602. YouTube Video and Discussion – The Unlucky Bait


Using this secular YouTube film you can talk with the children about hope / disappointment and go deeper into the meaning of the Bible story of Joseph in the pit

In this short film a worm discovers that he is trapped in a bait box belonging to a fisherman. He escapes, and even manages to escape off the boat. As he finally lands ‘safely’on the jetty he is scooped up by a gull.

Unlucky Bait Use this secular YouTube video to talk about the Bible story of Joseph in the pit

So what makes this film suitable for a discussion on the story of Joseph?

This short animation shows basically what happens to Joseph. Joseph is in the pit. Perhaps he thinks that it’s a joke and that his brothers will come back later to get him out. When he is taken up out of the pit, he possibly thinks that he is safe now. But nothing could be less true. Slave merchants take him off to Egypt.

Important questions:

It’s important to always watch the film yourself beforehand and to ask yourself:

- do I want to show this to the children?
- does this film work in the context and age-range of the children I am working with?

If you choose to show this YouTube video, we suggest you use the following steps:

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601. How do I tell the story of Joseph in the pit? - three Storytelling Tips


Use these three storytelling tips to tell the Bible story of Joseph in the pit and him being sold as a slave

Three storytelling tips for the Bible story of Joseph in the pit

Three tips:

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600. The Lying Brothers - Icebreaker


Use this Icebreaker to teach about the Bible story of Joseph in the well and him being sold as a slave.

Joseph’s brothers don’t think it’s fair – Joseph gets all the love and attention from their father, and even beautiful presents! And what do they get? As far as they are concerned – absolutely nothing! They are jealous.

The Lying Brothers a fun Bible game about the Bible story of Joseph in the well and being sold as a slave to Egypt

What do you need:

- two balloons, blown up

What to do:

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599. Throw it away! - Children's Moment


Use this children's moment to teach about the Bible story of Joseph in the well and him being sold as a slave.

You could use this for a children’s moment in the church service, or as an introduction to your children’s programme.

A fun introduction to the Bible story for all ages.

Throw it away a childrens moment in church about the Bible story of Joseph in the well and being sold as a slave to Egypt

What do you need:

- a rubbish bin
- things that can be thrown away – a tissue, plastic cup, paper, broken pen etc
- cuddly toys or puppets

What to do:

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598. Keep the Balloon up - Introductory Activity


Use this introductory activity to teach about the Bible story of Joseph in the well and being sold as a slave.

Today we’re going to hear the story of Joseph, whose brothers threw him into a pit, and later sold him as a slave. The brothers tell their father Jacob that Joseph had been savaged by a wild animal. This isn’t true, but this is the lie that they have to keep up. That’s pretty hard! How do they make sure that the lie doesn’t fall to the ground, and Jacob discovers the truth?

This idea is suitable for as the children are arriving, before your programme has actually started.

Keep the Balloon up a fun Bible game about the Bible story of Joseph in the well and being sold as a slave to Egypt

What do you need:

- balloons

What to do:

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595. Joseph and his coat of many colours - a Sunday School lesson


Discover this complete Sunday school lesson on Joseph the Dreamer and his coat of many colours

We offer you twelve creative ideas that you can use in your Sunday school, kids ministry, children's church or youth work on the Bible story of Joseph and his jealous brothers.

Joseph the Dreamer and his coat of many colours a complete Sunday school lesson with twelve creative ideas


The Sunday School lesson consist fo the following ideas:

Idea 583:    The Coolest Coat Ever - Introductory Activity

Idea 584:    Live Your Dream - Children's Moment

Idea 585:    That's Not Fair! - Icebreaker

Idea 586:    How do I tell the story of Joseph? - Three Storytelling Tips

Idea 587:    YouTube video and discussion – Swing

Idea 588:    Naming the Colours - a fun science experiment

Idea 589:    What Do You See? - Creative Activity

Idea 590:    Bullying Always Hurts… - Creative Activity

Idea 591:    Green with Jealousy - Creative Activity

Idea 592:    What Do You Hate? - A Bible Game

Idea 593:    I am a Caterpillar - A Bible Game

Idea 594:    A Coat Of Love - A Creative Prayer Idea

 

594. A Coat Of Love - A Creative Prayer Idea


Use this fun creative prayer idea to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

Joseph is given a cloak of love by his father Jacob. Today we are going to make a cloak of love for God.

A Coat of Love a creative prayer idea about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

What do you need:

- a large cardboard cloak - download here: Coat-of-Joseph---Creative-Prayer-Idea.pdf
- coloured strips of paper
- pens
- paper glue

What do you do:

Tell the children that Jacob loves Joseph so much that he gives him a coloured cloak. Just as Jacob loves Joseph so many Christians love the Lord God.
Shall we make a cloak of love for God?

Each child can choose a strip of paper in their favourite colour. Ask them to write or draw something on the paper – something that they are happy about, or something that they want to thank God for.
They can stick their strips of paper onto the cloak as a symbol of their prayer. In this way the group can give God a cloak of love.

593. I am a Caterpillar - A Bible Game


Use this fun Bible game to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

The brothers shut Joseph out – they don’t need him. In this game each member of the team needs each other, otherwise they won’t be able to complete the task.

I am a caterpillar a fun Bible game about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

What do you need:

- blindfolds

How to play the game:

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592. What Do You Hate? - A Bible Game


Use this fun Bible game to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

The brothers hate Joseph. It’s not just that they don’t think he’s very nice, or they think he is an annoying brother. No, they really hate him. What do the children hate?

What do you hate fun Bible game about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

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591. Green with Jealousy - Creative Activity


Use this creative activity to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

Joseph’s brothers were green with jealousy to see how their father put Joseph first. Joseph, who told on them time and time again, who was given a beautiful coat, and has now told them all his dreams. Yes, they were pretty jealous!!!!!

Green with Jealousy creative activity about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

What do you need:

- a transparent plastic bag
- washing up liquid
- shampoo
- green food colouring or green washing up liquid
- water

What do you do:

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590. Bullying Always Hurts… - Creative Activity


Use this creative activity to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

There’s a lot of bullying going on in Jacob’s family. Joseph tells on his brothers whenever he can, and his brothers ignore him and hate him. They weren’t a happy family!

In this activity we take a deeper look at the subject of bullying; what this means, what the children know about it and how they experience it.

Bullying Always Hurts a creative activity about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

What do you need:

- two pieces of fruit and a knife. One of the pieces of fruit must be damaged or rotten on the inside without this showing on the outside. This could work with an apple or pear, or avocado.
- for each group of children you need an A4 with the word ‘RIGHT’ on it, and an A4 with the word ‘WRONG’.
- A4 sheets with the following:
Sheet 1 – ‘Verbal bullying – bullying with words’
Sheet 2 – ‘Physical bullying – bullying with your body’
Sheet 3 – ‘Material bullying – bullying with things’
sheet 4 – ‘Relational bullying – bullying as a group’
Sheet 5 – ‘Digital bullying- bullying via social media’

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589. What Do You See? - Creative Activity


Use this creative activity to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

In his dreams Joseph saw his brother’s sheaves of corn bowing down to him, and that the sun, the moon and the stars all bowed to him.

What do you see a creative acitivity about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

What do you need:

- a dark background, for example a dark sheet or rug
- light coloured beads or little stars

What do you do:

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588. Naming the Colours - a fun science experiment


Use this science experiment to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

Joseph is given a coat of many colours, and his brothers are green with jealousy!

Exploding Message

What do you need:

- worksheet that you can download below
- paper and pens
- stopwatch

What do you do:

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587. YouTube video and discussion – Swing


Using this secular YouTube film you can talk with the children about bullying and go deeper into the meaning of the Bible story of Joseph the dreamer

A boy comes into an empty playground and sits on the swing. A large fat boy chases him off the swing and sits on it. But he then can’t reach the ground with his feet and forces the smaller boy to push him. The boy pushes him harder and harder until the larger boy gets scared – eventually he pushes him so hard that he falls off the swing. After this the smaller boy has to run away because the larger boy wants to get him. 

Swing use this YouTube video to talk with your children in your Sunday school class or kids ministry about the Bible story of Joseph the Dreamer

So what makes this film suitable for a discussion on the story of Joseph?

This film is a small example of what happens between Joseph and his brothers. Little Joseph tells on his big brothers to his father, and the big brothers hate Joseph, shut him out and don’t even talk to him. There is bad behaviour and bullying on both sides.

Important questions:

It’s important to always watch the film yourself beforehand and to ask yourself:

- do I want to show this to the children?
- does this film work in the context and age-range of the children I am working with?

If you choose to show this YouTube video, we suggest you use the following steps:

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586. How do I tell the story of Joseph? - three Storytelling Tips


Use these three storytelling tips to tell the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

Three storytelling tips that will help you tell the Bible story of Joseph the dreamer

Three tips:

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585. That's not fair! - Icebreaker


Use this Icebreaker to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

Joseph’s brothers think it’s not fair – Joseph gets much more love and attention than they do. He even gets presents! And what do they get? It feels like they get nothing at all! They are jealous.

Thats Not Fair an Icebreaker about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

What do you need:

- a nice present that’s suitable for both a girl or a boy
- wrapping up paper and sticky tape
- music

What to do:

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584. Live Your Dream - Children's Moment


Use this children's moment to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

You could use this for a children’s moment in the church service, or as an introduction to your children’s programme.

Live your dream a childrens moment about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

Preparation:

Ask around in your church or school if there is anyone who had a dream as a child about something they wanted to do or become – and who has achieved that.

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583. The Coolest Coat Ever - Introductory Activity


Use this introductory activity to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

This activity is most suited to the start of a children’s programme, as the children are arriving, before the programme has actually started.

Hang the coat up on a hanger in the corridor, or in the classroom as long as you are teaching on Joseph. You could also wear it as you tell the story of Joseph.

The Coolest Coat ever Use this introductory activity to teach about the Bible story ofJoseph and his coat of many colours


What do you need:

- a disposable plastic poncho or large plastic bin bags
- double sided sticky tape
- decorating materials

What to do:

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498. John the Baptist


A Bible story about the ministry of John the Baptist

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

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

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

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

Scripture reference

Matthew 3 / Luke 1

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

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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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

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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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Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching

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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

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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?

Themes: 

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

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.

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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.

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

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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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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

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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Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblie, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching

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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.

You can use this idea in a:

Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblie, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching

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