439. Tell Bible stories with the National Flag illussion

Take your audience around the world with this self working National Flag card trick.

This is a brilliant object lesson / gospel illusion. Ideal for school assemblies - with the opportunity to share facts about different countries - teachers love that!

Perfect for services - the chosen flag leads you seamlessly into dozens of different stories from the Bible.

And best of all the deck does all the work for you - leaving you to focus on your presentation and message. 

A great new productt from my friends at Mission Magic. . 

 

424. Do you already own a Super Story Stick?


A wooden wonder to wow and win over audiences!

You show the children a long wooden stick, jointed at three points. This seemingly simple prop is used to tell many different stories, as the stick is formed into a wide range of clear, recognisable shapes. The pace picks up, as your switch effortlessly from shape to shape – telling entertaining stories, with memorable Gospel messages!

Children in particular respond well to visual aids, and the Story Stick allows you to bring any story to life – using either the x3 included routines OR making up your own stories and shapes!

A great new product from my friends at Mission Magic

 

213. The call of Abram (26) - Writing in Abram’s diary


A new way of helping children in your Sunday school group become familiair with Bible stories

One of the ways to help children make the story become more familiar to them, is to let them write the story as an entry in a diary. We will explain below…

Age:

Children from 9-12 years of age.

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Bible verses:

“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. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.

Abram travelled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.“

Genesis 12: 1 - 7

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's work, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches 

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211. The call of Abram (24) - Change the story into a short play

Introduction:
As you read the story to the children, or even better, as you tell the story to the children, you can have the children act the story out:

Scene 1: Abram is in Haran and hears God’s voice (two children)
Scene 2: Abram convinces Sara and Lot (three children)
Scene 3: Abram travels with his family, his servants and slaves and all his animals to the promised land. (all the children)
Scene 4: Abram ‘sees’ God in Canaan and builds an altar (2 children)

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Clothes for the ‘actors’:
You can use cheap pieces of cloth. If you cut a big hole in the middle of a rectangular piece of material, the children can put their heads though the holes and wear them.

Important questions:
Ask the ‘actors’ and the children that are watching some of the following questions before, during or after the different scenes.

You will find twenty five questions to choose from below….

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132. Tell the story of Noah using a storybag - Gospel Magic

Introduction:
Do you know what a storybag is?

It is a brightly coloured cloth bag that is used as a visual aid as you tell a Bible story. It is turned inside out to reveal a different coloured interior. As the story unfolds the bag is turned inside out again and again to reveal different colours corresponding to the story. The final colour has a zipped pocket from which small objects can be produced.

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You can buy all kinds of different quality storybags, for example at One Way UK and at Storybag.co.uk

Belov we show you a beautifully made storybag that you can use for the story of Noah.

Themes:
The story of Noah, God's promises, the rainbow, Jesis as the ultimate solution for the problem of sin

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131. Tell a Bible story using a storybag - Gospel Magic

Introduction:
Do you know what a storybag is?

It is a brightly coloured cloth bag that is used as a visual aid as you tell a Bible story. It is turned inside out to reveal a different coloured interior. As the story unfolds the bag is turned inside out again and again to reveal different colours corresponding to the story. The final colour has a zipped pocket from which small objects can be produced.

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You can buy all kinds of different quality storybags, for example at One Way UK and at Storybag.co.uk

At Storybag.co.uk they have storybags for:

Easter - The bag ends with 'He has risen'
All things Bright and beautiful - This bag ends with the fruit at harvest time
Joseph - The bag ends with the fulfilment of Joseph's Dream
Moses - The bag ends with the crossing of the red sea
Prodigal Son - This bag ends with The prodigal Return
Noah - The bag ends with the rainbow as a sign of the covenant between God and man.
Psalms 23 - Dwelling in the Lord's house
Gospel - This bag ends with assurance of forgiveness
Fish - The bag ends with the large catch of fish.
Creation - The bag ends on the seventh day God rested from all of his work.
Christmas - A visit to Bethlehem.
A visit to the Zoo - Learning about Animals.

Below you can see a video made by Storybag.co.uk that demonstrates how the Christmas storybag works.



108. The transformation story of the prodigal son

Introduction:
Using a 'frog turning into a prince' puppet you can tell many different transformation stories in the Bible. Stories such as:

The transformation story of Zacchaeus who becomes a son of Abraham
The transformation story of Saul changing into Paul
The transformation story of the prodigal son
The transformation story of Mephibosheth

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Themes:
Repentance, transformation, being born again, discovering your identity in Christ, being the sons and daughters of God

Puppets:
In idea 105 we show you were you can buy your own 'frog turning into a prince' puppet.

Video:
In the video below we will show you how you can tell the story of the prodigal son and focus on the three presents he receives from his father: a ring, shoes and a cloak.

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105. Telling transformation Bible stories with frog puppets that turn into princes

Introduction: 
When walking through Ikea I came across this frog puppet. I think they sell them throughout the world. It is a frog puppet that can turn into a prince puppet. This made me think...

What a great example of how people can change through God's love and God's power! As I was looking at these hundreds of puppets quite a few transformation stories came to my mind, such as:

The transformation story of Zacchaeus who becomes a son of Abraham
The transformation story of Saul changing into Paul
The transformation story of the prodigal son
The transformation story of Mephibosheth

Of course you can use any transformation story, such as the story of the blind beggar Bartimeus or the story of Peter the disciple.

Themes:
Repentance, transformation, being born again, discovering your identity in Christ, being the sons and daughters of God

Puppets:
I discovered that there are two different versions of the frog changing into a prince puppet.
The more expensive one is about 35 dollars and can be bought through Amazon.com

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The cheaper version can be bought through the website or the shop of Ikea and costs about 10 dollars.

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Watch the demonstration video
In the video below we will show you how the puppets work. In the following four ideas we will show you how you can tell certain Bible stories with these puppets.

100. The Bible Story Cards - let them tell the Bible story

Introductions:
How do you tell a Bible story to a group of children or teenagers for whom the story is so well known that they can probably tell it better than you? :-)

That is a tricky question!

At the same time the answer is very, very simple: ‘You don’t tell the Bible story.’

What!? You don’t tell the story?

No, you let them tell it to each other in such a way that it is fun, everyone participates, and the only thing you have to do is to ask good questions and share your own story.

There are three very simple, but effective ways of encouraging children and teenagers to share their insights into a Bible story:

Idea 98. The Junk Drawer
Idea 99. The Picture Cards
Idea 100. The Bible Story Cards
Idea 244. The Bible Passage Cards

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Below we look at the ‘Bible study cards’ method.

The ‘Bible study cards’ method
It is so easy to keep telling Bible stories to children and teenagers, but there comes a point at which it is more important to help them learn from the Bible themselves. Telling stories is good. Teaching children and teenagers (and adults) to read and learn from the Bible themselves is better.

To help us do this we have developed ten questions that you can ask yourself when you read a story in the Bible. These ten questions are specifically focused on the four gospels. When we used these cards we were doing weekly Bible studies with a group of teenagers from troubled backgrounds. Some of them would and did end up in prison. We wanted them to know a few questions for if they ever found themselves with a Gideon Bible in a prison cell. So we took half a year to go through the gospel of Mark. Each week we gave them all a piece of paper with a short passage from Mark. Then they would pick one of the ten Bible study cards (without looking at it first) and that would be their question about the passage that we were going to look at.

The ten questions on the ten cards are:

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99. The Picture Cards - let them tell the Bible story

Introductions:
How do you tell a Bible story to a group of children or teenagers for whom the story is so well known that they can probably tell it better than you? :-)

That is a tricky question!

At the same time the answer is very, very simple: ‘You don’t tell the Bible story.’

What!? You don’t tell the story?

No, you let them tell it to each other in such a way that it is fun, everyone participates and the only thing you have to do, is ask good questions and share your own story.

There are three very simple, but effective ways how you can encourage children and teenagers to share their insights into a Bible story:

Idea 98. The Junk Drawer
Idea 99. The Picture Cards
Idea 100. The Bible Story Cards
Idea 244. The Bible Passage Cards

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Below we look at the ‘picture cards’ method.

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98. The Junk Drawer - let them tell the Bible story

Introductions:
How do you tell a Bible story to a group of children or teenagers for whom the story is so well known that they can probably tell it better than you? :-)

That is a tricky question!

At the same time the answer is very, very simple: ‘You don’t tell the Bible story.’

What!? You don’t tell the story?

No, you let them tell it to each other in such a way that it is fun, everyone participates and the only thing you have to do, is ask good questions and share your own story.

There are three very simple, but effective ways of encouraging children and teenagers to share their insights into a Bible story:

Idea 98. The Junk Drawer
Idea 99. The Picture Cards
Idea 100. The Bible Story Cards
Idea 244. The Bible Passage Cards

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Below we look at the ‘junk drawer’ method.

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93. How to connect your story with the Bible story and the lives of the children (Storytelling 4)

Introduction:
You can use the following exercise to help the children’s workers connect their own faith story with the Bible story that they are going to tell.

Themes:
Storytelling, Bible stories, training other children’s workers, finding teaching points

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Exercise:
Give each of the children’s workers a stapler and three strips of paper. Ask them to write “Bible story” on the first strip of paper, “My story” on the second strip of paper, “Child’s story” on the third strip of paper.

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92. Helping others to find the important teaching points in a Bible story (Storytelling 3)

Introduction:
You can use the following exercise to help children’s workers discover the most important teaching points in a Bible story.

Themes:
Storytelling, Bible stories, training other children’s workers, finding teaching points

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Exercise:
Once we have experienced the story, that is to say used our imagination to “smell, feel, hear and see” the Bible story, it is time to start searching for the teaching points within the story.

Looking at the story of Jesus calming the storm, what can we teach children about: God, the Bible, themselves, others, the world around them?

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91. Good preparation leads to great storytelling - the seven steps of preparation (Storytelling 2)

Introduction:
You can use the following exercise to teach other children’s workers how they can prepare themselves to tell a new Bible story using the following seven steps. If you follow the seven steps you will experience the story first hand and you'll discover that the re-telling of the Bible story will be quite easy.

Themes:
Storytelling, Bible stories, seven steps of storytelling preperation, training other children’s workers

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Exercise:
Give all the children’s workers a hand-out of the Bible story in Mark 4: 35 - 41 

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Mark 4:35-41  New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Calms the Storm

35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

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The seven steps of preparation
Step 1
- Ask one of the children’s workers to read the passage out loud.

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90. Teaching other children’s workers how to be a storyteller of Bible stories (Storytelling 1)

Introduction:
You can use the following exercise to start a training session on how to be a Bible storyteller.

Themes:
Storytelling, Bible stories, training other children’s workers

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25. How to tell the story of God calling Abram

Introduction:
We have created a special Sunday school program around the story of God calling Abram. Here on the site you will find 27 different ideas that you can use to tell and teach this story to the children. But before we start, let’s have a look our first look at this wonderful story in the Bible.

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Preparation:
Read the following passage at least five times. Sometimes it helps to read the Bible passage aloud.

The Call of Abram – Genesis 12: 1 - 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. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.

Abram travelled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.”

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