Have you discovered the power of an object lesson?

Every time I see the power of an object lesson it leaves me amazed. Are you familiar with the situation in which you have been trying for some time to teach a Biblical lesson or a spiritual truth to children (or teenagers and adults) and you don’t think that they grasp what you want to tell them? If you show them an object lesson, you can suddenly get that ‘Aha!’ moment. The lesson has landed. That's the power of an object lesson. It brings a Biblical truth close to home.

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64. Making worms - Jonah and the worm

Short introduction:
Jonah has finally done what God asked of him. After he got spat out by the huge fish, he went to the town of Nineveh. He told the people in the city that God would destroy the city unless they repented, and then he went to sit on a hill just outside the city to watch the show. He’s quite looking forward to it - what a show it’s going to be!

In the meantime in the city of Nineveh, the inhabitants are repenting. God sees this, and spares the city.

Jonah doesn’t realise this, and waits....and waits.....and waits..
It’s getting too hot. But what’s this?

During the night God makes a large bush grow, so that Jonah can sit under it.
What a blessing! But what’s this?

During the night God sends a worm that eats the bush and causes it to die.
Jonah is furious!

And then he gets the lesson.....

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Themes:
Jonah is waiting for the destruction of Nineveh, Jonah and the miracle tree, God sent a worm, Gods goodness and compassion

Video:
In the video below we show you how you can illustrate this story using the worm mix.

Before you try this yourself, it’s helpful to watch the introduction video in which we show you how to prepare the worm mix.

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63. Making worms: Moses and the snake on the pole

Short introduction:
The people of God has sinned. They have complained so much to Moses and God that God has sent poisonous snakes. Lots of people have been bitten. The people come to Moses and ask him to pray for them. God says to Moses that he must make a bronze snake on a pole, and that everyone who looks a the snake wll be healed.


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Themes:

the Nehushtan, Moses makes a bronze serpent on a pole, grumbling Israelites in the desert, fiery snakes / serpents, healing

Video:
In the video below we show you how you can illustrate this story using the worm mix.

Before you try this yourself, it’s helpful to watch the introduction video in which we show you how to prepare the worm mix.

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62. Making worms - Mozes and his stick that changed into a snake

Short introduction:
Moses was living with his father in law Jethro in the desert. One day he set off with his herd. On the mountain of Horeb he saw a bush that was on fire that didn't burn up. When Moses got closer, God spoke to him. God told Moses that he had heard the cries of his people in Egypt, and in answer he was going to send Moses back to Egypt. To be honest, Moses wasn’t exactly very excited when he heard this. He tried to get out of it by using all sorts of excuses. “How will they believe me?”

“Moses, throw your stick onto the ground...”

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Themes:
The calling of Moses, the burning bush, God reveals Himself to Moses, Moses and Aaron, Moses' staff turns into a serpent, the Name of God: I am who I am, 

Video:
In the video below we show you how you can illustrate this story using the worm mix.

Before you try this yourself, it’s helpful to watch the introduction video in which we show you how to prepare the worm mix.

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61. Making worms - Eve and her meeting with the serpent

Short introduction:
This is the well-known story, in which Eve meets the serpent in the garden of Eden, and is tempted by him to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. How can you tell this over-familiar story in a new way, which will attract the children's attention?

Making worms Eve and her meeting with the serpent in the garden of Eden and is tempted by him to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. How can you tell this over familiar story in a new way

Themes:
Adam and Eve, Eve and the snake, original sin, Eve and the apple / fruit, the Fall

Video:
In the video below we will show you how you can tell this well-known story with new enthusiasm, using the worm mix, and how you can involve the children in the storytelling.

Before you try this yourself, it’s helpful to watch the introduction video in which we show you how to prepare the worm mix.

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60. Telling the story of creation by making worms

Introduction:
God spoke and it came into being. He said: “Let there be light’ And suddenly light appeared. What a creator! 
As humans we can also create things, but the way God creates is very different.

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God creates everything out of nothing. We need something to create something else.

Today we are going to create worms using various ingredients, looking at the story of God’s creation as we are creating something ourselves.

Before you start it's probably worth wachting the demonstration video before watching the story of creation. 

In the video below we demonstrate how you can tell the Bible story of creation by making worms with the children using Insta-Worms.

Themes:
God the Creator, creation, Adam and Eve, garden of Eden, seven days of creation

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59. How to teach nine different Bible Lessons using Insta-Worms

Let us introduce you to Insta-Worms

"Create slimy, gooey worms—instantly! The moment the worm goo is added to the activator solution, worms magically appear. You can make fat worms, skinny worms, short worms, long worms, straight worms, zigzag worms, worm eggs, color-changing worms, or even a worm ring or bracelet. The secret is in the awesome world of polymer science.

How to teach nine different Bible lessons using Insta Worms
Makes more than 40 feet of worms. It's hands-on chemistry fun!"

It certainly is fun! Did you know that you can also use this with children in your Sunday school lesson / kids ministry or with adults during the church service to teach nine different Bible lessons, such as:

Idea 60 - the story of creation
Idea 61 - the story of the snake in the garden of Eden
Idea 62 - the calling of Moses
Idea 63 - the bronze snake in the desert
Idea 64 - Jonah and the worm
Idea 65 - Paul and the poisonous snake
Idea 66 - the importance of being constantly filled with the Holy Spirit
Idea 67 - the importance of clean water especlally in a situation of poverty
Idea 68 - you are a pearl in God's hand

By clicking on the links above you can see the stories being taught.

In this video below Katie demonstrates the use of Insta-Worms.
You can buy your own box of Insta-Worms here at Amazon.com and here at Amazon.co.uk.

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 assemblie, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching

45. Do not lead us into temptation

Introduction: 
‘Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.’ But how can we bring this into practice?
How can we let this shape our lives? This idea can also be used as an object lesson.

Themes:
Lord's Prayer, Our Father in heaven, dealing with temptation

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To be used for:

- Creative prayer moment
- Prayer room.

Bible text:
‘And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’ (Matthew 6:13)

Age:
8 – 88 years

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40. How touching trust can be

Introduction: 
This is a fun interactive object lesson about trusting God that is guaranteed to produce some nervous giggles.

Themes:
Trusting God, people in the Bible who are facing difficulties or scary situations.

To be used for:
-Children's moment during a service, preaching illustration, Sunday School, assembly or RE lesson.


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Bible text:

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." (Proverbs 3:5)

Age:
4 – 12 years

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38. Sugar and coke

Introduction:
Who ever thought you could discuss theologically difficult themes such as the Fall, the putting off of your old self and the becoming of the New creation with sugar and coke?

Themes:
The Fall, surrendering, putting off of the old ‘me’, new creation

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To be used for:
- Children's moment during a service, a preaching illustration, in Sunday School, in assembly or an RE lesson

Bible text:
"God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day." (Genesis 1:31)

Age:
4 – 88 years

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37. Tearing up the green fifties (or fives..!)

Introduction:
This is a fun object lesson in which you use a 5 (or more) dollar/pound/eruo note to illustrate how nothing can separate us from Gods love. Whatever might happen, in His eyes, we will never lose our value.

Themes:
God’s love, our sense of worth in Gods eyes.

To be used for:
- Children's moment during a service, a preaching illustration, Sunday School, an assembly or RE lesson.

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Bible text:
"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:  “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:35-39)

Age:
4 – 88 years

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36. The upside down cup


What happens if you try pouring water into an upside down cup?

Exactly, it all gets a bit messy! This easy object lesson illustrates our participation in order to be filled with God’s love and/or the Holy Spirit.

Themes:

Conversion, being filled with the Holy Spirit

To be used for:

Children's moment during the service, a preaching illustration, Sunday School

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Bible text:

"I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." (Luke 5:32)

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35. Strong cups

Introduction:
This object lesson illustrates the working of the Body of Christ, our dependency on other Christians, and the fact that everyone can always get a new chance.

Themes:
The Body of Christ, dependency on fellow believers, new chances, who belongs?

To be used for:
- Children’s moment during a service
- Creative children’s work

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Bible text:

"Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ." (1 Cor. 12:12)

Age:
4 – 88 years

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34. The shoe-fashion-show / ‘Shoes of readiness’

Introduction:
A personal favourite! Some people think you have to be very special to be able to talk about the Lord Jesus. They think you have to be very pretty, or very cool, or very neat, or very clever, or fancy, or old, or funny. It can feel like we need to work very hard to be a representative of Jesus! Some people are too afraid to try, thinking it will go wrong and they’ll get wet feet. 

But it doesn’t have to be like that at all! We can come just as we are, and be just who we are. We’re perfect in our imperfection! The idea is to make a catwalk and to get the children to walk a shoe fashion show. In this fashion show it’s about wearing the most clumsy, too big shoes, making it as difficult to walk normally as possible. God can’t use shoes like that, surely?!

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Themes:

Spreading the gospel, evangelizing, daring to be yourself, self worth.

To be used for:
- Children’s moment during a service
- Creative children’s work

Bible text:
"And with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace." (Ephesians 6:15)

Age:
4 – 88 years

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33. Relighting candles - Gospel Magic

Introduction:
This rather illuminating object lesson illustrates just how invincible the Light of the World is. It also lends itself to the explanation of the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Themes:
Jesus as the Light of the World, the death and resurrection

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To be used for:
- Children’s moments during a service
- Creative children’s work
- School assembly
- RE lessons
- Preaching illustration

Bible text:
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:4-5)

Age:
4 – 88 years

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28. How to make a rainbow using Skittles


A fun activity that you can use for different Bible stories and Biblical themes.

Of course there is the rainbow in the story of Noah and the ark. But, for example, you can also use this in the story of the calming of the storm on the lake.

rainbow skittles

I llike to use it to help the children look at different promises in Gods word, as the rainbow is a sign of Gods promise, but you can also use it to look at the theme of the fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit. All the fruit and the gifts are different, like the colours in the rainbow, but each one is important. You can also link the Skittles to the Body of Christ. As believers we are the Body of Christ. We are all different. We are all colourful and that is good! Unity doesn't lie in being the same, just as a rainbow doesn't consist of one colour. Each person and each colour is important. 

Biblical themes:

Gods promises, fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit, the Body of Christ, unity 

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24. Joshua’s defeat at Ai (5) - One drop too much!

Introduction:
We have been looking at Joshua’s defeat at Ai using four different ideas. In all those ideas we have been looking at his own self confidence. Joshua didn’t need God for the victory at Ai. If you know your Bible well, you will know that there was another reason why the Israelites were defeated: Achan’s disobedience.

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Achan had ‘stolen’ several items from Jericho and hid them underneath his tent. I find the Bible story about Achan’s punishment one of the harder stories to tell. Especially if you’re telling the story to children.

One way to tell this story to adults and (maybe to children) and explain why such a severe punishment followed, is with:
- a jug of lemonade
- a pipette
- a glass of water from our toilet

What, water from your toilet?! Let me explain...

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23. Joshua’s defeat at Ai (4) - Mr.Torch and his friend Battery

Introduction:
You are going to tell the children the Bible story of Joshua who, after the amazing victory at Jericho, now wants to defeat the small village of Ai. Instead of being obedient and trusting in God, Joshua decides to trust in his own strength. The end results are not very good, to say the least! 

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How can you tell this story in a different way? Let me introduce you to Mr. Torch and his friend Battery. It is the story of Joshua’s defeat, but a slightly different version...

(Show the children an electric torch)

This is Mr Torch. Mr Torch is a sad torch, because he cannot shine. There is no light, just big tears.

(Show the children a battery)

When his friend Battery asks him why he is so sad, Mr Torch explains that he is a torch with no light. He is useless!!

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20. What is unclean? When is something unfit to eat?

Short explanation:
This is an object lesson that will have the children talking for a long time! What is clean and unclean exactly? A fun introduction if you’re going to teach about how Jesus dealt with issues around clean/unclean.

Themes:
How Jesus dealt with issues of clean and unclean, holiness of God.

To be used for:
Children’s moment in a service, a preaching illustration, Sunday school, in an assembly or RE lesson.

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Bible text:
“What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” (Matthew 15:11)

Age:
8 – 88 years.

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19. Who is richer?

Introduction:
Who is richer? The one who has the most or the one who gives the most? This object lesson is a simple and fun way to illustrate a themes such as money and giving.

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Themes:
Handling possessions, handling money, giving, stealing

To be used for:
Children’s moment during a service, a preaching illustration, Sunday school, in an assembly or an RE lesson.

Bible text:
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)

Age:
8 – 88 years

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14. Happy or sad

Short explanation:
A clear, simple object lesson for children which looks at the meaning of the Lord’s Supper. Is it a happy or sad occasion? Is it very serious, or is it really something to celebrate?

Themes:
The Lord’s Supper: sad or happy, serious or a celebration?

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To be used for:
Children’s moment during the service, Sunday school, a preaching illustration

Bible text:
“And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer”. (Luke 22: 15)

Age:
4 – 10 years

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13. Joseph’s good example


Breaking with your own plans and ways

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

Josephs good example

Description:

When Josef heard that Maria was pregnant, he decided that he was going to divorce her. This was a logical step. The child wasn’t his; he was in his right to do it. Thankfully an angel came, and showed him in a dream that he had to let go of his rights and his plans. There was a better and a higher way for him to go.

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Scripture reference: Matthew 1: 19-25
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12. The match and the nail - an object lesson


A fun and clear object lesson to show what it means to hold on to God and His love and promises.

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Themes:

Holding on to God’s promises, bullying, people’s vulnerability, God’s protection, the strength of His love and power.

Bible reference:

“I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them”. (Hosea 11:4)

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Scripture reference: Hosea 11:4
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11. Torch without batteries - an object lesson


A clear and fun object lesson to show what it means to let our light shine.

In this object lesson we see that we need the power and filling of the Holy Spirit to truly be that light. You could also combine this object lesson with the story of the wise and foolish virgins.

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Themes:

Being the light of the world, being filled with the Holy Spirit, letting your light shine

Bible refence:

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5: 14-16)

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Scripture reference: Matthew 5: 14-16
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9. An object lesson about the great cloud of witnesses in Hebrews 12


Using two oranges and a jug of water to do this amazing cool science experiment

The apostle Paul writes the following in Hebrews 12:1:

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith."

Paul encourages us in this Bible passage to throw off everything that hinders us and do away with the the sin that so easily entangles us.
I find this a beautiful, but also difficult passage to teach to children, teenagers or adults.
Is there an easy way that will illustrate what Paul is saying here?

I believe there is...

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Again we are going to use the two oranges and the jug of water, but this time we are going to do it in a completely different way!
Easy to use as a preaching illustration, in a Sunday school, during a children’s moment in church, in a school assembly or in an RE lesson.

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Scripture reference: Hebrews 12:1
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8. Gods protection for His people - an object lesson


How do you tell the Bible story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace in a new way?

Or the story of Daniel in the lion’s den? Or the story of Jonah in the fish? Or the story of the Israelites walking through the Red Sea? 

Well, it's very easy. All you need is two oranges and a jug of water. Fun, easy, healthy and unforgettable!

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You know, you can tell any story about God’s protection using these two oranges. Easy to use as a preaching illustration, in a Sunday school, during a children’s moment in church, in an school assembly or in a RE lesson.

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7. Jesus walks on the water - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with a floating orange

What happens if you take a peeled orange and an unpeeled orange and place them both in a jug of water? Which one will sink to the bottom? Which one will float? 
 
Maybe a strange question, but a brilliant way to illustrate the Bible story of Jesus walking on the water. (Matthew 14:22-36; Mark 6:45-56; John 6:16-24)

Fun to do as a preaching illustration, in a Sunday school lesson, during a children’s moment in church, in a school assembly or in an RE lesson.
 
Watch our demonstration video of this cool science experiment below...

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Scripture reference: Matthew 14:22-36; Mark 6:45-56; John 6:16-24
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6. A tube of toothpaste and the taming of the tongue


What message can you convey with a cheap tube of toothpaste and an empty plate?

You can use this to illustrate the power of words, the taming of the tongue and what to do with the wrong words that you may have spoken and now want to retract.

 Toothpaste

Easy to use as a preaching illustration, in Sunday school, during a children’s moment in church, in a school assembly or an RE lesson.
 
The ideas is based on James chapter 3 in which he writes about the taming of the tongue:
 
“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.” (James 3: 9 - 12)

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Scripture reference: James 3: 9 - 12
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2. Cleansing water


What is praying? Is it closing your eyes, folding your hands and sitting very still?

This idea makes praying a more active and even more special event by using the symbolism of cleansing water. It complements the telling of Jesus’ washing of the disciples feet.

Themes:

Symbolism of cleansing water, washing of the feet.

Cleansing water

This idea can be used for:

- Creative prayer or interactive prayer moments during a service.
- Prayer rooms.
- Teaching on serving.

Bible text:

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)

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Scripture reference: 1 John 1:9
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1. Joshua and the defeat in Ai (1) - a mighty peg?


How do you illustrate this rather complicated story?

You are going to tell the story of Joshua, who wants to take the village of Ai. After the mighty defeat of Jericho, Joshua thinks it’s going to be very easy. Instead of trusting and being obedient to God, he relies on his own strength, and this doesn’t end well.

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How do you illustrate this rather complicated story in such a way that children will listen attentively and understand what it is about? Some children’s workers asked me this question recently and these four ideas came to mind. Here's the first idea:

Pegs on a washing line

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Scripture reference: Joshua 7
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