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Empty Tomb Rolls

Posted by on Apr 7, 2021 in Creative Corner | 0 comments

Empty Tomb Rolls

By Renee McCausey

“And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.” Luke 24 2-3 ESV

 

This tradition is one our family used for many Easter breakfasts.  It is a great  visual tool for children to understand that Jesus did not stay in that tomb!  These can be used for a class or lesson during the Easter season or just a great time to spend teaching your kids the real meaning of Easter.

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1 can crescent rolls
2 Tbls. cinnamon
8-Large marshmallows
2  Tbls. Sugar
¼ cup melted butter

(you can adjust the amount of depending on how many you want to make)

Directions

1.      Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.
2.      Separate crescent rolls into individual triangles.
3.      In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon and sugar or use a shaker.
4.      Melt the butter and spread on the dough. Sprinkle with the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Place marshmallow into the center of a dough triangle. Carefully wrap the dough around the marshmallow. Pinch the seams together tightly to seal in marshmallow as it melts. Place on a baking sheet. Repeat.

 

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5.      Bake in a preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

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Cut the rolls open when cooled. There will be a hole where the marshmallows melted and the truth of the empty tomb will show!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Easter! Jesus Loves You!

Posted by on Mar 31, 2021 in Creative Corner | 0 comments

Happy Easter! Jesus Loves You!

Happy Easter! This weekend we celebrate that Jesus rose from the grave. You may hear people at church say, “He is alive!” If you do, you can say this back to them, “He is alive indeed!”

Click on the image of Jesus and the children below to print and color this sheet. As you color, think of what you can do to show others that Jesus loves them, too.

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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 Ideas.

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The Road to Jerusalem: Palm Sunday

Posted by on Mar 24, 2021 in Creative Corner | 0 comments

The Road to Jerusalem: Palm Sunday

On Palm Sunday, we celebrate the day Jesus was in a parade. He road a young donkey and people lined the streets shouting, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” The streets were dirty and hot, so everyone waved palm leaves and put their coats on the ground for the donkey to walk on. Everyone was so happy that Jesus had come to Jerusalem.

Print out maze below to color and help Jesus find the way to Jerusalem. If you need help printing out the sheet or finding the way,  ask an adult. Tell them the story of Jesus in the parade.

Click to print out the page so you can color and find the way to Jerusalem

The Road to Jerusalem

The Story of St. Patrick

Posted by on Mar 17, 2021 in Creative Corner | 0 comments

The Story of St. Patrick

March 17th is celebrated each year as St. Patrick’s Day. This is a special day in Ireland because it celebrates the life of St. Patrick who brought the story of Jesus to their country. When Patrick was a little boy, a long time ago, he lived in Britain with his father who was a deacon in the church. But when he was sixteen, he had a very bad thing happen to him. He was kidnapped by some bad people from Ireland. They made him a slave and his job was to watch their sheep for them. But during that time, God spoke to his heart and Patrick grew to love God.

He finally escaped and went back to his home, but Patrick’s story doesn’t end here. He became a bishop in his church and one night he had a dream. In that dream, God told him to return to Ireland and teach them about God. Can you imagine returning to the people who had taken you away from your home and made you a slave? But because Patrick did what he was told, the Irish came to know God. They were so thankful, they declared a special holiday just for him.

One of the things St. Patrick used to tell the Irish about God was a shamrock. He told them the three leaves of the shamrock represented the Trinity. Just like there are three parts of a shamrock, it’s still one leaf. Even though there are three persons in the Trinity (the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit), there is still one God. That helped them understand and the shamrock became a symbol for St. Patrick.

The jigsaw puzzle below is of a shamrock. To play it, just click and hold on the pieces then slide them into place. If you can’t see or play the puzzle below, click on the image at the bottom of the post to go to the jigsaw puzzle website.

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Irish Scones: A St. Patrick’s Day Tradition

Posted by on Mar 10, 2021 in Creative Corner | 0 comments

Irish Scones: A St. Patrick’s Day Tradition

By Renee McCausey

    When my children were little I made special breakfasts on certain holidays.  I bought holiday themed glasses or mugs at the dollar store and sometimes filled them with candy or pencils for school.  For St. Patrick’s Day, I would make Irish Scones and sprinkle green sugar on top.  I  also purchased Irish cream coffee creamer and let them have “coffee” for breakfast.  This created special memories for my kids growing up that they still talk about.  Even as they get older, I keep these traditions. They always remind me to follow them every year.

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What you will need to create a memory:

Irish Scones (recipe follows) You can also purchase biscuits, crescent rolls, pancakes, or waffles and sprinkle the sugar on before baking them. The fun is in the memory you are creating!

Green sugar sprinkles

Irish Cream coffee creamer (this can be put into milk also)

Dollar store goodies with a holiday mug

Ingredients for Irish Scones:

2  cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt
⅓ cup Unsalted Butter
½ cup buttermilk (if you don’t have this on hand, you can make it by putting a teaspoon of vinegar in regular milk)

1 large egg

1 Tablespoon buttermilk

Directions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425° F.

Step 2

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a food processor bowl with steel blade and blend for 8 seconds (or whisk together in a large bowl).

Step 3

Cut in butter by pulsing 8 times with food processor (or use a pastry cutter), until mixture resembles coarse meal. Do not over blend.

Step 4

Whisk egg with buttermilk. Add egg mixture to dry mix in food processor and pulse just until dough comes together (or create a well in dry ingredients, add egg mixture & stir just until moistened). Stir in currants.

Step 5   Don’t forget the sprinkles before you bake!

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Turn dough onto floured surface and pat into 8-inch circle, approximately ½ to ¾- inch thick. Cut into wedges or cut with 3-inch biscuit cutter and place on a parchment lined or buttered baking sheet. Brush with buttermilk. Bake 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.

 

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Recipe revised from the Challengedairy.com website

 

 

 

 

Braided Easter Egg Bread

Posted by on Mar 3, 2021 in Creative Corner | 0 comments

Braided Easter Egg Bread
Hey Kids:
 
Easter is only a few weeks away. This would be a great opportunity to make Braided Easter Egg Bread. You can watch the yeast change and grow the flour as well as present an unusual loaf of great tasting bread on your Easter table. There are many opportunities to use this bread as a witnessing tool as friends and family talk about the reason for Easter.
Making bread is a lot like playing with play dough.
After mixing the recipe, kneading is folding, pushing, folding, and pushing over and over to make sure the gluten is stretchy. That’s not exactly a good technical, scientific explanation, but the dough will look and feel stretchy.
After the dough rises to double it’s original size, punch it down and cut the dough in half.
Play dough time again. Roll each half into a loooong snake  of about 36 inches.
Braid the two dough snakes and connect them into a circle.
Now take RAW eggs and tuck them in the braids around the loaf.
Then bake the loaf according to your recipe directions.
The raw eggs will now be cooked and taste very much like the boiled Easter eggs you have every year.
My Easter Egg Chickens have begun to lay blue eggs. I think I might make a loaf with those eggs tucked in among the braids. Happy Easter.

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Gail Cartee is a writer and teacher of hands-on family devotions. She and her husband live in the foothills of SC.  They have three grown children and three grandchildren. Gail writes Sunday School lessons for children and teens. She teaches in a  public school near her home. Gail often gets inspiration for her hands-on lessons while working in her organic garden.

Visit Gail at http://gailcartee.blogspot.com/ or email her at gcartee8645@windstream.net.

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Where Do Easter Eggs Come From?

Posted by on Feb 24, 2021 in Creative Corner | 0 comments

Where Do Easter Eggs Come From?

Eggs have been used to celebrate Easter for a very long time. There are a lot of reasons for using eggs to celebrate the day Jesus became alive again after he died. An egg has three sections, the outer shell, the white inside and the yellow center, but is one living thing like the Trinity. Some people use also plastic or empty eggs to show that Jesus’ grave was empty when he came back to life.

The jigsaw puzzle below is of Easter eggs. To play it, just click and hold on the pieces then slide them into place. If you can’t see or play the puzzle below, click on the image at the bottom of the post to go to the jigsaw puzzle website.

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Family Portraits

Posted by on Dec 30, 2020 in Creative Corner | 0 comments

Family Portraits

Has anyone ever told you that you look like your mother or father? Do you have your “father’s eyes” or your “mother’s nose?” Ask your parents if there are any common features in your family. As you draw pictures of your family on the sheet below, be sure to add them to your drawings.

Family Portraits worksheet

Click on the image to print it out and add your own family portraits.

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 Ideas.

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