536. Create your own story sticks - a craft activity


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

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

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

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Theme:

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

A complete programme for your Sunday school

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

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

What do you need for each child:

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

Method:

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

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

story sticks

 


Fig. 1 The legs of the paralysed man

 


Fig. 2 The window of the house where Jesus was

 

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

 


Fig. 4 The house where Jesus was

 


Fig. 5 The stairs behind the house

 


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

 


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

 

 

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

 

 

 

534. Reaching your goal - a fun indoor game!


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

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

This game is about the children reaching their goal.

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Theme:

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

What do you need:

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

The game:

Split the children up into teams of two to four children.

Put the shoe boxes on their sides as goals at each end of the table. Each time two different teams can play against each other.

Give each child a straw. Each child has to try to blow the pingpong ball into the goal of the opposition, at the other end of the table. They aren’t allowed to touch the ball with their hands. If the ball rolls off the table, the opposition can put it back into the game.

Decide beforehand how long the game is going to last, and the team with the most goals in that time is the winner.

After the game you can talk with the children about goals. It’s not always easy to reach goals.

Questions:

Which goals do the children have?
What are they doing to reach their goal?
Is that easy or hard?
How will you feel once you have reached your goal?

A complete programme for your Sunday school

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

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

523. Create activity cards with Advent


Let’s make a difference this Christmas

This is an interesting Advent idea for use at home or within your kids ministry or Sunday school lesson.

Create a pile of activity cards. Each Sunday of Advent, ask a child to pick one of the activity cards – hold them so that the child can’t see which card they are choosing. This card is the coming task for the coming week. You can fulfil this task as a group or as a family.

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You can think of lots of fun and interesting tasks such as:

- Make a Christmas card for someone
- Clean up the rubbish in your park
- Sweep the street
- Give food to a foodbank or to someone who needs it
- Buy a cup of coffee for a homeless person
- Make a present for someone who is lonely
- Give someone a compliment
- Create your own bird feeder
- Bake cookies and share them with neighbours and friends

You can think of twenty or more activities that you can do as a family or as a children’s group.

 

522. A frozen Lego figure as an Advent idea?


God is not far away from us. In Jesus He came so close…

A fun Christmas idea on God coming to us in His son Jesus. You can use this Advent idea at home or in your children’s ministry. 

Put a Lego figure into a small cup of water and put this into a freezer. Once it is frozen take it out and show it to the kids. Explain to them that when we celebrate Christmas we celebrate that God became like us. In Jesus He became a man. God is not very far away - show your hands and move them far away from the Lego figure in the ice. But through Jesus He has come very close – put your hands on the ice block.

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By reading the Bible, praying and going to church we can grow closer to Him. This is what God wants for us, because He loves us so much. His love makes you warm. Shall we see if we can make this block of ice warm, so that it will melt. How can we do that?

521. God's guidance, a cornflake and a magnet


How can you compare God's guidance with a cornflake?

To find out, you’ll have to watch this surprising TheDadLab video below. It is another one of his great, short videos on easy to do science experiments.



Just as the cornflake is pulled along by the magnet held above it. so we may know that God wants to guide us. He wants to lead us. In Psalm 23 David writes: "The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right pathsfor his name’s sake." (Psalm 23: 1 -3)

But does this work? Is it as easy as the pulling or pushing of a cornflake with a magnet? 

In the Bible we read about lots of people who hear his voice, know his will, are guided by angels. How does this work in our lives today?

Some questions to reflect on with the children:

How do you think God's guidance works?
How does God guide us?
Can you give an example?
How many people in the Bible do we know that were guided by God?

cornflake

 

This is a great object lesson to reflect with the children on the theme of God's guidance in our lives.

It is fun and easy to do with the children. They can take turns to try and move a cornflake over the water.

Theme:

God's guidance, hearing His voice, knowing His will, choosing your own path

Needed:

- a magnet
- cornflakes
- a bowl of water

 

520. The object lesson of cornflakes, magnet and the star of Bethlehem


What on earth could be the link between cornflakes, a magnet and the star of Bethlehem?

To find out, you’ll have to watch this surprising TheDadLab video below. It is another one of his great, short videos on easy to do science experiments.



Just as the cornflake is pulled along by the magnet held above it, so the (three) wise men experience the pull of the star. It leads them towards Bethlehem, where they will worship Jesus and present their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

"They went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.  When they saw the star, they were overjoyed." Matthew 2: 9 - 10

object lesson star of bethlehem

This is a great object lesson to illustrate the Christmas story of the wise men following the star of Bethlehem.

It is fun and easy to do with the children. They can take it in turns to try moving a cornflake over the water.

Theme:

The Magi, the (three wise men, the (three) kings, the star of Bethlehem, God's direction

Needed:

- a strong magnet
- fortified cornflakes (check the label to see how much iron each serving contains—the more the better!) 
- a bowl of water

 

514. Five creative Advent ideas based on the Bible story where Mary meets her pregnant aunt Elisabeth


Lots of things seem to happen when Mary comes to visit her pregnant aunt Elisabeth

“At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfil his promises to her!”

Luke 1: 39 -45  

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1. Mary meets Elisabeth - The Big Tummy race

In this Bible story the two pregnant women meet each other. Split the children into two groups and do a relay race with them. Create a fun course for them to run. Give each group a blown up balloon. When the race starts, the first child puts the balloon beneath his or her shirt and runs the course with the balloon. After finishing the course the balloon is passed to the next child.      (10 min)

2. Mary meets Elisabeth - Big Tummy visiting

Is there someone pregnant in the church or someone else that you know who is pregnant?  It might be fun to invite her to the children’s program, Sunday school lesson or kids ministry.

She could then share what it feels like to be pregnant. Has she ever felt her baby kicking? Or even leaping, like Elisabeth? Perhaps she will allow some children to feel her tummy and see if the baby is moving.

What do you think this would have been like for Mary and Elisabeth?    (10 - 15 min)

3. Mary meets Elisabeth - What has been forgotten?

This fun game will help you think about the meaning of Mary's song. The coming of Jesus had a huge impact on Mary. It meant that God had not forgotten His people. The God of all the old stories in the Bible still loves His people He has not forgotten them.  And He never will!

"He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful o Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.” (Luke 1:54-55 )

Put fifteen different objects on a table. Get the children to stand around the table and name all fifteen objects. Ask one of the children to go out of the room and remove one of the objects. Can the child see which of the objects has disappeared?     (10 min)

4. Mary meets Elisabeth - Let’s create a chain reaction

When you read the story of Mary meeting her aunt Elizabeth, you can see that a chain reaction is taking place. The baby in Elisabeth’s tummy leaps with joy. Elisabeth rejoices and proclaims that Mary is blessed. Mary joins in and starts singing about God’s goodness.

Why not create a giant chain reaction with the children? You can use all kind of items, like marbles, bottles, dominoes, tubes, etc.

It's probably a good idea to have prepared a small section to start with, to help the children get the idea. It would be fun to end with a grand finale which will make the children cheer. Just like Mary who couldn’t stop cheering and celebrating, because she was so happy with what God was doing.

On YouTube you can find lots of examples of chain reactions.


5. Mary meets Elisabeth - What is bubbling in your heart?

Create a homemade bubble blower (see the vdeo). Add a few drops of food colouring liquid into each bottle. Make sure each bottle has a different colour. Give the children a empty piece of paper in the shape of a heart. Let them write on the heart things that they are grateful for and things they want to thank God for. Let them blow bubbles against the paper. When the bubbles burst, a colourful patters remains on the paper.

What do you need?

- bottles of bubble blower (or you can create your own!)
- liquid food colouring
- paper hearts and pens

 

501. Water from a Stone - an object lesson


What can you do with a ‘water from a stone’ gimmick?

A what??

A nifty ‘water from a stone’ gadget, which enables you to water your plants when you’re on holiday.

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You can use it to tell the story of Moses in the desert, during which water came out of the rock! Or you could use it to talk about the words of Jesus: ‘I am the living water’…..

waterstone

Themes:

Moses and the Israeiltes in the desert, water from the rock, thirst, living water.

Bible verses:

Numbers 20:1-29, Exodus 17:1-7, John 4

Where do I get one?

You can order the ‘water from a stone’ here

Scripture reference: Numbers 20:1-29, Exodus 17:1-7, John 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

497. The power of words


It is a beautiful day and I can't see it!

Change your words - change your world

If you are looking at the story of Bartimaeus, you can show children aged from 8 years old this film. 

The film is a good starting point for a conversation! It will challenge children to think about what they can do if they see people living on the streets, or begging, whether it be in their home town, or when they are on holiday. Friendly,words may mean a lot more than just giving money.

Luke 18:35-43, Mark 10:46-52, Matthew 20:29-34



 

Scripture reference: Luke 18:35-43, Mark 10:46-52, Matthew 20:29-34
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, 

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

439. Tell Bible stories with the National Flag illussion

Take your audience around the world with this self working National Flag card trick.

This is a brilliant object lesson / gospel illusion. Ideal for school assemblies - with the opportunity to share facts about different countries - teachers love that!

Perfect for services - the chosen flag leads you seamlessly into dozens of different stories from the Bible.

And best of all the deck does all the work for you - leaving you to focus on your presentation and message. 

A great new productt from my friends at Mission Magic. . 

 

438. Psalm 150 - Thank you paper chain


Dear God, I am really thankful for...

In Psalm 150 the writer calls us to praise God. When we praise God we are also thanking him for who he is and what he does. What are we thankful for? Do we tell God that we are thankful? Let’s make a paper chain of all sorts of things that we are thankful for.

Make sure you have lots of strips of coloured paper. Ask the children to write up as many things as possible that they are thankful for, one thing per piece of paper. Make a paper chain of the strips of paper.

Paper Chain to thank God with

You can make a game of it, to see how many things the children can think of in a certain time. You can help them by asking them questions, like:

- What are you grateful for at school, at home, or on the street?
- What are you good at? Can you thank God for these things?

Close with a short prayer to thank God for everything that we are grateful for. 

What do you need: 

- Coloured strips of paper
- Crayons or pens
- Stapler or cellotape

 

 

Scripture reference: Psalm 150
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

437. Psalm 150 - Hallelujah tag


Hallelujah - I cannot stop singing to the Lord

Play a game of tag, and ask everyone to sing a song together while they are playing. Sing a Chistian song that everyone knows. One of the children is the tagger. If you’ve been tagged, then you have to stop singing and stand still. If one of the other 'free' children tags you free, you shout 'Hallelujah' and you start singing again.

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Depending on the group you can explain the meaning of 'Hallelujah' before or after the game. Hallelujah means: I have to sing to the Lord. It's like I cannot stop!

Read Psalm 150 together with the children. Do you think that the author of Psalm 150 was able to stop with singing to the Lord?

Scripture reference: Psalm 150
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

436. Psalm 150 - A present for Him


Do you think God likes presents?

Psalm 150 is like a present that the writer gives to God. Divide the group into groups of three children. One of the children in each group is going to be the present. The other two are going to wrap him or her up as a present. Which group has wrapped up their present first? The present is finished when you can’t see any part of the child, and there’s a lovely ribbon around it. Which group is quickest?

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What do you need:

- Wrapping paper
- Cellotape
- Scissors
- Ribbon to tie round the present

Scripture reference: Psalm 150
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

433. Psalm 150 - Let's write a new psalm

Time for Psalm 151

The writer of psalm 150 sings this song for God and encourages others to sing for God. He gives the psalm to God as a gift as it were. The song, the singing, and the music is not just any old song. It is a present for Him.

Divide the children into small groups and ask them to write a song or a rap for God. A psalm 151! The groups can take turns to read, sing or rap their song.  

child writing new psalm sunday school kids ministry

What do you need:

- Pen and paper

Scripture reference: Psalm 150
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

432. Psalm 150 - Crow, bark, bleat, moo for the Lord?


Can animals worship God as well?

Read psalm 150 together. Look together at the sentence ‘Everything that is alive praise the Lord’. How do animals sing for the Lord?  Would they be allowed to crow, bark, bleat and moo for the Lord?

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A few things you could do with this are:

Animal noise game:

You need: a room that you can make dark.

Make sure the room is dark. Ask the children to hide in it.  Each child chooses their own animal noise. Get them to make their noise while they are hidden. One child has to ‘listen’ the others out of hiding. If they guess which animal it is and who is making the sound, then that child will have to come out of hiding.

Guess the animal:

You need: a cd with animal noises, or an app with animal sounds on a phone. Use the sounds of the mammals.

Ask the children to guess which animal they are going to listen to. Give them 10 sounds and ask them to list what they have heard. 

 

Scripture reference: Psalm 150
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

431. Psalm 150 - Everything that has breath...


Do you know if something is alive or lifeless?

In psalm 150 the psalmist sings ‘Let everything that has breath praise the Lord’, ‘Let everything that is alive praise the Lord’. Who/what is alive?
 
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Bring some things with you and ask the children to guess if they are alive or not. You can also bring pictures/photos. Don’t make it too easy for them. Which things are dead, alive, or have ever lived? How could they sing for God?
 
- a fossil
- a seed from a plant
- some moss
- a piece of coral
- air in a bag
- water in a glass
- blue cheese
Scripture reference: Psalm 150
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

429. Psalm 150 - Making an instrument


Let's make some music together

Read psalm 150 together. The writer encourages us to sing for God and to make music for God. We’re going to do exactly that – we’re going to make an instrument.

let us make music circle children

You can make many different instruments. You can have the children make the same instruments or all sorts of different ones. You can also give older children a harder challenge. You could also make small groups of children that can form a ‘band’. Then they can also think together about which instruments they need to make for the band.

Options to make:

- Drums
- Guitar
- Bottles filled with water
- Pan flute
- Samba balls
- Tambourine

Scripture reference: Psalm 150
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

427. Psalm 150 - A visiting musician


A musical mystery guest

Ask a musician in the church to come and tell the children about playing music and singing for God. Encourage the children to ask them questions.

musician

If you have a keyboard player visiting you, it might be fun to ask them to let the children hear that there are all sorts of other instruments in the keyboard. You can then refer them to the text in the psalm and find out what a flute or trumpet sounds like on the keyboard.

Scripture reference: Psalm 150
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

426. Psalm 150 - New instruments


Let's create some noise

This is an activity that has to suit you as club leaders. It needs someone who is practical and who can help the children to use the tools safely. If that’s not you, you can always ask someone to come and help you of course. It’s good to have made some examples beforehand to give the children an idea of the sort of things they can make.  Don’t make it too difficult. Just by hitting an empty can with a wooden stick you get a good musical instrument.
 
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Together with the children, and using the things you have brought with you, make some new instruments that they can use to make music. Challenge them to be creative with what you have brought with you.
 

What do you need:

- All sorts of old material/rubbish, such as bits of piping/tubing, garden hose, tops of beer bottles, nails, cans, empty milk cartons etc.
- Tools such as duct tape, a saw, a drill, scissors etc.
 
Scripture reference: Psalm 150
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

425. Psalm 150 - Happy, angry, sad


Lots of different feeling in the Psalms

Show the children the Bible and ask for their help in finding Psalm 150.

Psalm 150 is the last song in the book of Psalms. So there are lots of songs in the book of Psalms – 150 in total!

Psalm 150 praise the lord

These songs are all about God, but they are all different. One song might be about someone who is really sad, and another about someone who is really happy, or angry.

Read Psalm 150 together: read it once on your own with a neutral voice. Tell the children that we’re going to do some drama today. Make sure that you have (part of) Psalm 150 written up on the flipover so that everyone can read it.

The children can now take turns to choose one of the cards that you have prepared, with different emotions written on them. Then ask them to read the text with the emotion that’s written on their card. Ask the other children to guess which emotion it it. At the end, once everyone has had a turn, ask the children which emotion fits with Psalm 150. Why do they think this? Why do they think it’s the last psalm?

What do you need:

- A flipover with (part of) Psalm 150 written up on it
- Cards with various emotions on them (happy, sad, nervous, scared, in love etc)
- The Bible

Time:

15 – 20 minutes

Scripture reference: Psalm 150
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

424. Do you already own a Super Story Stick?


A wooden wonder to wow and win over audiences!

You show the children a long wooden stick, jointed at three points. This seemingly simple prop is used to tell many different stories, as the stick is formed into a wide range of clear, recognisable shapes. The pace picks up, as your switch effortlessly from shape to shape – telling entertaining stories, with memorable Gospel messages!

Children in particular respond well to visual aids, and the Story Stick allows you to bring any story to life – using either the x3 included routines OR making up your own stories and shapes!

A great new product from my friends at Mission Magic

 

413. The call of Abram - Listening: Simon says


Are you good at listening?

Ask the group to stand up. The leader gives all sorts of instructions for the children to follow, for example jump, squat, stand on one leg etc. The children are only allowed to do it if the leader first says ‘Simon says’. So, when the leaders says ‘Simon says jump’, the children have to jump. If the leader just says ‘Jump’ then they have to stay still. If you move, you’re out.

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Afterwards you can talk with the children about how it’s sometimes really hard to listen properly. What sort of things shouldn’t you do even if someone tells you to do them? If you were Abram, would you have listened to what God told you to do? Why /why not?

Duration: 15 minutes

Scripture reference: Genesis 12:1 – 9
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time

408. Daniel in the lion's den - a storyboard

Have you ever told a Bible story with a storyboard?

OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates in the video below how you can tell the story of the Daniel in the lion's den while using a storyboard. These storyboards are produced by Gary Stirling. They are very cleverly designed, so you can tell one story with just eight pictures. This one also has a clear gospel presentation in it. 

Dawn Getley tells the story of Daniel in the lions den

You can buy the script, the pictures and the instructions for 6 pounds at GarysBibleStories.

You can download Dawn's script and watch the video below...

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Scripture reference: Daniel 6:1–28
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

407. Noah and the ark - a storyboard

Have you ever told a Bible story with a storyboard?

OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates in the video below how you can tell the story of the Noah and the ark while using a storyboard. These storyboards are produced by Gary Stirling. They are very cleverly designed, so you can tell one story with just eight pictures. This one also has a clear gospel presentation in it. 

Dawn Getley tells the story of Noah and the ark

You can buy the script, the pictures and the instructions for 6 pounds at GarysBibleStories.

You can download Dawn's script and watch the video below...

Register to read more ...

Scripture reference: Genesis 5 , Genesis 6, Genesis 7, Genesis 8, Genesis 9, Genesis 10
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

403. Let's make a rainbow!


This is a cool science experiment that you can use in a class room or Sunday school lesson

A rainbow is a symbol of hope. A symbol that God will keep his promises. So any time you are going to talk about hope, God's promises and God's faithfulness you can create this rainbow.

 

 

Scripture reference: Genesis 9:8-17
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 time

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!

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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.


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

396. Mary meets Elizabeth - big tummy visiting


A fun activity that will help you to start thinking about Advent.

Is there someone pregnant in the church or someone you know. Maybe it is a fun idea to invite her to the children’s program, Sunday school lesson or kids ministry.

Maybe she can share what it feels like to be pregnant. Has she even felt her baby kicking? Or even leaping, like Elizabeth? Maybe some children can feel the tummy and see if the baby moves.

How do think this would have been for Mary and Elizabeth? (10 - 15 min)

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Scripture reference:

Luke 1:41-42  (NIV)

41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!

You can use this idea in a:

Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, kids time

395. Mary meets Elizabeth - the big tummy race


A fun activity that will help you to start thinking about Advent.

In this Bible story two pregnant women meet each other. Split the children into two groups and do a relay race with them. Create a fun course for them to run. Give each group a blown up balloon. When the race starts, the first child places the balloon underneath his or her shirt and runst the course with the balloon. After finishing the course the balloon is passed to the next child.  (10 min)

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Scripture reference:

Luke 1:41-42  (NIV)

41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!

You can use this idea in a:

Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, Messy church, kids time

386. Playing mega table tennis with the kids

Did you konw that you can play mega table tennis using gymnatics equipment, like in a school?

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?

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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.

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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

355. Mother’s Day – giving compliments

An fun interactive idea to pay attention to Mother's Day during a children's moment in church

On Mother’s Day take a basket of random household objects with you for the children’s moment in the service. Ask a few children to come forward and choose an object. Ask them to give their own mum a compliment based on the object they have chosen.

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For example:

- a bread knife – she makes the best sandwiches

- ear phones – she always listens to me

- a clown’s red nose – she makes me laugh

- a children’s book – she reads aloud to me every evening.

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


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

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

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

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

Watch the video:

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!


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


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

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

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

Who knows what the red present was? Incense!

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

And the third present?

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

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

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

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

Watch the video:

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

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


325. The fourth piece of the Christmas Puzzle - part 13 of the Christmas show that you can do!


Use the puzzle piece of the presents to introduce the story line of the Magi.

After completing the several different acts about the shepherds. take the fourth piece of the puzzle out of the folder. It's a picture of a present. You can talk about all the different presents that we hope to get at Christmas. Put this picture on the board and you are ready to start the following act: introducing the Magi.

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Use the picture of the present to talk about the Magi who brought their own presents for Jesus: gold, incense and myrrh. It is important to ignore the hole in the middle of the puzzle. Just act like you haven't seen it and don't mention it yet!

This fourth piece of the puzzle helps you introduce the story of the Magi and their presents.

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

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

318. Joseph and Mary searching for a place to stay in Bethlehem - part 6 of the Christmas show that you can do!


Any children’s worker can tell this story using the Gospel magic trick of the Joker Tube / Stratosphere

Ask a child to come forward as a volunteer and show him/her the Joker Tube and asks if he knows what order the colours are in a traffic light. Red at the top, yellow in the middle and green at the bottom. The child gives you the coloured balls and you put them in the right order into the tube. Then you start telling the story...

"Joseph and Mary have travelled a long way from Nazareth to Bethlehem. It’s busy. Lots of people have come to register. Joseph looks at Mary. He knows that she can give birth any moment soon. It’s important for him to find an inn where they can stay.

He knocks on the door of the first inn he comes across. “Hello, do you have a place for us to stay for the night?”

You look questioningly at the child and the child says ‘no’. You lift the covering of the tube and the lights are all mixed up.

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Joseph is confused. How can this happen? Mary trusted God. He trusted God and now there is no place for them to stay. No place where the son of God can be born? Joseph doesn’t understand. How is this possible?

Take the three balls out of the tube and put them back again in the right order.

Joseph starts to worry a little now. Quickly he rushes to the next inn. He knocks on the door of the second inn. “Hello, my wife is pregnant. Do you have a place for us to stay for the night?”

You look again questioningly at the child and the child says again ‘no’. You lift the covering of the tube and the lights are all mixed up again for the second time.

Joseph starts to panic. How can this happen? Will God desert them? Is God not to be trusted?

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Take the three balls out of the tube and this time you put them back again in a different order: yellow first, then red and then lastly green.

Joseph knows he has one more opportunity. The last inn in Bethlehem. He runs as fast as he can and knocks at the door. “Hello, my wife can give birth any moment now. Please, please, do you have a room for us? Have mercy!”

You look questioningly at the child for the last time and the child says ‘no’ for the third time. You lift the covering of the tube and this time there are two red lights in your traffic light and the green light has disappeared. You’ll hear the amazement from your public and you use this amazement to focus on Joseph’s amazement.

How is this possible? Why has God deserted them? Why? It wasn’t easy for Joseph to marry a pregnant Mary. Everyone in the village had spoken of their shame. But he did it, because he trusted God and now this. How can it be?

And then someone, we don’t know who, shows love and compassion to Joseph and Mary. God does care for them. Someone has a place for them in a stable.

You take the three balls out of the tube and this time you put them back again in a different order: In the stable is some straw: the yellow ball. There is a small manger: the red ball and some blankets: another red ball.

That night Joseph and Mary discover that they can trust God. He does take care of them. That the night the traffic light in Bethlehem turns...

You lift the cover away from the tube.

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Green!! Green for Joseph and Mary. Green for us all."

Tthank the child who helped you and make sure he/she gets a round of applause. Then go straight into the end of the Cut and Restore trick and ask the girl who took care of your rope and knot to come forward and demonstrate the birth of Jesus Christ this way. Immanuel - God coming down to earth.

To demonstrate this you keep the rope vertical and move your hand down from the top to the bottom. When you reach the knot half way down the rope you move the knot down as you keep talking about God coming down from heaven.

Ask the girl to open her hands and slowly let the knot drop into her hands. Jesus is born in the stable and I ask her to take care of Jesus. She can keep the knot as a symbol of Jesus being born. Before she leaves the stage make sure she gets a around of applause.

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

Watch the demonstration video

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

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

 

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

282. Make your own sheep - part of a Sunday school lesson about the Good shepherd


Let's create a flock 

Did you know that the Good Shepherd wants to help us to look more and more like Him every day? He changes us, in order that we as sheep wlll start to look more like the Shepherd.

On the table there are cardboard sheep, balls of wool, toy eyes, stickers and felt pens. You can make your own sheep using these materials.

What you'll need:

-  Sheep made out of cardboard
-  Balls of wool, toy eyes,  stickers and felt pens

Create your own sheep

Themes:

Jesus is the Good Shepherd, the church as a flock

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church

Scripture reference:

Psalm 100:3, Luke 15:4-7, Matthew 9:36, John 10:1-16, Matthew 7:15, Jeremiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 10:16, Ezekiel 34:1-31, John 21:17, Psalm 23:1-6, Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 26:31, Ezekiel 34:17-22, Micah 2:12, Mark 14:27, Matthew 10:6, Matthew 18:10-13

276. Make a good shepherd's crook - part of a Sunday school lesson about the Good shepherd


Your rod and your staff they comfort me

This is a fun activity in which every child makes a shepherd's crook.

Take the children to the park to look for suitable sticks to make a shepherd’s crook. With the help of sandpaper and (under supervision) a penknife, they can prepare their sticks and make them smooth.   (You can always collect the sticks beforehand! That saves a trip with the kids...)

You can ask someone if they want to teach the children something about wood carving.

You can decorate the crook with ribbons, stickers and flowers.

The aim is that every child has his or hers own shepherd's crook.

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Themes:

Jesus is the Good Shepherd, the church as a flock

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church

Scripture reference:

Psalm 100:3, Luke 15:4-7, Matthew 9:36, John 10:1-16, Matthew 7:15, Jeremiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 10:16, Ezekiel 34:1-31, John 21:17, Psalm 23:1-6, Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 26:31, Ezekiel 34:17-22, Micah 2:12, Mark 14:27, Matthew 10:6, Matthew 18:10-13

 

274. Practicing with snails - part of a Sunday school lesson about the Good shepherd


What are the traits of a good shepherd?

Children are going to practice with being a shepherd by taking care of a Faunarium with snails in it.

We bought a small faunarium through Amazon. We placed a layer of wet earth on the bottom of the faunarium and a small dish of water. I found 3 or 4 snails in our garden with their shells on. These snails can temporarily live in the faunarium. Make sure they get some chalk and some lettuce or other vegetation.

The children can take in turn the faunarium home for a week to take care of the snails. They only need some fresh water and some vegetables. In this way the children can practice being a shepherd.



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Themes:

Jesus is the Good Shepherd, the church as a flock

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church

Scripture reference:

Psalm 100:3, Luke 15:4-7, Matthew 9:36, John 10:1-16, Matthew 7:15, Jeremiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 10:16, Ezekiel 34:1-31, John 21:17, Psalm 23:1-6, Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 26:31, Ezekiel 34:17-22, Micah 2:12, Mark 14:27, Matthew 10:6, Matthew 18:10-13

 

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