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. Give each child a piece of wood, nails and a hammer. There is a pattern drawn on the wood (see the attachment).

Hammer the nails into the wood, following the pattern that has been drawn. If you put the nails close enough to each other, you can roll a large marble down the board.

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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. 

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!)

A brilliant object lesson / Gospel magic trick sold by my friends ar Mission Maguc UK. 

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.

What do you need?

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

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

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

 

 

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 chair reaction is taking place. The baby in Elizabeth’s tummy leaps with joy. Elizabeht rejoices and proclaimes that Mary is blessed. Mary participates and starts singing about God’s goodness.

Why nog create a giant chain reaction with the children? You can use all kind of items, like marbles, bottles, dominoes, tubes, etc.

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

Maybe it is clever to make a small beginning as leader. It is fun to end with a grand final which will make the children cheer. Just like Mary who couldn’t stop cheering and celebrating, because she was so happy with what God was doing. 

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

 

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)

messy table Mary meets Elizabeth Advent

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

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!

 

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?

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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.

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!

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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?

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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But you have a problem. The cross doesn't fit into the hole. What to do? Ask one of the children to help you. They can move a couple of the puzzle pieces so that the puzzle works. You have to start with the cross. Once you put the cross into the centre of Christmas you are ready to really celebrate. 

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This cross helps you introduce the real meaning of the coming of Jesus

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

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!

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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. 

meet the sheep

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!

 meet Rocky

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.

Watch the video:

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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Watch the video:

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. 

Watch the video:

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

Watch the demonstration video

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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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

319. Immanuel; the relationship between God and his people will be restored - part 7 of the Christmas show that you can do!


Any children’s worker can explain the reason why Jesus came using the Gospel magic trick of the Dean’s Box

After the birth of Jesus demonstrated through the use of the cut and restore trick you can do a side track and explain the reason for Jesus’ birth.

For this you can use the Dean’s box magic trick. I bought mine very cheaply through Alibaba Express. The only problem was that it didn’t come with any explanation as to how the trick works. If you choose yours through Alibaba Express you can send me an email and I will send you a video in which I explain how the trick works. It looks great and it is very easy to do!

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Ask two children to come forward as volunteers. Give them each a coloured rope to inspect. The yellow rope symbolises God. The red rope symbolises mankind. The red wooden box symbolises the stable.

Explain that when God created us we were connected with Him. You connect the ropes as demonstrated in the video and tell the children that God promised that He would never let go. But we did let go and therefore lost our connection with God.

Then you explain what happened in the manger. God and mankind came back together through the coming of Jesus Christ. Jesus tied a knot between us and God without making a real knot. To demonstrate this you tie the two ropes together in the stable without making a knot.

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But how is this possible?

To explain this you need an energy stick from idea 198. You ask your two volunteers to take hold of the silver ending on the energy stick with one hand. Ask if you are allowed to touch their noses and when you do the energy stick will come alive. This will give a laugh. Especially when they are allowed to touch your nose with their other hand. You explain how the energy stick works with a small current of electricity that we cannot see or feel, but flows through us. It connects us. This is the same with Jesus. You cannot see or feel him, but he connects us with God.

Put the ropes back in the box, tie them on the top to the energy stick, pull the ropes and they are back together again. Amazing!

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You can finish this act by saying that Christmas means that God keeps his promise: I will never let you go.

Make sure your two volunteers get a big round of applause before they leave the stage and you’re ready to go to the third piece of the puzzle.

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!

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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!

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317. Joseph’s reaction to Mary’s pregnancy - part 5 of the Christmas show that you can do!


You can tell this too story using the Gospel magic trick of the Cut and Restore rope trick

“Joseph, Joseph, I have good news!” Mary comes running into Joseph's work place with a big smile on her face. To demonstrate this you make a smile with your rope. Joseph is curious. Has Mary finally found a wedding dress?

“Joseph, I'm going to have a baby. But it is not yours. It is from God.”

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Any smile on Joseph’s face is immediately wiped away. “A child from God. What kind of bad joke is this?” Joseph gets angry, really angry.

That night as Joseph lies tossing and turning in his bed he makes a decision. He is not going to marry Mary. He is going to divorce her. And to demonstrate this you cut your rope in two pieces with a pair of scissors.

But as Joseph is sleeping an angel comes to him in his dream and says: “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the One conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you shall give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.”

The next morning when Joseph wakes up, he does something very brave. He decides to trust the angel, take the suffering and shame upon himself and he ties the knot with Mary. He marries her.

To demonstrate this you tie the two pieces of rope together with a knot and pull on both pieces to get the knot very tight.

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Mary has a baby in her tummy. You point to the knot, which has now become a symbol of the unborn child. You ask one of the girls present if they want to take care of Mary and the baby and you give the rope containing the knot to the girl. “Can you hold it with two hands for me please?”

Now you do the following magic trick of the traffic lights to tell the story of Joseph and Mary looking for a place to stay in Bethlehem. Once they found a place in the stable you ask the girl with the rope to come forward and you talk about the miracle of that Christmas night. Not only the miracle of Joseph and Mary finding a place to stay, not only the miracle of Jesus being born. No, the miracle of God Himself who came down from heaven to be one of us and to show us how much He loves us. This is the meaning of Immanuel.

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.

You ask the girl to open her hands and you slowly let the knot drop in her hands. Jesus is born in the stable and you ask her to take care of Jesus. She may keep the knot as a symbol of Jesus being born. Before she leaves the stage make sure she gets a round of applause.

You can do this 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!

Watch the video demonstration

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

Below this video you’ll find another video in which the cut and restore rope trick is shown, so you can learn to do this yourself.  

You can buy this trick here through Amazon.com. Buy your magic rope here

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316. Mary’s meeting with the angel Gabriel - part 4 of the Christmas show that you can do!


You can tell this story too - using the Gospel magic trick of the Bible Colouring Book 

During my Christmas show I tell the story of Mary’s meeting with the angel Gabriel. I use the Bible Colouring Book (magic trick) to tell this part of the Christmas story.

"The people of Israel hadn’t heard anything from God for four hundred years.

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To demonstrate this silence you show the colouring book completely empty of any pictures.

Then one day the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary telling her: “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.”

Mary was very shaken by these words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But Gabriel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

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To demonstrate the words of the angel to Mary you show the colouring book full of black and white drawings of Jesus’ life.

Mary is confused! “How can this be, since I am a virgin?”

Gabriel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.”

What is Mary going to answer? Is it going to be a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’?

Mary places her trust in the words of the angel and says yes!

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To demonstrate her answer you show the colouring book full with coloured pictures of the life of Jesus.

But what would have happened if Mary had said no? Jesus would not have been born. There would be no Christmas story and we wouldn’t celebrate Christmas. Life would have been completely different."

To demonstrate this you finish with showing the colouring book totally empty.

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

Watch the demonstration video below.

You can see me doing a full demonstration of this story and magic trick in the video below. The Brittish guys from Mission Magic have made a beautiful Bible Colouring Book. In the video we demonstrate a colouring book with only pictures from the life of Jesus bought through Amazon.com.

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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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

314. Your own act about trusting - part 2 of the Christmas show that you can do!


Any children’s worker can do an act on the theme of trust using my idea below.

I have chosen an act for you to do about trust. During my Christmas show the theme of trusting God comes back time and time again. Mary has to trust God in order to become the mother of Jesus. Joseph has to trust God and marries Mary. They both have to trust God to provide a place for them in Bethlehem. The shepherds have to trust the angel as they travel to Bethlehem. The wise men have to trust the star and the angel to bring them to Jesus and  back safely using a different route. Joseph has to trust the angel again when he decides to flee to Egypt.

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Create your own very simple act using slush powder

You can create your own act about trusting. A very easy way to do this is to use idea 111 and use slush powder to introduce the theme of trusting.

You can make the link with the Christmas tree by saying that you decided to water the Christmas tree, but realised that they don’t need watering. So here you have this bottle full of water and a empty cup (which isn’t completely empty, because on the bottom there is a teaspoon of slush powder.) 

You ask a child to come forward and sit on a chair on the stage. Talk about the meaning of trust within the Christmas story and when you’ve finished talking ask the child if he or she is willing to trust you. If they say yes, pour the cup of water upside down over the child’s head and nothing comes out!

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

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

313. A ventriloquist act about trusting - part 2 of the Christmas show that you can do!


The Christmas story is all about trusting in God

In the video below I demonstrate a ventriloquist act with my puppet Harry. Normally I always do my ventriloquist acts in Dutch and will have practised a lot to get this right.

This is my first attempt at a ventriloquist act in English. It is a rough translation of a Dutch act I have done before and to be honest Harry and I have practised this act only once or twice before we shot it!

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I have chosen to do an act about trust. During my Christmas show the theme of trusting in God comes back time and time again. Mary has to trust God in order to become the mother of Jesus. Joseph has to trust God and marries Mary. They both have to trust God to provide a place for them in Bethlehem. The shepherds have to trust the angel as they travel to Bethlehem. The wise men have to trust the star and the angel to bring them to Jesus and  back safely using a different route. Joseph has to trust the angel again when he decides to flee to Egypt.

You can see a demonstration of my ventriloquist act in the video below.

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312. The presentation of the Christmas Puzzle - part 1 of the Christmas show that you can do!


Any children’s or Sunday school worker can do this! You don’t have to be a professional to do this show!

You can start your Christmas show with the presentation of the Christmas Puzzle.  In total the show lasts about an hour, but of course you can make the show longer or shorter if you want. You can use a sketchboard / wooden board and velcro to stick the pieces of the puzzle onto the board.

Tell the children that the postman came to bring a parcel that didn’t fit through the post box, so he had to ring on your doorbell. You don’t know what is in the parcel. That’s exciting! Let’s have a look.

Take out the first piece of the puzzle. It's a picture of a Christmas tree. Put the first picture on the board and you are ready to start with your first act on the theme of trust.

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In my case this is a ventriloquist act with my puppet Harry, but I have created another easier act for you.

The five pieces of the puzzle provide the main story line within the Christmas show. It helps you to tell all the individual stories and to combine them into one big story.

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.

309. The Star of Bethlehem - a compass that points to Jesus


Pointing to Jesus can lead to a surprise - are you ready to be surprised?

In Matthew 2 we read about the Magi who follow the Star of Bethlehem. Like a giant compass in the night sky it points to Jesus. They are journeying towards their destiny: King Jesus - the One they have been searching for. After this meeting they will never be the same. 

In the video below I show an amazing and mind twisting exercise that you can do with children, teenagers and adults. This exercise is all about looking at Jesus and discovering what happens when we really focus on Him.

I am not going to give anything more away. Watch and join me in this exercise. Only through joining me can you experience it for yourself. There is a big chance you are going to be surprised...

Looking at Jesus

 
Themes:

The three kings, the three wise men, the Magi, the star of Bethlehem, looking at Jesus, focusing on Jesus

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, small churches

Scipture reference:

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

Looking at Jesus - Hebrews 12:2, Philippians 3:13-14 

 

299. Candles of Christmas - a story and an object lesson


The story of the four candles

A beautiful story involving four candles – the candle of Peace, the candle of Trust, the candle of Love and of course the candle of Hope. You can use this in a Christmas service, in a school assembly or within your children’s ministry

For this story you need four big candles and four candle holders. I had everything in white, both the holders and the candles. 

Print out four cards with the words PEACE, TRUST, LOVE and HOPE on them. Make sure they are easily readable from a distance. Stick them onto the four candle holders.
Before you start telling the story, light the candles.

You will need a glass at hand, to put the LOVE candle out.  

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Themes:

Light of the world, hope, Christmas

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

298. Presents to Jesus - an object lesson


Gold incense and myrrh

A visual way to show children the three gifts that Jesus received from the wise men or kings from the east, and one which will help them understand the meaning of these gifts.


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Themes:

Christmas, the Magi, the three wise men/ kings, presents

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, Christmas service, children's ministry, kids ministry, children's work, creative prayer, prayer room, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers

Scripture reference:

Christmas - Matthew 1:1-17, Matthew 1:18-25, Matthew 2:1-12, Matthew 2:13-23, Luke 1: 5-25, Luke 1:26-38, Luke 1:39-56, Luke 1:57-80, Luke 2:1-7, Luke 2: 8-21, Luke 2:22-40, Isaiah 9:2-7, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 11:1, John 1:14, Romans 6:23, Galatians 4:4-5, 1 Timothy 1:15-17, Titus 3:3-7, Micah 5:2, Zechariah 9:9, John 3:16, Isaiah 40:1-11, 1 John 5:11

Age:

6 – 88 years

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297. Can you smell God's love? - an object lesson


God's love becomes visible through the smell of the stable

You can tell children about God's love, but is it also possible to let the children smell God's love?

Discover this fun object lesson that you can easily use for Christmas.


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Themes:

God's love, Christmas and smell

Description:

God, the creator of life, creator of the billions of stars, creator of large elephants to the tiny ladybird, chooses to be born in a stable. Why not in a modern hospital? Why not in a palace?  Why did he have no special treatment, why was he not given the best of the best?

God comes very close and asks no special treatment, but wants to be equal among all humans. Jesus was born like you are born except he was born inbetween animals in a stable. He had no clean bed with a lovely doll or a Winnie de Pooh music box, but a crib filled with straw and lice. How could this be?

We cannot recreate the stable and go there, but if you close your eyes, and open this box, the smell in the box might bring us a bit closer to the stable.

You can aks if there are children or teenagers in the service who want to smell God's love. Ask them to open the lid of the box and ask them what they smell.

God became human so that we may discover His love for us.

Materials needed:

- A cardboard box with straw from chicken, guinea pigs and rabbit cages. Leave the box on the radiator for a few days, so the smell can ripen!. This will give a great stable smell.

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

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


A new way to tell the Christmas story

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Produce the last piece of the Christmas Puzzle...

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

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

Christmas Puzzle 6

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

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

254. The Magi give gold, myrrh and frankincense - the Dice Box


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

In idea 251. Zacchaeus finds real treasure I explain the routine of the Magic Dice Box.

I use this trick in one of my Christmas magic shows, when I tell the story of the three wise men (the  Magi) spending all their money to buy the most expensive gifts for Jesus.

You can 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. 

You can use it as a Gospel Magic trick for the following stories:

251. Zacchaeus finds real treasure
252. The prodigal son loses everything
253. Jesus talking about collecting treasures on earth
254. The three wise men (the Magi) buying their presents for Jesus

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

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229. Who is God for you?


A creative prayer idea that to use within kids ministry or youth work us think about who God is for us

The shepherds were watching their sheep at night. The truth was that they didn’t really belong anywhere  – they were the real scum of society. Of course God wouldn’t want to be with them either. God was only with the good people. But suddenly there’s the angel bringing good tidings. God is much more inclusive than anyone thought. God also wants to be with the shepherds! Jesus came for them too. That night the shepherds learnt a lot about God…..

In this creative prayer idea we discover who God is for us!

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Themes:

Creative prayer, Christmas, who is God?

Age:

8 – 88 years

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

224. The painting of the son


A beautiful Christmas story that you can use to illustrate the gospel

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Themes:

The meaning of Christmas, choosing for Jesus

To be used for:

A Christmas service, or to illustrate the gospel in a talk

Scripture reference:

Psalm 100:3, Isaiah 43:1, Romans 14:8, 1 John 5:1-21, 1 John 3:1-24

Age:

6 – 88 years

Explanation:

You can download the story here: The-Story-of-a-Son.pdf

 

223. Peace on Earth - praying for peace


A great way to pray for peace with children and adults

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Themes:

Christmas, creative prayer, peace

Used For:

Children’s moments during a service, creative prayer moment, prayer room, Christmas

Scripture reference:

Matthew 1:1-17, Matthew 1:18-25, Matthew 2:1-12, Matthew 2:13-23, Luke 1: 5-25, Luke 1:26-38, Luke 1:39-56, Luke 1:57-80, Luke 2:1-7, Luke 2: 8-21, Luke 2:22-40, Isaiah 9:2-7, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 11:1, John 1:14, Romans 6:23, Galatians 4:4-5, 1 Timothy 1:15-17, Titus 3:3-7, Micah 5:2, Zechariah 9:9, John 3:16, Isaiah 40:1-11, 1 John 5:11

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