Magic trick - Traffic light silks: ‘Jesus meets Zacchaeus’

Introduction:
Do you know the effect of a change bag? It allowes you to do many magic tricks. But... combined with the traffic light silks you can use it to tell the story of the transformation of Zacchaeus.

"But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”  Luke 19: 8 - 10

I normally use this trick after I have told the story. It helps me to recap on the story and, without the children noticing, to acutally tell the story twice!

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Themes:
Forgiveness, repentance, transformation, salvation, the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost

Change bag with traffic light silks
You can use the traffic light silks:
184.  To tell the story of the four friends and the paralysed man going through the roof
185.  To tell the story of Zacchaeus
186.  To answer the question: "Do I have any talent?" 
187.  To tell any Bible story...

Watch the video:
Below I show you how you can use this trick to tell your audience this amazing story

I will also show you where you can buy a change bag and a set of the traffic light silks.

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Magic trick - Traffic light silks: ‘Jesus forgives and heals a paralyzed man’

Introduction:
Do you know the effect of a change bag? It allowes you to do many magic tricks. But... combined with the traffic light silks you can use it to tell the Bible story of the four men bringing their paralysed friend to Jesus. 

"Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus." Luke 5: 18 - 19

I normally use this trick after I have told the story. It helpt me to recap on the story and, without the children noticing, to actually tell the story twice!

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Themes:
Forgiveness, perseverance, healing, Jesus demonstrating who he is

Change bag with traffic light silks
You can use the traffic light silks:
184.  To tell the story of the four friends lowering the paralysed man through the roof
185.  To tell the story of Zacchaeus
186.  To answer the question: "Do I have any talents?" 
187.  To tell any Bible story...

Watch the video:
Below I show you how you can use this trick to tell your audience this great story.

I will also show you where you can buy a change bag and a set of the traffic light silks.

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Magic trick - Magic umbrella: ‘Who may belong to God's family?’

Introduction:
This is a brilliant magic trick, that can help you to teach children, teenagers and adults on the question: 'Who may belong to God's family?' It can also help you to teach on the diversty within the body of Christ:

Unity and Diversity in the Body:
"Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many."  1 Corinthians 12: 12 - 14

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Themes:
Belonging to God's family, unity and diversity within the body of Christ

Magic Umbrella:
You can use the Magic Umbrella trick:
176.  To teach people about the names of Jesus
177.  To teach on the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5: 22 - 23)
178.  To teach on finding refuge in the names of God
179.  To teach on self-esteem and showing your talents
180.  To teach on unity and diversity in the church and on the question: 'Who may belong to God's family?'

Watch the video:
elow I show you how you can use this trick to teach on unity, diversity and belonging to the body of Christ.

I will also show you where you can buy your own version of the Magic Umbrella Deluxe

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Magic trick - Magic umbrella: ‘Self-esteem and showing your talents’

Introduction:
This is probably one of my favourite magic tricks. I currently use it as an ending to two of my christian children theatre shows. I like it because it is so easy, but it always gives a 'wow' effect. 

You take the red umbrella out of the tube. When you open the umbrella you can show that it is a normal one. You close the umbrella and put it back into the tube. Show eight several coloured silks to the audience. Then, put them into a bag, and suddenly the bag changes into the top of the umbrella and all the silks have disappeared. Pick up the tube and pull the umbrella out. Now the top has been disappeared and instead of the top, the eight silks are hanging on the umbrella.

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In my show and at the end of a school assembly I use this trick to show the children that they don't have hide behind the words: "I can't do anything. Who am I?" Instead they can show their talents. 

Themes:
Self-esteem, show your talents, developing of talents

Magic Umbrella:
You can use the Magic Umbrella trick:
176.  To teach people about the names of Jesus
177.  To teach on the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5: 22 - 23)
178.  To teach on finding refuge in the names of God
179.  To teach on self-esteem and showing your talents
180.  To teach on unity and diversity in the church and on the question: 'Who may belong to God's family?'

Watch the video:
Below I show you how you can use this trick to recap with the children on the theme of talents.

I will also show you where you can buy your own version of the Magic Umbrella Deluxe

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Magic trick - Magic umbrella: ‘Finding refuge in the names of God’

Introduction:
How many names of God can we call out together? Do we also know what these names mean?

Adonai-Jehovah -- The Lord our Sovereign
El-Elyon -- The Lord Most High
El-Olam -- The Everlasting God
El-Shaddai -- The God Who is Sufficient for the Needs of His People
Jehovah-Elohim -- The Eternal Creator
Jehovah-Jireh -- The Lord our Provider
Jehovah-Nissi -- The Lord our Banner
Jehovah-Ropheka -- The Lord our Healer
Jehovah-Shalom -- The Lord our Peace
Jehovah-Tsidkenu -- The Lord our Righteousness
Jehovah-Mekaddishkem -- The Lord our Sanctifier
Jehovah-Sabaoth -- The Lord of Hosts
Jehovah-Shammah -- The Lord is Present
Jehovah-Rohi -- The Lord our Shepherd
Jehovah-Hoseenu -- The Lord our Maker
Jehovah-Eloheenu -- The Lord our God

Take your time to look in depth at these wonderful names of God. When you have come to the end take out the Magic Umbrella trick and demonstrate that we can find refuge in these names of God!

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Themes:
The different names of God, finding refuge with God

Magic Umbrella:
You can use the Magic Umbrella trick:
176.  To teach people about the names of Jesus
177.  To teach on the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5: 22 - 23)
178.  To teach on finding refuge in the names of God
179.  To teach on self-esteem and showing your talents
180.  To teach on unity and diversity in the church and on the question: 'Who may belong to God's family?'

Watch the video:
Underneath I will show you how you can use this trick to recap with the children on the different names of God. 

I will also show you where you can buy your own version of the Magic Umbrella Deluxe

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Magic trick - Magic umbrella: ‘Celebrating the fruit of the Spirit’

Introduction:
This is a brilliant magic trick, that can help you to teach children, teenagers and adults on the fruit of the Spirit. 

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."  Galatians 5: 22-23

You take the red umbrella out of the tube. When you open the umbrella you can show that it is a normal one. You close the umbrella and put it back into the tube. Show eight several coloured silks to the audience. Then, put them into a bag, and suddenly the bag changes into the top of the umbrella and all the silks have disappeared. Pick up the tube and pull the umbrella out. Now the top has been disappeared and instead of the top, the eight silks are hanging on the umbrella.

I like it because it is so easy, but it always gives a 'wow' effect.

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Themes:
The fruit of the Spirit

Magic Umbrella:
You can use the Magic Umbrella trick:
176.  To teach people about the names of Jesus
177.  To teach on the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5: 22 - 23)
178.  To teach on finding refuge in the names of God
179.  To teach on self-esteem and showing your talents
180.  To teach on unity and diversity in the church and on the question: 'Who may belong to God's family?'

Watch the video:
Underneath I will show you how you can use this trick to teach on the fruit of the Spirit

I will also show you where you can buy your own version of the Magic Umbrella Deluxe

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Magic trick - Magic umbrella: ‘Finding refuge in the names of Jesus’

Introduction:
This is probably one of my favourite magic tricks. I currently use it as an ending to two of my Christian children's theatre shows. I like it because it is so easy, but it always gives a 'wow' effect. 

You take the red umbrella out of the tube. When you open the umbrella you can show that it is a normal one. You close the umbrella and put it back into the tube. Show eight several coloured silks to the audience. Then, put them into a bag, and suddenly the bag changes into the top of the umbrella and all the silks have disappeared. Pick up the tube and pull the umbrella out. Now the top has been disappeared and instead of the top, the eight silks are hanging on the umbrella.

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In my show and at the end of a school assembly I use this trick to recall the different of names of Jesus that we have learned during the show. I will demonstrate this in the video below...

Themes:
The names of Jesus, finding refuge with Him

Magic Umbrella:
You can use the Magic Umbrella trick:
176.  To teach people about the names of Jesus
177.  To teach on the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5: 22 - 23)
178.  To teach on finding refuge in the names of God
179.  To teach on self-esteem and showing your talents
180.  To teach on unity and diversity in the church and on the question: 'Who may belong to God's family?'

Watch the video:
Below I show you how you can use this trick to teach children, teenagers and adults about the names of Jesus.

I will also show you where you can buy your own version of the Magic Umbrella Deluxe

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Experiment - Rainbow of snow: ‘Finding hope in the names of God’


There is hope to be found in the names of God

In this video we use the rainbow of snow experiment to illustrate to children the wonderful names of God.

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This video is part of a series of seven which demonstrate the different stories and themes you can illustrate with the rainbow of snow.

The complete series covers the following themes:

Idea 162.  Demonstration video with links to webshops
Idea 163.  Rainbow of snow – the promises of God
Idea 164.  Rainbow of snow – the story of the Jesus calming the storm
Idea 165.  Rainbow of snow – the names of Jesus
Idea 166.  Rainbow of snow – the diversity of the church
Idea 167.  Rainbow of snow – the fruit of the Spirit
Idea 168.  Rainbow of snow – the names of God

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Experiment - Rainbow of snow: ‘The fruit of the Spirit’


What colour is the fruit of the Spirit?

In this video we use the rainbow of snow experiment to illustrate to children the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5: 22-23:

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."

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This video is part of a series of seven which demonstrate the different stories and themes you can illustrate with the rainbow of snow. 

The complete series covers the following themes:

Idea 162.  Demonstration video with links to webshops
Idea 163.  Rainbow of snow – the promises of God
Idea 164.  Rainbow of snow – the story of the Jesus calming the storm
Idea 165.  Rainbow of snow – the names of Jesus
Idea 166.  Rainbow of snow – the diversity of the church
Idea 167.  Rainbow of snow – the fruit of the Spirit
Idea 168.  Rainbow of snow – the names of God

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Experiment - Rainbow of snow: ‘The diversity of the church’


There are no black sheep in the church!

In this video we use the rainbow of snow experiment to illustrate the diversity of people there are in the church. It’s a place where there’s room for everyone; young, old, man, women, child. 

This video is part of a series of seven which demonstrate the different stories and themes you can illustrate with the rainbow of snow. 

snow instant

The complete series covers the following themes:

Idea 162.  Demonstration video with links to webshops
Idea 163.  Rainbow of snow – the promises of God
Idea 164.  Rainbow of snow – the story of the Jesus calming the storm
Idea 165.  Rainbow of snow – the names of Jesus
Idea 166.  Rainbow of snow – the diversity of the church
Idea 167.  Rainbow of snow – the fruit of the Spirit
Idea 168.  Rainbow of snow – the names of God

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Experiment - Rainbow of snow: ‘The names of Jesus’


A rainbow as a symbol of the wonderful names of Jesus

In this video we use the rainbow of snow experiment to illustrate the wonderful names of Jesus. This really helps us to realise who He is! The rainbow can be used as a powerful symbol of this. 

This video is part of a series of seven which demonstrate the different stories and themes you can illustrate with the rainbow of snow. 

snow instant

The complete series covers the following themes:

Idea 162.  Demonstration video with links to webshops
Idea 163.  Rainbow of snow – the promises of God
Idea 164.  Rainbow of snow – the story of the Jesus calming the storm
Idea 165.  Rainbow of snow – the names of Jesus
Idea 166.  Rainbow of snow – the diversity of the church
Idea 167.  Rainbow of snow – the fruit of the Spirit
Idea 168.  Rainbow of snow – the names of God

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Experiment - Rainbow of snow: ‘Jesus calms the storm’


A science experiment the children will never forget!

In this video we use the rainbow of snow to tell the story of Jesus calming the storm.

This video is part of a series of seven which demonstrate the different stories and themes you can illustrate with the rainbow of snow.

snow instant

The complete series covers the following themes:

Idea 162.  Demonstration video with links to webshops
Idea 163.  Rainbow of snow – the promises of God
Idea 164.  Rainbow of snow – the story of the Jesus calming the storm
Idea 165.  Rainbow of snow – the names of Jesus
Idea 166.  Rainbow of snow – the diversity of the church
Idea 167.  Rainbow of snow – the fruit of the Spirit
Idea 168.  Rainbow of snow – the names of God

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Experiment - Rainbow of snow: ‘The promises of God’


Why would you make a rainbow of snow?

Is it enough to say ‘because I can’? Probably not! For Noah and his descendants the rainbow was the symbol of God’s promise to them. God promised Noah that he would never again destroy the earth by flood. Which promises does the rainbow remind you of?

A rainbow of snow can help the children (or the church) to think about the wonderful promises God has made us.

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It does take some preparation, but you will have a never-to-be-forgotten children’s moment or sermon!!

The complete series covers the following themes:

Idea 162.  Demonstration video with links to webshops
Idea 163.  Rainbow of snow – the promises of God
Idea 164.  Rainbow of snow – the story of the Jesus calming the storm
Idea 165.  Rainbow of snow – the names of Jesus
Idea 166.  Rainbow of snow – the diversity of the church
Idea 167.  Rainbow of snow – the fruit of the Spirit
Idea 168.  Rainbow of snow – the names of God

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Experiment - Rainbow of snow: ‘A demonstration video’


How many Biblical truths can you communicate with a rainbow of snow?

Below is a video demonstrating how you can easily make the rainbow of snow yourself.

To do this you need a large pot of Instant Snow (you can order it here) and food colourings (you can order these here).
For safety reasons I have used edible colourings, but you can also use non-edible colourings.

This video is part of a series of seven which demonstrate the different stories and themes you can illustrate with the rainbow of snow.

The complete series covers the following themes:

Idea 162.  Demonstration video with links to webshops
Idea 163.  Rainbow of snow – the promises of God
Idea 164.  Rainbow of snow – the story of the Jesus calming the storm
Idea 165.  Rainbow of snow – the names of Jesus
Idea 166.  Rainbow of snow – the diversity of the church
Idea 167.  Rainbow of snow – the fruit of the Spirit
Idea 168.  Rainbow of snow – the names of God

 

Magic trick - Lota vase: ‘Tell any Bible story about (flowing) water’

Introduction:
How many stories about water in the Bible do you know?

- the story of Noah and the water that kept pouring down (Genesis 6)
- the story of Hagar and Ishmael sent away (Genesis 21)
- the story of Eliezer meeting Rebekah at the well (Genesis 24)
- the story of Isaac digging wells (Genesis 26)
- the story of Jacob opening the well for Rachel (Genesis 29)
- the story of the bitter water at Mara (Exodus 15)
- the story of Moses hitting the rock (Exodus 17)
- the story of Moses hitting the rock twice (Numbers 20)
- the story of Elisha healing Jericho's waters (2 Kings 2)
- the story of the healing of Naaman (2 Kings 5)
- the story of Jesus meeting the lady at the well (John 4)
- the story of Jesus healing the paralysed men at the the pool of Bethesda (John 5)
- the promise of the river of life  (Revelation 22)

Did you know that you can tell all thes above stories (and many more) using the Lota Vase? 

In the video below I will show you how I use the Lota Vase to tell some of these stories.

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So far I have used the Lota Vase:

Idea 148 - To demonstrate God's unending and overflowing love
Idea 149 - To tell the story of the prophet Elisha and the widow’s oil 
Idea 150 - To teach children on how they can spiritually grow
Idea 151 - To show children the importance of developing their talents
Idea 152 - To tell the story of the prophet Elijah and the widow at Zarephath
Idea 153 - To teach children about Jesus' promise of living water
Idea 154 - To tell any story in the Bible about flowing water

Watch the video:
Underneath I will also show you where you can buy your own version of the Lota Vase.

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Magic trick - Lota vase: ‘Jesus' promise of living water’

Introduction:
I am really excited about the following magic trick! It is not only fun and easy to do, but it is a powerful tool to explain Biblical truths in a new and visual way. 

It's the Lota Vase! And what does it do? It enables you to pour water again and again from an empty metal vase! Just imagine the endless possibilities...

In the video below I will show you how I use the Lota Vase to teach children about Jesus' promise of living water.

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So far I have used the Lota Vase:

Idea 148 - To demonstrate God's unending and overflowing love
Idea 149 - To tell the story of the prophet Elisha and the widow’s oil 
Idea 150 - To teach children on how they can spiritually grow
Idea 151 - To show children the importance of developing their talents
Idea 152 - To tell the story of the prophet Elijah and the widow at Zarephath
Idea 153 - To teach children about Jesus' promise of living water
Idea 154 - To tell any story in the Bible about flowing water

Watch the video:
Underneath I will also show you where you can buy your own version of the Lota Vase.

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Magic trick - Lota vase: ‘Elijah and the widow at Zarephath’

Introduction:
The prophet Elijah enters the town of Zarephath and there he meets a widow who is left with nothing. And then she is even asked to sacrifice the 'nothing' that is left. Through her obedience to the word of the prophet the miracle happens and she receives everything! What an amazing story! The jug of oil that keeps on pouring...

How can you tell this story in a visual way? Well, with the Lota Vase of course!
Not just a magic trick, but a powerful tool that will help you explain this beautiful story in a new way!

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So far I have used the Lota Vase:

Idea 148 - To demonstrate God's unending and overflowing love
Idea 149 - To tell the story of the prophet Elisha and the widow’s oil 
Idea 150 - To teach children on how they can spiritually grow
Idea 151 - To show children the importance of developing their talents
Idea 152 - To tell the story of the prophet Elijah and the widow at Zarephath
Idea 153 - To teach children about Jesus' promise of living water
Idea 154 - To tell any story in the Bible about flowing water

Watch the video:
In the video below I will show you how I use the Lota Vase to tell the story of the prophet Elijah and the widow at Zarephath

Underneath I will also show you where you can buy your own version of the Lota Vase.

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Magic trick - Lota vase: ‘The importance of developing talents’

Introduction:
How can you combine teaching about the importance of developing your talents with a empty metal vase with which you can pour water again and again?

That is a good question! I will show you the answer underneath, but let me first introduce you to the Lota Vase.

This is not just a magic trick. This is a powerful tool that will help you explain Biblical truths in a new and visual way. In the video below I will demonstrate how you can teach on the parable of the talents using the Lota Vase.

“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more.  So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money."

Matthew 25: 14 - 18

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So far I have used the Lota Vase:

Idea 148 - To demonstrate God's unending and overflowing love
Idea 149 - To tell the story of the prophet Elisha and the widow’s oil 
Idea 150 - To teach children on how they can spiritually grow
Idea 151 - To show children the importance of developing their talents
Idea 152 - To tell the story of the prophet Elijah and the widow at Zarephath
Idea 153 - To teach children about Jesus' promise of living water
Idea 154 - To tell any story in the Bible about flowing water

Watch the video:
In the video below I will show you how I use the Lota Vase to teach children on developing their talents.

Underneath I will also show you where you can buy your own version of the Lota Vase.

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Magic trick - Lota vase: ‘Teaching children on spiritual growth’

Introduction:
How can you combine teaching about spiritual growth with a empty metal vase with which you can pour water again and again?

That is a good question! I will show you the answer underneath, but let me first introduce you to the Lova Vase.

This is not just a magic trick. This is a powerful tool that will help you explain Biblical truths in a new and visual way. 

lota vase

So far I have used the Lota Vase:

Idea 148 - To demonstrate God's unending and overflowing love
Idea 149 - To tell the story of the prophet Elisha and the widow’s oil 
Idea 150 - To teach children on how they can spiritually grow
Idea 151 - To show children the importance of developing their talents
Idea 152 - To tell the story of the prophet Elijah and the widow at Zarephath
Idea 153 - To teach children about Jesus' promise of living water
Idea 154 - To tell any story in the Bible about flowing water

Watch the video:
In the video below I will show you how I use the Lota Vase to teach children on spiritual growth. 

Underneath I will also show you where you can buy your own version of the Lota Vase

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Magic trick - Lota vase: ‘Elisha and the widow’s oil’

Introduction:
I am really excited about the following magic trick! It is not only fun and easy to do, but it is a powerful tool to explain Biblical truths in a new and visual way. 

It's the Lota Vase! And what does it do? It enables you to pour water again and again from an empty metal vase! Just imagine the endless possibilities...

lota vase

So far I have used the Lota Vase:

Idea 148 - To demonstrate God's unending and overflowing love
Idea 149 - To tell the story of the prophet Elisha and the widow’s oil 
Idea 150 - To teach children on how they can spiritually grow
Idea 151 - To show children the importance of developing their talents
Idea 152 - To tell the story of the prophet Elijah and the widow at Zarephath
Idea 153 - To teach children about Jesus' promise of living water
Idea 154 - To tell any story in the Bible about flowing water

Watch the video:
In the video below I will show you how I use the Lota Vase to tell the story of the prophet Elisha and the miracle of the widow's oil. (2 Kings 4: 1-7)

"Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbours for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few.
 Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.” She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.” But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing."

Underneath I will also show you where you can buy your own version of the Lota Vase

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Magic trick - Lota vase: ‘God's unending and overflowing love’

Introduction:
Have you ever heard of a Lota Vase?

This is a fun, easy to do magic trick in which you can pour water again and again from an empty metal vase!

lota vase


When I first saw one of them, I knew I had to have one! Straightaway I could see the potential for using one of them in telling Bible stories. 

So far I have used the Lota Vase:

Idea 148 - To demonstrate God's unending and overflowing love
Idea 149 - To tell the story of the prophet Elisha and the widow’s oil 
Idea 150 - To teach children on how they can spiritually grow
Idea 151 - To show children the importance of developing their talents
Idea 152 - To tell the story of the prophet Elijah and the widow at Zarephath
Idea 153 - To teach children about Jesus' promise of living water
Idea 154 - To tell any story in the Bible about flowing water

Watch the video:
In the video below I will show you how I use the Lota Vase to demonstrate the amazing love of God.
Underneath I will also show you where you can buy your own version of the Lota Vase

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Magic trick - Lota vase: ‘Endless blessings’ - baptism / blood of Jesus

Introduction:
You show a large silver bowl that is empty. When you turn it upside down nothing comes out. When you pick it up again and start tip it up, water will pour out of it!

Something from nothing, liquid from mid-air! This can be repeated again and again, with the vase continually filling with water.

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Being able to produce water from nothing time after time makes this trick ideal for telling different Bible stories, such as:
- Moses getting water from a rock (Num 20:11)
- the widow's endless jar of oil  (2 Kings 4:4)
- Jesus being baptised (Matt 3:13). 

It is an ideal object lesson for baptisms.

You can also colour the water with red food dye and use it to symbolise the blood of Jesus that was shed for all.

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Object lesson: ‘Using grass seed to teach the meaning of AMEN’

Introduction:
Picture this; today the group of children are extra rowdy. Maybe it's the weather. I don’t know...

It is time to start the children’s programme. Of course we will open and close with a prayer. But as usual it takes ages for the children to quieten down. Although they quieten down a little during the prayer, as soon as I say amen, they all explode into sound and movement.

To them, 'amen' means that the long prayer of thirty seconds is finally finished. We can act normally again!

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This behaviour intrigues me. No, lets be honest; it annoys me a bit. Amen doesn’t mean ‘The End', as in a film.  It doesn't mean that we can make lots of noise again. Amen means ‘So be it' or 'I agree’. It is a promise and a hope that God agrees with our prayer.

But how can we create a change so that the children no longer think amen means we can act normally again? How can we help them realise that it means that God agrees with our prayer and that He will answer it?

So we came up with a plan...

A plan that involved grass seed and a plastic container filled with a layer of soil.
A plan that changed their perspective of amen for a while.

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Object lesson - Abram's call: ‘You can be a blessing to others’

Introduction:
We use the following activity to help the children think about God’s promise to Abram. God promised Abram that he and his offspring would be a blessing to others. But what does it mean to be a blessing? How can we be a blessing to others? And what is the connection between a blessing and a chocolate fountain?

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Object lesson - Abram's call: ‘You’re blessed by God’

Introduction:
We use the following activity to help the children think about God’s promise to Abram. God promised Abram that he and his offspring would be blessed by God. But what is blessing? And how can we let the children experience what is it to be blessed by God?

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Object lesson - Abram's call: ‘What do you hear?’

Introduction:
It is not always easy to listen well. “Did I really hear that?”, is a logical question. Do you think Abram sometimes wondered if he had really heard God speaking? How did Abram know that it was God calling him, and how do you think he heard God?

The last of four short activities that you can use to help the children reflect on the story of Abram hearing God’s voice calling him to move with his family.

The four reflection ideas:
1. Make some noise!
2. I know that sound!
3. Let’s build our own old fashioned phone 
4. What do you hear?

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Object lesson - Abram's call: ‘Let’s build an old fashioned phone’


A fun science experiment that will help you reflect on the story of God calling Abram

It is not always easy to listen well. “Did I really hear that?”, is a logical question. Do you think Abram sometimes wondered if he had really heard God speaking? How did Abram know that it was God calling him, and how do you think he heard God?

The third of four short activities that you can use to help the children reflect on the story of Abram hearing God’s voice calling him to move with his family.

Build your own can phone fun science experiment about the Bible story of God calling Abram for Sunday school Bible lesson youth work kids ministry


The four reflection ideas:

1. Make some noise!
2. I know that sound!
3. Let’s build our own old fashioned phone 
4. What do you hear?

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Object lesson - Abram's call: ‘I know that sound!’


A fun activity that will help you reflect on the story of God calling Abram

It is not always easy to listen well. “Did I really hear that?”, is a logical question. Do you think Abram sometimes wondered if he had really heard God speaking? How did Abram know that it was God calling him, and how do you think he heard God?

The second of four short activities that you can use to help the children reflect on the story of Abram hearing God’s voice calling him to move with his family.

 

I know that sound a fun creative activity about the Bible story of God calling Abram for Sunday school Bible lesson youth work kids ministry 2


The four reflection ideas:
1. Make some noise!
2. I know that sound!
3. Let’s build our own old fashioned phone 
4. What do you hear?

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Object lesson - Abram's call: ‘Make some noise!’

Introduction: 
It is not always easy to listen well. “Did I really hear that?”, is a logical question. Do you think Abram sometimes wondered if he had really heard God speaking? How did Abram know that it was God calling him, and how do you think he heard God?

The first of four short activities that you can use to help the children reflect on the story of Abram hearing God’s voice for the first time.

The four reflection ideas:
1. Make some noise!
2. I know that sound!
3. Let’s build our own old fashioned phone 
4. What do you hear?

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Object lesson - Abram's call: ‘Quite a walk!’


A fun creative activity that will help you reflect on the story of God calling Abram

Abram and his family had to walk for 700 kilometres from Haran to the promised land. That is quite a distance. How does it feel to walk such a long way? Of course we cannot replicate this amazing journey with the children, but we can let the children experience some of it.

This is going to be quite an (fun) experience for the children!

Quite a walk a fun creative activity about the Bible story of God calling Abram for Sunday school Bible lesson youth work kids ministry

What do you need:

- large plastic container filled with an inch of soft sand
- large plastic container filled with an inch of gravel
- large plastic container filled with an inch of pebbles
- large plastic container filled with a layer of pine cones
- large plastic container filled with a layer of fir needles
- large plastic container filled with a layer of mud
- large plastic container filled with a layer of (ice) cold water
- towels

What do you do:

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Storytelling tips - Storybags: ‘Tell the story of Noah’

Introduction:
Do you know what a storybag is?

It is a brightly coloured cloth bag that is used as a visual aid as you tell a Bible story. It is turned inside out to reveal a different coloured interior. As the story unfolds the bag is turned inside out again and again to reveal different colours corresponding to the story. The final colour has a zipped pocket from which small objects can be produced.

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You can buy all kinds of different quality storybags, for example at One Way UK and at Storybag.co.uk

Belov we show you a beautifully made storybag that you can use for the story of Noah.

Themes:
The story of Noah, God's promises, the rainbow, Jesis as the ultimate solution for the problem of sin

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Storytelling tips - Storybags: ‘Tell a Bible story using a storybag’

Introduction:
Do you know what a storybag is?

It is a brightly coloured cloth bag that is used as a visual aid as you tell a Bible story. It is turned inside out to reveal a different coloured interior. As the story unfolds the bag is turned inside out again and again to reveal different colours corresponding to the story. The final colour has a zipped pocket from which small objects can be produced.

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You can buy all kinds of different quality storybags, for example at One Way UK and at Storybag.co.uk

At Storybag.co.uk they have storybags for:

Easter - The bag ends with 'He has risen'
All things Bright and beautiful - This bag ends with the fruit at harvest time
Joseph - The bag ends with the fulfilment of Joseph's Dream
Moses - The bag ends with the crossing of the red sea
Prodigal Son - This bag ends with The prodigal Return
Noah - The bag ends with the rainbow as a sign of the covenant between God and man.
Psalms 23 - Dwelling in the Lord's house
Gospel - This bag ends with assurance of forgiveness
Fish - The bag ends with the large catch of fish.
Creation - The bag ends on the seventh day God rested from all of his work.
Christmas - A visit to Bethlehem.
A visit to the Zoo - Learning about Animals.

Below you can see a video that demonstrates how the Christmas storybag works.

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Magic trick - Rocky: ‘Noah in the ark’

Introduction:
We are always looking for new ways to tell Bible stories. One of these ways is through the use of Rocky the spring puppet. 

Rocky is very easy to bring him to life. Spring animals are a puppet that consists of a large spring covered with fur. You hold the spring raccoon in one hand, moving the head with you thumb and first finger. It gives the animal a very realistic effective and it's not uncommon for people to mistake it for a live animal!

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Rocky can be ideally used in telling the Bible story of:

- the four friends bringing their paralysed friend to Jesus
- Jesus calms the storm on the lake
- Noah and the animals in the ark

In the video below we will show you how you use Rocky and the ZigZag trick tol tell the Bible story of Noah in the ark, the releasing of the raven and the dove and finally being able to go outside the ark into the new world.

Themes: 
Noah in the ark, Noah releases the raven and the dove, the dove with the olive leaf, being patient, trusting in God

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Magic trick - Rocky: ‘Jesus heals the paralyzed man’


Rocky Raccoon and the ZigZag trick

We are always looking for new ways to tell Bible stories. One of these ways is through the use of Rocky the spring puppet. 

Rocky is very easy to bring him to life. Spring animals are puppets that consist of a large spring covered with fur. You hold the spring raccoon in one hand, moving the head with your thumb and first finger. It gives the animal a very realistic effective, and it's not uncommon for people to mistake it for a live animal!

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Rocky is ideal to use in telling the following Bible stories: 

the four friends bringing their paralysed friend to Jesus
Jesus calms the storm on the lake
Noah and the animals in the ark

In the video below we will show you how you use Rocky and the ZigZag trick tol tell the Bible story of Jesus healing the paralysed man who was lowered through a hole in the roof made by his four friends.

Themes: 

Jesus has the power to forgive sins, Jesus forgives sins, Jesus heals the paralysed man, finding new ways to bring people to Jesus, perseverance, don't give up, friendship, Jesus puts us on our feet

Buy your own spring puppet:

There are several places where you can buy your own spring puppet. You can buy them through Aliexpress or on Amazon

If you are looking for the ZigZag trick that we use 'to cut Rocky into three parts' to tell the stories of the paralysed man, the storm on the lake and Noah in the ark look at this link of Dynamite Magic.

 

 

Magic trick - Rocky: ‘Jesus calms the storm’

Introduction:
We are always looking for new ways to tell Bible stories. One of these ways is through the use of Rocky the spring puppet. 

Rocky is very easy to bring him to life. Spring animals are puppets that consist of a large spring covered with fur. You hold the spring raccoon in one hand, moving the head with your thumb and first finger. It gives the animal a very realistic effect, and it's not uncommon for people to mistake it for a live animal!

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Rocky is ideal to use to tell the following Bible stories: 

the four friends bringing their paralysed friend to Jesus
Jesus calms the storm on the lake
Noah and the animals in the ark

In the video below we will show you how you use Rocky and the ZigZag trick to tell the Bible story of Jesus calming the storm. 

Themes: 
Jesus calming the storm, trusting in God, God's love, the humanity of Jesus, Jesus is Creator God, Jesus demonstrates his power

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Magic trick - Rocky : ‘An introduction to a spring puppet’

Introduction:
We are always looking for new ways to tell Bible stories. One of these ways is through the use of Rocky the spring puppet. 

Rocky is very easy to bring him to life. Spring animals are puppets that consist of a large spring covered with fur. You hold the spring raccoon in one hand, moving the head with your thumb and first finger. It gives the animal a very realistic effect and it's not uncommon for people to mistake it for a live animal!

rocky


Rocky is ideal to use in the telling of the following Bible stories:

the four friends bringing their paralysed friend to Jesus
Jesus calms the storm on the lake
Noah and the animals in the ark

In the video below we will show you how you can introduce Rocky to the children, showing what it means to become alive in Christ.

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Game: ‘Sharing, don’t let the penny drop!’ - sharing / giving

Introduction: 
This is a fun game that allows children to practice fair sharing. 

Themes:
Sharing, games

To be used for:
-A fun creative moment in your youth work

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Bible text:
John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” (Luke 3:11)

Age:
6 - 12 years.

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Object lesson: ‘Sharing is caring’ - sharing / giving

Introduction: 
This is a deliciously scrummy (and slightly messy!) way of getting children to practice sharing.  

Themes:
Sharing

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To be used for:
- A creative moment in your youth work

Bible text:
John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” (Luke 3:11)

Age:
6 - 12 years.

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Object lesson: ‘Believing you’re right even when you're wrong’ - truth of Scripture

Introduction:
This is fun illustration that you can use for teenagers and adults when you talk about being certain of something. Sometimes we totally believe that we are right even when we're not.

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When you use the gimmick that I demonstrate in the video below it will open the conversation. Hopefully it will help you talk about the truth of the Bible, what is faith?
How can you be certain about something?

Themes:
The truth of the Scriptures, being certain about something, what is faith?

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Object lesson: ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall’- How does God see us / self-image

Introduction: 
This is a fun idea that encourages children to think about how God sees them.  

Themes:
Self-image, mirrors/mirroring, where do you look? How does God see us?

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To be used for:
- Creative prayer
- A creative moment in your youth work

Bible text:
"For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known." (1 Cor. 13:12).

Age:
6 - 17 years.

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Object lesson: ‘You are always welcome’ - God’s welcome / father heart of God

Introduction: 
God always welcomes us, and there is no more exciting way of learning about this than with this game. A bowl of spare keys and a lock… Who will be the first to find the right key?

Themes:
God welcoming us, the Father heart of God, not relying on our own strength

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To be used for:
- Children’s moment during a service
- Creative children’s teaching
- Youth work

Bible text:
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." (Matt 7:7)

Age:
4 - 88 years.

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