Amazing object lesson on growing in God’s Word


A 'growing' gel ball as a symbol of all the things we can grow in as a Chrisian

As children’s workers, youth workers and pastors it is our aim to help the kids and people that we serve grow in all the good things that God has for them.

It is our prayer and desire that they grow in:
- God’s Word
- God’s love
- maturity in Christ through the church
- Christ and being Christ-like
- The power of the Holy Spirit

growing in Christ
This amazing but easy-to-do object lesson will help you teach on these areas of Christian growth.

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. 

Preparation

This object lesson needs a little preparation. Put one very small and one large see-through gel ball into a jug of water. Let them soak for 24 hours so that they reach their ‘normal ‘ size. Put the giant gel ball into a large vase of water. Put the normal gel ball on a plate. Now you are ready for the object lesson.

Show the children, young people or adults the normal gel ball on a plate. Tell them that this gel ball represents us. We are like this gel ball. The large vase of water represents:

- God’s Word
- God’s love
- The church
- Christ
- The Holy Spirit
- The water of baptism

Put the normal gel ball into the large vase of water. Let go of the normal gel ball and search with your hand for the giant clear gel ball. The ‘trick‘ here is that clear gel balls are not visible in water. So it seems that the normal gel ball has instantly grown into a giant gel ball.

Six teaching points that you can use with this object lesson:


1. Growing in God’s Word

In this object lesson the clear gel ball symbolizes us, and the vase full of water symbolizes God’s Word. As we submerge ourselves into the Bible we will grow in God’s Word.

The Word of God is …
- Alive, full of power, effective, energizing and knows the condition (thoughts and purposes) of man’s heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
- Everlasting. There is no time limit on it. (Matthew 24:35, Isaiah 40:8)
- Sure. God holds His Word in high regard. He stakes His integrity on it. (Isaiah 55:11)
- Full of truth and life. We can live abundantly by the Word of God. (John 6:63)
- To be desired more than riches and is sweeter than the sweetest thing every tasted! Furthermore, the Word rewards the one who obeys it. (Psalm 19:10-11)

Ten ways to grow in God’s Word:

1.Read the Word daily. 
2.Pray the Word. 
3.Speak the Word. 
4.Study the Word. 
5.Teach the Word. 
6.Memorize the Word. 
7.Meditate on the Word. 
8.Believe the Word. 
9.Share the Word. 
10.Apply the Word to yourself. 

2. Growing in God’s love
The vase full of water symbolizes God’s amazing and overflowing love. The regular gel ball symbolizes us.

The love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. (Romans 5:5)
His power enables us to live faithful lives, choosing to love Him fully with all that we are and all that we have. Even in our struggles, it is still possible to grow in love for Jesus in every area of life through His strength.

- You can love Him with all your heart.
- You can love Him with all your soul.
- You can love Him with all your mind.
- You can love Him with all your strength.


3. Growing to maturity in Christ within the church
The vase of water symbolizes the church, the youth group or the Sunday school. We are the normal gel ball.
Talk with the children about what we do in church:

- we learn from the Bible
- we pray
- we give
- we worship God
- we talk about God
- we ask questions
- we make friends
- we grow

All these things will help us to grow to maturity. That’s why it is so important to come to church on a regular basis. Take the giant gel ball out of the water to show how much growth has occurred!

4. Growing in Christ and being Christ-like
The vase full of water symbolizes Christ. The regular gel ball symbolizes us.

In Galatians 3:26-28 Paul writes: "In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus."

When you become a Christian you are identified with Christ. You have left behind your old life and embraced your new life in Christ. But what does this mean?

Being in Christ means:

- that we study His words in scripture
- that we obey His words in our lives
- that we communicate with Him through prayer
- that we worship Him in everything we do
- that we act like Christ

If you consciously focus on being in Christ, you‘ll discover that you’ll grow in Christ and become more Christ-like.


5. Growing in the power of the Holy Spirit

The vase full of water symbolizes the Holy Spirit. The regular gel ball symbolizes us. In the Bible we can read that we have been baptized in the Holy Spirit.

“For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.“ (Acts 1:5, Acts 2:38. Matthew 3:11, Ephesians 5:18)

Put the normal gel ball into the water. Being baptized means that we are submerged into the Holy Spirit. And you know what happens then? What happens to a gel ball that you put into the water? Yes, it is filled with water. Like this - take the giant gel ball out of the water. The Holy Spirit wants to fill us with His life and power, so that we can be a blessing to others.


6. Explaining the meaning of baptism (through immersion)

The vase full of water symbolizes the baptism water. The regular gel ball symbolizes us. When we become a Christian we may know we have become a new creation.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! “ (2 Corinthians 5:17)

To symbolize this, in many churches (adult) people get baptized through immersion. The normal gel ball represents these people. They enter into the water to show to everyone that their old life without Christ is over. Very often they will give a testimony about their life without God - show the normal gel ball again. Then they are immersed into the water. Drop the gel ball into the water and take the giant gel ball out of the water. They celebrate a new, much bigger life in Christ. They have become a new creation!

What do you need?

Normal clear gel beads / balls - you can buy them here.
Giant clear gel beads  /balls - you can buy them here.

512. The Object Lesson Of Water Pouring Down A String


The promise of rivers of living water flowing out of our innermost being

Jesus teaches his followers in John 7:38 that if we believe in Him rivers of living water will flow out of our innermost being. This life-giving water will flow through our faith into the lives of others, such as our friends, our family, other fellow Christians and of course the non-Christians in our lives.

water pouring


With this easy-to-do object lesson you can demonstrate to the children, young people and adults in your church the meaning of John 7:38.

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. 


Five teaching points that you can use with this object lesson:

We are the string
In this object lesson we are the string! Jesus pours his life-giving water into our lives so that we may share it with others.

The string as a symbol of the prophets
This object lesson also reminded us of the role of the prophets. The prophet is like the string. God’s words flow through him or her into the lives of the people of Israel.

Jesus is also the string as he is dependent upon the Father
Jesus said that he cannot do anything without the Father – “Jesus gave them this answer: "Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” John 5:19.

Beautiful picture of the Holy Spirit
This object lesson is also a beautiful picture of the Holy Spirit flowing through our lives into the lives of others.

Being a blessing
Last but not least you can use this lesson to teach on what it means to bless others, to proclaim a blessing in church and to be a blessing to others.

What do you need?

- Two glasses
- Water (with added food coloring)
- Absorbent cotton string (needs to be thicker than thread).

What do you do?

- Cut a 2 foot long segment of string
- Soak the string in clear water until it is soaked through
- Fill up one cup to about half way with the colored water
- Put one end of the string into the cup with water and hold the other end above the empty cup
- Hold the cup with water in it, using your finger to keep the string in place at the rim of the glass. 
- Pour the water slowly along the string.
- Be aware that some water will spill, so you may have to clean up afterwards.

 

511. A floating egg as an illustration of carrying each other's burdens


What does it mean to be the salt of the earth?

Jesus described His followers in Matthew 5: 13-16 as the salt of the earth. In His time salt was used for preserving food and enhancing flavor. This means that He calls us to be both the“preservatives” and the “flavor enhancers” in this world. But maybe there is third meaning to being the salt of the earth. With this easy to do object lesson you can demonstrate to the children, youth or adults in your church that being salt can also mean that we carry each other’s burdens in Jesus’ name.

But you can also use this experiment to illustrate:

- the Bible story of the four friends carrying the paralyzed men and lowering him down to Jesus through a hole in the roof. (Luke 5: 17-39)
- the Bible story of the apostle Paul escaping Damascus in a basket. (Acts 9:23-31)
- the Bible story of Rahab who helps the two spies escape from Jericho. (Joshua 2)
- the Bbile story of the floating axe head. (2 Kings 6: 1-7)

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 some of the themes that you connect with this easy object lesson:

- Carrying each other's burdens

The apostle Paul writes in Galatians 6: 2 “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ.” You take an egg and ask the children to name some of the burdens that we can carry for another. This will a good exercise in itself. It will help the kids to think about what it means to carry each other’s burdens. Write some of these burdens that the children name on the egg.

Drop the egg in a glass of water. It will float. Then teach about Jesus calling us the salt of the earth. Explain the different meanings of what this entails. Then add the salt to the water, stir gently and the egg will start to float. By being the salt of the world we can carry each other’s burdens.

- Jesus Heals a Man Let Down through the Roof of a House

In Luke 5: 17-39 we read about some men carrying a friend who is paralyzed. You’ll need a big jug of water, salt, an egg and a large glass of water to tell this story. The egg is the paralyzed man. You fill a large glass wit a third of water. Let the children add salt to it, so that the egg starts to float. This is an illustration of the friends carrying the paralyzed men. But how do they get him down to where Jesus is? Once there are on the roof they’ll have to lower their friend gently down.

Ask the children if they have any idea how we can lower the egg gently to the bottom of the glass. The answer is very simple. You’ll add more water to the glass of salty water. The water dilutes and the egg starts to gently float to the bottom. 

- Saul / Paul Escaping from Damascus in a Basket

In Acts 9:23-31 the apostle Paul has to escape out of Damascus. The only way to do this is through a hole in the wall.  "After many days had gone by, there was a conspiracy among the Jews to kill him, but Saul learned of their plan. Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him. But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall." That must have been quite an exciting adventure. In the dark in a basket being lowered down from a high wall.

Write the name Saul / Paul on an egg. Place this egg in a large glass for 3/4 filled with salty water. The egg floats. Paul is high on the wall. How can we help him to go safely down the wall? We don't have a basket, but we do have more water. Add more water to the glass and let the egg sink. Afterwards explain how the experiment works and let the children experiment with their own eggs, water and salt.

- Rahab Helps Two Spies to Escape out ot Jericho

Tell the story of Rahab helping the two Israelites spies escape to escape from Jericho by lowering them down by a rope through the window, for the house she lived in was part of the city wall. (Joshua 2) Use the same set-up as in the story of Paul escaping from Damascus.

- Elisha and the Floating Ax Head

Tell the story of the prophet Elisha who went with the other prophet's to live near the Jordan River.  "As one of them was cutting down a tree, the ax head fell into the water. He cried out, “Oh no, master! It was borrowed!” The man of God asked, “Where did it fall?” When he showed Elisha the place, Elisha cut off a piece of wood. He threw it into the water at that place and made the ax head float. Elisha said, “Pick it up.” The disciple reached for it and picked it up." (2 Kings 6: 1-7) What would you do when something precious would fall in the water and the water is too dark or deep to see where it fell? Would you panick? One of the prophets with Elisha did panick, because the axe wasn't his property. He had only borrowed it. The amazing thing is that God even carries about these things that seem important to us, but unimportant to other people. Elisha threw a piece of wood in the water and this mad the ax head float.

Show the children a large glass full of black water. You have made the water black by adding inkt or black food coloring. On the bottom of the glass lies an egg, but you cannot it. The water is too black. On the egg you've written 'Axe Head'. You tell the children that you have also lost an Axe Head in this glass of water. But we don't have a piece of wood to make it float. We do have lots of salt and a spoon. Let the children add lots of salt to the water and start to stir gently. After a while you'll see the egg appear. Carefully pick the egg out of the black water and show the words on the egg 'Axe Head'. Afterwards explain how the experiment works and let the children experiment with their own eggs, clean fresh water and salt.

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)

 

 

509. The Object Lesson Of The Egg That Always Falls Into The Water


A powerful object lesson about God calling people and the fact that nothing can separate us for His amazing love

We love this simple, but powerful object lesson. At first glance it would seem impossible that the egg always falls into the water but once you have watched the video, suddenly the impossible becomes a reality. Now you can use it to teach kids and adults on God calling people and that nothing can separate us from His love.

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. 



Themes

Watching this object lesson reminded us of God's call on people's lives. In the Bible we see time and time again that when God calls someone that person ends up in the right place. But also about the beautiful Biblical truth that nothing can separate us from God's love.

You can use this object lesson to teach on:

God's calling on people's lives:

- David, who was called as a little shepherd boy to become king
- Jona, who went the wrong way, but ended up in the right place
- Abram, who was called to go to a new and unknown country
- Moses, who obeyed his calling and brought the Israelites to the promised land
- Esther, who was called to save her people in a time of great distress
- Ruth, who follewed an inner call and became part of Jesus genealogy
- Saul who was called to become the first king of Israel
- Jeremiah, who was called to be a prophet at a young age
- Saul, who was called to become the apostle Paul
- The disciples, who were called to become followers of Jesus

All these people ( and lots more) followed God's call on their lives and ended up in the right place, just like the egg always falls into the water. Amazing, isn't it?

Nothing can seperate us from God's love

Another theme that came to mind was Paul's writing in Romans 8: 31 - 39 that nothing can separate us from God’s love. How better to illustrate this beautiful Biblical truth than with an egg falling into the water!

 

508. The Object Lesson Of The Balloon That Doesn't Pop With Pins


A powerful object lesson about the importance of being part of the church

We love this simple, but powerful object lesson. At first glance it would seem impossible that the balloon doesn’t pop! But it doesn’t… 

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. 



Watching this object lesson reminded us what it means to be part of a church, the importance of unity and being part of the body of Christ. 

You can use this object lesson to teach on:

- the importance of being part of the church
- "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2
- being a menmber of the body of Christ
- the power and importance of unity

We also had to think about:

- Aaron and Hur supporting Moses' arms while the Israelites were fighting the Amelekites. (Exodus 17)
- All the animals in the ark of Noah during the flood. Together they were safe!

 

 

 

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

 

503. How to make a stick drawing magically come to life


You can create a magical moment by bringing a stick figure to life.

This is ideal for when you do a talk about:

Creation 
Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. (Genesis 2: 7)

bringing a stick drawing to life with water

The raising of Lazarus  
Rrecounted in the Gospel of John (John 11:1-44), a miracle of Jesus in which Jesus brings Lazarus of Bethany back to life four days after his burial.

The raising of the son of the widow of Nain
Recorded in the Gospel of Luke. Jesus arrived at the village of Nain during the burial ceremony of the son of a widow, and raised the young man from the dead. (Luke 7:11–17)

Being alive in Christ 
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ  (Ephesians 2:5)

Watch the two video's below to discover how you use this great object lesson!

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Scripture reference: Hebrews 11:3, Colossians 1:16, Genesis 1:1-31, Revelation 4:11, Genesis 2:7, John 1:1-3, Exodus 20:11, Genesis 1:24-25, Job 12:7-9, Genesis 1:26, Genesis 1:1, Romans 1:20, Psalm 33:6,2 Peter 3:5, Job 37:5, Revelation 14:6-7, Job 33:4, Hebrews 1:10, Isaiah 42:5, Genesis 1:20, Jeremiah 10:12, Genesis 1
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, children's work, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers

501. Water from a Stone - an object lesson


What can you do with a ‘water from a stone’ gimmick?

A what??

A nifty ‘water from a stone’ gadget, which enables you to water your plants when you’re on holiday.

waterstone2

You can use it to tell the story of Moses in the desert, during which water came out of the rock! Or you could use it to talk about the words of Jesus: ‘I am the living water’…..

waterstone

Themes:

Moses and the Israeiltes in the desert, water from the rock, thirst, living water.

Bible verses:

Numbers 20:1-29, Exodus 17:1-7, John 4

Where do I get one?

You can order the ‘water from a stone’ here

Scripture reference: Numbers 20:1-29, Exodus 17:1-7, John 4
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

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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465. The Scarecrow - a story about Abram leaving Haran?


Watch this short video with your Sunday school class 

A beautiful short video story about a scarecrow that leaves a big, ugly and soul degrading factory to find home and be a real blessing for others.

the scarecrow

Watchiing it made me think of Abram leaving the city of Haran to find his real home and be a blessing to all the nations. Other parallel stories in the Bible are the Israelites leaving Egypt to go the promise land or the Israelites coming home from their exile in Babel.

You can show this video to the children in your Sunday school class or kids ministry and ask them:

- What do you feel or think when you see this short film?
- Can you see a link between this video and the story of Abram going to the promised land? 

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Scripture reference: Genesis 12: 1-9
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's work, kids ministry, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching,

408. Daniel in the lion's den - a storyboard

Have you ever told a Bible story with a storyboard?

OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates in the video below how you can tell the story of the Daniel in the lion's den while using a storyboard. These storyboards are produced by Gary Stirling. They are very cleverly designed, so you can tell one story with just eight pictures. This one also has a clear gospel presentation in it. 

Dawn Getley tells the story of Daniel in the lions den

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Scripture reference: Daniel 6:1–28
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

407. Noah and the ark - a storyboard

Have you ever told a Bible story with a storyboard?

OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates in the video below how you can tell the story of the Noah and the ark while using a storyboard. These storyboards are produced by Gary Stirling. They are very cleverly designed, so you can tell one story with just eight pictures. This one also has a clear gospel presentation in it. 

Dawn Getley tells the story of Noah and the ark

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Scripture reference: Genesis 5 , Genesis 6, Genesis 7, Genesis 8, Genesis 9, Genesis 10
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

406. Three different ways to apply the Bible into our lives - an object lesson


What happens if you take a bottle of wine, a bottle of strawberry sauce and a bottle of marinade sauce?

Three different ways to apply the Bible into our lives

You suddenly have a powerful object lesson that you can use to teach children, teenagers and adults about the importance of reading, studying and applying God's Word into our lives.

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Scripture reference: 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Timothy 3:14-17, Joshua 1:8, Psalm 119:11, Psalm 119:105, Proverbs 3:1-2, 2 Timothy 2:15, 1 Peter 3:15, Deuteronomy 11:18-23, Psalm 119:18, Psalm 119:9, Romans 12:2, Acts 17:11, Ephesians 6:11-17, Acts 8:30, James 1:22, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:1-17, John 8:32, Proverbs 2:1-5, 1 John 2:27, John 13:17, John 1:1, Luke 4:4, Hosea 4:6, John 6:63, John 5:39-40, 1 Peter 2:1-2, Proverbs 2:1-22
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405. Looking with God’s eyes - an object lesson


A clever and fun object lesson that demonstrates that we can only focus on the small part in front of us and that we need the Bible to see Gods big picture.

looking with Gods eyes

There are several stories and passages in the Bible in which humans have to discover that although we claim to see, we are blind. We don’t see things as God sees them. We only focus on a small part in front of us. God sees everything. We need the Bible to see Gods big picture. 

In 1 Samuel 16 the prophet Samuel has come to anoint a new king. When he looks at David’s oldest brother Eliab he thinks this is the one! But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. ( 1 Samuel 16:7)

One of Jesus’ sayings is: “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind may see and those who see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard this, and they asked Him, “Are we blind” too? 4“If you were blind,” Jesus replied, “you would not be guilty of sin. But since you claim you can see, your guilt remains.”  (John 9: 39-41)

How do we help children, teenagers and adults to think about these matters? How do we demonstrate that we only see a small part of the big picturen and that we need to study God's Word to discover the big picture and to learn to see as God sees?

 - For this object lesson we use two pictures of a set of playing cards. Not all Christians are comfortable with using playing cards as an object lesson. The good news is that you can also use this object lesson with different images that are very similar. -

choose a card2

The object lesson:

Show a picture of these five playing cards to the group. Ask one of the older children / teenagers to pick one of the cards on the picture. Let him or her write this card down on a piece of paper, without mentioning which card he / she has chosen. 

Now you remove the picture with the five playing cards and show him / her the picture of four playing cards that you can find underneath the line in this idea.

Five playing cards turn into four. What is the chance that his or her card has disappeared? You would say: one in five. But the truth is: one hundred percent.

Try this for yourself! How is it possible that your playing card disappears as well?

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Scripture reference: 1 Samuel 16:7, John 9: 39-41, Isaiah 6:10, Psalm 119:18, Psalm 13:2-3, 2 Corinthians 4:4, Luke 14:13-14, John 9:1-41, 1 John 2:11, Matthew 13:13-16, Matthew 15:14, Ephesians 5:8, Luke 12:48, Luke 18:35-38, Revelation 3:17, 2 Kings 6:17-20, Matthew 24:30, 1 John 4:1, Hebrews 4:13, Job 34:21

404. A great tool to help you tell the Bible story of Jesus multiplying the loaves and the fish


Wonderful Bible stories you can tell with a Magic Drawing Board

Do you know the Magic Drawing Board by Axtell? It is a great tool to tell Bible stories like for example the healing of Bartimaeus. In the video below OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates how you can tell the story of Jesus multiplying the loaves and the fish using the Magic Drawing Board

We hope to have the script of this story in the coming weeks.  

Dawn Getley and the story of Jesus multiplying the loaves and the fish using the Magic Drawing Board

 

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Scripture reference: Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:31-44, Luke 9:12-17, John 6:1-14
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401. The parable of the Prodigal Son - Dean's box gospel illusion


Any children’s worker can tell the parable of the Prodigal Son using  the Gospel magic trick of the Dean’s Box

For this you can use the Dean’s box magic trick. I bought mine very cheaply through Alibaba Express. The only problem was that it didn’t come with any explanation as to how the trick works. If you choose yours through Alibaba Express you can send me an email and I will send you a video in which I explain how the trick works. It looks great and it is very easy to do!

Deans Box2

Ask two children to come forward as volunteers. Give them each a coloured rope to inspect. The yellow rope symbolises the father The red rope symbolises the son The red wooden box symbolises the house of the father.

The father reconciles himself with his son and they are united! The ropes are stuck together.

Deans Box

But how is this possible?

To explain this you need an energy stick from idea 198. You ask your two volunteers to take hold of the silver ending on the energy stick with one hand. Ask if you are allowed to touch their noses and when you do the energy stick will come alive. This will give a laugh. Especially when they are allowed to touch your nose with their other hand. You explain how the energy stick works with a small current of electricity that we cannot see or feel, but flows through us. It connects us. This is the same with Jesus. You cannot see or feel him, but he connects us with God.

Put the ropes back in the box, tie them on the top to the energy stick, pull the ropes and they are back together again. Amazing!

Deans Box1

Make sure your two volunteers get a big round of applause before they leave the stage.

Watch the demonstration video

You can see me doing a full demonstration of this story and magic trick in the video below.

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Scripture reference: Luke 15:11-32
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390. The wedding at Cana - the Surprising Dots magic trick

Be surprised to discover Jesus' real first miracle!

OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates in the video below how you can tell the Bible story of the wedding at Cana while using the Surprising Dots magic trick. This is a fun, and relatively easy trick to do. You don't have to be a magician to use this trick and tell this powerful story. You can buy the trick online here or here
 

Dawn Getley and the story of Jesus turning the water into wines using the Surprising Dots magic trick

Scripture reference

John 2: 1-11

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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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388. Preach the Gospel with the Magic Arrow Board


How can we communicate the Gospel to children and adults in such a way that it will help them understand?

OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates in the video below how you can explain the Gospel using the Magic Arrow Board.

In the video underneath we will teach you how you can do this trick within ten minutes and create something that the children and adults won't forget soon. 

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In the video below we will teach you how you can do this trick yourself. Trust us, it really is very easy!

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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

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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

370. Walking humbly with God - what do I do when I’m walking? (6)


What do you do when you walk?

This is a series of ideas based around Micah 6: 8….. ‘He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.’

In this idea we’re looking at walking with God. What do you do when you walk?

children walking micah 6 8 walking humbly with God

Setting:

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369. Walking humbly with God - you can not lose God (5)


Who dares to walk over the rope? 

This is a series of ideas based around Micah 6: 8….. ‘He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.’

This idea is based around the theme ‘walking with a God you who you can’t see’. What’s it like, to walk with God and not be able to see Him? How do you know you won’t lose each other?

What do you need:

- rope
- blindfolds

child walks with rope micah waling humbly with god

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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368. Walking humbly with God - walking with a God you can’t see (4)


What’s it like, to walk with God and not be able to see Him? How do you know you won’t lose each other?

This is a series of ideas based around Micah 6: 8….. ‘He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.’

This idea is based around the theme ‘walking with a God you who you can’t see’. 

What do you need:

- Blindfolds

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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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367. Walking humbly with God - the ‘walking humbly’ shoe fashion show (3)


Who says thinking about humility and having fun can not go together? 

This is a series of ideas based around Micah 6:8 "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

What do you need:

Lots of different, funny, silly shoes that the children can show on the ‘catwalk’.

shoe show

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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365. Walking humbly with God - is it possible to walk humbly? (1)


A great object lesson for your kid's time...

This is a series of ideas based around Micah 6:8 "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

But is this possible? Can one walk humbly with God, or do these two things clash?

micah 6 verse 8 sign that says humble

What do you need:

- a large glass bottle with a lid
- water
- oil
- edible food dye
- washing up liquid
- dirty plates
- a rubbish bin

Setting:

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

Acitivity:

To ‘walk with God’ speaks of intimacy, friendship, knowing and being known.

Action: Pour some red water (water with a few drops of red food colouring) into a large glass bottle.

Humility speaks of honour and respect and knowing what your position is in the relationship.

Action: Pour some oil onto the red water in the bottle.

To walk humbly with God therefore suggests a reverent friendship with God. Not a reverence from a safe distance (‘You are very far away, and I honour you at a safe distance’) so that it becomes far removed from us. Also not an over-familiarity (‘Oh, God and I are best friends’). No, it’s the combination of friendship and reverence woven together.

Friendship and reverence woven together. Is that possible?

Action: Screw the lid on the bottle and shake it well. To start with it will seem as if the oil and water are mixed together, but if you wait a bit, you’ll see that they separate out again.

Looking at the bottle it would seem that the two things don’t go together at all – walking humbly with God – both in friendship and with reverence. Are we missing something? Perhaps we’re not reading the text properly. Let’s look it up – it’s in Micah 6:8

‘He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?’ English standard version.

Hey, that’s interesting! God wants us to walk with him humbly as His friend. He also wants us to seek justice for others and love kindness, being faithful to Him, to others and to ourselves.

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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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359. A Narnia story about Aslan defeating the White Witch


Aslan is not safe! He is a lion. But he is GOOD!

Mr. & Mrs. Beaver told the children all about this person here (remove the Lamp post card, and reveal the lion)  Who was it? ASLAN. 

The children asked “Is he safe?” “No of course he's not safe – he's a lion!  But he is GOOD.” Then as they began to make their escape, something amazing began to happen – what was it?  SPRING had started to arrive. “ASLAN is on the move!” called the animals. Eventually, he rescued Edmund – but the White Witch recalled a law which meant she had the right to take his life. Aslan had to talk to her alone. 

Narnia

Lucy and Susan saw him walking sad and lonely away from the camp, and went with him. He let them hold him, and keep him company. Then he made them hide. They couldn't believe their eyes when they saw him allow himself to be bound and shorn and laid on the stone table, and they couldn't bear to look as the White Witch raised her dagger....  she killed him. Lucy and Susan were desperately sad.  Then they saw the little mice begin to nibble away the ropes. Sadly they began to walk away – and there was a terrific CRACK – they looked back – and what had happened?  

Yes! Aslan had come alive!  He was there, strong and well and his mane had grown again – the stone table had cracked in two - and they were full of joy! The White Witch was beaten – there was a deeper law.   

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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)

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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)

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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)

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