464. Time to turn - a complete Sunday school lesson


A thought provoking program with 10 creative ideas for your Sunday school or children's ministry

I have written a series of ideas and activities especially for Micah Sunday, that you can use during your Sunday school or children’s moment in church.

In 2017 the theme of the Micah Sunday is based on a text from Psalm 24: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’

It looks at how we as Christians can take care of God's world. What can we do to stop pollution, climate change and all the effects this has on the earth and those living in poverty? For them this means more hunger, conflict and insecurity, and a more uncertain future for us all.

Ten fun and useful games, object lessons, creative prayer ideas and activities on Psalm 24 that you can use within your Sunday school class.

You can download the complete PDF file below.

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Scripture reference: Psalm 24
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons

460. Time to turn - Carbon dioxide attacks the ozone layer


A game about climate change

I have written a series of ideas and activities especially for Micah Sunday, that you can use during your Sunday school or children’s moment in church.

This year the theme of the Micah Sunday is based on a text from Psalm 24: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’ 

It looks at how we as Christians can take care of God's world. What can we do to stop pollution, climate change and all the effects this has on the earth and those living in poverty. For them this means more hunger, conflict and insecurity, and a more uncertain future for us all.

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In this game we’re going to replay the process by which carbon dioxide attacks the ozone layer.

What do you need:

- a soft foam ball
- tape

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Scripture reference: Psalm 24
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

453. Living like Christ - a complete Sunday school lesson


A great program with 12 creative ideas for your Sunday school or children's ministry

Lots of fun and useful games and activities that you can use within your Sunday school class on Philippians 2: 1-11

You can download the complete PDF file below.

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Scripture reference: Philippians 2:1-11
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons

450. Living like Christ - The parachute game


Being one, but also being different

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

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

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

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

 

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

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


How do we stay humble? 

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

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

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

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

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

416. The call of Abram - How to listen


Can you recognise the sound?

The Lord said to Abram “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.’

One by one the children are blindfolded and asked if they can recognise sounds that the leaders make. For example, the sound of a bicycle bell, tearing a piece of paper, bouncing a ball. You can make it as hard or easy as you want, and give the blindfolded child tips to help them recognise what it is.

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Duration: 10 - 15 minutes

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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

415. The call of Abram - The Duct tape minefield


A really fun game about trusting blindly in God

The Lord said to Abram “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.’

Abram left everything he knew, because he trusted blindly in God. Can you trust someone blindly?

duct tape Abram listens to God

Duration: 20 minutes

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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

414. The call of Abram - The removal box race


Abram knew how it was to move house

The Lord said to Abram “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.’

As an introduction you can talk about moving house. Which of the children has ever moved house? What was it like? If you were going to move house now, and were only allowed to take one thing with you, what would you take? Read the story of Abram together.  He was told to move house, because God had promised him a beautiful new country.  What do you think he would have taken with him? You may like to talk about this after the race.

call of Abram removal boxes race

Duration: 10 - 15 minutes

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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

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

397. Mary meets Elizabeth - what has been forgotten?


A fun game that will help you think about the meaning of Mary's song

The coming of Jesus had a huge impact for 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!

Place fifteen different object on a table. Let the children stand around the table and name all fifteen objects. Ask one of the children to go to another room and remove one of the objects. Can the child see which of the objects had disappeared? (10 min)

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Scripture reference:

Luke 1:54-55  (NIV)

"He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful o Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”

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?

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


Who is the best boaster in the group?

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

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

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Themes: 

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

Setting:

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

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374. The letter to the Philippians - the parachute game


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

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

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

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

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

Themes: 

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

Setting:

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

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

331. The power of a quiz - part 19 of the Christmas show that you can do!


Four good reasons why you could do a quiz in your Christmas show

If there is time left you could do a quiz with the children. I always find that doing a quiz gives me four specific benefits:

1. If you tell the children you are going to do a quiz before you tell the story and that you are going to ask questions about the story during the quiz the children will listen more attentively to your Bible story.

2. During the quiz I tell the story again, so the children hear the story twice.

3. During the quiz I ask the children questions about the most important teaching points in the story. Even some questions that will start with a 'why'. By doing this children will have to think about the teaching point in the story and communicate this back to me. 

4. Kids love playing quizzes and games and this brings an element of fun to your story telling.

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In the video below I will show you how you can use a very easy quiz during your Christmas service, school assembly or in your Sunday school lesson.

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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

 

275. In search of the lost sheep - part of a Sunday school lesson about the Good shepherd


96, 97, 98, 99... We're missing a sheep!

Set up a game in which the children can search for a lost sheep. You can do this in several different ways:

-  Set up a trail during which the children have to look for people disguised as sheep, or wearing certain items of clothing to represent the lost sheep.
-  Set up a trail of arrows that the children have to follow to lead them to the lost sheep.
-  Hide a sheep made of paper or a toy sheep in the forest or park and let the children find this, you can also let some of the children hide a few sheep.

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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

 

272. The door of a sheep pen - part of a Sunday school lesson about the Good shepherd


What kind of door is Jesus?

This is a activity where we're going to think about the words of Jesus: "I am the door for the sheep".

The door of a sheep pen

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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271. Shooting at wolves - part of a Sunday school lesson about the Good shepherd


A crafts and game  that especially boys in your children's ministry will like.

This activity fits well with the story of David the shepherd or with the story of the good 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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269. Discover the wolf - part of a Sunday school lesson about the Good shepherd


A fun game wherein children try to discover who the wolf is

In this game we're going to think about Jesus' words that a real shepherd doesn't run away from  the wolves, but protects the herd.

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Everybody stands in a circle. One person is the shepherd and has to go to out of the room, so that he can't see or hear anything While the shepherd is out of the room, choose one of the children to be the wolf. The rest are sheep. Once the wolf has been chosen, the shepherd comes back into the room. The wolf then ‘kills’ the sheep by winking at them – if the wolf winks at a sheep, it falls down dead. The aim of the game is for the shepherd to try and work out who is the wolf. The shepherd gets three guesses. This is a game suited to a larger group of children, 15 or above.

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

260. Find the lost sheep - part of a sunday school lesson about the Good shepherd


A fun game wherein children or adults go searching for a sheep that's lost.

Are you a good shepherd? Will you notice which sheep is missing? Or will you not see it and lose one of their precious sheep?

This game is part of a Sunday school lesson about the Good Shepherd. Once you have played this game, you can use the sheep as a creative prayer idea as shown in idea 261.

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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, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons

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

Age:

4-88 years old

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228. Forgiveness – the rubbish fight


Play a fun game about rubbish, tidying up and maybe even about forgiveness…

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Themes:

Tidying, forgiveness

To be used for:

A fun addition to your children’s work or youth work

Scripture reference:

Mark 11:25, Ephesians 4:32, Matthew 6:15, 1 John 1:9, Matthew 18:21-22, Matthew 6:14-15, James 5:16, Luke 6:27, Luke 6:37, Colossians 3:13, Psalm 103:10-14, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Proverbs 10:12, Romans 3:23, 1 John 1:9-10, Ecclesiastes 7:20, Luke 7:44-50, Proverbs 25:21, John 13:34, 1 John 1:8, Psalm 32:5

Age:

6 - 12 years.

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225. Sharing – Give it away!


A fun game that you can use around the theme of giving things away

You can use this either as an introduction or as an end to your Sunday School programme. It’s really quite silly but fun!


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Themes:

Sharing, giving away, games

To be used for:

A fun creative moment in your children’s work

Scripture reference:

Hebrews 13:16, 1 Timothy 6:18, Luke 3:11, Luke 6:38, Isaiah 58:7, Galatians 6:6, Luke 6:29-30, 1 Kings 17:8-16, Acts 4:32, Romans 12:13, Matthew 25:31-46

Age:

6 - 12 years

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212. The call of Abram (25) - Let’s travel to Canaan – Bible quiz

Introduction:
With this quiz you can act out the journey of Abram and go through the story again by asking the children different questions.

Children love quizzes. They are also very helpful as teaching tools. Three quick benefits that a quiz will bring you:
1. If you tell the children beforehand that you are going to do a quiz and that you are going to ask questions about the Bible story that you are going to tell, they will listen more attentively to the story.
2. As you go through the quiz questions you are really telling the story a second time without the children noticing it. This reinforces the teaching in the story.
3. As the children answer the questions they will explain the teaching points in the story to you. Because the children talk about the important elements of the story they understand them better and will remember them longer.

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The quiz:
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209. The call of Abram (22) - Too many to count?

Introduction:
It is hard to place an exact amount on something that is too big or has too many of something to be counted. Maybe Abram struggled as well to get his head around the number of descendants that God was promising. How many men, women and children make a great nation? What number is God talking about when He talks about all of Abram’s  descendants?


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In the activity below we give children the opportunity to try it for themselves
in a fun way. Can you put a number on something that is really too big to be counted?

Themes:
God’s promises, Abram’s offspring, stars in the sky

Bible verse:
I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore.” Genesis 22:17

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193. The camel race - The Rich Young Ruler

Introduction:
This is a series of ten ideas about the Bible story of the encounter between Jesus and the rich youngster that you can use. These ideas come from Martine Versteeg from www.kliederkerk.nl (the Dutch version of Messy Church). Messy church is a new form of being a church for children and the people around them. It's inspired by the English Messy Church.

In this story Jesus says that it's really hard for a rich person to be part of Gods new world. You'll have a bigger chance of seeing a camel go through the eye of a needle. Pooh, that seems impossible!

An explanation that gets used often, is that there's a small gate in the city wall of Jerusalem (where this story got told) that got called: 'the eye of the needle'. When the big gates were closed, people could still go through that small gate. A camel had a hard time going through it, but it was possible if you would take off all it's luggage and if he'd walk on his knees.

In this idea we're going to find out how it is to crawl through the eye of the needle as a camel.

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Themes:

The rich young ruler, camel through the eye of the needle

Messy Church program:
188.  The treasure chest - the Rich Young Ruler
189.  Make your own rules? - the Rich Young Ruler
190.  Jesus turns everything upside down - the Rich Young Ruler
191.  Give something away! - the Rich Young Ruler
192.  Shuffleboard with money! - the Rich Young Ruler
193.  The camel race - The Rich Young Ruler
194.  Crawling through the eye of a needle - The Rich Young Ruler
195.  Pimp your own camel - The Rich Young Ruler
196.  Looking through Jesus' eyes at the world - The Rich Young Ruler
197.  Praying with a needle and a thread - The Rich Young Ruler

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192. Shuffleboard with money! - the Rich Young Ruler

Introduction:
This is a series of ten ideas about the Bible story of the encounter between Jesus and the rich young man that you can use. These ideas come from Martine Versteeg from www.kliederkerk.nl (the Dutch version of Messy Church). Messy church is a new form of being church for children and the people around them. It's inspired by the English Messy Church.

Are you allowed to play with money? Or is money too sacred for that?

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Themes:

The rich young ruler, is money sacred?, playing with money

Messy Church program:
188.  The treasure chest - the Rich Young Ruler
189.  Make your own rules? - the Rich Young Ruler
190.  Jesus turns everything upside down - the Rich Young Ruler
191.  Give something away! - the Rich Young Ruler
192.  Shuffleboard with money! - the Rich Young Ruler
193.  The camel race - The Rich Young Ruler
194.  Crawling through the eye of a needle - The Rich Young Ruler
195.  Pimp your own camel - The Rich Young Ruler
196.  Looking through Jesus' eyes at the world - The Rich Young Ruler
197.  Praying with a needle and a thread - The Rich Young Ruler

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145. The call of Abram (19) - The promise of a great nation

Introduction:
How can we help the children think about the amazing promise that God makes to Abram?

God promised him that he would have more descendants than stars in the sky or sand on the beach. These are great numbers and such a large promise. Will God fulfill his promise? And how big is the promise that has been made?

We thought it would be fun to use dominoes to help children reflect on this. 

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142. The call of Abram (16) - What do you hear?

Introduction:
It is not always easy to listen well. “Did I really hear that?”, is a logical question. Do you think Abram sometimes wondered if he had really heard God speaking? How did Abram know that it was God calling him, and how do you think he heard God?

The last of four short activities that you can use to help the children reflect on the story of Abram hearing God’s voice calling him to move with his family.

The four reflection ideas:
1. Make some noise!
2. I know that sound!
3. Let’s build our own old fashioned phone 
4. What do you hear?

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140. The call of Abram (14) - I know that sound!

Introduction:
It is not always easy to listen well. “Did I really hear that?”, is a logical question. Do you think Abram sometimes wondered if he had really heard God speaking? How did Abram know that it was God calling him, and how do you think he heard God?

The second of four short activities that you can use to help the children reflect on the story of Abram hearing God’s voice calling him to move with his family.

The four reflection ideas:
1. Make some noise!
2. I know that sound!
3. Let’s build our own old fashioned phone 
4. What do you hear?

Sound wave

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139. The call of Abram (13) - Make some noise!

Introduction: 
It is not always easy to listen well. “Did I really hear that?”, is a logical question. Do you think Abram sometimes wondered if he had really heard God speaking? How did Abram know that it was God calling him, and how do you think he heard God?

The first of four short activities that you can use to help the children reflect on the story of Abram hearing God’s voice for the first time.

The four reflection ideas:
1. Make some noise!
2. I know that sound!
3. Let’s build our own old fashioned phone 
4. What do you hear?

fietsbel

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128. Spider’s web

Introduction:
An idea from the programme KrachtKanjers by Marjolein Goedegebuur & Hanneke Schuit:

The children get to think about their personality traits, they become aware of their personal characteristics.

Themes:
Each child is unique

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To be used for:
Creative moments during children’s work

Bible verse:
"I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb, Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5)

Age:
4 - 12 years

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121. Guide Dog:

Short introduction:
An idea from the program 'KrachtKanjers' by Marjolein Goedegebuur & Hanneke Schuit:

The children learn that it is important to help those around you. Sometimes there are other people/children who find things difficult because they find things difficult.  It is important to someone to help and support them so that they can keep going.

Themes:
A child and his/her surroundings

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To be used for:

Creative moments during children’s work

Bible verse: 
"Even at that hour of the night, the jailer cared for them and washed their wounds. Then he and everyone in his household were immediately baptised.He brought them into his house and set a meal before them, and he and his entire household rejoiced because they all believed in God.” (Acts 16: 32-34)

Age:
4 -12 years

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119. Newspaper Swatter

Short description:
An idea from the program 'KrachtKanjers' by Marjolein Goedegebuur & Hanneke Schuit:

The children get to know each others' names very well.

Theme:
A child has talent and purpose.

krant

Used for :
Creative times during children’s work.

Bijbeltekst:
"For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,which God prepared in advance for us to do."  Ephesians 2:10 

Ages:
4 -12 years

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118. Who is it?

Short introduction:
An idea from the program 'KrachtKanjers' by Marjolein Goedegebuur & Hanneke Schuit:

The children learn to define themselves on the basis of certain characteristics. In addition the children learn that everyone has a specific characteristics and everyone is unique.

Theme:
Every child is unique.

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To be used for:
Children’s moments during the service, creative moments during children’s work

Bible Verse:
"Before I formed you in your mother's womb I knew you; before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5)

Ages:
4-12 years

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117. Sharing – don’t let the penny drop!

Introduction: 
This is a fun game that allows children to practice fair sharing. 

Themes:
Sharing, games

To be used for:
-A fun creative moment in your youth work

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Bible text:
John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” (Luke 3:11)

Age:
6 - 12 years.

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