Teacher Helps Page - Spark
Check this page bi-monthly for items that will support your Spark planning.
November 2017: pursuing peace
View the November Video
October 2017: helping hands
View the October Video
TH: Catfish Blues
TH: Pom Pom Soccer
September 2017: Giving hope to refugees
TH: Journey of Hope
AUGUST 2017: GROWING AND SHOWING LOVE
may 2017: Connecting the dots
TH: Selah Vie Video
April 2017: Faithful partners
March 2017: LOVING MY NEIGHBOR
TH: Common Things
february 2017: celebrating jesus in lebanon
TH: Children Friendly Spaces in Lebanon Video
TH: Flag of Lebanon
TH: Cedars of Lebanon Photos
Cedar of Lebanon: http://www.bibleplaces.com/newsletter/feb14/Cedar-of-Lebanon,-adr090510670-hr-bibleplaces.jpg
Cedar of Lebanon Cones: http://www.habeeb.com/images/lebanon.photos/cedars/cedar.of.lebanon.023.jpg
TH: Joy in My Heart Video
TH: Around the World Basketball Set-Up
January 2017: loving communities
DECEMBER 2016: GOOD NEWS FOR ALL PEOPLE
TH: World Map
TH: World Flags
TH: World Flags Answer Key
TH: African Thumb Piano
TH: Bike-aThon Pledge Form
TH: Bike-a-Thon Parent Letter
TH: Arabic Shopping
TH: Hands and Feet
TH: Whitley Interview
november 2016: Speaking my language
Keith Holmes and Mary van Rheenen are Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel who are working today to help people understand God’s Word in their own languages. This husband and wife team work to create Scripture resources and make them available in major Romany languages. Many Romany cannot read and are affected more by spoken word. Through their work, they create children’s videos, make audio recordings of the Bible, and dub films so that Romany people may hear God’s story in their own language.
TH: Bullseye Words
TH: Video Stories
october 2016: shining bright in miami
Angel and Jason Pittman work with Touching Miami with Love, a CBF partner ministry that provides resources, educational opportunities, and day camps for people in their community. Touching Miami with Love provides year-round programing that includes literacy, Bible stories and devotions, enrichment activities, visual arts, and fitness. These after-school and summer programs are an essential part of building up the community.
SEPTEMBER 2016: healing for haiti
Jenny Jenkins' first trip to The Republic of Haiti, on the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean, was as a last-minute fill-in on a mission trip in 2007. On a return trip in 2008 to work with schools, Jenny was called on to use her medical skills when they discovered a man with an infection in his leg. As Jenny's group was preparing to leave Haiti, she worried about the man with the wounded leg, so she returned to check on him one last time. As she knelt beside him to change his bandage, he cupped her face in his hands and said, "mèsi," which means "thank you" in Creole, the language of Haiti. "At that moment, my life changed," Jenny said, "Because I had looked into the eyes of Christ." That night she sat alone, looking out over the ocean and wept. She felt the call of God and prayed, "You open the door and I will walk through."
After the devastating earthquake of 2010, God opened a door for Jenny to return as a full-time Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel to Grand Goâve, Haiti, with a CBF Disaster Response team. Jenny’s work there is multi-faceted, but she focuses on three major areas: medical clinics, a widows' group, and education.
TH: World Map
TH: Gelatin Earthquake
TH: Pictures of Medical Items
TH: Animals of Haiti
TH: Haiti Map
TH: Pictures of Haiti
TH: Greetings from Jenny Jenkins Video
TH: Haiti Eyes
TH: Translation Activity
TH: Homemade Soccer Ball, 2
TH: Haitian Metal Art, 2
august 2016: GPS: God's people share (here, there and everywhere)
In Louisville, Kentucky, members of Crescent Hill Baptist Church welcome refugees from Burma into their congregation and into their lives. In the Bahamas, Ray Johnson, a pastor from Florida, teaches a training class for pastors who will, in turn, tell God’s stories to their own communities. In Slovakia, Jon and Tonya Parks teach both Slovak and English, along with other skills, to the Roma people so that they can find work and thrive in their home country.
All over the globe, followers of Christ put hands and feet to the gospel as they share God’s love with their communities in powerful and diverse ways. The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, with the support of its network of congregations, seminaries, and other groups, partners with these churches and individuals, helping to provide both the physical and spiritual resources they need to be bearers of God’s love in their contexts.View the August Video for Spark and Form!
Summersalt 2016: knowing and serving in China
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel seek to cultivate beloved community around the world. Field personnel in China are showing care for people in ways that recognize both their personal histories and how those stories matter to God. In an era of a global church, they are nurturing and equipping Chinese lay leaders to use their unique giftedness to serve their local churches. These field personnel engage in conversations, shared meals, birthday celebrations, and English classes to show their neighbors in China that they are seen and loved by God. These field personnel teach Bible classes, worship leadership, and ministry skills to equip lay people to lead congregations in China with grace, knowledge, and integrity.
May 2016: Sharing Christ's Love through friendship
Have you had an experience where you had to leave everything that was familiar to you? Whether leaving a place that you love, or a place that can be difficult to live in, leaving what you know can be hard. Leaving your home is never easy; leaving for a new country altogether is even harder. The internationals in the San Franisco Bay area come from far away. And when they arrive, they enter into a situation where they have little knowledge of their new surroundings or little support. Many of the internationals don’t even know the language of their new home. They might not have a place to live or any furniture or clothing with them. They probably even need food to eat. They only bring themselves.View the May Video for Spark and Form!
April 2016: Saying Domo Arigato Together
This unit’s scriptural focus is Colossians 3:16-17. In this letter, Paul instructs us to "Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly." Matthew Henry’s commentary explains that the Greek word for "dwell" in this scripture really means to keep house, not as a servant but as the master. Christ, dwelling in us, should be like a master who has complete control of the house. Nothing that happens within that household happens unless the master wills it to happen. All of us are in need of someone to be in control of our lives—we are in need of the good news of Christ. We need the "message of Christ to dwell among us richly."
TH: Background Information
TH: Foushee's Address
TH: Origami Ladybug, Video
TH: Japanese Game
TH: Japanese Game Rules
TH: Soccer Game Blog
TH: Japanese Greetings
TH: Japanese Homes, 2
TH: Woodblock Printing, 2, 3
March 2016: Firm Foundations
Imagine you are a Karen [kah REN] refugee, forced from your home in Burma under life-threatening conditions. After a long, hard, dangerous journey that you were lucky enough to survive, you reach a refugee camp on the Thailand border. Living conditions in the refugee camp leave much to be desired, but they are much better than where you came from. After years of living in the refugee camp, you are blessed with an opportunity to resettle in the United States. The idea of traveling so far from the place you know as home is scary, but the prospects of a better life for you and your family give you the courage to go. You arrive in this strange new country and begin the long journey of learning the language and ways of this new people and land.
February 2016: like rivers in the desert
This unit is dedicated to learning about a group of people who often walk with us in the deserts of our lives and lead us graciously to the water: chaplains. We can imagine chaplains, then, as desert guides. When you come to a desert place in your life, they are there, ready to journey beside you. Because they have crossed through this desert with others before you and because they have been trained to cross through it, they can often point you to the river, or rather, to God’s love, care, and peace, in places where you might not have seen them. Chaplains do not make the deserts disappear. They merely walk with you through them and lead you to water whenever they can.View the February Video for Spark and Form!
January 2016: Encouraging others
In this unit, we will learn about the life of Barnabas, while studying other faithful servants, who are encouraging others in West Africa. Lynn and Michael Hutchinson live in Togo, West Africa. Though there are many challenges to their work, such as language barriers, extremely hot weather, rainy seasons, and malaria, the Hutchinsons come alongside the Togolese people and tell them of the love of Jesus Christ. In this spirit, they reassure the Togolese people that God is with them and working through them. With God’s strength, the Togolese people can rise above their circumstances and experience a full and happy life through the love of God. The Hutchinsons are CBF field personnel who are encouraging others to know the fullness of God’s power through training and teaching skills that can be transformative for the Togolese people.View the January Video for Spark and Form!
December 2015: New Friends in a new home
Frank and Karen Morrow began their ministry as Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel in Germany, where large numbers of Middle Eastern refugees had come seeking asylum. The Morrows helped these refugees in whatever ways they could, while learning to speak German and discovering more about this people group. In order to help the refugees, they developed relationships with them. They lived among themView the December Video for Spark and Form!
November 2015: Sowing Seeds of hope
Karen and Kenny Sherin are CBF partner-funded field personnel working in South Dakota. Kenny describes their work as being "tentmakers." He means that they work regular paying jobs outside of their mission work, and they are a committed part of the community in which they serve. By becoming true residents of the community they can work with others in the community instead of for others in the community.
October 2015: Mayday! payday!
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has recognized the need to be a voice of advocacy for people who have been hurt by the payday loan industry. In the fall of 2013, CBF hired Stephen Reeves to fill the newly-created position of associate coordinator for advocacy and partnerships. Stephen works as an advocate in many ways, including speaking out for those negatively affected by the payday loan industry. He has worked to educate others on the seriousness and importance of this issue and has also advocated for regulations on the industry to protect those who take out loans from becoming victims of predatory lending.View the October video for Spark and Form!
TH: Meet the People
Septermber 2015: Helping God's Helpers
This unit focuses on those who have been called to care for God’s sheep — to be, in some form, shepherds in God’s image. Additionally, it focuses on those who serve as caregivers for others who are shepherds. Often, clergy and other caregivers support one another in pastoral care, particularly when a difficult situation arises. This unit examines what that looks like.
TH: Death Valley Video
August 2015: Missions Mix
In Matthew 28, Jesus returned to the disciples after his death and resurrection from the tomb. In Matthew 28:16-20, Jesus commissioned the eleven disciples to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and Son and the Holy Spirit. With this commission, they were asked to share all that Jesus had taught them and remember that Jesus would be with them always, to the end of the age. Throughout the Bible, we have many examples of how Jesus shared God’s love. God’s love is shown through healings, miracles, teaching, preaching, caring, restoring, and listening to others. This model is how we also can respond to those around us in need of a message from God.
View the August Spark and Form Video!
TH: Sugar Cookie
Summersalt 2014 features the children of CBF field personnel and the ways God is using them to impact the world. Stories of field personnel sharing God's love all over the world help us understand the importance of missions and taking care of one another. But it is easy to feel like we have to be all grown up to serve other people. The stories of children from these mission-focused families remind us that we are never too young to help other people and follow God.Session 1
TH: Mission Footprints Map
TH: Salt Dough Recipe
TH: Gazpacho Recipe
TH: Sewing Templates
TH: Project Ruth
TH: Elija and Elisha
TH: Paper Flowers
TH: Trust in the Lord
TH: Trust in the Lord Lyrics
TH: Our Africa
TH: Blessing Song
TH: Providing a Home
TH: Blessing Song
May 2015: God creates and cares for all
God created us all. God cares for us all. And we are all uniquely designed by God. Psalm 139:13-14 tells us that every person has been created in the womb and known by God from the beginning of his or her days. That means that God created each child in your class, and God created each child in Africa, Asia, and throughout the world. This unit will help children understand that God cares about babies, even before they are born. The children will learn about a global effort to improve nutrition and care for babies and mothers around the world.
TH: Learning more about Tanzania
April 2015: Pray. Prepare. Discover. Engage
Moving can be difficult. We often find change hard, even if it is good for us. It can be overwhelming, with so much to do and think about. We have to pack, find a new house, register the kids for a new school, make new friends, and learn about a new place. Imagine doing all of this in a country where you don’t speak the language. Matt and Michelle Norman experienced this very situation. In the spring of 2013, they moved to Cerdanyola del Valles [serh dan YOH la del VIH yes], a suburb of Barcelona, to serve as field personnel for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
TH: Castell Video
TH: Sardana Dancing Video
March 2015: Do. Love. Walk
Micah 6:8 asks and answers the question: "What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" This instruction seems simple enough, but even adults struggle with the concepts of justice, kindness, and humility. Justice is sometimes defined as "moral rightness based on ethics, rationality, law, religion, equity, and fairness." Justice takes on different meanings to different people and can be a difficult concept to define. But the Scripture states it plain and simple—do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly.
TH: Hunger Map
TH: Piggy Bank
February 2015: Sharing Hope
In the Bible, there are many references to the hope, joy, and peace that God can provide. In any circumstance of life, no matter how simple or dramatic, God has proven to be faithful and caring. It is essential to teach our children about this constant hope, joy, and peace, so that when life delivers difficult news or hard circumstances, they can trust that God is trustworthy and loving.
View the February video for Spark and Form!
TH: Refugee Video
January 2015: God Calls Us To Be Disciples
When Jesus called the first disciples to "come and follow me" in Luke 5, he chose ordinary people. Jesus chose people who had families, jobs, and dreams. He chose people who were created in God’s image but dealt with sin every day—people just like you and me. All of us have faults, and we all sin, but we can all be used by God to do God’s work. We can all be made clean with God’s love and sacrifice. We can also lead others to Jesus by showing them that very same love and sacrifice that was shown to us. Just like the first disciples, we are called by God.
View the January Video for Spark and Form!
December 2014: Joining in God's Work
Close your eyes and imagine...clear, blue-green water, white sand, palm trees, warm sun, calypso music playing in the background, and a small white church with a cross on the steeple surrounded by the rich colors of beige, blue, and green. Where are you? You are in the Bahamas. The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's work in the Bahamas is not a mission story about us taking the gospel to them. It's a story about Bahamian Baptists working hard to share the gospel in their own country.
November 2014: Loving God with your Whole Heart
Together for Hope, CBF's rural poverty initiative, is a long-term commitment to working with people in 20 of the nation's poorest countries in order to break the cycle of poverty. The ministry is about establishing long-term relationships, listening, learning, and walking alongside local leaders. In Texas, Together for Hope works in seven countries, where predominately Latino families live in neighborhoods called "colonias." These neighborhoods spring up on undeveloped land along the Texas side of the Rio Grande River. The houses are often pieced-together shacks and the colonias often lack basic services like clean water, sewage systems, and paved roads. Learn how CBF Field Personnel, Ben and Leonora Newell, are working to help people who are living in poverty find ways to earn income, become independent, and take care of their families.
Follow along at the CBF blog for up-to-date stories from the Fellowship.
Session 3 TH: Spanish Song
Session 4 TH: 3-D Baseball
October 2014: Receiving and Responding to God's Grace
The town of Emmaus is at the foothills of the Drakensburg Mountains, about five hours south of Johannesburg, South Africa. Families live in mud brick homes on one to two acres of land, which they borrow from a Zulu king. Due in large part to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the spread of tuberculosis, there are more than 4.5 million orphans in the country of South Africa. Mark and Sara Williams are CBF Field Personnel living in Emmaus. They work to meet the practical and everyday needs of the people of Emmaus, who have been drastically affected by economic hardship and the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Follow along at the CBF blog for up-to-date stories from the Fellowship.
Session 2 TH: Netball
Session 3 TH: Soccer Game
September 2014: God Is with Us
In the United States and across the world, many people have seen firsthand the destruction of natural disasters that were stronger than the foundations of their homes. In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of New York and New Jersey and on May 20, 2013, a powerful EF5 tornado destroyed Moore, Oklahoma, and surrounding areas. The people of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship understand that many needs arise in a community after a natural disaster strikes. CBF's Disaster Response Ministries works to provide for survivors after times of crisis. Although CBF Disaster Response is not a first-response organization, they are quick to respond when a disaster strikes. The aim is to provide a long-term presence, helping communities to rebuild and recover. It is a network of churches and individuals with a strong passion for helping others. Cooperative Baptist Fellowship churches like Metro Baptist Church in New York City and Second Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, were instrumental in caring for the needs of the survivors of Hurricane Sandy and the Oklahoma tornados. Disaster Response Ministries seeks to deliver the hope of Christ to those who feel hopeless in times of crisis. CBF is partnering with others to shine forth the hope of Christ by assisting in gathering funds, supplies, and workers to rebuild in these areas.
Read posts on the CBF blog about Disaster Response ministries.
Join in the conversation at the CBF Disaster Response Facebook page.
August 2014: We Work Together with God
As the first unit in the new curriculum year, this unit of Spark focuses on Missions 101—the who, what, when, where, and why of missions. In addition to learning about the eight mission communities, the unit will lay the groundwork for children to understand that we are all part of a wonderful plan God has for sharing God’s love with the world. Through the four sessions, children will discover who Cooperative Baptists are, what the CBF mission communities and networks do, when and how people become field personnel or other missions partners, where field personnel and followers of Christ work, and why they do it. As you lead the children to learn about the passions and work of Cooperative Baptists, encourage them to discover their own passions and interests. They can begin to understand that, even as children, they can work together with God to transform the world.
Follow along at the CBF blog for up-to-date stories from the Fellowship.
Session 1 TH: Link to Missions
TH: Video - Resources for Children making Videos
- Videos made for kids to watch that give tips on how to make movies.
- Tools for teachers to use that will help them plan movie-making units.
- Book on making movies for kids.
- Free movie-making software for children.
TH: Eye Chart
Summersault 2014 is about the children of CBF field personnel who are living missionally. Some of them are still kids, helping out alongside their parents. Others featured in this curriculum have grown up and continue to live out their own missional journeys. Each “child” shares his or her story through a letter to the children in your church, encouraging the children that God calls people of all ages to serve in God’s kingdom.
Visit the Touching Miami with Love (TML) Web site to read more about the Pittmans’ ministry there.
Read a blog post about Rebecca Wyatt, published by her university.
TH: Preschool Gifts Bingo
TH: TML Video