What a load of difference!

4-7 year olds, 8-11 year olds, All-ageAll-Age service
An idea from the Barnabas Team to be used in all-age worship.

On your marks:

Here's a storytelling way of presenting the call of the disciples that involves the whole congregation. What an amazingly different bunch of people they were! The fact that Jesus chose each one of them with all their differences is so important and becomes the model of the new family that is the kingdom of God.

Get set:

The Bible stories about Jesus choosing the disciples can be found in Matthew 10:1-4; Mark 3:13-19; Luke 6:12-16.

The call of the first four disciples is in Mark 1:16-20

There is a retelling of this story in The Barnabas Children's Bible, story 257, 'The four fishermen'.

Go!

Here is the script for presenting the choosing of the twelve disciples:

Storyteller:

What a load of differences we have here this morning!

Different faces, different smiles.
Different names, different hairstyles.
Different eye colour, different shoe sizes.
Different heights, different widths(!)
Different voices, different talents.
Different characters, different personalities.

What a load of differences we have here in church today!

It's too much... too many... too scary!

I much prefer it when people are more like me.

When they wear the same sorts of clothes, have names I know, are more my size and share my ideas.

But the truth is we are all unique and different. Different interests; different tastes; different opinions; different habits! What on earth are we all doing here today under the same roof! The world must think we're very strange!? But here's the reason why...

Once upon a time Jesus was faced by a load of differences.

Some were young and some were old ,
Some were clever and some were 'not so clever' ,
Some were easily confused and some were very strong-minded,
Some were talented and some could only do one thing,
Some were angry and some were peaceful,
Some were suspicious and some were over-enthusiastic,

But Jesus knew he needed them all in his world-changing team.

And each time Jesus chose someone to follow him, the others said:

We don't need you.

But Jesus said:

Oh yes, we do!

(Rehearse this, so that one half of the congregation calls out 'we don't need you' and the other half shouts out 'oh yes, we do'. These responses are needed at various points in the story!)

Jesus chose hot-headed, loud-mouthed, never-stop-to-think-about-it Peter.

And the others said: We don't need you.

But Jesus said: Oh yes, we do!

Jesus chose angel-faced, quick-to-smile, far-too-young-looking John.

And the others said: We don't need you

But Jesus said: Oh yes, we do!

Jesus chose quick-eyed, clever-in-class, good-at-languages Andrew.

And the others said: We don't need you

But Jesus said: Oh yes, we do!

Jesus chose grumpy-faced, stick-in-the-mud, 'I don't believe it!' Nathaniel

And the others said: We don't need you

But Jesus said: Oh yes, we do!

Jesus chose very-excitable, won't-ever-give-up, always-in-a-rush Philip

And the others said: We don't need you!

But Jesus said: Oh yes, we do!

Jesus chose thoroughly-nice, his-mummy-loves-him, he'll-go-far James.

And the others said: We don't need you.

But Jesus said: Oh yes, we do!

Jesus chose good-at-maths, rather-selfish, 'I'll do anything to succeed' Matthew.

And the others said: We don't need you.

But Jesus said: Oh yes, we do!

Jesus chose never-trusting, always-doubting, 'I'm-not-sure-about-this' Thomas.

And the others said: We don't need you

But Jesus said: Oh yes, we do!

Jesus chose not-very-strong, easily-overlooked, 'I'm-too-small' James.

And the others said: We don't need you.

But Jesus said: Oh yes, we do!

Jesus chose temper-losing, tantrum-throwing, 'I'll smash your face in' Simon.

And the others said: We don't need you.

But Jesus said: Oh yes, we do!

Jesus chose very impatient, money-loving, 'I'll-do-it-my-way' Judas.

And the others said: We don't need you.

But Jesus said: Oh yes, we do!

And finally, Jesus chose nobody-special, easily-overlooked, 'what's his name?' Jude.

And the others said: We don't need you.

But Jesus said: Oh yes, we do!

Yes, Jesus chose each one of these twelve disciples, with all their load of differences.

And they became a great team.

They became great friends working together.

The twelve disciples became a team that changed the world (with just one substitute before extra time!) Because God can bring all our differences together,
to help each one of us become the best we can be,
and so that together we can change the world!