NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY
Celebrate the new year with a party extravaganza activity!
Have kids in your church-and their friends-spend the night on
New Year's at their Sunday school teachers' homes. Ahead of time,
get your senior pastor's spouse to create a diversion so your
pastor's family is out of the house around 9 p.m.
Then have all the kids and teachers meet at the senior pastor's
house around 9:30 to decorate the inside of the house for the new
year. Use balloons, streamers, and construction paper chains. Make
signs with encouraging messages to your pastor, such as "Thanks for
leading us into the ways of God!" or "Your sermons are HOT!"
Back at their teachers' homes, kids can ring in the new year
with games, videos, and tons of snacks.
Have everyone meet at the church in the morning for
breakfast-still in their pajamas. Give a wild and crazy nightshirt
to the person with the most outrageous pajamas.
Lead kids in a brief devotion on Philippians 3:13-14: "Forgetting what lies
behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward
the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ
Cake is a big thing around the world at New Year's. To ring in
the new year in England and Scotland, people try to be the first to
wish others a new year by delivering cake, bread, or cheese. To
honor St. Basil, a fourth-century church father, the Greeks bake a
cake or bread with a coin in it. The person who finds the coin is
considered the luckiest in the coming year. And the Chippewa
Indians greet guests at this time of year with cakes and
Begin your own cake-baking activity with this idea. Have
children bring their favorite cake's ingredients and a cake pan to
your church on the afternoon of New Year's Eve. Provide
cake-deocorating supplies, such as icing, food coloring, decorator
bags and tips, small candies, coconut, string licorice, and more.
Have kids create confectionery trophies. Take a picture of each
child with his or her cake. Then take children to deliver the cakes
to the people they choose.
WALKIN' IN THE WORD
Get your boys and girls into God's Word daily with "Bible
Express." Each daily reading features a Bible passage, devotion,
and prayer. Topics include things kids this age deal with such as
envy, getting along with friends, faith in God, and resisting
Each annual subscription of "Bible Express" costs $11.40, and
you can have issues delivered straight to each child's home. Order
by calling the Baptist Sunday School Board at 800-458-2772. Allow
six to eight weeks for arrival of the first issue