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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Valentine's Sunday School Party & Bulletin Boards

In the photo: Brittany, Ashley, Tabby, Me, Sarah, Theresa, and Layla

I teach the Kids for the Journey Class for grades 4, 5 &6. They are a great group of kids and I love doing special things for them. Last summer as I was looking ahead to the fall and wondering what we should do for memory and attendance challenges I decided to go a different route. I decided to keep having the memory verse (of course!!) but not do any challenge with it. Instead, we are having a monthly BLAST! (original anagram came from the 91st Street Christian Church's website). It stands for Belonging, Learning, & Adventures in Studying the Truth. I wanted to do something to bring us together so we could get to know each other better and I had hoped that it would boost regular attendance. So far we have been miniture golfing, had a scavenger hunt and picnic, make your own pizza and game night, bowling and then this Valentine's party. Since Valentine's Day was on Sunday I decided to have the party during Sunday School. Of course, we had a Bible lesson using conversation hearts, but we had fun, too.

I looked on the internet for weeks for fun things to make for my kids.
I saw these candy coated marshmallows and knew I had to do them.
I started doing them only covering half of the marshmallow, but I was afraid the marshmallow would dry out,
so I then went to covering all of it.

Aren't they adorable!!

Here's the party table. My bulletin board was simple but used the party theme.
That's a mirror that I got from Dollar Tree in the center.
We have donuts every Sunday for the van kids to eat before Sunday School, so I didn't think that cupcakes would be that different. White cake, homemade ~BUTTERCREAM~ icing.... love, love that! My favorite combination! and we had Strawberry milk to drink!

Another internet idea... I think it originated from FamilyFun. These are supposed to be roses. I'll just call the flowers! They are made out of Fruit by the Foot. They don't look like the example, but hey were cute non-the- less!!
On the wesite they used mini muffin tins and the flower covered the whole top of the cupcake.

Another internet inspired idea. It doesn't even look like what inspired me, I just saw one thing that reminded me of another and this is what I came up with. The 4x6 frame is from Dollar Tree, I used a scrapbooking paper for the background, printed the theme on the computer and glittered a Cricut cut heart. These were my Valentine's to them.
I had snack bags that they could put these goodies in and take wiht them, altho' most of them ate them there!
The little boxes with the ribbons at the top of the picture are match boxes that I covered with craft paper and a ribbon and then I put 2 Jolly Ranchers inside.

For the craft we made jean Bible covers.We ended up hot gluing the beads on after they got them on the thread. With the time constraints we couldn't sew on one end, thread the beads and then sew in the other end.

Jesus Loves these kids... and so do I!

This is the Valentine themed bulletin board for Family Center at church. It is very large (4'x8') and so I decided to divide it this time. The border is made up of velvet roses. The roses and the floral piece are from the wedding I did in December. The right side of the board is a reminder of the missions trip that several from our church are participating in. They will share the Jesus Film with the people of Guatemala. The background is the same tablecloth that I had up for the Christmas bulletin board. I get the tablescloths from Big Lots for $6. They are better than paper because they can be used over and over and not going to tear and wear like paper. I will probalby be switching to all cloth backgrounds. Goodwill will be a good source for the smaller boards in my classroom.
Thanks for letting me share some of the fun I get to do at church!

1 comment:

theresabaker62 said...

Great pictures of the grand baby and I loved what you did with the Sunday School kiddos... the crafts were so sweet! Thank you for sharing!