The following “Zombies Lesson Set Worship Suggestions” were written as an additional resource to our four lesson set about “going to church” (and not being a “zombie” about it!). See the four lessons here.
Note: The software is now available as a FREE DOWNLOAD to the supporting members of Rotation.org.
These worship suggestions were written thinking that you might use our Zombies Lesson Set as a VBS some summer and have a worship component. However, these suggestions could be turned into a “fifth” Zombies lesson in the set featuring worship and music.
Give Me Oil in My Lamp
(Gas for my Ford, etc) …a great song about keepin’ on, and ripe for the question: “What gives us fuel to keep us truckin for the Lord in worship?”
I like to have kids come up with new verses to add to these familiar songs. I’ve come up with new verses myself for the “Give Me Oil” song, such as: “Keep me ‘wake for this hour, give me power, power power, Keep me ‘wake for this hour I pray (keep my eyes wide open), Keep me ‘wake for this hour, give me power so I won’t sour, –keep me ‘wake until they say “Amen.” The kids love this song and adding verses.
I Have Decided to Follow Jesus
Show and Discuss the video “Mr Bean in Church”
(Can be found as a clip on Youtube. Try this link: http://youtu.be/bh__g-ZZ6WA if the one below goes dead.)
Begin by asking:
What’s the hardest part of worship to pay attention to?
What’s your favorite part of worship to participate in?
Why is Bean so distracted?
What could Mr Bean do to stay focused?
How could the man have helped him?
What distracts YOU in worship?
Why are the other people not distracted in the video? In your church?
What helps you pay attention?
Where’s the best and worst seat in the sanctuary for paying attention?
What could we change in worship to help make it more kid-friendly and easier to pay attention to?
Create your own “Mr Bean” Skit using leaders or kids.
Arrange a set of chair as a pew. Assign one worshipper to do everything they can to be a distraction while the other worshippers quietly react in different ways. Have a preacher mumbling through the service in the background like you hear in Bean’s skit.
Things that “bad worshipper” can do: Kick the chair in front of them. Rattle paper. Say “I have to go to the bathroom” loudly during the hymn but their parent can’t hear them, until they say it again accidentally loud during the ‘silent’ part of the prayer (my daughter actually did that when she was 5). Slump and toss/turn in the chair during the sermon. Drop a pen. (The idea behind the skit is to set up some discussion.)
Do you fidget or sit still during your favorite TV show or in a movie theater? Why do you suppose some kids are able to focus when watching their tv show, but not in church? How many adults are fidgeting? What have they learned that the fidgety kid has not learned?
- Are you more likely to pay attention from the BACK of the room or front? So what should you do in worship?
- Are you more likely to pay attention when you KNOW the person speaking or NOT know them? So what could you do in worship to get to know the speaker better?
- Are you easily distracted by things around you, such as a doodle pad the church has in the pew? Then what could you do to remove that distraction?
- Are you easily distracted by a particular person sitting near you? What can you do about that?
- Jesus promised to be with us in worship. Do you want to be ready or distracted when he speaks to you? How can you prepare yourself to hear/feel his presence?
Visit Sunday Software’s Attack of the Sunday School Zombies CD Webpage to learn more about the fun game we’ve created about coming to church with the RIGHT attitude.
See a video montage of Zombies CD:
Super Kenz stops the church zombies with chocolate donuts
long enough to share some advice and scripture with them.
View the Game’s Intro with Super Kenz’ the Bible Kid:
The game’s opening video tells your kids the game’s basic premise.