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					                                       Introduction
The Adventures of Toby – Monsters and Me Club is a complete programme for a five-day holiday
club for 5 – 11’s. The material can be used at a weekend camp, Sunday school or after-school
meetings too.

Monsters and Me introduces children to the idea that Jesus is our friend and we can invite him to live
in our hearts. God’s Words (the bible) are also presented as a weapon with which to fight evil.

The day is split into whole time and team time. During whole time, the whole club gets together for
singing, prayer, the film and skits. A theme song is carried through the week with a new verse added
each day. Additional songs may be added to the time of singing, repeating them throughout the week
for kids to become familiar with them and enjoy them.

The film “Monsters and Me” is shown each day. It provides a high level of entertainment and creates
excitement, stimulates conversation and provides a strong visual memory. The children will be reciting
scenes from the movie by the end of the week! Spot questions are asked each day to encourage the
children to pay close attention to the film each time.

During team time, split the group into two main age-groups (5-7 years “Mini monsters” and 8 – 11
years “Scary Seniors”). Then within these age groups, divide the children into groups of up to twelve
per team. The teams build friendships and discover God through scripture and discussion. During the
team time, Mini Monsters complete a craft activity, while the Scary Seniors create a skit, mime, dance
or poem using the memory verse for that day.

Team time discussion focuses on interaction. Giving the children opportunity to answer provoking
questions in an environment free from fear of rejection will enable them to open up their hearts to the
leader and God.

A craft continues the team discussion in a tangible way. Group leaders are encouraged to continue
dialogue and answer questions in a conversational way, allowing God’s Spirit to teach the children
while they are involved in the activity. This avoids the temptation to preach at the kids and have their
attention wander.

Spend a few weeks before the holiday club planning how to decorate the hall. You could make it
friendly-scary to fit in with the theme of fear, with boxes to hide in and leaders jumping out of them
and giving kids frights. Obviously don’t go overboard and terrify the kids. You want them to come
back again! Make everything fun and tongue-in-cheek (in other words, not serious!)

The Monsters and Me programme was developed by Candice Argall and the Lonehill Village Church.
Other contributors are Maud Buthlezi, Ashley ….. and the South African Scripture Union Team.
Thanks to Scripture Union for their passion in reaching kids, and for all those wonderful people whom
I will only know the names of when we get home, who ran the holiday clubs and camps that I went on
as a child. You rocked my world!
Suggested timetable
                                                   Full-day
Half-day
                                                   08:00 Leaders meeting: pray together
08:00 Leaders meeting: pray together               08:30 Registration: children arrive, register
08:30 Registration: children arrive, register             new children
       new children                                09:00 Whole time: Singing, prayer
09:00 Whole time: Singing, prayer                  09:30 Rowdy game
09:30 Rowdy game                                   10:15 Snack break: snack and juice
10:15 Snack break: snack and juice                 10:25 Whole time: Ask spot film questions,
10:25 Whole time: Ask spot film questions,                watch film and give kids opportunity to
       watch film and give kids opportunity to            answer questions
       answer questions                            10: 45 Team time: Discuss day’s theme, give
10: 45 Team time: Discuss day’s theme, give               kids the day’s scripture
       kids the day’s scripture                    11:10 Create : craft activity for day, for older
11:10 Create : craft activity for day, for older          kids, act out scripture
       kids, act out scripture                     11:45 Whole time: teams act out scripture
11:45 Whole time: Singing, prayer                         verse skit for the whole group
12:00 Home time leaders meet to clear up,                 prayer
       talk about the day and pray                 1:00 Lunch time: either provide lunch or
                                                          ask children to bring a packed lunch,
                                                          always have extra for those who forget!
                                                   1:30 Sport soccer, cricket, rounders, one-
                                                          bounce
                                                   2:30 Whole time: Recap, singing, prayer
                                                   3:00 Home time leaders meet to clear up,
                                                          talk about the day and pray

                                                   Sunday school session - 2 hours
Sunday school session - 1 hour
                                                   09:00 Whole time: Singing, prayer
09:00 Whole time: Singing, prayer                  09:20 Rowdy game
09:05 Rowdy game                                   09:40 Whole time: watch film, ask spot
09:15 Whole time: watch film                             questions
09: 30Team time: Discuss day’s theme, give         10:00 Team time: Discuss day’s theme, give
      kids the day’s scripture                           kids the day’s scripture
09:45 Create : craft activity for day, for older   10:20 Create : craft activity for day, for older
      kids, act out scripture                            kids, act out scripture
09:55 Whole time: Singing, prayer                  09:40 Whole time: Kid’s perform scripture
10:00 Home time                                          skits, singing, prayer
                                                   10:00 Home time
Week-end schedule                                  2:00   Team time: Discuss day 3’s theme,
                                                          give kids the day’s scripture
                                                   2:30   Create : craft activity for day, for older
Friday afternoon - evening                                kids, act out scripture
2:00 Leaders meeting: pray together                3:00   Whole time: teams act out scripture
2:30 Registration: children arrive, register              verse skit for the whole group
       new children                                       Recap, singing, prayer
3:00 Whole time: Singing, prayer                   4:00   Home time leaders meet to clear up,
3:30 Rowdy game                                           talk about the day and pray
4:15 Snack break: snack and juice
4:25 Whole time: Ask spot film questions,          Sunday
       watch film and give kids opportunity to
       answer questions
4: 45 Team time: Discuss day 1’s theme,            08:00 Leaders meeting: pray together
       give kids the day’s scripture               08:30 Registration: children arrive, register
5:10 Create : craft activity for day, for older           new children
       kids, act out scripture                     09:00 Whole time: Singing, prayer
5:45 Supper time: either provide lunch or                 Ask spot film questions, watch film and
       ask children to bring a packed lunch,              give kids opportunity to answer
       always have extra for those who forget!            questions
6.30 Whole time: teams act out scripture           09: 30 Team time: Discuss day 4’s theme,
       verse skit for the whole group                     give kids the day’s scripture
7.30 Torch walk take a walk around the             09:50 Create : craft activity for day, for older
       property or neighbourhood in the dark              kids, act out scripture
       Sing theme song during walk                 10.10 Snack break: snack and juice
       End with a prayer                           10.30 Rowdy game
8:00 Home time leaders meet to clear up,           11:00 Team time: Discuss day 5’s theme,
       talk about the day and pray                        give kids the day’s scripture
                                                   11.20 Create : craft activity for day, for older
Saturday                                                  kids, act out scripture
                                                   11:50 Whole time: teams act out scripture
                                                          verse skit for the whole group
08:00 Leaders meeting: pray together                      Recap, singing, prayer
08:30 Registration: children arrive, register      12:30 Lunch time: either provide lunch or
       new children                                       ask children to bring a packed lunch,
09:00 Whole time: Singing, prayer                         always have extra for those who forget!
09:30 Rowdy game                                   1:00 Free time and sport soccer, cricket,
10:15 Snack break: snack and juice                        rounders, one-bounce
10:25 Whole time: Ask spot film questions,         2:00 Home time leaders meet to clear up,
       watch film and give kids opportunity to            talk about the day and pray
       answer questions
10: 45 Team time: Discuss day 2’s theme,
       give kids the day’s scripture
11:15 Create : craft activity for day, for older
       kids, act out scripture
       prayer
12:00 Lunch time: either provide lunch or
       ask children to bring a packed lunch,
       always have extra for those who forget!
1:00 Free time and sport soccer, cricket,
       rounders, one-bounce
                             Day 1 – What do you fear?
                                            Summary of Programme

Key Aim: To help kids identify their fears and overcome them with God’s help

Time     Activity

08:00    Leaders meeting:         pray, discuss last minute details

08:30    Registration:            collate children’s names, ages and contact details
                                  music playing, informal ball game

09:00    Whole time:              Welcome and prayer
                                  Song                        God is in me, this I know (verse 1)

09:30    Team time:               split each age group into groups of 12 according to height,
                                  each group needs to come up with a monstrous name and a scary cry

09:45    Rowdy game               Airplane crash!

10:15    Snack break              snack and juice

10:25    Whole time:              Ask spot film question: What three monsters are in Toby’s room?

10:30                             Watch film: Monsters and Me

10:40                             Answer question. Give prizes for answers along the lines of:
                                  Tree shadow crocodile, lightning shadow ball monster, jacket in cupboard coming alive

10: 45   Team time:               Group discussion: What do you fear?
                                  Ask the kids what they fear (spiders, storms, the dark). Try to discover abstract things
                                  too, like getting into trouble, having to meet new people.

                                  Discuss scripture: Matthew 10v28 – Only fear God. He holds your entire life – body
                                  and soul – in his hands.

11:10                             5 – 7’s Craft activity (page ??) scary picture
                                  8 – 11’s Skit – act out Matthew 10v28, or make up a poem, dance or mime using it

11:45    Whole time:              teams act out scripture verse skit for the whole group

                                  Give God thanks for lunch

1:00     Lunch time

1:30     Sport                    soccer, cricket, rounders, one-bounce

2:30     Whole time:              recap message, perform any team skits that have not yet been performed

                                  Singing, prayer

3.00     Home time                leaders meet to clear up, talk about the day and pray
                    Day 2 – Meeting Jesus in your heart
                                             Summary of Programme

Key Aim: To help kids understand that they can invite Jesus to live in their hearts and always be with him

Time     Activity

08:00    Leaders meeting:          pray, discuss last minute details

08:30    Registration:             collate new children’s names, ages and contact details,
                                   music playing, informal ball game

09:00    Whole time:               Welcome and prayer
                                   Song                        God is in me, this I know (verse 1 – 2)

09:30    Rowdy game                On the Couch

10:15    Snack break               snack and juice

10:25    Whole time:               Ask spot film question: a) What dial in Toby’s heart is peaking at maximum?
                                   b) How many seconds does the announcer give before Toby’s heart will explode?
                                   c) Why does Jesus knock on Toby’s heart’s door?

10:30                              Watch film: Monsters and Me

10:40                              Answer question
                                   Give prizes for answers along the lines of:
                                   a) the adrenalin dial b) 10 seconds c)Toby calls for help

10: 45   Team time:                Group discussion: Who is Jesus? How do you meet him in your heart?

                                   Ask kids who they think Jesus is - God’s Son, God, a good man, a teacher, Saviour.
                                   Get them to think about what it would mean for Jesus to live in their hearts. Is it as
                                   simple as just asking? Is there more we must do? What do we do once he’s in our
                                   hearts?

                                   Discuss scripture: Rev 3v20 – I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice
                                   and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

11:10                              5 – 7’s Craft activity: Paper heart (see page ??)
                                   8 – 11’s Skit – act out Rev 3v20, or make up a poem, dance or mime using it


11:45    Whole time:               teams act out scripture verse skit for the whole group

                                   Give God thanks for lunch

1:00     Lunch time

1:30     Sport                     soccer, cricket, rounders, one-bounce

2:30     Whole time:               recap message, perform any team skits that have not yet been performed

                                   Singing, prayer

3.00     Home time                 leaders meet to clear up, talk about the day and pray
                            Day 3 – God can do anything
                                          Summary of Programme

Key Aim: To give kids an understanding of how awesome and powerful God is

Time     Activity

08:00    Leaders meeting:       pray, discuss last minute details

08:30    Registration:          collate new children’s names, ages and contact details,
                                music playing, informal ball game

09:00    Whole time:            Welcome and prayer
                                Song                        God is in me, this I know (verse 1 – 3)

09:30    Rowdy game:            Miracle Charades

10:15    Snack break            snack and juice

10:25    Whole time:            Ask spot film question: a) Why are Jesus’ friends so scared?
                                b)What did Jesus do to calm the storm?
                                c)What does Toby realize after Jesus tells him the boat story?

10:30                           Watch film: Monsters and Me

10:40                           Answer question a)They are going to drown. b) He spoke.
                                c) Toby realizes Jesus is God and that he can help chase the monsters out of Toby’s
                                room.

10: 45   Team time:             Group discussion: What impossible stuff has God done?
                                What impossible stuff could he do in your life?

                                Noah’s flood. Parting the red sea. Egypt’s plagues. Daniel in the lion’s den. Shadrak
                                and co in the furnace. Jesus’ resurrection. Kids may come up with crazy ideas of what
                                God could do for them. Keep them focused on wonderful stuff – getting better from a
                                terrible sickness, making friends with your worst enemy

                                Discuss scripture: Eph 3v20 – God can do anything! Far more than you could ever
                                imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!

11:10                           5 – 7’s Craft activity: Miracle collage (see page ??)
                                8 – 11’s Skit – act out Eph 3v20, or make up a poem, dance or mime using it

11:45    Whole time:            teams act out scripture verse skit for the whole group

                                Give God thanks for lunch

1:00     Lunch time

1:30     Sport                  soccer, cricket, rounders, one-bounce

2:30     Whole time:            recap message, perform any team skits that have not yet been performed

                                Singing, prayer

3.00     Home time              leaders meet to clear up, talk about the day and pray
                         Day 4 – The bible is a weapon
                                           Summary of Programme

Key Aim: To help kids understand how powerful the bible and God’s words are

Time     Activity

08:00    Leaders meeting:        pray, discuss last minute details

08:30    Registration:           collate new children’s names, ages and contact details,
                                 music playing, informal ball game

09:00    Whole time:             Welcome and prayer
                                 Song                        God is in me, this I know (verse 1 – 4)

09:30    Rowdy game              Watergun / Ping Pong ball monsters

10:15    Snack break             snack and juice

10:25    Whole time:             Ask spot film question: a) What does Toby load his gun with?
                                 b) What happens when Toby speaks the words out loud?
                                 c) What does Toby do with his gun full of words?

10:30                            Watch film: Monsters and Me

10:40                            Answer question a) Jesus’ words. b) His popgun becomes a truth lazer.
                                 c) He shoots the monsters in his room with them

10: 45   Team time:              Group discussion: Why would God’s words protect us and give us strength?
                                 What is special about the bible?
                                 The words are true and from God. They are full of his power.

                                 Discuss scripture: Eph 6v17 The sword of the Spirit is the word of God

11:10                            5 – 7’s Craft activity: Miracle collage (see page ??)
                                 8 – 11’s Skit – act out Eph 6v17, or make up a poem, dance or mime using it

11:45    Whole time:             teams act out scripture verse skit for the whole group

                                 Give God thanks for lunch

1:00     Lunch time

1:30     Sport                   soccer, cricket, rounders, one-bounce

2:30     Whole time:             recap message, perform any team skits that have not yet been performed

                                 Singing, prayer

3.00     Home time               leaders meet to clear up, talk about the day and pray
                            Day 5 – At peace, with God.
                                             Summary of Programme

Key Aim: To help kids understand what peace is and that God can fill our hearts with his peace

Time     Activity

08:00    Leaders meeting:          pray, discuss last minute details

08:30    Registration:             collate new children’s names, ages and contact details,
                                   music playing, informal ball game

09:00    Whole time:               Welcome and prayer
                                   Song                        God is in me, this I know (verse 1 – 5)

09:30    Rowdy game:               Capture the flag

10:15    Snack break               snack and juice

10:25    Whole time:               Ask spot film question: a) What is in Toby’s cupboard?
                                   b) What is sleeping on Toby’s bed at the end of the movie?
                                   c)What is on Toby’s wall behind his bed?

10:30                              Watch film: Monsters and Me

10:40                              Answer question a) Toby and his cat. b)A jacket and Toby’s cat.
                                   c) A picture Toby had drawn.

10: 45   Team time:                Group discussion: What is peace? Quiet? Nothing bad happening? No worries?
                                   How does God give us peace?

                                   Discuss scripture: Phil 4v6 – Instead of worrying, pray. A sense of God’s wholeness,
                                   everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down.

11:10                              5 – 7’s Craft activity: Peace flag (see page ??)
                                   8 – 11’s Skit – act out Phil 4v6, or make up a poem, dance or mime using it

11:45    Whole time:               teams act out scripture verse skit for the whole group

                                   Give God thanks for lunch

1:00     Lunch time

1:30     Sport                     soccer, cricket, rounders, one-bounce

2:30     Whole time:               recap message, perform any team skits that have not yet been performed

                                   Singing, prayer

3.00     Home time                 leaders meet to clear up, talk about the day and pray
                                          Rowdy Games
Day 1 – Airplane Crash! (thanks to Laura Z. and Egadideas.com)

First explain the rules...
-You are all on a plane that has crashed
-You want to get the entire group to the base, or you will ALL blow up!

Now you put cones out to make a small base, and then make the kids stand in a line and put their arms out. They then fly a
bit pretending to be an airplane. One of the leaders yells out Crash, and they sprawl on the ground. Then all the leaders go
around and whisper an injury to each kid. Then once they all have injuries, you give them 6 min. to get the whole team, to
the base, but since some of the youths have no legs, some no sight, and some are unconcious, they will have to work
together to get the whole team to the base! You can make up lots of diffrent injuries, and even have some of them be
livestock, or dilusional, and trying to break the people down by telling them that they are at the wrong base!

Day 2 – On the Couch (thanks to Corine Riemer and Egadideas.com)

Everyone writes their name on a piece of paper and folds it up. Put all the pieces of paper in a hat or bowl. Everyone takes
a new paper out of the hat. Now that is their new name, and they can't show it to anyone. Everyone is sitting in a circle
with part of this circle containing a couch or 4 seats designated as the "couch". The couch must have 2 girls and 2 boys
seated on it in the beginning. The object of the game is to get all girls or all boys on the couch. It is good if you have a
fairly even split between the boys and the girls if not you can assign some girls to be boys or vice versa. In your circle of
chairs there should be an empty one. The person on the right of the empty chair attempts to call off a boy or a girl
depending on what they are. If they are a boy they will want to call off a girl so a boy could replace them on the
couch. They call a name of someone in the group but remember no one knows anyone’s name yet. Who gets called goes
and sits in the empty chair and exchanges names with the one who called them. Now the one on the right of the new empty
chair calls someone. It continues this way until you have all girls or all boys on the couch. It really makes you think
because names are changed so often. No one should be giving clues to the person whose turn it is.

Day 3 – Miracle Charades

Split the group into 2 teams in separate areas. Each group must not be able to hear the other group. One person has a list of
miracles half way between the two areas. A member of each group gets the first miracle from the list holder and has to act
it out for the rest of his group without using any words. Once someone from the group has guessed the answer he/she runs
over to get the next miracle from the list holder. The first group to get through the entire list of miracles is the winner.

Some ideas for the list:

God making the earth
God shows himself to Moses in the burning bush
God turns the Nile to blood
God sends the plague of frogs
God senses the plague of flies
The plague of death over the Egyptian livestock
The plague of boils
The plague of hail
The plague of locusts
The plague of darkness
The plague of death of the Egyptian first born
God parts the sea
Ravens bring Elijah food (1 Kings 17v4-6)
Shadrak, Meshak and Abednigo survive the burning furnace
God protects Samuel in the lion’s den
Jesus feeds 5000
Jesus calms the storm
Jesus calls Lazarus from the dead
Jesus turns water into wine
Jesus walks on water
Jesus comes back from the dead
Jesus gives a blind man sight
Jesus commands a fig tree to wither
Jesus tells disciples to throw net to other side of boat to catch fish
Jesus raises Jairus’ daughter from the dead

Day 4 - Watergun / Ping pong ball monsters

Download monster pictures from the website, print and cut hole as indicated and laminate cardboard print. Tape flexible
funnels to the back of each poster, covering the whole. Each funnel feeds into a bucket. Using waterguns and a large zinc
bath of water to recharge guns, each group needs to fill up their bucket before the other groups, taking turns with the other
members in their group.

If playing indoors, use ping pong balls instead of water. Don’t use a funnel, rather position the bucket under the poster,
with a large piece of cardboard in it to guide the balls the balls into the bucket.

Day 5 – Capture the flag

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                                         Craft Activities
Day 1 - Scary pictures

Beforehand:
1)      Print verse on red sheets of paper, 4 or more up on 1 page. Cut them out for use later.
2)      Get enough clean sheets of paper (extra is a good idea) and
3)      yogurt tubs with pens, kokies, markers, paints or whatever you can get your hands on and sticks of glue
4)      Place sheets of paper and a yogurt tub of drawing materials in the middle of each table / team time discussion are.

In the session:
1)        Invite kids to draw a picture of what they fear.
2)        Once they are finished, give them the red verse and glue and tell them that they don’t need to fear anything but
          God, who loves us so much he would never harm us. Show them to glue the verse over their drawing of what they
          fear, canceling it out.

Day 2 - Paper heart

Beforehand:
1)      Print verse on coloured sheets of paper, 8 or more up on 1 page. Cut them out for use later.
2)      Get enough clean sheets of paper (extra is a good idea) and
3)      yogurt tubs with pens, kokies, markers, paints or whatever you can get your hands on
4)      Have a pair of scissors for every 3 – 4 kids and sticks of glue
5)      Place sheets of paper and a yogurt tub of drawing materials and scissors in the middle of each table / team time
        discussion spot.

In the session:
1)        Each kid folds his piece of paper in half, like a book.
2)        On the front cover, they draw a heart (their heart) with a door in the middle of it. They can write their name on
          their heart too.
3)        Using scissors, the kids cut the door on three sides so that it can swing open on the remaining intact side.
4)        They glue the folded pages together, still allowing the door to swing free. Don’t glue the door down!
5)        Opening the door, the kids draw Jesus, standing, smiling and knocking.
6)        Once they are finished, give them the red verse and glue. Tell them Jesus is standing at the door of their hearts and
          they can invite Him in. They can glue the verse in a suitable spot on their picture.

Day 3 – Miracle Collage

Beforehand:
1)      Paint up the day’s verse in large letters on a big piece of paper or card.
2)      Get enough clean sheets of paper (extra is a good idea) and
3)      yogurt tubs with pens, kokies, markers, paints or whatever you can get your hands on
4)      Have a pair of scissors for every 3 – 4 kids
5)      Place sheets of paper and a yogurt tub of drawing materials and scissors in the middle of each table / team time
        discussion spot.
6)      Have lots of prestik ready to stick pictures on the walls

In the session:
1)        Invite kids to choose a scenario that God has worked a miracle in and draw a picture of it.
2)        Some kids may find this too overwhelming, so invite them to draw something from nature. Even something
          simple as a leaf or butterfly is a miracle!
3)        They can cut out their pictures so that not too much white paper is left on the edges.
4)        Stick the memory verse poster in the middle of where you want the kids to stick their pictures on the wall of the
          hall.
4)        Give them some prestik and invite them to stick their picture around the designated spot on the wall.
Day 4 – Truth Lazer

Beforehand:
1)      Print verse on coloured sheets of paper, 12 or more up on 1 page. Cut them out for use later.
2)      Collect cooldrink cans, cardboard tubes (from paper toweling and toilet rolls), big and small cardboard boxes
        (cereal boxes, tea boxes, light bulb boxes – as many shapes and sizes as possible)
3)      buy packing tape – the large size that will stick anything together if you wrap it around enough times!
4)      Poster paint and paint brushes if you’re brave enough for the mess!
4)      Have a pair of scissors for every 3 – 4 kids
5)      Place a variety of tubes and boxes and rolls of tape in the middle of each table / team time discussion spot.

In the session:
1)        Invite the kids to make their own truth lazer using the materials on the table.
2)        Give them the memory verse for them to stick on to the lazer

Day 5 - Peace flag

Beforehand:
1)      Collect cardboard boxes or cut up cheap white fabric into poster-sized pieces and buy thin wooden dial sticks.
2)      Have poster paints and paint brushes ready.
3)      Have strong duck tape that will stick to fabric, or pins to pin the fabric over the dial sticks.

In the session:
1)        Tell the kids what a peace march is – that people are standing up to violence and fear in their society
2)        Tell them they are going to do the same in their club, and they need to think up a slogan for peace
3)        Give them card or fabric and invite them to make their own banner. It may be a good idea for them to plan it with
          pencils first, as it is always tricky to get big letters and words to fit. One always runs out of space!
4)        If kids are stuck for slogans, give them the memory verse to use




                                    Decorating the hall
Buy a couple of plastic spiders and snake and have them dangling from the ceiling in the entrance hall.
Make spider webs using wool or cotton thread.
Make spiders from pipe cleaners and egg cartons.
Make paper coil snakes with open mouths, teeth and forked tongues.
Black out the hall by taping black bags over the windows. Then you can have fun with lighting up the place with lamps.
You could also cut scary faces in the black bags for the sun to shine through.
Make or buy monster masks for the leaders to wear. Use dress up false teeth and make up to dress others up.
Record leaders making scary noises and play it back in a dark corner of the room.
Give the kids places to explore so that their imagination is heightened and they are ready for more spiritual exploration
later.
Above all: Don’t freak the kids out. Make everything fun. And if you’re not sure if something is a good idea, bounce it off
your leaders.



A word on recycling…

In all art activities one can spend so much money and resources, or hardly anything at all. Saving and recycling is a God-
given responsibility and is very hip! So use as much 2 nd-hand stuff as possible, and use your budget for things that will last
– prizes such as teen bibles and kids study materials.
                          Leader’s Discussion Notes
The thoughts below are to help guide the leaders as to what to discuss. If you would like to include the scriptures quoted
below in your discussion, print them out on pieces of paper and have the kids read them out at appropriate times. This will
prevent the discussion from being one-sided and preachy.

Day 1 – What do you fear?

Often just by talking about what they fear, kids are able to deal with their fears more effectively. Ask the kids what they
fear (spiders, storms, the dark). Ask them why they fear these things. Let them unpack their fears fully. Don’t laugh at silly
fears, and don’t let their other kids either. Take each child for what they are. After all, most fears are not rational!

Try to discover abstract things too, like getting into trouble, having to meet new people or what others think about them.
Especially for older kids who no longer fear the dark, these things are equally if not more daunting than ever.

Talk about the fact that God is with us and in us. If he is on our side, who could be against us?

Gen 26v24
Psalm 23v4: I will fear no evil, for you are with me (NIV)
Psalm 27
Psalm 56v3-4
Hebrews 13v6
2 Chronicles 32v7 Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a
greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to
fight our battles.


Curve ball… There is one thing we should fear though… God! Matthew 10v28 – Only fear God. He holds your entire life
– body and soul – in his hands.

Ask the kids what they think the verse could mean. Man may kill our body, but only God decides where our spirit will
spend eternity. Is the fear of God a good fear? Does it help us? Discuss the idea that fear is unhealthy but fearing God is the
beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 1v7). What is the difference?

Here is some further reading to get the juices flowing:

Proverbs 1v7: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge (NIV)
Proverbs 1v7: Start with GOD – the first step in learning is bowing down to GOD; (The Message)
Deuteronomy 31v13: Learn to fear the LORD your God (NIV)
Psalm 147v11 The LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.
1 Corinthians 5v9-11: we make it our goal to pleas him…for we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that
each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. Since, then, we know
what it is to fear the Lord…”

But we don’t need to live in dread of God if we have given ourselves to him. When we have his Spirit living in us, and we
are serving God, we live in love of God, not fear of God. 1 John 4v18: There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out
fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved
us.

Day 2 - Who is Jesus? How do you meet him in your heart?

Ask kids who they think Jesus is - God’s Son, God, a good man, a teacher, Saviour. Is he spirit or does he still have a real
body like when he was on earth?

Get them to think about what it would mean for Jesus to live in their hearts. Is it as simple as just asking? Is there more we
must do? What do we do once he’s in our hearts?
Discuss the verse, Rev 3v20 – I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in
and eat with him, and he with me. Why does God say he will eat with us? Families eat together, friends, people who want
to spend time together. What are they eating? Food? God’s words are food for our souls…

Some other scriptures to think about are:

John 14v17: He lives with you and will be in you. (This is talking about the Holy Spirit, the Counsellor, but try not to get
into a theological debate about the trinity! God is God, and his Spirit lives in your spirit.)
Galatians 2v20 I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 3v17 He may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your
hearts through faith.
Colossians 1v27 The glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Leave a few minutes at the end of the discussion to pray and invite Jesus into our hearts. Tell the kids they can pray this
pray in their hearts and God will hear them and come in and be with them forever.

Day 3 - What impossible stuff has God done? What impossible stuff could he do in your life?

The bible is full of miracles (see Miracle Charades for a few). God shows his power for a reason – often to show us
humans his glory. It would seem that the wonders of creation are not enough to convince earthlings that there is a power
more gigantic than could ever be imagined. Birth and death are thought to be normal. They are not. Each breath is a
miracle. Break it down to the tiniest atoms and then multiply that by the size of the universe. It doesn’t take much to boggle
our brains!

Kids may come up with crazy ideas of what God could do for them… Ferraris…Flying through the air! Keep them focused
on practical stuff – getting better from a terrible sickness, making friends with your worst enemy, helping you to be
disciplined to study for exams.

Discuss the scripture: Eph 3v20 – God can do anything! Far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your
wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. (The
Message)

Often people want God to do big, flashy things to entertain and impress them. Christ warned against this: “A wicked and
adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign!” (Matthew 12v38, NIV). The real miracles are those that Christ works in
us… changing us from immature, selfish people to steady, wise and loving children of God.

Of course God does work miracles every day. And these are wonderful and should not be disregarded. A bag of groceries
dropped off at your front door, or a parking space nearby when you’re in a rush are all joyful provisions from God, and our
hearts leap with excitement that he’s involved in our every day details. But these should not be the focus. The lasting
miracles are those happening inside us as God transforms our hearts.

Look at:

Jeremiah 10v12 But God made the earth by his power,
Psalm 147v4-18 He determines the number of the stars and call them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in
power; his understanding has no limit… He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass
grow on the hills…
1 Corinthians 6v14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.
Acts 1v8 You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses
1 Samuel 10v6 The Spirit of the LORD will come upon you in power… and you will be changed into a different person.
2 Corinthians 12v9 My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.
2 Peter 1v3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness


Day 4 - Why would God’s words protect us and give us strength? What is special about the bible?

God’s Words are full of his power. God created the world with his words… And God said, “Let there be light,” and there
was light. (Genesis 1v3)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made… (John 1v1-2, NIV)
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful
word. (Hebrews 1v3, NIV)


God’s Words are true and life-giving. They sustain our spirits just as food sustains our bodies. Jesus said: …Man does not
live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. (Matthew 4v4)

The bible is God’s words. When people wrote the bible, God’s Spirit inside them was telling them what to write. 2
Timothy 3v16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

But God can speak in and through you too! When you write a letter to a friend, ask God to tell you what to say. It may take
a while before you can be sure of what God is saying, but don’t give up. We need to practice listening to him throughout
our day.

Discuss scripture: Eph 6v17: The sword of the Spirit is the word of God

Is a weapon helpful if we don’t know how to use it, or if we left it at home? Would it help us if we knew some verses from
the bible off by heart? It would be like having our weapon right on us, ready for action. Think of situations that would need
a weapon and what verses from the bible would help. Write small portions of scripture down in a book or on paper you can
carry around with you during the day. Then you can read and memorize the verses from time to time. Excellent weapon
training!

James 1v22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.


Day 5 - What is peace?

Quiet? Nothing bad happening? No worries? No fighting? Peace is a gift from God to our hearts. God obviously loves it
when the human race lives in peace and harmony and Jesus told us to be at peace with each other (Mark 9v50) but how
often does that happen?! But we can live with peace in our hearts despite all the conflict and strife around us. Do not be
anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the
peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4v6,
NIV)

Once we are no longer at war with God, trying to do our own thing, instead of loving and serving him, we can be at peace
with God... Through faith in Jesus Christ, we have peace with God. (Romans 5v1) NIV) God was pleased to reconcile to
himself all things… by making peace through his blood shed on the cross. (Colossians 1v19-20)

How does God give us peace?

The Message translation of Phil 4v6 gives us an idea of how this works. If you pray instead of worrying, a sense of God’s
wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. Peace is a fruit of the Spirit living in us,
and us keeping in step with the Spirit. (Galations 5v22-26)

A little curve ball to prepare for incase someone brings it up… Why did Jesus say he did not come to bring peace but a
sword? Following Christ is often not the popular thing to do. In fact sometimes it’s downright contentious, or even illegal!
But Christ demands all of us, and doesn’t call us to follow him only if it’s convenient and suits everyone around us. Our
first call of allegiance is to him, whether it brings peace in our human relationships or not. But if it is possible, as far as it
depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge…do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with
good. (Romans 12v18-21)

Further study…

Perhaps you would like to chat about the above topics with the leadership from your church. Opening a study bible also
gives you a wealth of opportunity to discover more about what God says about different things. Often you’ll get so much
out of preparing yourself to lead group discussions, that you’ll discover you’ve grown in leaps and bounds by doing it.
Happy bible adventuring!
Theme Song – God is in me
Intro: get the kids to slap the “We will rock you” rhythm on their legs and clapping their hands together: slap slap clap
(wait) slap slap clap (wait) This song is along the tune of “I don’t know but I’ve been told!” ala drill sergeant style.
Because the kids repeat after the leader, this song can be taught without providing printed words to follow.

V1
Leader: God is in me, this I know              (Group repeats)
Leader: For the Bible tells me so              (Group repeats)
Leader: I do not need to be scared             (Group repeats)
Leader: God is in my heart and head            (Group repeats)

Rock you rhythm stops

Chorus
That’s right (clap clap) That’s right (clap clap)
He’s with me everyday
We talk at night
And all through the day

V2
Leader: God wants to come live in me           (Group repeats)
Leader: Be part of his family                  (Group repeats)
Leader: He wants to be my best friend          (Group repeats)
Leader: To-ge-ther until the end               (Group repeats)

Chorus

V3
Leader: God is big and powerful!               (Group repeats)
Leader: Makes a storm come to a still          (Group repeats)
Leader: I will trust him all the time          (Group repeats)
Leader: I am His and He is mine                (Group repeats)

Chorus

V4
Leader: God’s Words are my daily feed          (Group repeats)
Leader: Gives my soul the strength it needs    (Group repeats)
Leader: True and good, a strong weapon         (Group repeats)
Leader: Fighting evil using them               (Group repeats)

Chorus

V5
Leader: God fills my heart with his peace
Leader: When I bow down at his feet
Leader: He’s in charge of my whole life
Leader: No more worry, no more strife

Chorus
Logistics
The Crew you’ll need:

Admin fairy:      Someone who can make up and photostat registration forms for parents to complete as they drop off their
                  kids. Make lists of who is doing what. Take notes during meetings and hand them out to leaders.
Registrar:        To help visitors fill in forms and details (on the first day, you will need a lot of help. The following days,
                  one should suffice)
Welcomer:         Needs to be outgoing, and able to talk to kids easily, especially the kids that don’t fit into the vibe easily

Games guy:        Someone who will get the games going before the club begins each day. Will also be the main co-
                  ordinator of the rowdy game slot
Artist:           Design and co-ordinate decorating the hall, also in charge of sourcing the art materials needed for each
                  day, and for laying them out in advance
Cook:             Preparing the snack and juice. Will need a team to help hand out to the pack of ravenous kids!

Co-ordinator:     Some one who can harness everyone’s energy and make sure everyone is on track. Trouble-shooter.
                  Needs to be steady and not panic!
Musician:         Got to have a good, strong voice. Will officially welcome everyone and lead the prayer too.

Media guy:        Set up sound, projector and DVD player. Makes sure it is all working before each day starts. Also runs
                  around with a camera taking pics and doing spot interviews.
Team leaders:     Each group of 12 needs a team leader. They need to love God passionately and allow that passion to spill
                  over into their conversation with their groups.
Evangelist/Elder: Someone who is nurturing and mature. He is there to provide oversight and make sure the leaders act
                  responsibly. Also prays for the group during the club sessions. Introduce this person to the kids and make
                  him/her available after sessions to talk and pray with the kids if they want to give their lives to Christ.


Planning schedule:

6 months before: Are you kidding? This is the 21st Century! No one plans 6 months before! No seriously, start as early as
                 possible. If you think of something, do it! Don’t delay and procrastinate. The club will run as well as it
                 has been planned. :) And pray, pray, pray. God will tailor-make the holiday club to suit what He needs to
                 do if you keep your ears open in prayer!
3 months before: Actively look for your crew. That will be your greatest strength! Call a meeting for the following week.
11 weeks before: Meet with your crew to watch the DVD. Discuss questions and concerns. Allocate crew to specific roles.
                 Plan to meet the following week.
10 weeks before: Discuss ideas your crew has. Make sure your crew is on board. If someone seems like they’re not going
                 to give their commitment, have a backup plan, or team them up with someone.
9 weeks before: Start to collect art materials. Appeal to your church for art materials, sponsorships, donations of food,
                 help in preparing food and cleaning up. Many retired people will find this a manageable task and will
                 love being involved in the energy of a youth event. Some may bake biscuits, costumes etc for you.
                 Encourage any form of involvement. God loves it all! The admin fairy needs to keep track of who will do
                 what when.
8 weeks before: Organise your technical equipment – projector, screen, DVD player, amp and speakers, microphone and
                 any music amplification you will use.
7 weeks before: Plan your advertising strategy
6 weeks before: Advertise in your local paper, radio station and school bulletins. Request reservations to be made, so that
                 you have an 80% accurate idea of who will rock up.
5 weeks before: Start making hall decorations and dress up costumes.
4 weeks before: Make up memory verse artwork and Photostat.
3 weeks before: Finalize game equipment.
2 weeks before: Remind all those that promised help, tick off as you go.
                 Photostat registration forms
                 Put art materials in plastic containers and sort recycling stuff in black bags so that each group gets a good
                 selection of stuff
1 week before: During this week, decorate the hall. Leave wall space for the Miracle Collage.
                 Put on costumes and do a dry run of a day. This will eliminate tons of stress next week – stress which
                 will distract you from having a great time with the kids.

Stuff you will need:

Paper
Crayons
Pencil crayons
Kokies
Scissors
Glue
Clear packing tape
Paint
Paint brushes

Recycling stuff
Boxes of different shapes and sizes
Cans
Cardboard cylinders (paper towel)
Plastic bottles
Large card
Fabric
Dial sticks

Print stuff
Memory verses
Registration forms

Technical stuff
projector
screen
DVD player
amp and speakers
microphone
any music amplification you will use.

				
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