My Thanksgiving Lesson

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Just wanted to post what I did for Thanksgiving this year and provide a link where you can get the PowerPoints I made for the lesson – it was a lot of fun and really got the kids thinking! As an introduction we played my Thanksgiving Gimmie Gimmie Game, which is always a TON of FUN! I introduce it by telling the kids there is something that spoils our attitude of gratitude, it is something I like to call “the gimmie gimmies.” It is when we start thinking about what we want, and forget all we have! I ask the kids, “how many of you are already thinking, or maybe even asking, about what you want for Christamas?” (hands go up!) “Have you thought yet about what you want to give?” (blank looks!) Below is my quick PowerPoint I used for explaining the rules. I had about 150 kids playing, so you’ll notice I used 5 cards per kid in my rules, even though in the official game, it says 7 cards each. I modified for our large group. We played for five minutes and it was a blast. If you have never played “Gimmie Gimmie” – you have GOT …

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FREE Thanksgiving Video Lessons!

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Wow! How would you like some amazing FREE Thanksgiving Video Based lessons from Pop Up Good News? These fun, interactive teaching videos are ideal for your young learners and the topic is perfect for November! Whether you use them in your regular programming or for a time when you need to provide quality care – make it a productive time with Pop Up Good News! Watching these reminded me of watching Nina on Sprouts when my boy was little. Each video also comes with a lesson plan and activity sheets. I know the best way to evaluate something is to TRY IT, so I asked the creator if he would share a lesson with Kidology Premium Members, and Scott surprised me by offering an entire series on Thanksgiving! That’s FIVE complete videos and lessons. How can you get this? Log into your membership on Kidology.org and visit the Member Perks for November. Then, head over to PopUpGoodNews.com to learn about how you can get these videos and lessons each and every month for your young learners!

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The Kidology Report It’s the ad-free professional eZine you can give your leaders and volunteers and digest in one sitting. And best of all… IT’S FREE! Download the First Issue FREE Each issue will have a thought-provoking article to Equipping and Encourage you as well as one designed to give your volunteers and another targeted at leaders. And don’t miss the “Kidology One Page.” Just what you need in one page to keep up to date, challenged and informed. Print and distribute in your ministry – the whole Report, or just the section you want. Each issue will be short and to the point. And don’t miss all the other Premium Member Downloads available this month! I just read the Kidology report. I really like the “to the point” articles and the info provided. Great job, Thanks. – Chris Gary Just wanted to say thanks for the Premium Member downloads at Kidology.org. From the Kidology Report, to the eTips, these are all things that I can use in my ministry.  It was extremely helpful to me to have something that I can give to my teachers. I didn’t have to spend hours on end trying to find something. Thank Karl …

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“You’ll Laugh! You’ll Think! You’ll Learn What’s in the Bible like never before!” – Karl Bastian, the Kidologist from Kidology.org Kidology is always looking for ways to help children’s ministry leaders money on the best resources available in kidmin today! That is why we are excited to announce a LIMITED TIME discount on Phil Vischer’s incredible “What’s in the Bible” curriculum – both home and church editions. Get 40% off your What’s in the Bible! Just use the code KIDOLOGY when you order! Whoever said the Bible is old-fashioned or boring has never seen it taught by Phil Vicher and his gang! You’ll laugh, you’ll think and you’ll learn ‘What’s in the Bible’ like never before. I have been watching these videos with my son and we both find them not only hysterical to watch, but incredibly educational. When both a child and a dad with a Bible degree are learning – you know you’ve struck gold. AND NOW… the complete Bible is available in a Church Edition to bring this amazing video education to the church learning environment. Two bonus discs include files to print your own classroom decorations and promotional posters plus countdown videos, videos for parents from …

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We All Got “Stuff”

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Tonight I kicked off a new week of camp speaking at Camp Timber-lee. I’ve been a camp speaker here since 1997. They keep having me back, even after I moved to Colorado, which is an honor. This year’s theme is ‘Anchored’ and it’s a super topic – for when we have our lives anchored to God, we can survive the storms of life. I’ll be covering the ‘Water Stories’ of the Bible. Tonight we began with the Wise and Foolish builder in Matthew 7:24-27. For each story we will be looking UP (something we learn about God), IN (something we learn about ourselves), DOWN (identifying a ‘bottom line’ Eternal Principle) and then OUT (what will we DO differently as a result of this story?). One of the neat things about tonight’s chapel was when I introduced a new puppet tonight, named Shredder (a skater dude). He embarrassed to share his real name, so he goes by this cool nick name. He mentioned that he ‘s got some ‘stuff’ going on in his life that he could use God’s help with. When I asked what he meant, he said he didn’t want to give details in front of all these kids, …

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