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Elements of the Program-Dear Theophilus

------- Dramatizations------- Bible Readings------- Dear Theophilus Book------- Archaeology Notebook------- Music ------- Arts and Crafts------- Mural------- Themes and Topics-------

Dramatizations add fun! Theophilus, the camel hand puppet is handsome. As director of each excavation he interacts with the children in the opening and closing skits each day. Children also have opportunity to role play during the lessons.

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Bible readings from Acts of the Apostles center on the Apostles, Paul, Mary of Magdala, and the establishment of the Early Church in homes and in synagogues.

Dear Theophilus, This attractive book with vivid illustrations and clear text is a daily resource for lessons on the men and women who gathered around Jesus and then formed the early church. It contains the best available biblical scholarship written in an easy format for children. It's a wonderful family book to use even after bible camp.

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Archaeology Notebook is filled with activities for each excavation. The children learn that archaeology is a great help to bible research.   At the dig site, and in the activity book, whatever they unearth grabs their attention. The notebook is available on three levels: Level A-Ages 4-6; Level B-Ages 7-9; and Level C-Ages 10 and up.

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Music  reinforces every lesson.  The easy tunes are ones which children find themselves singing after bible camp ends.  The CD is recorded with vocal and without vocal (instrumental only). Scored music in booklet form, comes with the CD . Lyrics are provided in the student Archeology Notebook.  Dancing is important in this program.


Arts and Crafts The beautiful crafts use recyclables and donations. A good variety of creative crafts give catechists and children plenty of choice. Each craft contributes to the theme. The crafts enrich the program because  children learn  more about the early church, as well as the importance of recycling, and how to stretch their own artistic talents.

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Mural Puzzle Poster  The mural is reconstructed little by little each day of camp.  Pretending they are unearthing it, 15 large puzzle pieces are eventually placed by children on its background. Teachers hide 3 pieces each day for children to find.

Themes of Dear Theophilus   Archaeology-------Why Did the Church Get Started?   The presence of the  Holy Spirit---------How Did the Church Get Started?  Peter, the leader----------------When Did the Church Get Started? Paul, the Missionary----------------Where Did the Church Get Started? Men and Women and House Churches

Lesson Topics:   Digging Up Facts,  Meaning of Theophilus,  Mary of Magdala, the first witness of the Risen Jesus,  The Power of the Holy Spirit,  Peter Learns a Lesson,   Stoning of Stephen,  Barnabas and Paul,   Jesus, the Loving Friend Missionary Journeys and Letters,   Brave Martyrs

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