Thursday, August 4, 2016

Mid-week Curriculum Option - Science, the Bible & Fun!

What do you use for your Mid-week curriculum? Do you have a program, but need to supplement with Bible curriculum or, are you looking for something to use? If you need curriculum, take a look at using my Science the Bible & Fun! curriculum. I wrote it to use with my grandsons, but it would also work very well for mid-week ministry.

Science the Bible & Fun! has 52 weeks of science projects, activities, games and Bible learning with the focus of helping children learn how to follow Jesus - what could possibly be better?!

To give you an idea of what Science the Bible & Fun! is like, I'm very happy today to share with you one complete lesson, so you can try it in your ministry. Please help spread the word about Science the Bible & Fun! - and share this free lesson with other churches - and grandparents/parents you know!

Welcome to, “Science, the Bible & Fun” which has 52 weeks of activities and Bible Adventures to help you pass on a heritage of faith to your grandchildren (children). Each week’s activities include a Science Project, Craft, Nature Walk or Cooking project, time for Active Games—the type which take just a minute to play (look these up on-line as for copyright reasons, I could not reprint them). Along with all these fun activities, you’ll find a verse to memorize each month, a portion of Psalms each week to read, think through and pray back to God along with the opportunity to look at real people from the Bible who chose to love, know and walk with God! As you get to know them, you will learn more about how to do this as well! Feel free to use any or all of these resources as best fit your schedule.  Science, the Bible & Fun is available at this link!
I Can Praise - Science, the Bible & Fun – Week 6
I Can Praise God & Jehoshaphat Stood Firm!
Psalm 9 & 2 Chronicles 20
(Especially verses 6-19)
Science—Balloon in a Bottle!
· Empty 1-liter bottles (one per child)
· Balloons
· Nail/Hammer
What You’ll Do
Lead children in a science experiment which will help them think about the wonderful things God does and help them t praise Him.
· Place balloon in bottle with mouth of balloon over bottle opening.
· Have children try to blow up balloons.
· Remove balloons, fill bottles with water and cap. Carefully use hammer and nail to make a small hole in side of bottles near bottom.
· Pour out water, replace balloon and try to blow up again.
· Place finger over small nail hole and hold bottle away from your mouth; what happens?
· Remove finger and talk about what happens.
(Look up, “balloon in a bottle” on-line for examples and photos of this project.)

Wrap up with something along the lines of: For this project you were able to do something surprising; blow up a balloon inside a bottle!  This is the kind of project you are likely to tell others about and today you are going to learn about how David told others about the wonderful things God did for Him. You will also see how Jehoshaphat praised God for the wonderful things He did. You can choose to be like David and Jehoshaphat by telling other about the wonderful things God does for you, too!

Memory Verse
Psalm 8:1, 2a – Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in the whole earth!  You have set your glory in the heavens. You have made sure that children and infants praise you.
The Bible Adventure —
· Bibles
· Prayer notebook—one per child
· Crayons/Markers/Colored pencils
Read it!:
Open your Bibles and read the following -
· Psalm 9
· 2 Chronicles 20 (especially verses 6-19)
Talk About it:
Talk together about the verses you read; emphasize the following—
· Talk about what it means to thank God with all your heart.
· Talk about the wonderful things God has done and how you can tell others about them.
· Talk about what it means to trust God and how you can trust Him.
· Talk about how Jehoshaphat chose to trust God, stand firm and then praised God.
· Sing a song of praise once again to God praising Him with all your heart.
· Have children write/draw in their notebooks specific things they will pray about this week. Spend time praying together. Talk about how God is answering their prayers.

Scripture Prayer—

Dear God, I will give thanks to You with all my heart for all the wonderful things You have done! Please help me trust You more and more each day. Thank You for Your great love for me; I love You, too! Amen.

The Fun! —
Choose activities as you like —
· Games -Active Games and/or Board Games
· Craft - All My Heart!
· Rocks—palm-size
· Permanent ink pens
1. Talk about what it means to thank God with all our heart.
2. Let them use markers to draw a heart on their rock.
3. Talk about how children will thank God with all their heart in the coming week.
4. Tell children to put their rock where they will see it and be reminded to thank God with all their heart.

5. Lead children in popcorn prayers of thanks to God.

So, what are others saying about Science, the Bible & Fun? Look at the following . . . 

Lynda Freeman understands instilling Biblical principles into the hearts and minds of children is best done with the help of visual aids.  Her book provides the opportunity for adults to interact with children in a fun yet meaningful way.  Thanks Lynda for such a valuable tool. ” 
                                                                                                                                 Nancy  Samra;                                                                                                       Mom of three, Grandma of 11

"I liked your book very much.  I think the material is desperately needed by grandparents and parents.  I know of a number of grandmas who would love to have it right now.  Well presented, too. "
                                    Cathy Jacobs: 
                                                                                                 Mom of three, Grandma of  four,                    Director of Pass the Legacy & Author of Seven Keys for Godly Grandparenting                                                        
“I haven't been able to personally use these materials with my own children (who are grown) or granddaughter (she is far away and is only four months old), but I can see the lessons being very valuable for homeschool families, parents and grandparents to use as they lead their children to a deeper relationships with Jesus. Using the Psalms along with other stories of the Bible and connecting them to a child's prayers to God is great. These lessons could be adapted for use in a church setting as well. I would love to share some of the science experiment/object lessons with the children at my church.
                                                                                                                                Karen Watkins;                                                                    Mom of two, Grandma of one & 
  Children’s Ministry Coordinator at NorthBrook Fellowship

I just finished reading the book and I LOVED it! It is definitely a perfect way for me to spend time with my children, have fun with them and most importantly, teach them more about the Bible.“
Amy Campbell;

Mom of two

In the year of activities Science the Bible & Fun provides, you and the children in your ministry will learn about Noah, Josiah, Jehoshaphat, Jesus, Caleb, John, Daniel, Elisha, Adam & Eve, Abraham, the judges and Saul. Plus, you and they will have the opportunity to learn to pray the Scriptures as well! Since there are 52 lessons, you will have no shortage of material to choose from - or a resource which will last you more than just one year, making it a very good buy!

There is much to like about Science the Bible & Fun - check it out at this link.

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