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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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26. The call of Abram (1) - Who is Abram?

Introduction:
In this series of creative ideas we are looking at the person of Abram. The first time we read in the Bible about Abram is when God calls him to leave Haran and travel with his family to the promised land. This first idea in the series on Abram is a fun and messy introduction to this remarkable man.

ballon


Ingredients:

- balloons
- shaving foam
- permanent marker pens

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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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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
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 ministry, creative preaching, kids church

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
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 ministry, creative preaching, kids church

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
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 ministry, creative preaching, kids church

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.

Watch our demonstration video below...

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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, kids ministry, creative preaching, kids church

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
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 ministry, creative preaching, kids church

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)

Watch our demonstration video below.  Have fun!

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Scripture reference: James 3: 9 - 12
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 ministry, creative preaching, kids church

4. The weeping woman at Jesus' feet


Jesus anointed by a sinful woman

Describe the situation of a young woman left alone in the world and the choices she might have to face  to support herself – begging, slavery, or breaking God's law in order to obtain money – by choosing the latter she would at least be able to run her own home and choose who abused her.

Maybe mention somebody you know who has had to make a similar choice – I know a “bag lady” in Bristol whose life decisions have led her to misery and deprivation.  She feels hated and excluded from society.

Describe Simon the Pharisee and his disgust at what he heard of Jesus teaching that God loved sinners  - against everything Simon had ever been taught.  He decided to teach this young Rabbi a lesson.  Humiliated him by ignoring his arrival  - no kiss on the hands, no water for his feet, no oil for his head, no leading him to a position of respect at the table.   Any normal rabbi would have been insulted and offended to the point where he would not join the feast at all but leave.  Jesus took up a place at the very end of the table where guests of little value would recline.  The custom of allowing villagers in to stand round the edge and admire the feast and listen to the wise conversation meant that the woman could slip in unobserved  - though some scholars think Simon may have “planted” her in order to embarrass Jesus.  

Skectboard drawing of the parable of the vineyard workers

Scripture reference

Luke 7: 36-50

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

You can download the story below:

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Scripture reference: Luke 7: 36-50
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3. Jesus heals the daughter of the Syrophoenician woman


An easy Bible story on Jesus healing the daughter of the Canaanite woman 

"How would your Mum feel if you were desperately ill? People nowadays will go to any lengths to get help – even taking a child to a special hospital in a foreign country – they will borrow thousands of pounds if need be, to get help for their child.

This woman didn't have that option.  She was from the hills, she didn't have lots of money. But she had heard about Jesus. He was her only hope!  She would not give up. She kept on after them, calling out.....  

“Please, please Jesus – have a pity on me!  My little daughter!  Will you help me?” (Mark 7: 24-30, Matthew 15:  21)

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This is a sketchboard story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC Ministries) on Jesus healing the daugther of the Syrophoenician woman in Mark 7 v.24-30 and Matthew 15 v. 21.
It is quite an easy painting to do, otherwise you can tell the story without painting.

You can download the Bible story underneath.

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Scripture reference: Mark 7: 24-30, Matthew 15: 21
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

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
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

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