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

 

267. Decorate a large candle as a creative prayer idea for your kids ministry


Symbols on the candle as silent prayers...

On the floor in the middle of the prayer room there is a very large candle. Next to it there’s a notice that explains that this candle is going to be used in the services in the coming year, as a symbol of Jesus’ presence. We do this to remind ourselves that Jesus is the Light of the world and that He is always with us. Next to the candle are sheets of coloured candle wax. Children and adults can use this to decorate the candle, so that it will really become ‘their’ candle in the coming year.  

Decorate candle as creative prayer idea in sunday school class

What do you need:

-  a very large candle
-  sheets of coloured (candle) wax
-  a pair of scissors

Biblical themes:

Creative prayer, burning a candle, Christmas, Easter, light of the world

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's work, kids ministry, Messy church,  small churches , prayer room

Scripture reference:

1 John 5:14-16, 1 Chronicles 16:11, 2 Chronicles 6:21, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Ephesians 1:18, Ephesians 6:18, Jeremiah 29:12, Job 22:27, John 17:15, James 5:13, Mark 11:24, Matthew 5:44, Matthew 6:7, Matthew 26:41, Proverbs 15:8, Psalm 17:6, Psalm 102:17, Psalm 141:2, Romans 12:2, Romans 12:12, Psalm 4:1, Psalm 145:18, Luke 11:2-4, Proverbs 15:29, Matthew 6:9-13, Matthew 7:11, Luke 6:12, Luke 18:1, Romans 8:26, Philippians 4:6, Colossians 4:2, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, 1 Timothy 2:8, Hebrews 4:14, James 1:7, James 4:3, James 5:16, 1 John 1:9, 1 Timothy 2:1-2

221. Heavenly appeals - which son obeyed the father?


A modern version of the parable of the two sons in Matthew 21:29-31? 

Which son obeyed the father? The 'good' one who said 'yes', but didn't do it. Or the 'bad' one who said 'no', but changed his mind?

In Matthew 21: 28 - 32 Jesus tells the parable of the two sons:

“What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’ “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go. “Which of the two did what his father wanted?”

“The first,” they answered.

Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him."

When I first saw the video below I had to think about this parable. But of course you can use this video also to talk about pride versus humilty.

"The fat fellow is the prototype of pride. He considers himself better than others. He is under the delusion that he is self-sufficient. That is a lie. Pride has the consequence that it attacks and destroys people in their innermost core (we are beings in relationship).

The little man is humble. Life has dealt harshly with him. He dares to be vulnerable. He knows he is dependent on other people. That makes him great.

Not for nothing did St. Augustine call humility the basis of Christian virtue and pride the mother of all sins." - Nikolaas Sintobin

Themes:

The parable of the two sons, pride versus humility, forgiveness, who of the two resembles Jesus?

Watch the video below.

In idea 217 we show you why and how you can use a video like 'Heavenly appeals' as: 
- a short introduction to a Bible story, a Sunday school lesson, a RE lesson
- a longer reflection on certain Bible stories and /or Biblical themes

Download:

Make sure that you download the video on your laptop or pc before you show it to the children / teenagers. If you rely on the wifi in the premises, there is chance that the internet connection won't work.

You can download any YouTube video using:
www.safefrom.net
www.keepvid.com

(Source: http://www.seeingmore.org/)

206. Build your own prayer wall

Introduction:

Recently I visited a church where they had literally built their own prayer wall. It looked like a real wall, but it was made out of cardboard boxes and cleverly chosen wall paper with a stone print. Church members and visitors were encouraged to write their prayers on pieces of paper and put these through ready-made holes in the wall. Very impressive, but also very easy.

It's important to let people know what you do with their prayers. Do you read them and pray about them afterwards? Or do you see the prayers as being for God's eyes only, and you throw them away without reading them?

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A giant prayer wall in the church!

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Small holes through which you can place your prayer notes.

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As light as a feather and very easy to move.

162. Demonstration video – A Rainbow of Snow


How many Biblical truths can you communicate with a rainbow of snow?

Below is a video demonstrating how you can easily make the rainbow of snow yourself.

To do this you need a large pot of Instant Snow (you can order it here) and food colourings (you can order these here).
For safety reasons I have used edible colourings, but you can also use non-edible colourings.

This video is part of a series of seven which demonstrate the different stories and themes you can illustrate with the rainbow of snow.

The complete series covers the following themes:

Idea 162.  Demonstration video with links to webshops
Idea 163.  Rainbow of snow – the promises of God
Idea 164.  Rainbow of snow – the story of the Jesus calming the storm
Idea 165.  Rainbow of snow – the names of Jesus
Idea 166.  Rainbow of snow – the diversity of the church
Idea 167.  Rainbow of snow – the fruit of the Spirit
Idea 168.  Rainbow of snow – the names of God

 

147. Endless Blessings - the Lota Water Bowl

Introduction:
You show a large silver bowl that is empty. When you turn it upside down nothing comes out. When you pick it up again and start tip it up, water will pour out of it!

Something from nothing, liquid from mid-air! This can be repeated again and again, with the vase continually filling with water.

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Being able to produce water from nothing time after time makes this trick ideal for telling different Bible stories, such as:
- Moses getting water from a rock (Num 20:11)
- the widow's endless jar of oil  (2 Kings 4:4)
- Jesus being baptised (Matt 3:13). 

It is an ideal object lesson for baptisms.

You can also colour the water with red food dye and use it to symbolise the blood of Jesus that was shed for all.

Watch the video below

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126. Rocky Raccoon and the Bible story of the paralysed man - Gospel Magic


Rocky Raccoon and the ZigZag trick

We are always looking for new ways to tell Bible stories. One of these ways is through the use of Rocky the spring puppet. 

Rocky is very easy to bring him to life. Spring animals are puppets that consist of a large spring covered with fur. You hold the spring raccoon in one hand, moving the head with your thumb and first finger. It gives the animal a very realistic effective, and it's not uncommon for people to mistake it for a live animal!

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Rocky is ideal to use in telling the following Bible stories: 

the four friends bringing their paralysed friend to Jesus
Jesus calms the storm on the lake
Noah and the animals in the ark

In the video below we will show you how you use Rocky and the ZigZag trick tol tell the Bible story of Jesus healing the paralysed man who was lowered through a hole in the roof made by his four friends.

Themes: 

Jesus has the power to forgive sins, Jesus forgives sins, Jesus heals the paralysed man, finding new ways to bring people to Jesus, perseverance, don't give up, friendship, Jesus puts us on our feet

Buy your own spring puppet.

There are several places where you can buy your own spring puppet. The English guys from Mission Magic sell them, but you can also buy them on Amazon

If you are looking for the ZigZag trick that we use 'to cut Rocky into three parts' to tell the stories of the paralysed man, the storm on the lake and Noah in the ark look at this link of Dynamite Magic.

 

 

77. Five lessons a pencil can teach us

Introduction:
This is a simple object lesson which uses a big pencil to discuss five of the beautiful aspects of living life with God.

Themes:
Outside/inside, God’s leadership, God’s correcting presence in our lives, forgiveness, bearing fruit.  
Five lessons a pencil can teach us


To be used for:

- Children’s moment during a service
- Creative children’s teaching
- School assembly
- RE lesson
- Creative preaching illustration

Bible text:
The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (Samuel 16:7)

Age:
4 - 88 years

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59. How to teach nine different Bible Lessons using Insta-Worms

Let us introduce you to Insta-Worms

"Create slimy, gooey worms—instantly! The moment the worm goo is added to the activator solution, worms magically appear. You can make fat worms, skinny worms, short worms, long worms, straight worms, zigzag worms, worm eggs, color-changing worms, or even a worm ring or bracelet. The secret is in the awesome world of polymer science.

How to teach nine different Bible lessons using Insta Worms
Makes more than 40 feet of worms. It's hands-on chemistry fun!"

It certainly is fun! Did you know that you can also use this with children in your Sunday school lesson / kids ministry or with adults during the church service to teach nine different Bible lessons, such as:

Idea 60 - the story of creation
Idea 61 - the story of the snake in the garden of Eden
Idea 62 - the calling of Moses
Idea 63 - the bronze snake in the desert
Idea 64 - Jonah and the worm
Idea 65 - Paul and the poisonous snake
Idea 66 - the importance of being constantly filled with the Holy Spirit
Idea 67 - the importance of clean water especlally in a situation of poverty
Idea 68 - you are a pearl in God's hand

By clicking on the links above you can see the stories being taught.

In this video below Katie demonstrates the use of Insta-Worms.
You can buy your own box of Insta-Worms here at Amazon.com and here at Amazon.co.uk.

You can use this idea in a:

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

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