Nehemiah: The Gospel in the Gates – Fountain Gate (Neh 3f)

1. HOOK: Song: Deep and wide Teach actions; omit words at each round and go faster and faster and faster! Can work for all ages Simple fountain-themed “experiment” (optional)     2. STORY: GOSPEL IN THE GATES – FOUNTAIN GATE (Nehemiah 3:15) Recap We’re following the adventures of Nehemiah as he and the people of Israel work…

Nehemiah: The Gospel in the Gates – Rubbish Gate (Neh 3e)

1. HOOK: My Achievements: (Materials: paper, pen/pencil, 2 waste paper baskets) Get kids to write down their greatest achievement on a piece of paper. Choose a few kids to share what they wrote down to the rest. Then get the kids to make aeroplanes out of their piece of paper. Divide them into 2 groups;…

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Nehemiah: The Gospel in the Gates – Old Gate (Neh 3c)

1. HOOK: Illustration: Metamorphosis of a Butterfly (use pictures/props to illustrate; for younger kids, can use Dr Seuss’ “My, O My, A Butterfly” or “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” books) This morning I have brought a butterfly. Just look at my butterfly! Isn’t it beautiful? I think the butterfly is one of the most beautiful things that God has…

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Nehemiah: The Gospel in the Gates – Fish Gate (Neh 3b)

1. HOOK: Fishing Game: Divide the children into 2 teams and ask for volunteers to represent the team. To prepare the game, cut out fish-shaped paper with drawings of the following:  wall, sheep gate, fish gate, Jonah in the fish’s stomach, cross, sting, empty tomb, Cinderella. Attach each picture with a paper clip. Make a…

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Nehemiah: The Gospel in the Gates – Sheep Gate (Neh 3a)

1. STORY: The Gospel in the Gates (Neh 3:1-32) Once Nehemiah announced his plan to rebuild the wall, the work began. There were 42 groups of people working on specific areas of the wall. Everybody could play a part — priests, leaders, craftsmen, Jews from other cities. There were 10 gates mentioned in the rebuilding…

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Mother’s Day: Jesus is Smiling at Me

1. HOOK: Today is Mother’s Day. Who wants to thank God for their mother? (get 1-2 kids to share what they are thankful for) Who do you go to … When you are sick? When you are hungry? When you need help? When you are sad? When you did something wrong? When you have good…

Nehemiah: Response to the Rubble (Neh 2b)

1.  HOOK: Play a fun, simple “rubble” icebreaker, i.e. Search through the rubble to find the treasure. e.g. Sieve through flour to find hidden coins; or go through lots of cards to find the “joker” etc. Encourage teamwork, strategy, leadership qualities that emerge from this exercise. Show photos of Jerusalem’s wall; get kids to build…

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Nehemiah the Cupbearer (Neh 2)

1. HOOK Play a fun, simple wall-building icebreaker, e.g. Prepare blocks/Uno stacko. Kids take turns to run forward and place a brick, then run back, and next person goes. Key is to build highest wall. 2. STORY Two weeks ago, we started learning about an interesting character of the Bible. What was his name? Nehemiah…

Easter: Why did Jesus have to die?

1. HOOK: Easter Bingo Icebreaker (Bingo Cards) Calling Cards Video: Chronicles of Narnia: Aslan’s Death & Resurrection Use the main plot line of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” to bring out the gospel message of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross in our place. Some kids may know the story, so get their input….