EVENTS (Page 2)
don't be a turkey
Don't be a Turkey, Just Say Thanks!
Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice
Kick-off November with a Don't be a Turkey, Just Say Thanks series.
4 Weeks of fun ideas and lesson suggestions that will make your November planning a breeze
Jesus Gave Thanks – Feeding the 5000 (Matthew 14:13-21) – Cinnamon toast with sugar and cinnamon
The Leper Said Thank You – The 10 Lepers (Luke 17:11-19) 10 Ingredient Chocolate Mug Cake
The Widows Mite (Mark 12:42-44 and Luke 21:1-4) Giving Thanks for our mom’s – Thank you Jars
Elisha and the widow’s oil (2 kings 4:1-7 (Giving) – Scripture Cookies
Kick-off your event by sending home a sweet treat with each child the week before you begin your event.
This treat will include a tag with all the upcoming information printed right on the tag.
Simply place your treat inside a plastic baggie, print and cut out the tag below, fold it over the baggie, and staple...and you're all ready to go!
Looking for more "Giving" Crafts? Check out my Time, Talents and Tithe T-Shirt Craft. Click on the photo to the left.
"Great Hands-On Activity"
Teach your children about Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection by making resurrection rolls/biscuits.
Children will roll out the biscuit, place a marshmallow inside, bake, and then find their biscuits are empty...just like the tomb.
A delicious treat with an important lesson to teach!
Note: If you do not have an oven at your church, you can bake extra biscuits at home for the kids to enjoy at the end of the lesson.
During class, the children will create their biscuits (per the lesson) but instead of baking, they will eat the biscuits that you brought.
The biscuits that the children create will be placed in zip locks and sent home. Once home, children can share what they learned in class, bake their biscuits...and even share a bite with their siblings or parents
What you will need
Biscuits - 1 per child (cans from the dairy section)
Rolling pins (They can share a large rolling pin and pass it around).
Butter (Stick kind - to melt)
Parchment Paper and Waxed Paper
Prep Work on the morning that you teach
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (If you do not have an oven at the church, you can simply make the biscuits at home and bring enough prepared biscuits to church the morning of your event. You will go through all of the same motions during class except for baking. Simply place each child's biscuit into a ziplock to be baked at home and eat the ones that you prepared in advance.
Place a sheet of parchment paper or aluminum foil onto a cookie sheet.
Write each child's name on the parchment paper. Leaving plenty of space between each name so that when you place each biscuit beside the appropriate name you are allowing enough room for your biscuit to grow and ooze without covering the child's name. You may need several cookie sheets depending on the number of children that you have in your class.
Melt the butter and place in a small bowl (s)
Place some sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl (s)
Set out toothpicks, a bag of marshmallows, cans of biscuits
When class Brings
Pass out one sheet of waxed paper to each child. (They will roll out and prepare their biscuits on the waxed paper)
During this activity, you will have the opportunity to explain each step as you go along. You may add anything to any section below. The teaching is strictly a suggestion. Teach it any way that you feel led.
Pass out one biscuit to each child. Tell the children that the biscuit represents the tomb that Jesus was placed in.
Talk about how Jesus’ friends asked for the body and Jesus and how they took Him from the cross and wrapped Him tightly in white linens.
Suggestion: You may want to add actual scripture reference here and have a helper read the scripture when you have finished talking.
For instance: Mark 15:46 So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock.
Don't get ahead of yourself by reading the rest of the scripture verse...stop where necessary.
Allow the children to roll out their biscuits when you have finished talking.
2. Place the Marshmallow inside - The marshmallow represents the body of Jesus.
It’s white because it stands for purity and His sinless life.
Place the Marshmallow in the Center of the Biscuit and fold the sides around. Wrap tightly
Add scripture verse if desired.
Allow the children to place their marshmallows inside their flattened biscuit and wrap tightly...no holes...so it can't escape.
3. The toothpick - Before Jesus’ friends were allowed to take Him from the cross, the soldiers wanted to make sure that He was dead. So they took a spear and shoved it into Jesus’ side. Jesus was then taken to the tomb and placed inside. A huge rock was placed in front of the tomb.
Add scripture verse if desired.
Allow the children to secure their biscuits with toothpicks...making sure that all edges stay wrapped.
4. Melted Butter and Spices (Cinnamon and sugar mixed together) - Dip the biscuit into the melted butter....and immediately into the spices (sugar and cinnamon mixed together). When done, place your biscuit, on the cookie sheet beside your name.
When Jesus was buried, there was no time to anoint His body…or to rub it with oil…in the Jewish faith, Jesus had to be buried before sundown on the sabbath. So the next morning…after the Sabbath, a group of women went to the tomb so that they could anoint His body. They brought oil….dunk the biscuit in the butter. And they brought spices…roll in spices. They did this so that when the body started to decay or rot, the spices would cover the smell. The sweet taste of this spice is a perfect reminder of the gift that Jesus gave to each of us…the sweetest gift we will ever receive…salvation. This means that when Jesus died on the cross, he took the punishment that we deserved. He died on the cross so that our sins could be forgiven…and so that we will be able to go to heaven when we die…to live with God forever and ever and ever.
Add scripture verse if desired.
Allow children to dip their biscuit into the butter and then immediately into the cinnamon spice mixture. (You may want to have 2-3 bowls of spices to pass along to each child) When each child is done with their biscuit, they will place it onto the cookie sheet beside their name.
5. Bake...as you close the door...talk about the tomb...the rock that was rolled in front of the tomb. Add anything else that you would like to teach while you are waiting for the biscuits to finish.
6. Open the oven - When the women went to the tomb, they weren’t sure HOW they were going to roll the big stone away…it was big…and it was heavy. BUT they didn’t need to worry about that…because at sunrise, a huge earthquake shook the ground…it shook and it rattled…and it made a terrible noise. And an angel came down from Heaven…and rolled the stone away.
7. If there is any white melted marshmallow goo left inside, you can explain the white
burial cloth that was left behind.
paid in full
Create these sweet "Paid in Full" handprint crafts with your children.
Drive home the point that Christ died for us and that our "sin" debt has been paid in full.
The perfect "Plan of Salvation" or Easter craft!
All you need is some black construction paper, white and red paint, a paintbrush and some hand washing supplies.