504. Five powerful benefits of using Bible games in your children’s ministry


Are Bible games just an element of ‘clean’ (or sometimes messy) fun within your Sunday school lesson of kids ministry?

Yes and no! Discover five powerful benefits of using Bible games in your children’s ministry:

Benefit 1: Bible games create an element of fun in our children’s work.

The element of fun is very important. Helping children to learn and apply Biblical truth in their lives is a serious undertaking, but that doesn’t mean that it is not allowed to be fun as well. Wouldn’t it be great if kids really looking forward to coming to the Sunday school lesson or children’s ministry?

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Benefit 2: Bible games make our children’s work also boys friendly

Within our children’s work it is very easy to focus especially on the girls with fun crafts, singing, listening quietly to a Bible story, etc. Some boys like these things as well, but other boys thrive on competition and fun and daring elements. By regularly using different Bible games within your Sunday school lesson or kids ministry we make it easier for boys to enjoy coming to our children’s work.

Benefit 3: Bible games help our children to listen better to the Bible story

During my 25 years of being fulltime involved in children’s ministry I have discovered that children will listen better to the Bible story if they know that we are going to do a Bible game about the story afterwards. So I tell them beforehand. I tell the children that after the story we are going to do a Bible game with questions about the story. Now suddenly their attention to the Bible story increases, because they all want to win.

Benefit 4: Bible games help you tell the Bible story twice without the kids noticing

After you have told the Bible story to the children, you do a Bible game about the story. What you are really doing, is telling the story again and asking the children certain questions about the Bible story at the appropriate place within the story. But this time it happens within a setting full of fun and competition, so that kids won’t really notice that you are telling the story again. Of course you don’t go into as many details as in the first time. It is more a telling of the main story line and important teaching points within the story.

Benefit 5: Bible games help the children to verbalize the most important teaching points in the lesson

It is important that we as children’s workers take time to think about the right questions that we want to ask the children within our Bible game. What is the right question?
The right question will help the child to reflect and verbalize the main teaching points within the lesson. By asking good questions about these teaching points, we can dig deeper and help the children to learn more from the Bible story than they would without a Bible game.

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244. Ten Bible Passage Cards - let them do the Bible study


Teaching children and teenagers to study God's Word

In idea 100 we introduced the Bible story cards, which help you to let the children / teenagers tell the story instead of you having to tell it, especially when the Bible story is so well known, that already know it by heart.  With the ten Bible story cards you can address any story in the Bible.

But what about all the passages in the Bible that contain no stories, like the Psalms, the Prophets, the letters of Paul, etc? 

Especially for all these passage we have created ten Bible Passage Cards.

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Below we look at the ‘Bible study cards’ method.

The ‘Bible Passage Cards’ method

It is so easy to keep telling Bible stories to children and teenagers, but there comes a point at which it is more important to help them learn from the Bible themselves. Telling stories is good. Teaching children and teenagers (and adults) to read and learn from the Bible themselves is even better.

To help us do this we have developed ten questions that you can ask yourself when you read a passage in the Bible.  When we used these cards we were doing weekly Bible studies with a group of teenagers from troubled backgrounds. Some of them would and did end up in prison. We wanted them to have a few questions to ask themselves if they ever found themselves with a Gideon Bible in a prison cell. . Each week we gave them all a piece of paper with a short Bible passage. They would then pick one of the ten Bible study cards (without looking at it first) and that would be their question about the passage that we were going to look at.

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons

Scripture reference:

2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Timothy 3:14-17, Joshua 1:8, Psalm 119:11, Psalm 119:105, Proverbs 3:1-2, 2 Timothy 2:15, 1 Peter 3:15, Deuteronomy 11:18-23, Psalm 119:18, Psalm 119:9, Romans 12:2, Acts 17:11, Ephesians 6:11-17, Acts 8:30, James 1:22, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:1-17, John 8:32, Proverbs 2:1-5, 1 John 2:27, John 13:17, John 1:1, Luke 4:4, Hosea 4:6, John 6:63, John 5:39-40, 1 Peter 2:1-2, Proverbs 2:1-22

The ten questions on the cards are:

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100. The Bible Story Cards - let them tell the Bible story

Introductions:
How do you tell a Bible story to a group of children or teenagers for whom the story is so well known that they can probably tell it better than you? :-)

That is a tricky question!

At the same time the answer is very, very simple: ‘You don’t tell the Bible story.’

What!? You don’t tell the story?

No, you let them tell it to each other in such a way that it is fun, everyone participates, and the only thing you have to do is to ask good questions and share your own story.

There are three very simple, but effective ways of encouraging children and teenagers to share their insights into a Bible story:

Idea 98. The Junk Drawer
Idea 99. The Picture Cards
Idea 100. The Bible Story Cards
Idea 244. The Bible Passage Cards

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Below we look at the ‘Bible study cards’ method.

The ‘Bible study cards’ method
It is so easy to keep telling Bible stories to children and teenagers, but there comes a point at which it is more important to help them learn from the Bible themselves. Telling stories is good. Teaching children and teenagers (and adults) to read and learn from the Bible themselves is better.

To help us do this we have developed ten questions that you can ask yourself when you read a story in the Bible. These ten questions are specifically focused on the four gospels. When we used these cards we were doing weekly Bible studies with a group of teenagers from troubled backgrounds. Some of them would and did end up in prison. We wanted them to know a few questions for if they ever found themselves with a Gideon Bible in a prison cell. So we took half a year to go through the gospel of Mark. Each week we gave them all a piece of paper with a short passage from Mark. Then they would pick one of the ten Bible study cards (without looking at it first) and that would be their question about the passage that we were going to look at.

The ten questions on the ten cards are:

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99. The Picture Cards - let them tell the Bible story

Introductions:
How do you tell a Bible story to a group of children or teenagers for whom the story is so well known that they can probably tell it better than you? :-)

That is a tricky question!

At the same time the answer is very, very simple: ‘You don’t tell the Bible story.’

What!? You don’t tell the story?

No, you let them tell it to each other in such a way that it is fun, everyone participates and the only thing you have to do, is ask good questions and share your own story.

There are three very simple, but effective ways how you can encourage children and teenagers to share their insights into a Bible story:

Idea 98. The Junk Drawer
Idea 99. The Picture Cards
Idea 100. The Bible Story Cards
Idea 244. The Bible Passage Cards

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Below we look at the ‘picture cards’ method.

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98. The Junk Drawer - let them tell the Bible story

Introductions:
How do you tell a Bible story to a group of children or teenagers for whom the story is so well known that they can probably tell it better than you? :-)

That is a tricky question!

At the same time the answer is very, very simple: ‘You don’t tell the Bible story.’

What!? You don’t tell the story?

No, you let them tell it to each other in such a way that it is fun, everyone participates and the only thing you have to do, is ask good questions and share your own story.

There are three very simple, but effective ways of encouraging children and teenagers to share their insights into a Bible story:

Idea 98. The Junk Drawer
Idea 99. The Picture Cards
Idea 100. The Bible Story Cards
Idea 244. The Bible Passage Cards

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Below we look at the ‘junk drawer’ method.

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5. The Big Picture - a Bible overview in one go


Can you paint the story of the Bible in one go? Yes, you can! 

Bible in one go

Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) have made a skecthboard painting of the whole Bible in 15 steps. It is very easy to do and it will allow you to share the complete story of the Bible in one go. 

You can download all the information below:

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