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Learning Centers: Sword Drill Center

Sword Drill Center

This is a place to practice using your sword (God’s word). Practice finding memory verses and Bible books.   Always be prepared to talk about God’s word and what it teaches about how to live.  Who do we fight for?  Jesus!  What do we fight with?  The Bible!  What do we fight against?  Satan, Sin, & Death!

Use the center:

There are 3 kinds of drills, and all 3 are called in the same way:

  • Attention!—Your hands should be at your sides, Bible closed, and cupped on binding of Bible.
  • Draw swords!–Hold your Bible out – 1 hand on top and 1 below – no fingers on pages.
  • “Charge!”—Find the reference called.

Quotation Drill (quote from memory):

1: One person gives the reference.

2: If you know the verse, step forward 1 step, then be ready to quote the verse and give the reference if you are called upon

Completion Drill (quote from memory):

1: The teacher reads part of the verse

2:If you can complete the verse, step forward 1 step, then be ready to quote the verse and give the reference.

Book Drill (Bible is used)

1: Any book in the Bible may be used

2: The leader calls a book of the Bible (ex. Exodus)

3: After calling “Charge”, find any page in the book called, place your finger on the page, and step forward.

4:If the teacher calls on you, give the name of the book before the one called, the book called, and the book after the one called. (ex. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus).

Clean up:

Neatly stack the Bibles on the shelf

Merry Christmas!

Learning Centers: Elementary Art Center

Art Center

This is a place to make art.  Work together to create something beautiful that reminds you of today’s lesson.  Remember, God creates good and beautiful things.  When we create, we imitate him and give Him glory.

Use the center:

  • Draw what you remember from the lesson.  Make a timeline of events from the story using pictures and words.
  • Think about today’s memory verse: (1) Draw what you imagine.  (2) Write out the verse with different colors for each word (or shapes around each word) to help you remember it.  (3) Write the verse using pictures instead of words.
  • Use the easels together to create a large piece of art.  Work together.  Remember that God has made each of us uniquely creative.

Clean up: Wipe down whiteboards and put markers or paint supplies away neatly

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Think Tank: Santa Claus & Children’s Ministry


It happens almost every year. One kid comes to children’s church with a personal mission to prove Santa is not real. Besides the disruption, it creates a situation where one child is calling someone’s mom a liar. That’s why my friend Tony Kummer called to order a special Christmas edition of our Think Tank. santa-claus-is-not-Jesus

How do you handle the whole issue of Santa Claus in your ministry? How would you redirect a group of children at church who are debating his existence? What advice would you give Christan parents & grandparents about Santa?

This was the question for the December edition of the Children’s Ministry Think Tank. Here is the response that Fletcher Lang and I put together for the discussion.  You can follow the responses of other Children’s Ministry leaders here.

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