Daily Tip - Children's ministry: It is hard work sometimes


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Children's ministry is hard work...

Of course, children's work is not a training ground for the real thing either. Children's work is the real thing. And it is difficult work.

If adults find the sermon or service boring, or if they don't care, then you don't normally notice much of it. If that happens to children, you'll notice right away!

This means that we have to work much harder to maintain the children's attention and interest. This doesn't happen just like that, you have to be trained in it and you have to grow in it.

 

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Scripture reference: Genesis 1:5
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Object lesson - Jesus says 'No' in the desert: 'He who is in us.....'


He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world

Jesus defeats the devil In the desert. Later on the cross he does this again completely. Jesus promises that he lives in us with his Spirit and Jesus in us is more powerful than the devil. But how do you make this clear to children?

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Bible story of Jesus in the desert Luke 4: 1-14 

This children´s moment will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, VBS, kidmin, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.

Stone of impossibility creative Easter prayer idea

What do you need:

- small can of shaving foam
- plate

What do you do:

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Daily Tip - Children's ministry: Church of tomorrow or today?


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Children are the church of today.

We often say, "The children are tomorrow's church." But that is not true. Children are the church of today. They are just part of it. God makes no distinction between a 40 year old Christian and a 6 year old Christian. Why do we? Do the children really belong to the church? How much space do they get? How much of the Sunday morning service is tailored to them?

Why are the children in many churches hidden away as much as possible? Is there reason for this fear? What will the brother or sister say?

The church often listens to the person who expresses his or her opinion most clearly. You won't hear children, but isn't it time we listened to them? And give them a real place in the congregation and in the church services?

 

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Scripture reference: Genesis 1:5
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Prayer idea - Zacchaeus: 'Leaves of prayer'


An easy to do creative prayer idea on Zacchaeus

Encouraging children to talk to  / communicate with God using the Bible story of Zacchaeus

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Bible story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10. 

This idea will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, VBS, kidmin, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.

Stone of impossibility creative Easter prayer idea

What do you need:

- paper in different colours of green
- pairs of scissors
- glue
- pens
- large piece of cardboard
- a cardboard figure of Zacchaeus 

Preparation:

Take a large piece of cardboard and draw or paint a bare tree on it.

What do you do:

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Sunday school lesson - NT - Life of Jesus: 'Jesus tempted in the desert'


Download the Sunday school lesson with thirteen creative ideas on the Bible story of the temptation of Jesus

Are you looking for a Sunday school lesson on the Bible story of the temptation of Jesus by the devil in the desert in Luke 4: 1 - 14?

This Sunday school lesson will help the children in your Sunday school, youth ministry, Bible lesson, VBS, kidmin, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.

Zacchaeus come out of your tree complete Sunday school lesson on the Bible story of Zacchaeus for childrens ministry kidmin childrens church


We understand that all these ideas maybe 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 ideas for your Sunday school lesson for you to choose from:

*  The word of God stands firm - a walk-in activity
*  The devil’s toolbox - an introduction / children’s moment
*  Let’s see what you can do - an icebreaker
*  How do I tell the story myself? - storytelling tips
*  Adumu - YouTube video and discussion
*  Sugar in the cola - a fun science experiment
*  Laserweb - a creative activity
*  He who is in us… - a creative activity
*  Turn this stone into bread - an object lesson
*  Reflecting on the temptations - an object lesson
*  Which way is this going? - a Bible game
*  Defend yourself against the thief! - a Bible game
*  Bring us not into temptation - a creative prayer idea

Download the Sunday school lesson on the temptation of Jesus

We have created an illustrated PDF booklet containing these creative ideas. Using this PDF booklet you can print all these ideas at home at your leisure.

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Daily Tip - Children's ministry: Five common mistakes


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These mistakes are easily made within in our children's ministry

In relation to children's work we often make a number of mistakes in the church or congregation:

1) Sunday school is there to keep the children busy, while the adults get the real food from the Lord.
2) Let's tell the children as many biblical stories as possible. They will learn the rest later in the church.
3) Children's work is a good training period for people, before they start the real work in the church.
4) Everyone can / is allowed to do children's work.
5) A child worker does not really need a thorough training.

These are serious mistakes. Why do we get all kinds of problems with our teenagers later on and do the youth leave the church in large numbers? Is there a piece of the root in the children's work of the church?

 

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Scripture reference: Genesis 1:5
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Daily Tip - Children's ministry: It is all about communication


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Children's ministry is all about communication

The most important word in children's work is communication. There are three factors in communication:

1. The bringer
2. The receiver
3. The means by which the bearer communicates

These three factors always go hand in hand. These three factors are also reflected in children's work. First of all, there is the child worker. This is the one who tries to communicate something to the children. The children are the recipients. They are the ones to whom you try to make something clear. The means you use for this can be anything.

So the child worker, the bringer, tries to make something clear to the children, the recipient, by means of a programme. I think that as child workers we all know that this does not always work. It is then important to look at which of the three factors it could be. Is it just me? Is it because of the children? Or is it perhaps because of my programme?

How else could I do it to get the desired result? Do I need to change my attitude? Do I understand the children I work with? Is my programme tailored to their level and age group? Can I add new ingredients to my programme in order to be able to communicate well?

 

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Crafts idea - Zacchaeus: 'Build a marshmallow tree'


A tree of marshmallows?

Zacchaeus wants to see Jesus and climbs a tree. But what if there was no tree? Could we have built a tree for Zacchaeus with marshmallows?

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Bible story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10. 

This idea will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, VBS, kidmin, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.

Stone of impossibility creative Easter prayer idea

What do you need:

- marshmallows
- spaghetti
- empty plastic surprise egg

What do you do:

Do:                        
Divide the children into groups.

Give each group a large number of small marshmallows, a handful of spaghetti and an empty surprise egg.

Ask:                       
Can the children build a tree in which the surprise egg can sit, just as Zacchaeus sat in the tree?

 

Daily Tip - Children's ministry: Small groups 2


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The purpose of the small groups is to:

1) Get to know each other better.
The leaders have already thought of a number of questions in advance. The first questions can be about fun things, like:
- What is your favourite hobby?
- Which food do you like best?

2) Talking to each other about the theme or the learning points.
By means of questions you can find out if the children have understood and you can talk about it further.

3) Praying with each other and for each other.
During such a discussion group it is nice to ask if there are things for which we can pray or thank. After this you can pray and thank for it together with the children. It is good to stimulate the children in these groups to pray as well.

 

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Daily Tip - Children's ministry: Small groups 1


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During a children's programme it is nice to divide the children into small groups at a certain point in time. One of the better ways to do this is, if you have a large room, to let the children lie on their stomachs with their heads towards each other. This has three advantages:

1) Everyone can look at each other
2) Because they lie on their arms, they cannot pull or hit each other.
3) They cannot kick each other.

 

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Game - Zacchaeus: 'The Night Watchman'


A fun Bible game about the Bible story of Zacchaeus

Jesus sees Zacchaeus sitting up there in the tree. Can the Night Watchman find the children?

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Bible story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10. 

This idea will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, VBS, kidmin, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.

Stone of impossibility creative Easter prayer idea

What do you need:

- a darkened room

What do you do:

Do:                        
This game is played in the dark... Choose one child to go and stand in the corridor. All the other children are given a number. Then then hide themselves in the dark room and the night watchman comes in.

He or she then says: "The night watchman is coming and the clock strikes (a number) o’clock.

The person who has that number makes the sound of an animal. The night watchman has to try and find the person and guess who it is.

Daily Tip - Creation: 12. The first time


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# Object lesson on creation

Bible verse:

Genesis 1: 5 “God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day." - NIV 

The first time

God just made the first day. For the first time...
Countless days will follow. But this was the first day.

When something is for the first time, it always feels extra special. For example: your first day at school or in the new class. Your first day in your sports team, your first day in camp.

Question: Who wants to say something about their first day?

To help children, you can let them sit in a circle and give one of the children an object in their hands. The person with the object has to tell something about his or her first day.

After this, this person can walk to someone else in the circle and give him or her this object and then this child can tell something about their first day.

 

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Scripture reference: Genesis 1:5
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