Children’s Talk: Jesus Calms the Storm

Children’s Talk: Jesus Calms the Storm

Today we’re thinking about the story of Jesus calming the storm. It’d been a long day and Jesus and the disciples decided to sail over to the other side of the lake. During the trip Jesus fell asleep in the boat but a really bad storm picks up. As you can imagine...

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Primary School Transition Video Making Project

Primary School Transition Video Making Project

Primary School Transition Video Making Project This was a project I led recently with a group of Primary children ahead of their transition to high school. Pupils needing a little extra support ahead of the move were identified by staff at their primaries, and...

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Youth Bible Study – Matthew 18

Youth Bible Study – Matthew 18

Icebreaker Games Set up the following games as an 'us versus them' between the young people and the adults/leaders. Have some fun reminding the group how the adults are going to win!  Colour Challenge When the game starts, show each team the completed image for...

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Children’s Talk: Practising the Basics

Children’s Talk: Practising the Basics

I was reading this week about a minister in the States who was promoting an event at his church called ‘Big Surprise Sunday’. He kept the congregation in suspense for four weeks. One member of the church asked if they were having a guest speaker. Another asked if they...

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Teaching Leadership (School Session)

Teaching Leadership (School Session)

A classroom based session exploring the theme of leadership unpacking the Old Testament stories of David and Samuel, while touching on some modern day examples of young people making a difference around the world. Led this recently with 2 classes of 10-11 year olds. #Bible #OldTestament #Jesus #Leadership #Changemakers

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Another Stress Free Nativity Script

Another Stress Free Nativity Script

*Introit O Come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem; Come and behold him, born the king of angels; O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord. Opening Hymn – #164, Tell Out My...

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Children’s Talk: What’s in a label?!

Children’s Talk: What’s in a label?!

Children's Talk: What's in a label?! (Sunday 2nd September)Readings Song of Solomon 2: 8-13 Deuteronomy 4: 2-3, 6-9 James 1: 17-27 Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Children's Talk Before the service use a craft knife to delicately take off the labels from the tins and swap....

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How to play Hoop Hop Showdown

How to play Hoop Hop Showdown

A video of 4th graders playing a game called Hoop Hop Showdown has gone viral in recent days amassing over 8 million views. What a great twist on the game of rock, paper, scissors. I couldn't find the rules anywhere online so here they are. Set up a game board using...

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A Collection of Children’s Party Games

Traditional children's party games are a great way to get everyone in the party spirit. Musical bumps Get the children to dance to the music. When the music stops, all the children have to sit down as quickly as possible. The last one to sit is out. The last child...

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Children’s Session: Matters of the Heart

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 God to show them what He loves...

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Children’s Sermon: Walking on Eggs

Children’s Sermon: Walking on Eggs

Children's Talk: Walking on Eggs Readings 1 Kings 8: (1-6, 10-11), 22-30, 41-43 Psalm 84 Joshua 24: 1-2a, 14-18 Psalm 34: 15-22 Ephesians 6:10-20 John 6:56-69 Idea: The children's talk focuses in on the Ephesians reading about the armour of God but teases out themes...

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Children’s Session – Noah #SuperSunday

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 into the session. Before the Servic...

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Children’s Sermon: What’s on the inside

Children’s Sermon: What’s on the inside

Children's Talk (19th August 2018) What's on the inside Readings 1 Kings 2:10–12; 3:3-14 Psalm 111 Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-58 Thought God is not external to us but is ‘seen’ and ‘felt’ within us. Often the spiritual part of our lives is hard to identify and...

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Children’s Session: Peace

Children’s Session: Peace

Exploring Peace: Below are some ideas, activities and discussion starters to help children and young people explore the theme of peace. Inspirational Quotes Print off the inspirational quotes about peace and display around your meeting space....

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Children’s Sermon – Living in Harmony

Children’s Sermon – Living in Harmony

Children's Talk (12th August 2018) - Living in Harmony Readings 2 Samuel 18: 5-9, 15, 31-33 4 Psalm 130 Ephesians 4: 25- 5: 2 John 6: 35, 41-51 Thought Often conflict arises from creating labels of them and us - establish ways of determining who is in and who is out....

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The Cost of Children

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 a child from birth to 18 and came up with...

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Children’s Sermon: The Cake Mix

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 cake? What is your favourite kind of cake? I love cake and I...

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Children’s Session: Creation

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 of choice built into the session. ...

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Trinity Activities for Children

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 about God but equally it’s important to maintain the...

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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...

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Training: Recipe for Success

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 team....

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Activities for Summer

Activities for Summer

Below is a collection of summer crafts and activities suitable for children's clubs and Sunday Schools. Craft: CD Weaving What You Need: Old CDs, scrap yarn, scissors, and if you want to make the flexible needles, plastic lids, and a hole punch. To make the needles,...

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Children’s Session: Life in all its fullness

Children’s Session: Life in all its fullness

Children’s Session Living Life in All Its Fullness Introductory Activities Blank Faces - have the children draw different emotions on each of the blank faces. It may help having different emotions written down. Ask children which face shows how they feel this morning....

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Training: Looking to the Future

Training: Looking to the Future

Training: Looking to the Future This was a session I led recently with our Kirk Session and Board as part of a retreat we had. We also invited some of our young people to take part in the discussion as well. I hope you find it as useful as our leadership team did....

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The Parable of the Red Flower with Green Stem

The Parable of the Red Flower with Green Stem

The Parable of the Red Flower with Green Stem Once upon a time there was a little boy who studied at a big school. One morning the teacher said “Today we’re going to draw.” “Good” thought the little boy. He liked to draw lions, tigers, chickens, trains and boats. He...

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Children’s Session Don’t Be Afraid

Children’s Session Don’t Be Afraid

Children's Session - Don't be Afraid This is a session designed to encourage children and volunteers to talk about the things that they are worried by, stressed by or fearful of and give some practical ways to negotiate these. Introductory Activities Stress Balls All...

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Stress Toolkit for Children and Young People

Stress Toolkit for Children and Young People

Stress Toolkit for Children and Young People Stress is a natural part of every young person’s life. Stress is any change, internal or external, positive or negative, to which a young person must adapt; simply, stress is anything that causes physical and/or mental wear...

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Children’s Session – Who is Jesus?

Children’s Session – Who is Jesus?

Children's Session -  Who is this Jesus? This session helps young people think about the different metaphors that are often applied to Jesus. Introductory Activities Guess Who Game - Ask as many questions as it takes to guess the face Who am I Post-it Note Game Write...

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Children’s Session: Palm Sunday

Children’s Session: Palm Sunday

Children's Session - Palm Sunday You Can Hear Them Shouting: A Palm Sunday Story. Introductory Activities Famous Faces Quiz Can the children and young people guess which famous celebrities are in each mash-up. Quiz Powerpoint: Famous Faces Pin...

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Children’s Session – Working Together

Children’s Session – Working Together

Children's Session - Working Together Introductory Activities Jigsaw – work together to complete the picture. Jenga – rather than competing against one another, work together to create the tallest tower possible. Marshmallows/Spaghetti tower – work together to build a...

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Children’s Session: Making Good Choices

Children’s Session: Making Good Choices

Introductory Activities Magnetic Attraction ‘Explore together the objects that are attracted to a magnet and which ones are repelled. Explore what happens when two magnets are brought close to each other. Discuss together the sort of things we do that are attractive...

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Where is God Art Project

Where is God Art Project

Where is God Art Project Where's Wally? This is a good way to introduce the idea of searching. It's not always easy to see God but he is to be found very much in the midst of our lives. There are a number of books that can be purchased through an online...

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Where is God Powerpoint

Where is God Powerpoint

This is a simple PowerPoint slideshow adapted from a 13 year old girl's poem 'Where is God?' Where is God Poem PPT The full poem is below... Where is God? God’s in the snowflake that melted But not in the snowball you threw She’s in the midnight shadow that might Have...

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Listening Game

Listening Game

This is a really simple game that you've used in a number of different settings from children's talks, youth groups, and pupil support. The challenge is to pick up as many different everyday sounds they can from the audio track. It will test your groups listening...

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Remembrance Animation for Kids

Remembrance Animation for Kids

A beautifully hand-drawn BBC animation introducing the theme of remembrance to younger children. War is a tricky issue to cover for younger age groups and the video emotes the feelings of war rather than visually depicting it. [video...

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Stress Free Nativity Script

Stress Free Nativity Script

Every year around this time, congregations struggle to find a fresh way to retell the familiar story of the birth of Jesus. When I first started at St James' this task fell to the Sunday School team and from the beginning of December the volunteers would rehearse a...

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Children’s Session: Prayer

Children’s Session: Prayer

Children's Session Prayer Prayer Collage In the week before this activity collect a variety of local newspapers. Organize your class into twos and threes and give each group a different local newspaper. Have the groups look through the newspapers for stories of people...

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Children’s Session – Light of the World

Children’s Session – Light of the World

Children's Session: Light of the World Matthew 5:14 ‘You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.’ Indoor Fireworks Use some indoor fireworks to introduce the theme of light. Set up a table and use a non-flammable surface such as a...

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Children’s Session – Remembrance Day

Children’s Session – Remembrance Day

Children's Session Remembrance Day Worksheets Remembrance Day Wordsearch Remembrance Day Word Scramble Game: Poppy Relay You will need: large petal shapes from red paper/cardboard and a large centre from black paper, blu-tac. This is a game that can help introduce the...

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Children’s Session: Jesus heals a leper

Children’s Session: Jesus heals a leper

I wonder if you've ever felt left out?Matthew 8: Jesus Heals a Leper Jesus showed us who God is by touching the untouchable and loving those who were often feared and rejected. Group Mandala Have each child and volunteer draw around their hands on the circle of card...

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Cops and Robbers Photo Booth

Cops and Robbers Photo Booth

All this week we've been running a Cops and Robbers children's holiday club. We wanted to create a photo booth with different cops and robbers themed props.  We printed the images below off and used wooden skewers for handles. Click here for the photo booth...

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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...

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Fun Lego Games for Children

Fun Lego Games for Children

This is a collection of fun Lego games for children. Ideal for birthday parties and special events. Lego Sculptures Write simple sculpture ideas on index cards. Have everyone draw a card and give them 10-15 minutes to create their sculpture. Have a good supply of...

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Children’s Party Games

Children’s Party Games

This a collection of children's party games ideal for parties and special events. It includes some old favourites along with some with a new twist. The right/left game This is a twist on Pass the Parcel. Write a short story (perhaps based on the theme of your party)...

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World Cup and Street Children

World Cup and Street Children

“Sometimes it is hell on the streets but when I play football I feel as if I am in heaven” (Thamires, Brazil team 2010) With the World Cup taking place in Brazil this summer it is an excellent opportunity to use the competition to introduce the topic of street...

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Commonwealth Games Activities

Commonwealth Games Activities

Below are some Commonwealth Games activities that are suitable for children and could be used to connect with the Queen's Baton Relay as it makes its way to Glasgow. The Commonwealth Games run from the 23rd July - 3rd August. Commonwealth Baton: Design your own baton...

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What Children Want at Church

What Children Want at Church

A leader who knows their name.  Kids want to be known personally. If they get lost in the crowd, you'll lose them. It's vital you get them out of the row and into a small circle.  They want to have fun. They want to laugh ... play games ... be kids....

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Children’s Session: Showing Kindness

Children’s Session: Showing Kindness

Children's Session Showing Kindness “It’s best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won’t lose out on a thing.” Matthew 10:42 Team Game: Steal the...

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Children’s News Feed Wall

Children’s News Feed Wall

    Create a ‘News feed’ wall, encourage the children to write on strips of paper things that they've done, news they have etc and stick them onto the News Feed. For younger children you may want to use speech bubbles. It can also be used to help...

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Children’s Session: God Cares For Us

Children’s Session: 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...

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Children’s Session: Be the Hands and Feet

Children’s Session: Be the Hands and Feet

Children's Session Matthew 28:16-20 The Great Commission Game: Shark and Octopus Tag Choose 1-2 children to be "sharks" and have them stand in the middle of the playing area. Everyone else starts out as an "octopus". Have all the octopus line up across one of the...

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Children’s Session: Pentecost

Children’s Session: Pentecost

Children's Session Pentecost - Acts 2: 1-21 Introductory Activities Balloon Races This is a fun and quick game - basically you tape a balloon to a straw on a string and watch it fly! It can also be set up as a race between to balloons. Set up...

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Children’s Session – One in heart and mind

Children’s Session – One in heart and mind

Working together: One in heart and mind John 17: 1-11 This is a collection of games and activities looking at teamwork and the benefits of working together. It is based on the John 17:1-11 reading and would be ideal for church based children's groups. Game:...

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Edible Paint

Edible Paint

This is a really simple but effective craft idea that I can see children' absolutely loving. All you need for making edible paint is: Condensed Milk Food Colouring Toothpicks Paintbrushes Marshmallows Just pour the Condensed Milk into small containers (ice cube tray...

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Children’s Session – Noah

Children’s Session – Noah

A collection of resources for a children's session looking at the story of Noah. Includes video, worksheets, object lessons, and craft ideas. Worksheets Below is a collection of worksheets: Colouring Sheet: Ark In A Flood Colouring Sheet: Animals Entering Noahs Ark...

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Creative Drawing Idea

Creative Drawing Idea

Creative Drawing Idea This is a really simple way to freshen up children's drawings rather than giving them just a blank piece of paper. Gather together some toy catalogs, brochures or instruction booklets you don’t mine cutting up. Cut out some images that...

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Large Collection of Ice Breaker Activities

Large Collection of Ice Breaker Activities

Circulate The group forms two concentric circles with the same number of participants in each circle, the people in the inner circle facing outwards and the people in the outer circle facing inwards. The inner circle remains stationary and the outer circle moves one...

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Prodigal Son Story

Prodigal Son Story

Prodigal Son Story Once upon a time there were two brothers who lived on a farm They loved chasing chickens, riding horses, and pushing over the cows! But more than anything they loved playing with their dad They played hide and seek, leap frog and freeze tag! Now the...

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