Parables

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.

Celebrating 1 in a 100

All-ageAll-Age service, Special event
The parable of the lost sheep is possibly one of Jesus' best known stories. This outline for a celebration focuses on ways to explore this story with children and families in all-age worship, Messy Church or at a special event.

Celebrate harvest

All-ageAll-Age service
This is an idea for a short act of worship for all ages at Harvest Thanksgiving.

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.

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.

The great feast

All-age
In sporting terms, 'the first coming last and the last first' doesn't make much sense! What is this important saying of Jesus all about? This idea explores its meaning through the parable of the Great Feast and offers an active way to tell the story.

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