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Welcome to another post in the Bringing the Bible to Life series. In case you’re looking for other other posts in this series, you can find them here:
Post - Enhance - Lesson - Bible - Karl
In this post, we’ll talk about how to develop (or enhance) any lesson using the Bible alone. Karl Bastian provides a great format for developing a daily schedule in his resource, the Kids Church Cookbook. He explains that building a lesson is like creating a delicious meal:
Recently, we held a training session at our church entitled “Cooking up a Lesson from Scratch” based on Karl’s Kids Church Cookbook, section #3. At the end of the training, each team member was given a Scripture passage and asked to develop a theoretical schedule (or menu!) based on the training. Here are a “Sample Menus”:
Appetizer - Begin - Door - Kids - Head
Appetizer: Begin by standing at the door, greeting kids as they enter. Appear to be looking them over and then shake your head and mutter, “No, not this one” as they pass by. Perhaps stop a few kids and say “Surely this one!”, pause and then say “No, I guess not” and send them into the classroom. After the all the kids have entered, ask them if they knew what you were up to as they entered the classroom. What did it seem like you were doing? How did they feel about being “inspected”?
Main Course: Explain that Samuel did the same thing when he went to Jesse’s house to choose a new king. Tell the story from 1 Samuel 16, explaining why a new king was needed and why it was so important for him to have a...
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