5th Quarter
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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WEEK 1 ... Jesus is Only Way WEEK 7 ... Flee Temptation
WEEK 2 ... Love WEEK 8 ... Peer Pressure
WEEK 3 ... Being a Christian WEEK 9 ... Prodical Son
WEEK 4 ... Jesus is Worth-y WEEK 10 ... Let God Lead
WEEK 5 ... Forgiveness WEEK 11 ... Repentance
WEEK 6 ... Keeping Your Word WEEK 12 ... Easter
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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. JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY
 
Service Out-line
1. SINGING
2. ANNOUNCEMENTS
3. WORSHIP
4. CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT
5. BIBLE STORY
6. MEMORY VERSE
7. NERD SKIT
8. SERMON
9. GAME
 
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.

Nerd Skit : 24

(You will need one nerd, and someone to play God's voice.  The stage is set as the Pearly Gate to heaven.  A fog machine makes a really good effect.)

Someone introduces the skit, "Imagine if you will, that the stage is the Pearly Gate that leads to heaven.  There is a line of people waiting to get in, when look (he points to the nerd who is walking onto the stage) here comes one more person, who suddenly and unexpectedly died, and is also getting in line to see if he can make it into heaven.  Lets watch and see what happens."

While he is introducing the skit, Nerd A comes out on the stage, and is acting like he is getting in line and then waiting to see if he can get into heaven.  While he is acting like he is moving up in line, he starts telling the kids, "I was driving down the street when a semi-truck pulled into my lane.  Then all of a sudden, shebang, here I am standing in line to get into heaven."  He then takes another step forward in line.  He tells the kids how excited he is when he hears a voice calling him by name.  He acknowledges the voice, who then asks him,
 
Voice:  "Why should you be allowed into heaven?"
Nerd A: "Why should I be allowed into heaven.  I guess thatís a fair question. Well, lets see, I was usually a pretty good guy.
Voice:  "Not good enough."
Nerd A: "Not good enough?  OK, well I once gave 50 bucks to an orphanage, used it as a tax deduction you know, even kept the receipt."
Voice:  "Not good enough."
Nerd A: "OK, OK, well I was baptized whey I was a baby, and went to Sunday School as a little kid."
Voice:  "Not good enough."
Nerd A:  "Not good enough?  Well, I ahhh ... I went to church almost every Easter Sunday, and I even once read the entire book of III John."
Voice:  "Still Not good enough."

(You can have as many reasons as you wish, and at the end of every reason the voice says, "Not good enough".)
 
Nerd A:  "Well, what did you want me to do?"
Voice:  "Accept my Son."
Nerd A: "Accept your Son?  Tell me who is your Son, and I'll accept him."
Voice:  "Jesus."
Nerd A: "Jesus?  Yea right, come on, that wasn't really true ... ahh, was it?"
Voice:  "Yes it is true."
Nerd A: "Well, if I would have known it was true, I would have accepted him. Hey, I'll even accept him now."
Voice:  "Too late."
Nerd A: "Too late!  Well, what I am supposed to do?  Hey, is there a back door or window or something where I could get in?  I'll clean the bathrooms, mop the floors.  Iíll do anything."
Voice:  "I am the way, the truth, and the Life, the only way to heaven is through Jesus."
Nerd A: "Oh great.  Well if I canít get in here, then where am I supposed to go?"
Another
Voice: 
(Devilish like) : "Hey bud, we have a room for you down here."
Nerd A: "Huh.  You have a room for me?  Who are you?"

As Nerd A begins to walk off the stage, he begins to comment on how warm, or rather, how hot it is down there.

Memory Verse : Mr. Sin

John 3:7

"Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again."
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.

BIBLE STORY : John 3:1-18

Clunky Puppet Skit : 17

Clunky comes up wearing a diaper and baby bonnet, holding a rattle or bottle, saying "Goo goo, gaa gaa, maa maa, daa daa, poo poo."  You come up and ask Clunk what he is doing, and he answers "Goo goo, gaa gaa, maa maa, daa daa, poo poo."  Every question you ask him, he gives you the same answer.  You finally say "Well, it is too bad you can't talk, because Sally (one of the of the girls in Children's Church that Clunk has a crush on), asked me to ask you if she could come up and give you a big kiss on the cheek, but being that you can't talk, well..."  Clunk starts jumping up and down yelling "Yahoo, yippee, Sally wants to give me a big smooch on the cheek!"  And you say, "Ah ha, I knew you could talk."  You then ask Clunk what he is doing dressed up like a baby.  Clunk explains to you that he was reading in his Bible the other day, and he ran across the verse that says "Do not marvel, you must be born again" and he realized that he has never been born again, so that is why he is dressed up like a baby, so that he can be born again.  You explain to Clunk what being born again means, and Clunk begins to feel embarrassed about how he is dressed, especially in front of Sally.  You tell him that even Nicodemus, a very smart man, didn't understand what it meant at first, until Jesus explained it to him.  Before Clunk leaves to change, you sniff, and ask him "what is that smell?" and he begins to act even more embarrassed.

Sermon : Quickly review the Bible story, memory verse and skits.
 
Question :  What was the man in the skit doing when he died?
Answer :  He was driving his car.
Question :  What did God ask the man?
Answer :  Why should you be allowed into heaven?
Question :  What were some of the manís answers?
Answer : He was good.  He went to church.  Once read part of the Bible Ö etc.
Question :  Why was the man not allowed into heaven?
Answer :  Because he didnít accept Jesus.
Question :  When the man said he would believe and accept Jesus now, what was Godís answer?
Answer :  Too late.
Question :  What was Clunky dressed up like?
Answer :  A baby.
Question :  Why was Clunky dressed up like a baby?
Answer : Because he wanted to be "born again".
Question :  What did Jesus tell Nicodemus he must do?
Answer : Be born again.
Question :  What part of us needs to be born again?
Answer :  Our spirit.

Sermon Points:
 
1.  Jesus said you must be born again.
2. You never know when you are going to die, and just like the man in the skit, if you havenít been born again and accepted Jesus as your Lord and savior before you die, it will be late.
3.  John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
4.  At this point I like to quickly go over the story of Jesus dying.
5.  Alter call.  ** Have the kids bow their heads and ask them how many have already accepted Jesus and know they are "born again" to raise their hands. Have all the kids look around.  Have them put their hands down and now ask for the kids who have not accepted Jesus yet and would like to be "born again" to raise their hands.  Doing an alter call in this order accomplishes two goals.  First, it allows the kids that are not Christians not to be afraid to accept Jesus when they see that so many of the other kids have done it. Second, it reinforces the faith and boldness in the kids that are Christians.

2.  LOVE
 
Service Out-line
1. SINGING
2. ANNOUNCEMENTS
3. WORHIP LESSON
4. WORSHIP
5. CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT
6. BIBLE STORY
7. JOSHUA SKIT
8. SERMON
9. GAME

Worship :

Before I begin worship, I like to ask the kids how many of them pass out Valentines cards for Valentines Day.  I then ask how many sit down and separate the cards?  I tell them I used to separate my cards into three sections: The not so cool Valentine cards to the regular kids in my class, the cool Valentine cards for the kids who were my friends, and the really coolest Valentine card to that very special person that really liked.  I ask them how many of them do the same (Most do, some donít.)  Then I explain to them that many times we do the same thing with God.  Sometimes people donít think much of God, and they give God a worthless worship.  Some people think God is OK, and they give him a pretty good worship.  Some people think God is the most special person and they give God their best worship.  I ask the kids to bow their heads, and ask them, "What kind of card do you want to give God this morning?  Do you want to give him the dorky card, and just sit there and act bored?  Do you want to give him a kind of cool card, and worship him a little?  Not too much though, because you donít want anyone to think you love God.  Or do you want to give God the coolest card, and worship him and really tell him you love him?  I want to give God the best card and tell him I love him."  I then proceed with Worship.

Joshua Skit : 4

 (Characters :  Joshua, Sis, and Billy.)

Joshua and Bobby come out playing super-heroes.  One minute later, Sis comes out and asks if she can play too.  Josh and Bobby have a Super-hero huddle, and decide that they don't want her to play.  Sis then pulls a couple of candy bars out of her pocket, and says to herself out loud, "I guess I will have to eat these delicious, yummy candy bars all by myself."  Josh and Bob quickly have another Super-hero huddle, and decide that now they will let Sis play with them.  Just then, Mom comes out and tells Sis to put away the candy bars, that they can all have one later.  Josh and Bob again have a Super-hero huddle, and decide that now they don't want Sis to play with then again.  They tell her, and she leaves crying.  Josh's Heart talks to him, and asks him if the only reason that they were gonna let Sis play is because of the candy bars.  Heart then begins to talk to Josh about love.  Josh decides that Heart is right, and once more Josh and Bobby have a Super-hero huddle, and decide to let Sis play.

Bible Story : Ruth

Ruth stayed loyal to Naomi even though she lost everything.  Instead of leaving Naomi like Orpah did, Ruth stayed with her, and helped her.  Ruth is without a doubt one of the greatest stories of love and friendship in the Bible.  She gave, not expecting anything in return.

Memory Verse : Simon RePeter

Proverbs 17:17

"A friend loveth at all times"
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 : 50

Clunk comes up looking for Simon RePeter.  Simon comes up, and Clunk asks him if he could borrow his new game because he is going over to someone's house and wants to use it.  Simon says that he would let him use it, but that Pastor Dan has already asked him if he could borrow it for the day.  Clunk begins to beg, but to no avail, even telling Simon that he thought that they were bestest friends.  Simon says they are, but that he has already promised Pastor Dan, and he can't go back on his word.  Clunk gets mad and tells Simon that their friendship is over, and not to ever talk to him again.  Simon tries to talk to him, but Clunk is mean and ignores him, saying to the kids, "Do you hear someone talking to me?"  Simon leaves and Clunk yells after him, "See you never, ex-bestest friend."  Clunk also leaves.

Clunky comes up later in the service and introduces to the kids a new kid named Ronald that goes to his school.  Ronald says, "So you are the dumb, I mean Christian friends that Clanko has been talking about."  Clunk tells him his name is "Clunky".  Ronald says "Yah, whatever."  Clunk tells the kids that he used to be really mean to him, but that now he is really ahh kind of nice, and that they are new bestest buds, and that Ronald has a Nintendo with all of the latest games that he has invited Clunky to play with.  Ronald tells Clunk that he has to go home before his mean old cranky grouchy mom starts hollering at him, and then asks Clunk if he has five dollars he can borrow.  Clunk thinks about it, then says, "Five dollars?"  Ronald tells him that if he can't lend him five dollars, then he'll just have to find a new bestest bud to help him play his new games with (he then begins to name some of the games.)  Clunk says OK, and they leave to go get the five dollars.  Clunk comes back up and asks you what you think about his new friend.  You tell Clunk that you are not sure, but that something seems kind of fishy about him.  Clunk tells you that he used to be mean to him and beat him up after school, but that now he is really, well kind of ... he's OK.  You tell Clunk that you are still not sure about him, and that Clunk needs to watch out for himself, especially with him borrowing that five dollars.  Clunk tells you that it's OK, that he is sure he will pay him back.  Clunk tells you that he has to go and give his new bestest bud a call on the phone.

(We hear Clunk in behind the stage calling up Ronald, but only getting a answering machine, so Clunk leaves a message and tells Ronald to call him back.)

Later in the service the telephone rings and you answer it.  It is Ronald, and he is calling for Clunk.  You call for Clunk, and tell him that there is a telephone call for him from Ronald.  You hold the phone up to Clunky's ear as we hear Ronald telling Clunk not to ever call his house again, or for that matter never come near him again, because he now has a new bestest friend and doesn't need Clunk anymore.  Clunk asks him about the five dollars he owes him, and Ronald just calls him a sucker for giving it to him and hangs up.  Clunk is distraught and you begin to comfort him and tell him that friends like Ronald are really not friends at all, that true friends are people you can count on and who will do things with and for you just because they are your friend.  Clunk looks at you and says, "You mean like Simon."  You tell him yes, and Clunk tells you that he is going to leave to go find Simon and make up and then take him out for an ice cream cone.  Clunk then asks you if he can borrow a buck, because he gave all his money his to Ronald.  You tell him to go find Simon, and that you will treat the both of them to ice cream after church.  Clunk leaves.

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

Sermon points :

Let God lead you.

3.  BEING A CHRISTIAN
 
Service Out-line
1. SINGING
2. ANNOUNCEMENTS
3. WORSHIP
4. CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT
5. BIBLE STORY
6. MEMORY VERSE
7. JOSHUA SKIT
8. SERMON
9. GAME
 
Don't just preach at the kids and bore them.  I don't ever read in the Bible where Jesus bored the multitudes.  He preached to them and made it interesting for them.  The scriptures tell us that Jesus always preached using parables, stories that explained an important lesson that he was trying to get across.  When we teach the kids using puppets, skits and stories, we are using the same methods of preaching Jesus used.  Puppets, skits and stories are "modern day parables" that make it interesting and more understanding for the kids.

Clunky Puppet Skit : 52

Clunk comes up excited, telling you that they have been learning about different jobs in school, and he says that he is going to become something important when he grows up.  You ask him what it is he would like to be, and he tells you a professional basketball player.  He tells you that he will become the next Michael Jordan, and that thousands, maybe even millions of fans will flock to watch him play, and that they will probably invent a name for his shot called the "Clunk Dunk".  Clunk leaves to call the Phoenix Suns, and to go sign up.

Clunky comes back later in the service discouraged.  He tells you that he talked to the Suns' recruiting agent on the phone and the agent told him that he was much too short to play basketball, but that they did have an opening to work in the arena for someone to clean the toilets in the visitors team locker rooms.  You encourage Clunk, telling him that he just needs to look for another career.  Clunk gets excited again, and decides that he will become something really important, like maybe an astronaut.  Clunk says that people have even told him they thought he was somewhere in outerspace.  Clunk leaves calling himself "Sean Luke PcClunk" singing the Star Trek theme song, and quoting the Star Trek monologue, "Space, the final frontier..."  Clunk leaves.

Again Clunk comes back discouraged.  In the first place, he tells you that he is afraid of heights which makes going to the moon out of the question, and secondly, they put him in a machine that spun around in circles and he threw up all over his instructor, so they threw him out.  Again you encourage him, and again Clunk gets excited and decides he will become something really, really important like a brain surgeon, that way he could save peopleís lives.  Clunk leaves.

Once more Clunk comes back discouraged.  He tells you that he found out it takes twelve years of college, followed by twelve years of interning in a hospital, besides the twelve years of normal school, and at that rate Clunk, now in his fourth year of kindergarten, will be 102 before he ever gets started.  You tell him that it isn't the career he takes on when he gets older that makes him important, but the kind of life that he lives, that being a Christian at whatever job he gets is the important thing.  That being a super athlete without Jesus is meaningless, and that saving people's lives is important, but telling them about Jesus and really saving their lives is even more important.  Clunk realizes that you are right, and decides to go call up the Phoenix Suns again, and see if he can get that job at cleaning the toilets and witness to people, and maybe get a couple of autographs.

Bible Story : Luke 16:20-31

Another good Bible story is Judas who was willing to betray Jesus for a few dollars.

Memory Verse : Nerds

Mark 8:36

"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"
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.)

Joshua Skit : 40

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

Josh, Sis and Billy come out excited that tomorrow is club day at school, the day in which you can sign up for different clubs.  Sis says she is going to sign up for the debate club, Billy says he is going to sign up for the math club, and Josh says he is going to sign up for all the clubs.  Billy tells Josh that he canít sign up for all of them, that he wonít have enough time.  Josh snootily says he knows, he is just going to sign up for all of them, then he will pick out the ones he likes best, and drop the others.  The kids leave to prepare, excited about tomorrowís events.

(Someone comes out with a sign that says, "Next Day".)

Josh comes out dejected.  Sis comes out wearing a T-shirt that says, "Honorary Debate Club Member."  She says, "Hey Josh, look at my new shirt.  I am now an official member of the debate club.  Did you get a shirt too?"  Josh tells her no, that he didnít quite make it into that club.  Just then there is a knock at the door.  It is Billy, and he is carrying a certificate that reads, "Honorary Member of the Math Club."  He proudly shows it to Josh and Sis, who shows him her shirt.  He then also asks Josh if he got a certificate also?  Again, Josh says no, that he didnít make it into that club either.  Sis and Billy then ask Josh which one of the clubs did he make it into?  Josh sits silently.  Billy asks, "Did you get into the Honor Roll club?"  Josh says, "My grades werenít good enough."  Sis asks, "Did you get into the spelling club?"  Josh just rolls his eyes, and Sis says, "Forget I asked that question."  Billy then says, "Well you had to have made it into the after school club, because they donít exclude anyone.  Even Bully made it into that club, of course he usually has to stay after school anyway."  Josh says he was going to, but by the time he got there it was too late, there was no more room.  Sis then laughingly says, "Are you telling me that the guy who was supposed to make it into all the clubs and then choose which ones he would Ďgrace with his presenceí didnít make it into any clubs?"  Again, Josh just sits there with no answer.  Sis continues, "I think that is the first time in the history of the school that someone did not make it into any club.  You will have to start your own club, the ĎI Canít Make It Into A Club Club.í"  Josh gets up mad and stands up, and Sis runs out laughing.  Billy says, "Youíll have to admit, that was kind of funny."  Josh looks angrily at him also, and Billy says, "Just leaving."  Billy leaves.  Josh sits back down on his chair, and Mom comes in.  She asks Josh how his day went, and Josh tells her lousy.  She asks, "Wasnít today club day at the school?"  Josh says yes, and Mom asks which club did her handsome little son join.  Josh tells her none, and then tells her that her handsome little son is a big ugly looser because he couldnít make it into any of the clubs, "I couldnít even make it into the after school club, and Bully even made that one, granted he usually has to stay after school anyway."  Mom sits down beside Josh and tells him, "Thatís not true, there is one club I am pretty sure your in."  Josh asks, "Which club is that?"  Mom answers, "The one with the coolest leader, and the only one that really matters."  Josh looks at her puzzled.  Mom continues, "God has a club, and the only way to make it into his club is to have your name written in a special book, it is called the book of life.  The Bible tells us, that if you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, then your name will be put into that book, and you will belong to the most special, and everlasting club Ö with God."  Josh tells her, "I have accepted Jesus."  And Mom answers, "Then you are in the coolest club of them all.  By the end of the year, all of the clubs at school will be done with, but Godís club lasts forever."  Josh complains, "But all the cool kids are in those other clubs at school."  Mom says, "Well now, let me list just a few of the people in Godís club.  Lets see, there is Adam, Noah, Moses, King David, and all the apostles."  Josh interrupts, "Those are all Bible people."  Mom says, "Now let me finish, there is also Bob Smith the baseball player, and Miles Jones the football player, and I think Michael Peterson the basketball player."  Josh interrupts her again, "Those guys are in that club?"  Mom says, "Everyone who accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  Sounds to me like a club I might even want to join.  And I did too."  Josh smiles and says, "You always know how to make me feel better."  Mom says, "Get your jacket and we will run down to the school and talk to Principal Johnson and see if there are any of those unimportant clubs at school you might still be able to join too."  Josh smiles and leaves to get his jacket.

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

Sermon points :
 
1.  Many times we get caught up with things that are worldly and temporary, and forget the truly important things.
2. Clunky thought his importance in life was determined by what job he would have.
3. Lazarus didnít have much down here on earth, while the rich man had lots. But Lazarus died and went to heaven, while the rich man died and went to hell.
4. Like Joshua, we need to realize that the only real important club to be in is Godís club.
5. Do you know this morning if you are in Godís club?  Do you know this morning if you will go to heaven if you die?  Do you know this morning that your name is written in the Lambís book of life?
6. Alter Call.
7. I usually end by telling the kids there is nothing wrong with having a good job, but the most important thing in their life needs to be knowing Jesus.  Having Jesus with a penny, is better than having a million dollars and no Jesus.

4.  JESUS IS WORTH-Y
 
Service Out-line
1. SINGING
2. ANNOUNCEMENTS
3. WORSHIP
4. CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT
5. BIBLE STORY
6. JOSHUA SKIT
7. MEMORY VERSE
8. SERMON
9. GAME
 
Rewards are an important part of Christianity, and should be of your childrenís church.  The Bible often speaks of Godís rewards for us, not only down here on earth, but up in heaven.  I like to reward the kids for what good things they do.  It gives the kids a reason to be good and to learn, and it lets them know you care about them enough to go out of your way to do something special for them. 

**Many people worry this will cause the children to do things just for the reward.  If you see this happening, simply take the rewards away for a couple of weeks.

Clunky Puppet Skit : 74

Clunky comes up with a new friend named Ronald, both are wearing the same color baseball cap or shirt.  He introduces Ronald to the Children's Church and tells the kids that he is a new friend at school and that he invited him to come to church with him.  He tells the kids that Ronald is the coolest kid in school.  Ronald tells the kids, "Yep, that's me, and I am going to make Clunk here the second coolest kid in school."  Clunky tells Ronald that he wants to introduce him to his best friend in the world, and then calls for Simon RePeter.  Simon comes up, and Clunky introduces the two of them.  Both are polite, but obviously a little cautious about each other.  Simon tells Clunky and Ronald that he hates to leave, but that he has to go help one of the Sunday School teachers.  He apologizes and then leaves.  Ronald tells Clunky that if he is going to be the second coolest kid in school, he is going to have to get rid of dorky friends like that.  Clunky tells him, "Simon is kind of different, maybe even a little on the peculiar side, but he is the best friend anyone could ever have.  Youíll get used to him after a while."  Ronald tells him that he is going to have to make new best friends, and that people like Simon are a bad influence.  Clunky leaves to show Ronald around.

Later in the service, Simon comes in telling the kids that one of the teachers told him that Ronald was looking for him.  Ronald comes in, and Simon asks him what he wants.  Ronald says, "I am sorry to tell you that Clunky is no longer your friend.  He said to tell you that he doesnít want to hang out with you anymore."  Simon canít believe it.  Ronald says, "It is true, he asked me personally to talk to you because he just didnít have the heart to tell you himself."  Simon leaves saddened, while Ronald leaves very pleased.

Later in the service, Clunky comes back up with Ronald and they are talking about what they are going to do after the service.  Clunky asks Ronald if Simon can come too.  Ronald says, "I donít think so."  Clunk tells him, "Come on Ronald, just give him a chance and you will see how cool he really is."  Ronald again tells him he needs to quit hanging around with him.  Clunky says, "But Simon is my friend."  Ronald says, "Not anymore.  I kind of told Simon that you don't want to hang out with him anymore."  Clunky asks why he did that, and Ronald tells him, "I did it for your own good.  I knew you wouldnít do it, so I did it for you."  Clunky tells Ronald that he needs to keep his nose out of who his friends are.  Ronald again tells Clunky the only way he is going to become cool, is if he loses these nerdy, dorky, Christian friends of his, and starts hanging out with friends of Ronaldís.  Clunky tells him, "Well, maybe I donít want to hang around with your friends, and maybe I donít want to hang around with you anymore either."  Ronald says, "Do you realize what you are saying?  If you lose me, you lose any chance of being the second coolest kid in school.  You also lose any chance to being popular with all of the girls, any chance being able to hang around the cool kids at recess, and any chance of being invited to all the cool birthday parties."  Clunky tells him, "Well first of all, I am one of those dorky, nerdy Christians you are talking about.  Secondly, I donít want to be the second coolest kid in the school if being cool means being like you.  And for your information by the way, the coolest kid in school isnít even you, its Simon.  And thirdly, Simon is twice the friend you could ever hope to be.  And even if I never get invited to any of those so called cool birthday parties for the rest of my life, I will always be invited to Simonís, and Simon has the funnest and way coolest birthday parties in the whole wide world.  So why donít you take your cool friends and hit the road."  Ronald tells Clunky, "I should have known, only stupid heads go to church."  Clunky responds, "Then you must go every week!!"  Ronald leaves disgusted, telling Clunky, "You are going to regret this."  Clunky yells back, "The only thing I am going to regret is inviting you here in the first place."  Clunky looks at the kids and says, "OK, I also regret eating cold pizza and ice-cream for breakfast this morning."

Clunky is still standing there when Simon comes up.  Simon looks at Clunky and then says, "Oops, I am sorry, I will leave."  Clunky tells him not to leave and Simon says, "But Ronald told me that you didnít want to hang around me any more."  Clunky tells him, "Ronald lied.  Besides, I am no longer friends with Ronald."  "How come?" asks Simon, "I thought you wanted to become the second coolest kid in the school.  And wonít you miss out on all of those cool birthday parties?"  Clunky answers, "Ronald wanted me to quit being your friend, and to start hanging around him.  I said to myself, ĎMyself, which is more important, to be able to go to the cool birthday parties, or to have Simon RePeter as my bestest friend?í  Pastor Dan wonít let me go to most of those birthday parties anyway, so here I am bestest buddy.  Just kidding.  Actually, the only birthday parties I want to go to are the parties of the kids who are my friends like you.  Besides, I already am the second coolest kid in the school, and you are the first coolest, my bestest buddy in the whole wide world."  Simon tells Clunky, "No, you are the coolest kid in school, and you are the best friend a kid could ever have."  Clunky asks Simon, "Hey, what is polite, brown, fury, nice and a better friend than you?"  Simon says, "I donít know, what?"  Clunky says, "I couldnít think of anything either."  Simon then tells Clunky, "This is one of those times you just want to give your bestest friend a hug."  Clunky says, "Not in front of all the girls."  Simon says, "Come here bested friend so I can give you a hug."  Clunky starts to run from Simon, jokingly saying, "If you donít stop this I am going to call Ronald back."  Clunky leaves with Simon following him.

Bible Story :  Exodus 1 - 5 Moses leaving Egypt, forsook all for Jesus.

Heb 11:24-27  "By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;  Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.  By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible."

Joshua Skit : 39

Characters :  Joshua, Sis, Billy and Bully.)

Joshua comes out sad and carrying his binki (his blanket from when he was a little kid.)  Sis comes out and asks him what is wrong, and then begins to make fun of Josh for his binki, telling him that he is too old for it, "I am two years younger than you, and I donít even have a binki."  Joshua tells her that he has had a bad week, and that whenever he gets sad, he likes to hold his binki because it comforts him and reminds him of good times when he was a little kid and didnít have little sisters to bother him.  Sis continues to tease him, but Josh just ignores her and leaves.  After Josh leaves, Billy comes by looking for Josh.  Sis tells him he is in his room with his binki.  Billy asks, "What is a binki?" and Sis tells him.  Billy begins to laugh as Josh comes back out and asks Billy what is so funny.  Billy looks at Josh carrying his binki and begins to laugh louder telling Josh that he heard that he had a safety blanket but that he didnít believe it until he saw him.  Billy begins to laugh even louder, falling to the ground and holding his stomach, really making fun of Josh, calling him a baby and telling him he wouldnít be caught dead with a stupid blanket like that.  Sis jumps in and tells him that it isnít even a very good blanket, and that she wouldnít even give a nickel for it.  Josh just looks at Billy and Sis, holds his binki to his cheek, starts to suck his thumb, and then walks away.  Sis and Billy laugh even more.  When they finally quit laughing, Sis tells Billy that she is embarrassed for him.  Billy says, "Do you know who would love to see this, and at the same time could scare him out of it?  Bully!"  Billy and Sis leave to go tell Bully.  Sis and Billy come in with Bully and call for Josh.  Josh comes up and Bully begins to laugh at him also.  Josh starts to walk away, but Bully stops him.  He begins to tell Josh that he is a sissy and a baby for having a binki and that he needs to get rid of it.  Josh turns and starts to walk away again, but Bully again stops him.  Bully then tells Josh that he will even buy his stupid binki from him.  Josh again starts to walk away, but once again Bully stops him.  This time though, Bully grabs the binki away from Josh and begins to walk away with it.  Josh grabs Bully to keep him from leaving.  Bully tells him he had better let go of him or he is going to regret it.  Josh tells Bully that he had better give him binki or else.  Bully asks him, "Or else what?"  Josh tells him, "I do not want to have to use force, but if you donít give me binki, you are not going to like it."  Bully says, "What is a little pip-squeak like you going to do to make me give you your blanket back?  Hit the road little pip-squeak."  Josh then grabs Bully by the shirt and shoves him up against the wall. Joshua politely tells him to give him his binki back or he will be forced to have to fight for it.  Bully says, "Man, I have never seen you act this way.  Here, take your stupid binki back.  Youíre a fanatic."  Bully then leaves.  Josh thanks him and tells him to come back again.  Billy and Sis apologize to Josh, telling him that they didnít realize just how much his binki meant to him.  Billy tells him that he is impressed with the fact that Josh was willing to stand up against Bully and fight him even though it probably meant he would have gotten his clock cleaned.  Josh realizes what he just did and faints.  Billy and Sis revive Josh, they leave to go play.

Memory Verse :

Revelation 5:12

"Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing."

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

Sermon points :
 
1.  The Bible tells us the Jesus is worthy of all power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
2. The question now isnít whether Jesus is worthy or not, but how much is Jesus worth to you.
3. Joshuaís binki was worth fighting for.  (I usually take a minute and talk about the difference between fighting for what you believe and fighting.)
4. Clunkyís friendship with Simon was worth giving up being cool and popular.
5. To Moses, faith in God was worth loosing all the power, fame and prestige and of being ruler of one of the most powerful countries in the world.  (At this point I like to go over many of the other Old and New Testament heroes and what they gave up to follow Jesus.)
6. How much is Jesus worth to you.
7. Give the kids a chance to close their eyes and think about how much Jesus is worth to them.
8. I like to end this service with a couple of worship songs, giving the kids a chance to make a first move, showing to others, and telling and showing Jesus just how much he is worth to them.

5.  FORGIVENESS
 
Service Out-line
1. SINGING
2. ANNOUNCEMENTS
3. WORSHIP
4. CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT
5. BIBLE STORY
6. NERD SKIT
7. MEMORY VERSE
8. SERMON
 
A parent asked their six year old what they thought of me.  Her answer was, "I like him.  He gets down on his knees and he talks to me face to face."   Standing is a sign of authority.  Kneeling is a sign of humility.  There are certainly times we need to stand and talk to the kids, there are also times we need to "get down on their level."  Jesus is the perfect example, he who is God came down on our level.  And when ministering to the kids, the Bible says that he took them in his arms, which means he either sat down to their level and held them, or he picked them up to his level.  You will be amazed at the effect of something small like this has on the attitudes of your kids.

Clunky Puppet Skit : 53

We hear Clunky yelling and then see clothes and things being thrown around back behind the stage.  Teacher A comes up and asks Clunky to come up, and then asks him what he is doing and what is wrong.  Clunk tells him to just keep his big nose out of his business, and to leave him alone.  Teacher A tries to talk to him, but again Clunk yells at him and tells him to just leave him alone, and walks out.

Later in the service we hear Clunk yelling again, and then hear Simon RePeter trying to talk to him (We just hear it, we don't actually see it.  While this is going on, teacher B can walk up front, look at the kids and just shrug his shoulders.)  Clunk tells Simon to just leave him alone.  Simon tells him that he is his friend, and that if he needs something, he will help.  Clunk tells him if he doesn't leave him alone he is going to punch him in the nose.  Simon persists, and we hear the sound of Clunk hitting him, and then Simon running off crying.  We then hear Edword coming over and asking Clunky why he hit Simon.  Clunk tells him to leave him alone, or he is going to hit him too.  Edword persists, and we hear as Clunky hits him also.  We hear Edword running off crying.  We next hear Mr. Sin come up to Clunk and tell him that what he did was really cool, and that he liked watching the whole thing.  Clunk tells him that if he liked watching it, then he should really enjoy participating in it, and hits him too.  Finally we hear Big Birtha come up to Clunk and ask what is the matter.  Clunk tells her, "What's it to you, you big ugly stupid girl?"  We hear Birtha say, "Who are you calling a stupid girl?" and then the sound of someone getting hit.  Birtha walks up on stage, looks back at where Clunky is and says, "Call me ugly and stupid, will you" and then walks off.  Teacher B goes to the stage, looks over and asks, "Clunk, are you OK?"  Clunk gets up, and walks up on stage.  Teacher B asks him what is the matter, and again Clunk just begins to yell at him, and to tell him to just leave him alone.  Clunk then looks at the kids and says, "Everybody just leave me alone."  Clunk walks off.

Later in the Service, teacher C comes up front, and tells the kids that he just remembered that he promised Clunky he would take him out for ice cream, but he forgot.  Teacher C has a gift with him (like a squirt gun) and tells the kids that he got this for Clunk, to make up for forgetting.  Teacher C calls for Clunk, who refuses to come up.  Teacher C then calls one more time telling him that if he doesn't come up, he will get a spanking.  Clunk comes up, but before Teacher C can say anything, Clunk blows up and begins to yell at him, telling him to just leave him alone.  Teacher C asks Clunk what this is all about, and Clunk says, "What's this all about?  What's this all about?  I forgot, what is this all about?  Oh yeah, now I remember, I will tell you what this is all about mister, forget to take me to the ice cream parlor."  Teacher C then tells Clunky that he was wrong forgetting to take Clunk to the ice cream parlor, that he had no excuses, but that it did not give Clunky the right to yell at him or at anyone else.  Teacher C shows Clunky the present he got him, and then tells him that he was going to give it to Clunk because he had forgotten, but that now he is not going to, unless Clunky goes back and begins to apologize to all the people he has been yelling at and hitting.  He explains to Clunk that he allowed himself to become unforgiving and consequently very bitter.  Clunk begins to understand, and apologizes to teacher C for yelling at him and for not forgiving him and being understanding.  Teacher C accepts the apology and tells Clunk to go and apologize to everyone else.  Clunk apologizes to Teachers A and B and to the kids, and then leaves to go find Simon, Edword, Mr. Sin and Birtha.

Bible Story :  Genesis 37 - 50  The story of Joseph.

Nerd Skit : 33

(You will need two nerds, a teacher, and a poloroid camera.)

The teacher comes out working on an old recipe which she is writing on a chalk board.  Nerd A comes out dressed like James Bond 005.6 and 3/4, and spying on the teacher, annoying her.  The teacher tells Nerd A that she is in the middle of copying down a very important recipe handed down from generation to generation.  Nerd A takes a photograph of the teacher and the recipe board.  Nerd A then tells the teacher that he needs her help for a very important, highly classified, top secret mission.  The teacher asks what, and Nerd A tells her that he needs her to take him down to the store to buy some toilet paper, cause they just ran out.  The teacher asks, "This is a very important mission?"  And Nerd A says, "It is if you are the next one to use the upstairs bathroom."  The teacher tells Nerd A that she needs a break from working on the recipe, and so she and Nerd A leave to go to the store after she leaves a note for Nerd B.

While they are gone, Nerd B comes in looking for the teacher.  He tells the kids that she asked him to come over and help straighten out the house with her.  He looks around checking all of the doors, but doesn't find her.  He finds the note, and starts to clean up the stage, sweeping and picking up trash.  He then looks up at the chalk board and says, "Boy, what a mess.  I will clean the board, and make it look brand new."  Nerd B finishes cleaning, and leaves.

The teacher and Nerd A (now dressed in a new disquise, and checking first to see if the coast is clear) come back in from the store and notice that the room has been cleaned, and comment on how good a job Nerd B did.  The teacher then looks at the board and says, "Oh no, the board has been cleaned."  and Nerd A says, "Yeah, and it looks almost brand new too."  The teacher tells Nerd A that he doesn't understand, that that was the only copy of the recipe handed down from generation to generation, and now it is gone.  Nerd A tells the teacher not to worry, that this is a job for James Bond  005.6 and 3/4, and that he will hunt down Nerd B and bring him back, dead or alive.  Nerd A leaves to go find Nerd B.  The teacher in the mean time stops and realizes that it was just a mistake by Nerd B and decides that she is going to forgive him.  The teacher leaves.

Nerd A comes out wearing a new disquise, and puts up a wanted poster of Nerd B, telling the kids that if they see him, to let him know.  (The reward is $ 0.50 or a candy bar.)  Nerd A leaves.

Nerd B comes in, looks at the wanted poster and makes a comment on how good looking the person in the picture is.  He sits down and begins to eat his lunch.  While he is eating, Nerd A comes in wearing a new disquise, and hiding behind a tree, sees Nerd B and begins to sneak up on him.  (Every time Nerd A moves, Nerd B looks around, but doesn't see him.)  He then grabs him and tells him not to go anywhere while he goes and gets the teacher so that she can beat him up for ruining her recipe.  While Nerd A is going to get the teacher, Nerd B begins to panic.  Nerd A comes back with the teacher who is carrying a frying pan, and tells her to go ahead and beat him up.  The teacher goes to grab Nerd B by the arm and Nerd B screams.  The teacher tells him not to worry, that she was upset at him, and that when she saw that the white board was erased, she even got a little mad, but that then she realized that it was just a mistake, and that she is not going to beat him up, but has decided to forgive him.  (Nerd A repeats all of the things the teacher says to Nerd B.  Example :  The teacher says she was mad, and Nerd A says, "Yeah, really mad.")  Nerd A asks, "Forgive him?  What do you mean forgive him?  I am out of here."  Nerd A then leaves.  The teacher explains to Nerd B what happened and Nerd B apologizes and tells her that it was just a mistake, and that is why the teacher tells him that she forgives him.  Nerd A then comes in and begins to apologize to Nerd B for the way he acted, and not forgiving him.  Nerd B forgives Nerd A, and Nerd A then asks the teacher and Nerd B if they would like to see the pictures he took this morning.  Nerd B is excited, and the teacher acting like she is excited, though she is not, says sure.  They begin to look at the pictures, when the teacher stops and grabs the one with her and the recipe board.  She tells Nerd A the he has saved the day by accidentally taking a picture of the recipe.  Nerd A says, "Of course, just another days work for me, James Bond 005.6 and 3/4."  Nerd A then tells them that they should celebrate by going out to eat or something.  He then begins to check his pockets for money but finds none.  Nerd B checks his pockets also, finding none, and the teacher tells them that because she has found her lost recipe, that this one is on her.  All three leave to go eat.

Memory Verse : Timothy

Luke 6:37

"Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven."
or
Luke 23:34
"Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do."


Timothy :

Timothy is a little boy who wants to learn the memory verse, but because he is always in a hurry, he never really takes the time to stop and learn it.  Like the kids (and many adults) he thinks that because he has heard it once, he knows it.

Timothy comes up front and asks the teacher to tell him the memory verse because he wants to go and tell it to his friend.  The teacher tells him once, and Timothy quickly leaves to tell his friend.

Timothy comes back up later in the service and tells the teacher that he got to his friend's house, rang the doorbell, and then forgot the memory verse.  He asks the teacher to tell him again because his friend is still waiting at the door.  The teacher repeats the verse to him, and he quickly leaves.

Timothy comes back up a couple more times to have the teacher repeat to him the memory verse.  Each time he gives a different excuse on why he forgot it.  In the end, the kids will have heard the memory verse enough times that though Timothy hasnít learned it yet, they have.

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

Sermon points :
 
1.  Unforgiveness usually hurts you more than the person you wonít forgive.
2. Often the person you have unforgiveness for wonít even be thinking about it, but you will constantly be bothered by it.  Like Clunky, it will often have a negative affect on everything else you do.
3. On the other hand, when you forgive others, it frees you from the bitterness and bad feelings and allows you to enjoy the other things in your life.
4. I have also found, that like Joseph and the Teacher, when you forgive, often other good things begin to happen in your life.
5. We need to forgive others just like Jesus has forgiven us of all the bad things we have done.
6. Give the kids a chance to search their hearts and see if they are unforgiving towards someone.  Even though sometimes it is very hard to do, remind them that no matter how bad someone has hurt them, the best thing for them, is to forgive.  Be like Jesus, who while he was dying on the cross, looked down at the people who had just crucified them and said, "Father, forgive themÖ"

6.  KEEPING YOUR WORD
 
Service Out-line
1. SINGING
2. WORSHIP
3. NERD SKIT
4. MEMORY VERSE
5. BIBLE STORY
6. CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT
7. SERMON
8. GAME
 
I have experienced some of the best times of worship in Children's Church.  There is just something very special about Children worshipping God.  Many people I run into tell me that children are just mimicking, that they really don't understand what they are doing, and therefore don't truly worship God.  I just know that when the Saducees complained about the children worshipping him, Jesus said, "out of the mouths of babes comes perfected praise." and that says it all.

Nerd Skit : 26

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

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

Skit 1:

Nerd A and Nerd B come out playing catch with a baseball.  Nerd B asks Nerd A when he is going to teach him how to hit the ball.  Nerd A tells Nerd B that if he will go get a bat, he will teach him today.  Nerd B leaves to go get the bat.  While Nerd A is hanging around, a girl comes out with two tickets to the baseball game, and asks Nerd A if he would go with her to the game.  Nerd A faints, but then gets back up and tells her yes.  She asks him if he should tell his friend that just left, but Nerd A asks, "What friend?"  The two of them leave for the game.  Nerd B comes back out.  He begins calling for Nerd A, and leaves the stage looking for him.

The narrator asks the kids if that was a skit on keeping your word, and why it was not.  (It wasn't because he left and didnít teach his friend how to bat.)  He then introduces skit number two.

Skit 2:

Same as skit one, except Nerd A tells the girl that he would love to go, but first he has to tell his friend.  He calls Nerd B and then tells him that he just heard that his pet goldfish has died, and he is just too emotionally upset and won't be able to teach him today.  Nerd B tells him that he would be happy to stay with him and comfort him, but Nerd A quickly tells him no, to go on and practice without him.  Nerd B leaves sad, and Nerd A whistles to the girl hidden off to the side of the stage.  They leave together for the game.

The narrator asks the kids if that was a skit on keeping your word, and why it was not.  (It wasn't because he lied to him.)  He then introduces skit number three.

Skit 3:

Same as skits one and two, except this time Nerd A tells Nerd B the truth and gives Nerd B some money to go and get batting lessons.  Nerd B leaves and Nerd A whistles for the girl as they leave for the game.

The narrator asks the kids if that was a skit on keeping your word, and why it was not.  (It wasn't because even though he told him the truth, he still didn't do what he said he would do.)  He then introduces skit number four.

Skit 4:

Same as skit 3, except Nerd A tells the girl he can only go to the game with her after he teaches his friend how to bat.  She tells him that the game starts in five minutes, and that if he doesnít want to go with her, she will find someone else who will.  Nerd A tells her he wishes he could, but that he promised his friend.  The girl leaves to find someone else.  Just then, Nerd B comes out and asks Nerd A who the girl was and what she wanted.  Nerd A stairs at the girl, takes a deep breath, sighs and then tells Nerd B, "Nothing important.  Now come on, lets go learn how to bat."  Nerd B tells Nerd A, "Groovy.  Hey, by the way, I got tickets for tomorrowís baseball game if you want to go."  Nerd A pats Nerd B on the back and they leave to go practice batting.

The narrator asks the kids if that was a skit on keeping your word, and why it was.  (It was because he kept his word and did what he promised.)

Memory Verse :

Psalms 15:1 & 4b

"LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?  He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not."

Clunky Puppet Skit : 71

Teacher A comes up looking for Clunky.  Clunky comes up and she asks him if he could do her a favor.  Clunky tells her that he would do anything for her.  She tells him that she has a lot of heavy boxes and asks him if he could help her carry them out to her car.  Again Clunky tells her that he would be more than willing to give her a hand.  Teacher A leaves to go pull her car around satisfied that she has help.

Later in the service, Simon RePeter comes up looking for Clunky.  Clunky comes up and Simon asks him for a favor.  Clunky tells him that he is his favorite buddy, and would do anything for him.  Simon asks Clunky if he would help him paint signs for the childrenís church, "We really need to have them done before the service lets out."  Clunky says, "No problem, buddy old pal.  Not to worry, I will be there to help."  Simon leaves to go get the paint, also satisfied that he has help.

Pastor Dan comes in and says that they are short handed in the preschool and asks if the kids have seen Clunky.  He tells them that the little preschoolers just love him, cause they like feeling smarter than one of their helpers.  Clunky comes up and Pastor Dan asks him if he can go down and help with the preschoolers.  Clunky says, "No problem.  I love to help with those cute little preschoolers. You can count on me."  Pastor Dan leaves satisfied that he now has enough help in the preschool.

Teacher A, Simon RePeter, and Pastor Dan all come back up on stage looking for Clunky.  Teacher A tells them that Clunky promised that he would help her carry boxes out to her car, "My car is out front, but now I canít find Clunky."  Simon tells her that she must be mistaken, because Clunky promised that he would help him paint the signs before church lets out.  Pastor Dan tells them that they both are going to have to wait, because he needs Clunky for the preschool and he promised him that he would help.  "Besides," says Pastor Dan, "the preschoolers already have a book picked out that they are going to read to Clunky."  They all stare at each other and then call for Clunky.  Clunky comes up playing and asking what they want.  They all begin to tell him that he promised to help each of them, but then didnít.  Clunky tells them that he forgot.  Simon tells Teacher A that he will help her carry the boxes to her car if she will help him paint the signs.  She agrees.  Clunky then asks Teacher A if they are still going out to lunch after church?  She tells him no, that instead she is going to take Simon, and then leaves.  Clunky looks at Simon and tells him that beings he doesnít have lunch plans, he could use a ride home from Simon, and tells him he will even play ball with him.  Simon tells him, "You promise to play ball just like you promised to help paint the signs?  Yeah right, like I can believe you.  Besides I am going to lunch with Teacher A."  Clunky then looks at Pastor Dan, and before he even says anything, Pastor Dan just laughs and walks out.

Clunky is now mad at everyone, and Teacher B comes up.  He asks why he is upset, and Clunky tells him that everyone is being mean to him.  When Teacher B asks Clunky why they are treating him like that, Clunky looks at her innocently and tells her, "I have absolutely no idea."  Teacher B then asks him if it could possibly be because Clunky promised all of them that he would help them, and then didnít.  Clunky tells Teacher B that he didnít purposely not help them, but just forgot.  Teacher B explains to Clunky the importance of keeping your word.  That you are only as good and trustworthy as your word.  If people cannot believe and trust your word, then people cannot believe and trust you, and that we as Christians, especially need to keep our word.

Bible Story :  Joshua 9

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.

Sermon : Quickly review the Bible story, memory verse and skits.
 
Question :  Why was the first skit not a skit on keeping your word?
Answer :  It wasnít because he left and didnít teach his friend how to bat.
Question :  Why was the second skit not a skit on keeping your word?
Answer :  It wasn't because he lied to him.
Question :  Why was the third skit not a skit on keeping your word?
Answer :  It wasn't because even though he told him the truth, he still didn't do what he said he would do.
Question :  Why was the fourth skit a skit on keeping your word?
Answer :  It was because he kept his word and did what he promised.
Question :  Why did everyone get mad at Clunky?
Answer :  Because he promised them he would help, but he didnít.
Question :  What excuse did Clunky give for not keeping his word?
Answer :  He forgot.
Question :  Who did Joshua make a league with?
Answer :  The Gibeonites.
Question : What did Joshua do when he found out they had lied to him?
Answer :  Joshua still kept his word.

Sermon Points:
 
1.  People come up with many many different excuses on why they donít keep their word, but excuses are no excuse.
2. God tells us that we should keep our word, even to our hurt (Psalms 1:4). In other words, if you give your word, you keep your word even if it means you suffer for it.  Because, though you may suffer for it for a while, people will know that you can be trusted.
3. There is a saying, you are only as good as your word.  If you are a person who does not keep your word, you are a person no one can trust.  On the other hand, if you are a person that keeps your word, you are a person that everyone will trust.
4. What kind of people do you trust, people who lie to you, or people who keep their word?
5. What kind of person do you want to be, someone who nobody trusts, or somebody who everyone trust.

7.  FLEE TEMPTATION
 
Service Out-line
1. SINGING
2. ANNOUNCEMENTS
3. WORSHIP
4. CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT
5. BIBLE STORY
6. NERD SKIT
7. SERMON
8. GAME

Clunky Puppet Skit : 70

Clunky and Simon come up talking about Clunkyís tummy and how out of shape he is getting.  Clunk tells Simon he is not that out of shape.  Simon says, "Clunky, you stopped to rest twice when we came up the steps."  Clunky says, "So!"  And Simon says, "But there are only three steps."  Clunky admits that Simon is right, and decides to go on a died.  "No more all-you-can-eat pizza lunches, no more Twinkies at 2:00 am, and no more sneaking food out of the dogís bowl."  "Out of the dogís bowl?" asks Simon.  "Hey, I was desperate"  replies Clunky.  Simon and Clunky leave to go start his diet.

Later in the service, Clunky gets a phone call from someone.  They ask if he wants to join them for lunch after church.  Clunky asks where they are going, and they tell him to the All-You-Can-Eat Pizza and Hot-dog Buffet.  Clunky begins to tremble, and says he probably shouldnít go because he is on a new diet.  They tell him, "Come on Clunky.  Its not as much fun going when you are not there.  We love watching you go up for sevenths, and then having the pizza manager ask you to leave cause you have eaten too many pizzas."  Clunky gives in and says he will go, but that he is only going to go up for seconds or thirds.  Clunky hangs up the phone and gets ready to leave when Simon comes in.  Simon asks Clunky if he wants to come over to his house for some yummy soup and salad, "I even have some cake for afterwards.  We donít want to rush too much into your diet and make it no fun at all."  Clunky tells Simon that is tempting, but that he already has plans.  Simon asks where, and Clunk tells him.  Simon says, "Clunky, if you go there, you know you will be a piggy."  Clunk says, "Hey!"  Simon says, "I just mean, if you go there, you will eat a lot because pizza and hot-dogs are your favorites."  Clunk says, "Listen, I got will-power.  When I set my mind on something, it gets done.  Its like a steal trap, nothing gets out!!?"  Clunk says, "I gotta go."  Simon follows yelling, "You have to flee temptation Clunky.  Run Clunky, run like the wind."

Later in the service, Simon comes up wondering about Clunky.  We hear groaning, panting and heavy breathing in the background, and Simon asks, "Clunky, is that you?"  Clunky comes waddling in, stuffed (have a small pillow under Clunkyís shirt to make him look chubbier).  Simon says, "What happened to you?"  Clunky answers, "It was terrible.  At first I did good by going to the salad bar, but when I got the smell of the hot-dogs with mustard, and ketchup, and mayonnaise, and onion and relish, and chili, and peanut butter Ö"  Simon interrupts, "Peanut butter?"  Clunky, "Oh yeah.  And then the pizza began to call me, ĎClunky, Clunkyí it called.  ĎEat me, eat me.í And I just couldnít resist anymore."  "Oh Clunky," says Simon, "you should have run."  "I couldnít." said Clunky.  "By the time I realized what I was doing, I was already on my sixth helping, and going up for my seventh.  And I was in no condition to walk, let alone run."  Simon tells Clunky, "I hate to say I told you so, but if you put yourself in a place to be tempted, you will almost always fail.  Even with great will power like yours."  Clunky agrees as he and Simon leave.

Bible Story : Genesis 39

Occasionally people ask me how I deal with the subject of adultery with kids.  I usually tell the kids it is OK for me to give my wife lots of hugs and kisses, but its not OK for me to give somebody elseís wife lots of hugs and kisses.  Another story you can use here is the story of David and Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11).

Nerd Skit : 36

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

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

Skit 1:

Nerd A comes out reading a book.  Nerd B comes out wearing a sign that says, "Bad Guy" and tells Nerd A to take a piece of apple pie.  Without even looking up to see who it is, Nerd A says sure, and the two nerds take the apple pie and leave.

The narrator then asks the kids if that was a skit about fleeing temptation, and why it was not.  (It wasn't because he blindly followed him and did it.)  He then introduces skit number two.

Skit 2:

Nerd A comes out reading a book.  Nerd B comes out and tells Nerd A to take a piece of apple pie.  Nerd A looks up from his book and says, "I really shouldnít."  Nerd B tells him before he gives his final answer, he should go over and take a closer look.  Nerd A say, "Thatís a good idea.  I guess it wonít hurt if I just take a closer look."  Nerd A then says, "You know, I probably shouldnít."  Nerd B cuts him off, and tells him before he makes his final decision, that he should go and take a small bite. Nerd A says, "Thatís a good idea.  I mean, what could it hurt if I just take a small bite."  Nerd A takes a bite and Nerd B say, "Are you in?"  Nerd A, no longer able to restrain from the temptation says, "You bet." The two nerds grab the apple pie and leave.

The narrator asks the kids if that was a skit about fleeing temptation, and why it was not.  (It wasn't because he allowed himself to get pulled in.)  He then introduces skit number three.

Skit 3:

Nerd A comes out reading a book.  Nerd B comes out and tells Nerd A to take a piece of apple pie.  Nerd A looks up from his book and says, "I really shouldnít."  Nerd B tells him before he gives his final answer, he should go over and take a closer look.  Nerd A say, "I donít think that would be a wise idea.  No, I think it would be wrong to take a piece."  Nerd B asks, "What would be wrong with it?"  Nerd A tells him it would be stealing.  Nerd B tells him it wouldnít be stealing if it belonged to him.  Nerd A says, "True, but it doesnít belong to me."  Nerd B tells him that it doesnít have a name on it, and maybe it was put there by someone just for him."  Nerd A says, "That could be true.  People do know I come here all the time, and they know I love apple pie."  Nerd B answers, "And I donít see anyone else here except for you."  Nerd A says, "You are right, it probably was left here for me, and it would be rude of me not to accept a gift from someone."  Nerd B pats him on the back and says, "Thatís the way to think."  The two nerds grab the apple pie and leave.

The narrator asks the kids if that was a skit about fleeing temptation, and why it was not.  (It wasn't because though at first he know it was wrong, he convinced himself it was OK and did it.)  He then introduces skit number four.

Skit 4:

Nerd A comes out reading a book.  Nerd B comes out and tells Nerd A to take a piece of apple pie.  Nerd A screams and runs off the stage.  Nerd B looks at the kids and leaves also.

The narrator asks the kids if that was a skit about fleeing temptation, and why is was.  (It was because he fled before he could be further tempted.)

Sermon : Quickly review the Bible story and skits.
 
Question : How many times did Clunky have to stop as he climbed the three steps?
Answer :  Two times.
Question : Why did Clunky say it was OK for him to go out for pizza?
Answer :  He said he had "will power."
Question :  What did Clunky do when he went our for pizza?
Answer :   He ate too much.
Question :  Why was the first skit not a skit on fleeing temptation?
Answer :  He just followed blindly.
Question :  Why was the second skit not a skit on fleeing temptation?
Answer :  He allowed himself to be pulled in.
Question :  Why was the third skit not a skit on fleeing temptation?
Answer :  Even though he know it was wrong, he convinced himself it was OK.
Question :  Why was the forth skit a skit on fleeing temptation?
Answer :  He fled.
Question :  What did Joseph do when he was tempted by Potipharís wife?
Answer :  He ran away.
Question :  What did Joseph leave behind?
Answer :  His coat.

Sermon Points:
 
1.  All of us are tempted.  Some are tempted to lie, some are tempted to steal, some are tempted to cheat, some are tempted to do other things.  The best thing is not to put yourself in a place to be tempted.  Clunky failed because he put himself into a situation where he could be tempted.
2. If we do find ourselves tempted, the next thing to do is flee, and flee quickly. The longer with stick around the temptation, the better the chances we will fail. We are either pulled in, like the nerd in skit two, or we eventually talk ourselves into it like the nerd in skit three.
3. We need to be like Joseph and the nerd in skit four.  When you do find yourself being tempted, "run, run like the wind".

8.  PEER PRESSURE
 
Service Out-line
1. SINGING
2. ANNOUNCEMENTS
3. WORSHIP
4. CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT
5. BIBLE STORY
6. NERD SKIT
7. SERMON
8. GAME
 

Clunky Puppet Skit : 73

The teacher comes up and tells the kids that they are going to have a special treat today.  She tells them that for the last two months, she has been trying to talk Clunky into singing a solo in Children's Church, and now he has agreed to do it.  She calls for Clunky.  Clunky comes up, and the teacher asks him if he is ready to sing this morning.  Clunky tells her that he is a little nervous, but he thinks he is ready.  The teacher tells him that he will do fine, and that she will have him sing sometime in the middle or towards the end of the service.  Clunky and the teacher leave, but Mr. Sin stops Clunky and says, "I hear you are going to sing in Children's Church?"  Clunky sheepishly says yes, and Mr. Sin tells him, "Please let me know when you are going to sing."  Clunk says sure, and Mr. Sin says, "That way I will know when to leave the building.  Singing in church is stupid."  Clunky says, "Very funny." and Mr. Sin leaves laughing.  Just then, Big Birtha comes in and asks Clunky what Mr. Sin is laughing about.  Clunky tells her that he, is going to sing a solo in Children's Church, and Mr. Sin wanted to know when, so he can leave the building.  Birtha says, "You are going to sing a solo?"  Clunky says, "Yea, I promised Teacher A that I would."  Birtha says, "This is just me, but I think singing in church is kind of girlish."  Clunky says, "But you are a girl."  Birtha then gets defensive, and says, "Hey, I may be a girl, but that doesn't mean I have to be girlish.  Besides, you ainít a girl, but if you want to sing a sissy song in front of everyone, well be my guest."  Birtha leaves as Simon RePeter comes in.  Simon asks Clunky what Birtha is upset about and Clunky tells him, "You know Birtha, she gets mad at everything."  He then tells Simon that he is going to sing a solo in Children's Church thinking surely Simon will understand.  Simon says, "Well Clunky, this time I kind of agree with Birtha and Mr. Sin.  I mean you are a nice guy and the best friend I have, but you are not the greatest singer in the world, and I would hate to have you make a fool out of yourself in front of all the kids in Children's Church."  Clunky asks him if he really thinks he will make a fool out of himself.  Simon tells him, "Not to brag, but I am a way better singer than you, and I wouldn't get up and sing a solo for Children's Church."  Simon leaves, and Clunky leaves with him.

Later in the service when it is time for Clunky to sing, Teacher A calls him up and asks him if he is ready.  Clunky tells her that he has changed his mind, that he doesn't want to do it any more.  Teacher A asks why not, and Clunky tells her all of the things that Mr. Sin, Birtha and Simon RePeter told him.  Teacher A then asks Clunky, "But what do you want to do?  I have heard you singing around the church a lot, and I think you are a good singer.  I also know you have had a desire in your heart to sing, but it is up to you, you can listen to all of them or you can sing."  Clunky decides that she is right, "Besides, if I am going to make a fool out of myself, which I do a lot, at least this time it will be for Jesus."  Clunky leaves the stage so that Teacher A can introduce him.

Clunky comes up and sings his solo.  Teacher A tells him that he did a great job and asks the kids if they think he did a good job too (the kids will always say yes).  Birtha comes up and pats him on the back and tells him that she thought what he did was really cool.  She leaves and Mr. Sin comes up and tells him that he should be ashamed of himself.  Birtha yells from the back ground, "I thought he did great, and if you donít leave him alone, I am going to beat you up."  Mr. Sin leaves, but comes back up and tells him, "I thought it was stupid" and then runs off again.  Simon then comes up and apologizes to Clunky and tells him not to listen to Mr. Sin, "I am very proud of you.  I think that you were very brave and cool for singing, and I also think you did a really really good job."  Clunky, Simon, and Teacher A all leave.

Bible Story : Matt 26:69-75 then Acts 2:13-41

Nerds Skit : 35

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

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

Skit 1:

Nerd A comes out and begins to play with his toys.  Nerd B comes out and begins to tease Nerd A, telling him that playing with those kinds of toys is childish and un-cool.  Nerd A looks up nervously and tells Nerd B, "I wasnít playing with these toys.   Ahhh, I was ahhh, I was just watching them for my little kid brother.  Yea, thatís it.  As a matter of fact, I was even thinking about, ahhh, maybe even breaking them.  Yea."  Nerd B pats him on the back and tells him to come with him and he will teach him how to play cool games.

The narrator then asks the kids if that was a skit about standing up to peer pressure, and why it was not.  (It wasn't because he quit playing with his toys and left to go play other games.)  He then introduces skit number two.

Skit 2:

Nerd A comes out and begins to play with his toys.  Nerd B comes out and begins to tease Nerd A, telling him that playing with those kinds of toys is childish and uncool.  Nerd A begins to cry and runs away saying, "Mommy, the funny looking kid laughed at me and made fun of me for playing with my toys."  Nerd B just looks at the kids, shrugs his shoulders and walks away.

The narrator then asks the kids if that was a skit about standing up to peer pressure, and why it was not.  (It wasn't because he quit playing and started crying.)  He then introduces skit number three.

Skit 3:

Nerd A comes out and begins to play with his toys.  Nerd B comes out and begins to tease Nerd A, telling him that playing with those kinds of toys is childish and uncool.  Nerd A says, "I wasnít playing with them."  Nerd B says, "I saw you."  Nerd A says, "Then you saw wrong."  Nerd B turns away, and Nerd A starts to play with his toys.  Nerd B turns back around and says, "There, you were playing with them again."  Nerd A says, "No I wasnít."  Nerd B, "You was too."  Nerd A, "Was not."  Nerd B turns around for just one second and then turns back, during which time, Nerd A plays with his toy for the second and then stops.  Nerd B say, "Now I know you were playing with your stupid toys."
Nerd A, "Was not."
Nerd B, "Was too."
Nerd A, "Was not."
Nerd B, "Was too."
Nerd A, "Was not."
Nerd B, "Too."
Nerd A, "Not."
Nerd B, "Too."
Nerd A, "Not."
Nerd B, "Too."
Nerd A, "Not."
Nerd B leaves frustrated, and Nerd A starts to play with his toys.  Nerd B comes back in and before he can say anything, Nerd A says, "Was not!"  Nerd B shrugs his shoulders and leaves.  Nerd A grabs his toys and leaves to go play somewhere else.

The narrator then asks the kids if that was a skit about standing up to peer pressure, and why it was not.  (It wasn't because even though he continued to play with his toys, he only played with them when no one was looking.)  He then introduces skit number four.

Skit 4:

Nerd A comes out and begins to play with his toys.  Nerd B comes out and begins to tease Nerd A, telling him that playing with those kinds of toys is childish and uncool.  Nerd A says, "Then I guess I am childish and un-cool, but it is fun, and I like it.  Do you want to play with me?"  Nerd B looks around, then starts to play with one of the toys.  As he plays, he comments, "I always wanted to do this."  The two nerds leave still playing.

The narrator then asks the kids if that was a skit about standing up to peer pressure, and why it was.  (It was because he didnít quit playing with his toys, and even offered to have the bully play with him too.)


 

Sermon :  Quickly review the Bible story and skits.
 
Question :  Was the first skit a skit on standing up to peer pressure?
Answer :  No, because he quit playing with his toys and left to go play other games.
Question :  Was the second skit a skit on standing up to peer pressure?
Answer :  No, because he quit playing and started crying.
Question :  Was the third skit a skit on standing up to peer pressure?
Answer :  No, because even though he continued to play with his toys, he only played with them when no one was looking.
Question :  Was the fourth skit a skit on standing up to peer pressure?
Answer :  Yes, because he didnít quit playing with his toys, and even
              offered to have the bully play with him too.
Question :  What did the teacher ask Clunky to do?
Answer :  Sing a solo in Childrenís Church.
Question :  What did Mr. Sin tell Clunky?
Answer :  That singing in church is stupid.
Question :  What did Birtha tell Clunky?
Answer :  That singing in church was girlish and sissyish.
Question :  What did Simon tell Clunky?
Answer :  That Clunky will make a fool out of himself.  That he was a better
               singer than Clunky, and that not even he would get up and sing.
Question : What did Clunky decide to do?
Answer :  Sing his solo.
Question :  What did Birtha and Simon tell Clunky when he was done?
Answer : He did a good job, and they were proud of him.
Question : What did Peter say when the people asked him if he was a disciple?
Answer :  He denied that he knew Jesus three times.
Question :  When people were making fun of the disciples, who stood up?
Answer :  Peter.

Sermon points :
 
1.  Peer pressure usually comes in two different forms.  Sometimes they tempt us to bad things, and sometimes they tempt us not to do the right thing.
2. Last week we learned that people will often try and tempt us to do something wrong.  And like we learned last week, when that happens we need to run away from temptation.
3. This week we have seen that many times people will tempt us and try to persuade us not to do the right thing.  During times like this we need to take a stand.
4. Sometimes people will laugh at us and even make fun of us because of what we do or what we believe.  When they do, we need to be like Peter in Acts 2 and the Nerd in the last skit, we need to be secure in who we are and what we believe, and not back down when they say things about us.
5. Occasionally, people will continue to laugh at you and make fun of you, just like Mr. Sin did.  But often people will respect you when you take a stand for what you believe.  And frequently those same people will see your stand and be emboldened to join with you.
6. I have found that there are a lot of people who want to do the right thing, but they donít because they either think people will make fun of them, or because they donít want to feel alone.  All they need is someone to take a stand and lead the way, and often they will follow.
7.  Lets begin today to make a stand for what we believe.  Lets begin today to make a stand for Jesus.  Some kids will laugh at you, and some will make fun of you.  But many will admire you and follow your example.

9.  PRODICAL SON
 
Service Out-line
1. SINGING
2. CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT * part 1
3. WORSHIP
4. CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT * part 2
5. BIBLE STORY
6. CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT * part 3
7. OFFERING
8. CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT * part 4
9. JOSHUA SKIT
10. CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT * part 5
11. SERMON * CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT * part 6
12. GAME
 

Clunky Puppet Skit : 41

Clunky comes up and asks you if he can go and play with his friends.  You tell him that he can after church, but Clunk says that his friends are not Christian and that it wouldnít be very polite or Christianlike to make them wait.  You still say no, so Clunky gets mad and tells you, "I am sick and tired of being unappreciated around here.  I am always doing things for everybody else, but then when I want to do something for myself I am always refused.  I am sick and tired of all this Christianity stuff Ö I am going to run away."  Clunk leaves.  He comes back just seconds later, and asks you if he can borrow a couple of bucks to get him by.  You give it to him telling him that you donít want him to leave, but Clunk takes the money and is again on his way to a new and adventurous life.  You call for one of the teachers in Childrenís Church, and ask him if he would follow Clunky around off in the distance, and make sure that he is OK.  You give him a hat, fake nose and glasses, and he heads out to follow Clunk.

Later in the service, the teacher calls back and tells you, "I have followed Clunky to the movie theater where he has met some of his friends and is flashing around the money you gave him."  (The teacher is actually behind the stage talking into a microphone.)  "Oh no, Iím going have to hang up, cause Clunk is coming this way."  The teacher calls right back just 30 seconds later and tells you, "It looks like he is going into the movie theater to an R-rated movie."  You thank him for calling, and ask him to continue to follow Clunky and to call when something else happens.

The teacher calls back and tells you, "I have now followed Clunky into one of the local bars.  I am standing outside looking in the window at Clunky who is with his friends sitting at a table.  A big ugly bouncer is walking over to the table and is beginning to ask questions of the kids.  I canít tell what he is saying but he looks kind of angry.  The bouncer is grabbing Clunky by the throat and is shaking him around.  He is tipping Clunk upside down and dumping out the rest of his money.  He is now throwing him into the street.  I will have to call you back when I find out what Clunk is going to do next."

The teacher calls back again later in the service and tells you, "I have followed Clunk to the grocery store, where he is standing outside with his friends.  It looks like he is pulling out the lining of his pockets showing his friends that he is out of money.  Oh no, Clunky is coming this way, hold on a second."  (We hear the teacher as he answers Clunkyís questions.)  "What, do I have a couple of bucks you can borrow?  Uhh, no, sorry.  What, do you know me from somewhere?  Uhh, I donít think so buddy.  Maybe you just know someone who looks like me.  OK, by."  The teacher then begins to talk to you again.  "Boy, that was close.  Well, Clunk has gone into the store with his friends, so I will have to hang up now and call you when I get inside."  The teacher calls you back and tells you, "I am inside the store on one of the store phones by the candy section, where Clunk and his friends are hanging around, acting very suspicious.  Wait a minute, Clunk is grabbing one of the bags of candy and putting it inside his shirt.  Now a security guard is grabbing him and pushing him against the store shelves.  He is spreading out Clunkyís legs and is frisking him.  He is pulling out the bag of candy that Clunky tried to steal.  Now he is pinning him to the ground and handcuffing him.  He is now taking Clunky away so I will have to call you back when I find out where he is taking him."

The teacher calls back and tells you, "I am down at the police station where Clunk is standing in front of the sergeant of police. I will put up the phone so you can listen and find out what is happening."  The teacher turns on a prerecorded tape of the discussion between Clunky and the Police Sergeant.  It goes something like this :

Police officer : "I ought to throw the book at you."
Clunky : "Iíd like to see you try."
(We then hear the sound of a book hitting Clunk upside the head.)
Clunky : "Hey, that was a heavy book."
Police officer : "Where do you live?"
Clunky : "Well, I used to live at Church, but I ran away."
Police officer : "Well, little guy, I will give you two choices. Either go back to where you came from, or spend the next six months in the slammer."
Clunky : "Nice knowing you Sarg."
(We then hear the sound of kissing and the Police Sergeant asking Clunk to quit kissing his feet.)

The teacher then gets back on the phone and tells you that he will have to leave to go follow Clunk to see where he goes.

 Later in the service, Clunk comes up and tells you that he knows you are busy, but asks if you have just one minute to talk to him.  He tells you that he is really sorry for what he has done.  He tells you that he realizes that he isnít worthy to be a part of the childrenís church staff any more, but that if you would have him, he would love to just hang around and clean the toilets.  You tell him that he never wanted him to leave in the first place and welcome him with open arms giving him a hug.  While you are talking to Clunk, the teacher comes in taking off his fake nose and glasses.  When Clunk leaves, he looks over at the teacher and asks, "Have I seen you any place?  Nahh."  Clunk then leaves.

Bible Story : Luke 15 : 11-32

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 : 38

(Characters :  Joshua, Sis, and Billy.)

Joshua, Billy and Sis come out and begin filling out forms for a chance to win two weeks of free tickets to watch their city's baseball team.  They all talk about how cool it would be if one of them wins, and they all get to go to the games for free and meet the players on the team.  They leave to go mail their entrees.

(Someone comes out with a sign that says, "One Week Later.")

Joshua, Billy and Sis come out with an envelope with Joshuaís name on it.  It is a letter that says he is the winner of the two weeks of free tickets.  They all begin to jump up and down with excitement.  Just then, the phone rings.  Sis answers it, and tells Josh it is Suzy Smith.  Josh asks, "Who?"  Sis tells him, "You know, that snotty pretty girl that is a major snob and is always mean to you in school."  Josh begins to talk to her on the phone.  She tells him that she heard on the radio that Josh had won the tickets, and she asks him if he wants to come over to her house later and play.  She tells him that two other really cool kids are coming over too, and she wants them to meet Josh.  Josh tells her sure, and then hangs up the phone.  Sis asks why she called, and Josh tells her that she wants him to come over and play.  Sis and Billy try to tell Josh that the only reason she wants to be friends with him is because he won the tickets.  Joshua becomes defensive and tells them that maybe she wants him to come over and play because she finally realized how cute and cool he really is.  Sis walks over, knocks on Joshís head and says, "Hello, is anyone in there?"  Josh tells them that they are just jealous of his new cool friends, and that he is leaving.  Billy and Sis try to warn him some more, but Josh leaves.

(Someone comes out with a sign that says, "One Week Later.")

Josh comes out wearing his baseball cap and glove, ready to go to the first of his free games.  Billy and Sis come out also wearing their baseball caps, and ask him what time they are leaving.  Josh tells them that he is going to the game with his new cool friends.  Sis and Billy say, "But we said that if one of us wins the tickets, all of us get to go."  Josh tells them that they are not cool enough to be seen with him, and that they are just going to have to watch the game on TV.  Josh leaves with Sis and Billy mad.  Sis and Billy also leave with Sis yelling, "I hope you get hit in the head by a foul ball."

(Someone comes out with a sign that says, "One Week Later.")

Josh comes out wearing his cap and glove.  Sis and Billy come out, but they are not wearing their caps.  They ask Josh if he is going to the game with his dorky friends.  Josh tells them, "Yes, I mean no, I am going to the game with my cool friends, and today is the day we get to meet all the players after the game."  Billy hangs his head and mumbles, "I always wanted to meet those guys."  Sis tells Josh, "I hope you choke on your hot dog at the game."  Josh leaves with Billy and Sis following him.

(Someone comes out with a sign that says, "One Week Later.")

Josh comes out excited that today is his birthday, and wonders what he is going to do with his cool new friends.  Sis and Billy come out and they all look at each other and sigh.  Josh tells them that he is going to call his new friends and see what cool and exciting stuff they are going to do on his birthday.  Josh calls up Suzy, but she rudely asks him what he wants.  He tells her that today is his birthday and he was just wondering what she and all the other cool kids are going to do today.  She tells Josh that she and all the other cool kids are going to the park, but she is not sure what HE is going to do today.  Josh asks her, "Arenít you going to invite me?"  She asks him if he has anymore free tickets to the baseball games.  Josh tells her no, and she tells him that she isnít going to invite him, "See you later looser."  Suzy hangs up.  Josh hangs up the phone and begins to hang his head in shame.  Sis asks, "So what are you gonna do with your dorky bratty new friends?"  Josh tells her, "Nothing.  You and Billy were right, they were only being my friends to go to the baseball games for free.  I should have never left the best friends in the whole world.  Could you ever forgive me?"  Billy says, "Cool."  Josh looks at Billy and says, "What is so cool about that?"  Billy tells him, "We kind of thought they would do that, so we planned a birthday party for you.  And it wouldnít be fun to have a birthday party if the birthday boy is gone."  Billy and Sis pull out birthday hats and horns, and show Josh the presents that they bought for him.  Josh wipes away a tear and asks them why.  Billy tells him, "Sis and I talked about it, and came to the conclusion that we probably would have done the same thing if we were in your shoes.  We figured that your new friends would dump you, so we would be there to help you up."  Josh tells them that they are the very best friends he has, and that he is going to kiss them both.  Billy and Sis look at each other and then run off the stage screaming.  Josh follows them and says, "OK, how about just a hug?"

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

Sermon points :
 
1.  I never wanted Clunky to run away, but when he did, I was there with open arms to take him back.
2. Sis and Billy never wanted Josh to ignore them and take someone else to the baseball games, but when he was dumped by his new friends, they were there with open arms to take him back.
3. The father in the Bible story never wanted his son to move away from home, but when he ran out of money and had nowhere else to go, his father was there with open arms to take him back.
4. God does not want any of us to run from him. The Bible says that all of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.  But no matter where we go, or what we do, the Bible says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." I John 1:9  Some of you this morning might be running from or hiding from God. But just like the father in the parable, just like me with Clunky, and just like Billy and Sis, God is here with open arms to take you back.
5. Alter call for those who may be running or hiding from God.
6. For the rest of you, when you find yourself stuck in a mess because of something bad you have done, always remember that no matter where you go or what you do, God is waiting for you too with open arms.

10.  LET GOD LEAD YOU !!!
 

OK, it is time for you to try and write your own lesson.  But donít be alarmed, it is not as hard as you might think.  Just follow the basic guidelines, and in no time at all, you will be tossing out this curriculum, and writing all of your own.

Step 1: Start with Bible story or memory verse you want to teach.
Step 2: Figure out what lesson that Bible story or verse is trying to teach?
Step 3: Find a memory verse or Bible story that coincide with step one.
Step 4: Write a puppet skit about the positive side of that lesson you are trying
           to teach.  I often make it similar to the Bible story, but use a different
           (modern) setting.  A school or home setting works best because it is a
           common factor where most of the kids can relate.
Step 5: Write a skit about the negative side of that lesson you are trying to teach.
           Often, I find curriculums either being too negative or too positive.  The bible
           is filled with both positive examples for us to follow, and negative examples
           for us to avoid.
Step 6: Write out review questions about the Bible story, memory verse and skits.
Step 7: Write out a small sermon.

Example:   Step 1:  Lets say I choose David and Goliath as the Bible story.
                Step 2:  I then decide the lesson from that Bible story I want to teach
                            on is having "Faith in God".
                Step 3:  I find a verse that has to do with faith, like Proverbs 3:5
                Step 4:  I write a puppet skit about the positive side of faith, what can
                            happen if I have faith in God like David did.  Again, I often
                            make it similar to the Bible story, but a different setting.  For
                            example, David was going to war with Goliath, Clunky might
                            have a contest with a bully in the school.
                Step 5:  Next I write a skit on the negative side of faith. what will happen
                            if I do not have faith in God like David did.  (The four nerd skits
                            work really well, because they teach not only on the negative,
                            but the positive as well.)
                Step 6:  I then write down some basic questions to review.
                Step 7:  I then write a small (and I do repeat small) sermon.

So now its time to give it a try.  You are David, and the lesson is Goliath.  You can either run and say you canít, or you too can trust in God like David did, and attack that giant.   God bless.
 
 
 

11.  REPENTANCE
 
Service Out-line
1.  SINGING
2.  ANNOUNCEMENTS
3.  WORSHIP
4.  CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT
5.  BIBLE STORY
6.  NERD SKIT
7.  MEMORY VERSE
8.  SERMON
 

Clunky Puppet Skit : 65

Clunky and Simon come up arguing about whose turn it is to have to clean the bathroom.  Clunk starts getting really mad at Simon and starts calling him a bugar-head.  Simon asks Clunky not to call him that name and Clunky says, "What name?  You mean, bugar-head?  Bugar-head, bugar-head, bugar-head."  The teacher comes up and asks what this is all about, and Simon explains.  The teacher then tells the boys that is no reason to get into an argument, and certainly no reason to call names and asks Clunk to apologize.  Clunky does so, and then leaves with Simon still arguing about the bathroom.

Clunky and Simon come up fighting.  Clunky is still calling Simon a bugar-head, and Simon is getting madder and madder at Clunky, telling him, "Say youíre sorry."  Clunky says, "Youíre sorry."
Simon says, "No.  Say, ĎI am sorry.í"
Clunky says,  "I am sorryÖ that you are a bugar-head."
Simon gets so mad that he throws a book at Clunky.  Clunky falls down, and then starts to cry when the teacher comes back up to break up the fight.  She talks to the two boys about love and friendship and then tells both of them to apologize, looking first at Clunky.  Clunky becomes upset and says that he isnít going to apologize until Simon does it first.  Simon is eager to apologize and does so exuberantly, begging Clunky to forgive him.  He then asks the teacher, the kids, and finally God to forgive him also.  Clunky also apologizes to Simon, but semi-sincerely.  Clunky and Simon leave with Simon continuing to apologize and promising he will change and that he will make it up to him.  Clunky comes by the window about 30 seconds later with Simon following him, still apologizing as Clunk tries to run away from him.

Later in the service, Clunky comes up with Simon still following him, promising to make it up to him, and asking what it is he can do.  Clunk tells him he can make it up to him by quit promising to make it up to him.  Clunky is getting irritated by Simon and tells him to just leave him alone, but Simon persists.  Clunky, continuing to get madder, starts to call Simon a bugar-head again.  Simon starts to get mad at Clunky, but calms himself down and tells Clunky that he forgives him and is going to make it up to him even more.  Again the teacher comes up and talks to Clunky about the harm of calling names.  Clunk tells the teacher he has a good excuse, because Simon wonít stop.  But to pacify the teacher, Clunky once again half-heartily apologizes to Simon.  Simon tells him he is forgiven and continues to be nice to him as the two of them leave, Simon still irritating Clunky, and Clunky again calling him names.  Clunky comes back up to the stage and quickly apologizes before the teacher says anything.

Later the teacher comes up and tells the class that she has promised that she would let one of the boys, whoever has been the best behaved, help her with a special project.  She calls both of them up and reminds them.  Simon hangs his head down knowing what he has done, throwing the book at Clunky and then bugging him, and is sure that he will not be picked.  Clunky on the other hand is confident he will be picked.  But to the surprise of both of them, she picks Simon.  Simon asks why she could pick him?  Clunky asking the same question reminds her that Simon is the one who threw the book, while he only called a few names.  The teacher agrees that what Simon did was very very wrong, but he repented and quit doing it even though he had more opportunities, while Clunky, even though what he did wasnít as bad, continued to do it.  Clunky desperately apologizes and says that now he will change and tells Simon to bug him just so he can prove it.  Simon starts to bug him and for a moment Clunky is fine, but as Simon continues, Clunky begins to get irritated and calls him a bugar-head again.  Clunky now realizes what he has been doing, and this time apologizes for real, promising Simon that he won't call him that name anymore.  Clunky then leaves.  Simon asks the teacher if it would be OK if she would let Clunky help also since he has now truly repented.  The teacher says yes, and Simon leaves to go find Clunky, and to give him the good news.

Bible Story : Acts 7:58 - Acts 28

Paul started off persecuting the church, even to the point of hunting down Christians so as to bring them to trial and death.  Yet when he was visited by God on his way to Damascus, he repented so much, that this same Paul who consented to the deaths of Christians, was himself later beaten, jailed and eventually (tradition tells us) put to death for being a Christian.  Paul who did everything in his power to stop people from preaching about Christ, later turned the world upside down telling everyone about this Jesus.

Memory Verse : Mr. Sin

2 Chronicles 7:14

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
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.

Nerd Skit : 27

(You will need a narrator, one nerd, someone to play the voice of the store manager, a radio, and a sign that says, "Do Not Touch.")

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

Skit 1:

The nerd comes out and sees the radio on the table.  He reads the sign that says, "Do Not Tough" but touches and turns on the radio anyway.  A voice from above says, "Excuse me." but he just ignores it.  The voice gets louder, so he turns the volume on the radio up.  The voice gets even louder, so he plugs his ears and starts to hum saying, "I canít hear you," as he walks off stage.

The narrator asks the kids if that was a skit on repentance, and why it was not.  (It wasn't because he wouldn't even listen let alone repent.)  He then introduces skit number two.

Skit 2:

The nerd comes out and sees the radio on the table.  He reads the sign that says, "Do Not Tough" but touches the radio anyway.  A voice from above tells him not to touch the radio.  At first the nerd is scared because he thinks it is God, but the voice says, "This is the store manager, please do not touch the radio."  The nerd says, "Oh, I am sorry," but then attracted by the radio, touches it again.  The voice speaks again and the nerd says again, "Oh, I am really sorry.  I wonít do it again," but continues to touch and play with the radio.  The voice speaks one last time, and the nerd says, "Oh, this time I really am sorry," and begins to walk out.  He then runs back and touches the radio one last time yelling, "I am sorry," and then runs back off stage.

The narrator then asks the kids if that was a skit on repentance, and why it was not.  (It wasn't because even though he said he was sorry, he kept doing it.)  He then introduces skit number three.

Skit 3:

The nerd comes out and sees the radio on the table.  He reads the sign that says, "Do Not Tough" but touches the radio anyway.  A voice from above tells him he is not to touch the radio.  At first the nerd is scared because he thinks it is God, but the voice says, "This is the store manager, please to not touch the radio."  The nerd stops, falls on his knees and really tells the store manager that he is sorry.  Someone comes up and asks if he could turn the radio up, and he says, "Oh, no!  The sign says, "Do Not Touch." The nerd then leaves.  The person starts to touch the radio and the nerd comes running in and gently tackles him and says, "Do not touch the radio."  They both get up and leave.

The narrator then asks the kids if that was a skit on repentance, and why it was.  (It was because he listened to the voice and then quit doing it.)

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

Sermon points :
 
1.  The word repent means to "think differently", "to change ones mind or purpose".
2. It doesnít mean to just feel bad about something you have done, but to change your attitude about it.  In other words, to not just be sorry about doing something wrong, but to realize that what you are doing is wrong and stop doing it.
3. 2 Chronicles 7:14 tells us that we are to "turn from our wicked ways".
4. Simon repented for what he did.  He knew what he did was wrong, and changed his behavior and stopped.  Clunky only apologized so as not to get into trouble.  It wasnít until later that he realized that what he did was wrong, and truly repented.
5. Paul also had a complete change in heart concerning Christians and Christianity. He saw his error, and repented.  He changed his thinking and began doing what God had called him to do.
6. Many of us need to repent this morning.  We need to change our minds and attitudes about some things we are doing and have done.  Then we need to change our behavior and stop doing it, turning from our wicked ways.
7. Lets go to God in prayer, and lets repent and change our thinking and actions. (Give the kids a chance to think about some ways in which they need to repent.)

12.  EASTER
 
Service Out-line
1. SINGING
2. ANNOUNCEMENTS
3. WORSHIP
4. CLUNKY PUPPET SKIT
5. MEMORY VERSE * Simon RePeter
6. OBJECT LESSON
7. SERMON
8. ALTOR CALL
 
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
 

Clunky Puppet Skit : 31

You come up to tell a story to the kids, when we hear the sound of thunder (trash can lid), see flashing lights (strobe light), and watch the stage begin to shake.  You wonder out loud what it is, when a bright (flood) light comes on, and Clunky (Clunky's guardian angel) comes up dressed like an angel, with halo, white gown, and wings.  You think it is Clunky, so you ask him what he is doing, and he tells you that he is not Clunky, but Clunky's guardian angel.  You don't believe him, so he tries to prove it to you by telling you the story of when Clunky was a little baby, and got his finger stuck up his nose, and how you thought you would never get it out, when all of a sudden, it came out by itself.  Clunk's angel tells you that it was he who pulled it out.  You are startled that he knows about this incident, since Clunk was just a baby, but you still don't believe him.  Clunk's angel says "Ye of little faith."  You then ask him to do a miracle, to prove he is an angel, but Clunk's angel tells you that angels are not allowed to do miracles any time they want, they can only do what God tells them to do.  He then tells you that what he will do to prove that he is really an angel is to turn around, and have you hold up some fingers, and he will tell you how many fingers you are holding up.  You say OK, so Clunk's guardian angel turns around, you hold up three fingers, and he tells you the right answer.  You look at the kids with amazement, and then hold up no fingers to try to trick him.  Clunk's angel asks you when you are going to hold up some fingers, and again you look at the kids with amazement.  Once more, you hold up five fingers with one hand, and two fingers with the other, and the angel tells you that everyone knows that five plus two equals seven, and then turns around.  He asks if you now believe him after guessing correctly how many fingers you held up.  You say yes, but that you definitely know he is not Clunky, because Clunk would not have gotten the right answer on what five plus two equals.  Now convinced that it is Clunky's guardian angel, you ask him some questions about Clunky.  He tells you about the incident when Clunk almost died, how that Clunk was playing in the bathroom, and while he (Clunk's angel) turned his back for just one second, Clunk fell head first into the toilet.  The angel tells you that he heard some gurgling and turned to find him there.  (You may tell more stories if you wish.)  The angel then asks what you are teaching about today, and you tell him the Resurrection.  Clunk's angel tells you that he was there that day, and saw the whole thing.  You ask him some questions about the Resurrection and what happened that Easter Sunday morning, and he answers them, and tells you and the kids that Jesus really did rise from the dead, and he saw it himself.

Before he leaves, you ask him why he looks like Clunk, and he tells you that if he came looking like he normally does, he would scare you and the kids, so he decided to come as the most unopposing person he knew...Clunk.  You thank him for coming and talking to you and the kids.  Clunky's guardian angel then leaves, and again we hear the thunder, and see the flashing lights, and shaking stage as he goes.

Memory Verse : Nerds

Matthew 28:6

"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
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.)

Object Lesson :  The Hidden Balloon 5

An Object Lesson that works well with Easter is the "Hidden Balloon".

You need two red* balloons with "Jesus" written on them (one filled with helium), a box with a hole in the bottom and the words "Grave" on it, and a small wooden cross.

Before class, hide the helium filled balloon inside the box (Grave).  During the class, bring out the box with the helium balloon hidden inside and put it on a table in front of the class.  Then pull out the other red balloon and while you are blowing it up, begin to tell the kids the story of Jesus, how he was born, and lived, and did lots of miracles.  Tell the kids how he was betrayed by Judas and led to the Sanhedren for a trial, where they mocked him, and beat him and spit on him (I like to take a magic marker and mark up the balloon, and hit it and throw it around.)  Then tell the kids how they took Jesus and led him to Pontius Pilate and demanded that he be crucified.  While telling the story of the crucifixion, pin the balloon to the wooden cross and eventually pop it with a needle.  Then taking the popped balloon off the cross, carefully place it under the box (Grave).  Explain to the kids how that even though they crucified, killed and buried Jesus, three days later he rose from the grave.  Then flip the box over allowing the helium filled balloon to rise to the ceiling.

* Any color balloon is fine, they just have to be the same color.
Out-line

Sermon : Quickly review the Bible story, memory verse and skit.
 
Question :  What are some of the things Clunky did when he was little?
Answer :  Got his finger stuck in his nose, fell into the toilet Ö
 
Question :  How did the teacher know the angel was not Clunky?
Answer :  Clunky would not have gotten five plus two right.
Question :  What event the did angel witness first hand?
Answer :  The resurrection of Jesus.
Question : What is the memory verse?
Answer :  Matthew 28:6  "He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
Question :  What happened on Easter Sunday morning?
Answer :  Jesus rose from the dead.

Sermon Points:
 
1.  Jesus not only died for our sins, but the Bible says that he rose again from the dead and ascended to heaven, making a way for us to follow.  (Acts 26:23,  Romans 4:24-25, Romans 8:11, I Corinthians 15:12-22).
2. The Bible tells us in Romans 10:9 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
3.  Alter call.  As stated earlier, the best way I have found to have an alter call is to first ask those kids who have already accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior to raise their hands.  Have them put their hands down, and then ask for those who have not accepted Jesus, but would like to.  This accomplishes two things, it allows the kids that are not Christians not to be afraid to accept Jesus when they see that so many of the other kids have done it.  Second, it reinforces the faith and boldness in the kids that are Christians.