All posts by Tricia Meendering

About Tricia Meendering

Tricia has recently taken a position with the staff of the Sheldon United Methodist Church as the Children's Ministry Coordinator. Tricia enjoys spending time with her husband, Bob, their three daughters Abbi, Kloe, and Ellie, and their Shih Tzu, Blossom.

Being Expert S’WORD’smen

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The past few weeks, we have been going through the pieces of armor along with making a craft, doing an activity and singing songs has been fun! Even the Little Ones in our Sunday school group are catching on quickly. They may get the words a little jumbled up, but they are trying and so CUTE! As one child will tell you, “today we learned about the Shield of FACE!” And now let me tell you, at first he did not believe me when I corrected him with FAITH!

Another child was quick to correct me with SALVATION, when he thought I said the Helmet of Starvation. It’s nice to know they are listening!

While preparing the curriculum for the leaders on the last piece, “The Sword of the Spirit: We must be expert ‘sWORDsmen’. The sword is the word of God, it is the bible.” See the play on words there…?  Any-who, kids will learn about how memorizing scripture will help to protect them from sin. All along in the 1st & 2nd grade class they had been crafting actual armor pieces from cardboard and paper. And now we are going to have them make a sword? Do we want 1st & 2nd graders to have swords? And how does one make a sword that kids cannot hurt theirself or others with it? Turns out a paint stir-stick, 2 popsicle sticks, aluminum foil and tape does the trick. Swords were made, words written on the handle and if they dare try to stab someone the aluminum foil would buckle; helping us to truly teach the children they do need the WORD of God, not the stabbing of a sword!

Fun curriculum!

Ephesians 6:11

“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”

 

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Wearing Some Peace Shoes

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The Armor of God: How to WIN against SIN

This past Sunday: The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace

Children’s Lesson:

When we put on these shoes and remember the gospel every day, we are able to follow Jesus instead of Satan and tell everyone we meet about God’s love.

What is the Gospel of Peace? The Gospel of Peace is that Jesus came and died on the cross for our sins and then rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven. This means that if we believe in Jesus Christ and ask Him to forgive us of our sins, then we can live a peaceful life without worry. We don’t have to worry because we know we are going to Heaven.

Why do you think we have to prepare our feet with this? Our job as warriors for God is to let as many people as we can know about the Gospel. One way we can do this is to tell them about the ABC’s of salvation.

“A” means you accept that you’re a sinner and need Jesus to stop from sinning.

“B” means you believe that Jesus Christ has already died for all of your sins and wants you to follow Him for the rest of your life and someday go to Heaven.

“C” means you confess your sins to Jesus and ask Him to come into your heart and forgive you of your sins.

1st & 2nd Grade do the craft part. The “shoes” that they made were a paper foot shape that lay over their shoe with (yarn) lace-up strings to the mid-calf. After the Sunday school hour, saw a cute little first grade girl walking ever-so-slowly-carefully with baby steps. She informed me these were her PEACE shoes and she needed to walk very carefully! It was adorable, as from a distance you would have thought she was walking on bubbles, trying not to pop them!

Next week: The Shield of Faith

Ephesians 6:11

“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”

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Breastplate of Rednazzzzz

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The Armor of God: How to WIN against SIN

This past Sunday: The Breastplate of Righteousness

Our lesson was on being RIGHT WITH GOD, and when we put on the Breastplate of Righteousness, we are being right with God and protecting our hearts. These lessons are fun for all of us, leaders included! The songs, games, crafts, and discussions are priceless. I will try to share another brief conversation I had with a 2nd grader (my nephew) on this past week’s lesson (I only wish I could share it audibly).

Me: Cool Breastplate!

Nephew: Thanks! (In his higher pitched voice)

Me: So what did you learn?

Nephew: Well, I wasn’t here right away but I still got to make mine (breastplate).

Me: Awesome! Can I help you glue the pieces on? (A heart and the words RIGHT WITH GOD)

Nephew: Sure! (Again his higher pitched voice)

 

Nephew: Do you like my rednazzzzz? (Now a raspy voice, dragging out the z sound)

(He had written rednaz in red marker on his breastplate. It was the only decorating he had time for, other than the two pieces we glued on.)

Me: What is “rednaz”?

Nephew: It protects my heart. Rednazzzzz!

Me: Rednaz protects your heart?

Nephew: Yeah, it’s my breastplate of rednazzzzzzzzzz!

I get a kick out of that kid! He makes me laugh as puts on his Breastplate of Righteousness, or should I say REDNAZZZZZZZZZZZ! And heads off with his family to attend church service, wearing his breastplate oh so proudly!

This coming Sunday: The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace

I am anxious to hear the children’s interpretation of this one! Until next week, find the blessings in all things and praise God for the gift of children and the fun imaginations!

Ephesians 6:11

“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”

The Armor of God – How to WIN Against SIN

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We have begun a new curriculum in our children’s Sunday school classrooms (1st through 6th grades). It’s a nine week lesson study where each week the children will learn about the different pieces in the Armor of God.   Each grade has a different activity or craft that ties in with the week’s lesson that is appropriate to their age/grade level.

The first piece is the Belt of Truth. 3rd-6th grade had bible verse races for their activity, on different scriptures referencing “truth”. The 1st & 2nd grade class had a craft, making Belts of Truth from foam paper; which I was extremely excited to see how they would turn out! After Sunday school and before worship service began, a few of the children come walking in with their Belts of Truth on along with big smiles. This warmed my heart. Hearing one child explain his Belt of Truth, I knew this curriculum was not only a great choice we’ve made but also a God send! Here is this boy’s explanation of what his Belt of Truth is made of:

“Well, it’s like Batman’s utility belt only different. Mine has the bible on it and God’s love and Jesus and those are things that help me fight against the devil and maybe the Joker!”

Next week: The Breastplate of Righteouness

Ephesians 6:11

“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”

Continue reading The Armor of God – How to WIN Against SIN

Stones Cry Out

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I read a devotion this past week written by Julie Ackerman Link for Our Daily Bread that I truly enjoyed (and shared it on my FB page) and now will share again here. I hope you enjoy this reading as much as I do…http://odb.org/2014/12/08/stones-cry-out/

 

Every year it seems that Christmas becomes more and more commercialized. Even in nations where the majority of people call themselves “Christian,” the season has become more about shopping than worshiping. The pressure to buy gifts and plan elaborate parties makes it increasingly difficult to stay focused on the real meaning of the holiday—the birth of Jesus, God’s only Son, the Savior of the world.

But every holiday I also hear the gospel coming from surprising places —the very places that so commercialize Christmas—shopping malls. When I hear “Joy to the World! The Lord is come; let earth receive her King” ringing from public address systems, I think of the words Jesus said to the Pharisees who told Him to silence the crowds who were praising Him. “If they keep quiet,” Jesus said, “the stones will cry out” (Luke 19:40 niv).

At Christmas we hear stones cry out. Even people spiritually dead sing carols written by Christians long dead, reminding us that no matter how hard people try to squelch the real message of Christmas, they will never succeed.

Despite the commercialism that threatens to muddle the message of Christ’s birth, God will make His good news known as “far as the curse is found.”

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found. —Watts
Keeping Christ out of Christmas is as futile as holding back the ocean’s tide.