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Popcorn is a seed that is hard and tasteless, until placed in the fire. And then the white goodness on the inside comes out for us to not only smell the aroma, but also to taste. It's a powerful object lesson and metaphor for Christ working in us and drawing others to himself through as as Christians.

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We just celebrated Chinese New Year here in Asia, which gave me the idea of games using chopsticks. Chopsticks always come in pairs and work together to pick up items. It reminds me of the Helper, the Holy spirit, who always works along side us to accomplish God's purpose in our lives and the world.

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Foil reminds us that as Christians we are destined to be conformed to the image of Christ, reflecting Him in all that we do. It's not just being seen as Christlike, but God moulding us and shaping us into the image of His Perfect Son.

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This week's lesson is centered around bubble gum. When I think of bubble gum there are a couple of things that come to mind. First, when you unwrap it and first place it in your mouth, it's kind of hard and not very flexible. But when you chew on it a while it becomes not only flexible, but you can then fill it with air and expand it to make huge bubbles. Chewing the bubble gum for me is a lot like meditation on God's Word.

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There is going to be a tug-of-war in our spiritual life because God is always in the process of transforming us. Change causes tension and we are stretched. This week's lesson uses rubber bands for games and as an object lesson on the topic of being stretched by God.

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The new year is often represented by a new born baby because a baby represents a fresh beginning. Jesus described Salvation to Nicodemus in John 3 as being "born" again. Both physically and spiritually, we begin as babies. But we don't stay as babies - we must grow. The Bible tells us to "grow in grace in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ" (II Peter 3:18).

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A person's feet tell us two very important facts about someone: where one's standing and which way someone is going. A firm stand and a consistent walk are both traits we admire in others. During the New Year we often look back at the journey that has brought us to where we are now as well as make decisions about where we want to go in the upcoming year.

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It's not the bow that is important, but the gift it adorns. It is sad that so many people are enjoying all the wrappings of Christmas and the decorations, but they have forgotten about the gift - God with us - Emmanuel - the birth of Christ.

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The first Christmas ornaments were fruits and nuts that were placed on Christmas trees and later eaten from the branches as part of the Christmas feasting. Over time other ornaments were added that brightened up the tree and added additional meaning and significance such as a star or an angel.

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The candy cane can teach us a few things about the true meaning of Christmas and can be used in a lot of Christmas Party Games too.

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We are attracted by extravagantly wrapped gifts with red bows and colorful paper. But its not the wrapper we treasure but the gift. God sent his greatest gift - an innocent, defenceless, vulnerable baby, wrapped in cloths, not wrapping paper.

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After the first year of the Plymouth colony, only half of the 102 settlers were still alive. Times were hard. At a later harvest, after a particularly tough winter it was said that each person had only 5 kernels of corn to live on each day. Yet they still gave God thanks in spite of the difficult circumstances.

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The games in this lesson use feathers, not only because they are associated with Thanksgiving, but also because there are places in the Bible where God is compared to a protective bird who covers us with his wings.

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Use these games with gummy worms as an object lesson to talk about Jesus' call to his disciples to become fishers of men.

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In this youth Bible Study, Paper airplanes are used to remind us that we also do not have to be weighed down, but can fly to great heights in our relationship with God.

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It's not just Halloween that people wear masks. If we are honest with ourselves, most of us put on masks from time to time. We put on a mask any time we are not honest with others or don't want to reveal some aspect of who we are. Anytime we try to make ourselves come across as something we are not, we are putting on a mask.

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Candy corn is the top-selling Halloween candy and the most talked about candy during Halloween, but it is also talked about as the worst candy for you. Candy Corn isn't real corn. It is almost pure sugar - a sweet imitation of the real thing which isn't good for us in any way. So it's good, but it's bad. How do we decide what things are good for us in our Christian life? The most difficult decisions are often not between what is good and bad, but between what is permissible and what is beneficial to us.

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Pumpkins are closely associated with Halloween, Harvest, and Thanksgiving and are most likely native to the Americas. In this week's lesson you'll find a lot of game ideas using pumpkins, and also a reminder that God looks at the inside and not merely whats on the outside. He wants us to have a clean heart. Like a like shining from inside the pumpkin, he also wants us to shine out to the world.

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Even if you don't want to be involved with Halloween, you'll want to grab at least one of those plastic or paper Halloween skeletons for this object lesson and games.

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A Lump of clay is chosen with a purpose in mind. The potter envisions a vessel that will be useful to its final owner and a credit to the potter's craftsmanship and experience. The potter applies pressure to the clay in different ways shaping and forming it until the final product he imagined is realized. The Bible tells us Adam was made from clay. God describes his relationship to us as a Potter. We are the clay. Like clay we can be mouldable, or we can become hard. The choice is ours.

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Bananas are enjoyed all around the world. They are full of goodness, but they are easily bruised and can quickly turn to mush. Like many fruits, they can be extremely sweet and a delight. But they can also be easily bruised and turn rotten. They make a great object lessons on how we look at the outside to judge the inside and also on how we treat one another, how we express the fruits of the spirit to others, or we cause hurt to others.

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When you were younger did you have a teddy bear or another cherished possession? Did you hold it, talk to it, hug it close? Did it comfort you, give you courage? If you couldn't find it, did you turn everything upside down looking for it? Teddy Bears remind us of a childlike faith. They remind us of the sense of security and comfort we gained simply by their presence. God loves us more than any beloved Child's possession. And His constant companionship reminds us of the comfort, the security, and love that can only be found in Him.

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LEGOs are one of those toys that are universally loved around the world by all ages. They are simple building blocks in a variety of shapes and colors, but with a little creativity and imagination they can be put together in unlimited combinations to create masterpieces. They are a great metaphor for each of us in the body of Christ. And if we follow God's instruction we can be used to create and do incredible things.

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It's back to school time. Time to get all your school supplies and meet new friends. These games all have a ruler as the central prop and serve as a discussion start for measuring up to God's standards. I remember the days of using a ruler to create a growth chart on the door frame. But how do we measure our growth as Christians?

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Is the excitement of serving God a whole lot of Hoopla - unnecessary excitement and fuss? These games using Hula Hoops are sure to create excitement but can also be used to create discussion on living as a Christian youth within God's boundaries.

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Our spiritual walk is in many ways like a game of tag. There are three key components to any game of tag: 1) You chase or pursue 2) You flee or run away 3) People get tagged. Spiritually, because of our disobedience to God we are tagged as sinners. And like those in the game we are stuck in our current position and unable to break ourselves free. Only when Jesus frees us are we able to be truly free. Unfortunately, sin often touches our lives again and we find ourselves back in the same condition. Because of this the Bible gives us a number of things we should flee. But at the same time it gives us things we should chase after, things we must pursue. So are you ready for a game of tag?

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A common summer game is beach volley. But you don't have to be at the beach to enjoy the sport. You don't even have to be outside. Besides the official rules, there are also an infinite number of variations and other games that use the volleyball net, ball and court. And after you have played a game, there's a lesson on what it means to be filled with the things of God so he can use you for the purpose he created you for.

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Beach balls are great for the beach, but you don't need to be at the beach to play these games. The final game explores both personal spiritual goals and goals for the church youth group.

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These games are all played with a flying disc which also goes by the brand name 'Frisbee." Supposedly the name was derived from the Frisbie Pie Company whose round metal pie tins were used as toys by Yale University students. Over time the metal edges would become sharp so plastic versions were created in the 1940's. Fred Headrick is credited with creating the modern day frisbee in 1967.

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You can't have summer without at least one water balloon fight. Water Balloons have a purpose - to be filled with water. As God's creation each of us also has a purpose. Pascal said that all men were created with a God shaped vacuum - an emptiness in our lives only GOD can fill. When we try to fill that emptiness with things other than the Living Water, we will always feel empty. We will always be thirsty.

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Beat the hot days of summer with a frozen T-shirt contest for your youth. The objective is simple - Unfold a frozen t-shirt and wear it. But it's not quite as easy as it sounds. It can be played as a team effort or you can have one frozen tee for each youth. Add a few additional ice games to get things moving before you have the final T-shirt thaw.

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"My cup runs over." A cup is used quite often in the Bible to represent a person's fate, a person's destiny. The cup could be one of blessing or of judgement. Is your cup empty? Half full? Overflowing? In a place where water was scarce an overflowing cup implied abundance. This weeks lesson is great for summer in that the youth will get a little wet while learning about what is means to be filled to overflowing with the blessings of God.

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The main purpose of a sponge is to soak things up. When you squeeze a sponge, whatever is inside comes out. Both of these characteristics of a sponge provide metaphors for our hearts. Some of us have hard hearts and unlike a sponge, things just stay on the surface and never affect us while other have receptive hearts to God. When we are under pressure, we truly get to see what is in a person's heart. These games are great for a little wet time during the hot summer and provide a nice illustration for the condition of our hearts.

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Watermelons are almost synonymous with summer - cool, refreshing, and great on a hot summer day. Watermelons can also be used for a variety of fun, and sometimes messy games, though the cost could be a bit prohibitive for some youth groups. Here are a variety of games using watermelons as well as some ideas for spiritual lessons using this popular summer treat.

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We often talk about a person's walk with Christ. That's because the feet tell us two very important facts about someone: where one is standing and which way someone is going. A firm stand and a consistent walk are both traits we admire in other Christians. This Object Lesson uses shoes as a reminder of the need for youth to walk daily with Christ.

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Almost everyone has some string lying around the house. Most often, string is used to connect things. As such, the string games below can be used to introduce a great object lesson on being connected to Christ and others.

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Decks of cards are easy to find. And everyone knows a card game or two. With this icebreaker, cards are used to sort people into different groups as well as discover a little about each other! They can also be used to explore integrity, doubts, honesty, and personal character.

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Everyone loves soap bubbles - Preschoolers, Children, Youth and Adults. They gleam and sparkle in all the colors of the rainbow. They float along and drift in delightful and unexpected ways. They come in all sizes and shapes, and can be caught or set free, alone or connected. But one thing is true of all bubbles. There will come a time when each bursts and is forever lost. Bubbles do not last forever. They remind us to focus on this things that last forever.

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In 1912, Clarence Crane, a chocolate manufacturer in Cleveland Ohio, USA invented Lifesaver's as a summer candy that could withstand heat better than chocolate. The candy's name is derived from its similarity to the shape of the rings used for saving people who have fallen off of ships. But this candy, with the empty hole in the middle, can also be used as an illustration of the emptiness we experience inside without God as the center of a person's life.

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We often use the term "spoon fed" to refer to babies. It is also used for people who have been given so much by others that they never learn how to think for themselves or take care of themselves. Scripture uses a similar term to describe some Christians. Like a spoon fed baby, some Christians have never grown up in their faith.

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This lesson uses ping pong balls to remind us that as Christians we can be easily tossed around, unstable, blown off course if we lack faith. But through prayer and belief we can be strong enough to face and stand strong in any difficulties and circumstances we might face as Christians.

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This object lesson for youth uses eggs to make the Easter message of the empty tomb memorable and fun while re-creating, the emotions felt by Christ’s disciples upon finding the empty tomb on Easter morning.

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This idea centers around toilet paper. All you need to do is show a few rolls to youth and the giggles will start. But sin is no laughing matter. While at first it seems innocent and not a threat, it quickly binds us and hinders us, preventing us from doing and being all that God has planned for us.

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This lesson centers around the drinking straw. The main lesson reminds youth that what sometimes what we see as impossible is not always as impossible as it seems.

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Marbles have been around since ancient times. Whether made from glass, stone, or even clay, they have been used in games and as tokens. While not specifically mentioned in the Bible, our modern games of marbles most likely came from the ancient Romans. The oldest known marbles date back to about 3000 B.C. They can be found in many cultures around the world. Many of the games involve taking risks in order to win. In this idea of the week, we use glass marbles not only for games, but also as an object lesson on how we can see differently as Christians and to learn to take risks for God.

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Balloons are enjoyed not only by children and youth, but by people of all ages. We see them at birthdays and celebrations throughout the year. And like many things we enjoy in the world around us, they can be metaphors for spiritual lessons as well.

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A clothespin is used to attach clothes to a clothesline. It can also serve as a reminder that we need to cling to our lifeline - we need to cling to God (Deuteronomy 13:4). And clothes aren't the only thing that needs washing. We need to be washed clean as well. And God washes us white as snow. (Isaiah 1:18) The scriptures lists a variety of things we should cling to, things we should hold on to, but in reality most of those other things listed have the same purpose - to help us to cling to God.

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A key is almost a universal symbol around the world. Keys promise access, freedom, transport, protection, and safety. A key is used to represent access to something of value just as a physical key opens up a door or something that was previously inaccessible. The key is also used in the Bible, both literally and symbolically.

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Use marshmallows as an object lesson and tie it in to a well known Harvard study on delayed gratification and success. Waiting on God is a Biblical concept and something all youth need to learn. Patience in relationships, in sexuality, in simply growing up.

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The beginning of the year is often the time when people set new goals and priorities for the year ahead. This lesson is adapted from an object lesson on priorities in our Creative Object Lessons ebook.

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In the autumn season, the leaves on the trees start changing colors. Depending on where you live you can see vibrant red, orange, yellow and brown leaves. And there still might be some green ones around as well. Soon they will detach themselves from the tree and fall to the ground. So we also call this season the Fall. But the leaves also serve as a spiritual object lesson.

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This youth activity uses Halloween candy as a discussion starter for the topic of evangelism. The Gospel is often called the "Good News" and it is something we should be excited about sharing with others. But like the popular Halloween phrase "Trick or Treat?" we sometimes wonder if evangelism is a trick or a treat? Is it something that frightens us, that we are tricked into doing, or are so excited about the Good News that we can't help but share it with others.

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Today, helmets are more commonly associated with sports and motorbikes, but in the New Testament period they were primarily known as a critical piece of a soldier's armor. The helmet protected the soldier's head in battle. In Ephesians 6 when Paul talks about spiritual battle he mentions the helmet of salvation as a piece of our spiritual equipment. While a breastplate protects the heart, a helmet protects our brain, our thinking. The following activities and object lesson serve as a look at the helmet of Salvation and its meaning for youth today.

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Salt is necessary for life. It is made from sodium (Na) which is an unstable metal which easily bursts into flame and chloride (Cl) which is a deadly gas. Salt is used to preserve fruits and meats, to add flavor to food, and even to heal wounds. In Roman times it was difficult to obtain and so was considered very

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Are you using the gifts, talents, and skills God's given you for the benefit of others, to make the world a better place, to shine out for Christ? Or are you just using them to benefit yourself or not using them at all and letting them go to waste?

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Here's another summer outdoor activity that serves as a Bible Study. In the Bible, the phrase "clean hands and a pure heart" not only describes someone who is pure both inside and outside, but it also speaks of what we do (hands) and what we think (hearts).

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The Bible uses a lot of symbols and metaphors from nature to explain spiritual truths. In this outdoor Bible study, you'll identify some objects along a nature trail and ask the youth to make a list of everything they spot along the trail. These lists will then be used to discuss various scripture passages. It's great for any season, but especially for summer!

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During the summer, a lot of youth ministries have outdoor activities. If you are near a park or area with a lot of trees, why not add this outdoor Bible study to your outing to stimulate some spiritual discussions and point the youth to Christ! This outdoor object lesson will guide youth to compare our relationship with Christ to that of a tree and it's branches.

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There is a great exchange that takes place when we put our faith in Christ. Our old way of living, thinking, speaking, and acting is replaced - not all at once, but over time. When God looks at us, he sees us through the blood of Christ so our position before God changes immediately, but our thinking and our habits, change over time. As we grow more and more in purity and become more Christlike, we make room for the fruits of the spirits in our lives to develop and provode more opportunities for God to work through us to minister to others.

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Refining our gifts, skills, talents and abilities, striving for excellence, is a very important and noble task, that gives Christ more to work with. But regardless of our level of ability, everything we have is to be used for His glory so that others see a vision of Christ when they look at us. This story and Object lesson reminds us that we must live a life that is so close to Christ, that like those in Antioch, we are called Christians - "little Christs".

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Father's Day is coming and we thought we'd pull out our "toolbox" of ideas you can use to demonstrate the many roles fathers play in the family. You could use this as a sermon illustration or object lesson for the Father's Day weekend. We wish all our fathers out there a very blessed and fulfilling Father's Day!

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James tells us God’s Word is like a mirror (James 1:22-25). Mirrors allow us to see ourselves and to make changes based upon what we see. Unfortunately, many youth not only have a hard time seeing themselves in Scripture, but they also see themselves in a lot of other mirrors which may distort the image they see when they are

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One of the most common Easter activities is the easter Egg Hunt. This creative youth idea isn’t a treasure hunt, but an object lesson related to our pursuit of earthly treasures. Sometimes in the quest to grab all the things we want in life, we fail to remember that when we seek him first, all things will be added unto

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All of us face tough situations in our lives. We could be having the time of our lives but when bad things happen, the good times are forgotten, and all we can see ahead of us is despair. Christ passed through the gates of Jerusalem triumphantly, people waved palm leaves, cloaks were laid at the feet of the donkey He rode on, the crowds cheered and welcomed Him. Barely a week later, the cheers turned to jeers, it was His cloak that was ripped from Him and it was a whip that greeted Him. This Easter themed object lesson uses a walnut to teach the youth that even in the darkest hour and hopeless situations, something good awaits for those who know the plan of the Master.

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It's going to be Valentine's Day in a couple days, when everyone gets all romantic. While chocolates, flowers and candlelight dinners have their place, it is also a great opportunity to discuss the topic of love. Love isn't just for romantic relationships, but for our relationships in the family, among fellow Christians, and in our relationship with God. So this week we have a memory game which serves as an object lesson on the topic of love. God so loved the world that he sent his Son (John 3:16) God is love. They shall know that we are Christians by our love. Have a great weekend! Love God with all your heart. Love your neighbour as yourself. So here's to Love!

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Finding one's identity, purpose, and meaning in life are common struggles that every youth faces. They are seeking an answer to the question, "Why am I here?" In their search for purpose, they may try to find fulfillment in a variety of things, some good, some bad. But our purpose cannot be found in things. Our identity is found by filling the emptiness in our lives with Christ. When God's Hand is at work in our lives, only then will we find true meaning and purpose. Gloves are a great object lesson to remind youth of this spiritual truth and a simplified version of this lesson makes a great Children's Sermon.

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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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matryoshka dollDescription

This Object Lesson for youth, uses a nested Russian doll to illustrate our growth as Christians.

Materials

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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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Description
Throughout the Bible God gave more than 300 prophecies that foretold the coming of Christ and what he would do. Looking back now, it’s easy to tell how to connect all the references together to get a picture of the birth of Christ. Use this connect-the-dots object lesson as a discussion starter to discuss some of the primary prophecies

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snowflake.pngDescription
There are a lot of spiritual truths we can relate to snowflakes. Use this Christmas themed object lesson with your youth or children.

Materials
Thin paper like tissue paper works best, but you can do this activity with newsprint, Christmas wrapping paper, origami paper, a napkin, or even an ordinary sheet of paper.

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glowing_star.jpgLight is intrinsically linked with Christmas. The coming of the light was foretold in Prophecy and Christ came as the light of the world. The wise men followed the light of a star to Jesus. Jesus came as the light of men.

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Description
This Object Lesson for children and youth uses static electricity as a metaphor for Christ’s work of Salvation in the lives of Believers. Christ not only takes our sins upon himself, but also wants us to cast all our burdens upon him.

Resources
Salt, Pepper, and a nail + cloth. (See note below for variations)

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Here’s an interesting Object Lesson for children, youth, and adults from Francis Chan illustrating the difference between living for the things of this world and living for eternity. The few short years you have on earth determine how you will live for eternity. What are you living for?

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Description
Use this Easter Object Lesson to remind youth that Christ was crushed for our sins so that we might be made whole and begin a new life with him.

Resources

  • Several hollowed out Eggs

Click here to learn how to blow out an egg without breaking it.

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Description of this Easter Object Lesson
While much of the religious symbolism has been forgotten, the Piñata is a great object lesson for youth or as a Children’s Sermon at Easter, Lent, or simply as a lesson on the blessings of God.

The History of Piñatas

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A while back I was reading about an expert on the subject of time management. One day this expert was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, he used an illustration I’m sure those students will never forget:

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Description
Youth Bible study activity using wind-up toys. Works great as a discussion about free will or for discussing running in the Christian race. It could also be tied into Disney’s “Toy Story 3” in which Andy is all grown up now and ready to leave home for college. For the toys, the prospect of having no one who will

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Materials
A large opaque cloth sack in which you can place fruits (a dark colored pillow case works fine), and a variety of fruits that can be identified by touch (and maybe smell).

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Introduction
On valentine’s day, people often show their love to each other. Someone who is special is called a “sweetheart” or a “Valentine.” Chocolates and Flowers, especially roses, are also given to sweethearts on Valentine’s Day. Sweethearts often send little notes to each other with messages of love or with the simple question, “Would you be my Valentine?” But the

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Resources

  • a sheet of clean, unwrinkled paper.

 

What to do

  • Give each youth a clean, unwrinkled sheet of paper.
  • Ask the youth to close their eyes, and imagine this piece of paper represents the person in their life they love most.

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Resources 
Ear Plugs (or Cotton)

Getting Ready
No advance preparations needed.

What to Do

  1. Give each student some cotton or ear plugs.
  2. Ask them to wait until you have demonstrated how to put them in before placing the cotton in their own ears .

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Resources

  • Order a pizza for your Sunday School Class or group meeting. (you can order it in advance microwave it to control the arrival time..)
  • Alternatively, you can just bring in a pizza box or pizza coupons.

 

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Materials
paper or Styrofoam cups and a rubber / foam dart gun. A ladder with steps at different heights. In place of Nerf darts you can use pink pong balls, small rubber balls or even wads of paper.

What to do

  1. Give each youth a cup and allow

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Introduction
Life is filled with standards. We have standards of measurement for time, weight, size, length, distance, etc. Standards make life easier by providing a commonly agreed upon reference for measurement.

Description
By looking at some common standards of measurement in this object lesson, youth will consider the standards we use to measure the life we live.

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This object lesson works well with Placing Lights

Description
A lit candle is easily missed in a bright room. But when the lights go out it is impossible to miss it! Use this creative object lesson to illustrate the importance of being lights in the world, especially in those places where people are living in darkness.

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Introduction
Relationships often have tense moments. Use this youth object lesson / creative teaching idea to discuss the topic of relationships.

Description
Rubber bands will be used as an object lesson for youth on relationships, stress in relationships, closeness in relationships and the hurt we can experience in broken relationships.

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Use this Thanksgiving Children’s sermon / Thanksgiving Object lesson to create a situation in the Sunday school classroom or Worship service to illustrate the story in Luke 17 of the healing of ten lepers and the ONE that return to Jesus and thanked him for what he had done.

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Introduction
It’s not the clothes we wear, the house we live in, the cars we drive, or names and titles people give us that determine our identity or our value as a person. It’s what’s inside us that counts.

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Description
Use this Easter object lesson, to talk about death and the resurrection in simple terms.

Materials
Rubber Glove

Preparation
None

Demonstration

  1. Put on the glove.

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A daughter complained to her father about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved a new one arose. Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen.

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Use this creative object lesson as a surprising illustration to kids that God looks at our heart, not our appearances. It can be used on any occasion or as a children’s sermon, but with a reference to tombs, and masks it also serves as a fun lesson for an alternative to Halloween.

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pumpkin.jpgMaterials
Large pumpkin and a carving knife.

Object Lesson on Prayer

{cut off top of pumpkin}
Lord, open my mind so I can learn new things about you.

{remove innards}
Remove the things in my life that don’t please you.
Forgive the wrong things I do and help me to forgive others.

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When the light of Jesus, shining through us flickers and goes out because of sin in our life, Jesus’ death can restore that light.

Materials
One pumpkin, ready to carve, sharp knife, candle for inside of pumpkin, matches

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pumpkin3.jpgCreate a Halloween lantern with stars for eyes, the Christian fish symbol for a mouth, and a cross for its nose. Then pass out the following poem (source unknown)

Jack O’ Lantern

I am a Jack O’ Lantern
My lights will shine so bright
For I’m a Christian pumpkin
My symbols tell what’s right

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yarn.jpgMaterials
Obtain a ball of string or yarn.

Description
In this creative learning activity, the string or yarn serves as an object lesson illustrating the relationships and friendships we have with each other.

Activity

  1. Sit the group on the floor in a circle.

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Use an etch-a-sketch as an object lesson or children’s sermon to teach youth or children about things that are temporary or about forgiveness.

Object
Etch A Sketch (http://www.etch-a-sketch.com)
or Magic Slate (wax and plastic sheet tablet that is a low tech version of the etch-a-sketch)

The Lesson

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Description
Use this object lesson / children’s sermon as a lesson on how Jesus doesn’t just cover up our sin, but removes our sin.

Materials

  • Lead or tin solder i.e. soft solder WITHOUT a resin core (can be bought from a hardware store)
  • Coat hangers

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