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  • Adding Fun & Excitement – May 2014

    Marrena Ralph, Kids 4 Truth Clubs Program Administrator

    Year End Program and Awards

    The end of a curriculum year is a great time to encourage those who have participated in your club by presenting year end awards, gifts, or incentives. A nice ending to the K4T curriculum year is an Awards Night. We would suggest a special service to honor those who have worked hard in the program. This is also a time when you can thank your workers by recognizing them.

    Services vary from one ministry to another but ceremonies often include songs, recitation of memory work, and presentation of year end awards/achievements. In addition, some churches enjoy adding a reception or fellowship time after the program that includes anything from cupcakes to hotdogs or pizza.

    Year end award pins and certificates are available for those who would like to use this option.

    pins Year End Award Pins: These attractive pins are an option for those who would like to give out Bronze, Silver, or Gold level awards. The Year End Award pins are available in three colors: bronze, silver, and gold for you to distribute as you see fit. The Award Pin should be worn on the standard above the Kids 4 Truth embroidered logo. We would suggest a "Year End Award Pinning Ceremony" where each child who has earned his/her pin is called to the front and the small group leader or director pins the Award Pin onto the standard in front of everyone. A nice compliment to the year end pins are the Year End Certificates. These are available to purchase pre-printed. These certificates look sharp with a gold seal sticker placed over the graphic on the center bottom of the certificate. The certificate can be presented by itself, in a certificate mat holder, or in a certificate frame.

    Recommended Award Scenarios: Just as a church chooses how its children earn each award patch during the year, the church has the flexibility to choose what type and how year end awards are earned. Below are our recommendations for year end awards.

    Levels 2-4: The children in levels 2-4 have the opportunity to earn bronze, silver, or gold each year. The color of the award they earn depends upon how many patches they earn for every doctrinal theme in the book (not an average, but every doctrinal theme.) We recommend the following:

    • Bronze – earn 3 patches for every doctrinal theme in the book = total of 18 patches (patches on the front of the standard)
    • Silver – earn 4 patches for every doctrinal theme in the book = total of 24 patches (one patch on the front and one on the back for each doctrinal theme)
    • Gold – earn all 5 patches for every doctrinal theme in the book = total of 30 patches

    Level 1 – Discoverers: A child who has been in the Discoverers level all three years can earn all three year-end pins. The awards reflect the amount of memory work the child has recited. We recommend a difference between books B & C in earning the second patch because book C contains more content.

    • Book A = all patches earned = Bronze
    • Books B & C = 1 patch per doctrinal theme = Bronze
    • Book B = 1 patch per doctrinal theme + bonus patch on the back for each doctrinal theme = Silver
    • Book C = 1 patch per doctrinal theme + cutout path patch on the back for each doctrinal theme = Gold

    Extras: Some clubs have successfully added gifts or incentives for memorizing the Truths and participating in the program for the year. They use Bible covers, cinch bags, disk flyers, CDs, DVDs, or pens/pencils, and give gifts according to the work that was accomplished or ability level. We also have clubs who go one step further to show appreciation to their workers at this time of year. Workers who feel appreciated will often return to work another year. The Travel Tumbler, Tumbler with Straw, or pens are a great gifts to show workers you appreciate them. These items not only encourage your children or workers after a year of hard work, but also promote excitement and advertisement for your program.

  • NEW! Kids 4 Truth Songbook PDF Files

    songbook By popular demand! Individual PDF files of each of the 12 original songs included in the Kids 4 Truth songbook. Have a favorite song from the K4T songbook or "All Glory Be To You" CD? Now you can purchase a PDF copy of the individual songs!


    Copyright allows one printing of each purchased PDF - if you need more than one copy, please purchase additional copies of the file.

     

    Please let us know if you have questions, ideas, or product suggestions by emailing us at clubs@kids4truth.com or calling our office at 866-754-4272.

     

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  • Children’s Leaders Advice – April 2014

    Marrena Ralph, Kids 4 Truth Clubs Program Administrator

    Motivating Children to Learn

    1. Be excited and zealous about all that you do.
      1. Your excitement will be contagious.
      2. Encourage your workers to share in the excitement.
      3. Invoke passion and excitement by wearing and using logo products.
    2. Make it “special” for the children.
      1. Decorate the room for them – not for adults.
      2. Use posters to promote the program and events.
      3. Give each group special team names—this encourages participation through competition.
      4. Keep everything kid friendly.
      5. Maintain a safe atmosphere.
    3. Use natural instincts to your advantage.
      1. Younger children naturally want to outdo older children while older children do not want to be outdone by younger children. Play this natural competition to your advantage!
      2. Similarly, children are motivated through boys verses girls competitions.
    4. Use review games effectively.
      1. Be prepared with questions.
      2. Be prepared with technique.
      3. Be prepared with game.
    5. Use special incentives and rewards.
      1. Have small pieces of candy (m&ms, skittles, jelly beans, etc.) on hand for quick rewards.
      2. Check with restaurants in the area for free coupons.
      3. Kids of all ages enjoy stickers, but younger kids especially love them.
      4. Have a variety of small prizes/toys for minor incentives.
      5. Have a variety of larger prizes/toys for more major incentives.
    6. Reward for excellence – avoid negatives.
      1. Give special incentives and rewards to encourage good study/learning skills or habits.
      2. Reward even the smallest achievements: a small piece of candy for each Q&A recited.
    7. Use exciting/unusual memory techniques.
      1. Verbal Simon Says
      2. Hand Signals/language
      3. Games
      4. Clapping
      5. Fill in the Blank: verbal (children call out the answer) and kinesthetic (children race to the board to fill in the missing word)
    8. Be sensitive to your audience’s needs.
      1. Know when to change the activity - “read” the children’s interest level/time.
      2. Use age-appropriate activities.
      3. Know activities going on (Christmas, School Break, etc).
  • It’s All About God! – April 2014

    Bob Roberts, Kids 4 Truth President/Director

    Rediscovering a Valuable Tool for the Indoctrination of Children – Part 2

    Benefit #1

    • Catechism encourages unity of essential beliefs among God’s children.

    • Many people want to know what constitutes a true Christian essential teaching. What are the primary teachings of the Christian faith? What teachings are worth separating over? Catechical instruction can help promote unity among Christians by helping establish the fundamentals of the faith.

    • 1 Corinthians 1:10 – Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

    Benefit #2

    • Catechism promotes a faster, deeper understanding as verses are tied to appropriate questions.

    • Questions and answers help children tie verses to meaning through the use of questions and answers. If a child can begin to grasp what question(s) the memorized verse answers, and not just memorize content, his understanding aids the learning process. Children begin to understand the usefulness of God’s Word as they see how clearly it answers important questions. We can help children follow the example of Christ as we instill rich, Christian teachings through the question and answer method.

    • Luke 2:52 – And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

    Benefit #3

    • Catechism stimulates and motivates learning because most children, especially younger ones, love to answer questions.

    • Questions are a teacher’s most useful ally, because through them one gains access to precious minds. As Jesus showed, questions are invaluable when teaching truth!

    • Matthew 16:15 – He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

    • It is impossible to internally avoid questions. God has designed our minds to immediately assent to some type of answer to every direct question we’re asked.

    Benefit #4

    • Catechism is a safeguard against heresy.

    • When we consider that virtually every cult in America began with an open Bible and a enigmatic leader who could ensure his followers that he alone had discovered what everyone else, especially the creeds, confessions and catechisms, had missed, we see perhaps the greatest value of the question and answer method (Ephesians 4:14-15).

    • The practice of indoctrination through catechism serves as an important safeguard against heresy and helps to combat some of the problems associated with the private interpretation of Scripture. How many times have you been forced to sit through a Bible study in which the goal was not to discover what the text actually says, but instead to discover what a particular verse means to each of the studies’ participants?

    • Infusing truth into the hearts and minds of children though catechism provides a sure foundation to stand against heresy and gives the confidence and ability to rightly interpret the word of truth.

    Benefit #5

    • Catechism prepares boys and girls to appreciate and understand sermons, lessons, and other Bible teaching.

    • Systematic truth taught through the question and answer method helps provide a framework by which kids will be able to assimilate other Bible truths.

    • When you hear a sermon—and know where it fits in your theology—you’re more apt to listen, understand, and appreciate it. Catechisms help us understand that Bible truth is a tapestry of truth. All parts depend upon and are informed by all others. The learner does not see information as fragmented pieces disconnected from the whole.

    Benefit #6

    • Catechism clearly summarizes key beliefs and can easily act as a standard or test of essential teachings.

    • Truth divides or unites. In today’s spiritual climate, there is much fuzzy ground when it comes to essential doctrine.

    • Titus 1:9 – Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

    • 1 Timothy 4:6 – If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.

  • Questions Children Ask – April 2014

    Pastor Dave, Kids 4 Truth Advisor/Volunteer

    Why when we say, “Sorry,” do we also have to ask for forgiveness when we know that the person will say, “Yes, I forgive you,” because they have to?

    Thanks for writing K4T. That is a good question. I am going to assume that this is something that happens at home, right?  It is familiar because I see it happening in lots of homes.  One kid does something nasty to another. That one tells Mom or Dad or is caught in the act and the parent says: "Now you tell your sister you're sorry and ask for their forgiveness." Then the sister says, "I don't want to forgive them because they were really mean and they hurt me."  And Mom says, "You have to forgive them, because they apologized and the Bible says you have to forgive when someone apologizes!"  Am I right?  Does this sound familiar?

    I have some different views on this whole kind of action, and maybe they will be a help to Mom & Dad.

    First, when an offense occurs between children, I think it is improper for the parent to simply tell one to say "sorry" to the other as if that one word will clear the problem. When the Bible tells us how to deal with our sins before God, in I John 1:9 ("If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness"), the word "confess" means to say the same thing about the action that God says about it.  For example, if we lie to someone, God says that lying is a sin, not just against another person but also against God.  That sin needs to be confessed -- that is, we must admit to God that what He says about lying, is so.  When we lie, that is sin, because God said so.  The key idea here is that we have to admit to God that we understand how sinful our action was, and that we are repentant about it.  Being "sorry" and being repentant for sin are two different things.

    So, for the parent who is trying to referee a conflict between siblings, I think they need to help the child (or both children) to realize their actions are wrong.  Now, I know the Bible doesn't say that it is a sin to talk mean to your brother or sister, but the Bible does say that we are to love one another. Being mean to one another is not very loving and is serious so far as God is concerned.

    The parent needs to, first of all, identify the wrong action, put it into the context of what God says about that action, and then make sure the children understand the seriousness of that action. I would personally send the offender(s) to some neutral place to think about the seriousness of their actions in God's sight, to seek His forgiveness first. Then, when they are truly repentant (which means sorry enough not to do it again!), have the child go to the other person and say:  "What I did or said was sinful, and I have confessed it to God and asked His forgiveness. Now I'm asking you to forgive me and help me to be the kind of person that won't act that way again."

    Now, would you be more apt to think that such a request was more sincere than someone just saying "sorry"?  And would you be more willing to really forgive them if they came with that kind of attitude?  I know I would.

    Why not share this with Mom and Dad and ask them to try to put this into practice.

    One last idea for parents: Children need to be taught to respect one another and to treat each other as God treats the members of His family.  If there is no respect at home, it is going to hurt the family’s ability to serve the Lord in a manner that will be effective.
    I hope this is a help to you and your family.

  • Children’s Leader’s Advice – March 2014

    Marrena Ralph, Kids 4 Truth Clubs Program Administrator

    Effective Review Gaming

    Prepare the Kids

    Let the children know that there will be a review game later. This will motivate them which will help to involve everyone. If the kids know that there is a review game coming, they will be motivated to pay attention better, especially when they know there will be an award to the winning team.

    While you are teaching, give the children hints at what some of the questions are during the review game. This will help them remember the main points and be ready for the game.

    Be sure to announce when you have a super fun game that all the kids love. Otherwise, just let them know you will have a review time. Make the review game big. Follow these techniques and announce the review game and the game will be motivational and fun. Why? Because kids love games!

    Review Gaming Guidelines

    Cheering and Chanting Allowed but ‘boo’ing will stop the game. The game should always encourage never discourage someone who answered wrong. If the children boo, give a reminder or stop the game.

    Remember: You as the leader can add and subtract points as needed. To maintain control subtract points if: the children do not come to attention when you call them to attention or for the next question, the children boo the other team or person on the other team; or the children display unsportsmanlike behavior.

    Work to Involve Everyone

    Use a few easy questions so everyone has a chance to answer. When you ask the easy questions and 85 hands go up, don’t call on Susie Smarty-pants who always raises her hand. Limit the number of times the same person can answer a question. Tell the children this ahead of time so that they don’t depend on one or two children.

    Involve your workers in your review games as kids love to see adults get involved or embarrassed.

    Learn the names of the children!

    Work to involve everyone, even if they’re not directly involved. Use both the Team Concept and Helper Concept in your games.

    Vary the Approach & Build Your Repertoire

    Use super-fun games sparingly. Use characters such as the Kids 4 Truth characters: Zeek, Zebedee, Zachariah.

    Vary Teams: Boys verses Girls, level verses level, Left Side verses Right Side

    Vary Team Names: Discoverers, Developers, Detectives, Defenders, Planets, Stars, T-Rex, Bulldogs.

    Use Fun Games Names: Luigi’s Tie Shop, Snowball Mania, Snowball Lunge

    Review Consistently!

    We believe that review games should be a staple in your children’s ministries or classroom as repetition aids learning. Review gaming also provides a motivation to learn as kids love to win, and in order to do well in the game the child must pay attention and learn.

    Review gaming helps children who have different learning styles such as active, hands on, audio, or repetition.

    We believe that review gaming should be some of the most carefully planned time in your sacred seconds with the kids!

    Prepare Your Questions Before the Game

    Review the most important truths/items, especially the ones they often get wrong. Review Games are a precious time to test for cognitive knowledge and evaluative knowledge.

    Use creative questions. Would we rather kids get some facts about the story, or get the message of the story? Do I want kids to know what percentage of tax Joseph levied on the land or do I want them to know how Joseph responded to his brothers and what He said? Review Games can be used for more than just cognitive knowledge! How can you do this? Determine the most important truths/items you have taught. Determine the most important truths/items you want them to get that day

    Make the questions easy to understand

    Keep your questions in a file. If you do this for 4 years, and you will have some awesome review questions!

    Along with preparing the questions, prepare the game itself including any supplies you need such as: Visuals, Overheads or PPT, Props, balls, or Anything else.

    Use Corporate and Individual Awards

    Important Reward Reminders: Points are Free! Kids go for quantity, not quality: 1000 points verses 1 point OR 1000 points verses 1 piece of candy.

    Sometimes you can blend both corporate and individual awards: Points for the team and piece of candy for the child who gave correct answer OR Points for the team and small prize for the child who gave correct answer.

    Be careful when you award prizes for the winning team. “Bragging Rights” or privileges that reward, but do not leave others out, work well. First in Line verses ice cream or candy for winning team. Leaving out the losing team can have negative consequences such as: “It’s Johnny’s fault that we didn’t get the ice cream,” “We NEVER win,” OR “Oh man, we have Grady on our team, we have lost already.”

    Make it Suspenseful!

    Have Twists in the Game: “Let’s Make a Deal” - Go again and I will double points. (of course, they could lose all points). Keep going with option of losing points if you choose wrong. Use games with built in twists.

    Remember: The director/teacher-role is a dictatorship, not a democracy. There is a certain element of you as the sovereign game-controller helping the game stay close. You can give points for other things to help the game stay close but still remain fair such as: First team sitting quiet after an answer is given, loudest cheer, quietest cheer, team paying the most attention, or Sportsmanship points.

    Make Your Own Games

    Have the kids help you. The favorite game of our kids is one that we made up. They feel some ownership to it. The favorite songs of our kids are the ones they helped make up.

    Use the internet.

    The simpler the better! The less time you have to spend explaining the game to the kids, the better.

    Visit Kids 4 Truth EquipU site for free downloadable game file for unique games.

    Keep it Short, Changing, and Quit While You Are Ahead!

    Make the time to answer different: kids run to a kid with a baton, have a kid blow a horn, have an animal balloon you let go to choose the kid, slap your hand on the podium, throw ball in the air and when it hits the floor kids jump to answer. You can take a game, like HANGMAN, and add a unique element like that, and kids will want to play it over and over again.

    If you have a super cool game, but it goes too long and the suspense factor wears out, then you no longer have a super cool game in the minds of the kids!

    Make the Game Fun For Kids!

    Use your personality, and do whatever it takes to make it a blast for the kids.

    Use characters instead of “X” or “O” or match theme of program or classroom.

    Use twists to make game unique.

    Use fun graphics and supplies: Bumpy or fuzzy ball instead of smooth ball OR Team names instead of Boys verses Girls or Right verses Left.

  • It’s All About God – March 2014

    Bob Roberts, Kids 4 Truth President/Director

    Rediscovering a Valuable Tool for the Indoctrination of Children

    In this Series we will discuss: What is Catechism?, A Biblical and Historical Apologetic to Use Catechism, Some Purposes and Benefits of Using Catechism; and A Few Objections to Using Catechism.

    My Goal is to convince you that catechism should be used in all Bible-believing churches, and that it is a shame, pity and heinous mistake that we are not currently doing so.

    My Testimony Concerning Catechisms: I heartily echo Tom Nettles words concerning catechism: “It is spiritually refreshing to meditate on the phrases of the responses and investigate the Scriptures used to develop those responses. That exercise has been as helpful in my personal theological education as any other single practice.”

    What Catechism is Not: Catechism is NOT a large, deep crack in a mountain where you can toss kitties, Catechism is NOT a subsidiary wholly owned by Roman Catholics, and Catechism is NOT an outdated practice that is worthless to the Church.

    What is Catechism? Origin of the Word: The word ‘catechism’ derives from the Greek word katecheo, which is found in several places in Scripture. The most familiar is Luke 1:4, where Luke explains why he wrote his Gospel: “That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.” The word “instructed” is katecheo. Like many Greek words katecheo is put together from two words, in this case kata, meaning “down toward,” and echeo, meaning “to sound.” Katecheo is to “sound down.”

    What is Catechism? Zacharias Ursinus (1534-1583 contributor to the Heidelberg Catechism) defines catechism as: “Kataeceoh more properly, however, means to teach the first principles and rudiments of some particular doctrine. As applied to the doctrine of the church and as understood when thus used, it means to teach the first principles of the Christian religion, in which sense it occurs in Luke 1: 4, Acts 18:25, Galatians 6:6.”

    Dictionary Definition: 1: oral instruction, 2: a manual for catechizing; specifically: a summary of religious doctrine often in the form of questions and answers. Catechism can refer both to a method of instruction (question & answer) and the content of the instruction itself.

    Example of a Catechism Q&A: Q&A #3 of 114 from The Baptist Catechism (also called Keach’s Catechism) - Q: How may we know there is a God? A: The light of nature in man and the works of God plainly declare there is a God (Romans 1:19-20); but His Word and Spirit do it fully and effectually for the salvation of sinners (1 Corinthians 2:10).

    What is a Catechism designed to do? To be a map or skeleton upon what we should believe. It is like the lines of a coloring book. It draws the lines and everything we believe is colored within the lines. A key word is: Foundation. A catechism lays the foundation upon what we believe. Thomas Watson: “To preach and not to catechize is to build without foundation.”

    Matthew Henry Sums it up: “By these forms of sound words, the main principles of Christianity, which lie scattered in the Scripture, are collected and brought together.” “By these [catechisms], the truths of God are arranged and put in order . . . the harmony of divine truths, how one thing tends to another, and all center in Christ, and the glory of God in Christ: and thus, like the stones in an arch, they mutually support, and strengthen, and fix one another . . .” “By these [catechisms], the truths of God are brought down to the capacity of young ones.” “Catechizing does to the preaching of the word the same good office that John the Baptist did to our Saviour; it prepares the way, and makes its paths straight, and yet like him does but say the same things.”

    A Biblical/Historical Apologetic for Catechism: Determine: Is it Biblical? Look at what saints of old have said about catechism. Think about what some significant unbelievers have said about catechism. Discover the impact of catechism.

    Biblical Precedent for Catechisms: It does appear that there was a body of authoritative instruction and even a way of teaching it in the early church. Romans 6:17 Paul gives thanks that “But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.” 2 Timothy 1:13 says, “Hold fast the form of sound words [teaching], which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus” Acts 2:42 says, “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine” 2 Thessalonians 2:15 says, “Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.”

    Historical Precedent: The Question and Answer method has a rich history. The Socratic Method: a variation of catechism recorded by Plato. Augustine (353-430) in Catechizing the Uninstructed. In the early church new converts had a period of catechical instruction before they were baptized. This period of time helped both the church and the “convert” determine if he really was a convert! Anselm (1033-1109) in Cur Deus Homo. Erasmus (1466-1536) in Ten Colloquies, which he wrote as a short book of formulas, question and answer sentences. It continued to be used for 3 centuries. The great leaders of the Reformation: Martin Luther, John Knox, and John Calvin attacked the colossal ignorance they met by making catechisms and catechizing. One of the first efforts of the Reformers was to return sound catechical instruction to the churches. In Geneva, the children were to be trained at home by parents and also attend catechism classes on Sunday. The entire catechism was covered in 55 weeks.

    The Baptist Tradition Is Replete With Scriptural Catechisms:

    Keach’s Catechism – late 18th century, A Catechism for Boys and Girls (Question 12) - Q. Does God know all things? A. Yes. Nothing can be hidden from God.

    Sutcliff’s The First Principles of the Oracles of God (Question 2) - Q. What are those things which are of greatest importance? A. The knowledge of God and myself, with what concerns my relation to, and enjoyment of Him.

    A Brief Catechism of Bible Doctrine by J.P. Boyce – 1874 - Q. Does He [God] not influence men to do right? A. He does; and it is owing to His grace that we do anything that is good.

    From a 1777 letter to Particular Baptist ministers in England: “Our confession of faith and our catechism for the instruction of our young people, are published to the world; and from these glorious principles we hope you will never depart . . . At present, blessed be God, we believe there is no apparent apostasy in our ministers and people from the glorious principles we profess; but, at the same time, we must in great plainness and faithfulness tell you, that catechizing of children is most sadly neglected, both in private families and in public congregations . . . “Our honored brethren, the ministers at Bristol, have lately encouraged the publication of two editions of our catechism, . . . and we do most earnestly intreat you to furnish yourselves with this excellent compendium of true divinity, and that you would teach it diligently to your children in private, and desire your pastors to instruct them, at least for the summer season, in public.”

  • Kids 4 Truth Level 1 Curriculum Changes for 2014

    Level1Book1-Cover-2014_Page_1We would like to take a moment to touch base with you regarding a change in the Kids 4 Truth Curriculum. Kids 4 Truth is keeping levels 2-4 curriculum frozen (no changes to be made), but is making a change to level 1 curriculum.  We are extremely excited about this change as it is one that many churches have requested.

    The new Discoverers TruthBooks are much along the lines of levels 2-4. There will now be just two TruthBooks for level 1 just like the other levels with TruthBook 1 containing themes 1-6 and TruthBook 2 containing themes 7-12. Each doctrinal theme includes a Q&A summary page and coloring sheet for each Q&A and two review units with 5 Q&A per page. The children will also have the opportunity to earn up to 5 award patches like the other three levels, and we have added two unique patches for awards 2 and 3 just as the other levels have.The books will continue to have the flexibility to work with different ability levels of 3-5 year olds. A sample of the new Discoverers TruthBook for theme 1 is available to download from the EquipU site. level1 new patches-Discoverers

    The core of the curriculum is exactly the same as it has always been. We simply aligning the curriculum with the other levels so that the levels can learn within the same doctrinal themes at the same time. We believe this change will unify and simplify the entire program for churches. With this in mind, all current resources are staying the same. Throughout the next few months we will continue to add new coloring sheets and craft display sheets that corresponds with each of the 120 Questions/Answers (core curriculum) for level 1. 

    We welcome the opportunity to discuss with you and/or your workers flexible ways to use the new Discoverers TruthBooks so that you can effectively minister to all of your 3-5 year olds. Please feel free to contact us with your questions at clubs@kids4truth.com or call our office at 866-754-4272.

     

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  • Children’s Leaders Advice – February 2014

    Marrena Ralph, Kids 4 Truth Clubs Program Administrator

    Motivating Children to Learn

    1. Be excited and zealous about all that you do.
      1. Your excitement will be contagious
      2. Encourage your workers to share in the excitement
      3. Wear/Use logo products – This is free advertisement for your children’s ministry/program.
      • At one time our office space was located in another ministry’s building and daily I wore outfits with the Kids 4 Truth logo. I became known as “the Kids 4 Truth Lady.”
      • Wear items or use bags with the logo when you go shopping. Be sure to have fliers ready to hand out when people ask about your program.
    1. Make it “special” for the children.
      1. Decorate the room for them – not for adults. Use bright colors, big graphics, and make it exciting.
      2. Posters
      3. Group Names
      4. Kid Friendly
      5. Safe atmosphere
    2. Use natural instincts to your advantage. Play it to your advantage and build this into your contests and review games.
      1. Younger children naturally want to outdo older children…older children do not want to be outdone by younger children…
      2. Boys verses Girls
    3. Use review games effectively
      1. Be prepared with questions
      2. Be prepared with technique
      3. Be prepared with game
    4. Use special incentives and rewards
      1. Small pieces of candy (M&Ms, Skittles, Jelly Beans, etc.)
      2. Check with restaurants in the area for free coupons
      3. Stickers – younger kids love these
      4. Small prizes/toys
      5. Larger prizes/toys
    5. Reward for excellence – avoid negatives
      1. Give special incentives and rewards to encourage good study/learning skills or habits.
      2. Small piece of candy for each Q&A recited
    6. Use exciting/unusual memory techniques
      1. Verbal Simon Says
      2. Hand Signals/language
      3. Games
      4. Clapping
      5. Leave words out…who can fill in the blank
      6. Race to the front of the room & answer fill in the blank
    7. Be sensitive to your audience’s needs.
      1. Know when to change the activity - “read” the children’s interest level/time
      2. Use age-appropriate activities
      3. Know activities going on (Christmas, School Break, etc)
  • New Discoverers Coloring Pages for Theme 9 – Now available!

    We are pleased to announce that we have posted new coloring pages for the Discoverers (level 1) for Theme 9: God’s Gift – Salvation.

    Additional coloring and craft sheets for other themes will be posted throughout the next few weeks.

    Please let us know if you have any questions by contacting us at: clubs@kids4truth.com or 866-754-4272.

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  • Children’s Leaders Advice – January 2014

    Bob Roberts, Kids 4 Truth President/Director

    Classroom Order: Teacher Reminders

    1. The goal of the children’s ministry should not be your idea of discipline. You are not there to discipline the kids!
      1. Remember the 7 Missions? Discipline is not one of them! That’s not one of your primary objectives.
      2. “Quiet Seat” prize – is performance your objective?
      3. Your philosophy of discipline and order must be governed by what your goals are! Not vice-versa!
      4. Raises a good question? What are you there for?
    2. Love your kids by keeping the lesson interesting, on their level, and moving!
      1. This will eliminate at least half of your discipline problems. When a kid is engaged in the lesson he will not misbehave!
      2. If you believe in your goals, you will be passionate about what you are teaching!
      3. The best kind of discipline is simply being prepared for your lesson! Ouch.
    3. Love the children by preparing your own heart for the day.
      1. Confess sin
      2. Remember how often God has to discipline you!
      3. Depend upon God’s wisdom and power.
      4. Ask for a heart of love for the children (remember, prayer keeps you accountable).
    4. Love your kids by being a loving authority.
      1. Arrive early.
      2. Greet the children.
      3. Have some music playing.
      4. Relate to them. Ask them questions about themselves. Don’t condescend. Talk to them like adults. Love them.
    5. Love your kids by laying down the law.
      1. This will eliminate another 25% of your problems.
      2. Be there early!
      3. Remind them graciously from time to time of what is expected of them. You must have high expectations for the kids!
    6. Love your kids by praising good behavior.
      You get what you honor! That’s why we don’t do a quiet seat prize. We have an excellence award prize.
    7. Love your kids by being proactive. Realize potential problems long before they happen and do your best to eliminate the possibility of a problem.
      1. Illustration of sin – if you wait until dinner to make up your mind that you’re not going to be a glutton, you will fail!
      2. You really love the kids by being alert and helping them remove those obstacles that will keep them from hearing and listening.
      3. Romans 10:17 -- So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (KJV)
      4. Seat your workers among the problem children – place them creatively
      5. Train your workers to be alert to potential problems
      6. Learn to steal back the attention of the class from the distractions.
    8. When you absolutely have to use discipline, realize that effective discipline can teach truth, so don’t be afraid to use it!
      1. “It is good that I have been afflicted.” – David
      2. “Though he were a Son . . .” – Hebrews
      3. Good, effective discipline can teach these things, but don’t let this be your primary way of teaching!
    9. Who is ultimately responsible for the child’s behavior? The Parents! So, in difficult cases we should utilize them to the max!
      1. What about bus kids? We need to teach these children how to behave in church. Think of methods to encourage positive behavior instead of negative.
      2. What about single parents? Be gracious and understanding when you approach any parent whether they are single or married. Single parents have much on their shoulders raising a child/children alone. We can encourage them and come along beside them to help train the children to listen and behave in church. We can, and should however, always remember the ultimate responsibility is the parent.
    10. Love the children by being consistent as the authority, and in the discipline you mete out.
    11. Love the kids! Even if you have to hand out some discipline in the class, make sure they know before, during, and after the discipline that you love them.
  • Questions People Ask – January 2014

    Pastor Dave, Kids 4 Truth Advisor/Volunteer

    What does the devil look like?

    Thanks for writing K4T and for the good question. The Bible does not give us a detailed description of Satan, but one thing we do know is that he doesn't look like the cartoon characters we see of a man in a red suit with horns and a tail and a pitchfork in his hand. Neither does he look like one of those evil looking guys in horror movies. Actually, the Bible tells us that we wouldn't recognize him if he were standing next to us.  II Corinthians 11:14 states that Satan is able to transform himself into an "angel of light"--meaning that he is able to disguise his true identity so that people would accept him, should he take on human form.

    We do know that he is able to take on other forms, because he appeared to Eve in the Garden of Eden in the form of a serpent.  Whether he personally takes on human or animal form in his work of deceiving men, or whether he just works thru the evil angels and demons to do his work, we have no exact description of our greatest adversary.

    So, if he did appear, you probably wouldn't be able to distinguish him from any other real person.  Isaiah 7 and Ezekiel 14 in the Old Testament give us information about his origin as one of God's created angels (of the class of Cherubim--special angels in charge of the throne of God).  His original name is Lucifer and he had a special position close to the very throne of God. His pride and desire to take the worship that belonged to God alone, led to his being judged and cast out of Heaven, along with at least one third of all the angels--those who decided to follow Satan in his rebellion.

    Satan is a spirit being, just as all the angels are, and was created by God and is, therefore, under God's power and authority.  Although he is very powerful, he is not like God and never can be, therefore we need not fear him.  Understand him and guard against him, yes; but never fear him.

    Hope this is a help to your understanding.

  • It’s All About God!-January 2014

    Bob Roberts, Kids 4 Truth President/Director

    Rekindling Your Love for Children’s Ministry: 13 Reasons to Help Convince You that You Really Do Love the Children’s Ministry.

    #1 - Because it is just plain fun to work with kids.

      • If you have never thought this, you should not work with kids.
      • If you have forgotten this, it is probably because you have elevated a program over the people. How is your prayer time for the kids?
      • If you stop gazing at your program, and start gazing at the kids, you will find whole new levels of fun and enjoyment. A child once told me: “Dear Mr. Bob, I am a Christian but I still love your messages.”

    #2 - Because kids are more easily fascinated than adults.

      • “I can’t compete…”
      • One summer at a Christian camp I brought a bubble machine and a science chemistry lab kit. Kids were fascinated.
      • A good story is fascinating!

    #3 - Because kids are more ready to receive truth than most adults.

      • They haven’t had the time to get skeptical.
      • They have had to live the last several years by “trust,” and that is they had to trust their parents or guardians for everything in their lives (food, shelter, and care)
      • What age group do the humanists, homosexuals, etc. target?

    #4 - They are harsh realists! There is very little pretense with boys and girls.
    - “Mr. Bob, I want to get baptized, how do I do that?”

    #5 - Because you must strain to explain truth to kids.
    - This causes us to grow.

    #6 - Because kids are more forgiving than adults.

    #7 - Because the primary ingredient that you as a person need to make a real and lasting impact is simply love.

      • What does love do?
      • Love prays. Love spends time. Love answers questions. Love seeks to explain things on their level. Love looks with a tender face at the kids.

    #8 - Because oftentimes, kids help reveal to us our current level of sanctification!
    - This is always humbling.

      • Causes of burn out.
      • You feel isolated
      • You feel like you’re not getting anywhere
      • You’re tired
      • You don’t feel like going into battle one more time
      • You don’t feel like you’re growing
      • Not appreciated…Well, have you appreciated the kids?

    #9 - Because it is a legitimate reason for God to give you grace to keep you from falling.

      • Psalm 71:17 - O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.
      • Psalm 71:18 - Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have showed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.
      • Why should God give grace to the person that sits as a lump on a log?

    #10 - Because as we sow toward the next generation, so shall we reap!

    #11 - Because working amongst kids is a physical reminder of how we should be spiritually.

      • Matthew 18:1 - At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
      • Matthew 18:2 -- And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
      • Matthew 18:3 - And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
      • Matthew 18:4 - Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

    #12 - You have the greatest ally: the Holy Spirit.

    #13 - Because we have no doubt that communicating divine truth through our lives and through our lips to the younger generation is God’s unalterable will.

      • Psalm 78:1 - Maschil of Asaph. Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
      • Psalm 78:2 -- I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:
      • Psalm 78:3 - Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.
      • Psalm 78:4 - We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.
      • Psalm 78:5 - For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:
      • Psalm 78:6 - That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:
      • Psalm 78:7 - That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:
      • Psalm 78:8 - And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.
      • Deuteronomy 6:6 -- And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
      • Deuteronomy 6:7 - And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
      • Deuteronomy 6:8 - And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
      • Deuteronomy 6:9 - And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

    (All scripture quoted from KJV)

  • Questions Children Ask-January 2014

    Pastor Dave, Kids 4 Truth Advisor/Volunteer

    Do animals have spirits and will they go to heaven?

    Thanks for writing K4T and for the good question. This is one question that many pet-loving young people ask. The answer is found in the Scriptures in the account of creation, Genesis chapters 1 & 2.  If you read carefully you will note that there is a difference between the creation of all the animal species and the creation of man.  God caused the animals to come into existence in one series of creative acts (birds, sea dwellers, and land animals) and then in a separate creative act He made Adam and Eve.  It was only into Adam that God breathed the breath of life and man became a living soul.  The thing that distinguishes animals from man (and the fact that makes evolution of animals into man a false idea) is the fact that only humans have a "soul", a God-given feature that will live somewhere for eternity. On that basis, we must conclude that at the death of the body animals just die and decay, but humans continue to live. God has promised for all those who love Him and accept His Son, Jesus Christ, as Savior that they will enter Heaven to live with Him for eternity. So we understand that animals do not make a conscious decision to follow Christ and therefore cannot enter God's Heaven.

    Having said that, however, it is a fact that there will be animals on earth during Christ's 1000 year reign. Also at Christ's second coming His saints are said enter battle to riding on horses. Although this language may be symbolic, I believe that it is literal--there are too many scattered references to animals in the kingdom, for it to be symbolic.  If you go back to the creation of animal life on earth before Adam's sin and the entrance of death into the world, there were a great variety of animals.  If they were not for food, they must have been created by a loving God to be companions of man, there for his pleasure and enjoyment (who has not enjoyed playing with a dog or cat?).  So maybe God will have animals in heaven for our enjoyment, even though our pets will not go to heaven when they die. This is one aspect of God's love and care for His people that has not been written about too much.  What do you think about that?

    Hope this is a help to your thinking.

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