Daily Tip - Creation: 07. Let there be light


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# Object lesson on creation

Bible verse:

Genesis 1: 3 “And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light." - NIV 

Let there be light.

Bring a beautiful or bright lamp and turn it on.

When God begins to create, he will first create light. As human beings, we cannot do without light. There are parts of the world, in the far north, where there is very little light in the winter. Some people find this very difficult. Some people move to the south in order to have enough light. Light is so important...

And God knows that. That is why God starts with light. Now there is something to see. Now he can continue to create.

 

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Scripture reference: Genesis 1:1
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Object lesson - Zacchaeus: 'Imagine it together...'


A fun way to dramatize Zacchaeus' story...

Tell the story of Zacchaeus, while you act it out with the children. In this way you can bring the story of Zacchaeus to life!

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Bible story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10. 

This idea 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.

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Daily Tip - Creation: 06. God creates through speech


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# Object lesson on creation

Bible verse:

Genesis 1: 3 “And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light." - NIV 

God creates with His voice.

God speaks and it is there. This is something we humans can't do or can we?

Q: What can we as humans create with our voice and by speaking?

For example, a nice or a nasty atmosphere.

How could you create a nasty atmosphere with your voice? And how to create a nice atmosphere?

Let the children try this.

With our words we can also create or destroy something with the other person. With a compliment you build someone up and with a bad remark or a swear word you break someone down.

Actually, we are much more powerful than we think...

 

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Scripture reference: Genesis 1:1
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Daily Tip - Creation: 05. The Spirit of God was hovering


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# Object lesson on creation

Bible verse:

Genesis 1: 2 “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters." - NIV 

The Spirit of God was hovering

Have a hairdryer and a table tennis ball. Try this at home first. :-)

Place the table tennis ball on the hairdryer and turn on the hairdryer. If all goes well, the ball will continue to float above the hairdryer.

Personally, I like this image of the Spirit of God hovering over the waters in Genesis 1:2.

 

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Object lesson - Zacchaeus: 'Tell the story with eight sweets'


Sweets to tell the story of Zacchaeus??

A fun idea in which you use eight different kind of sweets to tell the Bible story of Zacchaeus. Afterwards you can let the children tell the story to each using these sweets.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Bible story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10. 

This idea 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.

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What do you need (per child):

- plate
- sachet
- two pieces of dark chocolate
- a piece of milk chocolate
- a liquorice coin (or other edible coin)
- a heart shaped sweet
- a cherry sweet
- a licorice lace
- a marshmallow
- a piece of white chocolate

Preparation:

Lay out the sweets on eight different plates.

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Daily Tip - Creation: 04. Formless and empty


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# Object lesson on creation

Bible verse:

Genesis 1: 2 “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters." - NIV 

Formless and empty

At the very beginning, before God begins to create, heaven and earth were formless and empty.

Take an empty canvas and wrap it in brown wrapping paper, but in such a way that you can't see that it contains a canvas. Play with the shape of the package by wrapping newspaper around it.

Now you have a package that looks a bit shapeless. Let a child open the package. Take out the empty canvas.

Q: What is the advantage of an empty canvas?
A: You can still paint anything on it.

Tell the children that at the very beginning heaven and earth were like an empty canvas, if God could start painting on it.

Q: What would He paint first, do you think?

 

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Scripture reference: Genesis 1:1
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Daily Tip - Creation: 03. A creating God


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# Object lesson on creation

Bible verse:

Genesis 1: 1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

God created...

This tip will help you take a look at what "God as Creator" means with the children in your Sunday school, children's ministry, kidmin or in the classroom.

The very first thing we ever hear about God in the Bible is that He makes things. God is a Maker. That means that He finds new things important and that He is creative.

As a creator, it is also important to look ahead and be able to see in your imagination what you are going to make.

Show the children something you made yourself. This can be a drawing, a sweater, an embroidery or even cookies or a cake. Also bring the ingredients you need to make this.

Show the kids the difference between the ingredients and the finished product.
Tell them how you already had in mind what it would look like.

Q: Could God also have had in mind what everything would look like?

 

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Scripture reference: Genesis 1:1
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Experiment - Zacchaeus: 'See the difference'


Your sins are really forgiven

Below you will find a demonstration video, in which Matthijs demonstrates an experiment that is both very simple and spectacular. Using iodine, starch and sodium thiosulphate, he shows how you can easily illustrate the story of the conversion of Zacchaeus yourself.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Bible story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10. 

This idea 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.

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What do you need:

- vases and glasses
- iodine
- ironing spray
- sodium thiosulphate

If you click on the following links, iodineironing spray, and sodium thiosulfate, you will automatically be linked to a site where you can order these products. 

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Daily Tip - Creation: 02. GOD?!


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# Object lesson on creation

Bible verse:

Genesis 1: 1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

God?!

What words do children in your Sunday school, children's service, children's work or in the classroom associate with the concept of God? 

The fourth word in the Bible is the word 'God'. When you read the Bible for the first time, you have no idea what this word means. We don't know anything about God here yet.

But fortunately we are thousands of years further and we are no longer at the beginning. All children in our Sunday school class also know something about God.

Take a stack of A4 papers and pens.

Write the word 'GOD' on an A4 paper. Put it on the floor in the middle of the room. Ask children to think of as many things about God as possible. Write each word or understanding on a new A4 paper and put it around the word 'GOD'.

How many things do we know about God?

 

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Daily Tip - Creation: 01. In the beginning...


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# Object lesson on creation

Bible verse:

Genesis 1: 1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

In the beginning...

How do you explain to the children in your Sunday school, children's service, children's work or in the classroom what 'in the beginning' means?

You could start by asking about their earliest memories. What is the first thing they can remember? That is the beginning for them.

Then take a ball of wool and roll it off slowly. Place the children's memories on the first five centimetres of the ball of wool.

Ask the children what they know about history. As you roll off the ball of wool, you slowly talk through the history of mankind. At the end you come to the beginning. The beginning of the ball of wool, but also at the beginning of creation.

Tell the children that the Bible starts at the very beginning.

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YouTube video - Zacchaeus: ‘Red's Angry Story'


Use this secular YouTube video to hold a creative discussion with the children about the Bible story of Zacchaeus

Why is Red always so angry? In this short film you can see a number of situations in Red's life. He was bullied because of his eyebrows and he was a foundling while he was still in his egg. Do you think there is a connection with Zacchaeus?

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Bible story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10. 

This idea 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.

 

The Easter surprise use this YouTube video to reflect on the resurrection of Jesus for Sunday school lessons childrens ministry youth ministry kidmin and VBS 

Why is this film applicable to the story of the resurrection? 

Both Red and Zacchaeus don't really fit in the group. Red's defense mechanism is that he always reacts angrily and sullenly and keeps other birds at a distance. Zacchaeus has become wealthy at the expense of other people. Jesus does not allow himself to be chased away by Zacchaeus, but instead breaks through his wall. This changes him.

Important questions:

It’s important to always watch the film yourself beforehand and to ask yourself:
- do I want to show this to the children?
- does this film work in the context and age-range of the children I am working with?

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Storytelling tips - Zacchaeus: 'Five great tips'


Five great tips to help you tell the story of Zacchaeus the tax collector

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Bible story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10. 

This idea 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.

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Five tips:

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