Sermon Notes Round-Up for Kids

This week I have done a Sermon Note Round-Up for kids! Sometimes children who grow up in church can get bored with the routine sitting in church listening to long sermons scenario. Having a ready sermon note sheet for your child(ren) may help them to pay attention more to listening to the service. Many of these sheets have various activities printed on the paper besides a note-taking section. Explore the different styles and see what might work best for your child’s age and maturity.

Another idea: Make these sheets available for all the children in your church. They may help children who may be new to the concept of sitting in a regular church service as opposed to being in a regular children’s service during the worship hour, particularly those who may be guests or children who only come to church on Sunday mornings. Don’t be afraid to challenge children to better listen to and incorporate God’s Word in their lives by using a tool like this. It can help them grow spiritually and teach them to sit more attentively in the church service. I can’t promise that a sheet like this won’t be used for passing notes from time to time but I do believe that it can be a resource to direct their focus on the Lord.

Right now I am working on a set of sermon note sheets for missions conferences!! They will be available within the next week or two. I am very excited to be back involved in providing ministry and Christian parents with tools they can use for their families and in their ministries.

Sermon Notes Round-Up for Kids

Free Downloadable Sheets

Non-Readers Printable Listening Pages Mama’s Learning Corner that encourage kids to trace Bible-centered words and other activities: Regular Sunday pages, Christmas, Resurrection Sunday pages.

Amy at Raising Arrows has created Listening Pages for Readers, five different pages for regular Sundays, some different pages for holidays as well. They have a section for notes and a list of common words used in church where the kids can make tally marks when they hear it.

Monica at Living Simply for God has created My Sermon Book for her four children to use at church. She has some different types of activity pages like: Keyword Alphabet & Count, Keyword Scrabble, and Hangman.

Sermon Notes for Kids by Beth Gorden at 123 Homeschool 4 Me has four different types of printable sheets to use.

Church Focus Cards at Cornerstone Confessions are made to print on 3×5 note cards for younger elementary children. Scroll down the page to find the downloadable page.

Kim Sorgius shares the sermon sheets she uses with her children in church as well as her philosophy on why she uses note-taking pages with her children in church at Not Consumed.

Stacey at A Moment in Our World has a very simple sermon note-taking sheet available.

Do Not Depart also has a simple sheet for early elementary level note-taking with a large space to draw a picture and a place for the main idea.

Kyleigh Kite at Becoming Blameless has created four different grade-level sermon sheets for Pre-K to Kindergarten, first and second grade, and third through sixth grade, and a sheet to help make application at home through the week.

Teachers Pay Teachers Downloads

In order to download these (whether free or for purchase) you must have a Teachers Pay Teachers account. It is free and easy to sign-up.

Bible Study and Sermon Notes Bookmark (free) – this has three bookmarks per sheet that can save on paper and ink if you want a concise note-taking sheet. By: Tiffany Crawl

My Sermon Notes for both Girls (hearts) and Boys (stars) for free. By: Courtney McKurley

Sermon Notes for Kids Sheet ($1.00) for 2nd-4th graders. By: Creations by LAckert

KISS (Kids Involved in Studying Scripture) Worship Note Pages (free). 6 pages.  By: Tricks of the Trade

Sermon Notes for Purchase

Jill Connelly has created a Sermon Notes for Kids spiral book that you can find at Truth Steps Publishing. Ages 6-12, 144 pages. There is also a Teen Sermon Notes book and a Creative Sermon Notes for adults.

Integrity Graphics on Etsy has sermon notebooks for kids, both for boys and girls in a spiral notebook that is for an entire year. Cost: $14.99

Recently published is called Busy Books: Sermon Notes, created by an eighteen year old homeschooler and her mother, Madison & Darlene Schacht (The Time-Warp Wife). Cost: $9.99 There are enough pages in the book for 3 services a week throughout the entire year.

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If you know of a similar resource please include the link in the comment section below!

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I Don’t Want My Kids To Be a Rock Star

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Please excuse me, while I interrupt my normal writing and step on top of this soap box for a few minutes…

I keep noticing shirts, books, music, television shows, highlight the “glamor” of a rock star lifestyle to my children. As a Christian mother, I have to say, I don’t want my kids to be a rock star. Seriously, I thought this rock star phase would be over by now, but scrolling in search of books I spied a toddler level book about teaching your children to be Bible rock stars. Toddlers being rock stars? and Bible rock stars at that!?

Why does this just seem so wrong? Because it is…I understand the phrase is popular, but the idea, to me is just not Bible-centered. The Bible does not have anything to do with being a rock star. There will be no Bible rock stars at my house.

You do not have to accept the world’s philosophy as it seems crammed down your throat in every store in the clothing and toy section. It isn’t enough that they target young and older adults to find acceptance through singing  songs that appeal to the “old” man (Romans 6:6). But little kids!? It is just another way for Satan to begin grooming children for his desires for their future.

Frankly it all boils down to parents in my generation and what they like. Whatever they like they give to their kids. It doesn’t matter whether it is Biblical, it matters whether it’s cool, popular, and most importantly nostalgic.

Children many times do not know any better. They are young and innocent and will accept things without knowing the meaning behind them. Many parents will guffaw at the thought of me writing about this, but honestly, if our children were to leave home and pursue a lifestyle that embraced the world and threw their “Christian upbringing” behind, then they would hit their knees in prayer pleading for their return. Or maybe like many people I’ve seen, they would applaud their efforts for using the talent God had given them in almost every other venue and not for the Lord in their own church.

My Concern

Minimizing the subtle tactics of Satan, may be maximizing your child’s potential for not loving God with all of their heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Yes, I realize, we can make mountains out of mole hills and mole hills out of mountains, but what will it take for many of us to stand up and protect our children from society’s pressure of making them the product opposite of God’s plans for their lives?

A toddler will not necessarily understand the board book they are reading says “Baby Rock Star,” but it’s the next step of buying the rock star shirt, doll or Lego set, or the fast paced guitar strumming video game. Are kids viewing these things as acceptable because we allow it little by little? It takes simple choices of seeing the rock star mentality creeping in and eliminating the influences. It may be that you have to redirect your child at the shopping rack, toy department, or video game area or replace things you already have at home that are promoting  things contrary to God’s Word. The Holy Spirit will lead and guide you if you will allow Him to.

Changing Our “Inside” Influence

Most of us do not have to make huge changes in our lives to ensure the safety of our children when it comes to outside influences… but when it comes to the inside influence of ourselves we make exceptions. We need to be reading the Bible and applying its principles of protecting and guiding our children AND ourselves. We are the guardians of our children, the fences of protection and shields of their hearts, minds, and bodies. But how can we protect them to the fullest sense if we are allowing those things into our own lives by the music we listen to, places we go, and things we watch, and items we buy?

But That’s Not All

It really isn’t all about society’s rock star exaltation, there are all types of lures that Satan is using to entice our children. You may not battle Guitar Hero but you may battle the exaltation of sports, fashion, extremely popular children’s movies or books, you fill in the blank. The enticements are not just coming from outside sources though. C’mon, too often they are originating from us, as parents, and our indulgences instead of our holiness.

Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” I don’t want my kids to be a rock star because I don’t want them to be adult rock stars. Their hearts require my diligence, because out of those little hearts come the issues of life. God forbid that my negligence in allowing something that was even borderline between righteousness and unrighteousness would be where the lure of their downfall began.
Consider the Biblical example of Abraham and Lot. Where did Lot get a taste for Sodom? In Egypt where Abraham took him in one of his flights in fear.

Many people would roll their eyes and say, “It’s all about balance, letting kids be kids and do the things that kids do.” We need to be making the deposit of Biblical influences greater in our children’s lives greater than the weight of the world’s influences. You’re right, it’s about the type of balance. Our child’s balance should contain so much of God that the world’s influences will never outweigh the amount of love they have for the Lord.

The Christian Life is Best because of Christ

I want my kids to know that the Christian life is more exciting than a rock star’s life!

A rock star’s music speaks to the flesh, God’s music speaks to the heart.

A rock star lives a life in front of people lonely for true friendships. A child of God serves people and always has God to walk beside them and good Christian friendships too.

A rock star seeks to please others through their fashion and music. A child of God seeks to please God through their obedience.

A rock star uses money for indulgences. A child of God earns money to take care of their responsibilities and minister to others.

A rock star loves the roar of the crowd at a concert. A child of God can feel content with serving God even when they are alone. They can feel satisfaction from hearing the still small voice of God throughout their lifetime and someday, Lord willing, will hear “Well done, thy good and faithful servant.”

A rock star lives in pursuit of personal gain. A child of God lives in pursuit of God. Period.

A rock star uses his talents to woo people to buy albums so they can get money in their bank to fulfill their heart’s desires. A child of God uses his talents to woo people to Jesus Christ and minister to the hearts of those who are already saved. God then fulfills their heart’s desires.

My Final Thoughts

We are not superior to any type of people who choose to live a rock star lifestyle. But for the grace of God, I could be in that situation doing that very thing. Righteousness is not even obtained through what we do or do not do. It is given to us at salvation in exchange for our sinfulness. Our children do not know the perils that lie ahead of them in this life or the tactics Satan will try to maneuver against them. Please guard your own heart so that you can be wise enough to guard the hearts of your child(ren).

I will get off my soap box now and walk quietly down the sidewalk of life again… until I see another Bible rock star book for toddlers. (wink, wink)

 

Passages: Biblical Museum Vacation Review

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While on our vacation adventures we took time to go to the Passages Biblical Museum, which is on tour in Colorado Springs, Colorado temporarily. After touring the country the display will finally make its home in Washington D.C. only a few blocks from all the other tourist attractions surrounding the White House.

We wanted to share with you our experiences at the museum and encourage you, that if you have the time, or are in the area to visit!

We highly recommend Passages to everyone!

Biblical history is awesome by itself, but the museum really brought to light how God has perfectly preserved His Word for generations and how you can easily teach your children the blessings of God’s truth!

Isaiah 40:8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

We bought our tickets online at the Passages website and paid the extra for the headphones and listening devices, which was worth the money! It cost our family of 6 (2 adults, 3 children, and 1 free baby) $44 to attend. That may be a lot of money to some, but I assure you that it is well worth the investment.

What made it fun for the kids?

  • Head Sets. On the head sets that the kids received (for free) they were able to go on a scavenger hunt with Louie the Lion. They searched for marked paw prints in the exhibit areas and found codes in which they could punch into their device and it would play Louie telling a joke and then giving them a clue to the item to find in the room. Once the scavenger hunt was filled out then it could be turned into the front desk for a prize. Our 7-year-old got the most out of the scavenger hunt, our 6-year-old liked listening to him, but the scavenger hunt was a bit over their heads. I think this is geared toward older children.
  • Animatronics! There was Louie the Lion and about 4 other animated people throughout the displays that spoke and told their stories of how they related to Biblical history. *Note: One was of a man tied to the stake with fire underneath him that was dying as a martyr. We skipped that one.
  • Children’s activities are spread throughout the displays.This helps keep them occupied with an activity while you can venture a few feet away and read the information on the displays. Our children tried their hand at writing Latin words on a piece of paper by copying it with ink and a feather, then they were able to use stamps to make words and transfer pictures onto paper. In another area they could pick up an activity and try to find the errors in the Biblical text. (When men began to copy the Bible on the printing press often times there were human errors made by accident.)
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  • They can experience live demonstrations and see realistic videos that explain the life and times through the centuries that are relevant to how the Bible came to be how it is today. Our children (and even my husband, as you can see) enjoyed watching a man demonstrate how the Gutenberg Press worked. The video that stands out to me was of Martin Luther making a stand to colleagues about how he can no longer stand with the Catholic Church. The Battle Hymn of the Republic room had holographic people who amazed the kids also. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  • The Wilde World of the Bible Children’s Play Area. Our kids went in and played games, cut out puppets, dressed up as Bible characters, looked at books, colored on a digital coloring screen, played with a puppet stage, and sat for a few minutes to watch a video.

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What made it great for adults that love the Bible?

  • The museum is packed with information, great displays, and you will be amazed at all the things you can learn about God and His Word. The time to tour all the displays is around 3 hours, which may seem like a long time, but you simply can not soak it all in by a quick run through. Your ticket allows you to come in and out through the museum all day long. If you need to leave and go to lunch then you can simply come back and an attendant will escort you back where you left off.
  • The Bibles will amaze you! There were pieces of the Bible that were so old that they could only be lit for 15 seconds every minute because they were so fragile and sensitive to light. There were Bibles of every type and size as they began from scrolls to printed works. We even saw a Bible that they believed Christopher Columbus brought on his voyage to the Americas. There were Bibles in beautiful displays, some with intricate drawings on the outer pages, Biblical texts that the Nazis had attempted to burn and destroy to insult the Jews in World War II… the Bibles are amazing!
  • The museum is organized. Each display has a number which correlates to information you can read about the items in the display case. Most cases contain a special number you can type into your listening device and will tell you more about the objects inside. For me, being able to listen to the person tell me about the display was easier than reading it because I could still walk around with our children without having to stay directly in front of the case.
  • There are plenty of places to sit and rest.
  • You can learn more about the Jewish culture. It’s one thing to read about it in the Bible, it’s another thing to see how important God’s Word was to the Jews and the elaborate coverings they made to honor God and the importance of every dot and tittle in the copying of God’s Word by hand. This museum takes what many of us imagine and brings it into the light of reality so it can now become an experience we can use for future reference and in our relationship with God.
    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA*For Your Information: The museum does include the Catholic, German, and other histories of Biblical translation, which were not made from the Textus Receptus, including Jerome’s history , where we wrote Latin with pen and feather and saw him in the cave (above with Flat Stanley). As you go through the passages of time in the museum it all begins to point to the translation of the King James Version of the Bible, which put God’s Word into the English language, which our family believes to be the entire and complete translation of the Word of God.

Tips for attending Passages with Children

  • Plan your day. It takes a long time to go through the museum. If you need to plan to go in the morning and go out for lunch and a little play time before returning, then do! It is a quieter atmosphere than what some kids may be used to, but there are plenty of things that can keep them busy along the way.
  • Take photos in approved areas. No photos are allowed in certain areas of the museum. We were able to take a photo at the Gutenberg Press and with some of the animatronics because they were not artifacts. You can take your photos in the Wilde World Kids area.
  • Sit on a bench and let them play quietly. If you buy the headsets (headsets for children are free) then push the number of the display you like, then sit and listen. This can free up space around displays. You can give them a toy or book to look at while you learn.
  • Take time to watch the videos and sit when you can.
  • Help your kids with the scavenger hunt if they need help. It may keep you from looking at a few of the displays but it will encourage them to learn more about Bible History. This entire museum is a tremendous teaching tool. *Note: Your headset can also pick up the clues from Louie the Lion along the way, punch in the number and he’ll speak to you too.
  • Choose the displays you want your children to see.  Look at your museum directory and skip the unnecessary for their age group. If possible, take turns with your spouse in taking care of the kids if you are interested in something specific.
  • Remember what it’s like to be a kid. Show them the things you think are exciting. Read some of the information you find valuable with an enthusiastic voice. Take them to the play room for a break if they become restless and return to your tour when they get the wiggles and giggles out. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

When we build our life and ministries around the Bible, then we need to use tools like the Passages Bible Museum to reinforce what we have taught to our children. How often through teaching and preaching we want to convey the message of God so they can make it come alive in their minds and understand it in their hearts.

This experience helped us in many ways to make the Bible come alive!

We may never be able to travel to Washington, D.C. to see Passages when it makes its home there, but we were able to see it when it was on our vacation route.

If you have the opportunity then go, it is “an experience of Biblical proportions!”