Youth Bible Study – Future Church

Youth Bible Study – Future Church Gathering Activity  What might the future church look like? The film Back to the Future was a classic 80’s film. In the second instalment of the franchise Marty McFly travels forward from 1985... read more

Youth Bible Study – Hope

Youth Bible Study – Hope Gathering Activity Together with your group spend some time looking at George Frederic Watts’ painting ‘Hope’. Do not tell your group right away what the painting is titled. There is a good summary of... read more

Youth Bible Study – Views of God

Youth Bible Study – Views of God Using art as a way in this Youth Bible study explores how our own perspectives and view points inform our understanding of god. Preparation You will need a copy of Avril Paton’s... read more

Children’s Session: Matters of the Heart

Children’s Session: Matters of the Heart Before the Service Reflecting God’s Love Gather a collection of mirrors that the children can use to look at themselves with. The idea ois to encourage the children look at themselves and ask... read more

Children’s Session – Noah #SuperSunday

This is the second post in a series of children’s sessions journeying through the Bible called SuperSunday. It’s ideal for children’s clubs or Sunday School and it’s designed to be quite fast paced with an element of choice built... read more

Still Game: Community and Compassion

Assembly – Community and Compassion Like many people I was excited to hear that Still Game will be returning to our TV screens for another new series. The last series of the Craiglang Comedy drew record viewing figures of... read more

The Cost of Children

The Cost of Children I read an article this week showing the real cost of raising  children. What was interesting was that it also listed what you got for your money. The government recently calculated the cost of raising... read more

Children’s Sermon: The Cake Mix

Below is a short script I used for a recently children’s talk during the church service. How do we live life in all its fullness? What might guide us? Whose advice might we listen to? Does anyone here like... read more

Children’s Session: Creation

This is the first post in a series of children’s sessions journeying through the Bible that I have called SuperSunday. It’s ideal for children’s clubs or Sunday School and it’s designed to be quite fast paced with an element... read more

Nativity story as told by kids – Video

A creative video telling the nativity story from the fresh and unique perspective of children. Ideal for church groups or school chaplaincy. I really love this retelling of the nativity story – used  recently for our school Christmas assembly... read more

Modern Retelling: If Jesus was born today

Mary didn’t usually respond to Facebook contact from strangers, but she assumed Angel Gabriel was that Spanish guy she’d had a thing with in Magaluf last summer and accepted his friend request. As it turned out, Angel wasn’t Spanish... read more

Children’s Sermon: The Power of Believing

Children’s Talk: The Power of Believing This was the script I used for a recent children’s talk. I’ve been keen for quite a while to incorporate simple magic tricks. Feel free to use/adapt/make your own. When I was younger... read more

The Story of the Shoes

Sometimes the delivering the children blessing can be quite tricky. It can be a difficult task to pitch it at the youngsters while keeping the rest of the congregation engaged. I recently used this poem by Leanne Freiberg called... read more

More Than A Bar of Soap

This is a script for a children’s talk adapted from Rob Bell’s book Drop Like Stars. I gave each child a bar of soap at the beginning of the talk. Some artists were given bars of soap (just like... read more

Story: The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein Once there was a tree… and she loved a little boy. And everyday the boy would come and he would gather her leaves and make them into crowns and play king of the... read more

Trinity Activities for Children

Explaining the Trinity – how God can be both one and three – is difficult at the best of times never mind explaining it to children in our groups and churches. It’s good to teach children what Christians believe... read more

Story: Potato, Eggs and Coffee Beans

Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed... read more

Reflection: Fear

When was the last time you did something really scary? The kind of scary that knots your stomach and weakens your knees? The kind of scary that makes you feel like everything is out of control? I was reading... read more

Privilege Object Lesson

This is a simple, powerful exercise to teach your group about privilege and how God wants us to use our talents, gifts and energy to help those who don’t have the same opportunities as we do. Set up chairs... read more

Reflection: It’s not a box

A few weeks ago I was at my godson’s birthday party. He just turned 4! I watched him as he opened his all the presents.  He’d pick a gift – eagerly tear off all the paper and excitedly play... read more

Story: How much does a miracle cost?

Jenny was a precocious eight year old when she heard her mum and dad talking about her little brother, Andrew. All she knew was that he was very sick and they were completely out of money. They were moving... read more

Training: Recipe for Success

Children’s Work Training Session A recipe for success Learn a new song After our summer break we plan on introducing Fischy Music to our Sunday morning programme. We took the opportunity to learn one of the new songs as a... read more

Object Lesson Heavy Weights

Object Lesson: Heavy Weights Ask for some volunteers to help with a challenge – they need to be super strong! Challenge: How long can you hold two 2 liter bottles filled with water. While holding the bottles the volunteers... read more

The Lord’s Prayer Drama

The Lord’s Prayer Drama Characters  Person (seen)  God (unseen) Script Person: Our Father, who… God: Yes? Person: Don’t interrupt me! I’m praying. God: But you called me. Person: Called you? I didn’t call you. I was praying.... read more

Forgiveness Object Lesson

Forgiveness Object Lesson Make 2 paper airplanes that are exactly the same.  Ahead of time, tape a penny inside one of the airplanes.  Tell the children you are going to demonstrate how well the airplanes fly.  Fly the first... read more

Worth Children’s Sermon

Hold up a £20 note and ask the children who would like it? Hands will shoot up right away. Say: I am going to give this to one of you, but first, let me do this. Proceed to crumple the... read more

The Fair Eggs-periment

This is a simple object lesson that helps children and young people explore the concept of fairness. We all know that life isn’t always fair at times. Materials: Clear drinking glass filled with one cup of water, fresh egg,... read more

Water tricks

Looking for an object lesson or children’s talk that will capture your children’s imagination? These cool water tricks could be an ideal way of introducing Jesus’ miracles or helping young people consider the theme of making  the impossible possible. They could also... read more

The Story of the Teacher

A teacher stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, without saying anything he picked up a very large and empty jar and proceeded to fill it with some table tennis... read more

Working Together Children’s Illustration

Choose two volunteers who are about the same weight and similar strength. (For the purpose of explaining the illustarion, we’ll call them Jack and Gill.) Jack and Jill stand facing each other, with a rubber ring between them –... read more

Kid’s Sermon: Giant Jenga

Like many churches the congregation I work for follows the Lectionary each week. From time to time it can through up a difficult passage or two. The first Sunday that I was there I had a passage about divorce.... read more

Children’s Sermon: Stronger Together

This is a simple object lesson to teach children the importance and value of the community. We are stronger together and we can achieve more together than we can individually. Directions Begin by calling an older child to the front.... read more

Faces of Jesus

Reflection – Faces of Jesus I often wonder what Jesus actually looked like. Not surprisingly in the West we are used to seeing a Jesus that closely resembles the way we do. It’s not just his appearance but his personality and... read more

Video – 40 Days

A short video collating 40 different illustrations drawn following Jesus’ 40 Days in the Wilderness by illustrator Si Smith. Ideal for discussions on Lent and use in church groups or in schools for assemblies. http://childrenandyouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/40_medium.mp4 You can become a patron... read more

Video Story: Adam and Eve

A nicely animated retelling of the creation story and Adam and Eve for kids. Video is narrated by John Le Mesurier http://www.childrenandyouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/One_Upon_A_World_Final_Version_with_Audio-wmv.mp4 For another Creation Video click here. The video features the creation story scene from Aronofsky’s epic NOAH. It’s... read more

What Kids Said About Their Mums

This formed the basis of a children’s talk I led on Mother’s Day at church. Could be adapted for use in schools or for assemblies. Some primary aged children were asked some questions about their mums and this is... read more

The Old Lady and the WC

There was a little old Scottish lady who was looking for a place to live in Switzerland. She asked the local village headteacher to help her and together they found a place that suited her. She returned to Glasgow... read more

A Chocolate Nativity

This is a script for a Chocolate Nativity – to add a fun element to it you can hand out the bars of chocolate as you go along. A long time ago, God made the Galaxy – Beautiful,rich, wonderful And he... read more

Labels

Show a group of kids logos like these and they will instantly recognise the brands and the products or services they offer. By their image we instantly recognise the brand. Almost instantly we can tell whether something is going... read more