Great Bible based ideas for children’s moments and children's sermons in church

Are you looking for interactive, fun, Bible based children’s moments during your church service? Something that will appeal to the whole congregation? A children’s moment / children's sermon that won’t take you hours to prepare?

Here you will finds hundreds of ideas for children’s moments and children's sermons. From every day object lessons to cool science experiments, from Bible stories to gospel illusions.

We offer you lots of fun, interactive, cool and thought provoking children’s moments and children’s sermons that will help you teach and apply Biblical truths to young and old.

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421. Christian ventriloquist act about God's love

Are you looking for a new short Christian ventriloquist act about God's love?

OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates in the video below a Christian ventriloquist act with her famous puppet Aqua. Dawn has been visiting school in Plymouth (UK) for more than 25 years. In all those years hundreds of thousands of children have seen her and heard the gospel through her ventriloquism and storytelling.

This ventriloquist act is about the talents that God has gives us and His amazing love for us

Dawn Getley does a ventriloquist act with her cute duck Aqua

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Scripture reference: Ezekiel 36:26, Psalm 51:10, Jeremiah 17:9, Jeremiah 17:10, Matthew 5:8, Hebrews 4:12, Proverbs 4:23, Proverbs 3:5-6, Psalm 34:18, Ezekiel 11:19, Proverbs 21:2, Luke 12:33-34, Matthew 15:18-20, James 4:8, 1 Samuel 16:7, 1 Timothy 1:5, Psalm 26:2, Romans 2:5, Romans 1:21, Acts 8:22, Psalm 112:7, Romans 10:10, Psalm 119:10, Psalm 51:17, Hebrews 10:22, 2 Timothy 2:22
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, preaching illustration, kids time

419. How to explain the gospel using silk scarves and a change bag


A wonderful visual (and especially colourful) way to tell children the gospel

OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates in the video below how you can explain the gospel using a beautiful story, silk scarves and a change bag

Dawn has been visiting school in Plymouth (UK) for more than 25 years. In all those years hundreds of thousands of children have seen her and heard the gospel through her ventriloquism and storytelling.

Dawn Getley demonstrates how you can explain the gospel using a beautiful story silk scarves and a change bag

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You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, preaching illustration, kids time

411. The call of Abram - a temporary home


Experience Abram's journey

Abram did what the Lord had said. He left Charan. He was then 75 years old. He took his wife Sarai and cousin Lot with him, and they took everything they had, including their slaves. They went on a journey to the country of Canaan. (Genesis 12:1 – 9)

Abrams journey tent

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Scripture reference: Genesis 12:1 – 9
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church,, kids time

409. Christian ventriloquist act about God looking at our heart

Are you looking for a new short Christian ventriloquist act?

OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates in the video below a Christian ventriloquist act with her famous puppet Horace. Dawn has been visiting school in Plymouth (UK) for more than 25 years. In all those years hundreds of thousands of children have seen her and heard the gospel through her ventriloquism and storytelling.

This ventriloquist act is about us looking at outward appearances, but God looks at our heart. 

Dawn Getley does a ventriloquist act with her puppet Horace

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Scripture reference: Ezekiel 36:26, Psalm 51:10, Jeremiah 17:9, Jeremiah 17:10, Matthew 5:8, Hebrews 4:12, Proverbs 4:23, Proverbs 3:5-6, Psalm 34:18, Ezekiel 11:19, Proverbs 21:2, Luke 12:33-34, Matthew 15:18-20, James 4:8, 1 Samuel 16:7, 1 Timothy 1:5, Psalm 26:2, Romans 2:5, Romans 1:21, Acts 8:22, Psalm 112:7, Romans 10:10, Psalm 119:10, Psalm 51:17, Hebrews 10:22, 2 Timothy 2:22
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, preaching illustration, kids time

408. Daniel in the lion's den - a storyboard

Have you ever told a Bible story with a storyboard?

OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates in the video below how you can tell the story of the Daniel in the lion's den while using a storyboard. These storyboards are produced by Gary Stirling. They are very cleverly designed, so you can tell one story with just eight pictures. This one also has a clear gospel presentation in it. 

Dawn Getley tells the story of Daniel in the lions den

You can buy the script, the pictures and the instructions for 6 pounds at GarysBibleStories.

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Scripture reference: Daniel 6:1–28
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

407. Noah and the ark - a storyboard

Have you ever told a Bible story with a storyboard?

OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates in the video below how you can tell the story of the Noah and the ark while using a storyboard. These storyboards are produced by Gary Stirling. They are very cleverly designed, so you can tell one story with just eight pictures. This one also has a clear gospel presentation in it. 

Dawn Getley tells the story of Noah and the ark

You can buy the script, the pictures and the instructions for 6 pounds at GarysBibleStories.

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Scripture reference: Genesis 5 , Genesis 6, Genesis 7, Genesis 8, Genesis 9, Genesis 10
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

406. Three different ways to apply the Bible into our lives - an object lesson


What happens if you take a bottle of wine, a bottle of strawberry sauce and a bottle of marinade sauce?

Three different ways to apply the Bible into our lives

You suddenly have a powerful object lesson that you can use to teach children, teenagers and adults about the importance of reading, studying and applying God's Word into our lives.

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Scripture reference: 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Timothy 3:14-17, Joshua 1:8, Psalm 119:11, Psalm 119:105, Proverbs 3:1-2, 2 Timothy 2:15, 1 Peter 3:15, Deuteronomy 11:18-23, Psalm 119:18, Psalm 119:9, Romans 12:2, Acts 17:11, Ephesians 6:11-17, Acts 8:30, James 1:22, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:1-17, John 8:32, Proverbs 2:1-5, 1 John 2:27, John 13:17, John 1:1, Luke 4:4, Hosea 4:6, John 6:63, John 5:39-40, 1 Peter 2:1-2, Proverbs 2:1-22
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405. Looking with God’s eyes - an object lesson


A clever and fun object lesson that demonstrates that we can only focus on the small part in front of us and that we need the Bible to see Gods big picture.

looking with Gods eyes

There are several stories and passages in the Bible in which humans have to discover that although we claim to see, we are blind. We don’t see things as God sees them. We only focus on a small part in front of us. God sees everything. We need the Bible to see Gods big picture. 

In 1 Samuel 16 the prophet Samuel has come to anoint a new king. When he looks at David’s oldest brother Eliab he thinks this is the one! But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. ( 1 Samuel 16:7)

One of Jesus’ sayings is: “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind may see and those who see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard this, and they asked Him, “Are we blind” too? 4“If you were blind,” Jesus replied, “you would not be guilty of sin. But since you claim you can see, your guilt remains.”  (John 9: 39-41)

How do we help children, teenagers and adults to think about these matters? How do we demonstrate that we only see a small part of the big picturen and that we need to study God's Word to discover the big picture and to learn to see as God sees?

 - For this object lesson we use two pictures of a set of playing cards. Not all Christians are comfortable with using playing cards as an object lesson. The good news is that you can also use this object lesson with different images that are very similar. -

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The object lesson:

Show a picture of these five playing cards to the group. Ask one of the older children / teenagers to pick one of the cards on the picture. Let him or her write this card down on a piece of paper, without mentioning which card he / she has chosen. 

Now you remove the picture with the five playing cards and show him / her the picture of four playing cards that you can find underneath the line in this idea.

Five playing cards turn into four. What is the chance that his or her card has disappeared? You would say: one in five. But the truth is: one hundred percent.

Try this for yourself! How is it possible that your playing card disappears as well?

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Scripture reference: 1 Samuel 16:7, John 9: 39-41, Isaiah 6:10, Psalm 119:18, Psalm 13:2-3, 2 Corinthians 4:4, Luke 14:13-14, John 9:1-41, 1 John 2:11, Matthew 13:13-16, Matthew 15:14, Ephesians 5:8, Luke 12:48, Luke 18:35-38, Revelation 3:17, 2 Kings 6:17-20, Matthew 24:30, 1 John 4:1, Hebrews 4:13, Job 34:21

404. A great tool to help you tell the Bible story of Jesus multiplying the loaves and the fish


Wonderful Bible stories you can tell with a Magic Drawing Board

Do you know the Magic Drawing Board by Axtell? It is a great tool to tell Bible stories like for example the healing of Bartimaeus. In the video below OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates how you can tell the story of Jesus multiplying the loaves and the fish using the Magic Drawing Board

We hope to have the script of this story in the coming weeks.  

Dawn Getley and the story of Jesus multiplying the loaves and the fish using the Magic Drawing Board

 

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Scripture reference: Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:31-44, Luke 9:12-17, John 6:1-14
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

401. The parable of the Prodigal Son - Dean's box gospel illusion


Any children’s worker can tell the parable of the Prodigal Son using  the Gospel magic trick of the Dean’s Box

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!

Deans Box2

Ask two children to come forward as volunteers. Give them each a coloured rope to inspect. The yellow rope symbolises the father The red rope symbolises the son The red wooden box symbolises the house of the father.

The father reconciles himself with his son and they are united! The ropes are stuck together.

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!

Deans Box1

Make sure your two volunteers get a big round of applause before they leave the stage.

Watch the demonstration video

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


Scripture reference: Luke 15:11-32
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, kids time

400. Flip about Bible button - Gospel Magic Illusion

Multiple changes, magical moments and a memorable message!

You show a large picture of a golden city and asks the children or congregation to guess what it could be. It’s the kingdom of heaven, but we may often feel like we’re not good enough to get into heaven. This is because of sin in our heart…and as he says this, the card flips open and change into a black heart.

flip about contents

But despite having bad thoughts, saying and doing bad things, we have can be forgiven because Jesus died on the cross for us. At this point, the card is flipped open and transforms into a white cross on a red background.

Jesus died for us, so that our hearts could be made clean. The card now turns into a white heart on a green background.

With a clean slate, we grow in our relationship with God and ultimately can enter the kingdom of heaven. And finally the card changes back to the image of heaven (and you’re now reset to perform it the next time too!)

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394. Ascension day - the cloud


Everyone can be a part of God’s kingdom!

Before Jesus left to go to heaven he told his disciples that they should proclaim the good news.  After that Jesus got onto a cloud.

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Let's make a cloud in a glass to remember the fact that Jesus has gone to heaven and that he's given all of us a task.

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Scripture reference: 1 Timothy 3:16, Acts 1:1-26, Mark 16:19, Acts 1:11, Acts 1:9, John 6:62, 1 Peter 3:22, Acts 1:9-11, John 20:17
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, kids time

390. The wedding at Cana - the Surprising Dots magic trick

Be surprised to discover Jesus' real first miracle!

OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates in the video below how you can tell the Bible story of the wedding at Cana while using the Surprising Dots magic trick. This is a fun, and relatively easy trick to do. You don't have to be a magician to use this trick and tell this powerful story. You can buy the trick online here or here
 

Dawn Getley and the story of Jesus turning the water into wines using the Surprising Dots magic trick

Scripture reference

John 2: 1-11

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389. The wedding at Cana - a wonderful Bible story

Do what Jesus says

Have any of you ever been to a wedding?  We have a special service, and then a party with lots of good food, and we all wear our best clothes, don't we?  Our weddings only go on for a few hours, but in Jesus' time they went on for several DAYS.....!  People would bring food and drink, or they would give the young couple some money to help them set up home. 

At this wedding, there was a special guest - who do you think it was?  JESUS.  He arrived at the party with all his friends, and they all had a wonderful time - the men would be eating in one room, the women in another (paint a group dancing) , and the servants would be out at the back organising the food and drink.  Here is the Steward of the Feast, the man in charge of serving out the food and drink.   Jesus' mother was there too. She heard a lot of worried talk going on in the kitchen.  The servants told her the wine was running out.  This was AWFUL news, The wedding feast would have to be called off halfway through - it was terrible.  

 wedding at Cana

Scripture reference

John 2: 1-11

A beautiful Bible story on Jesus' first miracle at the wedding at Cana where he turned water into wine and saved the day!

It has been written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries). 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

388. Preach the Gospel with the Magic Arrow Board


How can we communicate the Gospel to children and adults in such a way that it will help them understand?

OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates in the video below how you can explain the Gospel using the Magic Arrow Board.

In the video underneath we will teach you how you can do this trick within ten minutes and create something that the children and adults won't forget soon. 

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In the video below we will teach you how you can do this trick yourself. Trust us, it really is very easy!

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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

378. The Bible story of the Vineyard Workers - three rope trick


Use the three rope trick (or the professor's nightmare trick) to tell this wondeful Bible story

We have asked OAC evangelist and specialist children's workers Dawn Getley to make a demonstration video on how you can tell this parable while using the three rope trick. This trick is also called the professor's nightmare trick. 

If you don't know how the trick wortks, you can find a link to several instruction video's at the bottom of this idea. 

Dawn Getley parable of the workers in the vineyard three rope trick

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377. The Bible story of the Vineyard Workers


God's goodness and grace is not fair! 

Do you play team games sometimes?  Have you ever really wanted to be on a particular team?  It was a bit like that in the market place in towns in Jesus day..... not for playing games, but being chosen by a Landowner to work for him for the day.  The men wanting work were probably not Jews, but Arabs.  They were not considered worth much.  They were known as  "fellaheen", or "sand dwellers" because they lived in tents out in the desert, earning a living as best they could. 

If you wanted to be rude to someone you would call him a "sand dweller".   If they didn't get work, they had no money for the family to buy food.  The least you could live on was one denarius.  It wasn't much but you could at least buy bread.  There was no Social Security system then - it was work or nothing.  So here we have a story about a man who owned a vineyard.  What's a vineyard?  Where grapes are grown, on vines.  He must have been very keen to get workers to pick his grapes, as he was down at the market at dawn - and he went himself, he didn't just send his manager.  You have to pick grapes just when they are ripe so the job has to be done quickly.  It's the same today.

He looked at the men.  "You look nice and strong. (indicate  a child)  "Will you work for me today for a denarius?"  (Ask children in the front row)  "YES, Sir, we will!"  

Skectboard drawing of the parable of the vineyard workers

Scripture reference

Matthew 20: 1-16

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

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376. The Bible story of the ten leprosy suffers healed by Jesus


An easy sketchboard / Bible story that you can use in your chilren's ministry

In this town here, there were ten people suffering from leprosy.  Let's draw them in. (Invite them to count them as you draw them).   They were lonely and sad.    One day they heard that somebody special was coming to town.  Who do you think it was?  YES!  It was JESUS   (Complete the name) Jesus was coming!  Why were they excited?  How would they know about him?  There wasn't any T.V. or radio - perhaps the villagers shouted the news.  Here comes Jesus out of the town, with his friends (paint them in).  The ten sick people called out "HELP US!  HELP US!  PLEASE, HELP US!"  Jesus didn't run away.  He didn't say "Get away from me you filthy people!"  The Bible tells us that Jesus has time for every one of us.  Jesus cares.  (Complete the word). 

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Scripture reference

Luke 17:11-19

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

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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

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367. Walking humbly with God - the ‘walking humbly’ shoe fashion show (3)


Who says thinking about humility and having fun can not go together? 

This is a series of ideas based around Micah 6:8 "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

What do you need:

Lots of different, funny, silly shoes that the children can show on the ‘catwalk’.

shoe show

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, Sunday school lesson, children's ministry, kid's time, children's moment in church, Messy church, youth work

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366. Walking humbly with God - what is humility? (2)


A fun activity for your kid's time to help children reflect on what is means to be humble 

This is a series of ideas based around Micah 6:8 "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

What do you need:

- Four round circles cut out of cardboard
- A big marker pen

mime faces

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, Sunday school lesson, children's ministry, kid's time, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work

Activity:

Show the children an empty white cardboard circle. Ask someone to come forward and draw a face on it:

1. Who can draw a happy face for me?

Ask your first volunteer to draw a happy face in the first cardboard circle.
Ask them a few questions about it:
- what does ‘happy’ look like?
- what is being happy? 
- what does it feel like?
- what do you do when you’re happy?

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365. Walking humbly with God - is it possible to walk humbly? (1)


A great object lesson for your kid's time...

This is a series of ideas based around Micah 6:8 "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

But is this possible? Can one walk humbly with God, or do these two things clash?

micah 6 verse 8 sign that says humble

What do you need:

- a large glass bottle with a lid
- water
- oil
- edible food dye
- washing up liquid
- dirty plates
- a rubbish bin

Setting:

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

Acitivity:

To ‘walk with God’ speaks of intimacy, friendship, knowing and being known.

Action: Pour some red water (water with a few drops of red food colouring) into a large glass bottle.

Humility speaks of honour and respect and knowing what your position is in the relationship.

Action: Pour some oil onto the red water in the bottle.

To walk humbly with God therefore suggests a reverent friendship with God. Not a reverence from a safe distance (‘You are very far away, and I honour you at a safe distance’) so that it becomes far removed from us. Also not an over-familiarity (‘Oh, God and I are best friends’). No, it’s the combination of friendship and reverence woven together.

Friendship and reverence woven together. Is that possible?

Action: Screw the lid on the bottle and shake it well. To start with it will seem as if the oil and water are mixed together, but if you wait a bit, you’ll see that they separate out again.

Looking at the bottle it would seem that the two things don’t go together at all – walking humbly with God – both in friendship and with reverence. Are we missing something? Perhaps we’re not reading the text properly. Let’s look it up – it’s in Micah 6:8

‘He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?’ English standard version.

Hey, that’s interesting! God wants us to walk with him humbly as His friend. He also wants us to seek justice for others and love kindness, being faithful to Him, to others and to ourselves.

So we’re missing an ingredient in the bottle...

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364. Tell any Bible story about Jesus restoring people with the use of a balancing Soda Can


The only object lesson you can do all over the world.

Really excited about this object lesson! Did you know you can use a balancing Soda Can to tell any Bible story about Jesus healing and restoring people? And the great thing is that you can find a Soda Can all over the world. Wherever you are, you can do this object lesson! 

The only object lesson you can do all over the world

Just think about the four friends and the paralysed man or about Bartimaeus, the blind beggar.
But also about the story of Zacchaeus and the raising of Lazarus...

In the video below I demonstrate how you can use the balancing Soda Can to tell the Bible story in John 4 of Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman near the well. This woman was like a empty Soda 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 and who pour their shame on this broken and emptied woman.

But then something amazing happens. Jesus offers her life to the full. He offers her Living Water. And this woman drinks it all. A miracle happens. She is filled with Living Water and suddenly there is a restored balance in her life.

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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

363. How to tell the parable of the talents


An easy sketchboard story that you can use in your chilren's ministry

The story Jesus told them this time was about a very rich man.  He was so rich he had money coming out of his ears!  He probably owned farms, cattle, sheep, businesses – he had loads of money.  One day he called three of his workment to him.  

parable of the talents, sketchboard painting, sunday school idea

He said “I am going on a long journey.  I want you to do something for me while I am away, OK?”  “Yes Boss!”  

Scripture reference

Matthew 25:14-30, Ecclesiastes 9:10, Luke 19:12-17

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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362. Tell the Bible story of Ruth and Naomi


Three funerals and a wedding - a sketchboard story about Ruth

But - one day there was bad news:  Elimelech got very sick and died. How do you think they would have felt?  Yes, very sad.  Very, very sad.  Not long after, Mahlon and Chilion died too!  How awful!  Poor Naomi.  Poor Orpah.  Poor Ruth.  Soon they didn't have much money left.  They wouldn't be able to buy enough food to eat.  They wouldn't have enough to live on.  Naomi was a very sensible old lady.  She said to the girls "My dears, we are in a bad way.  I am not able to look after you any more.  I think the best thing to do would be for you each to go back home to your own family, who can look after you, and I will make my way back to Bethlehem and see if anyone there will help me..."  

Bible story of Ruth and Naomi, sketchboard painting, sketchboard story

Orpah and Ruth looked at one another.  How could they desert this kind old lady?  In the end Orpah decided she would go home..... but Ruth said “Don't even ask me to leave you.  Wherever you go, I will go.  Your people will be my people.  Your God will be my God.  Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried.  Nothing but death can separate us. I will go with you and look after you always".

A beautiful Bible story fior your Sunday school lesson 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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360. Jesus tells the parable of the Lost Son


I thought you were DEAD, and here you are, ALIVE!

Once upon a time there was a young man.  He lived with his father and elder brother in one of these: (draw a door, roof and chimney on the 4). What is it?  A house!  But it wasn't an ordinary house.  It was a farm house.  His father had a big farm, with lots of people working for him, and he was very rich.  The young man knew that one day, when his father died, he would inherit a lot of money from the farm, but he didn't want to wait.  Do you like waiting for things?  He was bored with working on the farm.  He was  fed up.  He was the sort of person who said "I want what I want, and I want it NOW".  He was very selfish.  So one day he went to his father and said (Whine) "Dad....... DAAD!"  "Yes, son?"  " You know when I'm older I'll inherit a lot of money from the farm - well, can I have it NOW,  please?

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I'm young!  I want to get out and see the world!  I want to go places and do things and have a good time, NOW, while I'm young enough to enjoy myself, not when I'm older.........  please?"  And his Dad thought about it and he said "Yes, you can have your share now, if that's what you want." In fact that was an APPALLING thing to ask, because really, the young man was saying "I wish you were dead.  I want your money more than you."  What do you think of that?  But however hurt the Dad's feelings were, he arranged things so the younger son could have his share of the farm.  He must have sold it very quickly, and had to leave town fast, for the villagers would have been extremely angry with him. (Luke 15)

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359. A Narnia story about Aslan defeating the White Witch


Aslan is not safe! He is a lion. But he is GOOD!

Mr. & Mrs. Beaver told the children all about this person here (remove the Lamp post card, and reveal the lion)  Who was it? ASLAN. 

The children asked “Is he safe?” “No of course he's not safe – he's a lion!  But he is GOOD.” Then as they began to make their escape, something amazing began to happen – what was it?  SPRING had started to arrive. “ASLAN is on the move!” called the animals. Eventually, he rescued Edmund – but the White Witch recalled a law which meant she had the right to take his life. Aslan had to talk to her alone. 

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Lucy and Susan saw him walking sad and lonely away from the camp, and went with him. He let them hold him, and keep him company. Then he made them hide. They couldn't believe their eyes when they saw him allow himself to be bound and shorn and laid on the stone table, and they couldn't bear to look as the White Witch raised her dagger....  she killed him. Lucy and Susan were desperately sad.  Then they saw the little mice begin to nibble away the ropes. Sadly they began to walk away – and there was a terrific CRACK – they looked back – and what had happened?  

Yes! Aslan had come alive!  He was there, strong and well and his mane had grown again – the stone table had cracked in two - and they were full of joy! The White Witch was beaten – there was a deeper law.   

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358. Jesus tells the parable of the Lost Coin


Jesus talks about God's heart for the lost

Jesus told lots of stories about being lost - lost people and lost things - he wanted to tell us how much God loves us, and wants us to be part of his family – The Bible tells us that God doesn't want anybody to be "lost". 

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Do you think everybody was happy to hear Jesus talk like this?  Well, do you know what?  some of them, the very important people, were not AT ALL happy.  They said to themselves "Jesus does all the wrong things and he spends time with all the wrong people, and he even EATS with them...."  having a meal with someone meant you thought they were good people, especially if you were a Rabbi, a special teacher, like Jesus.  These people got very angry with Jesus and couldn't understand him at all.  So this is why he told these stories about things that got lost - three in a row in Luke 15 so you can see he really wanted to explain it to them.  (Luke 15)

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357. A midnight feast - Jesus tells a parable about praying


Ask... Seek... Knock...  The parable of the friend at midnight 

Here's a picture of a family in bed.  They have packed everything away and unrolled their sleeping mats.  They have taken off their belts and their shoes, wrapped themselves up in their cloaks, and gone to sleep.  Here is the Dad, the Mum, the baby, the son and the daughter (paint the beard, hair, and sleeping eyes on each as you name them).  They are all fast asleep.  It's the middle of the night.

Suddenly KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK !  HELLOOO!(Knock on table or stamp on floor to make a loud noise).  They all woke up! (paint on their eyes open, and a wide open mouth for the baby).  The baby opened his mouth as well as his eyes (YELL!).  The Dad called out: "Who on earth is that at this time of night?"  It was the neighbour (fill in his face).  "Its only me.  I'm sorry to disturb you, but my friend has just arrived and I haven't any food to give him, please could you lend me 3 loaves just till the morning when my wife does the baking?'.   "NO I CAN'T.  I'm in bed with all the family.  GO AWAY!"

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KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK.  "But PLEASE!  I can't make him to to bed hungry!  He's come such a long way and he's STARVING!"  "NO, GO AWAY!".  KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK.  "I'm sorry but I am not going to go away until you give me some bread for my friend."  "Oh, all right then, I suppose I MUST." 

So the Dad got up, and made the family all move over so he could get to the cupboard and take out the bread, and then he had to go down the step (UGH, WHAT HAVE I PUT MY FOOT IN?") and un-bar the door, and give the neighbour the bread......."    Then everybody was smiling (paint smiles) - the neighbour and the friend had the food they needed, and all the family could get back to sleep.

Jesus told his friends this story when they asked him "How should we talk to God".  You see, in the old days, they thought of God as very fearsome and grand and far off - but Jesus told them to talk to him just like their Father - the very best kind of Dad you could imagine. (If time, could ask for suggestions as to the best kind of Dad.) He said that the Dad in the story ended up giving the neighbour what he asked for just because he kept on nagging, but God isn't like that - he LOVES to give good things to his children - that's US!.  Jesus said if you ask your Dad for something nice to eat, would he give you poison?  NO!  Jesus said if human Dads know how to give good things to their kids, how much more will our heavenly Father give good things to us when we ask him." (Luke 11: 5-8)

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356. The healing of the Maniac at Gadara


Jesus speaks words of tremendous power and authority 

Who likes picnics?  What's your favourite place for a picnic?  By a lake?  On a mountain?  In the park?  In Bible times, when Jesus was walking in Palestine, people liked to go out on a Saturday for games and a picnic – to the GRAVEYARD!   It was like a little town with a wall round the edge: lots of little stone houses with columns at the front like the one in my picture.  People used to believe that the spirits of their ancestors would be pleased to see them, and at the end of the day they used to leave food inside the family tomb, and wine, for the spirits to enjoy.  These were pagan people living on the east bank of the river Jordan – where there were ten Greek cities called the Decapolis.

Maniac at Gadara

There was a wild man living there.  He lived on the food and wine that was left in the family tombs.  He used to rush around at night, shrieking.  He had no friends.  He was “ALONE” (paint it up).  Nobody could help him.  They had even tried tying him up and putting him in prison in chains so that people could go out in the fields again without danger, but the badness in him was so great it made him strong like Superman, and he smashed his way out of the chains and out of the jail.  He shouted at them when they were at the graveyard having their picnics.  They could see his MAD eyes staring at them.  (draw mad eyes peering round the tomb).  They were terrified of him.  Nobody could  help him.  He was “LOST” (paint it up). (Mark 5:1-20, Luke 8:26-39, Matthew 8:28-34)

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355. Mother’s Day – giving compliments

An fun interactive idea to pay attention to Mother's Day during a children's moment in church

On Mother’s Day take a basket of random household objects with you for the children’s moment in the service. Ask a few children to come forward and choose an object. Ask them to give their own mum a compliment based on the object they have chosen.

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For example:

- a bread knife – she makes the best sandwiches

- ear phones – she always listens to me

- a clown’s red nose – she makes me laugh

- a children’s book – she reads aloud to me every evening.

354. Mission Sunday - a complete Sunday School program


Fun ideas for six children's moments and a complete Sunday school lesson

Maybe it’s nearly Mission Sunday, or you have a visiting missionary who’s going to give a talk. In this series of twelve ideas we’re going to be looking at ways to illustrate this. The first six ideas can be used for various children’s moments during the church service, and the last six ideas are a complete Sunday School programme on the subject of mission, evangelism, spreading the Gospel, missions and missionaries.

Mission Sunday fun ideas for six children s moments and a complete Sunday School lesson on missions spreading the Gospel misssionaries and evangelism

Six ideas for a children’s moment during the service

Idea 342   How do you bring far away things close by?
Idea 343   ‘I’m off on a journey’
Idea 344   An actual link between the church and the visiting missionary
Idea 345   The great gift of faith
Idea 346   Share your (sugar) heart with someone and celebrate the wonder of faith
Idea 347   The Gospel is all about receiving and giving

Six ideas for a Sunday school lesson

Idea 348   Sunday school program 1. Discover other people’s treasures
Idea 349   Sunday school program 2. Ruth and Boaz exchange treasures
Idea 350   Sunday school program 3. Discover other people’s treasures through a puzzle
Idea 351   Sunday school program 4. The treasure chest that surprises
Idea 352   Sunday school program 5. Who is my neighbour?
Idea 353   Sunday school program 6. The cross is a gift

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Scripture reference: Matthew 28:19, Matthew 24:14, Psalm 96:3, Galatians 6:9,2 Timothy 3:16, John 20:19-23, John 14:6, Romans 1:16, John 12:48, 2 Thessalonians 2:14-15, Ephesians 5:1-6:24, 1 Corinthians 11:1-2, John 15:1-27, Romans 10:13-14, Hebrews 4:12, Acts 4:12, 1 John 2:4, 2 Corinthians 5:18-20, Isaiah 12:4, Romans 1:16-20, John 8:31-32, Psalm 100:3, 2 Timothy 4:1-2, Romans 1:1-32, John 3:36, Jeremiah 26:2, 1 Peter 3:15 

353. The cross is a gift - Mission Sunday 12

A creative prayer idea about the cross being God's present

This is part six of a 45 minute Sunday School programme on mission.

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An idea for a creative prayer moment in which the cross turns into a present.

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352. Who is my neighbour? - Mission Sunday 11

Who are you?

This is part five of a 45 minute Sunday School programme on mission.

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A fun game which helps the children to think about who their neighbour is.

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351. The treasure chest that surprises - Mission Sunday 10

The treasures of children who live in poverty

This is the fourth part of a 45 minute Sunday School programme on mission

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With the help of eight photo cards we’re going to help children to see which treasures children who live in poverty can give us.

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350. Discover other people’s treasures through a puzzle - Mission Sunday 9

‘What do we know about children in........?’

This is the third part of a 45 minute Sunday School programme on mission.

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With the help of a nine piece puzzle, we’re going to discover what we can learn from children who live in poverty:

- just as Ruth, who was poor, had a treasure for the rich Boaz, these children have a treasure for us.

- just as Boaz had so much to learn from Ruth, so we have a lot to learn from children who live in poverty.

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349. Ruth and Boaz exchange treasures - Mission Sunday 8


Boaz gives treasures to Ruth, or was it the other way round?

This is the second part of a 45 minute Sunday School programme. When we think about mission, it often seems like a one way street. We give money, things and knowledge to people in developing countries, but are we also able to receive from them? Which treasures can they give us?

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We’re going to look at the treasures that Ruth, who was poor, gave to Boaz, a very rich man.

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348. Discover other people’s treasures - Mission Sunday 7

Looking at the story of Naomi and Ruth

This is the first part of a 45 minute Sunday School programme or family service on the theme of mission.

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In the first part we’re going to look at where the story of Naomi and Ruth took place, in Moab.

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347. The Gospel is all about receiving and giving - Mission Sunday 6

Let's open a present and discover something new!

Maybe it’s nearly Mission Sunday, or you have a visiting missionary who’s going to give a talk. In this series of twelve ideas we’re going to be looking at ways to illustrate this. The first six ideas can be used for various children’s moments, and the last six ideas are a complete Sunday School programme on the subject of mission.

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In this sixth idea:

We’re going to take a surprising look at the wonderful way in which we can share our faith with others.

On Mission Sunday we think about people who have maybe never heard the gospel. Being a Christian has become so normal for us, that we have stopped being astonshed by it. Hopefully this idea will help people to realise that faith is a great gift.

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346. Share your (sugar) heart with someone and celebrate the wonder of faith - Mission Sunday 5

Faith means having something to share with your neighbour

Maybe it’s nearly Mission Sunday, or you have a visiting missionary who’s going to give a talk. In this series of twelve ideas we’re going to be looking at ways to illustrate this. The first six ideas can be used for various children’s moments, and the last six ideas are a complete Sunday School programme on the subject of mission.

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In this fifth idea:

A tasty way of realising how unique the gift of faith is, and how we can share it with others.

On Mission Sunday we think about people who have maybe never heard the gospel. Being a Christian has become so normal for us, that we have stopped being astonished by it. Hopefully this idea will help people to realise that faith is a great gift.

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345. The great gift of faith - Mission Sunday 4

When does a present become a cross?

Maybe it’s nearly Mission Sunday, or you have a visiting missionary who’s going to give a talk. In this series of twelve ideas we’re going to be looking at ways to illustrate this. The first six ideas can be used for various children’s moments, and the last six ideas are a complete Sunday School programme on the subject of mission.

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In this fourth idea:

We’re going to think about how amazing and how unique it is that we can have faith.

On Mission Sunday we think about people who have maybe never heard the gospel. Being a Christian has become so normal for us, that we have stopped being astonished by it. Hopefully this idea will help people to realise that faith is a great gift.

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344. An actual link between the church and the visiting missionary - Mission Sunday 3


Creating a real link between the congregation and the missionary

Maybe it’s nearly Mission Sunday, or you have a visiting missionary who’s going to give a talk. In this series of twelve ideas we’re going to be looking at ways to illustrate this. The first six ideas can be used for various children’s moments, and the last six ideas are a complete Sunday School programme on the subject of mission.

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In this third idea:

How can you make an actual link between the church and the visiting missionary?

Ask the question:

‘How can you bring far away things close by’? See, I’m standing at this end of the church and at the other end is our visitor this morning (this is the guest who’s going to talk about mission, or the visiting missionary). I’m here and they are there. How can we make a connection?

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