It's no accident that we begin each New Year by reminding ourselves of the story of Jesus being baptised in the River Jordan. This storytelling idea could be used in a all-age worship service or with a children's group at the start of the year or a term.
A triptych is a work of art that is divided into three sections. The following idea offers three striking images that you could copy and illustrate in order to make a triptych that can be a focus for telling the Christmas story.
Mark began as a secret follower of Jesus and ended up going on the first missionary journey with his cousin Barnabas and being commended by Paul. This could be used as a storytelling outline at an all-age communion service.
To whichever of the stories of Jesus you turn, it seems that you encounter the whole gospel! The account of how he dared to touch the man with a skin disease and brought healing as well as inclusion surely sums up what is meant by God's grace.
4-7 year olds, 8-11 year olds, All-ageAll-Age service
Jesus was always surprising his friends by drawing their attention to the people nobody else bothered about. The widow in the temple with her few coins to put into the collection was one such unnoticed person who mattered to God.
Determination is one of the seven Olympic values and blind Bartimaeus is someone who had this in abundance. His story of insisting on meeting Jesus against all the odds bears all the hallmarks of a champion paralympian!