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…


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…


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…


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….


Nehemiah the Cupbearer (Neh 1)

1. HOOK Play a fun, simple cup-themed icebreaker, e.g. Cup Relay: Kids have to run to and fro 2 buckets, carrying a cup of water from one to another. First team to finish wins. Cup Stack   2. STORY We’ve just finished a series on Jesus’ encounters, parables and miracles in the Book of Luke….

Parable of the Lost Sons (Luke 15:11-32)

1. STORY Last week, we heard a story of a lost coin, and the week before, we heard the story of the lost sheep. Today we are going to hear another story Jesus told of “The lost sons.” Tell story based on Luke 15:11-32. You can act out the story with props: A stack of…


The Parable of the Lost Coin (Luke 15:8-10)

1. HOOK IDEAS Find the Lost Coin Hide coins/circles/chocolate coins around the room. Get the kids to look for them. Video: Lost Coin   2. STORY Tell story based on Luke 15:8-10. (For older kids, get them to read the Bible passage out loud.) 3. LESSON Jesus loves the lost: Remember that Jesus was friends…