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:

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)

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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. Give each child a piece of wood, nails and a hammer. There is a pattern drawn on the wood (see the attachment).

Hammer the nails into the wood, following the pattern that has been drawn. If you put the nails close enough to each other, you can roll a large marble down the board.

marble run 1  marble run 2  marble run 3cr

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. 

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

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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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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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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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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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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

452. Living like Christ - Everyone is more important, and...


...no one is more important than you

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

Chocolate Coins kids ministry Philippians

This activity consists of two parts.

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Scripture reference: Philippians 2: 2
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

451. Living like Christ - Looking at Jesus


Let's make two lists about Jesus

In Philippians 2:1 – 11 Paul writes that we should take Jesus as our example and look to him.

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Together with the children, make a list of what they see when they look at Jesus.

Then make another list with the children of how Paul looks at Jesus in this part of Philippians 2.

What differences and similarities do the children notice in the two lists?

What do you need:

- 2 A3 pieces of paper, and pens

Scripture reference: Philippians 2: 2
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

450. Living like Christ - The parachute game


Being one, but also being different

Paul writes in Philippians 2:2 that we have fellowship with and through the Spirit and urges us to be one in mind and spirit. What does it mean to be one? Does it mean that we should all be the same? Or is it actually a good thing that we’re different?

Put the children in a large circle and get them to all hold on to a large parachute. Practise raising and lowering the parachute together.

parachute game kids ministry

Raise the parachute and call out a word, for example ‘boys’. Now all the boys have to run underneath the parachute to the other side. Try to think of some things that only apply to one or two children, and others that apply to the whole group.

The point to illustrate in this game is that we can be very different to each other in some things and alike in others, but whether we’re alike or different, we can form one body, just as we are all holding the parachute. 

 

Scripture reference: Philippians 2: 2
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

448. Living like Christ - Jesus is number One


If you could make a medal of honour for Jesus, what would it look like?

Read the above Bible text from the letter to the Philippians together. This is special! In the first few verses we read that Jesus humbled himself, and in the last few verses we can read that because of that, God exalted him, or raised him up. Even the angels look up to Jesus. Everyone knows – he is number one.

number one sunday school kids ministry

For older children – read verse nine again: ‘For this reason God raised him to the highest place above and gave him the name that is greater than any other name.’ (Good news translation). For what reason? What did Jesus do?

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Scripture reference: Philipians 2: 5 - 11
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

447. Living like Christ - Let's shoot the ping pong ball


How do we stay humble? 

Put the bottles on the floor in a mixed pattern of taller/shorter bottles, and put a ping pong ball on the top of each one. Paul says that we shouldn’t think that we are more important than other people, and think of ourselves as better than them. Some of these bottles think they are more important than the others – they are the taller ones. See if you can shoot them down!!

1024px Ping pong project

Talk together. How do you notice if someone thinks they are more important than others? How can you stay humble? What happens when everyone thinks others are more important than themselves? 

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Scripture reference: Philippians 2:2
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

446. Living like Christ - Decorating a mirror


Who is your example?

Paul, who wrote this letter, said that we should try to imitate Jesus, to mirror what he did. When you look in a mirror, you often check if your hair’s looking alright. You might check that you’ve not got any food round your mouth, or a dirty nose. You want to check that everything’s ok. Paul says in his letter that if you want to live a good life, the best thing you can do is to look at Jesus and see how he lived and what he did.

mirror

People often take other people as an example. I want to be like him or her. Who is your example? Your parents, perhaps, or a pop star? Can someone be a bad example to follow? If you listen to what Paul says about Jesus, do you think he would be a good example?

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Scripture reference: Philippians 2:2
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

445. Living like Christ - Christ emptied Himself


What if Jesus had thought he was more important than other people?

How would the story of Jesus have turned out if he hadn’t found others more important than himself? Paul tells us that we should follow his example. He didn’t consider himself more important than others, but was prepared to do things that the ‘important’ people mostly wouldn’t have done. He made himself unimportant.

What do you need:

- three printed pictures:

The birth of Jesus
Jesus washing the feet of the disciples
Jesus carrying the cross

- Empty A4 sheets of paper
- crayons or felt pens

Birth of Jesus

Jesus washes feet

Jesus carries the cross

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Scripture reference: Philippians 2:2
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

444. Living like Christ - Mirroring one other


Be a imitator of Christ

Paul challenges the Christians in Philippi to mirror (or imitate) Jesus.

mirroring sunday school christ like kids ministry

But mirroring someone else is actually quite hard. To find out how hard it can be, ask two children to stand facing each other.

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Scripture reference: Philippians 2:2
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

443. Living like Christ - Mission Possible

You can do this...

Philippians 2: 4  ‘And look out for one another's interests, not just for your own’

caring for others sunday school kids ministry hands heart

Paul says that we shouldn’t think only of ourselves but also of others. Let’s make this practical straight away.

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Scripture reference: Philippians 2:2
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

442. Living like Christ - Look at how well I can boast!


Don't think that you are better than someone else

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

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

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

What do you need:

Red and green cards

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Scripture reference: Philippians 2:2
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

441. Living like Christ - Fellowship in the Spirit


How can we make this fellowship visible?

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

ball of woll

What do you need:

- a large ball of wool

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Scripture reference: Philippians 2:2
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

410. The power of a folding Bible stories


Have you heard about folding Bible stories?

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

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

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

You can download each folding story for just six pounds. This download consists of eight high quality A3 pictures that you will have to print. Plus the instructions to make the story. Be aware that you will have to put the story boards together yourself using card and spray glue as well as sticky transparent covering for protection. There will be a step by step instruction with the download. Also you will get the full narrative along with the timing of each of the story folds. These stories need practice, but when you get it right you will use it again and again. Don't buy these stories if you will only use it once, the time involved in making/rehearsing etcetera will be rewarded if you can use it again and again. They are perfect for a Christian Schools Worker or Children's Worker. 

Abraam and Isaac folding story

daniel folding story

Simon Pharisee folding story

 

 

404. A great tool to help you tell the Bible story of Jesus multiplying the loaves and the fish


Wonderful Bible stories you can tell with a Magic Drawing Board

Do you know the Magic Drawing Board by Axtell? It is a great tool to tell Bible stories like for example the healing of Bartimaeus. In the video below OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates how you can tell the story of Jesus multiplying the loaves and the fish using the Magic Drawing Board

We hope to have the script of this story in the coming weeks.  

Dawn Getley and the story of Jesus multiplying the loaves and the fish using the Magic Drawing Board

 

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Scripture reference: Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:31-44, Luke 9:12-17, John 6:1-14
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

401. The parable of the Prodigal Son - Dean's box gospel illusion


Any children’s worker can tell the parable of the Prodigal Son using  the Gospel magic trick of the Dean’s Box

For this you can use the Dean’s box magic trick. I bought mine very cheaply through Alibaba Express. The only problem was that it didn’t come with any explanation as to how the trick works. If you choose yours through Alibaba Express you can send me an email and I will send you a video in which I explain how the trick works. It looks great and it is very easy to do!

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Ask two children to come forward as volunteers. Give them each a coloured rope to inspect. The yellow rope symbolises the father The red rope symbolises the son The red wooden box symbolises the house of the father.

The father reconciles himself with his son and they are united! The ropes are stuck together.

Deans Box

But how is this possible?

To explain this you need an energy stick from idea 198. You ask your two volunteers to take hold of the silver ending on the energy stick with one hand. Ask if you are allowed to touch their noses and when you do the energy stick will come alive. This will give a laugh. Especially when they are allowed to touch your nose with their other hand. You explain how the energy stick works with a small current of electricity that we cannot see or feel, but flows through us. It connects us. This is the same with Jesus. You cannot see or feel him, but he connects us with God.

Put the ropes back in the box, tie them on the top to the energy stick, pull the ropes and they are back together again. Amazing!

Deans Box1

Make sure your two volunteers get a big round of applause before they leave the stage.

Watch the demonstration video

You can see me doing a full demonstration of this story and magic trick in the video below.

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Scripture reference: Luke 15:11-32
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching, kids time

390. The wedding at Cana - the Surprising Dots magic trick

Be surprised to discover Jesus' real first miracle!

OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates in the video below how you can tell the Bible story of the wedding at Cana while using the Surprising Dots magic trick. This is a fun, and relatively easy trick to do. You don't have to be a magician to use this trick and tell this powerful story. You can buy the trick online here or here
 

Dawn Getley and the story of Jesus turning the water into wines using the Surprising Dots magic trick

Scripture reference

John 2: 1-11

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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

389. The wedding at Cana - a wonderful Bible story

Do what Jesus says

Have any of you ever been to a wedding?  We have a special service, and then a party with lots of good food, and we all wear our best clothes, don't we?  Our weddings only go on for a few hours, but in Jesus' time they went on for several DAYS.....!  People would bring food and drink, or they would give the young couple some money to help them set up home. 

At this wedding, there was a special guest - who do you think it was?  JESUS.  He arrived at the party with all his friends, and they all had a wonderful time - the men would be eating in one room, the women in another (paint a group dancing) , and the servants would be out at the back organising the food and drink.  Here is the Steward of the Feast, the man in charge of serving out the food and drink.   Jesus' mother was there too. She heard a lot of worried talk going on in the kitchen.  The servants told her the wine was running out.  This was AWFUL news, The wedding feast would have to be called off halfway through - it was terrible.  

 wedding at Cana

Scripture reference

John 2: 1-11

A beautiful Bible story on Jesus' first miracle at the wedding at Cana where he turned water into wine and saved the day!

It has been written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries). You can however also tell the story without a painting.

 

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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

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


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

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

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

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

You can use this idea in a:

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

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377. The Bible story of the Vineyard Workers


God's goodness and grace is not fair! 

Do you play team games sometimes?  Have you ever really wanted to be on a particular team?  It was a bit like that in the market place in towns in Jesus day..... not for playing games, but being chosen by a Landowner to work for him for the day.  The men wanting work were probably not Jews, but Arabs.  They were not considered worth much.  They were known as  "fellaheen", or "sand dwellers" because they lived in tents out in the desert, earning a living as best they could. 

If you wanted to be rude to someone you would call him a "sand dweller".   If they didn't get work, they had no money for the family to buy food.  The least you could live on was one denarius.  It wasn't much but you could at least buy bread.  There was no Social Security system then - it was work or nothing.  So here we have a story about a man who owned a vineyard.  What's a vineyard?  Where grapes are grown, on vines.  He must have been very keen to get workers to pick his grapes, as he was down at the market at dawn - and he went himself, he didn't just send his manager.  You have to pick grapes just when they are ripe so the job has to be done quickly.  It's the same today.

He looked at the men.  "You look nice and strong. (indicate  a child)  "Will you work for me today for a denarius?"  (Ask children in the front row)  "YES, Sir, we will!"  

Skectboard drawing of the parable of the vineyard workers

Scripture reference

Matthew 20: 1-16

A beautiful Bible story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries). You can however also tell the story without a painting.

You can use this idea in a:

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

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376. The Bible story of the ten leprosy suffers healed by Jesus


An easy sketchboard / Bible story that you can use in your chilren's ministry

In this town here, there were ten people suffering from leprosy.  Let's draw them in. (Invite them to count them as you draw them).   They were lonely and sad.    One day they heard that somebody special was coming to town.  Who do you think it was?  YES!  It was JESUS   (Complete the name) Jesus was coming!  Why were they excited?  How would they know about him?  There wasn't any T.V. or radio - perhaps the villagers shouted the news.  Here comes Jesus out of the town, with his friends (paint them in).  The ten sick people called out "HELP US!  HELP US!  PLEASE, HELP US!"  Jesus didn't run away.  He didn't say "Get away from me you filthy people!"  The Bible tells us that Jesus has time for every one of us.  Jesus cares.  (Complete the word). 

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Scripture reference

Luke 17:11-19

A beautiful Bible story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries). You can however also tell the story without a painting.

You can use this idea in a:

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

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375. The letter to the Philippians - look how good I am at boasting!


Who is the best boaster in the group?

Paul writes in Philippians 2: 1 – 11 about the importance of unity. He warns the Christians in Philippi about the dangers of thinking that they are better than others, or of boasting about themselves. No, says Paul, “Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians 2: 3,4

Sometimes in children’s work it’s good to emphasise negative things in order to talk about how they can be done differently. That’s why we’ve got a game about being the best boaster in the group!

boasting

Themes: 

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

Setting:

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

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374. The letter to the Philippians - the parachute game


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

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

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

parachute game

Lift the parachute in the air and call out a word, for example ‘Boys’. Now all the boys have to run under the parachute to the other side of the circle and take hold of the parachute again. You can do this with lots of examples. It’s fun if some things will only apply to one or two children in the group, and some words will apply to (nearly) the whole group.

The point of the game is to show that in some things we’re like each other, and in some things we’re very different to each other. It doesn’t matter if we are similar or different to each other – we can still form a united group, just as we are holding the parachute all together.

Themes: 

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

Setting:

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

373. United in the Holy Spirit – an object lesson


United through a ball of wool

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

Ask the children to stand in a circle and give them a ball of wool. One child holds the end of the wool and throws the ball to someone else in the circle. He or she pulls it tight, holds on to it, and throws the ball of wool to someone else. In a few minutes’ time there is a spider’s web of wool in the circle, and all the children will be connected to each other by the wool.

Explain to the children that in the same way we are all united by the Holy Spirit.

ball of wool

Themes: 

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

Setting:

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

372. Letters of Paul - writing letters


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

What sort of letters were they?

Show a few examples of letters to the children:

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

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

What sort of letter are they do you think?

letter writing

Themes: 

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

Setting:

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

371. Letters of Paul - what are people called?


What are people called who live in ……?

You can do a quiz with the children in which you name various towns and countries and the children have to guess what the inhabitants are called.

To take some British examples ( you can find examples that are relevant to your children): 

London – Londoners
Glasgow – Glaswegians
Birmingham – Brummies

Finish up with the ancient city of Philippi. This will bring us to Philippians, and is a fun way to start looking at Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Of course you can play this game with Paul’s other letters as well.

apostle Paul writes a letter

Themes: 

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

Setting:

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

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


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

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

The only object lesson you can do all over the world

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

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

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

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

363. How to tell the parable of the talents


An easy sketchboard story that you can use in your chilren's ministry

The story Jesus told them this time was about a very rich man.  He was so rich he had money coming out of his ears!  He probably owned farms, cattle, sheep, businesses – he had loads of money.  One day he called three of his workment to him.  

parable of the talents, sketchboard painting, sunday school idea

He said “I am going on a long journey.  I want you to do something for me while I am away, OK?”  “Yes Boss!”  

Scripture reference

Matthew 25:14-30, Ecclesiastes 9:10, Luke 19:12-17

A beautiful Bible story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

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 assemblie, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching

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362. Tell the Bible story of Ruth and Naomi


Three funerals and a wedding - a sketchboard story about Ruth

But - one day there was bad news:  Elimelech got very sick and died. How do you think they would have felt?  Yes, very sad.  Very, very sad.  Not long after, Mahlon and Chilion died too!  How awful!  Poor Naomi.  Poor Orpah.  Poor Ruth.  Soon they didn't have much money left.  They wouldn't be able to buy enough food to eat.  They wouldn't have enough to live on.  Naomi was a very sensible old lady.  She said to the girls "My dears, we are in a bad way.  I am not able to look after you any more.  I think the best thing to do would be for you each to go back home to your own family, who can look after you, and I will make my way back to Bethlehem and see if anyone there will help me..."  

Bible story of Ruth and Naomi, sketchboard painting, sketchboard story

Orpah and Ruth looked at one another.  How could they desert this kind old lady?  In the end Orpah decided she would go home..... but Ruth said “Don't even ask me to leave you.  Wherever you go, I will go.  Your people will be my people.  Your God will be my God.  Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried.  Nothing but death can separate us. I will go with you and look after you always".

A beautiful Bible story fior your Sunday school lesson written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

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360. Jesus tells the parable of the Lost Son


I thought you were DEAD, and here you are, ALIVE!

Once upon a time there was a young man.  He lived with his father and elder brother in one of these: (draw a door, roof and chimney on the 4). What is it?  A house!  But it wasn't an ordinary house.  It was a farm house.  His father had a big farm, with lots of people working for him, and he was very rich.  The young man knew that one day, when his father died, he would inherit a lot of money from the farm, but he didn't want to wait.  Do you like waiting for things?  He was bored with working on the farm.  He was  fed up.  He was the sort of person who said "I want what I want, and I want it NOW".  He was very selfish.  So one day he went to his father and said (Whine) "Dad....... DAAD!"  "Yes, son?"  " You know when I'm older I'll inherit a lot of money from the farm - well, can I have it NOW,  please?

The prodigal son

I'm young!  I want to get out and see the world!  I want to go places and do things and have a good time, NOW, while I'm young enough to enjoy myself, not when I'm older.........  please?"  And his Dad thought about it and he said "Yes, you can have your share now, if that's what you want." In fact that was an APPALLING thing to ask, because really, the young man was saying "I wish you were dead.  I want your money more than you."  What do you think of that?  But however hurt the Dad's feelings were, he arranged things so the younger son could have his share of the farm.  He must have sold it very quickly, and had to leave town fast, for the villagers would have been extremely angry with him. (Luke 15)

A beautiful Bible story written by Dave Glover (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

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358. Jesus tells the parable of the Lost Coin


Jesus talks about God's heart for the lost

Jesus told lots of stories about being lost - lost people and lost things - he wanted to tell us how much God loves us, and wants us to be part of his family – The Bible tells us that God doesn't want anybody to be "lost". 

Lost coin

Do you think everybody was happy to hear Jesus talk like this?  Well, do you know what?  some of them, the very important people, were not AT ALL happy.  They said to themselves "Jesus does all the wrong things and he spends time with all the wrong people, and he even EATS with them...."  having a meal with someone meant you thought they were good people, especially if you were a Rabbi, a special teacher, like Jesus.  These people got very angry with Jesus and couldn't understand him at all.  So this is why he told these stories about things that got lost - three in a row in Luke 15 so you can see he really wanted to explain it to them.  (Luke 15)

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357. A midnight feast - Jesus tells a parable about praying


Ask... Seek... Knock...  The parable of the friend at midnight 

Here's a picture of a family in bed.  They have packed everything away and unrolled their sleeping mats.  They have taken off their belts and their shoes, wrapped themselves up in their cloaks, and gone to sleep.  Here is the Dad, the Mum, the baby, the son and the daughter (paint the beard, hair, and sleeping eyes on each as you name them).  They are all fast asleep.  It's the middle of the night.

Suddenly KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK !  HELLOOO!(Knock on table or stamp on floor to make a loud noise).  They all woke up! (paint on their eyes open, and a wide open mouth for the baby).  The baby opened his mouth as well as his eyes (YELL!).  The Dad called out: "Who on earth is that at this time of night?"  It was the neighbour (fill in his face).  "Its only me.  I'm sorry to disturb you, but my friend has just arrived and I haven't any food to give him, please could you lend me 3 loaves just till the morning when my wife does the baking?'.   "NO I CAN'T.  I'm in bed with all the family.  GO AWAY!"

Midnight feast

KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK.  "But PLEASE!  I can't make him to to bed hungry!  He's come such a long way and he's STARVING!"  "NO, GO AWAY!".  KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK.  "I'm sorry but I am not going to go away until you give me some bread for my friend."  "Oh, all right then, I suppose I MUST." 

So the Dad got up, and made the family all move over so he could get to the cupboard and take out the bread, and then he had to go down the step (UGH, WHAT HAVE I PUT MY FOOT IN?") and un-bar the door, and give the neighbour the bread......."    Then everybody was smiling (paint smiles) - the neighbour and the friend had the food they needed, and all the family could get back to sleep.

Jesus told his friends this story when they asked him "How should we talk to God".  You see, in the old days, they thought of God as very fearsome and grand and far off - but Jesus told them to talk to him just like their Father - the very best kind of Dad you could imagine. (If time, could ask for suggestions as to the best kind of Dad.) He said that the Dad in the story ended up giving the neighbour what he asked for just because he kept on nagging, but God isn't like that - he LOVES to give good things to his children - that's US!.  Jesus said if you ask your Dad for something nice to eat, would he give you poison?  NO!  Jesus said if human Dads know how to give good things to their kids, how much more will our heavenly Father give good things to us when we ask him." (Luke 11: 5-8)

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356. The healing of the Maniac at Gadara


Jesus speaks words of tremendous power and authority 

Who likes picnics?  What's your favourite place for a picnic?  By a lake?  On a mountain?  In the park?  In Bible times, when Jesus was walking in Palestine, people liked to go out on a Saturday for games and a picnic – to the GRAVEYARD!   It was like a little town with a wall round the edge: lots of little stone houses with columns at the front like the one in my picture.  People used to believe that the spirits of their ancestors would be pleased to see them, and at the end of the day they used to leave food inside the family tomb, and wine, for the spirits to enjoy.  These were pagan people living on the east bank of the river Jordan – where there were ten Greek cities called the Decapolis.

Maniac at Gadara

There was a wild man living there.  He lived on the food and wine that was left in the family tombs.  He used to rush around at night, shrieking.  He had no friends.  He was “ALONE” (paint it up).  Nobody could help him.  They had even tried tying him up and putting him in prison in chains so that people could go out in the fields again without danger, but the badness in him was so great it made him strong like Superman, and he smashed his way out of the chains and out of the jail.  He shouted at them when they were at the graveyard having their picnics.  They could see his MAD eyes staring at them.  (draw mad eyes peering round the tomb).  They were terrified of him.  Nobody could  help him.  He was “LOST” (paint it up). (Mark 5:1-20, Luke 8:26-39, Matthew 8:28-34)

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


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

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

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

kettle3

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

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

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Here are the twenty different parts of the Christmas show:  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

umbrella.jpg

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

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

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

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

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