561. Mary meets Elisabeth - a Sunday School lesson


Discover this Advent lesson on Mary who meets her elderly aunt Elisabeth, who is also pregnant

We offer you twelve creative ideas that you can use in your Sunday school, kids ministry, children's church or youth work on the Bible story of Mary and Elisabeth in Luke 1: 39 - 56

Mary meets Elisabeth a complete sunday school lesson with 12 creative ideas based on Luke 1 verses 39 till 56

The Sunday School lesson consist fo the following ideas:

Idea 549:   Children’s moment/ introduction – a tie or an apron?

Idea 550:   Icebreaker – let that popcorn pop!

Idea 551:   Tips for telling the story of Mary meeting Elisabeth

Idea 552:   YouTube video and discussion – Memories

Idea 553:   Experiment – a Powerful Combination

Idea 554:   What is the meaning of being blessed? - an object lesson

Idea 555:   Create a chain reaction - a creative activity - a creative activity - a creative activity

Idea 556:   Living Memory - an Advent Game

Idea 557:   Big Tummy race - a game

Idea 558:   Israel’s photo album - a craft idea

Idea 559:   What are you full of? - a Creative Prayer idea

Idea 660:   What makes your heart bubble up? - a Creative Prayer idea

 

560. What makes your heart bubble up? - a Creative Prayer idea

What makes your heart bubble up a creative prayer idea for kids about praising God

An idea to help children to talk / communicate with God

A creative prayer idea about praising God. To be used with the story of Mary meeting Elisabeth and her song!

What do you need:

- bottles of bubble mix
- food colouring
- paper hearts and pens

What to do:

Put a few drops of food colouring in each of the bottles of bubble mix – a different colour in each bottle gives the best effect.

Give the children a paper heart and ask them to write things that they are thankful for, and what they want to thank God for.

Then show them how they can blow bubbles up against the paper hearts. When the bubbles burst they will leave their colour behind on the paper. The children can blow different colour bubbles to make a nice effect on their paper hearts.

 

559. What are you full of? - a Creative Prayer idea


An idea to help children to talk / communicate with God

What are you full of a creative prayer idea for kids about being thankful

A creative prayer idea about being thankful. To be used with the story of Mary meeting Elisabeth and her song!

What do you need:

- balloons

What to do:

Tell the children how Mary was full of what was happening to her….and that she was full of the Holy Spirit. She was about to burst with it!

Give each child a balloon and ask them to blow it up but don’t tie it. When the balloons have been blown up, ask the children ‘What are you full of?’ ‘What are you excited about?’ You could also ask them ‘What are you thankful for?’

The children can take it in turns to give their answer, and then let the balloon go – this will fly round the room as it empties!

 

558. Israel’s photo album


A wonderful craft idea about the Bible story of Mary meeting Elisabeth

In her song Mary sings that God hasn’t forgotten His love for Israel. That’s why he is going to help His people. He had promised this to Abraham and to everyone who came after him.

Mary knows that the arrival of her child means that the God of all the stories in the Bible, such as that of Abraham, Isaac, Jonah and Noah, still loves his people. He hasn’t forgotten them at all.

Israel s Photo Album a fun craft about Mary meeting her pregnant aunt Elisabeth in Luke 1 verses 39 till 56

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557. Big Tummy race


A fun game about the Bible story of the pregnant Mary meeting her pregnant aunt Elisabeth

When Elisabeth heard May’s voice, the baby in her tummy started kicking and moving around. The Holy Spirit came over Elisabeth and she called out to Mary ‘Blessed are you among women and blessed is the child you will bear!’

Big Tummy race a fun game about Mary meeting her pregnant aunt Elisabeth in Luke 1 verses 39 till 56


What do you need:
- balloons
- an obstacle course in your location

What to do:
Tell the children that in today’s story, two pregnant women meet each other.

Divide the group into two and hold a relay race – set out an obstacle course and give each group a balloon.

When you say go, the first child in each team has to put the balloon up their t-shirt/jumper and run round the course. When they get back to the start they give the balloon to the next child in their group. If the balloon bursts the group has to blow up a new one before they can continue with the race.

The winning group is the one in which all the children have completed the course.

556. Living Memory - an Advent Game

A fun game about Mary's song when she meets Elisabeth in Luke 1: 39 - 56

In her song Mary sings that God thinks that important people aren’t all that important, and that He likes to make ordinary people important. That’s special, isn’t it. 

Living Memory an fun Advent game about Mary s song when she meets her aunt Elisabeth in Luke 1 verses 39 56

What do you need:

Make sure that you have printed out some sheets with the following words/images:
old – young
poor – rich
princess – gardner
famous – ordinary
healthy – handicapped
clever – stupid
tall – short
thin – fat

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555. Create a chain reaction


A super fun reflection on the Bible story of Mary meeting her aunt Elisabeth

When you read this story you can see that from the very moment Mary and Elisabeth meet, things start to happen – a chain reaction is set in motion. The baby in Elisabeth’s tummy starts to move around, Elisabeth is filled with joy and calls out that Mary is blessed, and Mary sings a spontaneous song, because she’s so happy with what God is doing.

Create a chain reaction a super fun reflection on the Bible story of Mary meeting her aunt Elisabeth in Luke 1 vers 39 till 56


What do you need:

- marbles
- some pvc piping
- bottles
- domino pieces
- string
- etc...

What to do:
As a group, or in smaller groups, you can lay out a course in which one thing leads to another. It would be fun if you could end with a wow factor, which will have the children cheering and celebrating, just as Mary was celebrating all that God was doing.

For some inspiration, watch the following video:

554. What is the meaning of being blessed? - an object lesson

In her song with her aunt Elisabeth, Mary sings that she has been blessed by God. What does this mean? In the case of Mary it meant that she:

- is chosen by God
- is special in God’s eyes
- is honoured
- receives good things from God

As children of God we have also been chosen by Him. We are also special. We are also honoured – we may call ourselves sons and daughters of the Most High. We also receive good things from God. But how can we make that clear to the children?

What is the meaning of being blessed an object lesson about Mary song when meeting her autn Elisabeth in Luke 1 verse 39 till 56


In this activity we’re going to use four gifts to teach this to the children. In each gift there’s something to help them understand what it means to be blessed.

What do you need:
- a beautifully wrapped gift containing badges that say ‘Chosen by God’
- a beautifully wrapped gift containing two mirrors: one that has written on it: ‘I am special because…..’ and the other that has written on it ‘God thinks I’m special because…..’
- a beautifully wrapped gift containing a golden plastic crown
- a beautifully wrapped gift containing a dream cloud (using white card cut out the shape of a cloud).

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553. Experiment – a Powerful Combination


A fun science experiment that you can use with the story of Mary meeting her aunt Elisabeth

Maria was so full of thankfulness, so full of what had happened to her and so full of the Holy Spirit that something was bound to happen. It was a powerful combination.
Today we’re also going to make a powerful combination.

Powerful Combination a fun science experiement and object lesson that you can use with the st

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552. YouTube video and discussion – Memories


Using this secular YouTube film you can talk with the children and go deeper into the meaning of the Bible story of Mary meeting her aunt Elisabeth

A family is watching old videos - it’s fun to bring back all the old memories. Then the son of the family sees something that makes him realise that he was swtiched as a baby, and is therefore not a true member of the family.

Quickly he breaks the video tape in two…

Memories use this YouTube video in your kids ministry to talk about the Bible story of Mary meeting her elderly aunt Elisabeth

Why does this film go with today’s Bible story?

In her song Maria sings that God has not forgotten His love for Israel. That’s why he is always coming to the aid of his people. That is what he had promised to his friend Abraham and to everyone who came after him.

Maria knows that the birth of her child means that the God of all the ancient stories in the Bible, such as Abraham, Isaac, Jonah and Noah still loves His people. He has not forgotten them.

Important questions:

It’s important to always watch the film yourself beforehand and to ask yourself:

- do I want to show this to the children?
- does this film work in the context and age-range of the children I am working with?

If you choose to show this YouTube video, we suggest you use the following steps:

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551. Tips for telling the story of Mary meeting Elisabeth


Two fun ideas that you can easily use if you're going to tell the Bible story where the pregnant Mary meets het elderly pregnant aunt Elisabeth.

Tips for storytelling two quick fun ideas for telling the Bible story of Mary meeting her aunt Elisabeth

A visit from a big tummy

If you know anyone who is pregnant, you could invite them to come and talk to the children about what it’s like to be pregnant. Has she ever felt her baby dancing in her tummy? Maybe the children would be allowed to touch her tummy and see if they can feel the baby move.


Bubbling bubbles

Fill a large plastic tub or small paddling pool with a layer of water and lots of washing up liquid. Give each child a long straw and see how many bubbles you can make together by blowing into the water.

Tell them beforehand about how this story tells that Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Just as the air we blow through our straws makes more and more bubbles, so Elisabeth is filled more and more with the Holy Spirit, and is full of joy because of the wonderful news that Jesus is going to be born.

Make a great big mountain of bubbles together!

550. Icebreaker – let that popcorn pop!


An icebreaker as part of the Bible story where the pregnant Mary meets her pregnant aunt Elisabeth

Tell the children that everything’s going to start bubbling up in this weeks’ story. The baby in Elisabeth’s tummy jumps for joy, Elisabeth calls out that Maria is blessed, and Maria suddenly starts singing a song. Everything starts bubbling up and happening, just like the popcorn that starts jumping all over the place.

Icebreaker Pop that popcorn based on the Bible story about Mary meeting her aunt Elisabeth

What do you need?

- microwave popcorn and a microwave
- OR corn, oil, a pan. a camping stove and paper cups

What to do:

In the microwave:
- make the popcorn and give each children a handful op popcorn

On the camping stove:
Be careful! This activity is not without its own risks! Prepare it well beforehand and make sure you have enough leaders. The effect can be fun and exciting.
Make sure you create a safe environment by making sure that the children are sitting in a circle around the camping stove at a good distance. Make sure the camping stove is on a sturdy surface. Heat a little oil and get the popcorn popping, but don’t put the lid on. Then you will see it fly all over the place as it starts to pop! Maybe the children will be able to catch a bit in their paper cups as it pops out of the pan! You could always have made some earlier that you can give to the children to eat at the end if they haven’t been able to catch much.

549. Children’s moment/ introduction – a tie or an apron?


A children's moment in church based on the meeting of Mary and her aunt Elisabeth

This can be used as a short introduction to the Bible story, to arouse the children’s curiosity.

A tie or an apron children s moment in church about Mary meeting her aunt Elisabeth

What do you need:

- a tie
- an apron

What to do: 

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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?

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

 

517. The wise men come to worship the King – a Gospel Magic routine


This object lesson can be used to tell the Christmas story or to introduce a lesson on the wise men.

This is a fun object lesson / Gospel magic routine by Rick Lenski based on the Silk Blow Magic Trick. If you have never see this trick in action, you can watch a random demonstration video below. You can buy this magic trick here through Ebay and here through Amazon. 

 

This object lesson can be used in conjunction with other material to tell the Christmas story or to introduce a lesson on the wise men.

“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.”  (Matthew 2:11)

What do you need?

- a trick called “Silk Blow” 
- three 9" or 12" silks

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Set-up

This trick is purchased without the silks - you have to buy them separately.  It is a clear tube, and you put the silks into one at a time. You blow on one end of the tube and they come out the other end tied together. No special setup required, just follow the instructions on the trick.

The object lesson / the routine

We often see three wise men or Magi when we see a nativity scene but the bible never specifically said there were three.  We really don’t know how many there were.  We will use these three pieces of cloth to represent the wise men, no matter how many there were.  What we do know about them is that they were lead from a land in the east by a star.  They came to Jerusalem and asked King Herod, “Where is the one born King of the Jews?” 

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502. How to make a marble run


A craft idea that will especially appeal to boys, although girls will enjoy it too

In the course of giving my children’s shows I come across the best creative ideas! I really want to share this one with you.

This is a craft idea that will especially appeal to boys, although girls will enjoy it too.

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Themes:

For which Bible stories or themes could you use this craft idea?

- Think about the story of Jacob who saw a ladder going up to heaven. Or stories that have a building theme.

Or what about stories where water plays an important role? Then if you use blue marbles, they can represent the flowing water.

You could also use it at Christmas because of the angels who came from heaven, or as a picture of Jesus who came down from heaven. 

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You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching

485. The birth of Jesus seen through the eyes of Maria


“This is him! The saviour, the Messiah,” says the shepherd.

Maria sighs again. Her tummy is hurting. She knows that the baby will be coming soon. She puts her hand on her stomach. She can feel the baby moving. She smiles.

She thinks about nine months ago. It feels like it happened yesterday: she was busy cleaning her house, when all of a sudden the angel was standing next to her. She was so shocked!

“Don’t be afraid Maria,” said the angel. “God has chosen you. You are going to have a baby and you must call him Jesus. That means ‘God saves’. The baby is the son of God.”

First of all she didn’t understand how that could happen, because she wasn’t married to Joseph. But when the angel told her that God was going to make the baby grow in her tummy, that God would be the Father, she had understood that she, Maria, was going to be the mother of the Saviour, the Messiah, who had been promised for so long!

How special, what a miracle!

The birth of Jesus seen through the eyes of Maria

An easy to tell Bible story

We at Creative Kidswork want to make storytelling as easy as possible for you. That’s why we provide you with tons of easy to tell Bible stories. You can read this story aloud or tell it in your own way. 

This Bible story from Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 2:1-20 was written by Ellen Zuijdwegt for a Dutch Sunday school method, but you can use it at home, within a church service, Sunday school setting or anywhere you like

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Scripture reference: Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 2:1-20
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

469. Tell the Advent story about God keeping His promises

Introduction:

"Hands up if you are good at keeping promises?  Last night I read a bedtime story to my little grand-daughter Emily....Do you remember the story of Charlie and Lola, where they go to the park and meet Charlie's friend Marv and his dog Sizzles?  - Lola and her friend Lotta promise, absolutely promise, to look after Sizzles, while the boys have a quick game of football?  And what happens?  While they are arguing over who should hold his lead, he manages to slip his collar and run off!  Sizzles got lost! So did they keep their promise?

How did they feel?   Pretty bad.... and sometimes I've made a promise to my children, and not been able to keep it, and felt pretty bad about it too and I tried to explain why, so they would understand.  But this story is about a promise that was thousands of years old!  A promise that God person made..."

Themes:

Christmas, Advent, birth of Jesus, God keeps his promises

Advent

An easy to tell Bible story

We at Creative Kidswork want to make storytelling as easy as possible for you. That’s why we provide you with tons of easy to tell Bible stories. You can read this story aloud or tell it in your own way. 

This Bible story was (re-)written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) for a school assembly, but you can use it at home, within a church service, Sunday school setting or anywhere you like

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You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching

400. Flip about Bible button - Gospel Magic Illusion

Multiple changes, magical moments and a memorable message!

You show a large picture of a golden city and asks the children or congregation to guess what it could be. It’s the kingdom of heaven, but we may often feel like we’re not good enough to get into heaven. This is because of sin in our heart…and as he says this, the card flips open and change into a black heart.

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But despite having bad thoughts, saying and doing bad things, we have can be forgiven because Jesus died on the cross for us. At this point, the card is flipped open and transforms into a white cross on a red background.

Jesus died for us, so that our hearts could be made clean. The card now turns into a white heart on a green background.

With a clean slate, we grow in our relationship with God and ultimately can enter the kingdom of heaven. And finally the card changes back to the image of heaven (and you’re now reset to perform it the next time too!)

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399. Mary meets Elizabeth - what is bubbling in your heart?


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

You can use this idea to create a creative prayer moment with the children.

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!

What do you need?

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

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398. Mary meets Elizabeth - make a chain reaction


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

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

Watch the video below to re-create a great idea that you can do with the kids around this Bible story of Mary meeting Elizabeth.

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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!

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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)

pregnant tummy Mary meets Elizabeth Advent

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

387. Tell the Christmas story in a new way using a very easy magic trick

Have you heard of the Arrow Board magic trick?

What is the big story behind Christmas? Why did Jesus come? How do you explain this to children and adults in a Christmas service or in school assembly?

How do you tell this amazing story in a new way? 

You know, you can do this very easily with the Arrow Board magic trick. It is a board with two arrows. It looks spectacular, but is very easy to do. You can make such a board with some paint or some tape.

In the first video we will show you the routine with the Arrow Board. In the video underneath we will teach you how you can do this trick within ten minutes and create something that the children and adults won't forget soon. 

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In the video below we will teach you how you can do this trick yourself. Trust us, it really is very easy!

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


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

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

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

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

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

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Here are the twenty different parts of the Christmas show:  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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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!


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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330. Explaining the meaning of the cross - part 18 of the Christmas show that you can do!


How to use the iodine and sodium thiosulfate reaction to teach about Jesus being the Light of the world

In the video below I show you how you can end the Christmas show by explaining the meaning of the cross at the centre of the Christmas puzzle. Talk about Isaiah 9:2 "The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned."

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Talk about the darkness in the time that Jesus was born. The poverty, the suppression by the Romans, God's silence for more than four hundred years. You then create a darkness in a vase full of water. Then by using the Chemical Cross trick light arrives and the darkness disappears.. It is another version of the iodine and sodium thiosulfate reaction, but this time you use a cross to make the water totally clean again. You can buy the Chemical Cross set through the site of Mission Magic

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

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

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329. The missing piece of the Christmas Puzzle - part 17 of the Christmas show that you can do!


Put the cross into the centre of the Christmas Puzzle and Christmas is complete!

After finishing with the act about the magi you return to the puzzle on the board behind you. In shock you realize there is a hole in your Christmas puzzle. How is that possible? What are we missing? We have a Christmas tree, some lights, nice food and even presents. Why is there a hole?

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You look for the last time in the folder and discover a giant cross. Why a cross? The cross is a symbol for the reason why Jesus came on earth. You can tell this as shortly or as elaborately as you want.

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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!


327. Following Jesus may cost you everything - part 15 of the Christmas show that you can do!


Tell the Bible story of the three Magi and their expensive presents

You can use this trick in the Christmas magic show when you tell the story of the three wise men (the Magi) spending all their money to buy the most expensive gifts for Jesus.

Link this with the price we may have to pay for following Jesus or you can use this story to teach on worshipping God. What do we offer God when we worship Him?

Paul writes in Romans 12: 1 "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God--this is your true and proper worship." 


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The trick has a strange name: the Sucker Dice Box. You can buy it here. When you buy the trick, you get a dice.  I have covered the dice with 'gold coins' paper so that it doesn't look like a dice anymore, but like a solid block of gold coins. 

Themes:

The three kings, the three wise men, the Magi, the star of Bethlehem, gold incense and myrrh, the price of following Jesus, being a living sacrifice, teaching on worshipping God

Setting:

Christmas service, children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, gospel presentation, small churches

Scipture reference:

The Magi - Matthew 2:1-12, Matthew 2:13-23

The cost of discipleship - Matthew 16:24, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23, Matthew 10:38, Matthew 8:19-20, Luke 14:27, Luke 9:57-58, Romans 14:7, Luke 9:59-60, 2 Corinthians 5:15, Matthew 8:21-22, Galatians 2:20, 1 Peter 4:2, Luke 14:28-32, Colossians 1:18, Luke 14:33, Philippians 3:7-8, Luke 9:61-62, Matthew 10:37, Luke 14:26, John 15:20, Acts 14:22, 2 Timothy 3:12, Matthew 10:38-39, Matthew 16:24-25, Mark 8:34-35, Luke 9:23-24, John 12:25

Worshipping God - 1 Chronicles 16:23-31, Exodus 20:2-6, John 4:21-24, Psalm 99, Deuteronomy 29:18, Romans 12:1-2, 1 Samuel 15:22, Revelation 4:8-11, Isaiah 29:13, Psalm 29, Hebrews 12:28-29, Nehemiah 9:5-6, Psalm 86:9-10, 2 Kings 17:38-39, Psalm 100, Daniel 3:16-18, Revelation 14:7

I will explain and demonstrate the routine with the Dice Box and the story of the three magi / three kings below...

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326. Introducing the Magi - part 14 of the Christmas show that you can do!


Any children’s worker can introduce one of the Magi using a hand puppet

You can use one of these beautiful large hand puppets from One Way UK to introduce one of the Magi into your show. 
Maybe it is fun to have a short conversation in which one of the Magi realises that he needs to buy some presents on the market.

This allows you to go straight into another act using the Sucker Dice Box to explain that following and worshipping Jesus may cost you everything.

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

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You can see me doing a full demonstration in the video below.

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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

324. Meet the sheep, Rocky the Raccoon and an amazing IKEA frog - part 12 of the Christmas show that you can do!


Create another act to talk about the role of shepherds within Jewish society

In the following act you can combine a few sheep hand puppets with the Rocky the spring puppet and the IKEA frog / prince puppet to talk more about the role of shepherds within the Jewish society and how special it is that God sends his angel to tell them first. 

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We made some of these sheep hand puppets ourselves, but you can buy beautiful sheep puppets here.

Rocky the Raccoon is very easy to bring to life, because it is a spring animal. 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 effect, and it's not uncommon for people to mistake it for a live animal!

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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' look at this link of Dynamite Magic.

meet the IKEA frog

To finish this act you use the Ikea frog / prince puppet to demonstrate God's powerful love for the shepherds.

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In the video below I will show you how you can use the sheep puppets, Rocky and the frog to create a context for the story of the shepherds.

You can use this 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!

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323. The unworthiness and dreams of the shepherds - part 11 of the Christmas show that you can do!


Create a context for the shepherds by talking about their unimportance using the Useless Box

Have you ever heard of a useless box? This is a modern gadget that you can buy here or here on the internet and that is seemingly totally useless. But you can use it to talk about the unimportance, unworthiness and total uselessness of the role of the shepherds within the society that Jesus was born into. 

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Create a context for the shepherds by talking about their dreams using the Headless Cartoon Silks

You can use the four Headless Cartoon silks to demonstrate the dreams of the Shepherds. The four Headless Cartoon silks are not a magic trick, although we use them within Gospel Magic.  

You can make them appear from a large dove pan using flash paper.  (You can watch a demonstration video of the Headless Cartoon Silks combined with the dove pan and the flash paper here.)

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In the video below I will show you how you can use the Useless Box and the Headless Cartoon Silks to create a context for the story of the shepherds.

You can use this trick too during your Christmas service, school assembly or in your Sunday school lesson.

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

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322. God's love for the Shepherds - part 10 of the Christmas show that you can do!


Any children’s worker can explain God's love for the shepherds and the poor using the Lota Vase

Have you ever heard of a Lota Vase?

This is a fun, easy to do magic trick in which you can pour water again and again from an empty metal vase!

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When I first saw one of them, I knew I had to have one! Straightaway I could see the potential for using them in telling Bible stories. 

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In the video below I will show you how you can use the Lota Vase to tell the story of the Shepherds meeting the angel, and so demonstrate the amazing love of God for us all!

You can buy your copy of the Lota Vase through the site of Mission Magic, but they also sell them here on Amazon.com and here on Amazon.co.uk

You can use this trick too during your Christmas service, school assembly or in your Sunday school lesson.

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!

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321. Introducing the Shepherds - part 9 of the Christmas show that you can do!


Any children’s worker can tell this story using two hand puppets

Depending how much time you have you can choose to tell the story of the shepherds quickly or elaborately.

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The one thing you can always do, is to ask two children to come forward to be the shepherds. As demonstrated in the video below you can easily dress them up as shepherds and give them a hand puppet, so you will have four shepherds on stage.

Depending on the time you can add the following acts:

Idea 322 -  tell the story of the shepherds meeting the angel... and God's love using the Lota Vase
Idea 323 -  tell the story of the unworthiness and dreams of the shepherds
Idea 324 -  tell the story of the sheep, Rocky the Raccoon and an amazing IKEA frog

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

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You can see me doing a full demonstration in the video below.

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320. The third piece of the Christmas Puzzle - part 8 of the Christmas show that you can do!


Use the puzzle piece of the turkey to introduce the story line of the shepherds.

After the explanation of why Jesus came through the use of the Dean’s Box magic trick you take the third piece of the puzzle out of the folder. It's a picture of a turkey. You can talk about all the nice food that we eat at Christmas. Put this picture on the board and you are ready to start the following act: introducing the shepherds.

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Activity

Use the picture of the turkey to talk about some of the animals in the Christmas story. In our wooden Christmas stables you will often find a cow and a donkey, but in the Bible there are other animals mentioned in the Christmas story. They weren’t in the stable. They were out in the fields. They were sheep!

This third piece of the puzzle helps you introduce the story of shepherd and their sheep 

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

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