110. What is Gods power?

Introduction: 
This is a fun way of allowing children to contemplate the power of God.   

Themes:
Gods power and glory

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To be used for:
- Children’s moment during a service
- Creative prayer moment.
- Prayer room.

Bible text:
‘For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.’ (Matt 6:13)

Age:
4 - 88 years

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89. Learning to forgive - Russian dolls

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

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

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

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

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

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83. What is your strength?

Introduction: 
This idea allows children to engage with the theme of God’s strength in a fun way.

Themes:
Our Father prayer, Lord's prayer, God’s power and glory

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To be used for:
- Children’s moment during a service
- Creative prayer moment
- Prayer room.

Bible text:
‘For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.’ (Matt 6:13)

Age:
4 – 88 years.

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50. For thine is the kingdom, power and glory

Introduction: 
This is a fun way for children to contemplate God’s kingdom, power and glory.

Themes:
Our Father in heaven, the Lord's Prayer, God’s power and glory

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To be used for:
- Creative prayer moment
- Prayer room

Bible text:
‘For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.’ (Matt 6:13)

Age:
4 – 12 years

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49. As we also have forgiven our debtors

Introduction:
As we also have forgiven our debtors. But have we? Do we actually forgive those who have wronged us and/or owe us something? These are questions that this idea helps you ponder and bring into practice. 

Themes:
Our Father in heaver, the Lord's Prayer, learning to forgive others

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To be used for:

- Creative prayer moment
- Prayer room

Bible text:
‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.’ (Matt 6:12)

Age:
12 – 88 years

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48. I forgive myself

Introduction: 
Forgiving others, even our enemies, can seem easy in comparison to forgiving ourselves!
This idea helps you to conceptualise the way you approach the act of forgiving yourself.

Themes:
Our Father in heaven, the Lord's prayer, learning to forgive yourself

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To be used for:

- Creative prayer moment
- Prayer room.

Bible text:
‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.’ (Matt 6:12)

Ages:
12 – 88 years

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46. Connected in prayer

Introduction: 
This is a wonderful festive way of praying with children, which works well around Easter, but also really does not need an excuse! Fun, colourful and still a way of praying.

Themes:
Lord's Prayer, Our Father in heaven, Gods will

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To be used for:
- Creative prayer moment in church, Sunday school. assembly or RE lesson
- Prayer room

Bible text:
‘Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.’ (Matthew 6:10)

Age:
4 – 88 years

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45. Do not lead us into temptation

Introduction: 
‘Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.’ But how can we bring this into practice?
How can we let this shape our lives? This idea can also be used as an object lesson.

Themes:
Lord's Prayer, Our Father in heaven, dealing with temptation

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To be used for:

- Creative prayer moment
- Prayer room.

Bible text:
‘And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’ (Matthew 6:13)

Age:
8 – 88 years

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44. A piece of art; the plumb line of Gods will

Introduction: 
‘Let your will be done on heaven as it is in earth.’
We all know this text, but what is Gods will? What does God want?  

Themes:
Lord's Prayer, Our Father in heaven, God's will

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To be used for:

- Creative prayer moment
- Prayer room.

Bible text:
‘Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.’ (Matthew 6:10)

Age:
8 – 88 years

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