Children's message

Words Matter, Children’s Message — Tod Gobledale, UK

Arising from the Book of James Picture 1: Girl at school Once upon a time…a new girl comes to school. Picture 2: Map of UK (or relevant country) with arrows from old home (Edinburgh) to new home (London) She comes from far, far away. She talks differently. She dresses differently. Picture 3: Girls jumping rope […]

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No matter what, God loves us — Tod Gobledale, UK

I have something in my bag. (Take out a broken bowl.) 1. What’s this? [broken bowl] 2. Have you ever broken something? 3. How did you feel? 4. Have you ever broken something your mum or dad told you to be careful with? 5. What happened? 6. Even when we do something wrong, our parents […]

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Fireworks thanks! — Ana Gobledale, UK

A Children’s Message for after Guy Fawkes, New Years or Independence Days, connecting to the sounds of fireworks. O Children of Jacob, O people of God, Come, let us walk in the light of God. —Isaiah 2:5 (Ask one child) What are you thankful for? God, thank you for (repeat what child said). 3-2-1 CLAP! […]

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Watch! — Mary Luti, USA

Keep watch! Thoughts for Advent – could be morphed into a Children’s Message We used to wear watches. Now we wear devices. Still strapped to the wrist. Still sometimes called watches. Still showing us the time.  But mostly we check them for everything but the time – our heart rate, driving directions to Fred’s, how […]

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Collection of Children’s Messages — Jim Burklo, USA

Jim writes, ‘Use freely. All I ask is attribution!’ Breaking Free – a flower becomes a butterfly – and learns to appreciate flowers The Clay Bird (an interfaith message – Christian/Muslim) Elephant Eggs – pure silliness! punch line: what you need is probably already here. Of Seeds and Stardust – a poetic science-based creation story […]

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Namaste, Children’s Global Message — Tod & Ana Gobledale

A children’s message for World Communion Sunday. Greetings from other cultures can be used. This message connects to the theme that everyone is part of God’s family.. Materials: a world map or globe Who can find where we live on the globe/map? What do we do and say in English [substitute local language] to greet […]

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Black Lives Matter – a children’s message

Be fair!  Making justice bunting & signs — A Children’s Message as part of the Black Lives Matter movement This was written to present to an inter-racial group of children. Leader’s Script Today we are thinking about how we can help change situations that are unfair. We asked you to think about situations where you […]

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All Saints Day, Children’s Message — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, USA

Children’s Message for All Saints Day – recognizing God’s workers Images of saints, past and present, are used to help children identify and appreciate people who are ‘saints’, who use their life to make the world a better place. The iconography of Robert Lenz provides numerous portraits of what he calls “marginalized heroes” –both traditional […]

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Songs of Praise, Children’s moment — Tod Gobledale, UK

This children’s message was initially incorporated into a Songs of Praise service in which several church members (of all ages) chose a favourite hymn and shared why it is special to them. Download a ready-to-use script: Children’s message – Karl Barth & music PDF Children’s message – Karl Barth & music WORD Lectionary links This […]

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Palm Sunday Donkey Pinata, children’s message

Holy Week in a donkey! Preparation:  Fill a pinata with the items listed below and number them in order. Method of presentation:  Tell the story of Holy Week as you pull the items out of the pinata, in numerical order. Story items: the donkey pinata — reminding us of the donkey the disciples brought for […]

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Sharing, Children’s message — Ana Gobledale, UK

Colours of the rainbow Originally used to illustrate ‘sharing’ as presented in John 6:1-15 (Jesus feeds many) and 2 Kings 4:42-44 (Tenth Week of Pentecost, Year B). Preparation: In a bag: (I use the same cloth bag each week, so children anticipate that there will be something inside it when they gather.) a selection of […]

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Mark 4:35-41 dramatised — Jesus stills the storm

Jesus stills a storm Mark 4:35-41, using text from the New Revised Standard Version – Pentecost 5, Year B Readers: Worship Leader, Storyteller, Jesus, the Disciples (congregation) Download a ready-to-print copy of the drama:  Mark 4, 35-41 – Jesus stills a storm Leader: Mark tells many stories about Jesus. This story puts Jesus and the disciples […]

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Alpha & Omega symbols, Children’s Message — Tod Gobledale, UK

Revelations 1:8, 21:6, 22:13 — Lectionary reading for Christmas and New Year A,B,C; Easter 2C, 5C and 7C, All Saints Day Year B, Pentecost 27B (Proper 29B) Alpha & Omega: Introducing the symbols of the church to children   This message offers children the opportunity to look around the sanctuary or worship room and discover […]

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Keeping promises,Children’s message, Luke 2:22-40 — Tod Gobledale, UK

Luke 2:22-40, Isaiah 61:10-62:3 Readings for First Sunday after Christmas, Revised Common Lectionary Year B This is intended to be used with a group of children gathered together around the worship leader.  One or two children will suffice; more is delightful. Preparation: small child-size chair, for worship leader soft cloth bag large enough to hold […]

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Reformation Sunday Children’s Message — Ana & Tod Gobledale, UK

Standing up to bullies:  Anna & Martin make change (reform) happen   I have something in my bag. What’s this? … DVD – Frozen Who has seen Frozen? Who are the characters?  Who do you see here? …(on the cover):   Kristof, Svens (deer), Elsa (ice), Anna (red hair), Olaf (snowman), Prince Hans Who’s the bad guy?  […]

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Contacting God, Children’s Message — Tod & Ana Gobledale, UK

Preparation:   Bag with telephone inside.  The telephone should be easily recognizable, as a telephone, by the children. Gather the children around. I like to face the children, with my back to the congregation.  I either sit on the floor or on a child’s small chair.  The children either sit on the floor around me or […]

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The work of spring, Children’s Message — Tod & Ana Gobledale, UK

This might be included in a Blessing of the Gardeners service, or used any time during the planting and tending season. Preparation Put several items into a bag:  Bible, flower bulbs, gardening gloves, small gardening tools, e.g. trowel. Take items out as they are mentioned in the script. Method I invite the children forward to […]

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Baptism service activities — Ana Gobledale, UK

Baptism services often include several children in the congregation, and I want them to be involved and interested.  So, I often incorporate into the service a reflection/activity which includes group participation. I ask a group of volunteers, ideally children and youth, to come forward.  (The number of volunteers corresponds to the number of letters in […]

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Praise God in Colour!, Children’s Message — Tod Gobledale, UK

23rd Sunday after Pentecost, Year B Children’s Conversation and Prayer Mark 10:46-52 Hold up cards of different colours, one at a time. Ask:  What can you name that is… [the colour of the card being held up]  orange/red/purple/etc? Thank you God for the colour orange/red/purple/etc and everything that is orange/red/purple/etc. God created our eyes to […]

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