Object lesson - Abram and a pregnant Hagar - Which name of God do you like?


A powerful object lesson on the different Hebrew names of God in the Bible

Hagar discovers two beautiful names of God in this Bible story. He is El Roi, or the God Who sees me. And God is Ishmael, or the God Who listens to me. What other names of God do you know? What names of God do you like?

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What you need:

- worksheet with twenty Old Testament names of God on thick paper - download here
- scissors

What do you do: 

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Experiment - The (un)boiled egg twist - Perservering in our faith - FREE


A fun and easy experiment in which we discover that a boiled egg spins harder and longer than an unboiled egg

Take an uncooked egg and a boiled egg. You let both eggs rotate. Which one spins the hardest and the longest? And why? 

Discover the answer in the video below...

 

How does it work?

The boiled egg is solid and therefore spins more powerfully and for longer. The egg has changed inside and has gained an internal strength with which it can continue.

This is actually a very quick link to the work of the Holy Spirit, who changes us from the inside and gives us the strength to persevere / persist in our faith. Even when it is difficult and things are tough for us...

 

 

Experiment - Instant Ice - Different Biblical Themes


An easy to do experiment that turns water into instant ice

You take a bottle of water and put it in the freezer for two hours. After two hours you take it out and carefully pour it into a glass. If you add an ice cube, it will immediately turn into ice. Don't you believe it?

Just watch the video below...

But what can you do with this in your Christian children's work, in church or in the classroom?

Themes:

You can use it for example with:

- the Bible story of the Pharaoh in Egypt
- the story of the mustard seed
- the example of sin / Adam and Eve
- the Bible story of Jesus changing water into wine
- the Bible story of the storm on the lake
- the Bible story of Jesus walking on water
- growing in our faith
- Jesus as our foundation.

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Experiment - Abram and a pregnant Hagar - A rainbow of God's names


An easy to do experiment on the Bible story of Hagar who runs away from Sarai

Hagar discovers two beautiful names of God in this Bible story. He is El Roi, or the God Who sees me. And God is Ishmael, or the God Who listens to me. In the Old Testament we can discover many other names of God just like Hagar. Each name says something beautiful about who God is. The names of God are actually like a rainbow. Each name has its own colours and together they form a very beautiful picture of our God.

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What do you need:

- seven plastic cups
- kitchen paper
- food colouring in the colours blue, yellow and red

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YouTube video - Abram and a pregnant Hagar - The Wishgranter


Use this secular YouTube video to hold a creative discussion on Hagar running away from Sarai

With the help of a secular YouTube video and creative activities we encourage the children to think about today's Bible story.

Under a wishing fountain lives a little man who, through a computer makes wishes come true when people throw money into the fountain. One day, things go wrong and two coins get stuck. The man has to do his utmost to grant the wishes after all.

Johnny Express

Why does this film fit in with today's Bible story?

Hagar discovers that God is someone who sees you and listens to you. But how does that work? In today's funny movie there is a little man who grants wishes through a computer. God, however, works very differently. But how does that work - praying?

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?

If you choose to show this YouTube video, we suggest you use the following steps:

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Icebreaker - Abram and a pregnant Hagar - You are... uh!?


A fun icebreaker on the Bible story of Hagar who runs away from Sarai

A short introduction to the Bible story, in which the children will learn something about the Bible story and which will leave them wanting to know more. 

In our story today, good and bad things come very close together. Sarai can no longer discover a good thing about Hagar and only sees the bad things she does or does not do. Hagar discovers two very good things about God. Good and bad - it is very close together!

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Object lesson - Abram and a pregnant Hagar - I spy with my little eye


A fun children's moment on the Bible story of Hagar who runs away from Sarai

A short introduction to the Bible story, in which the children will learn something about the Bible story and which will leave them wanting to know more.

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What you need:

- a magnifying glass or a microscope  

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Drop-in activity - Abram and a pregnant Hagar - Tag - FREE


Ideas that children can do before the programme starts. Suitable for children's work, where children gradually drop in.

Today we are going to hear a story about Hagar who runs away from Sarai, because Sarai makes her life difficult. She runs away, but is seen and 'tagged' by God. He has an assignment for her: go back to Abram and Sarai. But fortunately He also has a promise for her: many descendants and a powerful son whom she may call Ishmael - God who listens.

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Do:
Play tag with the children who come in. One of the leaders is 'it'. When everyone is tagged, one of the children can be 'it'.

When everyone is tagged and has caught their breath a bit, tell them something about today's Bible story.

Tell:
Today we are going to hear a story about Hagar who runs away from Sarai, because Sarai makes her life difficult. She runs away, but is seen and 'tagged' by God. He has an task for her to do: to go back to Abram and Sarai. But fortunately He also has a promise for her: She will have many descendants and a powerful son whom she may call Ishmael, which meand 'God who listens' .

Magic Trick - Halloween - FREE


Three magic tricks to be used around Halloween

Rick Lenski has created a small PDF booklet with three magic tricks that you can use around the theme of Halloween. Two of the tricks are based on the "Skeleton in the closet" magic trick. If you want to get to know this trick, watch this YouTube video. This trick is not easy to find online. (This website sells them - October 2021)

Three magic tricks on Halloween

You can download the PDF with the three Halloween ideas here:


Magic tricks around Halloween.pdf

 

Crafts idea - Abram counts the stars - What do you say?


A fun crafts idea about the Bible story of Abram counting the stars

God tells Abram in a dream that although he is an old man already, he is going to have a child, out of whom will come a very great nation. Abram listens to God and he believes God and God is very happy with him.

Today we're going to make big ears that we'll tape onto a hair band. They look really funny. In the meantime we can talk to each other about the importance of listening to God and to each other.

What do you say crafts idea on abram counting the stars sunday school bible lesson kidmin

What do you need:

- strip with two ears printed on firm paper that you can download here
- cheap plastic hair bands
- tape
- colouring pencils / felt-tip pens
- scissors

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Prayer idea - Abram counts the stars - Prayer Stars


A creative prayer idea on the Bible story of Abram counting the stars at night

God promises Abram that He will give him as many descendants as there are stars in the sky. What would be the most wonderful thing God could promise to you?

When can you trust someone easy to do object lesson on abram counting the stars sunday school bible lesson 

What you need:

- a picture of the two stars that you can download here
- pens
- scissors
- stapler

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Object lesson - Abram counts the stars - When can you trust someone?


An easy to do object lesson on the Bible story of Abram counting the stars at night

Abram has to trust God again. That is quite difficult. First he had walked seven hundred kilometres to a new land. Now he has to trust God to give him a child. How does Abram know that he can really trust God? When is someone to be trusted anyway?

When can you trust someone easy to do object lesson on abram counting the stars sunday school bible lesson 

What you need:

- four words that you can download here

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