496. Even people who are touched by Peter’s shadow are being healed - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel balls about how Peter and the apostles were so on fire for God that God did many miracles

In Acts 5: 12 - 17 we read: “The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade. No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by impure spirits, and all of them were healed.”



In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot frying pan to demonstrate the enormous power of the Spirit working through the apostles in the early days of the church.

Themes:

Peter’s shadow, signs and wonders, early church, power of the Spirit, healing, deliverance

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Scripture reference: Acts 5: 12 - 17
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching, kids church, kids ministry, kids moment, 

495. Being filled with the Holy Spirit - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads about how we as Christians can be on fire for God by being filled by the Holy Spirit. 

In Ephesians 5:18 Paul writes: “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.” 



In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot frying pan to demonstrate to children that we as Christians can be on fire for God by asking Him to fill us with His Spirit.

Themes:

The coming of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost, being filled with the Spirit, the power of the Spirit

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Scripture reference: Ephesians 5:18
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494. Waiting for the Holy Spirit at Pentecost - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads about the disciples waiting in the Upper Room for the Holy Spirit to come at Pentecost

In Acts 2: 1 - 4 we read: “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” 



In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot frying pan to demonstrate to children what happened at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came upon them.

Themes:

The coming of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost, being filled with the Spirit, the power of the Spirit

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Scripture reference: Acts 2: 1 - 4
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335. The Holy Spirit is like the wind


Teaching your Sunday school class about the Holy Spirit

Ask the children in your Sunday school lesson: "Who saw any rain on the way to church this morning?" To illustrate the rain, bring a watering can filled with water, pour it out into a bucket and let the children hold their hands under it.

Next, ask the children who saw the sun on their way to church. To illustrate the sun, bring a heat lamp with you and let the children feel the heat it gives off.

Lastly, ask the children who saw the wind on the way to church this morning?

holy spirit is like the wind, dandelian, sunday school idea

Now, that’s a hard one! You can see the rain and the sun, but you can’t see the wind. You can feel the wind and see its effect. To illustrate the wind, bring a fan with you so that the children can feel the wind and maybe hold a paper windmill in front of it to see what happens.

At Pentecost we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit. However, just like the wind, you can’t see the Holy Spirit, which makes it hard. To the disciples, Jesus was like the sun, and His words were like the rain. You could see Him, hear Him and touch Him. Jesus actually said that it was better that He went away, so that the Comforter would come.

This comforter is the Holy Spirit. You can’t see or hear Him, but He wants to blow through us with His wind.

Materials that you'll need:

- Watering can
- Heat lamp
- Fan
- Paper windmills

 

 

 

Scripture reference: John 14:26, Galatians 5:22-23, Romans 8:26, Acts 2:38, 1 Corinthians 6:19, John 14:15-17, Isaiah 11:2, John 16:12-15, Luke 11:13, 2 Corinthians 3:17, Acts 1:8, Romans 15:13, John 16:7-15, Ezekiel 36:26-27, 1 Corinthians 2:13, Ephesians 1:13, Acts 10:38, Romans 5:5, Romans 8:9, Acts 4:31, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, John 20:21-23, John 16:7-8, Acts 2:1-47, Luke 4:18, John 14:16-17, 2 Timothy 3:16-17
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, small churches

334. Energy Bar - Connecting with God - Recharging Faith - Gospel Object Lesson

A must-have for church workers, youth leaders or kid's pastors!

Our friends from Mission Magic in the UK are now selling the Energy Bar.

They offer a great leaflet with several Gospel presentations, such as:

Making connections

How we connect with God, the Holy Spirit and with each other through fellowship.

(Holy) Spirit level

The Energy Bar can also be used as a visual representation of the Holy Spirit.

Light of the world

Use the Energy Bar to explain that Jesus is the Light of the World, and a beacon in the darkness. But we need to connect with Him to experience His light

Life, fully charged! 

Just as we charge our gadgets, we need to charge our faith. Do we feel supercharged or is our spiritual battery drained?

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198. The Energy Stick - a must have for any children’s worker, youth worker or pastor


Probably one of the best object lessons of all time

We think that this toy is maybe one of the best object lessons of all time. You can buy it for a few dollars or pounds on Amazon.com or on Amazon.co.uk

It works very simply.

energystick

Invite a few children to come forward. Ask them to stand in a circle and hold hands. Take the energy stick in your right hand and take the hand of the child on your left. Leave the circle 'open' by not taking the hand of the child on your right. Then ask the child on your right to also take hold of the other end (the silver end) of the energy stick. When they do this, something amazing happens. Lights go on and you hear a funny noise. What's happening?

There is a small current that you don’t feel and that you can’t see. This current flows through the whole circle as long as everyone is holding hands. It connects through the circle of hands to the other side of the energy stick and then the electrical circuit is complete.

But how can use this in different ways within your kids ministry?

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Scripture reference: God’s love - Romans 8:37-39, John 3:16, Romans 5:8, Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 2:4-5, 1 John 4:9-11, Zephaniah 3:17, 1 John 4:7-8, 1 Peter 5:6-7, Psalm 86:15, 1 John 3:1, Deuteronomy 7:9, Proverbs 8:17, Jeremiah 29:11, John 13:34-35, Psalm 136:26, Romans 5:2-5, Colossians 2:6-7, Hebrews 12:28-29 Unity - Philippians 2:2, 1 Peter 3:8, 1 Corinthians 1:10, Colossians 3:14, 2 Corinthians 13:11, John 17:11-23, 1 Corinthians 12:12, Philippians 2:1-8, Acts 2:1-47, Galatians 3:28, Romans 8:1-39, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, John 17:21-26 Holy Spirit - John 14:26, Galatians 5:22-23, Romans 8:26, Acts 2:38, 1 Corinthians 6:19, John 14:15-17, Isaiah 11:2, John 16:12-15, Luke 11:13, 2 Corinthians 3:17, Acts 1:8, Romans 15:13, John 16:7-15, Ezekiel 36:26-27, 1 Corinthians 2:13, Ephesians 1:13, Acts 10:38, Romans 5:5, Romans 8:9, Acts 4:31, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, John 20:21-23, John 16:7-8, Acts 2:1-47, Luke 4:18, John 14:16-17, 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Belonging to God - Psalm 100:3, Isaiah 43:1, Romans 14:8, 1 John 5:1-21, 1 John 3:1-24 Body of Christ - 1 Corinthians 12:27, Romans 12:4-5, 1 Corinthians 12:12, Ephesians 4:4, Colossians 1:18, Ephesians 2:19-22, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Galatians 3:27, Colossians 2:19, Ephesians 4:15-16, 1 Corinthians 12:25-26, Ephesians 4:25, Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, Ephesians 4:11-13
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, Sunday school lesson, Children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, small churches, street evangelism, open air evangelism

177. Celebrating the fruit of the Spirit - the Magic Umbrella

Introduction:
This is a brilliant magic trick, that can help you to teach children, teenagers and adults on the fruit of the Spirit. 

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."  Galatians 5: 22-23

You 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. Show eight several 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.

I like it because it is so easy, but it always gives a 'wow' effect.

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Themes:
The fruit of the Spirit

Magic Umbrella:
You can use the Magic Umbrella trick:
176.  To teach people about the names of Jesus
177.  To teach on the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5: 22 - 23)
178.  To teach on finding refuge in the names of God
179.  To teach on self-esteem and showing your talents
180.  To teach on unity and diversity in the church and on the question: 'Who may belong to God's family?'

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Underneath I will show you how you can use this trick to teach on the fruit of the Spirit

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167. Rainbow of snow: the fruit of the Spirit


What colour is the fruit of the Spirit?

In this video we use the rainbow of snow experiment to illustrate to children the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5: 22-23:

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."

snow instant

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

The complete series covers the following themes:

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

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88. The (Holy) Trinity explained - an object lesson


Using a Matryoska doll to teach in your Sunday school lesson

Another beautiful and powerful object lesson. that you can use to explain the Biblical truth of the (Holy) Trinity to children, teenagers and adults.

How do you do this in a way that they can see it and understand it?

Several images to explain the Trinity

Of course you can use the image of an egg: "The Trinity is like an egg. In one egg you have the white, the yoke, and the shell composing one full egg."

Or the image of water: "The Trinity is like water. Water has three states: solid, liquid, and gas. Although the water changes forms it is still H2O. Just as water changes forms so too is the Trinity."

Or the image of a three-leaf clover: "The Trinity is a like a three-leaf clover. There are three different cloves that represent the three different persons of the Trinity."

But did you know that you can also use a Matryoshka doll / Russian doll to very easily and visually explain the truth of the Trinity to them?

russiandoll

You can use the Matryoshka doll not only to teach them about the Trinity, but it is also a beautiful example of us being safe in Christ and secure in God the Father.

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Scripture reference: The Trinity - Matthew 28:19, John 10:30, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Matthew 3:16-17, 1 Corinthians 8:6, 1 Peter 1:2, John 14:26, John 1:1-51, Genesis 1:26, John 14:16-17, John 1:14, 1 John 5:7-8, Philippians 2:5-8, Colossians 2:9, Ephesians 4:4-6, John 15:26, Colossians 1:15-17, John 10:30-36, 2 Corinthians 1:21-22, John 14:9-11, Jude 1:20-21 Our identity in Christ - 2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 2:10, Romans 8:1, John 1:12 , John 15:5, 1 John 4:4, 2 Timothy 1:7, Galatians 3:26, 1 Peter 2:9-10, 1 Corinthians 3:16, 2 Peter 1:4, Galatians 2:20 Being secure in God / in Christ - Deuteronomy 33:27, John 10:28-29, John 17:12, Romans 8:35-39, Philippians 1:6, Hebrews 7:25, Psalm 23:1, Hebrews 13:5-6, Philippians 4:19, Psalm 118:6-7, Psalm 91:1-15, 2 Timothy 1:12
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, Sunday school lesson, Children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, small churches, children's ministry, kids ministry, youth group

66. Making worms - dry worms are filled up again.


Being refreshed by the Spirit

As well as telling Bible stories you can do a lot more with these worms. We are using Instant Worms to illustrate our need to be constantly restored and refreshed by the Spirit. This visual lesson shows children (and adults) how important it is to not only go to church on Sundays, but also to be filled during the week, through praying and reading the Bible. Otherwise we run the risk to start drying up.

instantworms

Themes:

The Holy Spirit, God's Spirit, being filled with the Spiirit. 

Video:

In the video below I show you how you can illustrate this lesson using the worm mix.

Before you try this yourself, it’s helpful to watch the introduction video in which I show you how to prepare the worm mix.

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36. The upside down cup


What happens if you try pouring water into an upside down cup?

Exactly, it all gets a bit messy! This easy object lesson illustrates our participation in order to be filled with God’s love and/or the Holy Spirit.

Themes:

Conversion, being filled with the Holy Spirit

To be used for:

Children's moment during the service, a preaching illustration, Sunday School

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Bible text:

"I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." (Luke 5:32)

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28. How to make a rainbow using Skittles


A fun activity that you can use for different Bible stories and Biblical themes.

Of course there is the rainbow in the story of Noah and the ark. But, for example, you can also use this in the story of the calming of the storm on the lake.

rainbow skittles

I llike to use it to help the children look at different promises in Gods word, as the rainbow is a sign of Gods promise, but you can also use it to look at the theme of the fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit. All the fruit and the gifts are different, like the colours in the rainbow, but each one is important. You can also link the Skittles to the Body of Christ. As believers we are the Body of Christ. We are all different. We are all colourful and that is good! Unity doesn't lie in being the same, just as a rainbow doesn't consist of one colour. Each person and each colour is important. 

Biblical themes:

Gods promises, fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit, the Body of Christ, unity 

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11. Torch without batteries - an object lesson


A clear and fun object lesson to show what it means to let our light shine.

In this object lesson we see that we need the power and filling of the Holy Spirit to truly be that light. You could also combine this object lesson with the story of the wise and foolish virgins.

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Themes:

Being the light of the world, being filled with the Holy Spirit, letting your light shine

Bible refence:

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5: 14-16)

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Scripture reference: Matthew 5: 14-16
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching, kids ministry, creative preaching, kids church