503. How to make a stick drawing magically come to life


You can create a magical moment by bringing a stick figure to life.

This is ideal for when you do a talk about:

Creation 
Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. (Genesis 2: 7)

bringing a stick drawing to life with water

The raising of Lazarus  
Rrecounted in the Gospel of John (John 11:1-44), a miracle of Jesus in which Jesus brings Lazarus of Bethany back to life four days after his burial.

The raising of the son of the widow of Nain
Recorded in the Gospel of Luke. Jesus arrived at the village of Nain during the burial ceremony of the son of a widow, and raised the young man from the dead. (Luke 7:11–17)

Being alive in Christ 
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ  (Ephesians 2:5)

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Scripture reference: Hebrews 11:3, Colossians 1:16, Genesis 1:1-31, Revelation 4:11, Genesis 2:7, John 1:1-3, Exodus 20:11, Genesis 1:24-25, Job 12:7-9, Genesis 1:26, Genesis 1:1, Romans 1:20, Psalm 33:6,2 Peter 3:5, Job 37:5, Revelation 14:6-7, Job 33:4, Hebrews 1:10, Isaiah 42:5, Genesis 1:20, Jeremiah 10:12, Genesis 1
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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. 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.

marble run 1  marble run 2  marble run 3cr

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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501. Water from a Stone - an object lesson


What can you do with a ‘water from a stone’ gimmick?

A what??

A nifty ‘water from a stone’ gadget, which enables you to water your plants when you’re on holiday.

waterstone2

You can use it to tell the story of Moses in the desert, during which water came out of the rock! Or you could use it to talk about the words of Jesus: ‘I am the living water’…..

waterstone

Themes:

Moses and the Israeiltes in the desert, water from the rock, thirst, living water.

Bible verses:

Numbers 20:1-29, Exodus 17:1-7, John 4

Where do I get one?

You can order the ‘water from a stone’ here

Scripture reference: Numbers 20:1-29, Exodus 17:1-7, John 4
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500. Lesson of the widow's mite


The widow's offering was worth a lot more to God than what the rich man gave. 

‘Listen’, Jesus says, ‘The poor woman put much more in the temple treasury than the rich man.’
The disciples look at each other in confusion. Surely the woman had given next to nothing?
‘The rich man gave from what he did not need’ Jesus says.

‘He gave from the enormous amount he had, from his abundance. Even though he gave a lot, he still has lots left for himself. ’‘But that poor widow’, Jesus continues, ‘She gave everything she had.’
The disciples look at each other. Indeed, that woman gave everything. She has nothing left. She loves God so much that she wanted to give Him everything.

God notices those who give to Him with a pure heart.

widow coins in hand

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Scripture reference: Mark 12:41-44, Luke 21:1-4
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499. The bronze snake


Look at the bronze snake and you will live!

The Israelites all grumble. They are angry with God.

They go to Moses and they say to God and Moses ; ‘Why did you take us away from Egypt? Do you want us to die here in the desert? We don’t want to eat that horrible manna anymore!’

The people are so dissatisfied.

All of a sudden snakes come creeping into the tent camp. That is dangerous. The snakes are poisonous. The  people run away from the snakes.

360px The Brazen Serpent Mount Nebo

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Scripture reference: Numbers 21
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498. John the Baptist


A Bible story about the ministry of John the Baptist

If someone wants to give you a message, what's the best way of doing it? Telephone? E-mail? Write a letter? If you didn't have any of those, how would you tell someone the message? Yes - go and tell them yourself! Before Jesus came, there was a special messenger. He was Jesus' cousin!

Have any of you got any cousins? Did you know Jesus had a cousin? He was just a few months older than Jesus, and his name was John. Lots of people are called John nowadays, aren't they? (It's the English version of Yohanan, which means God is Gracious). John was God's special messenger. In fact, God told his Mum and Dad before he was born that this boy would be very important - he would prepare the way for people to believe in Jesus.

As John grew up he realised he had a special job to do. His Dad Zechariah had been given strict instructions by the Angel Gabriel about how he was to bring John up.

Brooklyn Museum Saint John the Baptist and the Pharisees Saint Jean Baptiste et les pharisiens James Tissot overall

Scripture reference

Matthew 3 / Luke 1

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486. The Bible story of Zacchaeus


“Zacchaeus,” says Jesus, ”Come down quickly, because I must stay at your house today.”

Ask the children if they know what a tax collector is.

You could play a game in which you pretend to be a tax collector. Give the children some coins (play coins or real coins) and say that you have come to collect the tax that they owe.
Make a list on which it says for example that a child has to pay one gold coin. Make sure that the others can see that it says one, but ask two. Then you can carry on ‘Ha-ha, on the list is says one coin, but I asked for two!!’ Put one coin in the box: ‘This is for the Roman bosses.’ Put the other coin in your pocket. ‘And this one is for me.’
Do this a few times and always ask more than is on the list.

The children will soon realise that you’re not being fair. Ask the children who had to pay if they liked paying more. Why not?
The tax collector is not being fair. He’s actually stealing the money.
No one wants to be his friend, no one likes him. He is a thief.

I’m now going to tell you a story about a tax collector:

zacchaeus

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Scripture reference: Luke 19:1-10
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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

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Scripture reference: Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 2:1-20
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484. Lydia is thankful for God’s church


A story from the New Testament about Philippi

It’s the Sabbath, the rest day for the Jewish people.
There is a group of people standing by the river in Philippi. They are all women. They have come together to pray. They believe in the Lord God and love him a lot. One of the women is called Lydia. She is a very rich woman. She sells beautiful red and purple material that you can use to make wonderful clothes.

A bit later a few men come walking up to the women and sit on the ground next to them. The women are surprised. They don’t know who they are. What are they doing here?
One of the men says ‘I am Paul”. We thought that you were praying. We also love the Lord God and also his son Jesus. He is the saviour, the Messiah.”

The women are even more surprised. Do these men know who the saviour is? The Messiah?
Then Paul starts to talk....

Lydia meets Paul the apostle

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Scripture reference: Acts 16:14-15
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483. Eutychus falls from a window sill in church


God has brought Eutychus back to life again!

On Sunday the people go to the church. It’s not a normal church, but it’s quite a high building. On the third floor, at the top, there’s a large room, and everyone gathers there, because that’s where Paul is going to talk.

There are lots of people there. Everyone wants to hear Paul speaking. Eutychus is there too. He’s a boy and he wants to listen to Paul too.

It’s very busy and the whole room is full. There’s no space for Eutychus to sit, so he goes to the window and sits on the window sill.

Paul talks about Jesus. He talks for a long long time – there’s so much to tell and he is going away again tomorrow. So he talks, right on into the night. 

Eutychus falls from window sill

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Scripture reference: Acts 20: 7-12
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482. Paul is shipwrecked


Don’t be afraid. Nobody is going to drown...

Paul knows that it is autumn, and that it will soon be winter. Then the weather is much worse, often with storms and rain. It’s better not to go sailing then.

“Men, listen,’ says Paul. “I think that it’s would be better if we didn’t go any further. It would be better for us to stay here in the harbour until winter is over. If we sail now it could become very dangerous.”

“Not at all!” say the captain and the first mate. “We’re just going to start sailing, and when winter comes we’ll find another harbour where we can stay. The weather is fine at the moment.”

Julius listens to the captain. They must know best. What does Paul know about sailing?

Paul is shipwrecked

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Scripture reference: Acts 27:27- Acts 28:5
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480. David fights with Goliath


You may have a sword and a spear, but I come to you in the name of the LORD

David went down to the stream which separated the two armies.  He picked out five small smooth stones, just right.  GOLIATH couldn't believe his eyes! He couldn't hope to win!   Sending out a little loser like that!  How dare they insult him!   "Am I a dog?"  he asked "Going to throw a stick for me, are we, boy?  You come any nearer, you titchy little pipsqueak and I'll feed you to the birds....."  and he swore at him and at the Lord God. 

David shouted back "You may have a sword and a spear, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of the armies of heaven and Israel - the very God you insult.  Today the LORD will conquer you, and I will kill you, and I will feed you and all your army to the birds.... so there!  Then the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel, and he doesn't need weapons of war to sort out his plans!" (1 Samuel 17)

David And Goliath Strength Fight Bible

Themes:

Trusting in God, leader or loser, boasting, God's victory

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Scripture reference: 1 Samuel 17
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479. Saul transforms into Paul on the Damascus Road


“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?"

Saul was so determined to stamp out this idea, that when he heard there was another group of Jesus' friends spreading the same rumour in Damascus, he set off down the road from Jerusalem to Damascus to deal with it once and for all.  He was nearly there when suddenly out of the blue he was stopped in his tracks by a brilliant white light!   He  fell to the ground (act it out) .   He heard a voice speaking to him out of the light saying "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? " 

"Who are you, Lord?" he asked.

"I am Jesus! Get up, and go into the city, and you will be told what to do next!".  His friends were speechless - they could hear the sound, but they couldn't see anyone.

arabic man

Themes:

Persecution of Christians, Saul's conversion ont the Damascus Road, gospel presentation, testimony

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478. Jesus calms the storm on the lake of Galilee


“Master! Master! Wake up! We're going to drown! Don’t you care?"

"It had been a long, hot day, and sitting up on the hillside were hundreds and hundreds of people.  They had all come there to listen to one man.  This man was really special - he healed people and talked to them about God.  Who am I talking about?  Yes, JESUS.  There were all kinds of people, big and small, old and young - and Jesus talked with them all.  Sometimes we may think that were not very important or special but to Jesus every person is special and important.  He told them all about God - not about a God who is far away, but about God who is very close to each one of us, and cares about us.

At the end of the day, Jesus was very tired!  He said to his special friends, his disciples, “Lets get into a boat and go across the lake to find somewhere to rest”.  So they all got into the boat.  When Jesus got into the boat, he was so tired that he found a nice place to curl up in, and ...zzzzzz... he fell asleep..."  

stormy sea waves

Themes:

Trust in Jesus, does Jesus care about us, Jesus has the power over the sea and the wind, Luke 8: 22-25

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Scripture reference: Luke 8: 22-25
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477. The calling of Peter


Follow me and I will make you a fishers of men...

"Who likes to go fishing?  I wonder if you're the sort of person who comes home and says “Wow, mum, I caught a really big fish that was thiiiis big ... and I put it back”?.  You know fishermen are always going on about how big the catch was - even if they're not quite truthful!

Jesus' friend, Simon Peter, made his living by it .. he was a fisherman by trade.  He had his own boat, and knew his job.  He had been out on the lake all night and he had caught ... how many do you think?   Not one!  Nothing at all!  I expect he was sitting on the shore mending his nets and muttering to himself “Huh, all night and no fish, not even a tiddler - it's not worth fishing these days, I dunno where all the fish have gone, might as well not bother .. all I get is tired and wet and cold and hungry .

a basket of freshly caught fish

Themes:

Discipleship, following Jesus, leaving everything behind,  miraculous catch of fish, Miraculous Draught of Fish, fishers of men

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476. The healing of the blind beggar Bartimaeus

“Jesus!  Son of David!  Have pity on me!”   

"Cover your eyes up with your hands for a moment.  What can you see?  It's all dark in there, isn't it? What do we call someone who can't see at all? 

Nowadays there are all kinds of things to help people who can't see.  Long white canes, guide dogs, computers – my friend Neville can type messages on his computer and his computer reads the e-mails to him aloud! But did they have that kind of help in Jesus' time? No. If you were blind, it was a huge problem, you couldn't get a job, you couldn't keep your family, every day someone would have to lead you out to sit by the road, with your cloak and your begging bowl.

You'd sit there all day, calling out to anyone you heard passing by “ Please can you spare some money for a poor blind man?  Please can you help me?”.  Not much of a life was it, day in and day out?  Let's see what the man in our story is called: Bartimaeus. 

blind beggar Bartimaeus

Themes:

Healing of blind Bartimeus, the power of Jesus, the gospel

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475. Elijah's Bonfire on Mount Carmel

Shout a bit louder, maybe Baal is asleep!

"Elijah let the prophets of Baal have first turn.  They built the altar, put on the wood and the meat. 

All the people were watching.  The people didn't know that the prophets of Baal used to use tricks to light their fires when they were back down in the city, but up here on Mount Carmel with everybody watching, they couldn't use any tricks at all.  The 450 prophets of Baal started dancing around their altar calling on Baal to hear them, and set fire to the altar.  They were calling out "O Lord Baal, send down the fire!  O Lord Baal, send down the fire! O Lord Baal, send down the fire!"...

And do you know what happened?  NOTHING!

bonfire elijah mount carmel


Themes:

God shows his might, the powerlessness of false gods, fire from the sky, prophet Elijah, Asherah poles, prophets of Baal, king Ahab and queen Jezebel

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474. Jesus restores Peter at a barbecue


"After breakfast, Jesus asked Peter "Do you love me best?" 

"Yes, Lord, you know I love you" said Peter.  "Feed my lambs" said Jesus.  Who do you think Jesus meant by his lambs? 

Then he asked again "Peter, do you truly love me?"  "You know I do" said Peter.  "Take care of my sheep" said Jesus.  Who did he mean by his sheep?"  That's not very complimentary, is it, as sheep aren't known for being very intelligent, are they?  

Then a third time Jesus said "Peter, do you love me?"  Peter was a bit hurt about this.  "Lord you know everything about me.  You know I am your friend."   Again, Jesus told him "Feed my sheep."  That's a bit of a joke really, isn't it – here is Jesus, telling Peter, a fisherman, to act as a shepherd and feed sheep!  

But it made sense to Peter when he thought about it..."

fisherman restoration Peter


Themes:

The restoration of Peter, Peter, do you really love me?, feed my lambs, always a new change with Jesus, God's grace

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473. The healing of the lame man at the Beautiful Gate


I don't have any silver or gold - I don't have any money - but I do have something I can give to you...

Peter leans over and takes the man by his right hand, and says "In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!".  As the beggar takes hold of Peter's hand he feels an amazing tingling warmth go right through him, down his arm, into his body, through to his legs and feet - and - starts - to - get - up! 

This man, who had never walked in his life, was starting to stand up!  The bones in his feet and ankles suddenly become strong, and he gets to his feet.  I expect he is hanging on to Peter and John!  Then he takes one step and another step - and another, and another, until in the end he's jumping about and hopping and skipping and shouting "Thank you Lord, oh thank you Lord, Look I can walk, I can run!"


arab man healing peter john lame man

Themes:

The healing of the lame man at the Beautiful Gate, stories from Acts, God's healing power, persecution of believers, poverty

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472. Tell the Bible story of Jonah


An easy and fun way to tell the amazing story of God's goodness in the story of Jonah

"The moment Jonah hit the water, the wind stopped, the waves died down, it was completely calm. (Pause in silence)... The sailors said: "WOW! Jonah's God must be the most powerful God! Only the God who made heaven and earth could do that!" and they started to have a party and to praise God and thank him. 

But what about our friend Jonah?

He was in the water. He started to sink. He wished he had learned to swim. He sank down to the bottom, and the Bible says that when he came up, he had seaweed wrapped round his head - ugh! Then suddenly... he saw this (draw big fish in picture) It looked like a big red cave.... it was the mouth of a great big fish! lt came towards him (gesture with your hands like the jaws closing suddenly)

GLOOP!

lt swallowed Jonah whole. "Helloo, helloo! I must be in a cave. But it smells rather fishy in here." And Jonah realized that he was in the belly of a huge fish. There must have been a pocket of air in there because the Bible says he stayed alive inside the fish for three days and nights. Jonah had time to think. He said this: SORRY. Do you think he said sorry to the fish? No, he said sorry to God. Then he felt much better..." 

Jonah on the beach

Themes:

The story of Jonah, being disobedient towards God, obeying God, saying sorry to God, repentance, God's grace

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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468. Jesus anointed by a sinful woman


A Bible story on the weeping woman at Jesus' feet

Describe the situation of a young woman left alone in the world and the choices she might have to face to support herself – begging, slavery, or breaking God's law in order to obtain money – by choosing the latter she would at least be able to run her own home and choose who abused her.

Maybe mention somebody you know who has had to make a similar choice – I know a “bag lady” in Bristol whose life decisions have led her to misery and deprivation.  She feels hated and excluded from society.

Describe Simon the Pharisee and his disgust at what he heard of Jesus teaching that God loved sinners  - against everything Simon had ever been taught.  He decided to teach this young Rabbi a lesson.  Humiliated him by ignoring his arrival  - no kiss on the hands, no water for his feet, no oil for his head, no leading him to a position of respect at the table.   Any normal rabbi would have been insulted and offended to the point where he would not join the feast at all but leave.  Jesus took up a place at the very end of the table where guests of little value would recline.  The custom of allowing villagers in to stand round the edge and admire the feast and listen to the wise conversation meant that the woman could slip in unobserved  - though some scholars think Simon may have “planted” her in order to embarrass Jesus.  

woman anointed jesus feet

Scripture reference

Luke 7: 36-50

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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465. The Scarecrow - a story about Abram leaving Haran?


Watch this short video with your Sunday school class 

A beautiful short video story about a scarecrow that leaves a big, ugly and soul degrading factory to find home and be a real blessing for others.

the scarecrow

Watchiing it made me think of Abram leaving the city of Haran to find his real home and be a blessing to all the nations. Other parallel stories in the Bible are the Israelites leaving Egypt to go the promise land or the Israelites coming home from their exile in Babel.

You can show this video to the children in your Sunday school class or kids ministry and ask them:

- What do you feel or think when you see this short film?
- Can you see a link between this video and the story of Abram going to the promised land? 

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Scripture reference: Genesis 12: 1-9
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's work, kids ministry, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching,

464. Time to turn - a complete Sunday school lesson


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

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

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

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

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

You can download the complete PDF file below.

blow up globe kids ministry

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

453. Living like Christ - a complete Sunday school lesson


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

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

You can download the complete PDF file below.

binocular looking at Jesus kids ministry philippians

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

440. Psalm 150 - a complete Sunday school lesson


A great program with 14 creative ideas for your Sunday school or children's ministry

Lots of fun and useful games, prayer ideas and activities that you can use within your Sunday school class on Psalm 150

You can download the complete PDF file below.

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Scripture reference: Psalm 150
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons

439. Tell Bible stories with the National Flag illussion

Take your audience around the world with this self working National Flag card trick.

This is a brilliant object lesson / gospel illusion. Ideal for school assemblies - with the opportunity to share facts about different countries - teachers love that!

Perfect for services - the chosen flag leads you seamlessly into dozens of different stories from the Bible.

And best of all the deck does all the work for you - leaving you to focus on your presentation and message. 

A great new productt from my friends at Mission Magic. . 

 

424. Do you already own a Super Story Stick?


A wooden wonder to wow and win over audiences!

You show the children a long wooden stick, jointed at three points. This seemingly simple prop is used to tell many different stories, as the stick is formed into a wide range of clear, recognisable shapes. The pace picks up, as your switch effortlessly from shape to shape – telling entertaining stories, with memorable Gospel messages!

Children in particular respond well to visual aids, and the Story Stick allows you to bring any story to life – using either the x3 included routines OR making up your own stories and shapes!

A great new product from my friends at Mission Magic

 

423. Do you want to learn how you use the Holy Bible Coloring Book to tell Bible stories to kids?


Watch the pages of this book color themselves in! 

OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates in the video below how you can explain the gospel and tell Bible stories while using the Holy Bilbe Coloring Book, that you can buy here

Dawn has been visiting school in Plymouth (UK) for more than 25 years. In all those years hundreds of thousands of children have seen her and heard the gospel through her ventriloquism and storytelling.

Dawn Getley demonstrates the magic colouring bible

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422. Christian ventriloquist act about what it means to be a Christian

Are you looking for a new short Christian ventriloquist act?

OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates in the video below a Christian ventriloquist act with her famous puppet Aqua. Dawn has been visiting school in Plymouth (UK) for more than 25 years. In all those years hundreds of thousands of children have seen her and heard the gospel through her ventriloquism and storytelling.

This ventriloquist act is about it means to be a Christian. It is a fun act with a good message. 

Dawn Getley does a ventriloquist act with her cute duck Aqua on being a Christian

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Scripture reference: Ezekiel 36:26, Psalm 51:10, Jeremiah 17:9, Jeremiah 17:10, Matthew 5:8, Hebrews 4:12, Proverbs 4:23, Proverbs 3:5-6, Psalm 34:18, Ezekiel 11:19, Proverbs 21:2, Luke 12:33-34, Matthew 15:18-20, James 4:8, 1 Samuel 16:7, 1 Timothy 1:5, Psalm 26:2, Romans 2:5, Romans 1:21, Acts 8:22, Psalm 112:7, Romans 10:10, Psalm 119:10, Psalm 51:17, Hebrews 10:22, 2 Timothy 2:22
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, preaching illustration, kids time

421. Christian ventriloquist act about God's love

Are you looking for a new short Christian ventriloquist act about God's love?

OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates in the video below a Christian ventriloquist act with her famous puppet Aqua. Dawn has been visiting school in Plymouth (UK) for more than 25 years. In all those years hundreds of thousands of children have seen her and heard the gospel through her ventriloquism and storytelling.

This ventriloquist act is about the talents that God has gives us and His amazing love for us

Dawn Getley does a ventriloquist act with her cute duck Aqua

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Scripture reference: Ezekiel 36:26, Psalm 51:10, Jeremiah 17:9, Jeremiah 17:10, Matthew 5:8, Hebrews 4:12, Proverbs 4:23, Proverbs 3:5-6, Psalm 34:18, Ezekiel 11:19, Proverbs 21:2, Luke 12:33-34, Matthew 15:18-20, James 4:8, 1 Samuel 16:7, 1 Timothy 1:5, Psalm 26:2, Romans 2:5, Romans 1:21, Acts 8:22, Psalm 112:7, Romans 10:10, Psalm 119:10, Psalm 51:17, Hebrews 10:22, 2 Timothy 2:22
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, preaching illustration, kids time

420. A great visual aid to help you tell the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man


Do you want to learn
 how you can use four pieces of cardboard to tell the story of Jesus healing the paralysed man? Watch the brilliant video in this idea.

 



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419. How to explain the gospel using silk scarves and a change bag


A wonderful visual (and especially colourful) way to tell children the gospel

OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates in the video below how you can explain the gospel using a beautiful story, silk scarves and a change bag

Dawn has been visiting school in Plymouth (UK) for more than 25 years. In all those years hundreds of thousands of children have seen her and heard the gospel through her ventriloquism and storytelling.

Dawn Getley demonstrates how you can explain the gospel using a beautiful story silk scarves and a change bag

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418. The call of Abram - Prayer for the journey


A creative prayer idea about Abram's journey to the promised land

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

We’re going to pray for all people who are on a journey, just as Abram was. Who can you think of? Is there anyone in your family who is away at the moment? Write or draw your prayer on the post it or card and stick it on the globe or pin it on the board. Perhaps you can also pray for people who are forced to go travelling, such as refugees fleeing war and famine.Prayer for the journey (10 min)

Materials:

- a globe and post it notes
- drawing pins
- a bulletin board

abram prayer

If you are doing this activity with adults as well as children, you could print out this prayer:

“May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.’

Duration: 10 minutes

Scripture reference: Genesis 12:1 – 9
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time

417. The call of Abram - Abram’s journey


A messy, but fun activity about Abram's journey to the promised land

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

Show on the globe where the children live and where the story of Abram took place. Tell the children that we’ve magnified part of the globe for them, so they can see where Abram went to in this story.

Paint one of the children’s feet with acrylic paint and ask them to make a footprint on the route that Abram travelled...

abrams journey

Duration: 10 minutes

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Scripture reference: Genesis 12:1 – 9
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416. The call of Abram - How to listen


Can you recognise the sound?

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

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

Abram listens to God hand listen

Duration: 10 - 15 minutes

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Scripture reference: Genesis 12:1 – 9
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415. The call of Abram - The Duct tape minefield


A really fun game about trusting blindly in God

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

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

duct tape Abram listens to God

Duration: 20 minutes

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Scripture reference: Genesis 12:1 – 9
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414. The call of Abram - The removal box race


Abram knew how it was to move house

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

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

call of Abram removal boxes race

Duration: 10 - 15 minutes

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Scripture reference: Genesis 12:1 – 9
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413. The call of Abram - Listening: Simon says


Are you good at listening?

Ask the group to stand up. The leader gives all sorts of instructions for the children to follow, for example jump, squat, stand on one leg etc. The children are only allowed to do it if the leader first says ‘Simon says’. So, when the leaders says ‘Simon says jump’, the children have to jump. If the leader just says ‘Jump’ then they have to stay still. If you move, you’re out.

listening

Afterwards you can talk with the children about how it’s sometimes really hard to listen properly. What sort of things shouldn’t you do even if someone tells you to do them? If you were Abram, would you have listened to what God told you to do? Why /why not?

Duration: 15 minutes

Scripture reference: Genesis 12:1 – 9
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412. The call of Abram - Not yet, but it’s coming; a promise is a promise!


Let's make crystals

Genesis 12: 1-4 and 7: The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring[a] I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him."

Abrams promise Sunday school kids ministry crystal making

Talk about the meaning of a promise. Read the Bible passage together. What does God promise Abram?

Do you think that it would have been hard or easy for Abram to believe that these promises would come true? When is it easy to believe a promise? Often it’s harder to believe in a promise if you can’t imagine how it could come true, or if you have to wait for a long time.

Abrams promise crystals sunday school lesson kids ministry

Today we’re going to make crystals. This is a promise, but you’ll have to wait before you can see the crystals.

Duration: 20 - 25 minutes

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Scripture reference: Genesis 12:1 – 9
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411. The call of Abram - a temporary home


Experience Abram's journey

Abram did what the Lord had said. He left Charan. He was then 75 years old. He took his wife Sarai and cousin Lot with him, and they took everything they had, including their slaves. They went on a journey to the country of Canaan. (Genesis 12:1 – 9)

Abrams journey tent

Put up one or more tents. The easiest sort are pop up tents, then you won’t have any hassle with tent pegs. Go and sit next to the tent. Ask the children if they have ever been camping. Did they like it, or not? And what’s it like to come home after you’ve been away on a camping holiday?

Read the story of Abram together (Genesis 12:1 – 9). God asks Abram to leave his home and go on a journey to a new country. A new home. Talk about how people travelled in those days. They took everything with them, their animals, their servants. They took a tent with them and put it up every night so they could sleep in it. What would that have been like for Abram? 

Duration: 10 minutes

Scripture reference: Genesis 12:1 – 9
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church,, kids time

409. Christian ventriloquist act about God looking at our heart

Are you looking for a new short Christian ventriloquist act?

OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates in the video below a Christian ventriloquist act with her famous puppet Horace. Dawn has been visiting school in Plymouth (UK) for more than 25 years. In all those years hundreds of thousands of children have seen her and heard the gospel through her ventriloquism and storytelling.

This ventriloquist act is about us looking at outward appearances, but God looks at our heart. 

Dawn Getley does a ventriloquist act with her puppet Horace

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Scripture reference: Ezekiel 36:26, Psalm 51:10, Jeremiah 17:9, Jeremiah 17:10, Matthew 5:8, Hebrews 4:12, Proverbs 4:23, Proverbs 3:5-6, Psalm 34:18, Ezekiel 11:19, Proverbs 21:2, Luke 12:33-34, Matthew 15:18-20, James 4:8, 1 Samuel 16:7, 1 Timothy 1:5, Psalm 26:2, Romans 2:5, Romans 1:21, Acts 8:22, Psalm 112:7, Romans 10:10, Psalm 119:10, Psalm 51:17, Hebrews 10:22, 2 Timothy 2:22
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, preaching illustration, kids time