Download the PFD booklet with nine Sunday school ideas on the Bible story of the baptism of Jesus
This lesson will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, VBS, kidmin, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.
Here are the following ideas for your Sunday school lesson for you to choose from:
* May I take off your shoes? - a children's moment * Twice the truth and once a lie - an icebreaker * Stepping into the Bible story in six colours - a storytelling tip * First love - YouTube video and discussion * How to pierce a potato with a straw - a fun science experiment * Who is the Messiah? - a creative activity * The game of truth - a Bible game * Not good enough… - a Bible game * A message from God the Father - a creative prayer idea
Download the PDF booklet with all these ideas below
A beautiful prayer idea to help children hearing the loving message of God the Father that they are precious and beloved.
What do you need:
A number of mirrors which you can write on:
- a large round mirror with the words: "I am a beloved child of the Father. My Father is very happy with me." - a small square mirror with the words: You are ugly - a small square mirror with the words: You can't do anything... - a small square mirror with the words: What are you worth? - a small square mirror with the words: Nobody loves you anyway - a small square mirror with the words: Nobody wants to be your friend. - a small square mirror with the words: You look awful - a small square mirror with the words: You are a failure - a small square mirror with the words: You get everything wrong - hearts cut out of paper -pens
A fun Bible game on John the Baptist for your Sunday school lesson or children's ministry
Today we are all going to play short games that require different talents. John the Baptist doesn't have to be the best. Wanting to be the best is fun, and normal, but Johannes chooses another option. Jesus is allowed to be the best!
A fun way to tell the story of John the Baptist and the baptism of Jesus
In this Bible story, everything is pierced. Jesus pierces the water. God's Spirit pierces heaven and lands on Jesus like a dove. God's voice pierces the air and becomes audible to everyone.
In this experiment we are also going to try to pierce something, namely a potato with a straw. That seems impossible, just as no one could have expected God's Spirit to come like a dove, and God’s voice to be heard.
What do you need:
- thick A 4 paper 120 / 160 grams in the following colours: brown, blue, white, gold, black and red. - a pair of scissors
Use this secular YouTube video to hold a creative discussion with the children about the Bible story of the baptism of Jesus
Samantha, the white chick, falls in love with Jay, one of the Angry Birds blue chicks. Jay tries to avoid her in all kinds of ways, but Samantha keeps persevering and looking for him, until she finds a caterpillar and forgets Jay. And in the end Jay is quite sorry that she’s no longer infatuated with him.
How does this film apply to today's Bible story?
In today's Bible story we hear God's voice speaking to His Son full of love. It is a love that seeks and always perseveres. Using this video you can compare Samantha's 'love' for Jay, God's love for Jesus and God's love for us.
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:
Probably one of the best object lessons to help you tell the Easter Resurrection story.
What common English word is nine letters long, and each time you remove a letter from it, it still remains an English word? From nine letters all the way down to a single letter? It's the word 'startling'.
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You can tell the Easter Resurrection Bbile Story in your church, school assembly or children's ministry in such an easy and attractive way using only the letters in the word 'startling'.
Easter Sunday Morning Object lesson:
Just imagine, it's Easter Sunday morning. You ask nine children to come on stage with you. You give each of the children a large cardboard letter or large cards with letters on. The children can hold the letters above their heads or in front of their faces. Together they spell the word 'Startling'.
Each time you tell a part of the story, you take a letter away. You go from the word STARTLING to STARTING to STARING to STRING to STING to SING to SIN to IN and you end with the letter I.
As you do this, you tell the following Easter Resurrection story about Mary going to the grave, finding it empty, thinking that the body has been stolen and meeting Jesus, her risen Lord.
The story with this object lesson:
Mary makes a startling discovery: the grave is empty.
She is starting to wonder: "What has happened here?
And now Mary is staring at the stone that has been rolled away.
All the clothers are neatly folded up. Not a loose string in sight.
Mary is feeling the sting: "Has someone stolen the body?"
But then she meets the risen Lord and she wants to sing, because she discovers 'Jesus is alive'.
Now she knows what happened on the cross: Jesus has broken the power of death and sin.
And thorugh His resurrection everyone who believes in Him can be part of God's family.
What do I do? Everybody needs to know! So Mary goes on her way to tell the disciples.
(This is just a short summary. You can make it as elaborate as you want.)