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:

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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

mime faces

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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365. Walking humbly with God - is it possible to walk humbly? (1)


A great object lesson for your kid's time...

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."

But is this possible? Can one walk humbly with God, or do these two things clash?

micah 6 verse 8 sign that says humble

What do you need:

- a large glass bottle with a lid
- water
- oil
- edible food dye
- washing up liquid
- dirty plates
- a rubbish bin

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kid's time, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, small churches

Acitivity:

To ‘walk with God’ speaks of intimacy, friendship, knowing and being known.

Action: Pour some red water (water with a few drops of red food colouring) into a large glass bottle.

Humility speaks of honour and respect and knowing what your position is in the relationship.

Action: Pour some oil onto the red water in the bottle.

To walk humbly with God therefore suggests a reverent friendship with God. Not a reverence from a safe distance (‘You are very far away, and I honour you at a safe distance’) so that it becomes far removed from us. Also not an over-familiarity (‘Oh, God and I are best friends’). No, it’s the combination of friendship and reverence woven together.

Friendship and reverence woven together. Is that possible?

Action: Screw the lid on the bottle and shake it well. To start with it will seem as if the oil and water are mixed together, but if you wait a bit, you’ll see that they separate out again.

Looking at the bottle it would seem that the two things don’t go together at all – walking humbly with God – both in friendship and with reverence. Are we missing something? Perhaps we’re not reading the text properly. Let’s look it up – it’s in Micah 6:8

‘He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?’ English standard version.

Hey, that’s interesting! God wants us to walk with him humbly as His friend. He also wants us to seek justice for others and love kindness, being faithful to Him, to others and to ourselves.

So we’re missing an ingredient in the bottle...

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364. Tell any Bible story about Jesus restoring people with the use of a balancing Soda Can


The only object lesson you can do all over the world.

Really excited about this object lesson! Did you know you can use a balancing Soda Can to tell any Bible story about Jesus healing and restoring people? And the great thing is that you can find a Soda Can all over the world. Wherever you are, you can do this object lesson! 

The only object lesson you can do all over the world

Just think about the four friends and the paralysed man or about Bartimaeus, the blind beggar.
But also about the story of Zacchaeus and the raising of Lazarus...

In the video below I demonstrate how you can use the balancing Soda Can to tell the Bible story in John 4 of Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman near the well. This woman was like a empty Soda Can - totally empty, lying on its side, blown over by life. A woman who knows what it is to be judged by all the full Coke Cans in her village. The men and women who live such nobles lives and who pour their shame on this broken and emptied woman.

But then something amazing happens. Jesus offers her life to the full. He offers her Living Water. And this woman drinks it all. A miracle happens. She is filled with Living Water and suddenly there is a restored balance in her life.

Watch this amazing cool science experiment and object lesson in the video below...

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354. Mission Sunday - a complete Sunday School program


Fun ideas for six children's moments and a complete Sunday school lesson

Maybe it’s nearly Mission Sunday, or you have a visiting missionary who’s going to give a talk. In this series of twelve ideas we’re going to be looking at ways to illustrate this. The first six ideas can be used for various children’s moments during the church service, and the last six ideas are a complete Sunday School programme on the subject of mission, evangelism, spreading the Gospel, missions and missionaries.

Mission Sunday fun ideas for six children s moments and a complete Sunday School lesson on missions spreading the Gospel misssionaries and evangelism

Six ideas for a children’s moment during the service

Idea 342   How do you bring far away things close by?
Idea 343   ‘I’m off on a journey’
Idea 344   An actual link between the church and the visiting missionary
Idea 345   The great gift of faith
Idea 346   Share your (sugar) heart with someone and celebrate the wonder of faith
Idea 347   The Gospel is all about receiving and giving

Six ideas for a Sunday school lesson

Idea 348   Sunday school program 1. Discover other people’s treasures
Idea 349   Sunday school program 2. Ruth and Boaz exchange treasures
Idea 350   Sunday school program 3. Discover other people’s treasures through a puzzle
Idea 351   Sunday school program 4. The treasure chest that surprises
Idea 352   Sunday school program 5. Who is my neighbour?
Idea 353   Sunday school program 6. The cross is a gift

You can download the complete PDF file below, with all 12 creative ideas for your Mission Sunday.

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Scripture reference: Matthew 28:19, Matthew 24:14, Psalm 96:3, Galatians 6:9,2 Timothy 3:16, John 20:19-23, John 14:6, Romans 1:16, John 12:48, 2 Thessalonians 2:14-15, Ephesians 5:1-6:24, 1 Corinthians 11:1-2, John 15:1-27, Romans 10:13-14, Hebrews 4:12, Acts 4:12, 1 John 2:4, 2 Corinthians 5:18-20, Isaiah 12:4, Romans 1:16-20, John 8:31-32, Psalm 100:3, 2 Timothy 4:1-2, Romans 1:1-32, John 3:36, Jeremiah 26:2, 1 Peter 3:15 

353. The cross is a gift - Mission Sunday 12

A creative prayer idea about the cross being God's present

This is part six of a 45 minute Sunday School programme on mission.

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An idea for a creative prayer moment in which the cross turns into a present.

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352. Who is my neighbour? - Mission Sunday 11

Who are you?

This is part five of a 45 minute Sunday School programme on mission.

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A fun game which helps the children to think about who their neighbour is.

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351. The treasure chest that surprises - Mission Sunday 10

The treasures of children who live in poverty

This is the fourth part of a 45 minute Sunday School programme on mission

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With the help of eight photo cards we’re going to help children to see which treasures children who live in poverty can give us.

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350. Discover other people’s treasures through a puzzle - Mission Sunday 9

‘What do we know about children in........?’

This is the third part of a 45 minute Sunday School programme on mission.

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With the help of a nine piece puzzle, we’re going to discover what we can learn from children who live in poverty:

- just as Ruth, who was poor, had a treasure for the rich Boaz, these children have a treasure for us.

- just as Boaz had so much to learn from Ruth, so we have a lot to learn from children who live in poverty.

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349. Ruth and Boaz exchange treasures - Mission Sunday 8


Boaz gives treasures to Ruth, or was it the other way round?

This is the second part of a 45 minute Sunday School programme. When we think about mission, it often seems like a one way street. We give money, things and knowledge to people in developing countries, but are we also able to receive from them? Which treasures can they give us?

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We’re going to look at the treasures that Ruth, who was poor, gave to Boaz, a very rich man.

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348. Discover other people’s treasures - Mission Sunday 7

Looking at the story of Naomi and Ruth

This is the first part of a 45 minute Sunday School programme or family service on the theme of mission.

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In the first part we’re going to look at where the story of Naomi and Ruth took place, in Moab.

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347. The Gospel is all about receiving and giving - Mission Sunday 6

Let's open a present and discover something new!

Maybe it’s nearly Mission Sunday, or you have a visiting missionary who’s going to give a talk. In this series of twelve ideas we’re going to be looking at ways to illustrate this. The first six ideas can be used for various children’s moments, and the last six ideas are a complete Sunday School programme on the subject of mission.

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In this sixth idea:

We’re going to take a surprising look at the wonderful way in which we can share our faith with others.

On Mission Sunday we think about people who have maybe never heard the gospel. Being a Christian has become so normal for us, that we have stopped being astonshed by it. Hopefully this idea will help people to realise that faith is a great gift.

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346. Share your (sugar) heart with someone and celebrate the wonder of faith - Mission Sunday 5

Faith means having something to share with your neighbour

Maybe it’s nearly Mission Sunday, or you have a visiting missionary who’s going to give a talk. In this series of twelve ideas we’re going to be looking at ways to illustrate this. The first six ideas can be used for various children’s moments, and the last six ideas are a complete Sunday School programme on the subject of mission.

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In this fifth idea:

A tasty way of realising how unique the gift of faith is, and how we can share it with others.

On Mission Sunday we think about people who have maybe never heard the gospel. Being a Christian has become so normal for us, that we have stopped being astonished by it. Hopefully this idea will help people to realise that faith is a great gift.

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345. The great gift of faith - Mission Sunday 4

When does a present become a cross?

Maybe it’s nearly Mission Sunday, or you have a visiting missionary who’s going to give a talk. In this series of twelve ideas we’re going to be looking at ways to illustrate this. The first six ideas can be used for various children’s moments, and the last six ideas are a complete Sunday School programme on the subject of mission.

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In this fourth idea:

We’re going to think about how amazing and how unique it is that we can have faith.

On Mission Sunday we think about people who have maybe never heard the gospel. Being a Christian has become so normal for us, that we have stopped being astonished by it. Hopefully this idea will help people to realise that faith is a great gift.

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344. An actual link between the church and the visiting missionary - Mission Sunday 3


Creating a real link between the congregation and the missionary

Maybe it’s nearly Mission Sunday, or you have a visiting missionary who’s going to give a talk. In this series of twelve ideas we’re going to be looking at ways to illustrate this. The first six ideas can be used for various children’s moments, and the last six ideas are a complete Sunday School programme on the subject of mission.

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In this third idea:

How can you make an actual link between the church and the visiting missionary?

Ask the question:

‘How can you bring far away things close by’? See, I’m standing at this end of the church and at the other end is our visitor this morning (this is the guest who’s going to talk about mission, or the visiting missionary). I’m here and they are there. How can we make a connection?

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343. ‘I’m off on a journey’ - Mission Sunday 2

What has a suitcase to do with Mission Sunday?

Maybe it’s nearly Mission Sunday, or you have a visiting missionary who’s going to give a talk. In this series of twelve ideas we’re going to be looking at ways to illustrate this. The first six ideas can be used for various children’s moments, and the last six ideas are a complete Sunday School programme on the subject of mission.

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In this second idea:

How do you introduce Mission Sunday or a visiting missionary in a creative way? How do you show that this morning you’re going to bring something very close that is actually far away?

Bring a large suitcase with you to church, and a basket full of objects. some of which you might take if you were going on a journey. 

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342. How do you bring far away things close by? - Mission Sunday 1

How do you introduce Mission Sunday or a visiting missionary in a creative way?

Maybe it’s nearly Mission Sunday, or you have a visiting missionary who’s going to give a talk. In this series of twelve ideas we’re going to be looking at ways to illustrate this. The first six ideas can be used for various children’s moments during a service, and the last six ideas are a complete Sunday School programme on the subject of mission.

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In this first idea:

How do you introduce Mission Sunday or a visiting missionary in a creative way? How do you show that this morning you’re going to bring something very close that is actually far away?  

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341. Telling different Bible stories using a Grass Head

Time to cut some grass hair while telling Bible stories

Did you know that you can tell the following stories using a Grass Head? 

- Samson and Delilah (Judges 16)
- Samson destroying the temple of Dagon (Judges 16)
- David defeats Goliath (1 Samuel 17)
- The death of Absalom ( 2 Samuel 18)
- Paul's vow (Act 18)

I will show you how in the video below. 

What is spiritual growth

Use the Grass Head for more ideas

In the following ideas I will show you how you can use the Grass Head to teach children on the following subjects: 

Idea 336.  Teaching children the power of prayer
Idea 337.  The meaning of baptism
Idea 338.  All your hairs on your head are numbered
Idea 339.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit
Idea 340.  What is spiritual growth?

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, small churches

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In the video below I will demonstrate how any (children's) pastor or children's worker can use a Grass Head to tell these stories.

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340. Teach children about spiritual growth using a Grass Head

What is the correlation between a Grass Head and spiritual growth?

Watch the demonstration video to discover how you can use a Grass Head to teach and talk with children about spiritual growth.

What is spiritual growth

Use the Grass Head for more ideas

In the following ideas I will show you how you can use the Grass Head to teach children about the following subjects: 

Idea 336.  Teaching children the power of prayer
Idea 337.  The meaning of baptism
Idea 338.  All your hairs on your head are numbered
Idea 339.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit
Idea 341.  Telling different Bible stories while using a Grass Head

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, small churches

Scripture reference:

Colossians 1:9-10, 2 Peter 3:18, 1 Peter 2:1-25, Matthew 5:6, Ephesians 4:15-16, Galatians 5:22-23, Psalm 1:1-3, 2 Peter 1:5-8, 1 Corinthians 13:10-12, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Philippians 4:13, Philippians 1:6, James 1:2, 1 Corinthians 11:1, Titus 2:11-14, Ephesians 4:12-13, Hebrews 10:24, Hebrews 5:12-14, Psalm 1:1-6 ESV, James 1:2-4

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In the video below I will demonstrate how any (children's) pastor or children's worker can use a Grass Head to teach about spiritual growth.

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339. If you remain in me, you will bear much fruit

Using a Grass Head to teach on remaining in Jesus

In John 15:5 Jesus says: "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." 

If you remain in me and I in you you will bear much fruit

In this object lesson you can use a Grass Head to teach on this verse. 

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338. All the hairs on your head are numbered

Using a Grass Head to count the hairs on our head

In Matthew 10: 29 - 31 and in Luke 12: 6-7 Jesus talks about the hairs on our head being numbered by God: "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.…"

Hears are numbered

In this object lesson you can use a Grass Head to count the hairs on its head. 

Use the Grass Head for more ideas

In the following ideas I will show you how you can use the Grass Head to teach children on the following subjects: 

Idea 336.  Teaching children the power of prayer
Idea 337.  The meaning of baptism
Idea 339.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit
Idea 340.  What is spiritual growth?
Idea 341.  Telling different Bible stories while using a Grass Head

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, small churches

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In the video below I will demonstrate how any (children's) pastor or children's worker can use a Grass Head to teach on these verses in Matthew and Luke.

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337. Teach children about baptism through the use of a Grass Head

What is the connection between a Grass Head and a baptism? 

That's a good question! In some churches children are baptised when they are infants. In other churches youngsters and adults are baptisted by immersion as a sign of their faith. You can use this idea for both kinds of baptism services.

Explain the meaning of baptism

In this object lesson it all comes down to immersing a Grass Head into a big jug of water. Once you have done this for a few minutes and you place the Grass Head on top of a small vase of water in a few weeks time grass will grow on its head. 

Explain the meaning of baptism in the case of an infant baptism service

In the case of an infant baptism you talk about the child being immersed in God's love and in God's family. To demonstrate this you immerse the Grass Head in a jug of water. Then you show a Grass Head that started growing four weeks ago and which now has lots of grass on its head. Talk about being part of God's family and growing up in God's family. Being part of God's love and growing into knowing and demonstrating God's love. 

Explain the meaning of baptism in the case of an adult baptism service

In the case of an adult baptism you talk about this person laying down his/her old life and coming up from the water to demonstrate the new life in Christ. To demonstrate this you immerse the Grass Head in a jug of water. Then you show a Grass Head that started growing four weeks ago and which now has lots of grass on its head. Talk about how today is just the beginning. Baptism is not the end of spiritual growth. It is the beginning of God doing a new work in the life of the person that is being baptised. As a demonstration of this new life you can show the Grass Head with lots of grass!

Use the Grass Head for more ideas

In the following ideas I will show you how you can use the Grass Head to teach children on the following subjects: 

Idea 336.  Teaching children the power of prayer
Idea 338.  All your hairs on your head are numbered
Idea 339.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit
Idea 340.  What is spiritual growth?
Idea 341.  Telling different Bible stories while using a Grass Head

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, small churches, baptism service

Scripture reference:

Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16, John 3:5,1 Peter 3:21, Mark 16:16, Romans 6:4, Matthew 28:19, Ephesians 4:5, Romans 6:3-4, Colossians 2:12-13, Acts 2:41, Galatians 3:27, Matthew 3:16, Matthew 3:11, Acts 8:38, Romans 6:3, Colossians 2:12, Acts 1:5, Acts 10:48, Acts 8:12, Acts 8:36-38, Acts 8:26-40

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In the video below I will demonstrate how any (children's) pastor or children's worker can use a Grass Head to teach about the meaning of baptism.

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336. How can we teach the power of prayer in our kids ministry?

Teaching children the power of prayer through the use of a Grass Head

As a child I struggled with sitting still during long prayers in church. When the adults finished their prayer with the word 'amen', I sighed a silent sigh of relief.

For lots of children 'amen' means: this is the end of the boring bit. Now we can get on with the fun stuff again!

Isn't it a shame that talking with an almighty and loving Father who listens and answers our prayers, has become something that is boring? How can we teach children within our Sunday school lesson or kids ministry the power of prayer in a fresh and visual way?

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In the video below I will demonstrate how any children's pastor or children's worker can use a Grass Head to teach the children in your Sunday school lesson or during a children's moment in the service the power of prayer and the meaning of the word 'amen'. All you need is a Grass Head and some patience. If you don't have the patience, you can use two Grass Heads like I do in the video. 

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Scripture reference: 1 John 5:14-16, 1 Chronicles 16:11, 2 Chronicles 6:21, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Ephesians 1:18, Ephesians 6:18, Jeremiah 29:12, Job 22:27, John 17:15, James 5:13, Mark 11:24, Matthew 5:44, Matthew 6:7, Matthew 26:41, Proverbs 15:8, Psalm 17:6, Psalm 102:17, Psalm 141:2, Romans 12:2, Romans 12:12, Psalm 4:1, Psalm 145:18, Luke 11:2-4, Proverbs 15:29, Matthew 6:9-13, Matthew 7:11, Luke 6:12, Luke 18:1, Romans 8:26, Philippians 4:6, Colossians 4:2, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, 1 Timothy 2:8, Hebrews 4:14, James 1:7, James 4:3, James 5:16, 1 John 1:9, 1 Timothy 2:1-2,
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

335. The Holy Spirit is like the wind


Teaching your Sunday school class about the Holy Spirit

Ask the children in your Sunday school lesson: "Who saw any rain on the way to church this morning?" To illustrate the rain, bring a watering can filled with water, pour it out into a bucket and let the children hold their hands under it.

Next, ask the children who saw the sun on their way to church. To illustrate the sun, bring a heat lamp with you and let the children feel the heat it gives off.

Lastly, ask the children who saw the wind on the way to church this morning?

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Now, that’s a hard one! You can see the rain and the sun, but you can’t see the wind. You can feel the wind and see its effect. To illustrate the wind, bring a fan with you so that the children can feel the wind and maybe hold a paper windmill in front of it to see what happens.

At Pentecost we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit. However, just like the wind, you can’t see the Holy Spirit, which makes it hard. To the disciples, Jesus was like the sun, and His words were like the rain. You could see Him, hear Him and touch Him. Jesus actually said that it was better that He went away, so that the Comforter would come.

This comforter is the Holy Spirit. You can’t see or hear Him, but He wants to blow through us with His wind.

Materials that you'll need:

- Watering can
- Heat lamp
- Fan
- Paper windmills

 

 

 

Scripture reference: John 14:26, Galatians 5:22-23, Romans 8:26, Acts 2:38, 1 Corinthians 6:19, John 14:15-17, Isaiah 11:2, John 16:12-15, Luke 11:13, 2 Corinthians 3:17, Acts 1:8, Romans 15:13, John 16:7-15, Ezekiel 36:26-27, 1 Corinthians 2:13, Ephesians 1:13, Acts 10:38, Romans 5:5, Romans 8:9, Acts 4:31, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, John 20:21-23, John 16:7-8, Acts 2:1-47, Luke 4:18, John 14:16-17, 2 Timothy 3:16-17
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334. Energy Bar - Connecting with God - Recharging Faith - Gospel Object Lesson

A must-have for church workers, youth leaders or kid's pastors!

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To be used in themes like:

Making connections

How we connect with God, the Holy Spirit and with each other through fellowship.

(Holy) Spirit level

The Energy Bar can also be used as a visual representation of the Holy Spirit.

Light of the world

Use the Energy Bar to explain that Jesus is the Light of the World, and a beacon in the darkness. But we need to connect with Him to experience His light

Life, fully charged! 

Just as we charge our gadgets, we need to charge our faith. Do we feel supercharged or is our spiritual battery drained?

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333. The Christmas show - an explanation of the build up of the whole show and the Christmas Puzzle


A Christmas show split up into twenty parts so you can do this too!

As a full-time professional Christian entertainer I do around 250 shows in churches and schools a year.  I have an hour long show that I do at Christmas. This Christmas show is made up of a few puppet acts, five different object lessons, one quiz and fourteen different magic tricks! All in one hour (or a bit more...) But why am l teling you this?

Because especially for you I have split up my Christmas show into twenty small different parts. This has taken weeks of work, because I have made an instruction video for almost every part. So now you can use these ideas within your children’s ministry. Yes, this means that you can do this Christmas show too!

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With these ideas, the right magic tricks and a little bit of practice you can create a professional Christmas show of over an hour. But of course you can choose just one element or several elements and create a much shorter Christmas programme. The floor is all yours! 

In the video below you will find an explanation of the build up of the whole show and of the Christmas Puzzle. You will also find here a PDF file with all the ideas that you can print out so it will be easier for you to reproduce this show for yourself.

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Here are the twenty different parts of the Christmas show:  

Part 01: The Candle - a presentation of the Christmas Puzzle (idea 312)

Part 2a: A ventriloquist act about trusting (idea 313) 
Part 2b: Your own act about trusting - the Slush Powder trick (idea 314)

Part 03: The Christmas Tree - the second piece of the Christmas Puzzle (idea 315)

Part 04: Mary’s meeting with the angel Gabriel - the Magic Bible Colouring Book trick (ideas 316)

Part 05: Joseph’s reaction to Mary’s pregnancy - the Cut and Restore rope trick (idea 317)

Part 06: Joseph and Mary searching for a place to stay in Bethlehem - the Joker Tube trick (idea 318)

Part 07: Immanuel; the relationship between God and his people will be restored - the Dean's box trick + the Energy Bar (idea 319)

Part 08: The Turkey - the third piece of the Christmas Puzzle (idea 320)

Part 09: Introducing the shepherds with two hand puppets and two children dressed up as shepherds (idea 321)

Part 10: God's love for the shepherds - the Lota Vase trick (idea 322)

Part 11: The unworthiness and dreams of the shepherds - the Headless Cartoon silks + the Useless Box (idea 323)

Part 12: Meet the sheep, Rocky the Raccoon and an amazing IKEA frog - the Zigzag trick (idea 324)

Part 13: The Presents - the fourth piece of the Christmas Puzzle (idea 325)

Part 14: Introducing the Magi with a hand puppet (idea 326)

Part 15: Following Jesus may cost you everything - the Sucker Dice Box trick (ides 327)

Part 16: A celebration in the stable - the Incredible Kettle trick + flash paper + dove pan + sponge cake (idea 328)

Part 17: The Cross - the missing piece of the Christmas Puzzle (idea 329)

Part 18: Explaining the meaning of the cross - the Chemical Cross trick (idea 330)

Part 19: The power of a quiz (idea 331)

Part 20: Who is welcome in the stable? - the Magic Umbrella trick (idea 332)

Download the complete PDF file with all the ideas and watch the demonstration video of the build up of the show

Below you will find a PDF file for you to download with all twenty ideas of the Christmas show and a demonstration video with an explanation of the build up of the whole show and the Christmas Puzzle 

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332. Who is welcome in the stable - part 20 of the Christmas show that you can do!


A fun final act that will make people leave with a smile on their faces

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. 

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. Now show eight different 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 your Christmas show you use this trick to answer the question: Who is welcome in the stable? Who can find a place of refuge with Jesus?

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In the video below I will show you how you can use this amazing act during your Christmas service, school assembly or in your Sunday school lesson.

You can buy your copy of the Magic Umbrella Deluxe through the site of Dynamite Magic.

Don't forget – any children’s worker can do this! It only needs a little bit of practice. So give it a try!


330. Explaining the meaning of the cross - part 18 of the Christmas show that you can do!


How to use the iodine and sodium thiosulfate reaction to teach about Jesus being the Light of the world

In the video below I show you how you can end the Christmas show by explaining the meaning of the cross at the centre of the Christmas puzzle. Talk about Isaiah 9:2 "The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned."

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Talk about the darkness in the time that Jesus was born. The poverty, the suppression by the Romans, God's silence for more than four hundred years. You then create a darkness in a vase full of water. Then by using the Chemical Cross trick light arrives and the darkness disappears.. It is another version of the iodine and sodium thiosulfate reaction, but this time you use a cross to make the water totally clean again. You can buy the Chemical Cross set through the site of Mission Magic

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In the video below I will show you how you can use this amazing act during your Christmas service, school assembly or in your Sunday school lesson.

Don't forget – any children’s worker can do this! It only needs a little bit of practice. So give it a try!

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328. A celebration in the stable - part 16 of the Christmas show that you can do!


A spectacular act that is so easy to do it will surprise you!

The following act is all about the Magi arriving at the stable and giving their presents to Joseph and Mary. It is educational, fun and spectacular with some magic fire at the end of the act. And you know what? You can do this too. It is so easy...

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The Magi arrived in Bethlehem and saw Jesus. They worshipped him and give him their presents. To demonstrate the giving of these three presents you use The Incredible Kettle and pour water in the first glass. Somewhere during the pouring the water turns red.

Who knows what the red present was? Incense!

Now you pour the second glass and to your surprise the water turns yellow. This yellow water is a symbol for the second present: gold!

And the third present?

Again you pour water in a glass. This time the water turns green: myrrh!

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After pouring the water you lift off the lid, reach in and pull out a long (and bone dry) rainbow streamer! This streamer is a demonstration of the celebration in the stable.

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To create a spectacular moment, take a piece of flash paper and light it! This will create a real flame in the air. The boys especially will love this!

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You can finish this act with a dove pan and a large sponge cake. 

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In the video below I will show you how you can use this amazing act during your Christmas service, school assembly or in your Sunday school lesson.

Don't forget – any children’s worker can do this! It only needs a little bit of practice. So give it a try!


327. Following Jesus may cost you everything - part 15 of the Christmas show that you can do!


Tell the Bible story of the three Magi and their expensive presents

You can use this trick in the Christmas magic show when you tell the story of the three wise men (the Magi) spending all their money to buy the most expensive gifts for Jesus.

Link this with the price we may have to pay for following Jesus or you can use this story to teach on worshipping God. What do we offer God when we worship Him?

Paul writes in Romans 12: 1 "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God--this is your true and proper worship." 


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The trick has a strange name: the Sucker Dice Box. You can buy it here. When you buy the trick, you get a dice.  I have covered the dice with 'gold coins' paper so that it doesn't look like a dice anymore, but like a solid block of gold coins. 

Themes:

The three kings, the three wise men, the Magi, the star of Bethlehem, gold incense and myrrh, the price of following Jesus, being a living sacrifice, teaching on worshipping God

Setting:

Christmas service, children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, gospel presentation, small churches

Scipture reference:

The Magi - Matthew 2:1-12, Matthew 2:13-23

The cost of discipleship - Matthew 16:24, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23, Matthew 10:38, Matthew 8:19-20, Luke 14:27, Luke 9:57-58, Romans 14:7, Luke 9:59-60, 2 Corinthians 5:15, Matthew 8:21-22, Galatians 2:20, 1 Peter 4:2, Luke 14:28-32, Colossians 1:18, Luke 14:33, Philippians 3:7-8, Luke 9:61-62, Matthew 10:37, Luke 14:26, John 15:20, Acts 14:22, 2 Timothy 3:12, Matthew 10:38-39, Matthew 16:24-25, Mark 8:34-35, Luke 9:23-24, John 12:25

Worshipping God - 1 Chronicles 16:23-31, Exodus 20:2-6, John 4:21-24, Psalm 99, Deuteronomy 29:18, Romans 12:1-2, 1 Samuel 15:22, Revelation 4:8-11, Isaiah 29:13, Psalm 29, Hebrews 12:28-29, Nehemiah 9:5-6, Psalm 86:9-10, 2 Kings 17:38-39, Psalm 100, Daniel 3:16-18, Revelation 14:7

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324. Meet the sheep, Rocky the Raccoon and an amazing IKEA frog - part 12 of the Christmas show that you can do!


Create another act to talk about the role of shepherds within Jewish society

In the following act you can combine a few sheep hand puppets with the Rocky the spring puppet and the IKEA frog / prince puppet to talk more about the role of shepherds within the Jewish society and how special it is that God sends his angel to tell them first. 

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We made some of these sheep hand puppets ourselves, but you can buy beautiful sheep puppets here.

Rocky the Raccoon is very easy to bring to life, because it is a spring animal. 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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Buy your own spring puppet

There are several places where you can buy your own spring puppet. The English guys from Mission Magic sell them, but you can also buy them on Amazon

If you are looking for the ZigZag trick that we use 'to cut Rocky into three parts' look at this link of Dynamite Magic.

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To finish this act you use the Ikea frog / prince puppet to demonstrate God's powerful love for the shepherds.

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In the video below I will show you how you can use the sheep puppets, Rocky and the frog to create a context for the story of the shepherds.

You can use this act during your Christmas service, school assembly or in your Sunday school lesson.

Don't forget – any children’s worker can do this! It only needs a little bit of practice. So give it a try!

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323. The unworthiness and dreams of the shepherds - part 11 of the Christmas show that you can do!


Create a context for the shepherds by talking about their unimportance using the Useless Box

Have you ever heard of a useless box? This is a modern gadget that you can buy here or here on the internet and that is seemingly totally useless. But you can use it to talk about the unimportance, unworthiness and total uselessness of the role of the shepherds within the society that Jesus was born into. 

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Create a context for the shepherds by talking about their dreams using the Headless Cartoon Silks

You can use the four Headless Cartoon silks to demonstrate the dreams of the Shepherds. The four Headless Cartoon silks are not a magic trick, although we use them within Gospel Magic.  

You can make them appear from a large dove pan using flash paper.  (You can watch a demonstration video of the Headless Cartoon Silks combined with the dove pan and the flash paper here.)

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In the video below I will show you how you can use the Useless Box and the Headless Cartoon Silks to create a context for the story of the shepherds.

You can use this trick too during your Christmas service, school assembly or in your Sunday school lesson.

Don't forget – any children’s worker can use these object lessons. It only needs a little bit of practice. So give it a try!

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315. The second piece of the Christmas Puzzle - part 3 of the Christmas show that you can do!


Use the puzzle piece of the candle to introduce the story line of Joseph and Mary 

After your own act about trusting using slush powder it is time to take the second piece of the puzzle out of the folder. It's a picture of a candle.

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Put the second picture on the board; you can use the candle to talk about the dark times that the people of Israel were living in. Hundreds of years ago God had made a promise that the people walking in darkness would see a great light, but they couldn’t see anything yet. God still seemed very far away. The Romans were an occupying force that used brutal force to suppress the Israelites. There was lots of poverty. It was a dark time to be living in.

This second piece of the puzzle helps you to introduce the story of Mary’s meeting with the angel. 

You can do this too during your Christmas service, school assembly or in your Sunday school lesson

In idea 289 I demonstrate the use of the Christmas puzzle as the main story line in a Christmas show

314. Your own act about trusting - part 2 of the Christmas show that you can do!


Any children’s worker can do an act on the theme of trust using my idea below.

I have chosen an act for you to do about trust. During my Christmas show the theme of trusting God comes back time and time again. Mary has to trust God in order to become the mother of Jesus. Joseph has to trust God and marries Mary. They both have to trust God to provide a place for them in Bethlehem. The shepherds have to trust the angel as they travel to Bethlehem. The wise men have to trust the star and the angel to bring them to Jesus and  back safely using a different route. Joseph has to trust the angel again when he decides to flee to Egypt.

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Create your own very simple act using slush powder

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312. The presentation of the Christmas Puzzle - part 1 of the Christmas show that you can do!


Any children’s or Sunday school worker can do this! You don’t have to be a professional to do this show!

You can start your Christmas show with the presentation of the Christmas Puzzle.  In total the show lasts about an hour, but of course you can make the show longer or shorter if you want. You can use a sketchboard / wooden board and velcro to stick the pieces of the puzzle onto the board.

Tell the children that the postman came to bring a parcel that didn’t fit through the post box, so he had to ring on your doorbell. You don’t know what is in the parcel. That’s exciting! Let’s have a look.

Take out the first piece of the puzzle. It's a picture of a Christmas tree. Put the first picture on the board and you are ready to start with your first act on the theme of trust.

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311. Jesus meets the Samaritan woman - the Sinking Orange experiment


It is at the bottom of life we must begin, and not at the top.

In John chapter 4 Jesus meets the Samaritan woman near the well. In a normal situation she would either go early in the morning or just after sunset to the well to collect her water. But she doesn’t do this. She goes in the middle of the day, when it is very hot, so that nobody will judge her or talk to her. She is a woman that lives at the bottom of life. She is broken and hurt.

To demonstrate this place a peeled orange into a big jug full of water. It will sink straight to the bottom.

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When Jesus meets her He is filled with compassion for her. He offers her life to the full. He offers her living water. And the woman drinks it in. A miracle happens. The woman is filled with water and suddenly there is a healing. Jesus restores her.

To demonstrate this take the peeled orange out of the water and place an unpeeled orange in the water. This orange will float. 

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You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, small churches

310. Jesus meets the Samaritan woman - the Balancing Coke Can act


Living life to the full, because Jesus restores the balance in your life

In John chapter 4 Jesus meets the Samaritan woman near the well. This woman was like a empty Coke can - totally empty, lying on its side, blown over by life. A woman who knows what it is to be judged by all the full Coke cans in her village. The men and women who live such nobles lives, who pour shame on this broken and emptied woman.

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But then something amazing happens. Jesus offers her life to the full. He offers her living water. And the woman drinks it in. A miracle happens. The woman is filled with water and suddenly there is a restored balance in her life.

Watch this amazing cool science experiment and object lesson in the video below...

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, small churches

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309. The Star of Bethlehem - a compass that points to Jesus


Pointing to Jesus can lead to a surprise - are you ready to be surprised?

In Matthew 2 we read about the Magi who follow the Star of Bethlehem. Like a giant compass in the night sky it points to Jesus. They are journeying towards their destiny: King Jesus - the One they have been searching for. After this meeting they will never be the same. 

In the video below I show an amazing and mind twisting exercise that you can do with children, teenagers and adults. This exercise is all about looking at Jesus and discovering what happens when we really focus on Him.

I am not going to give anything more away. Watch and join me in this exercise. Only through joining me can you experience it for yourself. There is a big chance you are going to be surprised...

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Themes:

The three kings, the three wise men, the Magi, the star of Bethlehem, looking at Jesus, focusing on Jesus

Setting:

Christmas service, children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, small churches

Scipture reference:

The Magi - Matthew 2:1-12, Matthew 2:13-23
Looking at Jesus - Hebrews 12:2, Philippians 3:13-14 

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299. Candles of Christmas - a story and an object lesson


The story of the four candles

This  is the story of four candles – the candle of Peace, the candle of Trust, the candle of Love and of course the candle of Hope. You can use it in a Christmas service, in a school assembly or in your children’s ministry.

You will need four large candles and four candle holders.

Print out four cards with the words PEACE, TRUST, LOVE and HOPE on them. Make sure they are easily readable from a distance and place them in front of the four candles, or stick them around the candles. 

Before you start telling the story, light the candles.

You will also need a glass to put the LOVE candle out.  

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Themes:

Light of the world, hope, Christmas

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Scripture reference: Matthew 1:1-17, Matthew 1:18-25, Matthew 2:1-12, Matthew 2:13-23, Luke 1: 5-25, Luke 1:26-38, Luke 1:39-56, Luke 1:57-80, Luke 2:1-7, Luke 2: 8-21, Luke 2:22-40, Isaiah 9:2-7, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 11:1, John 1:14, Romans 6:23, Galatians 4:4-5, 1 Timothy 1:15-17, Titus 3:3-7, Micah 5:2, Zechariah 9:9, John 3:16, Isaiah 40:1-11, 1 John 5:11
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, Christmas service, children's ministry, kids ministry, children's work, creative prayer, prayer room, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers

298. Presents to Jesus - an object lesson


Gold incense and myrrh

A visual way to show children the three gifts that Jesus received from the wise men or kings from the east, and one which will help them understand the meaning of these gifts.


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Themes:

Christmas, the Magi, the three wise men/ kings, presents

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, Christmas service, children's ministry, kids ministry, children's work, creative prayer, prayer room, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers

Scripture reference:

Christmas - Matthew 1:1-17, Matthew 1:18-25, Matthew 2:1-12, Matthew 2:13-23, Luke 1: 5-25, Luke 1:26-38, Luke 1:39-56, Luke 1:57-80, Luke 2:1-7, Luke 2: 8-21, Luke 2:22-40, Isaiah 9:2-7, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 11:1, John 1:14, Romans 6:23, Galatians 4:4-5, 1 Timothy 1:15-17, Titus 3:3-7, Micah 5:2, Zechariah 9:9, John 3:16, Isaiah 40:1-11, 1 John 5:11

Age:

6 – 88 years

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297. Can you smell God's love? - an object lesson


God's love becomes visible through the smell of the stable

You can tell children about God's love, but is it also possible to let the children smell God's love?

Discover this fun object lesson that you can easily use for Christmas.


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Themes:

God's love, Christmas and smell

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Scripture reference: Christmas - Matthew 1:1-17, Matthew 1:18-25, Matthew 2:1-12, Matthew 2:13-23, Luke 1: 5-25, Luke 1:26-38, Luke 1:39-56, Luke 1:57-80, Luke 2:1-7, Luke 2: 8-21, Luke 2:22-40, Isaiah 9:2-7, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 11:1, John 1:14, Romans 6:23, Galatians 4:4-5, 1 Timothy 1:15-17, Titus 3:3-7, Micah 5:2, Zechariah 9:9, John 3:16, Isaiah 40:1-11, 1 John 5:11
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, Christmas service, children's ministry, kids ministry, children's work, creative prayer, prayer room, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers