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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251. Zacchaeus finds real treasure - the Dice Box


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Themes:

Zacchaeus, losing your treasure, finding real treasure

Setting:

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

Scripture reference:

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

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

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250. Picture Cards - helping children to worship God in a new way


Worshipping God with children and teenagers

What is worship?  Very often when we take a hard look at our children's ministry we have to come to the conclusion that  the only way that we teach children to worship God is through singing. 'Worship equals singing' and 'singing equals worship'.

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But what do you do when you have some children in your Sunday school, kids ministry, kids club, etc who don't like singing? Who even refuse to sing? Who will boycot any attempt to singing by making jokes, funny movements or funny sounds?

Yes, this has all happened to me in the past! Can I help these children or teenagers to worship even though they won't sing?

I think we can...

Setting:

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

Scripture reference:

Isaiah 25:1, Exodus 23:25, Psalm 150:6, Acts 16:25, John 4:24, Psalm 103:1,1 Chronicles, 16:34, Psalm 63:1, Psalm 71:8, Habakkuk 3:17-18, 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, Psalm 68:4-5, 2 Samuel 7:22, Romans 11:36, 1 Chronicles 29:11, Romans 14:11, Psalm 42:11, Psalm 105:1, Psalm 143:6, 1 Samuel 2:2, Psalm 66:17, Psalm 16:2, James 3:10, Daniel 4:37, Psalm 95:6, Ephesians 3:20-21, Revelation 5:13, Psalm 116:1-2, Psalm 19:1, Psalm 108:3, Psalm 28:7, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Psalm 31:3, Psalm 145, Matthew 5:15-16, Psalm 13:5-6, Psalm 119:7, Psalm 63:3-4, Psalm 24:10, Philippians 4:20, Psalm 71:23, Acts 2:21, Psalm 42:8, Isaiah 12:4, Psalm 73:25, Psalm 115:1, 2 Peter 3:18, Psalm 34:1, Daniel 2:23, Romans 15:7, Matthew 21:9, Luke 2:20, Romans 10:13, Psalm 108:5, Psalm 68:19, Psalm 145:1, Job 1:20-21, Colossians 3:16, Acts 13:2, 1 Timothy 2:9-10, Psalm 9:1, Psalm 79:9, 2 Timothy 4:18, Luke 2:14,

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249. The Junk Drawer - helping children to worship God in a new way


Worshipping God is more than singing songs

What a strange combination in this title! Is it really possible to combine the word 'junk' with worshipping God? In this specific case I think you can!

What is worship?  Very often when we take a hard look at our children's ministry we have to come to the conclusion that  the only way that we teach children to worship God is through singing. 'Worship equals singing' and 'singing equals worship'

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But what do you do when you have some boys (or even girls) in your Sunday school, kids ministry, kids club, etc who don't like singing? Who even refuse to sing? Who will boycot any attempt to singing by making jokes, funny movements or funny sounds?

Yes, this has all happened to me in the past! Can we help these children or teenagers to worship even though they won't sing?

I think we can...

Setting:

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

Scripture reference:

Isaiah 25:1, Exodus 23:25, Psalm 150:6, Acts 16:25, John 4:24, Psalm 103:1,1 Chronicles, 16:34, Psalm 63:1, Psalm 71:8, Habakkuk 3:17-18, 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, Psalm 68:4-5, 2 Samuel 7:22, Romans 11:36, 1 Chronicles 29:11, Romans 14:11, Psalm 42:11, Psalm 105:1, Psalm 143:6, 1 Samuel 2:2, Psalm 66:17, Psalm 16:2, James 3:10, Daniel 4:37, Psalm 95:6, Ephesians 3:20-21, Revelation 5:13, Psalm 116:1-2, Psalm 19:1, Psalm 108:3, Psalm 28:7, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Psalm 31:3, Psalm 145, Matthew 5:15-16, Psalm 13:5-6, Psalm 119:7, Psalm 63:3-4, Psalm 24:10, Philippians 4:20, Psalm 71:23, Acts 2:21, Psalm 42:8, Isaiah 12:4, Psalm 73:25, Psalm 115:1, 2 Peter 3:18, Psalm 34:1, Daniel 2:23, Romans 15:7, Matthew 21:9, Luke 2:20, Romans 10:13, Psalm 108:5, Psalm 68:19, Psalm 145:1, Job 1:20-21, Colossians 3:16, Acts 13:2, 1 Timothy 2:9-10, Psalm 9:1, Psalm 79:9, 2 Timothy 4:18, Luke 2:14,

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


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

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

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

Themes:

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

Setting:

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

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


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

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

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

Themes:

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

 

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

246. The Picture Cards - helping children to pray in a new way


Teaching others to pray with photo cards

On the internet you can buy different sets of coaching picture cards / photo cards. We bought ours here in the Netherlands, but you can buy all kind of different sets, for example here and here. The beauty of these cards is that people make different associations with the images on the cards. In our opinion they can be a effective way of enabling children, teenagers and adults to talk easily about important key elements in Bible stories.  

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245. The Junk Drawer - helping children to pray to God in a new way


Creative ways of prayer within a children's ministry

Everyone has a junk drawer in their house. Some people even have a room or a house full of junk. But we all have at least a box or a drawer full of stuff that we don’t use any more, but also don’t want to throw away yet. It is a twilight zone full of things that are between being wanted and unwanted. When you use the ‘junk drawer’ method you take all the content of your junk drawer with you and place it on a table.

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


Teaching children and teenagers to study God's Word

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

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

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

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

The ‘Bible Passage Cards’ method

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

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

Setting:

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

Scripture reference:

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

The ten questions on the cards are:

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242. Scarlett - it is all about hope


Watch a short video about the Biblical theme of hope

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

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

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

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

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

241. Sweet Cocoon - Can we love in vain?


Video story about two bugs being a good samaritan

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

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

Sweet Cocoon raises an important question: 

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

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

What does this promise mean?

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Can you ever love in vain?

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

Themes:

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

Setting:

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

Scripture reference:

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

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240. Oktapodi - love conquers all


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

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

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

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Have you heard of the Good Otcopus?

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

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

Themes:

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

Setting:

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

Scripture reference

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

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


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

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

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

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Jesus weeping over Jerusalem

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

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

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

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

Themes:

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

Setting:

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

Scripture reference:

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

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


Teaching children and teenagers about not wearing masks in church

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Setting:

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

Scripture reference:

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

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


Talking with children and teenagers about popularity

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

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

headless cartoon silks

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

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

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

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

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

Setting:

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

Scripture reference:

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

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


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

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

headless cartoon silks

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

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

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

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

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

Setting:

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

Demonstration video:

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

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235. The story of Zacchaeus - the Headless Cartoon silks


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

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

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

headless cartoon silks

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

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

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

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

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

Setting:

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

Demonstration video:

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

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


Teaching children and teenagers that they are important to God

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

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

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

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

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

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

Setting:

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

Scripture reference:

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

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Below you can a video in which we demonstrate how you can use the Headless Cartoon silks combined with the theme of ‘Who is important in God’s eyes?’

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233. Lightheaded


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

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

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The Parables of the Treasure and Pearl

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

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

Being the body of Christ

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

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

Setting:

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

Scripture reference:

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

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


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

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

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

When I was watching this Coca Cola commercial, I was reminded of the parable of the Good Samaritan. The priest and the Levite thought that serving God in the temple was more important than helping someone on the side of the road, who could have been dead. He was dead, they would have been unclean and wouldn't be allowed to serve God in the temple They were not ready to cross their boundaries to help someone else.
 
In idea 217 we show you how you can use this video as: 

- a short introduction to a Bible story, a Sunday school lesson, a RE lesson
- a longer reflection on certain Bible stories and /or Biblical themes

Several Biblical themes in this commercial:

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

Setting:

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

Scripture reference:

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

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231. Lights of the World


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

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

All these themes are raised in this delightful video.

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

Themes:

Light of the world, praying, following Jesus

Setting:

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

Scripture reference:

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

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230. The Clocktower - Queen Esther


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

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

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Themes:

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

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

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Scripture reference: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 1 Corinthians 16:14, Mark 12:29-31, Matthew 22:36-40, 1 John 4:8, John 13:34-35, Colossians 3:14, John 15:13, 1 John 4:19, John 3:16, John 14:15 1 John 4:7, 1 Peter 4:8, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, 1 John 4:18, 1 Corinthians 13:13, Luke 6:35, Matthew 5:44-48, Ephesians 5:25, Proverbs 10:12, Galatians 5:22, Ephesians 4:2, 1 John 3:18, Romans 12:9, Romans 13:10, Romans 12:10, Mark 12:31, Matthew 22:37, John 15:13, Romans 5:8 , 1 John 3:16, Ephesians 5:2, Esther, Romans 8:32, Phillipians 2: 6 - 8, John 15:13
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, children's work, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers, preaching illustration

229. Who is God for you?


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

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

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

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Themes:

Creative prayer, Christmas, who is God?

Age:

8 – 88 years

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

228. Forgiveness – the rubbish fight


Play a fun game about rubbish, tidying up and maybe even about forgiveness…

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Themes:

Tidying, forgiveness

To be used for:

A fun addition to your children’s work or youth work

Scripture reference:

Mark 11:25, Ephesians 4:32, Matthew 6:15, 1 John 1:9, Matthew 18:21-22, Matthew 6:14-15, James 5:16, Luke 6:27, Luke 6:37, Colossians 3:13, Psalm 103:10-14, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Proverbs 10:12, Romans 3:23, 1 John 1:9-10, Ecclesiastes 7:20, Luke 7:44-50, Proverbs 25:21, John 13:34, 1 John 1:8, Psalm 32:5

Age:

6 - 12 years.

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226. Jesus calms the storm - Cool Science


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

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

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

Themes:

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

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

223. Peace on Earth - praying for peace


A great way to pray for peace with children and adults

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Themes:

Christmas, creative prayer, peace

Used For:

Children’s moments during a service, creative prayer moment, prayer room, Christmas

Scripture reference:

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

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222. Christmas trees full of prayers


A great way to motivate children and adults to pray using a Christmas theme

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Themes:

Christmas, creative prayers, and Christmas trees

Used For :

Children’s moments during a service, creative moments for prayer, prayer room, Christmas

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

221. Heavenly appeals - which son obeyed the father?


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

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

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

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

“The first,” they answered.

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

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

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

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

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

Themes:

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

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

Download:

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

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

(Source: http://www.seeingmore.org/)

220. The Greatest in the Kingdom - Forever Young


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

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

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

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

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

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218. Chicken or Egg?


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

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

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

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

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

Themes within this video:

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

Bible verses that touch on this video:

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

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217. Looking at Biblical themes using short secular video stories


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

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

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The short version of this method:

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

Duration: 

5 - 10 minutes

Activity:

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


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

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

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Themes:

Thankfulness, creative worship, building an altar

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

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

206. Build your own prayer wall

Introduction:

Recently I visited a church where they had literally built their own prayer wall. It looked like a real wall, but it was made out of cardboard boxes and cleverly chosen wall paper with a stone print. Church members and visitors were encouraged to write their prayers on pieces of paper and put these through ready-made holes in the wall. Very impressive, but also very easy.

It's important to let people know what you do with their prayers. Do you read them and pray about them afterwards? Or do you see the prayers as being for God's eyes only, and you throw them away without reading them?

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A giant prayer wall in the church!

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Small holes through which you can place your prayer notes.

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As light as a feather and very easy to move.

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


Melting ice as a symbol of God's powerful love

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

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

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202. Mariza - the Stubborn Donkey


Balaam's donkey knows best

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

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


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

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

Themes:

The donkey of Balaam, blessing instead of a curse

Setting:

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

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201. Interactive Resurrection Story for teenagers and adults

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

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

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

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199. Where is Jesus now?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Probably one of the best object lessons of all time

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

It works very simply.

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

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

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

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Scripture reference: God’s love - Romans 8:37-39, John 3:16, Romans 5:8, Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 2:4-5, 1 John 4:9-11, Zephaniah 3:17, 1 John 4:7-8, 1 Peter 5:6-7, Psalm 86:15, 1 John 3:1, Deuteronomy 7:9, Proverbs 8:17, Jeremiah 29:11, John 13:34-35, Psalm 136:26, Romans 5:2-5, Colossians 2:6-7, Hebrews 12:28-29 Unity - Philippians 2:2, 1 Peter 3:8, 1 Corinthians 1:10, Colossians 3:14, 2 Corinthians 13:11, John 17:11-23, 1 Corinthians 12:12, Philippians 2:1-8, Acts 2:1-47, Galatians 3:28, Romans 8:1-39, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, John 17:21-26 Holy Spirit - John 14:26, Galatians 5:22-23, Romans 8:26, Acts 2:38, 1 Corinthians 6:19, John 14:15-17, Isaiah 11:2, John 16:12-15, Luke 11:13, 2 Corinthians 3:17, Acts 1:8, Romans 15:13, John 16:7-15, Ezekiel 36:26-27, 1 Corinthians 2:13, Ephesians 1:13, Acts 10:38, Romans 5:5, Romans 8:9, Acts 4:31, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, John 20:21-23, John 16:7-8, Acts 2:1-47, Luke 4:18, John 14:16-17, 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Belonging to God - Psalm 100:3, Isaiah 43:1, Romans 14:8, 1 John 5:1-21, 1 John 3:1-24 Body of Christ - 1 Corinthians 12:27, Romans 12:4-5, 1 Corinthians 12:12, Ephesians 4:4, Colossians 1:18, Ephesians 2:19-22, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Galatians 3:27, Colossians 2:19, Ephesians 4:15-16, 1 Corinthians 12:25-26, Ephesians 4:25, Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, Ephesians 4:11-13
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, Sunday school lesson, Children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, small churches, street evangelism, open air evangelism

187. Tell any Bible story - the Traffic Light silks

Introduction:
Did you know that you can tell any Bible story using the change bag combined with the traffic light silks? It is true!

You can tell any story in the Bible that contains a problem and in which God brings a solution. 

Bilble stories such as:
The Parting of the Red Sea  (Exodus 14:6, 21-31)
Healing the Bitter Waters of Marah  (Exodus 15:23-25)
The Manna from Heaven  (Exodus 16:14-35)
Water from the Rock at Rephidim  (Exodus 17:5-7)
Water from the Rock at Meribah  (Numbers 20:7-11)
Lifting up The Brazen Serpent  (Numbers 21:8, 9)
The Parting of the Jordan River  (Joshua 3:14-17)
The Fall of Jericho (Joshua 6:6-25)
The Sun and the Moon Standing Still  (Joshua 10:12-14)
Replenishing the Oil and Meal at Zarephath  (1 Kings 17:14-16)
Raising the Widow's Son at Zarephath  (1 Kings 17:17-24)
The Parting of the Jordan River  (2 Kings 2:7, 8, 14)
The Healing of the Waters of Jericho  (2 Kings 2:21, 22)
Water Is Supplied to the Armies in Moab  (2 Kings 3:16-20)
The Multiplication of the Widows Oil  (2 Kings 4:2-7)
The Raising of the Shunammite's Son  (2 Kings 4:32-37)
Curing the Deadly Pottage  (2 Kings 4:38-41)
The Feeding of the 100 with 20 Loaves  (2 Kings 4:42-44)
Naaman the Syrian General is Cured of Leprosy  (2 Kings 5:10-14)
The Iron Axe Did Float  (2 Kings 6:5-7)
Jonah is Released from the Great Fish  (Jonah 2:1-10)
Three Friends in the Fiery Furnace  (Daniel 3:19-27)
Daniel is Delivered from the Den of Lions  (Daniel 6:16-23)

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Change bag with traffic light silks
You can use the traffic light silks:
184.  To tell the story of the four friends and the paralysed man going through the roof
185.  To tell the story of Zacchaeus
186.  To answer the question: "Do I have any talent?" 
187.  To tell any Bible story...

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Underneath I will show you how you can use this trick to tell your audience any of these Bible stories

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186. Do I have any talents? - the Traffic Light silks

Introduction:
One of my Christian children's theatre shows is about discovering your talents. During this show I use the change bag combined with the traffic light silks to talk about self-esteem and about discovering and developing your talents.

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Themes:
Self-esteem, discovering and developing your talents.

Change bag with traffic light silks
You can use the traffic light silks:
184.  To tell the story of the four friends and the paralysed man going through the roof
185.  To tell the story of Zacchaeus
186.  To answer the question: "Do I have any talent?" 
187.  To tell any Bible story...

Watch the video:
Below I show you how you can use this trick to talk with children, teenagers and adults about talents.

I will also show you where you can buy a change bag and a set of the traffic light silks.

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185.The story of Zacchaeus - the Traffic Light silks

Introduction:
Do you know the effect of a change bag? It allowes you to do many magic tricks. But... combined with the traffic light silks you can use it to tell the story of the transformation of Zacchaeus.

"But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”  Luke 19: 8 - 10

I normally use this trick after I have told the story. It helps me to recap on the story and, without the children noticing, to acutally tell the story twice!

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Themes:
Forgiveness, repentance, transformation, salvation, the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost

Change bag with traffic light silks
You can use the traffic light silks:
184.  To tell the story of the four friends and the paralysed man going through the roof
185.  To tell the story of Zacchaeus
186.  To answer the question: "Do I have any talent?" 
187.  To tell any Bible story...

Watch the video:
Below I show you how you can use this trick to tell your audience this amazing story

I will also show you where you can buy a change bag and a set of the traffic light silks.

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184. Jesus forgives and heals a paralysed man - the Traffic Light silks

Introduction:
Do you know the effect of a change bag? It allowes you to do many magic tricks. But... combined with the traffic light silks you can use it to tell the Bible story of the four men bringing their paralysed friend to Jesus. 

"Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus." Luke 5: 18 - 19

I normally use this trick after I have told the story. It helpt me to recap on the story and, without the children noticing, to actually tell the story twice!

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Themes:
Forgiveness, perseverance, healing, Jesus demonstrating who he is

Change bag with traffic light silks
You can use the traffic light silks:
184.  To tell the story of the four friends lowering the paralysed man through the roof
185.  To tell the story of Zacchaeus
186.  To answer the question: "Do I have any talents?" 
187.  To tell any Bible story...

Watch the video:
Below I show you how you can use this trick to tell your audience this great story.

I will also show you where you can buy a change bag and a set of the traffic light silks.

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