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

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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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

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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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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
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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
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389. The wedding at Cana - a wonderful Bible story

Do what Jesus says

Have any of you ever been to a wedding?  We have a special service, and then a party with lots of good food, and we all wear our best clothes, don't we?  Our weddings only go on for a few hours, but in Jesus' time they went on for several DAYS.....!  People would bring food and drink, or they would give the young couple some money to help them set up home. 

At this wedding, there was a special guest - who do you think it was?  JESUS.  He arrived at the party with all his friends, and they all had a wonderful time - the men would be eating in one room, the women in another (paint a group dancing) , and the servants would be out at the back organising the food and drink.  Here is the Steward of the Feast, the man in charge of serving out the food and drink.   Jesus' mother was there too. She heard a lot of worried talk going on in the kitchen.  The servants told her the wine was running out.  This was AWFUL news, The wedding feast would have to be called off halfway through - it was terrible.  

 wedding at Cana

Scripture reference

John 2: 1-11

A beautiful Bible story on Jesus' first miracle at the wedding at Cana where he turned water into wine and saved the day!

It has been written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries). You can however also tell the story without a painting.

 

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378. The Bible story of the Vineyard Workers - three rope trick


Use the three rope trick (or the professor's nightmare trick) to tell this wondeful Bible story

We have asked OAC evangelist and specialist children's workers Dawn Getley to make a demonstration video on how you can tell this parable while using the three rope trick. This trick is also called the professor's nightmare trick. 

If you don't know how the trick wortks, you can find a link to several instruction video's at the bottom of this idea. 

Dawn Getley parable of the workers in the vineyard three rope trick

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377. The Bible story of the Vineyard Workers


God's goodness and grace is not fair! 

Do you play team games sometimes?  Have you ever really wanted to be on a particular team?  It was a bit like that in the market place in towns in Jesus day..... not for playing games, but being chosen by a Landowner to work for him for the day.  The men wanting work were probably not Jews, but Arabs.  They were not considered worth much.  They were known as  "fellaheen", or "sand dwellers" because they lived in tents out in the desert, earning a living as best they could. 

If you wanted to be rude to someone you would call him a "sand dweller".   If they didn't get work, they had no money for the family to buy food.  The least you could live on was one denarius.  It wasn't much but you could at least buy bread.  There was no Social Security system then - it was work or nothing.  So here we have a story about a man who owned a vineyard.  What's a vineyard?  Where grapes are grown, on vines.  He must have been very keen to get workers to pick his grapes, as he was down at the market at dawn - and he went himself, he didn't just send his manager.  You have to pick grapes just when they are ripe so the job has to be done quickly.  It's the same today.

He looked at the men.  "You look nice and strong. (indicate  a child)  "Will you work for me today for a denarius?"  (Ask children in the front row)  "YES, Sir, we will!"  

Skectboard drawing of the parable of the vineyard workers

Scripture reference

Matthew 20: 1-16

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

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376. The Bible story of the ten leprosy suffers healed by Jesus


An easy sketchboard / Bible story that you can use in your chilren's ministry

In this town here, there were ten people suffering from leprosy.  Let's draw them in. (Invite them to count them as you draw them).   They were lonely and sad.    One day they heard that somebody special was coming to town.  Who do you think it was?  YES!  It was JESUS   (Complete the name) Jesus was coming!  Why were they excited?  How would they know about him?  There wasn't any T.V. or radio - perhaps the villagers shouted the news.  Here comes Jesus out of the town, with his friends (paint them in).  The ten sick people called out "HELP US!  HELP US!  PLEASE, HELP US!"  Jesus didn't run away.  He didn't say "Get away from me you filthy people!"  The Bible tells us that Jesus has time for every one of us.  Jesus cares.  (Complete the word). 

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Scripture reference

Luke 17:11-19

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

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375. The letter to the Philippians - look how good I am at boasting!


Who is the best boaster in the group?

Paul writes in Philippians 2: 1 – 11 about the importance of unity. He warns the Christians in Philippi about the dangers of thinking that they are better than others, or of boasting about themselves. No, says Paul, “Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians 2: 3,4

Sometimes in children’s work it’s good to emphasise negative things in order to talk about how they can be done differently. That’s why we’ve got a game about being the best boaster in the group!

boasting

Themes: 

Letters in the New Testament, The Pauline epistles, Epistles of Paul, or Letters of Paul, boasting

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, Sunday school lesson, children's ministry, kid's time, children's moment in church, Messy church, youth work

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374. The letter to the Philippians - the parachute game


What does it mean to be united by the Holy Spirit?

In Philippians 2:2, Paul writes about how are are united by the Holy Spirit. What does it mean to be united? Does it mean that we are all the same? Or is is alright to be different?

Ask the children to stand in a large circle and give them the parachute to hold. Practise holding the parachute in the air together and bringing it down to the ground together.

parachute game

Lift the parachute in the air and call out a word, for example ‘Boys’. Now all the boys have to run under the parachute to the other side of the circle and take hold of the parachute again. You can do this with lots of examples. It’s fun if some things will only apply to one or two children in the group, and some words will apply to (nearly) the whole group.

The point of the game is to show that in some things we’re like each other, and in some things we’re very different to each other. It doesn’t matter if we are similar or different to each other – we can still form a united group, just as we are holding the parachute all together.

Themes: 

Letters in the New Testament, The Pauline epistles, Epistles of Paul, or Letters of Paul, unity, united by the Holy Spirit

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, Sunday school lesson, children's ministry, kid's time, children's moment in church, Messy church, youth work

373. United in the Holy Spirit – an object lesson


United through a ball of wool

Paul writes to the Christians in Philippi that they are ‘united with Christ’ (Philippians 2:1) If we are united with Christ we are united together, because He unites us.

Ask the children to stand in a circle and give them a ball of wool. One child holds the end of the wool and throws the ball to someone else in the circle. He or she pulls it tight, holds on to it, and throws the ball of wool to someone else. In a few minutes’ time there is a spider’s web of wool in the circle, and all the children will be connected to each other by the wool.

Explain to the children that in the same way we are all united by the Holy Spirit.

ball of wool

Themes: 

Letters in the New Testament, The Pauline epistles, Epistles of Paul, or Letters of Paul, unity, united by the Holy Spirit

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, Sunday school lesson, children's ministry, kid's time, children's moment in church, Messy church, youth work

372. Letters of Paul - writing letters


Who has ever written a letter? Who has ever received a letter?

What sort of letters were they?

Show a few examples of letters to the children:

- a love letter
- an instruction letter
- a thank you letter
- a reminder of an unpaid bill
- a long letter full of stories

Paul wrote letters to the Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians, and to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon. Some scholars believe he also wrote the letter to the Hebrews.

What sort of letter are they do you think?

letter writing

Themes: 

Letters in the New Testament, The Pauline epistles, Epistles of Paul, or Letters of Paul,

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, Sunday school lesson, children's ministry, kid's time, children's moment in church, Messy church, youth work

371. Letters of Paul - what are people called?


What are people called who live in ……?

You can do a quiz with the children in which you name various towns and countries and the children have to guess what the inhabitants are called.

To take some British examples ( you can find examples that are relevant to your children): 

London – Londoners
Glasgow – Glaswegians
Birmingham – Brummies

Finish up with the ancient city of Philippi. This will bring us to Philippians, and is a fun way to start looking at Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Of course you can play this game with Paul’s other letters as well.

apostle Paul writes a letter

Themes: 

Letters in the New Testament, The Pauline epistles, Epistles of Paul, or Letters of Paul,

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, Sunday school lesson, children's ministry, kid's time, children's moment in church, Messy church, youth work

364. Tell any Bible story about Jesus restoring people with the use of a balancing Soda Can


The only object lesson you can do all over the world.

Really excited about this object lesson! Did you know you can use a balancing Soda Can to tell any Bible story about Jesus healing and restoring people? And the great thing is that you can find a Soda Can all over the world. Wherever you are, you can do this object lesson! 

The only object lesson you can do all over the world

Just think about the four friends and the paralysed man or about Bartimaeus, the blind beggar.
But also about the story of Zacchaeus and the raising of Lazarus...

In the video below I demonstrate how you can use the balancing Soda Can to tell the Bible story in John 4 of Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman near the well. This woman was like a empty Soda Can - totally empty, lying on its side, blown over by life. A woman who knows what it is to be judged by all the full Coke Cans in her village. The men and women who live such nobles lives and who pour their shame on this broken and emptied woman.

But then something amazing happens. Jesus offers her life to the full. He offers her Living Water. And this woman drinks it all. A miracle happens. She is filled with Living Water and suddenly there is a restored balance in her life.

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363. How to tell the parable of the talents


An easy sketchboard story that you can use in your chilren's ministry

The story Jesus told them this time was about a very rich man.  He was so rich he had money coming out of his ears!  He probably owned farms, cattle, sheep, businesses – he had loads of money.  One day he called three of his workment to him.  

parable of the talents, sketchboard painting, sunday school idea

He said “I am going on a long journey.  I want you to do something for me while I am away, OK?”  “Yes Boss!”  

Scripture reference

Matthew 25:14-30, Ecclesiastes 9:10, Luke 19:12-17

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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362. Tell the Bible story of Ruth and Naomi


Three funerals and a wedding - a sketchboard story about Ruth

But - one day there was bad news:  Elimelech got very sick and died. How do you think they would have felt?  Yes, very sad.  Very, very sad.  Not long after, Mahlon and Chilion died too!  How awful!  Poor Naomi.  Poor Orpah.  Poor Ruth.  Soon they didn't have much money left.  They wouldn't be able to buy enough food to eat.  They wouldn't have enough to live on.  Naomi was a very sensible old lady.  She said to the girls "My dears, we are in a bad way.  I am not able to look after you any more.  I think the best thing to do would be for you each to go back home to your own family, who can look after you, and I will make my way back to Bethlehem and see if anyone there will help me..."  

Bible story of Ruth and Naomi, sketchboard painting, sketchboard story

Orpah and Ruth looked at one another.  How could they desert this kind old lady?  In the end Orpah decided she would go home..... but Ruth said “Don't even ask me to leave you.  Wherever you go, I will go.  Your people will be my people.  Your God will be my God.  Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried.  Nothing but death can separate us. I will go with you and look after you always".

A beautiful Bible story fior your Sunday school lesson 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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360. Jesus tells the parable of the Lost Son


I thought you were DEAD, and here you are, ALIVE!

Once upon a time there was a young man.  He lived with his father and elder brother in one of these: (draw a door, roof and chimney on the 4). What is it?  A house!  But it wasn't an ordinary house.  It was a farm house.  His father had a big farm, with lots of people working for him, and he was very rich.  The young man knew that one day, when his father died, he would inherit a lot of money from the farm, but he didn't want to wait.  Do you like waiting for things?  He was bored with working on the farm.  He was  fed up.  He was the sort of person who said "I want what I want, and I want it NOW".  He was very selfish.  So one day he went to his father and said (Whine) "Dad....... DAAD!"  "Yes, son?"  " You know when I'm older I'll inherit a lot of money from the farm - well, can I have it NOW,  please?

The prodigal son

I'm young!  I want to get out and see the world!  I want to go places and do things and have a good time, NOW, while I'm young enough to enjoy myself, not when I'm older.........  please?"  And his Dad thought about it and he said "Yes, you can have your share now, if that's what you want." In fact that was an APPALLING thing to ask, because really, the young man was saying "I wish you were dead.  I want your money more than you."  What do you think of that?  But however hurt the Dad's feelings were, he arranged things so the younger son could have his share of the farm.  He must have sold it very quickly, and had to leave town fast, for the villagers would have been extremely angry with him. (Luke 15)

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

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358. Jesus tells the parable of the Lost Coin


Jesus talks about God's heart for the lost

Jesus told lots of stories about being lost - lost people and lost things - he wanted to tell us how much God loves us, and wants us to be part of his family – The Bible tells us that God doesn't want anybody to be "lost". 

Lost coin

Do you think everybody was happy to hear Jesus talk like this?  Well, do you know what?  some of them, the very important people, were not AT ALL happy.  They said to themselves "Jesus does all the wrong things and he spends time with all the wrong people, and he even EATS with them...."  having a meal with someone meant you thought they were good people, especially if you were a Rabbi, a special teacher, like Jesus.  These people got very angry with Jesus and couldn't understand him at all.  So this is why he told these stories about things that got lost - three in a row in Luke 15 so you can see he really wanted to explain it to them.  (Luke 15)

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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357. A midnight feast - Jesus tells a parable about praying


Ask... Seek... Knock...  The parable of the friend at midnight 

Here's a picture of a family in bed.  They have packed everything away and unrolled their sleeping mats.  They have taken off their belts and their shoes, wrapped themselves up in their cloaks, and gone to sleep.  Here is the Dad, the Mum, the baby, the son and the daughter (paint the beard, hair, and sleeping eyes on each as you name them).  They are all fast asleep.  It's the middle of the night.

Suddenly KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK !  HELLOOO!(Knock on table or stamp on floor to make a loud noise).  They all woke up! (paint on their eyes open, and a wide open mouth for the baby).  The baby opened his mouth as well as his eyes (YELL!).  The Dad called out: "Who on earth is that at this time of night?"  It was the neighbour (fill in his face).  "Its only me.  I'm sorry to disturb you, but my friend has just arrived and I haven't any food to give him, please could you lend me 3 loaves just till the morning when my wife does the baking?'.   "NO I CAN'T.  I'm in bed with all the family.  GO AWAY!"

Midnight feast

KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK.  "But PLEASE!  I can't make him to to bed hungry!  He's come such a long way and he's STARVING!"  "NO, GO AWAY!".  KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK.  "I'm sorry but I am not going to go away until you give me some bread for my friend."  "Oh, all right then, I suppose I MUST." 

So the Dad got up, and made the family all move over so he could get to the cupboard and take out the bread, and then he had to go down the step (UGH, WHAT HAVE I PUT MY FOOT IN?") and un-bar the door, and give the neighbour the bread......."    Then everybody was smiling (paint smiles) - the neighbour and the friend had the food they needed, and all the family could get back to sleep.

Jesus told his friends this story when they asked him "How should we talk to God".  You see, in the old days, they thought of God as very fearsome and grand and far off - but Jesus told them to talk to him just like their Father - the very best kind of Dad you could imagine. (If time, could ask for suggestions as to the best kind of Dad.) He said that the Dad in the story ended up giving the neighbour what he asked for just because he kept on nagging, but God isn't like that - he LOVES to give good things to his children - that's US!.  Jesus said if you ask your Dad for something nice to eat, would he give you poison?  NO!  Jesus said if human Dads know how to give good things to their kids, how much more will our heavenly Father give good things to us when we ask him." (Luke 11: 5-8)

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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356. The healing of the Maniac at Gadara


Jesus speaks words of tremendous power and authority 

Who likes picnics?  What's your favourite place for a picnic?  By a lake?  On a mountain?  In the park?  In Bible times, when Jesus was walking in Palestine, people liked to go out on a Saturday for games and a picnic – to the GRAVEYARD!   It was like a little town with a wall round the edge: lots of little stone houses with columns at the front like the one in my picture.  People used to believe that the spirits of their ancestors would be pleased to see them, and at the end of the day they used to leave food inside the family tomb, and wine, for the spirits to enjoy.  These were pagan people living on the east bank of the river Jordan – where there were ten Greek cities called the Decapolis.

Maniac at Gadara

There was a wild man living there.  He lived on the food and wine that was left in the family tombs.  He used to rush around at night, shrieking.  He had no friends.  He was “ALONE” (paint it up).  Nobody could help him.  They had even tried tying him up and putting him in prison in chains so that people could go out in the fields again without danger, but the badness in him was so great it made him strong like Superman, and he smashed his way out of the chains and out of the jail.  He shouted at them when they were at the graveyard having their picnics.  They could see his MAD eyes staring at them.  (draw mad eyes peering round the tomb).  They were terrified of him.  Nobody could  help him.  He was “LOST” (paint it up). (Mark 5:1-20, Luke 8:26-39, Matthew 8:28-34)

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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311. Jesus meets the Samaritan woman - the Sinking Orange experiment


It is at the bottom of life we must begin, and not at the top.

In John chapter 4 Jesus meets the Samaritan woman near the well. In a normal situation she would either go early in the morning or just after sunset to the well to collect her water. But she doesn’t do this. She goes in the middle of the day, when it is very hot, so that nobody will judge her or talk to her. She is a woman that lives at the bottom of life. She is broken and hurt.

To demonstrate this place a peeled orange into a big jug full of water. It will sink straight to the bottom.

Jesus and the Samaritan woman

When Jesus meets her He is filled with compassion for her. He offers her life to the full. He offers her living water. And the woman drinks it in. A miracle happens. The woman is filled with water and suddenly there is a healing. Jesus restores her.

To demonstrate this take the peeled orange out of the water and place an unpeeled orange in the water. This orange will float. 

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You can use this idea in a: 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

310. Jesus meets the Samaritan woman - the Balancing Coke Can act


Living life to the full, because Jesus restores the balance in your life

In John chapter 4 Jesus meets the Samaritan woman near the well. This woman was like a empty Coke can - totally empty, lying on its side, blown over by life. A woman who knows what it is to be judged by all the full Coke cans in her village. The men and women who live such nobles lives, who pour shame on this broken and emptied woman.

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But then something amazing happens. Jesus offers her life to the full. He offers her living water. And the woman drinks it in. A miracle happens. The woman is filled with water and suddenly there is a restored balance in her life.

Watch this amazing cool science experiment and object lesson in the video below...

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

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270. The parable of the wise man and the foolish man - a sketchboard story


Tell this story of the wise and foolish builders in a school assembly, a children’s program or in a preach

"What a wet winter it has been. Three months of solid rain.  How lovely to see the sun again. I used to live by the sea!  We looked forward so much to the sunshine. It was great fun, we used to go down to the beach every day after school in the summertime. My sister and I used to build sand castles - do you like doing that? Our Dad helped us, we would put big pebbles in the walls and try to keep the sea out as the tide came in - do you think we managed it?  We did for a little while, but in the end the waves would come over the top and the sand would wash out, and then what would happen? Yes, the castle would collapse and be flattened by the sea."

The parable of the wise and foolish builders

"Here's a story told by someone very special. Let's put his name up on the board: JESUS. He had been teaching the crowds of people about how God would like us to live, how to take care of one another, how to be kind AND sensible, and how much God loves us. To help them understand, he told them this story about two men.  It's called a parable – a story with a hidden meaning." 

"Each of the men wanted to build a house. What's the first thing you have to do when you start building a house?  (Ask for answers - make a plan, find the site, dig the foundations etc.). One man had a lot of hard work to do.  He dug down deep to good solid rock, and then he built the foundations, and then he built up the walls, until he had a good, strong, solid house. Here it is (Paint it in on the hill top) It takes a long time to do a job properly, doesn't it? My mum's favourite proverb was “If a thing is worth doing, it's worth doing well.” (fill it in, if using this bit) I expect he sat on the roof to admire the view."  (Matthew 7:24-27)

A another 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.

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, 

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268. Jesus and the Adulterous Woman - a sketchboard story


Tell this story of the lady who was found out in a school assembly, a children’s program or in a preach

"Have you ever been told off?  Why do we get told off?  Because we have done something wrong – yes....

This story is about someone who  did something very wrong.  A group of men caught her red-handed:  she had been FOUND OUT.(Paint in headline)   They took her to a very special person.... who do you think it was? JESUS.  They were not nice men.  They actually wanted to trap Jesus into breaking the Law himself – here he is on the steps of the Temple, teaching.  (paint him in, with his 12 disciples, and a crowd round, listening).

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Why did there always seem to be a lot of people around when Jesus was teaching?

(He was special, he would say...... and do..... etc. Etc.)

In came the crowd of angry men dragging the poor woman who had been found out.

They shouted out what she had done, in front of everyone.  How do you think she felt?

What she had done was so bad, they knew that the Law said she ought to be stoned to death.  She must have been terrified.  She knew she had done WRONG.   She felt guilty  and ashamed. (Paint in the words).  We  know inside, don't we, if we have done something wrong?  Even if our parents, or teachers, or friends don't know, we know – and the Bible says that God knows, too." (John 8: 1-11)

A another 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.

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, street evangelism, open air evangelism, kids time

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252. The prodigal son loses everything - the Dice Box


How to use this Gospel Magic trick to tell the story of the prodigal son

In idea 251. Zacchaeus finds real treasure I explain the routine of the Magic Dice Box. I use it in one of my children's programmes, when I do an hour long show on the theme of the prodigal son. The block of gold coins represents all the money he made from selling one third of everything on his father's farm. He takes this money with him to the big city and spends it all very quickly. In the video below I show you how to can do this trick while telling the story of the prodigal son. 


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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 prodigal son, being irresponsible, 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, street evangelism, open air evangelism

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, Luke 15: 11-32

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251. Zacchaeus finds real treasure - the Dice Box


Tell the Bible story of Zacchaeus the tax collector in a new way

Show everyone a solid block of gold coins (this is a large dice that I covered with paper gold coins on it), and a box with two compartments, and doors to each compartment. The solid block of gold coins is placed in one compartment, and the doors are closed. The box is tilted, and your audience hear the block of gold coins slide from one side to the other. So they are not impressed when you open the door to show that the gold has vanished. They ask you to open the other door. 

You tilt the box again and open the door. They hear the block again, and even those that missed it the first time are now convinced they have caught you out. Repeat a few more times, milking it for all it's worth.

Finally open both doors, to show that the block of gold coins has indeed vanished. 

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The trick has a strange name: the Sucker Dice Box. You can buy it here.

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:

Zacchaeus, losing your treasure, finding real treasure

Setting:

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

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 19:1-10, 

Below we will show you how you can use this magic trick to tell the Bible story of Zacchaeus

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243. The Rich Young Ruler – a complete Sunday School lesson


A great program for your Sunday school lesson or children's ministry that looks at the story of the Rich Young Ruler

You can download the complete PDF file below. It contains 10 creative ideas that you can use within your Sunday school, children's ministry or kids ministry to address the story of Jesus talking with the Rich Young Ruler in Matthew 19: 16 - 21.

Gospel of Mark Chapter 10 5 Bible Illustrations by Sweet Media

Setting:

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

Scripture reference:

Luke 18: 18-30, Mark 10: 17-31, Matthew 19: 16-30, 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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238. No need for masks in God’s family - the Headless Cartoon silks


Teaching children and teenagers about not wearing masks in church

In our daily lives we sometimes have to take on a role to just go through the day and when we want to achieve something. It is very easy to constantly wear a certain mask, so that people like, so that you are safe... Very often we are not even aware anymore of the (many) masks we wear. And then we come to church!

How easy it is to also wear our masks in church. But do we really need them when we are among God's family? Do we dare to open ourselves and our lives for one another? 

This is an important question! But how do you raise an issue like this? Well, maybe through the Headless Cartoon silks...

headless cartoon silks

The use of Headless Cartoon silks within children's and youth ministry:

These beautiful silks, each with different characters depicted on them, but without their heads! This way, either you or your volunteers from the audience can hold up the silks and finish the pictures with their faces! Lots of fun for kids and adults, with audience participation and many comic possibilities. Includes four beautiful, 36-inch, 100% pure silks with routine ideas.

You can the Headless Cartoon silks for:
234 - Who is important in God’s eyes?
235 - Telling the Bible story of Zacchaeus
236 - The prodigal son’s dreams
237 - No popularity contest within God’s family
238 - No need for masks in God’s family

You can buy the Headless Cartoon silks through Amazon or through Dynamite Magic.

The four Headless Cartoon silks are no magic trick, although we use within Gospel Magic.  You can make them appear from a large dove pan using flash paper.  
(You can watch a demonstration video of the Headless Cartoon Silks combined with the dove pan and the flash paper here.)

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:

John 1:12, 1 John 3:1-2, Ephesians 2:19-22, Romans 12:5, 1 Corinthians 12:26, 1 Corinthians 3:9, 1 Timothy 5:1-25, 1 Timothy 3:15, John 13:34, John 1:12-13, Revelation 3:12, 1 Corinthians 15:58, Acts 20:28 , 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15

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237. No popularity contest within God’s family - the Headless Cartoon silks


Talking with children and teenagers about popularity

Within God's family we (try to) look at people through the eyes of Jesus. In society it sometimes feels so important to be beautifull, athlecic, smart, elegant or funny. But within the church there is no popularity contest. Everybody is allowed to belong. Everybody is loved. You may come as you are.

Through the use of the Headless Cartoon silks you can demonstrate this important truth very easily.

headless cartoon silks

The use of Headless Cartoon silks within children's and youth ministry:

These beautiful silks, each with different characters depicted on them, but without their heads! This way, either you or your volunteers from the audience can hold up the silks and finish the pictures with their faces! Lots of fun for kids and adults, with audience participation and many comic possibilities. Includes four beautiful, 36-inch, 100% pure silks with routine ideas.

You can the Headless Cartoon silks for:
234 - Who is important in God’s eyes?
235 - Telling the Bible story of Zacchaeus
236 - The prodigal son’s dreams
237 - No popularity contest within God’s family
238 - No need for masks in God’s family

You can buy the Headless Cartoon silks through Amazon or through Dynamite Magic.

The four Headless Cartoon silks are no magic trick, although we use within Gospel Magic.  You can make them appear from a large dove pan using flash paper.  
(You can watch a demonstration video of the Headless Cartoon Silks combined with the dove pan and the flash paper here.)

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:

John 1:121 John 3:1-2Ephesians 2:19-22Romans 12:5, 1 Corinthians 12:26, 1 Corinthians 3:9, 1 Timothy 5:1-251 Timothy 3:15John 13:34, John 1:12-13, Revelation 3:121 Corinthians 15:58Acts 20:28 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15

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236. The prodigal son’s dreams - the Headless Cartoon silks


Telling the Bible story of the parable of the lost son to children

Day in, day out... It never seems to stop. As the prodigal son is working on his father's farm he is dreaming about the big city with all its enticing things. Who wants to know what the prodigal son is dreaming about? Ask four volunteers to come forward. Each of them chooses a colour: green, yellow, red or blue. According to the colour they choose you give them a headless silk in that colour. Together they demonstrate the prodigal son's dreams. (Luke 15:11-32)

headless cartoon silks

The use of Headless Cartoon silks within children's and youth ministry:

These beautiful silks, each with different characters depicted on them, but without their heads! This way, either you or your volunteers from the audience can hold up the silks and finish the pictures with their faces! Lots of fun for kids and adults, with audience participation and many comic possibilities. Includes four beautiful, 36-inch, 100% pure silks with routine ideas.

You can the Headless Cartoon silks for:
234 - Who is important in God’s eyes?
235 - Telling the Bible story of Zacchaeus
236 - The prodigal son’s dreams
237 - No popularity contest within God’s family
238 - No need for masks in God’s family

You can buy the Headless Cartoon silks through Amazon or through Dynamite Magic.

The four Headless Cartoon silks are no magic trick, although we use within Gospel Magic.  You can make them appear from a large dove pan using flash paper.  
(You can watch a demonstration video of the Headless Cartoon Silks combined with the dove pan and the flash paper here.)

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, street evangelism, open air evangelism

Demonstration video:

Below you can a video in which we demonstrate how you can use the Headless Cartoon silks combined with the story of the prodigal son.

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235. The story of Zacchaeus - the Headless Cartoon silks


How to have a captivated audience when telling the Bible story of Zacchaeus

As you know, the story of Zacchaeus (Luke 19: 1-10) is such a well known story, that it is sometimes hard to keep the children listen attentively, because they already know the story so well. But...

When you tell the story using the four Headless Cartoon silks, we will garantee you a captivated or at least very involved audience!

headless cartoon silks

The use of Headless Cartoon silks within children's and youth ministry:

These beautiful silks, each with different characters depicted on them, but without their heads! This way, either you or your volunteers from the audience can hold up the silks and finish the pictures with their faces! Lots of fun for kids and adults, with audience participation and many comic possibilities. Includes four beautiful, 36-inch, 100% pure silks with routine ideas.

You can the Headless Cartoon silks for:
234 - Who is important in God’s eyes?
235 - Telling the Bible story of Zacchaeus
236 - The prodigal son’s dreams
237 - No popularity contest within God’s family
238 - No need for masks in God’s family

You can buy the Headless Cartoon silks through Amazon or through Dynamite Magic.

The four Headless Cartoon silks are no magic trick, although we use within Gospel Magic.  You can make them appear from a large dove pan using flash paper.  
(You can watch a demonstration video of the Headless Cartoon Silks combined with the dove pan and the flash paper here.)

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

Demonstration video:

Below you can a video in which we demonstrate how you can use the Headless Cartoon silks combined with the Bible story of Zacchaeus.

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219. Philip and the Ethiopian


Tell the story of Philip and the Ethiopian in a school assembly, a children’s program or in a preach

"They could see some green trees in the distance.   They were approaching an oasis.  What's an oasis?  A place in the desert where there is water.   It was lovely – a pool of water all fresh and cool.   “What's to stop me being baptised here and now?” asked the Ethiopian.  “Nothing at all,” replied Philip, “If you are sure you believe in Jesus, in his Father God, and in his Holy Spirit, and want to be a true follower of Jesus from now on, all your days....”  “Yes, I do!” said the Ethiopian.  So they stopped the wagon again, and he and Philip climbed out, and went into the water.  It depends how deep it was – Philip might have dunked him under the water completely, or he might have cupped his hands in the water and poured some over him.  It's a picture of being washed clean, not just on the outside, but on the inside, too." 

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.

Philip

Themes:

Baptism, Being born again, Philip and the Ethiopian

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, street evangelism, open air evangelism

Scripture reference:

Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16, John 3:5,1 Peter 3:21, Mark 16:16, Romans 6:4, Matthew 28:19, Ephesians 4:5, Romans 6:3-4, Colossians 2:12-13, Acts 2:41, Galatians 3:27, Matthew 3:16, Matthew 3:11, Acts 8:38, Romans 6:3, Colossians 2:12, Acts 1:5, Acts 10:48, Acts 8:12, Acts 8:36-38, Acts 8:26-40

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215. The call of Abram – one or more complete Sunday school lessons


A great program for your Sunday school or children's ministry that looks at the call of Abram

In this Sunday school lesson you will find 27 creative ideas that you can use within your children's ministry / kids ministry on the story of the call of Abram in Genesis 12: 1 - 7. Probably you will be able to spread the ideas over two to three different Sunday school lessons.

You can download the complete PDF file with all the ideas below.

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Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's work, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches 

Scripture reference:

Genesis 12:1-9, Genesis 13: 14-17, Genesis 15:4-6, Galatians 3:6-9, Hebrews 11:8, Galatians 3:29 , James 2:23, Romans 4:13, Genesis 17:5, Nehemiah 9:7, Joshua 24:3, James 2:21-24, Hebrews 6:13, Genesis 26:5, Romans 4:16-18, Acts 7:4, Hebrews 11:8-10 , Galatians 3:6-18, John 8:33-40 

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214. The call of Abram (27) – Create an altar of thanksgiving while using a lava lamp


A demonstration video how you can create a lava lamp during your Sunday school lesson

Different people in the Bible created an altar as a way to thank God or to worship Him. They would collect a big pile of stones, put a sacrificial animal on these stones and burn it. That is what people in the Bible used to do then, but wouldn’t it be fun if we could make an different kind of altar with the children now. An altar that we can use to thank God for all the good things He has given us. Or maybe use to worship God with. Of course we can't use a fire or an animal, but maybe we can use a lava lamp…

altar

Themes:

Thankfulness, creative worship, building an altar

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In the video below we will show how you can create a lava lamp as an altar in a  very quick and simple way.



 

You will need:

- a large glass bowl
- a light that you can place underneath this bowl. In the video we have used a mobile phone.
- vegetable oil
- a glass of water and yellow food colouring
- a glass of water and red food colouring
- broken up pieces of effervescent tablet - such as vitamin C tablets, or those used to clean dentures.

Activity:

Place a light underneath the large glass bowl. Pour vegetable oil into this bowl. Add the yellow and the red water. Wait for the water to sink to the bottom and mix it a little bit. Now you are ready!

Give all the children a piece of broken up effervescent tablet.
Ask them to think about something that they want to thank or praise God for.

As they drop their piece of effervescent tablet into the oil they can say out load what it is they want to thank or praise God for.   

As we watch our altar will come to life! 

 

Scripture reference: Genesis 12:1-9, Genesis 13: 14-17, Genesis 15:4-6, Galatians 3:6-9, Hebrews 11:8, Galatians 3:29 , James 2:23, Romans 4:13, Genesis 17:5, Nehemiah 9:7, Joshua 24:3, James 2:21-24, Hebrews 6:13, Genesis 26:5, Romans 4:16-18, Acts 7:4, Hebrews 11:8-10 , Galatians 3:6-18, John 8:33-40
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's work, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches