Make your Christian school assembly amazing with these ideas

Twenty five years ago I  received a year’s full time training on how to do school assemblies in the United Kingdom. Over the years I have become a professional Christian entertainer who specialises in school assemblies.

On this website you’ll find lots of my routines, object lessons, stories, gospel illusions, expertise and lots of other people’s material . And the good news is, we're going to add lots of new material in the coming years! Lots of great, practical and fun ideas that you can easily use in your school assemblies.  Ideas that will help you tell a Bible story in a new, fun and interactive way.

We offer you lots of fun, interactive, practical, cool and thought provoking ideas and stories that will help you in your school assembly.   

You can use all our ideas for your school assemblies for free. The only thing we ask of you is to become a free member. This will only take you a minute and will give you full access to all the ideas.

 

219. Philip and the Ethiopian


Tell the story of Philip and the Ethiopian in a school assembly, a children’s program or in a preach

"They could see some green trees in the distance.   They were approaching an oasis.  What's an oasis?  A place in the desert where there is water.   It was lovely – a pool of water all fresh and cool.   “What's to stop me being baptised here and now?” asked the Ethiopian.  “Nothing at all,” replied Philip, “If you are sure you believe in Jesus, in his Father God, and in his Holy Spirit, and want to be a true follower of Jesus from now on, all your days....”  “Yes, I do!” said the Ethiopian.  So they stopped the wagon again, and he and Philip climbed out, and went into the water.  It depends how deep it was – Philip might have dunked him under the water completely, or he might have cupped his hands in the water and poured some over him.  It's a picture of being washed clean, not just on the outside, but on the inside, too." 

A beautiful Bible story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

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Themes:

Baptism, Being born again, Philip and the Ethiopian

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, children's work, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, street evangelism, open air evangelism

Scripture reference:

Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16, John 3:5,1 Peter 3:21, Mark 16:16, Romans 6:4, Matthew 28:19, Ephesians 4:5, Romans 6:3-4, Colossians 2:12-13, Acts 2:41, Galatians 3:27, Matthew 3:16, Matthew 3:11, Acts 8:38, Romans 6:3, Colossians 2:12, Acts 1:5, Acts 10:48, Acts 8:12, Acts 8:36-38, Acts 8:26-40

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216. Plop the Owl and the Light of the World


Tell the story of Plop the Owl in a school assembly, a children’s program or in a preach

A sketchboard story based on the famous book "The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark' by Jill Tomlinson. (You can buy the book here on Amazon.com and here on Amazon.co.uk)

"Plop, the Baby Barn Owl, is like every Barn Owl there ever was, except for one thing – he is afraid of the dark. "Dark is nasty" he says and so he won't go hunting with his parents. Mrs Barn Owl sends him down from his nest-hole to ask about the dark and he meets a little boy waiting for the fireworks to begin, an old lady, a scout out camping, a girl who tells him about Father Christmas, a man with a telescope and a black cat who takes him exploring. He realises that through these encounters that dark is super after all."

A nice little story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. In the sketchboard story you can combine the story of Plop with that fact that Jesus calls himself the Light of the world, and says that we don't need to be afraid. 

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Themes in this skechtboard story:

Being afraid in the dark, Jesus being the Light of the world, not being afraid

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, children's work, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, street evangelism, open air evangelism

Scripture reference:

John 8:12, Matthew 5:14-16, Romans 13:11-14, Psalm 119:105, Ephesians 5:7-14, Colossians 1:9-14, 2 Corinthians 4:3-6, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, John 9:5, John 12:35, Job 24:13, Isaiah 60:1, Acts 13:47

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214. The call of Abram (27) – Create an altar of thanksgiving while using a lava lamp


A demonstration video how you can create a lava lamp during your Sunday school lesson

Different people in the Bible created an altar as a way to thank God or to worship Him. They would collect a big pile of stones, put a sacrificial animal on these stones and burn it. That is what people in the Bible used to do then, but wouldn’t it be fun if we could make an different kind of altar with the children now. An altar that we can use to thank God for all the good things He has given us. Or maybe use to worship God with. Of course we can't use a fire or an animal, but maybe we can use a lava lamp…

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Themes:

Thankfulness, creative worship, building an altar

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In the video below we will show how you can create a lava lamp as an altar in a  very quick and simple way.

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Scripture reference: Genesis 12:1-9, Genesis 13: 14-17, Genesis 15:4-6, Galatians 3:6-9, Hebrews 11:8, Galatians 3:29 , James 2:23, Romans 4:13, Genesis 17:5, Nehemiah 9:7, Joshua 24:3, James 2:21-24, Hebrews 6:13, Genesis 26:5, Romans 4:16-18, Acts 7:4, Hebrews 11:8-10 , Galatians 3:6-18, John 8:33-40
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's work, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches 

204. The 'Heart of ice' as an illustration of the Christmas story


Melting ice as a symbol of God's powerful love

Did you know that you can use the Heart of Ice as an object lesson during a Christmas service?

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In the video below I will show how you can combine the heart of ice with telling the Christmas story and explaining the gospel.

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201. Interactive Resurrection Story for teenagers and adults

Introduction:
But Mary stood outside the tomb weeping. As she wept, she knelt to look into the tomb, and saw two angels sitting there, dressed in white, one at the head and the other at the foot of where Jesus' body had been laid. They said to her “Woman, why do you weep?”

“They took my Master” she said, “and I don't know where they have put him.” After she said this, she turned away and saw Jesus standing there – but she didn't recognise him. Jesus spoke to her, “Woman, why do you weep? Who are you looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you took him, tell me where you have put him, so I can take care of him.”

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This is fun interactive story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) about the resurrection of Jesus. You can do this in an Easter service, in a school assembly, in the sunday school. Anywhere where you are celebrating the resurrection of Christ with teenagers and adults

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200. Interactive Resurrection Story for children

Introduction:
"Mary and her friend were up very early.  They ran down to the tomb because they wanted to get there to look after Jesus' body.  They ran down the street.  They ran through the garden.  They were worrying about the guards.  And how would they move the stone in front of the tomb?   They ran on.  They found the guards had gone!  The stone had been moved!  The tomb was open!  Mary and her friend crept forward and peeped into the tomb.  There was NO BODY there!   Jesus had gone!"   

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This is fun interactive story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) about the resurrection of Jesus. You can do this in an Easter service, in a school assembly, in the sunday school. Anywhere where you are celebrating the resurrection of Christ with children.

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199. Where is Jesus now?

Introduction;
"After a few days when the festival was over, they all set off home. When they stopped for the night, Mary and Joseph expected Jesus would soon catch them up when it was time for dinner!  But he didn't come, and it was getting dark. They asked everybody WHERE IS JESUS? (Complete lettering).  Have you seen him? No. Was he with Auntie Elizabeth and Uncle Zechariah and cousin John?  No.  They  were terribly worried.  Have you ever gone off without telling anyone where you were going?  We need to remember always to tell someone where we are going, or the people who look after us get worried - they don't like it, do they?  As soon as they could, they set off back to Jerusalem.  They searched for 3 whole days!  They thought something terrible must have happened to him.  Maybe he had fallen down a well?  Or been kicked by a Roman soldier's horse?  Or been kidnapped and sold as a slave in the slave market?  Eventually they reached the Temple.  They found him HERE (open the door).  Not playing hide and seek, but talking with all the teachers!"...

Themes:
The story of the twelve year old Jesus in the temple talking with all the teachers, looking at the question "Where is Jesus now?"

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Where is Jesus now?
A beautiful Bible story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries). It answers the question: "Where is Jesus now?"
If I were to ask you "Where is Jesus now?"  What would you say?

1. “In Heaven"    
At the right hand of his Father, God.  still "in his Father's house", now in charge of the family business.

2. "Here"        
As he promised (Matthew 18:20) "Where two or three have gathered together in my name, there I am in their midst".

3. "In the heart of anyone who invites him"  
As he promised in Revelation 3:20 – another door to open to find Jesus!

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198. The Energy Stick - a must have for any children’s worker, youth worker or pastor


Probably one of the best object lessons of all time

We think that this toy is maybe one of the best object lessons of all time. You can buy it for a few dollars or pounds on Amazon.com or on Amazon.co.uk

It works very simply.

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Invite a few children to come forward. Ask them to stand in a circle and hold hands. Take the energy stick in your right hand and take the hand of the child on your left. Leave the circle 'open' by not taking the hand of the child on your right. Then ask the child on your right to also take hold of the other end (the silver end) of the energy stick. When they do this, something amazing happens. Lights go on and you hear a funny noise. What's happening?

There is a small current that you don’t feel and that you can’t see. This current flows through the whole circle as long as everyone is holding hands. It connects through the circle of hands to the other side of the energy stick and then the electrical circuit is complete.

But how can use this in different ways within your kids ministry?

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Scripture reference: God’s love - Romans 8:37-39, John 3:16, Romans 5:8, Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 2:4-5, 1 John 4:9-11, Zephaniah 3:17, 1 John 4:7-8, 1 Peter 5:6-7, Psalm 86:15, 1 John 3:1, Deuteronomy 7:9, Proverbs 8:17, Jeremiah 29:11, John 13:34-35, Psalm 136:26, Romans 5:2-5, Colossians 2:6-7, Hebrews 12:28-29 Unity - Philippians 2:2, 1 Peter 3:8, 1 Corinthians 1:10, Colossians 3:14, 2 Corinthians 13:11, John 17:11-23, 1 Corinthians 12:12, Philippians 2:1-8, Acts 2:1-47, Galatians 3:28, Romans 8:1-39, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, John 17:21-26 Holy Spirit - John 14:26, Galatians 5:22-23, Romans 8:26, Acts 2:38, 1 Corinthians 6:19, John 14:15-17, Isaiah 11:2, John 16:12-15, Luke 11:13, 2 Corinthians 3:17, Acts 1:8, Romans 15:13, John 16:7-15, Ezekiel 36:26-27, 1 Corinthians 2:13, Ephesians 1:13, Acts 10:38, Romans 5:5, Romans 8:9, Acts 4:31, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, John 20:21-23, John 16:7-8, Acts 2:1-47, Luke 4:18, John 14:16-17, 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Belonging to God - Psalm 100:3, Isaiah 43:1, Romans 14:8, 1 John 5:1-21, 1 John 3:1-24 Body of Christ - 1 Corinthians 12:27, Romans 12:4-5, 1 Corinthians 12:12, Ephesians 4:4, Colossians 1:18, Ephesians 2:19-22, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Galatians 3:27, Colossians 2:19, Ephesians 4:15-16, 1 Corinthians 12:25-26, Ephesians 4:25, Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, Ephesians 4:11-13
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, Sunday school lesson, Children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, small churches, street evangelism, open air evangelism

187. Tell any Bible story - the Traffic Light silks

Introduction:
Did you know that you can tell any Bible story using the change bag combined with the traffic light silks? It is true!

You can tell any story in the Bible that contains a problem and in which God brings a solution. 

Bilble stories such as:
The Parting of the Red Sea  (Exodus 14:6, 21-31)
Healing the Bitter Waters of Marah  (Exodus 15:23-25)
The Manna from Heaven  (Exodus 16:14-35)
Water from the Rock at Rephidim  (Exodus 17:5-7)
Water from the Rock at Meribah  (Numbers 20:7-11)
Lifting up The Brazen Serpent  (Numbers 21:8, 9)
The Parting of the Jordan River  (Joshua 3:14-17)
The Fall of Jericho (Joshua 6:6-25)
The Sun and the Moon Standing Still  (Joshua 10:12-14)
Replenishing the Oil and Meal at Zarephath  (1 Kings 17:14-16)
Raising the Widow's Son at Zarephath  (1 Kings 17:17-24)
The Parting of the Jordan River  (2 Kings 2:7, 8, 14)
The Healing of the Waters of Jericho  (2 Kings 2:21, 22)
Water Is Supplied to the Armies in Moab  (2 Kings 3:16-20)
The Multiplication of the Widows Oil  (2 Kings 4:2-7)
The Raising of the Shunammite's Son  (2 Kings 4:32-37)
Curing the Deadly Pottage  (2 Kings 4:38-41)
The Feeding of the 100 with 20 Loaves  (2 Kings 4:42-44)
Naaman the Syrian General is Cured of Leprosy  (2 Kings 5:10-14)
The Iron Axe Did Float  (2 Kings 6:5-7)
Jonah is Released from the Great Fish  (Jonah 2:1-10)
Three Friends in the Fiery Furnace  (Daniel 3:19-27)
Daniel is Delivered from the Den of Lions  (Daniel 6:16-23)

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Change bag with traffic light silks
You can use the traffic light silks:
184.  To tell the story of the four friends and the paralysed man going through the roof
185.  To tell the story of Zacchaeus
186.  To answer the question: "Do I have any talent?" 
187.  To tell any Bible story...

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Underneath I will show you how you can use this trick to tell your audience any of these Bible stories

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186. Do I have any talents? - the Traffic Light silks

Introduction:
One of my Christian children's theatre shows is about discovering your talents. During this show I use the change bag combined with the traffic light silks to talk about self-esteem and about discovering and developing your talents.

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Themes:
Self-esteem, discovering and developing your talents.

Change bag with traffic light silks
You can use the traffic light silks:
184.  To tell the story of the four friends and the paralysed man going through the roof
185.  To tell the story of Zacchaeus
186.  To answer the question: "Do I have any talent?" 
187.  To tell any Bible story...

Watch the video:
Below I show you how you can use this trick to talk with children, teenagers and adults about talents.

I will also show you where you can buy a change bag and a set of the traffic light silks.

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185.The story of Zacchaeus - the Traffic Light silks

Introduction:
Do you know the effect of a change bag? It allowes you to do many magic tricks. But... combined with the traffic light silks you can use it to tell the story of the transformation of Zacchaeus.

"But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”  Luke 19: 8 - 10

I normally use this trick after I have told the story. It helps me to recap on the story and, without the children noticing, to acutally tell the story twice!

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Themes:
Forgiveness, repentance, transformation, salvation, the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost

Change bag with traffic light silks
You can use the traffic light silks:
184.  To tell the story of the four friends and the paralysed man going through the roof
185.  To tell the story of Zacchaeus
186.  To answer the question: "Do I have any talent?" 
187.  To tell any Bible story...

Watch the video:
Below I show you how you can use this trick to tell your audience this amazing story

I will also show you where you can buy a change bag and a set of the traffic light silks.

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184. Jesus forgives and heals a paralysed man - the Traffic Light silks

Introduction:
Do you know the effect of a change bag? It allowes you to do many magic tricks. But... combined with the traffic light silks you can use it to tell the Bible story of the four men bringing their paralysed friend to Jesus. 

"Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus." Luke 5: 18 - 19

I normally use this trick after I have told the story. It helpt me to recap on the story and, without the children noticing, to actually tell the story twice!

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Themes:
Forgiveness, perseverance, healing, Jesus demonstrating who he is

Change bag with traffic light silks
You can use the traffic light silks:
184.  To tell the story of the four friends lowering the paralysed man through the roof
185.  To tell the story of Zacchaeus
186.  To answer the question: "Do I have any talents?" 
187.  To tell any Bible story...

Watch the video:
Below I show you how you can use this trick to tell your audience this great story.

I will also show you where you can buy a change bag and a set of the traffic light silks.

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183. Jesus heals the daughter of Jairus


Jairus hears the worst message possible: "Your little girl has died."

"Then Jairus' servant pushed through the crowd, his face covered in tears, and said to him "Oh, Sir, I don't know how to tell you......  I'm afraid it's bad news, Sir....... Don't trouble the Lord Jesus any more.  I'm afraid it's too late.  Your little girl has died.."  

How must Jairus have felt?  He must have felt ... (sad, disappointed, frustrated?)

"IF ONLY Jesus had come when I asked.  IF ONLY he hadn't stopped to deal with that sick woman.

 IF ONLY things had been different....."  We sometimes think that God hasn't heard our prayers, don't we?  We think IF ONLY he had answered our prayer, things would be better.  Jairus had asked Jesus to come, and now it was too late.  But with Jesus it's never too late.  Jesus said to him "Don't worry, Jairus, I am coming. Don't give up hope..."  

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Themes:

Woman with chronic bleeding, Jairus’ daughter, Jesus always helps, Jesus is always on time

A beautiful Bible story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

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182. The Raising of Lazarus

Introduction:
"Have you ever looked after someone who was ill?  It can be hard work can't it?  Martha and her sister, Mary, were busy looking after their brother Lazarus, who was very ill.  He didn't seem to be getting any better.  Oh, if only Jesus was here!  they said to each other.  Why would that make a difference?  Jesus was their friend, and they were sure he would know what to do.  So they sent a messenger to tell him that Lazarus was ill.  Surely now he would come, and everything would be all right.  But Lazarus got worse and worse."

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Themes:
The resurrection of Lazarus, Jesus is sad, Jesus comforts Martha and Maria, I am the resurrection and the life, doubt and belief

A beautiful Bible story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

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181. Jesus blesses the children

Introduction:
"When Jesus came near the village, he sat down under a tree in some shade. Maybe some children who had been playing outside their houses saw him - anyway, in no time lots of children had come out to see Jesus. Why would they want to be with him?  What was special about him? "We want to see Jesus" they said to Jesus' friends. 

Jesus' friends wanted him to have a bit of peace.  They were looking after him – that's what friends are for, isn't it?  Jesus' friends told the children: "You can't see Jesus!".  Then all the Mums and Dads came out.  Have you noticed that parents will generally stick up for you if someone else is telling you not to do something?  "Let them see Jesus!"  they said..." 

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Themes:
Jesus blesses the children, blessing, gospel presentation, let the children come to Me, coming to Jesus

A powerful Bible story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

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180. Who may belong to God's family? - the Magic Umbrella

Introduction:
This is a brilliant magic trick, that can help you to teach children, teenagers and adults on the question: 'Who may belong to God's family?' It can also help you to teach on the diversty within the body of Christ:

Unity and Diversity in the Body:
"Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many."  1 Corinthians 12: 12 - 14

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Themes:
Belonging to God's family, unity and diversity within the body of Christ

Magic Umbrella:
You can use the Magic Umbrella trick:
176.  To teach people about the names of Jesus
177.  To teach on the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5: 22 - 23)
178.  To teach on finding refuge in the names of God
179.  To teach on self-esteem and showing your talents
180.  To teach on unity and diversity in the church and on the question: 'Who may belong to God's family?'

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elow I show you how you can use this trick to teach on unity, diversity and belonging to the body of Christ.

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179. Teaching on self-esteem and showing your talents - the Magic Umbrella

Introduction:
This is probably one of my favourite magic tricks. I currently use it as an ending to two of my christian children theatre shows. I like it because it is so easy, but it always gives a 'wow' effect. 

You take the red umbrella out of the tube. When you open the umbrella you can show that it is a normal one. You close the umbrella and put it back into the tube. Show eight several coloured silks to the audience. Then, put them into a bag, and suddenly the bag changes into the top of the umbrella and all the silks have disappeared. Pick up the tube and pull the umbrella out. Now the top has been disappeared and instead of the top, the eight silks are hanging on the umbrella.

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In my show and at the end of a school assembly I use this trick to show the children that they don't have hide behind the words: "I can't do anything. Who am I?" Instead they can show their talents. 

Themes:
Self-esteem, show your talents, developing of talents

Magic Umbrella:
You can use the Magic Umbrella trick:
176.  To teach people about the names of Jesus
177.  To teach on the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5: 22 - 23)
178.  To teach on finding refuge in the names of God
179.  To teach on self-esteem and showing your talents
180.  To teach on unity and diversity in the church and on the question: 'Who may belong to God's family?'

Watch the video:
Below I show you how you can use this trick to recap with the children on the theme of talents.

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178. Finding refuge in the names of God - the Magic Umbrella

Introduction:
How many names of God can we call out together? Do we also know what these names mean?

Adonai-Jehovah -- The Lord our Sovereign
El-Elyon -- The Lord Most High
El-Olam -- The Everlasting God
El-Shaddai -- The God Who is Sufficient for the Needs of His People
Jehovah-Elohim -- The Eternal Creator
Jehovah-Jireh -- The Lord our Provider
Jehovah-Nissi -- The Lord our Banner
Jehovah-Ropheka -- The Lord our Healer
Jehovah-Shalom -- The Lord our Peace
Jehovah-Tsidkenu -- The Lord our Righteousness
Jehovah-Mekaddishkem -- The Lord our Sanctifier
Jehovah-Sabaoth -- The Lord of Hosts
Jehovah-Shammah -- The Lord is Present
Jehovah-Rohi -- The Lord our Shepherd
Jehovah-Hoseenu -- The Lord our Maker
Jehovah-Eloheenu -- The Lord our God

Take your time to look in depth at these wonderful names of God. When you have come to the end take out the Magic Umbrella trick and demonstrate that we can find refuge in these names of God!

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Themes:
The different names of God, finding refuge with God

Magic Umbrella:
You can use the Magic Umbrella trick:
176.  To teach people about the names of Jesus
177.  To teach on the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5: 22 - 23)
178.  To teach on finding refuge in the names of God
179.  To teach on self-esteem and showing your talents
180.  To teach on unity and diversity in the church and on the question: 'Who may belong to God's family?'

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Underneath I will show you how you can use this trick to recap with the children on the different names of God. 

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177. Celebrating the fruit of the Spirit - the Magic Umbrella

Introduction:
This is a brilliant magic trick, that can help you to teach children, teenagers and adults on the fruit of the Spirit. 

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."  Galatians 5: 22-23

You take the red umbrella out of the tube. When you open the umbrella you can show that it is a normal one. You close the umbrella and put it back into the tube. Show eight several coloured silks to the audience. Then, put them into a bag, and suddenly the bag changes into the top of the umbrella and all the silks have disappeared. Pick up the tube and pull the umbrella out. Now the top has been disappeared and instead of the top, the eight silks are hanging on the umbrella.

I like it because it is so easy, but it always gives a 'wow' effect.

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Themes:
The fruit of the Spirit

Magic Umbrella:
You can use the Magic Umbrella trick:
176.  To teach people about the names of Jesus
177.  To teach on the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5: 22 - 23)
178.  To teach on finding refuge in the names of God
179.  To teach on self-esteem and showing your talents
180.  To teach on unity and diversity in the church and on the question: 'Who may belong to God's family?'

Watch the video:
Underneath I will show you how you can use this trick to teach on the fruit of the Spirit

I will also show you where you can buy your own version of the Magic Umbrella Deluxe

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176. Finding refuge in the names of Jesus - the Magic Umbrella

Introduction:
This is probably one of my favourite magic tricks. I currently use it as an ending to two of my Christian children's theatre shows. I like it because it is so easy, but it always gives a 'wow' effect. 

You take the red umbrella out of the tube. When you open the umbrella you can show that it is a normal one. You close the umbrella and put it back into the tube. Show eight several coloured silks to the audience. Then, put them into a bag, and suddenly the bag changes into the top of the umbrella and all the silks have disappeared. Pick up the tube and pull the umbrella out. Now the top has been disappeared and instead of the top, the eight silks are hanging on the umbrella.

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In my show and at the end of a school assembly I use this trick to recall the different of names of Jesus that we have learned during the show. I will demonstrate this in the video below...

Themes:
The names of Jesus, finding refuge with Him

Magic Umbrella:
You can use the Magic Umbrella trick:
176.  To teach people about the names of Jesus
177.  To teach on the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5: 22 - 23)
178.  To teach on finding refuge in the names of God
179.  To teach on self-esteem and showing your talents
180.  To teach on unity and diversity in the church and on the question: 'Who may belong to God's family?'

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Below I show you how you can use this trick to teach children, teenagers and adults about the names of Jesus.

I will also show you where you can buy your own version of the Magic Umbrella Deluxe

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175. The good Samaritan

Introduction:
"Who's 7 years old here?  Who's 10 years old?  Who wants to be 15?  Who wants to live for ever?  Lots of us do!  And that's just the question a clever man asked Jesus one day.  "Teacher!" he said:  " What do I have to do to live in heaven for ever?" Jesus didn't give him a straight answer, he asked him a question: "What does it say in the Word of God?"  The man replied,  "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and all your mind.  And you must love your neighbour as yourself.'    "That's quite right!" said Jesus.  "Do this and you will live for ever."   But the clever man, a lawyer, was not quite clear about this, so he asked,   "Who is my neighbour?"   

So Jesus told him a story - a parable.  Who knows what a parable is?  It's an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.   Are you ready for the story?  Once upon a time a Jewish man was travelling from Jerusalem to Jericho.  It's about 17 miles through the rocks and hills.  How would he travel - by car?  By plane?  Train?  Skateboard!....  No, he would probably walk.  How long would it take to walk 17 miles?"  About 4-5 hours?  The path would be full of stones and not much shade, and probably no places to stop for a drink - a lonely road  - ideal bandit (terrorist) country........He would set off early in the morning, just as the sun was rising   The road is rough and the rocks are high on either side.  Then suddenly out  jump some men - WHACK! - they attack him and rob him and leave him on the side of the path - badly hurt, in fact half dead.   He'd been mugged..."

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Themes:
Who is my neighbour, living forever, good samaritan, being too busy to do good, being a good samaritan

A beautiful Bible story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

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Download the story:  Good-Samaritan.pdf

174. Forgiveness (seventy times seven)

Introduction:
"Peter, one of Jesus' friends, had a problem like this. He asked Jesus How often should I forgive someone? How about 7 times 7? Jesus said “No, 70 times 7!”

While Peter was trying to figure that one out Jesus told this story:

“Once upon a time, there was a very rich man .. in fact he was not just a rich man but he was a .. (paint in crown) .. king. The day had arrived ... he had to settle his accounts. So he sat down at his desk with all his bills and receipts .... He began to check that all the people who owed him money had paid. “ £10 from this one .. yes. £50 from him .. yes. £500 from this one .. yes. Hello, here's one not paid! Who's it from? One of my servants! How much does he owe ?.... HOW MUCH? Bring that man to me at once!”...


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Themes:
Forgivess, the parable of the unmerciful servant, the parable of the unforgiving debtor

A beautiful Bible story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

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173. Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

Introduction:
"Peter said “It's getting late, the people are hungry – send them back to the villages to buy food.”  Jesus said “You get them some food!”.  “I haven't enough money to feed all these people!”....

“See if anyone has any food we could share...”.

There was one little boy who had a packed lunch and he gave it to Jesus.  In his packed lunch there were five small loaves (a bit like pitta bread) and two fish (probably dried fish, little ones like sardines, from the lake). “Well..” thought Jesus' disciples (that's what his friends were called) “there's no way that little bit of food is going to go round all this lot!  NO WAY!”Would you have been prepared to share your lunch with all those people?"


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Themes:
God's providence, I am the bread of life, God's care for us

A beautiful Bible story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

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172. The story of the brave Queen Esther

Introduction:
"Esther was gorgeous.  Her parents had died, and her relative, Mordecai, had looked after her since she was little.  He said "Let's put you in for that!  But don't tell anyone we're Jewish, O.K.?  let's keep it a secret, just between you and me."  Are you any good at keeping secrets?  

(Explain there are good secrets and bad secrets and sometimes bad ones need to be told, to someone like your teacher)

Esther thought about it and decided it wouldn't do anybody any harm to keep that secret.  She put on her best dress and she walked up and down the catwalk with the other lovely girls, (do so...) and she Esther WON the competition!  She remembered what Mordecai had said, and never told anyone the secret.  She had to spend a year training to be queen - how to behave, how to dress, beauty treatments and make-up and hair - how to dance beautifully for the King..."

Esther


Themes:
Esther, asking God for help, doing the right thing, being a hero, feast of Purim 

A beautiful Bible story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

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171. Meeting Jesus on the road to Emmaus

Introduction:
"Two of them, Cleopas and possibly Luke, who was the one who reported the story, decided not to wait about in Jerusalem any longer but to go back home - they were staying in Emmaus - about 7 miles away. It was early afternoon as they walked along together, down the rough road away from Jerusalem, until they began to follow the lovely green valley full of olive and lemon groves which led up to Bethany. A stranger joined them as they walked along, probably with the hood of his cloak over his head to protect against the sun. Can you guess who it was?  It was  this person - let's write his name up - JESUS!  But they didn't recognise him. He had a different robe  on for a start, his old one had been kept by the soldiers. It wasn't unusual for someone to join a group of walkers, it was safer to walk in a group."

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Themes:
Easter, the resurrection of Jesus, disappointed disciples, Jesus reveals himself, breaking of bread

A beautiful Bible story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

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170. The story of doubting Thomas

Introduction:
"A whole week went by and nobody saw Jesus, but then they were together in the upstairs room again, and this time Thomas was with them.  Suddenly Jesus appeared in the middle of them again.  He said "Look, Thomas!  It's me.  Touch me and feel me.  I'm real."  Thomas fell down on his knees (do so) and said "MY LORD and MY GOD!".  We hear people saying that all the time, don't we?  "Oh my God this, and Oh Lord that" but we should really be very careful about using those words.  The Bible says that God hates it if we use his name that way.  He really hates it.  Fine if we are talking to him or praying, but never just as an expression of shock or surprise.  Thomas would have known that.  He would never have said what he did unless he really believed that Jesus was God.  That's one of the reasons Christians believe that Jesus was God - Jesus didn't say "NO!  He accepted what Thomas said.  He accepted the fact that Thomas was on his knees worshipping him. "

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Themes:
Doubt, seeing is believing, touching Jesus, recognising Jesus as God

A beautiful Bible story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

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169. The story of David and Goliath


You may have a sword and a spear, but I come to you in the name of the LORD

David went down to the stream which separated the two armies.  He picked out five small smooth stones, just right.  GOLIATH couldn't believe his eyes! He couldn't hope to win!   Sending out a little loser like that!  How dare they insult him!   "Am I a dog?"  he asked "Going to throw a stick for me, are we, boy?  You come any nearer, you titchy little pipsqueak and I'll feed you to the birds....."  and he swore at him and at the Lord God. 

David shouted back "You may have a sword and a spear, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of the armies of heaven and Israel - the very God you insult.  Today the LORD will conquer you, and I will kill you, and I will feed you and all your army to the birds.... so there!  Then the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel, and he doesn't need weapons of war to sort out his plans!"

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Themes:

Trusting in God, leader or loser, boasting, God's victory

A beautiful Bible story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

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168. Rainbow of snow: finding hope in the names of God


There is hope to be found in the names of God

In this video we use the rainbow of snow experiment to illustrate to children the wonderful names of God.

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This video is part of a series of seven which demonstrate the different stories and themes you can illustrate with the rainbow of snow.

The complete series covers the following themes:

Idea 162.  Demonstration video with links to webshops
Idea 163.  Rainbow of snow – the promises of God
Idea 164.  Rainbow of snow – the story of the Jesus calming the storm
Idea 165.  Rainbow of snow – the names of Jesus
Idea 166.  Rainbow of snow – the diversity of the church
Idea 167.  Rainbow of snow – the fruit of the Spirit
Idea 168.  Rainbow of snow – the names of God

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167. Rainbow of snow: the fruit of the Spirit


What colour is the fruit of the Spirit?

In this video we use the rainbow of snow experiment to illustrate to children the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5: 22-23:

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."

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This video is part of a series of seven which demonstrate the different stories and themes you can illustrate with the rainbow of snow. 

The complete series covers the following themes:

Idea 162.  Demonstration video with links to webshops
Idea 163.  Rainbow of snow – the promises of God
Idea 164.  Rainbow of snow – the story of the Jesus calming the storm
Idea 165.  Rainbow of snow – the names of Jesus
Idea 166.  Rainbow of snow – the diversity of the church
Idea 167.  Rainbow of snow – the fruit of the Spirit
Idea 168.  Rainbow of snow – the names of God

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166. Rainbow of snow: the diversity of the church


There are no black sheep in the church!

In this video we use the rainbow of snow experiment to illustrate the diversity of people there are in the church. It’s a place where there’s room for everyone; young, old, man, women, child. 

This video is part of a series of seven which demonstrate the different stories and themes you can illustrate with the rainbow of snow. 

snow instant

The complete series covers the following themes:

Idea 162.  Demonstration video with links to webshops
Idea 163.  Rainbow of snow – the promises of God
Idea 164.  Rainbow of snow – the story of the Jesus calming the storm
Idea 165.  Rainbow of snow – the names of Jesus
Idea 166.  Rainbow of snow – the diversity of the church
Idea 167.  Rainbow of snow – the fruit of the Spirit
Idea 168.  Rainbow of snow – the names of God

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165. Rainbow of snow: the names of Jesus


A rainbow as a symbol of the wonderful names of Jesus

In this video we use the rainbow of snow experiment to illustrate the wonderful names of Jesus. This really helps us to realise who He is! The rainbow can be used as a powerful symbol of this. 

This video is part of a series of seven which demonstrate the different stories and themes you can illustrate with the rainbow of snow. 

snow instant

The complete series covers the following themes:

Idea 162.  Demonstration video with links to webshops
Idea 163.  Rainbow of snow – the promises of God
Idea 164.  Rainbow of snow – the story of the Jesus calming the storm
Idea 165.  Rainbow of snow – the names of Jesus
Idea 166.  Rainbow of snow – the diversity of the church
Idea 167.  Rainbow of snow – the fruit of the Spirit
Idea 168.  Rainbow of snow – the names of God

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164. Rainbow of snow: Jesus calms the storm


A science experiment the children will never forget!

In this video we use the rainbow of snow to tell the story of Jesus calming the storm.

This video is part of a series of seven which demonstrate the different stories and themes you can illustrate with the rainbow of snow.

snow instant

The complete series covers the following themes:

Idea 162.  Demonstration video with links to webshops
Idea 163.  Rainbow of snow – the promises of God
Idea 164.  Rainbow of snow – the story of the Jesus calming the storm
Idea 165.  Rainbow of snow – the names of Jesus
Idea 166.  Rainbow of snow – the diversity of the church
Idea 167.  Rainbow of snow – the fruit of the Spirit
Idea 168.  Rainbow of snow – the names of God

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163. Rainbow of snow: the promises of God


Why would you make a rainbow of snow?

Is it enough to say ‘because I can’? Probably not! For Noah and his descendants the rainbow was the symbol of God’s promise to them. God promised Noah that he would never again destroy the earth by flood. Which promises does the rainbow remind you of?

A rainbow of snow can help the children (or the church) to think about the wonderful promises God has made us.

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It does take some preparation, but you will have a never-to-be-forgotten children’s moment or sermon!!

The complete series covers the following themes:

Idea 162.  Demonstration video with links to webshops
Idea 163.  Rainbow of snow – the promises of God
Idea 164.  Rainbow of snow – the story of the Jesus calming the storm
Idea 165.  Rainbow of snow – the names of Jesus
Idea 166.  Rainbow of snow – the diversity of the church
Idea 167.  Rainbow of snow – the fruit of the Spirit
Idea 168.  Rainbow of snow – the names of God

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161. Saul becomes Paul on the Damascus Road


“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?"

Saul was so determined to stamp out this idea, that when he heard there was another group of Jesus' friends spreading the same rumour in Damascus, he set off down the road from Jerusalem to Damascus to deal with it once and for all.  He was nearly there when suddenly out of the blue he was stopped in his tracks by a brilliant white light!   He  fell to the ground (act it out) .   He heard a voice speaking to him out of the light saying "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? " 

"Who are you, Lord?" he asked.

"I am Jesus! Get up, and go into the city, and you will be told what to do next!".  His friends were speechless - they could hear the sound, but they couldn't see anyone.

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Themes:

Persecution of Christians, Saul's conversion ont the Damascus Road, gospel presentation, testimony

A beautiful Bible story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

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160. What's your idea of Heaven?


Heaven is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace and love

Winning the lottery?  Christmas?  Presents?  Loads to eat and drink, chocolate coming out of our ears, nothing else to do but watch TV? Apparently most people who win the lottery have got through the lot within a year, ending up with broken marriages, no friends, no job, and very unhappy. 

A skechtboard story on Romans 14:17 written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

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Themes:

Heaven is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace and love - Romans 14:17, a gospel presentation

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159. Jesus calms the storm


“Master! Master! Wake up! We're going to drown! Don’t you care?"

"It had been a long, hot day, and sitting up on the hillside were hundreds and hundreds of people.  They had all come there to listen to one man.  This man was really special - he healed people and talked to them about God.  Who am I talking about?  Yes, JESUS.  There were all kinds of people, big and small, old and young - and Jesus talked with them all.  Sometimes we may think that were not very important or special but to Jesus every person is special and important.  He told them all about God - not about a God who is far away, but about God who is very close to each one of us, and cares about us.

At the end of the day, Jesus was very tired!  He said to his special friends, his disciples, “Lets get into a boat and go across the lake to find somewhere to rest”.  So they all got into the boat.  When Jesus got into the boat, he was so tired that he found a nice place to curl up in, and ...zzzzzz... he fell asleep..."  

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Themes:

Trust in Jesus, does Jesus care about us, Jesus has the power over the sea and the wind

A beautiful Bible story from Luke 8: 22-25 written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

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158. The calling of Peter


Follow me and I will make you a fishers of men...

"Who likes to go fishing?  I wonder if you're the sort of person who comes home and says “Wow, mum, I caught a really big fish that was thiiiis big ... and I put it back”?.  You know fishermen are always going on about how big the catch was - even if they're not quite truthful!

Jesus' friend, Simon Peter, made his living by it .. he was a fisherman by trade.  He had his own boat, and knew his job.  He had been out on the lake all night and he had caught ... how many do you think?   Not one!  Nothing at all!  I expect he was sitting on the shore mending his nets and muttering to himself “Huh, all night and no fish, not even a tiddler - it's not worth fishing these days, I dunno where all the fish have gone, might as well not bother .. all I get is tired and wet and cold and hungry .

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Themes:

Discipleship, following Jesus, leaving everything behind,  miraculous catch of fish, Miraculous Draught of Fish, fishers of men

A beautiful Bible story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

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157. Where was Jesus born?


Was Jesus really born in a stable or in something else?

"Mary and Joseph would have travelled to Bethlehem some time before the birth of the baby in order to comply with the Roman census.  If their baby were born in their home town, he would be exempt from 50% of the poll tax until the age of 12 - an attractive incentive for any simple family.  Probably before September when various important Jewish feasts take place.

Luke 2 says "While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born".  They were not arriving with Mary already in labour and being turned away at every door - that is out of the question!  The duty of hospitality and care for the traveller was paramount in that society - in fact it still is, across the region.  As members of the Royal family of King David they would have gone to relatives.  Elizabeth and Zechariah would surely have welcomed them, if nobody else, bearing in mind Elizabeth's reaction to Mary's visit early in her pregnancy..."

(For more information see www.truthortradition.com)

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Themes:

Retelling the Christmas Story, stable or house, hospitality

An interesting background story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

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156. The confrontation between the prophjet Elijah and the priests of Baal


Shout a bit louder, Baal is maybe asleep!

"Elijah let the prophets of Baal have first turn.  They built the altar, put on the wood and the meat. 

All the people were watching.  The people didn't know that the prophets of Baal used to use tricks to light their fires when they were back down in the city, but up here on Mount Carmel with everybody watching, they couldn't use any tricks at all.  The 450 prophets of Baal started dancing around their altar calling on Baal to hear them, and set fire to the altar.  They were calling out "O Lord Baal, send down the fire!  O Lord Baal, send down the fire! O Lord Baal, send down the fire!"...

And do you know what happened?  NOTHING!
 

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Themes:

God shows his might, the powerlessness of false gods, fire from the sky, prophet Elijah, Asherah poles, prophets of Baal, king Ahab and queen Jezebel

A beautiful Bible story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

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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

155. The healing of blind Bartimeus

“Jesus!  Son of David!  Have pity on me!”   

"Cover your eyes up with your hands for a moment.  What can you see?  It's all dark in there, isn't it? What do we call someone who can't see at all? 

Nowadays there are all kinds of things to help people who can't see.  Long white canes, guide dogs, computers – my friend Neville can type messages on his computer and his computer reads the e-mails to him aloud! But did they have that kind of help in Jesus' time? No. If you were blind, it was a huge problem, you couldn't get a job, you couldn't keep your family, every day someone would have to lead you out to sit by the road, with your cloak and your begging bowl.

You'd sit there all day, calling out to anyone you heard passing by “ Please can you spare some money for a poor blind man?  Please can you help me?”.  Not much of a life was it, day in and day out?  Let's see what the man in our story is called: Bartimaeus. 

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Themes:

Healing of blind Bartimeus, the power of Jesus, the gospel

A beautiful Bible story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

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154. Tell any Bible story about (flowing) water - the Lota Vase

Introduction:
How many stories about water in the Bible do you know?

- the story of Noah and the water that kept pouring down (Genesis 6)
- the story of Hagar and Ishmael sent away (Genesis 21)
- the story of Eliezer meeting Rebekah at the well (Genesis 24)
- the story of Isaac digging wells (Genesis 26)
- the story of Jacob opening the well for Rachel (Genesis 29)
- the story of the bitter water at Mara (Exodus 15)
- the story of Moses hitting the rock (Exodus 17)
- the story of Moses hitting the rock twice (Numbers 20)
- the story of Elisha healing Jericho's waters (2 Kings 2)
- the story of the healing of Naaman (2 Kings 5)
- the story of Jesus meeting the lady at the well (John 4)
- the story of Jesus healing the paralysed men at the the pool of Bethesda (John 5)
- the promise of the river of life  (Revelation 22)

Did you know that you can tell all thes above stories (and many more) using the Lota Vase? 

In the video below I will show you how I use the Lota Vase to tell some of these stories.

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So far I have used the Lota Vase:

Idea 148 - To demonstrate God's unending and overflowing love
Idea 149 - To tell the story of the prophet Elisha and the widow’s oil 
Idea 150 - To teach children on how they can spiritually grow
Idea 151 - To show children the importance of developing their talents
Idea 152 - To tell the story of the prophet Elijah and the widow at Zarephath
Idea 153 - To teach children about Jesus' promise of living water
Idea 154 - To tell any story in the Bible about flowing water

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Underneath I will also show you where you can buy your own version of the Lota Vase.

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