Thursday, September 13, 2007

Overheard at Kids 4 Truth

“You have really short legs.”
- the little girl who sat on my lap

“Hey, they're watching a MOVIE! I’m telling!”
- a little girl referring to the teens (who are watching creation videos in their Wednesday night study)

“Where is the Empha Sea? Is it by the ocean?”
- in response to a question by Mr. Joel wanting to know what the “emphasis” was in Genesis

“How come the little kids get asked the same review question every week, but we older kids have to answer new ones?”
- one of the older boys

“Do YOU know the answer to their question yet?"
- my response

- his response

“Maybe that’s why they keep asking.”
- me, again.

- moment of dawning realization by older boy

Kudos to Lacey Berryman - Fill-in Song Leader and Game Coordinator Extraordinaire, and Mr. Joel for a thought-provoking (emphatical) lesson on God’s goodness!

And a pat on the back to myself for learning TWO new things at Kid’s 4 Truth.

I learned a new Bible song based on the “classic” BINGO song. Instead of There was a farmer had a dog, and Bingo was his name. Oh, B-I-N-G-O...and Bingo was his name! (Thanks to Robin Hayes for helping jog my memory on the original lyrics!)

It’s now, (Something, something) God wrote a book; the Bible was its title. Oh, B-I-B-L-E...the Bible was its title!

I also a learned an extremely fun kid’s game called Upset the Fruit Basket.

The kids are named off as apples, oranges, pears, and bananas (one kid wanted to be a kiwi :-). Then the kids sit on mats (carpet squares, in this case). The leader calls out one or more fruits, and the kids have to crab walk or crawl to a different mat while the leader pulls one mat away (similar to musical chairs).

Sometimes the leader will call, “Upset the fruit basket!” Then, ALL the kids have to find new mats.

It was very fun to watch! I am grateful (although I am expected to be an example as a leader) that no one asked ME to crab walk anywhere!

My favorite quote of the evening was when another group leader joked:

“If I were playing this game, I would definitely be a pear. That’s the way my body’s shaped!

I told her, “Me, too! Except my pear body would have two mini-pickles for legs!”


Robin Hayes said...

The first line of the new song is: "God the Father wrote a book, the Bible is its title." And I stick by my assertion that it's really hard to sing when I grew up with a completely different set of lyrics (ie BINGO). It sounds like you had a good time last night! ;)

Robin Hayes said...

P.S. I'm cringing inside hoping it's not my son who had the comments about the little kids review question!

Ann-Marie said...

Robin - Thanks so much! For the life of me I couldn’t remember that first line! I knew it was "something, something"...but then nothing came to me!

I never reveal my kid sources...but I will say it wasn't yours! The older boy was in earnest with his question - I think he just wanted to point out it wasn't "fair" by his standards. But he accepted my answer with a really good attitude.

I also left out that while the kids got rowdy at game time, they did a great job settling down during the lesson. My childhood AWANA lesson time was never so quiet!

P.S. - I DID have a good time. Working with Heidi, Lacey, Amanda, and Joel was SO much fun! Plus, no crab walking!

Heidi said...


I will second Ann-Marie. Since I also know which kid(s) those were who were commenting, rest assured. It was not yours. :-)

Robin Hayes said...

Thank you for small favors! It's always nice to know that your kid behaves out of your controls. Thankfully, though, it doesn't sound like there was any real misbehavior. I just don't want my kids growing up to be rebellious participators - only doing it because they have to, not because they WANT to.

Robin Hayes said...

P.S.A. (Again) Yeah - I'd be thankful to not have to crabwalk too. I remember that from grade school and it was HARD! :)

Ann-Marie said...

Ooh, I like that - rebellious participators! I'm going to use that, Robin! Not sure when, but in one post or another. It really makes it clear what's going on! Good words!

I'm with you - I remember the day my parents sat me down and told me that (paraphrasing here, like Pastor says) "There are no second generation Christians. You have to live the Christian life for the Lord, we can't live it for you!" It was very powerful!

Your kids are fortunate to have a mom who cares!

P.S. - I was a fat kid, so the crab walk was truly horrendous for me. I proably would have said I was feeling sick to get out of it! :-)

WendyJanelle said...

Ha, ha, ha. Kids are so funny!