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,

405. Looking with God’s eyes - an object lesson


A clever and fun object lesson that demonstrates that we can only focus on the small part in front of us and that we need the Bible to see Gods big picture.

looking with Gods eyes

There are several stories and passages in the Bible in which humans have to discover that although we claim to see, we are blind. We don’t see things as God sees them. We only focus on a small part in front of us. God sees everything. We need the Bible to see Gods big picture. 

In 1 Samuel 16 the prophet Samuel has come to anoint a new king. When he looks at David’s oldest brother Eliab he thinks this is the one! But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. ( 1 Samuel 16:7)

One of Jesus’ sayings is: “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind may see and those who see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard this, and they asked Him, “Are we blind” too? 4“If you were blind,” Jesus replied, “you would not be guilty of sin. But since you claim you can see, your guilt remains.”  (John 9: 39-41)

How do we help children, teenagers and adults to think about these matters? How do we demonstrate that we only see a small part of the big picturen and that we need to study God's Word to discover the big picture and to learn to see as God sees?

 - For this object lesson we use two pictures of a set of playing cards. Not all Christians are comfortable with using playing cards as an object lesson. The good news is that you can also use this object lesson with different images that are very similar. -

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The object lesson:

Show a picture of these five playing cards to the group. Ask one of the older children / teenagers to pick one of the cards on the picture. Let him or her write this card down on a piece of paper, without mentioning which card he / she has chosen. 

Now you remove the picture with the five playing cards and show him / her the picture of four playing cards that you can find underneath the line in this idea.

Five playing cards turn into four. What is the chance that his or her card has disappeared? You would say: one in five. But the truth is: one hundred percent.

Try this for yourself! How is it possible that your playing card disappears as well?

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Scripture reference: 1 Samuel 16:7, John 9: 39-41, Isaiah 6:10, Psalm 119:18, Psalm 13:2-3, 2 Corinthians 4:4, Luke 14:13-14, John 9:1-41, 1 John 2:11, Matthew 13:13-16, Matthew 15:14, Ephesians 5:8, Luke 12:48, Luke 18:35-38, Revelation 3:17, 2 Kings 6:17-20, Matthew 24:30, 1 John 4:1, Hebrews 4:13, Job 34:21

391. Flowing water from the cross


An wonderful object lesson with the parable of the good samaritan

Gert van Bos gave me this fun idea:

"Once, to tell the story of the Good Samaritan, I used a specially made cross. Because the story starts with a conversation about the great commandment 'Love the Lord God with all your heart' and the second commandment 'Love your neighbour as yourself’, I got the idea of making a wooden cross with PVC piping running through it. You could make it out of plexiglass instead of wood, but this one is more surprising.

In the wooden cross there are two PVC pipes, a vertical and a horizontal one. If you let God's love, in the form of water, flow in at the top of the cross (via the ‘vertical relationship’, that flows from God) it'll flow through a T-junction to the horizontal pipe, to the people surrounding you. Two buckets or plastic containers placed at each side of the cross make sure that the church caretaker stays happy as well, but that's not necessary of course.

This is also a very clear visual aid for adults. You start with God’s love and this love flows to your neighbour (in other words, he/she will get soaking wet!). This is actually an open door, very simple, but definitely very effective."

Scripture reference:

Luke 10: 25-37

Themes:

Good Samaritan, God's everlasting love, Easter, the cross, mercy, great commandment, Good Friday

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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

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285. Your rod and staff comfort me - part of a Sunday school lesson about the Good shepherd


Ice lollies as a rod or a staff?

Your rod and staff comfort me... Being guided by God is not always as clear, easy or obvious as we would like. With this craft activity and creative form of prayer you can help children to think about the guidance that God gives us.

Themes:

Jesus is the Good Shepherd, the church as a flock, God guides us.

Description:

Ice lolly sticks aren't really comparable to the rod and staff of the Shepherd. But still...

In this prayer idea/craft idea you can decorate an ice lolly stick with stickers, markers and. When you have decorated your stick, take a label and write on it in what way you want God to guide you in the future. Tie this label to the stick and take it home with you.

your staff comforts me

What you'll need:

-  Ice lolly sticks
-  Labels with string
-  Pens, stickers

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church

Scripture reference:

Psalm 100:3, Luke 15:4-7, Matthew 9:36, John 10:1-16, Matthew 7:15, Jeremiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 10:16, Ezekiel 34:1-31, John 21:17, Psalm 23:1-6, Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 26:31, Ezekiel 34:17-22, Micah 2:12, Mark 14:27, Matthew 10:6, Matthew 18:10-13

284. He leads us to green pastures - part of a Sunday school lesson about the Good shepherd


Green pastures - a creative prayer idea

"He leads us to green pastures." As you can see there are sweets on the pastures in the prayer room. You can eat one and think about what you're thankful for. God gives us so many good things. Take the time to thank Him for that.

What you'll need:

-  Plastic grass
-  Sweets

You can use this for:

A creative prayer idea for working in a creative way with a Bible story / theme.

Green pastures

Themes:

Jesus is the Good Shepherd, the community as a herd, being thankful.

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church

Scripture reference:

Psalm 100:3, Luke 15:4-7, Matthew 9:36, John 10:1-16, Matthew 7:15, Jeremiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 10:16, Ezekiel 34:1-31, John 21:17, Psalm 23:1-6, Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 26:31, Ezekiel 34:17-22, Micah 2:12, Mark 14:27, Matthew 10:6, Matthew 18:10-13

283. How close to the shepherd are you? - part of a Sunday school lesson about the Good shepherd


Put yourself close to the Shepherd - a creative prayer idea

How do you express who you are in the flock of the Good Shepherd?  What's your position in the flock?

This creative prayer idea helps children and adults to give an answer to these two important questions in a non-threatening way.

You can use this for:

A creative prayer idea for working in a creative way with a Bible story / theme.

 

Place yourself near the shepherd

Themes:

Jesus is the Good Shepherd, the church as a flock

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church

Scripture reference:

Psalm 100:3, Luke 15:4-7, Matthew 9:36, John 10:1-16, Matthew 7:15, Jeremiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 10:16, Ezekiel 34:1-31, John 21:17, Psalm 23:1-6, Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 26:31, Ezekiel 34:17-22, Micah 2:12, Mark 14:27, Matthew 10:6, Matthew 18:10-13

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282. Make your own sheep - part of a Sunday school lesson about the Good shepherd


Let's create a flock 

Did you know that the Good Shepherd wants to help us to look more and more like Him every day? He changes us, in order that we as sheep wlll start to look more like the Shepherd.

On the table there are cardboard sheep, balls of wool, toy eyes, stickers and felt pens. You can make your own sheep using these materials.

What you'll need:

-  Sheep made out of cardboard
-  Balls of wool, toy eyes,  stickers and felt pens

Create your own sheep

Themes:

Jesus is the Good Shepherd, the church as a flock

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church

Scripture reference:

Psalm 100:3, Luke 15:4-7, Matthew 9:36, John 10:1-16, Matthew 7:15, Jeremiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 10:16, Ezekiel 34:1-31, John 21:17, Psalm 23:1-6, Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 26:31, Ezekiel 34:17-22, Micah 2:12, Mark 14:27, Matthew 10:6, Matthew 18:10-13

281. A love letter from the Father - part of a Sunday school lesson about the Good shepherd


Pet a sheep - a creative prayer idea

In this corner of the prayer room  you can find a soft cuddly sheep and a love letter from the Heavenly Father.

Take the sheep on your lap, pet it and remember that the Heavenly Father wants to take you on his lap like this. Read the love letter and believe that these words count for you.

A love letter from the Father

Themes:

Gods love for you, creative prayer. Jesus is the Good Shepherd, the church as a flock

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church

What you'll need:

-  A soft cuddly sheep
-  A love letter from the Father (you can laminate it to make it last longer)

Scripture reference:

Psalm 100:3, Luke 15:4-7, Matthew 9:36, John 10:1-16, Matthew 7:15, Jeremiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 10:16, Ezekiel 34:1-31, John 21:17, Psalm 23:1-6, Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 26:31, Ezekiel 34:17-22, Micah 2:12, Mark 14:27, Matthew 10:6, Matthew 18:10-13

280. He leads me beside still waters - part of a Sunday school lesson about the Good shepherd


Water carriers - a creative prayer idea

A creative prayer idea in which we're going to pray with the children in a practical way for clean water in countries with a lot of poverty.

Clean water prayer idea

Themes:

clean water, creative prayer, Jesus is the Good Shepherd, the church as a flock

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Scripture reference: Psalm 100:3, Luke 15:4-7, Matthew 9:36, John 10:1-16, Matthew 7:15, Jeremiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 10:16, Ezekiel 34:1-31, John 21:17, Psalm 23:1-6, Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 26:31, Ezekiel 34:17-22, Micah 2:12, Mark 14:27, Matthew 10:6, Matthew 18:10-13
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church

279. Safe in the shepherd's hand - part of a Sunday school lesson about the Good shepherd


Put yourself or someone else in the hand of the shepherd - a creative prayer idea

A lovely creative prayer idea in which children are going to put themselves or someone else in the hand of the Good Shepherd, literally.

Place yourself in Jesus hand

Themes:

Submission, creative prayer. Jesus is the Good Shepherd, the church as a flock

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church

Scripture reference:

Psalm 100:3, Luke 15:4-7, Matthew 9:36, John 10:1-16, Matthew 7:15, Jeremiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 10:16, Ezekiel 34:1-31, John 21:17, Psalm 23:1-6, Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 26:31, Ezekiel 34:17-22, Micah 2:12, Mark 14:27, Matthew 10:6, Matthew 18:10-13

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278. Which side of the black sheep? - part of a Sunday school lesson about the Good shepherd


There are no black sheep in God's flock - an idea for creative prayer

Sometimes we feel like the black sheep. We can make ourselves believe we don’t belong with all the negative words that we say about ourselves.

Which side of the sheep do you believe? Turn it that way up. Or maybe if you believe the negative things but want God’s help to believe the truth, leave the black sheep with the positive statements showing, as a prayer. 

A creative prayer idea in which we're going to dwell on the beautiful words that the Lord says about us.

Gods flock

Themes:

Self-image, self-judgement,trusting in the promises of God. Jesus is the Good Shepherd, the church as a flock

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church

Scripture reference:

Psalm 100:3, Luke 15:4-7, Matthew 9:36, John 10:1-16, Matthew 7:15, Jeremiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 10:16, Ezekiel 34:1-31, John 21:17, Psalm 23:1-6, Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 26:31, Ezekiel 34:17-22, Micah 2:12, Mark 14:27, Matthew 10:6, Matthew 18:10-13

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277. Who are you in the flock? - part of a Sunday school lesson about the Good shepherd


A creative and interactive idea for your family service

The following idea is a creative and enjoyable way to look at this subject with both children and adults. You can use this for a family service. Explain that there are all sorts of different sheep and people in the Lord’s flock: obedient sheep, sheep with questions, a black sheep, lambs, stubborn goats, lost sheep, sacrificial lamb, shepherd's helper, deer, tourists 

Through the use of three assignments we are looking at who we are in the Lord's flock, we talk about this together and then we finish with a beautiful creative prayer idea. We have done this together with all the adults, teenagers and children in our small missional church and people were really touched by it.

You'll find all the information and ideas below...

who are you in Gods flock

Themes:

Jesus is the Good Shepherd, the church as a flock

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church

Scripture reference:

Psalm 100:3, Luke 15:4-7, Matthew 9:36, John 10:1-16, Matthew 7:15, Jeremiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 10:16, Ezekiel 34:1-31, John 21:17, Psalm 23:1-6, Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 26:31, Ezekiel 34:17-22, Micah 2:12, Mark 14:27, Matthew 10:6, Matthew 18:10-13

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276. Make a good shepherd's crook - part of a Sunday school lesson about the Good shepherd


Your rod and your staff they comfort me

This is a fun activity in which every child makes a shepherd's crook.

Take the children to the park to look for suitable sticks to make a shepherd’s crook. With the help of sandpaper and (under supervision) a penknife, they can prepare their sticks and make them smooth.   (You can always collect the sticks beforehand! That saves a trip with the kids...)

You can ask someone if they want to teach the children something about wood carving.

You can decorate the crook with ribbons, stickers and flowers.

The aim is that every child has his or hers own shepherd's crook.

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Themes:

Jesus is the Good Shepherd, the church as a flock

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church

Scripture reference:

Psalm 100:3, Luke 15:4-7, Matthew 9:36, John 10:1-16, Matthew 7:15, Jeremiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 10:16, Ezekiel 34:1-31, John 21:17, Psalm 23:1-6, Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 26:31, Ezekiel 34:17-22, Micah 2:12, Mark 14:27, Matthew 10:6, Matthew 18:10-13

 

275. In search of the lost sheep - part of a Sunday school lesson about the Good shepherd


96, 97, 98, 99... We're missing a sheep!

Set up a game in which the children can search for a lost sheep. You can do this in several different ways:

-  Set up a trail during which the children have to look for people disguised as sheep, or wearing certain items of clothing to represent the lost sheep.
-  Set up a trail of arrows that the children have to follow to lead them to the lost sheep.
-  Hide a sheep made of paper or a toy sheep in the forest or park and let the children find this, you can also let some of the children hide a few sheep.

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Themes:

Jesus is the Good Shepherd, the church as a flock

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church

Scripture reference:

Psalm 100:3, Luke 15:4-7, Matthew 9:36, John 10:1-16, Matthew 7:15, Jeremiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 10:16, Ezekiel 34:1-31, John 21:17, Psalm 23:1-6, Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 26:31, Ezekiel 34:17-22, Micah 2:12, Mark 14:27, Matthew 10:6, Matthew 18:10-13

 

274. Practicing with snails - part of a Sunday school lesson about the Good shepherd


What are the traits of a good shepherd?

Children are going to practice with being a shepherd by taking care of a Faunarium with snails in it.

We bought a small faunarium through Amazon. We placed a layer of wet earth on the bottom of the faunarium and a small dish of water. I found 3 or 4 snails in our garden with their shells on. These snails can temporarily live in the faunarium. Make sure they get some chalk and some lettuce or other vegetation.

The children can take in turn the faunarium home for a week to take care of the snails. They only need some fresh water and some vegetables. In this way the children can practice being a shepherd.



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Themes:

Jesus is the Good Shepherd, the church as a flock

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church

Scripture reference:

Psalm 100:3, Luke 15:4-7, Matthew 9:36, John 10:1-16, Matthew 7:15, Jeremiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 10:16, Ezekiel 34:1-31, John 21:17, Psalm 23:1-6, Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 26:31, Ezekiel 34:17-22, Micah 2:12, Mark 14:27, Matthew 10:6, Matthew 18:10-13

 

266. The Wish Granter - dealing with the theme of prayer within your children’s ministry


Watch this short video with your Sunday school class 

A funny short video story about a wishing well in which a coin gets stuck so that the wish almost doesn’t come true. It takes a lot of effort on the part of the Wish Granter to sort it out. As I was watching this video on Youtube looking for video material for our children’s ministry, I started thinking about prayer.


talking with children about the theme of prayer in a sunday school or kids ministry

How do children think that prayer works?

Within our children’s work we teach children about praying, but wouldn’t it be interesting to discover what children really think, know, wonder or imagine about praying.

I think this video below is ideal to ask the children in your Sunday school class or within your children’s ministry this question: “How do you think that prayer works?”

I  would suggest that you watch the video together. When it is finished, ask them what they thought about it. After listening to them you could ask them some of the following questions:

-  What has this video to do with prayer?
-  Do you think praying is like throwing a coin into a wishing well? 
-  Is God a kind of ‘wish granter’ who is working very hard to give us all we want?Or maybe all we need?
-  What is the difference between praying and this video?

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Scripture reference: 1 John 5:14-16, 1 Chronicles 16:11, 2 Chronicles 6:21, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Ephesians 1:18, Ephesians 6:18, Jeremiah 29:12, Job 22:27, John 17:15, James 5:13, Mark 11:24, Matthew 5:44, Matthew 6:7, Matthew 26:41, Proverbs 15:8, Psalm 17:6, Psalm 102:17, Psalm 141:2, Romans 12:2, Romans 12:12, Psalm 4:1, Psalm 145:18, Luke 11:2-4, Proverbs 15:29, Matthew 6:9-13, Matthew 7:11, Luke 6:12, Luke 18:1, Romans 8:26, Philippians 4:6, Colossians 4:2, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, 1 Timothy 2:8, Hebrews 4:14, James 1:7, James 4:3, James 5:16, 1 John 1:9, 1 Timothy 2:1-2
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,

263. You shall be holy, for I am holy - starting a conversation within your Sunday school class or youth group about God’s call to holiness


The importance of talking with 21st century children about what it means to live a holy life

Not only in the Old Testament, but just as much in the New Testament we are called upon to be a holy people, for our God is a holy God. Holiness is such an important theme in the Scriptures, that we come across time and time again. Just look at some of the Bible verses in the scripture reference in this idea.

How do we teach the importance of holiness when so much of its value has been lost in our current society?

Why is it so important that we teach children in the 21st century to be holy, as our God is holy? And how do we show this to the children in our Sunday school class, children’s ministry or the teenagers in our youth group, when the word ‘holiness’ has lost so much of its value in our current society. How do we stop God’s call to holiness becoming something in the eyes of children and teenagers that isn’t:  “Obeying a few strict laws from a ‘mean’ God till you’re old enough to make your own decisions and live your own life?”

Talking with children about what it means to live a holy life

The difficulties of growing up in a culture of no absolute right or wrong

How do we teach a generation that is growing up in a culture of no absolute wrong or right the importance of living a holy life? And what does it mean to live like that?

Preaching at them is easier, but starting a conversation is better

Maybe the following object lesson / cool science experiment will help you to get this conversation going with the children and teenagers. With our youth constantly being bombarded with messages opposite to the ones we find in Scripture, we run the risk of our Christian message getting lost inbetween all the other messages. We need to start a conversation with children and teenagers about these themes. Of course it is much easier to preach at children and teenagers than to start a conversation, but unless we start and continue this conversation we will not reach them with these important truths.

So I hope that this object lesson / cool science experiment will help you start a conversation about God’s call to holiness in the 21st century within your Sunday school class, children’s ministry, youth group, kids ministry or youth work

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, Sunday school lesson, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons, children's moment in church

Scripture reference:

1 Peter 1:14-16, 1 John 3:6-10, 2 Corinthians 7:1, Hebrews 12:14, 1 Peter 2:9, 1 Thessalonians 4:7, 2 Timothy 2:21, Isaiah 35:8, Leviticus 20:26, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, Philippians 4:8, 1 Corinthians 6:19, Leviticus 19:2, 1 John 5:4, Psalm 51:10-12, 1 Peter 2:24, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 3 John 1:11, Romans 12:1, 1 Thessalonians 4:4, James 1:21, 1 Peter 4:1, 1 Peter 4:7, 1 Thessalonians 3:13, Hebrews 12:10, Leviticus 11:45, 1 Peter 2:12, 1 Corinthians 6:17, 2 Peter 1:2-8, Ephesians 5:8-11, 1 Corinthians 6:20, Philippians 2:15, Colossians 3:12-15, 2 Corinthians 6:14-17

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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

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253. Jesus talking about collecting treasures on earth - the Dice Box


Do not store up treasures on earth

In idea 251. Zacchaeus finds real treasure I explain the routine of the Magic Dice Box. I sometimes use it to teach on the words of Jesus: 

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal."   Matthew 6:19, 20 

In the video below I will show you how you can combine this trick with teaching on these words of Jesus...


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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:

Collecting treasures on earth, collecting treasures in heaven, losing your treasure, finding real treasure

Setting:

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

Scripture reference:

Matthew 6:19-20, Matthew 19:21, Luke 12:19-21, Luke 12:33, Luke 18:22, 1 Timothy 6:17-19, Luke 14:33, Matthew 25:35-40, Revelation 22:12, Acts 20:35, Proverbs 19:17, Matthew 6:33, Hebrews 6:10, 1 Timothy 6:10, Luke 12:15, Colossians 3:1-3, Corinthians 8:9, Ephesians 2:10, 1 Corinthians 3:8, Proverbs 13:7, Luke 19:8-9 

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242. Scarlett - it is all about hope


Watch a short video about the Biblical theme of hope

This touching short story is all about hope. It is based on the words of Desmond Tutu who said: 
“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness.”

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The Bible also has a lot to say about hope. You can watch this video with children, teenagers and/or adults to talk together about hope. What is hope? Which hope do we have?

In idea 217 we show you how you can use this video as: 
- a short introduction to a Bible story, a Sunday school lesson, a RE lesson
- a longer reflection on certain Bible stories and /or Biblical themes

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You can use the video to introduce the theme of hope and maybe talk about one or more of these Bible verses.

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Scripture reference: Romans 12:12, Romans 15:13, Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 5:2-5, Deuteronomy 31:6, Isaiah 41:10, Isaiah 40:31, Psalm 39:7, Mark 9:23, Romans 8:24, 1 Corinthians 13:13, Proverbs 23:18, Romans 8:25, Jeremiah 17:7, Psalm 71:14, Proverbs 10:28, Proverbs 13:12, Hebrews 11:1, 1 Peter 3:15, Hebrews 6:19, Job 14:7-9, Romans 8:24-25, Psalm 71:5, Psalm 43:5, Psalm 37:3-7, Luke 1:37, Romans 5:1-11, Lamentations 3:24, Psalm 31:24, 2 Corinthians 3:12, Psalm 33:18, Romans 5:1-21, Zechariah 9:12, Psalm 130:7, 1 John 3:3, Psalm 9:18, Psalm 38:15, 1 John 4:18, Psalm 33:22
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's work, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, 

241. Sweet Cocoon - Can we love in vain?


Video story about two bugs being a good samaritan

Sweet Cocoon is a funny, but also tragic short story that you can show to your kids at home, in your Sunday school lesson or to the teenagers in the youth group. You can also use it as a visual illustration in a sermon or a family service. It is about two insects who go out of their way to love and care for a caterpillar, but who discover in the end that all their sacrifice has been in vain.

In idea 217 we show you how you can use this video as: 
- a short introduction to a Bible story, a Sunday school lesson, a RE lesson
- a longer reflection on certain Bible stories and /or Biblical themes

Sweet Cocoon raises an important question: 

"What use is it doing something good for someone else if you know there is no reward, or when you know it is in vain?"

The apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:58: "Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain." 

What does this promise mean?

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Can you ever love in vain?

You can combine this video with the story of the Good Samaritan:
- Was his love for the wounded man on the road in vain?
- Do we always need to have or see a reward when we have done something good?
- Is the act of kindness enough even though nothing good seems to come from it?

Themes:

The parable of the Good Samaritan, kindness, loving in vain, rewards, doing it for the Lord

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, Sunday school lesson, children's ministry, children's work, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching

Scripture reference:

1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 1 Corinthians 16:14, Mark 12:29-31, Matthew 22:36-40, 1 John 4:8, John 13:34-35, Colossians 3:14, John 15:13, 1 John 4:19, John 3:16, John 14:15 1 John 4:7, 1 Peter 4:8, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, 1 John 4:18, 1 Corinthians 13:13, Luke 6:35, Matthew 5:44-48, Ephesians 5:25, Proverbs 10:12, Galatians 5:22, Ephesians 4:2, 1 John 3:18, Romans 12:9, Romans 13:10, Romans 12:10, Mark 12:31, Matthew 22:37, Luke 10:25–37

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240. Oktapodi - love conquers all


A funny short video story about love conquering every obstacle and every foe

The sacrificial love between these two octopuses is a small illustration of God's amazing sacrificial love for us: "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8: 38 - 39

In idea 217 we show you how you can use this video as: 
- a short introduction to a Bible story, a Sunday school lesson, a RE lesson
- a longer reflection on certain Bible stories and /or Biblical themes

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Have you heard of the Good Otcopus?

You can use this video during a lesson about the Good Shepherd, who leaves all his other sheep behind in order to find the one that is lost.(Luke 15: 3 - 7); the good shepherd who is willing to lay down his life for the other (John 10). But you can use it also of course with the parable of the Lost Coin (Luke: 15: 8 - 10), the parable of the Lost Son (Luke 15: 11 - 32) and the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37).

And what about using it with the story of Zacchaeus?  Jesus saying to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.  For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” 

Themes:

The parable of the Good Shepherd, the parable of the Lost Coin, the parable of the Lost Son, the parable of the Good Samaritan, the story of Zacchaeus, God's amazing love, Jesus seeking the lost

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's work, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching

Scripture reference

1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 1 Corinthians 16:14, Mark 12:29-31, Matthew 22:36-40, 1 John 4:8, John 13:34-35, Colossians 3:14, John 15:13, 1 John 4:19, John 3:16, John 14:15 1 John 4:7, 1 Peter 4:8, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, 1 John 4:18, 1 Corinthians 13:13, Luke 6:35, Matthew 5:44-48, Ephesians 5:25, Proverbs 10:12, Galatians 5:22, Ephesians 4:2, 1 John 3:18, Romans 12:9, Romans 13:10, Romans 12:10, Mark 12:31, Matthew 22:37, John 15:13, Romans 5:8 , 1 John 3:16, Luke 15:1-32, John 10, Psalm 23

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239. The last knit - being stuck on a road to destruction


A funny short video about doing things that are bad for us and the effects

A powerful short story about being stuck on the road to destruction. We all sometimes keep on doing things that are bad for us, bad for other people, things that even go against God. We know we will need to stop one day, but today is not that day. And so we go on...

In idea 217 we show you how you can use this video as: 
- a short introduction to a Bible story, a Sunday school lesson, a RE lesson
- a longer reflection on certain Bible stories and /or Biblical themes

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Jesus weeping over Jerusalem

Watching this video made me think about Jesus weeping over Jerusalem:  “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!" Matthew 23: 37

The Jerusalem that Jesus knew, was like the knitting lady, hurtling down the mountain into the abyss of destruction. 

But of course you can also compare this video with the behaviour of the people of Israel all through the period of the Judges: God gives them a good leader. The leader dies. They go back to their old ways and fall into the abyss. They pray to God. God sends a new Judge. They behave for a while until that leader dies and off they go again.

You can also apply it to the period of the kings. Good king; the people follow God. Bad king: off they go hurtling down the cliff. Even falling in the enormous abbys of exile to Babylon didn't cure them of constantly wanting to go against the Law of God. 

Themes:

Repetitive destructive behaviour, addiction, the wages of sin, going against God's law

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's work, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching

Scripture reference:

James 4:17, 1 John 1:8-10, Romans 6:23, Romans 3:23, Psalm 51:5, Mark 7:20-23, 1 Corinthians 10:13, James 4:7, Galatians 5:16, 1 John 3:4, Galatians 5:19-21, 1 John 5:17, John 3:16-17, Matthew 5:48, 2 Timothy 3:1-5, Genesis 4:7, James 1:15 

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233. Lightheaded


A touching short video story about the sharing of love, light and life

It made me think of the words of Jesus about walking on the narow way: "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it." Matthew 7: 13, 14

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The Parables of the Treasure and Pearl

Another theme in this story are the parables of treasure in the ground and the precious pearl. Finding something so precious, that you are willing to sacrifice everything to find it:

"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and in his joy he went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls. When he found one very precious pearl, he went away and sold all he had and bought it." Matthew 13: 44, 45

Being the body of Christ

You can also find the themes of working together, not doing it on your own, sharing the light, serving another in this video

In idea 217 we show you how you can use this video as: 
- a short introduction to a Bible story, a Sunday school lesson, a RE lesson
- a longer reflection on certain Bible stories and /or Biblical themes

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, children's work, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching

Scripture reference:

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

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232. The Border Control - a short video story about the law


How can you introduce the theme of 'the law' to children and teenagers? 

When we look at Jesus in the Bible, he seems to have a knack for stretching the law beyond what the lawmakers of his time thought was appropriate. In their eyes Jesus was a lawbreaker.

"One Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. And the Pharisees were saying to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God, in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?” And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.” 
Mark 2:23-27
 
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Breaking the rules to bless someone else

When I was watching this Coca Cola commercial, I was reminded of the parable of the Good Samaritan. The priest and the Levite thought that serving God in the temple was more important than helping someone on the side of the road, who could have been dead. He was dead, they would have been unclean and wouldn't be allowed to serve God in the temple They were not ready to cross their boundaries to help someone else.
 
In idea 217 we show you how you can use this video as: 

- a short introduction to a Bible story, a Sunday school lesson, a RE lesson
- a longer reflection on certain Bible stories and /or Biblical themes

Several Biblical themes in this commercial:

Talking about the law, how far can you go?, the Good Samaritan, Jesus and the law, Jesus the lawbreaker, Jesus and the sabbath, dealing with boundaries

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, children's work, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers, preaching illustration

Scripture reference:

Luke 16:17, Romans 7:12, 1 Timothy 1:8-10 , Acts 5:29 John 1:17 , Psalm 19:7-9 , Romans 13:1, Romans 7:7, 1 John 3:4, Isaiah 33:22, James 2:10, Matthew 5:17-45, Romans 13:10, Romans 8:3, 1 John 5:3, Acts 7:53, Mark 12:29-33, Romans 13:7-9, Proverbs 28:4 , Romans 13:1-14, Galatians 3:19, Acts 28:23, Acts 26:22 , Romans 7:5-7, Acts 15:1-29, Malachi 4:4, Exodus 34:28, Galatians 2:16, Galatians 2:3-9, Romans 13:9-11

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231. Lights of the World


What does it mean to be a light in this world?

Jesus tells his disciples that they are the light of the world. But what does this mean?
- How do you become a light in this world?
- How do you shine your light?
- How can we help someone to become a light?

All these themes are raised in this delightful video.

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In idea 217 we show you how you can use a video like 'Lights of the World' as: 
- a short introduction to a Bible story, a Sunday school lesson, a RE lesson
- a longer reflection on certain Bible stories and /or Biblical themes

Themes:

Light of the world, praying, following Jesus

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, children's work, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching

Scripture reference:

John 8:12, Matthew 5:14-16, Romans 13:11-14, Psalm 119:105, Ephesians 5:7-14, Colossians 1:9-14, 2 Corinthians 4:3-6, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, John 9:5, John 12:35, Job 24:13, Isaiah 60:1, Acts 13:47

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228. Forgiveness – the rubbish fight


Play a fun game about rubbish, tidying up and maybe even about forgiveness…

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Themes:

Tidying, forgiveness

To be used for:

A fun addition to your children’s work or youth work

Scripture reference:

Mark 11:25, Ephesians 4:32, Matthew 6:15, 1 John 1:9, Matthew 18:21-22, Matthew 6:14-15, James 5:16, Luke 6:27, Luke 6:37, Colossians 3:13, Psalm 103:10-14, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Proverbs 10:12, Romans 3:23, 1 John 1:9-10, Ecclesiastes 7:20, Luke 7:44-50, Proverbs 25:21, John 13:34, 1 John 1:8, Psalm 32:5

Age:

6 - 12 years.

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225. Sharing – Give it away!


A fun game that you can use around the theme of giving things away

You can use this either as an introduction or as an end to your Sunday School programme. It’s really quite silly but fun!


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Themes:

Sharing, giving away, games

To be used for:

A fun creative moment in your children’s work

Scripture reference:

Hebrews 13:16, 1 Timothy 6:18, Luke 3:11, Luke 6:38, Isaiah 58:7, Galatians 6:6, Luke 6:29-30, 1 Kings 17:8-16, Acts 4:32, Romans 12:13, Matthew 25:31-46

Age:

6 - 12 years

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202. Mariza - the Stubborn Donkey


Balaam's donkey knows best

While watching this funny short video made me think of Balaam's donkey:

Balaam the seer has set off on his donkey to curse the Israelites, and the Angel of the Lord is sent to prevent him. At first the angel is seen only by the donkey Balaam is riding, which tries to avoid the otherwise invisible angel. After Balaam starts punishing the donkey for refusing to move, it is miraculously given the power to speak to Balaam and it complains about Balaam's treatment. At this point, Balaam is allowed to see the angel, who informs him that the donkey is the only reason the angel did not kill Balaam. Balaam immediately repents, but is told to go on and pronounces a blessing instead of a curse. (Numbers 22–24)


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You can show the video of Mariza - the Stubborn Donkey, when you talk about Balaam's donkey. In both stories donkeys know best...

In idea 217 we show you how you can use this video as: 
- a short introduction to a Bible story, a Sunday school lesson, a RE lesson
- a longer reflection on certain Bible stories and /or Biblical themes

Themes:

The donkey of Balaam, blessing instead of a curse

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, Messy church,  RE lessons, youth work, teenagers,  small churches

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181. Jesus blesses the children

Introduction:
"When Jesus came near the village, he sat down under a tree in some shade. Maybe some children who had been playing outside their houses saw him - anyway, in no time lots of children had come out to see Jesus. Why would they want to be with him?  What was special about him? "We want to see Jesus" they said to Jesus' friends. 

Jesus' friends wanted him to have a bit of peace.  They were looking after him – that's what friends are for, isn't it?  Jesus' friends told the children: "You can't see Jesus!".  Then all the Mums and Dads came out.  Have you noticed that parents will generally stick up for you if someone else is telling you not to do something?  "Let them see Jesus!"  they said..." 

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Themes:
Jesus blesses the children, blessing, gospel presentation, let the children come to Me, coming to Jesus

A powerful Bible story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

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180. Who may belong to God's family? - the Magic Umbrella

Introduction:
This is a brilliant magic trick, that can help you to teach children, teenagers and adults on the question: 'Who may belong to God's family?' It can also help you to teach on the diversty within the body of Christ:

Unity and Diversity in the Body:
"Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many."  1 Corinthians 12: 12 - 14

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Themes:
Belonging to God's family, unity and diversity within the body of Christ

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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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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174. Forgiveness (seventy times seven)

Introduction:
"Peter, one of Jesus' friends, had a problem like this. He asked Jesus How often should I forgive someone? How about 7 times 7? Jesus said “No, 70 times 7!”

While Peter was trying to figure that one out Jesus told this story:

“Once upon a time, there was a very rich man .. in fact he was not just a rich man but he was a .. (paint in crown) .. king. The day had arrived ... he had to settle his accounts. So he sat down at his desk with all his bills and receipts .... He began to check that all the people who owed him money had paid. “ £10 from this one .. yes. £50 from him .. yes. £500 from this one .. yes. Hello, here's one not paid! Who's it from? One of my servants! How much does he owe ?.... HOW MUCH? Bring that man to me at once!”...


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Themes:
Forgivess, the parable of the unmerciful servant, the parable of the unforgiving debtor

A beautiful Bible story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

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166. Rainbow of snow: the diversity of the church


There are no black sheep in the church!

In this video we use the rainbow of snow experiment to illustrate the diversity of people there are in the church. It’s a place where there’s room for everyone; young, old, man, women, child. 

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

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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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114. Believing You Are Right Even When You're Not

Introduction:
This is fun illustration that you can use for teenagers and adults when you talk about being certain of something. Sometimes we totally believe that we are right even when we're not.

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When you use the gimmick that I demonstrate in the video below it will open the conversation. Hopefully it will help you talk about the truth of the Bible, what is faith?
How can you be certain about something?

Themes:
The truth of the Scriptures, being certain about something, what is faith?

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104. Love – God longs for a relationship based on trust

Introduction: 
This is a good way of approaching the sometimes difficult theme of loving relationships based on trust with teenagers. It also automatically leads to a discussion of their own relationship with God and their faith experience.

Themes:
Gods love, loving relationships.   

To be used for:
- An extra addition to your youth work.

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Bible text:
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)

Age:
10 - 16 years.

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103. Love – making Gods love visible

Introduction: 
Sometimes I get asked by readers to come up with tailor made creative ideas. Recently I was asked the question: ‘How can you make God’s love for people visible?’, so here are some quick examples:

Themes:
Gods love, making Gods love visible.  

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To be used for:
- An addition to your children’s work.  

Bible text:
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)

Age:
6 - 12 years.

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102. Trust – using your talents

Introduction: 
This is a daring concept for all parties involved. Are you willing literally to invest in the children? You can couple this idea to the parable of the talents. 

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Themes:
Talents, trust.  

To be used for:
- An fun addition to your children’s work.

Bible text:
"Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey." (Matt 25:14-15)

Age:
6 - 12 years.

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89. Learning to forgive - Russian dolls

Introduction:
When Jesus tells the story of the prodigal son the father embraces the lost son and gives him a place in his heart. The heart of the eldest son is full of resentment. There is no place for the younger brother in his heart! Therefore he struggles with finding his own place in the heart of the father. In the Lord's Prayer Jesus teaches his disciples to forgive others as the Father has forgiven us. But like the eldest brother in Jesus' story we sometimes struggle with forgiveness. Expecially as adults!

But how do you make this struggle visual? How do we teach the children and ourselves the importance of forgiveness? The importance of opening our hearts again for the person who has hurt us in the past? We think the Matryoshka doll is a great visual tool to do just that! 

In the video below we will show you how you can use a Matryoshka doll to tell the story of the prodigal son and to teach forgiveness in a preach, in Sunday school, in a RE lesson, a children's moment in church, a school assembly, anywhere...

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When we bought this Matryoshka doll it was plain wood, so we painted it ourselves to make it more visually appealing. You can buy your own set of plain Russian dolls here on Amazon.com and here on Amazon.co.uk.

Themes: 
Forgiveness, the Lord's Prayer, opening our hearts for the one who has hurt us, the eldest brother in the story of the prodigal son, two brothers, the father heart 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?

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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
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