The Annunciation Object Lesson

 

Splitting the red sea and walking on dry land…city walls falling down…chariots of fire? The Bible is filled with impossible sounding events. Angels? Talking to people? In this Annunciation object lesson, discuss the conversations Gabriel had with Zacharias and Mary and how God continues to do the impossible.

In this Annunciation object lesson, discuss the conversations Gabriel had with Zacharias and Mary and how God continues to do the impossible.

Scripture Focus: Luke 1: 5-40

Materials:

The Time Between the Testaments Object Lesson

 

Waiting…it can be hard to do. Why is it important to know what happened in history between the Old and New Testaments? Use a fun science experiment to discuss waiting and what God was doing between the testaments.

Use a fun object lesson to discuss waiting and what God was doing between the testaments.

Scripture Focus: Galatians 4:4  (poster)

Materials: balloon, water bottle, index card, water, baking soda, citric acid (found in the canning section of the grocery store)

Geography: Greece, Rome, Israel

Background: The Old Testament was over. This was the time between the books of Malachi and Matthew. God became silent. Continue reading

Skittles, Water, and Ezra Object Lesson

 

When a person is in the middle of a sinful situation, it is hard to make correct choices. Use Skittles and warm water for this Ezra Object Lesson and teach children that God’s commands are for our protection.

Use Skittles and warm water for this Ezra Object Lesson and teach children that God's commands are for our protection.

**NOTE: This section of scripture can be hard for kids to hear, especially for those who are in divorced families. Sometimes scripture doesn’t make sense to us humans. And we know that God is good and loves families. It is important to remember that God has a HUGE plan we know little of…AND that His objective is to get rid of sin so He can be glorified. Be sensitive to those kids who might have questions about their own families after this lesson and be sure to reassure them that all people and families can be redeemed through Jesus Christ.

Focus Scripture: Ezra 9-10

Materials: dinner plate, 15-20 Skittles, warm water [I used hot tap water.]

Geography: Persia, Jerusalem

Background: Zerubbabel returned with many of the exiled Jews to Jerusalem and rebuilt the temple. Afterwards, Esther, a Jewess who was a Persian queen, saved her people from annihilation. Twenty years later, Ezra brings another large group of Jews back to Jerusalem. Continue reading

Patriot Day (September 11) Bible Study Pack

 

Use this 12-page Patriot Day (September 11) Bible Study Pack to talk about some difficult topics with children 4-8th grades.

 

This 12-page Patriot Day Bible Study Pack will help you to talk about some difficult topics with children 4th through 8th grade.

Use a conversation between Jesus and the people He was teaching to discuss tragedies and how God looks at humanity in the broad scheme of His plan of salvation.

This pack (on sale for $1.99) includes:

  • One Bible Lesson
  • Inductive Thinking Questions
  • Two Scripture Memory Copy Work Pages
  • Two age-appropriate Journaling Pages
  • Critical Thinking Questions
  • Two Scripture Memory Card Games
  • Think and Pray Life Application Page

**Due to the nature of this topic, it is advised that parents and teachers speak openly about hard questions. And it is OK to say there are things people do not understand. Continue reading

Solar Eclipse Bible Study Pack

 

Are you prepared to watch the solar eclipse?

Maybe you have the science covered, but what about how the eclipse glorifies the Lord?

Solar Eclipse

In this 12-page Solar Eclipse Bible Study Pack, you will receive a simple-to-teach Bible lesson from the book of Romans and activity pages to help reinforce spiritual concepts. Continue reading

Esther’s Courage Object Lesson

 

Being a Christ-follower can be difficult because sometimes we might be persecuted for what we believe. Use this Esther Bible lesson to teach children that God gives us faith and courage to handle any situation when we trust entirely on Him.

Esther

Focus Scripture: Esther 4

Materials: Ceiling fan, or ceiling tiles; string or yarn; tennis ball {Tie the string around the tennis ball and then hang the ball using the string from the ceiling. It should be 2-3 feet from the floor. Be sure to have room for the ball to swing in the room.}

Geography: Persia, Susa

Background: The people of the Northern Kingdom had been scattered by the Assyrians. Those of the Southern Kingdom were taken into captivity by the Babylonians. After 70 years, Zerubbabel took the first group of Jews back to Israel and rebuilt the temple because of a decree made by the new Persian King. Thirty-eight years after the temple was completed, a young Jewess name Esther found favor with the next Persian King and was crowned queen of all Babylon. Continue reading

Zerubbabel Rebuilds the Temple Object Lesson

 

Sometimes being a Christ-follower is difficult because we can be mocked and discouraged by other people. Use this Zerubbabel Bible lesson to teach children that when God gives them a task to do, it is much better to obey Him, than to listen to discouraging people.

Zerubbabel

Focus Scripture: Ezra 4

Materials: Blocks of various sizes and shapes; small table

Geography: Persia, Jerusalem

Background: The people of Israel split into two kingdoms. The northern kingdom of Israel had no kings that feared the Lord. In time, their enemies conquered Israel and scattered those tribes throughout the known world. The southern kingdom of Judah had eight kings who followed the ways of the Lord. Because of this, God’s mercy was extended for a time. However, eventually all of the people and the leaders went after other gods and the One True God allowed the people of Judah to be exiled to Babylon. Continue reading

Our Standard of Measurement for Life Object Lesson

 

Discuss the history of measurement with this object lesson as you teach children why we need a measure, or standard, for living: The Bible.

Scripture Focus: Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13, Luke 4:1-13, Proverbs 20:10

Materials Needed: paper, pencils/pens, scissors, Bible

Bible Object Lesson:

{Have the kids trace one of their feet on a piece of paper and cut it out. Depending on the number of kids, this could be done individually or in groups. Have each person or group measure the length of the room with the foot they cut out and record their findings. You might want to do this also to provide a bigger contrast.} Continue reading

Honesty Object Lesson

 

Honesty Object LessonHow honest are you? Are “little lies” ok? What does God think about lying? Explore these questions and more in this Honesty Object Lesson based on Adam and Eve from Genesis 3.

Scripture Focus: Genesis 3

Materials: 2 pieces of Construction Paper, glue stick

Background:

God spoke and created the earth, the heavens, and everything in them. He created a beautiful garden. From the dust, God created a man in His image and breathed life into him. It was not good for man to be alone, so God created a woman from the man’s rib. God placed the man and woman in the garden. They were to tend the garden.

{Ask:}

  • Have you ever been so worried about getting into trouble that you have told a lie?
  • What is a lie? [A lie is when you don’t tell what actually a happened. It is always best to tell the truth when asked.]

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KidMin ToolKit Giveaway

 

Leadership is a HUGE trending topic in businesses and in churches.

When I asked a bunch of KidMin leaders what some of their favorite leadership resources were, Orange and Andy Stanley were at the top of the list.

ministry leadershipAs a ministry leader, we need to stay current with trends and leadership strategies. We want to be innovative and creative. When we strive to “do a new thing,” we are biblical because God is always doing something new.

He never seems to do the same thing twice.

Have you noticed that? Continue reading

Ministry Leader: A Warrior on the Front Lines

 

Are you a WEARY WARRIOR?

You are the one who…

  • Cleans up.
  • Smiles through the sweat.
  • Sets up tables and sweeps the floors.
  • Puts up decorations.
  • Plans lessons for 20.
  • Cooks food for 50.
  • Picks out play dough from the carpet.
  • Changes the light bulbs.
  • Checks the sound board one more time.
  • Designs the power point presentation.
  • Tracks the attendance.
  • Leads worship with the children.
  • Puts ice on boo-boos.
  • Wipes little noses.

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The Prodigal Son Surprise Bible Lesson

 

Scripture: Luke 15: 11-32

Materials: Copy paper box, craft paper, party hats, stickers, labels with memory verse printed on them, graham crackers, Popsicle sticks, small plates, icing, markers/crayons, The Storybook Bible

Memory Verse: “For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” So they began to celebrate. Luke 15:24

Pre-class Preparation:
1. Using a copy paper box (or similar size) and craft paper (or blank wrapping paper), wrap the lid and the box as separate pieces. Once you wrap the “gift,” place all the supplies for today’s special snack inside the box.
2. Research the links below for ways you can share today’s passage to best reach your group.

Prodigal Son Opening Activity: Decorate a present
Welcome each child to your class and invite them to help decorate the present lid and box. As they decorate, encourage them to share a time that they received a surprise. Tell them that today we are going to learn about how a father was surprised when his son returned home. Continue reading

The Lord’s Supper Object Lesson

 

Lord's Supper Object LessonResources: Video about “the Lord’s Supper”
Materials: bread, grape juice,12 cups, small toy prizes, shaving cream, candy, ping pong ball (Put a toy prize or a piece of candy into each cup. Include some cups with shaving cream in them. Have paper towels handy.)
Scripture Verse: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, John 6:51
Target audience: ages 5-9 Continue reading

How to Incorporate Gospel-Centered Object Lessons to Your VBS

 

God is good to provide so many opportunities for VBS to impact little lives and big ones throughout the summer…and the rest of the year too. One of the biggest blessings of VBS is that it is an opportunity for the gospel to be shared. Check out this article for more encouragement regarding VBS and the gospel!

Just think. You have been given the opportunity to share the best news of hope with the kids and possibly even the parents that you come in contact with through VBS.

Some publishing companies get this…and some don’t. Sometimes you can follow your prepackaged material and have awesome gospel connections. But many times you can’t. Often a Bible story or lesson is reduced to a story with a moral. This isn’t all bad. But it does miss an opportunity to encourage yourself and the kids you are teaching with the truth and the hope of the gospel.

At VBS you can’t afford to miss opportunities like this. You have new students in your church and in your class. You may only have ONE DAY with that student. Make sure that he leaves having heard that they have HOPE through Jesus!

Here are three simple steps that you can use to incorporate the gospel into any prepackaged lesson. Be sure to read to the end to get a printable with 5 more ways to share the gospel at VBS!
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The Divided Kingdom of Israel Object Lesson

 

How important is a nation’s leader to the spiritual well being of his nation? In this Divided Kingdom of Israel Object Lesson, explore that question and the examples of kings, prophets, and the people.

Focus Scripture: 1 Kings 11:28 – 12:16 {Events towards the end of this lesson come from 1 Kings 14 – 2 Chronicles. Many interesting things happen during the divided kingdom, including adventures of the prophets.}

Materials: Dominoes; table on which to build domino train {Try to use the type with straight sides. I used ceramic tiles and they didn’t work as well.}

Geography: Israel, Judah

Background: IF Solomon walked with God faithfully and was obedient, THEN God would establish his throne forever. BUT IF Solomon and his descendants turn from the Lord and worship idols THEN God will cut off Israel from the land and reject the temple and Israel will be a name of ridicule. Continue reading