Sunrise Service

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Every year our students put on our church’s Easter Sunrise Service. Typically, I end up doing quite a bit of the service myself. I find myself leading worship, directing the service, and often having to give the sermon. When I am responsible for that much of the service, it makes me feel like it’s lessening the “student-led” aspect of the Sunrise Service. Continue reading Sunrise Service


No Resurrection Without the Cross


In some of my reading recently I ran across the statement that many in the New Age movement like to have the love of Christianity, the joy of Christianity, even the hope and magic of Christianity, but they want nothing to do with the cross. We would not be Continue reading No Resurrection Without the Cross

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.”

Continue reading Wearing Some Peace Shoes