoulders and tells the kids that he would like to be a Christian, but not if it will make him act like him. He then leaves, still down and out.

The narrator then asks the kids if that was a skit about being a witness, and why it was not. (It wasn't witnessing, because he was rude and mean to him. No one would want to be a Christian, if that is what a Christian is.) He then introduces skit number three.

Skit 3:

Nerd A comes out upset, and down about life, asking himself, "What is the purpose of life anyway?" While he is doing this, Nerd B comes out looking at the sights, and then notices that Nerd A is a nicely dressed guy, but that he seems down and out, and that he probably doesn't know Jesus. He then goes to witness, but uses such big words like; eschatology and theology, and talking in King James Version with thees and thous, and Nerd A doesn't at all understand what he is saying. Nerd B then asks if he wants to do what he just told him, and Nerd A shrugs his shoulders and says, "I'm not sure what you even said." Nerd B then leaves, loosely quoting the scripture about people's eyes being blinded.

The narrator then asks the kids if that was a skit about witnessing, and why it was not. (It wasn't witnessing, because he used such big words that Nerd A didn't understand a single thing he said.) He then introduces skit number four.

Skit 4:

Nerd A comes out upset, and down about life, asking himself, "What is the purpose of life anyway?" While he is doing this, Nerd B comes out looking at the sights, and then sees Nerd A, how nicely dressed he is, and begins to admire his outfit, but then notices that he seems down and out, and tells the kids that even if you are cool and have nice nerd clothes like that guy, that they don't solve your problems, and that he probably needs to know Jesus. He then goes up to Nerd A and tells him he likes his clothes, and then tells him that he noticed that he seemed kind of down. Nerd A says yes, and asks him what the purpose of life is about anyway? Nerd B looks at the kids with big eyes, and then begins to simply witness to Nerd A, telling him about Jesus, and accepting Him into your heart. He then asks if he would like to do that, and Nerd A says "yes". Nerd B leads him into a little prayer, and they both leave to go have lunch, Nerd B saying he will buy.

The narrator then asks the kids if that was a skit about witnessing, and why. (It was witnessing, because he told him about Jesus, nicely, and in a manner he could understand.)

Sermon : Quickly review the Bible story, and skits.
 
Question: Why was Clunky carrying a fishing pole?
Answer:  To fish for men.
Question:  What are some of the things that Clunky used for bait?
Answer:  A worm, pizza, money.
Question:  Why was the first Nerd skit not a skit on witnessing?
Answer:  Because he never told him about God.
Question:  Why was the second Nerd skit not a skit on witnessing?
Answer:  Because he was rude and mean to him.
Question:  Why was the third Nerd skit not a skit on witnessing?
Answer:  Because he used such big words, he didnít understand what he was saying.
Question:  Why was the forth Nerd skit a skit on witnessing.
Answer:  Because he told him about Jesus, nicely, and in a manner he could understand.
Question:  Where did God tell Jonah to go?
Answer:  Nineveh.
Question:  Where did Jonah go instead?
Answer:  He tried to run away.
Question:  What happened when Jonah told the people of Nineveh about God.
Answer:  They believed in God and repented of their sins.

Sermon Points :
 
1.  God has given to us the same charge that he gave to Jonah. Go and tell.
2.  Challenge the kids to witness to their friends, or at the least to invite their friends to church. Jesus tells us to go out and tell, and to got out and bring in.
3. Give the kids a chance to pray and think about some friends they can invite.
4. Next week will be an evangelical sermon and a good chance for the kids to bring in their friends who donít know Jesus.

6.  SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
 
Service Out-line
1. SINGING 
2. ANNOUNCEMENTS 
3. WORSHIP 
4. CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT 
5. BIBLE STORY
6. JOSHUA SKIT 
7. SERMON 
8. GAME 
 
An effective way to do an alter call is to first ask the kids who are already saved, and have accepted Jesus to be their personal Savior to raise their hands. Then when the unsaved kids see that others have done it, ask for the kids who would like to ask Jesus into their hearts to raise their hands, and to come forward.

Clunky Puppet Skit : 15

Clunky comes in all dressed up to leave. He says that he is going to skip church, and go to a party at some kid's house. You find out that it is going to be a bad party, and tell Clunk that he ought not go to that kind of party. (It could be having beer, or playing bad music...) Clunk starts saying that he knows what you are going to say, and that he has heard it all before, but he is going anyway. You tell Clunk that maybe he is right. Clunk says that you know he is. You say "Jesus may not come again real soon, and maybe all those things written in the Book of Revelation really won't happen." Clunk asks "what things?" You then begin to list some of the things written, like the plagues that are to take place, but then say "maybe it won't happen." Then you mention the Anti-Christ, and the mark of the beast, but then say "but maybe that won't happen either." You continue with some more of what it says about the tribulation, and the things that will happen, (you can throw in the story in Matthew 25 about the wise and foolish virgins) and then say "but maybe none of these things will happen. Go ahead Clunk, go on to that party." Clunk says "But wait a minute, what if all of these things do happen? And what if all these things are real? I don't want to be left behind, and have all of those things happen to me!" You then ask Clunk if he thinks he should go to this kind of party, and Clunk decides that maybe you are right, and he decides to stay for the whole service. "Besides," says Clunk, "I have a lot more fun with my Christian friends here at Church."

Memory Verse :

Matthew 24:37 & 42

    "But as in the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man beÖ Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come."

Bible Story : Genesis 6 & 7

EdWord :

Edword is a puppet who likes to try and help tell the Bible story, but never seems to get it right. He always seems to appear at the time of the Bible story, and consequently asks if he can help out. Though he thinks he knows all of the stories by heart, he is always goofing them up, which gives you a good opportunity to tell him, and the children, how it really goes. When Edword begins to ramble on, have the children get his attention by saying "Edword, Edword, Edword!!!" Then you straighten him out.

Joshua Skit : 8

(Characters : Joshua and Christopher, one of Josh's friends who isn't saved yet. You will also need a telephone on the stage.)

(Someone comes out with a sign that says "Day 1")

Christopher (Josh's friend) comes out playing, and decides to call Josh on the phone and ask him if he can come over and play because he is bored. Josh answers the phone (we can hear Josh's voice, but we can't see him) and tells him that he will be right over. Josh comes over, and they begin to play, and Josh stops and tells Chris that he had a strange dream about Jesus coming back, and asks Chris if he has accepted Jesus into his heart yet. Chris says no, and tells Josh "I only have one hour to play before dinner, so let's talk about this some other time." They both leave.

(Someone comes out with a sign that says "Day 2")

Chris comes out and again decides to call Josh. Josh comes over and again tells Chris about Jesus, that he can't go to heaven unless he has Jesus in his heart, and that Jesus is coming back soon. Chris tells him that he doesn't feel like talking about it now, but that maybe some other time he will. They both leave playing.

(Someone comes out with a sign that says "Day 3")

Same as days 1 and 2. Josh tries to explain the Rapture, but Chris tells Josh "I don't want to talk about it now, because I have to go in pretty soon, but I promise I will talk about it with you tomorrow. For now though, let's just play." Josh makes Chris promise, which he does, and the two boys leave.

(Someone comes out with a sign that says "Day 4")

Chris comes out, and again decides to call Josh on the phone. Chris mentions that he knows that Josh is home, because he just saw him go into his house ten minutes ago, and their car is still in the drive way. Chris makes the call, but this time there is no answer. The phone continues to ring, as Chris then looks at the kids, hangs up the phone, and then quietly leaves.

***For something cute to do, on day two, have an Operator answer the phone and say something silly, or have one of your puppets answer the phone and say "Hello, this is Clunky's (your puppet's name) Dating Service, this is the Clunkster, if you are a girl, please leave your name and phone number, and I will call you back as soon as I can." Then later in the service, you can talk to the puppet, and tell him that you called a wrong number, and got his Dating Service, and have the puppet try to squirm his way out of it.

Sermon : Quickly review the Bible story, skits, and memory verse.

Sermon Points :
 
1.  According to prophecy, Jesus could come back at any time.
2.  People laughed at Noah for a hundred years while he built his ark. They said it would never happen and refused to believe and repent.
3. People laugh at us today when we tell them about Jesus and that he is coming again.
4. Are your friends ready to face eternity if Jesus comes back?
5. Are YOU ready to face eternity if Jesus comes back?
6. Altar Call.

7. LOVE
 
Service Out-line
1. SINGING 
2. WORSHIP 
3. ANNOUNCEMENTS 
4. BIBLE STORY 
5. CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT 
6. MEMORY VERSE 
7. JOSHUA SKIT 
8. SERMON 
9. GAME 
 
One of the best secrets of Childrenís Church is the start late. This accomplishes two important tasks. First it gives the kids a chance to talk with each other (one of the purposes for going to church is fellowship) and second, it gives you a chance to get to know your kids.

Bible Story : Luke 10:30-37
 

Clunky Puppet Skit : 22

Tell the kids that you had earlier talked to Clunk, and that he was going to help you with the memory verse for today. Clunk comes up, and you can ask him if he has memorized the verse yet. He says that he started to, but now he just can't do it. When asked why, he begins with the whole long story..."I just don't love bees!" (Clunk misread the memory verse I John 4:7, and thinks it says beelovers, instead of beloved.) You ask him what he means, and he explains, "I tried to love the bees and be nice to them, but they are still always mean to me." (You try to interrupt him, but he won't let you.) "The other day, I went out to play with some of the bees in the neighborhood, and I figured we could play a game of tag. I even volunteered to be it first. So I found the most athletic bee, I think the other bees called him Sweat, and so I tagged him." (This whole time, you can be asking him questions.) "He was a sore sport though, cause he tagged back right away even though I said no tag backs. And when he tagged me he tagged really hard right in the elbow." You ask if he is OK, and Clunk tells you yes, that he prayed for it, and it got better. "I just figured that he was a bad sport, so I decided to find a girl bee, because girls are usually nicer." You ask him how he knew if it was a girl bee, and Clunk tells you "Because everyone was calling her Honey. She was just as bad a sport as Sweat, cause she tagged me back right away, really hard too." (Again you try to interrupt, but Clunk won't let you until the end of the story.) "I just figured girls are kind of emotional and stuff, so I prayed for it again, and it got better. Then I decided to give it one more chance, so I found a slow chubby looking bee. I think all the others called him Bubble or Bumble. I tagged him and guess what? He wasn't as slow as I thought he would be, and he tagged me really hard too." You ask him where the Bumble bee tagged him, and Clunk whispers in your ear that he got stung on the bottom. You ask if he prayed for it, and he tells you yes, but that this time it didn't get better, cause that is where his faith comes to an "end." "No matter what you say, I just don't love bees." You then explain to Clunk that it doesn't say "beelovers," but beloved, which means friend.

Memory Verse : Mr. Sin

John 15:12

    "This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you."
Mr. Sin :

Mr. Sin is a human puppet who is dressed to look like a bad person. His goal in life is to try and keep the children from learning the memory verse.

We write our week's memory verse on five or six balloons, and then tape them to the puppet stage. One of the teachers comes up front and has the children say the memory verse with them. Mr. Sin 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 pops one of the balloons, and leaves thinking he has ruined it for the children. (We put a pin on Mr. Sin's chin for him to pop the balloons with.) The teacher then has the children say the memory verse with one of the words now gone. Mr. Sin 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 pops one of the balloons and leaves thinking that they surely won't be able to say the memory verse now. This goes on for as many balloons as you have. When the last balloon is popped, Mr. Sin leaves for good, but the children have memorized the memory verse.

Joshua Skit : 6

(Characters : Joshua, Mom, Sis, and Billy.)

Josh, Mom and Sis come out, with Mom chiding Josh, saying "I just don't believe you sometimes, Joshua. Do any of those lessons in Sunday School ever sink into that head of yours?" Sis says, "Sometimes I wonder if you are even a Christian." They all leave to get ready for Church.

Billy then comes out to play, falls down and gets hurt. Sis comes out on her way to Church, sees Billy lying there, and says "Yuk, I don't even want to touch him." She then leaves.

Mom comes out next, sees Billy lying there, thinks about helping, but then leaves, saying to herself "I am late for my Sunday School Class, and I am the teacher."

Josh then comes out, sees Billy lying there, and stops to help him to his feet, and offers to help him home, thus making Josh very, very late for Sunday School. Josh and Billy leave.

Later Mom, Sis and Josh come back out with Mom and Sis getting all over Josh about being late for Sunday School. Mom then tells him "I hope you have a very good reason why you were late for Sunday School" and Sis saying, "I still wonder if he is even a Christian." Josh then explains why he was late, and Mom realizes that it is Joshua who has acted as the real Christian that day. They all leave.

Sermon : Quickly review the Bible story, skits, and memory verse.

What is the memory verse?

What did Sis wonder about Joshua?
Who fell down and got hurt?
What did Sis do when she saw him?
What did Mom do when she saw him?
What did Joshua do when he saw him?
Who was acting in love and as a Christian?

In the Bible story, where was the Jewish man traveling to?
What happened to him along the way?
Who was the first person that came by?
What did he do?
Who was the second person that came by?
What did he do?
Who was the third person that came by?
What did he do?
Who was it that was acting in love?

Sermon Points :
 
1.  Jesus tells us that all of the commandments are wrapped in two: to love God, and to love your neighbor.
2.  The Bible also says in 1 John that if we donít love our neighbors, then how can we love God.
3. The best way to witness is to love.
4. Jesus tells us that they will know that we are Christians by our love.
5. Have the kids think of someone in their school that they can love and tell about Jesus.
6. Give the kids a chance to repent for their lack of love, and to commit to God to love one another, beginning with each other, their families, and that person in their school they thought of.

8. FORGIVENESS
 
Service Out-line
1. SINGING 
2. ANNOUNCEMENTS 
3. WORSHIP
4. CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT * part 1 
5. NERD SKIT
6. MEMORY VERSE
7. CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT * part 2 
8. SERMON 
9. GAME 
 
Know your kidsí names.  3 John 14 says, "Greet the friends by name." One way of doing this if you have a large group of kids is to take their pictures, and during the week memorize who they are. When you remember someoneís name you are saying that you remember them, and that they are important to you.

Clunky Puppet Skit : 10

Part 1:

Clunky comes up at the beginning of the service to help, but ends up making a mistake, dropping and breaking something expensive. (Buy an old already broken camera or something similar that he can break.) Clunk gets all excited and begins to apologize. You can get upset at him at first, but then realize that it was just a mistake and forgive him. Clunk leaves very relieved.

Part 2:

Later in the service, Clunk comes up with another puppet and is calling him names, saying that he (Clunk) will never forgive him as long as he lives for stepping on, and then popping off his rubber ducky's head. The other puppet apologizes and tells Clunk that he is sorry, and that he will buy him a new rubber ducky, but Clunk tells him that he can't pay for the "emotional loss" and that he just won't forgive him. The other puppet leaves with Clunk yelling things at him, as you come up front to find out what is going on. Clunk tells what happened, how that he told the other puppet to watch out for his ducky, but he later steps on, Clunk claims on purpose. You ask Clunk if he has ever read the story found in Matthew 18:23-25. Then after telling the story to Clunk, you explain to him that he is acting like the bad servant. Clunk finally understands, and then leaves to find the other puppet to apologize, and to FORGIVE him.

Nerd Skit : 10

(You will need a nerd king, guard, two servants, and a narrator.)

The narrator comes out and begins to read the story to the kids, and the characters come out and act it out accordingly.

Once upon a time, there was a tall, handsome, kind king. (pause) OK, at least he was tall. One day while he was sitting on his throne with nothing to do,(pause) he had his guard go and get some people who owed him money.(pause) The guard came back in with a servant who owed the king one million bucks.

The king asked how much he owed him.(pause) Then he asked the servant if he had the money to pay him back.(pause)

When the king found out that the servant was not able to pay him back, he commanded that he be thrown into jail until the debt be paid. (pause)

But the servant fell on his knees and began to kiss the king's feet, asking for mercy, and said he would eventually pay it all back.(pause) The king was filled with pity for the servant and decided to forgive him of all that he owed.

Afterwards, the servant found another servant who owed him a buck and a quarter (pause) and asked him if he had the money he owed him.(pause) The second servant said no,(pause) so the first servant decided to have him thrown into jail.(pause) The second servant began to beg, asking for mercy and patience, and said he would pay him back.(pause) But the first servant would not listen, and called for the guard to have him thrown into jail.(pause)

Well, back at the castle, the tall handsome...the king, was told what the servant had done (pause). The king ordered him back in (pause). He asked the servant why he was unmerciful to the second servant, when the king had been merciful to him.(pause) Then the king had him thrown into prison until he could pay back all that he owed him.(pause) The end.

Memory Verse : Simon RePeter

Mark 11:25

    "And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses."
Simon RePeter :

Simon RePeter is a hairy puppet who comes to Children's Church to teach the kids the memory verse. He comes up, tells the children his name and that they are to repeat after him. He then begins to say parts of the memory verse, giving the children time to repeat it. This has a lot of opportunity for fun and silliness with the kids repeating everything Simon says. In the end though, the children have repeated the memory verse several times, and consequently have learned it.

Sermon : Quickly review the skits, and memory verse.

What is the memory verse?

What did Clunky break?
What did the teacher do when Clunky broke it? (forgave him)
Who was Clunky calling names?
Why was Clunky calling him names?
What did Clunky do when he apologized?

How much money did the servant owe the king?
What did the king do when the servant begged?
What did the servant do to the man who owed him just a little?
What did he do when the man begged?
What did the king do to the servant?

Sermon points :
 
1.  Stop and think about some of the sins you have committed. (You may want to help them out by giving them some examples : lying, cheating, stealing, fighting, calling names, disobeying parents Ö
2.  As bad as we think others have hurt us, chances are we have hurt others.
3. If we are unwilling to forgive others, God is unable to forgive us.
4. Spend a couple of minutes with the kids allowing them to pray and forgive others.
5. Spend a couple of minutes with the kids allowing them to pray and ask God to forgive them. This is also a good time to have an alter call.

9. SOME SOW, WATER, REAP
 
Service Out-line
 
1. SINGING 
2. ANNOUNCEMENTS 
3. WORSHIP 
4. CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT * part 1 
5. JOSHUA SKIT * parts 1 & 2 
6. BIBLE STORY 
7. CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT * part 2 
8. JOSHUA SKIT * part 3 
9. CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT * part 3 
10. SERMON 
11. GAME 
 
Take two seconds and say something to all of your kids individually, even if it is just, "Hello".  Have everything ready before the kids get there so they have your full attention, and after the service when adults are talking to each other, talk to your kids.  You will find that the next week, they will be a little more attentive to you, because they will think you care about them.

Clunky Puppet Skit : 42

Clunky comes up dressed as Clunk (John) Wayne, nervous about an opportunity to witness to a new kid in school. He tells you that he has been really nice to him, and has hinted a little about Jesus telling him that he is a Christian and stuff like that, but that he is kind of scared to really witness to him. Clunk says, "You may not believe this, but though I look suave, smooth, sophisticated, handsome, and intelligent, sometimes I actually say some stupid things." You act surprised, and Clunk tells you that it is true. You then reassure him and tell him that he will do a good job. Clunk leaves encouraged and excited to go witness to kid.

Later in the service, some little kid puppet (the one Clunk was going to witness to) comes up and asks if this is the church Clunky goes to. You tell him yes, and then he tells you that he just moved in to town, and that Clunk has been really nice and a really good friend to him and that this morning he tried to witness to him and tell him about God, but got all mixed up and quit and ran away, and now he wants to know if Clunk is here so he can tell him more about this Jesus. You tell him that Clunk hasn't come back yet, but that you can help him if he wishes. He says OK and so you finish telling him what he needs to hear and then ask him if he would like to pray and accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior. The puppet says yes, and you lead him into a little sinner's prayer. The puppet is excited and decides to leave to go tell his parents, and asks you if you would thank Clunky for him.

Later in the service, we hear Clunk moping in the background. You come up and ask Clunk what he is moping about. Clunk tells you that he did what you told him and went to go witness to that kid, but got all confused and that he messed it all up telling the kid that Jesus died on his heart, and that if he would believe with his mouth and confess with his brain, that Jesus would come and rise again in his cross, and now that kid probably thinks he is a dork, and will never become a Christian. You tell Clunk that the boy came by the church looking for Clunk and asking more questions about Jesus, so you told him and he accepted the Lord. Instead of being happy, Clunk is even more disappointed because you led him to the Lord and Clunk was just a big nothing. You explain to Clunk that the Bible says that some sow, some water and some reap the harvest. Clunk asks what does his grandpa's farm have to do with this, and you explain that even though you were the one who reaped the harvest and got to lead the boy to the Lord, it was Clunky who first sowed the seed and then watered it allowing the boy to become interested, and that if it wasn't for Clunk the boy would have never come to you. Clunk realizes what you are saying and decides to leave to go and, "sow some more seeds, and preach the earth to the whole gospel."

Joshua Skit : 34

(Characters : Joshua, Mom, Sis, and Billy.)

Part 1:

Josh, Mom, Sis and Billy come out arguing about who it was who was responsible for leading Billy to the Lord. Sis says that it was she, and begins to tell her side of the story as they all leave the room. (Some one comes out with a sign that says "Sis' Side of the Story" as they come back out and begin to act out the way it was according to Sis. A fog machine makes a fun effect if you have one.)

Josh and Mom come in arguing. Sis then comes in with Billy acting like an angel and saying, "Mummy dearest, I saw this nice little boy outside playing, and asked him if he would like to come over and play with us." She tells how that she has witnessed to him about the Lord, and has brought him in for Josh and Mom to witness to also. Billy tells Mom and Josh about how wonderful a person and witness Sis is and that she has convinced him to become a Christian. Josh says things like, "Wow, I wish I could be like Sis" and goes over and kisses her feet. Josh nonchalantly asks him if he wants to accept Jesus, and Billy looks at Sis who explains to him, "That means to ask Jesus into your heart like I told you." Billy says yes. Mom then shoves her way in telling the kids that she, as the adult, is the one that should lead him into the prayer. Billy looks to Sis who again shakes her head and tells him to go ahead. Mom leads him in the prayer. They all leave with everyone saying how that they all wish they could be like Sis.

Part 2:

Later in the service they all come back in, with Josh telling her, "I canít believe you got the whole thing all wrong. Number one, I would never bow down and kiss your feet." Josh then begins to straighten her out on the "real facts" of how Billy was saved. They all leave as Josh begins to tell his side of the story. (Some one comes out with a sign that says "Josh's Side of the Story" as they come back out and begin to act out they way it was according to Josh.)

Sis comes in with Billy and tells Josh that she met this new kid on the block and tried to witness to him, but that he is to stupid to understand her. She shoves him over to Josh saying, "Maybe he will understand you beings that they are of the same brain capacity." Josh then begins to witness to Billy, (Josh speaks with a Southern Baptist Minister's voice) answering all questions he has. Josh then takes him to Mom, and explains to her how that Billy is ready to accept the Lord. He tells her being he is so humble and modest, he would allow Mom the privilege of leading him in the sinner's prayer. Mom begins to thank Josh, saying how that Josh always gets to lead people to the Lord, and that this will make her whole day. Josh tells her, "No problem Mother dearest. In this way I get two birds with one stone. Billy becomes a Christian, and you grow in the Lord as you learn to witness." She then asks Josh what to do, and Josh whispers in her ear what she should say to lead Billy to the Lord. They all leave with Billy and everyone thanking and praising Josh.

Part 3:

Later in the service they all come back in with Sis laughing hysterically. Mom then tells the kids that she loves their wild imaginations, but that she will have to straighten them out on the "true facts" of how Billy was saved. They all leave with Mom telling her side of the story. (Some one comes out with a sign that says "Mom's Side of the Story" as they come back out and begin to act out they way it was according to Mom.)

Sis comes in with Billy and tells Josh that she met a new kid on the block and tried to witness to him, but that she is just a little child, and doesn't exactly know what to do. She brings him to Josh saying maybe he will understand him. Josh then tries to witnesses to him, but is also unable to explain properly or answer his questions (have Billy ask Josh hard questions like where did God come from Ö etc.). Josh then brings him to Mom. As she witnesses to him, the three kids stare at her in anticipation and then begin to applaud when she says anything. Billy then asks her if he can accept the Lord and Josh and Sis ask if they can accept the Lord again. Mom tells Josh and Sis that they have already accepted the Lord, and they tell her that she was so convincing and anointed, that they want to do it again. She says it isn't necessary, and then tells Billy that she would love to lead him. She then says a very religious, pious, important sounding sinners prayer, with Billy, Josh, and Sis repeating. They leave heaping praises on her.

Bible Story : Judges 4

Sermon : Quickly review the skits, and Bible story.

Who was it that "sowed" the seed in Billy? (Sis)
Who was it that "watered" the seed in Billy? (Joshua)
Who was it that "harvested" the seed in Billy? (Mom)
Whoís job was the most important? (None of them.)

What happened when Clunky tried to witness to the puppet?
Who actually got to lead the puppet to the Lord?
Who was the most important factor in leading the puppet to the Lord?

Who fought and won the battle against the Sisera and the Canannites?
Who killed Sisera?

Sermon points :
 
1.  Even though Barak knew the honor would go to someone else, he still wanted Deborah to go with him. He knew he needed help and wasnít concerned about personal glory, but victory.
2.  Everyone has a job to do. Some sow, some water, some reap. All of them are very important, but none of them is more important.
3. The important thing is not who led someone to the Lord, but that they were led  to the Lord.
4. Think about someone you can witness to.
5. Think about someone you can bring to church. Even though the pastor might  lead them in a sinners prayer, it was you who brought them.
6. We need to be a witness even when we think it will do no good. You never know what will happen to your little seed.

10. ALL THINGS THRU CHRIST
 
Service Out-line
1. SINGING (CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT * part 1)
2. ANNOUNCEMENTS 
3. WORSHIP 
4. MEMORY VERSE (CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT * part 2) 
5. BIBLE STORY (CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT * part 3) 
6. JOSHUA SKIT (CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT * part 4) 
7. SERMON (CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT * part 5)
8 GAME 

Clunky Puppet Skit : 9

Part 1:

Someone comes up to lead praise and worship, but get down on himself saying that heís not very good. We then hear the sound of hoofs, Clunky's voice saying, "Whoa aluminum-foil" and the sound of trash cans banging around. (We hear this every time Clunky comes up.) Clunk comes up dressed as the LONE CLUNKER (Lone Ranger), and tells him Philippians 4:13, encourages him, then turns and leaves. After Clunk leaves, we can hear him in the background saying, "Hi ho Aluminum-foil, and away..." Now encouraged by the Scriptures that the Lone Clunker just shared, he begins the praise and worship. (For an added attraction, you can have another puppet dressed up as an Indian named Tanto to help the Lone Clunker. The Lone Clunker forgets what the verse is and turns to Tanto, who knows and tells it. Then the Lone Clunker says, "Oh yeah..." and repeats the verse, saying, "It's a good thing that I, the Lone Clunker am here to help" trying to take all of the glory.)

Part 2:

Simon RePeter comes up to teach the memory verse, but get down on himself, saying that heís not very well prepared. We then hear the sound of hoofs, Clunky's voice saying, "Whoa aluminum-foil" and the sound of trash cans banging around. Clunk comes up dressed as the LONE CLUNKER, and tells him Philippians 4:13, encourages him, then turns and leaves. After Clunk leaves, we can hear him in the background saying, "Hi ho Aluminum-foil, and away..." Now encouraged by the Scriptures that the Lone Clunker just shared, Simon begins to teach the memory verse.

Part 3:

Someone comes up to tell the Bible story, but get down on herself, saying that sheís not sure of herself this morning. We then hear the sound of hoofs, Clunky's voice saying, "Whoa aluminum-foil" and the sound of trash cans banging around. Same as part 2.

Part 4:

Goes with Joshua Skit.

Part 5:

You comes up to preach the sermon, but get down on yourself, saying that youíve been busy this week, and you donít think you are ready. We then hear the sound of hoofs, Clunky's voice saying Ö well, I think you get the point by now.

After the Lone Clunker leaves for the last time, seconds later, Clunky comes up dressed normally. You call him the LONE CLUNKER, and Clunk will ask what you are talking about. You tell him that you know it was him, but Clunk denies it. You ask, "If it wasn't you, then who was it?" and just then we hear a faint cry of, "Hi ho aluminum-foil and away..." You both look back behind the stage, and Clunk says "I don't know, but whoever it was, they left a silver tract." Clunky leaves, and you begin the sermon.

Memory Verse : Nerds

1 John 4:4

    "because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."
Nerds :

(You will need a nerd, a burglar, and the memory verse written down on pieces of wood or cards.)

The nerd comes out and sets up the memory verse in order. He then tells the kids his name, and that he is supposed to teach them the verse. He has the kids say the verse with him. He then steps in front of the table with the memory verse on it and begins to talk about the verse. While he is doing this, the burglar comes out and takes one of the words to the verse. The kids will yell and tell the nerd that someone is taking one of the words, but he just ignores them. The nerd turns around to go over the verse again with the kids, and notices that one of the words is now gone. He accuses some of the kids of taking the word, and then has them all say the verse with him again. Once more he steps up to talk to the kids, and the burglar comes out and takes one of the words. Again he turns and finds one of the words gone. He accuses the kids, and then has them say it with him. This time, he listens to what the kids are saying, that someone came from behind the stage and took the words. The nerd decides to go investigate and goes behind the stage to find the robber. While he is walking behind the stage, the person comes out the other side and takes one of the words. The nerd then comes back out, and now finds another word missing. He has the kids say the verse with him, and then asks them which way the burglar went. This time he goes around the right side of the stage, and the burglar comes around the left and takes one of the words. The nerd comes out and finds another word gone. He has the kids say the verse with him, but this time will not listen to the kids when they say he is behind the stage. The burglar comes out and stands right behind the nerd, and the kids yell and tell him. The nerd turns around to look, but the burglar turns with him so that the nerd doesn't see him. This happens a couple of times, until the burglar finally takes one of the words and leaves.

You may do many different variations to this until all of the words are gone, and the kids have memorized the memory verse. (Have the burglar knock on the right side of the stage, and when the nerd comes to see, the burglar goes out the left side and takes the word. Or have the burglar crawl on the ground, and when the nerd looks, he doesn't see him.)

Bible Story :

You pick :) (Just donít pick David and Goliath, that comes later.)

Joshua Skit : 15

(Characters : Joshua, Mom, Sis, Billy and the Lone Clunker.)

Joshua, Billy and Sis come out talking about how mean old Mr. Johnson is who lives down the street. They begin to tell each other horror stories that they have heard about him. (Like he eats little kids for lunch...etc.) Mom then comes in and asks the kids what they are talking about. They tell her old Mr. Johnson, and then begin telling her about how mean he is. Mom tells them, "He was once a kind old man, but then about five years ago, something happened to cause him to change. What he needs is Jesus." Josh decides that he is going to go over there and tell him about God and Jesus. Sis tells him not to risk his life by going over there. Mom also tells him that it would probably be a waste of time, that she tried a couple of years ago, and he did nothing but yell at her and call her names. Besides, old Mr. Johnson wouldn't listen to a little kid like Josh. Sis and Billy agree, telling him that it would be like throwing pearls to swine. Mom, Sis and Billy leave with Josh now discouraged, when in the background we hear the sound of hoofs, as the Lone Clunker comes up and tells Josh, "You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you." The Lone Clunker leaves, and Josh decides that he is right, and that he is going over to tell old Mr. Johnson about Jesus. Josh then leaves.

Later, Mom and Sis come back out and begin wondering where Josh went. Mom says, "You don't suppose he went over to old Mr. Johnson's house, do you?" Sis begins to worry, thinking that Josh could be in trouble over there. While they are talking, Josh comes in all excited, with a big smile of his face. Mom asks Josh where he has been, and he tells them that he went over to witness to old Mr. Johnson. Sis asks what happened, and Josh tells them that Mr. Johnson hadn't accepted Jesus into his heart yet, but that he did ask him if he could come back tomorrow, and tell him more about it. They all leave very excited about the possibility of what may happen.

Sermon : Review the Bible story, skits, and memory verse:

Sermon Points :
 
1.  Many people in the Bible did things they shouldnít have been able to do. They were able to because they had Godís help.
2.  Moses stuttered, but God used him as his voice to Israel. David was little, but God used him to kill the giant. Paul was a lousy speaker, but God used him to preach the Gospel all over the world.
3. Even though you may not be as good as you would like, you too can do things because you too have Godís help.
4. Have an alter call and ask the kids if any of them have been called of God to do things but have been afraid. Encourage them to do what God has called them to, and pray with them for strength.

11. GIVING
 
Service Out-line
1. SINGING 
2. ANNOUNCEMENTS 
3. WORSHIP
4. BIBLE STORY
5. CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT
6. JOSHUA SKIT 
7. SERMON 
8. GAME 
 
One effective way of crowd control is the quiet seat prize, but we have a different way of doing it.  We have every child write down their name on a piece of paper.  At the end of the service we pick names out of a hat to come up and play the game.  If the child behaved, they get to play. If not, we pick another name.  This way we are not accused of favorites.

Bible Story : Mark 12:41-44
 

Clunky Puppet Skit : 28

Clunky comes up some time after the offering, with a little homemade sock puppet on his hand, and is goofing around with the puppet. You come up front and ask Clunk if he has given his offering yet. Clunk talks to the puppet, and asks him the same question. The puppet answers "No." (Clunk is supposed to be doing the puppet, so you want it to look unprofessional, having its lips not move in sync with the talking. Also, have Clunky's lips move slightly while he is doing the puppet, giving it the appearance that it is him doing it.) Clunk tells you that the puppet (actually Clunk himself, but he won't admit it) only has a nickel to give into the offering, and he thinks he may be kind of embarrassed. You begin to talk to Clunky's puppet, though actually to Clunk, and ask him why he is embarrassed. The puppet answers that he only has a nickel, and he knows that some of the kids have dimes, quarters, and even dollars. You ask Clunky's puppet if he has ever heard the story about the widow and the two mites. The puppet says no, and so you begin to quickly tell the story, and explain that Jesus isn't concerned with how much you give, but about how you give, and that his nickel means a lot to God. You then ask the puppet if he wants to give his nickel. The puppet answers yes, and so Clunk leaves for a second to get the nickel to put into the offering. Clunk and the puppet now feel good, especially knowing that the money is going to be used to tell other children about Jesus. Clunk and his puppet now leave.

Joshua Skit : 16

(Characters : Joshua, Sis, and Billy.)

(Someone comes out with a sign that says "Week 1")

Josh and Billy come in playing basketball. They quit, and begin talking about how much fun it was washing cars this past weekend. Billy says that he put part of the money he earned into his "Buddy Barrel" (Buddy Barrel is the Assemblies of God Children's Missions Department), and asks Josh how much he put in. Josh tips his barrel upside down (it is empty), hesitates, and then explains that he saw this neat squirt gun on sale at the store, and he just had to buy it now, because next week it wouldn't be on sale, or someone else may buy it before him. He says though, that next week he would make sure and put extra into his Buddy Barrel. The boys play some more, and then leave.

(Someone comes out with a sign that says "Week 2")

Josh and Sis come out playing, and talking about what they did with this month's allowance they got. Sis says that she put part of it into her Buddy Barrel, and the rest she is saving to buy a new dolly. Josh says that he was in the store, when the candy section began calling to him, saying "Josh, buy me, buy me!" So he bought the candy. Sis asks him how much he put into his Buddy Barrel, and Josh tipping his barrel upside down says, none yet, but that next week, he will for sure put extra into his Barrel. The kids then leave.

(Someone comes out with a sign that says "Week 3")

Josh and Billy again come out playing basketball, and as they stop to take a breather, they begin talking about what they did with the money they earned mowing lawns. Billy says he put part of his into his Buddy Barrel, and it is beginning to get full. He is excited, because he knows it will go to tell lots of kids in other countries about Jesus. The rest he says he is saving for a new toy. Billy then asks Josh if he put that extra money into his Buddy Barrel. Josh tips his empty Barrel over, and once again comes up with an excuse, saying that he had to pay back his sister the money that he owed her, because she was getting mad. Billy asks what money did he owe her, and Josh says the 75 cents that he borrowed from her at the fair to buy a hot dog. Billy says, "That was nine months ago." Josh says, "That's why she was getting mad." But he says he will absolutely, without a doubt, make positively sure that this last week before Missions Sunday, he will put all the money he gets into his Barrel. Josh and Billy get up, play some more ball, and then leave. (Someone comes out with a sign that says "Buddy Barrel Sunday")

Josh comes out looking all over for his Buddy Barrel, and finally finds it. He tips over the empty barrel, and then looks at the kids with a funny face. He quickly searches his pockets, and finds one nickel that he dumps into his Barrel. Billy and Sis come in, both with their Barrels pretty full, excited about the opportunity of giving the money to help other children, and tell them about Jesus. They all leave with Billy and Sis happy and excited, while Josh feels ashamed that he spent all of his money on himself.

Sermon : Review the Bible story and skits:

How much money did the little old lady put into the treasury?
What did Jesus say about the little bit that she put in?

What did Joshua spend all of his money on in the first week?
Why did he say he had to get it?
What did he promise he would do the next week?
What did Josh buy the second week?
What did Josh do with his money on the third week?
How much money did Josh have in his Buddy Barrel?
Who did Joshua spend all of his money on?

Why was Clunky embarrassed?

Sermon Points:
 
1.  God is not concerned with how much we give, but with how we give.
2.  Jesus said in Matthew 6:21 "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." If we love God, then we should be willing and wanting to give to him.
3. Romans 10:14-15 says, "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent?" We donít give to get, but we give so that the church can use the money to tell others about Jesus.

12. HEARING GOD'S VOICE
 
Service Out-line
1. SINGING 
2. ANNOUNCEMENTS 
3. MEMORY VERSE * part 1 
4. WORSHIP 
5. MEMORY VERSE * part 2 
6. CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT 
7. MEMORY VERSE * part 3 
8. NERD SKIT 
9. MEMORY VERSE * part 4 
10. SERMON 
11. GAME 
 
We hope you have found the skits and stories in this curriculum a blessing. Again, if you have found this curriculum helpful, or if you havenít, please email us and let us know what you think.  Your opinion is not only desired, but needed. God bless you as you continue to minister the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to his precious children.

clunky@fishersofkids.com

Memory Verse : ReBirtha

Jeremiah 33:3

    "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."
ReBirtha :

Part 1:

Birtha comes up and wants to know the memory verse. You tell it to her, she asks you to repeat it one more time, and then says she has it. You tell her that you can repeat it for her again if she would like, but she tells you that she has a mind like a steal trap. Birtha leaves with the memory verse learned, she thinks.

Part 2:

Birtha comes back up later in the service, and sheepishly asks you for the memory verse one more time. You tell her that you thought she had a mind like a steal trap. She tells you she does, and that if you donít watch it, she will show you her left hook which is like a rock. She then stutters and stammers, as she comes up with the lame excuse that she was distracted by all of the good looking boys, especially the one in the second row. She then looks at him and says, "Hey cutie." You repeat the memory verse to her, and she leaves with it now memorized, she thinks.

Part 3 & 4:

Same as part 2.

(This happens as often as you want during the service, each time she comes up with a new lame excuse. By the end of the day, the kids will have heard the memory verse enough times that without knowing it they will have learned it. You can also have the kids help out on the second, third and fourth times for added reinforcement.)

Clunky Puppet Skit : 6

We don't see Clunky, but we can hear him talking to himself behind the stage. You come up and ask the kids what in the world Clunky is doing, then stop and listen. Clunk mumbles "Let's see...the bush, check, matches, check, what am I forgetting? Oh yeah, I have to take my shoes off." You come closer to the stage to take a look, when he hits you in the face with one of his shoes. You stumble, but then try to look again when he hits you with his other shoe. You tell the kids that it should be safe to look now, and then get hit by one of his socks. He then throws his other sock into the kids. We then hear Clunk trying to light the bush on fire. (If your church's fire alarm will let you, go ahead and light a small fire at this time. But check before you try it.) You finally stop Clunk, and ask him to come up and talk to you. Clunk comes up dressed like Moses, with a robe, and white beard (made of cotton), carrying his bush. When asked what he is doing, Clunk explains that he heard Pastor talking about having God talk to him, and Clunk also wants God to talk to him, so he is dressed like Moses trying to light the bush on fire, because he figured if it worked with Moses, then it should work for him. You tell Clunk that he doesn't have to do all of that stuff, and then explain to him the ways in which God can and does talk to us. (Through his Word, that still small voice...)

Nerd Skit : 23

(You will need two nerds, a narrator, someone to play God's voice, two tables with blankets and pillows, and a Teddy bear.)

The narrator comes out and begins to read the story to the kids. The nerds simply act out what the narrator says. This has a lot of opportunity for silliness and fun, so be creative. Once upon a time, there was a short, little, dopey, four-eyed ... (pause - Samuel says "hey".) sorry, little boy named Samuel, (pause - Nerd A comes out dressed up as Samuel) who lived with his adopted now blind but ruggedly handsome, dashing, and intelligent father Eli (pause - Nerd B comes out dressed up as Eli. Samuel says, "Boy, what did you pay him?"). One evening at the temple, Eli told Samuel that it was getting late, and that he needed to go to bed (pause - Samuel grabs his teddybear and tells him it is time to go to bed. He goes over to lay down on the table. Samuel can be silly as he tries to climb up on his bed, talk to his teddybear, snore ... etc.). Just as Samuel was going to sleep, he heard a voice calling out his name (pause - someone in the back of the stage says deeply into a microphone, "Samuel, Samuel". When Samuel hears the voice he jumps out of bed screaming and asks Teddy if he heard that, and tells him Eli must want him). Samuel then got up to wake up Eli thinking that it must have been him (pause - Samuel walk quietly up to Eli, then bends down and yells, "Eli, Eli" into his ear as he shakes him). Eli told Samuel that it wasn't him, so to go back to bed (pause - as Samuel goes back to bed, he is talking to Teddy). Moments later, Samuel hears that voice calling his name again (pause - he looks at Teddy and tells him he knows he heard him that time), and went to wake up Eli and ask what he wanted (pause). Eli, getting a little angry, told him to go back to bed (pause - Eli tells him its probably a nightmare brought on because of all the pizza he ate for dinner. Samuel tells him he only had the usual 16 pieces. Samuel again goes to lay down). Again, while Samuel was laying in bed, he heard his name being called out (pause), and once again Samuel went to wake up Eli and ask him what he wanted (pause - this time while Samuel is staring over Eli, he wakes up before Samuel says anything and screams.). This time Eli, realizing that it may be God trying to talk to Samuel, told him to go back to bed, and that next time when he hears that voice, say "Hear am I Lord" (pause). Samuel troubled and scratching his head, went back to bed (pause), and moments later heard that voice calling out his name (pause). This time Samuel said, "Hear am I Lord (pause - Samuel asks the narrator, "What was I supposed to say?" and the narrator repeats and Samuel says it.), and God began to talk to him (pause - the voice begins to read the scriptures found in I Samuel as Samuel walks off of stage). The end.

Sermon : Review the skits and memory verse.

What is the memory verse?

Who was Clunky pretending to be?
Why did Clunky take off his shoes and try to light the branch on fire?

What happened when Samuel went to sleep?
What did Eli tell Samuel after the third time he woke him up?
Who talked to Samuel?

Sermon Points :
 
1.  God spoke to the child Samuel during a time when He wasnít talking to very many.
2.  God occasionally speaks in an audible voice (one we hear with our ears). God speaks to us by his word, the Bible. God also speaks to us in a still small voice, I Kings 19:12.
3. God is a spirit, and the voice of God sounds similar to the voice of your spirit, your conscience.
4. God desires to talk with us today. Like Samuel, we need to learn to recognize the voice of God as he nudges us to witness to a friend on the play ground, to obey our parents, or to read our Bible.
5. The Bible says that Samuel ministered to the Lord. Give the kids a chance to spend a little time ministering to the Lord.