Game - Joseph in the well: ‘Keep the balloon up’


Use this introductory activity to teach about the Bible story of Joseph in the well and being sold as a slave.

Today we’re going to hear the story of Joseph, whose brothers threw him into a pit, and later sold him as a slave. The brothers tell their father Jacob that Joseph had been savaged by a wild animal. This isn’t true, but this is the lie that they have to keep up. That’s pretty hard! How do they make sure that the lie doesn’t fall to the ground, and Jacob discovers the truth?

This idea is suitable for as the children are arriving, before your programme has actually started.

Keep the Balloon up a fun Bible game about the Bible story of Joseph in the well and being sold as a slave to Egypt

What do you need:

- balloons

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Experiment - UV reactive putty: ‘Your sins are wiped away’


Use this fun object lesson to teach on the Bible verse in Isaiah 43:25

In Isaiah 43:25 we read "But I wipe away your sins because of who I am. And so, I will forget the wrongs you have done."

Do you know UV Reactive Putty? You can use this as an object lesson. You can write with the included UV pen in the putty and you''ll see it change in colour. This means that you can write with the UV pen in the putty. You can write for example the things that you have done wrong in the putty and it will disappear after a minute.

Your sins are wiped away a really fun object lesson with UV reactive putty


This creates a very easy link to the Bible verse of Isaiah 43.25. Our sins will disappear very quickly from the putty, just as God has promised that He will wipe away our sins!

You can buy this UV Reactive putty here through Amazon.com and here through Amazon.co.uk

Have fun with it!

 

 

Experiment - UV reactive putty: ‘Your name is written in His hand’


Use this fun object lesson to teach on the Bible verse in Isaiah 49:16

In Isaiah 49:16 we read "See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands." God has written our names in the palms of His hands.

Do you know UV Reactive Putty? You can use this as an object lesson. You can write with the included UV pen in the putty and you''ll see it change in colour. This means that you can write with the UV pen in the putty. You can write for example your name in the putty, but it will disappear after a minute.

Your name written on the palms of His hands a eeally fun object lesson with UV reactive putty


This creates a very easy link to the Bible verse of Isaiah 49:16. Our names will disappear very quickly from the putty, but we may know that our names will be forever written in the hands of God!

You can buy this UV Reactive putty here through Amazon.com and here through Amazon.co.uk

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Complete Sunday School lesson - Joseph 1: ‘Joseph and his coat of many colours’ - FREE


Download the PFD booklet with twelve great ideas on this Bible story

Are you looking for a complete Sunday school lesson on the Bible story of Joseph the Dreamer, Jacob's favorite son who gets to wear his coat of many colours in Genesis 37: 1 - 11?

Joseph and his coat of many colours a complete Sunday school lesson with 12 creative ideasWe offer you the following twelve creative ideas for your Sunday school lesson.

We understand that these twelve ideas are way too many to fit into just one Sunday school lesson, but we want to give you the opportunity to pick and mix, so that you can choose the ideas that fit with you and with your group of children.

Here are the following twelve ideas for your Sunday school lesson for you to choose from:

*  The coolest coat ever - an introductory activity
*  Live your dream - a children's moment
*  That’s not fair - an icebreaker
*  How do I tell the story of Joseph - three storytelling tips
*  Swing - YouTube video and discussion
*  Naming the colours - a fun science experiment
*  What do you see? - a creative activity
*  Bullying always hurts - a creative activity
*  Green with jealousy - a creative activity
*  What do you hate? - a Bible game
*  I am a caterpillar - a Bible game
*  A coat of love - a creative prayer idea

Download the PDF booklet with all these ideas

Download the booklet:  'Joseph and his coat of many colours'

 

Prayer idea - Joseph’s coat: ‘The coat of love’


Use this fun creative prayer idea to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

Joseph is given a cloak of love by his father Jacob. Today we are going to make a cloak of love for God.

A Coat of Love a creative prayer idea about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

What do you need:

- a large cardboard cloak - download here: Coat-of-Joseph---Creative-Prayer-Idea.pdf
- coloured strips of paper
- pens
- paper glue

What do you do:

Tell the children that Jacob loves Joseph so much that he gives him a coloured cloak. Just as Jacob loves Joseph so many Christians love the Lord God.
Shall we make a cloak of love for God?

Each child can choose a strip of paper in their favourite colour. Ask them to write or draw something on the paper – something that they are happy about, or something that they want to thank God for.
They can stick their strips of paper onto the cloak as a symbol of their prayer. In this way the group can give God a cloak of love.

Game - Joseph’s coat: ‘I am a caterpillar!’


Use this fun Bible game to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

The brothers shut Joseph out – they don’t need him. In this game each member of the team needs each other, otherwise they won’t be able to complete the task.

I am a caterpillar a fun Bible game about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

What do you need:

- blindfolds

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Game - Joseph’s coat: ‘What do you hate?


Use this fun Bible game to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

The brothers hate Joseph. It’s not just that they don’t think he’s very nice, or they think he is an annoying brother. No, they really hate him. What do the children hate?

What do you hate fun Bible game about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

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Object lesson - Joseph’s coat: ‘Green with jealousy’ - FREE


Use this creative activity to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

Joseph’s brothers were green with jealousy to see how their father put Joseph first. Joseph, who told on them time and time again, who was given a beautiful coat, and has now told them all his dreams. Yes, they were pretty jealous!!!!!

Green with Jealousy creative activity about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

What do you need:

- a transparent plastic bag
- washing up liquid
- shampoo
- green food colouring or green washing up liquid
- water

What do you do:

Do:
Make yourself a bag of green slime:  (see the instructions at the end of the idea).

Show the children your bag of green slime. Tell them that in the eighties children played with something they called ‘smurf snot’- a soft green slimy gel in a bag.

Ask:
- Ask the children who knows the saying ‘Green with jealousy’?
- Why does the colour green stand for jealousy?

Tell:
Joseph’s brothers were green with jealousy to see how their father put Joseph first. Joseph, who told on them time and time again, who was given a beautiful coat, and has now told them all his dreams. Yes, they were pretty jealous!!!!!

Ask:
- Have you ever been jealous? Why?
- What did it feel like?
- What can you do if you are really feeling jealous about something?

Tell:
We’re going to make our own green slime today.

How to make slime:
- Pour a bit of green washing up liquid in the bag (or normal washing up liquid with a few drops of green colouring).
- Add a few spoons of water
- Now add a little shampoo or conditioner - you can add as much as you want
- Make sure the bag is closed properly, and squish it between your hands.

 

Object lesson - Joseph’s coat: ‘Bullying always hurts’


Use this creative activity to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

There’s a lot of bullying going on in Jacob’s family. Joseph tells on his brothers whenever he can, and his brothers ignore him and hate him. They weren’t a happy family!

In this activity we take a deeper look at the subject of bullying; what this means, what the children know about it and how they experience it.

Bullying Always Hurts a creative activity about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

What do you need:

- two pieces of fruit and a knife. One of the pieces of fruit must be damaged or rotten on the inside without this showing on the outside. This could work with an apple or pear, or avocado.
- for each group of children you need an A4 with the word ‘RIGHT’ on it, and an A4 with the word ‘WRONG’.
- A4 sheets with the following:
Sheet 1 – ‘Verbal bullying – bullying with words’
Sheet 2 – ‘Physical bullying – bullying with your body’
Sheet 3 – ‘Material bullying – bullying with things’
sheet 4 – ‘Relational bullying – bullying as a group’
Sheet 5 – ‘Digital bullying- bullying via social media’

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Object lesson - Joseph’s coat: ‘What do you see?


Use this creative activity to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

In his dreams Joseph saw his brother’s sheaves of corn bowing down to him, and that the sun, the moon and the stars all bowed to him.

What do you see a creative acitivity about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

What do you need:

- a dark background, for example a dark sheet or rug
- light coloured beads or little stars

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Experiment - Joseph’s coat: ‘Naming the colours’


Use this science experiment to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

Joseph is given a coat of many colours, and his brothers are green with jealousy!

Exploding Message

What do you need:

- worksheet that you can download below
- paper and pens
- stopwatch

What do you do:

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YouTube video - Joseph’s coat: ‘Swing’


Using this secular YouTube film you can talk with the children about bullying and go deeper into the meaning of the Bible story of Joseph the dreamer

A boy comes into an empty playground and sits on the swing. A large fat boy chases him off the swing and sits on it. But he then can’t reach the ground with his feet and forces the smaller boy to push him. The boy pushes him harder and harder until the larger boy gets scared – eventually he pushes him so hard that he falls off the swing. After this the smaller boy has to run away because the larger boy wants to get him. 

Swing use this YouTube video to talk with your children in your Sunday school class or kids ministry about the Bible story of Joseph the Dreamer

So what makes this film suitable for a discussion on the story of Joseph?

This film is a small example of what happens between Joseph and his brothers. Little Joseph tells on his big brothers to his father, and the big brothers hate Joseph, shut him out and don’t even talk to him. There is bad behaviour and bullying on both sides.

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?

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Storytelling tips - Joseph’s coat: ‘Three good tips’


Use these three storytelling tips to tell the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

Three storytelling tips that will help you tell the Bible story of Joseph the dreamer

Three tips:

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Icebreaker - Joseph’s coat: ‘That’s not fair’


Use this Icebreaker to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

Joseph’s brothers think it’s not fair – Joseph gets much more love and attention than they do. He even gets presents! And what do they get? It feels like they get nothing at all! They are jealous.

Thats Not Fair an Icebreaker about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

What do you need:

- a nice present that’s suitable for both a girl or a boy
- wrapping up paper and sticky tape
- music

What to do:

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Object lesson - Joseph’s coat: ‘Live your dream’


Use this children's moment to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

You could use this for a children’s moment in the church service, or as an introduction to your children’s programme.

Live your dream a childrens moment about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

Preparation:

Ask around in your church or school if there is anyone who had a dream as a child about something they wanted to do or become – and who has achieved that.

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Object lesson - Joseph’s coat: ‘The coolest coat ever’


Use this introductory activity to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

This activity is most suited to the start of a children’s programme, as the children are arriving, before the programme has actually started.

Hang the coat up on a hanger in the corridor, or in the classroom as long as you are teaching on Joseph. You could also wear it as you tell the story of Joseph.

The Coolest Coat ever Use this introductory activity to teach about the Bible story ofJoseph and his coat of many colours


What do you need:

- a disposable plastic poncho or large plastic bin bags, or old second hand coat
- double sided sticky tape
- decorating materials

What to do:

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Game - Zechariah meets Gabriel: ‘Keep that straw under your nose!’


Use this fun game to teach about the story of the priest Zachariah meeting the angel Gabriel

In our story today the angel Gabriel told Zachariah that he would have to remain silent for nine months.

It’s really hard for us to keep silent isn’t it?

It’s really hard for us to keep silent isn’t it? Today we’re going to play a game to see who can keep quiet the longest by holding a straw between your top lip and your nose.

 

Keep that straw under your nose a fun game about the Bible story of Zacharias meeting the angel Gabriel in the temple

 

What do you need:

- straws

What to do:

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Complete Sunday School lesson - Christmas 1: ‘Zachariah meets the angel Gabriel’


Discover this Advent Sunday school lesson on Zechariah who meets the angel Gabriel

We offer you ten creative ideas that you can use in your Sunday school, kids ministry, children's church or youth work on the Bible story of Zechariah and the angel Gabriel in Luke 1: 5 - 25.

Zacharias meets the angel Gabriel a complete Sunday school lesson with ten creative ideas

The Sunday School lesson consist fo the following ideas:

Idea 572:   Discarded or valuable?

Idea 573:   What number did you throw? - a Bible game / Icebreaker

Idea 574:   YouTube video and discussion – One Dayne Day

Idea 575:   Experiment – The Impossible Sumhe Impossible Sum

Idea 576:   No nice gift for Zachariah? - a creative activity

Idea 577:   Who is the angel Gabriel? - a creative activity

Idea 578:   Who can you trust? - a creative activity

Idea 579:   What did you say? - a Bible game

Idea 580:   I think God is really special, because... - a Bible game

Idea 581:   Keep that straw under your nose! - a fun Bible game

 

Game - Zachariah meets Gabriel: ‘I think God is really special because…..’


Use this fun game to teach about the story of the priest Zachariah meeting the angel Gabriel

Elisabeth had been given the cold shoulder for years because she was unable to have children. People thought that she wasn’t worth anything anymore. But she is so thankful! ‘The Lord has helped me to become pregnant. He is so good to me.’

Elisabeth thought that God was really special because he had helped her to become pregnant even when she was old. Why do you think God is really special?

I think God is really special because a fun game about the Bible story of Zacharias meeting the angel Gabriel in the temple

 

What do you need:

- A4 paper
- pens
- music

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Game - Zachariah meets Gabriel: ‘What did you say?


Use this fun game to teach about the story of the priest Zachariah meeting the angel Gabriel

Zachariah is unable to speak, at least for the next few months. How is he going to communicate and let people know what he means?

What did you say a fun game about the Bible story of Zacharias meeting the angel Gabriel in the temple

 

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Object lesson - Zachariah meets Gabriel: ‘Who can you trust?’


Use this creative activity to teach about the story of the priest Zachariah meeting the angel Gabriel

Zachariah is in the temple. Suddenly the angel Gabriel appears and tells him that he and his wife are going to have a baby. But wait a minute! That’s not possible! They’re both much too old! Can we trust what the angel Gabriel says?

Who can you trust a creative activity about the Bible story of Zacharias meeting the angel Gabriel in the tempel


What do you need: 

- an bottle of medicine or a pot of pills

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Object lesson - Zachariah meets Gabriel: ‘Who is the angel Gabriel?’


Use this creative activity to teach about the story of the priest Zachariah meeting the angel Gabriel

In the temple in Jerusalem Zachariah is visited by the angel Gabriel. But who is he?

Who is the angel Gabriel a creative activity about the Bible story of Zacharias meeting the angel Gabriel in the tempel


What do you need: 

- worksheet with the various illustrations of angels - download here: Angels-worksheet.pdf
- pens

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Object lesson - Zachariah meets Gabriel: ‘No nice gift for Zachariah’


Use this creative activity to teach about the story of the priest Zachariah meeting the angel Gabriel

Zachariah and his wife Elisabeth had prayed for a son. But nothing happened and now it’s too late. Now they’re too old to have children.

No nice gift for Zacharias a creative activity about the Bible story of Zacharias meeting the angel Gabriel in the tempel

 

What do you need: 

- a beautifully wrapped present

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Experiment - Zachariah meets Gabriel: ‘The impossible sum’


You can use this as a fun science experiment about the story of the priest Zachariah meeting the angel Gabriel in the temple

Zachariah has added everything up, and he knows – he is too old to have a baby. But the angel has good news for him. God has heard his prayer, and even though he and his wife are very old, it’s going to happen! Zachariah can’t believe it. 

Can you believe it when you add it all up?

The Impossible Sum A cool science experiment about the Bible story of Zacharias in the temple


What do you do: 

Zachariah has added everything up, and he knows – he is too old to have a baby. But the angel has good news for him. God has heard his prayer, and even though he and his wife are very old, it’s going to happen!
Zachariah can’t believe it.
Can you believe it when you add it all up?

What do you need: 

- an empty A4 to cover the numbers up.
- a worksheet with The Impossible Sum that you can download here:

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YouTube video - Zachariah meets Gabriel: ‘One day’


Using this secular YouTube film you can talk with the children about losing hope and go deeper into the meaning of the Bible story of Zachariah meeting the angel Gabriel

An old man lives a lonely life. Sitting on a park bench he thinks back on his youth and his wife. He ends the day watching television. He wants to tell his wife something but realises she isn’t there any more. Sadly he strokes the arm of her chair.

One Day use this secular YouTube video in your kids ministry to talk about the Bible story of Zacharias meeting Gabriel creative Kidswork

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

This film is about sadness, loneliness and lost hope. The man in the video has lost his wife. Zachariah is also a very old man who has lost his dream. He’ll never have a son, the son for which he has waited so long and prayed so hard. Or will he? Is there still hope? But surely that’s not possible?

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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Game - Zachariah meets Gabriel: ‘What number did you throw?’


You can use this as a fun Bible game about the story of the priest Zachariah meeting the angel Gabriel in the temple

What number did you throw a fun Bible game about the story of the priest Zacharias meeting the angel Gabriel in the temple in Jerusalem

What do you need: 

- a big dice
- an A4 with the name ‘Zachariah’ on it.

What do you do: 

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Object lesson - Zachariah meets Gabriel: ‘Discarded or valuable?’


You can use this as a children’s moment or an introduction to the story of the priest Zachariah meeting the angel Gabriel in the temple

Discarded or valuable a childrens moment about the Bible story of the priest Zacharias meeting the angel Gabriel in the temple in Jerusalem

What do you need: 

- an old fashioned rotary telephone
- a modern mobile Phone

What do you do: 

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Complete Sunday School lesson - Christmas 2: ‘Mary meets the angel Gabriel’


Discover this Advent lesson on Mary who meets the angel Gabriel

We offer you nine 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 the angel Gabriel in Luke 1: 26 - 38.

Mary meets the angel Gabriel a complete Sunday School lesson with 9 creative ideas

The Sunday School lesson consist fo the following ideas:

Idea 562:   A beautiful princess or just an ordinary girl?

Idea 563:   Icebreaker – the king that loves marshmallows!

Idea 564:   YouTube video and discussion – Eggs change

Idea 565:   Experiment – an Explosive Message

Idea 566:   Your Majesty - a creative activity

Idea 567:   His Name is Jesus! - a creative activity

Idea 568:   God looks at things differently to us - a creative activity

Idea 569:   The King / Queen says... - a Bible game

Idea 570:   Which animal is the most powerful? - a Bible game

 

Game - Mary and Gabriel: ‘Which animal is the most powerful? ‘


A fun game about the Bible story of Mary's meeting with the angel Gabriel

In our story today the angel Gabriel tells Mary that Jesus will be the King of Israel and that there will be no end to his kingdom. If someone has a kingdom then they must be pretty powerful, right? This game is about being powerful. What is that, do you think?

Which animal is the most powerful

 

What do you need:

- paper and pens

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Game - Mary and Gabriel: ‘The King / Queen says’


A fun game about the Bible story of Mary's meeting with the angel Gabriel

In our story today the angel Gabriel tells Mary that Jesus will be the King of Israel and that there will be no end to his reign.

What does a king do? Is it easy or hard to obey a king?

The King or Queen says

 

What do you need:

- a toy crown

What do to:

This is an amended version of the well-known game ‘Simon says’.

Have the children stand in a circle, and have a leader stand in the middle of the circle. The leader is the king or queen, and wears the crown. The children have to obey him or her, but only if they use the words ‘The king says’ . So if the king says ‘The king says sit down’, then they have to sit down, but if the king only says ‘Sit down’ then they have to stay standing. The children who do sit down are out.
You can also have the children take it in turns to be the ‘king’ or ‘queen’.

In what ways is this similar to what a real king or queen would do? Why/ why not?
What sort of King is Jesus do you think?

Object lesson - Mary and Gabriel: ‘God looks at things differently to us’


A fun creative activity about the Bible story of Mary's meeting with the angel Gabriel

Gabriel promised that Mary’s child would be called the Son of God, and that he will reign for ever over Israel. What would you expect? A super hero, or a vulnerable baby?

God turns everything upside down, because He sees things differently to us…..

God looks at differently to us

 

What do you need:

- magazines
- scissors
- a print out of the download (face).

You can download the face here: Upside-down-face---happy-or-sad.pdf

What do to:

Give the children a mix of magazines – some celebrity/fashion magazines, and also some magazines on Christian mission. Ask them to cut out photos of people who they think are heroes. They could be heroes for different reasons, not just for being famous.

Do:
Show the children the face that you have printed out.

Ask:
Is it happy or sad?

Tell:
It all depends on how you look at it

Do:
Show it both ways. 

Ask:
When is the face the right way round, and when it is upside down?

Tell:
Gabriel promised that Mary’s child would be called the Son of God, and that he will reign for ever over Israel.

Ask:
What would you expect? A super hero, or a vulnerable baby?

Tell:
We like to look at film stars, famous people, kings and queens. God likes to look at ordinary people, people like Mary and people like us.

Ask:
So who is now looking at things upside down?!

Object lesson - Mary and Gabriel: ‘His name is Jesus’


A fun creative activity about the Bible story of Mary's meeting with the angel Gabriel

Gabriel tells Mary that she has to give her son the name ‘Jesus’. But what does that mean?

His Name will be Jesus a fun creative activity about Marys meeting with the angel Gabriel

 

What do you need:

- worksheet with the names of Jesus in many different languages

You can download the worksheet here: Names-of-Jesus-in-many-languages.pdf

What do to:

Ask the children if they know what their name means.

Show them the worksheet with the names of Jesus in different languages. Which of them can we pronounce? Which ones do you like? Which sound a bit strange to you? Which languages do you recognise?

Who knows why Mary had to call her son Jesus? What does the name mean?

The name Jesus comes from the name Joshua. Who knows who Joshua was?

Joshua and Jesus both mean ‘God saves’. Later in the Bible the disciples go on to tell the people:

There is no one else through whom we can be saved, because his name is the only one on earth that can save. (Acts 4:12)

Look together once again at the worksheet. Why is this name the only name that can save people?

Object lesson - Mary and Gabriel: ‘Your majesty’


A fun creative activity about the Bible story of Mary's meeting with the angel Gabriel

Gabriel tells Mary that her son Jesus will be the king of Israel and that he will reign for ever. How does it feel to be a king?

Your Majesty a fun idea

 

What do you need:

- a paper crown, beautifully decorated

What to do:

Ask the children:

- Who knows what the angel Gabriel told Mary? (He told her that Jesus would be a King.)
- What does a king or queen do? What do people do when they see a king or queen? (They honour the king or queen.)
- Who knows what this means? What do you do to honour a king or a queen? 

The children take it in turns to be the king or queen. They put on the crown and walk around the room pretending to be royal. The other children then ‘honour’ them – cheering, clapping, making way for them.  When each child has had a turn, ask them what it felt like to be a king or queen. What did you like / not like about it?

Experiment - Mary and Gabriel: ‘An explosive message’


A fun science experiment that you can use with the story of Mary meeting the angel Gabriel

What an explosive message for Mary! And such an unexpected one. One moment you’re just an ordinary Jewish girl. The next moment you are told you will become pregnant while you’re still a virgin, and you become the mother of the King of Israel who is also going to be called the Son of God. That is truly an explosive message.

Exploding Message

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YouTube video - Mary and Gabriel: ‘Eggs change’


Using this secular YouTube film you can talk with the children about motherhood and go deeper into the meaning of the Bible story of Mary meeting the angel Gabriel

A chicken has just laid an egg and wants to hatch it out, but the farmer takes it away. A struggle ensues between the chicken and the farmer, but in the end the farmer succeeds in taking the egg away. The chicken doesn’t let it rest, and she ends up taking the farmer’s baby to ‘hatch out’.

Eggs Change

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

This film is about mothers – about how protective they are of their children. And it ends with a baby in a stable!

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?

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Icebreaker - Mary and Gabriel: ‘The king who loves marshmallows’


A fun way to introduce the theme of Mary meeting Gabriel

The king that loves marshmallows

What do you need:

- a big bag of marshmallows

What do you do:

Have the children sit in a circle on the ground.

One by one the children introduce themselves, and are given three marshmallows, which they have to put in front of them.

One of the children starts as the king/queen. He or she stands in the middle of the circle. The aim is for the king to try and take the marshmallows from the children. The children can prevent this by calling out the name of another child if the king tries to take a marshmallow from them. If they say a name before the king has taken their marshmallow, the king has to then run to the child whose name has been called and take a marshmallow from them. But if that child also calls out the name of another child before their marshmallow has been taken…..then the king has to go to that child. And so on!

If the king does succeed in taking a marshmallow, they can eat it, and the child whose marshmallow was taken becomes the king.

Object lesson - Mary and Gabriel: ‘A beautiful princess or just an ordinary girl?’


A children's moment to introduce the theme of Mary meeting Gabriel

A beautfil princess or just an ordinary girl


What do you need:

- a dressing up dress for a princess
- an apron

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Complete Sunday School lesson - Christmas 3: ‘Mary meets Elisabeth’


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 

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

 

Prayer idea - Mary and Elisabeth: ‘What makes your heart bubble up?’

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.

 

Prayer idea - Mary and Elisabeth: ‘What are you full of?’


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!

 

Crafts idea - Mary and Elisabeth: ‘Israel’s photo album’ - FREE


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 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

What do you need:

- an empty photo album or file
- printed photo sheets - that you can download here.
- felt pens/crayons

What do to:

Ask:
Ask the children which of them has a photo book or scrap book at home?

Tell:
They are full of photos that help you remember what it was like when you were younger and what you did. 

I’ve got Israel’s photo album here . Only look…..it’s empty!

Do:
Show the children the empty photo album, or the file filled with the blank photo sheets.

Ask:
- How does Israel know that God loves them?
- Which stories/photos should be in their album?

Ask the children which stories they know from the Old Testament in which God shows that he loves the people of Israel.

Do:
Write the names of these stories on the sheets and ask the children who wants to make a ‘photo/drawing’ for which story.

Give each child their own sheet and ask them to draw something that illustrates that particular story.

When the drawings are finished, they all go in to the album – so we now have an album with many different ‘photos’ and stories, which will also help us to remember how much God loves us.