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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385. Learn how to paint the story of Zacchaeus on a sketchboard


Watch the video and learn how you can tell the story of Zacchaeus in the tree

We have asked OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley to make a demonstration video on how you can learn to work with a sketchboard. Here on the site you can find lots of sketchboard stories. But how do you paint a hll, a road, a giant tree and s crowd of people?

If you want to have more information on how to work with a sketchboard, see this link.

Dawn Getley demonstrates how to paint a road on a hill a crowd and a giant tree for the story of Zacchaeus on a sketchboard painting

You can learn to work with a sketchboard too:

Idea 379.   Learn how to paint ladder lettering 
Idea 380.   Learn how to paint partial lettering 
Idea 381.   Learn how to paint a border 
Idea 382.   Learn how to paint a general landscape
Idea 383.   Learn how to paint a seascape
Idea 384.   Learn how to paint a city and a night sky
Idea 385.   Learn how to paint the story of Zacchaeus

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384. Learn how to paint a city and a night sky on a sketchboard painting


Watch the video and learn how you can tell different Bible stories with a sketchboard

We have asked OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley to make a demonstration video on how you can learn to work with a sketchboard. Here on the site you can find lots of sketchboard stories. But how do you paint a city or a night sky? 

If you want to have more information on how to work with a sketchboard, see this link.

Dawn Getley demonstrates how to paint a city and a night sky on a sketchboard painting

You can learn to work with a sketchboard too:

Idea 379.   Learn how to paint ladder lettering 
Idea 380.   Learn how to paint partial lettering 
Idea 381.   Learn how to paint a border 
Idea 382.   Learn how to paint a general landscape
Idea 383.   Learn how to paint a seascape
Idea 384.   Learn how to paint a city and a night sky
Idea 385.   Learn how to paint the story of Zacchaeus

This demonstration video helps you to tell Bible stories in: 

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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383. Learn how to paint a seascape on a sketchboard painting


Watch the video and learn how you can tell the different stories on and around the lake of Galilee

We have asked OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley to make a demonstration video on how you can learn to work with a sketchboard. Here on the site you can find lots of sketchboard stories. But how do you paint a seascape? With these skills you can tell the Bible story of Jesus calling his disciples, Jesus walking on the water, Jesus calming the storm, Jesus restoring Peter and many more...

If you want to have more information on how to work with a sketchboard, see this link.

Dawn Getley demonstrates how to paint a general landscape with a house in it on a sketch board painting

You can learn to work with a sketchboard too:

Idea 379.   Learn how to paint ladder lettering 
Idea 380.   Learn how to paint partial lettering 
Idea 381.   Learn how to paint a border 
Idea 382.   Learn how to paint a general landscape
Idea 383.   Learn how to paint a seascape
Idea 384.   Learn how to paint a city and a night sky
Idea 385.   Learn how to paint the story of Zacchaeus

This demonstration video helps you to tell Bible stories in: 

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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382. Learn how to paint a general landscape on a sketchboard painting


Watch the video and learn how you can paint a general landscape with a house in it 

We have asked OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley to make a demonstration video on how you can learn to work with a sketchboard. Here on the site you can find lots of sketchboard stories. But how do you paint a general landscape?

If you want to have more information on how to work with a sketchboard, see this link.

Dawn Getley demonstrates how to paint a general landscape with a house in it on a sketchboard painting

You can learn to work with a sketchboard too:

Idea 379.   Learn how to paint ladder lettering 
Idea 380.   Learn how to paint partial lettering 
Idea 381.   Learn how to paint a border 
Idea 382.   Learn how to paint a general landscape
Idea 383.   Learn how to paint a seascape
Idea 384.   Learn how to paint a city and a night sky
Idea 385.   Learn how to paint the story of Zacchaeus

This demonstration video helps you to tell Bible stories in: 

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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381. Learn how to paint a border on a sketchboard


Watch the video and learn how you can paint a border on a sketchboard

We have asked OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley to make a demonstration video on how you can learn to work with a sketchboard. Here on the site you can find lots of sketchboard stories. But how do you paint on such a big board?

If you want to have more information on how to work with a sketchboard, see this link.

Dawn Getley demonstrates how to paint partial lettering on a sketchboard painting

You can learn to work with a sketchboard too:

Idea 379.   Learn how to paint ladder lettering 
Idea 380.   Learn how to paint partial lettering 
Idea 381.   Learn how to paint a border 
Idea 382.   Learn how to paint a general landscape
Idea 383.   Learn how to paint a seascape
Idea 384.   Learn how to paint a city and a night sky
Idea 385.   Learn how to paint the story of Zacchaeus

This demonstration video helps you to tell Bible stories in: 

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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380. Learn how to paint partial lettering on a sketchboard


Watch the video and learn how you can paint partial lettering on a sketchboard while telling a Bible story

We have asked OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley to make a demonstration video on how you can learn to work with a sketchboard. Here on the site you can find lots of sketchboard stories. But how do you paint these special letters?

If you want to have more information on how to work with a sketchboard, see this link.

Dawn Getley demonstrates how to paint partial lettering on a sketchboard painting

You can learn to work with a sketchboard too:

Idea 379.   Learn how to paint ladder lettering 
Idea 380.   Learn how to paint partial lettering 
Idea 381.   Learn how to paint a border 
Idea 382.   Learn how to paint a general landscape
Idea 383.   Learn how to paint a seascape
Idea 384.   Learn how to paint a city and a night sky
Idea 385.   Learn how to paint the story of Zacchaeus

This demonstration video helps you to tell Bible stories in: 

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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379. Learn how to paint ladder lettering on a sketchboard


Watch the video and learn how you can paint ladder letters on a sketchboard while telling a Bible story

We have asked OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley to make a demonstration video on how you can learn to work with a sketchboard. Here on the site you can find lots of sketchboard stories. But how do you paint these special letters?

If you want to have more information on how to work with a sketchboard, see this link.

Dawn Getley demonstrates how to paint ladder letters on a sketchboard painting

You can learn to work with a sketchboard too:

Idea 379.   Learn how to paint ladder lettering 
Idea 380.   Learn how to paint partial lettering 
Idea 381.   Learn how to paint a border 
Idea 382.   Learn how to paint a general landscape
Idea 383.   Learn how to paint a seascape
Idea 384.   Learn how to paint a city and a night sky
Idea 385.   Learn how to paint the story of Zacchaeus

This demonstration video helps you to tell Bible stories in: 

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.

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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.

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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:

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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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361. The remarkable true story of Romans 8:1


Finding a home at the 'Jesus Garage'

David never knew his father, and was brought up with other brothers and sisters by his mother on little smallholding about 40 miles from Kampala, Uganda. When he was about 9 years old (he isn't quite sure of his age) his mother and siblings all died of a virulent form of malaria in the space of one week. The villagers helped him to bury them on the land near the house, but none of them could take him in as they already had too many mouths to feed. Remembering his school had taught him "Trust Jesus"; he decided to walk to Kampala to find some means of surviving. Several days later he reached this sprawling filthy city, and soon met other street kids: they showed him the best places to sleep and hide, and a source of good food - the skip at the back of the Sheraton Hotel where the wealthy tourists stay!

The story of Romans 8.1

They heard that Idi Amin's soldiers were rounding up street children to take them to work on his sugar plantations, virtually as slave labour. David did not want to be rounded up. Christian-run businesses in Uganda usually advertise the fact and he liked cars, so he knocked on the door of "THE JESUS GARAGE" and a very large man came out, surprised to see the little lad there. David remembers standing on tiptoe to try and look big, and asking him for a job. Taking pity on him, the man said he could be the sweeper up, and gave him an old car to sleep in - his first home for a long time! 

A beautiful 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.

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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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359. A Narnia story about Aslan defeating the White Witch


Aslan is not safe! He is a lion. But he is GOOD!

Mr. & Mrs. Beaver told the children all about this person here (remove the Lamp post card, and reveal the lion)  Who was it? ASLAN. 

The children asked “Is he safe?” “No of course he's not safe – he's a lion!  But he is GOOD.” Then as they began to make their escape, something amazing began to happen – what was it?  SPRING had started to arrive. “ASLAN is on the move!” called the animals. Eventually, he rescued Edmund – but the White Witch recalled a law which meant she had the right to take his life. Aslan had to talk to her alone. 

Narnia

Lucy and Susan saw him walking sad and lonely away from the camp, and went with him. He let them hold him, and keep him company. Then he made them hide. They couldn't believe their eyes when they saw him allow himself to be bound and shorn and laid on the stone table, and they couldn't bear to look as the White Witch raised her dagger....  she killed him. Lucy and Susan were desperately sad.  Then they saw the little mice begin to nibble away the ropes. Sadly they began to walk away – and there was a terrific CRACK – they looked back – and what had happened?  

Yes! Aslan had come alive!  He was there, strong and well and his mane had grown again – the stone table had cracked in two - and they were full of joy! The White Witch was beaten – there was a deeper law.   

A beautiful Bible 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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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)

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.

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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)

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.

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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)

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.

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289. The Puzzle of Christmas - make your Christmas service unforgettable


A new way to tell the Christmas story

Are you looking for something visual to tell the Christmas story and maybe explain the gospel? Maybe you can use the (giant) Christmas Puzzle...

 

Christmas Puzzle 1

The Christmas tree - You can start with the Christmas tree and maybe tell a story about Christmas when you were young.

Christmas Puzzle 32

The Candle - The second piece of the puzzle is the candle. Now you tell the story of Mary who saw a bright light; an angel. Perhaps you can use the magic colouring book (idea 82) to tell the children that God had been silent for more 400 years. Nobody had heard anything from God. (Show the empty colouring book)

Then suddenly an angel appears with Mary and tells her an amazing thing. (Show the black / white pictures in the colouring book) What will Mary’s answer be? Mary places her trust in God and says ‘Yes’! The Christmas story can begin. (Show the coloured pictures in the book).

You can maybe use the Joker Tube (idea 85) to the adventures of Joseph and Mary in Bethlehem when trying to find a room.  (I will post a video of how you can use the Joker Tube in this story in the coming weeks.)

Christmas Puzzle 3

The Turkey - The third piece of the puzzle is the turkey. This is a symbol for the shepherds and their flock.

You ask two children to come forward and quickly dress them as shepherds. Maybe give them a hand puppet each, so that there are four shepherds. Then you hand out five or six sheep puppets. (IKEA used to sell these very cheaply). When the angels appear, the mouths of the shepherds and the sheep fall open. They hear the wonderful news and go to Bethlehem.

Christmas Puzzle 4

The Present – The fourth piece of the puzzle is the present. This is of course the story of the Magi following the star of Bethlehem and taking their gifts with them.

You can make this visual for the children with a big star of maybe even the three gifts. What are myrrh and incense?

Now the Christmas story is complete! But what's happened?

We have a giant hole in our Christmas! How is that possible? We have got a Christmas tree, nice lights, something nice to eat and presents? What is missing?

Produce the last piece of the Christmas Puzzle...

Christmas Puzzle 5

The Cross – but we have a problem! The cross doesn’t fit into the puzzle. How can we solve this?

We have  to remove the candle and the turkey puzzle piece so that we can place the cross into the middle of the Christmas Puzzle. Now you can add the other two puzzle pieces and complete the Christmas Puzzle. You can explain about the cross being a symbol for Christ, or even do a gospel presentation.

Christmas Puzzle 6

When we place Jesus – the meaning of the Christmas story in the centre of Christmas, the puzzle is complete

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

270. The parable of the wise man and the foolish man - a sketchboard story


Tell this story of the wise and foolish builders in a school assembly, a children’s program or in a preach

"What a wet winter it has been. Three months of solid rain.  How lovely to see the sun again. I used to live by the sea!  We looked forward so much to the sunshine. It was great fun, we used to go down to the beach every day after school in the summertime. My sister and I used to build sand castles - do you like doing that? Our Dad helped us, we would put big pebbles in the walls and try to keep the sea out as the tide came in - do you think we managed it?  We did for a little while, but in the end the waves would come over the top and the sand would wash out, and then what would happen? Yes, the castle would collapse and be flattened by the sea."

The parable of the wise and foolish builders

"Here's a story told by someone very special. Let's put his name up on the board: JESUS. He had been teaching the crowds of people about how God would like us to live, how to take care of one another, how to be kind AND sensible, and how much God loves us. To help them understand, he told them this story about two men.  It's called a parable – a story with a hidden meaning." 

"Each of the men wanted to build a house. What's the first thing you have to do when you start building a house?  (Ask for answers - make a plan, find the site, dig the foundations etc.). One man had a lot of hard work to do.  He dug down deep to good solid rock, and then he built the foundations, and then he built up the walls, until he had a good, strong, solid house. Here it is (Paint it in on the hill top) It takes a long time to do a job properly, doesn't it? My mum's favourite proverb was “If a thing is worth doing, it's worth doing well.” (fill it in, if using this bit) I expect he sat on the roof to admire the view."  (Matthew 7:24-27)

A another 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.

Setting:

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

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268. Jesus and the Adulterous Woman - a sketchboard story


Tell this story of the lady who was found out in a school assembly, a children’s program or in a preach

"Have you ever been told off?  Why do we get told off?  Because we have done something wrong – yes....

This story is about someone who  did something very wrong.  A group of men caught her red-handed:  she had been FOUND OUT.(Paint in headline)   They took her to a very special person.... who do you think it was? JESUS.  They were not nice men.  They actually wanted to trap Jesus into breaking the Law himself – here he is on the steps of the Temple, teaching.  (paint him in, with his 12 disciples, and a crowd round, listening).

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Why did there always seem to be a lot of people around when Jesus was teaching?

(He was special, he would say...... and do..... etc. Etc.)

In came the crowd of angry men dragging the poor woman who had been found out.

They shouted out what she had done, in front of everyone.  How do you think she felt?

What she had done was so bad, they knew that the Law said she ought to be stoned to death.  She must have been terrified.  She knew she had done WRONG.   She felt guilty  and ashamed. (Paint in the words).  We  know inside, don't we, if we have done something wrong?  Even if our parents, or teachers, or friends don't know, we know – and the Bible says that God knows, too." (John 8: 1-11)

A another 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.

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, children's work, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, street evangelism, open air evangelism, kids time

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227. Zacheaus the Bully


Tell this story of Zacchaeus in a school assembly, a children’s program or in a preach

"There was one person who didn't dare to go out in the crowd.  His name was (Paint in ZACCHAEUS) Mr. Good. (Zacchaeus means Righteous)  But he wasn't at all good, he was very mean (Paint it in) and horrible.

Do you think he had lots of friends?  No, he was very lonely.  (Paint in Lonely). In fact he wasn't just lonely, but he was this word too (Paint in Hated).  He was hated because he was dishonest - he was a thief, AND he was a bully....  He was in charge of collecting taxes for the Romans, who were the enemies of his people, the Jews. 

But he didn't just take the money for the taxes, he took a whole lot extra.  He would put the money for the Romans into a bag marked R for Romans, and the rest of it into a bag marked Z for Zacchaeus. What do we call that?  Stealing.  Does God like us to take things that don't belong to us?  No, he doesn't!" (Luke 19: 1-10)

 

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Background info:

For background information on the story of Zacchaeus see: www.korky.info, Book 2 "Jesus - Faith and Fact" Chapter 7

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219. Philip and the Ethiopian


Tell the story of Philip and the Ethiopian in a school assembly, a children’s program or in a preach

"They could see some green trees in the distance.   They were approaching an oasis.  What's an oasis?  A place in the desert where there is water.   It was lovely – a pool of water all fresh and cool.   “What's to stop me being baptised here and now?” asked the Ethiopian.  “Nothing at all,” replied Philip, “If you are sure you believe in Jesus, in his Father God, and in his Holy Spirit, and want to be a true follower of Jesus from now on, all your days....”  “Yes, I do!” said the Ethiopian.  So they stopped the wagon again, and he and Philip climbed out, and went into the water.  It depends how deep it was – Philip might have dunked him under the water completely, or he might have cupped his hands in the water and poured some over him.  It's a picture of being washed clean, not just on the outside, but on the inside, too." 

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.

Philip

Themes:

Baptism, Being born again, Philip and the Ethiopian

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, children's work, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, street evangelism, open air evangelism

Scripture reference:

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

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216. Plop the Owl and the Light of the World


Tell the story of Plop the Owl in a school assembly, a children’s program or in a preach

A sketchboard story based on the famous book "The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark' by Jill Tomlinson. (You can buy the book here on Amazon.com and here on Amazon.co.uk)

"Plop, the Baby Barn Owl, is like every Barn Owl there ever was, except for one thing – he is afraid of the dark. "Dark is nasty" he says and so he won't go hunting with his parents. Mrs Barn Owl sends him down from his nest-hole to ask about the dark and he meets a little boy waiting for the fireworks to begin, an old lady, a scout out camping, a girl who tells him about Father Christmas, a man with a telescope and a black cat who takes him exploring. He realises that through these encounters that dark is super after all."

A nice little story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. In the sketchboard story you can combine the story of Plop with that fact that Jesus calls himself the Light of the world, and says that we don't need to be afraid. 

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Themes in this skechtboard story:

Being afraid in the dark, Jesus being the Light of the world, not being afraid

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, children's work, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, street evangelism, open air evangelism

Scripture reference:

John 8:12, Matthew 5:14-16, Romans 13:11-14, Psalm 119:105, Ephesians 5:7-14, Colossians 1:9-14, 2 Corinthians 4:3-6, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, John 9:5, John 12:35, Job 24:13, Isaiah 60:1, Acts 13:47

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199. Where is Jesus now?

Introduction;
"After a few days when the festival was over, they all set off home. When they stopped for the night, Mary and Joseph expected Jesus would soon catch them up when it was time for dinner!  But he didn't come, and it was getting dark. They asked everybody WHERE IS JESUS? (Complete lettering).  Have you seen him? No. Was he with Auntie Elizabeth and Uncle Zechariah and cousin John?  No.  They  were terribly worried.  Have you ever gone off without telling anyone where you were going?  We need to remember always to tell someone where we are going, or the people who look after us get worried - they don't like it, do they?  As soon as they could, they set off back to Jerusalem.  They searched for 3 whole days!  They thought something terrible must have happened to him.  Maybe he had fallen down a well?  Or been kicked by a Roman soldier's horse?  Or been kidnapped and sold as a slave in the slave market?  Eventually they reached the Temple.  They found him HERE (open the door).  Not playing hide and seek, but talking with all the teachers!"...

Themes:
The story of the twelve year old Jesus in the temple talking with all the teachers, looking at the question "Where is Jesus now?"

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Where is Jesus now?
A beautiful Bible story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries). It answers the question: "Where is Jesus now?"
If I were to ask you "Where is Jesus now?"  What would you say?

1. “In Heaven"    
At the right hand of his Father, God.  still "in his Father's house", now in charge of the family business.

2. "Here"        
As he promised (Matthew 18:20) "Where two or three have gathered together in my name, there I am in their midst".

3. "In the heart of anyone who invites him"  
As he promised in Revelation 3:20 – another door to open to find Jesus!

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183. Jesus heals the daughter of Jairus


Jairus hears the worst message possible: "Your little girl has died."

"Then Jairus' servant pushed through the crowd, his face covered in tears, and said to him "Oh, Sir, I don't know how to tell you......  I'm afraid it's bad news, Sir....... Don't trouble the Lord Jesus any more.  I'm afraid it's too late.  Your little girl has died.."  

How must Jairus have felt?  He must have felt ... (sad, disappointed, frustrated?)

"IF ONLY Jesus had come when I asked.  IF ONLY he hadn't stopped to deal with that sick woman.

 IF ONLY things had been different....."  We sometimes think that God hasn't heard our prayers, don't we?  We think IF ONLY he had answered our prayer, things would be better.  Jairus had asked Jesus to come, and now it was too late.  But with Jesus it's never too late.  Jesus said to him "Don't worry, Jairus, I am coming. Don't give up hope..."  

Jairus

Themes:

Woman with chronic bleeding, Jairus’ daughter, Jesus always helps, Jesus is always on time

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182. The Raising of Lazarus

Introduction:
"Have you ever looked after someone who was ill?  It can be hard work can't it?  Martha and her sister, Mary, were busy looking after their brother Lazarus, who was very ill.  He didn't seem to be getting any better.  Oh, if only Jesus was here!  they said to each other.  Why would that make a difference?  Jesus was their friend, and they were sure he would know what to do.  So they sent a messenger to tell him that Lazarus was ill.  Surely now he would come, and everything would be all right.  But Lazarus got worse and worse."

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Themes:
The resurrection of Lazarus, Jesus is sad, Jesus comforts Martha and Maria, I am the resurrection and the life, doubt and belief

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181. Jesus blesses the children

Introduction:
"When Jesus came near the village, he sat down under a tree in some shade. Maybe some children who had been playing outside their houses saw him - anyway, in no time lots of children had come out to see Jesus. Why would they want to be with him?  What was special about him? "We want to see Jesus" they said to Jesus' friends. 

Jesus' friends wanted him to have a bit of peace.  They were looking after him – that's what friends are for, isn't it?  Jesus' friends told the children: "You can't see Jesus!".  Then all the Mums and Dads came out.  Have you noticed that parents will generally stick up for you if someone else is telling you not to do something?  "Let them see Jesus!"  they said..." 

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Themes:
Jesus blesses the children, blessing, gospel presentation, let the children come to Me, coming to Jesus

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175. The good Samaritan

Introduction:
"Who's 7 years old here?  Who's 10 years old?  Who wants to be 15?  Who wants to live for ever?  Lots of us do!  And that's just the question a clever man asked Jesus one day.  "Teacher!" he said:  " What do I have to do to live in heaven for ever?" Jesus didn't give him a straight answer, he asked him a question: "What does it say in the Word of God?"  The man replied,  "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and all your mind.  And you must love your neighbour as yourself.'    "That's quite right!" said Jesus.  "Do this and you will live for ever."   But the clever man, a lawyer, was not quite clear about this, so he asked,   "Who is my neighbour?"   

So Jesus told him a story - a parable.  Who knows what a parable is?  It's an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.   Are you ready for the story?  Once upon a time a Jewish man was travelling from Jerusalem to Jericho.  It's about 17 miles through the rocks and hills.  How would he travel - by car?  By plane?  Train?  Skateboard!....  No, he would probably walk.  How long would it take to walk 17 miles?"  About 4-5 hours?  The path would be full of stones and not much shade, and probably no places to stop for a drink - a lonely road  - ideal bandit (terrorist) country........He would set off early in the morning, just as the sun was rising   The road is rough and the rocks are high on either side.  Then suddenly out  jump some men - WHACK! - they attack him and rob him and leave him on the side of the path - badly hurt, in fact half dead.   He'd been mugged..."

samaritan

Themes:
Who is my neighbour, living forever, good samaritan, being too busy to do good, being a good samaritan

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174. Forgiveness (seventy times seven)

Introduction:
"Peter, one of Jesus' friends, had a problem like this. He asked Jesus How often should I forgive someone? How about 7 times 7? Jesus said “No, 70 times 7!”

While Peter was trying to figure that one out Jesus told this story:

“Once upon a time, there was a very rich man .. in fact he was not just a rich man but he was a .. (paint in crown) .. king. The day had arrived ... he had to settle his accounts. So he sat down at his desk with all his bills and receipts .... He began to check that all the people who owed him money had paid. “ £10 from this one .. yes. £50 from him .. yes. £500 from this one .. yes. Hello, here's one not paid! Who's it from? One of my servants! How much does he owe ?.... HOW MUCH? Bring that man to me at once!”...


forgivess


Themes:
Forgivess, the parable of the unmerciful servant, the parable of the unforgiving debtor

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173. Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

Introduction:
"Peter said “It's getting late, the people are hungry – send them back to the villages to buy food.”  Jesus said “You get them some food!”.  “I haven't enough money to feed all these people!”....

“See if anyone has any food we could share...”.

There was one little boy who had a packed lunch and he gave it to Jesus.  In his packed lunch there were five small loaves (a bit like pitta bread) and two fish (probably dried fish, little ones like sardines, from the lake). “Well..” thought Jesus' disciples (that's what his friends were called) “there's no way that little bit of food is going to go round all this lot!  NO WAY!”Would you have been prepared to share your lunch with all those people?"


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Themes:
God's providence, I am the bread of life, God's care for us

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.

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172. The story of the brave Queen Esther

Introduction:
"Esther was gorgeous.  Her parents had died, and her relative, Mordecai, had looked after her since she was little.  He said "Let's put you in for that!  But don't tell anyone we're Jewish, O.K.?  let's keep it a secret, just between you and me."  Are you any good at keeping secrets?  

(Explain there are good secrets and bad secrets and sometimes bad ones need to be told, to someone like your teacher)

Esther thought about it and decided it wouldn't do anybody any harm to keep that secret.  She put on her best dress and she walked up and down the catwalk with the other lovely girls, (do so...) and she Esther WON the competition!  She remembered what Mordecai had said, and never told anyone the secret.  She had to spend a year training to be queen - how to behave, how to dress, beauty treatments and make-up and hair - how to dance beautifully for the King..."

Esther


Themes:
Esther, asking God for help, doing the right thing, being a hero, feast of Purim 

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.

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171. Meeting Jesus on the road to Emmaus

Introduction:
"Two of them, Cleopas and possibly Luke, who was the one who reported the story, decided not to wait about in Jerusalem any longer but to go back home - they were staying in Emmaus - about 7 miles away. It was early afternoon as they walked along together, down the rough road away from Jerusalem, until they began to follow the lovely green valley full of olive and lemon groves which led up to Bethany. A stranger joined them as they walked along, probably with the hood of his cloak over his head to protect against the sun. Can you guess who it was?  It was  this person - let's write his name up - JESUS!  But they didn't recognise him. He had a different robe  on for a start, his old one had been kept by the soldiers. It wasn't unusual for someone to join a group of walkers, it was safer to walk in a group."

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Themes:
Easter, the resurrection of Jesus, disappointed disciples, Jesus reveals himself, breaking of bread

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170. The story of doubting Thomas

Introduction:
"A whole week went by and nobody saw Jesus, but then they were together in the upstairs room again, and this time Thomas was with them.  Suddenly Jesus appeared in the middle of them again.  He said "Look, Thomas!  It's me.  Touch me and feel me.  I'm real."  Thomas fell down on his knees (do so) and said "MY LORD and MY GOD!".  We hear people saying that all the time, don't we?  "Oh my God this, and Oh Lord that" but we should really be very careful about using those words.  The Bible says that God hates it if we use his name that way.  He really hates it.  Fine if we are talking to him or praying, but never just as an expression of shock or surprise.  Thomas would have known that.  He would never have said what he did unless he really believed that Jesus was God.  That's one of the reasons Christians believe that Jesus was God - Jesus didn't say "NO!  He accepted what Thomas said.  He accepted the fact that Thomas was on his knees worshipping him. "

thomas

Themes:
Doubt, seeing is believing, touching Jesus, recognising Jesus as God

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169. The story of David and Goliath


You may have a sword and a spear, but I come to you in the name of the LORD

David went down to the stream which separated the two armies.  He picked out five small smooth stones, just right.  GOLIATH couldn't believe his eyes! He couldn't hope to win!   Sending out a little loser like that!  How dare they insult him!   "Am I a dog?"  he asked "Going to throw a stick for me, are we, boy?  You come any nearer, you titchy little pipsqueak and I'll feed you to the birds....."  and he swore at him and at the Lord God. 

David shouted back "You may have a sword and a spear, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of the armies of heaven and Israel - the very God you insult.  Today the LORD will conquer you, and I will kill you, and I will feed you and all your army to the birds.... so there!  Then the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel, and he doesn't need weapons of war to sort out his plans!"

david goliath

Themes:

Trusting in God, leader or loser, boasting, God's victory

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161. Saul becomes Paul on the Damascus Road


“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?"

Saul was so determined to stamp out this idea, that when he heard there was another group of Jesus' friends spreading the same rumour in Damascus, he set off down the road from Jerusalem to Damascus to deal with it once and for all.  He was nearly there when suddenly out of the blue he was stopped in his tracks by a brilliant white light!   He  fell to the ground (act it out) .   He heard a voice speaking to him out of the light saying "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? " 

"Who are you, Lord?" he asked.

"I am Jesus! Get up, and go into the city, and you will be told what to do next!".  His friends were speechless - they could hear the sound, but they couldn't see anyone.

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Themes:

Persecution of Christians, Saul's conversion ont the Damascus Road, gospel presentation, testimony

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160. What's your idea of Heaven?


Heaven is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace and love

Winning the lottery?  Christmas?  Presents?  Loads to eat and drink, chocolate coming out of our ears, nothing else to do but watch TV? Apparently most people who win the lottery have got through the lot within a year, ending up with broken marriages, no friends, no job, and very unhappy. 

A skechtboard story on Romans 14:17 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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Themes:

Heaven is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace and love - Romans 14:17, a gospel presentation

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159. Jesus calms the storm


“Master! Master! Wake up! We're going to drown! Don’t you care?"

"It had been a long, hot day, and sitting up on the hillside were hundreds and hundreds of people.  They had all come there to listen to one man.  This man was really special - he healed people and talked to them about God.  Who am I talking about?  Yes, JESUS.  There were all kinds of people, big and small, old and young - and Jesus talked with them all.  Sometimes we may think that were not very important or special but to Jesus every person is special and important.  He told them all about God - not about a God who is far away, but about God who is very close to each one of us, and cares about us.

At the end of the day, Jesus was very tired!  He said to his special friends, his disciples, “Lets get into a boat and go across the lake to find somewhere to rest”.  So they all got into the boat.  When Jesus got into the boat, he was so tired that he found a nice place to curl up in, and ...zzzzzz... he fell asleep..."  

storm

Themes:

Trust in Jesus, does Jesus care about us, Jesus has the power over the sea and the wind

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158. The calling of Peter


Follow me and I will make you a fishers of men...

"Who likes to go fishing?  I wonder if you're the sort of person who comes home and says “Wow, mum, I caught a really big fish that was thiiiis big ... and I put it back”?.  You know fishermen are always going on about how big the catch was - even if they're not quite truthful!

Jesus' friend, Simon Peter, made his living by it .. he was a fisherman by trade.  He had his own boat, and knew his job.  He had been out on the lake all night and he had caught ... how many do you think?   Not one!  Nothing at all!  I expect he was sitting on the shore mending his nets and muttering to himself “Huh, all night and no fish, not even a tiddler - it's not worth fishing these days, I dunno where all the fish have gone, might as well not bother .. all I get is tired and wet and cold and hungry .

Peter


Themes:

Discipleship, following Jesus, leaving everything behind,  miraculous catch of fish, Miraculous Draught of Fish, fishers of men

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157. Where was Jesus born?


Was Jesus really born in a stable or in something else?

"Mary and Joseph would have travelled to Bethlehem some time before the birth of the baby in order to comply with the Roman census.  If their baby were born in their home town, he would be exempt from 50% of the poll tax until the age of 12 - an attractive incentive for any simple family.  Probably before September when various important Jewish feasts take place.

Luke 2 says "While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born".  They were not arriving with Mary already in labour and being turned away at every door - that is out of the question!  The duty of hospitality and care for the traveller was paramount in that society - in fact it still is, across the region.  As members of the Royal family of King David they would have gone to relatives.  Elizabeth and Zechariah would surely have welcomed them, if nobody else, bearing in mind Elizabeth's reaction to Mary's visit early in her pregnancy..."

(For more information see www.truthortradition.com)

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Themes:

Retelling the Christmas Story, stable or house, hospitality

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156. The confrontation between the prophjet Elijah and the priests of Baal


Shout a bit louder, Baal is maybe asleep!

"Elijah let the prophets of Baal have first turn.  They built the altar, put on the wood and the meat. 

All the people were watching.  The people didn't know that the prophets of Baal used to use tricks to light their fires when they were back down in the city, but up here on Mount Carmel with everybody watching, they couldn't use any tricks at all.  The 450 prophets of Baal started dancing around their altar calling on Baal to hear them, and set fire to the altar.  They were calling out "O Lord Baal, send down the fire!  O Lord Baal, send down the fire! O Lord Baal, send down the fire!"...

And do you know what happened?  NOTHING!
 

Ahab

Themes:

God shows his might, the powerlessness of false gods, fire from the sky, prophet Elijah, Asherah poles, prophets of Baal, king Ahab and queen Jezebel

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.

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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
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