Object lesson – plane, rocket, cross

The cheery Brad Brown teaches us how to do a simple but effective paper-tearing object lesson.  Great for Easter, or for any time you want to lead in to speaking about how to be sure of going to heaven.

Practise well, and you will be able to do this anywhere, anytime! Brad even gives us some detailed practical tips which will help us make this a sparkling and inspirational presentation of the gospel message. Thanks Brad, for generously sharing this with us all.

Teaching kids to be gracious receivers

What do your kids do when they open their Christmas gifts and find:

  • A duplicate of something they already have.
  • The gift is something they truly don’t like. (Your 14-year-old receives a brown and purple sweater dotted with green squirrels.)
  • The gift is for the wrong age. (Your 12-year-old gets a preschool coloring book.)
  • The gift is inappropriate. (You might not like your child having toys or apparel promoting a certain TV or cartoon character, but Aunt Jane doesn’t know that.)

Modern Day Joseph, a web site of the children’s ministry AWANA, has a great article with practical tips on how to encourage our kids to be gracious when they receive gifts.

The power of Story-telling

Amplify your message with story-telling

Amplify your message with story-telling

We have blogged here before about the value of story-telling. And today I saw a recent post from Steve Fogg on the same topic.

His post tells of a stunning presentation given by his Pastor, which began with the story of a young man sharing his faith with a friend and ended with…

Well, I’ll let you find that out by hopping over to Steve’s post. I know your heart will be stirred.

He writes on the topic 4 Ways To Use Storytelling To Amplify Your Message.


Dividing a group for team games

Sometimes it is the simplest ideas that work the best. This one from the great resource and idea site,  Youth Leader Stash is tried and tested.

As the writer says, you may already be using this method of quickly breaking up a large group into two or more teams. But it may never have occurred to many who are starting out in  kids’ or youth work or have never come across it.

Using this method you will, in a few second, have divided even a huge group (Youth Leaders Stash say 75 kids and over!) into as many teams as you wish, each with  the same balance of boys and girls, and a similar age ranges.

>> Check it out here.

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