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Caring for the Golden Goose

Children ministry Curriculum life of Paul

 

REVIEW

 

Ask questions about the lesson to see what they remember. Give each person that answers the question a small treat such as a piece of candy or a sticker.

 

Who was Saul’s famous teacher? Gamaliel

 

What was Stephen’s job in the church? He was a deacon.

 

What was a deacon’s job? He distributed food and took care of business for the church.

 

Why were religious leaders so angry with Stephen? Because he did miracles and taught that Jesus was the Messiah.

 

What did they do to ensure that Stephen would be convicted at the council? Brought in witnesses that promised to lie against Stephen.

 

What did Stephen do while they were stoning him? Prayed.

 

What did Stephen’s face look like? An angel’s

 

What did Stephen see before he died? The heavens opened and Jesus on God’s right side.

 

Who was holding their coats while they stoned Stephen? Saul

 

Saul was very religious and very educated. Did that make him right with God? NO

 

Did Saul need to be changed? Yes

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Children ministry Curriculum life of Paul

 

Sailing the 7 Cs children ministry curriculum character building stories.THE RIP TIDE

You can purchase the visuals for this story separately.

The salty wind blew wisps of candy blond hair in JB’s face. He looked back to check on the funny looking contraption he had rigged to cart his surf board to the beach and home again. It might look funny, approved but it worked great! His friends might laugh, cialis 40mg but it sure beat lugging the heavy thing around. The long, drugs sleek board was heavy for a ten year old kid.

Blackie barked and danced around JB when he began to un-strap the board on the beach. “No, you can’t go, fellow! Stay here, JB instructed the small black dog. He rested the board on the sand and petted Blackie.

JB watched a sandpiper race to the water’s edge on tiny stilt like legs and then race away again as the tide came in. The bright sun made the water sparkle like diamonds. The surf was up- perfect! JB watched as a big wave began to build and crest, crashing before it reached the beach. “Time to catch a big one, old boy,” JB echoed the same words he had often heard his older brother say. He headed toward the water with his large board tucked under his small arms.

Blackie began to yelp again. “No, boy, you better stay here.” Blackie continued to yelp and whine. “OK!” JB agreed as he scooped the dog under his other arm.

In the water, JB climbed on the board, placing Blackie in front, he began to paddle out, looking for “a big one.” Spotting a great looking wave JB climbed on top and began to ride the wave. His balance was perfect. The wave was exhilarating; until . . . it came crashing down on top of him taking him under. He didn’t have a strap on his board, so the board went one way and JB went another. Much as you would expect, Blackie began to dog paddle. JB started to swim after his board, but the tide was too swift. He decided he’d better get his dog instead, but he couldn’t seem to push himself against the swift current of the water. “Is this a rip tide? What am I supposed to do?” He knew there was something special he was supposed to do, but he couldn’t remember. Again and again he tried to swim against the tide, but he was helpless. The harder he struggled the weaker he became. The weaker he felt, the stronger the tide felt. JB began to panic. He had enough wits about him to realize, unless he got out of the rip tide he would drown.

JB’s older brother was “rapping” with his friend on the beach unaware that anything was happening. One of his buddies calmly interrupted the meaningless chatter that was going on. “Hey, ain’t that your brother’s board? I think your brother is drowning out there.”

That is exactly what was happening. The older, experienced surfer grabbed JB’s board and paddled out. He spotted the dog first. He plopped the dripping black pet onto the front of his board, then he paddled to JB and scooped him out of the water. JB, spitting and sputtering, was white with fear.

The older brother’s only comment was, “Why did you do a stupid thing like bringing the dog?”

JB felt good, stupid or not, to be safe on the water’s edge.

When mankind was sinking in sin, God sent Jesus to be the Savior of the world. He wants to save you from your sins. Just as JB couldn’t swim out of the rip tide, you can’t save yourself. JB needed someone to save him from the rip tide and you need someone to save you from your sins. Jesus is the only person that can do that. Jesus wants to be your Savior!

Just a word about the rip tide. The only way to get out of a rip tide is to swim parallel to the shore. That way you won’t tire out before you swim out of the rip tide.
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Children ministry Curriculum life of Paul

Sailing the Seven Seas

Teaching unit Book contains 24 complete lessons

Lesson components include:

  • 25 Bible stories;
  • 11 character stories;
  • 70 Drama/Puppet Skits;
  • 13 Crafts;
  • 13 reproducible take home papers, information pills
  • 69 Object Lessons;
  • a Scripture memorization passport;
  • Bible Reading Charts;
  • Name Tag Master;
  • Bulletin Board Pattern
  • Ship Set Pattern.
  • You’ll want to use this unit again and again.
  • Below you will see an overview of the items included in each set.

Included in

Book

Complete Kit

Deluxe Kit

69 Object Lessons

X

X

X

70 Puppet or Drama Skits

X

X

X

25 Bible Stories

X

X

X

11 Character Stories

X

X

X

13 Reproducible Take Home Flyer

X

X

X

13 Bible Studies for the Teacher

X

X

X

13 Crafts

X

X

X

Scripture Memorization Passport

X

X

X

Ship Set Pattern

X

X

X

Bible Reading Charts

X

X

X

Inflatable Shark

X

X

Visualized & Scriptures on DVD

X

X

 Isadore’s Drama Skits

X

X

3 Mouth Coils

X

X

Dolphin Puppet

X

Duck Puppet

X

Frog Puppet

X

Sailor Boy Puppet

X

Fish Puppet

X

Pirate Puppet

X

Click here for more information or to purchase the childrens ministry curriculum Sailing the Seven Cs

 

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Children ministry Curriculum life of Paul

 

Complete Kit includes:

  • Teaching Unit Book (Contents of book description)
  • Cruise Directors Skit Book
  •   Inflatable Shark
  •  Clean Slate
  • Mouth Coils
  •   Isadore Book & CD
  • Visuals for object lessons, order stories and memory verse  on CD. Ready to print out for flashcards, for sale transparencies or use them in the Power Point Presentation in your classroom. 

     

     

     

     

    Below you will see an overview of the items included in each set.

     

    Included in

    Book

    Complete Kit

    Deluxe Kit

    69 Object Lessons

    X

    X

    X

    70 Puppet or Drama Skits

    X

    X

    X

    25 Bible Stories

    X

    X

    X

    11 Character Stories

    X

    X

    X

    13 Reproducible Take Home Flyer

    X

    X

    X

    13 Bible Studies for the Teacher

    X

    X

    X

    13 Crafts

    X

    X

    X

    Scripture Memorization Passport

    X

    X

    X

    Ship Set Pattern

    X

    X

    X

    Bible Reading Charts

    X

    X

    X

    Inflatable Shark

    X

    X

    Visuals & Scriptures on DVD

    X

    X

     Isadore’s Drama Skits & CD

    X

    X

    3 Mouth Coils

    X

    X

    Dolphin Puppet

    X

    Duck Puppet

    X

    Frog Puppet

    X

    Sailor Boy Puppet

    X

    Fish Puppet

    X

    Pirate Puppet

    X

    Click here for more information or to purchase this childrens ministry curriculum Sailing the 7 Cs.

     

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Children ministry Curriculum life of Paul

Sailing the 7 Cs Deluxe Children’s Ministry Curriculum

Childrens Ministry Curriculum Life of Paul

 

Deluxe Kit includes:

    • Teaching Unit Book (Contents of book description)
    •  Inflatable Shark
    • Mouth Coils
    •   Isadore Book & CD
    • Visuals for object lessons, website like this stories and memory verse  on CD. Ready to print out for flashcards, cialis 40mg transparencies or use them in the Power Point Presentation in your classroom.
    • Duck Puppet
    • Frog Puppet
    • Dolphin Puppet
    • Pirate Puppet
    • Sailor Boy Puppet
    • Fish Puppets
    • Bird Puppet
  • Below you will see an overview of the items included in each set.
    Included in

    Book

    Complete Kit

    Deluxe Kit

    69 Object Lessons

    X

    X

    X

    70 Puppet or Drama Skits

    X

    X

    X

    25 Bible Stories

    X

    X

    X

    11 Character Stories

    X

    X

    X

    13 Reproducible Take Home Flyer

    X

    X

    X

    13 Bible Studies for the Teacher

    X

    X

    X

    13 Crafts

    X

    X

    X

    Scripture Memorization Passport

    X

    X

    X

    Ship Set Pattern

    X

    X

    X

    Bible Reading Charts

    X

    X

    X

    Inflatable Shark

    X

    X

    Visuals & Scriptures on DVD

    X

    X

     Isadore’s Drama Skits & CD

    X

    X

    3 Mouth Coils

    X

    X

    Dolphin Puppet

    X

    Duck Puppet

    X

    Frog Puppet

    X

    Sailor Boy Puppet

    X

    Fish Puppet

    X

    Pirate Puppet

    X

    Click here for more information or to purchase this childrens ministry curriculum Sailing the 7 Cs.

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Caring For the Golden Goose

gooseAesop tells of an old farmer with a very special goose. This goose looked like any other goose, order but she laid eggs unlike any other eggs. The eggs were solid gold.  The farmer and he wife were thrilled, treatment they had never owned much. Their lives had been filled with endless work in the hot blistering sun. Now they were blessed with this incredible goose that laid pure golden eggs. You can imagine their excitement as they waited each morning for the mother goose to lay yet another golden egg.

But the farmer and his faithful wife grew weary of waiting for the daily one egg to be deposited in the feather lined nest. They wanted more gold and they wanted it now. So they decided the goose must be made of gold inside. In order to get the gold, buy they decided to kill the goose and remove all the gold so they would be rich now instead of later.

So they killed the goose but inside they only found goose organs. They failed to find even a single ounce of gold!

 

The moral of this story is

“Don’t love the gold more than the goose!”

Take good care of the goose that lays the golden eggs. In ministry terms that means take care of the workers that God gives you.

 

How would a wise farmer care for his “Golden Goose?”

If that goose was mine I would protect it.

I would watch over it carefully,

feed it the best food money could buy,

see that all of its needs were met.

Are you getting the picture?

Volunteers are the GOLDEN GOOSE in your ministry.

 

These volunteers that God has trusted you with are the ones that are doing all the work. They are the ones that are teaching the kids, making the visits, on and on. They are making your vision of reaching children possible. You just can’t do it without them unless you have a very small ministry or plan to have a very small ministry soon.

 

Do you value the  team that God has sent you? Then show them!

 

Need some ideas?

 

Do you value the team that God has sent you like the farmer did the golden goose?

Let me be very plain, are you only out for what you can get out of them or do you care for them with a shepherd’s heart?

A leader with a shepherd’s heart is diligent to care for their workers in the following ways:

1. Value them as an individual.

2. Praise them.

3. Love them, pray for them.

4. Don’t overwork them.

5. Watch over them spiritually.

6. Invest in them. Train them.

Let’s Talk about each of these in a little more detail:

  •  Value them as an individual.  Every person needs to feel like they have something to contribute. When people don’t feel valued for their investment in the program, they will burn out even when they believe in the vision. Discover their unique abilities and talents. Become a student of your workers. Praise them. Don’t assume that they know how much you love them. Tell them . Express your appreciation with sincere words of praise. Celebrate their victories and accomplishments in group settings.
  • Love them as a person. Be concerned about their personal lives. Learn to be observant. See what is not being said. Listen to them. Ask questions, without prying, about their families, their jobs and their personal interests. Pray for them. Write their names on your prayer list and consistently call their names in prayer.  
  • But don’t overwork them. It is easy in both small and large churches to find a sucker, excuse me a volunteer that will do anything you ask, but please don’t overwork these people. Watch over them spiritually. See that they are in a least one service a week.  
  • Invest in them. It would be ridiculous to expect a field to grow anything except weeds unless you plant seed in the field. If you want to grow corn, you must invest seed in that field. If you want the precious workers, God has given you to produce abundant crops, you must invest in them.  
  • Train them. Nothing is more frustrating than wanting to do something, and not having the skills to do it. Always set your workers up for success. Train them to tell stories. Train them to use visuals. Train them to handle discipline problems correctly. Pour yourself into these precious workers.  

 

WE Can Help!

 

Host a conference in your church.

 Reproducible Training CDs  for your teachers to listen to at home.

Basic Skills

 

  

Appreciation Ideas 

Easy to do teacher appreciation ideas150 creative, inexpensive reproducible ways to say, “You are appreciated!”

 


FREE Bonuses!

  • Audio recording of Steve Greer’s workshop entitled “Fast, Easy, and Effective Appreciation Ideas.”
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