Pepe the Parrot’s Predicament

Pepe the Parrot’s Predicament

Hundreds of birds lived in the trees, and they all worked together to help each other. They huddled together in the trees to stay dry when it rained. When there was little food because of the flooding in the valley, they all shared their gatherings of seeds and grain from the fields. But not Pepe. He didn’t share the bananas that were put on his plate daily; neither did he use his ability to speak for them when they needed help. One day, the birds heard a bang and then a thump; a bird fell to the ground. Quickly, the birds in the trees swooped down to see if the little bird survived the fall. Was he breathing? They couldn’t tell as they gathered around him. “Quick, Pepe, go to the window and call for the boy, Ben. He will know what to do.”  Pepe mumbled...

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Do You Have Your Camera?

Do You Have Your Camera?

Have you ever thought about writing a story? If so you will need a camera. I’m not talking about a real camera that takes pictures, but an imaginary camera that sits right on your shoulder and keeps an eye on your words. This pretend camera helps you see the world through the eyes of your character. In writing we call this: POV) point of view. Place your imaginary camera in your character’s hand. The things he or she sees, hears, smells, tastes, touches, feels, and thinks can only be told from the point of view of the person who is holding the camera. Let’s pretend that you and your friend are characters in your story and you are the point of view character. In your story, your friend is drinking a cup of hot chocolate. What are some of the things you cannot...

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The Perfect Gift

By Annette Stonger Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 Have you ever received a gift for Christmas you’ll always remember?  You might be smiling right now just thinking about it!  When I was a little girl, my parents gave my brother and sister and I a choice between receiving many little presents or one big gift.  I was the only one who chose the one item.  On Christmas morning, my sister and brother opened a lot of gifts while only one small card lay under the tree for me.  Yet, that single gift contained the biggest, most exciting gift I can remember—horseback riding lessons!  I jumped up and hugged my mom and dad.  I will never forget...

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Joy to the World!

Are you ready for Christmas? Do you have all your presents picked out and wrapped? Are you making gifts for others this year? Sometimes handmade gifts are the ones that are most treasured. One easy gift that you can give to everyone you meet is: Joy! You can give joy to others by opening the door for them, wishing them  Merry Christmas, or just giving them a smile (with your parents’ permission, of course). Click on Joy (above) to print  her out and color her. Gina loves to illustrate the Bible for children.  She has created hundreds of resources for children’s ministry needs – activity sheets, puzzles, games, children’s church bulletins, paintings, memory verse helps and more.  “Gina’s Corner” is a column she creates for Kids’ Ministry...

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Freddy’s Gift

by Mrs. Johnson’s Class with Kim Harms Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7 “Holy cow! We got presents,” said Freddy. His family’s house burned down along with all of their Christmas gifts two weeks before Christmas, and they didn’t have enough money to buy new gifts. Freddy looked at the gift tag on an enormous red and green box and saw it was from Mrs. Johnson’s third-grade class at Ballard East Elementary School. “Why did the third-graders buy me a gift?” he asked his grandma, whom his family now lived with. “Their teacher heard about your house fire, and when she told her class, they wanted to help. They pooled their money...

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Spherical Festivity

Spherical Festivity

Christmas Tree Ornaments, Decorative Accents, and Gifts   Transform clear glass ornaments into beautiful globes of color with this festive craft. Working with family and friends adds to the fun, and an extra pair of hands can be helpful as you finish the project. The supplies include glass, liquid paste, spray sealer, and scissors, so remember to follow general safety rules as well as any safety precautions indicated on the product’s packaging.   So, are you ready? Invite your family and friends, gather your supplies, put on your “messy clothes,” and start creating! If you want help jump-starting your creativity, keep reading to the end for theme, display, and gift ideas. And when you’re done, send us a picture to inspire...

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