Jesus taught by linking annual events (planting, harvesting, etc.) to Kingdom lessons. Similarly, Children's Ministry teaching often connects seasonal celebrations to spiritual meaning. Seasonal Specials for Children's Ministry gives Sunday school teachers new ideas to celebrate 13 holidays from New Year's through Christmas. Each holiday has seven fresh ideas inspiring biblical learning:
Devotion (a simple interactive object lesson involving the kids), Craft (most include basic art & craft supplies common to children's ministry), Game (indoor games requiring simple or no supplies), Snack, a simple Skit (including two or three people, easy dialogue and everyday props), Song and an Outreach activity.
The content is suitable for elementary aged children (K - 6th). The songs most often cater to preschool children whereas other activities are labeled for use with all ages. Each component has a relevant Scripture reference - you choose your preferred Bible translation. Use the devotions and skits during your children's church ministry time, find fresh craft ideas for the classroom or use all 7 components for an entire Sunday curriculum.
Chapters include: New Year's Day, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Palm Sunday, Easter, Earth Day, Mother's Day, Memorial day, Father's Day, Independence day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Five pages of reproducible hand-outs plus an index indicating best activities for Preschool, Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary are at the back of the book.
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