Animation: Creation Story

Animation: Creation Story

http://www.childrenandyouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Creation-Story.mp4 A beautifully animated video from kids’ club showing the  creation story. It’s ideal for children’s groups or sunday...
Privilege Object Lesson

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 in rows and give each member of your group a scrap piece of paper and asked them to crumple it up. Use a bin/bucket as a target and move it to the front of the room. Say, “The game is simple — you all represent the country’s population. And everyone in the country has a chance to become successful and thrive.” (For anyone who is successful in landing their throw in the bin you could offer a prize.) “All you have to do is throw your scrunched-up paper into the bin while sitting in your seat.” The young people in the back rows will complain about how unfair the challenge is and how those in front of them have a much better chance. Allow everyone to take their shot – and allow young people to continue to complain. Conclude by saying, “The closer you were to the recycling bin, the better your odds. This is what privilege looks like. Did you notice how the only ones who complained about fairness were in the back of the room?” “By contrast, people in the front of the room were less likely to be aware of the privilege they were born into. All they can see is 10 feet between them and their goal.” “God wants us to be aware of our privilege; all the opportunities, talents and abilities we have. Not only...
Video: Jonah

Video: Jonah

http://www.childrenandyouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Backwoods_animation_-_Tru_Wonder_-_Jonah_and_Fish_.mp4 Source: Backwoods...
Worth Children’s Talk

Worth Children’s Talk

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 £20 note up.  Then ask, who still wants it? Still the hands will stay up in the air. What if I do this? Drop the bank note on the ground, and start to grind it into the floor with your shoe. Pick up the now crumpled and dirty £20 note. Now, who still wants it? No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it, because, it did not decrease in value. It was still worth 20 Pounds. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel that we are worthless. But, no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value, dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who love you and priceless to God. He cares for us and loves us very much. The worth of our lives comes not in what we do, but by who we are. You are special. Don’t ever forget...
Creation Video

Creation Video

The video below is the creation story scene from Aronofsky’s epic NOAH. It’s visually attractive and will capture the attention of the young people in your group.   http://www.childrenandyouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Noah-Movie-Creation-Clip.mp4...
Children’s Session: Matthew 11:28

Children’s Session: Matthew 11:28

Children’s Session Matthew 11:28 “Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Snakes and Ladders Play a game of snakes and Ladders with your group as a way of introducing that life has many ups and downs. Sometimes when we are the midst of difficulties we might ask where is God. Believing in God doesn’t guarantee that we will avoid hardship – but God is with us to help us keep moving forward. In what way might the game of snakes and ladders be like life? Exercise Relay game Divide your group into teams and see who can complete the exercise course the quickest. EG, 5 sit ups, 5 push ups, 10 star jumps, and lift some not too heavy weights 10 times ETC. Those not running can act as spotters and encourage the team players. Strength Test (You will need: four bags of plain flour, plus a few spares in case they burst; a large plastic mat; stopwatch.) Stand on the mat opposite a friend. Take two bags of flour each, one in each hand. Hold your arms out straight and hold for as long as possible. See who can hold out for the longest. Place the flour down when your arms are too tired. (Smaller bags of sugar could be used for younger children.) After trying to do it on their own offer them help. This should make it much easier to lift. How did you feel after these two challenges? What are some things that make you tired? What are some of the things that make you feel refreshed or...
Children’s Session (June 22nd): God Cares For Us

Children’s Session (June 22nd): God Cares For Us

Sunday 22nd June God cares for us “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-30 Game: The Price is Right Use this game to introduce the idea of worth. It can be played by everyone or by selecting a couple of volunteers to take part. Have an array of items that the children have to guess the price of (e.g. latest video game, tins of beans, iPad).  Whoever is closest to the retail price each time is the winner. You could have small prizes for those taking part. Worth Object Lesson This activity encourages participants to think about their own worth. 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 £20 note up.  Then ask, who still wants it? Still the hands will stay up in the air. What if I do this? Drop the bank note on the ground, and start to grind it into the floor with your shoe. Pick up the now crumpled and dirty £20 note. Now, who still wants it? No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it, because, it did not decrease in value. It was still worth 20 Pounds. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled and...
The Story of Joshua Bell

The Story of Joshua Bell

Washington D.C. Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approximately 2000 people went through the station, most of them to work. After 3 minutes a middle-aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule. After 4 minutes the violinist received his first dollar – a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk. After 6 minutes a young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again. After 10 minutes a three year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly. After 45 minutes the musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32. After 1 hour he finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition. No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces of ever written, with a violin worth 3.5 million...