You Can Hear Them Shouting – A Palm Sunday Story

You Can Hear Them Shouting. A Palm Sunday story by John W. Mann Once upon a time, a long time ago there was a girl whose name was Miriam.  Miriam was 10 years old and she lived with her mother and father and her three older brothers in a small village called...

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The Parable of the 2 Youth Workers

The Parable of the 2 Youth Workers In a land far, far away…in a land that time had forgot called Glasgow, there lived two youth workers. They couldn’t be any more different from one another and they had different levels of success. The first got his first job working...

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Children’s Talk: Jesus and Rules

Jesus knew that the old rules – that were made up to help people – weren’t working, and were actually hurting people. He tells the religious leaders that it’s time to remember why the rules were there in the first place.

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Lost Generation by Jonathan Reed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIEDuRcchjI&t=5s I really love this video and poem. It helps break down some of the negative perceptions that exist about young people and this generation. Lost Generation is a poem by Jonathan Reed. You can become a patron of Children...

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A Christmas Reflection

Hidden within the Christmas story is I believe, an example of how best to live our lives. It’s a story about caring for others, celebrating diversity, and understanding our shared humanity. The nativity account brings together a cast of characters from every part of...

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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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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 to 2015. The future he finds is one which...

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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 the work on the Tate website here What’s...

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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 famous Scottish painting ‘Windows in the West’ (see image...

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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 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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Youth Bible Study: The Greatest Commandment

Youth Bible Study: The Greatest Commandment (Mark 12: 28-44) Toy Story 3 Final Scene  Watch the end scene where Andy gives his toys away to Bonnie. He asks Bonnie to take good care of his old toys but struggles to let go of Woody. What has been the best gift someone...

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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 around 3.2million across the UK. Many have...

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Youth Bible Study – Suffering (Job 1:1-22)

Opening Activity We have all wondered why we endure suffering, but there are no easy answers. However, sometimes it is our questions that are more interesting than our answers. Have these riddles written on sheets of paper or card and try one at a time with your...

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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 a...

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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

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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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 at all; he was a well-spoken...

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The Parable of the Brothers Who Fell Out

The Parable of the Brothers Who Fell Out This is a story of two brothers who lived side by side in their own farms for many years, until one day, a foolish argument caused a rift between them. This was the first serious disagreement the brothers had in all of their 50...

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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 I was fascinated by a TV magician called The...

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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 'The Shoes" and found that it connected...

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Using simple magic tricks for children’s sermons

For a recent children's talk at church I used a magic colouring book to talk about how sometimes we compare ourselves unfavorably with others and how we have a blank canvas to choose the type of life we want for ourselves. The book is available to purchase at Amazon...

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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 the ones you're holding) with the challenge of seeing what they could...

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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 forest. He would climb up her trunk and swing from her branches and eat...

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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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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 just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed. Her...

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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 an article this week that listed some of the things parents...

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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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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 with his new toy. When he got bored he’d move on to the next present…play for...

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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 to smaller flat next month because dad didn’t have the money...

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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. Lyrics: someone-is-with-you-lyrics...

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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 have to keep their arms straight. Each day we...

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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. Our Father who art in heaven... God:...

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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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Story: The Taxi Driver and Old Lady

The story of the Taxi Driver and the Old Lady can be used in a number of different settings. I've used it within worship but I can see it working well as part of a school assembly. There was a time in my life twenty years ago when I was driving a cab for a living. It...

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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 plane (without the penny).  Talk about how...

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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 £20 note up.  Then ask, who still wants it? Still the hands will stay up in the...

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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, ¼ cup salt, a permanent marker, and a...

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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...

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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 balls balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They...

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Lost Coin Illustration and Lost Sheep Video

This is a short script based on the parable of the lost coin to help children consider what God is like. It could be used alongside the story of the lost sheep and I've included an animation retelling the parable. Before children arrive, place ninety-nine pennies in a...

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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 - they each hold on to the ring with one...

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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. I found it difficult to know where to begin and how to...

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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. Ask them to hold two bibles with...

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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 characteristics are often shaped by the...

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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 [video width="480" height="272" autoplay="true" preload="auto"...

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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 what they said: Why did God make mothers? 1. She's the...

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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 to get her things, but on the way home she remembered...

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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 filled it with people, people he loved, people like you and me,...

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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 to be good or not. Labels matter. Every...

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