Young children love to sing, clap, and dance. Each time we lead kids in worship, we instinctively call them to worship responsively: Clap your hands! Sing out! Shout Hallelujah! One of the dangers inherent in teaching kids to worship this way is that we sometimes call for responses without showing kids a clear picture of the Heavenly Father they are responding to.
The Clap Your Hands, Stomp Your Feet VBS Curriculum teaches children the why behind our worship and then leads them to respond to God's grace and goodness through fun, active praise. Each of the five days of assembly time, Bible study, crafts, and games work together to engage kids in lively, responsive praise rooted in the truths of the gospel.
Appropriate for use with churched and unchurched children alike, Clap Your Hands Stomp Your Feet teaches that proactive praise is a lifelong response to the good news of Jesus. Each day connects the truths of the gospel to real-life scenarios through a study of the life of King David, and is written with a heart to call children to contagious, demonstrative praise.
Clap Your Hands, Stomp Your Feet teaches children the why behind our worship and then leads them to respond to God's grace and goodness through fun, active praise, a lifelong response to the good news of Jesus. It engages kids in lively, responsive praise rooted in the truths of the gospel. Written by a collection of pastors, teachers, and parents with a heart to make the gospel contagious to a range of excited, demonstrative children. It connects the truths of the gospel to real-life scenarios through a five-day study of King David.
The starter kit provides everything your church needs to plan, advertise, and run a successful, praise-focused VBS: a director's manual, lessons, crafts, and games for pre-schoolers and elementary students, and a studio-recorded children's worship CD. Clap Your Hands, Stomp Your Feet includes branded silicone wristbands, t-shirt decals, and an evangelistic booklet, Are You Close to God? (which can be purchased in 10-packs).
Your VBS Starter Kit includes: Complete Director's Manual (on CD)—Director's planning checklist starting ten months before your VBS; Detailed directions on every aspect of planning, recruiting, advertising, training volunteers, classroom security, and projection against child abuse; Recruitment ideas and printable forms for volunteers to fill out; Decorating ideas Printables (on CD)—Including advertising posters, bulletin inserts, invitations, and name tags Worship Leader's Manual (on CD)—Sample Schedule; Script for five days of opening and optional closing assemblies (including song lists and scripts for worship leader and emcee); Complete lead sheets including chords and lyrics for all songs; Videos of hand motions for each song Preschool Classroom Manual (on CD) includes—Schedule, Supply list, five lessons based on the theme of praise, detailed instructions for teaching, instructions for story circle format, craft directions, and snack suggestions Elementary (K-5th grade) Classroom Manual (on CD)—Games guide with supply lists and directions; Bible study guide with directions on how to present the lessons; Craft guide with supply lists and directions.
In addition to the items on CD, the Starter Kit includes one each of the following items—Are You Close to God? evangelistic booklet; Clap Your Hands Stomp Your Feet music CD; Videos of hand motions for each song (on DVD ROM); One Clap Your Hands silicone wristband (sold in packs of ten); One Clap Your Hands iron-on transfer (sold in packs of ten)The evangelistic booklet, silicone wristbands (pack of ten) and the iron-on transfer (pack of 10) may be purchased separately.
AUTHORS: Jared Kennedy, Lindsey Blair, Tessa Janes, Mandy Groce, and Fletcher Lang have all served on the creative team for children's ministry at Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, KY and New Albany, IN. They are the authors of Clap Your Hands, Stomp Your Feet VBS and PROOF Pirates VBS. Jared serves as Pastor of Families at Sojourn and is author of The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible. Lindsey coauthored Our Home Is Like a Little Church, which was illustrated by Tessa. Tessa has also illustrated several other books for children. Kara has authored curriculum for ministry-to-children.com. Mandy authored What is the Church? and What is the Gospel?. Fletcher now serves as lead pastor at City on a Hill Church in Somerville, MA.
Clap Your Hands, Stomp Your Feet
New Growth Press