510. The Object Lesson On How Vinegar Cleans Old Coins


You can use this object lesson to teach on God's cleansing power

We love this simple, but powerful object lesson. It looks so easy and the fun thing is: this experiment is very easy, but it really works!

We at Creative Kidswork are real fans of TheDadLab Youtube Channel. Here is another of his great, short video's on easy to do science experiments. 

There are so many themes that you connect with this easy object lesson.

We were thinking about:

- General Naaman Is Healed Of Leprosy
"Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, "Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh will be restored to you and you will be clean." (2 Kings 5:10)

- Jesus Touching The Leper  
"Suddenly a leper came and knelt before Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” 3esus reached out His hand and touched the man. “I am willing, He said, “be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Then Jesus instructed him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift prescribed by Moses, as a testimony to them.” (Matthew 8: 2-4)

- Jesus Heals Ten Men With Leprosy 
"Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[a] met him. They stood at a distance  and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”  (Luke 17: 11-19)

- Jesus Heals The Blind Man By Putting Mud On His Eyes
"When Jesus had said this, He spat on the ground, made some mud, and applied it to the man’s eyes. Then He told him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came back seeing.…" ( John 9: 6,7)

- The Symbol Of Baptism
"Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2: 38 -39)

- Forgiveness Of Sin
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)

- God Makes Us Whiter Than Snow
"Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow." (Psalm 51:7)

 

 

505. The Object Lesson On How to Step Through an Index Card


You can use this object lesson to teach on a range of Biblical subjects

We love this simple, but powerful object lesson. At first glance it would seem impossible to step through an index card, but once you have watched the video and learned its secret, suddenly the impossible becomes a reality.

Watching this object lesson reminded us of Jesus’ saying in Matthew 19:24 -26: “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." To which the disciples replied: “Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”…

You can use this object lesson of stepping through the index card to teach on the paraple of the camel and the needle and the powerful truth that nothing is impossible with God.

step through index card

As we were thinking about this object lesson a little bit longer more Biblical lessons came to mind, such as:

The real meaning of Christmas:
God steps into our world by becoming a small infant born in a stable. He does the impossible.

As a fun craft idea and object lesson you can give all the children an (old) Christmas card and a pair of scissors. Can they step through the Christmas card in the same way as God stepped into our world two thousand years ago?

The impact of Jesus on the lives of others:
Everytime Jesus steps into the lives of people something amazing happens – think about Zacchaeus, Bartimeus, the widow at Nain, the lives of his disciples, Jairus and many other people. God’s power is demonstrated. His love is shown. His justice is uphold.

Give the children an index card. Let them write the name of the person who met Jesus on the index card, such as Nicodemus, Lazarus, Mary, Martha, etc. Give them a pair of scissors and see if they can step into the lives of these people.

The power of the indwelling Holy Spirit:
Take a photo of every child in your Sunday school class or within your kids ministry group. Get the photos developed. The children can cut the photo as shown in the video. Now they can step through their own photo.

Explain to the kids that as we step through our photo,  the Holy Spirit steps into our lives as we ask Him.

Stepping into the life of someone who is poor:
Find a photo of children living into poverty. Give the children a pair of scissors and see if they can step into the lives of these children.

Once you know how to cut the photo it is easy to do this. But how can we step into the lives of children in poverty for real? What can we do to make a difference? Take time to reflect with the children on this question.

Girl steps through card

 

502. How to make a marble run


A craft idea that will especially appeal to boys, although girls will enjoy it too

In the course of giving my children’s shows I come across the best creative ideas! I really want to share this one with you.

This is a craft idea that will especially appeal to boys, although girls will enjoy it too. Give each child a piece of wood, nails and a hammer. There is a pattern drawn on the wood (see the attachment).

Hammer the nails into the wood, following the pattern that has been drawn. If you put the nails close enough to each other, you can roll a large marble down the board.

marble run 1  marble run 2  marble run 3cr

Themes:

For which Bible stories or themes could you use this craft idea?

Think about the story of Jacob who saw a ladder going up to heaven. Or stories that have a building theme.

Or what about stories where water plays an important role? Then if you use blue marbles, they can represent the flowing water.

You could also use it at Christmas because of the angels who came from heaven, or as a picture of Jesus who came down from heaven. 

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 assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching

463. Time to turn - A world full of prayer


An idea for creative prayer

I have written a series of ideas and activities especially for Micah Sunday, that you can use during your Sunday school or children’s moment in church.

This year the theme of the Micah Sunday is based on a text from Psalm 24: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’

the earth is the lords

It looks at how we as Christians can take care of God's world. What can we do to stop pollution, climate change and all the effects this has on the earth and those living in poverty? For them this means more hunger, conflict and insecurity, and a more uncertain future for us all.

What do you need:

- white balls made of polystyrene
- felt pens

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Scripture reference: Psalm 24
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

448. Living like Christ - Jesus is number One


If you could make a medal of honour for Jesus, what would it look like?

Read the above Bible text from the letter to the Philippians together. This is special! In the first few verses we read that Jesus humbled himself, and in the last few verses we can read that because of that, God exalted him, or raised him up. Even the angels look up to Jesus. Everyone knows – he is number one.

number one sunday school kids ministry

For older children – read verse nine again: ‘For this reason God raised him to the highest place above and gave him the name that is greater than any other name.’ (Good news translation). For what reason? What did Jesus do?

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Scripture reference: Philipians 2: 5 - 11
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

446. Living like Christ - Decorating a mirror


Who is your example?

Paul, who wrote this letter, said that we should try to imitate Jesus, to mirror what he did. When you look in a mirror, you often check if your hair’s looking alright. You might check that you’ve not got any food round your mouth, or a dirty nose. You want to check that everything’s ok. Paul says in his letter that if you want to live a good life, the best thing you can do is to look at Jesus and see how he lived and what he did.

mirror

People often take other people as an example. I want to be like him or her. Who is your example? Your parents, perhaps, or a pop star? Can someone be a bad example to follow? If you listen to what Paul says about Jesus, do you think he would be a good example?

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Scripture reference: Philippians 2:2
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

438. Psalm 150 - Thank you paper chain


Dear God, I am really thankful for...

In Psalm 150 the writer calls us to praise God. When we praise God we are also thanking him for who he is and what he does. What are we thankful for? Do we tell God that we are thankful? Let’s make a paper chain of all sorts of things that we are thankful for.

Make sure you have lots of strips of coloured paper. Ask the children to write up as many things as possible that they are thankful for, one thing per piece of paper. Make a paper chain of the strips of paper.

Paper Chain to thank God with

You can make a game of it, to see how many things the children can think of in a certain time. You can help them by asking them questions, like:

- What are you grateful for at school, at home, or on the street?
- What are you good at? Can you thank God for these things?

Close with a short prayer to thank God for everything that we are grateful for. 

What do you need: 

- Coloured strips of paper
- Crayons or pens
- Stapler or cellotape

 

 

Scripture reference: Psalm 150
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

435. Psalm 150 - Why do we sing for him?


It pleases God when we sing for him

The psalmist writes that it pleases God when we sing for him. It’s good to think about who God is and what he means to us, and then to tell him this in a song.

But it’s not only pleasing to God when we sing for him. It is also important to us. God is invisible. You can’t see God, and if you can’t see something, it’s hard to forget that it is there. It’s the same with God. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that God is there, because we can’t see him. By singing about him and to him, he becomes more visible to us.

child painting worhsip

Take a large sheet of paper. Ask the children for words to describe God. For example, great, loving, patient, faithful. Write these words with a candle on the paper. You should hardly be able to see them, if at all.

What happens when we sing about God and for him? Take a thick brush and paint over the words with watercolour paint. The letters become visible.  Our words about God have become visible. This is also how it works when we sing about God. For a little while we make him visible to us. It helps us to remember who he is for us. 

What do you need:

- A3 paper
- candles
- watercolour paint
- brushes
- pots of water

Scripture reference: Psalm 150
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

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
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time

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
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time

399. Mary meets Elizabeth - what is bubbling in your heart?


A fun activity that will help you to start thinking about Advent.

You can use this idea to create a creative prayer moment with the children.

What do you need?

- bottles of bubble blower (or you can create your own!)
- liquid food colouring
- paper hearts and pens

Create a homemade bubble blower. Add a few drops of food colouring liquid into each bottle. Make sure each bottle has a different colour. Give the children a empty piece of paper in the shape of a heart. Let them write on the heart things that they are grateful for and things they want to thank God for. Let them blow bubbles against the paper. When the bubbles burst, a colourful patters remains on the paper. 

Scripture reference:

Luke 1:41-42  (NIV)

41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!

You can use this idea in a:

Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, kids time

 

 

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


Ice lollies as a rod or a staff?

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

Themes:

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

Description:

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

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

your staff comforts me

What you'll need:

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

Setting:

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

Scripture reference:

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

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


Let's create a flock 

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

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

What you'll need:

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

Create your own sheep

Themes:

Jesus is the Good Shepherd, the church as a flock

Setting:

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

Scripture reference:

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

272. The door of a sheep pen - part of a Sunday school lesson about the Good shepherd


What kind of door is Jesus?

This is a activity where we're going to think about the words of Jesus: "I am the door for the sheep".

The door of a sheep pen

Themes:

Jesus is the Good Shepherd, the church as a flock

Setting:

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

Scripture reference:

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

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271. Shooting at wolves - part of a Sunday school lesson about the Good shepherd


A crafts and game  that especially boys in your children's ministry will like.

This activity fits well with the story of David the shepherd or with the story of the good Shepherd. 

wolf

Themes:

Jesus is the Good Shepherd, the church as a flock

Setting:

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

Scripture reference:

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

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264. How to create a rainbow in a bowl of milk


Create an unforgettable experiment for your Sunday school class

Did you know that you can create the most beautiful colour effects, even a rainbow, in a bowl of milk? The only things you need for this is a bowl of milk, different colours of food colouring (liquid) and a drop of washing up liquid.

This is not just a really fun craft, it is also a cool science experiment that will appeal to both the girls and the boys in your Sunday school class or your children’s ministry.

rainbow of milk

You can combine this experiment with several Bible stories or Christian themes:

The story of creation - creating something that is beautiful  (Genesis 1)
The story of Noah and the rainbow – creating a rainbow in the milk (Genesis 9:8-17)
The story of the Bethlehem star – creating a star in the milk (Matthew 2: 1-12)|
The theme of light conquering darkness – this works really well if you use lots of dark colours in the milk.
The theme of the cross – maybe it is an accident, but most of the effects in the video below change into a cross.

Watch the video below

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You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, Sunday school lesson, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, small churches, RE lessons

210. The call of Abram (23) - Create a night sky


How many stars can you count?

Further along in the Bible God promises that Abram’s descendants would be as many as the stars in the sky. In the activity below we give you four easy craft ideas to (re)create a night sky with the children.

You could also use these ideas around Advent or Christmas as you are thinking about the star of Bethlehem. Of course you can also use this idea also for the themes of creation and the greatness of God.


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Themes:

Stars in the sky, God’s promise to Abram, the night sky, Christmas, star of Bethlehem, creation, the greatness of God

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Scripture reference: Genesis 15:5, Genesis 1:16, Psalm 8: 3 – 4, Psalm 148:3-6, Isaiah 40:26, Job 9:7-9, Job 38:31-33, Psalm 147:4-5, Amos 5:8, Deuteronomy 4:19

196. Looking through Jesus' eyes at the world - The Rich Young Ruler

Introduction:
This is a series of ten ideas about the Bible story of the encounter between Jesus and the rich young ruler that you can use. These ideas come from Martine Versteeg from www.kliederkerk.nl (the Dutch version of Messy Church). Messy church is a new form of being church for children and the people around them. It's inspired by the English Messy Church.

In the time that Jesus lived, a lot of people thought that you get rich when God thinks you're good. This meant that people in that time didn't really look at the poor people in a positive way. They had to be really bad, otherwise God would have made them rich. Because of this story about Jesus, people started looking really differently at the poor...

In this idea we're going to look in a different way with children.

bril


Themes:

The rich young ruler, Jesus teaches us to look through his eyes at the world around us

Messy Church program:
188.  The treasure chest - the Rich Young Ruler
189.  Make your own rules? - the Rich Young Ruler
190.  Jesus turns everything upside down - the Rich Young Ruler
191.  Give something away! - the Rich Young Ruler
192.  Shuffleboard with money! - the Rich Young Ruler
193.  The camel race - The Rich Young Ruler
194.  Crawling through the eye of a needle - The Rich Young Ruler
195.  Pimp your own camel - The Rich Young Ruler
196.  Looking through Jesus' eyes at the world - The Rich Young Ruler
197.  Praying with a needle and a thread - The Rich Young Ruler

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195. Pimp your own camel - The Rich Young Ruler

Introduction:
This is a series of ten ideas about the Bible story of the encounter between Jesus and the rich young ruler that you can use. These ideas come from Martine Versteeg from www.kliederkerk.nl (the Dutch version of Messy Church). Messy church is a new form of being church for children and the people around them. It's inspired by the English Messy Church.

What is the prettiest animal in the world? I don't think the camel would end up in the top 10. But today he is! The children can make their own camel and 'pimp' it.

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Themes:
The rich young ruler

Messy Church program:
188.  The treasure chest - the Rich Young Ruler
189.  Make your own rules? - the Rich Young Ruler
190.  Jesus turns everything upside down - the Rich Young Ruler
191.  Give something away! - the Rich Young Ruler
192.  Shuffleboard with money! - the Rich Young Ruler
193.  The camel race - The Rich Young Ruler
194.  Crawling through the eye of a needle - The Rich Young Ruler
195.  Pimp your own camel - The Rich Young Ruler
196.  Looking through Jesus' eyes at the world - The Rich Young Ruler
197.  Praying with a needle and a thread - The Rich Young Ruler

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75. A blossoming dream!

Short introduction:
An idea from the programme KrachtKanjers by Marjolein Goedegebuur & Hanneke Schuit:

The children learn how to care for something. In addition, the purpose of the plant is so the children can see that, just like the seed grows, they are also going to grow. Just as the plant hopes to become a beautiful flower, a child also can have dreams and hopes for their future.

Theme:
A child and his or her dreams.

pot


To be used for:
Creative times during children’s work

Bible Verse:
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future  (Jeremiah 29:11)

Ages:
4-12 years

Description:
The children can decorate their own flowerpot and plant flower seeds in it. They can take it home and care for the plant themselves.

Tip:
Explain that like them, the plant is going to grow. Tell them that just like the plant they can have the desire to grow and  have dreams and wishes for the future.

Materials needed:
- flowerpots, bowls, or cans
- Soil or cotton pads
- flower seeds