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.

What do you need?

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

Create a homemade bubble blower. 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. 

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!

You can use this idea in a:

Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, kids time

 

 

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 chair reaction is taking place. The baby in Elizabeth’s tummy leaps with joy. Elizabeht rejoices and proclaimes that Mary is blessed. Mary participates and starts singing about God’s goodness.

Why nog create a giant chain reaction with the children? You can use all kind of items, like marbles, bottles, dominoes, tubes, etc.

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

Maybe it is clever to make a small beginning as leader. It is fun to end with a grand final 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. 

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!

You can use this idea in a:

Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, kids time

 

397. Mary meets Elizabeth - what has been forgotten?


A fun game that will help you think about the meaning of Mary's song

The coming of Jesus had a huge impact for 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!

Place fifteen different object on a table. Let the children stand around the table and name all fifteen objects. Ask one of the children to go to another room and remove one of the objects. Can the child see which of the objects had disappeared? (10 min)

messy table Mary meets Elizabeth Advent

Scripture reference:

Luke 1:54-55  (NIV)

"He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful o Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”

You can use this idea in a:

Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, kids time

396. Mary meets Elizabeth - big tummy visiting


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

Is there someone pregnant in the church or someone you know. Maybe it is a fun idea to invite her to the children’s program, Sunday school lesson or kids ministry.

Maybe she can share what it feels like to be pregnant. Has she even felt her baby kicking? Or even leaping, like Elizabeth? Maybe some children can feel the tummy and see if the baby moves.

How do think this would have been for Mary and Elizabeth? (10 - 15 min)

pregnant tummy Mary meets Elizabeth Advent

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!

You can use this idea in a:

Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, kids time

395. Mary meets Elizabeth - the big tummy race


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

In this Bible story 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 places the balloon underneath his or her shirt and runst the course with the balloon. After finishing the course the balloon is passed to the next child.  (10 min)

Balloon

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!

You can use this idea in a:

Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, Messy church, kids time