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.

That’s why you’ll find hundreds of object lessons here on the site. Object lessons that are fun, interactive, practical, cool, thought provoking, or even just weird, but most of all they give you new ways to help people understand Biblical lessons. 

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461. Time to turn - What is a climate refugee?


A refugee experience for the kids in your children program

I have written a series of ideas and activities especially for Micah Sunday, that you can use during your Sunday school or children’s moment in church.

This year the theme of the Micah Sunday is based on a text from Psalm 24: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’

It looks at how we as Christians can take care of God's world. What can we do to stop pollution, climate change and all the effects this has on the earth and those living in poverty? For them this means more hunger, conflict and insecurity, and a more uncertain future for us all.

welcome rrefugee

The children are going to experience and think about what it means to be a climate refugee, and the role that we in the west play in it.

What do you need:

- lego, duplo, empty toilet rolls or plastic cups
- sweets
- domino blocks

Activity:

Divide the children into groups. Group A goes to sit on the ground at the end of the room. This is the rich, western world. Ask the children in this group to build a factory tower, using  lego, duplo, empty toilet rolls or plastic cups.

The other two groups B and C sit down at the other end of the room, one on the left and one on the right. Both groups get a hundred domino blocks. They have to place behind one another. Once they are all in line, they all get a sweet.

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Scripture reference: Psalm 24
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

460. Time to turn - Carbon dioxide attacks the ozone layer


A game about climate change

I have written a series of ideas and activities especially for Micah Sunday, that you can use during your Sunday school or children’s moment in church.

This year the theme of the Micah Sunday is based on a text from Psalm 24: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’ 

It looks at how we as Christians can take care of God's world. What can we do to stop pollution, climate change and all the effects this has on the earth and those living in poverty. For them this means more hunger, conflict and insecurity, and a more uncertain future for us all.

foam ball gods creation sumday school

In this game we’re going to replay the process by which carbon dioxide attacks the ozone layer.

What do you need:

- a soft foam ball
- tape

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Scripture reference: Psalm 24
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

459. Time to turn - Carbon monoxide attacks the ozone layer


A really cool experiment

I have written a series of ideas and activities especially for Micah Sunday, that you can use during your Sunday school or children’s moment in church.

This year the theme of the Micah Sunday is based on a text from Psalm 24: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’ 

ozone layer experiment kids ministry

It looks at how we as Christians can take care of God's world. What can we do to stop pollution, climate change and all the effects this has on the earth and those living in poverty. For them this means more hunger, conflict and insecurity, and a more uncertain future for us all.

Using the experiment below we are going to explain how carbon dioxide attacks the ozone layer, and that this means that the sun shines more brightly on the earth.

What do you need:

- a glass
- yellow liquid food colouring
- water
- squares of paper, 10 x 10 cm
- scissors/ a needle
- a large plastic bowl to catch the water in

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Scripture reference: Psalm 24
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

458. Time to turn - What is carbon dioxide? An experiment


What is stronger? Oxygen of carbon dioxide?

I have written a series of ideas and activities especially for Micah Sunday, that you can use during your Sunday school or children’s moment in church.

This year the theme of the Micah Sunday is based on a text from Psalm 24: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’

It looks at how we as Christians can take care of God's world. What can we do to stop pollution, climate change and all the effects this has on the earth and those living in poverty. For them this means more hunger, conflict and insecurity, and a more uncertain future for us all.

candle carbon dioxide kids ministry

We’re going to introduce the concept of carbon dioxide using the following experiment:

What do you need:

- a large glass or vase
- a tea light
- a plate

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Scripture reference: Psalm 24
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

457. Time to turn - The ice art is melting


Climate change, based on a melting ice form– an experiment

I have written a series of ideas and activities especially for Micah Sunday, that you can use during your Sunday school or children’s moment in church.

climate change sunday school

This year the theme of the Micah Sunday is based on a text from Psalm 24: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’ 

It looks at how we as Christians can take care of God's world. What can we do to stop pollution, climate change and all the effects this has on the earth and those living in poverty. For them this means more hunger, conflict and insecurity, and a more uncertain future for us all.

In this idea we introduce the idea of climate change, based on a melting ice form.

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Scripture reference: Psalm 24
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

455. Time to turn - It’s time to flip the switch


Making a choice is difficult...

I have written a series of ideas and activities especially for Micah Sunday, that you can use during your Sunday school or children’s moment in church.

This year the theme of the Micah Sunday is based on a text from Psalm 24: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’

It looks at how we as Christians can take care of God's world. What can we do to stop pollution, climate change and all the effects this has on the earth and those living in poverty. For them this means more hunger, conflict and insecurity, and a more uncertain future for us all.

switch car of creation micah sunday kids ministry

This children’s moment looks at the theme ‘It’s time to flip the switch’

What do you need:

- a large wooden board with a switch or an arrow that you move to point to either of two different phrases: ‘my life’ or ‘God’s earth’.

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Scripture reference: Psalm 24
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

454. Time to turn - The earth is the Lord’s


Introduction

I have written a series of ideas and activities especially for Micah Sunday, that you can use during your Sunday school or children’s moment in church.

In 2017 the theme of the Micah Sunday is based on a text from Psalm 24: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’ 

It looks at how we as Christians can take care of God's world. What can we do to stop pollution, climate change and all the effects this has on the earth and those living in poverty. For them this means more hunger, conflict and insecurity, and a more uncertain future for us all.

In this children’s moment we take a look at this text.

What do you need:

- a plant
- a blow up globe
- A4 paper and pens

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Scripture reference: Psalm 24
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

452. Living like Christ - Everyone is more important, and...


...no one is more important than you

Paul writes in Philippians 2:1-11 about the importance of unity. He warns the Christians in Philippi about the danger of considering themselves better than others, or boasting about themselves. In verses 3 and 4 he urges them not to look to their own interest, but to those of others, and value others above themselves.

Chocolate Coins kids ministry Philippians

This activity consists of two parts.

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Scripture reference: Philippians 2: 2
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

442. Living like Christ - Look at how well I can boast!


Don't think that you are better than someone else

Paul writes in Philippians 2:2 that we have fellowship with each other through the Spirit. 

In Philippians 2: 1 -11 Paul writes about the importance of unity. He warns the Christians in Philippi about the dangers of thinking that they are better than others, or boasting about themselves. ‘No,’ writes Paul, ‘you must be humble towards one another, and consider others better than yourselves.’.

Victory podium
Sometimes in your children’s work you need to address things that are difficult, in order to talk about them and look for ways to make things work better.

What do you need:

Red and green cards

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Scripture reference: Philippians 2:2
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

441. Living like Christ - Fellowship in the Spirit


How can we make this fellowship visible?

Paul writes in Philippians 2:2 that we have fellowship with each other through the Spirit. 

ball of woll

What do you need:

- a large ball of wool

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Scripture reference: Philippians 2:2
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

439. Tell Bible stories with the National Flag illussion

Take your audience around the world with this self working National Flag card trick.

This is a brilliant object lesson / gospel illusion. Ideal for school assemblies - with the opportunity to share facts about different countries - teachers love that!

Perfect for services - the chosen flag leads you seamlessly into dozens of different stories from the Bible.

And best of all the deck does all the work for you - leaving you to focus on your presentation and message. 

A great new productt from my friends at Mission Magic. . 

 

435. Psalm 150 - Why do we sing for him?


It pleases God when we sing for him

The psalmist writes that it pleases God when we sing for him. It’s good to think about who God is and what he means to us, and then to tell him this in a song.

But it’s not only pleasing to God when we sing for him. It is also important to us. God is invisible. You can’t see God, and if you can’t see something, it’s hard to forget that it is there. It’s the same with God. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that God is there, because we can’t see him. By singing about him and to him, he becomes more visible to us.

child painting worhsip

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Scripture reference: Psalm 150
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

431. Psalm 150 - Everything that has breath...


Do you know if something is alive or lifeless?

In psalm 150 the psalmist sings ‘Let everything that has breath praise the Lord’, ‘Let everything that is alive praise the Lord’. Who/what is alive?
 
Dead coral
 
Bring some things with you and ask the children to guess if they are alive or not. You can also bring pictures/photos. Don’t make it too easy for them. Which things are dead, alive, or have ever lived? How could they sing for God?
 
- a fossil
- a seed from a plant
- some moss
- a piece of coral
- air in a bag
- water in a glass
- blue cheese
Scripture reference: Psalm 150
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

430. Psalm 150 - My heart is shaking


Music gets you moving - an object lesson

Cut the bottom off a balloon and stretch it over a strong plastic cup so that you get a taught membrane. Put a few grains of rice on the membrane. Ask the children to put the plastic cup on a loudspeaker and turn on the music. The grains of rice will start to shake.

make music balloon

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Scripture reference: Psalm 150
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

424. Do you already own a Super Story Stick?


A wooden wonder to wow and win over audiences!

You show the children a long wooden stick, jointed at three points. This seemingly simple prop is used to tell many different stories, as the stick is formed into a wide range of clear, recognisable shapes. The pace picks up, as your switch effortlessly from shape to shape – telling entertaining stories, with memorable Gospel messages!

Children in particular respond well to visual aids, and the Story Stick allows you to bring any story to life – using either the x3 included routines OR making up your own stories and shapes!

A great new product from my friends at Mission Magic

 

420. The Object Lesson Of The Ping Pong Ball Following The Running Water Tap


Such an easy-to-do object lesson on following Jesus

The great thing about this object lesson is that you only need a ping pong ball and a moveable tap to do this.

Just as the ping pong ball will always follow the streaming water, we can always follow Jesus, who is our Living Water.

This object lesson is ideal to use to talk with children, young people and adults about:

  • Following Jesus
  • Hearing His voice
  • Being lead by God
  • Being obedient to His will

ping pong ball


Which forces drive the ping pong ball to always follow the water?
Which forces drive us to follow Jesus?

How does the water lead the ping pong ball?
How does God lead us?

We at Creative Kidswork are real fans of TheDadLab Youtube Channel.
Below you'll find another of his great, short video's on easy-to-do science experiments. 

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410. The power of a folding Bible stories


Have you heard about folding Bible stories?

I think that they are great! They are such a powerful tool for telling Bible stories. They are perfect for School, School Assemblies, Family/All Age Services, Beach Missions, Camps and Holiday Clubs.

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With the help of Gary Stirling you can very easily create your own folding story. Gary offers the following six stories:

- Simon the Pharisee who invited Jesus for food and the woman came and annointed his feet with perfume.
- Daniel and the lions den
- the Furnace of Blazing Fire from the book of Daniel in the Bible
- Abraham and Isaac
- Noah's ark
- the Resurrection of Jesus including the Emmaus road.

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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.

You can download Dawn's script and watch the video below...

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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.

You can download Dawn's script and watch the video below...

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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
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

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

403. Let's make a rainbow!


This is a cool science experiment that you can use in a class room or Sunday school lesson

A rainbow is a symbol of hope. A symbol that God will keep his promises. So any time you are going to talk about hope, God's promises and God's faithfulness you can create this rainbow.

 

 

Scripture reference: Genesis 9:8-17
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

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

391. Flowing water from the cross


An wonderful object lesson with the parable of the good samaritan

Gert van Bos gave me this fun idea:

"Once, to tell the story of the Good Samaritan, I used a specially made cross. Because the story starts with a conversation about the great commandment 'Love the Lord God with all your heart' and the second commandment 'Love your neighbour as yourself’, I got the idea of making a wooden cross with PVC piping running through it. You could make it out of plexiglass instead of wood, but this one is more surprising.

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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!

You will also download the script underneath here. 

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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

387. Tell the Christmas story in a new way using a very easy magic trick

Have you heard of the Arrow Board magic trick?

What is the big story behind Christmas? Why did Jesus come? How do you explain this to children and adults in a Christmas service or in school assembly?

How do you tell this amazing story in a new way? 

You know, you can do this very easily with the Arrow Board magic trick. It is a board with two arrows. It looks spectacular, but is very easy to do. You can make such a board with some paint or some tape.

In the first video we will show you the routine with the 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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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

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

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374. The letter to the Philippians - the parachute game


What does it mean to be united by the Holy Spirit?

In Philippians 2:2, Paul writes about how are are united by the Holy Spirit. What does it mean to be united? Does it mean that we are all the same? Or is is alright to be different?

Themes: 

Letters in the New Testament, The Pauline epistles, Epistles of Paul, or Letters of Paul, unity, united by the Holy Spirit

Ask the children to stand in a large circle and give them the parachute to hold. Practise holding the parachute in the air together and bringing it down to the ground together.

parachute game

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373. United in the Holy Spirit – an object lesson


United through a ball of wool

Paul writes to the Christians in Philippi that they are ‘united with Christ’ (Philippians 2:1) If we are united with Christ we are united together, because He unites us.

ball of wool

Themes: 

Letters in the New Testament, The Pauline epistles, Epistles of Paul, or Letters of Paul, unity, united by the Holy Spirit

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372. Letters of Paul - writing letters


Who has ever written a letter? Who has ever received a letter?

What sort of letters were they?

Show a few examples of letters to the children:

- a love letter
- an instruction letter
- a thank you letter
- a reminder of an unpaid bill
- a long letter full of stories

Paul wrote letters to the Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians, and to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon. Some scholars believe he also wrote the letter to the Hebrews.

What sort of letter are they do you think?

letter writing

Themes: 

Letters in the New Testament, The Pauline epistles, Epistles of Paul, or Letters of Paul,

Setting:

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

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?

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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.

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

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

You can download the complete PDF file below, with all 12 creative ideas for your Mission Sunday.

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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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343. ‘I’m off on a journey’ - Mission Sunday 2

What has a suitcase to do with Mission Sunday?

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 second idea:

How do you introduce Mission Sunday or a visiting missionary in a creative way? How do you show that this morning you’re going to bring something very close that is actually far away?

Bring a large suitcase with you to church, and a basket full of objects. some of which you might take if you were going on a journey. 

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342. How do you bring far away things close by? - Mission Sunday 1

How do you introduce Mission Sunday or a visiting missionary in a creative way?

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 a service, and the last six ideas are a complete Sunday School programme on the subject of mission.

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In this first idea:

How do you introduce Mission Sunday or a visiting missionary in a creative way? How do you show that this morning you’re going to bring something very close that is actually far away?  

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341. Telling different Bible stories using a Grass Head

Time to cut some grass hair while telling Bible stories

Did you know that you can tell the following stories using a Grass Head? 

- Samson and Delilah (Judges 16)
- Samson destroying the temple of Dagon (Judges 16)
- David defeats Goliath (1 Samuel 17)
- The death of Absalom ( 2 Samuel 18)
- Paul's vow (Act 18)

I will show you how in the video below. 

What is spiritual growth

Use the Grass Head for more ideas

In the following ideas I will show you how you can use the Grass Head to teach children on the following subjects: 

Idea 336.  Teaching children the power of prayer
Idea 337.  The meaning of baptism
Idea 338.  All your hairs on your head are numbered
Idea 339.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit
Idea 340.  What is spiritual growth?

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

Watch the demonstration below

In the video below I will demonstrate how any (children's) pastor or children's worker can use a Grass Head to tell these stories.

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