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Gospel Tracts for Kids

Finding Gospel tracts written for kids that they enjoy and will keep can be a challenge.

Memory Cross noticed the lack of tracts written for kids and has created a number of Gospel tracts designed especially for children, who find the endless loop design fascinating.  The tracts are available in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, French, Romanian and a wordless version.

The image and video below show how each card folds.

Gospel Tracts for kids

Most of the Gospel tracts for kids are printed in black and white which makes them a good craft activity, allowing children to color in or decorate the cards with stickers.  The tracts are bi-linguel in Spanish/English, Haitian Creole/English and Romanian/English which makes it easier to work with children on a mission trip.

Each card is printed on 100 lb. uncoated cover that is made from recycled paper and measure 6 inches square, which is a good size for kids to handle.

There are tracts designed for mission trips which present the Gospel and tracts for use as a local outreach and with events like Halloween.  Some of the tracts that are available include:

There are also cards that are used to teach children Bible stories such as the 10 Commandments, the birth of Moses, the first Passover, creation story, God frees Peter from prison, God’s love doodling cards also available in French and Spanish along with many others.

The Memory Cross design is different from anything else currently on the market.  Sometimes it is hard to grasp how effective the design is so we offer a free sample pack.  Normally we ask that you pay for shipping but if you put int he code “new” in the discount code we’ll even pick up the shipping.  (offer only good in the United States).

 


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What does God want from me?

I’ve been thinking about the question what does God want from me lately so I decided to write down my thoughts along with what other people have said.  I’m getting close to 60 and God is still leading me but here is what I’ve learned over the years.

What does God want from me

What does God want from me?

First God wants us to have a relationship with Him.  He does not want us to be separated from Him, not in this life nor in the next.  He loves us so much that he  sent His son to take our punishment.  All he asks is that we accept His gift and it is free.

For those people who accept His gift he calls us to do more.  First he calls us to love Him and love others.  Matthew 22: 36-40 says: Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

In the Old Testament we are told:  This is what the Lord requires from you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to live humbly with your God. – Micah 6:8.

What does it mean to love God?  When I think of that question I think about what it means to love anyone.  If you love someone you’ll want to spend time with them.  Their interests will become your interest.  Their life will become your life.

The State Farm ad is a great example of how love can influence our life.

Our love for God must have the same influence on our life.  If we love God we’ll spend time with Him and I don’t mean five minutes before we fall asleep at night.  It won’t be an obligation, it will be something we crave, something we are excited about.  Just like our relationships influence our life when we spend time with Him our life will change and we’ll see our relationships with people start to change also.

1 John 4:20 says: If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?

Those are the guiding principles that he expects every person who believes in Him to follow.  The next question related to what does God want from me is what does He want me to do with my life?

This would be specific questions like to marry or not marry, who to marry, what school to go to, what type of job to take, etc.  The answer to this question will be different for every person.

For the question about work I believe that you should look for something that you are passionate about.  You can serve God in almost any job so look for something you enjoy doing.  The Bible tells us to stay out of debt which will free you to serve God in ways you cannot do when you have debt to service every month.

Finally look at what you are doing in relationship to eternity.  It is easy to get focused on things of this world but God wants us to look at life from the perspective of eternity.  I’ve included a few videos that help answer the question what does God want from me.  I hope you will enjoy them.

 

The final verse comes from Hebrews 12:1  Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

Let us focus on Jesus and love Him with all of our heart, mind and soul.  Life is short, don’t waste it.  Another related post can be found here.

Comments?  Put them in the comments box.

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Romanian Gospel Tracts

Romanian Gospel tracts for children now available

Memory Cross has a new Romanian Gospel tract for children that is written in Romanian and English.  It is based on verses from the book of Romans and is designed to walk kids through God’s plan of salvation.  The card is written in English and Romanian to create a way for  people going on a mission trip to communicate the Gospel with the children of Romania.

The image shows what each panel looks like.

Romanian Gospel Tracts

The Romanian Memory Cross card consists of four panels that make a never ending loop.  The unique design encourages children to keep the card and continue to read it after the mission trip is over, helping to instill Gods message into their hearts and minds.

The Romanian Gospel tracts pack easily in a suite case and can be used as a craft activity.  The video below shows how the card folds.

Memory Cross also makes Gospel tracts in the following languages:  Spanish, French, Haitian Creole and a wordless version.  There is an option to to translate any existing tract, Bible story card or Scripture memory card into any language.

Memory Cross makes a variety of cards using this same unique design.  They teach children Bible stories, help them memorize Scripture and share the Gospel and have been used domestically and taken all over the world on mission trips.

Organizations such as The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Child Evangelism Fellowship, and LifeWay have used this design to cards that engage children and adults.

 


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How to teach children that God loves them

How do you teach children that God loves them so that they really understand and respond to His love?

 If you live in America you probably know people who say they love God but whose lives do not reflect his teachings.  That’s not what I want for my kids, grandkids and children I teach at church.  I want them to be a passionate follower of Jesus, someone who really understands how much God loves them and responds by giving their heart, mind and soul to Jesus, someone who is on fire.
Teach children that God loves them

 

There are so many opportunities to teach children that God loves them depending their ages or whether they are your kids, friends of your children or you teach them.

 

Today I’m going to be writing about helping kids learn that God loves them in a Sunday School setting.  There are videos and ideas that you can use with your own kids at home so don’t leave!  No matter how you arrived on this page if you have kids or are teaching children be open to God’s leading, opportunities will come your way.  We can reach children through words and actions.  If you are a parent, model Christ’s love in your life.  None of us are perfect but if we live a life that has been changed because of a relationship with Jesus that we are passionate about, our kids will pick up on that.

 

With your own children teach them God’s Word and help them memorize Scripture.  There are many helpful tools and we’ve put together some of them in recent blog posts.  God changes lives.  We only help plant and water the seed.

 

I’m teaching Sunday School to 5th graders and we’re going to be talking about how do we know God loves us, which is why I decided to write this article.  I want to help them understand that God loves them, and learn what God wants from us.

 

One of my favorite books is Crazy Love by Francis Chan and he says “Our greatest fear as individuals and as a church should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.”  Success needs to be measured looking at eternity, not simply by our 76 years we might spend here on earth.

 

I want to open up our conversation with the first half of the video below and then ask how do they know that God loves them, then show the 2nd half.

 

Next I’ll ask them if they know any scriptures that talk about how much Jesus loves me.  Here are 8 verses that talk about how much God loves us.

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Romans 8:37-39 – No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Ephesians 2:4-5 – But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, evenwhen we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved …

Romans 5:8 – but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Zephaniah 3:17 – The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

1 Peter 5:6-7 – Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Psalm 86:15 – But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 – Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Here are a couple other videos that will help children learn about how much God loves them.

 

I am not showing the video below but including it because I mentioned Francis Chan’s book above plus in this sermon he talks about our purpose in life which for me is to love God and love others.  That should be our overall mission in life.

I’ll be closing the lesson asking if they’ve experienced God’s love in their life or want to know God in a personal way and then saying a prayer.

I usually have something the kids can take home to remind them of the lesson.  This time I’ll either be giving them the ABCs of salvation or a card with 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8.  

Love to hear your thoughts and comments.  God wants people who are passionately in love with him and who prove it with their lives.  Final quote from the book Crazy Love:  “Leftovers are not merely inadequate; from God’s point of view, they’re evil.  Let’s stop calling it “a busy schedule” or “bills” or “forgetfulness.”  It’s called evil.  According to God, we are here to love.  Not much else really matters.

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What does God want from me?

What does God want of me?  I’ve struggled with that question most of my life.  I wish I’d known at 20 what I know at 59 so I decided to write down what I’ve learned.  Maybe you’re 20 and wondering the same question.  If you’re 100 and know the answer then be sure to post in the comment section.

What Does God Want from Me?

First I want to mention what God does not care about.  I think it helps focus our mind on what is really important.

  • How big our house is
  • How nice a car we drive
  • How much money is in our bank account
  • How close we can park to the front door at the grocery store
  • How impressive our job is
  • How good looking our spouse is

After I finished the list I realized that is not totally true.  God does care about those things, but His perspective is not the same as ours so I’ve modified the list:

  • God does care how big your house is.  Smaller is probably better.  A paid off house is better than one you do not own.  Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. – Romans 13:8.  With the extra cash you can feed poor children who don’t have the ability to feed themselves, sponsor children who are orphans or do any number of other projects that change the world.  Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. – James 1:27
  • God does not care whether we drive a 68 VW bug or a Tesla Model X.  You could make the argument that God gave us the responsibility to take care of the earth and that the Tesla is more earth responsible but I think he would rather have us walk.
  • Unless we are handicapped and someone who is not has taken the handicapped parking space God is not concerned with where we park our car.   God does not care whether you are parked next to the front door or you have to walk for 5 minutes to reach the front door.  I used to hear pastors and others say they prayed about a parking space and God always made one available.  If that is true then pray about something that is more important, like children in your community who will go to bed hungry.
  • God does not care how impressive your title is but he does want you to serve him through your work and he does want you to do your best.  I’ve worked for a number of people and owned my own businesses.  Personally I’ve found that owning my own business gives me more opportunities to serve him, but that is me.  Work needs to be put in perspective.  God commands us to work but he does not command that it take over our life.  Paul says “Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:10.
  • God does not care how good looking our spouse is.  We are commanded to take care of our bodies.  1 Corinthians 6: 19-20 says: “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”  When you are young your body is probably in good shape even if you don’t do the best at taking care of it.  The older you get the more you appreciate your health.  It is harder to serve God when you have spent years abusing his temple.

So what does God want of me and you?  Here is my list.  

  • First he wants us to have a relationship with him which only comes through faith in Jesus Christ.  God wanted this relationship so much that he sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins.  There are four steps to this journey.  Click here to find out more.
  • Next he wants you to love Him with all your heart, soul and mind.  No longer will any of the things that matter to the world matter to you.  You’ll want to spend lots of time with God and as you do God will change your life.  God will transform you into a new person.
  • Finally he wants you to love others.  Jesus’  last commandment given to his disciples was:  “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” –  John 13:34.

That’s it.  Your list becomes really short.  Love God and love others.  Put God first, others second and become passions about following him.  Spend time with him and you’ll find your life transformed.

Finally I’ll leave you a video to watch.  Christian Hosoi had everything the world offered yet he found it meaningless.  Don’t wonder through life.  Make your life count.  Find passion, follow Jesus.

 

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10 Reasons to Memorize Scripture

There are many reasons to memorize scripture.  We are all influenced by what surrounds us or what we surround ourselves with Scripture Memorizationbut the 2nd most power influencer is our mind  (I believe God is 1st).  What we think and believe will guide our path through life.  There are many examples of people who have lived in very difficult situations as children but have risen above their circumstances.  I’ve included a few videos at the end of people who have overcome which I thought you might like.

What influence can be more powerful than connecting with the God who created heaven and earth?  God’s gift of salvation is free but the difference between a saved but ineffective life and one that is on fire and changing the world is how much we’ve allowed God to take control of our life.  What are the best ways to allow God to change your life?  Pray, read and meditate on the Word of God.  If you do this opportunities to serve God will open up before your eyes and you’ll be on an amazing path to walking a life filled with God.

Galatians 5: 22-23 tells us what a life filled with God is like:  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Many times I’ve read this verse but didn’t think about what each characteristic meant and how it effected my life.  If you are reading this verse for the first time or like me, have not spent time thinking about the words here are some ideas to help you think about what a spirit filled life is like.

Fruit of the Spirit

Love means many things but the Bible explains what is meant by love in 1 Corinthians 13:   Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

How would your life be different if it reflected this kind of love?  How would your relationship with your friends, family and others be different?

The other characteristics of a life lived in a close relationship with God are just as powerful.  

Joy – Kay Warren wrote the following definition of Joy after studying all the scriptures about joy:  “Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation.”

Peace – The third characteristic of a life filled with God is peace.  Peace is an internal assurance that no matter what happens God holds you in his arms.  It is not based on an external circumstances.  In fact just before Jesus went to the cross he said this to his disciples:

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. (John 14:27)

The peace Jesus is speaking of enables believers to remain calm in wildly fearful circumstances. It enables them to hush a cry, still a riot, rejoice in pain and trial, and sing in the middle of suffering. This peace is never by circumstances, but instead affects and even overrules them. – John MacArthur

Forbearance – I don’t know about you but that is not a word I use everyday.  Websters defines it as: “the quality of someone who is patient and able to deal with a difficult person or situation without becoming angry.”  The Bible includes a few other aspects:  holding back ourselves from doing something that is normal to do, think anger, yelling, getting mad, etc.  In other sections of the Bible it means to keep still or silent or to stop doing something.  After studying the various definitions forbearance is a reflection on a restrained and changed life.  We no longer have to react in anger or envy or frustration because the Holy Spirit has given us a new character.

Kindness – Oxford says: “the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.” The biblical definition is: “The quality of compassion and generosity, characteristic of God’s dealings towards the weak and poor.”  Eddie Foster in Life, Hope and Truth defines kindness as follows:  Kindness is humbly giving of ourselves in love and mercy to others who may not be able to give anything back, who sometimes don’t deserve it, and who frequently don’t thank us for it. Basically kindness means a way of thinking that leads to doing thoughtful deeds for others.”

Goodness – In the Greek Goodness was defined as: “it is character energized, expressing itself in active good.”  Goodness is a characteristic of God who demonstrates it to us through the things he does.  When we live a spirit filled life we’ll actively be doing good to others which will over time transform you and those around you.

Faithfulness – Dictionary.com says: “true to one’s word, promises, vows, etc., reliable, trusted, or believed.” When God says He will do something, He does it. When He says something will happen, it happens. This characteristic can be reflected in our own lives through faithfulness to God and others.  Faithfulness means we can be counted on.  God can count on us to respond to his calling.  Our friends can count on our word and our spouse can count on our faithfulness.

Gentleness – Eddie Foster in Life, Hope and Truth defined Gentleness as: “What is gentleness? It is the humble and meek attitude of wanting to help other people instead of wanting to be superior to them. This attitude flows from a spirit of real love for the individual—having true, outgoing concern for their well-being. Such an attitude is shown in how we think about and treat others and what we say to them.”

Self Control – Oxford defines self control as “the ability to control oneself, in particular one’s emotions and desires or the expression of them in one’s behavior, especially in difficult situations.”  Rick Warren on his blog lists the biblical characteristics of self control.  Here is the summary:

  • People with self-control master their moods
  • People with self-control watch their words
  • People with self-control restrain their reactions
  • People with self-control stick to their schedule
  • People with self-control manage their money
  • People with self-control maintain their health

10 Reasons to Memorize Scripture

Read, pray and meditate on the Word of God are necessary for the Holy Spirit to fill your life.  If the reason’s above are not inspiration enough here are 10 more reasons to memorize scripture:

  1. God commands us to put his Word into our hearts and minds and dwell on his Word.  Colossians 3:16 tells us to “let the word of Christ dwell in us richly.”  Deuteronomy 6:4-9 tells us to bind God’s law on our foreheads, teach it to our children, talk about it wherever we go, and make it an integral part of our lives.
  2. Memorizing Scripture transforms our lives.  Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
  3. Memorizing Scripture helps us fight off temptation.  Just because you are a Christian does not mean you’ll be living a life that is pure and honoring God.  The world and the devil will put many temptations in front of you.  By memorizing Scripture and knowing what God wants you to do you’ll be better able to stay away from temptation.
  4. Memorizing Scripture can help you remain pure – How can a young man keep his way pure?  By guarding it according to your word. (Psalm 119:9).  In America today purity is becoming as rare as truth in politics.  (I am writing this during an election year.)  I don’t think I’ve ever even heard it preached in any church I’ve attended but God’s standards do not change with our culture.
  5. Memorizing Scripture helps you make wise decisions.  “Your word is a lamp to guide me and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105 GNB).  Proverbs is full of verses about making wise decisions but the entire Bible is filled with verses that can help you make wise decisions in life.
  6. You’ll be more successful – Joshua 1:8: This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.  I’ve run businesses from a couple hundred thousand to 7 million and have experience success and failure.  There are many verses that talk about successfully running a business.  There are also many books on the subject.  One of my favorite is Business Secrets from the Bible that can be found on Amazon.
  7. It will make you a better husband or wife.  The Bible gives us guidance making a better marriage.  There are verses for husbands and wives.  For men check out these verses to memorize.
  8. Memorizing Scripture helps you deal with stress.  In today’s society who is not under stress?  Rick Warren, pastor at Saddleback church says: “If you will memorize Scripture, your stress level will decrease dramatically and your confidence level will increase dramatically.”
  9. It helps you become a better witness.  If you live your life following God you’ll come upon opportunities to share your faith with others.  Memorizing Scripture put God’s word at your fingertips which you can then share when talking to others.
  10. It will give you a closer relationship with God.  It all comes down to a close, vibrant relationship with God

If you are looking for some effective ways to memorize Scripture, check this post out:  How to help children memorize Scripture.

Here are a couple videos of people who’s lives have been transformed through a relationship with Jesus.  I hope you enjoy them. As always comments are welcome.

 

 

 

 

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Christian Crafts for Mother’s Day

If you’re teaching Sunday School or Children’s church and are looking for some Christian crafts for Mother’s day we’ve put together our favorite ones.  If you have others let us know in the comments below.Photo from SixSeeds

First a little history of Mother’s Day.  There has been celebrations of mothers on a special day since the Greek and Roman times but the start of our current Mother’s Day began in England with a Christian celebration called Mothering Sunday.  It was celebrated the 4th Sunday in Lent.

The custom eventually combined in the 1930s with the current Mother’s day which was started by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914.  She conceived of Mother’s Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children.

The first celebration was in May 1908 at a Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia (20 miles from where my grandparents lived, FYI).  She got financial backing from John Wanamaker who held an event at one of his retail stores in Philadelphia.

What started as a Christian tradition was quickly capitalized on by American merchants, mostly card companies, think Hallmark, and florists.

While much of the spiritual side of Mother’s Day has been lost, here are a few Christian crafts that can help you bring back the original intent of Mother’s Day.

Christian Crafts for Mother’s Day

    • Mother’s Day Coloring Pages.  This one comes from Ministry to Children.  There are several coloring pages that are free to download and print out.  Good if you are looking for something quick and easy.
    • Memory Cross Mother’s Day Card.  This origami card never stops folding and uses 1 Corinthians 13 as the basis for the card, which is known as the Love Chapter.  The video below shows how the card folds.

  • Mother’s Day Bible Crafts and Activities.  This one comes from Danielle’s Place.  This resource uses women from the Bible and Bible stories to help children realize the key role that women play in God’s plan of salvation.
  • Bearing Fruit by Children’s Ministry Magazine.  Give each child a packet of fruit or vegetable seeds and a sheet of construction paper. Ask a child to read aloud Galatians 5:22-23 about the fruit of the Spirit. Talk about these Scriptures as the children fold their papers in half to make cards.On the front page of the cards, have children write the words, “Mom, you plant the seeds. . . ” Inside the cards on the right-hand side, have children glue their seed packets and write, “. . . that’ll help me bear fruit for Jesus.” On the inside left-hand page of each card, have kids write the words from Galatians 5:22-23. Then have children sign their cards. Mothers will treasure this encouraging card.  Visit their Mother’s Day page for other ideas.
  • Mother’s Day Cards by Little Blots of Faith.  Here are some fun, faith based cards that are quick and easy to use with your pre-school or elementary school kids.
  • Paper Chain Craft Project.  We checked out a lot of craft ideas for this post.  There were many that did not have any spiritual relevance.  This is one of my favorites.  It is simple to make, helps children think about all the things mom has taught them and is biblically relevant.  Children will honor their mothers by creating paper chains describing some of the things their mothers have taught them.  You’ll give kids 20 pieces of paper that measure 1″ x 5″ (approximately).  On each piece of paper have the kids write down something their moms have taught them.  You’ll then connect them into a paper chain.  Finally give the kids a piece of paper to write down a thank you letter to their mom.  There are questions and the verse is Proverbs 1: 8-9

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Easter games that teach children about Jesus

After being crafty using the FUNtastic Christ-Centered Craft Ideas for Easter from our previous post, we added some Christ-Centered Easter Games that share JesusEaster Games and Activities for parties and Sunday School celebrations.  Easter games are a good way to share with children the true story behind Easter and can make Easter truly an extra special time for children.

I know Easter is already in the air, so for those who are planning for an Easter party in the neighborhood or at Sunday School, these games are great to play with kids and help them learn that Easter is actually not about the bunny but about the Lamb.

Easter Games

Easter BingoEaster Bingo– this game that comes with q free printable is from 123 Homeschool 4 Me by Beth Gorden. This game can be played by little kids as well as older kids. This is good way to start any of your Easter events while you are still waiting for other kids to arrive.  The photos in the bingo card can be a reminder to the real story of Easter.

 

 

Easter Cross WordEaster Word Cross– this is an activity found in Sunday School Kids site and can be a nice activity for little kids to do during any Easter event. The kids will get to discover the importance of those words to the true story of Easter.

 

 

 

Easter Egg Game– this is a good game from Sunday School Network shared by Lily Herald. This is played like a Hot Potato game but with more fun since kids won’t mind getting “out” because that’s how they get the prize. This can be played while the kids will be singing to their favorite Easter Songs.

Empty Tomb– this is another good game from Sunday School network that creates fun and promotes teamwork. As the kids will compete with their opponent team to be the first group to empty their tomb, they will be reminded that Jesus had never really remained with the dead.

Easter Hunt gameThe Hunt for Easter– Very adventurous game comes from My Cup Overflows. This game as shared on the blog was originally played around the church. This is like a treasure hunting game but with trivia questions that needed to be answered in order to get the full location of the treasure. To quote the writer, “but the real treasure for this game lies in answering the question and learning the story of Easter.” This is indeed a very fun game to be played in group whether in the church or in any of your outdoor Easter event.

 

crownAside from games that children love, party accessories could also hype up any celebrations. So this Jesus Crown could be a cute addition to your Easter party or event. This can be use as venue decorations or you can add up an elastic to it and it can be a party crown or you can let kids give color to it as it comes in coloring printable as well.

If you are really running out of time to search for individual ideas to create a simple Easter Celebration for your kids; check out the Easter Party-Preschool Style shared by Beth Moore of From the Hive site. It is  a complete package of ideas including games, activities, foods, giving you easy access to a fun-filled meaningful celebrations of Easter Sunday with the kids.

Parties and events won’t be complete without a treat or a favor to bring home. And this Jesus-filled Easter Basket is a very wonderful idea to give as a treat. You can choose to fill it with the things that Abi from Joy in my Kitchen site has shared or you can just pick one or two and filled it with other treats that children will surely love.

Of course you can add to your treat basket the Easter Memory Cross card. It’s a good “take away” for kids to be reminded what Easter is really all about plus kids will surely love them because of their captivating never ending loops.

If you have other fun games or crafts post them in the comment box.

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7 Christ Centered Easter Craft Ideas

Christ-Centered Easter Craft Ideas

Easter is fast approaching and I’m sure everyone most especially the kids are getting excited with Easter parties, egg hunting activities, Funtastic_Christ_Centered_Craft_Ideasnew Easter outfits and other Easter surprises. These things can bring great fun but sometimes these are also the things that made us forget the real meaning of Easter.

That’s why I decided to list some ideas that will help parents, Sunday School teachers and church volunteers to bring the real message of Easter to our kids and even to our family. Nothing can beat the fun in being crafty while creating a bond with our kids and sharing the word of God. These craft are easy, fun to create and can help kids learn the meaning of Easter.

  1. Play-Doh Plastic Easter Egg FillerWe found this craft idea on Meaningful Mamma.  It is good for little kids as I am sure they will have great fun filling eggs with play-dough. This also Play-Doh-Plastic-Easter-Egg-Filler-Non-Candy-Christian-Easter-Ideacomes with a simple explanation of how God wants us to become more like Him like dough being molded inside the plastic eggs.

 

 

2. Easter Handprint Cross– this project by Michelle at Crafty Morning is quite messy but it won’t diminish the fun it will bring especially to little kids as they handprint crosslearn the amazing sunshine God had brought to our lives thru the power of the cross.  What you’ll need for this project: white/green/brown or black paper, yellow washable paint, scissors, and glue.

 

 

 

3. Colorful Light Ray Cross – This easy to make craft project by Tammy at Housing a Forest will surely remind the kids the beautiful story of Easter amidst all the Colorful-Light-Ray-Cross-Oil-Pastel-Kids-art-4commercialized Easter fun and surprises now a days.

 

 

 

4. Easter Egg with a Cross – This idea was found on Amy’s Free Ideas.  It is easy to create with older kids as they already know how to handle crafts that use glue and paints. This is a good reminder that Easter is not about bunnies and eggs but about the cross and the story behind it. This link will also give you other crafts that create cross.

 

 

5. Resurrection Button Art – This craft can be found on Do Small things with love.  Nancy designed this craft for older kids who love button crafts. A beautiful reminder that life is button artcolorful when we have Jesus in our life.

 

 

 

6. Easter Walk – We came across this craft project on the Dating Divas.  No its not a singles dating site.  Tara Carson’s tag line is: strengthening marriages one date at a time.  This craft can be a good start of a family Easter traditions. You can re-create the same wonderful memories every year as you walkcontinue to remind everyone inside your home the importance of our Savior.

 

 

 

7. The Easter Story in an Egg – Heidi  with The Frugal Girls created this craft.  It is an easy way of having a fun advent of Easter with your kids and the rest of the family as you re-tell Easter-Crafts-Egg-Story1the part of the story day by day leading to the Easter Celebration.

 

 

 

Before I end the list, let me share another idea that you don’t want to miss in this Easter celebration: and this is with the use of memorycrossEaster Cards from Memory Cross. It’s an origami cards with four panels that never stop folding. It will capture the attention of the kids and you will surely have a great time sharing with them the true story of Easter.

For a more easy arts and crafts ideas, visit our Pinterest account on our boards- Christian Easter Ideas for Kids and on Pinteresting DIY, Crafts, Lessons and Games.

And lastly if you are planning to hold an Easter Egg Hunt or an Easter Party, here’s a way on how to use this event to present the word of God: Making and Easter Egg Hunt an Evangelism Event.

I hope you enjoy these and let us continue growing together and working hand in hand in discovering our Savior’s life in a fun and most creative ways.

Feel free to add the link or the tutorials of your discovered arts and crafts ideas that you want to share on our comment box below.

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7 Lesson-Filled Sunday School Crafts

We learn many important things from Sunday school. As a child, though, what I looked forward to the most were the activities and arts and crafts! I guess this is mostly because arts and crafts are fun to do, aren’t they? More importantly, children actually learn more from doing these crafts because they gain the opportunity to experience the lesson and not just hear it.

For Sunday school, making sure that children understand Biblical truths is doubly important. This is why I came up with a list of Sunday school crafts that you can make with your students. Oh, for parents, you can also do these crafts with your children at home!

  1. God’s Armor

We can read about the Armor of God in Ephesians 6:13-17, but instead of merely reading this to your students (or children), you can make them “experience” it and fully remember it through this craft.

You can see detailed instructions of the craft here.

If you are teaching children about the armor of God watch the video.  We have a fun little origami card that  helps children learn the Armor of God.   If you would like a free sample click this link.  You’ll only pay $3.00 for shipping (in the USA, slightly more outside)

  1. Wise and Foolish Builders
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Young children are old enough to learn how to be wise, and the best way to do this is to share Jesus’ parables, one of which is the parable of the wise and the foolish builders.

You can see detailed instructions of the craft here.

  1. Paper Towel and Toilet Paper Cross

The Cross is the most important symbol in the Bible because it symbolizes one of the most important truths: Jesus lived, died, and overcame death.

You can see detailed instructions of the craft here.

  1. Noah’s Ark
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The story of Noah’s ark must be one of the first Biblical stories children hear, and one of the most amazing parts of it is how all kinds of animals were able to stay inside harmoniously.

You can see detailed instructions of the craft here.

  1. Moses at the Red Sea

Another of the most popular Biblical stories is the story of Moses and how God parted the Red Sea for him and the Israelites to pass through, which demonstrates God’s power.

You can see detailed instructions of the craft here.

  1. Teaching Grace

One of the underlying concepts that the entire Bible presents is the concept of grace. From the Old Testament to the New Testament, God wants to show his people unending grace.

You can see detailed instructions of the craft here.

  1. Salt Dough Empty Tomb
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Finally, probably the most important event described in the Bible is Jesus’ resurrection, symbolized by the empty tomb, because it is the ultimate event that completed God’s Plan of Salvation.

You can see detailed instructions of the craft here.

Do you know more Sunday school crafts? Feel free to share them in the comments!

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