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248. How to tell any Bible story using iodine and thiosulfate reaction - 2


Such an easy experiment, such a powerful way to tell Bible stories

In the video below we will demonstrate how you can tell any Bible story that contains a problem and a solution with this cool science experiment. As you can see in the video, it is slightly different from idea 247

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If you click on the following links, iodineironing spray, and sodium thiosulfate, you will automatically be linked to a site where you can order these products. 

Themes:

Iodine and sodium thiosulfate reaction, miracles, any Bible with a problem that needs to be solved

Setting:

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

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247. How to tell any Bible story using iodine and thiosulfate reaction - 1


Something that any Christian children's or youth worker can do

In the video below we will demonstrate how you can tell any Bible story that contains a problem and a solution with this cool science experiment. As you can see in the video, it is slightly different from idea 248

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If you click on the following links, iodineironing spray, and sodium thiosulfate, you will automatically be linked to a site where you can order these products. 

Themes:

Iodine and sodium thiosulfate reaction, miracles, any Bible with a problem that needs to be solved

 

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You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's work, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, youth group. teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, small churches, street evangelism, open air evangelism

244. Ten Bible Passage Cards - let them do the Bible study


Teaching children and teenagers to study God's Word

In idea 100 we introduced the Bible story cards, which help you to let the children / teenagers tell the story instead of you having to tell it, especially when the Bible story is so well known, that already know it by heart.  With the ten Bible story cards you can address any story in the Bible.

But what about all the passages in the Bible that contain no stories, like the Psalms, the Prophets, the letters of Paul, etc? 

Especially for all these passage we have created ten Bible Passage Cards.

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Below we look at the ‘Bible study cards’ method.

The ‘Bible Passage Cards’ method

It is so easy to keep telling Bible stories to children and teenagers, but there comes a point at which it is more important to help them learn from the Bible themselves. Telling stories is good. Teaching children and teenagers (and adults) to read and learn from the Bible themselves is even better.

To help us do this we have developed ten questions that you can ask yourself when you read a passage in the Bible.  When we used these cards we were doing weekly Bible studies with a group of teenagers from troubled backgrounds. Some of them would and did end up in prison. We wanted them to have a few questions to ask themselves if they ever found themselves with a Gideon Bible in a prison cell. . Each week we gave them all a piece of paper with a short Bible passage. They would then pick one of the ten Bible study cards (without looking at it first) and that would be their question about the passage that we were going to look at.

Setting:

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

Scripture reference:

2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Timothy 3:14-17, Joshua 1:8, Psalm 119:11, Psalm 119:105, Proverbs 3:1-2, 2 Timothy 2:15, 1 Peter 3:15, Deuteronomy 11:18-23, Psalm 119:18, Psalm 119:9, Romans 12:2, Acts 17:11, Ephesians 6:11-17, Acts 8:30, James 1:22, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:1-17, John 8:32, Proverbs 2:1-5, 1 John 2:27, John 13:17, John 1:1, Luke 4:4, Hosea 4:6, John 6:63, John 5:39-40, 1 Peter 2:1-2, Proverbs 2:1-22

The ten questions on the cards are:

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243. The Rich Young Ruler – a complete Sunday School lesson


A great program for your Sunday school lesson or children's ministry that looks at the story of the Rich Young Ruler

You can download the complete PDF file below. It contains 10 creative ideas that you can use within your Sunday school, children's ministry or kids ministry to address the story of Jesus talking with the Rich Young Ruler in Matthew 19: 16 - 21.

The rich young ruler a complete Sunday school lesson with 10 ideas

Setting:

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

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Scripture reference: Luke 18: 18-30, Mark 10: 17-31, Matthew 19: 16-30, 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

242. Scarlett - it is all about hope


Watch a short video about the Biblical theme of hope

This touching short story is all about hope. It is based on the words of Desmond Tutu who said: 
“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness.”

Scarlett

The Bible also has a lot to say about hope. You can watch this video with children, teenagers and/or adults to talk together about hope. What is hope? Which hope do we have?

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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You can use the video to introduce the theme of hope and maybe talk about one or more of these Bible verses.

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Scripture reference: Romans 12:12, Romans 15:13, Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 5:2-5, Deuteronomy 31:6, Isaiah 41:10, Isaiah 40:31, Psalm 39:7, Mark 9:23, Romans 8:24, 1 Corinthians 13:13, Proverbs 23:18, Romans 8:25, Jeremiah 17:7, Psalm 71:14, Proverbs 10:28, Proverbs 13:12, Hebrews 11:1, 1 Peter 3:15, Hebrews 6:19, Job 14:7-9, Romans 8:24-25, Psalm 71:5, Psalm 43:5, Psalm 37:3-7, Luke 1:37, Romans 5:1-11, Lamentations 3:24, Psalm 31:24, 2 Corinthians 3:12, Psalm 33:18, Romans 5:1-21, Zechariah 9:12, Psalm 130:7, 1 John 3:3, Psalm 9:18, Psalm 38:15, 1 John 4:18, Psalm 33:22
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's work, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, 

241. Sweet Cocoon - Can we love in vain?


Video story about two bugs being a good samaritan

Sweet Cocoon is a funny, but also tragic short story that you can show to your kids at home, in your Sunday school lesson or to the teenagers in the youth group. You can also use it as a visual illustration in a sermon or a family service. It is about two insects who go out of their way to love and care for a caterpillar, but who discover in the end that all their sacrifice has been in vain.

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

Sweet Cocoon raises an important question: 

"What use is it doing something good for someone else if you know there is no reward, or when you know it is in vain?"

The apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:58: "Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain." 

What does this promise mean?

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Can you ever love in vain?

You can combine this video with the story of the Good Samaritan:
- Was his love for the wounded man on the road in vain?
- Do we always need to have or see a reward when we have done something good?
- Is the act of kindness enough even though nothing good seems to come from it?

Themes:

The parable of the Good Samaritan, kindness, loving in vain, rewards, doing it for the Lord

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, Sunday school lesson, children's 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

Scripture reference:

1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 1 Corinthians 16:14, Mark 12:29-31, Matthew 22:36-40, 1 John 4:8, John 13:34-35, Colossians 3:14, John 15:13, 1 John 4:19, John 3:16, John 14:15 1 John 4:7, 1 Peter 4:8, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, 1 John 4:18, 1 Corinthians 13:13, Luke 6:35, Matthew 5:44-48, Ephesians 5:25, Proverbs 10:12, Galatians 5:22, Ephesians 4:2, 1 John 3:18, Romans 12:9, Romans 13:10, Romans 12:10, Mark 12:31, Matthew 22:37, Luke 10:25–37

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240. Oktapodi - love conquers all


A funny short video story about love conquering every obstacle and every foe

The sacrificial love between these two octopuses is a small illustration of God's amazing sacrificial love for us: "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8: 38 - 39

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

octopadi

Have you heard of the Good Otcopus?

You can use this video during a lesson about the Good Shepherd, who leaves all his other sheep behind in order to find the one that is lost.(Luke 15: 3 - 7); the good shepherd who is willing to lay down his life for the other (John 10). But you can use it also of course with the parable of the Lost Coin (Luke: 15: 8 - 10), the parable of the Lost Son (Luke 15: 11 - 32) and the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37).

And what about using it with the story of Zacchaeus?  Jesus saying to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.  For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” 

Themes:

The parable of the Good Shepherd, the parable of the Lost Coin, the parable of the Lost Son, the parable of the Good Samaritan, the story of Zacchaeus, God's amazing love, Jesus seeking the lost

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's 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

Scripture reference

1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 1 Corinthians 16:14, Mark 12:29-31, Matthew 22:36-40, 1 John 4:8, John 13:34-35, Colossians 3:14, John 15:13, 1 John 4:19, John 3:16, John 14:15 1 John 4:7, 1 Peter 4:8, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, 1 John 4:18, 1 Corinthians 13:13, Luke 6:35, Matthew 5:44-48, Ephesians 5:25, Proverbs 10:12, Galatians 5:22, Ephesians 4:2, 1 John 3:18, Romans 12:9, Romans 13:10, Romans 12:10, Mark 12:31, Matthew 22:37, John 15:13, Romans 5:8 , 1 John 3:16, Luke 15:1-32, John 10, Psalm 23

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239. The last knit - being stuck on a road to destruction


A funny short video about doing things that are bad for us and the effects

A powerful short story about being stuck on the road to destruction. We all sometimes keep on doing things that are bad for us, bad for other people, things that even go against God. We know we will need to stop one day, but today is not that day. And so we go on...

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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Jesus weeping over Jerusalem

Watching this video made me think about Jesus weeping over Jerusalem:  “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!" Matthew 23: 37

The Jerusalem that Jesus knew, was like the knitting lady, hurtling down the mountain into the abyss of destruction. 

But of course you can also compare this video with the behaviour of the people of Israel all through the period of the Judges: God gives them a good leader. The leader dies. They go back to their old ways and fall into the abyss. They pray to God. God sends a new Judge. They behave for a while until that leader dies and off they go again.

You can also apply it to the period of the kings. Good king; the people follow God. Bad king: off they go hurtling down the cliff. Even falling in the enormous abbys of exile to Babylon didn't cure them of constantly wanting to go against the Law of God. 

Themes:

Repetitive destructive behaviour, addiction, the wages of sin, going against God's law

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's 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

Scripture reference:

James 4:17, 1 John 1:8-10, Romans 6:23, Romans 3:23, Psalm 51:5, Mark 7:20-23, 1 Corinthians 10:13, James 4:7, Galatians 5:16, 1 John 3:4, Galatians 5:19-21, 1 John 5:17, John 3:16-17, Matthew 5:48, 2 Timothy 3:1-5, Genesis 4:7, James 1:15 

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238. No need for masks in God’s family - the Headless Cartoon silks


Teaching children and teenagers about not wearing masks in church

In our daily lives we sometimes have to take on a role to just go through the day and when we want to achieve something. It is very easy to constantly wear a certain mask, so that people like, so that you are safe... Very often we are not even aware anymore of the (many) masks we wear. And then we come to church!

How easy it is to also wear our masks in church. But do we really need them when we are among God's family? Do we dare to open ourselves and our lives for one another? 

This is an important question! But how do you raise an issue like this? Well, maybe through the Headless Cartoon silks...

headless cartoon silks

The use of Headless Cartoon silks within children's and youth ministry:

These beautiful silks, each with different characters depicted on them, but without their heads! This way, either you or your volunteers from the audience can hold up the silks and finish the pictures with their faces! Lots of fun for kids and adults, with audience participation and many comic possibilities. Includes four beautiful, 36-inch, 100% pure silks with routine ideas.

You can the Headless Cartoon silks for:
234 - Who is important in God’s eyes?
235 - Telling the Bible story of Zacchaeus
236 - The prodigal son’s dreams
237 - No popularity contest within God’s family
238 - No need for masks in God’s family

You can buy the Headless Cartoon silks through Amazon or through Dynamite Magic.

The four Headless Cartoon silks are no magic trick, although we use within Gospel Magic.  You can make them appear from a large dove pan using flash paper.  
(You can watch a demonstration video of the Headless Cartoon Silks combined with the dove pan and the flash paper here.)

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's 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

Scripture reference:

John 1:12, 1 John 3:1-2, Ephesians 2:19-22, Romans 12:5, 1 Corinthians 12:26, 1 Corinthians 3:9, 1 Timothy 5:1-25, 1 Timothy 3:15, John 13:34, John 1:12-13, Revelation 3:12, 1 Corinthians 15:58, Acts 20:28 , 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15

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237. No popularity contest within God’s family - the Headless Cartoon silks


Talking with children and teenagers about popularity

Within God's family we (try to) look at people through the eyes of Jesus. In society it sometimes feels so important to be beautifull, athlecic, smart, elegant or funny. But within the church there is no popularity contest. Everybody is allowed to belong. Everybody is loved. You may come as you are.

Through the use of the Headless Cartoon silks you can demonstrate this important truth very easily.

headless cartoon silks

The use of Headless Cartoon silks within children's and youth ministry:

These beautiful silks, each with different characters depicted on them, but without their heads! This way, either you or your volunteers from the audience can hold up the silks and finish the pictures with their faces! Lots of fun for kids and adults, with audience participation and many comic possibilities. Includes four beautiful, 36-inch, 100% pure silks with routine ideas.

You can the Headless Cartoon silks for:
234 - Who is important in God’s eyes?
235 - Telling the Bible story of Zacchaeus
236 - The prodigal son’s dreams
237 - No popularity contest within God’s family
238 - No need for masks in God’s family

You can buy the Headless Cartoon silks through Amazon or through Dynamite Magic.

The four Headless Cartoon silks are no magic trick, although we use within Gospel Magic.  You can make them appear from a large dove pan using flash paper.  
(You can watch a demonstration video of the Headless Cartoon Silks combined with the dove pan and the flash paper here.)

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's 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

Scripture reference:

John 1:121 John 3:1-2Ephesians 2:19-22Romans 12:5, 1 Corinthians 12:26, 1 Corinthians 3:9, 1 Timothy 5:1-251 Timothy 3:15John 13:34, John 1:12-13, Revelation 3:121 Corinthians 15:58Acts 20:28 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15

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236. The prodigal son’s dreams - the Headless Cartoon silks


Telling the Bible story of the parable of the lost son to children

Day in, day out... It never seems to stop. As the prodigal son is working on his father's farm he is dreaming about the big city with all its enticing things. Who wants to know what the prodigal son is dreaming about? Ask four volunteers to come forward. Each of them chooses a colour: green, yellow, red or blue. According to the colour they choose you give them a headless silk in that colour. Together they demonstrate the prodigal son's dreams. (Luke 15:11-32)

headless cartoon silks

The use of Headless Cartoon silks within children's and youth ministry:

These beautiful silks, each with different characters depicted on them, but without their heads! This way, either you or your volunteers from the audience can hold up the silks and finish the pictures with their faces! Lots of fun for kids and adults, with audience participation and many comic possibilities. Includes four beautiful, 36-inch, 100% pure silks with routine ideas.

You can the Headless Cartoon silks for:
234 - Who is important in God’s eyes?
235 - Telling the Bible story of Zacchaeus
236 - The prodigal son’s dreams
237 - No popularity contest within God’s family
238 - No need for masks in God’s family

You can buy the Headless Cartoon silks through Amazon or through Dynamite Magic.

The four Headless Cartoon silks are no magic trick, although we use within Gospel Magic.  You can make them appear from a large dove pan using flash paper.  
(You can watch a demonstration video of the Headless Cartoon Silks combined with the dove pan and the flash paper here.)

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's 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

Demonstration video:

Below you can a video in which we demonstrate how you can use the Headless Cartoon silks combined with the story of the prodigal son.

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235. The story of Zacchaeus - the Headless Cartoon silks


How to have a captivated audience when telling the Bible story of Zacchaeus

As you know, the story of Zacchaeus (Luke 19: 1-10) is such a well known story, that it is sometimes hard to keep the children listen attentively, because they already know the story so well. But...

When you tell the story using the four Headless Cartoon silks, we will garantee you a captivated or at least very involved audience!

headless cartoon silks

The use of Headless Cartoon silks within children's and youth ministry:

These beautiful silks, each with different characters depicted on them, but without their heads! This way, either you or your volunteers from the audience can hold up the silks and finish the pictures with their faces! Lots of fun for kids and adults, with audience participation and many comic possibilities. Includes four beautiful, 36-inch, 100% pure silks with routine ideas.

You can the Headless Cartoon silks for:
234 - Who is important in God’s eyes?
235 - Telling the Bible story of Zacchaeus
236 - The prodigal son’s dreams
237 - No popularity contest within God’s family
238 - No need for masks in God’s family

You can buy the Headless Cartoon silks through Amazon or through Dynamite Magic.

The four Headless Cartoon silks are no magic trick, although we use within Gospel Magic.  You can make them appear from a large dove pan using flash paper.  
(You can watch a demonstration video of the Headless Cartoon Silks combined with the dove pan and the flash paper here.)

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

Demonstration video:

Below you can a video in which we demonstrate how you can use the Headless Cartoon silks combined with the Bible story of Zacchaeus.

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234. Who is important in God’s eyes? - the Headless Cartoon silks


Teaching children and teenagers that they are important to God

You can use the four Headless Cartoon silks to talk with the children about when are we important to God. When we are pretty? When we are very strong? Or very funny? Or when you can climb like a monkey? The answer to all these questions is ‘YES!’ But not because you’re pretty, strong, funny or athletic. You are important in God’s eyes, because He loves you just as you are.

headless cartoon silks

The use of Headless Cartoon silks within children's and youth ministry:

These beautiful silks, each with different characters depicted on them, but without their heads! This way, either you or your volunteers from the audience can hold up the silks and finish the pictures with their faces! Lots of fun for kids and adults, with audience participation and many comic possibilities. Includes four beautiful, 36-inch, 100% pure silks with routine ideas.

You can the Headless Cartoon silks for:
234 - Who is important in God’s eyes?
235 - Telling the Bible story of Zacchaeus
236 - The prodigal son’s dreams
237 - No popularity contest within God’s family
238 - No need for masks in God’s family

You can buy the Headless Cartoon silks through Amazon or through Dynamite Magic.

The four Headless Cartoon silks are not a magic trick, although we use them within Gospel Magic.  You can make them appear from a large dove pan using flash paper.  
(You can watch a demonstration video of the Headless Cartoon Silks combined with the dove pan and the flash paper here.)

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

Scripture reference:

John 1:121 John 3:1-2Ephesians 2:19-22Romans 12:5, 1 Corinthians 12:26, 1 Corinthians 3:9, 1 Timothy 5:1-251 Timothy 3:15John 13:34, John 1:12-13, Revelation 3:121 Corinthians 15:58Acts 20:28 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15

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233. Lightheaded


A touching short video story about the sharing of love, light and life

It made me think of the words of Jesus about walking on the narow way: "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it." Matthew 7: 13, 14

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The Parables of the Treasure and Pearl

Another theme in this story are the parables of treasure in the ground and the precious pearl. Finding something so precious, that you are willing to sacrifice everything to find it:

"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and in his joy he went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls. When he found one very precious pearl, he went away and sold all he had and bought it." Matthew 13: 44, 45

Being the body of Christ

You can also find the themes of working together, not doing it on your own, sharing the light, serving another in this video

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

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

Scripture reference:

1 Corinthians 12:27, Romans 12:4-5, 1 Corinthians 12:12, Ephesians 4:4, Colossians 1:18, Ephesians 2:19-22, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Galatians 3:27, Colossians 2:19, Ephesians 4:15-16, 1 Corinthians 12:25-26, Ephesians 4:25, Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, Ephesians 4:11-13

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232. The Border Control - a short video story about the law


How can you introduce the theme of 'the law' to children and teenagers? 

When we look at Jesus in the Bible, he seems to have a knack for stretching the law beyond what the lawmakers of his time thought was appropriate. In their eyes Jesus was a lawbreaker.

"One Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. And the Pharisees were saying to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God, in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?” And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.” 
Mark 2:23-27
 
border control

Breaking the rules to bless someone else

When I was watching this Coca Cola commercial, I was reminded of the parable of the Good Samaritan. The priest and the Levite thought that serving God in the temple was more important than helping someone on the side of the road, who could have been dead. He was dead, they would have been unclean and wouldn't be allowed to serve God in the temple They were not ready to cross their boundaries to help someone else.
 
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

Several Biblical themes in this commercial:

Talking about the law, how far can you go?, the Good Samaritan, Jesus and the law, Jesus the lawbreaker, Jesus and the sabbath, dealing with boundaries

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

Scripture reference:

Luke 16:17, Romans 7:12, 1 Timothy 1:8-10 , Acts 5:29 John 1:17 , Psalm 19:7-9 , Romans 13:1, Romans 7:7, 1 John 3:4, Isaiah 33:22, James 2:10, Matthew 5:17-45, Romans 13:10, Romans 8:3, 1 John 5:3, Acts 7:53, Mark 12:29-33, Romans 13:7-9, Proverbs 28:4 , Romans 13:1-14, Galatians 3:19, Acts 28:23, Acts 26:22 , Romans 7:5-7, Acts 15:1-29, Malachi 4:4, Exodus 34:28, Galatians 2:16, Galatians 2:3-9, Romans 13:9-11

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231. Lights of the World


What does it mean to be a light in this world?

Jesus tells his disciples that they are the light of the world. But what does this mean?
- How do you become a light in this world?
- How do you shine your light?
- How can we help someone to become a light?

All these themes are raised in this delightful video.

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In idea 217 we show you how you can use a video like 'Lights of the World' 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

Themes:

Light of the world, praying, following Jesus

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

Scripture reference:

John 8:12, Matthew 5:14-16, Romans 13:11-14, Psalm 119:105, Ephesians 5:7-14, Colossians 1:9-14, 2 Corinthians 4:3-6, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, John 9:5, John 12:35, Job 24:13, Isaiah 60:1, Acts 13:47

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230. The Clocktower - Queen Esther


It is not easy to be an important cog in God's big wheel

Watching the short video The Clocktower, I was reminded of Queen Esther, whose sacrificial love meant that she had to let go of normal life to become an important cog in God's big wheel. She had to stay in her place high up in her royal tower, so God could save his people through her.

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Themes:

Queen Esther, sacrificial Love: the mindset of Jesus, God's Goodness, Following Jesus, Serving Another

In idea 217 we show you how you can use a video like 'The Clocktower' 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 Corinthians 13:4-8, 1 Corinthians 16:14, Mark 12:29-31, Matthew 22:36-40, 1 John 4:8, John 13:34-35, Colossians 3:14, John 15:13, 1 John 4:19, John 3:16, John 14:15 1 John 4:7, 1 Peter 4:8, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, 1 John 4:18, 1 Corinthians 13:13, Luke 6:35, Matthew 5:44-48, Ephesians 5:25, Proverbs 10:12, Galatians 5:22, Ephesians 4:2, 1 John 3:18, Romans 12:9, Romans 13:10, Romans 12:10, Mark 12:31, Matthew 22:37, John 15:13, Romans 5:8 , 1 John 3:16, Ephesians 5:2, Esther, Romans 8:32, Phillipians 2: 6 - 8, John 15:13
You can use this idea in a: 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

229. Who is God for you?


A creative prayer idea that to use within kids ministry or youth work us think about who God is for us

The shepherds were watching their sheep at night. The truth was that they didn’t really belong anywhere  – they were the real scum of society. Of course God wouldn’t want to be with them either. God was only with the good people. But suddenly there’s the angel bringing good tidings. God is much more inclusive than anyone thought. God also wants to be with the shepherds! Jesus came for them too. That night the shepherds learnt a lot about God…..

In this creative prayer idea we discover who God is for us!

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Themes:

Creative prayer, Christmas, who is God?

Age:

8 – 88 years

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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, 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

227. Zacheaus the Bully


Tell this story of Zacchaeus in a school assembly, a children’s program or in a preach

"There was one person who didn't dare to go out in the crowd.  His name was (Paint in ZACCHAEUS) Mr. Good. (Zacchaeus means Righteous)  But he wasn't at all good, he was very mean (Paint it in) and horrible.

Do you think he had lots of friends?  No, he was very lonely.  (Paint in Lonely). In fact he wasn't just lonely, but he was this word too (Paint in Hated).  He was hated because he was dishonest - he was a thief, AND he was a bully....  He was in charge of collecting taxes for the Romans, who were the enemies of his people, the Jews. 

But he didn't just take the money for the taxes, he took a whole lot extra.  He would put the money for the Romans into a bag marked R for Romans, and the rest of it into a bag marked Z for Zacchaeus. What do we call that?  Stealing.  Does God like us to take things that don't belong to us?  No, he doesn't!" (Luke 19: 1-10)

 

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Background info:

For background information on the story of Zacchaeus see: www.korky.info, Book 2 "Jesus - Faith and Fact" Chapter 7

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, Kids time, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, street evangelism, open air evangelism

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226. Jesus calms the storm - Cool Science


A demonstration video on how you can tell the story of Jesus calming the storm using  iodine, starch and sodium thiosulfate

Below you find  a demonstraion video in which Matt demonstrates a very simple yet spectacular experiment. With the help of iodine, starch and sodium thiosulfate he shows how you can illustrate the miracle of how Jesus calmed the storm. (Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-41,  Luke 8:22-25)

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If you click on the following links, iodine, ironing spray, and sodium thiosulfate, you will automatically be linked to a site where you can order these products. 

Themes:

Iodine and sodium thiosulfate reaction, Jesus calms the storm, light conquers darkness

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221. Heavenly appeals - which son obeyed the father?


A modern version of the parable of the two sons in Matthew 21:29-31? 

Which son obeyed the father? The 'good' one who said 'yes', but didn't do it. Or the 'bad' one who said 'no', but changed his mind?

In Matthew 21: 28 - 32 Jesus tells the parable of the two sons:

“What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’ “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go. “Which of the two did what his father wanted?”

“The first,” they answered.

Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him."

When I first saw the video below I had to think about this parable. But of course you can use this video also to talk about pride versus humilty.

"The fat fellow is the prototype of pride. He considers himself better than others. He is under the delusion that he is self-sufficient. That is a lie. Pride has the consequence that it attacks and destroys people in their innermost core (we are beings in relationship).

The little man is humble. Life has dealt harshly with him. He dares to be vulnerable. He knows he is dependent on other people. That makes him great.

Not for nothing did St. Augustine call humility the basis of Christian virtue and pride the mother of all sins." - Nikolaas Sintobin

Themes:

The parable of the two sons, pride versus humility, forgiveness, who of the two resembles Jesus?

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In idea 217 we show you why and how you can use a video like 'Heavenly appeals' 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

Download:

Make sure that you download the video on your laptop or pc before you show it to the children / teenagers. If you rely on the wifi in the premises, there is chance that the internet connection won't work.

You can download any YouTube video using:
www.safefrom.net
www.keepvid.com

(Source: http://www.seeingmore.org/)

220. The Greatest in the Kingdom - Forever Young


A wonderful video for your children's ministry or Sunday school

This wonderful short video is ideal for helping children and teenagers to reflect on the words of Jesus in Matthew 18: 2 - 4 (Matthew 18:1-3, Matthew 19:14 )

"Jesus called a little child to stand among them. “Truly I tell you,He said, “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

Another theme that came to my mind is being content with your situation, desiring to be young and being impatient

.In idea 217 we show you why and how you can use a video like 'Forever Young' 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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219. Philip and the Ethiopian


Tell the story of Philip and the Ethiopian in a school assembly, a children’s program or in a preach

"They could see some green trees in the distance.   They were approaching an oasis.  What's an oasis?  A place in the desert where there is water.   It was lovely – a pool of water all fresh and cool.   “What's to stop me being baptised here and now?” asked the Ethiopian.  “Nothing at all,” replied Philip, “If you are sure you believe in Jesus, in his Father God, and in his Holy Spirit, and want to be a true follower of Jesus from now on, all your days....”  “Yes, I do!” said the Ethiopian.  So they stopped the wagon again, and he and Philip climbed out, and went into the water.  It depends how deep it was – Philip might have dunked him under the water completely, or he might have cupped his hands in the water and poured some over him.  It's a picture of being washed clean, not just on the outside, but on the inside, too." 

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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Themes:

Baptism, Being born again, Philip and the Ethiopian

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

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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218. Chicken or Egg?


A brilliant video for your kids ministry, youth group or Sunday school

This brilliant video is ideal for helping children and teenagers reflect on Biblical themes such as sacrificial love, following Jesus, friendship.

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Watching this video reminded me of the following Bible stories:
- the story of Zacchaeus, who gave up the thing he loved most, because he came to love Jesus more.  (Luke 19: 2 -9)
- the calling of the disciples, who left their boats behind and followed Jesus.  (Luke 5:1-11)
- the calling of Matthew, who left his collector's booth behind and followed Jesus.  (Matthew 9:9-13)
- the healing of Bartimeus, who left his begging cloak behind, because he knew he wouldn't need it anymore.  (Mark 10:46-52)
- the Bible story of Ruth, who left her homeland behind out of love for Naomi.  (Ruth 1)
- The Bible story of Reuben, who his willing to trade his life with Benjamin's.  (Genesis 42)

There are probably  many more Bible stories that you can use, like the Rich Young Ruler and Lot's wife, who both were not ready to give up on the things they loved.

Another theme that came to my mind is addiction. Struggling with giving things up that we are 'addicted' to, and how love can be a strong motivation that can help us in our struggle with addiction.

Themes within this video:

Sacrificial love, story of Zacchaeus, giving up precious things, addiction, the Rich Young Ruler, Lot's wife and the pillar of salt

Bible verses that touch on this video:

"Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends." -  John 15: 13
"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, existing in the form of God, did notconsider equality with God something to cling to, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in human likeness." - Phillipians 2: 5 - 7
"Anyone who loves his father ormother more than Me is not worthy of Me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than Me is notworthy of Me; and anyone who does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me." - Matthew 10: 37, 38

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217. Looking at Biblical themes using short secular video stories


Watching short secular video's in your children's ministry or youth work to help children and teenagers talk about Bible stories and Biblical themes

At a workshop organised by the Dutch Reformed Church I met Nikolaas Sintobin. Nikolaas is a Jesuit and an internet pastor. As an internet pastor, he has developed his own pedagogical model using YouTube-films to help people to deepen and develop their inner lives: www.seeingmore.org/.  I am convinced that his ideas are a great tool to be used within your children's work and / or youth work.

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The short version of this method:

To be used as an introduction to a Bible story, a Sunday school lesson or an RE lesson

Duration: 

5 - 10 minutes

Activity:

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216. Plop the Owl and the Light of the World


Tell the story of Plop the Owl in a school assembly, a children’s program or in a preach

A sketchboard story based on the famous book "The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark' by Jill Tomlinson. (You can buy the book here on Amazon.com and here on Amazon.co.uk)

"Plop, the Baby Barn Owl, is like every Barn Owl there ever was, except for one thing – he is afraid of the dark. "Dark is nasty" he says and so he won't go hunting with his parents. Mrs Barn Owl sends him down from his nest-hole to ask about the dark and he meets a little boy waiting for the fireworks to begin, an old lady, a scout out camping, a girl who tells him about Father Christmas, a man with a telescope and a black cat who takes him exploring. He realises that through these encounters that dark is super after all."

A nice little story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. In the sketchboard story you can combine the story of Plop with that fact that Jesus calls himself the Light of the world, and says that we don't need to be afraid. 

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Themes in this skechtboard story:

Being afraid in the dark, Jesus being the Light of the world, not being afraid

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

Scripture reference:

John 8:12, Matthew 5:14-16, Romans 13:11-14, Psalm 119:105, Ephesians 5:7-14, Colossians 1:9-14, 2 Corinthians 4:3-6, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, John 9:5, John 12:35, Job 24:13, Isaiah 60:1, Acts 13:47

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215. The call of Abram – a complete Sunday School lesson


A great program for your Sunday school or children's ministry that looks at the call of Abram

In this Sunday school lesson you will find 27 creative ideas that you can use within your children's ministry / kids ministry on the story of the call of Abram in Genesis 12: 1 - 7. Probably you will be able to spread the ideas over two to three different Sunday school lessons.

You can download the complete PDF file with all the ideas below.

God calls Abram a complete Sunday School lesson with 27 creative ideas based on Genesis 12 verses 1 to 7

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's work, kids ministry children's church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches 

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Scripture reference: Genesis 12:1-9, Genesis 13: 14-17, Genesis 15:4-6, Galatians 3:6-9, Hebrews 11:8, Galatians 3:29 , James 2:23, Romans 4:13, Genesis 17:5, Nehemiah 9:7, Joshua 24:3, James 2:21-24, Hebrews 6:13, Genesis 26:5, Romans 4:16-18, Acts 7:4, Hebrews 11:8-10 , Galatians 3:6-18, John 8:33-40 

214. The call of Abram (27) – Create an altar of thanksgiving while using a lava lamp


A demonstration video how you can create a lava lamp during your Sunday school lesson

Different people in the Bible created an altar as a way to thank God or to worship Him. They would collect a big pile of stones, put a sacrificial animal on these stones and burn it. That is what people in the Bible used to do then, but wouldn’t it be fun if we could make an different kind of altar with the children now. An altar that we can use to thank God for all the good things He has given us. Or maybe use to worship God with. Of course we can't use a fire or an animal, but maybe we can use a lava lamp…

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Themes:

Thankfulness, creative worship, building an altar

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In the video below we will show how you can create a lava lamp as an altar in a  very quick and simple way.

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Scripture reference: Genesis 12:1-9, Genesis 13: 14-17, Genesis 15:4-6, Galatians 3:6-9, Hebrews 11:8, Galatians 3:29 , James 2:23, Romans 4:13, Genesis 17:5, Nehemiah 9:7, Joshua 24:3, James 2:21-24, Hebrews 6:13, Genesis 26:5, Romans 4:16-18, Acts 7:4, Hebrews 11:8-10 , Galatians 3:6-18, John 8:33-40
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's work, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches 

213. The call of Abram (26) - Writing in Abram’s diary


A new way of helping children in your Sunday school group become familiair with Bible stories

One of the ways to help children make the story become more familiar to them, is to let them write the story as an entry in a diary. We will explain below…

Age:

Children from 9-12 years of age.

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Bible verses:

“The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation,  and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.

Abram travelled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.“

Genesis 12: 1 - 7

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's work, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches 

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212. The call of Abram (25) - Let’s travel to Canaan – Bible quiz

Introduction:
With this quiz you can act out the journey of Abram and go through the story again by asking the children different questions.

Children love quizzes. They are also very helpful as teaching tools. Three quick benefits that a quiz will bring you:
1. If you tell the children beforehand that you are going to do a quiz and that you are going to ask questions about the Bible story that you are going to tell, they will listen more attentively to the story.
2. As you go through the quiz questions you are really telling the story a second time without the children noticing it. This reinforces the teaching in the story.
3. As the children answer the questions they will explain the teaching points in the story to you. Because the children talk about the important elements of the story they understand them better and will remember them longer.

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The quiz:
You will find the quiz and all the question below…

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211. The call of Abram (24) - Change the story into a short play

Introduction:
As you read the story to the children, or even better, as you tell the story to the children, you can have the children act the story out:

Scene 1: Abram is in Haran and hears God’s voice (two children)
Scene 2: Abram convinces Sara and Lot (three children)
Scene 3: Abram travels with his family, his servants and slaves and all his animals to the promised land. (all the children)
Scene 4: Abram ‘sees’ God in Canaan and builds an altar (2 children)

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Clothes for the ‘actors’:
You can use cheap pieces of cloth. If you cut a big hole in the middle of a rectangular piece of material, the children can put their heads though the holes and wear them.

Important questions:
Ask the ‘actors’ and the children that are watching some of the following questions before, during or after the different scenes.

You will find twenty five questions to choose from below….

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210. The call of Abram (23) - Create a night sky


How many stars can you count?

Further along in the Bible God promises that Abram’s descendants would be as many as the stars in the sky. In the activity below we give you four easy craft ideas to (re)create a night sky with the children.

You could also use these ideas around Advent or Christmas as you are thinking about the star of Bethlehem. Of course you can also use this idea also for the themes of creation and the greatness of God.


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Themes:

Stars in the sky, God’s promise to Abram, the night sky, Christmas, star of Bethlehem, creation, the greatness of God

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Scripture reference: Genesis 15:5, Genesis 1:16, Psalm 8: 3 – 4, Psalm 148:3-6, Isaiah 40:26, Job 9:7-9, Job 38:31-33, Psalm 147:4-5, Amos 5:8, Deuteronomy 4:19

209. The call of Abram (22) - Too many to count?

Introduction:
It is hard to place an exact amount on something that is too big or has too many of something to be counted. Maybe Abram struggled as well to get his head around the number of descendants that God was promising. How many men, women and children make a great nation? What number is God talking about when He talks about all of Abram’s  descendants?


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In the activity below we give children the opportunity to try it for themselves
in a fun way. Can you put a number on something that is really too big to be counted?

Themes:
God’s promises, Abram’s offspring, stars in the sky

Bible verse:
I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore.” Genesis 22:17

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208. The call of Abram (21) - Connect the dots

Introduction:
Today we have heard God promising to Abram that he would make him into a great nation. His descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky.  In this idea we are going to help the children to grasp the magnitude of this enormous promise.

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Themes:
God’s promises, Abram’s offspring, stars in the sky

Bible verse:
I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore.” Genesis 22:17

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207. The call of Abram (20) - A teaspoon full of promises

Introduction:
God promises Abram that his offspring will be as numerous as the grains of sand on the beach. In this idea we are going to help the children to grasp the magnitude of this enormous promise.

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Themes:
God’s promises, Abram’s offspring, grains of sand on the beach

Bible verse:
“I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore.” Genesis 22:17

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204. The 'Heart of ice' as an illustration of the Christmas story


Melting ice as a symbol of God's powerful love

Did you know that you can use the Heart of Ice as an object lesson during a Christmas service?

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In the video below I will show how you can combine the heart of ice with telling the Christmas story and explaining the gospel.

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202. Mariza - the Stubborn Donkey


Balaam's donkey knows best

While watching this funny short video made me think of Balaam's donkey:

Balaam the seer has set off on his donkey to curse the Israelites, and the Angel of the Lord is sent to prevent him. At first the angel is seen only by the donkey Balaam is riding, which tries to avoid the otherwise invisible angel. After Balaam starts punishing the donkey for refusing to move, it is miraculously given the power to speak to Balaam and it complains about Balaam's treatment. At this point, Balaam is allowed to see the angel, who informs him that the donkey is the only reason the angel did not kill Balaam. Balaam immediately repents, but is told to go on and pronounces a blessing instead of a curse. (Numbers 22–24)


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You can show the video of Mariza - the Stubborn Donkey, when you talk about Balaam's donkey. In both stories donkeys know best...

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

Themes:

The donkey of Balaam, blessing instead of a curse

Setting:

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

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201. Interactive Resurrection Story for teenagers and adults

Introduction:
But Mary stood outside the tomb weeping. As she wept, she knelt to look into the tomb, and saw two angels sitting there, dressed in white, one at the head and the other at the foot of where Jesus' body had been laid. They said to her “Woman, why do you weep?”

“They took my Master” she said, “and I don't know where they have put him.” After she said this, she turned away and saw Jesus standing there – but she didn't recognise him. Jesus spoke to her, “Woman, why do you weep? Who are you looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you took him, tell me where you have put him, so I can take care of him.”

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This is fun interactive story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) about the resurrection of Jesus. You can do this in an Easter service, in a school assembly, in the sunday school. Anywhere where you are celebrating the resurrection of Christ with teenagers and adults

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200. Interactive Resurrection Story for children

Introduction:
"Mary and her friend were up very early.  They ran down to the tomb because they wanted to get there to look after Jesus' body.  They ran down the street.  They ran through the garden.  They were worrying about the guards.  And how would they move the stone in front of the tomb?   They ran on.  They found the guards had gone!  The stone had been moved!  The tomb was open!  Mary and her friend crept forward and peeped into the tomb.  There was NO BODY there!   Jesus had gone!"   

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This is fun interactive story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) about the resurrection of Jesus. You can do this in an Easter service, in a school assembly, in the sunday school. Anywhere where you are celebrating the resurrection of Christ with children.

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199. Where is Jesus now?

Introduction;
"After a few days when the festival was over, they all set off home. When they stopped for the night, Mary and Joseph expected Jesus would soon catch them up when it was time for dinner!  But he didn't come, and it was getting dark. They asked everybody WHERE IS JESUS? (Complete lettering).  Have you seen him? No. Was he with Auntie Elizabeth and Uncle Zechariah and cousin John?  No.  They  were terribly worried.  Have you ever gone off without telling anyone where you were going?  We need to remember always to tell someone where we are going, or the people who look after us get worried - they don't like it, do they?  As soon as they could, they set off back to Jerusalem.  They searched for 3 whole days!  They thought something terrible must have happened to him.  Maybe he had fallen down a well?  Or been kicked by a Roman soldier's horse?  Or been kidnapped and sold as a slave in the slave market?  Eventually they reached the Temple.  They found him HERE (open the door).  Not playing hide and seek, but talking with all the teachers!"...

Themes:
The story of the twelve year old Jesus in the temple talking with all the teachers, looking at the question "Where is Jesus now?"

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Where is Jesus now?
A beautiful Bible story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries). It answers the question: "Where is Jesus now?"
If I were to ask you "Where is Jesus now?"  What would you say?

1. “In Heaven"    
At the right hand of his Father, God.  still "in his Father's house", now in charge of the family business.

2. "Here"        
As he promised (Matthew 18:20) "Where two or three have gathered together in my name, there I am in their midst".

3. "In the heart of anyone who invites him"  
As he promised in Revelation 3:20 – another door to open to find Jesus!

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198. The Energy Stick - a must have for any children’s worker, youth worker or pastor


Probably one of the best object lessons of all time

We think that this toy is maybe one of the best object lessons of all time. You can buy it for a few dollars or pounds on Amazon.com or on Amazon.co.uk

It works very simply.

energystick

Invite a few children to come forward. Ask them to stand in a circle and hold hands. Take the energy stick in your right hand and take the hand of the child on your left. Leave the circle 'open' by not taking the hand of the child on your right. Then ask the child on your right to also take hold of the other end (the silver end) of the energy stick. When they do this, something amazing happens. Lights go on and you hear a funny noise. What's happening?

There is a small current that you don’t feel and that you can’t see. This current flows through the whole circle as long as everyone is holding hands. It connects through the circle of hands to the other side of the energy stick and then the electrical circuit is complete.

But how can use this in different ways within your kids ministry?

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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 Unity - Philippians 2:2, 1 Peter 3:8, 1 Corinthians 1:10, Colossians 3:14, 2 Corinthians 13:11, John 17:11-23, 1 Corinthians 12:12, Philippians 2:1-8, Acts 2:1-47, Galatians 3:28, Romans 8:1-39, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, John 17:21-26 Holy Spirit - John 14:26, Galatians 5:22-23, Romans 8:26, Acts 2:38, 1 Corinthians 6:19, John 14:15-17, Isaiah 11:2, John 16:12-15, Luke 11:13, 2 Corinthians 3:17, Acts 1:8, Romans 15:13, John 16:7-15, Ezekiel 36:26-27, 1 Corinthians 2:13, Ephesians 1:13, Acts 10:38, Romans 5:5, Romans 8:9, Acts 4:31, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, John 20:21-23, John 16:7-8, Acts 2:1-47, Luke 4:18, John 14:16-17, 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Belonging to God - Psalm 100:3, Isaiah 43:1, Romans 14:8, 1 John 5:1-21, 1 John 3:1-24 Body of Christ - 1 Corinthians 12:27, Romans 12:4-5, 1 Corinthians 12:12, Ephesians 4:4, Colossians 1:18, Ephesians 2:19-22, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Galatians 3:27, Colossians 2:19, Ephesians 4:15-16, 1 Corinthians 12:25-26, Ephesians 4:25, Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, Ephesians 4:11-13
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

197. Praying with a needle and a thread - The Rich Young Ruler

Introduction:
This is a series of ten ideas about the Bible story of the encounter between Jesus and the rich young ruler that you can use. These ideas come from Martine Versteeg from www.kliederkerk.nl (the Dutch version of Messy Church). Messy church is a new form of being church for children and the people around them. It's inspired by the English Messy Church.

A nice ending in which we're going to help the children pray and thank the Lord with a thread and needle.

naalddraad

Themes:
The rich young ruler, creative prayer

Messy Church program:
188.  The treasure chest - the Rich Young Ruler
189.  Make your own rules? - the Rich Young Ruler
190.  Jesus turns everything upside down - the Rich Young Ruler
191.  Give something away! - the Rich Young Ruler
192.  Shuffleboard with money! - the Rich Young Ruler
193.  The camel race - The Rich Young Ruler
194.  Crawling through the eye of a needle - The Rich Young Ruler
195.  Pimp your own camel - The Rich Young Ruler
196.  Looking through Jesus' eyes at the world - The Rich Young Ruler
197.  Praying with a needle and a thread - The Rich Young Ruler

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196. Looking through Jesus' eyes at the world - The Rich Young Ruler

Introduction:
This is a series of ten ideas about the Bible story of the encounter between Jesus and the rich young ruler that you can use. These ideas come from Martine Versteeg from www.kliederkerk.nl (the Dutch version of Messy Church). Messy church is a new form of being church for children and the people around them. It's inspired by the English Messy Church.

In the time that Jesus lived, a lot of people thought that you get rich when God thinks you're good. This meant that people in that time didn't really look at the poor people in a positive way. They had to be really bad, otherwise God would have made them rich. Because of this story about Jesus, people started looking really differently at the poor...

In this idea we're going to look in a different way with children.

bril


Themes:

The rich young ruler, Jesus teaches us to look through his eyes at the world around us

Messy Church program:
188.  The treasure chest - the Rich Young Ruler
189.  Make your own rules? - the Rich Young Ruler
190.  Jesus turns everything upside down - the Rich Young Ruler
191.  Give something away! - the Rich Young Ruler
192.  Shuffleboard with money! - the Rich Young Ruler
193.  The camel race - The Rich Young Ruler
194.  Crawling through the eye of a needle - The Rich Young Ruler
195.  Pimp your own camel - The Rich Young Ruler
196.  Looking through Jesus' eyes at the world - The Rich Young Ruler
197.  Praying with a needle and a thread - The Rich Young Ruler

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195. Pimp your own camel - The Rich Young Ruler

Introduction:
This is a series of ten ideas about the Bible story of the encounter between Jesus and the rich young ruler that you can use. These ideas come from Martine Versteeg from www.kliederkerk.nl (the Dutch version of Messy Church). Messy church is a new form of being church for children and the people around them. It's inspired by the English Messy Church.

What is the prettiest animal in the world? I don't think the camel would end up in the top 10. But today he is! The children can make their own camel and 'pimp' it.

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Themes:
The rich young ruler

Messy Church program:
188.  The treasure chest - the Rich Young Ruler
189.  Make your own rules? - the Rich Young Ruler
190.  Jesus turns everything upside down - the Rich Young Ruler
191.  Give something away! - the Rich Young Ruler
192.  Shuffleboard with money! - the Rich Young Ruler
193.  The camel race - The Rich Young Ruler
194.  Crawling through the eye of a needle - The Rich Young Ruler
195.  Pimp your own camel - The Rich Young Ruler
196.  Looking through Jesus' eyes at the world - The Rich Young Ruler
197.  Praying with a needle and a thread - The Rich Young Ruler

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194. Crawling through the eye of a needle - The Rich Young Ruler

Introduction:
This is a series of ten ideas about the Bible story of the encounter between Jesus and the rich young ruler that you can use. These ideas come from Martine Versteeg from www.kliederkerk.nl (the Dutch version of Messy Church). Messy church is a new form of being church for children and the people around them. It's inspired by the English Messy Church.

A camel can't crawl through a needle, or can he?

A human being can't crawl through a card or an A4 paper, or can he?

kaart

Themes:
The rich young ruler, crawling through the eye of a needle

Messy Church program:
188.  The treasure chest - the Rich Young Ruler
189.  Make your own rules? - the Rich Young Ruler
190.  Jesus turns everything upside down - the Rich Young Ruler
191.  Give something away! - the Rich Young Ruler
192.  Shuffleboard with money! - the Rich Young Ruler
193.  The camel race - The Rich Young Ruler
194.  Crawling through the eye of a needle - The Rich Young Ruler
195.  Pimp your own camel - The Rich Young Ruler
196.  Looking through Jesus' eyes at the world - The Rich Young Ruler
197.  Praying with a needle and a thread - The Rich Young Ruler

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193. The camel race - The Rich Young Ruler

Introduction:
This is a series of ten ideas about the Bible story of the encounter between Jesus and the rich youngster that you can use. These ideas come from Martine Versteeg from www.kliederkerk.nl (the Dutch version of Messy Church). Messy church is a new form of being a church for children and the people around them. It's inspired by the English Messy Church.

In this story Jesus says that it's really hard for a rich person to be part of Gods new world. You'll have a bigger chance of seeing a camel go through the eye of a needle. Pooh, that seems impossible!

An explanation that gets used often, is that there's a small gate in the city wall of Jerusalem (where this story got told) that got called: 'the eye of the needle'. When the big gates were closed, people could still go through that small gate. A camel had a hard time going through it, but it was possible if you would take off all it's luggage and if he'd walk on his knees.

In this idea we're going to find out how it is to crawl through the eye of the needle as a camel.

kameel


Themes:

The rich young ruler, camel through the eye of the needle

Messy Church program:
188.  The treasure chest - the Rich Young Ruler
189.  Make your own rules? - the Rich Young Ruler
190.  Jesus turns everything upside down - the Rich Young Ruler
191.  Give something away! - the Rich Young Ruler
192.  Shuffleboard with money! - the Rich Young Ruler
193.  The camel race - The Rich Young Ruler
194.  Crawling through the eye of a needle - The Rich Young Ruler
195.  Pimp your own camel - The Rich Young Ruler
196.  Looking through Jesus' eyes at the world - The Rich Young Ruler
197.  Praying with a needle and a thread - The Rich Young Ruler

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192. Shuffleboard with money! - the Rich Young Ruler

Introduction:
This is a series of ten ideas about the Bible story of the encounter between Jesus and the rich young man that you can use. These ideas come from Martine Versteeg from www.kliederkerk.nl (the Dutch version of Messy Church). Messy church is a new form of being church for children and the people around them. It's inspired by the English Messy Church.

Are you allowed to play with money? Or is money too sacred for that?

spaarpot


Themes:

The rich young ruler, is money sacred?, playing with money

Messy Church program:
188.  The treasure chest - the Rich Young Ruler
189.  Make your own rules? - the Rich Young Ruler
190.  Jesus turns everything upside down - the Rich Young Ruler
191.  Give something away! - the Rich Young Ruler
192.  Shuffleboard with money! - the Rich Young Ruler
193.  The camel race - The Rich Young Ruler
194.  Crawling through the eye of a needle - The Rich Young Ruler
195.  Pimp your own camel - The Rich Young Ruler
196.  Looking through Jesus' eyes at the world - The Rich Young Ruler
197.  Praying with a needle and a thread - The Rich Young Ruler

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191. Give something away! - the Rich Young Ruler

Introduction:
This is a series of ten ideas about the Bible story of the encounter between Jesus and the rich young ruler that you can use. These ideas come from Martine Versteeg from www.kliederkerk.nl (the Dutch version of Messy Church). Messy church is a new form of being church for children and the people around them. It's inspired by the English Messy Church.

The rich young ruler had to choose if he wanted to leave everything behind. A lot of children who are fleeing don't have a say in that decision. They have to leave everything behind and they arrive here empty-handed. Maybe we can fill their hands a bit with this next idea...

geef


Themes:

The rich young ruler, giving to others, poverty

Messy Church program:
188.  The treasure chest - the Rich Young Ruler
189.  Make your own rules? - the Rich Young Ruler
190.  Jesus turns everything upside down - the Rich Young Ruler
191.  Give something away! - the Rich Young Ruler
192.  Shuffleboard with money! - the Rich Young Ruler
193.  The camel race - The Rich Young Ruler
194.  Crawling through the eye of a needle - The Rich Young Ruler
195.  Pimp your own camel - The Rich Young Ruler
196.  Looking through Jesus' eyes at the world - The Rich Young Ruler
197.  Praying with a needle and a thread - The Rich Young Ruler

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190. Jesus turns everything upside down - the Rich Young Ruler

Introduction:
This is a series of ten ideas about the Bible story of the encounter between Jesus and the rich youngster that you can use. These ideas come from Martine Versteeg from www.kliederkerk.nl (the Dutch version of Messy Church). Messy church is a new form of being a church for children and the people around them. It's inspired by the English Messy Church.

Jesus turns the rich youngster's life upside down. The young man didn't expect this... In this third idea we're going to turn the earth upside down. Are you going to join us?

opdekop


Themes:

The rich young ruler, Jesus turns everything upside down

Messy Church program:
188.  The treasure chest - the Rich Young Ruler
189.  Make your own rules? - the Rich Young Ruler
190.  Jesus turns everything upside down - the Rich Young Ruler
191.  Give something away! - the Rich Young Ruler
192.  Shuffleboard with money! - the Rich Young Ruler
193.  The camel race - The Rich Young Ruler
194.  Crawling through the eye of a needle - The Rich Young Ruler
195.  Pimp your own camel - The Rich Young Ruler
196.  Looking through Jesus' eyes at the world - The Rich Young Ruler
197.  Praying with a needle and a thread - The Rich Young Ruler

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