Peter’s Denial Puppet Script

I have just written a short children’s puppet script based on Peter’s denial  of Jesus (based on John 18). It involves a rooster puppet and an interviewer or ventriloquist. Peter’s Denial Puppet Script  I used it today with a group of boys in a chapel service a long with a video and short talk and it went down well. Feel free to adapt it to your setting if you find it helpful.

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More Easter resources for children’s ministry

A Glorious Easter

Probably one of the best list of Easter resources for children’s ministry online.

 

See also my other websites – http://easterplus.blogspot.com and http://eliab.com

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Easter Message – Bible Theatre

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Olympic Games Resource for children’s program

If you’re looking for some ideas for a christian children’s program on the Olympic Games then check out this free resource for a children’s holiday program titled “Champions” – Discovering the heart of a champion (written by Liz Campbell). There are loads of ideas, scripts, games and Bible resources to use.

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Willing to die

A story to share at Easter

He died for another

Over two hundred years ago, the French Revolution brought fear and terror to France. Rich and powerful people – even the king and queen -were killed by the revolutionaries. Every day, hundreds of people were arrested, dragged from their homes and flung into horrible prisons. They were given hardly any chance to defend themselves, but were sent off to the guillotine to be killed.

Some of those who died probably deserved to be punished, for they had been cruelly thoughtless of the poor and hungry peasants and city workers. But in those terrible days, many good and honest people suffered, too.

Francois-Simon Liozerolles was a young man of twenty two when he and his father, General Loizerolles, were arrested.

First, young Liozerolles was tried. The case went against him and every morning he wondered if it would be his last.

One afternoon, tired and miserable, he flung himself on a couch to rest. His father sat beside him and talked calmly till he fell asleep. When he awoke he looked around for his father and excitedly asked some friends what had become of him. They told him.

While he slept, the tumbrils* had arrived and the warder entered with the list of those who were to die. The name of Francois-Simon Loizerolles was called. The General promptly stepped forward, saying, “I am Loizerolles”. He walked out and climbed in to the cart and was carried away to die.

It was then too late to correct the error. Within a week the reign of terror came to an end and young Loizerolles walked out free!

But he was a changed man and for him the world was a changed world. Everything seemed different after that awakening. He went to sleep, unwilling to die and longing to live. We awoke to love life less and understand it more, because by dying in his place, his father had shown him how to live. All his days he lives as a man for whom another gave his life.

(*Tumbrils were carts used to take prisoners to be executed.)

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Easter Chant

Easter Chant

Hosanna ! Hosanna !

Hear the people cry.

Riding on a donkey

The King is passing by.

Riding to Jerusalem

Wave those palms and cheer -

Jesus the Messiah

The “promised one” is here.

 

Crucify ! Crucify !

Hear the people shout !

Tell governor Pilate

To bring Jesus out.

Crucify ! Crucify !

Hear the people cry -

“He claimed to be our king,

Now he must die !”

 

“Forgive them ! Forgive them !

They don’t know what they do

I’m willing to die

On this cross for you.

I’m your king, Lord, Messiah.

It is finished ! I cry -

For your sins to be forgiven

God’s Son must die “

 

He’s risen ! He’s risen !

See the joy on Mary’s face.

She came to the tomb

And now she must race

To tell the disciples -

“We don’t need to fear,

Jesus has been raised to life .

He’s alive ! He’s here ! “


(c) Don Stott, Feb 2002

See more Easter Chants, stories and Easter Puppet skits at http://eliab.com

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The carpenter’s cradle

The background for this poem is Matthew 1:18-25 . It was used as part of a sermon on this passage and was read with an improvised piano backing.

The Carpenter’s Cradle

Timber now fashioned, and rough sanded down

With piles of fresh shavings strewn on the ground.

The carpenter ponders each joint and straight edge

Puts down his tools upon the work ledge.

With things to ‘consider’ he returns to ‘his wood’

And enquires of the Lord, ‘What’s for the good?’

The angel commanded him,”Mary must stay”.

It’s now clear his fear shouldn’t stand in his way.

With each hammer and join, things start to take shape

He’s resolved to move forward, he can’t hesitate.

Shifting his stool, he then starts to plane.

Sometimes it’s hard to go ‘gainst the grain.

Finally he smiles, ‘It’s all God’s design.’

His weathered hand feels what’s smoothed, now fine.

This small baby Jesus, a gift to mankind

Will no longer rest in a meagre old manger

But will peacefully rock in this carpenter’s cradle.

© Don Stott, 2005, http://eliab.com

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Christmas Quotes

I have just added some Christmas quotes and thoughts on my other website Christmasplus.blogspot.com

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Celebrate Christmas photo

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Put CHRIST back in CHRISTmas

Santa rides in a sleigh…

JESUS rides on the wind and walks on the water.

Santa comes but once a year…

JESUS is an ever present help in trouble.

Santa fills your stockings with goodies…

Jesus supplies all your needs.

Santa comes down your chimney uninvited…

JESUS stands at the door of your life and knocks, and then enters your heart when invited.

You have to wait in line to see Santa…

JESUS is as close as the mention of HIS name.

Santa lets you sit on his lap…

JESUS lets you rest in His arms.

Santa doesn’t know your name, all he can say is “Hi little boy or girls, what’s your name?”…

JESUS knew our name before we did.

Not only does he know our name,

He knows our address too.

He knows our history and future and

He even knows how many hairs are on our heads.

Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly…

JESUS offers a heart full of love.

All Santa offers is HO HO HO…

JESUS offers healing, help and hope.

Santa says “You better not cry”…

JESUS says “Cast all your cares on me for I care for you.”

Santa’s little helpers make toys…

JESUS makes new life, mends wounded hearts, repairs broken homes and builds mansions.

Santa may make you chuckle but…

JESUS gives you joy that is your strength.

While Santa puts gifts under your tree…

JESUS became our gift and died on a tree.

Yes, Jesus is better, he is even better than Santa Claus.

It’s obvious there is really no comparison. We need to remember WHO Christmas is all about. We need to put Christ back in CHRISTmas, Jesus is still the reason for the season.

(author unknown)

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The legend of the first Christmas tree

Christmas trees originated in Germany. The story is told of St. Boniface who travelled from England centuries ago to tell the good news about Jesus to the German people. One dark night he and some of his monks carrying candles, came across some people deep in the forest. They had tied a boy to a bare oak tree ready to sacrifice him to their god, Odin. Boniface freed the boy and chopped down the tree. Then he showed them a fir tree pointing up to the sky. His followers put their candles on the branches and the people gathered around the tree and listened as Boniface explained how God had sent his son Jesus to bring light to the world.

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Twinkle Twinkle Christmas Star

I’ve just posted a reworking of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with Christmas words

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Two sock puppets sing another Christmas song

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The Nativity Story – Animated Christmas Nativity Story

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The Nativity Scene

After hearing the Christmas story, and singing “Silent Night” a Sunday School Class in Sao Paulo was asked to draw what they thought th Nativity Scene might have looked like. One boy did a good likeness of Joseph, Mary and the infant, but off  to the side was a plump roly-poly figure.

The teacher, afraid that he had somehow worked Santa Claus into the scene asked who that was. She wasn’t sure whether she was relieved or even more worried when the boy responded, “No that’s Round John Virgin.”

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Christmas is Coming!

A few years ago I wrote a small 12 page PDF booklet called Christmas is Coming! It includes a number of original Christmas puppet scripts, stories and chants. It’s available for download for $10 USD via PayPal.  I also have a number of other Christmas scripts and stories available free at Eliab.com

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Christmas-1st Corinthians 13 Style

Christmas-1st Corinthians 13 Style
  • If I decorate my house perfectly with bows,strands of twinkling lights and shiny baubles, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another decorator.
  • If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas biscuits, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtimes, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook.
  • If I decorate the Christmas tree with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.
  • Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
  • Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband or wife.
  • Love is kind, though harried and tired.
  • Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has co-ordinated Christmas china and table cloths.
  • Love doesn’t yell at the children to get out of the way.
  • Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.
  • Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
  • Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust.

But giving the gift of God’s love will endure.

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Carolling Christmas

I have just posted my new short Christmas puppet ( or vent) script. It’s called “Carolling Christmas”. Ricky can’t get to sleep because he has Christmas carols going around in his head. He comes to hear about the Nativity and gets excited that God’s son has come to earth.

Carolling Christmas script.

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Christmas Thanksgiving

Helen Aberg used to give generous Christmas gifts to her several grandchildren, but the children never sent thank you letters, despite the urgings of their parents. But then, one year, things changed. Grandma sent a hundred dollar Christmas cheque to each grandchild. The very next day, each child came over in person to thank her. She was telling this to a friend of hers, who said, “How wonderful! What do you think caused them to become so polite?

“Oh,”said Helen,”it was easy. This year I didn’t sign the cheques.”

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Clowning for children

Are you looking for ideas and resources for Christian clowning with children?

Check out the following online resources…

Clown Skits

Christmas_clown skit

Christian Clowning

 Clowning Manual

About clown skits and routines

Worship Drama and Dance scripts and skits  (some clown skits included)

World Clown Association -3 Christiain clown routines

Christian Drama and Mime

DramaShare.org Clown Ministry Workbookclownwithsuspenders

 

Clowning  idea

A mission team back from Peru writes. “We performed the mime “King of Hearts” in town squares and it has a powerful impact…without words. Very relatable to everyone. The gist: 4 individuals all dressed in black except for a shattered heart on each’s chest- the glamour girl, the fighter, the clown and the hypocrite. Each act out their roles, but take turns lowing their masks to reveal what’s really going on inside: the glamour girl has a very low image of herself, the fighter is scared, the clown is suicidally depressed and the hypocrite is blind. Then Christ enters, shows that he died and rose for them, and in turn pulls a shattered heart off to reveal a whole heart and each in turn is transformed.”

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Hands up for puppets!

Here are some resources for using puppets in Christian ministry with children -

20 Ways to Use a Puppet

Getting started with puppets

20 ways to use a puppet to teach a Bible memory verse

Free Christian puppet scripts  ( Eliab.com  free scripts mainly for use with one puppet and an10_8 Don & Ronnie (1) adult)

Puppet Posts on Childrensministerblog.com

Writing a Puppet Script-_Don Stott

Puppetresources.com  (Huge resource of Christian puppets scripts)

Bob Snook Puppet and Drama Scripts  ( hundreds of scripts – highly recommended)

 

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Looking for an online kid’s presentations?

The website The Way 2 Go has great flash presentations for children.

The Way 2 Go aims to provide an introduction to Christianity for children in the 8 to 12 age range. Pages included in “The Hub” also include information about- Creation, Jesus, Justice, Knowing God and Data bank.

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Ten Commandments for reducing stress

1. Thou shalt not be perfect, or even try to be.

2. Thou shalt not try to be all things to all people.

3. Thou shalt leave things undone that ought to be done.

4.Thou shalt spread thyself too thin.

5. Thou shalt learn to say “no”.

6. Thou shalt schedule time for thyself and for thy supportive network.

7. Thou shalt switch off and do nothing regularly.

8. Thou shalt be boring, untidy, inelegant and unattractive at times.

9. Thou shalt not even feel guilty.

10. Especially thou shalt not be thine own worst enemy, but be thy best friend.

Above all things remember to rest in the Lord Jesus who said “Come to Me all you who are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”

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Ice breaker game

Name Acrostics ( suitable for older chidren or family groups)

Give pencils and cards to each person as they enter and tell them to print their first name in capitals vertically at the extreme left of their card. The people mix in the crowd trying to find people whose first names begin with the letters on their card. For example, Linda’s card might be completed with these names:

L uke

I an

N arelle

D inah

A lex

No person’s name may be used more than once, unless two or more people bear the same name. The completed acrostic based on the longest name wins the prize.

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Gone to heaven?

At the beach a child found a seagull lying dead in the sand by the shore.

“Mummy, what happened to him?” the little boy asked.

“He died and went to Heaven,” the mother replied.

The child thought for a moment and then said, “And God threw him back down?”

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Kids who are different

Kids Who Are Different
by Digby Wolfe

 

Here’s to the kids who are different,

The kids who don’t always get A’s

The kids who have ears twice the size of their peers,

And noses that go on for days …

Here’s to the kids who are different,

The kids they call crazy or dumb,

The kids who don’t fit, with the guts and the grit,

Who dance to a different drum …

Here’s to the kids who are different,

The kids with the mischievous streak,

For when they have grown, as history’s shown,

It’s their difference that makes them unique.

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Free wordsearch maker

I’ve used this website to make wordsearch puzzles and mazes for some of our children’s bible activity sheets and for our holiday programs.

http://puzzlemaker.com

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Bible object search

Hide some everyday objects round the room with a Bible reference taped on them. Tell children the number of different objects they are looking for. Children are to find the object and write it down on a sheet of paper with the reference. When all objects have been found sit down and work out the Bible story by looking up the reference.

For example : Bread roll – Mark 8:5-9,  Feeding the 5000.

Toy Lion – Daniel 6:10-23, Daniel

Lambskin – Exodus 12:3-14, The Exodus

Nails – John 19:18 , the Crucifixion of Jesus

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Listening Proverb

A good reminder for those who prepare and preach sermons or talks-

“It’s the same with men as with donkeys: whoever would hold them fast must first get a good grip on their ears.” Russian proverb

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Follow Jesus Prayer

The following prayer (on a’Powerpoint’ slide)  is suitable for Sunday school or a school chapel service. The Bible reading was Luke 5:1-5.  Jesus calls the disciples.

Follow Jesus Prayer

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