Great ideas to help your Christian teenagers lead the cause of Christ

How do we teach our teenagers Bibiical truths in a fun and interactive away? How do we help them to lead the cause of Christ, and apply Christianity to every area of life?

We offer you lots of fun, interactive, cool and thought provoking ideas that will help your Christian teenagers and your youth group to move forward.

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527. The fishing game


Three in one!

This creative activity is three things in one – a craft activity, a game, and a reflection on the Bible story of the calling of the disciples, (Mark 1: 14-20), which you can tell beforehand.

Materials:

- sticks (collected in the woods)
- magnets
- string and paper clips
- glue and cellotape
- paper fishes 
- a washing up bowl or a bucket
- pens and score card
- egg timer


Description:

Tie the string to the stick, and fasten a magnet to the other end of the string (you could tie it or glue it). Teach the children to fold the fish as shown in this YouTube video.

Fasten a paper clip to each fish. Put all the fish in the bowl or bucket, and the children can go ‘fishing’ using their fishing rods with magnets on the end.

You can give the fish different scores. Who can fish the most fish with the highest scores in a certain amount of time?

paperfish


An extra idea for the older children:

Write some quotes and questions on the fish and use them to have a discussion afterwards:

- Jesus says ‘You will become fishers of men’. Does this mean that you go up to someone and tell them that they have to follow Jesus?

- ‘You will become fishers of men’. Is this a promise, or something that you have to do?

- What talents do you need if you are going to go fishing? Patience? What would be good tactics?

- Are you already a follower of Jesus? Is it hard to follow Him?

- What does God’s kingdom mean? Is that also here on earth?

 

526. What does the Ichthus fish mean?


This creative activity will help children discover the meaning behind the Ichthus fish, and what it meant to the first Christians to follow Jesus.

Materials:

- Smartphone(s), laptop (s), tablet (s)
- Paper, pencils, felt pens

ichthus fish

Description:

Show the children an illustration of the Ichthus fish – for example a bumper sticker.

Ask them if they know what it is and what it means. Talk with them about why people stick these stickers on their cars, or display them elsewhere.

Ask the children to do some research and see what else they can discover about the origin of this sign for Jesus-followers. They can use the phones/tablets/laptops. How did it come about? What does it mean? Why did people use it at the time of the early church? And how is it used now?

Ask the children if they would use the symbol themselves to show thay they are followers of Jesus. Do they want other people to know? Or is that not cool?

Finally, ask them to design their own symbol to show that they are followers of Jesus. What would it look like?

Ages – 8 - 12

525. Creative prayer idea – praying alone


Helping children to talk /communicate with God

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mark 1: 35

Jesus was very busy, but he made time to pray and also found a place where he could be alone. Often we are busy busy busy! To busy to make time for God and find a quiet place with him. This idea will help children to discover what helps them to make time and space to pray.

earplug

Talk with the children about finding peace and quiet to pray. What might help them not to be distracted by everything around them? Have them try one or more of the things you have brought with you – a blindfold so that they can’t be distracted by what they see, or ear plugs so that they won’t be distracted by what they hear, or pen and paper so that they can write down the thoughts that distract them.

Once the children have chosen, they can find a place in the classroom (or outside if this is possible) where they can spend a few minutes in quiet prayer. Tell them beforehand how long the time will be, and how you will tell them that the time is up.

Did the various tools help the children? Why did or didn’t they?

Materials:

- ear plugs
- blindfolds
- pens
- paper

524. BROKEN: Rock, Paper, Scissors


With the help of a secular YouTube film and a creative activity you can explore Jesus’ sacrificial love.

This YouTube film shows the story of a paper creature that is attacked by a pair of scissors. Rock sees what is happening and he attacks Scissors out of compassion for Paper. Rock wins from Scissors but gets wounded. Rock carries Paper to a safe place, but because in the game Paper always beats Rock, he starts to crumble even as he is carrying her to safety. He therefore demonstrates sacrificial love.

broken


It’s easy to find a link between this story and the incident when Jesus touches the leper and makes him promise not to tell anyone. The leper does tell everyone that Jesus touched and healed him. It has been centuries since anyone healed a leper – back in the time of the prophet Elisha, when general Naaman was healed. If Jesus can heal even a leper, surely he can help anyone! As Jesus had expected, large crowds came to see him – so large that he was no longer able to go into the villages and towns. His compassion for the man with leprosy, and the fact that the man was too excited to keep it to himself meant that Jesus was forced to retreat to more remote places. Jesus experienced a degree of suffering because of his compassion for this man.

Of course you can also use this video to teach on Jesus' death on the cross and his resurrection!

Themes:

Jesus healing the leper, sacrificial love, Jesus' death and resurrection

Important question:

It’s important to watch the video yourself first and to decide if you want to show it to the children? Does it fit within your context and the age of the children?

Method:

Step 1: Have the children play the game ‘Rock, paper, scissors’. You could play it for a few minutes and have them change partners half way through.

If you don’t know the game, you can watch this link.

Step 2: Watch the video together, and possible one more time after completing step 3.


Step 3
: Discuss the video using six worksheets which you can download here: Broken---Rock-Paper-Sciccors.pdf

The worksheets consist of the following images: 

- rock
- scissors
- paper
- the illness leprosy
- Jesus
- the ill man

1. Print the six images out and show them to the children
2. Ask the children to make three pairs of the images – which ones belong together?
3. Who represents Jesus in the video? (the rock) – why do you agree or not agree?
4. Who represents the ill man? (the paper) – why do you agree or not agree?
5. Who represents the illness? (the scissors) – why do you agree or not agree?

 

 

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.

christmasdoinggood


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.

lego


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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514. Five creative Advent ideas based on the Bible story where Mary meets her pregnant aunt Elisabeth


Lots of things seem to happen when Mary comes to visit her pregnant aunt Elisabeth

“At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfil his promises to her!”

Luke 1: 39 -45  

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1. Mary meets Elisabeth - The Big Tummy race

In this Bible story the two pregnant women meet each other. Split the children into two groups and do a relay race with them. Create a fun course for them to run. Give each group a blown up balloon. When the race starts, the first child puts the balloon beneath his or her shirt and runs the course with the balloon. After finishing the course the balloon is passed to the next child.      (10 min)

2. Mary meets Elisabeth - Big Tummy visiting

Is there someone pregnant in the church or someone else that you know who is pregnant?  It might be fun to invite her to the children’s program, Sunday school lesson or kids ministry.

She could then share what it feels like to be pregnant. Has she ever felt her baby kicking? Or even leaping, like Elisabeth? Perhaps she will allow some children to feel her tummy and see if the baby is moving.

What do you think this would have been like for Mary and Elisabeth?    (10 - 15 min)

3. Mary meets Elisabeth - What has been forgotten?

This fun game will help you think about the meaning of Mary's song. The coming of Jesus had a huge impact on Mary. It meant that God had not forgotten His people. The God of all the old stories in the Bible still loves His people He has not forgotten them.  And He never will!

"He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful o Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.” (Luke 1:54-55 )

Put fifteen different objects on a table. Get the children to stand around the table and name all fifteen objects. Ask one of the children to go out of the room and remove one of the objects. Can the child see which of the objects has disappeared?     (10 min)

4. Mary meets Elisabeth - Let’s create a chain reaction

When you read the story of Mary meeting her aunt Elizabeth, you can see that a chain reaction is taking place. The baby in Elisabeth’s tummy leaps with joy. Elisabeth rejoices and proclaims that Mary is blessed. Mary joins in and starts singing about God’s goodness.

Why not create a giant chain reaction with the children? You can use all kind of items, like marbles, bottles, dominoes, tubes, etc.

It's probably a good idea to have prepared a small section to start with, to help the children get the idea. It would be fun to end with a grand finale which will make the children cheer. Just like Mary who couldn’t stop cheering and celebrating, because she was so happy with what God was doing.

On YouTube you can find lots of examples of chain reactions.


5. Mary meets Elisabeth - What is bubbling in your heart?

Create a homemade bubble blower (see the vdeo). Add a few drops of food colouring liquid into each bottle. Make sure each bottle has a different colour. Give the children a empty piece of paper in the shape of a heart. Let them write on the heart things that they are grateful for and things they want to thank God for. Let them blow bubbles against the paper. When the bubbles burst, a colourful patters remains on the paper.

What do you need?

- bottles of bubble blower (or you can create your own!)
- liquid food colouring
- paper hearts and pens

 

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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507. Ten amazing object lessons using hydrogel beads and a hot pan


What happens if you place hydrogel beads into a hot frying pan?

They start to bounce and make lots of noise! It is called the Leidenfrost effect.

hydrogel balls in hot frying pan

Even if you’ve never heard of the effect, you've probably at least seen it in your kitchen. It occurs when a droplet of liquid, say water, comes in contact with a hot surface, say a frying pan, raised to a certain temperature, and the droplet creates some vapor between it and the pan. As a result, the droplet doesn't actually touch the surface. Instead, it's levitated, skittering around the pan on its vapor cushion rather than evaporating quickly as expected.  (source: insidescience.org)

Watch this YouTube video to see this amazing effect.



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

506. Discover four new creative Bible study tools for your kids or youth work


Stop telling Bible stories -  let them learn from the Bible themselves.

It is so easy to keep telling Bible stories, but there comes a point at which it is more important that children can  learn from the Bible themselves. Telling Bible stories is good. Teaching children to learn from the Bible themselves is better.

To help you  do this we have developed four different creative Bible study tools of which we will give you a short summary. By clicking on the link beneath each idea, you come to the real idea on the site, where you can download some of the material.

Bible study tools for kids girl reading bible

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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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504. Five powerful benefits of using Bible games in your children’s ministry


Are Bible games just an element of ‘clean’ (or sometimes messy) fun within your Sunday school lesson of kids ministry?

Yes and no! Discover five powerful benefits of using Bible games in your children’s ministry:

Benefit 1: Bible games create an element of fun in our children’s work.

The element of fun is very important. Helping children to learn and apply Biblical truth in their lives is a serious undertaking, but that doesn’t mean that it is not allowed to be fun as well. Wouldn’t it be great if kids really looking forward to coming to the Sunday school lesson or children’s ministry?

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Benefit 2: Bible games make our children’s work also boys friendly

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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)

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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
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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

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 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
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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

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 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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497. The power of words


It is a beautiful day and I can't see it!

Change your words - change your world

If you are looking at the story of Bartimaeus, you can show children aged from 8 years old this film. 

The film is a good starting point for a conversation! It will challenge children to think about what they can do if they see people living on the streets, or begging, whether it be in their home town, or when they are on holiday. Friendly,words may mean a lot more than just giving money.

Luke 18:35-43, Mark 10:46-52, Matthew 20:29-34



 

Scripture reference: Luke 18:35-43, Mark 10:46-52, Matthew 20:29-34
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496. Even people who are touched by Peter’s shadow are being healed - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel balls about how Peter and the apostles were so on fire for God that God did many miracles

In Acts 5: 12 - 17 we read: “The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade. No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by impure spirits, and all of them were healed.”



In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot frying pan to demonstrate the enormous power of the Spirit working through the apostles in the early days of the church.

Themes:

Peter’s shadow, signs and wonders, early church, power of the Spirit, healing, deliverance

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Scripture reference: Acts 5: 12 - 17
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495. Being filled with the Holy Spirit - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads about how we as Christians can be on fire for God by being filled by the Holy Spirit. 

In Ephesians 5:18 Paul writes: “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.” 



In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot frying pan to demonstrate to children that we as Christians can be on fire for God by asking Him to fill us with His Spirit.

Themes:

The coming of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost, being filled with the Spirit, the power of the Spirit

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Scripture reference: Ephesians 5:18
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494. Waiting for the Holy Spirit at Pentecost - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads about the disciples waiting in the Upper Room for the Holy Spirit to come at Pentecost

In Acts 2: 1 - 4 we read: “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” 



In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot frying pan to demonstrate to children what happened at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came upon them.

Themes:

The coming of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost, being filled with the Spirit, the power of the Spirit

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Scripture reference: Acts 2: 1 - 4
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493. The important task of the Ten Commandments / the Law - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads on the Ten Commandments / the Law in the life of the people of Israel.

In Exodus 20: 1- 17 God gives His people Ten Words / Ten Commandments to follow:

- You shall have no other gods before Me.
- You shall not make idols.
- You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
- Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
- Honor your father and your mother.
- You shall not murder.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- You shall not covet.



In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot and cold frying pan to demonstrate the importance of following the Ten Commandments.

Themes:

The Ten Commandments, the Law, living according to God’s will, the golden calves

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Scripture reference: Exodus 20: 1- 17
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492. The good and bad kings of Judah - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads on the important role that kings played in the life of Judah.

After the rule of king David and king Solomon the nation of Israel splits into two separate nations: Judah (the two tribes) and Israel (the ten tribes). During a period of 219 years the kingdom of Israel had 19 different kings and they were all bad kings . None of them led the people back to the Lord. Instead they encouraged the people to worship at the shrines in Bethel and Dan. Or, like king Ahab, they even encouraged the people to worship idols, like Baal.

In this object lesson we look at the 20 kings of the kingdom of Judah. Some of them were good and led the people back to God. Others were bad and led them astray from God.

Here is a list of the twenty kings:

  1. Rehoboam - Bad king 
  2. Ahijah - Bad king
  3. Asa - Good king                                
  4. Jehoshaphat - Good king                                
  5. Jehoram - Bad king                         
  6. Ahaziah - Bad king                             
  7. Athaliah - Bad king  
  8. Joash - Good king
  9. Amaziah - Good king   
  10. Uzziah (Azariah) - Good king 
  11. Jotham - Good king
  12. Ahaz - Bad king
  13. Hezekiah - Good king
  14. Manasseh - Bad king, but repented
  15. Amon - Bad king
  16. Josiah - Good king
  17. Jehoahaz - Bad king   
  18. Jehoiakim - Bad king
  19. Jehoiachin - Bad king
  20. Zedekiah - Bad king



In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot and cold frying pan to demonstrate the importance of the kings in the life of the kingdom of Judah and to think with the children about the questions:

- Which of the kings had you already heard of?
- What is the difference between a good king and a bad king?
- Why is it so important if a king is good or bad?
- Who do you listen to? Who are your leaders?
- Do your leader bring you closer to God?
- How can we become good leaders ourselves?

This object lesson will really help you to look at the role of the kings of Judah within your Sunday school lesson or kids ministry.

Themes:

kings of Judah, good and bad kings, leadership, rebellion towards God, repentance, becoming a good leader

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491. The time of the Judges - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads, on the important task of the Judges in the days that there was no king in Israel and everyone did what was right in their own eyes. 

About 3000 years ago, the land of Israel was ruled by a series of judges, rather than kings.

There were 15 people who served as judges:

1. Othniel
2. Ehud
3. Shamgar
4. Deborah
5. Gideon
6. Abimelech
7. Tola
8. Jair
9. Jephthah
10. Ibzan
11. Elon|
12. Abdon
13. Samson
14. Eli
15. Samuel

In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. (Judges 21:25)

Whenever the Jews abandon God, the repercussions are immediate:

‘And they forsook the God of their fathers and they went after other gods. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel and He delivered them into the hands of spoilers and he gave them over to the hands of their enemies.’ (Judges 2:8-14)

This is one of the most important and oft repeated patterns in Jewish history. When the Jews betray their covenant with God, bad things happen—for example, an enemy comes and attacks. We see this in the time of the Judges which extends from 1244 BCE to 879 BCE.

‘And the Lord raised up judges and they saved them [the Israelites] from the hands of those who had spoiled them.’ (Judges 2:16)

Who were the Judges?

The Judges were the Jewish leaders who arose at this time, unified the people, got them to repent, dealt with the spiritual problems of the nation, and also dealt with the physical threat. They were sometimes military leaders who knew how to mobilize the nation for war against an enemy, but their real power lay in their Torah knowledge and ability to adjudicate Jewish law.

During this period there were seventeen different judges. Some led the Jewish people for decades while others were only in power for a few years. The Book of Judges goes into great detail about some of the Judges (Ehud, Deborah and Samuel) while others get only the briefest mention (Ibzan, Elon, Avdon). While all were great leaders, some were greater than others.

(http://www.simpletoremember.com/articles/a/the_time_of_the_judges/)



In this object lesson we are going to use hydrogel beads and a hot frying pan to demonstrate the importance of the Judges in the Bible and to think with the children about the questions:

- Which of the Judges had you already heard of?
- Why did the Israelites turn away from God time after time?
- Every time the Israelites got into problems, they cried out to God and he would send them a new leader. Why does God help the Israelites again and again?
- How long did the Israelites have to wait for a new leader? A few minutes, a few weeks, a few months, some years, maybe longer?
- How long do we sometimes have to wait for God to answer our prayers?

This object lesson will really help you to look at the role of the Judges within your Sunday school lesson or kids ministry.

Themes:

Judges, rebellion, doing what is right in your own eyes, turning back to God, repentance, role of the Judge, praying, being patient.

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Scripture reference: Judges 21:25
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490. The important task of a prophet - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads on the important task of prophets like Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and many others.

In the Bible we find a whole list of prophets:

Aaron (Exodus 7:2), Abraham (Genesis 20:7), Agabus (Acts 21:10), Agur (Book of Proverbs 30:1), Ahijah (1 Kings 11:29), Amos (Amos 7:14-15), Anna (Luke 2:36), Asaph (2 Chronicles 29:30), Azariah (2 Chronicles 15:8), Barnabas (Acts 13:1), Daniel (Matthew 24:15), David (Hebrews 11:32), Deborah (Judges 4:4), Elijah (1 Kings 18:36), Elisha (2 Kings 9:1), Enoch (Jude 1:14), Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1:3), Ezra (Book of Ezra), Gad (1 Samuel 22:5), Gideon (Judges 6 through 8), Habakkuk (Habakkuk 1:1), Haggai (Haggai 1:1), Hanani (2 Chronicles 16:7), Hosea (Book of Hosea 1:1), Huldah (2 Kings 22:14), Iddo (2 Chronicles 13:22), Isaiah (2 Kings 19:2), Jacob (Genesis 28:11-16), Jehu (1 Kings 16:7), Jeremiah (Jeremiah 20:2), Joel (Acts 2:16), John the Baptist (Luke 7:28), John of Patmos (Revelation 1:1), Jonah (2 Kings 14:25), Joshua (Joshua 1:1), Judas Barsabbas (Acts 3:15), Lucius of Cyrene (Acts 13:1), Malachi (Malachi 1:1), Manahen (Acts 13:1), Micah (Micah 1:1), Micaiah (1 Kings 22:9), Miriam (Exodus 15:20), Moses (Deuteronomy 34:10), Nahum (Nahum 1:1), Nathan (2 Samuel 7:2), Noah (Genesis 7:1), Obadiah (Obadiah 1:1), Oded (2 Chronicles 28:9), Philip the Evangelist (Acts 8:26), Paul the Apostle (Acts of the Apostles 9:20), Samuel (1 Samuel 3:20), Shemaiah (1 Kings 12:22), Silas (Acts 15:32), Simeon Niger (Acts 13:1), Urijah (Jeremiah 26:20), Zechariah (Zechariah 1:1), Zechariah (2 Chronicles 24:20), Zephaniah (Zephaniah 1:1)

But what does a prophet do? What is one of the most important tasks of a prophet?

It is to bring God’s people back to God! In the Bible we see that time and time again God’s people wander away from him. They start worshipping other gods and commit awful sins. They backslide and then... God sends a prophet to relight the fire and their devotion to God. 

 

In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot frying pan to demonstrate the importance of the prophets in the Bible and to think with the children about the following questions:

- Do you think that being a prophet was a fun job?
- Why did the Israelites turn away from God time after time?
- How do you respond when someone tells you that you are doing something wrong?
- How does it make you feel?
- How did people react to what the prophets said?

This object lesson will really help you to look at the role of the prophet within your Sunday school lesson or kids ministry.

Themes:

Prophets, idols, turning back to God, repentance, role of the prophet

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489. David and Jonathan say goodbye to each other - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads, about two good friends meeting for the last time.

In 1 Samuel 20 David and Jonathan have to say goodbye for the last time. They have been best friends for years, but king Saul (Jonathan’s father) wants to kill David.

“In the morning Jonathan went out to the field for his meeting with David. He had a small boy with him, 36 and he said to the boy, “Run and find the arrows I shoot.” As the boy ran, he shot an arrow beyond him. 37 When the boy came to the place where Jonathan’s arrow had fallen, Jonathan called out after him, “Isn’t the arrow beyond you?” 38 Then he shouted, “Hurry! Go quickly! Don’t stop!” The boy picked up the arrow and returned to his master. 39 (The boy knew nothing about all this; only Jonathan and David knew.) 40 Then Jonathan gave his weapons to the boy and said, “Go, carry them back to town.”

41 After the boy had gone, David got up from the south side of the stone and bowed down before Jonathan three times, with his face to the ground. Then they kissed each other and wept together—but David wept the most.” - 1 Samuel 20: 35-41

 

In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot frying pan to demonstrate the story and to think with the children about the following questions:

- Have you ever had to say goodbye to a really good friend? How did that feel?
- David and Jonathan had to say goodbye because David was afraid of king Saul. Why did king Saul want to kill David?
- What did they promise one another?
- Do you think David kept his promise? (Yes - see the story of Mephibosheth in 2 Samuel 9)

This object lesson will really help you address this Bible story about friendship within your Sunday school lesson or kids ministry..

Themes:

David and Jonathan, being friends, friendship, saying goodbye, being afraid, making promises, keeping promises.

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Scripture reference: 1 Samuel 20: 35-41
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488. Paul confronts Peter about being a hypocrite - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads on the division between Paul and Peter in Galatians 2: 11 - 19

In Galatians 2: 11 -19 we read about an argument between Paul and Peter. Normally when Peter was in Antioch he used to eat together with the non-Jewish Christian. But when some important Jewish Christians arrive from Jerusalem he stops eating with them. He’s afraid of their reaction. It’s interesting to see that Peter seems to fall into the same mistake he made when he disowned Jesus. Out of fear for other people he suddenly behaves as if he doesn’t know those Gentile / non-Jewish Christians. Paul thinks he is a hypocrite and tells Peter off. 


In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot frying pan to demonstrate this story and to think with the children about the following questions:

- What is being hypocritical?
- Do you think Peter is being hypocritical by not eating with the non-Jewish Christians?
- Do you know another Bible story where Peter is afraid and acts if he doesn’t know someone?
- Why would Peter do this?
- Have you ever been hypocritical?
- Have you ever been afraid of a group that made you behave differently?
- Do you think Paul was right or wrong to tell Peter off?
- How do think Peter responded when Paul told him off?
- How do you respond when someone tells you off?

This object lesson will really help you address this fascinating Bible story within your Sunday school lesson or kids ministry..

Themes:

Paul and Peter, Paul confronts Peter, do Gentile Christians belong to the church, being a hypocrite, Peter is afraid, Peter disowns, telling someone off,

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Scripture reference: Galatians 2: 11 -19
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487. The conflict between Paul and Barnabas - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads on the division between Paul and Barnabas

In Acts 15: 36 - 41 we read about an argument between Paul and Barnabas. Two good friends and fellow missionaries who can’t agree on what to do with John Mark. Eventually they decide to separate and go their own ways. We don’t know if they ever saw each other again...


In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot pan to demonstrate this story, and to think with the children about the following questions

- Have you ever had a real argument with your best friend?
- Whose side are you on? Paul’s or Barnabas’?
- How do you think Paul and Barnabas should have resolved this argument?
- How do you resolve an argument with your friends?
- Do you think anything good came out of this argument?

This object lesson will really help you address this not so happy Bible story within your Sunday school lesson or kids ministry.

Themes:

Paul and Barnabas, arguments, second chance, John Mark, making peace

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Scripture reference: Acts 15: 36 - 41
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