Jacob Wrestles with God Object Lesson


Wrestling with God. Fighting with God. Everyone does it. And everyone will encounter God at some point in their lives. This Jacob Wrestles with God Object Lesson will help children to understand that we must surrender our sinful lives to then be blessed with eternal life.

Jacob Wrestles with God

Scripture Focus: Genesis 32

Materials: Container, water, cornstarch, towels {To make Oobleck: 1 cup of water to 1.5-2 cups of cornstarch. Put the water in the container. Slowly add the cornstarch. Mixing can be tricky. Oobleck has the properties of solids and liquids. You can punch it and it feels solid. If you slowly put your hand on it, it will sink into the material. Add cornstarch until you can do this. You’ll probably have to mix with your hands.}

Geography: Jabbok River; land of Israel

Background: Jacob has been in Haran at his Uncle Laban’s house for 20 years. Jacob now has 2 wives and 11 children. Jacob was extremely nervous about meeting his brother after tricking him years before.

Names are very important in the Bible. Many times parents chose to wait a few days to give their children names. Names were to be a reflection of the person’s character or personality. Jacob’s name meant “Deceiver.” When in a battle, it was a form of surrender to state your name to the opposition.

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Learn to Prepare for Children’s Ministry


Going into ministry I felt completely prepared. My training and experience before my first full year was great. I had the tools, the theological training, and the right people in place to call if I needed the help.

Children's Ministry

The problem was I got caught up in the charge and excitement in the first year. I often forgot about the tools I had collected over the years. I gathered them up during the momentum of the year but instead of using them I kept them in my toolbox. As I look back I wish I had broken out that toolbox, but the main reason I didn’t was because I felt like I had no time. Continue reading

The Birth of Jesus Object Lesson

Christmas is about Jesus. He’s the main character. But sometimes focusing on the lesser known people can teach us quite a bit. This Birth of Jesus object lesson focuses on Joseph and his role in an event that changed the world.

Birth of Jesus object lesson

Scripture Focus: Matthew 1:18-25

Materials: Gold/yellow, black, red, white, and green poster board

Geography: locate Nazareth and Bethlehem

Background: An angel appeared to Mary explaining that she had been chosen to be the mother of the Son of God. She was to be married to Joseph, but when he was told that she was pregnant, that changed everything. Continue reading

The Shepherds Christmas Object Lesson

How come God chose to have the shepherds be a part of the event of Jesus’ birth? This Shepherds Christmas Object Lesson will help children to understand that God is motivated by joy and desires to glorify Himself.

The Shepherds Object Lesson

Scripture Focus: Luke 2: 8-20; Hebrews 12:2

Materials: shepherd’s staff, walking stick, or picture of a shepherd; CLICK HERE poster of Hebrew 12:2; write Luke 2:10-11 on the board; image of Bethlehem and Shepherds

Geography: locate Bethlehem

Background: Joseph and Mary had traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem because a decree from Caesar Augustus told the people that should all travel to his own city to be registered. A census was going to take place. Everyone has to be counted. Joseph was from the line of David, so he went to Bethlehem. While they were there, Mary gave birth to a baby, wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger. Continue reading

Jacob and Esau Object Lesson

Sin always hurts. It might be fun or pretty at first, but sin always hurts. It might harm you, or it might harm others. This object lesson based on the manipulation of Jacob and Esau will help children understand that choosing forgiveness and Jesus is better than choosing the ways of sin.


Scripture Focus: Genesis 27

Materials: sunglasses

Geography: locate the land of Canaan

Background: Abraham had passed the four part covenant on to Isaac and now Isaac is prepared to pass it on to Esau. Covenants, or blessings, were passed through the generations by the father giving a blessing to the oldest son. Inheritances were passed on this way as well. This gave the oldest son legal authority over the family. Isaac had two sons, Esau and Jacob. Continue reading