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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.

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

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.

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

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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.

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

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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?

The prodigal son

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)

A beautiful Bible story written by Dave Glover (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

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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. 

Narnia

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.   

A beautiful Bible 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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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". 

Lost coin

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)

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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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!"

Midnight feast

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)

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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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)

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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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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340. Teach children about spiritual growth using a Grass Head

What is the correlation between a Grass Head and spiritual growth?

Watch the demonstration video to discover how you can use a Grass Head to teach and talk with children about spiritual growth.

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 about 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 341.  Telling different Bible stories while using a Grass Head

Setting:

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

Scripture reference:

Colossians 1:9-10, 2 Peter 3:18, 1 Peter 2:1-25, Matthew 5:6, Ephesians 4:15-16, Galatians 5:22-23, Psalm 1:1-3, 2 Peter 1:5-8, 1 Corinthians 13:10-12, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Philippians 4:13, Philippians 1:6, James 1:2, 1 Corinthians 11:1, Titus 2:11-14, Ephesians 4:12-13, Hebrews 10:24, Hebrews 5:12-14, Psalm 1:1-6 ESV, James 1:2-4

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In the video below I will demonstrate how any (children's) pastor or children's worker can use a Grass Head to teach about spiritual growth.

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339. If you remain in me, you will bear much fruit

Using a Grass Head to teach on remaining in Jesus

In John 15:5 Jesus says: "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." 

If you remain in me and I in you you will bear much fruit

In this object lesson you can use a Grass Head to teach on this verse. 

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338. All the hairs on your head are numbered

Using a Grass Head to count the hairs on our head

In Matthew 10: 29 - 31 and in Luke 12: 6-7 Jesus talks about the hairs on our head being numbered by God: "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.…"

Hears are numbered

In this object lesson you can use a Grass Head to count the hairs on its head. 

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 339.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit
Idea 340.  What is spiritual growth?
Idea 341.  Telling different Bible stories while using a Grass Head

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 teach on these verses in Matthew and Luke.

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337. Teach children about baptism through the use of a Grass Head

What is the connection between a Grass Head and a baptism? 

That's a good question! In some churches children are baptised when they are infants. In other churches youngsters and adults are baptisted by immersion as a sign of their faith. You can use this idea for both kinds of baptism services.

Explain the meaning of baptism

In this object lesson it all comes down to immersing a Grass Head into a big jug of water. Once you have done this for a few minutes and you place the Grass Head on top of a small vase of water in a few weeks time grass will grow on its head. 

Explain the meaning of baptism in the case of an infant baptism service

In the case of an infant baptism you talk about the child being immersed in God's love and in God's family. To demonstrate this you immerse the Grass Head in a jug of water. Then you show a Grass Head that started growing four weeks ago and which now has lots of grass on its head. Talk about being part of God's family and growing up in God's family. Being part of God's love and growing into knowing and demonstrating God's love. 

Explain the meaning of baptism in the case of an adult baptism service

In the case of an adult baptism you talk about this person laying down his/her old life and coming up from the water to demonstrate the new life in Christ. To demonstrate this you immerse the Grass Head in a jug of water. Then you show a Grass Head that started growing four weeks ago and which now has lots of grass on its head. Talk about how today is just the beginning. Baptism is not the end of spiritual growth. It is the beginning of God doing a new work in the life of the person that is being baptised. As a demonstration of this new life you can show the Grass Head with lots of grass!

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 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?
Idea 341.  Telling different Bible stories while using a Grass Head

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, baptism service

Scripture reference:

Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16, John 3:5,1 Peter 3:21, Mark 16:16, Romans 6:4, Matthew 28:19, Ephesians 4:5, Romans 6:3-4, Colossians 2:12-13, Acts 2:41, Galatians 3:27, Matthew 3:16, Matthew 3:11, Acts 8:38, Romans 6:3, Colossians 2:12, Acts 1:5, Acts 10:48, Acts 8:12, Acts 8:36-38, Acts 8:26-40

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In the video below I will demonstrate how any (children's) pastor or children's worker can use a Grass Head to teach about the meaning of baptism.

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336. How can we teach the power of prayer in our kids ministry?

Teaching children the power of prayer through the use of a Grass Head

As a child I struggled with sitting still during long prayers in church. When the adults finished their prayer with the word 'amen', I sighed a silent sigh of relief.

For lots of children 'amen' means: this is the end of the boring bit. Now we can get on with the fun stuff again!

Isn't it a shame that talking with an almighty and loving Father who listens and answers our prayers, has become something that is boring? How can we teach children within our Sunday school lesson or kids ministry the power of prayer in a fresh and visual way?

teaching power of prayer with a grass head, a Grass Head, power of prayer

In the video below I will demonstrate how any children's pastor or children's worker can use a Grass Head to teach the children in your Sunday school lesson or during a children's moment in the service the power of prayer and the meaning of the word 'amen'. All you need is a Grass Head and some patience. If you don't have the patience, you can use two Grass Heads like I do in the video. 

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Scripture reference: 1 John 5:14-16, 1 Chronicles 16:11, 2 Chronicles 6:21, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Ephesians 1:18, Ephesians 6:18, Jeremiah 29:12, Job 22:27, John 17:15, James 5:13, Mark 11:24, Matthew 5:44, Matthew 6:7, Matthew 26:41, Proverbs 15:8, Psalm 17:6, Psalm 102:17, Psalm 141:2, Romans 12:2, Romans 12:12, Psalm 4:1, Psalm 145:18, Luke 11:2-4, Proverbs 15:29, Matthew 6:9-13, Matthew 7:11, Luke 6:12, Luke 18:1, Romans 8:26, Philippians 4:6, Colossians 4:2, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, 1 Timothy 2:8, Hebrews 4:14, James 1:7, James 4:3, James 5:16, 1 John 1:9, 1 Timothy 2:1-2,
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

334. Energy Bar - Connecting with God - Recharging Faith - Gospel Object Lesson

A must-have for church workers, youth leaders or kid's pastors!

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To be used in themes like:

Making connections

How we connect with God, the Holy Spirit and with each other through fellowship.

(Holy) Spirit level

The Energy Bar can also be used as a visual representation of the Holy Spirit.

Light of the world

Use the Energy Bar to explain that Jesus is the Light of the World, and a beacon in the darkness. But we need to connect with Him to experience His light

Life, fully charged! 

Just as we charge our gadgets, we need to charge our faith. Do we feel supercharged or is our spiritual battery drained?

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327. Following Jesus may cost you everything - part 15 of the Christmas show that you can do!


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

You can use this trick in the Christmas magic show when you tell the story of the three wise men (the Magi) spending all their money to buy the most expensive gifts for Jesus.

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

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


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

Themes:

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

Setting:

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

Scipture reference:

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Jesus and the Samaritan woman

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

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

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


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

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

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

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Setting:

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


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

In Matthew 2 we read about the Magi who follow the Star of Bethlehem. Like a giant compass in the night sky it points to Jesus. They are journeying towards their destiny: King Jesus - the One they have been searching for. After this meeting they will never be the same. 

In the video below I show an amazing and mind twisting exercise that you can do with children, teenagers and adults. This exercise is all about looking at Jesus and discovering what happens when we really focus on Him.

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

Looking at Jesus

Themes:

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

Setting:

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

Scipture reference:

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

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300. Jesus celebrates Passover


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

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

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

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

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

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An easy to tell Bible story

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

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

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


The story of the four candles

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

You will need four large candles and four candle holders.

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

Before you start telling the story, light the candles.

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

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Themes:

Light of the world, hope, Christmas

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

298. Presents to Jesus - an object lesson


Gold incense and myrrh

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


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Themes:

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

Setting:

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

Scripture reference:

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

Age:

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


God's love becomes visible through the smell of the stable

You can tell children about God's love, but is it also possible to let the children smell God's love?

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


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Themes:

God's love, Christmas and smell

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

295. Anchors of hope - a creative prayer idea


God’s victory will eventually arrive

It is exciting to know that God’s victory will eventually arrive,  and that it will endure for ever. But are we still hoping for it? Wouldn’t it be exciting if we could get to experience and see God’s victory? What if we did not have to wait for eternity? We live in hope…

anchors of hope

Themes:

The Lord’s prayer, The Lords’ prayer, what does hope mean?

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons, prayer room

Bible Verse:

"And bring us not into temptation, but delver us form the evil one” (Matthew 6:13)

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294. Your kingdom come (2) - a creative prayer idea


Think about the title “Your kingdom come”.

What does it mean? What would you love to see with the arrival of God’s Kingdom? What will happen when His Kingdom arrives? 

Let your kingdom come

Themes:

The Lord’s prayer, Gods Kingdom

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons, prayer room

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293. Your kingdom come - a creative prayer idea


Take a lucky dip, empty matchboxes and help the children pray for various countries.

Help them to pray for Gods Kingdom to come in these countries. How? Go to the link below…

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Themes:

The Lord’s prayer, Gods Kingdom

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons, prayer room

Bible Verse:

"Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth” (Matthew 6:10)

Ages:

8 - 88 years old

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292. Thy will be done - a creative prayer idea

Gods will – A paper aeroplane

A creative prayer idea that to focuses on Jesus' words in the Lord's Prayer. 

What does a paper aeroplane have to do with God’s will? How can you use paper aeroplanes to help children to think about this? Discover how easy it is…..

Thy will be done

Themes:

The Lord’s prayer, Gods will

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons, prayer room

Bible Verse:

"Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth” (Matthew 6:10)

Ages:

8 - 88 years old

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291. Give us our daily bread - a creative prayer idea


Thinking with the children about the words ““Give us our daily bread”, using bags of bread dough.

A creative prayer idea that to focuses on Jesus' words in the Lord's Prayer. 

Give us our daily bread

Themes:

The Lord’s prayer, Prayer, bread

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons, prayer room

Bible Verse:

"Give us our daily bread." (Matthew 6:11)

Ages:

8 - 88 years old

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290. Forgive us our debts - a creative prayer idea


Thinking with the children about the words “forgive us our debts”.

A creative prayer idea that to focuses on Jesus' words in the Lord's Prayer. 

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Themes:

The Lord’s prayer, forgiving of sins, forgiveness

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons, prayer room

Bible Verse:

"Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors" (Matthew 6:12)

Ages:

8 - 88 years old

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


A new way to tell the Christmas story

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

 

Christmas Puzzle 1

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

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

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

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

Christmas Puzzle 3

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

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

Christmas Puzzle 4

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

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

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

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

Produce the last piece of the Christmas Puzzle...

Christmas Puzzle 5

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

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

Christmas Puzzle 6

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

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

286. The Good Shepherd - a complete Sunday school lesson


A great programme with 18 creative ideas for your Sunday school or children's ministry

Lots of fun and useful games, prayer ideas and activities that you can use within your Sunday school class on Jesus being the Good Shepherd and the church as a flock. 

Hopefully this Sunday school lesson with 18 creative ideas will help you!

You can download the complete PDF file below.

The Good Shepherd a complete Sunday School lesson with 18 creative ideas

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons

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Scripture reference: Psalm 100:3, Luke 15:4-7, Matthew 9:36, John 10:1-16, Matthew 7:15, Jeremiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 10:16, Ezekiel 34:1-31, John 21:17, Psalm 23:1-6, Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 26:31, Ezekiel 34:17-22, Micah 2:12, Mark 14:27, Matthew 10:6, Matthew 18:10-13

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


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

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

The parable of the wise and foolish builders

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

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

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

Setting:

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

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268. Jesus and the Adulterous Woman - a sketchboard story


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Setting:

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

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266. The Wish Granter - dealing with the theme of prayer within your children’s ministry


Watch this short video with your Sunday school class 

A funny short video story about a wishing well in which a coin gets stuck so that the wish almost doesn’t come true. It takes a lot of effort on the part of the Wish Granter to sort it out. As I was watching this video on Youtube looking for video material for our children’s ministry, I started thinking about prayer.


talking with children about the theme of prayer in a sunday school or kids ministry

How do children think that prayer works?

Within our children’s work we teach children about praying, but wouldn’t it be interesting to discover what children really think, know, wonder or imagine about praying.

I think this video below is ideal to ask the children in your Sunday school class or within your children’s ministry this question: “How do you think that prayer works?”

I  would suggest that you watch the video together. When it is finished, ask them what they thought about it. After listening to them you could ask them some of the following questions:

-  What has this video to do with prayer?
-  Do you think praying is like throwing a coin into a wishing well? 
-  Is God a kind of ‘wish granter’ who is working very hard to give us all we want?Or maybe all we need?
-  What is the difference between praying and this video?

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Scripture reference: 1 John 5:14-16, 1 Chronicles 16:11, 2 Chronicles 6:21, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Ephesians 1:18, Ephesians 6:18, Jeremiah 29:12, Job 22:27, John 17:15, James 5:13, Mark 11:24, Matthew 5:44, Matthew 6:7, Matthew 26:41, Proverbs 15:8, Psalm 17:6, Psalm 102:17, Psalm 141:2, Romans 12:2, Romans 12:12, Psalm 4:1, Psalm 145:18, Luke 11:2-4, Proverbs 15:29, Matthew 6:9-13, Matthew 7:11, Luke 6:12, Luke 18:1, Romans 8:26, Philippians 4:6, Colossians 4:2, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, 1 Timothy 2:8, Hebrews 4:14, James 1:7, James 4:3, James 5:16, 1 John 1:9, 1 Timothy 2:1-2
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265. The right way - dealing with the theme of hypocrisy within your Sunday school class


Watch this short video during your Sunday School or children’s club

A funny short video story about a very strict mother who doesn’t allow her own daughter any fun, but who has a secret room in which she can do all the things that she doesn’t allow her daughter to do.

dealing with the theme of hypocrisy within your sunday school class or kids ministry


Several Bible stories and Biblical themes came to my mind while watching this video. Stories and themes that you can address within your Sunday school lessons or children’s ministry. 

You can use this video story for example with Bible stories such as:

-  The hypocrisy of the Pharisees and Jesus rebuking them
-  The harshness and strictness of the Law. Would it have provoked feelings of unfairness that the Israelites had to keep such strict laws?
-  The hypocrisy of Eli the priest and his two sons (1 Samuel 1-2)
-  Let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’ and your ‘No’ be ‘No’ (Matthew 5:37)

In idea 217 we show you how you can use this video as: 
- a short introduction to a Bible story, a Sunday school lesson, a RE lesson
- a longer reflection on certain Bible stories and /or Biblical themes

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Scripture reference: 1 John 4:20, James 1:26, Matthew 7:5, Matthew 6:1, Matthew 7:1-5, Matthew 15:7-9, Romans 2:3, 1 John 2:9, Luke 12:2, James 2:14-26, 2 Timothy 3:5, Matthew 7:15, 1 John 2:4, Titus 1:16, Matthew 7:21-23, Romans 2:1-5, Romans 2:1, 1 Peter 2:16, Psalm 101:7, Galatians 6:3, Matthew 6:5, Luke 16:15, 1 John 1:6
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's work, kids ministry, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching,

263. You shall be holy, for I am holy - starting a conversation within your Sunday school class or youth group about God’s call to holiness


The importance of talking with 21st century children about what it means to live a holy life

Not only in the Old Testament, but just as much in the New Testament we are called upon to be a holy people, for our God is a holy God. Holiness is such an important theme in the Scriptures, that we come across time and time again. Just look at some of the Bible verses in the scripture reference in this idea.

How do we teach the importance of holiness when so much of its value has been lost in our current society?

Why is it so important that we teach children in the 21st century to be holy, as our God is holy? And how do we show this to the children in our Sunday school class, children’s ministry or the teenagers in our youth group, when the word ‘holiness’ has lost so much of its value in our current society. How do we stop God’s call to holiness becoming something in the eyes of children and teenagers that isn’t:  “Obeying a few strict laws from a ‘mean’ God till you’re old enough to make your own decisions and live your own life?”

Talking with children about what it means to live a holy life

The difficulties of growing up in a culture of no absolute right or wrong

How do we teach a generation that is growing up in a culture of no absolute wrong or right the importance of living a holy life? And what does it mean to live like that?

Preaching at them is easier, but starting a conversation is better

Maybe the following object lesson / cool science experiment will help you to get this conversation going with the children and teenagers. With our youth constantly being bombarded with messages opposite to the ones we find in Scripture, we run the risk of our Christian message getting lost inbetween all the other messages. We need to start a conversation with children and teenagers about these themes. Of course it is much easier to preach at children and teenagers than to start a conversation, but unless we start and continue this conversation we will not reach them with these important truths.

So I hope that this object lesson / cool science experiment will help you start a conversation about God’s call to holiness in the 21st century within your Sunday school class, children’s ministry, youth group, kids ministry or youth work

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Scripture reference: 1 Peter 1:14-16, 1 John 3:6-10, 2 Corinthians 7:1, Hebrews 12:14, 1 Peter 2:9, 1 Thessalonians 4:7, 2 Timothy 2:21, Isaiah 35:8, Leviticus 20:26, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, Philippians 4:8, 1 Corinthians 6:19, Leviticus 19:2, 1 John 5:4, Psalm 51:10-12, 1 Peter 2:24, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 3 John 1:11, Romans 12:1, 1 Thessalonians 4:4, James 1:21, 1 Peter 4:1, 1 Peter 4:7, 1 Thessalonians 3:13, Hebrews 12:10, Leviticus 11:45, 1 Peter 2:12, 1 Corinthians 6:17, 2 Peter 1:2-8, Ephesians 5:8-11, 1 Corinthians 6:20, Philippians 2:15, Colossians 3:12-15, 2 Corinthians 6:14-17
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262. How to tell difficult Bible stories to children in Sunday school class?


How am I going to tell this difficult Bible story to the children in my Sunday school class?

Not every Bible story is easy to tell. Especially when you have to tell the story to children in your Sunday school class or within your children’s ministry.

As a storyteller for children I have struggled in the past with the re-telling of several Bible stories in which the Israelites had to do certain ‘cruel’ things in the name of God. How can we tell these Bible stories in a time of religious tolerance?

Dealing with difficult stories in the Bible within the setting of children’s ministry

Stories such as the annihilation of the nations in the promised land, the strict laws about no mingling between the Israelites and their neighbours, the Bible story in Ezra where married men had to say goodbye to their foreign wives and children, because the Law commanded them to.

how to tell difficult Bible stories to children in sunday school class

Is the Bible a children’s story book?

Of course you can choose not to tell any of these stories.The thing is that the Bible is not written as a children’s book. It is God’s word, but it is also a book written by adults for adults. Within our children’s ministry we can take most of the Bible stories and tell them to children. But maybe not all...

Next story on the list in your Sunday school curriculum

On the other side maybe the difficult Bible story is in your Sunday school curriculum. It's the next story on the list and you struggle with it. “How am I going to tell this difficult Bible story to the children in my Sunday school class?” I have been there.

An object lesson that will help you tell difficult Bible stories to your Sunday school class

I have thought of an object lesson / cool science experiment that you can use within your Sunday school lessons, children’s ministry or youth group that will maybe help you explain God’s reason behind some of His commandments to the Israelites. Especially His commandment that the Israelites were not allowed to mingle / marry with the nations that surrounded them.

For this object lesson / cool science experiment you need two glasses, yellow and blue food colouring drops and kitchen paper. In the video below we show you how you can use this experiment to explain God’s reasons behind some of these strict (and maybe in our eyes cruel) stories. 

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, Sunday school lesson, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons, children's moment in church

Scripture reference:

2 Chronicles 13:15-18, Exodus 12:29, Numbers 16:41-49, Joshua 6:20-21, Deuteronomy 2:32-35, Deuteronomy 3:3-7, Numbers 31:7-18, 1 Samuel 15:1-9, 1 Samuel 6:19, Exodus 32, Joshua 10:10-11, Genesis 19:24, 2 Kings 2:23-24, Judges 21:1-23, 2 Kings 1:9-10, Ezra 9:1–2, Deuteronomy 7:3–4, Ezra 9:3, Ezra 10:2–3, Ezra 10:10–11

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261. Praying for the lost sheep - a creative prayer idea as part of a Sunday school lesson on the theme of the Good shepherd


A creative prayer idea as part of a Sunday school lesson on the theme of the Good shepherd

After playing the game in idea 260 you can use the sheep as a creative prayer idea in which you encourage children to pray for others.

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Themes:

Jesus is the Good Shepherd, the church as a flock

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, Sunday school lesson, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons

Scripture reference:

Psalm 100:3, Luke 15:4-7, Matthew 9:36, John 10:1-16, Matthew 7:15, Jeremiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 10:16, Ezekiel 34:1-31, John 21:17, Psalm 23:1-6, Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 26:31, Ezekiel 34:17-22, Micah 2:12, Mark 14:27, Matthew 10:6, Matthew 18:10-13

Age:

4-88 years old

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260. Find the lost sheep - part of a sunday school lesson about the Good shepherd


A fun game wherein children or adults go searching for a sheep that's lost.

Are you a good shepherd? Will you notice which sheep is missing? Or will you not see it and lose one of their precious sheep?

This game is part of a Sunday school lesson about the Good Shepherd. Once you have played this game, you can use the sheep as a creative prayer idea as shown in idea 261.

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Themes:

Jesus is the Good Shepherd, the church as a flock

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons

Scripture reference:

Psalm 100:3, Luke 15:4-7, Matthew 9:36, John 10:1-16, Matthew 7:15, Jeremiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 10:16, Ezekiel 34:1-31, John 21:17, Psalm 23:1-6, Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 26:31, Ezekiel 34:17-22, Micah 2:12, Mark 14:27, Matthew 10:6, Matthew 18:10-13

Age:

4-88 years old

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259. Ascension Day - a complete Sunday school lesson


A great programme for your Sunday school or children's ministry that looks at the meaning of Ascension Day

'Why did Jesus go to heaven?' and 'What does Jesus do in heaven?' are two very important questions to raise when we think about the ascension of Jesus. How can we help children in the Sunday school, children's ministry, children's work or kids ministry to find the answers to these important questions? 

Hopefully this Sunday school lesson with 8 creative ideas will help you!

You can download the complete PDF file below, with all 8 creative ideas on the ascension of Jesus.

why did Jesus go to heaven and what does He do there

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons

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

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


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

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

 


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

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


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

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

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Themes:

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

Setting:

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

 

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

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


Demonstrating the love of God through a melting heart of ice

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

Maybe you can use the melting heart of ice.

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

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

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

Use it as a creative prayer opportunity

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

 

 

Scripture reference: God's love - Romans 8:37-39, John 3:16, Romans 5:8, Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 2:4-5, 1 John 4:9-11, Zephaniah 3:17, 1 John 4:7-8, 1 Peter 5:6-7, Psalm 86:15, 1 John 3:1, Deuteronomy 7:9, Proverbs 8:17, Jeremiah 29:11, John 13:34-35, Psalm 136:26, Romans 5:2-5, Colossians 2:6-7, Hebrews 12:28-29
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, Sunday school lesson, Children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, small churches, street evangelism, open air evangelism

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Themes:

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

Setting:

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

Scipture reference:

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

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

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

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


Do not store up treasures on earth

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

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

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


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

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

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

Themes:

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

Setting:

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

Scripture reference:

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

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252. The prodigal son loses everything - the Dice Box


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

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


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

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

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

Themes:

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

Setting:

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

Scripture reference:

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

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251. Zacchaeus finds real treasure - the Dice Box


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Themes:

Zacchaeus, losing your treasure, finding real treasure

Setting:

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

Scripture reference:

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

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

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