492. The good and bad kings of Judah - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads on the important role that kings played in the life of Judah.

After the rule of king David and king Solomon the nation of Israel splits into two separate nations: Judah (the two tribes) and Israel (the ten tribes). During a period of 219 years the kingdom of Israel had 19 different kings and they were all bad kings . None of them led the people back to the Lord. Instead they encouraged the people to worship at the shrines in Bethel and Dan. Or, like king Ahab, they even encouraged the people to worship idols, like Baal.

In this object lesson we look at the 20 kings of the kingdom of Judah. Some of them were good and led the people back to God. Others were bad and led them astray from God.

Here is a list of the twenty kings:

  1. Rehoboam - Bad king 
  2. Ahijah - Bad king
  3. Asa - Good king                                
  4. Jehoshaphat - Good king                                
  5. Jehoram - Bad king                         
  6. Ahaziah - Bad king                             
  7. Athaliah - Bad king  
  8. Joash - Good king
  9. Amaziah - Good king   
  10. Uzziah (Azariah) - Good king 
  11. Jotham - Good king
  12. Ahaz - Bad king
  13. Hezekiah - Good king
  14. Manasseh - Bad king, but repented
  15. Amon - Bad king
  16. Josiah - Good king
  17. Jehoahaz - Bad king   
  18. Jehoiakim - Bad king
  19. Jehoiachin - Bad king
  20. Zedekiah - Bad king



In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot and cold frying pan to demonstrate the importance of the kings in the life of the kingdom of Judah and to think with the children about the questions:

- Which of the kings had you already heard of?
- What is the difference between a good king and a bad king?
- Why is it so important if a king is good or bad?
- Who do you listen to? Who are your leaders?
- Do your leader bring you closer to God?
- How can we become good leaders ourselves?

This object lesson will really help you to look at the role of the kings of Judah within your Sunday school lesson or kids ministry.

Themes:

kings of Judah, good and bad kings, leadership, rebellion towards God, repentance, becoming a good leader

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491. The time of the Judges - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads, on the important task of the Judges in the days that there was no king in Israel and everyone did what was right in their own eyes. 

About 3000 years ago, the land of Israel was ruled by a series of judges, rather than kings.

There were 15 people who served as judges:

1. Othniel
2. Ehud
3. Shamgar
4. Deborah
5. Gideon
6. Abimelech
7. Tola
8. Jair
9. Jephthah
10. Ibzan
11. Elon|
12. Abdon
13. Samson
14. Eli
15. Samuel

In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. (Judges 21:25)

Whenever the Jews abandon God, the repercussions are immediate:

‘And they forsook the God of their fathers and they went after other gods. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel and He delivered them into the hands of spoilers and he gave them over to the hands of their enemies.’ (Judges 2:8-14)

This is one of the most important and oft repeated patterns in Jewish history. When the Jews betray their covenant with God, bad things happen—for example, an enemy comes and attacks. We see this in the time of the Judges which extends from 1244 BCE to 879 BCE.

‘And the Lord raised up judges and they saved them [the Israelites] from the hands of those who had spoiled them.’ (Judges 2:16)

Who were the Judges?

The Judges were the Jewish leaders who arose at this time, unified the people, got them to repent, dealt with the spiritual problems of the nation, and also dealt with the physical threat. They were sometimes military leaders who knew how to mobilize the nation for war against an enemy, but their real power lay in their Torah knowledge and ability to adjudicate Jewish law.

During this period there were seventeen different judges. Some led the Jewish people for decades while others were only in power for a few years. The Book of Judges goes into great detail about some of the Judges (Ehud, Deborah and Samuel) while others get only the briefest mention (Ibzan, Elon, Avdon). While all were great leaders, some were greater than others.

(http://www.simpletoremember.com/articles/a/the_time_of_the_judges/)



In this object lesson we are going to use hydrogel beads and a hot frying pan to demonstrate the importance of the Judges in the Bible and to think with the children about the questions:

- Which of the Judges had you already heard of?
- Why did the Israelites turn away from God time after time?
- Every time the Israelites got into problems, they cried out to God and he would send them a new leader. Why does God help the Israelites again and again?
- How long did the Israelites have to wait for a new leader? A few minutes, a few weeks, a few months, some years, maybe longer?
- How long do we sometimes have to wait for God to answer our prayers?

This object lesson will really help you to look at the role of the Judges within your Sunday school lesson or kids ministry.

Themes:

Judges, rebellion, doing what is right in your own eyes, turning back to God, repentance, role of the Judge, praying, being patient.

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Scripture reference: Judges 21:25
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490. The important task of a prophet - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads on the important task of prophets like Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and many others.

In the Bible we find a whole list of prophets:

Aaron (Exodus 7:2), Abraham (Genesis 20:7), Agabus (Acts 21:10), Agur (Book of Proverbs 30:1), Ahijah (1 Kings 11:29), Amos (Amos 7:14-15), Anna (Luke 2:36), Asaph (2 Chronicles 29:30), Azariah (2 Chronicles 15:8), Barnabas (Acts 13:1), Daniel (Matthew 24:15), David (Hebrews 11:32), Deborah (Judges 4:4), Elijah (1 Kings 18:36), Elisha (2 Kings 9:1), Enoch (Jude 1:14), Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1:3), Ezra (Book of Ezra), Gad (1 Samuel 22:5), Gideon (Judges 6 through 8), Habakkuk (Habakkuk 1:1), Haggai (Haggai 1:1), Hanani (2 Chronicles 16:7), Hosea (Book of Hosea 1:1), Huldah (2 Kings 22:14), Iddo (2 Chronicles 13:22), Isaiah (2 Kings 19:2), Jacob (Genesis 28:11-16), Jehu (1 Kings 16:7), Jeremiah (Jeremiah 20:2), Joel (Acts 2:16), John the Baptist (Luke 7:28), John of Patmos (Revelation 1:1), Jonah (2 Kings 14:25), Joshua (Joshua 1:1), Judas Barsabbas (Acts 3:15), Lucius of Cyrene (Acts 13:1), Malachi (Malachi 1:1), Manahen (Acts 13:1), Micah (Micah 1:1), Micaiah (1 Kings 22:9), Miriam (Exodus 15:20), Moses (Deuteronomy 34:10), Nahum (Nahum 1:1), Nathan (2 Samuel 7:2), Noah (Genesis 7:1), Obadiah (Obadiah 1:1), Oded (2 Chronicles 28:9), Philip the Evangelist (Acts 8:26), Paul the Apostle (Acts of the Apostles 9:20), Samuel (1 Samuel 3:20), Shemaiah (1 Kings 12:22), Silas (Acts 15:32), Simeon Niger (Acts 13:1), Urijah (Jeremiah 26:20), Zechariah (Zechariah 1:1), Zechariah (2 Chronicles 24:20), Zephaniah (Zephaniah 1:1)

But what does a prophet do? What is one of the most important tasks of a prophet?

It is to bring God’s people back to God! In the Bible we see that time and time again God’s people wander away from him. They start worshipping other gods and commit awful sins. They backslide and then... God sends a prophet to relight the fire and their devotion to God. 

 

In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot frying pan to demonstrate the importance of the prophets in the Bible and to think with the children about the following questions:

- Do you think that being a prophet was a fun job?
- Why did the Israelites turn away from God time after time?
- How do you respond when someone tells you that you are doing something wrong?
- How does it make you feel?
- How did people react to what the prophets said?

This object lesson will really help you to look at the role of the prophet within your Sunday school lesson or kids ministry.

Themes:

Prophets, idols, turning back to God, repentance, role of the prophet

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489. David and Jonathan say goodbye to each other - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads, about two good friends meeting for the last time.

In 1 Samuel 20 David and Jonathan have to say goodbye for the last time. They have been best friends for years, but king Saul (Jonathan’s father) wants to kill David.

“In the morning Jonathan went out to the field for his meeting with David. He had a small boy with him, 36 and he said to the boy, “Run and find the arrows I shoot.” As the boy ran, he shot an arrow beyond him. 37 When the boy came to the place where Jonathan’s arrow had fallen, Jonathan called out after him, “Isn’t the arrow beyond you?” 38 Then he shouted, “Hurry! Go quickly! Don’t stop!” The boy picked up the arrow and returned to his master. 39 (The boy knew nothing about all this; only Jonathan and David knew.) 40 Then Jonathan gave his weapons to the boy and said, “Go, carry them back to town.”

41 After the boy had gone, David got up from the south side of the stone and bowed down before Jonathan three times, with his face to the ground. Then they kissed each other and wept together—but David wept the most.” - 1 Samuel 20: 35-41

 

In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot frying pan to demonstrate the story and to think with the children about the following questions:

- Have you ever had to say goodbye to a really good friend? How did that feel?
- David and Jonathan had to say goodbye because David was afraid of king Saul. Why did king Saul want to kill David?
- What did they promise one another?
- Do you think David kept his promise? (Yes - see the story of Mephibosheth in 2 Samuel 9)

This object lesson will really help you address this Bible story about friendship within your Sunday school lesson or kids ministry..

Themes:

David and Jonathan, being friends, friendship, saying goodbye, being afraid, making promises, keeping promises.

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Scripture reference: 1 Samuel 20: 35-41
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488. Paul confronts Peter about being a hypocrite - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads on the division between Paul and Peter in Galatians 2: 11 - 19

In Galatians 2: 11 -19 we read about an argument between Paul and Peter. Normally when Peter was in Antioch he used to eat together with the non-Jewish Christian. But when some important Jewish Christians arrive from Jerusalem he stops eating with them. He’s afraid of their reaction. It’s interesting to see that Peter seems to fall into the same mistake he made when he disowned Jesus. Out of fear for other people he suddenly behaves as if he doesn’t know those Gentile / non-Jewish Christians. Paul thinks he is a hypocrite and tells Peter off. 


In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot frying pan to demonstrate this story and to think with the children about the following questions:

- What is being hypocritical?
- Do you think Peter is being hypocritical by not eating with the non-Jewish Christians?
- Do you know another Bible story where Peter is afraid and acts if he doesn’t know someone?
- Why would Peter do this?
- Have you ever been hypocritical?
- Have you ever been afraid of a group that made you behave differently?
- Do you think Paul was right or wrong to tell Peter off?
- How do think Peter responded when Paul told him off?
- How do you respond when someone tells you off?

This object lesson will really help you address this fascinating Bible story within your Sunday school lesson or kids ministry..

Themes:

Paul and Peter, Paul confronts Peter, do Gentile Christians belong to the church, being a hypocrite, Peter is afraid, Peter disowns, telling someone off,

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Scripture reference: Galatians 2: 11 -19
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487. The conflict between Paul and Barnabas - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads on the division between Paul and Barnabas

In Acts 15: 36 - 41 we read about an argument between Paul and Barnabas. Two good friends and fellow missionaries who can’t agree on what to do with John Mark. Eventually they decide to separate and go their own ways. We don’t know if they ever saw each other again...


In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot pan to demonstrate this story, and to think with the children about the following questions

- Have you ever had a real argument with your best friend?
- Whose side are you on? Paul’s or Barnabas’?
- How do you think Paul and Barnabas should have resolved this argument?
- How do you resolve an argument with your friends?
- Do you think anything good came out of this argument?

This object lesson will really help you address this not so happy Bible story within your Sunday school lesson or kids ministry.

Themes:

Paul and Barnabas, arguments, second chance, John Mark, making peace

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Scripture reference: Acts 15: 36 - 41
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481. Create your own 'miracle' in the story of the feeding the multitude


A true multiplication when you tell the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand – this is a great object lesson!

How can you make something really multiply when you are telling the story of the feeding of the five thousand? In this way you can create your own small miracle – people of all ages will love it.

And the great thing is, you don’t have to be a magician to do this! It’s really easy……

multiplying five bread and two fish

Themes:

Feeding the multitude, The Feeding of the 5,000, miracle of the five loaves and two fish, The Feeding of the 4,000

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Scripture reference: Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:31-44, Luke 9:12-17, John 6:1-14, Matthew 15:32-39, Mark 8:1-9
You can use this idea in a: At home, Sunday school, children’s moment in a service, holiday Bible club, children’s church, the classroom, RE lessons

466. Six reasons why you should use more object lessons


Re-discover the power of an object lesson:

Here at Creative Kidswork we offer you literally hundreds of fun, Biblical, easy to do object lessons that you can use within your Sunday school lesson or kids ministry. We at Creative Kidswork really believe in the power of the object lesson. Maybe we can get you also excited about them by giving you six reasons why you should use them.

Free Sunday school lessons

1. They can help you to communicate an (abstract) Biblical truth in a clear and easy way.
The most important reason why we believe in object lessons is that they can help you to communicate an (abstract) Biblical truth in such a way that even small children will understand their meaning. With the help of an object lesson children can suddenly start to grasp the spiritual truths that you are teaching them. Isn’t that great?

2. Object lessons are fun!
They always carry an element of surprise. “What is going to happen this week? Which cool experiment are we going to take part in this Sunday?” And the great thing is: they are often so easy to do and you can find them all here on the site. This makes it fun not only for the children, but also for you.

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461. Time to turn - What is a climate refugee?


A refugee experience for the kids in your children program

I have written a series of ideas and activities especially for Micah Sunday, that you can use during your Sunday school or children’s moment in church.

This year the theme of the Micah Sunday is based on a text from Psalm 24: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’

It looks at how we as Christians can take care of God's world. What can we do to stop pollution, climate change and all the effects this has on the earth and those living in poverty? For them this means more hunger, conflict and insecurity, and a more uncertain future for us all.

welcome rrefugee

The children are going to experience and think about what it means to be a climate refugee, and the role that we in the west play in it.

What do you need:

- lego, duplo, empty toilet rolls or plastic cups
- sweets
- domino blocks

Activity:

Divide the children into groups. Group A goes to sit on the ground at the end of the room. This is the rich, western world. Ask the children in this group to build a factory tower, using  lego, duplo, empty toilet rolls or plastic cups.

The other two groups B and C sit down at the other end of the room, one on the left and one on the right. Both groups get a hundred domino blocks. They have to place behind one another. Once they are all in line, they all get a sweet.

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Scripture reference: Psalm 24
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460. Time to turn - Carbon dioxide attacks the ozone layer


A game about climate change

I have written a series of ideas and activities especially for Micah Sunday, that you can use during your Sunday school or children’s moment in church.

This year the theme of the Micah Sunday is based on a text from Psalm 24: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’ 

It looks at how we as Christians can take care of God's world. What can we do to stop pollution, climate change and all the effects this has on the earth and those living in poverty. For them this means more hunger, conflict and insecurity, and a more uncertain future for us all.

foam ball gods creation sumday school

In this game we’re going to replay the process by which carbon dioxide attacks the ozone layer.

What do you need:

- a soft foam ball
- tape

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Scripture reference: Psalm 24
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459. Time to turn - Carbon monoxide attacks the ozone layer


A really cool experiment

I have written a series of ideas and activities especially for Micah Sunday, that you can use during your Sunday school or children’s moment in church.

This year the theme of the Micah Sunday is based on a text from Psalm 24: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’ 

ozone layer experiment kids ministry

It looks at how we as Christians can take care of God's world. What can we do to stop pollution, climate change and all the effects this has on the earth and those living in poverty. For them this means more hunger, conflict and insecurity, and a more uncertain future for us all.

Using the experiment below we are going to explain how carbon dioxide attacks the ozone layer, and that this means that the sun shines more brightly on the earth.

What do you need:

- a glass
- yellow liquid food colouring
- water
- squares of paper, 10 x 10 cm
- scissors/ a needle
- a large plastic bowl to catch the water in

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Scripture reference: Psalm 24
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458. Time to turn - What is carbon dioxide? An experiment


What is stronger? Oxygen of carbon dioxide?

I have written a series of ideas and activities especially for Micah Sunday, that you can use during your Sunday school or children’s moment in church.

This year the theme of the Micah Sunday is based on a text from Psalm 24: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’

It looks at how we as Christians can take care of God's world. What can we do to stop pollution, climate change and all the effects this has on the earth and those living in poverty. For them this means more hunger, conflict and insecurity, and a more uncertain future for us all.

candle carbon dioxide kids ministry

We’re going to introduce the concept of carbon dioxide using the following experiment:

What do you need:

- a large glass or vase
- a tea light
- a plate

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Scripture reference: Psalm 24
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457. Time to turn - The ice art is melting


Climate change, based on a melting ice form– an experiment

I have written a series of ideas and activities especially for Micah Sunday, that you can use during your Sunday school or children’s moment in church.

climate change sunday school

This year the theme of the Micah Sunday is based on a text from Psalm 24: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’ 

It looks at how we as Christians can take care of God's world. What can we do to stop pollution, climate change and all the effects this has on the earth and those living in poverty. For them this means more hunger, conflict and insecurity, and a more uncertain future for us all.

In this idea we introduce the idea of climate change, based on a melting ice form.

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Scripture reference: Psalm 24
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

455. Time to turn - It’s time to flip the switch


Making a choice is difficult...

I have written a series of ideas and activities especially for Micah Sunday, that you can use during your Sunday school or children’s moment in church.

This year the theme of the Micah Sunday is based on a text from Psalm 24: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’

It looks at how we as Christians can take care of God's world. What can we do to stop pollution, climate change and all the effects this has on the earth and those living in poverty. For them this means more hunger, conflict and insecurity, and a more uncertain future for us all.

switch car of creation micah sunday kids ministry

This children’s moment looks at the theme ‘It’s time to flip the switch’

What do you need:

- a large wooden board with a switch or an arrow that you move to point to either of two different phrases: ‘my life’ or ‘God’s earth’.

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Scripture reference: Psalm 24
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454. Time to turn - The earth is the Lord’s


Introduction

I have written a series of ideas and activities especially for Micah Sunday, that you can use during your Sunday school or children’s moment in church.

In 2017 the theme of the Micah Sunday is based on a text from Psalm 24: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’ 

It looks at how we as Christians can take care of God's world. What can we do to stop pollution, climate change and all the effects this has on the earth and those living in poverty. For them this means more hunger, conflict and insecurity, and a more uncertain future for us all.

In this children’s moment we take a look at this text.

What do you need:

- a plant
- a blow up globe
- A4 paper and pens

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Scripture reference: Psalm 24
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452. Living like Christ - Everyone is more important, and...


...no one is more important than you

Paul writes in Philippians 2:1-11 about the importance of unity. He warns the Christians in Philippi about the danger of considering themselves better than others, or boasting about themselves. In verses 3 and 4 he urges them not to look to their own interest, but to those of others, and value others above themselves.

Chocolate Coins kids ministry Philippians

This activity consists of two parts.

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Scripture reference: Philippians 2: 2
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442. Living like Christ - Look at how well I can boast!


Don't think that you are better than someone else

Paul writes in Philippians 2:2 that we have fellowship with each other through the Spirit. 

In Philippians 2: 1 -11 Paul writes about the importance of unity. He warns the Christians in Philippi about the dangers of thinking that they are better than others, or boasting about themselves. ‘No,’ writes Paul, ‘you must be humble towards one another, and consider others better than yourselves.’.

Victory podium
Sometimes in your children’s work you need to address things that are difficult, in order to talk about them and look for ways to make things work better.

What do you need:

Red and green cards

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Scripture reference: Philippians 2:2
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441. Living like Christ - Fellowship in the Spirit


How can we make this fellowship visible?

Paul writes in Philippians 2:2 that we have fellowship with each other through the Spirit. 

ball of woll

What do you need:

- a large ball of wool

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Scripture reference: Philippians 2:2
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439. Tell Bible stories with the National Flag illussion

Take your audience around the world with this self working National Flag card trick.

This is a brilliant object lesson / gospel illusion. Ideal for school assemblies - with the opportunity to share facts about different countries - teachers love that!

Perfect for services - the chosen flag leads you seamlessly into dozens of different stories from the Bible.

And best of all the deck does all the work for you - leaving you to focus on your presentation and message. 

A great new productt from my friends at Mission Magic. . 

 

435. Psalm 150 - Why do we sing for him?


It pleases God when we sing for him

The psalmist writes that it pleases God when we sing for him. It’s good to think about who God is and what he means to us, and then to tell him this in a song.

But it’s not only pleasing to God when we sing for him. It is also important to us. God is invisible. You can’t see God, and if you can’t see something, it’s hard to forget that it is there. It’s the same with God. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that God is there, because we can’t see him. By singing about him and to him, he becomes more visible to us.

child painting worhsip

Activity

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Scripture reference: Psalm 150
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431. Psalm 150 - Everything that has breath...


Do you know if something is alive or lifeless?

In psalm 150 the psalmist sings ‘Let everything that has breath praise the Lord’, ‘Let everything that is alive praise the Lord’. Who/what is alive?
 
Dead coral
 
Bring some things with you and ask the children to guess if they are alive or not. You can also bring pictures/photos. Don’t make it too easy for them. Which things are dead, alive, or have ever lived? How could they sing for God?
 
- a fossil
- a seed from a plant
- some moss
- a piece of coral
- air in a bag
- water in a glass
- blue cheese
Scripture reference: Psalm 150
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430. Psalm 150 - My heart is shaking


Music gets you moving - an object lesson

Cut the bottom off a balloon and stretch it over a strong plastic cup so that you get a taught membrane. Put a few grains of rice on the membrane. Ask the children to put the plastic cup on a loudspeaker and turn on the music. The grains of rice will start to shake.

make music balloon

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Scripture reference: Psalm 150
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424. Do you already own a Super Story Stick?


A wooden wonder to wow and win over audiences!

You show the children a long wooden stick, jointed at three points. This seemingly simple prop is used to tell many different stories, as the stick is formed into a wide range of clear, recognisable shapes. The pace picks up, as your switch effortlessly from shape to shape – telling entertaining stories, with memorable Gospel messages!

Children in particular respond well to visual aids, and the Story Stick allows you to bring any story to life – using either the x3 included routines OR making up your own stories and shapes!

A great new product from my friends at Mission Magic

 

420. The Object Lesson Of The Ping Pong Ball Following The Running Water Tap


Such an easy-to-do object lesson on following Jesus

The great thing about this object lesson is that you only need a ping pong ball and a moveable tap to do this.

Just as the ping pong ball will always follow the streaming water, we can always follow Jesus, who is our Living Water.

This object lesson is ideal to use to talk with children, young people and adults about:

  • Following Jesus
  • Hearing His voice
  • Being lead by God
  • Being obedient to His will

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Which forces drive the ping pong ball to always follow the water?
Which forces drive us to follow Jesus?

How does the water lead the ping pong ball?
How does God lead us?

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410. The power of a folding Bible stories


Have you heard about folding Bible stories?

I think that they are great! They are such a powerful tool for telling Bible stories. They are perfect for School, School Assemblies, Family/All Age Services, Beach Missions, Camps and Holiday Clubs.

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With the help of Gary Stirling you can very easily create your own folding story. Gary offers the following six stories:

- Simon the Pharisee who invited Jesus for food and the woman came and annointed his feet with perfume.
- Daniel and the lions den
- the Furnace of Blazing Fire from the book of Daniel in the Bible
- Abraham and Isaac
- Noah's ark
- the Resurrection of Jesus including the Emmaus road.

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408. Daniel in the lion's den - a storyboard

Have you ever told a Bible story with a storyboard?

OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates in the video below how you can tell the story of the Daniel in the lion's den while using a storyboard. These storyboards are produced by Gary Stirling. They are very cleverly designed, so you can tell one story with just eight pictures. This one also has a clear gospel presentation in it. 

Dawn Getley tells the story of Daniel in the lions den

You can buy the script, the pictures and the instructions for 6 pounds at GarysBibleStories.

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Scripture reference: Daniel 6:1–28
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching

407. Noah and the ark - a storyboard

Have you ever told a Bible story with a storyboard?

OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates in the video below how you can tell the story of the Noah and the ark while using a storyboard. These storyboards are produced by Gary Stirling. They are very cleverly designed, so you can tell one story with just eight pictures. This one also has a clear gospel presentation in it. 

Dawn Getley tells the story of Noah and the ark

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Scripture reference: Genesis 5 , Genesis 6, Genesis 7, Genesis 8, Genesis 9, Genesis 10
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching

406. Three different ways to apply the Bible into our lives - an object lesson


What happens if you take a bottle of wine, a bottle of strawberry sauce and a bottle of marinade sauce?

Three different ways to apply the Bible into our lives

You suddenly have a powerful object lesson that you can use to teach children, teenagers and adults about the importance of reading, studying and applying God's Word into our lives.

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Scripture reference: 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Timothy 3:14-17, Joshua 1:8, Psalm 119:11, Psalm 119:105, Proverbs 3:1-2, 2 Timothy 2:15, 1 Peter 3:15, Deuteronomy 11:18-23, Psalm 119:18, Psalm 119:9, Romans 12:2, Acts 17:11, Ephesians 6:11-17, Acts 8:30, James 1:22, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:1-17, John 8:32, Proverbs 2:1-5, 1 John 2:27, John 13:17, John 1:1, Luke 4:4, Hosea 4:6, John 6:63, John 5:39-40, 1 Peter 2:1-2, Proverbs 2:1-22
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching

405. Looking with God’s eyes - an object lesson


A clever and fun object lesson that demonstrates that we can only focus on the small part in front of us and that we need the Bible to see Gods big picture.

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There are several stories and passages in the Bible in which humans have to discover that although we claim to see, we are blind. We don’t see things as God sees them. We only focus on a small part in front of us. God sees everything. We need the Bible to see Gods big picture. 

In 1 Samuel 16 the prophet Samuel has come to anoint a new king. When he looks at David’s oldest brother Eliab he thinks this is the one! But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. ( 1 Samuel 16:7)

One of Jesus’ sayings is: “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind may see and those who see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard this, and they asked Him, “Are we blind” too? 4“If you were blind,” Jesus replied, “you would not be guilty of sin. But since you claim you can see, your guilt remains.”  (John 9: 39-41)

How do we help children, teenagers and adults to think about these matters? How do we demonstrate that we only see a small part of the big picturen and that we need to study God's Word to discover the big picture and to learn to see as God sees?

 - For this object lesson we use two pictures of a set of playing cards. Not all Christians are comfortable with using playing cards as an object lesson. The good news is that you can also use this object lesson with different images that are very similar. -

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The object lesson:

Show a picture of these five playing cards to the group. Ask one of the older children / teenagers to pick one of the cards on the picture. Let him or her write this card down on a piece of paper, without mentioning which card he / she has chosen. 

Now you remove the picture with the five playing cards and show him / her the picture of four playing cards that you can find underneath the line in this idea.

Five playing cards turn into four. What is the chance that his or her card has disappeared? You would say: one in five. But the truth is: one hundred percent.

Try this for yourself! How is it possible that your playing card disappears as well?

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Scripture reference: 1 Samuel 16:7, John 9: 39-41, Isaiah 6:10, Psalm 119:18, Psalm 13:2-3, 2 Corinthians 4:4, Luke 14:13-14, John 9:1-41, 1 John 2:11, Matthew 13:13-16, Matthew 15:14, Ephesians 5:8, Luke 12:48, Luke 18:35-38, Revelation 3:17, 2 Kings 6:17-20, Matthew 24:30, 1 John 4:1, Hebrews 4:13, Job 34:21

403. Let's make a rainbow!


This is a cool science experiment that you can use in a class room or Sunday school lesson

A rainbow is a symbol of hope. A symbol that God will keep his promises. So any time you are going to talk about hope, God's promises and God's faithfulness you can create this rainbow.

 

 

Scripture reference: Genesis 9:8-17
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching, kids time

400. Flip about Bible button - Gospel Magic Illusion

Multiple changes, magical moments and a memorable message!

You show a large picture of a golden city and asks the children or congregation to guess what it could be. It’s the kingdom of heaven, but we may often feel like we’re not good enough to get into heaven. This is because of sin in our heart…and as he says this, the card flips open and change into a black heart.

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But despite having bad thoughts, saying and doing bad things, we have can be forgiven because Jesus died on the cross for us. At this point, the card is flipped open and transforms into a white cross on a red background.

Jesus died for us, so that our hearts could be made clean. The card now turns into a white heart on a green background.

With a clean slate, we grow in our relationship with God and ultimately can enter the kingdom of heaven. And finally the card changes back to the image of heaven (and you’re now reset to perform it the next time too!)

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394. Ascension day - the cloud


Everyone can be a part of God’s kingdom!

Before Jesus left to go to heaven he told his disciples that they should proclaim the good news.  After that Jesus got onto a cloud.

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Let's make a cloud in a glass to remember the fact that Jesus has gone to heaven and that he's given all of us a task.

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Scripture reference: 1 Timothy 3:16, Acts 1:1-26, Mark 16:19, Acts 1:11, Acts 1:9, John 6:62, 1 Peter 3:22, Acts 1:9-11, John 20:17
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching, kids time

391. Flowing water from the cross


An wonderful object lesson with the parable of the good samaritan

Gert van Bos gave me this fun idea:

"Once, to tell the story of the Good Samaritan, I used a specially made cross. Because the story starts with a conversation about the great commandment 'Love the Lord God with all your heart' and the second commandment 'Love your neighbour as yourself’, I got the idea of making a wooden cross with PVC piping running through it. You could make it out of plexiglass instead of wood, but this one is more surprising.

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388. Preach the Gospel with the Magic Arrow Board


How can we communicate the Gospel to children and adults in such a way that it will help them understand?

OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates in the video below how you can explain the Gospel using the Magic Arrow Board.

In the video underneath we will teach you how you can do this trick within ten minutes and create something that the children and adults won't forget soon. 

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In the video below we will teach you how you can do this trick yourself. Trust us, it really is very easy!

You will also download the script underneath here. 

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You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching

387. Tell the Christmas story in a new way using a very easy magic trick

Have you heard of the Arrow Board magic trick?

What is the big story behind Christmas? Why did Jesus come? How do you explain this to children and adults in a Christmas service or in school assembly?

How do you tell this amazing story in a new way? 

You know, you can do this very easily with the Arrow Board magic trick. It is a board with two arrows. It looks spectacular, but is very easy to do. You can make such a board with some paint or some tape.

In the first video we will show you the routine with the Arrow Board. In the video underneath we will teach you how you can do this trick within ten minutes and create something that the children and adults won't forget soon. 

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378. The Bible story of the Vineyard Workers - three rope trick


Use the three rope trick (or the professor's nightmare trick) to tell this wondeful Bible story

We have asked OAC evangelist and specialist children's workers Dawn Getley to make a demonstration video on how you can tell this parable while using the three rope trick. This trick is also called the professor's nightmare trick. 

If you don't know how the trick wortks, you can find a link to several instruction video's at the bottom of this idea. 

Dawn Getley parable of the workers in the vineyard three rope trick

You can use this idea in a:

Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching

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374. The letter to the Philippians - the parachute game


What does it mean to be united by the Holy Spirit?

In Philippians 2:2, Paul writes about how are are united by the Holy Spirit. What does it mean to be united? Does it mean that we are all the same? Or is is alright to be different?

Themes: 

Letters in the New Testament, The Pauline epistles, Epistles of Paul, or Letters of Paul, unity, united by the Holy Spirit

Ask the children to stand in a large circle and give them the parachute to hold. Practise holding the parachute in the air together and bringing it down to the ground together.

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373. United in the Holy Spirit – an object lesson


United through a ball of wool

Paul writes to the Christians in Philippi that they are ‘united with Christ’ (Philippians 2:1) If we are united with Christ we are united together, because He unites us.

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Themes: 

Letters in the New Testament, The Pauline epistles, Epistles of Paul, or Letters of Paul, unity, united by the Holy Spirit

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372. Letters of Paul - writing letters


Who has ever written a letter? Who has ever received a letter?

What sort of letters were they?

Show a few examples of letters to the children:

- a love letter
- an instruction letter
- a thank you letter
- a reminder of an unpaid bill
- a long letter full of stories

Paul wrote letters to the Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians, and to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon. Some scholars believe he also wrote the letter to the Hebrews.

What sort of letter are they do you think?

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Themes: 

Letters in the New Testament, The Pauline epistles, Epistles of Paul, or Letters of Paul,

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, Sunday school lesson, children's ministry, kid's time, children's moment in church, Messy church, youth work

367. Walking humbly with God - the ‘walking humbly’ shoe fashion show (3)


Who says thinking about humility and having fun can not go together? 

This is a series of ideas based around Micah 6:8 "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

What do you need:

Lots of different, funny, silly shoes that the children can show on the ‘catwalk’.

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Setting:

Children's Sunday School, Sunday school lesson, children's ministry, kid's time, children's moment in church, Messy church, youth work

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366. Walking humbly with God - what is humility? (2)


A fun activity for your kid's time to help children reflect on what is means to be humble 

This is a series of ideas based around Micah 6:8 "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

What do you need:

- Four round circles cut out of cardboard
- A big marker pen

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Setting:

Children's Sunday School, Sunday school lesson, children's ministry, kid's time, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work

Activity:

Show the children an empty white cardboard circle. Ask someone to come forward and draw a face on it:

1. Who can draw a happy face for me?

Ask your first volunteer to draw a happy face in the first cardboard circle.
Ask them a few questions about it:
- what does ‘happy’ look like?
- what is being happy? 
- what does it feel like?
- what do you do when you’re happy?

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