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Here you will find lots of great ideas for the Sunday School lessons in your church. Our vision is to provide you with that one extra idea that you can't find in your current Sunday school curriculum. That one extra idea that will help you tell the Bible story in a new way or teach a Biblical truth in such a way that children will remember it for years to come!  

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523. Create activity cards with Advent


Let’s make a difference this Christmas

This is an interesting Advent idea for use at home or within your kids ministry or Sunday school lesson.

Create a pile of activity cards. Each Sunday of Advent, ask a child to pick one of the activity cards – hold them so that the child can’t see which card they are choosing. This card is the coming task for the coming week. You can fulfil this task as a group or as a family.

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You can think of lots of fun and interesting tasks such as:

- Make a Christmas card for someone
- Clean up the rubbish in your park
- Sweep the street
- Give food to a foodbank or to someone who needs it
- Buy a cup of coffee for a homeless person
- Make a present for someone who is lonely
- Give someone a compliment
- Create your own bird feeder
- Bake cookies and share them with neighbours and friends

You can think of twenty or more activities that you can do as a family or as a children’s group.

 

522. A frozen Lego figure as an Advent idea?


God is not far away from us. In Jesus He came so close…

A fun Christmas idea on God coming to us in His son Jesus. You can use this Advent idea at home or in your children’s ministry. 

Put a Lego figure into a small cup of water and put this into a freezer. Once it is frozen take it out and show it to the kids. Explain to them that when we celebrate Christmas we celebrate that God became like us. In Jesus He became a man. God is not very far away - show your hands and move them far away from the Lego figure in the ice. But through Jesus He has come very close – put your hands on the ice block.

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By reading the Bible, praying and going to church we can grow closer to Him. This is what God wants for us, because He loves us so much. His love makes you warm. Shall we see if we can make this block of ice warm, so that it will melt. How can we do that?

521. God's guidance, a cornflake and a magnet


How can you compare God's guidance with a cornflake?

To find out, you’ll have to watch this surprising TheDadLab video below. It is another one of his great, short videos on easy to do science experiments.



Just as the cornflake is pulled along by the magnet held above it. so we may know that God wants to guide us. He wants to lead us. In Psalm 23 David writes: "The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right pathsfor his name’s sake." (Psalm 23: 1 -3)

But does this work? Is it as easy as the pulling or pushing of a cornflake with a magnet? 

In the Bible we read about lots of people who hear his voice, know his will, are guided by angels. How does this work in our lives today?

Some questions to reflect on with the children:

How do you think God's guidance works?
How does God guide us?
Can you give an example?
How many people in the Bible do we know that were guided by God?

cornflake

 

This is a great object lesson to reflect with the children on the theme of God's guidance in our lives.

It is fun and easy to do with the children. They can take turns to try and move a cornflake over the water.

Theme:

God's guidance, hearing His voice, knowing His will, choosing your own path

Needed:

- a magnet
- cornflakes
- a bowl of water

 

520. The object lesson of cornflakes, magnet and the star of Bethlehem


What on earth could be the link between cornflakes, a magnet and the star of Bethlehem?

To find out, you’ll have to watch this surprising TheDadLab video below. It is another one of his great, short videos on easy to do science experiments.



Just as the cornflake is pulled along by the magnet held above it, so the (three) wise men experience the pull of the star. It leads them towards Bethlehem, where they will worship Jesus and present their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

"They went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.  When they saw the star, they were overjoyed." Matthew 2: 9 - 10

object lesson star of bethlehem

This is a great object lesson to illustrate the Christmas story of the wise men following the star of Bethlehem.

It is fun and easy to do with the children. They can take it in turns to try moving a cornflake over the water.

Theme:

The Magi, the (three wise men, the (three0 kings, the star of Bethlehem, God's direction

Needed:

- a strong magnet
- fortified cornflakes (check the label to see how much iron each serving contains—the more the better!) 
- a bowl of water

 

519. The story of Job and his unfornate wife – a Gospel Magic routine


Did you know that you can use a candle to make salt appear out of nowhere?

This is a fun object lesson / Gospel magic routine by Rick Lenski based on the Visible Candle to Salt magic trick.  If you have never see this trick in action, you can watch a random demonstration video here. You can buy this magic trick here through Amazon.

Rick Lenski has created a routine on the Bible story of Lot in Genesis 19. It looks at Lot's family being the light in Sodom. 

"Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name." - Psalm 91: 14

salt pillar

What do you need?

- the Visible Candle to Salt magic trick
- matches

The object lesson / the routine

The Lord and two angels made a visit to Abraham.  It was during this visit that Abraham was told of the future birth of his son Isaac.  He was also told about the impending destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.  Not only would the cities be destroyed, but Abraham’s relatives would be killed too. 

Abraham had to plead for their lives.  He had to intervene, so he asked the Lord if he would spare the city if fifty righteous people were found in it.  God said, yes He would indeed spare the city for fifty righteous people.  Abraham continued, how about forty-five?  how about forty? Then he got to thirty, then twenty and finally ten. 

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518. Is being the light of the world the same as being the salt of the earth?


Being the light and the salt of the earth – a Gospel Magic routine

Did you know that you can use a candle to make salt appear out of nowhere? It is called the Visible Candle to Salt magic trick and it is very easy to do!

If you have never seen the Visible Candle to Salt magic trick in action, you can watch a random demonstration video below.

You can buy this magic trick here through Amazon.


Needed:

- the Visible Candle to Salt magic trick
- an empty salt shaker

candle

The object lesson / the routine

Jesus tells his disciples that they are the light of the world.

Light the candle

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

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517. The wise men come to worship the King – a Gospel Magic routine


This object lesson can be used to tell the Christmas story or to introduce a lesson on the wise men.

This is a fun object lesson / Gospel magic routine by Rick Lenski based on the Silk Blow Magic Trick. If you have never see this trick in action, you can watch a random demonstration video below. You can buy this magic trick here through Ebay and here through Amazon. 

 

This object lesson can be used in conjunction with other material to tell the Christmas story or to introduce a lesson on the wise men.

“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.”  (Matthew 2:11)

What do you need?

- a trick called “Silk Blow” 
- three 9" or 12" silks

silks

Set-up

This trick is purchased without the silks - you have to buy them separately.  It is a clear tube, and you put the silks into one at a time. You blow on one end of the tube and they come out the other end tied together. No special setup required, just follow the instructions on the trick.

The object lesson / the routine

We often see three wise men or Magi when we see a nativity scene but the bible never specifically said there were three.  We really don’t know how many there were.  We will use these three pieces of cloth to represent the wise men, no matter how many there were.  What we do know about them is that they were lead from a land in the east by a star.  They came to Jerusalem and asked King Herod, “Where is the one born King of the Jews?” 

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516. The story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal - a Gospel Magic routine


Fire from Heaven with the use of flash paper

This is a fun object lesson / Gospel magic routine by Rick Lenski based on the flash paper nagic trick. If you have never see flash paper in action, you can watch a random demonstration video below. You can buy it here through Ebay and here through Amazon. 


“Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised.” (I Kings 18:17 & Psalm 145:3)

Needed:

- flash paper (approximately 8"X 9")
- sheet of typing paper with the Bible verse Psalm 145:3 printed on it
- fake bricks, rocks or imaginary building materials.  
- a pitcher of confetti or streamers
- small sticks (I use Popsicle sticks) 
- matches 
-  I use a small carton that makes a mooing sound, like a cow, for fun.

Set-up:

Take the typing paper with the verse as found in Psalm 145:3 and fold it up tightly into a small three inch square.  Hide this in a pocket or area where you can pick it up without being noticed.  The fake brick, stone or imaginary building materials will be for a volunteer to build an altar.  Fill the pitcher with confetti or streamers.  This will be poured onto the altar and the child just as Elijah drenched the altar three times.  Handle the pitcher so it appears to really have water in it.

 

flames

DANGER:

Flash paper is EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE and MUST be used with caution.  Practice with it.  Author assumes no liability for the use and/or misuse of flash paper.

The object lesson / the routine

Today we are going to learn about a prophet whose name was Elijah.  Elijah was a man who loved and followed the Lord.  I need a volunteer to help me.  Who will be my Elijah?

Select a volunteer and after you ask them their name, say I asked for an Elijah, you are not Elijah.  Well from now on your name is Elijah.

Elijah, you were sent to see Ahab, the king of Israel, by God.  Your job was to straighten out King Ahab and the people of Israel.  They were not worshipping the one true God but a false god named “Baal.”  Now you, Elijah, confronted King Ahab and challenged his prophets to a test.  This test would prove which god is the right and real God.  Is it the Lord? Or is it Baal? OK, Elijah, tell them what happened. 

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515. The Good Samaritan and the Square Circle trick


God will give back to you more, much more, than you could ever give to Him

This is a fun object lesson / Gospel magic routine by Rick Lenski based on the Square Circle Magic Trick. If you have never see this trick in action, you can watch a random demonstration video below. You can buy this magic trick here through Ebay and here through Amazon. 

In this idea we will use the Square Circle Magic Trick (or a change bag) to look at the story of the Good Samaritan and the theme of sharing.

“Give and it will be given to you, a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38 & Luke 10:30-37)

Needed: 

- Square circle magic trick or a change bag
- one small bag of M&M candy 
- one large bag of M&M candy

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The size or the square circle or change bag you will be using will determine the size of the large bag of candy. 

Note: I combine the above verses to teach our class about sharing (giving and receiving).  After reading the story about the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) and the verse in Luke 6:38, we use the following message to reinforce the lesson.

The object lesson

At this time the square circle is put out for use.

Everybody likes candy.  I do. This is my candy store, but there is one small problem with it.  It’s empty!  But don’t fear, here comes my delivery truck. 

Bring the insert for the square circle, with both bags of candy inside, and put it into the square and produce the small bag of bag of candy.

Now we have a candy store filled with candy and an empty delivery truck. 

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513. Amazing object lesson on growing in God’s Word


A 'growing' gel ball as a symbol of all the things we can grow in as a Chrisian

As children’s workers, youth workers and pastors it is our aim to help the kids and people that we serve grow in all the good things that God has for them.

It is our prayer and desire that they grow in:
- God’s Word
- God’s love
- maturity in Christ through the church
- Christ and being Christ-like
- The power of the Holy Spirit

growing in Christ
This amazing but easy-to-do object lesson will help you teach on these areas of Christian growth.

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512. The Object Lesson Of Water Pouring Down A String


The promise of rivers of living water flowing out of our innermost being

Jesus teaches his followers in John 7:38 that if we believe in Him rivers of living water will flow out of our innermost being. This life-giving water will flow through our faith into the lives of others, such as our friends, our family, other fellow Christians and of course the non-Christians in our lives.

water pouring


With this easy-to-do object lesson you can demonstrate to the children, young people and adults in your church the meaning of John 7:38.

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


Five teaching points that you can use with this object lesson:

We are the string
In this object lesson we are the string! Jesus pours his life-giving water into our lives so that we may share it with others.

The string as a symbol of the prophets
This object lesson also reminded us of the role of the prophets. The prophet is like the string. God’s words flow through him or her into the lives of the people of Israel.

Jesus is also the string as he is dependent upon the Father
Jesus said that he cannot do anything without the Father – “Jesus gave them this answer: "Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” John 5:19.

Beautiful picture of the Holy Spirit
This object lesson is also a beautiful picture of the Holy Spirit flowing through our lives into the lives of others.

Being a blessing
Last but not least you can use this lesson to teach on what it means to bless others, to proclaim a blessing in church and to be a blessing to others.

What do you need?

- Two glasses
- Water (with added food coloring)
- Absorbent cotton string (needs to be thicker than thread).

What do you do?

- Cut a 2 foot long segment of string
- Soak the string in clear water until it is soaked through
- Fill up one cup to about half way with the colored water
- Put one end of the string into the cup with water and hold the other end above the empty cup
- Hold the cup with water in it, using your finger to keep the string in place at the rim of the glass. 
- Pour the water slowly along the string.
- Be aware that some water will spill, so you may have to clean up afterwards.

 

511. A floating egg as an illustration of carrying each other's burdens


What does it mean to be the salt of the earth?

Jesus described His followers in Matthew 5: 13-16 as the salt of the earth. In His time salt was used for preserving food and enhancing flavor. This means that He calls us to be both the“preservatives” and the “flavor enhancers” in this world. But maybe there is third meaning to being the salt of the earth. With this easy to do object lesson you can demonstrate to the children, youth or adults in your church that being salt can also mean that we carry each other’s burdens in Jesus’ name.

But you can also use this experiment to illustrate:

- the Bible story of the four friends carrying the paralyzed men and lowering him down to Jesus through a hole in the roof. (Luke 5: 17-39)
- the Bible story of the apostle Paul escaping Damascus in a basket. (Acts 9:23-31)
- the Bible story of Rahab who helps the two spies escape from Jericho. (Joshua 2)
- the Bbile story of the floating axe head. (2 Kings 6: 1-7)

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510. The Object Lesson On How Vinegar Cleans Old Coins


You can use this object lesson to teach on God's cleansing power

We love this simple, but powerful object lesson. It looks so easy and the fun thing is: this experiment is very easy, but it really works!

We at Creative Kidswork are real fans of TheDadLab Youtube Channel. Here is another of his great, short video's on easy to do science experiments. 

There are so many themes that you connect with this easy object lesson.

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509. The Object Lesson Of The Egg That Always Falls Into The Water


A powerful object lesson about God calling people and the fact that nothing can separate us for His amazing love

We love this simple, but powerful object lesson. At first glance it would seem impossible that the egg always falls into the water but once you have watched the video, suddenly the impossible becomes a reality. Now you can use it to teach kids and adults on God calling people and that nothing can separate us from His love.

We at Creative Kidswork are real fans of TheDadLab Youtube Channel. Here is another of his great, short video's on easy to do science experiments. 



Themes

Watching this object lesson reminded us of God's call on people's lives. In the Bible we see time and time again that when God calls someone that person ends up in the right place. But also about the beautiful Biblical truth that nothing can separate us from God's love.

You can use this object lesson to teach on:

God's calling on people's lives:

- David, who was called as a little shepherd boy to become king
- Jona, who went the wrong way, but ended up in the right place
- Abram, who was called to go to a new and unknown country
- Moses, who obeyed his calling and brought the Israelites to the promised land
- Esther, who was called to save her people in a time of great distress
- Ruth, who follewed an inner call and became part of Jesus genealogy
- Saul who was called to become the first king of Israel
- Jeremiah, who was called to be a prophet at a young age
- Saul, who was called to become the apostle Paul
- The disciples, who were called to become followers of Jesus

All these people ( and lots more) followed God's call on their lives and ended up in the right place, just like the egg always falls into the water. Amazing, isn't it?

Nothing can seperate us from God's love

Another theme that came to mind was Paul's writing in Romans 8: 31 - 39 that nothing can separate us from God’s love. How better to illustrate this beautiful Biblical truth than with an egg falling into the water!

 

508. The Object Lesson Of The Balloon That Doesn't Pop With Pins


A powerful object lesson about the importance of being part of the church

We love this simple, but powerful object lesson. At first glance it would seem impossible that the balloon doesn’t pop! But it doesn’t… 

We at Creative Kidswork are real fans of TheDadLab Youtube Channel. Here is another of his great, short video's on easy to do science experiments. 



Watching this object lesson reminded us what it means to be part of a church, the importance of unity and being part of the body of Christ. 

You can use this object lesson to teach on:

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505. The Object Lesson On How to Step Through an Index Card


You can use this object lesson to teach on a range of Biblical subjects

We love this simple, but powerful object lesson. At first glance it would seem impossible to step through an index card, but once you have watched the video and learned its secret, suddenly the impossible becomes a reality.

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503. How to make a stick drawing magically come to life


You can create a magical moment by bringing a stick figure to life.

This is ideal for when you do a talk about:

Creation 
Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. (Genesis 2: 7)

bringing a stick drawing to life with water

The raising of Lazarus  
Rrecounted in the Gospel of John (John 11:1-44), a miracle of Jesus in which Jesus brings Lazarus of Bethany back to life four days after his burial.

The raising of the son of the widow of Nain
Recorded in the Gospel of Luke. Jesus arrived at the village of Nain during the burial ceremony of the son of a widow, and raised the young man from the dead. (Luke 7:11–17)

Being alive in Christ 
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ  (Ephesians 2:5)

Watch the two video's below to discover how you use this great object lesson!

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Scripture reference: Hebrews 11:3, Colossians 1:16, Genesis 1:1-31, Revelation 4:11, Genesis 2:7, John 1:1-3, Exodus 20:11, Genesis 1:24-25, Job 12:7-9, Genesis 1:26, Genesis 1:1, Romans 1:20, Psalm 33:6,2 Peter 3:5, Job 37:5, Revelation 14:6-7, Job 33:4, Hebrews 1:10, Isaiah 42:5, Genesis 1:20, Jeremiah 10:12, Genesis 1
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, children's work, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers

502. How to make a marble run


A craft idea that will especially appeal to boys, although girls will enjoy it too

In the course of giving my children’s shows I come across the best creative ideas! I really want to share this one with you.

This is a craft idea that will especially appeal to boys, although girls will enjoy it too.

marble run 1

Themes:

For which Bible stories or themes could you use this craft idea?

- Think about the story of Jacob who saw a ladder going up to heaven. Or stories that have a building theme.

Or what about stories where water plays an important role? Then if you use blue marbles, they can represent the flowing water.

You could also use it at Christmas because of the angels who came from heaven, or as a picture of Jesus who came down from heaven. 

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501. Water from a Stone - an object lesson


What can you do with a ‘water from a stone’ gimmick?

A what??

A nifty ‘water from a stone’ gadget, which enables you to water your plants when you’re on holiday.

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You can use it to tell the story of Moses in the desert, during which water came out of the rock! Or you could use it to talk about the words of Jesus: ‘I am the living water’…..

waterstone

Themes:

Moses and the Israeiltes in the desert, water from the rock, thirst, living water.

Bible verses:

Numbers 20:1-29, Exodus 17:1-7, John 4

Where do I get one?

You can order the ‘water from a stone’ here

Scripture reference: Numbers 20:1-29, Exodus 17:1-7, John 4
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching

500. Lesson of the widow's mite


The widow's offering was worth a lot more to God than what the rich man gave. 

‘Listen’, Jesus says, ‘The poor woman put much more in the temple treasury than the rich man.’
The disciples look at each other in confusion. Surely the woman had given next to nothing?
‘The rich man gave from what he did not need’ Jesus says.

‘He gave from the enormous amount he had, from his abundance. Even though he gave a lot, he still has lots left for himself. ’‘But that poor widow’, Jesus continues, ‘She gave everything she had.’
The disciples look at each other. Indeed, that woman gave everything. She has nothing left. She loves God so much that she wanted to give Him everything.

God notices those who give to Him with a pure heart.

widow coins in hand

An easy to tell Bible story

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This Bible story from Mark 12:41-44 and Luke 21:1-4 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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Scripture reference: Mark 12:41-44, Luke 21:1-4
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching

499. The bronze snake


Look at the bronze snake and you will live!

The Israelites all grumble. They are angry with God.

They go to Moses and they say to God and Moses ; ‘Why did you take us away from Egypt? Do you want us to die here in the desert? We don’t want to eat that horrible manna anymore!’

The people are so dissatisfied.

All of a sudden snakes come creeping into the tent camp. That is dangerous. The snakes are poisonous. The  people run away from the snakes.

360px The Brazen Serpent Mount Nebo

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 Numbers 21 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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Scripture reference: Numbers 21
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498. John the Baptist


A Bible story about the ministry of John the Baptist

If someone wants to give you a message, what's the best way of doing it? Telephone? E-mail? Write a letter? If you didn't have any of those, how would you tell someone the message? Yes - go and tell them yourself! Before Jesus came, there was a special messenger. He was Jesus' cousin!

Have any of you got any cousins? Did you know Jesus had a cousin? He was just a few months older than Jesus, and his name was John. Lots of people are called John nowadays, aren't they? (It's the English version of Yohanan, which means God is Gracious). John was God's special messenger. In fact, God told his Mum and Dad before he was born that this boy would be very important - he would prepare the way for people to believe in Jesus.

As John grew up he realised he had a special job to do. His Dad Zechariah had been given strict instructions by the Angel Gabriel about how he was to bring John up.

Brooklyn Museum Saint John the Baptist and the Pharisees Saint Jean Baptiste et les pharisiens James Tissot overall

Scripture reference

Matthew 3 / Luke 1

An easy to tell Bible story

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This Bible story was (re-)written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) for a school assembly, but you can use it at home, within a church service, Sunday school setting or anywhere you like

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486. The Bible story of Zacchaeus


“Zacchaeus,” says Jesus, ”Come down quickly, because I must stay at your house today.”

Ask the children if they know what a tax collector is.

You could play a game in which you pretend to be a tax collector. Give the children some coins (play coins or real coins) and say that you have come to collect the tax that they owe.
Make a list on which it says for example that a child has to pay one gold coin. Make sure that the others can see that it says one, but ask two. Then you can carry on ‘Ha-ha, on the list is says one coin, but I asked for two!!’ Put one coin in the box: ‘This is for the Roman bosses.’ Put the other coin in your pocket. ‘And this one is for me.’
Do this a few times and always ask more than is on the list.

The children will soon realise that you’re not being fair. Ask the children who had to pay if they liked paying more. Why not?
The tax collector is not being fair. He’s actually stealing the money.
No one wants to be his friend, no one likes him. He is a thief.

I’m now going to tell you a story about a tax collector:

zacchaeus

An easy to tell Bible story

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This Bible story from Luke 19:1-10 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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Scripture reference: Luke 19:1-10
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485. The birth of Jesus seen through the eyes of Maria


“This is him! The saviour, the Messiah,” says the shepherd.

Maria sighs again. Her tummy is hurting. She knows that the baby will be coming soon. She puts her hand on her stomach. She can feel the baby moving. She smiles.

She thinks about nine months ago. It feels like it happened yesterday: she was busy cleaning her house, when all of a sudden the angel was standing next to her. She was so shocked!

“Don’t be afraid Maria,” said the angel. “God has chosen you. You are going to have a baby and you must call him Jesus. That means ‘God saves’. The baby is the son of God.”

First of all she didn’t understand how that could happen, because she wasn’t married to Joseph. But when the angel told her that God was going to make the baby grow in her tummy, that God would be the Father, she had understood that she, Maria, was going to be the mother of the Saviour, the Messiah, who had been promised for so long!

How special, what a miracle!

The birth of Jesus seen through the eyes of Maria

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Scripture reference: Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 2:1-20
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484. Lydia is thankful for God’s church


A story from the New Testament about Philippi

It’s the Sabbath, the rest day for the Jewish people.
There is a group of people standing by the river in Philippi. They are all women. They have come together to pray. They believe in the Lord God and love him a lot. One of the women is called Lydia. She is a very rich woman. She sells beautiful red and purple material that you can use to make wonderful clothes.

A bit later a few men come walking up to the women and sit on the ground next to them. The women are surprised. They don’t know who they are. What are they doing here?
One of the men says ‘I am Paul”. We thought that you were praying. We also love the Lord God and also his son Jesus. He is the saviour, the Messiah.”

The women are even more surprised. Do these men know who the saviour is? The Messiah?
Then Paul starts to talk....

Lydia meets Paul the apostle

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Scripture reference: Acts 16:14-15
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483. Eutychus falls from a window sill in church


God has brought Eutychus back to life again!

On Sunday the people go to the church. It’s not a normal church, but it’s quite a high building. On the third floor, at the top, there’s a large room, and everyone gathers there, because that’s where Paul is going to talk.

There are lots of people there. Everyone wants to hear Paul speaking. Eutychus is there too. He’s a boy and he wants to listen to Paul too.

It’s very busy and the whole room is full. There’s no space for Eutychus to sit, so he goes to the window and sits on the window sill.

Paul talks about Jesus. He talks for a long long time – there’s so much to tell and he is going away again tomorrow. So he talks, right on into the night. 

Eutychus falls from window sill

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Scripture reference: Acts 20: 7-12
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482. Paul is shipwrecked


Don’t be afraid. Nobody is going to drown...

Paul knows that it is autumn, and that it will soon be winter. Then the weather is much worse, often with storms and rain. It’s better not to go sailing then.

“Men, listen,’ says Paul. “I think that it’s would be better if we didn’t go any further. It would be better for us to stay here in the harbour until winter is over. If we sail now it could become very dangerous.”

“Not at all!” say the captain and the first mate. “We’re just going to start sailing, and when winter comes we’ll find another harbour where we can stay. The weather is fine at the moment.”

Julius listens to the captain. They must know best. What does Paul know about sailing?

Paul is shipwrecked

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Scripture reference: Acts 27:27- Acts 28:5
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481. Create your own 'miracle' in the story of the feeding the multitude


A true multiplication when you tell the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand – this is a great object lesson!

How can you make something really multiply when you are telling the story of the feeding of the five thousand? In this way you can create your own small miracle – people of all ages will love it.

And the great thing is, you don’t have to be a magician to do this! It’s really easy……

multiplying five bread and two fish

Themes:

Feeding the multitude, The Feeding of the 5,000, miracle of the five loaves and two fish, The Feeding of the 4,000

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Scripture reference: Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:31-44, Luke 9:12-17, John 6:1-14, Matthew 15:32-39, Mark 8:1-9
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480. David fights with Goliath


You may have a sword and a spear, but I come to you in the name of the LORD

David went down to the stream which separated the two armies.  He picked out five small smooth stones, just right.  GOLIATH couldn't believe his eyes! He couldn't hope to win!   Sending out a little loser like that!  How dare they insult him!   "Am I a dog?"  he asked "Going to throw a stick for me, are we, boy?  You come any nearer, you titchy little pipsqueak and I'll feed you to the birds....."  and he swore at him and at the Lord God. 

David shouted back "You may have a sword and a spear, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of the armies of heaven and Israel - the very God you insult.  Today the LORD will conquer you, and I will kill you, and I will feed you and all your army to the birds.... so there!  Then the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel, and he doesn't need weapons of war to sort out his plans!" (1 Samuel 17)

David And Goliath Strength Fight Bible

Themes:

Trusting in God, leader or loser, boasting, God's victory

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Scripture reference: 1 Samuel 17
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479. Saul transforms into Paul on the Damascus Road


“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?"

Saul was so determined to stamp out this idea, that when he heard there was another group of Jesus' friends spreading the same rumour in Damascus, he set off down the road from Jerusalem to Damascus to deal with it once and for all.  He was nearly there when suddenly out of the blue he was stopped in his tracks by a brilliant white light!   He  fell to the ground (act it out) .   He heard a voice speaking to him out of the light saying "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? " 

"Who are you, Lord?" he asked.

"I am Jesus! Get up, and go into the city, and you will be told what to do next!".  His friends were speechless - they could hear the sound, but they couldn't see anyone.

arabic man

Themes:

Persecution of Christians, Saul's conversion ont the Damascus Road, gospel presentation, testimony

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478. Jesus calms the storm on the lake of Galilee


“Master! Master! Wake up! We're going to drown! Don’t you care?"

"It had been a long, hot day, and sitting up on the hillside were hundreds and hundreds of people.  They had all come there to listen to one man.  This man was really special - he healed people and talked to them about God.  Who am I talking about?  Yes, JESUS.  There were all kinds of people, big and small, old and young - and Jesus talked with them all.  Sometimes we may think that were not very important or special but to Jesus every person is special and important.  He told them all about God - not about a God who is far away, but about God who is very close to each one of us, and cares about us.

At the end of the day, Jesus was very tired!  He said to his special friends, his disciples, “Lets get into a boat and go across the lake to find somewhere to rest”.  So they all got into the boat.  When Jesus got into the boat, he was so tired that he found a nice place to curl up in, and ...zzzzzz... he fell asleep..."  

stormy sea waves

Themes:

Trust in Jesus, does Jesus care about us, Jesus has the power over the sea and the wind, Luke 8: 22-25

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Scripture reference: Luke 8: 22-25
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477. The calling of Peter


Follow me and I will make you a fishers of men...

"Who likes to go fishing?  I wonder if you're the sort of person who comes home and says “Wow, mum, I caught a really big fish that was thiiiis big ... and I put it back”?.  You know fishermen are always going on about how big the catch was - even if they're not quite truthful!

Jesus' friend, Simon Peter, made his living by it .. he was a fisherman by trade.  He had his own boat, and knew his job.  He had been out on the lake all night and he had caught ... how many do you think?   Not one!  Nothing at all!  I expect he was sitting on the shore mending his nets and muttering to himself “Huh, all night and no fish, not even a tiddler - it's not worth fishing these days, I dunno where all the fish have gone, might as well not bother .. all I get is tired and wet and cold and hungry .

a basket of freshly caught fish

Themes:

Discipleship, following Jesus, leaving everything behind,  miraculous catch of fish, Miraculous Draught of Fish, fishers of men

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476. The healing of the blind beggar Bartimaeus

“Jesus!  Son of David!  Have pity on me!”   

"Cover your eyes up with your hands for a moment.  What can you see?  It's all dark in there, isn't it? What do we call someone who can't see at all? 

Nowadays there are all kinds of things to help people who can't see.  Long white canes, guide dogs, computers – my friend Neville can type messages on his computer and his computer reads the e-mails to him aloud! But did they have that kind of help in Jesus' time? No. If you were blind, it was a huge problem, you couldn't get a job, you couldn't keep your family, every day someone would have to lead you out to sit by the road, with your cloak and your begging bowl.

You'd sit there all day, calling out to anyone you heard passing by “ Please can you spare some money for a poor blind man?  Please can you help me?”.  Not much of a life was it, day in and day out?  Let's see what the man in our story is called: Bartimaeus. 

blind beggar Bartimaeus

Themes:

Healing of blind Bartimeus, the power of Jesus, the gospel

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475. Elijah's Bonfire on Mount Carmel

Shout a bit louder, maybe Baal is asleep!

"Elijah let the prophets of Baal have first turn.  They built the altar, put on the wood and the meat. 

All the people were watching.  The people didn't know that the prophets of Baal used to use tricks to light their fires when they were back down in the city, but up here on Mount Carmel with everybody watching, they couldn't use any tricks at all.  The 450 prophets of Baal started dancing around their altar calling on Baal to hear them, and set fire to the altar.  They were calling out "O Lord Baal, send down the fire!  O Lord Baal, send down the fire! O Lord Baal, send down the fire!"...

And do you know what happened?  NOTHING!

bonfire elijah mount carmel


Themes:

God shows his might, the powerlessness of false gods, fire from the sky, prophet Elijah, Asherah poles, prophets of Baal, king Ahab and queen Jezebel

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474. Jesus restores Peter at a barbecue


"After breakfast, Jesus asked Peter "Do you love me best?" 

"Yes, Lord, you know I love you" said Peter.  "Feed my lambs" said Jesus.  Who do you think Jesus meant by his lambs? 

Then he asked again "Peter, do you truly love me?"  "You know I do" said Peter.  "Take care of my sheep" said Jesus.  Who did he mean by his sheep?"  That's not very complimentary, is it, as sheep aren't known for being very intelligent, are they?  

Then a third time Jesus said "Peter, do you love me?"  Peter was a bit hurt about this.  "Lord you know everything about me.  You know I am your friend."   Again, Jesus told him "Feed my sheep."  That's a bit of a joke really, isn't it – here is Jesus, telling Peter, a fisherman, to act as a shepherd and feed sheep!  

But it made sense to Peter when he thought about it..."

fisherman restoration Peter


Themes:

The restoration of Peter, Peter, do you really love me?, feed my lambs, always a new change with Jesus, God's grace

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473. The healing of the lame man at the Beautiful Gate


I don't have any silver or gold - I don't have any money - but I do have something I can give to you...

Peter leans over and takes the man by his right hand, and says "In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!".  As the beggar takes hold of Peter's hand he feels an amazing tingling warmth go right through him, down his arm, into his body, through to his legs and feet - and - starts - to - get - up! 

This man, who had never walked in his life, was starting to stand up!  The bones in his feet and ankles suddenly become strong, and he gets to his feet.  I expect he is hanging on to Peter and John!  Then he takes one step and another step - and another, and another, until in the end he's jumping about and hopping and skipping and shouting "Thank you Lord, oh thank you Lord, Look I can walk, I can run!"


arab man healing peter john lame man

Themes:

The healing of the lame man at the Beautiful Gate, stories from Acts, God's healing power, persecution of believers, poverty

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472. Tell the Bible story of Jonah


An easy and fun way to tell the amazing story of God's goodness in the story of Jonah

"The moment Jonah hit the water, the wind stopped, the waves died down, it was completely calm. (Pause in silence)... The sailors said: "WOW! Jonah's God must be the most powerful God! Only the God who made heaven and earth could do that!" and they started to have a party and to praise God and thank him. 

But what about our friend Jonah?

He was in the water. He started to sink. He wished he had learned to swim. He sank down to the bottom, and the Bible says that when he came up, he had seaweed wrapped round his head - ugh! Then suddenly... he saw this (draw big fish in picture) It looked like a big red cave.... it was the mouth of a great big fish! lt came towards him (gesture with your hands like the jaws closing suddenly)

GLOOP!

lt swallowed Jonah whole. "Helloo, helloo! I must be in a cave. But it smells rather fishy in here." And Jonah realized that he was in the belly of a huge fish. There must have been a pocket of air in there because the Bible says he stayed alive inside the fish for three days and nights. Jonah had time to think. He said this: SORRY. Do you think he said sorry to the fish? No, he said sorry to God. Then he felt much better..." 

Jonah on the beach

Themes:

The story of Jonah, being disobedient towards God, obeying God, saying sorry to God, repentance, God's grace

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471. The story of Barabbas and Jesus

A great story to tell about the power of Easter

"Barabbas was listening hard.  The crowd went quiet and he could hear a man's voice speaking.  The next thing he heard was a great shout "BARABBAS, BARABBAS, WE WANT BARABBAS!"  (Get the children to shout it out, really loudly).  "Wonderful!"  thought Barabbas. "It must be my mates, come to get me out of prison!"  He began to feel much more cheerful.  But then the crowd went quiet again, and again the man spoke.  He couldn't hear Pilate's words, but Pilate was asking "What do you want me to do with Jesus?"

 Barabbas

Themes:

The gospel, Jesus dying for our sins, Jesus dying in our place, to live for Christ

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470. The parable of the banquet

A very easy to tell the Bible story about the parable of the banquet

Jesus told the people a thought provoking parable:

"The rich man sent his servants out to the city centre to find all the beggars with "Hungry and Homeless" notices in front of them.  They brought them back to have a bath and new clothes, and all the time the mouth-watering smell of the good food waiting for them... what a wonderful treat!"  ( Luke 14:15-24, Matthew 22:1-14)

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arab girl wedding feast parable

Themes:

Jesus' parable of the wedding banquet, the wedding feast, the kingdom of heaven, the kingdom of God

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469. Tell the Advent story about God keeping His promises

Introduction:

"Hands up if you are good at keeping promises?  Last night I read a bedtime story to my little grand-daughter Emily....Do you remember the story of Charlie and Lola, where they go to the park and meet Charlie's friend Marv and his dog Sizzles?  - Lola and her friend Lotta promise, absolutely promise, to look after Sizzles, while the boys have a quick game of football?  And what happens?  While they are arguing over who should hold his lead, he manages to slip his collar and run off!  Sizzles got lost! So did they keep their promise?

How did they feel?   Pretty bad.... and sometimes I've made a promise to my children, and not been able to keep it, and felt pretty bad about it too and I tried to explain why, so they would understand.  But this story is about a promise that was thousands of years old!  A promise that God person made..."

Themes:

Christmas, Advent, birth of Jesus, God keeps his promises

Advent

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468. Jesus anointed by a sinful woman


A Bible story on the weeping woman at Jesus' feet

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

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

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

woman anointed jesus feet

Scripture reference

Luke 7: 36-50

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