Learning Bible verses by heart is a good way to deepen core messages. This can be done in a fun and playful way, so that children as well as leaders can learn Bible verses by heart without much effort or expense
Memorization should take no more than 15 minutes. With the different game variations in advance, however, it can take longer in total.
It can be used at the beginning of the devotion as an introduction or at the end of the devotion as a consolidation. The Bible verses, which are learned by heart, should always be linked in the context of a core biblical message.
A great way to act out Bible stories or other stories in a devotional is with Playmobil.
In this article I give you some tips and ideas.
On various topics, costume contests can be made with the children. The disguises are made from everyday materials such as newspaper and tape.
Possible themes: Kings (e.g., on the story of David, Solomon).
A book summary of the book "Robin Hood" by Howard Pyle.
Each of the 15 chapters is briefly summarized in key words.
The summary can be a help e.g. to develop the storyline for a Robin Hood SoLa.
Location: in the forest
Duration: 1 to 1.5 hours
The well-known "sink ships" as an active game for indoors or outdoors.
A cross-country game to show the Cubs that only the whole armor Jesus gives us will help us succeed. Do not do things by halves.
An entertaining village game in which the young warriors are sent to Jericho as scouts to solve tricky puzzles and gather important information about the city and its inhabitants.
The Sarasani is a large group tent, woven from military banners. A Sarasani can be built in a variety of sizes, depending on how many sheets are used and how tall the structure is.
The Sarasani is knotted from three squares of canvas. In theory, the shape of a Sarasani corresponds to a tetrahedron (pyramid with 3 edges).
In the document below you will find a fun and entertaining sports block - a real Viking Olympics.
Have fun trying it out and customizing it:)
Action-packed game in three phases that takes into account the different needs of ants and young warriors and is perfect for an introduction to the story of Noah!
A fun short game that requires only paper and pencils.
Here's how to make an edible crocodile from a cucumber.
The cucumber crocodile goes with, for example:
-A jungle program / party
-To the story of Joseph in Egypt (Nile crocodile)
Make a cake in the shape of a treasure chest.
The cake goes with, for example: a treasure hunt program, a seafaring camp, a pirate program, the story of the treasure in the field, to the main idea "You are valuable to God"
One semester is done and the next quarter is starting. But with which topic?
Here are a few suggestions.
Follow the cable. Jeweles, the first book of the answer, is guided by the locked word solution.
Here you can find out how you can use cotton pads and wax to make fire starters with the children
This quarter game is a great fun for both Jungschärler and Ameisli. You can play it outside in the quarter of the church or in case of emergency also inside.
Time the kids with a mega scrabble!
The Adventure Camp post run will "de-ice" your teens, too
With the compressed air in the balloon, these boats swim fast and quite a long distance. Try different hoses, tubes, woods, balloons and tapers (narrowing at the air outlet) and see with which setting you get the farthest.
The materials are intended for a leisure or camp of six to eight days. As a frame story, the children accompany Asterix and Obelix in their challenge to repair the cup of Majestix. Seven stories from the life of Paul were chosen to match the travel adventure of Asterix and Obelix.
Ideas for a varied experience program for the Exodus from Egypt.
The aim of the Technik-Sternli is to teach children age-appropriate Jungschart techniques. The fire game is ideal for the Ameisli, Jungschi and aspirant / teen level to playfully apply or test how to make a fire.
A game of tag that was developed in a BESJ leadership course. Fits thematically to biblical stories where people are in prison (e.g. Peter, Paul)
When the idea for a cross-country game is missing
... then why not try this one! It doesn't always have to be the spy game - right? Here the game is presented in the Fischer variant, but of course it can be adapted as you like.
This article is a Forum Heft article.
Gameplay: The Jungschärler get the order (eg Wanted poster as a start) to look for the lost sheep. They then go from post to post until they find the sheep. At each post there is a leader in disguise. The children are each given a clue as to where the next post is and how to deal with that person to get information. If the specified criteria are not met, the leader does not give information!
Generally, the more leaders, the better. The listed variant can be expanded depending on the time budget and present leaders.
At the end, a big party can be celebrated!:)
Appendix: Game idea in detail & Wanted poster
The three cantons of Uri, Schwyz and Nidwalden each form a game group. The game is played according to the official rules (Swiss edition)
The inhabitants of Quark tried to sneak across the strictly guarded border and recover the money stolen during the many years from the bank in Quark. The inhabitants of Quark try to do the same with the bank of Quark.
Simpler and very tasty z'Vieri!
This is a summary of the book:
"Youth Ministry with Vision"
by Doug Fields from Projection J Publishing.
Brief instructions for setting up a carousel in pioneering work.
This article grew out of a desire to keep finding new ways of proclaiming the Good News.
The experiments listed are to be performed only by persons experienced in experimenting with chemical substances, exercising the greatest care, and adhering to all safety regulations.
The somewhat different cooking recipe. The ingredients must first be looked up in the Bible passages :D
The labyrinth is a kind of post run with 44 posts. The correct solution of a post always results in the next post to be approached. If you choose the wrong solution, you have to wait a little longer
A semester program of 7 devotions and activities based on the story 'The Schlunz' by Harry Voss.
A night game for at least 12 (optimally 20) 8-12 year olds where participants need to pay close attention and where a fun mix of action and tactics is created that experience shows is really fun for kids and leaders.
The Bretzel, also called Schiffer or half blow, is used to fasten a taut rope to a tree or mast. He is a tapered noose.
A wind direction sensor, called a wind vane or weather vane, is an indicating instrument for determining the wind direction. A movable measuring element aligns itself with the dynamic pressure of the wind.
The classic game Cards against Humanity with its black humor is available in all possible variants. Now also in the Jungschar variant and something more suitable for children.
The board loop is used to attach a board for a swing, for example. Two loops are placed around the board and the inner loop is then pulled over the board.
This article describes how to make a simple arrow bow from old bed slats.