Lent

Contemporary story of Zacchaeus

All-ageSpecial event
This is the dramatic story of Zacchaeus in a new context - on the streets of London rather than Jericho, drawing on imagery from a famous money-making board game.

Like a mustard seed

4-7 year olds, 8-11 year olds, All-age
The parable of the mustard seed is one of the most memorable and profound stories that Jesus told his followers. This outline explores some of its meaning with reference to three other Bible stories.

Messy Church in Lent

All-age
This idea contains an outline for a Messy Church in Lent with suggestions for crafts and activities, the celebration and the meal. It is based on the story of the temptations of Jesus and it explores the theme of how to be truly strong.

Decision time

8-11 year olds, All-age
The weeks of Lent are traditionally a time for personal reflection and recommitment to following Jesus. This outline for an all-age service or group session focuses on making the serious decision to become a disciple of Christ and draws on Luke 14:25-33.

The temptations of Jesus

All-ageAll-Age service
The temptations faced by Jesus in the desert both define his future ministry as well as challenge us as to the best way to make a difference in this world for the better. This storytelling idea could be used at the start of Lent.

Exploring forgiveness

8-11 year olds, All-age
We know we should be ready to forgive those who hurt us but sometimes it's not that simple! This is at the heart of the very practical question that Peter put to Jesus in Matthew 18:21-35. The parable of the unforgiving servant is a focus for this idea.

Moses' unlucky strike

8-11 year olds
The life story of Moses dominates the early books of the Bible. He was a great leader but, even so, his impatience and anger did once get the better of him. This idea unpacks the story of when it all went wrong for Moses at Meribah in the wilderness.

A Remembrance Cross

8-11 year oldsSpecial event
Background information, Bible link, story, craft and reflection ideas for a session exploring the cross linked to Remembrance Day.