Monday, 26 March 2018

Surprise! Believe

I was teaching the kids about the resurrection yesterday. There was a lot in the lesson (The whole of John 20: Mary Magdalene, Peter & John, Thomas), so I wanted some kind of structure to hold it together - and also hold the children's interest, as the resurrection is very familiar to them.

Our book started with discussing some surprising facts, which was a good lead-in.

I pointed out that, while they knew what happened next, Jesus' friends didn't, and got them to try to imagine they were living back then.

We made double-sided  flash cards like this:

Stickers from Poundland.
The only smiley faces in the packet were these ones with heart eyes!
Whenever something surprising happened in the story, we held up the 'surprise!' side, and whenever someone believed we held up the 'believe' side.

This segued really nicely into the conclusion I wanted - this term all our lessons have been from John, so I thought it would be good to finish with the reason John wrote his book:

Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
I got them to look it up in the Bible, and then we filled in the blanks on this worksheet:

(You need the NIV2011 to fill this out)

Sunday, 25 March 2018


We were discussing the fact that babies have more bones than adults - which didn't seem to surprise the children.

7 year old: Babies are smaller, so there's more space for the bones.

Hmmmmm... Something odd there....

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

New (simple) pricing!

I've just implemented a new pricing structure for my Lamp Bible Pictures PowerPoints. Good news - most prices will stay the same or be lower.

Basic pricing

There will be one standard price for most* PowerPoints (currently £5).

This makes more sense for you - every story, every week, every lesson, you know what it will cost.
This makes more sense for me - it makes maths and admin much easier :-)

*A few extra long PowerPoints (e.g. Noah and Christmas), which are likely to be used for two or more lessons, will cost more, and an occasional small extra (All Nations) will cost less.

Standard bundles

These will now all save you around 25%.

Old & New Testament bundles

These still cost £150, and will remain at this price until they include more than 50 stories each.
Buying the bundle will give you access to all 50 stories - including the ones I haven't drawn yet. Your final saving will be around 40%.

Once there are more than 50 PowerPoints in the bundle, those who have purchased these bundles at the current price will still be able to get a 40% discount on any future purchases they make.

If you bought either the OT or NT bundle in the past, I will sort something fair out for you!

Well, I hope that all makes sense!

Saturday, 17 March 2018

A beautiful song about our hope

"Is he Worthy?" by Andrew Peterson. Based on Revelation 5.

"Do you feel the world is broken? (We do)
Do you feel the shadows deepen? (We do)
But do you know that all the dark won't stop the light from getting through? (We do)
Do you wish that you could see it all made new? (We do)"
 It's also a beautiful video, which was done in one take!

Thursday, 15 March 2018

No other reasonable option

‘You do not want to leave too, do you?’ Jesus asked the Twelve. 
Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
John 6v67-68

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Saturday, 10 March 2018

New Creation worksheets

Came across these I did for my Sunday School class last year for our New Creation lesson.

Feel free to use them for non-commercial use.

If you had time, this would be especially nice with glitter and/or star stickers.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Probably the most ridiculous thing I have ever eaten

Deep fried Pizza.

I have often seen it on menus and wondered what on earth it would be like (Also - Why?).

But when the people I clean for sent me out to get our lunch from the chip shop, and that was one of the things on offer I thought - Let's try it!

Verdict: Tasted just like pizza. Texture just like pizza (crust a little chewy, but some pizza is). Tbh, if I was eating it blindfold, I doubt I'd have known it wasn't just pizza. But, I imagine, it has rather more fat...

Next - deep fried Mars Bar. No, maybe that's going a bit far :-)