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.   

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325. The fourth piece of the Christmas Puzzle - part 13 of the Christmas show that you can do!


Use the puzzle piece of the presents to introduce the story line of the Magi.

After completing the several different acts about the shepherds. take the fourth piece of the puzzle out of the folder. It's a picture of a present. You can talk about all the different presents that we hope to get at Christmas. Put this picture on the board and you are ready to start the following act: introducing the Magi.

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Use the picture of the present to talk about the Magi who brought their own presents for Jesus: gold, incense and myrrh. It is important to ignore the hole in the middle of the puzzle. Just act like you haven't seen it and don't mention it yet!

This fourth piece of the puzzle helps you introduce the story of the Magi and their presents.

You can do this too during your Christmas service, school assembly or in your Sunday school lesson

In idea 289 I demonstrate the use of the Christmas puzzle as the main story line in a Christmas show

324. Meet the sheep, Rocky the Raccoon and an amazing IKEA frog - part 12 of the Christmas show that you can do!


Create another act to talk about the role of shepherds within Jewish society

In the following act you can combine a few sheep hand puppets with the Rocky the spring puppet and the IKEA frog / prince puppet to talk more about the role of shepherds within the Jewish society and how special it is that God sends his angel to tell them first. 

meet the sheep

We made some of these sheep hand puppets ourselves, but you can buy beautiful sheep puppets here.

Rocky the Raccoon is very easy to bring to life, because it is a spring animal. Spring animals are puppets that consist of a large spring covered with fur. You hold the spring raccoon in one hand, moving the head with your thumb and first finger. It gives the animal a very realistic effect, and it's not uncommon for people to mistake it for a live animal!

 meet Rocky

Buy your own spring puppet

There are several places where you can buy your own spring puppet. The English guys from Mission Magic sell them, but you can also buy them on Amazon

If you are looking for the ZigZag trick that we use 'to cut Rocky into three parts' look at this link of Dynamite Magic.

meet the IKEA frog

To finish this act you use the Ikea frog / prince puppet to demonstrate God's powerful love for the shepherds.

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In the video below I will show you how you can use the sheep puppets, Rocky and the frog to create a context for the story of the shepherds.

You can use this act during your Christmas service, school assembly or in your Sunday school lesson.

Don't forget – any children’s worker can do this! It only needs a little bit of practice. So give it a try!

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323. The unworthiness and dreams of the shepherds - part 11 of the Christmas show that you can do!


Create a context for the shepherds by talking about their unimportance using the Useless Box

Have you ever heard of a useless box? This is a modern gadget that you can buy here or here on the internet and that is seemingly totally useless. But you can use it to talk about the unimportance, unworthiness and total uselessness of the role of the shepherds within the society that Jesus was born into. 

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Create a context for the shepherds by talking about their dreams using the Headless Cartoon Silks

You can use the four Headless Cartoon silks to demonstrate the dreams of the Shepherds. The four Headless Cartoon silks are not a magic trick, although we use them within Gospel Magic.  

You can make them appear from a large dove pan using flash paper.  (You can watch a demonstration video of the Headless Cartoon Silks combined with the dove pan and the flash paper here.)

 headless cartoon silks

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In the video below I will show you how you can use the Useless Box and the Headless Cartoon Silks to create a context for the story of the shepherds.

You can use this trick too during your Christmas service, school assembly or in your Sunday school lesson.

Don't forget – any children’s worker can use these object lessons. It only needs a little bit of practice. So give it a try!

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322. God's love for the Shepherds - part 10 of the Christmas show that you can do!


Any children’s worker can explain God's love for the shepherds and the poor using the Lota Vase

Have you ever heard of a Lota Vase?

This is a fun, easy to do magic trick in which you can pour water again and again from an empty metal vase!

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When I first saw one of them, I knew I had to have one! Straightaway I could see the potential for using them in telling Bible stories. 

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In the video below I will show you how you can use the Lota Vase to tell the story of the Shepherds meeting the angel, and so demonstrate the amazing love of God for us all!

You can buy your copy of the Lota Vase through the site of Mission Magic, but they also sell them here on Amazon.com and here on Amazon.co.uk

You can use this trick too during your Christmas service, school assembly or in your Sunday school lesson.

Don't forget – any children’s worker can do this Gospel magic trick. It only needs a little bit of practice. So give it a try!

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321. Introducing the Shepherds - part 9 of the Christmas show that you can do!


Any children’s worker can tell this story using two hand puppets

Depending how much time you have you can choose to tell the story of the shepherds quickly or elaborately.

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The one thing you can always do, is to ask two children to come forward to be the shepherds. As demonstrated in the video below you can easily dress them up as shepherds and give them a hand puppet, so you will have four shepherds on stage.

Depending on the time you can add the following acts:

Idea 322 -  tell the story of the shepherds meeting the angel... and God's love using the Lota Vase
Idea 323 -  tell the story of the unworthiness and dreams of the shepherds
Idea 324 -  tell the story of the sheep, Rocky the Raccoon and an amazing IKEA frog

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You can do this too during your Christmas service, school assembly or in your Sunday school lesson

Watch the demonstration video

You can see me doing a full demonstration in the video below.

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320. The third piece of the Christmas Puzzle - part 8 of the Christmas show that you can do!


Use the puzzle piece of the turkey to introduce the story line of the shepherds.

After the explanation of why Jesus came through the use of the Dean’s Box magic trick you take the third piece of the puzzle out of the folder. It's a picture of a turkey. You can talk about all the nice food that we eat at Christmas. Put this picture on the board and you are ready to start the following act: introducing the shepherds.

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Activity

Use the picture of the turkey to talk about some of the animals in the Christmas story. In our wooden Christmas stables you will often find a cow and a donkey, but in the Bible there are other animals mentioned in the Christmas story. They weren’t in the stable. They were out in the fields. They were sheep!

This third piece of the puzzle helps you introduce the story of shepherd and their sheep 

You can do this too during your Christmas service, school assembly or in your Sunday school lesson

In idea 289 I demonstrate the use of the Christmas puzzle as the main story line in a Christmas show

319. Immanuel; the relationship between God and his people will be restored - part 7 of the Christmas show that you can do!


Any children’s worker can explain the reason why Jesus came using the Gospel magic trick of the Dean’s Box

After the birth of Jesus demonstrated through the use of the cut and restore trick you can do a side track and explain the reason for Jesus’ birth.

For this you can use the Dean’s box magic trick. I bought mine very cheaply through Alibaba Express. The only problem was that it didn’t come with any explanation as to how the trick works. If you choose yours through Alibaba Express you can send me an email and I will send you a video in which I explain how the trick works. It looks great and it is very easy to do!

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Ask two children to come forward as volunteers. Give them each a coloured rope to inspect. The yellow rope symbolises God. The red rope symbolises mankind. The red wooden box symbolises the stable.

Explain that when God created us we were connected with Him. You connect the ropes as demonstrated in the video and tell the children that God promised that He would never let go. But we did let go and therefore lost our connection with God.

Then you explain what happened in the manger. God and mankind came back together through the coming of Jesus Christ. Jesus tied a knot between us and God without making a real knot. To demonstrate this you tie the two ropes together in the stable without making a knot.

Deans Box

But how is this possible?

To explain this you need an energy stick from idea 198. You ask your two volunteers to take hold of the silver ending on the energy stick with one hand. Ask if you are allowed to touch their noses and when you do the energy stick will come alive. This will give a laugh. Especially when they are allowed to touch your nose with their other hand. You explain how the energy stick works with a small current of electricity that we cannot see or feel, but flows through us. It connects us. This is the same with Jesus. You cannot see or feel him, but he connects us with God.

Put the ropes back in the box, tie them on the top to the energy stick, pull the ropes and they are back together again. Amazing!

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You can finish this act by saying that Christmas means that God keeps his promise: I will never let you go.

Make sure your two volunteers get a big round of applause before they leave the stage and you’re ready to go to the third piece of the puzzle.

You can do this too during your Christmas service, school assembly or in your Sunday school lesson

Watch the demonstration video

You can see me doing a full demonstration of this story and magic trick in the video below.

Don't forget – any children’s worker can do this Gospel magic trick. It only needs a little bit of practice. So give it a try!

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318. Joseph and Mary searching for a place to stay in Bethlehem - part 6 of the Christmas show that you can do!


Any children’s worker can tell this story using the Gospel magic trick of the Joker Tube / Stratosphere

Ask a child to come forward as a volunteer and show him/her the Joker Tube and asks if he knows what order the colours are in a traffic light. Red at the top, yellow in the middle and green at the bottom. The child gives you the coloured balls and you put them in the right order into the tube. Then you start telling the story...

"Joseph and Mary have travelled a long way from Nazareth to Bethlehem. It’s busy. Lots of people have come to register. Joseph looks at Mary. He knows that she can give birth any moment soon. It’s important for him to find an inn where they can stay.

He knocks on the door of the first inn he comes across. “Hello, do you have a place for us to stay for the night?”

You look questioningly at the child and the child says ‘no’. You lift the covering of the tube and the lights are all mixed up.

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Joseph is confused. How can this happen? Mary trusted God. He trusted God and now there is no place for them to stay. No place where the son of God can be born? Joseph doesn’t understand. How is this possible?

Take the three balls out of the tube and put them back again in the right order.

Joseph starts to worry a little now. Quickly he rushes to the next inn. He knocks on the door of the second inn. “Hello, my wife is pregnant. Do you have a place for us to stay for the night?”

You look again questioningly at the child and the child says again ‘no’. You lift the covering of the tube and the lights are all mixed up again for the second time.

Joseph starts to panic. How can this happen? Will God desert them? Is God not to be trusted?

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Take the three balls out of the tube and this time you put them back again in a different order: yellow first, then red and then lastly green.

Joseph knows he has one more opportunity. The last inn in Bethlehem. He runs as fast as he can and knocks at the door. “Hello, my wife can give birth any moment now. Please, please, do you have a room for us? Have mercy!”

You look questioningly at the child for the last time and the child says ‘no’ for the third time. You lift the covering of the tube and this time there are two red lights in your traffic light and the green light has disappeared. You’ll hear the amazement from your public and you use this amazement to focus on Joseph’s amazement.

How is this possible? Why has God deserted them? Why? It wasn’t easy for Joseph to marry a pregnant Mary. Everyone in the village had spoken of their shame. But he did it, because he trusted God and now this. How can it be?

And then someone, we don’t know who, shows love and compassion to Joseph and Mary. God does care for them. Someone has a place for them in a stable.

You take the three balls out of the tube and this time you put them back again in a different order: In the stable is some straw: the yellow ball. There is a small manger: the red ball and some blankets: another red ball.

That night Joseph and Mary discover that they can trust God. He does take care of them. That the night the traffic light in Bethlehem turns...

You lift the cover away from the tube.

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Green!! Green for Joseph and Mary. Green for us all."

Tthank the child who helped you and make sure he/she gets a round of applause. Then go straight into the end of the Cut and Restore trick and ask the girl who took care of your rope and knot to come forward and demonstrate the birth of Jesus Christ this way. Immanuel - God coming down to earth.

To demonstrate this you keep the rope vertical and move your hand down from the top to the bottom. When you reach the knot half way down the rope you move the knot down as you keep talking about God coming down from heaven.

Ask the girl to open her hands and slowly let the knot drop into her hands. Jesus is born in the stable and I ask her to take care of Jesus. She can keep the knot as a symbol of Jesus being born. Before she leaves the stage make sure she gets a around of applause.

You can do this too during your Christmas service, school assembly or in your Sunday school lesson

Watch the demonstration video

You can see me doing a full demonstration of this story and magic trick in the video below.

Don't forget – any children’s worker can do this Gospel magic trick. It only needs a little bit of practice. So give it a try!

 

 

317. Joseph’s reaction to Mary’s pregnancy - part 5 of the Christmas show that you can do!


You can tell this too story using the Gospel magic trick of the Cut and Restore rope trick

“Joseph, Joseph, I have good news!” Mary comes running into Joseph's work place with a big smile on her face. To demonstrate this you make a smile with your rope. Joseph is curious. Has Mary finally found a wedding dress?

“Joseph, I'm going to have a baby. But it is not yours. It is from God.”

Cut and restore trick

Any smile on Joseph’s face is immediately wiped away. “A child from God. What kind of bad joke is this?” Joseph gets angry, really angry.

That night as Joseph lies tossing and turning in his bed he makes a decision. He is not going to marry Mary. He is going to divorce her. And to demonstrate this you cut your rope in two pieces with a pair of scissors.

But as Joseph is sleeping an angel comes to him in his dream and says: “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the One conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you shall give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.”

The next morning when Joseph wakes up, he does something very brave. He decides to trust the angel, take the suffering and shame upon himself and he ties the knot with Mary. He marries her.

To demonstrate this you tie the two pieces of rope together with a knot and pull on both pieces to get the knot very tight.

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Mary has a baby in her tummy. You point to the knot, which has now become a symbol of the unborn child. You ask one of the girls present if they want to take care of Mary and the baby and you give the rope containing the knot to the girl. “Can you hold it with two hands for me please?”

Now you do the following magic trick of the traffic lights to tell the story of Joseph and Mary looking for a place to stay in Bethlehem. Once they found a place in the stable you ask the girl with the rope to come forward and you talk about the miracle of that Christmas night. Not only the miracle of Joseph and Mary finding a place to stay, not only the miracle of Jesus being born. No, the miracle of God Himself who came down from heaven to be one of us and to show us how much He loves us. This is the meaning of Immanuel.

To demonstrate this you keep the rope vertical and move your hand down from the top to the bottom. When you reach the knot half way down the rope you move the knot down as you keep talking about God coming down from heaven.

You ask the girl to open her hands and you slowly let the knot drop in her hands. Jesus is born in the stable and you ask her to take care of Jesus. She may keep the knot as a symbol of Jesus being born. Before she leaves the stage make sure she gets a round of applause.

You can do this too during your Christmas service, school assembly or in your Sunday school lesson. Don't forget – any children’s worker can do this Gospel magic trick. It only needs a little bit of practice. So give it a try!

Watch the video demonstration

You can see me doing a full demonstration of this story and magic trick in the video below.

Below this video you’ll find another video in which the cut and restore rope trick is shown, so you can learn to do this yourself.  

You can buy this trick here through Amazon.com. Buy your magic rope here

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316. Mary’s meeting with the angel Gabriel - part 4 of the Christmas show that you can do!


You can tell this story too - using the Gospel magic trick of the Bible Colouring Book 

During my Christmas show I tell the story of Mary’s meeting with the angel Gabriel. I use the Bible Colouring Book (magic trick) to tell this part of the Christmas story.

"The people of Israel hadn’t heard anything from God for four hundred years.

Magic colouring book empty

To demonstrate this silence you show the colouring book completely empty of any pictures.

Then one day the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary telling her: “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.”

Mary was very shaken by these words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But Gabriel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

Magic colouring book black white pictures

To demonstrate the words of the angel to Mary you show the colouring book full of black and white drawings of Jesus’ life.

Mary is confused! “How can this be, since I am a virgin?”

Gabriel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.”

What is Mary going to answer? Is it going to be a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’?

Mary places her trust in the words of the angel and says yes!

Magic colouring book

To demonstrate her answer you show the colouring book full with coloured pictures of the life of Jesus.

But what would have happened if Mary had said no? Jesus would not have been born. There would be no Christmas story and we wouldn’t celebrate Christmas. Life would have been completely different."

To demonstrate this you finish with showing the colouring book totally empty.

You can do this magic trick during your Christmas service, school assembly or in your Sunday school lesson

Watch the demonstration video below.

You can see me doing a full demonstration of this story and magic trick in the video below. The Brittish guys from Mission Magic have made a beautiful Bible Colouring Book. In the video we demonstrate a colouring book with only pictures from the life of Jesus bought through Amazon.com.

Don't forget – any children’s worker can do this Gospel magic trick. It only needs a little bit of practice. So give it a try!

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315. The second piece of the Christmas Puzzle - part 3 of the Christmas show that you can do!


Use the puzzle piece of the candle to introduce the story line of Joseph and Mary 

After your own act about trusting using slush powder it is time to take the second piece of the puzzle out of the folder. It's a picture of a candle.

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Put the second picture on the board; you can use the candle to talk about the dark times that the people of Israel were living in. Hundreds of years ago God had made a promise that the people walking in darkness would see a great light, but they couldn’t see anything yet. God still seemed very far away. The Romans were an occupying force that used brutal force to suppress the Israelites. There was lots of poverty. It was a dark time to be living in.

This second piece of the puzzle helps you to introduce the story of Mary’s meeting with the angel. 

You can do this too during your Christmas service, school assembly or in your Sunday school lesson

In idea 289 I demonstrate the use of the Christmas puzzle as the main story line in a Christmas show

314. Your own act about trusting - part 2 of the Christmas show that you can do!


Any children’s worker can do an act on the theme of trust using my idea below.

I have chosen an act for you to do about trust. During my Christmas show the theme of trusting God comes back time and time again. Mary has to trust God in order to become the mother of Jesus. Joseph has to trust God and marries Mary. They both have to trust God to provide a place for them in Bethlehem. The shepherds have to trust the angel as they travel to Bethlehem. The wise men have to trust the star and the angel to bring them to Jesus and  back safely using a different route. Joseph has to trust the angel again when he decides to flee to Egypt.

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Create your own very simple act using slush powder

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313. A ventriloquist act about trusting - part 2 of the Christmas show that you can do!


The Christmas story is all about trusting in God

In the video below I demonstrate a ventriloquist act with my puppet Harry. Normally I always do my ventriloquist acts in Dutch and will have practised a lot to get this right.

This is my first attempt at a ventriloquist act in English. It is a rough translation of a Dutch act I have done before and to be honest Harry and I have practised this act only once or twice before we shot it!

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I have chosen to do an act about trust. During my Christmas show the theme of trusting in God comes back time and time again. Mary has to trust God in order to become the mother of Jesus. Joseph has to trust God and marries Mary. They both have to trust God to provide a place for them in Bethlehem. The shepherds have to trust the angel as they travel to Bethlehem. The wise men have to trust the star and the angel to bring them to Jesus and  back safely using a different route. Joseph has to trust the angel again when he decides to flee to Egypt.

You can see a demonstration of my ventriloquist act in the video below.

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312. The presentation of the Christmas Puzzle - part 1 of the Christmas show that you can do!


Any children’s or Sunday school worker can do this! You don’t have to be a professional to do this show!

You can start your Christmas show with the presentation of the Christmas Puzzle.  In total the show lasts about an hour, but of course you can make the show longer or shorter if you want. You can use a sketchboard / wooden board and velcro to stick the pieces of the puzzle onto the board.

Tell the children that the postman came to bring a parcel that didn’t fit through the post box, so he had to ring on your doorbell. You don’t know what is in the parcel. That’s exciting! Let’s have a look.

Take out the first piece of the puzzle. It's a picture of a Christmas tree. Put the first picture on the board and you are ready to start with your first act on the theme of trust.

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311. Jesus meets the Samaritan woman - the Sinking Orange experiment


It is at the bottom of life we must begin, and not at the top.

In John chapter 4 Jesus meets the Samaritan woman near the well. In a normal situation she would either go early in the morning or just after sunset to the well to collect her water. But she doesn’t do this. She goes in the middle of the day, when it is very hot, so that nobody will judge her or talk to her. She is a woman that lives at the bottom of life. She is broken and hurt.

To demonstrate this place a peeled orange into a big jug full of water. It will sink straight to the bottom.

Jesus and the Samaritan woman

When Jesus meets her He is filled with compassion for her. He offers her life to the full. He offers her living water. And the woman drinks it in. A miracle happens. The woman is filled with water and suddenly there is a healing. Jesus restores her.

To demonstrate this take the peeled orange out of the water and place an unpeeled orange in the water. This orange will float. 

Watch this amazing cool science experiment and object lesson in the video below...

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You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, small churches

310. Jesus meets the Samaritan woman - the Balancing Coke Can act


Living life to the full, because Jesus restores the balance in your life

In John chapter 4 Jesus meets the Samaritan woman near the well. This woman was like a empty Coke can - totally empty, lying on its side, blown over by life. A woman who knows what it is to be judged by all the full Coke cans in her village. The men and women who live such nobles lives, who pour shame on this broken and emptied woman.

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But then something amazing happens. Jesus offers her life to the full. He offers her living water. And the woman drinks it in. A miracle happens. The woman is filled with water and suddenly there is a restored balance in her life.

Watch this amazing cool science experiment and object lesson in the video below...

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, small churches

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


Pointing to Jesus can lead to a surprise - are you ready to be surprised?

In 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. They are journeying towards their destiny: King Jesus - the One they have been searching for. After this meeting they will never be the same. 

In the video below 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.

I am not going to give anything more away. Watch and join me in this exercise. Only through joining me can you experience it for yourself. There is a big chance you are going to be surprised...

Looking at Jesus

Themes:

The three kings, the three wise men, the Magi, the star of Bethlehem, looking at Jesus, focusing on Jesus

Setting:

Christmas service, children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, small churches

Scipture reference:

The Magi - Matthew 2:1-12, Matthew 2:13-23
Looking at Jesus - Hebrews 12:2, Philippians 3:13-14 

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300. Jesus celebrates Passover


I’m so happy to be able to celebrate this Passover meal with you one more time. 

It’s a time of celebration in Israel. They are celebrating the Jewish Easter. All over the country families and friends have come together to eat. They eat the special Passover supper, with bread, wine, bitter herbs and the Passover lamb. Then they remember what happened a long time ago, when God freed Israel.

There’s a group of men walking along the road talking about the celebrations they are going to have. They are friends – in fact they are Jesus’ disciples.

“Where shall we prepare the Passover meal for tonight, Lord?” they ask Jesus.

“Two of you go to town,” says Jesus “and there you will meet a man carrying a jar of water. Follow him, until he goes inside a house, and tell the owner of the house that I have sent you, and ask where we can eat tonight. He will go upstairs with you and show you a room where everything is already. You can prepare the meal there.”

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An easy to tell Bible story

We at Creative Kidswork want to make storytelling as easy as possible for you. That’s why we provide you with tons of easy to tell Bible stories. You can read this story aloud or tell it in your own way. 

This Bible story from Matthew 26:17-30, Mark 14:12-26, Luke 22:7-39 and John 13:1-17:26 was written by Ellen Zuijdwegt for a Dutch Sunday school method, but you can use it at home, within a church service, Sunday school setting or anywhere you like

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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

299. Candles of Christmas - a story and an object lesson


The story of the four candles

This  is the story of four candles – the candle of Peace, the candle of Trust, the candle of Love and of course the candle of Hope. You can use it in a Christmas service, in a school assembly or in your children’s ministry.

You will need four large candles and four candle holders.

Print out four cards with the words PEACE, TRUST, LOVE and HOPE on them. Make sure they are easily readable from a distance and place them in front of the four candles, or stick them around the candles. 

Before you start telling the story, light the candles.

You will also need a glass to put the LOVE candle out.  

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Themes:

Light of the world, hope, Christmas

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Scripture reference: Matthew 1:1-17, Matthew 1:18-25, Matthew 2:1-12, Matthew 2:13-23, Luke 1: 5-25, Luke 1:26-38, Luke 1:39-56, Luke 1:57-80, Luke 2:1-7, Luke 2: 8-21, Luke 2:22-40, Isaiah 9:2-7, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 11:1, John 1:14, Romans 6:23, Galatians 4:4-5, 1 Timothy 1:15-17, Titus 3:3-7, Micah 5:2, Zechariah 9:9, John 3:16, Isaiah 40:1-11, 1 John 5:11
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, Christmas service, children's ministry, kids ministry, children's work, creative prayer, prayer room, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers

298. Presents to Jesus - an object lesson


Gold incense and myrrh

A visual way to show children the three gifts that Jesus received from the wise men or kings from the east, and one which will help them understand the meaning of these gifts.


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Themes:

Christmas, the Magi, the three wise men/ kings, presents

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, Christmas service, children's ministry, kids ministry, children's work, creative prayer, prayer room, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers

Scripture reference:

Christmas - Matthew 1:1-17, Matthew 1:18-25, Matthew 2:1-12, Matthew 2:13-23, Luke 1: 5-25, Luke 1:26-38, Luke 1:39-56, Luke 1:57-80, Luke 2:1-7, Luke 2: 8-21, Luke 2:22-40, Isaiah 9:2-7, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 11:1, John 1:14, Romans 6:23, Galatians 4:4-5, 1 Timothy 1:15-17, Titus 3:3-7, Micah 5:2, Zechariah 9:9, John 3:16, Isaiah 40:1-11, 1 John 5:11

Age:

6 – 88 years

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297. Can you smell God's love? - an object lesson


God'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?

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


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Themes:

God's love, Christmas and smell

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Scripture reference: Christmas - Matthew 1:1-17, Matthew 1:18-25, Matthew 2:1-12, Matthew 2:13-23, Luke 1: 5-25, Luke 1:26-38, Luke 1:39-56, Luke 1:57-80, Luke 2:1-7, Luke 2: 8-21, Luke 2:22-40, Isaiah 9:2-7, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 11:1, John 1:14, Romans 6:23, Galatians 4:4-5, 1 Timothy 1:15-17, Titus 3:3-7, Micah 5:2, Zechariah 9:9, John 3:16, Isaiah 40:1-11, 1 John 5:11
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, Christmas service, children's ministry, kids ministry, children's work, creative prayer, prayer room, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers

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


A new way to tell the Christmas story

Are you looking for something visual to tell the Christmas story and maybe explain the gospel? Maybe you can use the (giant) Christmas Puzzle...

 

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The Christmas tree - You can start with the Christmas tree and maybe tell a story about Christmas when you were young.

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The Candle - The second piece of the puzzle is the candle. Now you tell the story of Mary who saw a bright light; an angel. Perhaps you can use the magic colouring book (idea 82) to tell the children that God had been silent for more 400 years. Nobody had heard anything from God. (Show the empty colouring book)

Then suddenly an angel appears with Mary and tells her an amazing thing. (Show the black / white pictures in the colouring book) What will Mary’s answer be? Mary places her trust in God and says ‘Yes’! The Christmas story can begin. (Show the coloured pictures in the book).

You can maybe use the Joker Tube (idea 85) to the adventures of Joseph and Mary in Bethlehem when trying to find a room.  (I will post a video of how you can use the Joker Tube in this story in the coming weeks.)

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The Turkey - The third piece of the puzzle is the turkey. This is a symbol for the shepherds and their flock.

You ask two children to come forward and quickly dress them as shepherds. Maybe give them a hand puppet each, so that there are four shepherds. Then you hand out five or six sheep puppets. (IKEA used to sell these very cheaply). When the angels appear, the mouths of the shepherds and the sheep fall open. They hear the wonderful news and go to Bethlehem.

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The Present – The fourth piece of the puzzle is the present. This is of course the story of the Magi following the star of Bethlehem and taking their gifts with them.

You can make this visual for the children with a big star of maybe even the three gifts. What are myrrh and incense?

Now the Christmas story is complete! But what's happened?

We have a giant hole in our Christmas! How is that possible? We have got a Christmas tree, nice lights, something nice to eat and presents? What is missing?

Produce the last piece of the Christmas Puzzle...

Christmas Puzzle 5

The Cross – but we have a problem! The cross doesn’t fit into the puzzle. How can we solve this?

We have  to remove the candle and the turkey puzzle piece so that we can place the cross into the middle of the Christmas Puzzle. Now you can add the other two puzzle pieces and complete the Christmas Puzzle. You can explain about the cross being a symbol for Christ, or even do a gospel presentation.

Christmas Puzzle 6

When we place Jesus – the meaning of the Christmas story in the centre of Christmas, the puzzle is complete

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Scripture reference: Christmas - Matthew 1:1-17, Matthew 1:18-25, Matthew 2:1-12, Matthew 2:13-23, Luke 1: 5-25, Luke 1:26-38, Luke 1:39-56, Luke 1:57-80, Luke 2:1-7, Luke 2: 8-21, Luke 2:22-40, Isaiah 9:2-7, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 11:1, John 1:14, Romans 6:23, Galatians 4:4-5, 1 Timothy 1:15-17, Titus 3:3-7, Micah 5:2, Zechariah 9:9, John 3:16, Isaiah 40:1-11, 1 John 5:11
You can use this idea in a: Christmas service, children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, open air evangelism, street evangelism, gospel presentation, small churches

270. The parable of the wise man and the foolish man - a sketchboard story


Tell this story of the wise and foolish builders in a school assembly, a children’s program or in a preach

"What a wet winter it has been. Three months of solid rain.  How lovely to see the sun again. I used to live by the sea!  We looked forward so much to the sunshine. It was great fun, we used to go down to the beach every day after school in the summertime. My sister and I used to build sand castles - do you like doing that? Our Dad helped us, we would put big pebbles in the walls and try to keep the sea out as the tide came in - do you think we managed it?  We did for a little while, but in the end the waves would come over the top and the sand would wash out, and then what would happen? Yes, the castle would collapse and be flattened by the sea."

The parable of the wise and foolish builders

"Here's a story told by someone very special. Let's put his name up on the board: JESUS. He had been teaching the crowds of people about how God would like us to live, how to take care of one another, how to be kind AND sensible, and how much God loves us. To help them understand, he told them this story about two men.  It's called a parable – a story with a hidden meaning." 

"Each of the men wanted to build a house. What's the first thing you have to do when you start building a house?  (Ask for answers - make a plan, find the site, dig the foundations etc.). One man had a lot of hard work to do.  He dug down deep to good solid rock, and then he built the foundations, and then he built up the walls, until he had a good, strong, solid house. Here it is (Paint it in on the hill top) It takes a long time to do a job properly, doesn't it? My mum's favourite proverb was “If a thing is worth doing, it's worth doing well.” (fill it in, if using this bit) I expect he sat on the roof to admire the view."  (Matthew 7:24-27)

A another 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.

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, 

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268. Jesus and the Adulterous Woman - a sketchboard story


Tell this story of the lady who was found out in a school assembly, a children’s program or in a preach

"Have you ever been told off?  Why do we get told off?  Because we have done something wrong – yes....

This story is about someone who  did something very wrong.  A group of men caught her red-handed:  she had been FOUND OUT.(Paint in headline)   They took her to a very special person.... who do you think it was? JESUS.  They were not nice men.  They actually wanted to trap Jesus into breaking the Law himself – here he is on the steps of the Temple, teaching.  (paint him in, with his 12 disciples, and a crowd round, listening).

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Why did there always seem to be a lot of people around when Jesus was teaching?

(He was special, he would say...... and do..... etc. Etc.)

In came the crowd of angry men dragging the poor woman who had been found out.

They shouted out what she had done, in front of everyone.  How do you think she felt?

What she had done was so bad, they knew that the Law said she ought to be stoned to death.  She must have been terrified.  She knew she had done WRONG.   She felt guilty  and ashamed. (Paint in the words).  We  know inside, don't we, if we have done something wrong?  Even if our parents, or teachers, or friends don't know, we know – and the Bible says that God knows, too." (John 8: 1-11)

A another 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.

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, kids time

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258. 'Why did Jesus go to heaven?' and 'What does Jesus do in heaven?'.


A look behind the clouds - creative teaching material on the ascension of Jesus

'Why did Jesus go to heaven?' and 'What does Jesus do in heaven?' are two very important questions to raise when we think about the ascension of Jesus. How can we help children in the Sunday school, teenagers in the youth group and adults in the concregation find the answers to these important questions.

 


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You can use this visual aid / object lesson to address these questions

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256. The Chemical Cross - a great way to share the gospel


How to use the iodine and sodium thiosulfate reaction to explain the power of the cross

In the video below I show you how you can give a gospel presentation using the Chemical Cross trick. It is another version of the iodine and sodium thiosulfate reaction, but this time you use a cross to make the water totally clean again. You can buy the Chemical Cross set through the site of Mission Magic

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Themes:

Gospel presentation, victory over darkness and sin, the powers of the enemy defeated, God's victory on the cross, Jesus dying for our sin

Setting:

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

 

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Scripture reference: Light versus Darkness - Isaiah 9:2, Luke 1:79, Matthew 4:16, John 1:5, 2 Corinthians 4:6, 1 Peter 2:9, Ephesians 5:8, John 8:12, Acts 26:18, Matthew 10:27, Mark 4:22, Luke 8:17, Luke 12:3, Genesis 1:3-5 The Gospel - Romans 1:16, 1 Corinthians 15:1-28, Romans 10:9-13, Romans 10:14, Acts 2:38, John 3:16, Luke 5:21-25, Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 John 4:9-10, John 5:39-40, Romans 2:6-8, Luke 24:45-49, Mark 16:15, 1 Peter 3:18-22, Romans 11:19-22, John 8:24, John 6:50-71, Mark 16:16, Matthew 9:6-8, Genesis 22:8 The Cross - Mark 8:34, 1 Corinthians 1:18, Galatians 2:20, John 3:16, Romans 5:8, 1 Peter 2:24-25, Mark 15:30, 1 John 3:16, Matthew 10:38, Hebrews 12:2, Luke 14:27,  Colossians 2:14, Philippians 2:8, Romans 6:23, Luke 23:43  The enemy defeated - John 14:30, Matthew 12:28,  Luke 13:16, Acts 10:38, Galatians 1:4, 1 John 3:8, Hebrews 2:14-15, Colossians 1:13, Titus 2:14, Revelation 3:21, John 12:31, Matthew 25:41, Luke 10:18, John 16:11, Colossians 2:15, Romans 8:38-39, Revelation 12:11, Acts 5:40-42, 1 John 2:13-14, Revelation 17:14, 1 Timothy 3:6, Revelation 20:1-3, 1 Corinthians 15:26, Revelation 20:13-14

255. The heart of ice - a demonstration of God's love in your Sunday school lesson or family service


Demonstrating the love of God through a melting heart of ice

How can we demonstrate the power of Gods love to our children in the church or within our family? How can we make something so beyond our understanding visual and tactile during a Sunday school lesson or as visual aid during a sermon? God's love is so amazing. Can we help our children and teenagers to experience a little bit of it?

Maybe you can use the melting heart of ice.

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It is very easy to do. You take a large silicone heart mould, fill it with chicken wire, add water and leave it in the freezer for 48 hours. After two days you take it out of the freezer and you got yourself an heart of ice.  You attach a wire to it, hang it from the ceiling and place a container underneath. 

During a Sunday school lesson, a sermon or during family meeting at home a you create a moment of silence. Hopefully the only thing you'll hear is the water dripping down from the heart of ice into the container.

This melting heart of ice is a brilliantly simple illustration to show that God’s love can melt the hardest of hearts. His love can break through to the hardest hearts. And God's tears are like the drops of water  that flow from this heart. 

Use it as a creative prayer opportunity

It is important not only to show this melting heart of ice, but also to give everyone the opportunity to feel this melting heart for themselves. We all know someone who is in great need of God's love. As you touch this melting heart of ice and as you feel the drops of water you can pray for this person. Maybe it is you. Then you can pray for yourself or ask someone else to pray for you.  

 

 

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
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

254. The Magi give gold, myrrh and frankincense - the Dice Box


Tell the Bible story of the three Magi and their expensive presents

In idea 251. Zacchaeus finds real treasure I explain the routine of the Magic Dice Box.

I use this trick in one of my Christmas magic shows, when I tell the story of the three wise men (the  Magi) spending all their money to buy the most expensive gifts for Jesus.

You can link this with the price we may have to pay for following Jesus or you can use this story to teach on worshipping God. What do we offer God when we worship Him?

Paul writes in Romans 12: 1 "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God--this is your true and proper worship." 


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The trick has a strange name: the Sucker Dice Box. You can buy it here. When you buy the trick, you get a dice.  I have covered the dice with 'gold coins' paper so that it doesn't look like a dice anymore, but like a solid block of gold coins. 

You can use it as a Gospel Magic trick for the following stories:

251. Zacchaeus finds real treasure
252. The prodigal son loses everything
253. Jesus talking about collecting treasures on earth
254. The three wise men (the Magi) buying their presents for Jesus

Themes:

The three kings, the three wise men, the Magi, the star of Bethlehem, gold incense and myrrh, the price of following Jesus, being a living sacrifice, teaching on worshipping God

Setting:

Christmas service, children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, gospel presentation, small churches

Scipture reference:

The Magi - Matthew 2:1-12, Matthew 2:13-23

The cost of discipleship - Matthew 16:24, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23, Matthew 10:38, Matthew 8:19-20, Luke 14:27, Luke 9:57-58, Romans 14:7, Luke 9:59-60, 2 Corinthians 5:15, Matthew 8:21-22, Galatians 2:20, 1 Peter 4:2, Luke 14:28-32, Colossians 1:18, Luke 14:33, Philippians 3:7-8, Luke 9:61-62, Matthew 10:37, Luke 14:26, John 15:20, Acts 14:22, 2 Timothy 3:12, Matthew 10:38-39, Matthew 16:24-25, Mark 8:34-35, Luke 9:23-24, John 12:25

Worshipping God - 1 Chronicles 16:23-31, Exodus 20:2-6, John 4:21-24, Psalm 99, Deuteronomy 29:18, Romans 12:1-2, 1 Samuel 15:22, Revelation 4:8-11, Isaiah 29:13, Psalm 29, Hebrews 12:28-29, Nehemiah 9:5-6, Psalm 86:9-10, 2 Kings 17:38-39, Psalm 100, Daniel 3:16-18, Revelation 14:7

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253. Jesus talking about collecting treasures on earth - the Dice Box


Do not store up treasures on earth

In idea 251. Zacchaeus finds real treasure I explain the routine of the Magic Dice Box. I sometimes use it to teach on the words of Jesus: 

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal."   Matthew 6:19, 20 

In the video below I will show you how you can combine this trick with teaching on these words of Jesus...


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The trick has a strange name: the Sucker Dice Box. You can buy it here. When you buy the trick, you get a dice.  I have covered the dice with 'gold coins' paper so that it doesn't look like a dice anymore, but like a solid block of gold coins. 

You can use it as a Gospel Magic trick for the following stories:

251. Zacchaeus finds real treasure
252. The prodigal son loses everything
253. Jesus talking about collecting treasures on earth
254. The three wise men (the Magi) buying their presents for Jesus

Themes:

Collecting treasures on earth, collecting treasures in heaven, losing your treasure, finding real treasure

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, small churches

Scripture reference:

Matthew 6:19-20, Matthew 19:21, Luke 12:19-21, Luke 12:33, Luke 18:22, 1 Timothy 6:17-19, Luke 14:33, Matthew 25:35-40, Revelation 22:12, Acts 20:35, Proverbs 19:17, Matthew 6:33, Hebrews 6:10, 1 Timothy 6:10, Luke 12:15, Colossians 3:1-3, Corinthians 8:9, Ephesians 2:10, 1 Corinthians 3:8, Proverbs 13:7, Luke 19:8-9 

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252. The prodigal son loses everything - the Dice Box


How to use this Gospel Magic trick to tell the story of the prodigal son

In idea 251. Zacchaeus finds real treasure I explain the routine of the Magic Dice Box. I use it in one of my children's programmes, when I do an hour long show on the theme of the prodigal son. The block of gold coins represents all the money he made from selling one third of everything on his father's farm. He takes this money with him to the big city and spends it all very quickly. In the video below I show you how to can do this trick while telling the story of the prodigal son. 


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The trick has a strange name: the Sucker Dice Box. You can buy it here. When you buy the trick, you get a dice.  I have covered the dice with 'gold coins' paper so that it doesn't look like a dice anymore, but like a solid block of gold coins. 

You can use it as a Gospel Magic trick for the following stories:

251. Zacchaeus finds real treasure
252. The prodigal son loses everything
253. Jesus talking about collecting treasures on earth
254. The three wise men (the Magi) buying their presents for Jesus

Themes:

The prodigal son, being irresponsible, losing your treasure, finding real treasure

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, 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

Scripture reference:

Matthew 6:19-20, Matthew 19:21, Luke 12:19-21, Luke 12:33, Luke 18:22, 1 Timothy 6:17-19, Luke 14:33, Matthew 25:35-40, Revelation 22:12, Acts 20:35, Proverbs 19:17, Matthew 6:33, Hebrews 6:10, 1 Timothy 6:10, Luke 12:15, Colossians 3:1-3, Corinthians 8:9, Ephesians 2:10, 1 Corinthians 3:8, Proverbs 13:7, Luke 19:8-9, Luke 15: 11-32

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251. Zacchaeus finds real treasure - the Dice Box


Tell the Bible story of Zacchaeus the tax collector in a new way

Show everyone a solid block of gold coins (this is a large dice that I covered with paper gold coins on it), and a box with two compartments, and doors to each compartment. The solid block of gold coins is placed in one compartment, and the doors are closed. The box is tilted, and your audience hear the block of gold coins slide from one side to the other. So they are not impressed when you open the door to show that the gold has vanished. They ask you to open the other door. 

You tilt the box again and open the door. They hear the block again, and even those that missed it the first time are now convinced they have caught you out. Repeat a few more times, milking it for all it's worth.

Finally open both doors, to show that the block of gold coins has indeed vanished. 

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The trick has a strange name: the Sucker Dice Box. You can buy it here.

You can use it as a Gospel Magic trick for the following stories:

251. Zacchaeus finds real treasure
252. The prodigal son loses everything
253. Jesus talking about collecting treasures on earth
254. The three wise men (the Magi) buying their presents for Jesus

Themes:

Zacchaeus, losing your treasure, finding real treasure

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's work, 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

Scripture reference:

Matthew 6:19-20, Matthew 19:21, Luke 12:19-21, Luke 12:33, Luke 18:22, 1 Timothy 6:17-19, Luke 14:33, Matthew 25:35-40, Revelation 22:12, Acts 20:35, Proverbs 19:17, Matthew 6:33, Hebrews 6:10, 1 Timothy 6:10, Luke 12:15, Colossians 3:1-3, Corinthians 8:9, Ephesians 2:10, 1 Corinthians 3:8, Proverbs 13:7, Luke 19:1-10, 

Below we will show you how you can use this magic trick to tell the Bible story of Zacchaeus

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248. How to tell any Bible story using iodine and thiosulfate reaction - 2


Such an easy experiment, such a powerful way to tell Bible stories

In the video below we will demonstrate how you can tell any Bible story that contains a problem and a solution with this cool science experiment. As you can see in the video, it is slightly different from idea 247

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If you click on the following links, iodineironing spray, and sodium thiosulfate, you will automatically be linked to a site where you can order these products. 

Themes:

Iodine and sodium thiosulfate reaction, miracles, any Bible with a problem that needs to be solved

Setting:

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

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247. How to tell any Bible story using iodine and thiosulfate reaction - 1


Something that any Christian children's or youth worker can do

In the video below we will demonstrate how you can tell any Bible story that contains a problem and a solution with this cool science experiment. As you can see in the video, it is slightly different from idea 248

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If you click on the following links, iodineironing spray, and sodium thiosulfate, you will automatically be linked to a site where you can order these products. 

Themes:

Iodine and sodium thiosulfate reaction, miracles, any Bible with a problem that needs to be solved

 

Watch the video below:

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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, youth work, youth group. teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, small churches, street evangelism, open air evangelism

238. No need for masks in God’s family - the Headless Cartoon silks


Teaching children and teenagers about not wearing masks in church

In our daily lives we sometimes have to take on a role to just go through the day and when we want to achieve something. It is very easy to constantly wear a certain mask, so that people like, so that you are safe... Very often we are not even aware anymore of the (many) masks we wear. And then we come to church!

How easy it is to also wear our masks in church. But do we really need them when we are among God's family? Do we dare to open ourselves and our lives for one another? 

This is an important question! But how do you raise an issue like this? Well, maybe through the Headless Cartoon silks...

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The use of Headless Cartoon silks within children's and youth ministry:

These beautiful silks, each with different characters depicted on them, but without their heads! This way, either you or your volunteers from the audience can hold up the silks and finish the pictures with their faces! Lots of fun for kids and adults, with audience participation and many comic possibilities. Includes four beautiful, 36-inch, 100% pure silks with routine ideas.

You can the Headless Cartoon silks for:
234 - Who is important in God’s eyes?
235 - Telling the Bible story of Zacchaeus
236 - The prodigal son’s dreams
237 - No popularity contest within God’s family
238 - No need for masks in God’s family

You can buy the Headless Cartoon silks through Amazon or through Dynamite Magic.

The four Headless Cartoon silks are no magic trick, although we use within Gospel Magic.  You can make them appear from a large dove pan using flash paper.  
(You can watch a demonstration video of the Headless Cartoon Silks combined with the dove pan and the flash paper here.)

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's 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

Scripture reference:

John 1:12, 1 John 3:1-2, Ephesians 2:19-22, Romans 12:5, 1 Corinthians 12:26, 1 Corinthians 3:9, 1 Timothy 5:1-25, 1 Timothy 3:15, John 13:34, John 1:12-13, Revelation 3:12, 1 Corinthians 15:58, Acts 20:28 , 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15

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237. No popularity contest within God’s family - the Headless Cartoon silks


Talking with children and teenagers about popularity

Within God's family we (try to) look at people through the eyes of Jesus. In society it sometimes feels so important to be beautifull, athlecic, smart, elegant or funny. But within the church there is no popularity contest. Everybody is allowed to belong. Everybody is loved. You may come as you are.

Through the use of the Headless Cartoon silks you can demonstrate this important truth very easily.

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The use of Headless Cartoon silks within children's and youth ministry:

These beautiful silks, each with different characters depicted on them, but without their heads! This way, either you or your volunteers from the audience can hold up the silks and finish the pictures with their faces! Lots of fun for kids and adults, with audience participation and many comic possibilities. Includes four beautiful, 36-inch, 100% pure silks with routine ideas.

You can the Headless Cartoon silks for:
234 - Who is important in God’s eyes?
235 - Telling the Bible story of Zacchaeus
236 - The prodigal son’s dreams
237 - No popularity contest within God’s family
238 - No need for masks in God’s family

You can buy the Headless Cartoon silks through Amazon or through Dynamite Magic.

The four Headless Cartoon silks are no magic trick, although we use within Gospel Magic.  You can make them appear from a large dove pan using flash paper.  
(You can watch a demonstration video of the Headless Cartoon Silks combined with the dove pan and the flash paper here.)

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's 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

Scripture reference:

John 1:121 John 3:1-2Ephesians 2:19-22Romans 12:5, 1 Corinthians 12:26, 1 Corinthians 3:9, 1 Timothy 5:1-251 Timothy 3:15John 13:34, John 1:12-13, Revelation 3:121 Corinthians 15:58Acts 20:28 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15

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236. The prodigal son’s dreams - the Headless Cartoon silks


Telling the Bible story of the parable of the lost son to children

Day in, day out... It never seems to stop. As the prodigal son is working on his father's farm he is dreaming about the big city with all its enticing things. Who wants to know what the prodigal son is dreaming about? Ask four volunteers to come forward. Each of them chooses a colour: green, yellow, red or blue. According to the colour they choose you give them a headless silk in that colour. Together they demonstrate the prodigal son's dreams. (Luke 15:11-32)

headless cartoon silks

The use of Headless Cartoon silks within children's and youth ministry:

These beautiful silks, each with different characters depicted on them, but without their heads! This way, either you or your volunteers from the audience can hold up the silks and finish the pictures with their faces! Lots of fun for kids and adults, with audience participation and many comic possibilities. Includes four beautiful, 36-inch, 100% pure silks with routine ideas.

You can the Headless Cartoon silks for:
234 - Who is important in God’s eyes?
235 - Telling the Bible story of Zacchaeus
236 - The prodigal son’s dreams
237 - No popularity contest within God’s family
238 - No need for masks in God’s family

You can buy the Headless Cartoon silks through Amazon or through Dynamite Magic.

The four Headless Cartoon silks are no magic trick, although we use within Gospel Magic.  You can make them appear from a large dove pan using flash paper.  
(You can watch a demonstration video of the Headless Cartoon Silks combined with the dove pan and the flash paper here.)

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's 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

Demonstration video:

Below you can a video in which we demonstrate how you can use the Headless Cartoon silks combined with the story of the prodigal son.

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235. The story of Zacchaeus - the Headless Cartoon silks


How to have a captivated audience when telling the Bible story of Zacchaeus

As you know, the story of Zacchaeus (Luke 19: 1-10) is such a well known story, that it is sometimes hard to keep the children listen attentively, because they already know the story so well. But...

When you tell the story using the four Headless Cartoon silks, we will garantee you a captivated or at least very involved audience!

headless cartoon silks

The use of Headless Cartoon silks within children's and youth ministry:

These beautiful silks, each with different characters depicted on them, but without their heads! This way, either you or your volunteers from the audience can hold up the silks and finish the pictures with their faces! Lots of fun for kids and adults, with audience participation and many comic possibilities. Includes four beautiful, 36-inch, 100% pure silks with routine ideas.

You can the Headless Cartoon silks for:
234 - Who is important in God’s eyes?
235 - Telling the Bible story of Zacchaeus
236 - The prodigal son’s dreams
237 - No popularity contest within God’s family
238 - No need for masks in God’s family

You can buy the Headless Cartoon silks through Amazon or through Dynamite Magic.

The four Headless Cartoon silks are no magic trick, although we use within Gospel Magic.  You can make them appear from a large dove pan using flash paper.  
(You can watch a demonstration video of the Headless Cartoon Silks combined with the dove pan and the flash paper here.)

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

Demonstration video:

Below you can a video in which we demonstrate how you can use the Headless Cartoon silks combined with the Bible story of Zacchaeus.

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234. Who is important in God’s eyes? - the Headless Cartoon silks


Teaching children and teenagers that they are important to God

You can use the four Headless Cartoon silks to talk with the children about when are we important to God. When we are pretty? When we are very strong? Or very funny? Or when you can climb like a monkey? The answer to all these questions is ‘YES!’ But not because you’re pretty, strong, funny or athletic. You are important in God’s eyes, because He loves you just as you are.

headless cartoon silks

The use of Headless Cartoon silks within children's and youth ministry:

These beautiful silks, each with different characters depicted on them, but without their heads! This way, either you or your volunteers from the audience can hold up the silks and finish the pictures with their faces! Lots of fun for kids and adults, with audience participation and many comic possibilities. Includes four beautiful, 36-inch, 100% pure silks with routine ideas.

You can the Headless Cartoon silks for:
234 - Who is important in God’s eyes?
235 - Telling the Bible story of Zacchaeus
236 - The prodigal son’s dreams
237 - No popularity contest within God’s family
238 - No need for masks in God’s family

You can buy the Headless Cartoon silks through Amazon or through Dynamite Magic.

The four Headless Cartoon silks are not a magic trick, although we use them within Gospel Magic.  You can make them appear from a large dove pan using flash paper.  
(You can watch a demonstration video of the Headless Cartoon Silks combined with the dove pan and the flash paper here.)

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

Scripture reference:

John 1:121 John 3:1-2Ephesians 2:19-22Romans 12:5, 1 Corinthians 12:26, 1 Corinthians 3:9, 1 Timothy 5:1-251 Timothy 3:15John 13:34, John 1:12-13, Revelation 3:121 Corinthians 15:58Acts 20:28 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15

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227. Zacheaus the Bully


Tell this story of Zacchaeus in a school assembly, a children’s program or in a preach

"There was one person who didn't dare to go out in the crowd.  His name was (Paint in ZACCHAEUS) Mr. Good. (Zacchaeus means Righteous)  But he wasn't at all good, he was very mean (Paint it in) and horrible.

Do you think he had lots of friends?  No, he was very lonely.  (Paint in Lonely). In fact he wasn't just lonely, but he was this word too (Paint in Hated).  He was hated because he was dishonest - he was a thief, AND he was a bully....  He was in charge of collecting taxes for the Romans, who were the enemies of his people, the Jews. 

But he didn't just take the money for the taxes, he took a whole lot extra.  He would put the money for the Romans into a bag marked R for Romans, and the rest of it into a bag marked Z for Zacchaeus. What do we call that?  Stealing.  Does God like us to take things that don't belong to us?  No, he doesn't!" (Luke 19: 1-10)

 

Zaccheaus


Background info:

For background information on the story of Zacchaeus see: www.korky.info, Book 2 "Jesus - Faith and Fact" Chapter 7

A another 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.

Setting:

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

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226. Jesus calms the storm - Cool Science


A demonstration video on how you can tell the story of Jesus calming the storm using  iodine, starch and sodium thiosulfate

Below you find  a demonstraion video in which Matt demonstrates a very simple yet spectacular experiment. With the help of iodine, starch and sodium thiosulfate he shows how you can illustrate the miracle of how Jesus calmed the storm. (Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-41,  Luke 8:22-25)

storm


If you click on the following links, iodine, ironing spray, and sodium thiosulfate, you will automatically be linked to a site where you can order these products. 

Themes:

Iodine and sodium thiosulfate reaction, Jesus calms the storm, light conquers darkness

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You can use this idea in a: 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  

224. The painting of the son


A beautiful Christmas story that you can use to illustrate the gospel

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Themes:

The meaning of Christmas, choosing for Jesus

To be used for:

A Christmas service, or to illustrate the gospel in a talk

Scripture reference:

Psalm 100:3, Isaiah 43:1, Romans 14:8, 1 John 5:1-21, 1 John 3:1-24

Explanation:

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