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The lost coin

All-age
Jesus loved telling stories to get people thinking about what the kingdom of God is like and about how radically generous God's love is towards us. Luke uniquely several stories - in particular, the lost-and-found stories including the lost coin.

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.

Jesus and the leper

4-7 year olds
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.

Celebrate Holy Week

8-11 year olds, All-ageAll-Age service
The last parable that Jesus used about 'the rejected stone' perhaps sums up Holy Week most powerfully. The following outline could be used as part of an all-age service, in a session with an older children's group or within a celebration at Messy Church.

The undeserving - the story of the workers in the vineyard

4-7 year olds, 8-11 year olds, All-ageAll-Age service
Jesus was always surprising his friends by telling stories that seemed to make no sense or, at the very least, shocked them; the workers in the vineyard is one such story. Outrageously, the last to be employed are rewarded as generously as the first.

Blind Bartimaeus

8-11 year olds, All-age
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!

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