Announcing the Winners of The Big Family Build 2021

Congratulations to this year’s winners of the Big Family Build!

We had so many impressive builds this year, large and small. Please, take the time to look at the builds below, read the descriptions and watch the videos. It is a blessing to see all the ways people have creatively brought Bible metaphors and similes to life using LEGO!

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The Teaching of the Wise is a Fountain of Life.

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Lydia Ray (age 9) and Suzie Ray

Bible Verse: Proverbs 13:14

Description: In our “fountain in the desert” scene we have managed to include reference to 12 other Bible metaphors and similes. Our fountain is modelled off an ancient fountain of Egyptian granite which currently stands in the Via Degli Staderari in Rome. The main bowl is round, and the base octagonal. This was a design challenge for our build.

 

 

A Thief In The Night

by Timothy Drozd (17) Andrew Drozd (16) Joseph Drozd (14)

Bible Passage: 1 Thessalonians 5:2 – For you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

Description: In this verse, it compares the day of the Lord to a thief in the night. So we thought we should incorporate both of those things in this build.

The Full Armour of God

by Joel, Oliver (7) and Lucas (4)

Bible Passage: Ephesians 6:10-17

Description: This centurion is decked out in the full Armour of God and is deftly holding off the flaming arrows of the evil one. He has 17 points of articulation, not including all the articulation in his skirt. Fun fact: the centurion is left handed because Oliver is left handed.

Jesus is the Light of the World

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by Isaac, Scarlett & Alexander

Bible passage: John 8:12 – When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Description: We’ve tried to show that Christians need to walk in Jesus’ light by making a lighthouse shining out over the ocean. We’ve had fun making this build!

 

Planted by streams of water

by Jack (5) Elijah (8)

Bible Passage: Psalm 1: 2-3

Description: This build was inspired by Psalm 1:2-3. The person sits reading the bible. He is like a healthy tree by the river. The tyre swing adds an element of fun. The river is full of bubbling water.

The Hidden Treasure & the Pearl

by Eva, age 11

Bible passage: Matthew 13:44-46 –  “The kingdom of heaven is like a hidden treasure in a field; like a merchant willing to sell everything for the pearl.”

Description:  A light up brick highlights the treasure, which includes a pearl. Crates were used as a palm tree trunk. The yellow sign represents a ‘For Sale’ sign. It took 3 days to build.

The Wise and Foolish Builders

by Caleb Chin, 13

Bible passage: Matthew 7:24-27

Description: My NPU factors come from the use of piece 11127 (for water movement), x71 (for robe), 13371 (for the dove on roof), 3320 (for shrubbery/rubble) and 4175 (for ladder to roof). I tried to create a bit of historical accuracy through the architecture of the houses.

Bird

by Jacob (12) and Jo

Bible passage: Psalm 91:4 – He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

 

The Camel, the Man and the Eye

by Issy (9) and Suzy 

Bible passage: Matthew 19:24 –  Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

Additional notes: Issy (9) built all except for the man’s positioning.

“I am the vine”

by Annika (9) and Jo 

Bible Passage: John 15:5 – “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

Sheep, Wolves, Snakes and Doves

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by Nathan Aylett, Chloe Aylett (9) and Rachael Aylett (7)

Bible Passage: Matthew 10:16 – I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.

The Lord is my Shepherd, I have Everything I Need.

by Caleb (9) and Claire

Bible passage: Psalm 23

Description: This is our first attempt at building a sheep, especially one that is so well fed, watered, and loved. The Lord is represented in an Australian farmer outfit. We also tried to build a stage and experimented with forced perspective.

I am the light of the world.

by Vera (12)

Bible passage: John 8:12 – When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Description: I built this on my own. I started with making Earth but it was hard to make it round. I can only marvel at how God managed to create the genuine article and everything else in 7 days when it was so hard just to put a LEGO lightbulb on top of the Earth for me!

The Lord is my Shepherd

by Caleb 13 and Kathryn

Bible Passage: Psalm 23

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The Body of Christ

by Matthew & Caleb

Bible passage: Ephesians 1:19-23, 4:15-16; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27

Description: Jesus Christ (enthroned in heaven) is the head of the body (his church) which is made up of people from every tribe, nation, language, ethnicity, and walk of life. (Hamish from the LEGO Masters TV show is also hidden in the build)

I Am The...

by Elizabeth, Jonathan, Lian and Phil Klassen

Bible passages: 1. I Am the Bread of Life (John 6:38-48) just after Jesus feeds 5000 2. I Am the Light of the World (John 8:12 and 9:5) where Jesus leads others in the light 3. I Am the Gate (John 10:7) Jesus defends the sheep against the thieves and robbers 4. I Am the Good Shepherd (John 10:11-14) Jesus defends the sheep against wolves 5. I Am the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25) explained in both Jesus raising Lazarus as well as His resurrection 6. I Am the Way, Truth and Life (John 14:6) where Jesus explains that He is the way to the Father 7. I Am the Vine (John 15:1-5) and we are the branches.

Description: Our build is titled ‘I Am the…’ and explains the seven metaphorical ‘I AM’ statements of Jesus in John’s Gospel. Many of these statements find their roots in the Old Testament, like Jesus’ claim of ‘I Am’ being an echo of when God spoke to Moses through the burning bush, claiming his name was I AM. Many of these statements are also placed within stories where Jesus uses metaphors starting with I am in conjunction with a miracle.

My Shepherd

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by Hannah 14, Sam 12, Sarah 10

Bible passage: Psalm 23

Technical notes: NPU (Nice Part Usage) – utensils for the lettering, flippers for flower leaves, back of shepherds head used mini-figure legs. SNOT (Studs Not On Top) in the trees (sides / trunk).

The church is Jesus’ Bride

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by Esther and Maggie 

Bible passage: Ephesians 5

The Lord is my shepherd

by Jenevieve, 11

Bible passage: Psalm 23

Reflection: We’ve been under lockdown for this whole school holiday due to COVID. I pray that Lord will protect us all as he is our shepherd.

 

God is like a Strong Tower

by Levi (6) Archie (3) and Bec

Bible passage: Proverbs 18:10 – The name of the Lord is a fortified tower;
    the righteous run to it and are safe.

Description: Levi was exploding with ideas- he came up with most of them- from a moat that cycled around and through the tower and exiting in a fountain out the side to putting a satellite dish on top for power. He wanted the build to come apart so we could play with each level- he needed some help with this. Archie loved taking things apart much to Levi and mum’s dismay but he did help put them back together and deliver bricks. The boys made patterns with each layer being a different colour.

 

City on a Hill

by Zoe, 10

Bible passage: Matthew 5:14-16

Description: I tried to create a forced perspective by making the city in micro scale. There were three scenes of people doing good deeds (verse 16): helping the elderly, helping someone who is hurt and being kind. It’s framed with a golden path with the gold symbolising goodness. It took 4 days to build. The most difficult part was building the hill.

Friendship in the Garden of Eden

by Grace 9. Asher 8

Bible passage: Genesis 1-2

Description: Gold ran from the rivers of Eden. God walked with Adam and Eve in perfect friendship. The animals all got along. They would never get hurt, lost or die.

The Sign of Jonah

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by Kirk, Talitha, Jonathan (9), Charlie (7), and Elizabeth (5) Watkinson

Bible passage: Matthew 12:40

Technical notes: The big fish’s mouth and the tomb both open and close. The motor and battery pack still work after 20 years!

The Body of Christ

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by The Gillman Family: Lucas Gillman (Chief Engineer) Yvette Gillman (Human/Minifigure Resources) Archer Gillman (Product Testing) Cadence Gillman (Demolitions Expert)

Bible passage: 1 Corinthians 12:27 – Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

Description: Our goal was to capture small vignettes of the Church living out God’s Kingdom work…all in a large-scale lego minifigure as ‘the body’. The Head (Colossians 1:18) features King Jesus in the control room of the body. The Torso features the Church caring for the poor and the outsider, and showing hospitality by sharing a meal together. The Legs feature the Church enjoying creation as God’s stewards, an individual meditating on God’s word and praying, and some musicians singing hymns and spiritual songs in praise.

 

Living Water

by Sonya and Julie

Bible passage: John 4:10, 14, Revelation 22:1-2, Psalm 1, Jeremiah 17:7-8, & Isaiah 11:6-9

Description: The living water flows from Jesus and only Jesus. In its ultimate fulfillment, the living water brings peace, joy, and perfection to all who gather around it, all facing the cross.

Jesus is the Door

by Steve, Daniel and Hailey

Bible passage: John 10:9 “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”

Description: The kids thought it was hilarious to take the passage literally and make Jesus the actual door. Mum took the photo so technically the whole family was involved in the build – haha

I am the light of the world

by Michael Chen 12 and James Chen 9

Bible passage: John 8:12 – When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

The Sign of Jonah

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by Joshua (11) and Susan

Bible passage: Matt 12:38-40

Description: The Sign of Jonah is a typological metaphor for the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. We illustrated Jonah leaving the huge fish, Jesus’ resurrection, and how the church has celebrated Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday. Our mini-figure likenesses took a trip back in time in their DeLorean. These are entirely our original designs, including the cathedral and DeLorean. We hope you enjoy our build and the video for all the details 🙂

Camel through the eye of a needle

by Peter (12) and Kristine

Bible passage: Mathew 19:23-24 – Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

Description: The light is a Lego light brick. We are a mother and son team. Our build is of the rich man and Heaven as well as a camel and the eye of a needle.

 

 

Sand versus Stone

by Issy (9) and Jon (8)

Bible passage: Matthew 7:24-27

 

The Hidden Treasure

by Kayla (15), Zac (13), Jayden (10)

Bible passage: Matthew 13:44 – “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

God our lighthouse

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by Edwin, Cherie, Nicholas, Isaac and William

Bible passage: Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah

by Isaac (11) and Elia (9)

Bible passage: Revelation 5:5 – Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Description: We tried to make the lion (Jesus) look proud overlooking His kingdom. The background scene represents Jerusalem, the capital of the kingdom of Judah. The bird reminds us of how God looks after all creation, even the little sparrows. We used only pieces from the lego classic set (number 11011 bricks and animals) and a few standard bricks that we had access to while on holiday.

 

Hidden Treasure

by Gilly (7) and Hugh (9) and Margot

Bible passage: Matthew 13:44 – “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

Description: Hugh built the field and hole, Gilly built the above ground elements and Mum made the treasure chest. We had a great time together building – thank you for the great incentive to spend this holiday time together in God’s Word. We thought of the simile, then dug through the gospels to find it, just like treasure. Hugh also thought we should include a bible in the treasure chest to symbolise how God’s inspired word is worth more than anything else.

 

The Lord Is My Shepherd

by Josh, Anna and Jacob

Bible passage: Psalm 23

 

Jesus is ...

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by Michael, Naomi, Mark (15), Bec (13) and Ellie (10) Kemp

Bible passage: John 8:12; John 11:25-26; John 15:1-8 & Romans 11:17-24; John 4:1-15 & Revelation 21:6; Revelation 4:2; Revelation 5:1-6

Description: Our build is one long scroll showing several metaphors of who Jesus is. We start with the “light of the world”, then we have the “resurrection and the life”, followed by “the true vine (and we are the branches)”. Following that is “alpha and omega” which is linked in Rev 21 with “the spring of the water of life”. Our last scene is picks up elements of Rev 4 & 5 showing “the lamb who was slain”, the throne on which He will sit, and the scroll that he alone is worthy to open (with 7 seals).

You are the Salt of the Earth

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by Kenna 18, Anaya 15, Nathan 14

Bible passage: Matthew 5:13 – “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

Strong Tower

by Michael and Kay

Bible passage: Proverbs 18:10 – The name of the Lord is a fortified tower;
    the righteous run to it and are safe.

The Lord is my Rock

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by Jonah 13, Elijah 12, Taj 11

Bible passage: Psalm 18:2 – The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
    my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
    my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

 

Waymaker

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by Arrow 11 and Aletheia 10

Bible passage: Exodus 14:22 – and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.

 

The Lord Is My Shield

by Quinn (11)

Bible passage: Psalm 144:2 – He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.

Description: Sin is represented by a dark ooze, slithering over and towards the person who is taking refuge in the Lord. The ooze slimes and dirties all the things it passes over.

The Lord Is My Shepherd

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by Bridget (9) and Hugh (7)

Bible passage: The Lord Is My Shepherd – Psalm 23:1

But we your people, the sheep of your pasture

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by Jonathan, Ethan, Asher

Bible passage: Psalm 79:13 – “But we your people, the sheep of your pasture” (ESV)

Interesting facts: This build involved searching for many white bricks, and the head was completed last!

Road to glory

by Mychael Family

Bible passage: Isaiah 40:3-8 

Description: Ioan and Kaitlyn built God’s throne & minifigures, Tobias insisted on diggers. Our whole church studied Isaiah last term so this passage seemed appropriate. In the foreground are people like grass that whither and fade. The cross is a road that starts rough, but is becoming smooth, while mountains and valleys are being levelled.

Salt and Light Of the World

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by Tobey 15, Aiden 12 and Krog Family

Bible passage: Matthew 5:13-16

Description: “We are the salt of the earth, and the light of the world”. We, the church, are called to be the salt and light of the Earth; our family chose this verse because it represents who we are meant to be as Christians. The Earth rotates while the salt shaker, extending from the church, pours its salt. The lighthouse and town is built upon a mountain, for all to see, shining its light on the world; “A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone…”

The Lord is my Shepherd

by Jesse Hall

Bible passage: Psalm 23

 

The Camel and the Eye of the Needle

by Elsie and Jemima

Bible passage: Matthew 19:24 – Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

Building Our House on the Rock

by Amelia (10) and Rose (7)

Bible passage: Matthew 7:24-27

Description: God is our rock, build your house on that rock.

The Kingdom of Heaven is like Treasure Hidden in a Field

by The Drews

Bible passage: Matthew 13:44 – in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

 

Gods love greater than the waves

Brooke J (8)

Bible passage: James 1:6 – But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

Reflection: We know God’s love is Greater!

The Potter's Hands

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by Peter and David Aylett

Bible passage: Isaiah 64:8 – Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

Description: We wanted to make a Lego representation of how God formed people like a potter makes a pot out of clay.

 

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life

by Amanda, Owen (7) and Lachlan (5)

Bible passage: John 14.6 – Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through Me.”

Description: We have built as I am the way (cross and path), the truth (belt of truth path) and the life (Bible and ‘heaven’ where the father is).

The Armour of God

by Daniel (8) and Matt

Bible passage: Ephesians 6:10-18

Description: Daniel built most of this on his own with the assorted colour bricks we have. He built the Sword, Shield, Belt and Breastplate on his own. Dad helped with the Helmet and shoes.

Serenity, Sin, Separation and Salvation.

by The Wood family (combined age 101)

Passage: Genesis 1 – 3

Description:

Serenity: The Garden of Eden. White minifigures representing purity in the world. The world of wonder and merriment, where they had community with God. This section of the build was done by my daughter Abigail 6 years old.

Sin: The snake has his pride of place near the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil where he tempted Eve to sin. Sin entered, the tree snaps and Adam and Eve as black minifigures are carrying the burden of sin under the tree. The tree is dying represented by the brown and yellow leaves and the black spots represent the spread of sin into the world.

Separation: Separation from God as Adam and Eve a banished from the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve now till the soil seen in Adam and collect water to cook seen in Eve. They toil and grow tired and weary, seen by their separate beds under their brown tree shelter. They have a stone table and chairs, stone axe and stone bone cutting knife and equipment for fishing and gathering food seen the the fishing rod and the horse and plow. They have a light made of clothe dipped in oil to light their way as now they live in the darkness of sin. And the angel with the sword of fire sits at the entrance to the east gate to stop them going back to the Garden of Eden.

Salvation: God’s solution for the sin of the world. This is the contribution of my son James 4. It represent the sacrifice Jesus as a sinless man made to save their world from their sin. Just as a side note we only saw this competition online on the 10th of July so we have done this in only a few days.

Devonshire Tea

by Theo (7) Ollie (5) Emma and Matt

Bible passage: John 6:35, John 4:14, Galatians 5:22

Description: We have built scones and tea. The scone is to represent Jesus who is the bread of life. The jam is the fruit of the Spirit. The tea represents the drink that Jesus offers so that we may never thirst.

 

 

The Lord is my shepherd

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by Caleb Wood (15) and Amalia Wood (9)

Bible passage: Psalm 23

Description: We wanted to do a build that showed God being like a shepherd to us and we are his sheep. We really wanted to make sure that the shepherd was holding the sheep in a comforting and embracing way, caring for the sheep, loving him and looking after him, just as he comforts and loves us. We decided not to put a face on the shepherd, as we really don’t know what God looks like, but what was more important was the action of what he was doing. We tried to make the scene like a simple, peaceful and calm one. We tried to make the sheep surrounding the shepherd look as though they felt safe and peaceful being with their shepherd.

The wise man and the fountain

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by Kydan, Jericoh, Spencer, Boomer, Roo

Bible passage: Proverbs 13:14

Description: We made this with the Lego we had, so were a bit limited by how high the fountain could get. This was our first time making a person. We are a family of 5 foster brothers and all worked together

 

Jesus the Good Shepherd

by Liz, Joshua and Hannah Dales

Bible passage: John 10:11 – “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”