6 Steps to Planning an Easter Party for Kidmin

Easter parties are great events to have for children in your ministry. Here some things to consider.

When will you have the party? Easter Sunday after church is not a practical time. But you could have the party during church on Easter. Or you could have the party after church on Palm Sunday. The Saturday before Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday are good times to have it as well.

What type of party will you have?

Easter Egg Hunts:  These are very popular, but they have drawbacks. You need to have church property large enough to hide the eggs to make if fun. If you don’t, look for a park or a parent’s yard where you can hide eggs. Don’t use real eggs. Buy the plastic eggs from the dollar store and stuff them with candy or toys you can buy in bulk. Or you can put tickets in the eggs the children can use to purchase prizes. That way, each child gets prizes. You’ll also want grand prizes you can give away to children who collect the most eggs. Easter baskets work good for this. In some areas of the country, snow and rain are problems at this time of year. If that’s the case, make sure to schedule a rain date.

Easter Carnival: A carnival can work well even indoors. Call your local carnival rental place and see if they’ll donate the games for the carnival. Some places will if the games aren’t being used. Also if you have a carpenter in your church, consider having him make some games you can use. You can give out tickets, candy, or prizes for each game won.

Fun Sunday: If you have the party during or after church on a Sunday, consider having pizza, pop, and treats for the children. You could also show an Easter movie in the sanctuary on the “big screen” like in a movie theater. You could have gospel illusions, games, crafts, and other activities.

How Will You Present The Message:  An Easter party is a prime opportunity to present the message of salvation to children. Think of a gospel illusion, story, or object lesson you can use for a short 5 minute message.

Get Donations:  Contact pizza places, bowling alleys, skating rinks, and fast food restaurants to see if they’d be willing to donate free gift certificates to their establishments that you can give as door prizes. Most businesses are willing to do this.

Plan Ahead:  Get the workers you need. Decide how you’ll spread the word. Find people to set up and do follow-up. The better you plan ahead, the better this party will go.

Pray:  This is a great opportunity to reach unchurched children. Pray for God to move during this party.

Salvation is a Free Gift that will Cost You Everything

Today I am reposting a blog post from a fiend of mine, with his permission, because children’s evangelist Jerry Moyer nailed this.

Salvation is a Free Gift that will Cost You Everything

by Jerry Moyer

Opening the magic chestI have noticed that when Christians describe their relationship with Jesus, they usually say “Jesus is my Lord and Savior.” Many times, it’s said so fast that it’s all slurred together like “Lordandsavior.” Like it’s all one word. Over the last several decades the church has focused a lot on the savior part and with much teaching on grace as of late most people understand that salvation is a free gift that is paid for with the blood of Jesus that washes away our sin, so we can be born again.

What I have not heard a lot about is that even though Salvation is a free gift it will cost you everything.

I can hear people saying now. “Well how’s that? If it’s free how does it cost anything?”

Well, it cost God his only son.

It cost Jesus his Life.

It will cost us our life.

Crossing the Jesus bridgeSalvation is FREE! There is nothing we can do to deserve it. It was paid for with the blood of Jesus. That’s why it’s called grace. We cannot earn it. Grace is an unearned favor. If you ask someone for a $5 favor you’re are asking them for $5 that you did not earn. It is not owed to you. We needed a huge favor from God and there is no way we could possibly earn it, pay for it, or be good enough to deserve it. Ephesians 2:8 says that “we are saved by grace through faith not of ourselves. It is the gift of God not by works.” Salvation is a gift from God that cannot be earned by good works. Most people have a pretty good grip on this part of the gospel.

What I feel we don’t have a good grip on is the Lord part. Romans 10:9 says “If you declare with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved”.

Sure, Jesus wants to be our savior or he would not have died on the cross, so we can be born again. But he also wants to be our Lord. The following Scriptures are things that Jesus said that we have not heard a lot about over the last several decades.

If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15

Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24

christian-funky-retro-easter004Deny yourself means that we quit doing things our way and start doing things God’s way. When people in the bible times took up a cross only one thing happened. They died. We must die to ourselves and live unto God. Many times, dying hurts! When we die to our plans and take up God’s plans many times it will hurt. It will hurt because we really wanted to do certain things and now God might want us to do something different.

Jesus wants to be our Lord. Here in America we really don’t understand what Lord means like people in some other countries do. Lord means boss, master, we love what he loves and hate what he hates. When Jesus is our lord that means, we have turned our back on our way of doing things and we only do things His way. It will cost you everything to make Jesus your Lord. It will cost you your life. It will cost you your dreams and ambitions for your life for his dreams and ambitions for your life. Your plans and purposes for your life for his plans and purposes for your life. It’s not just saying “Jesus is my “Lordandsavior.” It actually means doing something. Doing his will for our life no matter what it cost us. Giving up our will for his will.

Jesus said in Luke 6:46 Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say”?

He said in Matthew 7:21Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”

I believe that too many times we have presented the gospel to people emphasizing the Free gift of salvation and say to people “come say this simple prayer and you will be saved” and have not told them that Jesus wants to be their Lord. When we have said make him your Lord and savior we have not explained what Lord means.

Salvation is a free Gift! But following Jesus will cost you everything!

I think we have done people a big disservice by presenting a one-sided message. Everyone wants a “FREE GIFT” especially one that will get you out of hell and into heaven. People have not really understood what they were getting into. Then after they find out that Jesus wants their whole life, their will, their everything they say to themselves “I did not sign up for all this” and many times fall away.

I have often wondered why so many Christians ride the fence with one foot in the church and one foot in the world. They want just enough of God to escape their problem, but not enough of God to fulfill His purpose. When evaluating how we have presented the message of salvation it’s no wonder we have so many halfhearted Christians that have said a prayer and might be born again but are not living for God. There is no difference in them and the world. They never really understood that this “FREE GIFT” was going to cost them anything. So, we have our American version of Christianity where we love our American lifestyle and culture so much, that we are not willing to conform it to God’s will for our life. We are not willing to give up anything to follow Jesus; and Jesus wants it all.

I realize that some may say aren’t you preaching a works salvation by talking like this?

To that I would say NO!

We are not saved by our good works. We are saved unto good works. Paul said in Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them”. The change in our heart when we are born again will produce the good works. Sure, we have a will we can choose not to listen to our heart and not do the will of our father, but if Jesus is really Lord of your life then you will want to do the will of your heavenly father.

When we are born again there is a change in our spirit man. According to Romans 5:5 God puts his love in our heart. That love will cause us to want to do good. As we listen to that love in our heart and obey it, we will follow God’s plan for our life.

Jerry Moyer
Jubilee Gang Ministries
WWW.JUBILEEGANG.COM

Kidmin Children’s Ministry Lessons for Lent

Jesus Christ crown of thorns and nailHere are some messages that help teach about Lent:

Living Sacrifice Children’s Sermon

Children’s Sermon – The Story of Lent

3 Bible Stories that Teach about Lent

Parable of Two Sons – Bible Lesson for Lent

Lent for Children’s Ministry

Lent is what the forty days leading up to Easter. Lent this year is March 1st, so this Sunday will be the Sunday before Lent.

Because Easter or Resurrection Day is the holiest holiday in the Christian faith, many churches and Christians use Lent as a time dedicated to growing closer to God. Many fast or sacrifice something for Lent. Although most churches frown on children fasting for any length of time, Lent is a good opportunity to teach children about dedicating this time to focus on their relationship with God. They can also do limited fasting or sacrifice something to encourage them to deny their flesh.

All verses are in New International Readers Version. Here’s some idea for celebrating Lent:

Pretzel Sunday: The Sunday before Lent is called Pretzel Sunday. It’s called that because pretzel were made in Europe many years ago to eat during Lent. The people would fast other foods and only eat bread shaped in the form of someone bowing. To find out more about Pretzel Sunday and the story of the pretzel, click here.

Fasting: Talk to the children about fasting. They may be too young for an extended fast, but they can fast a meal once a week, or they could fast one of their favorite treats such as soda or sweets.

Matthew 6:16-18   When you go without eating, do not look gloomy like those who only pretend to be holy. They make their faces very sad. They want to show people they are fasting. What I’m about to tell you is true. They have received their complete reward. But when you go without eating, put olive oil on your head. Wash your face.  Then others will not know that you are fasting. Only your Father, who can’t be seen, will know it. He will reward you. Your Father sees what is done secretly.

Sacrifice: Children don’t have to sacrifice food for Lent. They can sacrifice other things in devotion to God. They might want to give up video games or television. This might be a great time for them to decide not to listen to secular music.

Romans 12:1-2    Brothers and sisters, God has shown you his mercy. So I am asking you to offer up your bodies to him while you are still alive. Your bodies are a holy sacrifice that is pleasing to God. When you offer your bodies to God, you are worshiping him. Don’t live any longer the way this world lives. Let your way of thinking be completely changed. Then you will be able to test what God wants for you. And you will agree that what he wants is right. His plan is good and pleasing and perfect.

Devotion: Lent is a wonderful time to teach children to devote themselves to God. Talk to them about what to do with the time they would normally use to eat their favorite sweet or play the video game they decided to forego. This is the time they should spend devoting themselves to God with prayer, Bible reading, and worship.

Colossians 4:2    Spend a lot of time in prayer. Always be watchful and thankful.

Here’s some links with more children’s ministry resources for Lent:

Lent for Kid’s: Focusing on God’s Time

An Intergenerational Lenten Fair

Lenten Bible Lesson for Kids

 

 

 

 

Saint Patrick’s Day Fun Sunday Party for Kidmin

Party Planning Words Showing Birthday Or Anniversary Celebration OrganizationThe middle of March is a great time to have a Saint Patrick’s Day Fun Sunday or outreach party for Kidmin. Here are some of the things you’ll need to make your party a success.

Decorations: Decorations are easy for a Saint Patrick’s Day party. Think green. Cut out construction paper shamrocks and hang them up. Some other ideas are to make rainbows out of balloons or streamers and to hang up a map of Ireland. Make sure you wear green.

Games: There are a number of group games you can play with a Saint Patrick’s Day theme. Here are a few you can find online.

20 Party Games for St. Patty’s Day  The Shamrock Scramble is my favorite.

St. Patrick’s Day Games and Fun Ideas

Crafts: There are many crafts you can have your students make that include Saint Patrick’s Day themes. Here are a few.

Trinity Shamrock Craft

3D Rainbow Paper Craft

Handprint Rainbow Craft

Shamrock Paper Plate Wreath

Science Experiment: Catch a Rainbow

St. Patrick Day Story: It is a great idea to tell the story of Patrick and how he shared the Gospel in Ireland.

St. Patrick

Veggie Tales St. Patrick’s Story on YouTube

Snack: The best snack to have for St. Patrick’s Day are St. Patty’s Day cookies or cupcakes with green punch or kool aid.

Lessons: There are many themes you can use for teaching about St. Patrick. Here are some.

Trinity: Patrick used a shamrock to illustrate the trinity.

Missionaries: Patrick left England to share the Gospel with Ireland.

God will Protect Us: Patrick was taken as a slave to Ireland, but God was with him and helped him escape.

Love Your Enemies: Patrick was taken into slavery and kept captive in Ireland, yet he forgave the Irish people and spent his life helping them.

Listen to God’s Voice: Patrick listened to God and escaped Ireland. Then he listened to God and went back to Ireland.

Get Rid of the Snakes: Patrick was reported to get rid of the snakes in Ireland. He didn’t really, but he did get rid of paganism by sharing the Gospel. God can help us get rid of the snakes (sin) in our lives.

Free Curriculum: You can get these St. Patrick’s Day curriculums free online.

Are You Wearing Green?

Share the Good News

Party Plan: If you still need ideas this party download is only $9.99. Disclaimer – I have not bought it or reviewed it.

St. Patrick’s Day Extreme Party Download