Three Great Resources for Kids at Easter

Easter comes early this year, on March 27, but you can get ready with some great tools. First, I want to recommend this fun upbeat song for you from CEF press.

Click here to watch video.

Second, an awesome pop-up tract that’s perfect for a hand-out or brief Gospel presentation at an Easter Egg Hunt is the pop-up tract by LetTheChildrenCome.com, “The Lost Easter Egg.” Click here to learn more.

  
The third great resource is the new outreach kit by CEFpress.com, “Jesus Gives Life and Hope.” You cannot go wrong using their fun with a purpose Easter outreach kit. If you live in the Greater New Orleans area, you need to join us Thursday, March 3, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Bibleway Missionary Baptist Church for our annual interactive Easter Outreach workshop for teachers and volunteers. We will demonstrate the outreach and provide helpful tips and instruction so you can provide the best outreach to your community this Easter season. Click here to learn more.

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Viola Takes a Step of Faith

Lois Holmes, Viola Blouin and GloriaDean Harlan demonstrate a fingerplay

Lois Holmes, Viola Blouin and GloriaDean Harlan demonstrate a fingerplay

Viola Blouin took the Teaching Children Effectively® Level 1® course in 2006 (our first TCE Level 1 course in New Orleans) and she also completed the Teaching Little Kids course. She volunteers at a local after-school Good News Club® through her church but God continued to speak to her about the children in her neighborhood. This Christmas, she finally stepped out in faith and reached out to her neighborhood using the Christmas Across America Kit. Here is her testimony:

    I am so grateful for your help and patience (as we waited on the Lord for a day that was not raining or cold) to have our Christmas party in my home. We finally had it today at 2:00 pm, with the help of my daughter Tanya, Daughter-in-Law Rasheda, and grandchildren, Nya and Wynton. God was right in the mist of it all. We had 15 children attend. It was an absolute blessing and success. 

    The games and songs were done outside, and we moved the lesson and party inside where they had a spiritual awakening and lots of fun. 

When it was all over, 11 of the 15 children made a salvation decision today, and 1 assurance. We give God all the praise He so rightfully deserves…

    Thank you for giving me the opportunity to present this Christmas lesson to my neighborhood children. Pray for me to continue working as God would have me to.

 

Posted in Children's Ministry, Good News Club, Testimonies | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

What’s the Most Neglected People Group for Evangelism?

Wynton Teaches Kids

What people group shows the most eagerness to learn about God?

Which people group does the local church generally overlook regarding evangelistic efforts?

From our perspective, it’s the preschool children! In the past, we would contact local child development centers to schedule 5-Day Clubs® in the summer and the management would request we offer something for the preschool children. That’s really what motivated us to found Wee Can Know – because preschoolers can know Jesus and they LOVE to learn about Him. If you doubt us, we challenge you to speak with some of our kids! Also, read what Jesus says about little ones in Matthew 18:3.

So what’s holding you back from engaging with this amazing people-group? Fear, feeling of inadequacy, pride, or impatience? We can help you with all these excuses. (Our #1 excuse is definitely, “I don’t have the patience,” but wait… isn’t patience a fruit of the Spirit?)

This spring, we will offer Child Evangelism Fellowship’s® 6-hour course: Little Kids Can Know God. Stay tuned for the dates, times, and location. (Students can earn 1 CEU too!)

Download our informative brochure here: Little Kids Brochure_NOLA

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Today We Celebrate Giving Tuesday

Phil shares Gospel with girls at Easter outreach

Phil shares Gospel with girls at Easter outreach

“I can’t helping giving because you see, the One who gives, gives within me…”

A young child wrote these words to a poem many years ago and the words speak truth! Phil and I love to give! Speaking of Phil, I want to recognize him as an awesome giver! When I first met him that’s what he was doing! He sang in the church choir, he gave time to my son, he volunteered in AWANA and single adults Sunday School.

Because of his generous heart, I am able to post this blog today. He’s the one who created our webpage. So today when I think of giving, I want to send a special thank you to Phil Smith, the founder of Wee Can Know, and the One who loves the little ones so much that he visioned the need for an organization dedicated for them learning about Jesus!

Who do you think of when you think of giving? Share comments below. 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Thank you Lord for Saving My Soul

(c) Child Evangelism Fellowship

(c) Child Evangelism Fellowship

I learned this song back in 1978, my first year teaching Good News Clubs. I tell children it’s an “oldie but a goodie.” It’s a great tool to teach children the concepts of soul, salvation, and belonging to God’s forever family.

Here’s how we explain some church terminology on a child’s level:

Saving my soul: In this song, it’s referring to the part of us that lives forever when our life is over here on earth. Our soul is the part of us that contains our wants and desires (Psalm 72:14).

Making me whole: The Bible teaches that our sins separate us from God. (Sin is choosing our way instead of God’s way that we learn in the Bible). When we believe in Jesus and death, burial and resurrection and ask Him to save us from the punishment of sin, we are no longer separated from God but we are “made whole” and belong to His forever family (Romans 10:9-10).

Salvation: Salvation means to rescue. God sent Jesus to rescue us from the punishment of sin, which is separation from God forever.

Rich and Free: Rich means it’s the greatest gift in the world. Free means that it’s truly a gift, we don’t have to pay or work to receive salvation from God. Jesus bought this gift for us with His precious blood (1 Peter 1:9).

If you are teaching young children, just teach one concept a week. Adjust accordingly to the age and attention span of your class.

After teaching these concepts to the children and using the attached visual-aid to sing the song with the children a couple of times, give an invitation to receive God’s gift of salvation and follow-up with counseling the child for salvation. Child Evangelism Fellowship offers great tracts and training to assist you with giving an invitation and counseling a child for salvation.

Download a visual aid created  by Roger and Eleanor Harwood in 1978 here:

Thank you Lord large

Download a mini version for children to take home here:

Thank you Lord small

Finally, click here, for the recorded music and lyrics for the verses and chorus for this lovely song.

 

Posted in Bible Lessons, Children's Ministry, Free Stuff, Music, Teacher Training, Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Song | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Favorite Pumpkin Object Lesson

I first taught this lesson in the late 70’s, it’s a favorite lesson of mine with a great message for kids and adults. The late Eleanor Harwood formerly with Child Evangelism Fellowship® of SW AL adapted it for the Good News Club®.

All you need is a pumpkin! Make sure you cut out a SIMPLE happy pumpkin face. Be sure to save the cut-out parts for your lesson. Be extremely careful not to break any of the cut-out parts (eyes, nose, mouth) because you will use them during the lesson. 

You can download the complete lesson with visual aids at the bottom of this post. 

Pumpkin No Glow

Review Game Idea: Kids always love “Mystery Phrase.” Use a wipe board and draw blanks for the phrase: “Let Your Light Shine!” Let children take turns guessing letters for the phrase but they MUST answer a review question to guess a letter and guess the mystery phrase. Have a small treat for the winner!

Alternative Learning Activity: To reinforce the challenge to “Shine for Jesus” put on a wipe board, “Be a Light!” Create 10 mystery words of ways children S. The children can take turns calling out letters (you fill in the letters for all the words that the 1 letter applies for) the child who called out the letter can try to guess one of the 10 mystery words. Examples: Be friendly, Be cheerful, Be loving, Be kind, Be forgiving, Be helpful, Be polite, Be respectful, Be obedient, and Be honest.

Fun Ice Breaker Game: Fill a jar with candy corn and let the children guess how many candy corns. The one closest to the correct number without going over wins! Give a small treat and share the candy corn with all the children. (You can now get marshmallow candy corn! A  great alternative for the really sweet candy corns.) Alternative: Fill a jar with un-popped popcorn instead and serve popcorn for a treat. Have a popcorn ball for the winner.

Musical Pumpkin: Have a small pumpkin and play the song “This Little Light of Mine” while the children pass the pumpkin from one child to the other. Stop the music randomly and the child holding the pumpkin must choose an activity card from a ball or bag. The child can choose rather he/she wants to do the activity, call on someone else raising their hand to do the activity, or everyone do the activity. (For activity cards, make 12 cards and place on each card a random fun activity depending on your age group. For younger children you may want to write activities such as: clap your hands 10 times, jump up and down 5 times, name your favorite color… For older children make the activities more challenging: do 10 push-ups, do 15 squats, run in place for 30 seconds, give everyone a high-five…. )

Dessert: For a great activity, I let the children create their own pumpkin face on their cookie. I gave them a plain sugar cookie, orange frosting with a plastic knife or Popsicle stick to spread, pretzel sticks, and sprinkles. I told them they could break the pretzels to create their pumpkin face. They really had fun and created some awesome pumpkin faces! I also gave them some candy corn and pumpkin marshmallows (the candy corn marshmallows went over better than the original candy corn! They loved them! )

Word-Up: I had a small plastic pumpkin and had a word-up for the day. Every-time I tossed the pumpkin up in the air, the class chanted “Shine for Jesus!”

Song: YouTube has two great videos of the song, “This Little Light of Mine.” One for younger children and one for older children.

For younger children: This Little Light of Mine – For younger children

For older children: This Little Light of Mine – Older

I have an old CD that has This Little Light of Mine with a great rhythm and blue arrangement sung by a child (He sounds like a young Michael Jackson). You can find it used on Amazon: Good News Rhythm and Blues CD

Pumpkin Tips: 

  1. Roast the Pumpkin Seeds for a nutritious treat. My medium size pumpkin yielded 1/4 cup of seeds.
  2. Pumpkins keep a long time before carving but once you carve your pumpkin it won’t last long. I put mine in the refrigerator to keep for Thursday to Sunday (I taught the lesson 3x.) To control sweating, I brought it to Sunday School in a cooler bag and didn’t take it out until ready to teach the lesson. I just wiped the sweat off of it and it worked beautifully! The kids LOVED it and all wanted to take the parts on and off.)
  3. The simplest way to puree your pumpkin to make delicious smoothies is to cut into small pieces and microwave until tender, (put in a covered casserole dish with a tablespoon of water). Remove the shell while the pumpkin is still warm and freeze to use in smoothies later.
  4. Instead of using a candle, you can purchase battery operated Tea Candles at a Dollar Store. Buy extra and use them with the children when you sing the song, “This Little Light of Mine.” You can purchase is large quantities from Oriental Trading.

Hand-Out for Kids: Don’t forget the fun Pumpkin tract from LettheLittleChildrenCome.com  ; I filled my with marshmallow candy corns!

Pumpkin Tract

Click here to download lesson: Pumpkin Story

Click here for Memory Verse Visual: Memory Verse Visual 1 John 1:9

Click here for Memory Verse Tokens: Memory Verse Token 1 John 1:9

 

Posted in Bible Lessons, Fall Harvest, Good News Club, Thanksgiving | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

HOW TO SHARE GOD’S WORD AT FALL FESTIVALS

Fall Festivals provide an awesome opportunity to reach children and families for Christ. This bright and colorful tract will capture children’s attention and give them a fun and colorful way to remember John 3:16.

john 316 gospel-tract-john316-4501-main-b

I know this tract will capture kids attention because I had mine laying on my desk and the boys across the street immediately noticed it, went through each page, and begged me to give them one!

Order yours today at: LetTheChildrenCome.com

BTW: The boys sang the John 3:16 song that I taught them at Good News Club too!

Order the CD with the John 3:16 song at: CEFPress.com (Wordless Book CD)

Coming soon: I will post a video with the boys singing the John 3:16 song soon!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment