Nehemiah: The Gospel in the Gates – Horse Gate (Neh 3h)

1. HOOK: Pin the tail on the horse: Instead of donkey, have a picture of a horse. Blindfold kids and have them pin/stick the tail on the horse. The one who pins the tail closest to the correct spot wins. Arm wrestling match: Choose a representative from each group and get them to arm wrestle in front…

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…