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									Baby Praise (0-4s) April 2006 Material

In the next few months we will be looking at some of the stories Jesus told, called parables. Children of all ages love stories, but especially these young children. Do not worry about whether they will be confused between what is real and what is made up. The children aren‟t worried about that – for them the fantasy world is part of the real world (and vice versa). A one minute conversation with a three year old shows this. As you prepare be carefully to bring out the teaching point each week and encourage the parents to follow up on these points in the week with the newsletter. The newsletter is a great resource that works hand in hand with this material linking parents and church more closely. Why not talk about these things with the parents. Every blessing, Olly Goldenberg, KT/LCC CHILDREN‟S PASTOR.

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Aim: To teach the children why Jesus came.

Month Overview:

Story: God sends his son Bible passage: Matthew 21:33-46 Memory verse: Matthew Chapter 16 verse 24: “If anyone wants to follow me, he must say „no‟ to the things he wants.”
Week 1 Ways of telling story Story time Worship Copy me Warfare My story book Activity Story, story book Resources pictures, activity story Provided
Story book

Week 2
Discussion Round the cross Stick prayers to cross Activity sheet Story, prayer pictures, Activity sheet Bible, crayons, cross, paper.

Week 3
Stand up/Sit down Shout & Dance For sinners Easter cards Story

Week 4
Children to help act it Follow the leader Follow the leader Linked people Story, linked people

Week 5
Picture characters – good or bad? Thank you Nice Trains Nice Trains Story, trains & carriages, activity picture. Bible, instruments.

Resources Needed

book. Books, paper, crayons.

Bible, Card, crayons, glue, glitter, etc.

Bible, card, string, stapler, crayons

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Week 1: 2nd-8th April 2006
Word: Matthew 21:33-46 Theme: Why Jesus came Teaching point: Jesus liked telling stories about God. Aim: To teach the children that Jesus likes stories. Way of telling the story: Tell it from a big story book with pictures. The Story: Jesus loved to tell people stories: He told stories to let people know what God is like. He told stories to tell people what would happen. He told stories to help people know what to do. People loved to listen to Jesus‟ stories. One time Jesus told this story: Once upon a time there was a vineyard where grapes are made. A man owned the vineyard, just like God owns the world. He put a wall around the vineyard and built a tower in it. It was one of the best vineyards around. The man decided to share the vineyard, just like God shares the world with us. He let some people share it with him but asked them to give him some of the grapes. At first they agreed. But then they wanted to keep all the grapes to themselves. The man sent a servant to collect the grapes, but they were nasty to him and called him names. He sent another servant and they hurt him. The man kept on sending servants and they kept on being nasty to them. They did not give the man any grapes. Lots of people treat God like that too. Even though God made everything they do not want to share with God. They are nasty to God‟s people.

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April 06 Baby Praise Teaching Material In the end the man decided to send his only son, just like God did. Who is God‟s son? Jesus. They won‟t hurt my son the man thought. But the men took the son and killed him. They killed him just like they killed Jesus on the cross. The man was so cross that he came and took the field and decided to share it with other people. Now if we want to we can be Jesus‟ friend for ever and ever. We can share everything with God. The end!

Ask them questions like the ones below to see if they were listening to the story. Focus on the teaching point that Jesus like telling stories. 1. Who was telling the story? Jesus. 2. What did the man decide to share? A vineyard (where grapes are made). 3. Did the people share it with him? No. 4. What did they do to the servants? They were nasty to them. 5. What did they do to his only son? They killed him. 6. What did the man do next? He decided to share his vineyard with other people. Ask the children who likes hearing stories. Show them some story books about Jesus. Explain that Jesus told lots of stories.

After telling the story

Warfare: Story time
Tell the children different stories and use these as the starting point of prayer. You may want to have pictures too. For example: There once was a man. He was not feeling well. His mummy came to help him get better but she could not help. A doctor came to help him get better but he could not help. The man felt very sad. Then Jesus came and the man got better. Let‟s pray for people who we know who are not feeling very well.

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Worship: Copy me
Using a picture Bible find pictures of people worshipping Jesus in different ways. Encourage the childrne to copy these people.

Activity: My story book
Create a story book for each child of their life so far. Let them colour it in and stick stickers on it. Page 1 – Their name. Page 2 – God made me (picture of baby). Page 3 – This is my family (Draw picture of family). Page 4 – I love God (heart for them to colour).

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Week 2: 9th-15th April 2006
Word: Matthew 21:33-46 Theme: Why Jesus came Teaching point: Jesus died on the cross for us. Aim: To teach the children that Jesus died on the cross. Way of telling the story: Stop at various points in the story to discuss things as suggested in blue. The Story: Jesus loved to tell people stories: He told stories to let people know what God is like. He told stories to tell people what would happen. He told stories to help people know what to do. People loved to listen to Jesus‟ stories. One time Jesus told this story: Once upon a time there was a vineyard where grapes are made. Who likes grapes? A man owned the vineyard, just like God owns the world. He put a wall around the vineyard and built a tower in it. It was one of the best vineyards around. The man decided to share the vineyard, just like God shares the world with us. What things do you share? The man let some people share his vineyard with him but asked them to give him some of the grapes. At first they agreed. But then they wanted to keep all the grapes to themselves. The man sent a servant to collect the grapes, but they were nasty to him and called him names. He sent another servant and they hurt him. The man kept on sending servants and they kept on being nasty to them. They did not give the man any grapes. Lots of people treat God like that too. Even though God made everything they do not want to share with God. They are nasty to God‟s people. Is anybody ever nasty to you?

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In the end the man decided to send his only son, just like God did. Who is God‟s son? Jesus. They won‟t hurt my son the man thought. But the men took the son and killed him. They killed him just like they killed Jesus on the cross. The man was so cross that he came and took the field and decided to share it with other people. Now if we want to we can be Jesus‟ friend for ever and ever. We can share everything with God. Do you want to be God‟s friend? The end!

Ask them questions like the ones below to see if they were listening to the story. Focus on the teaching point that Jesus died on the cross. 1. Who was telling the story? Jesus. 2. What did the man decide to share? A vineyard (where grapes are made). 3. Did the people share it with him? No. 4. What did they do to the servants? They were nasty to them. 5. What did they do to his only son? They killed him. 6. What did the man do next? He decided to share his vineyard with other people. Compare Jesus with the son in the story. The son was the man‟s only son – just like Jesus. The son was sent to sort things out – just like Jesus. The son had done nothing wrong – Just like Jesus. The son was killed – Jesus was killed on the cross (Jesus came alive again too!). God now wants to share the world with us if we want to be his friend.

After telling the story

Warfare: Round the Cross
Make a LARGE cross out of paper before the children arrive. Get all the children to sit around the cross as you tell them the story. Then they can worship Jesus because he died on the cross. He died so that we can be God‟s friend.

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Worship: To the cross
Ask the children what they would like to pray for. When they suggest something draw it as a picture prayer (or come prepared with the types of prayers they will suggest in picture format): e.g. picture of sick person, scared person, sad person, sick animal, etc. Then let them stick the picture prayer to the cross as talk to Jesus about it.

Activity:
Do the activity sheet on the next page.

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Week 3: 16th-22nd April 2006 Easter Sunday
Word: Matthew 21:33-46 Theme: Why Jesus came Teaching point: Jesus came alive again. Aim: To let the children know that Jesus is alive today. Way of telling the story: Tell the children that you are going to tell them a story about a man who owned a vineyard. Sometimes in the story it looks like man is doing well – at this point they should stand up. Other times it looks like things are going wrong – at this point they should sit down. Show them that in the end everything went okay. The Story: Jesus loved to tell people stories: He told stories to let people know what God is like. He told stories to tell people what would happen. He told stories to help people know what to do. People loved to listen to Jesus‟ stories. One time Jesus told this story: STAND UP Once upon a time there was a vineyard where grapes are made. A man owned the vineyard, just like God owns the world. He put a wall around the vineyard and built a tower in it. It was one of the best vineyards around. The man decided to share the vineyard, just like God shares the world with us. He let some people share it with him but asked them to give him some of the grapes. At first they agreed. But then they wanted to keep all the grapes to themselves. SIT DOWN The man sent a servant to collect the grapes STAND UP, but they were nasty to him and called him names SIT DOWN. He sent another servant

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April 06 Baby Praise Teaching Material STAND UP and they hurt him SIT DOWN. The man kept on sending servants STAND UP and they kept on being nasty to them SIT DOWN. They did not give the man any grapes. Lots of people treat God like that too. Even though God made everything they do not want to share with God. They are nasty to God‟s people. In the end the man decided to send his only son STAND UP, just like God did. Who is God‟s son? Jesus. They won‟t hurt my son the man thought. But the men took the son and killed him SIT DOWN. They killed him just like they killed Jesus on the cross. The man was so cross that he came and took the field and decided to share it with other people STAND UP. Now if we want to we can be Jesus‟ friend for ever and ever. We can share everything with God. The end!

Ask them questions like the ones below to see if they were listening to the story. Focus on the teaching point that Jesus came alive again. 1. Who was telling the story? Jesus. 2. What did the man decide to share? A vineyard (where grapes are made). 3. Did the people share it with him? No. 4. What did they do to the servants? They were nasty to them. 5. What did they do to his only son? They killed him. 6. What did the man do next? He decided to share his vineyard with other people. Talk about how they were standing up and sitting down in the story. Then tell the story of Easter quickly and get them to stand and sit:

After telling the story

Jesus came to earth STAND UP But people didn‟t like him. SIT DOWN Jesus helped people. STAND UP But they killed him on the cross. SIT DOWN Jesus came alive again and now we can be his friend for ever. STAND UP

When you end they can cheer loudly because Jesus is ALIVE! This will lead into the worship time.

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Worship: Shout and Dance
Lead the children to shout praise to Jesus and to dance before him. This should be a real celebration of praise. Find some praise music with a strong drum beat so that the children can dance along to it.

Warfare: For others
Ask the children to pray for people they know who do not want to be Jesus‟ friend. Let them pray by themselves – model prayer to them by praying a simple prayer out loud for somebody you want to know Jesus while they are praying. When they have finished pray together: Father God, Thank you that you love everybody even if they do not know you. We ask that lots of people will choose to be your friend today and for ever. I want to be your friend. In Jesus Name, Aaaaaaaaaaamen.

Activity: Easter Card
Let the children make Easter cards to give to their parents.

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Week 4: 23rd-29th April 2006
Word: Matthew 21:33-46 Theme: Why Jesus came Teaching point: We should copy Jesus. Aim: To encourage the children to follow Jesus. Way of telling the story: Get the children involved in acting out the story. The nasty people should be the leaders. They should be nasty in a fun way (for example pretending to chase the prophets and trying to tickle them!) The children can be the owner and the owner‟s servants and son. Let everybody be involved. (If you have a large group the servants can come in small groups to ask for the grapes). The Story: Jesus loved to tell people stories: He told stories to let people know what God is like. He told stories to tell people what would happen. He told stories to help people know what to do. People loved to listen to Jesus‟ stories. One time Jesus told this story: Once upon a time there was a vineyard where grapes are made. A man owned the vineyard, just like God owns the world. He put a wall around the vineyard and built a tower in it. It was one of the best vineyards around. The man decided to share the vineyard, just like God shares the world with us. He let some people share it with him but asked them to give him some of the grapes. At first they agreed. But then they wanted to keep all the grapes to themselves. The man sent a servant to collect the grapes, but they were nasty to him and called him names. He sent another servant and they hurt him. The man kept

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April 06 Baby Praise Teaching Material on sending servants and they kept on being nasty to them. They did not give the man any grapes. Lots of people treat God like that too. Even though God made everything they do not want to share with God. They are nasty to God‟s people. In the end the man decided to send his only son, just like God did. Who is God‟s son? Jesus. They won‟t hurt my son the man thought. But the men took the son and killed him. They killed him just like they killed Jesus on the cross. The man was so cross that he came and took the field and decided to share it with other people. Now if we want to we can be Jesus‟ friend for ever and ever. We can share everything with God. The end!

Ask them questions like the ones below to see if they were listening to the story. Focus on the teaching point that we should copy Jesus. 1. Who was telling the story? Jesus. 2. What did the man decide to share? A vineyard (where grapes are made). 3. Did the people share it with him? No. 4. What did they do to the servants? They were nasty to them. 5. What did they do to his only son? They killed him. 6. What did the man do next? He decided to share his vineyard with other people. We should copy Jesus. Jesus did what Father God wanted him to do and we should do the same.

After telling the story

Warfare: Follow the leader
Let the children follow you repeating prayers after you.

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Worship: Follow the leader
March around as you sing songs together.

Activity: Following Jesus.
1. Cut out two outlines of people: A large one (Jesus) and a small one (the children). 2. Let the children colour/decorate the two people. 3. Then label the large person „Jesus‟ and the small person with the child‟s name. 4. Ask the child if they want to follow Jesus. 5. If they do then stick the two figures together with a piece of string. Staple a piece of paper to the string that says “I‟m following Jesus”. 6. Show them that now they will go wherever Jesus goes. See figure below for an idea of how the finished product will look.

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Week 5: 30th April – 6th May 2006
Word: Matthew 21:33-46 Theme: Why Jesus came Teaching point: We should not hurt people even if they are nasty. Aim: To encourage the children to be nice to everybody. Way of telling the story: Draw each of the characters in the story and cut them out. Use these characters on a board to tell the story. As you tell the story get the children to tell you whether each person is good or bad. If they are good put a tick on them, if they are bad put a red cross on them. As you tell the story emphasize the teaching point that the good people were nice to the bad people even though they were bad. The Story: Jesus loved to tell people stories: He told stories to let people know what God is like. He told stories to tell people what would happen. He told stories to help people know what to do. People loved to listen to Jesus‟ stories. One time Jesus told this story: Once upon a time there was a vineyard where grapes are made. A man owned the vineyard, just like God owns the world. He put a wall around the vineyard and built a tower in it. It was one of the best vineyards around. The man decided to share the vineyard, just like God shares the world with us. He let some people share it with him but asked them to give him some of the grapes. At first they agreed. But then they wanted to keep all the grapes to themselves. The man sent a servant to collect the grapes, but they were nasty to him and called him names. He sent another servant and they hurt him. The man kept on sending servants and they kept on being nasty to them. They did not give

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April 06 Baby Praise Teaching Material the man any grapes. Lots of people treat God like that too. Even though God made everything they do not want to share with God. They are nasty to God‟s people. In the end the man decided to send his only son, just like God did. Who is God‟s son? Jesus. They won‟t hurt my son the man thought. But the men took the son and killed him. They killed him just like they killed Jesus on the cross. The man was so cross that he came and took the field and decided to share it with other people. Now if we want to we can be Jesus‟ friend for ever and ever. We can share everything with God. The end!

Ask them questions like the ones below to see if they were listening to the story. Focus on the teaching point that we should be nice to everybody. 1. Who was telling the story? Jesus. 2. What did the man decide to share? A vineyard (where grapes are made). 3. Did the people share it with him? No. 4. What did they do to the servants? They were nasty to them. 5. What did they do to his only son? They killed him. 6. What did the man do next? He decided to share his vineyard with other people. Ask the children what they do to be nice to people. Encourage them with their answers. When they get stuck give them more ideas!

After telling the story

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Worship: Thank you Jesus
1. Give all the children an instrument. 2. Ask each child to think of something to thank Jesus for. 3. When they think of something do a fanfare on a pretend trumpet and let one of the children thank Jesus for the thing they though of. 4. When they have finished the other children can shake their instruments to thanks Jesus. 5. When you say stop everybody should go quiet. 6. Find out who wants to go next, blow the fanfare and let them thank God, repeating steps 3-5 until everybody has had a turn.

Warfare: Help me
During this prayer time the children are going to pray for the nice things they want to do. 1. Have a large train engine up on the wall and lots of cut outs of carriages. 2. When a child thinks of a way that they want God to help them be nice (help me not to shout out mummy). 3. Write the idea on a carriage and stick it to the end of the train. 4. Lead the children in a prayer for this thing. 5. repeat steps 2-4 to make a very long train of prayer requests.

Activity: My Train
This week‟s activity is linked with the warfare. The children will make their own mini versions of the train. They can write their name on the engine and three things they want help with on three carriages. Then the whole train can be decorated and stuck together,

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