635. YouTube Video and Discussion – Caminandes 1


Using this secular YouTube film you can talk with the children about the Bible story of Joseph meeting his brothers in Egypt

A lama tries to cross a road in the desert. But every time he puts a foot on the road, traffic rushes by. He just can’t get to the other side. Then an armadillo comes along, and it crosses the road with no problems at all. The lama doesn’t know what to do – but eventually he crosses the road riding on the armadillo’s back. 

Caminandes 1 Use this secular YouTube video to talk about the Bible story of Joseph meeting his brothers again in Egypt


So what makes this film suitable for a discussion on the story of Joseph seeing his brothers again?

The brothers go on a journey in order to buy food, but everything goes wrong. Other people are allowed to buy food, but they are accused of being spies, put into prison, have to leave one brother behind, get accused of stealing, and have to fetch their youngest brother. If it was up to their father, Jacob, they would never go back, but they have no choice – the famine forces them to go back to Egypt a second time.

Important questions:

It’s important to always watch the film yourself beforehand and to ask yourself:
- do I want to show this to the children?
- does this film work in the context and age-range of the children I am working with?

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624. YouTube Video and Discussion – Nobody Nose Cleopatra


Using this secular YouTube film you can talk with the children about the Bible story of Joseph becoming a ruler of Egypt

Cleopatra rules over Egypt. There’s just one problem – she is not happy about her nose. She wants someone to paint a portrait of her, but each time that someone paints a good likeness of her nose they get into big trouble! One painter sends his servant to Cleopatra with the latest portrait, but on the way the painting gets damaged. The servant tries to repair it, and ends up with a portrait that is more like a Picasso. Cleopatra thinks it is wonderful, and the servant in turns becomes a painter with his own servant. 

Nobody Nose Cleopatra The Egyptian Piramids Use this secular YouTube video to talk about the Bible story of Joseph becoming a ruler in Egypt


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

The film is about the power and fickleness of the rulers of Egypt. Farao and Cleopatra were the most powerful people in Egypt. They could make and break people, throw people into prison, kill them, or appoint them as viceroy or portrait painter. Sometimes in our world it seems as though powerful people, companies and governments can do anything they want. Which role does God play in the background?

Important questions:

It’s important to always watch the film yourself beforehand and to ask yourself:
- do I want to show this to the children?
- does this film work in the context and age-range of the children I am working with?

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613. YouTube Video and Discussion – The Egyptian Pyramids


Using this secular YouTube film you can talk with the children about the Bible story of Joseph and Potiphar's wife

During a dig, an archaeologist discovers an ancient remote control. When he presses it, the pyramid rises out of the ground, and a staircase appears. Excitedly he climbs the stairs and enters the pyramid. In the meantime his camel starts to chew on the remote control, which causes everything to go wrong. Eventually the archaeologist is shot back out of the pyramid.
How does this film go with today’s story?

The Egyptian Piramids Use this secular YouTube video to talk about the Bible story of Joseph and the wife of Potiphar

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

This funny video shows what happens to Joseph. Joseph arrives in Egypt. He becomes the number one slave, and everything seems to be going well. But just as the archaeologist is ‘betrayed’ by his camel, Joseph is betrayed by Potifar’s wife. The archaeologist gets shot out of the pyramid; Joseph gets pulled deeper and deeper into the dungeons. Joseph discovers that in his life someone else has got hold of the remote control, and that he absolutely can’t get a grip on what’s happening in his life.

Important questions:

It’s important to always watch the film yourself beforehand and to ask yourself:

- do I want to show this to the children?
- does this film work in the context and age-range of the children I am working with?

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602. YouTube Video and Discussion – The Unlucky Bait


Using this secular YouTube film you can talk with the children about hope / disappointment and go deeper into the meaning of the Bible story of Joseph in the pit

In this short film a worm discovers that he is trapped in a bait box belonging to a fisherman. He escapes, and even manages to escape off the boat. As he finally lands ‘safely’on the jetty he is scooped up by a gull.

Unlucky Bait Use this secular YouTube video to talk about the Bible story of Joseph in the pit

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

This short animation shows basically what happens to Joseph. Joseph is in the pit. Perhaps he thinks that it’s a joke and that his brothers will come back later to get him out. When he is taken up out of the pit, he possibly thinks that he is safe now. But nothing could be less true. Slave merchants take him off to Egypt.

Important questions:

It’s important to always watch the film yourself beforehand and to ask yourself:

- do I want to show this to the children?
- does this film work in the context and age-range of the children I am working with?

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587. YouTube video and discussion – Swing


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

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

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

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

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

Important questions:

It’s important to always watch the film yourself beforehand and to ask yourself:

- do I want to show this to the children?
- does this film work in the context and age-range of the children I am working with?

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574. YouTube video and discussion – One Day


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

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

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

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

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

Important questions:

It’s important to always watch the film yourself beforehand and to ask yourself:

- do I want to show this to the children?
- does this film work in the context and age-range of the children I am working with?

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564. YouTube video and discussion – Eggs change


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

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

Eggs Change

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

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

Important questions:

It’s important to always watch the film yourself beforehand and to ask yourself:

- do I want to show this to the children?
- does this film work in the context and age-range of the children I am working with?

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552. YouTube video and discussion – Memories


Using this secular YouTube film you can talk with the children and go deeper into the meaning of the Bible story of Mary meeting her aunt Elisabeth

A family is watching old videos - it’s fun to bring back all the old memories. Then the son of the family sees something that makes him realise that he was swtiched as a baby, and is therefore not a true member of the family.

Quickly he breaks the video tape in two…

Memories use this YouTube video in your kids ministry to talk about the Bible story of Mary meeting her elderly aunt Elisabeth

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

In her song Maria sings that God has not forgotten His love for Israel. That’s why he is always coming to the aid of his people. That is what he had promised to his friend Abraham and to everyone who came after him.

Maria knows that the birth of her child means that the God of all the ancient stories in the Bible, such as Abraham, Isaac, Jonah and Noah still loves His people. He has not forgotten them.

Important questions:

It’s important to always watch the film yourself beforehand and to ask yourself:

- do I want to show this to the children?
- does this film work in the context and age-range of the children I am working with?

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551. Tips for telling the story of Mary meeting Elisabeth


Two fun ideas that you can easily use if you're going to tell the Bible story where the pregnant Mary meets het elderly pregnant aunt Elisabeth.

Tips for storytelling two quick fun ideas for telling the Bible story of Mary meeting her aunt Elisabeth

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550. Icebreaker – let that popcorn pop!


An icebreaker as part of the Bible story where the pregnant Mary meets her pregnant aunt Elisabeth

Tell the children that everything’s going to start bubbling up in this weeks’ story. The baby in Elisabeth’s tummy jumps for joy, Elisabeth calls out that Maria is blessed, and Maria suddenly starts singing a song. Everything starts bubbling up and happening, just like the popcorn that starts jumping all over the place.

Icebreaker Pop that popcorn based on the Bible story about Mary meeting her aunt Elisabeth

What do you need?

- microwave popcorn and a microwave
- OR corn, oil, a pan. a camping stove and paper cups

What to do:

In the microwave:
- make the popcorn and give each children a handful op popcorn

On the camping stove:
Be careful! This activity is not without its own risks! Prepare it well beforehand and make sure you have enough leaders. The effect can be fun and exciting.
Make sure you create a safe environment by making sure that the children are sitting in a circle around the camping stove at a good distance. Make sure the camping stove is on a sturdy surface. Heat a little oil and get the popcorn popping, but don’t put the lid on. Then you will see it fly all over the place as it starts to pop! Maybe the children will be able to catch a bit in their paper cups as it pops out of the pan! You could always have made some earlier that you can give to the children to eat at the end if they haven’t been able to catch much.

549. Children’s moment/ introduction – a tie or an apron?


A children's moment in church based on the meeting of Mary and her aunt Elisabeth

This can be used as a short introduction to the Bible story, to arouse the children’s curiosity.

A tie or an apron children s moment in church about Mary meeting her aunt Elisabeth

What do you need:

- a tie
- an apron

What to do: 

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How to make a stick drawing magically come to life this Easter


You can create a magical moment by bringing a stick figure to life.

This is ideal for when you do a talk about:

Easter
As a visual demonstration of the resurrection of Jesus and being alive in Christ! 
"But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ."  (Ephesians 2:5)

How to make a stick drawing magically come to life this Easter an object lesson

Watch the two video's below to discover how you use this great object lesson!




Fun crafts idea

Of course you can also use it as a fun crafts idea, as shown in the video below!

How does it work?

As you can see in the videa all you need is a whiteboard marker and a flat, shiny surface. Use a whiteboard marker to draw a stick figure on a flat, shiny surface and drop a little water on it. Then you'll see the drawing slowly lift off the surface and become one with the watery bubble.

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This is because the ink in a whiteboard marker, unlike a permanent marker, includes an oily silicone substance. Because oil sits on top of water so does this ink, which will also move as the puddle moves. By gently blowing on the puddle the stick figure will swish and dance around according to which way you blow on it.

The final product may look like an intricate optical illusion, but the stick figure comes to life thanks to only a whiteboard marker, some water and a shiny surface.

Themes:

The resurrection of Christ, being made alive in Christ

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As someone who is involved in children's ministry you're always looking for creative ideas and input, and perhaps also a place where you can ask for a specific idea to go with a certain Bible story or theme.

To help you in this we have set up the Facebook group 'Creative Kids Ministry'. It is a vibrant online community of children's workers and ministers who can share ideas together. 

To facilitate this we will offer you lots of totally free creative ideas for your kids ministry, Sunday school and children’s work. Every week you’ll find here at least three excellent creative Biblical ideas such as object lessons, cool science experiments, gospel magic ideas, YouTube video’s, etc.

And of course you are more than welcome to post your own ideas!

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Scripture reference: Hebrews 11:3, Colossians 1:16, Genesis 1:1-31, Revelation 4:11, Genesis 2:7, John 1:1-3, Exodus 20:11, Genesis 1:24-25, Job 12:7-9, Genesis 1:26, Genesis 1:1, Romans 1:20, Psalm 33:6,2 Peter 3:5, Job 37:5, Revelation 14:6-7, Job 33:4, Hebrews 1:10, Isaiah 42:5, Genesis 1:20, Jeremiah 10:12, Genesis 1
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, children's work, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers

548. Craft activity – a row of disciples


A fun and easy to do craft to finish this Sunday school lesson on following Jesus!

Jesus calls Peter and the others to become fishers of men. From now on they will be making lots of disciples, all people who are also going to follow Jesus.


A row of disciples a fun craft on following Jesus

What do you need:

- strips of white paper
- pens and coloured pencils
- pairs of scissors

What to do:

Fold the paper into a concertina and draw the shape of the people on the uppermost fold with their arms going right up to the edge.

The children can cut out the shape, and if you fold it open you will have a whole row of people holding hands. It would be a good idea to make an example to show the children beforehand. They can then colour in all the people different

Theme:

Fishers of men, come follow me, the calling of disciples, miraculous catch of fish, calling of Peter

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the calling of the disciples and the miraculous catch of fish.

Idea 542.    Introductory game – seek the fish!
Idea 543.    Children’s moment / introduction: what is your job?
Idea 544.    Catch the balloon with your funnelatch the balloon with your funnel
Idea 545.    A fun way to tell the story of the miraculous catch of fish
Idea 546.    Creative activity / YouTube video - the calling of Peter
Idea 547.    Game – balloon crab!
Idea 548.    Craft activity – a row of disciples

547. Game – Balloon crab!


A fun game to finish this Sunday school lesson on following Jesus!

Jesus called his disciples to become fishers of men. They were to bring people home to God.

Today we’re going to bring home something completely different – balloons!


Balloon Crab afun Bible game on following Jesus

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546. Creative activity / YouTube video - the calling of Peter


Use the video 'Chicken or the egg' to talk about following Jesus

A pig is sitting in a restaurant eating loads of eggs. He is addicted to eating eggs. Then suddenly the love of his life comes into the restaurant…and it is a chicken. Pig realises that if he wants to be with Chicken, he won’t be able to eat any more eggs, but only eat corn.

He manages to keep this up for a while, but then his longing for eggs becomes too strong! He sees them everywhere. In the middle of the night he gets out of bed to go to his favourite restaurant and order a plate of eggs. But just as he is going to take the first bite, he thinks of Chicken and his love for her.


Chicken or the Egg use this YouTube video in your kids ministry to talk about the Bible story of the calling of Peter


As morning breaks we see Pig bringing Chicken a lovely plate of corn for breakfast in bed.

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

In the Bible story Jesus calls the disciples to follow Him. Just as Pig did, they had to leave something behind out of love for the other person – for them it was their job, their security, looking after their families. They left behind everything that was important to them in order to follow Jesus.

It’s not easy to leave behind something that you love. That’s what this film and the subsequent activity is all about.

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the calling of the disciples and the miraculous catch of fish.

Idea 542.    Introductory game – seek the fish!
Idea 543.    Children’s moment / introduction: what is your job?
Idea 544.    Catch the balloon with your funnelatch the balloon with your funnel
Idea 545.    A fun way to tell the story of the miraculous catch of fish
Idea 546.    Creative activity / YouTube video - the calling of Peter
Idea 547.    Game – balloon crab!
Idea 548.    Craft activity – a row of disciples

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545. A fun way to tell the story of the miraculous catch of fish


How do I tell the story myself? – draw the story together, with a surprise ending!

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What do you need: 

- a few sheets of paper per child
- a pen and a tea light for each child
- brushes and blue water paint

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the calling of the disciples and the miraculous catch of fish.

Idea 542.    Introductory game – seek the fish!
Idea 543.    Children’s moment / introduction: what is your job?
Idea 544.    Catch the balloon with your funnelatch the balloon with your funnel
Idea 545.    A fun way to tell the story of the miraculous catch of fish
Idea 546.    Creative activity / YouTube video - the calling of Peter
Idea 547.    Game – balloon crab!
Idea 548.    Craft activity – a row of disciples

Theme:

Fishers of men, come follow me, the calling of disciples, miraculous catch of fish, calling of Peter

What to do:

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544. Ice breaker – catch the balloon with your funnel


Use ice breakers to introduce the theme of your programme in a fun way.

Tell the children that today we’re going to look at the story of Simon Peter who was a fisherman but had caught nothing. Not even a single fish…..

Are you good at catching?

balloons

What do you need: 

- a few blown up balloons
- a few funnels

Theme:

Fishers of men, come follow me, the calling of disciples, miraculous catch of fish, calling of Peter

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the calling of the disciples and the miraculous catch of fish.

Idea 542.    Introductory game – seek the fish!
Idea 543.    Children’s moment / introduction: what is your job?
Idea 544.    Catch the balloon with your funnelatch the balloon with your funnel
Idea 545.    A fun way to tell the story of the miraculous catch of fish
Idea 546.    Creative activity / YouTube video - the calling of Peter
Idea 547.    Game – balloon crab!
Idea 548.    Craft activity – a row of disciples

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543. Children’s moment / introduction: what is your job?


An creative idea for a kids moment

This can be used as a short introduction to the Bible story you are going to tell.

Preparation:

Invite two or three people from the church to come and tell the children a little bit about their work.
They could also bring something that they use in their work and see if the children can guess what they do.

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Theme:

Fishers of men, come follow me, the calling of disciples, miraculous catch of fish, calling of Peter

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the calling of the disciples and the miraculous catch of fish.

Idea 542.    Introductory game – seek the fish!
Idea 543.    Children’s moment / introduction: what is your job?
Idea 544.    Catch the balloon with your funnelatch the balloon with your funnel
Idea 545.    A fun way to tell the story of the miraculous catch of fish
Idea 546.    Creative activity / YouTube video - the calling of Peter
Idea 547.    Game – balloon crab!
Idea 548.    Craft activity – a row of disciples

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542. Introductory game – seek the fish!


An idea that kids as they come in...

This is an idea that children can be doing before the programme has actually started, as they come in.

You can use it for example with the story of Peter who has been fishing all night and hasn’t caught anything. The following day Jesus helps him to catch lots of fish and even calls him to become a fisher of men.

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Theme:

Fishers of men, come follow me, the calling of disciples, miraculous catch of fish, calling of Peter

What do you need:

- 12 cut-out fishes
- pen
- felt pens of coloured pencils
- a strip of paper for each child

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the calling of the disciples and the miraculous catch of fish.

Idea 542.    Introductory game – seek the fish!
Idea 543.    Children’s moment / introduction: what is your job?
Idea 544.    Catch the balloon with your funnelatch the balloon with your funnel
Idea 545.    A fun way to tell the story of the miraculous catch of fish
Idea 546.    Creative activity / YouTube video - the calling of Peter
Idea 547.    Game – balloon crab!
Idea 548.    Craft activity – a row of disciples

What to do:

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539. Learning to look with Gods eyes - is it a duck or a rabbit?


An object lesson to teach kids, youth and adults about looking at things through God's eyes

Do you know this optical illusion? It is a rabbit or a duck? Depends how you turn the picture. This optical illusion can be used as a short introduction to any Bible story in which Jesus or God acts completely different than expected!

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What do you need:

A4 print out of the duck/rabbit illustration ( 6MB) download: duck_rabbit_magic_care.jpg

 

 duck rabbit magic care screen     

   

     duck

This illustration is special – if you hold it horizontally you’ll see a rabbit, and if you hold it vertically you’ll see a duck.

You show the kids the rabbit and ask them what they see - a rabbit!

Sometimes we can be so sure of ourselves. We think we know the truth and that we always see the truth, but sometimes God looks at things in a completely different way! 

Turn the rabbit ninety degrees and it becomes a duck! 

Today we are going to hear a Bible story in which God / Jesus acts completely different than expected! 

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Join the new Facebook group 'Creative Kids Ministry' 

As someone who is involved in children's ministry you're always looking for creative ideas and input, and perhaps also a place where you can ask for a specific idea to go with a certain Bible story or theme.

To help you in this we have set up the Facebook group 'Creative Kids Ministry'. It is a vibrant online community of children's workers and ministers who can share ideas together. 

To facilitate this we will offer you lots of totally free creative ideas for your kids ministry, Sunday school and children’s work. Every week you’ll find here at least three excellent creative Biblical ideas such as object lessons, cool science experiments, gospel magic ideas, YouTube video’s, etc.

And of course you are more than welcome to post your own ideas!

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538. The fifth friend in the story - a creative prayer idea


This is a nice symbolic way of helping children to bring their friends to Jesus in prayer.

Using the story of the four friends who lowered their paralysed friend through the roof of a house, we are going to bring our friends to Jesus. Through the roof? Curious?!

prayer square

Theme:

The paralyzed man healed by Jesus, the story of the man through the roof 

What do you need:

- four long wooden strips
- post-it notes
- felt pens or biros

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the story of the man lowered through the roof.

Idea 529.    How to tell the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man with four pieces of cardboard
Idea 530.    Is it a duck or a rabbit? - an objectlesson
Idea 531.    Bubble fight - a cool science experiment
Idea 532.    Never without my denture - a YouTube video
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dea 533.    It’s hard working together! - a creative way to have a group discussion
Idea 534.    Reaching your goal - a fun indoor game!
Idea 535.    Make a body - a fun indoor game!
Idea 536.    Create your own story sticks - a craft activity
Idea 537.    Make a parachute for the egg - a fun indoor game!
Idea 538.    The fifth friend in the story - a creative prayer idea

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537. Make a parachute for the egg - a fun indoor game!


How careful can we lower our paralyzed friend to Jesus?

The four friends have to work together to help the paralysed man get into the house through the roof. They had to lower him down very carefully at Jesus’ feet. Very carefully, so that nothing gets broken!
This game is a fun way of encouraging children to work together..

broken egg

Theme:

The paralyzed man healed by Jesus, the story of the man through the roof 

What do you need:

- an egg (hardboiled or not!!)
- a plastic bag
- string
- an A4 piece of paper
- an elastic band
- glue
- cellotape
- empty toilet rolls

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the story of the man lowered through the roof.

Idea 529.    How to tell the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man with four pieces of cardboard
Idea 530.    Is it a duck or a rabbit? - an objectlesson
Idea 531.    Bubble fight - a cool science experiment
Idea 532.    Never without my denture - a YouTube video
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dea 533.    It’s hard working together! - a creative way to have a group discussion
Idea 534.    Reaching your goal - a fun indoor game!
Idea 535.    Make a body - a fun indoor game!
Idea 536.    Create your own story sticks - a craft activity
Idea 537.    Make a parachute for the egg - a fun indoor game!
Idea 538.    The fifth friend in the story - a creative prayer idea

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536. Create your own story sticks - a craft activity


Create your own story sticks so you can tell the story of the paralyzed man

If you have used the four ‘story sticks’ to tell the story of the paralysed man, then it’s a great idea to have the children make their own story sticks so they can practice telling the story at home.

You can do this with strips of cardboard and lolly sticks, or wooden sticks with small nuts and bolts. Wooden lolly sticks work well too – if you make holes in them beforehand the children can make them with split pens.

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Theme:

The paralyzed man healed by Jesus, the story of the man through the roof 

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the story of the man lowered through the roof.

Idea 529.    How to tell the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man with four pieces of cardboard
Idea 530.    Is it a duck or a rabbit? - an objectlesson
Idea 531.    Bubble fight - a cool science experiment
Idea 532.    Never without my denture - a YouTube video
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dea 533.    It’s hard working together! - a creative way to have a group discussion
Idea 534.    Reaching your goal - a fun indoor game!
Idea 535.    Make a body - a fun indoor game!
Idea 536.    Create your own story sticks - a craft activity
Idea 537.    Make a parachute for the egg - a fun indoor game!
Idea 538.    The fifth friend in the story - a creative prayer idea

What do you need for each child:

- four strips of card and three split pens OR wooden lolly sticks and split pens OR…
- four thin pieces of wood, and nuts and bolts.

Method:

Attach the four strips of card or wood together in the following way.

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When the children have done this (they can of course decorate them before putting them together), they can practice telling the story. Here you can see most of the forms that you need to make to tell the story:

story sticks

 


Fig. 1 The legs of the paralysed man

 


Fig. 2 The window of the house where Jesus was

 

Fig. 3 The paralysed man’s bed, or the flat roof of the house

 


Fig. 4 The house where Jesus was

 


Fig. 5 The stairs behind the house

 


Fig. 6  The letter M for the paralyzes Man or maybe his name Mark / Matthew

 


Fig. 7 The letter W to express the frustration of the Pharisees saying: "What?!"

 

 

It’s also fun to help the children practise the numbers 1 – 4.

 

 

 

535. Make a body - a fun indoor game!


Four friends don't give up in trying to get their paralyzed friend to Jesus

The four friends didn’t give up. Whatever happened, they were determined to reach their goal. 

This game is about the children reaching their goal.

blindfolded children

Theme:

The paralyzed man healed by Jesus, the story of the man through the roof 

What do you need:

- blindfolds

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the story of the man lowered through the roof.

Idea 529.    How to tell the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man with four pieces of cardboard
Idea 530.    Is it a duck or a rabbit? - an objectlesson
Idea 531.    Bubble fight - a cool science experiment
Idea 532.    Never without my denture - a YouTube video
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dea 533.    It’s hard working together! - a creative way to have a group discussion
Idea 534.    Reaching your goal - a fun indoor game!
Idea 535.    Make a body - a fun indoor game!
Idea 536.    Create your own story sticks - a craft activity
Idea 537.    Make a parachute for the egg - a fun indoor game!
Idea 538.    The fifth friend in the story - a creative prayer idea

The game:

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534. Reaching your goal - a fun indoor game!


Four friends don't give up in trying to get their paralyzed friend to Jesus

The four friends didn’t give up. Whatever happened, they were determined to reach their goal. 

This game is about the children reaching their goal.

pingpong bal

Theme:

The paralyzed man healed by Jesus, the story of the man through the roof 

What do you need:

- a table
- two shoe boxes
- two thick milkshake straws
- pingpong balls (table tennis balls)

The game:

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533. Creative activity - It’s hard working together!


The friends in this story had to work well together in order to make sure that the paralysed man could get to see Jesus.

It’s not always easy to work together. It can be hard for adults, but equally so for children. You can use the statements below to talk about this with the children.

rood groene kaart

Theme:

The paralyzed man healed by Jesus, the story of the man through the roof 

What do you need:

- a red and green card for each child.

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the story of the man lowered through the roof.

Idea 529.    How to tell the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man with four pieces of cardboard
Idea 530.    Is it a duck or a rabbit? - an objectlesson
Idea 531.    Bubble fight - a cool science experiment
Idea 532.    Never without my denture - a YouTube video
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dea 533.    It’s hard working together! - a creative way to have a group discussion
Idea 534.    Reaching your goal - a fun indoor game!
Idea 535.    Make a body - a fun indoor game!
Idea 536.    Create your own story sticks - a craft activity
Idea 537.    Make a parachute for the egg - a fun indoor game!
Idea 538.    The fifth friend in the story - a creative prayer idea

What to do:

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532. Never without my denture


With the help of a secular YouTube film you can explore the story of the paralysed man

This YouTube film shows four elderly people in a search for the remote control of their television which has been confiscated.

Never without my denture


It’s easy to find a link between this story and the Bible story in which four friends had to work together to bring their paralyzed friend to Jesus.

Themes:

The paralyzed man healed by Jesus, the story of the man through the roof

Important question:

It’s important to watch the video yourself first and to decide if you want to show it to the children? Does it fit within your context and the age of the children?

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the story of the man lowered through the roof.

Idea 529.    How to tell the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man with four pieces of cardboard
Idea 530.    Is it a duck or a rabbit? - an objectlesson
Idea 531.    Bubble fight - a cool science experiment
Idea 532.    Never without my denture - a YouTube video
I
dea 533.    It’s hard working together! - a creative way to have a group discussion
Idea 534.    Reaching your goal - a fun indoor game!
Idea 535.    Make a body - a fun indoor game!
Idea 536.    Create your own story sticks - a craft activity
Idea 537.    Make a parachute for the egg - a fun indoor game!
Idea 538.    The fifth friend in the story - a creative prayer idea

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531. Bubble fight - a cool science experiment

 
A fun experiment about the story of the man through the roof

The four friends in the story lowered the paralysed man through the roof. Then, when he is lying on the ground it doesn’t look as if anything is happening. Jesus says to him, ‘Your sins are forgiven’. But you can’t see that, and the man is still paralysed. Then the visible miracle happens – he sits up, stands up and starts walking.

This is a very easy experiment you can do with the children to illustrate this. 

glas maiskorrels

What do you need:

- a glass of water
- carbonated (fizzy) water
- some sweetcorn
- a few raisins

Theme:

The paralyzed man healed by Jesus, the story of the man through the roof

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the story of the man lowered through the roof.

Idea 529.    How to tell the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man with four pieces of cardboard
Idea 530.    Is it a duck or a rabbit? - an objectlesson
Idea 531.    Bubble fight - a cool science experiment
Idea 532.    Never without my denture - a YouTube video
I
dea 533.    It’s hard working together! - a creative way to have a group discussion
Idea 534.    Reaching your goal - a fun indoor game!
Idea 535.    Make a body - a fun indoor game!
Idea 536.    Create your own story sticks - a craft activity
Idea 537.    Make a parachute for the egg - a fun indoor game!
Idea 538.    The fifth friend in the story - a creative prayer idea

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530. Is it a duck or a rabbit?


Children’s moment in church  / short introduction to your program: 

This optical illusion can be used as a short introduction to the Bible story of the paralysed man or many other Bible stories in which Jesus sees things differently to the people around him.

Theme:

The paralyzed man healed by Jesus, the story of the man through the roof 

What do you need:

A4 print out of the duck/rabbit illustration -  duck_rabbit_magic_care.jpg

 

 duck rabbit magic care screen     

   

     duck

This illustration is special – if you hold it horizontally you’ll see a rabbit, and if you hold it vertically you’ll see a duck.

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the story of the man lowered through the roof.

Idea 529.    How to tell the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man with four pieces of cardboard
Idea 530.    Is it a duck or a rabbit? - an objectlesson
Idea 531.    Bubble fight - a cool science experiment
Idea 532.    Never without my denture - a YouTube video
I
dea 533.    It’s hard working together! - a creative way to have a group discussion
Idea 534.    Reaching your goal - a fun indoor game!
Idea 535.    Make a body - a fun indoor game!
Idea 536.    Create your own story sticks - a craft activity
Idea 537.    Make a parachute for the egg - a fun indoor game!
Idea 538.    The fifth friend in the story - a creative prayer idea

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519. The story of Job and his unfornate wife – a Gospel Magic routine


Did you know that you can use a candle to make salt appear out of nowhere?

This is a fun object lesson / Gospel magic routine by Rick Lenski based on the Visible Candle to Salt magic trick.  If you have never see this trick in action, you can watch a random demonstration video here. You can buy this magic trick here through Amazon.

Rick Lenski has created a routine on the Bible story of Lot in Genesis 19. It looks at Lot's family being the light in Sodom. 

"Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name." - Psalm 91: 14

salt pillar

What do you need?

- the Visible Candle to Salt magic trick
- matches

The object lesson / the routine

The Lord and two angels made a visit to Abraham.  It was during this visit that Abraham was told of the future birth of his son Isaac.  He was also told about the impending destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.  Not only would the cities be destroyed, but Abraham’s relatives would be killed too. 

Abraham had to plead for their lives.  He had to intervene, so he asked the Lord if he would spare the city if fifty righteous people were found in it.  God said, yes He would indeed spare the city for fifty righteous people.  Abraham continued, how about forty-five?  how about forty? Then he got to thirty, then twenty and finally ten. 

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518. Is being the light of the world the same as being the salt of the earth?


Being the light and the salt of the earth – a Gospel Magic routine

Did you know that you can use a candle to make salt appear out of nowhere? It is called the Visible Candle to Salt magic trick and it is very easy to do!

If you have never seen the Visible Candle to Salt magic trick in action, you can watch a random demonstration video below.

You can buy this magic trick here through Amazon.


Needed:

- the Visible Candle to Salt magic trick
- an empty salt shaker

candle

The object lesson / the routine

Jesus tells his disciples that they are the light of the world.

Light the candle

Read the text aloud: “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5: 14 – 16)

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517. The wise men come to worship the King – a Gospel Magic routine


This object lesson can be used to tell the Christmas story or to introduce a lesson on the wise men.

This is a fun object lesson / Gospel magic routine by Rick Lenski based on the Silk Blow Magic Trick. If you have never see this trick in action, you can watch a random demonstration video below. You can buy this magic trick here through Ebay and here through Amazon. 

 

This object lesson can be used in conjunction with other material to tell the Christmas story or to introduce a lesson on the wise men.

“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.”  (Matthew 2:11)

What do you need?

- a trick called “Silk Blow” 
- three 9" or 12" silks

silks

Set-up

This trick is purchased without the silks - you have to buy them separately.  It is a clear tube, and you put the silks into one at a time. You blow on one end of the tube and they come out the other end tied together. No special setup required, just follow the instructions on the trick.

The object lesson / the routine

We often see three wise men or Magi when we see a nativity scene but the bible never specifically said there were three.  We really don’t know how many there were.  We will use these three pieces of cloth to represent the wise men, no matter how many there were.  What we do know about them is that they were lead from a land in the east by a star.  They came to Jerusalem and asked King Herod, “Where is the one born King of the Jews?” 

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515. The Good Samaritan and the Square Circle trick


God will give back to you more, much more, than you could ever give to Him

This is a fun object lesson / Gospel magic routine by Rick Lenski based on the Square Circle Magic Trick. If you have never see this trick in action, you can watch a random demonstration video below. You can buy this magic trick here through Ebay and here through Amazon. 

In this idea we will use the Square Circle Magic Trick (or a change bag) to look at the story of the Good Samaritan and the theme of sharing.

“Give and it will be given to you, a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38 & Luke 10:30-37)

Needed: 

- Square circle magic trick or a change bag
- one small bag of M&M candy 
- one large bag of M&M candy

MM


The size or the square circle or change bag you will be using will determine the size of the large bag of candy. 

Note: I combine the above verses to teach our class about sharing (giving and receiving).  After reading the story about the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) and the verse in Luke 6:38, we use the following message to reinforce the lesson.

The object lesson

At this time the square circle is put out for use.

Everybody likes candy.  I do. This is my candy store, but there is one small problem with it.  It’s empty!  But don’t fear, here comes my delivery truck. 

Bring the insert for the square circle, with both bags of candy inside, and put it into the square and produce the small bag of bag of candy.

Now we have a candy store filled with candy and an empty delivery truck. 

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503. How to make a stick drawing magically come to life


You can create a magical moment by bringing a stick figure to life.

This is ideal for when you do a talk about:

Easter
As a visual demonstration of the resurrection of Jesus!

Creation 
Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. (Genesis 2: 7)

bringing a stick drawing to life with water

The raising of Lazarus  
Rrecounted in the Gospel of John (John 11:1-44), a miracle of Jesus in which Jesus brings Lazarus of Bethany back to life four days after his burial.

The raising of the son of the widow of Nain
Recorded in the Gospel of Luke. Jesus arrived at the village of Nain during the burial ceremony of the son of a widow, and raised the young man from the dead. (Luke 7:11–17)

Being alive in Christ 
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ  (Ephesians 2:5)

Watch the two video's below to discover how you use this great object lesson!

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Scripture reference: Hebrews 11:3, Colossians 1:16, Genesis 1:1-31, Revelation 4:11, Genesis 2:7, John 1:1-3, Exodus 20:11, Genesis 1:24-25, Job 12:7-9, Genesis 1:26, Genesis 1:1, Romans 1:20, Psalm 33:6,2 Peter 3:5, Job 37:5, Revelation 14:6-7, Job 33:4, Hebrews 1:10, Isaiah 42:5, Genesis 1:20, Jeremiah 10:12, Genesis 1
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, children's work, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers

502. How to make a marble run


A craft idea that will especially appeal to boys, although girls will enjoy it too

In the course of giving my children’s shows I come across the best creative ideas! I really want to share this one with you.

This is a craft idea that will especially appeal to boys, although girls will enjoy it too.

marble run 1

Themes:

For which Bible stories or themes could you use this craft idea?

- Think about the story of Jacob who saw a ladder going up to heaven. Or stories that have a building theme.

Or what about stories where water plays an important role? Then if you use blue marbles, they can represent the flowing water.

You could also use it at Christmas because of the angels who came from heaven, or as a picture of Jesus who came down from heaven. 

Learn all about the idea below:

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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

496. Even people who are touched by Peter’s shadow are being healed - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel balls about how Peter and the apostles were so on fire for God that God did many miracles

In Acts 5: 12 - 17 we read: “The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade. No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by impure spirits, and all of them were healed.”



In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot frying pan to demonstrate the enormous power of the Spirit working through the apostles in the early days of the church.

Themes:

Peter’s shadow, signs and wonders, early church, power of the Spirit, healing, deliverance

Download:

You can download a complete worksheet which will help you to do the object lesson and teach on God’s power working through the apostles in the early church within your Sunday school lesson or kids 

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Scripture reference: Acts 5: 12 - 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 church, kids ministry, kids moment, 

495. Being filled with the Holy Spirit - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads about how we as Christians can be on fire for God by being filled by the Holy Spirit. 

In Ephesians 5:18 Paul writes: “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.” 



In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot frying pan to demonstrate to children that we as Christians can be on fire for God by asking Him to fill us with His Spirit.

Themes:

The coming of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost, being filled with the Spirit, the power of the Spirit

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You can download a complete worksheet which will help you to do the object lesson and teach on being filled with the Holy Spirit within your Sunday school lesson or kids ministry.

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Scripture reference: Ephesians 5:18
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

494. Waiting for the Holy Spirit at Pentecost - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads about the disciples waiting in the Upper Room for the Holy Spirit to come at Pentecost

In Acts 2: 1 - 4 we read: “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” 



In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot frying pan to demonstrate to children what happened at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came upon them.

Themes:

The coming of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost, being filled with the Spirit, the power of the Spirit

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You can download a complete worksheet which will help you to do the object lesson and teach on the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost within your Sunday school lesson or kids ministry.

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Scripture reference: Acts 2: 1 - 4
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

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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You can download a complete worksheet which will help you to do the object lesson and teach on Paul and Peter.

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Scripture reference: Galatians 2: 11 -19
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

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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You can download a complete worksheet which will help you to do the object lesson and teach on Paul and Barnabas.

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Scripture reference: Acts 15: 36 - 41
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

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