679. You're my King - creative prayer idea


A creative prayer idea about the Easter story 

King Herod and Pilate don’t know what to do with Jesus: “What kind of king is he?” 

Thankfully we know what kind of king Jesus is. He is our King!

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Easter Bible story in Luke 23: 1 - 25. 

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

You are my King creative prayer idea about Easter Bible story Jesus is crucied cross for Sunday school lesson VBS youth ministry Bible lesson childrens ministry school assembly childrens church kidmin

What do you need:

- the worksheet printed out on thick paper, one for each child. You can download the worksheet below.
- felt pens

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678. What sort of animal am I? - fun Bible game


A fun Bible game about the Easter story 

The people in Jerusalem are certain – Jesus is wrong! Even Pilate isn’t certain any more – who is Jesus, and what sort of king is he?

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Easter Bible story in Luke 23: 1 - 25. 

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

What sort of animal am I fun Bible game about Easter Bible story Jesus is crucied cross for Sunday school lesson VBS youth ministry Bible lesson childrens ministry school assembly childrens church kidmin

What do you need:

- stickers
- pens

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677. On or in the cross? - fun Bible game


A fun Bible game about the Easter story 

The people in Jerusalem shouted that they wanted Jesus to be crucified. Perhaps they don’t really even understand what they are shouting. But whatever happens – Jesus has to be crucified!

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Easter Bible story in Luke 23: 1 - 25. 

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

On or in the cross fun Bible game about Easter Bible story Jesus is crucied cross for Sunday school lesson VBS youth ministry Bible lesson childrens ministry school assembly childrens church kidmin

What do you need:

- 24 white plastic cups
- 11 coloured cups
- chocolate eggs
- cellotape

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676. The story of Barabbas (2) - creative activity


A creative activity about the Easter story 

An interactive way of telling the story of Barabbas, the first person to be able to say of Jesus: “He died for me.” (John 18 – 19). This is the longer version.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Easter Bible story in Luke 23: 1 - 25. 

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

The story of Barabbas 2 creative activity about Easter Bible story Jesus is crucied cross for Sunday school lesson VBS youth ministry Bible lesson childrens ministry school assembly childrens church kidmin

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675. The story of Barabbas (1) - creative activity


A creative activity about the Easter story 

An interactive way of telling the story of Barabbas, the first person to be able to say of Jesus: “He died for me.” (John 18 – 19). This is the short version.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Easter Bible story in Luke 23: 1 - 25. 

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

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674. Who does Pilate listen to? - creative activity


A creative activity about the Easter story 

Pilate quickly comes to the conclusion that Jesus is innocent. But the people keep on shouting out for him to be crucified. Who does he listen to? Does he listen to the people, or his heart?

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Easter Bible story in Luke 23: 1 - 25. 

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

Who does Pilate listen to creative activity about Easter Bible story Jesus is crucied cross for Sunday school lesson VBS youth ministry Bible lesson childrens ministry school assembly childrens church kidmin

What do you need:

- worksheets that you can download below
- sticky post-it notes
- pens

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673. What sort of king is Jesus? - creative activity


A creative activity about the Easter story 

Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Pilate doesn’t know what sort of King Jesus is. If he really is a king, he is a very different sort of king to the Emperor in Rome or King Herod. Jesus is also very different to the kings in our modern day world. What sort of king is Jesus?

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Easter Bible story in Luke 23: 1 - 25. 

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

What kind of king is Jeus creative activity about Easter Bible story Jesus is crucied cross for Sunday school lesson VBS youth ministry Bible lesson childrens ministry school assembly childrens church kidmin

What do you need:

- worksheets that you can download below
- sticky post-it notes
- pens

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672. Does an ice cube float on oil? - science experiment


A fun science experiment about the Easter story 

Jesus is not a king like Herod or Pilate. He came down from heaven to give us his love and salvation. You can use this fun experiment to demonstrate this!

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Easter Bible story in Luke 23: 1 - 25. 

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

Floating ice cube fun science experiment about Easter Bible story Jesus is crucied cross for Sunday school lesson VBS youth ministry Bible lesson childrens ministry school assembly childrens church kidmin

What do you need:

- edible food colouring
- water
- sunflower or other vegetable oil
- a glass

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668. LIFE - YouTube video and discussion


Use this secular YouTube video to hold a creative discussion with the children about the Bible story.

There’s a large puddle of water on the pathway. Some people walk straight through it and get wet shoes. Then a boy comes along. He puts large stepping stones in the water to form a sort of bridge, so that not only he but also everyone else coming after him can walk across to the other side.

Life Use this YouTube video to talk about Bible story of Easter for Sunday school lesson VBS youth ministry Bible lesson childrens ministry school assembly childrens church kidmin 

 
Why is this film applicable to the story of the betrayal of Jesus? 

Today’s question is, “What sort of king is Jesus?” The answer is not at all clear to Pontius Pilate. Looking back two thousand years later we can see that Jesus is the king who, through his suffering, death and resurrection, built a bridge, so that we can walk over it to God.

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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667. Build a spaghetti bridge - an Easter icebreaker


A fun icebreaker about the Easter story 

A playful introduction to our Sunday school lesson about Easter and Jesus being becoming a bridge between God and humankind.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Easter Bible story in Luke 23: 1 - 25. 

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

Build a spaghetti bridge fun icebreaker about Easter Bible story Jesus is crucied cross for Sunday school lesson VBS youth ministry Bible lesson childrens ministry school assembly childrens church kidmin

What do you need:

- lots of spaghetti
- cello tape / sticky tape

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666. Sour Milk - an Easter children's moment


A fun children's moment about the Easter story 

It’s all going sour in today's Bible story. All the people who at first were so happy that Jesus was healing them and feeding them, are now sour and angry. They want Jesus to be crucified.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Easter Bible story in Luke 23: 1 - 25. 

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

Sour Milk fun childrens moment about Easter Bible story Jesus is crucied cross for Sunday school lesson VBS youth ministry Bible lesson childrens ministry school assembly childrens church kidmin

What do you need:

- two glasses
- some normal milk that has not been in the fridge for a few days and has gone off
- a pack of long-life milk
- a bucket
- a bottle of water

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661. Father, forgive them - Creative Easter prayer idea


Use this Easter prayer idea to think about forgiveness

We use Jesus' short prayer on the cross to help the children in our Sunday school, Bible lesson, kids work, children's church or youth work to think and pray in a creative way about forgiving those who have been mean to us or have hurt us. 

Father forgive them a creative Easter prayer idea for Sunday school Bible lesson youth work kids ministry or children church


What do you need:

- a piece of red cloth, as a cloak
- pins
- pen and paper

What to do:

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660. Go on, guess who it is? - Bible game


Use this Bible game to reflect on why Jesus allowed his own suffering

The soldiers blindfold Jesus and hit him, while they insult him: “Hey, you’re a prophet aren’t you? Go on then, tell us who hit you!”

Use this game to reflect on the meaning of Easter within your Sunday school, Bible lesson or Christian youth work.

Go on guess who it is Bible game meaning Easter Jesus suffering Sunday school Bible lesson youth work childrens church


What do you need:

- two blindfolds

What to do:

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659. Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation - Bible game


Use this Bible game to talk about Jesus being let down and betrayed by his friends in Gethsemane

Jesus knows what is going to happen in the coming hours. He encourages his disciples to pray for strength, so that they won’t fall into temptation. The disciples don’t seem to hear him, and fall asleep. Once more Jesus says the same thing, but it doesn’t seem to help.

Use this Bible game in your Sunday school lesson or Bible lesson to look at the meaning of "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation..."

Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation Bible game Easter Gethsemane Sunday school lesson Bible lesson youth work


What do you need:

- ten large plastic cups
- ten stickers
- felt pens
- a soft ball

What to do:

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658. Creative activity - what does Easter mean to you?


A creative group activity to enhance your telling of the Easter story

A simple craft activity that you can do as a group - decorate a large candle which you can light at the start of each Sunday School lesson or children's programme. It’s a lovely symbol to light a large candle to remind the children of Jesus’ presence in their lives. 

What does Easter mean to you decorate a large candle Sunday school lesson kids church Bible lesson childrens ministry kids ministry youth work


What do you need:

- a large white candle
- coloured sheets of candle wax
- pairs of scissors

What do you do:

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657. Friends make wrong choices - creative activity


Use this creative activity to talk about Jesus being let down and betrayed by his friends in Gethsemane

Jesus encourages his friends to ask God for strength, so they won’t fall into temptation, but it all goes completely wrong.
Use this idea in your Sunday school or Bible lesson to look at friendship.

Friends make wrong choices Jesus betrayed by friends creative activity sunday school lesson bible lesson youth work bible story easter


What do you need:

- chocolates
- 10 small chocolate eggs for each child 
- four bowls or small boxes
- 4 statements in download

Download the idea below:

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656. In the garden of Gethsemane - creative activity / group discussion


Use this creative activity to create a group discussion about four important events in the garden of Gethsemane

Four very important events in the life of Jesus happened in the garden of Gethsemane. Using four symbols or drawings, we are going to take a deeper look at what happened. This idea is ideal for a Sunday school lesson, a Bible lesson or within your youth work.

In the garden of Gethsemane a group discussion Sunday school lesson kids church Bible lesson childrens ministry kids ministry youth work


What do you need:

- worksheets
- pens / coloured pencils

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655. Pencils through a plastic bag - fun science experiment


A fun science experiment to the Easter story

Jesus has a lot to cope with in this Easter Bible story:

- The disciples abandon him by falling asleep
- Judas betrays him with a kiss
- His disciples use violence
- Peter denies knowing him
- He is hurt and insulted, and falsely convicted.

How does Jesus cope with all of this?

Use this experiment to talk about this Easter theme in a Sunday school setting or within your youth work.

Pencils through a bag fun science experiment to tell Bible story of Easter in Sunday school Bible lesson object lesson kids church kids ministry yout work


What do you need:

- a strong ziplock plastic bag
- water
- six pencils

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654. YouTube video and discussion - The early hatchling gets the worm


Use this secular YouTube video to hold a creative discussion with the children about the Bible story.

A small chick finds a worm, who then becomes her best friend. They play together all the time. One morning when she wakes up the worm is gone. As she goes out to look for him, she sees another chick with a worm in its beak. She finally succeeds in getting the worm back out of its beak, but it turns out to be the wrong worm. She throws the wrong worm away and rushes over to hug her real friend who has just showed up.

The early hatchling gets the worm use this Youtube video to talk about Jesus betrayal Sunday school lesson kids church Bible lesson childrens ministry kids ministry youth work 

 
Why is this film applicable to the story of the betrayal of Jesus? 

Our story today is about friendship, and also the things that can go wrong in a friendship. At the lowest point in his life, Jesus’ friends are not there for him. They fall asleep, betray him, deny knowing him, and even resort to violence, because they really don’t know what to do any more.

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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653. Egg bowling - an Easter Icebreaker


A playful introduction about the Easter story and Jesus being deserted by his friends.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Easter Bible story in Luke 22: 39 – 71. The disciples who fall asleep and Peter who disowns Jesus three times.

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

Egg bowling fun Bible game about Easter Bible story Jesus deserted by his disciples for Sunday school lesson youth ministry Bible lesson childrens ministry school assembly childrens church kidmin VBS


A children’s moment about Jesus feeling all alone while he is praying in the garden of Gethsemane and his disciples are all fast asleep.

What do you need:

- two chocolate eggs per child
- a tennis ball

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652. Alone in the world - a children's moment


A children's moment about Jesus praying in the garden of Gethsemane

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Easter Bible story in Luke 22: 39 – 71. The disciples who fall asleep and Peter who disowns Jesus three times.

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

Alone in the world childrens moment about Easter Bible story Jesus praying in garden Gethsemane for Sunday school lesson youth ministry Bible lesson childrens ministry school assembly childrens church


A children’s moment about Jesus feeling all alone while he is praying in the garden of Gethsemane and his disciples are all fast asleep.

What do you need:

- a copy of the book ‘Alone in the world’ by Hector Malot, or another book

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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 Zachariah 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. Zachariah 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 switched 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 Mary 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.

Mary 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 Mary is blessed, and Mary 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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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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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

What to do:

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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?

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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

What to do:

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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

What to do:

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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     

   

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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!

You can join us by clicking this button. 

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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?!

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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

What to do:

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