Author Archives: Tamera Lynn Kraft

Children’s Lessons for Flag Day

Here are some online lessons and verses that go with Independence Day.

Some Facts about our Founding Fathers:

Fifty-six men signed the Declaration of Independence. Twenty-four of them held seminary or Bible school degrees.

In 1777. Continental Congress voted to spend $300,000 to purchase bibles which were to be distributed throughout the 13 colonies! And in 1782, the United
States Congress declared, “The Congress of the United States recommends and
approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.”

On March 6, 1789, President John Adams called for a national day of fasting and
prayer for the country could “call to mind our numerous offenses against the
most high God, confess them before Him with the sincerest penitence, implore his pardoning mercy, through the Great Mediator and Redeemer, for our past
transgression, and that through the grace of His Holy Spirit, we may be disposed
and enabled to yield a more suitable obedience. . .”

Patrick Henry read the Bible for hours every day. During his “Give me liberty or give me death” speech, he quoted Matthew and Jeremiah.

In his first general order to his own troops, General George Washington said he called on: ‘Every officer and man…to live, and act, as becomes a Christian Soldier defending the dearest rights and liberties of his country.’

Verses about a Nation’s Responsibility Toward God:

Psalm 33:12 ICB  Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord. Happy are the people He chose for His very own.

Proverbs 11:14  ICB  Without leadership a nation will be defeated. But when many people give advice, it will be safe.

Proverbs 14:34  ICB  Doing what is right makes a nation great. But sin will bring disgrace to any people.

 Christian’s Responsibilities to our Nation:

Obey God first.  Acts 5:29 NRSV  But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than any human authority.”

Obey Our Leaders and the Law.  Romans 13:1 ICB   All of you must obey the government rulers. No one rules unless God has given him the power to rule. And no one rules now without that power from God.

Pray For Our Leaders. 1 Timothy 2:1 ICB  You should pray for kings and for all who have authority. Pray for the leaders so that we can have quiet and peaceful lives—lives full of worship and respect for God.

Ministry to Children: Stories of the Kingdom – Citizens of Heaven

Ministry to Children: God’s Kingdom is a Treasure

Ambassadors for Christ

Ready to Serve

Kidmin Independence Day Lessons

0305-4th-july-1100021042-10182013Here are a few free resources to help you plan children’s church for Independence Day week-end. Have a great 4th of July holiday.

 

 

Children’s Sermons & Object Lessons:

Equipped for Battle Children’s Sermon

Are We on God’s Side Bible Story

Independence Day Lesson

Free at Last Children’s Sermon

Freedom Isn’t Free Children’s Sermon

Children’s Ministry Activities:

Independence Day Craft – Firecrackers

7 Great Ideas for the 4th of July

Living Out Our Liberty Craft

Fun Independence Day Games

 

5 Father’s Day Bible Stories for Kidmin

Here’s a list of 5 Bible stories that would go with a children’s ministry Father’s Day message:

1. God is our Heavenly Father (2 Corinthians 6:18)

We can trust God to take care of us because He is our Heavenly Father and loves us.

2. Noah and his Three Sons (Genesis 9:18-27)

Two sons respected Noah and helped him. One son didn’t respect his father.

3. 12 Year Old Jesus at the Temple (Luke 2:41-52)

Even though Jesus wanted to stay at the temple, he obeyed Joseph, his earthly father, and returned home.

4. The Parable of the Son who Obeyed His Father (Matthew 21:28-32)

One son agreed to do what his father asked but didn’t do it. The other son said he wouldn’t do what his father asked, but thought better of it and did it. Who is the better son?

5. The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)

No matter how much we’ve messed up, our dads still love us. Even if that’s not true of your earthly dad, it’s true of your Heavenly Dad.

6 Kidmin Ideas for Father’s Day

Many children’s ministries have plenty of material on how to celebrate Mother’s Day, but when it comes to Father’s Day, they scratch their heads. Some children’s ministries avoid it because there are so many children who will be left out because of the absence of fathers in their lives.

But fathers and father figures are an important part of children’s lives, and the church should honor that. We need to emphasize that every child can celebrate a male role model in that child’s life whether or not the man is the child’s father. Because God is our Heavenly Father, He can provide earthly substitutes for fathers.

Here’s a few ideas to celebrate fathers:

Father/Child Picnic: June is the perfect time to have a picnic. Why not have a picnic where child bring their fathers. For those children who don’t have fathers, they can bring a man who is important in their lives.

Father/Son Competition: Have a bonding time between fathers and sons by having them team up for a day of competitions such as a three-legged race or two on two basketball. For those without father figures, have your men’s ministry sponsor those children with father figures for the day.

Father/Daughter Date Night: Give fathers a chance to take their daughter out to show them how men should treat them on dates. Tell the fathers to dress up and give their daughters flowers, then have them come to the church where a meal is catered for them.

End the night with a romantic movie like “The Princess Bride” or “Snow White”. It the girls in your ministry don’t have a man in their life that can bring them, have men you trust from the church formally ask the girls out on dates. Let their moms know what’s going on first so they don’t worry.

Father’s Day Gifts: Have children make art projects or card to present to their fathers or significant men in their lives on Father’s Day.

Father’s Day Messages: Teach children about the importance of fathers in the Bible. Talk about how God is our Heavenly Father and is a father to the fatherless.

Prayer Fathers: There’s a number of programs to encourage mothers to pray for children, but sometimes they leave fathers out. Work with the men’s ministry to have fathers commit to praying for their own children and for children in the church that might not have fathers.

Pentecost Sunday for Pentecostal Kidmin

Pentecost Sunday is June 4th this year. This is an important time for Pentecostal churches, yet many children’s ministries don’t take advantage of it to lead children into the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Here are some posts to help you while you plan for Pentecost Sunday.

Are Children Too Young to Receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?

Object Lesson – Preparing Children to Receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Filled with the Holy Spirit Children’s Sermon

5 Ways to Create an Atmosphere for God to Move

5 Keys for Altar Ministry for Children