What? What was that? A story? Can I listen too?
Narr: Of course you can. It’s a story that Jesus told, about two man who went to pray, one was a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
Rod: A Who-isee and a What-alector?
Narr: Oh sorry. A Pharisee was someone who was very religious and was very careful to do everything right. The tax collector was a cheat who took more money than he was supposed to. … More Two Men Praying – Luke 18:9-14
God makes a new covenant with us – but will I sign up? Engaging Make a scroll and write the covenant (agreement) on it. Then decide if you want to sign it. It’s quite a challenge, but it’s up to you. You will need: A4 paper Water Teabags Ground cinnamon or nutmeg Hairdryer (optional) Marker … More New Covenant – Jeremiah 31:27-34
Engaging Today’s readings are all about getting it wrong, and that’s something we can all identify with. The point is to realise you’re going the wrong way and do something about it. Don’t keep going the wrong way. Here’s a fun way to illustrate this: You will need (for each team of two) A pair … More Wrong Way, Right Way
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Linked Activities Make your own star projector with a Pringles tube. Also, check out how to make your own umbrella planetarium in this previous post, or you can buy a ready-made one. You will need Pringles tube with a transparent lid Thick black paper or card Pencil White pen (optional) Scissors Drawing pin Constellation images (click … More Counting the Stars – Genesis 15:1-6, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
Active Meditation Passing Through Things Temporal A prayer made famous by C. S. Lewis asks that God help us to ‘pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal’. Here is an active meditation that can help us to think about that. You will need Large paper, such as a flip-chart pad or … More Passing Through Things Eternal – Luke 12:13-21
Make these super quick-and-easy flatbreads and join in the feast with Abraham’s three visitors. Seriously, if I can make these, anyone can, and they’re delish! Doing – Quick Flatbreads Makes 4-6 You Will ‘Knead’ (ha ha, you see what I did there?) 200g/7oz flour (plain, self-raising or bread flour) pinch salt 100ml/3½fl oz warm water 2 … More Food with Friends – Genesis 18:1-15
This script is from ‘A Bucketful of Ideas for Church Drama‘, available at your local Amazon. Look out for the second book, coming soon! Snuffles and the Big Bad Cat Outline This drama re-tells the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), but using modern ‘goodies’ and ‘baddies’. A major problem with telling this parable … More Snuffles and the Big Bad Cat – Luke 10:25-37
Activity Why not make your own labyrinth to walk, this week? It does not need to be complicated, a simple spiral is fine, and you can build it out of whatever you have to hand. Perhaps use twigs that you find on a walk or grass clippings when you cut the lawn. Scribe one into … More Luke 9:51-62 – I Will Follow
There’s a theme of chains running through today’s readings, and the ‘linked’ (ho ho, pun intended) activity works well with all of the readings. It makes a stunning up-front demo, for services, Collective Worship or holiday clubs, or you can have people make their own version as a memorable take-home for Messy Church, Bible study … More Linked Heart Chains – 1 Kings 19:1-15 Luke 8:26-39 Galatians 3:23-29