Hundreds of great ideas for your Sunday School lessons

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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79. David doesn't take revenge on king Saul - Cool Science

Introduction:
In this idea we will show you how you can use the experiment of the Indestructible Sandwich Bag to tell the Bible story of king Saul hunting David. It starts with Saul throwing his spear at David. It ends many years later with David creeping into Saul's tent in the middle of the night and not taking revenge. Using a fun experiment of a sandwich bag that doesn't leak or break you can make this story come alive in a new way.

You can use this experiment within a school assembly, a RE lesson, as a preaching illustration, a children's moment in church and of course in any Biblical teaching setting.

science experiment pencils through water bag telling Bible stories using this fun object lesson kids ministry Sunday school

Themes:
Forgiveness, revenge, turning the other cheek, throwing spears, saying nasty things, being Christ-like

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73. Your place in the stable

Introduction:
This is a simple way to take people into the stable where Jesus was born.  Using clay, children and adults can place themselves somewhere in the stable. Where are they in relation to Jesus?

Themes:
Christmas, the stable, worship, our attitude to God.

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To be used for:
Creative prayer, prayer room, Christmas, a creative illustration for children’s work

Bible text:
“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” ( Luke 2: 6,7)

Age:
6 – 88 years

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69. My will versus God’s will

Short explanation:
A clear object lesson to help children and adults think about the choices that we make. Do we choose God’s will or what we want ourselves?

Themes:
Making choices, God’s will, being obedient/disobedient


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To be used for:

Children’s moment during a service, creative prayer, prayer room, to illustrate your teaching on making choices.

Bible text:
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42)

Age:
8-88 years

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67. Making worms - the importance of clean drinking water

Short introduction:
You can also use the worm mix to tell a different kind of story - about the terrible consequences of unclean drinking water in developing countries; chronic diarrhea, illness, anemia....

You can use the worm mix to illustrate what’s in unclean drinking water. Of course you can’t always see if water is fit to drink or not. You can’t always taste it either. Only under a microscope can you see if there are bacteria, parasites or viruses in the water. Imagine taking children on a journey of discovery; you can use the worm mix as a sort of microscope to show what is in unclean water. 

Glass half full


Themes:

Clean drinking water, poverty, unclean water, illness

Video:
In the video below I show you how you can illustrate this lesson using the worm mix.

Before you try this yourself, it’s helpful to watch the introduction video in which I show you how to prepare the worm mix.

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66. Making worms - dry worms are filled up again.


Being refreshed by the Spirit

As well as telling Bible stories you can do a lot more with these worms. We are using Instant Worms to illustrate our need to be constantly restored and refreshed by the Spirit. This visual lesson shows children (and adults) how important it is to not only go to church on Sundays, but also to be filled during the week, through praying and reading the Bible. Otherwise we run the risk to start drying up.

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Themes:

The Holy Spirit, God's Spirit, being filled with the Spiirit. 

Video:

In the video below I show you how you can illustrate this lesson using the worm mix.

Before you try this yourself, it’s helpful to watch the introduction video in which I show you how to prepare the worm mix.

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65. Making worms - Paul and the snake

Short introduction:
Paul has been shipwrecked off the island of Malta, but amazingly enough everyone has been saved.

Because they are cold and wet, they build a fire on the beach. Paul collects a large pile of wood. Just as he is about to throw this wood on the fire, a poisonous snake shoots out of it, and bites his hand. Paul throws the snake in the fire and...

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Everyone expects him to die within a few minutes, but nothing happens. This miracle is told over and over again on the island. Even Publius the govenor becomes a Christian. 

Themes: 
God's protection, healing, shipwreck of Paul, st. Paul, Paul gets bitten by a snake

Video:
In the video below we show you how you can illustrate this story using the worm mix.

Before you try this yourself, it’s helpful to watch the introduction video in which we show you how to prepare the worm mix.

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64. Making worms - Jonah and the worm

Short introduction:
Jonah has finally done what God asked of him. After he got spat out by the huge fish, he went to the town of Nineveh. He told the people in the city that God would destroy the city unless they repented, and then he went to sit on a hill just outside the city to watch the show. He’s quite looking forward to it - what a show it’s going to be!

In the meantime in the city of Nineveh, the inhabitants are repenting. God sees this, and spares the city.

Jonah doesn’t realise this, and waits....and waits.....and waits..
It’s getting too hot. But what’s this?

During the night God makes a large bush grow, so that Jonah can sit under it.
What a blessing! But what’s this?

During the night God sends a worm that eats the bush and causes it to die.
Jonah is furious!

And then he gets the lesson.....

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Themes:
Jonah is waiting for the destruction of Nineveh, Jonah and the miracle tree, God sent a worm, Gods goodness and compassion

Video:
In the video below we show you how you can illustrate this story using the worm mix.

Before you try this yourself, it’s helpful to watch the introduction video in which we show you how to prepare the worm mix.

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63. Making worms: Moses and the snake on the pole

Short introduction:
The people of God has sinned. They have complained so much to Moses and God that God has sent poisonous snakes. Lots of people have been bitten. The people come to Moses and ask him to pray for them. God says to Moses that he must make a bronze snake on a pole, and that everyone who looks a the snake wll be healed.


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Themes:

the Nehushtan, Moses makes a bronze serpent on a pole, grumbling Israelites in the desert, fiery snakes / serpents, healing

Video:
In the video below we show you how you can illustrate this story using the worm mix.

Before you try this yourself, it’s helpful to watch the introduction video in which we show you how to prepare the worm mix.

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62. Making worms - Mozes and his stick that changed into a snake

Short introduction:
Moses was living with his father in law Jethro in the desert. One day he set off with his herd. On the mountain of Horeb he saw a bush that was on fire that didn't burn up. When Moses got closer, God spoke to him. God told Moses that he had heard the cries of his people in Egypt, and in answer he was going to send Moses back to Egypt. To be honest, Moses wasn’t exactly very excited when he heard this. He tried to get out of it by using all sorts of excuses. “How will they believe me?”

“Moses, throw your stick onto the ground...”

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Themes:
The calling of Moses, the burning bush, God reveals Himself to Moses, Moses and Aaron, Moses' staff turns into a serpent, the Name of God: I am who I am, 

Video:
In the video below we show you how you can illustrate this story using the worm mix.

Before you try this yourself, it’s helpful to watch the introduction video in which we show you how to prepare the worm mix.

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61. Making worms - Eve and her meeting with the serpent

Short introduction:
This is the well-known story, in which Eve meets the serpent in the garden of Eden, and is tempted by him to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. How can you tell this over-familiar story in a new way, which will attract the children's attention?

Making worms Eve and her meeting with the serpent in the garden of Eden and is tempted by him to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. How can you tell this over familiar story in a new way

Themes:
Adam and Eve, Eve and the snake, original sin, Eve and the apple / fruit, the Fall

Video:
In the video below we will show you how you can tell this well-known story with new enthusiasm, using the worm mix, and how you can involve the children in the storytelling.

Before you try this yourself, it’s helpful to watch the introduction video in which we show you how to prepare the worm mix.

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60. Telling the story of creation by making worms

Introduction:
God spoke and it came into being. He said: “Let there be light’ And suddenly light appeared. What a creator! 
As humans we can also create things, but the way God creates is very different.

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God creates everything out of nothing. We need something to create something else.

Today we are going to create worms using various ingredients, looking at the story of God’s creation as we are creating something ourselves.

Before you start it's probably worth wachting the demonstration video before watching the story of creation. 

In the video below we demonstrate how you can tell the Bible story of creation by making worms with the children using Insta-Worms.

Themes:
God the Creator, creation, Adam and Eve, garden of Eden, seven days of creation

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59. How to teach nine different Bible Lessons using Insta-Worms

Let us introduce you to Insta-Worms

"Create slimy, gooey worms—instantly! The moment the worm goo is added to the activator solution, worms magically appear. You can make fat worms, skinny worms, short worms, long worms, straight worms, zigzag worms, worm eggs, color-changing worms, or even a worm ring or bracelet. The secret is in the awesome world of polymer science.

How to teach nine different Bible lessons using Insta Worms
Makes more than 40 feet of worms. It's hands-on chemistry fun!"

It certainly is fun! Did you know that you can also use this with children in your Sunday school lesson / kids ministry or with adults during the church service to teach nine different Bible lessons, such as:

Idea 60 - the story of creation
Idea 61 - the story of the snake in the garden of Eden
Idea 62 - the calling of Moses
Idea 63 - the bronze snake in the desert
Idea 64 - Jonah and the worm
Idea 65 - Paul and the poisonous snake
Idea 66 - the importance of being constantly filled with the Holy Spirit
Idea 67 - the importance of clean water especlally in a situation of poverty
Idea 68 - you are a pearl in God's hand

By clicking on the links above you can see the stories being taught.

In this video below Katie demonstrates the use of Insta-Worms.
You can buy your own box of Insta-Worms here at Amazon.com and here at Amazon.co.uk.

You can use this idea in a:

Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblie, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching

57. The call of Abram (8) - Paper sandals

Introduction:
Abram had to travel 700 kilometres or 440 miles to go from Haran to Canaan. He didn’t have a car, a train or a plane. He would probably walked this distance. How hard is this?

In this activity we are going to make paper sandals and wonder: “How far can we walk on these?”

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Ages:
8 - 12 years

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56. The call of Abram (7) - A suitcase race

Introduction:
Abram had to travel 700 kilometres or 440 miles to go from Haran to Canaan. He didn’t travel alone. He went together with his family, servants and all his animals. It must have been quite a sight! How fast do you think they travelled? In this game we are going to race with suitcases.

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Ages:
8 - 12 years

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55. The call of Abram (6) - The most precious thing I own

Introduction:
Abram is going to leave Haran and never come back. He has to take everything he owns with him on the journey.

He would probably have had to make some difficult decisions about what to take with him and what to leave behind in Haran. What is really precious? What can be left behind?

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In this activity we will look with the children at the precious things in their lives. 

Ages:
8 - 12 years

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54. The call of Abram (5) - I am going on a journey...

Introduction:
Abram is going to leave Haran and never come back. He has to take everything he owns with him on the journey.

Let’s play a fun game about going on a journey without forgetting all the important items that we want to take with us.

suitcase

Ages:
8 - 12 years

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53. The call of Abram (4) - Which countries have you visited?

Introduction:
Abram had to travel from Haran to Canaan. Two strange places with strange names. How can we help the children to place this story in some sort of geographical context?

Let’s get a map of the world and make a start...

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Ages:
6 - 12 years

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52. The call of Abram (3) - Which countries do you know? (2)

Introduction:
Abram had to travel from Haran to Canaan. Two strange places with strange names. How can we help the children to place this story in some sort of geographical context? 

Maybe we can make a fun start with this game...

letters

Ages:
8 - 12 years

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51. The call of Abram (2) - Which countries do you know? (1)

Introduction:
Abram had to travel from Haran to Canaan. Two strange places with strange names. How can we help the children to place this story in some sort of geographical context?

Maybe we can make a small start with this activity for the younger children. 

globe

Ages:
4 - 7 years

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40. How touching trust can be

Introduction: 
This is a fun interactive object lesson about trusting God that is guaranteed to produce some nervous giggles.

Themes:
Trusting God, people in the Bible who are facing difficulties or scary situations.

To be used for:
-Children's moment during a service, preaching illustration, Sunday School, assembly or RE lesson.


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Bible text:

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." (Proverbs 3:5)

Age:
4 – 12 years

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38. Sugar and coke

Introduction:
Who ever thought you could discuss theologically difficult themes such as the Fall, the putting off of your old self and the becoming of the New creation with sugar and coke?

Themes:
The Fall, surrendering, putting off of the old ‘me’, new creation

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To be used for:
- Children's moment during a service, a preaching illustration, in Sunday School, in assembly or an RE lesson

Bible text:
"God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day." (Genesis 1:31)

Age:
4 – 88 years

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37. Tearing up the green fifties (or fives..!)

Introduction:
This is a fun object lesson in which you use a 5 (or more) dollar/pound/eruo note to illustrate how nothing can separate us from Gods love. Whatever might happen, in His eyes, we will never lose our value.

Themes:
God’s love, our sense of worth in Gods eyes.

To be used for:
- Children's moment during a service, a preaching illustration, Sunday School, an assembly or RE lesson.

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Bible text:
"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:  “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved 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 8:35-39)

Age:
4 – 88 years

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33. Relighting candles - Gospel Magic

Introduction:
This rather illuminating object lesson illustrates just how invincible the Light of the World is. It also lends itself to the explanation of the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Themes:
Jesus as the Light of the World, the death and resurrection

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To be used for:
- Children’s moments during a service
- Creative children’s work
- School assembly
- RE lessons
- Preaching illustration

Bible text:
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:4-5)

Age:
4 – 88 years

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

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

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Ingredients:

- balloons
- shaving foam
- permanent marker pens

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20. What is unclean? When is something unfit to eat?

Short explanation:
This is an object lesson that will have the children talking for a long time! What is clean and unclean exactly? A fun introduction if you’re going to teach about how Jesus dealt with issues around clean/unclean.

Themes:
How Jesus dealt with issues of clean and unclean, holiness of God.

To be used for:
Children’s moment in a service, a preaching illustration, Sunday school, in an assembly or RE lesson.

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Bible text:
“What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” (Matthew 15:11)

Age:
8 – 88 years.

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19. Who is richer?

Introduction:
Who is richer? The one who has the most or the one who gives the most? This object lesson is a simple and fun way to illustrate a themes such as money and giving.

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Themes:
Handling possessions, handling money, giving, stealing

To be used for:
Children’s moment during a service, a preaching illustration, Sunday school, in an assembly or an RE lesson.

Bible text:
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)

Age:
8 – 88 years

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14. Happy or sad

Short explanation:
A clear, simple object lesson for children which looks at the meaning of the Lord’s Supper. Is it a happy or sad occasion? Is it very serious, or is it really something to celebrate?

Themes:
The Lord’s Supper: sad or happy, serious or a celebration?

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To be used for:
Children’s moment during the service, Sunday school, a preaching illustration

Bible text:
“And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer”. (Luke 22: 15)

Age:
4 – 10 years

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12. The match and the nail - an object lesson


A fun and clear object lesson to show what it means to hold on to God and His love and promises.

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Themes:

Holding on to God’s promises, bullying, people’s vulnerability, God’s protection, the strength of His love and power.

Bible reference:

“I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them”. (Hosea 11:4)

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Scripture reference: Hosea 11:4
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching, kids ministry, creative preaching, kids church

11. Torch without batteries - an object lesson


A clear and fun object lesson to show what it means to let our light shine.

In this object lesson we see that we need the power and filling of the Holy Spirit to truly be that light. You could also combine this object lesson with the story of the wise and foolish virgins.

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Themes:

Being the light of the world, being filled with the Holy Spirit, letting your light shine

Bible refence:

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

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Scripture reference: Matthew 5: 14-16
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching, kids ministry, creative preaching, kids church

9. An object lesson about the great cloud of witnesses in Hebrews 12


Using two oranges and a jug of water to do this amazing cool science experiment

The apostle Paul writes the following in Hebrews 12:1:

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith."

Paul encourages us in this Bible passage to throw off everything that hinders us and do away with the the sin that so easily entangles us.
I find this a beautiful, but also difficult passage to teach to children, teenagers or adults.
Is there an easy way that will illustrate what Paul is saying here?

I believe there is...

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Again we are going to use the two oranges and the jug of water, but this time we are going to do it in a completely different way!
Easy to use as a preaching illustration, in a Sunday school, during a children’s moment in church, in a school assembly or in an RE lesson.

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Scripture reference: Hebrews 12:1
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8. Gods protection for His people - an object lesson


How do you tell the Bible story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace in a new way?

Or the story of Daniel in the lion’s den? Or the story of Jonah in the fish? Or the story of the Israelites walking through the Red Sea? 

Well, it's very easy. All you need is two oranges and a jug of water. Fun, easy, healthy and unforgettable!

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You know, you can tell any story about God’s protection using these two oranges. Easy to use as a preaching illustration, in a Sunday school, during a children’s moment in church, in an school assembly or in a RE lesson.

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7. Jesus walks on the water - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with a floating orange

What happens if you take a peeled orange and an unpeeled orange and place them both in a jug of water? Which one will sink to the bottom? Which one will float? 
 
Maybe a strange question, but a brilliant way to illustrate the Bible story of Jesus walking on the water. (Matthew 14:22-36; Mark 6:45-56; John 6:16-24)

Fun to do as a preaching illustration, in a Sunday school lesson, during a children’s moment in church, in a school assembly or in an RE lesson.
 
Watch our demonstration video of this cool science experiment below...

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Scripture reference: Matthew 14:22-36; Mark 6:45-56; John 6:16-24
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching, kids ministry, creative preaching, kids church

6. A tube of toothpaste and the taming of the tongue


What message can you convey with a cheap tube of toothpaste and an empty plate?

You can use this to illustrate the power of words, the taming of the tongue and what to do with the wrong words that you may have spoken and now want to retract.

 Toothpaste

Easy to use as a preaching illustration, in Sunday school, during a children’s moment in church, in a school assembly or an RE lesson.
 
The ideas is based on James chapter 3 in which he writes about the taming of the tongue:
 
“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.” (James 3: 9 - 12)

Watch our demonstration video below.  Have fun!

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Scripture reference: James 3: 9 - 12
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching, kids ministry, creative preaching, kids church

4. The weeping woman at Jesus' feet


Jesus anointed by a sinful woman

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

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

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

Skectboard drawing of the parable of the vineyard workers

Scripture reference

Luke 7: 36-50

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

You can download the story below:

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


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

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

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

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

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

You can download the Bible story underneath.

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Scripture reference: Mark 7: 24-30, Matthew 15: 21
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching

2. Cleansing water


What is praying? Is it closing your eyes, folding your hands and sitting very still?

This idea makes praying a more active and even more special event by using the symbolism of cleansing water. It complements the telling of Jesus’ washing of the disciples feet.

Themes:

Symbolism of cleansing water, washing of the feet.

Cleansing water

This idea can be used for:

- Creative prayer or interactive prayer moments during a service.
- Prayer rooms.
- Teaching on serving.

Bible text:

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)

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Scripture reference: 1 John 1:9
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching

1. Joshua and the defeat in Ai (1) - a mighty peg?


How do you illustrate this rather complicated story?

You are going to tell the story of Joshua, who wants to take the village of Ai. After the mighty defeat of Jericho, Joshua thinks it’s going to be very easy. Instead of trusting and being obedient to God, he relies on his own strength, and this doesn’t end well.

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How do you illustrate this rather complicated story in such a way that children will listen attentively and understand what it is about? Some children’s workers asked me this question recently and these four ideas came to mind. Here's the first idea:

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Scripture reference: Joshua 7
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching