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Wednesday, December 6, 1995
The Children's Box
those of you who enjoy improve, and who don’t like to plan ahead, the “Children’s
Box” is for you.
process is easy.Buy a box that is large
enough to contain something of interest, but small enough for the child to
carry home.The box should be attractive
and have some character about it.The
rules should be laminated and placed permanently inside the box.
it may look difficult, it is not.I’ve
done this for years and I’ve never been stumped.
the children come forward, I always say “For those of you who are visiting, we
never know what is in the box until right now,” and with that I slowly and
cautiously look in the box.
removing the item, the preacher can have some time to gather thoughts by asking
·Is this yours?
·What is this, can you tell me about it?
·Have you had it long?
·Where did you get this, who gave it to you?
you begin to tell something spiritual about the item you pull out of the
box.Believe me, this is easier than it
looks.You have in your mind what you
are going to preach, and it is easy to apply the object to the text for the day
– but that is not always necessary.
the message, we have a prayer, I return the item to the child and we give the box to the next
child.I always end with, “Remember,
whatever you put in the box has to be approved by a responsible adult at
home.And remember, the rules say
nothing alive or recently alive.”I’m
not sure why, but Sunday after Sunday the way I say that prompts some laughter.
Feel free to engage the adults as well.
I always find it helpful to have another adult with me to help keep the children "in line" and to help hand the mike to the children.
sure to bring this box to next Sunday’s 10:00 worship service.
need to place something in the box that the pastor or worship leader can use
during the Children’s Devotional.The pastor
and leaders will need to think on their feet as they seek to use what you put
in the box for the Children’s Devotional message.Who knows - you may even “stump the
are some rules:
(no pets, animals, insects or other living creatures).
2.Nothing that was recently
living and is now dead.
3.Nothing that good
common sense tells you might be offensive to our church members.
4.No books – we
don’t have time to read your favorite books.
5.Nothing that you can’t
live without.We will try to get your
item back to you, but remember, your child is responsible for what is in the
you put in the box has to be approved by the adults in your home.
If for any reason you can’t be in church this Sunday, you can give
the box to someone who WILL be in church this Sunday - or call the church
office at 239-463-3173 and deliver the box to the church office.