Don and his daughter Jude (Judy when aged 7 and Don then a much younger father) sing a bedtime song. It's a time for reflection about fears, security and God's protection over all. This video was made to share with parents, grandparents, uncles and aunties, and perhaps it could be used to talk to children about their night time fears when going to sleep.
A third-grade girl wrote a report on what a grandmother is. Here's a portion of her essay:
"A grandmother is a lady who has no children of her own. She likes other people's little girls. A grandfather is a man grandmother. He goes for walks with the boys, and then talks about fishing, tractors and things like that.... Grandmothers don't have to do anything but be there. They're old so they shouldn't play hard or run. It is enough if they take us to the market where the pretend horses are and have lots of dimes ready, or if they take us for walks and slow down passing things like pretty leaves or caterpillars. They never say, 'Hurry Up.'
"Usually they are fat, but not too fat to tie your shoes. They wear glasses and funny underwear. They can take their teeth and gums off. They don't have to be smart, but they can answer questions like why dogs hate cats and how come God isn't married. When they read to us, they don't skip words or mind if it is the same story over again and again. Everybody should try to have one, especially if you don't have a television, because grandmothers are the only grownups who got time."
(adapted from Thomas St. Bulletin, Altus, OK)
I have just posted a short Easter puppet script (or interview with someone dressed as a rabbit or hare).
Check out script here : HARE'S EASTER
Dexter the halls with boughs of holly…
Six-year old Beth was asked what she was going to give her brother for Christmas. “I don’t know,” she answered.
“What did you give him last year?”
George: My dad’s very rich, so I don’t know what to get him for Christmas. What do you give a man who has everything?
Harry: A burglar alarm.
A little boy and girl were singing their favourite Christmas carol, “Silent Night.” The boy concluded the rendition with the words, “Sleep in heavenly beans.” His sister quickly corrected him: “It’s not beans, it’s peas.”
A Sunday school teacher asked her class, “What was Jesus’ mother’s name?
One child answered, “Mary.”
The teacher then asked, “Who knows what Jesus’ father name’s was?
A little kid said,”Verge.”
Confused, the teacher asked, “Where did you get that from?’
The kid said, “Well, you know how they are always talking about ‘Verge and Mary’.”
Three young children were playing the parts of the wise men in a school play. At one point they came to Mary and Joseph at the manger and said the following:
Magi 1: Here is the gold.
Magi 2: This is myrrh.
Magi 3: And Frank sent this.
Good King Wenceslas rings up a local pizza restaurant
to order a pizza.
“Certainly your Majesty,” says the manager, “will it be your usual? Deep pan, crisp and even?”
As a little girl climbed onto Santa’s lap, Santa asked the usual:
“And what would you like for Christmas?”
The child stared at him open-mouthed and horrified for a minute, then gasped: “Didn’t you get my email?”
There are three little boys who live at our house.
There’s Jeffrey. He’s two.
There’s David. He’s four.
There’s Norman. He is seven.
Jeffrey is good some of the time.
David is good some of the time.
Norman is good all of the time.
I am Norman.
“It’s Christmas every time you let God love others through you…every time you smile at your brother and offer him a hand.”
“Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay,
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.”
A father was reading Bible stories to his young son. He read, "The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city, but his wife looked back and was turned to salt." His son asked, "What happened to the flea?"
First give each child a deflated balloon. Each time the leader pauses in the following prayer invite the children to blow gently into their balloons. Get them to hold them carefully but not tie them.
Now say this prayer ( or use your own), pausing at the end of each line.
" Thank you, God, that you are with us always.
Thank you for the Holy Spirit, who gives us power to live our lives for you.
Help us to follow you this week and to do the things you want us to do at home, at school, and with our friends."
Finally invite the children to call out "Thank you God!" and let their balloons go. You may like to give them another balloon to blow up and take home. Write on it in 'texta' pen, 'God is with me."( As a reminder of God's presence and power for them this week).
A Sunday school teacher asked her class why Joseph and Mary took Jesus with them to Jerusalem. A young girl answered, "because they couldn't find a babysitter?"
Don Stott- Aussie teacher, pastor and children's worker.