393. The eyes of a child


A powerful, short video that you can watch with your children’s workers

Jesus tells his disciples that they have to be like a child to enter the kingdom of heaven. But does this mean? How child like do you have to become?

Watch the video below together.

Questions you can ask each other:

- What effect does this video have on you?
- How far would you go along with the children?
- Where are your boundaries?
- What do you think this video has to do with the Bible story below?

jesus blesses the children

Scripture reference:

Mark 10: 13-16

"And they were bringing children to him, so that He might touch them; the disciples rebuked them. But then Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, "Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them" 

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392. Surprised by the imagination of a child


Now that is a big fish!!

A child in Japan is told by his teacher to draw a picture. He can draw whatever he wants. But something seems to go wrong. He fills page after page with black lines. And it looks like he won't be stopping anytime soon...

His worried parents ask for professional help. What's going on? The end will surprise you...

Jona and the big fish

You can watch this video together with your children’s workers to think about how you can stimulate the children's imagination.

You can also watch this with the children aged 9-12, as an addition to your telling of the story of Jonah and the fish.

Scriptural reference:

Jonah 1: 17

Themes:

Children’s workers training, imagination, Jona and the big fish

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385. Learn how to paint the story of Zacchaeus on a sketchboard


Watch the video and learn how you can tell the story of Zacchaeus in the tree

We have asked OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley to make a demonstration video on how you can learn to work with a sketchboard. Here on the site you can find lots of sketchboard stories. But how do you paint a hll, a road, a giant tree and s crowd of people?

If you want to have more information on how to work with a sketchboard, see this link.

Dawn Getley demonstrates how to paint a road on a hill a crowd and a giant tree for the story of Zacchaeus on a sketchboard painting

You can learn to work with a sketchboard too:

Idea 379.   Learn how to paint ladder lettering 
Idea 380.   Learn how to paint partial lettering 
Idea 381.   Learn how to paint a border 
Idea 382.   Learn how to paint a general landscape
Idea 383.   Learn how to paint a seascape
Idea 384.   Learn how to paint a city and a night sky
Idea 385.   Learn how to paint the story of Zacchaeus

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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

384. Learn how to paint a city and a night sky on a sketchboard painting


Watch the video and learn how you can tell different Bible stories with a sketchboard

We have asked OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley to make a demonstration video on how you can learn to work with a sketchboard. Here on the site you can find lots of sketchboard stories. But how do you paint a city or a night sky? 

If you want to have more information on how to work with a sketchboard, see this link.

Dawn Getley demonstrates how to paint a city and a night sky on a sketchboard painting

You can learn to work with a sketchboard too:

Idea 379.   Learn how to paint ladder lettering 
Idea 380.   Learn how to paint partial lettering 
Idea 381.   Learn how to paint a border 
Idea 382.   Learn how to paint a general landscape
Idea 383.   Learn how to paint a seascape
Idea 384.   Learn how to paint a city and a night sky
Idea 385.   Learn how to paint the story of Zacchaeus

This demonstration video helps you to tell Bible stories in: 

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

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383. Learn how to paint a seascape on a sketchboard painting


Watch the video and learn how you can tell the different stories on and around the lake of Galilee

We have asked OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley to make a demonstration video on how you can learn to work with a sketchboard. Here on the site you can find lots of sketchboard stories. But how do you paint a seascape? With these skills you can tell the Bible story of Jesus calling his disciples, Jesus walking on the water, Jesus calming the storm, Jesus restoring Peter and many more...

If you want to have more information on how to work with a sketchboard, see this link.

Dawn Getley demonstrates how to paint a general landscape with a house in it on a sketch board painting

You can learn to work with a sketchboard too:

Idea 379.   Learn how to paint ladder lettering 
Idea 380.   Learn how to paint partial lettering 
Idea 381.   Learn how to paint a border 
Idea 382.   Learn how to paint a general landscape
Idea 383.   Learn how to paint a seascape
Idea 384.   Learn how to paint a city and a night sky
Idea 385.   Learn how to paint the story of Zacchaeus

This demonstration video helps you to tell Bible stories in: 

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

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382. Learn how to paint a general landscape on a sketchboard painting


Watch the video and learn how you can paint a general landscape with a house in it 

We have asked OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley to make a demonstration video on how you can learn to work with a sketchboard. Here on the site you can find lots of sketchboard stories. But how do you paint a general landscape?

If you want to have more information on how to work with a sketchboard, see this link.

Dawn Getley demonstrates how to paint a general landscape with a house in it on a sketchboard painting

You can learn to work with a sketchboard too:

Idea 379.   Learn how to paint ladder lettering 
Idea 380.   Learn how to paint partial lettering 
Idea 381.   Learn how to paint a border 
Idea 382.   Learn how to paint a general landscape
Idea 383.   Learn how to paint a seascape
Idea 384.   Learn how to paint a city and a night sky
Idea 385.   Learn how to paint the story of Zacchaeus

This demonstration video helps you to tell Bible stories in: 

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

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381. Learn how to paint a border on a sketchboard


Watch the video and learn how you can paint a border on a sketchboard

We have asked OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley to make a demonstration video on how you can learn to work with a sketchboard. Here on the site you can find lots of sketchboard stories. But how do you paint on such a big board?

If you want to have more information on how to work with a sketchboard, see this link.

Dawn Getley demonstrates how to paint partial lettering on a sketchboard painting

You can learn to work with a sketchboard too:

Idea 379.   Learn how to paint ladder lettering 
Idea 380.   Learn how to paint partial lettering 
Idea 381.   Learn how to paint a border 
Idea 382.   Learn how to paint a general landscape
Idea 383.   Learn how to paint a seascape
Idea 384.   Learn how to paint a city and a night sky
Idea 385.   Learn how to paint the story of Zacchaeus

This demonstration video helps you to tell Bible stories in: 

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

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380. Learn how to paint partial lettering on a sketchboard


Watch the video and learn how you can paint partial lettering on a sketchboard while telling a Bible story

We have asked OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley to make a demonstration video on how you can learn to work with a sketchboard. Here on the site you can find lots of sketchboard stories. But how do you paint these special letters?

If you want to have more information on how to work with a sketchboard, see this link.

Dawn Getley demonstrates how to paint partial lettering on a sketchboard painting

You can learn to work with a sketchboard too:

Idea 379.   Learn how to paint ladder lettering 
Idea 380.   Learn how to paint partial lettering 
Idea 381.   Learn how to paint a border 
Idea 382.   Learn how to paint a general landscape
Idea 383.   Learn how to paint a seascape
Idea 384.   Learn how to paint a city and a night sky
Idea 385.   Learn how to paint the story of Zacchaeus

This demonstration video helps you to tell Bible stories in: 

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

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379. Learn how to paint ladder lettering on a sketchboard


Watch the video and learn how you can paint ladder letters on a sketchboard while telling a Bible story

We have asked OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley to make a demonstration video on how you can learn to work with a sketchboard. Here on the site you can find lots of sketchboard stories. But how do you paint these special letters?

If you want to have more information on how to work with a sketchboard, see this link.

Dawn Getley demonstrates how to paint ladder letters on a sketchboard painting

You can learn to work with a sketchboard too:

Idea 379.   Learn how to paint ladder lettering 
Idea 380.   Learn how to paint partial lettering 
Idea 381.   Learn how to paint a border 
Idea 382.   Learn how to paint a general landscape
Idea 383.   Learn how to paint a seascape
Idea 384.   Learn how to paint a city and a night sky
Idea 385.   Learn how to paint the story of Zacchaeus

This demonstration video helps you to tell Bible stories in: 

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

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287. A different way of looking at your children's ministry - an object lesson

What do you see when you look at the children and the things going on in your Sunday school class?

Very often when I do a training for Christian children’s workers I show them some sums. Five of these sums are correct and one of the sums is wrong.

I then ask the children’s workers present if there is anything that they notice about these six sums. Almost always they’ll say: “One of them is incorrect.”

This is a way of looking at life that we notice the things that go wrong.

Another way of looking at these sums is to say: “Five of them are correct.”

how do we look at our childrens ministry

When we look at the children in our Sunday school class or within the children’s ministry what do we see? Do we see the things that go wrong and address these things? Or do we notice the things that go well and address these positive things?

In the video below I show the object lesson of the sums.

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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

stapler

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

teaching

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

story2

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

story1

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