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Kid's Ministry & Sunday School Resources

Lamp Lighter (Luke 11) | Talk

 
Lamp Lighter (Luke 11) | Talk
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Today’s hero is the lamp lighter, because he shows us the gift of LIGHT.

Essential Teachers notes:
This is a story rather than a biblical retelling. It is recorded that Antioch had street-lighting in the early centuries so it’s not a big jump to assume there would have been a lamp lighter. It’s also assumed that people had started to scribble down the words of Jesus before the gospels were compiled. By attaching a face to this story it makes it easier for children to relate to the central teaching it contains. It also highlights how God uses ordinary people and professions.

Main Passage : Luke 11:33-36
Alternative Passages : Luke 8:16-18, Matthew 5:14–15, Mark 4:21–25

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Herod the Great (Matthew 2) | Talk

 
Herod the Great (Matthew 2) | Talk
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Today’s hero is Herod the Great, because he shows us the gift of A CHOICE.

Essential Teachers notes:
This is a dark story, it is probably not the first choice for many, but if your group is looking for something different and has already covered the Christmas story multiple times this is an important element that is often overlooked. That Mary would not have exchanged all the gifts for one less mothers grief is unquestionable, the price of bringing Jesus into the world was felt by everyone he encountered in his early days.

Main Passage : Matthew 2

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The Rich Fool (Luke 12) | Talk

 
The Rich Fool (Luke 12) | Talk
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Today’s hero is The Rich Fool, because he shows us the gift of HEAVEN’S TREASURE.

Essential Teachers notes:
The rich fool is a parable about answering a painfully predictable plea to any Rabbi. There are age old questions you know every youngster will ask one of those day, it may be a simple as the incessant ‘why?” from preschoolers, the “can I still do bad things if God will forgive me?” from the older child, or the “how far until I break the ‘rules’?” of a young teen. Ninety percent of Jesus’ world lived in poverty, two third’s in extreme poverty – the death of the father figure and division of his estate could easily result in the life of a day labourer or beggar. With the oldest receiving a double portion many younger sons would seek the authority of religious leaders for help.

Main Passage : Luke 12

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Centurions Faith (Luke 7) | Talk

 
Centurions Faith (Luke 7) | Talk
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Today’s hero is The Centurion, because he shows us the gift of RECOGNITION.

Essential Teachers notes:
The faithful Centurion is one of those biblical stories where the Sunday school picture is often the officer in uniform kneeling at the feet of Jesus begging for this servants life, an act not shown in the scripture. Unlike St Matthew’s retelling, in St Luke’s gospel, which this retelling is based on, the Centurion and Jesus don’t even meet. What plays out instead in a series of messengers running between the two. For the faith of a man to warrant praise from divine lips without being seen is something that is quite remarkable in the gospel accounts – it’s also something totally relate-able to us as modern Christians, who can’t simply walk over to a nearby town and bump into the messiah.

Main Passage : Luke 7
Additional Passages : Matthew 8

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Aaron and the Manna (Exodus 16) | Talk

 
Aaron and the Manna (Exodus 16) | Talk
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Today’s hero is Aaron, because he shows us the gift of manna.

Essential Teachers notes:
The Israelite’s are safe, saved by the mighty hand of God, and yet, as Aaron soon realizes, when the celebration stops they are far from out of danger.

Main Passage : Exodus 16

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Prodigal Son (Luke 15) | Talk

 
Prodigal Son (Luke 15) | Talk
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Today’s hero is The prodigal son, because he shows us the Fathers love.

Essential Teachers notes:
If there ever was a story you probably don’t need notes for this would be a contender, it’s also a great story to read directly from the bible. However, you’ll notice this version pads out a little of the assumptions that the story holds making it a touch more explicit for little ears. As always, this is just a guide, do use your own words.

Main Passage : Luke 15

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Miriam’s song – the Red Sea (Exodus 15) | Talk

 
Miriam's song - the Red Sea (Exodus 15) | Talk
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Today’s hero is Miriam, she shows us the gift of Song.

Essential Teachers notes:
The story of passing through the red sea is such a well referenced one, what immediately follows is Miriam’s song. It is actually quite dark at points and yet the idea of spontaneously breaking into song as a response to something inexplicably deep is one that still prevails to this day. This retelling takes a little artistic licence with the order of things but also leads the kids through the joy and panic, fear and relief of the Israelite’s.

Main Passage : Exodus 15
Additional Passages : Exodus 14 + 16

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Palm Sunday (Luke 19) | Talk

 
Palm Sunday (Luke 19) | Talk
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Today’s hero is Abijah’s donkey, he shows us the gift of a bigger story.

Essential Teachers notes:
This story heavily uses artistic licence to tell the story of Palm Sunday and the triumphant entry into Jerusalem. While Abijah’s name is biblical it is artistic licence to call the character in this story by this name. The events of Palm Sunday are wonderfully symbolic and by weaving them into a personal story the some more symbolism can be touched. As always these are suggested notes not a script, feel free to modify.

Main Passage : Luke 19
Additional Passages : John 12

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