Almost a hundred Christmas ideas for you!

Because Christmas is such a precious but busy time we are pleased to offer you almost one hundred Christmas ideas for your children's ministry, Sunday school, kids church, children's church and youthwork.

To make it easy for you we have made some selections... 

 

Three complete Advent lessons for you and your kids ministry

1. Three complete Advent lessons

Below you will find three complete Advent programs for your Sunday school.
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1. Zacharias meets Gabriel - a Sunday School lesson
We offer you ten creative ideas on the Bible story of Zacharias and the angel Gabriel in Luke 1: 5 - 25.

2. Mary meets Gabriel - a Sunday School lesson
We offer you nine creative ideas on the Bible story of Mary and the angel Gabriel in Luke 1: 26 - 38.

3. Mary meets Elisabeth - a Sunday School lesson
We offer you twelve creative ideas on the Bible story of Mary and Elisabeth in Luke 1: 39 - 56

 

 

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2. Discover 12 fun Christmas ideas

Here you'll find just twelve of our many Christmas ideas on the site.

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1. The Christmas show - an explanation of an hour long show that you can do!

kettle3This Christmas show is made up of a few puppet acts, five different object lessons, one quiz and fourteen different magic tricks!  To make it easy for you I have split the show into twenty small different parts with an instruction video for (almost) every part. With these ideas, the right magic tricks and a little bit of practice you can create a Christmas show of over an hour. But of course you can choose just one element or several elements and create a much shorter Christmas programme. The floor is all yours!

To learn more about this Christmas show, click on this link.


2. The Star of Bethlehem - a compass that points to Jesus

Looking at JesusIn Matthew 2 we read about the Magi who follow the Star of Bethlehem. Like a giant compass in the night sky it points to Jesus.  In the video in this idea I show an amazing and mind twisting exercise that you can do with children, teenagers and adults. This exercise is all about looking at Jesus and discovering what happens when we really focus on Him.

To learn more about this fun Christmas idea, click on this link.


3. A beautiful story involving the four candles of Peace, Trust, Love and Hope

image00You can use this idea in a Christmas service, in a school assembly or within your children’s ministry. For this story you need four big candles and four candle holders. I had everything in white, both the holders and the candles. Print out four cards with the words PEACE, TRUST, LOVE and HOPE on them. Make sure they are easily readable from a distance. Stick them onto the four candle holders.

If you want to discover more about this powerful Christmas idea, click on this link.


4. The Magi’s (a Christmas story)

magiThis is a great story about the journey of the three Magi from the East, which can either be told or enacted. It starts in Babel, the centre of all wise men. This story is not about any wise men though, it is about three very special wise men that knew a lot about astrology. They could link the placement and run of the starts in the sky with events happening in the world. This was something that the God of the Jews had forbidden. Quite ironic if you think about it…

You can download the complete script through this link 


5. A Christmas tree full of prayers

christmas tree prayerA creative prayer idea to motivate children and adults to pray using a Christmas theme. Usually the Christmas tree plays no role in the Christmas story, but we will use this tree 'to carry' our prayers.

To learn more about this creative prayer idea, click on this link.


6. Heaven invites you to a party! - a complete puppet script about the Christmas story.

HandpopWe have played this puppet script in both Dutch and Englsih junior schools and churches. It is about a boy who falls asleep and while dreaming becomes part of the Christmas Story. In his dream he discovers the real meaning of Christmas! You can use it also to explain the gospel to children.

You can download the complete puppet script through this link 


7. The painting of the son

sonA touching story that can be easily linked to the Christmas story - "Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings. The man who took the son gets everything!"

You can download the story through this link 


8. Joseph’s good example

Skewers Shish Kebab Barbecue Shish Kebab Skewer 60459This is a nice way for children and adults to respond to the good example that Joseph gave us. He was prepared to give up his own plans and to go God’s way. The only thing you need is some wooden skewers.

To learn more about this interactive idea, click on this link.


9. The Puzzle of Christmas - make your Christmas service unforgettable

Christmas Puzzle 5Are you looking for something visual to tell the Christmas story and maybe explain the gospel? Maybe you can use the (giant) Christmas Puzzle... It's made up of four pieces. No, that cann't be right. Now there is a big hole in the puzzle. We finish with the cross. When we place Jesus – the meaning of the Christmas story in the centre of Christmas, the puzzle is complete

To learn more about this powerful Christmas idea, click on this link.


10. You can smell God's love, just put your nose near this box

smellyboxGod's love becomes visible through the smell of the stable. You can tell children about God's love, but is it also possible to let the children smell God's love? We cannot recreate the stable and go there, but if you close your eyes, and open this box, the smell in the box might bring us a bit closer to the stable.

Discover this fun object lesson that you can easily use for Christmas.


11. Tell the Christmas story in a new way using a very easy magic trick

arrow boardWhat is the big story behind Christmas? Why did Jesus come? How do you explain this to children and adults in a Christmas service or in school assembly? You know, you can do this very easily with the Arrow Board magic trick. It is a board with two arrows. It looks spectacular, but is very easy to do. You can make such a board with some paint or some tape

If you want to discover more about this easy to do magic trick, click on this link.


12. Your place in the stable

stableThis is a simple way to take people into the stable where Jesus was born. Using clay, children and adults can place themselves somewhere in the stable. Where are they in relation to Jesus?

To learn more about this interactive idea, click on this link.


Of course these are just a few of wonderful Christmas ideas on Creative Kidswork. 
You can find all our Christmas ideas here on the site.

 

 

582. Zacharias meets Gabriel - a Sunday School lesson


Discover this Advent Sunday school lesson on Zacharias who meets the angel Gabriel

We offer you ten creative ideas that you can use in your Sunday school, kids ministry, children's church or youth work on the Bible story of Zacharias and the angel Gabriel in Luke 1: 5 - 25.

Zacharias meets the angel Gabriel a complete Sunday school lesson with ten creative ideas

The Sunday School lesson consist fo the following ideas:

Idea 572:   Discarded or valuable?

Idea 573:   What number did you throw? - a Bible game / Icebreaker

Idea 574:   YouTube video and discussion – One Dayne Day

Idea 575:   Experiment – The Impossible Sumhe Impossible Sum

Idea 576:   No nice gift for Zacharias? - a creative activity

Idea 577:   Who is the angel Gabriel? - a creative activity

Idea 578:   Who can you trust? - a creative activity

Idea 579:   What did you say? - a Bible game

Idea 580:   I think God is really special, because... - a Bible game

Idea 581:   Keep that straw under your nose! - a fun Bible game

 

580. I think God is really special because... - a fun Bible game


Use this fun game to teach about the story of the priest Zacharias meeting the angel Gabriel

Elisabeth had been given the cold shoulder for years because she was unable to have children. People thought that she wasn’t worth anything anymore. But she is so thankful! ‘The Lord has helped me to become pregnant. He is so good to me.’

Elisabeth thought that God was really special because he had helped her to become pregnant even when she was old. Why do you think God is really special?

I think God is really special because a fun game about the Bible story of Zacharias meeting the angel Gabriel in the temple

 

What do you need:

- A4 paper
- pens
- music

What to do:

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579. What did you say? - a fun Bible game


Use this fun game to teach about the story of the priest Zacharias meeting the angel Gabriel

Zacharias is unable to speak, at least for the next few months. How is he going to communicate and let people know what he means?

What did you say a fun game about the Bible story of Zacharias meeting the angel Gabriel in the temple

 

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578. Who can you trust? - a creative activity


Use this creative activity to teach about the story of the priest Zacharias meeting the angel Gabriel

Zacharias is in the temple. Suddenly the angel Gabriel appears and tells him that he and his wife are going to have a baby. But wait a minute! That’s not possible! They’re both much too old! Can we trust what the angel Gabriel says?

Who can you trust a creative activity about the Bible story of Zacharias meeting the angel Gabriel in the tempel


What do you need: 

- an bottle of medicine or a pot of pills

What to do:

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577. Who is the angel Gabriel? - a creative activity


Use this creative activity to teach about the story of the priest Zacharias meeting the angel Gabriel

In the temple in Jerualem Zacharias is visited by the angel Gabriel. But who is he?

Who is the angel Gabriel a creative activity about the Bible story of Zacharias meeting the angel Gabriel in the tempel


What do you need: 

- worksheet with the various illustrations of angels - download here: Angels-worksheet.pdf
- pens

What to do:

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576. No nice gift for Zacharias? - a creative activity


Use this creative activity to teach about the story of the priest Zacharias meeting the angel Gabriel

Zacharias and his wife Elisabeth had prayed for a son. But nothing happened and now it’s too late. Now they’re too old to have children.

No nice gift for Zacharias a creative activity about the Bible story of Zacharias meeting the angel Gabriel in the tempel

 

What do you need: 

- a beautifully wrapped present

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575. The Impossible Sum - a fun science experiment


You can use this as a fun science experiment about the story of the priest Zacharias meeting the angel Gabriel in the temple

Zacharias has added everything up, and he knows – he is too old to have a baby. But the angel has good news for him. God has heard his prayer, and even though he and his wife are very old, it’s going to happen! Zacharias can’t believe it. 

Can you believe it when you add it all up?

The Impossible Sum A cool science experiment about the Bible story of Zacharias in the temple


What do you do: 

Zacharias has added everything up, and he knows – he is too old to have a baby. But the angel has good news for him. God has heard his prayer, and even though he and his wife are very old, it’s going to happen!
Zacharias can’t believe it.
Can you believe it when you add it all up?

What do you need: 

- an empty A4 to cover the numbers up.
- a worksheet with The Impossible Sum that you can download here:

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574. YouTube video and discussion – One Day


Using this secular YouTube film you can talk with the children about losing hope and go deeper into the meaning of the Bible story of Zacharias meeting the angel Gabriel

An old man lives a lonely life. Sitting on a park bench he thinks back on his youth and his wife. He ends the day watching television. He wants to tell his wife something but realises she isn’t there any more. Sadly he strokes the arm of her chair.

One Day use this secular YouTube video in your kids ministry to talk about the Bible story of Zacharias meeting Gabriel creative Kidswork

Why does this film go with today’s Bible story?

This film is about sadness, loneliness and lost hope. The man in the video has lost his wife. Zacharias is also a very old man who has lost his dream. He’ll never have a son, the son for which he has waited so long and prayed so hard. Or will he? Is there still hope? But surely that’s not possible?

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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573. What number did you throw?


You can use this as a fun Bible game about the story of the priest Zacharias meeting the angel Gabriel in the temple

What number did you throw a fun Bible game about the story of the priest Zacharias meeting the angel Gabriel in the temple in Jerusalem

What do you need: 

- A big dice
- An A4 with the name ‘Zacharias’ on it.

What do you do: 

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572. Discarded or valuable?


You can use this as a children’s moment or an introduction to the story of the priest Zacharias meeting the angel Gabriel in the temple

Discarded or valuable a childrens moment about the Bible story of the priest Zacharias meeting the angel Gabriel in the temple in Jerusalem

What do you need: 

- An old fashioned rotary telephone
- A modern mobile Phone

What do you do: 

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571. Mary meets Gabriel - a Sunday School lesson


Discover this Advent lesson on Mary who meets the angel Gabriel

We offer you nine creative ideas that you can use in your Sunday school, kids ministry, children's church or youth work on the Bible story of Mary and the angel Gabriel in Luke 1: 26 - 38.

Mary meets the angel Gabriel a complete Sunday School lesson with 9 creative ideas

The Sunday School lesson consist fo the following ideas:

Idea 562:   A beautiful princess or just an ordinary girl?

Idea 563:   Icebreaker – the king that loves marshmallows!

Idea 564:   YouTube video and discussion – Eggs change

Idea 565:   Experiment – an Explosive Message

Idea 566:   Your Majesty - a creative activity

Idea 567:   His Name is Jesus! - a creative activity

Idea 568:   God looks at things differently to us - a creative activity

Idea 569:   The King / Queen says... - a Bible game

Idea 570:   Which animal is the most powerful? - a Bible game

 

570. Which animal is the most powerful? - a Bible game


A fun game about the Bible story of Mary's meeting with the angel Gabriel

In our story today the angel Gabriel tells Mary that Jesus will be the King of Israel and that there will be no end to his kingdom. If someone has a kingdom then they must be pretty powerful, right? This game is about being powerful. What is that, do you think?

Which animal is the most powerful

 

What do you need:

- paper and pens

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569. The King / Queen says... - a Bible game


A fun game about the Bible story of Mary's meeting with the angel Gabriel

In our story today the angel Gabriel tells Mary that Jesus will be the King of Israel and that there will be no end to his reign.

What does a king do? Is it easy or hard to obey a king?

The King or Queen says

 

What do you need:

- a toy crown

What do to:

This is an amended version of the well-known game ‘Simon says’.

Have the children stand in a circle, and have a leader stand in the middle of the circle. The leader is the king or queen, and wears the crown. The children have to obey him or her, but only if they use the words ‘The king says’ . So if the king says ‘The king says sit down’, then they have to sit down, but if the king only says ‘Sit down’ then they have to stay standing. The children who do sit down are out.
You can also have the children take it in turns to be the ‘king’ or ‘queen’.

In what ways is this similar to what a real king or queen would do? Why/ why not?
What sort of King is Jesus do you think?

568. God looks at things differently to us - a creative activity


A fun creative activity about the Bible story of Mary's meeting with the angel Gabriel

Gabriel promised that Maria’s child would be called the Son of God, and that he will reign for ever over Israel. What would you expect? A super hero, or a vulnerable baby?
God turns everything upside down, because He sees things differently to us…..

God looks at differently to us

 

What do you need:

- magazines
- scissors
- a print out of the download (face).

You can download the face here: Upside-down-face---happy-or-sad.pdf

What do to:

Give the children a mix of magazines – some celebrity/fashion magazines, and also some magazines on Christian mission. Ask them to cut out photos of people who they think are heroes. They could be heroes for different reasons, not just for being famous.

Show the children the face that you have printed out.
Is it happy or sad? It all depends on how you look at it – show it both ways.
When is the face the right way round, and when it is upside down?
Gabriel promised that Maria’s child would be called the Son of God, and that he will reign for ever over Israel. What would you expect? A super hero, or a vulnerable baby?
We like to look at film stars, famous people, kings and queens. God likes to look at ordinary people, people like Maria and people like us.
So who is now looking at things upside down?!

567. His Name is Jesus! - a creative activity


A fun creative activity about the Bible story of Mary's meeting with the angel Gabriel

Gabriel tells Mary that she has to give her son the name ‘Jesus’. But what does that mean?

His Name will be Jesus a fun creative activity about Marys meeting with the angel Gabriel

 

What do you need:

- worksheet with the names of Jesus in many different languages

You can download the worksheet here: Names-of-Jesus-in-many-languages.pdf

What do to:

Ask the children if they know what their name means.

Show them the worksheet with the names of Jesus in different languages. Which of them can we pronounce? Which ones do you like? Which sound a bit strange to you? Which languages do you recognise?

Who knows why Mary had to call her son Jesus? What does the name mean?

The name Jesus comes from the name Joshua. Who knows who Joshua was?

Joshua and Jesus both mean ‘God saves’. Later in the Bible the disciples go on to tell the people:

There is no one else through whom we can be saved, because his name is the only one on earth that can save. (Acts 4:12)

Look together once again at the worksheet. Why is this name the only name that can save people?

566. Your Majesty - a creative activity


A fun creative activity about the Bible story of Mary's meeting with the angel Gabriel

Gabriel tells Maria that her son Jesus will be the king of Israel and that he will reign for ever. How does it feel to be a king?

Your Majesty a fun idea

 

What do you need:

- a paper crown, beautifully decorated

What to do:

Ask the children:

- Who knows what the angel Gabriel told Maria? (He told her that Jesus would be a King.)
- What does a king or queen do? What do people do when they see a king or queen? (They honour the king or queen.)
- Who knows what this means? What do you do to honour a king or a queen? 

The children take it in turns to be the king or queen. They put on the crown and walk around the room pretending to be royal. The other children then ‘honour’ them – cheering, clapping, making way for them.  When each child has had a turn, ask them what it felt like to be a king or queen. What did you like/ not like about it?

565. Experiment – an Explosive Message


A fun science experiment that you can use with the story of Mary meeting the angel Gabriel

What an explosive message for Maria! And such an unexpected one. One moment you’re just an ordinary Jewish girl. The next moment you are told you will become pregnant while you’re still a virgin, and you become the mother of the King of Israel who is also going to be called the Son of God. That is truly an explosive message.

Exploding Message

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564. YouTube video and discussion – Eggs change


Using this secular YouTube film you can talk with the children about motherhood and go deeper into the meaning of the Bible story of Mary meeting the angel Gabriel

A chicken has just laid an egg and wants to hatch it out, but the farmer takes it away. A struggle ensues between the chicken and the farmer, but in the end the farmer succeeds in taking the egg away. The chicken doesn’t let it rest, and she ends up taking the farmer’s baby to ‘hatch out’.

Eggs Change

Why does this film go with today’s Bible story?

This film is about mothers – about how protective they are of their children. And it ends with a baby in a stable!

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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563. Icebreaker – the king that loves marshmallows!


A fun way to introduce the theme of Mary meeting Gabriel

The king that loves marshmallows

What do you need:

- a big bag of marshmallows

What do you do:

Have the children sit in a circle on the ground.

One by one the children introduce themselves, and are given three marshmallows, which they have to put in front of them.

One of the children starts as the king/queen. He or she stands in the middle of the circle. The aim is for the king to try and take the marshmallows from the children. The children can prevent this by calling out the name of another child if the king tries to take a marshmallow from them. If they say a name before the king has taken their marshmallow, the king has to then run to the child whose name has been called and take a marshmallow from them. But if that child also calls out the name of another child before their marshmallow has been taken…..then the king has to go to that child. And so on!

If the king does succeed in taking a marshmallow, they can eat it, and the child whose marshmallow was taken becomes the king.

562. A beautiful princess or just an ordinary girl?


A children's moment to introduce the theme of Mary meeting Gabriel

A beautfil princess or just an ordinary girl


What do you need:

- a dressing up dress for a princess
- an apron

What do you do:

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561. Mary meets Elisabeth - a Sunday School lesson


Discover this Advent lesson on Mary who meets her elderly aunt Elisabeth, who is also pregnant

We offer you twelve creative ideas that you can use in your Sunday school, kids ministry, children's church or youth work on the Bible story of Mary and Elisabeth in Luke 1: 39 - 56

Mary meets Elisabeth a complete sunday school lesson with 12 creative ideas based on Luke 1 verses 39 till 56

The Sunday School lesson consist fo the following ideas:

Idea 549:   Children’s moment/ introduction – a tie or an apron?

Idea 550:   Icebreaker – let that popcorn pop!

Idea 551:   Tips for telling the story of Mary meeting Elisabeth

Idea 552:   YouTube video and discussion – Memories

Idea 553:   Experiment – a Powerful Combination

Idea 554:   What is the meaning of being blessed? - an object lesson

Idea 555:   Create a chain reaction - a creative activity 

Idea 556:   Living Memory - an Advent Game

Idea 557:   Big Tummy race - a game

Idea 558:   Israel’s photo album - a craft idea

Idea 559:   What are you full of? - a Creative Prayer idea

Idea 660:   What makes your heart bubble up? - a Creative Prayer idea

 

560. What makes your heart bubble up? - a Creative Prayer idea

What makes your heart bubble up a creative prayer idea for kids about praising God

An idea to help children to talk / communicate with God

A creative prayer idea about praising God. To be used with the story of Mary meeting Elisabeth and her song!

What do you need:

- bottles of bubble mix
- food colouring
- paper hearts and pens

What to do:

Put a few drops of food colouring in each of the bottles of bubble mix – a different colour in each bottle gives the best effect.

Give the children a paper heart and ask them to write things that they are thankful for, and what they want to thank God for.

Then show them how they can blow bubbles up against the paper hearts. When the bubbles burst they will leave their colour behind on the paper. The children can blow different colour bubbles to make a nice effect on their paper hearts.

 

559. What are you full of? - a Creative Prayer idea


An idea to help children to talk / communicate with God

What are you full of a creative prayer idea for kids about being thankful

A creative prayer idea about being thankful. To be used with the story of Mary meeting Elisabeth and her song!

What do you need:

- balloons

What to do:

Tell the children how Mary was full of what was happening to her….and that she was full of the Holy Spirit. She was about to burst with it!

Give each child a balloon and ask them to blow it up but don’t tie it. When the balloons have been blown up, ask the children ‘What are you full of?’ ‘What are you excited about?’ You could also ask them ‘What are you thankful for?’

The children can take it in turns to give their answer, and then let the balloon go – this will fly round the room as it empties!

 

558. Israel’s photo album


A wonderful craft idea about the Bible story of Mary meeting Elisabeth

In her song Mary sings that God hasn’t forgotten His love for Israel. That’s why he is going to help His people. He had promised this to Abraham and to everyone who came after him.

Mary knows that the arrival of her child means that the God of all the stories in the Bible, such as that of Abraham, Isaac, Jonah and Noah, still loves his people. He hasn’t forgotten them at all.

Israel s Photo Album a fun craft about Mary meeting her pregnant aunt Elisabeth in Luke 1 verses 39 till 56

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557. Big Tummy Race - a Bible game


A fun creative activity about the Bible story of Mary's meeting her aunt Elisabeth

When Elisabeth heard May’s voice, the baby in her tummy started kicking and moving around. The Holy Spirit came over Elisabeth and she called out to Mary ‘Blessed are you among women and blessed is the child you will bear!’

Big Tummy race a fun game about Mary meeting her pregnant aunt Elisabeth in Luke 1 verses 39 till 56

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556. Living Memory - an Advent Game

A fun game about Mary's song when she meets Elisabeth in Luke 1: 39 - 56

In her song Mary sings that God thinks that important people aren’t all that important, and that He likes to make ordinary people important. That’s special, isn’t it. 

Living Memory an fun Advent game about Mary s song when she meets her aunt Elisabeth in Luke 1 verses 39 56

What do you need:

Make sure that you have printed out some sheets with the following words/images:
old – young
poor – rich
princess – gardner
famous – ordinary
healthy – handicapped
clever – stupid
tall – short
thin – fat

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555. Create a chain reaction


A super fun reflection on the Bible story of Mary meeting her aunt Elisabeth

When you read this story you can see that from the very moment Mary and Elisabeth meet, things start to happen – a chain reaction is set in motion. The baby in Elisabeth’s tummy starts to move around, Elisabeth is filled with joy and calls out that Mary is blessed, and Mary sings a spontaneous song, because she’s so happy with what God is doing.

Create a chain reaction a super fun reflection on the Bible story of Mary meeting her aunt Elisabeth in Luke 1 vers 39 till 56


What do you need:

- marbles
- some pvc piping
- bottles
- domino pieces
- string
- etc...

What to do:
As a group, or in smaller groups, you can lay out a course in which one thing leads to another. It would be fun if you could end with a wow factor, which will have the children cheering and celebrating, just as Mary was celebrating all that God was doing.

For some inspiration, watch the following video:

554. What is the meaning of being blessed? - an object lesson

In her song with her aunt Elisabeth, Mary sings that she has been blessed by God. What does this mean? In the case of Mary it meant that she:

- is chosen by God
- is special in God’s eyes
- is honoured
- receives good things from God

As children of God we have also been chosen by Him. We are also special. We are also honoured – we may call ourselves sons and daughters of the Most High. We also receive good things from God. But how can we make that clear to the children?

What is the meaning of being blessed an object lesson about Mary song when meeting her autn Elisabeth in Luke 1 verse 39 till 56


In this activity we’re going to use four gifts to teach this to the children. In each gift there’s something to help them understand what it means to be blessed.

What do you need:
- a beautifully wrapped gift containing badges that say ‘Chosen by God’
- a beautifully wrapped gift containing two mirrors: one that has written on it: ‘I am special because…..’ and the other that has written on it ‘God thinks I’m special because…..’
- a beautifully wrapped gift containing a golden plastic crown
- a beautifully wrapped gift containing a dream cloud (using white card cut out the shape of a cloud).

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553. Experiment – a Powerful Combination


A fun science experiment that you can use with the story of Mary meeting her aunt Elisabeth

Maria was so full of thankfulness, so full of what had happened to her and so full of the Holy Spirit that something was bound to happen. It was a powerful combination.
Today we’re also going to make a powerful combination.

Powerful Combination a fun science experiement and object lesson that you can use with the st

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552. YouTube video and discussion – Memories


Using this secular YouTube film you can talk with the children and go deeper into the meaning of the Bible story of Mary meeting her aunt Elisabeth

A family is watching old videos - it’s fun to bring back all the old memories. Then the son of the family sees something that makes him realise that he was swtiched as a baby, and is therefore not a true member of the family.

Quickly he breaks the video tape in two…

Memories use this YouTube video in your kids ministry to talk about the Bible story of Mary meeting her elderly aunt Elisabeth

Why does this film go with today’s Bible story?

In her song Maria sings that God has not forgotten His love for Israel. That’s why he is always coming to the aid of his people. That is what he had promised to his friend Abraham and to everyone who came after him.

Maria knows that the birth of her child means that the God of all the ancient stories in the Bible, such as Abraham, Isaac, Jonah and Noah still loves His people. He has not forgotten them.

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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551. Tips for telling the story of Mary meeting Elisabeth


Two fun ideas that you can easily use if you're going to tell the Bible story where the pregnant Mary meets het elderly pregnant aunt Elisabeth.

Tips for storytelling two quick fun ideas for telling the Bible story of Mary meeting her aunt Elisabeth

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550. Icebreaker – let that popcorn pop!


An icebreaker as part of the Bible story where the pregnant Mary meets her pregnant aunt Elisabeth

Tell the children that everything’s going to start bubbling up in this weeks’ story. The baby in Elisabeth’s tummy jumps for joy, Elisabeth calls out that Maria is blessed, and Maria suddenly starts singing a song. Everything starts bubbling up and happening, just like the popcorn that starts jumping all over the place.

Icebreaker Pop that popcorn based on the Bible story about Mary meeting her aunt Elisabeth

What do you need?

- microwave popcorn and a microwave
- OR corn, oil, a pan. a camping stove and paper cups

What to do:

In the microwave:
- make the popcorn and give each children a handful op popcorn

On the camping stove:
Be careful! This activity is not without its own risks! Prepare it well beforehand and make sure you have enough leaders. The effect can be fun and exciting.
Make sure you create a safe environment by making sure that the children are sitting in a circle around the camping stove at a good distance. Make sure the camping stove is on a sturdy surface. Heat a little oil and get the popcorn popping, but don’t put the lid on. Then you will see it fly all over the place as it starts to pop! Maybe the children will be able to catch a bit in their paper cups as it pops out of the pan! You could always have made some earlier that you can give to the children to eat at the end if they haven’t been able to catch much.

549. Children’s moment/ introduction – a tie or an apron?


A children's moment in church based on the meeting of Mary and her aunt Elisabeth

This can be used as a short introduction to the Bible story, to arouse the children’s curiosity.

A tie or an apron children s moment in church about Mary meeting her aunt Elisabeth

What do you need:

- a tie
- an apron

What to do: 

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523. Create activity cards with Advent


Let’s make a difference this Christmas

This is an interesting Advent idea for use at home or within your kids ministry or Sunday school lesson.

Create a pile of activity cards. Each Sunday of Advent, ask a child to pick one of the activity cards – hold them so that the child can’t see which card they are choosing. This card is the coming task for the coming week. You can fulfil this task as a group or as a family.

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You can think of lots of fun and interesting tasks such as:

- Make a Christmas card for someone
- Clean up the rubbish in your park
- Sweep the street
- Give food to a foodbank or to someone who needs it
- Buy a cup of coffee for a homeless person
- Make a present for someone who is lonely
- Give someone a compliment
- Create your own bird feeder
- Bake cookies and share them with neighbours and friends

You can think of twenty or more activities that you can do as a family or as a children’s group.

 

522. A frozen Lego figure as an Advent idea?


God is not far away from us. In Jesus He came so close…

A fun Christmas idea on God coming to us in His son Jesus. You can use this Advent idea at home or in your children’s ministry. 

Put a Lego figure into a small cup of water and put this into a freezer. Once it is frozen take it out and show it to the kids. Explain to them that when we celebrate Christmas we celebrate that God became like us. In Jesus He became a man. God is not very far away - show your hands and move them far away from the Lego figure in the ice. But through Jesus He has come very close – put your hands on the ice block.

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By reading the Bible, praying and going to church we can grow closer to Him. This is what God wants for us, because He loves us so much. His love makes you warm. Shall we see if we can make this block of ice warm, so that it will melt. How can we do that?

520. The object lesson of cornflakes, magnet and the star of Bethlehem


What on earth could be the link between cornflakes, a magnet and the star of Bethlehem?

To find out, you’ll have to watch this surprising TheDadLab video below. It is another one of his great, short videos on easy to do science experiments.



Just as the cornflake is pulled along by the magnet held above it, so the (three) wise men experience the pull of the star. It leads them towards Bethlehem, where they will worship Jesus and present their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

"They went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.  When they saw the star, they were overjoyed." Matthew 2: 9 - 10

object lesson star of bethlehem

This is a great object lesson to illustrate the Christmas story of the wise men following the star of Bethlehem.

It is fun and easy to do with the children. They can take it in turns to try moving a cornflake over the water.

Theme:

The Magi, the (three wise men, the (three) kings, the star of Bethlehem, God's direction

Needed:

- a strong magnet
- fortified cornflakes (check the label to see how much iron each serving contains—the more the better!) 
- a bowl of water

 

517. The wise men come to worship the King – a Gospel Magic routine


This object lesson can be used to tell the Christmas story or to introduce a lesson on the wise men.

This is a fun object lesson / Gospel magic routine by Rick Lenski based on the Silk Blow Magic Trick. If you have never see this trick in action, you can watch a random demonstration video below. You can buy this magic trick here through Ebay and here through Amazon. 

 

This object lesson can be used in conjunction with other material to tell the Christmas story or to introduce a lesson on the wise men.

“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.”  (Matthew 2:11)

What do you need?

- a trick called “Silk Blow” 
- three 9" or 12" silks

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Set-up

This trick is purchased without the silks - you have to buy them separately.  It is a clear tube, and you put the silks into one at a time. You blow on one end of the tube and they come out the other end tied together. No special setup required, just follow the instructions on the trick.

The object lesson / the routine

We often see three wise men or Magi when we see a nativity scene but the bible never specifically said there were three.  We really don’t know how many there were.  We will use these three pieces of cloth to represent the wise men, no matter how many there were.  What we do know about them is that they were lead from a land in the east by a star.  They came to Jerusalem and asked King Herod, “Where is the one born King of the Jews?” 

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514. Five creative Advent ideas based on the Bible story where Mary meets her pregnant aunt Elisabeth


Lots of things seem to happen when Mary comes to visit her pregnant aunt Elisabeth

“At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfil his promises to her!”

Luke 1: 39 -45  

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1. Mary meets Elisabeth - The Big Tummy race

In this Bible story the two pregnant women meet each other. Split the children into two groups and do a relay race with them. Create a fun course for them to run. Give each group a blown up balloon. When the race starts, the first child puts the balloon beneath his or her shirt and runs the course with the balloon. After finishing the course the balloon is passed to the next child.      (10 min)

2. Mary meets Elisabeth - Big Tummy visiting

Is there someone pregnant in the church or someone else that you know who is pregnant?  It might be fun to invite her to the children’s program, Sunday school lesson or kids ministry.

She could then share what it feels like to be pregnant. Has she ever felt her baby kicking? Or even leaping, like Elisabeth? Perhaps she will allow some children to feel her tummy and see if the baby is moving.

What do you think this would have been like for Mary and Elisabeth?    (10 - 15 min)

3. Mary meets Elisabeth - What has been forgotten?

This fun game will help you think about the meaning of Mary's song. The coming of Jesus had a huge impact on Mary. It meant that God had not forgotten His people. The God of all the old stories in the Bible still loves His people He has not forgotten them.  And He never will!

"He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful o Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.” (Luke 1:54-55 )

Put fifteen different objects on a table. Get the children to stand around the table and name all fifteen objects. Ask one of the children to go out of the room and remove one of the objects. Can the child see which of the objects has disappeared?     (10 min)

4. Mary meets Elisabeth - Let’s create a chain reaction

When you read the story of Mary meeting her aunt Elizabeth, you can see that a chain reaction is taking place. The baby in Elisabeth’s tummy leaps with joy. Elisabeth rejoices and proclaims that Mary is blessed. Mary joins in and starts singing about God’s goodness.

Why not create a giant chain reaction with the children? You can use all kind of items, like marbles, bottles, dominoes, tubes, etc.

It's probably a good idea to have prepared a small section to start with, to help the children get the idea. It would be fun to end with a grand finale which will make the children cheer. Just like Mary who couldn’t stop cheering and celebrating, because she was so happy with what God was doing.

On YouTube you can find lots of examples of chain reactions.


5. Mary meets Elisabeth - What is bubbling in your heart?

Create a homemade bubble blower (see the vdeo). Add a few drops of food colouring liquid into each bottle. Make sure each bottle has a different colour. Give the children a empty piece of paper in the shape of a heart. Let them write on the heart things that they are grateful for and things they want to thank God for. Let them blow bubbles against the paper. When the bubbles burst, a colourful patters remains on the paper.

What do you need?

- bottles of bubble blower (or you can create your own!)
- liquid food colouring
- paper hearts and pens

 

399. Mary meets Elizabeth - what is bubbling in your heart?


A fun activity that will help you to start thinking about Advent.

You can use this idea to create a creative prayer moment with the children.

Scripture reference:

Luke 1:41-42  (NIV)

41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!

What do you need?

- bottles of bubble blower (or you can create your own!)
- liquid food colouring
- paper hearts and pens

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398. Mary meets Elizabeth - make a chain reaction


A fun activity that will help you to start thinking about Advent.

When you read the story of Mary meeting her aunt Elizabeth,you see that a chain reaction is taking place. The baby in Elizabeth’s tummy leaps with joy. Elizabeth rejoices and proclaims that Mary is blessed. Mary participates and starts singing about God’s goodness.

Watch the video below to re-create a great idea that you can do with the kids around this Bible story of Mary meeting Elizabeth.

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