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7th June – Saul’s (a.k.a. Paul!) conversion – Acts 9:1-22

This week’s children’s challenge is…

… can I make the Damascus road scene?

Perhaps make a road with people travelling along it… they might have horses with them, and a bright light as Jesus appears to Saul – if the bright light is there, Saul will have fallen to the ground…

You could use cardboard boxes, crayons, felt tips, paints, left over yoghurt pots, and loo rolls, or lego.

Once you’re done, you could write this on it…

“Suddenly something like fish scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see. He got up and was baptized.”
Acts 9:18

Going deeper

Link to the full Sunday children’s material (valid for this week)

Worksheets

Here are the PDF download worksheets and activities to share with your children.

These are copyright protected by Mustard Seeds, so please don’t share them beyond our congregation.

Activity A

Print Activity A onto card – you need one copy for every two children. You will need to precut the pieces for the children.

The children – decorate their glasses and colour the ‘lenses’ black. Either glue or staple them together as indicated.

Remind the children that Jesus made Saul blind for a time so that he would know that Jesus is the Son of God.

Activity B

Print Activity B-1 onto card (one copy for every two children) and Activity B-2 onto paper ( one copy for every nine children).

The children – decorate the houses inside and out (both sides of the page). They then fold along the four fold lines as marked and glue the tab to create the house.

They glue Ananias to the inside of the door and blind Saul to the back inside wall of the house. When they open the door, they can see who went to visit Saul so that he could see again.

Worksheets

Worksheet C (for the younger ones)

Worksheet D (for the older ones)

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31st May – Close Encounters (pt 2) – Acts 19:8-20

This week’s children’s challenge is…

… can I make something strong or powerful?

You could use cardboard boxes, crayons, felt tips, paints, left over yoghurt pots, and loo rolls, or lego.

Once you’re done, you could write this on it…

“…the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.
Acts 19:20b

Going deeper

Link to the full Sunday children’s material (valid for this week)

Worksheets

Here are the PDF download worksheets and activities to share with your children.

These are copyright protected by Mustard Seeds, so please don’t share them beyond our congregation.

Activity A

Print Activity A onto paper (one copy for every child).

The children – colour in the picture. You could provide them with yellow, orange and red tissue paper with which to embellish the fire. Remind the children that the Ephesians who trusted in Jesus burnt their scrolls to show that their hearts had been changed.

Activity B

Print Activity B onto paper (one copy for each child).

Cut out the bonfire circle and use a craft blade to cut the six slots among the flames. Cut out the six scrolls and use a paper clip to secure them to one bonfire circle for each child (this makes it easier to hand them out during the craft time).

The children – colour in the flames and scrolls. You could provide them with yellow, orange and red tissue paper with which to embellish the fire.

Help them to assemble the craft by glueing the bonfire circle to form a cone. Use a little glue on each scroll as marked to secure them to the cone by slipping them into the slots and pressing the glued edge against the back of the cone. You could pull each scroll across the blunt edge of a pair of scissors to make them curl.

Remind the children that the Ephesians who trusted in Jesus burnt their scrolls to show that their hearts had been changed.

Worksheets

Worksheet C (for the younger ones)

Worksheet D (for the older ones)

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24th May – Close Encounters (pt 1) – Acts 18:1-17

This week’s children’s challenge is…

… can I make a believer being baptised?

You could use cardboard boxes, crayons, felt tips, paints, left over yoghurt pots, and loo rolls, or lego.

Once you’re done, you could write this on it…

“…many of the Corinthians who heard Paul believed and were baptised.
Genesis 18:8 (CEV)

Going deeper

Link to the full Sunday children’s material (valid for this week)

Worksheets

Here are the PDF download worksheets and activities to share with your children.

These are copyright protected by Mustard Seeds, so please don’t share them beyond our congregation.

Activity A

Print Activity A (two pages) onto paper (one copy of each for every child).

Before the lesson, use a craft blade to cut the bold lines around all the windows on the first page so that they can fold open.

The children, colour in the pictures. Help them to align and paste the first over the second. Show them how to open the windows to see if the people were happy or angry when Paul told them about Jesus. How many angry people can they find? How many happy people are there?

Remind the children that God promised to protect Paul and told him not to stop speaking about Jesus because many people in Corinth would listen and trust in Jesus.

Activity B

From the Media section of this webpage print Activity B (two pages) onto paper (one copy of each for every child).

Before the lesson, cut along all the bold lines of the second page and glue the strip with the numbers and text to the right of the strip with Paul as marked. This will produce one long strip of paper.

Pre-fold the first page as marked before using a craft blade to cut away the three grey windows. The children, colour in the pictures. Help them to assemble the craft by folding and glueing the first page to produce a sleeve. The text along the long edge of the page must be folded back and glued down to form the bottom of the craft with the text positioned under the three windows. Use the glue tabs for the synagogue and Titius Justus’ house on the second page to paste them in place so that they can be folded to cover the people.

Help the children to insert the long strip into the sleeve so that Paul appears in the left window and the number 1 appears to the right of Gallio.

Show them how to pull the strip to numbers 2 and 3 to tell the story. They can also lift the Synagogue and Titius Justus’ house to see the people inside.

Remind the children that there was a mixed response to Paul’s preaching in Corinth; some people got angry and tried to get Paul into trouble, but others believed and became Christians. God encouraged Paul and told him to keep telling people about Jesus.

Worksheets

Worksheet C (for the younger ones)

Worksheet D (for the older ones)

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17th May – Genesis 45:1-47:12

This week’s children’s challenge is…

… can I make a sad face that turns into a happy face

You could use cardboard boxes, crayons, felt tips, paints, left over yoghurt pots, and loo rolls, or lego.

Once you’re done, you could write this on it…

“You tried to harm me, but God made it turn out for the best”. 
Genesis 50:20 (CEV)

Going deeper

Link to the full Sunday children’s material (valid for this week)

Worksheets

Here are the PDF download worksheets and activities to share with your children.

These are copyright protected by Mustard Seeds, so please don’t share them beyond our congregation.

Activity A

Make an ancient Egyptian headdress. From the Media section of this webpage print Activity A onto card for each child.

Before the lesson – cut along all the bold lines to produce two headband strips, one of which has the snakehead in the middle (this is the front half of the headband.

The children – decorate the headband using glitter, shiny stickers and bits of shiny foil.

Help them to glue the back strip to front strip. You will need to size the band for each child’s head. You can use a stapler instead of glue, but ensure that you staple from the inside of the band in order not to have the sharp ends of the staples on the inside.

Remind the children that Joseph’s brothers didn’t recognise him because he was much older than when they had last seen him and he dressed like an Egyptian.

Activity B

From the Media section of this webpage print Activity B onto paper or card for each child.

Before the lesson – cut out all three circles. Cut along the bold lines to the middle of the two large circles.

The children – colour the pictures.

Help the children to secure the three circles together using a split pin paper fastener (the arrows go on top and the small circle at the bottom).

Pull the middle circle through the slit in the top circle and dial in the direction of the arrows to see what happened to Joseph.

Worksheets

Worksheet C (for the younger ones)

Worksheet D (for the older ones)

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10th May – Genesis 42-44

This week’s children’s challenge is…

Detail from a mural in the tomb of Unsu, a grain accountant in Egypt, circa 1550-1069 B.C. (Wikimedia Commons/Siren-Com)

… Something really big and something really little

You could use cardboard boxes, crayons, felt tips, paints, left over yoghurt pots, and loo rolls, or lego.

Once you’re done, you could write this on it…

“You tried to harm me, but God made it turn out for the best”. 
Genesis 50:20 (CEV)

Going deeper

Link to the full Sunday children’s material (valid for this week)

Worksheets

Here are the PDF download worksheets and activities to share with your children.

These are copyright protected by Mustard Seeds, so please don’t share them beyond our congregation.

Activity A

From the Media section of this webpage, print Activity A (two pages) onto paper for each child.

Before the lesson – use a craft blade to cut along the bold lines around the outside of the sacks on the second page.

The children – colour the cup and sacks. You can also provide a small piece of kitchen foil or silver glitter to embellish the cup. They can also draw the faces of the brothers next to the different sacks.

Help them to glue the page with the sacks over the page with the cup. Only glue the borders of the page so the sacks can be opened by folding them back along the dashed line to see what’s in them. Go through the sacks, asking the children, ‘Is the cup in ………….. sack? The children open the sack to find out. The insides of the sacks can be coloured yellow to represent grain.

Activity B

From the Media section of this webpage print Activity B (two pages) onto paper for each child.

Before the lesson – fold the page with the heart outward along the dashed line. Glue the halves together and cut out the heart.

The children – colour the pictures.

Help the children to fold the heart inwards so the words are inside. Secure the fold of the heart along the dashed line on the main picture page. You can do this either with a long-arm stapler or using two pieces of sticky tape.

If using sticky tape, align the folded heart along the dashed line and place the sticky tape along the fold. Then flap the folded heart the other way and place another piece of sticky tape along the fold.

Fold both halves of the heart to the right to show a ‘mean’ Judah despising young Joseph.

Fold ‘mean’ Judah left to reveal the words.

Fold the right side of the heart to the left as well to show Judah being kind to Benjamin. Judah’s heart was changed.

Worksheets

Worksheet C (for the younger ones)

Worksheet D (for the older ones)

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3rd May – Genesis 40:1 – 41:57

This week’s children’s challenge is…

Detail from a mural in the tomb of Unsu, a grain accountant in Egypt, circa 1550-1069 B.C. (Wikimedia Commons/Siren-Com)

… Make a thin cow and a fat cow

You could use cardboard boxes, crayons, felt tips, paints, left over yoghurt pots, and loo rolls, or lego.

Once you’re done, you could write this on it…

“You tried to harm me, but God made it turn out for the best”. 
Genesis 50:20 (CEV)

Going deeper

Link to the full Sunday children’s material (valid for this week)

Worksheets

Here are the PDF download worksheets and activities to share with your children.

These are copyright protected by Mustard Seeds, so please don’t share them beyond our congregation.

Activity A

Print out Activity A-1 and Activity A-2

The children – colour both pictures. Help them to concertina fold the strip of fat cows as shown and staple the right side together. Fan out the left-hand side of the strip so that the fat cows are visible.

To see the skinny cows swallow the fat cows, simply push the stapled end of the strip into the mouths of the skinny cows and pull the whole strip through the back of the page.

Can the children remember what the dream meant?

Activity B

Play a Joseph Bingo game to review the details of the lesson in a fun way.

From the Media section of this webpage, print a few copies of Activity B-1 onto paper and one copy of Activity B-2 for each child.

Before the lesson – cut out the counters from Activity B-1 and place six random counters in an envelope for each child. Try to give each child a different combination of counters. Keep a complete set for yourself.

To play the game:

  • Give each child a copy of Activity B-2 and an envelope of counters.
  • Use the master set of counters to ensure that the children understand the meaning of each symbol.
  • Ask the questions in the order given. Any child with the correct answer holds up the counter. All correct answers are placed on the first vacant step on the game board.
  • The game continues until one child gets all six counters on the steps.
  • The counters can be mixed up and reallocated for a repeat of the game.

Questions

  1. How many years did Joseph spend in prison after the wine steward (cupbearer) was released? [Number 2]
  2. What was Pharaoh’s first dream? [Cows]
  3. What was Pharaoh’s second dream? [Corn]
  4. Who did Pharaoh first ask about the dreams? [Magicians and wise men]
  5. Could the wise men and magicians help Pharaoh? [No]
  6. Who remembered Joseph? [Cup — for cupbearer]
  7. Who did Joseph say was the only one who could interpret dreams? [God]
  8. How many years of famine were to come? [7]
  9. Who gave Pharaoh a wise plan for the future? [Joseph]

Worksheets

Worksheet C (for the younger ones)

Worksheet D (for the older ones)

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26th April – Genesis 39:1-23

This week’s children’s challenge is…

… Make a pyramid

You could use cardboard boxes, crayons, felt tips, paints, left over yoghurt pots, and loo rolls, or lego.

Once you’re done, you could write this on it…

“You tried to harm me, but God made it turn out for the best”. 
Genesis 50:20 (CEV)

Going deeper

Link to the full Sunday children’s material (valid for this week)

Worksheets

Here are the PDF download worksheets and activities to share with your children.

These are copyright protected by Mustard Seeds, so please don’t share them beyond our congregation.

Activity A

Print Activity A onto paper for each child.

The children – colour in the picture of Joseph in prison.

You could also supply the children with drinking straws cut to the right length (75mm). They will need four sections each and can glue them on the picture to make prison bars.

Remind the children that Joseph wasn’t in prison for anything he had done wrong, but because Potiphar’s wife had told a lie about him.

Activity B

Print Activity B onto paper for each child. 

Before the lesson – either cut away the hatched areas between the prison bars with a craft blade or cut the entire rectangle away and let the children glue or sticky tape pipe cleaners or drinking straws across the opening to create the prison bars.

The children – colour the picture and then fold the left most panel (Potiphar) out and glue him back to back with his wife.

To tell the story fold the picture over so that Potiphar is facing Joseph (rightmost panel). As soon as Potiphar turns his back (fold out) his wife appears to tempt Joseph. Once she accuses Joseph, fold Joseph in towards the bars. Turn the picture around to reveal Joseph behind bars and Potiphar ignoring him.

You could also give each child a small piece of fabric to glue into Potiphar’s wife’s hand to be Joseph’s coat.

Worksheets

Worksheet C (for the younger ones)

Worksheet D (for the older ones)

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19th April – Joseph part 1

This week’s children’s challenge is…

… Make a multi-coloured robe

You could use cardboard boxes, crayons, felt tips, paints, left over yoghurt pots, and loo rolls, or lego.

Once you’re done, you could write this on it…

“You tried to harm me, but God made it turn out for the best”.
Genesis 50:20 (CEV)

Going deeper

Link to the full Sunday children’s material (valid for this week)

Worksheets

Here are the PDF download worksheets and activities to share with your children.

These are copyright protected by Mustard Seeds, so please don’t share them beyond our congregation.

For younger children choose either this activity or Activity B.

From the link below print Activity A onto paper or card for each child (paper is adequate).

Before the lesson – cut the two horizontal lines to give you Joseph, the walls of the well and a base on which to construct the craft. Cut out, fold and glue the Joseph figure. Also, cut away the hatched parts of the well walls.

The children – colour Joseph and the walls of the well. Help them to roll and glue the well wall as indicated. Fold and glue the tabs so the well walls fit the circle on the base. Joseph can now be placed inside the well and taken out again.

Get the children to tell each other the story using the model.

Activity sheet A

For younger children choose either this activity or Activity A.

From the Media section of this webpage print Activity B onto paper (or card) for each child.

The children – colour the strips different colours to remind them of Joseph’s coloured coat. They then cut the strips and arrange them in the correct order before creating a paper chain.

To make the paper chain, glue, sticky tape, or staple the ends of the first strip together to form a loop. Place the second strip of paper through the newly made loop. Again, join the ends of the second strip together with glue, sticky tape, or staples to form a link with the first loop. Repeat for each strip, linking to the previous loop until all the strips are linked in a chain as in the figure below:Activity B - Diagram

Remind the children that Joseph was sold as a slave. Can they use their chains to tell each other how that happened?

Activity sheet B

Worksheet C (for the younger ones)

Worksheet D (for the older ones)

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12th April – Psalm 51

This week’s children’s challenge is…

… Can I draw or make a heart

You could use crayons, felt tips, paints, left over yoghurt pots, loo rolls and cereal boxes, or lego

Once you’re done, you could write this on it…

“Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)

Going deeper

Link to the full Sunday children’s material (valid for this week)

Worksheets

Here are the PDF download worksheets and activities to share with your children.

These are copyright protected by Mustard Seeds, so please don’t share them beyond our congregation.

Activity sheet A

Make a confetti heart. From the Media section of this webpage print Activity A  onto paper for each child. You will also require some confetti, glue and a tray or box lid.

Help the children to cover the area surrounding the heart with glue being careful not to get any glue inside the heart. Place the page on the bottom of the tray/lid and let the children sprinkle confetti all over the page until it’s entirely covered. The confetti represents all the bad things that we think, feel, say and do.

Remind the children that God can cleanse our hearts when we ask him to forgive us because Jesus died in our place. Take the page out of the box and shake off the excess confetti. The heart should be totally clear of confetti. Repeat the process for each child. The complete picture will look like the one below.

Activity sheet B (part 1)
Activity sheet B (part 2)

Make a cleansed heart print. You will need some paint and sponges for this craft. From the Media section of this webpage print Activity B-1 onto paper (one copy for every child) and only one copy of Activity B-2 onto paper – this will be used as a template to produce a heart shape for each child. The easiest way to do this is to stack several blank pages together at a time and place the template page on top. Staple the pages all together in about six places around the outside of the page and cut all the hearts out at the same time.

Place one length of sticky tape over the phrase ‘a pure heart’ on Activity and rub it firmly. Place another piece of sticky tape which you have doubled over onto itself with the sticky side outwards and on top of the first piece of sticky tape – this will act as double-sided tape to keep the heart shape temporarily in place. The first piece of sticky tape will ensure that the page is not damaged when the second piece and the heart are removed.

The children place the heart shape over the words and then sponge the entire page, including the heart shape, lightly with paint. You could provide them with paper plates with a small amount of paint spread across them so that this isn’t too messy and to ensure they don’t use too much paint. The paint represents all the bad things that we think, feel, say and do. Remind the children that God can cleanse our hearts when we ask him to forgive us because Jesus died in our place. When the paint is dry the children can lift the heart shape to reveal a clean heart beneath and throw the dirty heart shape away. 

Worksheet C (for the younger ones)

Worksheet D (for the older ones)