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Our words can be words of life or words of destruction. This object Lesson for youth reminds us that the words we say have influence beyond just the moment. Also make a great Children's sermon.

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An Illustration of Prayer

The angel Gabriel was giving a newly arrived Christian a tour of heaven.  The two of them were walking side by side inside a large mailroom filled with other angels.

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A speaker raises a glass of water and asks the audience “How heavy do you think this glass of water is?”

His answer: “It depends on how long you hold it”

  • “If I hold it for a minute, it is Ok.”
  • “If I hold it for an hour,

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Description
You may want to use this lesson guide in a Children’s sermon or for a youth activity for St. Patrick’s day. The significance of St Patrick’s day is not in the traditions associated with it today, but in its remembrance of a forgiving teenager who was sold into slavery and escaped only to return to the country where he

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Use wheat kernels and a chessboard to teach the idea of a little faith growing into something very big.

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Central Teaching Truth
God is generous and treats us all alike

Bible Text
Story of the Workers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-15)

Resources
Obtain M&M (snack) rewards or other rewards like bookmarks etc. for everyone

What to do/ say

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Central Teaching Truth
When life is unfair, God will help us through.

Bible Text
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never die, and no one can steal them out of my hand (John 10:27-28).

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Description
Faith and trust are much the same thing in the Christian Experience. We trust in God and have faith that he will guide us and protect us in our walk with Him.

Materials
a blindfold

Preparation
Scatter chairs and obstacles around the room.

What to Do

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Description of the Children’s Sermon Idea
Jesus took a small boys lunch and fed a BIG crowd of 5000 people. Jesus can take whatever we give him, even if it is small, and make a BIG difference in the lives of others.

Scripture Text for the Children’s Sermon
Matthew 14:13-21; 26:26-30

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Children’s Sermon Description
A manger scene, also known as a nativity scene, serves as a creative object lesson in this Children’s Sermon which teaches children that Jesus is the most important element of Christmas.

christmas_nativity2.jpgMaterials:
Classic Manger Scene containing:

  • A manger
  • Shepherds
  • Animals
  • Mary
  • Joseph

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pumpkin_face_laughing_sm_nwm.gifOnce upon a time, there was a little orange pumpkin named Perky. One day he looked around in the pumpkin patch and saw that all his friends were orange. He thought he would like to be some other color. So he sat up proud and said, “I’m a pumpkin round and fat, (make a round shape with hands) and I

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  1. hand.jpgYour thumb is nearest to you. So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our loved ones is, as C.S. Lewis once said, a “sweet duty.”

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easter_plastic_egg_blue.jpgMaterials
Two plastic Easter eggs. Fill one with a few small things that make lots of noise – e.g. nuts, bolts, nails, washers, marbles. Rice or dried beans also work. Close and shake it to test sound. Remove or items to improve the sound. Don’t overfill the egg or the sound will be dull. Hide the noisy egg up your

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hot_cross_buns_2.jpgHot Cross Buns were traditionally served during the Lenten Season, especially on Good Friday. Their origins, however, like the Easter holiday, are a mix of pagan and Christian traditions.

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pretzels.jpgThere are many traditions and stories surrounding the food we know today as a “pretzel” and it is difficult to separate the facts from the legends. The exact origin of the pretzel is unknown and, like the doughy treat, its history takes many twists and turns.

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Materials
1. Eight (8) glasses of the same shape and size to be placed on a large table. Glass dinner glasses or wine glasses work best.
2. Source of water. (Can be a bucket or large jug)
3. Bowl with small peices of shredded paper
4. Pencil
5. towel
6. Permanent Marker or marker that can write on glass (for

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Materials
One or two items which are of value to your-personal “treasures”

Lesson
1. Bring out your “treasures” and explain, one by one, why each of them means so much to you.
2. Do any of the youth/children have anything special which they treasure? Ask, “What are some of your treasures?”
3. You might also ask youth/children the following question.

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high.jpgMaterials
1. Masking Tape
2. Tape Measure

Objective
Fairness is often a matter of perspective.

Preparation
1. Tape two 4-foot strips of masking tape on the floor, 12 to 15 feet apart.
2. Tape markings to the wall labeled with the height.

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Materials
You’ll need three or four blindfolds and several objects to set up a small obstacle course.

Preparation
Ask one or two adult assistants to help you set up the course. Alternatively, blindfold everyone and lead them about the church. As you begin your message, have your assistants set up an obstacle course in front of the area where the

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office_supplies.jpgMaterials
Tape, glue, stapler, and a bolt.

Activity
I would like for you to discover what this tape, glue, stapler, and bolt have in common. Think about it.
(Allow them to answer.)

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moon.jpgMaterials
An illustration or photo of the moon; an illustration or photo of a space rocket or the space shuttle

Activity
Q: “Do any of you know how far the moon is from the earth?”
A: 238,860 miles.. The moon looks close, but it is very far!

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Materials
A large sheet of paper with ‘GOD’S LOVE’ written in large letters on it, and a pair of scissors.

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Materials
A bag full of ‘ordinary’ things, chosen because they have nothing significant or special about them; the Bible verses related to salvation inside a brown envelope at the bottom of the bag.

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Materials
Modeling Clay.

Activity
Make several objects from modeling clay. You might choose to mold objects that were used in the trials and crucifixion of Christ:
– a basin (used by Pilate to wash his hands)
– a crown of thorns
– a robe
– a whip
– a pair of dice (used by the soldiers to cast lots)

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balloons.jpgMaterials
Use three balloons to understand the concept peace during times difficulty and persecution.

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Materials
A bag full of ‘ordinary’ things, chosen because they have nothing significant or special about them; AND Bible verses related to salvation inside a brown envelope at the bottom of the bag.

Activity
Tell the children you have brought along some things to show to them. Pick up your bag and bring out the items one by one, with

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Activity
You can play this game like “simon says.” but simply replace the name “Simon” with “Mother.”

“Mother Says” has a very simple rule. If a child is given a command and the teacher does not preface it with “Mother Says”, children must ignore it. If they mistakenly follow it they are eliminated from the game. Continue until only one

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Materials
Bring in a variety of objects and tools. You might use drawing materials (i.e. rulers, colored pencils, colored paper, scissors, glue, stickers, etc)

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“You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free” -John 8:32

Materials
Orgami Paper Bird and paper cage.

Discussion Starter
Would you like to be a bird? Why?

Activity
Place the bird in the cage. Ask, how do you think the bird feels now?

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Materials
Bring in a variety of unusual objects – strange looking can openers, the scoop that makes balls of fruit, a thread bobbin, money clip, a mouse-ball from a computer mouse, a spring from a ball point pen, a toothpick, dental floss, a zipper or button, a rivet, a staple remover, a sleeve for film negatives, a chuck key from

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Activity
If you can obtain a puppet or two, bring them to your class. Using paper lunch sacks, or socks, provide children with materials to make puppets of their own. Have children design and name their puppets. You might give them a couple of stories to act out with their puppets. Another options is to have the children each make

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materials
Egg (Hollowed out)

Carefully poke 2 holes in an egg, one at each end, and blow out the contents. After it has dried inside, take a lot of 1/4 inch wide slips of paper, write on them such phrases as ,”Jesus loves you,” “Jesus died for you,” ‘Jesus lives” and so on. Thread the slips of paper into the

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Note: This one is not an original, but I cannot find the source. If you know the source I would be happy to give credit.

Materials
a pencil and bandage

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The excitement and apprehension of the disciples on Easter day can be re-created among the children. One of the cardinal rules of most sanctuaries/churches is NO RUNNING. Imagine people running up to join the church or running up to take Communion! Begin the Easter story with Mary running to tell Simon Peter and the other disciple that the stone had

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thumbtack.jpgUsing a large bulletin board, place pins strategically to outline a cross. Wind a piece of string around the pins to create the form of the cross. Cut small pieces of black or brown construction paper. Explain to the children that Jesus died for our sins – things we do but know we shouldn’t do. Talk about the things we

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