561. Mary meets Elisabeth - a Sunday School lesson


Discover this Advent lesson on Mary who meets her elderly aunt Elisabeth, who is also pregnant

We offer you twelve creative ideas that you can use in your Sunday school, kids ministry, children's church or youth work on the Bible story of Mary and Elisabeth in Luke 1: 39 - 56

Mary meets Elisabeth a complete sunday school lesson with 12 creative ideas based on Luke 1 verses 39 till 56

The Sunday School lesson consist fo the following ideas:

Idea 549:   Children’s moment/ introduction – a tie or an apron?

Idea 550:   Icebreaker – let that popcorn pop!

Idea 551:   Tips for telling the story of Mary meeting Elisabeth

Idea 552:   YouTube video and discussion – Memories

Idea 553:   Experiment – a Powerful Combination

Idea 554:   What is the meaning of being blessed? - an object lesson

Idea 555:   Create a chain reaction - a creative activity - a creative activity - a creative activity

Idea 556:   Living Memory - an Advent Game

Idea 557:   Big Tummy race - a game

Idea 558:   Israel’s photo album - a craft idea

Idea 559:   What are you full of? - a Creative Prayer idea

Idea 660:   What makes your heart bubble up? - a Creative Prayer idea

 

560. What makes your heart bubble up? - a Creative Prayer idea

What makes your heart bubble up a creative prayer idea for kids about praising God

An idea to help children to talk / communicate with God

A creative prayer idea about praising God. To be used with the story of Mary meeting Elisabeth and her song!

What do you need:

- bottles of bubble mix
- food colouring
- paper hearts and pens

What to do:

Put a few drops of food colouring in each of the bottles of bubble mix – a different colour in each bottle gives the best effect.

Give the children a paper heart and ask them to write things that they are thankful for, and what they want to thank God for.

Then show them how they can blow bubbles up against the paper hearts. When the bubbles burst they will leave their colour behind on the paper. The children can blow different colour bubbles to make a nice effect on their paper hearts.

 

559. What are you full of? - a Creative Prayer idea


An idea to help children to talk / communicate with God

What are you full of a creative prayer idea for kids about being thankful

A creative prayer idea about being thankful. To be used with the story of Mary meeting Elisabeth and her song!

What do you need:

- balloons

What to do:

Tell the children how Mary was full of what was happening to her….and that she was full of the Holy Spirit. She was about to burst with it!

Give each child a balloon and ask them to blow it up but don’t tie it. When the balloons have been blown up, ask the children ‘What are you full of?’ ‘What are you excited about?’ You could also ask them ‘What are you thankful for?’

The children can take it in turns to give their answer, and then let the balloon go – this will fly round the room as it empties!

 

558. Israel’s photo album


A wonderful craft idea about the Bible story of Mary meeting Elisabeth

In her song Mary sings that God hasn’t forgotten His love for Israel. That’s why he is going to help His people. He had promised this to Abraham and to everyone who came after him.

Mary knows that the arrival of her child means that the God of all the stories in the Bible, such as that of Abraham, Isaac, Jonah and Noah, still loves his people. He hasn’t forgotten them at all.

Israel s Photo Album a fun craft about Mary meeting her pregnant aunt Elisabeth in Luke 1 verses 39 till 56

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557. Big Tummy race


A fun game about the Bible story of the pregnant Mary meeting her pregnant aunt Elisabeth

When Elisabeth heard May’s voice, the baby in her tummy started kicking and moving around. The Holy Spirit came over Elisabeth and she called out to Mary ‘Blessed are you among women and blessed is the child you will bear!’

Big Tummy race a fun game about Mary meeting her pregnant aunt Elisabeth in Luke 1 verses 39 till 56


What do you need:
- balloons
- an obstacle course in your location

What to do:
Tell the children that in today’s story, two pregnant women meet each other.

Divide the group into two and hold a relay race – set out an obstacle course and give each group a balloon.

When you say go, the first child in each team has to put the balloon up their t-shirt/jumper and run round the course. When they get back to the start they give the balloon to the next child in their group. If the balloon bursts the group has to blow up a new one before they can continue with the race.

The winning group is the one in which all the children have completed the course.

556. Living Memory - an Advent Game

A fun game about Mary's song when she meets Elisabeth in Luke 1: 39 - 56

In her song Mary sings that God thinks that important people aren’t all that important, and that He likes to make ordinary people important. That’s special, isn’t it. 

Living Memory an fun Advent game about Mary s song when she meets her aunt Elisabeth in Luke 1 verses 39 56

What do you need:

Make sure that you have printed out some sheets with the following words/images:
old – young
poor – rich
princess – gardner
famous – ordinary
healthy – handicapped
clever – stupid
tall – short
thin – fat

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555. Create a chain reaction


A super fun reflection on the Bible story of Mary meeting her aunt Elisabeth

When you read this story you can see that from the very moment Mary and Elisabeth meet, things start to happen – a chain reaction is set in motion. The baby in Elisabeth’s tummy starts to move around, Elisabeth is filled with joy and calls out that Mary is blessed, and Mary sings a spontaneous song, because she’s so happy with what God is doing.

Create a chain reaction a super fun reflection on the Bible story of Mary meeting her aunt Elisabeth in Luke 1 vers 39 till 56


What do you need:

- marbles
- some pvc piping
- bottles
- domino pieces
- string
- etc...

What to do:
As a group, or in smaller groups, you can lay out a course in which one thing leads to another. It would be fun if you could end with a wow factor, which will have the children cheering and celebrating, just as Mary was celebrating all that God was doing.

For some inspiration, watch the following video:

554. What is the meaning of being blessed? - an object lesson

In her song with her aunt Elisabeth, Mary sings that she has been blessed by God. What does this mean? In the case of Mary it meant that she:

- is chosen by God
- is special in God’s eyes
- is honoured
- receives good things from God

As children of God we have also been chosen by Him. We are also special. We are also honoured – we may call ourselves sons and daughters of the Most High. We also receive good things from God. But how can we make that clear to the children?

What is the meaning of being blessed an object lesson about Mary song when meeting her autn Elisabeth in Luke 1 verse 39 till 56


In this activity we’re going to use four gifts to teach this to the children. In each gift there’s something to help them understand what it means to be blessed.

What do you need:
- a beautifully wrapped gift containing badges that say ‘Chosen by God’
- a beautifully wrapped gift containing two mirrors: one that has written on it: ‘I am special because…..’ and the other that has written on it ‘God thinks I’m special because…..’
- a beautifully wrapped gift containing a golden plastic crown
- a beautifully wrapped gift containing a dream cloud (using white card cut out the shape of a cloud).

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553. Experiment – a Powerful Combination


A fun science experiment that you can use with the story of Mary meeting her aunt Elisabeth

Maria was so full of thankfulness, so full of what had happened to her and so full of the Holy Spirit that something was bound to happen. It was a powerful combination.
Today we’re also going to make a powerful combination.

Powerful Combination a fun science experiement and object lesson that you can use with the st

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552. YouTube video and discussion – Memories


Using this secular YouTube film you can talk with the children and go deeper into the meaning of the Bible story of Mary meeting her aunt Elisabeth

A family is watching old videos - it’s fun to bring back all the old memories. Then the son of the family sees something that makes him realise that he was swtiched as a baby, and is therefore not a true member of the family.

Quickly he breaks the video tape in two…

Memories use this YouTube video in your kids ministry to talk about the Bible story of Mary meeting her elderly aunt Elisabeth

Why does this film go with today’s Bible story?

In her song Maria sings that God has not forgotten His love for Israel. That’s why he is always coming to the aid of his people. That is what he had promised to his friend Abraham and to everyone who came after him.

Maria knows that the birth of her child means that the God of all the ancient stories in the Bible, such as Abraham, Isaac, Jonah and Noah still loves His people. He has not forgotten them.

Important questions:

It’s important to always watch the film yourself beforehand and to ask yourself:

- do I want to show this to the children?
- does this film work in the context and age-range of the children I am working with?

If you choose to show this YouTube video, we suggest you use the following steps:

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551. Tips for telling the story of Mary meeting Elisabeth


Two fun ideas that you can easily use if you're going to tell the Bible story where the pregnant Mary meets het elderly pregnant aunt Elisabeth.

Tips for storytelling two quick fun ideas for telling the Bible story of Mary meeting her aunt Elisabeth

A visit from a big tummy

If you know anyone who is pregnant, you could invite them to come and talk to the children about what it’s like to be pregnant. Has she ever felt her baby dancing in her tummy? Maybe the children would be allowed to touch her tummy and see if they can feel the baby move.


Bubbling bubbles

Fill a large plastic tub or small paddling pool with a layer of water and lots of washing up liquid. Give each child a long straw and see how many bubbles you can make together by blowing into the water.

Tell them beforehand about how this story tells that Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Just as the air we blow through our straws makes more and more bubbles, so Elisabeth is filled more and more with the Holy Spirit, and is full of joy because of the wonderful news that Jesus is going to be born.

Make a great big mountain of bubbles together!

550. Icebreaker – let that popcorn pop!


An icebreaker as part of the Bible story where the pregnant Mary meets her pregnant aunt Elisabeth

Tell the children that everything’s going to start bubbling up in this weeks’ story. The baby in Elisabeth’s tummy jumps for joy, Elisabeth calls out that Maria is blessed, and Maria suddenly starts singing a song. Everything starts bubbling up and happening, just like the popcorn that starts jumping all over the place.

Icebreaker Pop that popcorn based on the Bible story about Mary meeting her aunt Elisabeth

What do you need?

- microwave popcorn and a microwave
- OR corn, oil, a pan. a camping stove and paper cups

What to do:

In the microwave:
- make the popcorn and give each children a handful op popcorn

On the camping stove:
Be careful! This activity is not without its own risks! Prepare it well beforehand and make sure you have enough leaders. The effect can be fun and exciting.
Make sure you create a safe environment by making sure that the children are sitting in a circle around the camping stove at a good distance. Make sure the camping stove is on a sturdy surface. Heat a little oil and get the popcorn popping, but don’t put the lid on. Then you will see it fly all over the place as it starts to pop! Maybe the children will be able to catch a bit in their paper cups as it pops out of the pan! You could always have made some earlier that you can give to the children to eat at the end if they haven’t been able to catch much.

549. Children’s moment/ introduction – a tie or an apron?


A children's moment in church based on the meeting of Mary and her aunt Elisabeth

This can be used as a short introduction to the Bible story, to arouse the children’s curiosity.

A tie or an apron children s moment in church about Mary meeting her aunt Elisabeth

What do you need:

- a tie
- an apron

What to do: 

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How to make a stick drawing magically come to life this Easter


You can create a magical moment by bringing a stick figure to life.

This is ideal for when you do a talk about:

Easter
As a visual demonstration of the resurrection of Jesus and being alive in Christ! 
"But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ."  (Ephesians 2:5)

How to make a stick drawing magically come to life this Easter an object lesson

Watch the two video's below to discover how you use this great object lesson!




Fun crafts idea

Of course you can also use it as a fun crafts idea, as shown in the video below!

How does it work?

As you can see in the videa all you need is a whiteboard marker and a flat, shiny surface. Use a whiteboard marker to draw a stick figure on a flat, shiny surface and drop a little water on it. Then you'll see the drawing slowly lift off the surface and become one with the watery bubble.

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This is because the ink in a whiteboard marker, unlike a permanent marker, includes an oily silicone substance. Because oil sits on top of water so does this ink, which will also move as the puddle moves. By gently blowing on the puddle the stick figure will swish and dance around according to which way you blow on it.

The final product may look like an intricate optical illusion, but the stick figure comes to life thanks to only a whiteboard marker, some water and a shiny surface.

Themes:

The resurrection of Christ, being made alive in Christ

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As someone who is involved in children's ministry you're always looking for creative ideas and input, and perhaps also a place where you can ask for a specific idea to go with a certain Bible story or theme.

To help you in this we have set up the Facebook group 'Creative Kids Ministry'. It is a vibrant online community of children's workers and ministers who can share ideas together. 

To facilitate this we will offer you lots of totally free creative ideas for your kids ministry, Sunday school and children’s work. Every week you’ll find here at least three excellent creative Biblical ideas such as object lessons, cool science experiments, gospel magic ideas, YouTube video’s, etc.

And of course you are more than welcome to post your own ideas!

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Scripture reference: Hebrews 11:3, Colossians 1:16, Genesis 1:1-31, Revelation 4:11, Genesis 2:7, John 1:1-3, Exodus 20:11, Genesis 1:24-25, Job 12:7-9, Genesis 1:26, Genesis 1:1, Romans 1:20, Psalm 33:6,2 Peter 3:5, Job 37:5, Revelation 14:6-7, Job 33:4, Hebrews 1:10, Isaiah 42:5, Genesis 1:20, Jeremiah 10:12, Genesis 1
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, children's work, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers

548. Craft activity – a row of disciples


A fun and easy to do craft to finish this Sunday school lesson on following Jesus!

Jesus calls Peter and the others to become fishers of men. From now on they will be making lots of disciples, all people who are also going to follow Jesus.


A row of disciples a fun craft on following Jesus

What do you need:

- strips of white paper
- pens and coloured pencils
- pairs of scissors

What to do:

Fold the paper into a concertina and draw the shape of the people on the uppermost fold with their arms going right up to the edge.

The children can cut out the shape, and if you fold it open you will have a whole row of people holding hands. It would be a good idea to make an example to show the children beforehand. They can then colour in all the people different

Theme:

Fishers of men, come follow me, the calling of disciples, miraculous catch of fish, calling of Peter

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the calling of the disciples and the miraculous catch of fish.

Idea 542.    Introductory game – seek the fish!
Idea 543.    Children’s moment / introduction: what is your job?
Idea 544.    Catch the balloon with your funnelatch the balloon with your funnel
Idea 545.    A fun way to tell the story of the miraculous catch of fish
Idea 546.    Creative activity / YouTube video - the calling of Peter
Idea 547.    Game – balloon crab!
Idea 548.    Craft activity – a row of disciples

547. Game – Balloon crab!


A fun game to finish this Sunday school lesson on following Jesus!

Jesus called his disciples to become fishers of men. They were to bring people home to God.

Today we’re going to bring home something completely different – balloons!


Balloon Crab afun Bible game on following Jesus

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546. Creative activity / YouTube video - the calling of Peter


Use the video 'Chicken or the egg' to talk about following Jesus

A pig is sitting in a restaurant eating loads of eggs. He is addicted to eating eggs. Then suddenly the love of his life comes into the restaurant…and it is a chicken. Pig realises that if he wants to be with Chicken, he won’t be able to eat any more eggs, but only eat corn.

He manages to keep this up for a while, but then his longing for eggs becomes too strong! He sees them everywhere. In the middle of the night he gets out of bed to go to his favourite restaurant and order a plate of eggs. But just as he is going to take the first bite, he thinks of Chicken and his love for her.


Chicken or the Egg use this YouTube video in your kids ministry to talk about the Bible story of the calling of Peter


As morning breaks we see Pig bringing Chicken a lovely plate of corn for breakfast in bed.

Why does this film go with today’s Bible story?

In the Bible story Jesus calls the disciples to follow Him. Just as Pig did, they had to leave something behind out of love for the other person – for them it was their job, their security, looking after their families. They left behind everything that was important to them in order to follow Jesus.

It’s not easy to leave behind something that you love. That’s what this film and the subsequent activity is all about.

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the calling of the disciples and the miraculous catch of fish.

Idea 542.    Introductory game – seek the fish!
Idea 543.    Children’s moment / introduction: what is your job?
Idea 544.    Catch the balloon with your funnelatch the balloon with your funnel
Idea 545.    A fun way to tell the story of the miraculous catch of fish
Idea 546.    Creative activity / YouTube video - the calling of Peter
Idea 547.    Game – balloon crab!
Idea 548.    Craft activity – a row of disciples

What to do:

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545. A fun way to tell the story of the miraculous catch of fish


How do I tell the story myself? – draw the story together, with a surprise ending!

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What do you need: 

- a few sheets of paper per child
- a pen and a tea light for each child
- brushes and blue water paint

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the calling of the disciples and the miraculous catch of fish.

Idea 542.    Introductory game – seek the fish!
Idea 543.    Children’s moment / introduction: what is your job?
Idea 544.    Catch the balloon with your funnelatch the balloon with your funnel
Idea 545.    A fun way to tell the story of the miraculous catch of fish
Idea 546.    Creative activity / YouTube video - the calling of Peter
Idea 547.    Game – balloon crab!
Idea 548.    Craft activity – a row of disciples

Theme:

Fishers of men, come follow me, the calling of disciples, miraculous catch of fish, calling of Peter

What to do:

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544. Ice breaker – catch the balloon with your funnel


Use ice breakers to introduce the theme of your programme in a fun way.

Tell the children that today we’re going to look at the story of Simon Peter who was a fisherman but had caught nothing. Not even a single fish…..

Are you good at catching?

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What do you need: 

- a few blown up balloons
- a few funnels

Theme:

Fishers of men, come follow me, the calling of disciples, miraculous catch of fish, calling of Peter

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the calling of the disciples and the miraculous catch of fish.

Idea 542.    Introductory game – seek the fish!
Idea 543.    Children’s moment / introduction: what is your job?
Idea 544.    Catch the balloon with your funnelatch the balloon with your funnel
Idea 545.    A fun way to tell the story of the miraculous catch of fish
Idea 546.    Creative activity / YouTube video - the calling of Peter
Idea 547.    Game – balloon crab!
Idea 548.    Craft activity – a row of disciples

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543. Children’s moment / introduction: what is your job?


An creative idea for a kids moment

This can be used as a short introduction to the Bible story you are going to tell.

Preparation:

Invite two or three people from the church to come and tell the children a little bit about their work.
They could also bring something that they use in their work and see if the children can guess what they do.

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Theme:

Fishers of men, come follow me, the calling of disciples, miraculous catch of fish, calling of Peter

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the calling of the disciples and the miraculous catch of fish.

Idea 542.    Introductory game – seek the fish!
Idea 543.    Children’s moment / introduction: what is your job?
Idea 544.    Catch the balloon with your funnelatch the balloon with your funnel
Idea 545.    A fun way to tell the story of the miraculous catch of fish
Idea 546.    Creative activity / YouTube video - the calling of Peter
Idea 547.    Game – balloon crab!
Idea 548.    Craft activity – a row of disciples

What to do:

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542. Introductory game – seek the fish!


An idea that kids as they come in...

This is an idea that children can be doing before the programme has actually started, as they come in.

You can use it for example with the story of Peter who has been fishing all night and hasn’t caught anything. The following day Jesus helps him to catch lots of fish and even calls him to become a fisher of men.

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Theme:

Fishers of men, come follow me, the calling of disciples, miraculous catch of fish, calling of Peter

What do you need:

- 12 cut-out fishes
- pen
- felt pens of coloured pencils
- a strip of paper for each child

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the calling of the disciples and the miraculous catch of fish.

Idea 542.    Introductory game – seek the fish!
Idea 543.    Children’s moment / introduction: what is your job?
Idea 544.    Catch the balloon with your funnelatch the balloon with your funnel
Idea 545.    A fun way to tell the story of the miraculous catch of fish
Idea 546.    Creative activity / YouTube video - the calling of Peter
Idea 547.    Game – balloon crab!
Idea 548.    Craft activity – a row of disciples

What to do:

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541. A Wonderful Demonstration of the Father’s Love in the Cross


A demonstration on how God's love and forgiveness flowed through the cross into our lives.

With this easy-to-do object lesson you can demonstrate to the children, young people and adults in your church how God's love and forgiveness flowed through Jesus death on the cross into our lives!

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We at Creative Kidswork are real fans of TheDadLab Youtube Channel. Here is another of his great, short video's on easy-to-do science experiments. 

I love this simple, but powerful object lesson about Easter. It is just a short video, but once you’ve seen it, you can use it to teach kids and adults on the meaning of Easter. It is a wonderful demonstration of how the Father showed His love for us in the cross of His Son.  You can use this easy to do object lesson to illustrate  how Gods love and forgiveness flowed through the cross into our lives! A great way to explain the Gospel with just the use of a piece of cotton string and two glasses. You have to watch this...


What do you need?

- Two glasses
- Water (with added food coloring)
- Absorbent cotton string (needs to be thicker than thread).

What do you do?

- Cut a 2 foot long segment of cotton string
- Soak the string in clear water until it is soaked through
- Fill up one cup to about half way with the colored water
- Put one end of the string into the cup with water and hold the other end above the empty cup
- Hold the cup with water in it, using your finger to keep the string in place at the rim of the glass. 
- Pour the water slowly along the string.
- Be aware that some water will spill, so you may have to clean up afterwards.

 

540. Story Sticks A collection of ideas and routines for their use plus construction details


A collection of ideas and routines for their use plus construction details by Peter Gardini

Story sticks were first described to the magical community as far as I am are aware by Christian Magician and minister Revd. Peter Liddelow.

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They may be made from four strips of cardboard, plastic card, metal or in our example pieces of wood These are joined in three places by a screw or fixing so as to give a hinge joint.

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The four pieces thus joined may be quickly formed into a wide range of shapes with which to illustrate a host of stories or ideas. The dimensions are not critical but each piece should be cut to the same dimensions. Our story sticks have been made from four pieces of wood each measuring 46cm x 4cm x 2cm.

Here you download his booklet in PDF format: Story-Sticks---Booklet.pdf

In tthis booklet you'll find:

- notes on using the story sticks
- a complete list of shapes that you can create with story sticks
- a script for The Three Little Pigs script
- a script for The parable of The Rich Fool
- a script for The parable of The Two House Builders 

539. Learning to look with Gods eyes - is it a duck or a rabbit?


An object lesson to teach kids, youth and adults about looking at things through God's eyes

Do you know this optical illusion? It is a rabbit or a duck? Depends how you turn the picture. This optical illusion can be used as a short introduction to any Bible story in which Jesus or God acts completely different than expected!

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What do you need:

A4 print out of the duck/rabbit illustration ( 6MB) download: duck_rabbit_magic_care.jpg

 

 duck rabbit magic care screen     

   

     duck

This illustration is special – if you hold it horizontally you’ll see a rabbit, and if you hold it vertically you’ll see a duck.

You show the kids the rabbit and ask them what they see - a rabbit!

Sometimes we can be so sure of ourselves. We think we know the truth and that we always see the truth, but sometimes God looks at things in a completely different way! 

Turn the rabbit ninety degrees and it becomes a duck! 

Today we are going to hear a Bible story in which God / Jesus acts completely different than expected! 

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Join the new Facebook group 'Creative Kids Ministry' 

As someone who is involved in children's ministry you're always looking for creative ideas and input, and perhaps also a place where you can ask for a specific idea to go with a certain Bible story or theme.

To help you in this we have set up the Facebook group 'Creative Kids Ministry'. It is a vibrant online community of children's workers and ministers who can share ideas together. 

To facilitate this we will offer you lots of totally free creative ideas for your kids ministry, Sunday school and children’s work. Every week you’ll find here at least three excellent creative Biblical ideas such as object lessons, cool science experiments, gospel magic ideas, YouTube video’s, etc.

And of course you are more than welcome to post your own ideas!

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538. The fifth friend in the story - a creative prayer idea


This is a nice symbolic way of helping children to bring their friends to Jesus in prayer.

Using the story of the four friends who lowered their paralysed friend through the roof of a house, we are going to bring our friends to Jesus. Through the roof? Curious?!

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Theme:

The paralyzed man healed by Jesus, the story of the man through the roof 

What do you need:

- four long wooden strips
- post-it notes
- felt pens or biros

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the story of the man lowered through the roof.

Idea 529.    How to tell the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man with four pieces of cardboard
Idea 530.    Is it a duck or a rabbit? - an objectlesson
Idea 531.    Bubble fight - a cool science experiment
Idea 532.    Never without my denture - a YouTube video
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dea 533.    It’s hard working together! - a creative way to have a group discussion
Idea 534.    Reaching your goal - a fun indoor game!
Idea 535.    Make a body - a fun indoor game!
Idea 536.    Create your own story sticks - a craft activity
Idea 537.    Make a parachute for the egg - a fun indoor game!
Idea 538.    The fifth friend in the story - a creative prayer idea

What to do:

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537. Make a parachute for the egg - a fun indoor game!


How careful can we lower our paralyzed friend to Jesus?

The four friends have to work together to help the paralysed man get into the house through the roof. They had to lower him down very carefully at Jesus’ feet. Very carefully, so that nothing gets broken!
This game is a fun way of encouraging children to work together..

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Theme:

The paralyzed man healed by Jesus, the story of the man through the roof 

What do you need:

- an egg (hardboiled or not!!)
- a plastic bag
- string
- an A4 piece of paper
- an elastic band
- glue
- cellotape
- empty toilet rolls

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the story of the man lowered through the roof.

Idea 529.    How to tell the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man with four pieces of cardboard
Idea 530.    Is it a duck or a rabbit? - an objectlesson
Idea 531.    Bubble fight - a cool science experiment
Idea 532.    Never without my denture - a YouTube video
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dea 533.    It’s hard working together! - a creative way to have a group discussion
Idea 534.    Reaching your goal - a fun indoor game!
Idea 535.    Make a body - a fun indoor game!
Idea 536.    Create your own story sticks - a craft activity
Idea 537.    Make a parachute for the egg - a fun indoor game!
Idea 538.    The fifth friend in the story - a creative prayer idea

The game:

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536. Create your own story sticks - a craft activity


Create your own story sticks so you can tell the story of the paralyzed man

If you have used the four ‘story sticks’ to tell the story of the paralysed man, then it’s a great idea to have the children make their own story sticks so they can practice telling the story at home.

You can do this with strips of cardboard and lolly sticks, or wooden sticks with small nuts and bolts. Wooden lolly sticks work well too – if you make holes in them beforehand the children can make them with split pens.

story sticks 1

Theme:

The paralyzed man healed by Jesus, the story of the man through the roof 

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the story of the man lowered through the roof.

Idea 529.    How to tell the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man with four pieces of cardboard
Idea 530.    Is it a duck or a rabbit? - an objectlesson
Idea 531.    Bubble fight - a cool science experiment
Idea 532.    Never without my denture - a YouTube video
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dea 533.    It’s hard working together! - a creative way to have a group discussion
Idea 534.    Reaching your goal - a fun indoor game!
Idea 535.    Make a body - a fun indoor game!
Idea 536.    Create your own story sticks - a craft activity
Idea 537.    Make a parachute for the egg - a fun indoor game!
Idea 538.    The fifth friend in the story - a creative prayer idea

What do you need for each child:

- four strips of card and three split pens OR wooden lolly sticks and split pens OR…
- four thin pieces of wood, and nuts and bolts.

Method:

Attach the four strips of card or wood together in the following way.

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When the children have done this (they can of course decorate them before putting them together), they can practice telling the story. Here you can see most of the forms that you need to make to tell the story:

story sticks

 


Fig. 1 The legs of the paralysed man

 


Fig. 2 The window of the house where Jesus was

 

Fig. 3 The paralysed man’s bed, or the flat roof of the house

 


Fig. 4 The house where Jesus was

 


Fig. 5 The stairs behind the house

 


Fig. 6  The letter M for the paralyzes Man or maybe his name Mark / Matthew

 


Fig. 7 The letter W to express the frustration of the Pharisees saying: "What?!"

 

 

It’s also fun to help the children practise the numbers 1 – 4.

 

 

 

535. Make a body - a fun indoor game!


Four friends don't give up in trying to get their paralyzed friend to Jesus

The four friends didn’t give up. Whatever happened, they were determined to reach their goal. 

This game is about the children reaching their goal.

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Theme:

The paralyzed man healed by Jesus, the story of the man through the roof 

What do you need:

- blindfolds

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the story of the man lowered through the roof.

Idea 529.    How to tell the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man with four pieces of cardboard
Idea 530.    Is it a duck or a rabbit? - an objectlesson
Idea 531.    Bubble fight - a cool science experiment
Idea 532.    Never without my denture - a YouTube video
I
dea 533.    It’s hard working together! - a creative way to have a group discussion
Idea 534.    Reaching your goal - a fun indoor game!
Idea 535.    Make a body - a fun indoor game!
Idea 536.    Create your own story sticks - a craft activity
Idea 537.    Make a parachute for the egg - a fun indoor game!
Idea 538.    The fifth friend in the story - a creative prayer idea

The game:

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534. Reaching your goal - a fun indoor game!


Four friends don't give up in trying to get their paralyzed friend to Jesus

The four friends didn’t give up. Whatever happened, they were determined to reach their goal. 

This game is about the children reaching their goal.

pingpong bal

Theme:

The paralyzed man healed by Jesus, the story of the man through the roof 

What do you need:

- a table
- two shoe boxes
- two thick milkshake straws
- pingpong balls (table tennis balls)

The game:

Split the children up into teams of two to four children.

Put the shoe boxes on their sides as goals at each end of the table. Each time two different teams can play against each other.

Give each child a straw. Each child has to try to blow the pingpong ball into the goal of the opposition, at the other end of the table. They aren’t allowed to touch the ball with their hands. If the ball rolls off the table, the opposition can put it back into the game.

Decide beforehand how long the game is going to last, and the team with the most goals in that time is the winner.

After the game you can talk with the children about goals. It’s not always easy to reach goals.

Questions:

Which goals do the children have?
What are they doing to reach their goal?
Is that easy or hard?
How will you feel once you have reached your goal?

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the story of the man lowered through the roof.

Idea 529.    How to tell the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man with four pieces of cardboard
Idea 530.    Is it a duck or a rabbit? - an objectlesson
Idea 531.    Bubble fight - a cool science experiment
Idea 532.    Never without my denture - a YouTube video
I
dea 533.    It’s hard working together! - a creative way to have a group discussion
Idea 534.    Reaching your goal - a fun indoor game!
Idea 535.    Make a body - a fun indoor game!
Idea 536.    Create your own story sticks - a craft activity
Idea 537.    Make a parachute for the egg - a fun indoor game!
Idea 538.    The fifth friend in the story - a creative prayer idea

533. Creative activity - It’s hard working together!


The friends in this story had to work well together in order to make sure that the paralysed man could get to see Jesus.

It’s not always easy to work together. It can be hard for adults, but equally so for children. You can use the statements below to talk about this with the children.

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Theme:

The paralyzed man healed by Jesus, the story of the man through the roof 

What do you need:

- a red and green card for each child.

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the story of the man lowered through the roof.

Idea 529.    How to tell the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man with four pieces of cardboard
Idea 530.    Is it a duck or a rabbit? - an objectlesson
Idea 531.    Bubble fight - a cool science experiment
Idea 532.    Never without my denture - a YouTube video
I
dea 533.    It’s hard working together! - a creative way to have a group discussion
Idea 534.    Reaching your goal - a fun indoor game!
Idea 535.    Make a body - a fun indoor game!
Idea 536.    Create your own story sticks - a craft activity
Idea 537.    Make a parachute for the egg - a fun indoor game!
Idea 538.    The fifth friend in the story - a creative prayer idea

What to do:

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532. Never without my denture


With the help of a secular YouTube film you can explore the story of the paralysed man

This YouTube film shows four elderly people in a search for the remote control of their television which has been confiscated.

Never without my denture


It’s easy to find a link between this story and the Bible story in which four friends had to work together to bring their paralyzed friend to Jesus.

Themes:

The paralyzed man healed by Jesus, the story of the man through the roof

Important question:

It’s important to watch the video yourself first and to decide if you want to show it to the children? Does it fit within your context and the age of the children?

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the story of the man lowered through the roof.

Idea 529.    How to tell the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man with four pieces of cardboard
Idea 530.    Is it a duck or a rabbit? - an objectlesson
Idea 531.    Bubble fight - a cool science experiment
Idea 532.    Never without my denture - a YouTube video
I
dea 533.    It’s hard working together! - a creative way to have a group discussion
Idea 534.    Reaching your goal - a fun indoor game!
Idea 535.    Make a body - a fun indoor game!
Idea 536.    Create your own story sticks - a craft activity
Idea 537.    Make a parachute for the egg - a fun indoor game!
Idea 538.    The fifth friend in the story - a creative prayer idea

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531. Bubble fight - a cool science experiment

 
A fun experiment about the story of the man through the roof

The four friends in the story lowered the paralysed man through the roof. Then, when he is lying on the ground it doesn’t look as if anything is happening. Jesus says to him, ‘Your sins are forgiven’. But you can’t see that, and the man is still paralysed. Then the visible miracle happens – he sits up, stands up and starts walking.

This is a very easy experiment you can do with the children to illustrate this. 

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What do you need:

- a glass of water
- carbonated (fizzy) water
- some sweetcorn
- a few raisins

Theme:

The paralyzed man healed by Jesus, the story of the man through the roof

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the story of the man lowered through the roof.

Idea 529.    How to tell the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man with four pieces of cardboard
Idea 530.    Is it a duck or a rabbit? - an objectlesson
Idea 531.    Bubble fight - a cool science experiment
Idea 532.    Never without my denture - a YouTube video
I
dea 533.    It’s hard working together! - a creative way to have a group discussion
Idea 534.    Reaching your goal - a fun indoor game!
Idea 535.    Make a body - a fun indoor game!
Idea 536.    Create your own story sticks - a craft activity
Idea 537.    Make a parachute for the egg - a fun indoor game!
Idea 538.    The fifth friend in the story - a creative prayer idea

What to do:

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530. Is it a duck or a rabbit?


Children’s moment in church  / short introduction to your program: 

This optical illusion can be used as a short introduction to the Bible story of the paralysed man or many other Bible stories in which Jesus sees things differently to the people around him.

Theme:

The paralyzed man healed by Jesus, the story of the man through the roof 

What do you need:

A4 print out of the duck/rabbit illustration -  duck_rabbit_magic_care.jpg

 

 duck rabbit magic care screen     

   

     duck

This illustration is special – if you hold it horizontally you’ll see a rabbit, and if you hold it vertically you’ll see a duck.

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the story of the man lowered through the roof.

Idea 529.    How to tell the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man with four pieces of cardboard
Idea 530.    Is it a duck or a rabbit? - an objectlesson
Idea 531.    Bubble fight - a cool science experiment
Idea 532.    Never without my denture - a YouTube video
I
dea 533.    It’s hard working together! - a creative way to have a group discussion
Idea 534.    Reaching your goal - a fun indoor game!
Idea 535.    Make a body - a fun indoor game!
Idea 536.    Create your own story sticks - a craft activity
Idea 537.    Make a parachute for the egg - a fun indoor game!
Idea 538.    The fifth friend in the story - a creative prayer idea

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529. How to tell the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man with four pieces of cardboard


Do you want to learn
 how you can use four pieces of cardboard to tell the story of Jesus healing the paralysed man?

All you need is four pieces of thin cardboard (thinner than foam board but thicker than posterboard), a few paper fasteners andyou're off!

Watch this video, go and practice and discover: I can do this!

OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates in the video below how you can tell this wonderful Bible story in Mark 2: 1- 12 in a new way.

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the story of the man lowered through the roof.

Idea 529.    How to tell the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man with four pieces of cardboard
Idea 530.    Is it a duck or a rabbit? - an objectlesson
Idea 531.    Bubble fight - a cool science experiment
Idea 532.    Never without my denture - a YouTube video
I
dea 533.    It’s hard working together! - a creative way to have a group discussion
Idea 534.    Reaching your goal - a fun indoor game!
Idea 535.    Make a body - a fun indoor game!
Idea 536.    Create your own story sticks - a craft activity
Idea 537.    Make a parachute for the egg - a fun indoor game!
Idea 538.    The fifth friend in the story - a creative prayer idea

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You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, preaching illustration, kids time

528. The Object Lesson Of The Dying Candle That Lifts The Water


Just as the candle has to die, Jesus had to die to lift us up to the Father

Jesus is the Light of the world. He is the burning candle. We may flock to him as the water flocks to the candle. In his death on the cross He pulls us up to the Father and brings us home.

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With this easy-to-do object lesson you can demonstrate to the children, young people and adults in your church the meaning of Easter and explain the gospel.

We at Creative Kidswork are real fans of TheDadLab Youtube Channel. Here is another of his great, short video's on easy-to-do science experiments. 

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527. The fishing game


Three in one!

This creative activity is three things in one – a craft activity, a game, and a reflection on the Bible story of the calling of the disciples, (Mark 1: 14-20), which you can tell beforehand.

Materials:

- sticks (collected in the woods)
- magnets
- string and paper clips
- glue and cellotape
- paper fishes 
- a washing up bowl or a bucket
- pens and score card
- egg timer

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526. What does the Ichthus fish mean?


This creative activity will help children discover the meaning behind the Ichthus fish, and what it meant to the first Christians to follow Jesus.

Materials:

- Smartphone(s), laptop (s), tablet (s)
- Paper, pencils, felt pens

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525. Creative prayer idea – praying alone


Helping children to talk /communicate with God

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mark 1: 35

Jesus was very busy, but he made time to pray and also found a place where he could be alone. Often we are busy busy busy! To busy to make time for God and find a quiet place with him. This idea will help children to discover what helps them to make time and space to pray.

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524. BROKEN: Rock, Paper, Scissors


With the help of a secular YouTube film and a creative activity you can explore Jesus’ sacrificial love.

This YouTube film shows the story of a paper creature that is attacked by a pair of scissors. Rock sees what is happening and he attacks Scissors out of compassion for Paper. Rock wins from Scissors but gets wounded. Rock carries Paper to a safe place, but because in the game Paper always beats Rock, he starts to crumble even as he is carrying her to safety. He therefore demonstrates sacrificial love.

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It’s easy to find a link between this story and the incident when Jesus touches the leper and makes him promise not to tell anyone. The leper does tell everyone that Jesus touched and healed him. It has been centuries since anyone healed a leper – back in the time of the prophet Elisha, when general Naaman was healed. If Jesus can heal even a leper, surely he can help anyone! As Jesus had expected, large crowds came to see him – so large that he was no longer able to go into the villages and towns. His compassion for the man with leprosy, and the fact that the man was too excited to keep it to himself meant that Jesus was forced to retreat to more remote places. Jesus experienced a degree of suffering because of his compassion for this man.

Of course you can also use this video to teach on Jesus' death on the cross and his resurrection!

Themes:

Jesus healing the leper, sacrificial love, Jesus' death and resurrection

Important question:

It’s important to watch the video yourself first and to decide if you want to show it to the children? Does it fit within your context and the age of the children?

Method:

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523. Create activity cards with Advent


Let’s make a difference this Christmas

This is an interesting Advent idea for use at home or within your kids ministry or Sunday school lesson.

Create a pile of activity cards. Each Sunday of Advent, ask a child to pick one of the activity cards – hold them so that the child can’t see which card they are choosing. This card is the coming task for the coming week. You can fulfil this task as a group or as a family.

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You can think of lots of fun and interesting tasks such as:

- Make a Christmas card for someone
- Clean up the rubbish in your park
- Sweep the street
- Give food to a foodbank or to someone who needs it
- Buy a cup of coffee for a homeless person
- Make a present for someone who is lonely
- Give someone a compliment
- Create your own bird feeder
- Bake cookies and share them with neighbours and friends

You can think of twenty or more activities that you can do as a family or as a children’s group.