Who am I?

I’m always fond of playing games like this with my Church family – giving a list of clues as to the identity of someone in literature or on TV and asking them to guess who they are (you know the drill!).

This is a great way to lead into the identity of Jesus, telling people that the Bible gives us clues as to who Jesus is, layering them up as we move through the Scriptures so, by the time we reach the Gospels, it becomes clear.

Here are a few “Who am I?”s to get you started.

I have a brother called George.

I love to splash in muddy puddles.
I am a pig.

Who am I?

(Peppa Pig)

I travel in a van called “The Mystery Machine”
I hang out with a bunch of meddling kids.
My best friend is called Shaggy.

Who am I?

(Scooby Doo)

I have something written on my foot.
I have a girlfriend called Bo.
I live in Andy’s Room.

Who am I?

(Woody)

I have a friend called Patrick.
I work in the Krusty Krab.
I live in a pineapple under the sea.

Who am I?

(Spongebob Squarepants)

I live in Arendelle.
I didn’t want to build a snowman.
I needed to learn to let it go.

Who am I?

(Elsa)

I used to live in darkest Peru.
I now live with the Browns in 24 Windsor Gardens, London.
I love Marmalade!

Who am I?

(Paddington Bear)

I work beneath Wayne Manor.
I enjoy gadgets.
I do not like clowns… or jokers.

Who am I?

(Batman)

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The Friend at Midnight / The Persistent Widow skit

The Friend at Midnight / The Persistent widow

Luke 11 & Luke 18

Then Jesus went on to say:

Suppose one of you goes to a friend in the middle of the night and says, “Let me borrow three loaves of bread. A friend of mine has dropped in, and I don’t have a thing for him to eat.” And suppose your friend answers, “Don’t bother me! The door is bolted, and my children and I are in bed. I cannot get up to give you something.”

He may not get up and give you the bread, just because you are his friend. But he will get up and give you as much as you need, simply because you are not ashamed to keep on asking.

 

Jesus told his disciples a story about how they should keep on praying and never give up:

In a town there was once a judge who didn’t fear God or care about people. In that same town there was a widow who kept going to the judge and saying, “Make sure that I get fair treatment in court.”

For a while the judge refused to do anything. Finally, he said to himself, “Even though I don’t fear God or care about people, I will help this widow because she keeps on bothering me. If I don’t help her, she will wear me out.”

The Lord said:

Think about what that crooked judge said. Won’t God protect his chosen ones who pray to him day and night? Won’t he be concerned for them? He will surely hurry and help them. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find on this earth anyone with faith?

 

Script:

Two old friends (Joshua the landowner, in bold, and the Judge in plain type) pass each other on the street. Joshua is bleary-eyed and doesn’t notice the Judge until the Judge calls out to him.

Joshua? Joshua, hello! Didn’t you see me?

(yawning) Oh, Judge – hello. Sorry, I’m barely awake this morning. Say, you’re a judge – give me some advice, what can a man do about troublesome neighbours?

Hmmm… that’s a tricky o… (phone rings – Judge looks at the handset, shudders and hangs up) Sorry – tell me a bit about your neigh… (phone rings – Judge looks at the handset again and hangs up again). Humph. Tell me about it.

Well, it only happened yesterday – and when I say ‘yesterday’, I mean in the middle of the night! I was in bed, like any sensible man, when suddenly there was a knock on my door.

And what time was this?

Around about midnight.

That does seem a bit… (phone rings, this time he answers) WHAT NOW?! Yes, I know it’s you! Yes… yes… yes… NO! I won’t put a good word in for you! No, I couldn’t care less about you… nor your children. No, I don’t particularly care what God would say either. Good day, madam! (Hangs up) Anyway, where were we?

(nods at phone) That sounded a bit rough.

Oh my goodness – it’s this widow! She phones me day and night – she even camped outside my house for a fortnight until I had the police move her on. She’s due to appear in court in front of me in about a week’s time and she wants me to be all sympathetic to her plight (mocking) – she wants me to put a good word in for her and (inverted commas) “treat her right” – as if I could care less about her little problems! Now you, my friend, I do care about – tell me what happened – who was at the door?

It was my neighbour! He didn’t even give me time to get up – he just guldered through my letterbox – He’d had visitors arrive unexpectedly and he wanted me to lend him some bread to feed them! The cheek! I was still tucked up in my bed so I yelled down through the open window, “Go away and leave me and my wife and children in peace!”

And did he?

Did he, heck! He kept on banging and calling until I had to get up and give him what he wanted!

The cheek of the (phone rings) SHRIEK! (Answers phone) GO AWAY! (hangs up) The cheek of the man.

Well, you know, I almost had to admire him for his persistence and I knew I’d get no rest until I did what he asked… so I got up, got him some bread and that solved the problem.

Well, I’m glad that that guy has a good neighbour to call on (Phone rings) How do I solve this problem?

You might also need to try my tactic. Perhaps you could hear her out?

Oh, alright then. I suppose it’ll stop her bothering me – I don’t care much for God or for people, but I do care about my own peace of mind. (Answers phone and say, mildy sarcastically) Yes, dear?

(men walk off)

Won’t God protect his chosen ones who pray to him day and night? Won’t he be concerned for them? He will surely hurry and help them.

Jesus told these stories to help us understand what God is *not* like – God is not like the judge and not like this other man. He doesn’t get frustrated when we pray; He’s not a reluctant listener and He doesn’t answer our prayers in a grumpy way. God is our Father and He loves to hear from and help us.

“God is like the potter”


This is a brilliant activity to use when covering themes such as “making mistakes”, “God’s plan for my life”, “Starting again”, “Being shaped in God’s image”. You’ll need enough Play Dough (or similar) for each child to have a blob.

http://www.scriptureunion.org.uk/LightLive/Activity/The_potters_house-Bible_story-rhyme/82405.id?activityid=5110

 

David vs Absalom Simple Retelling

David vs Absalom

(Props you might want to use: long-haired wig, crown)

David had a lot of sons – in fact he had 19 sons in total! And one of his sons was called Absalom – and Absalom was the trickiest son of them all! The Bible also tells us that no-one in all the land was as handsome as Absalom – he had no defects and long, flowing hair and he was well-liked.

Now, Absalom sometimes made some bad decisions and, from time to time, he fell out with his father, David – and, it seems, that Absalom did not think much of his dad. He spent time out and about in the city and, whenever anyone wanted to complain about something, Absalom used to say that the king didn’t want to listen to them! “If I was king”, he would have said, “I would listen to you…”

Yes, Absalom wanted to be king in the place of his dad! And, one day, Absalom gathered his men and prepared to attack and take the crown for himself!

But David hadn’t been king for so long for no reason – he found out about Absalom’s plot and he and his men went on the run! Yes, once again, David was forced to hide out from someone who was trying to kill him! David still had friends in the city who were loyal to him and, whenever Absalom made plans against his father, David’s friends gave Absalom bad advice and sent warnings to David.

Then, one day, the battle was on – David and his men put on their armour and prepared to go out and fight against Absalom but, just before they went out to fight, David’s men asked David to stay at home – they didn’t want the king to be in danger. David really wanted to fight but he agreed with his men.

So the battle was on in a nearby forest and Absalom was doing well in the fight – he pranced around on his horse until… uh-oh! His hair got caught in a tree! He was stuck! There was no-where for him to go, there was no-one to help him… and then David’s men came closer and closer with their spears and… they killed him! Absalom was gone.

David was told about the news – and how do you think he reacted? He cried and cried. He was so sad. Even though Absalom had hurt David, David still loved him.

That reminds me about how God thinks about us – we make mistakes and sometimes we don’t love God the way that we should but He never stops loving us. Never.

David lived for many years after that and died, an old man, in Jerusalem. One of his sons, Solomon, took over from him and was a wise and good king for the most of his reign, but Israel never had as good a king as David ever again… until a baby was born in Bethlehem almost one thousand years later…

David’s anointing – StoryBox


This story is told using a StoryBox or a StorySack – various items are placed inside the box or sack and, as they’re removed, you tell the next part of the story. Once you’ve told the story, replace the items and ask a child to retell the story, using the items as a prompt.

The items you’ll need are:

A smiley face, an angry face, a bottle of oil/cup, heart-shape, loud speaker (or make your own with a cone of card), a crown, a broken crown, measuring tape,  sheep

The king of God’s people was a man called Saul (CROWN) but Saul had not led as he was supposed to – he had turned away from following God with his whole heart and God decided that another would become king (BROKEN CROWN).

Samuel was God’s prophet (LOUD SPEAKER) – that means he told them people what God wanted them to know – God told Samuel that it was his job to anoint the new king. That just means that he went to meet the new king and was to pour oil over his head, to show that he was special and set apart (BOTTLE OF OIL).

Now, Samuel knew that if Saul heard that Samuel was anointing new kings, he would be furious (ANGRY FACE), so God told him that all Samuel had to do was meet the family of a man called Jesse and make a sacrifice to the Lord with them. I will show you what to do when you get there, said God.

When Samuel met Jesse he saw that Jesse had seven strapping sons! (MEASURING TAPE, showing their height and breadth) Aha! Thought Samuel – one of these guys must be the man God wants to be the new king.

But God spoke to Samuel, as He so often did – don’t look at their looks, Samuel. People always look at the outside, but I look at people’s hearts! (HEART SHAPE)

So, one by one, Jesse’s big, tough sons walked past Samuel and, one by one, God said, “no, not this one – this isn’t my new king”

Finally, all seven sons had walked past and God had said no to them all! Samuel asked Jesse – are these all your sons?!

Well… no, there’s one more – the youngest, David. I didn’t think you’d want to meet him – he’s out watching the sheep. (SHEEP TOY)

Get him, Samuel said so they did – and along came David. Young, handsome and God said, “This one!” So Samuel anointed him and David was God’s chosen king… but it wasn’t as easy as that, because Saul was still between David and the throne and he wasn’t going to give it up easily…

What’s in a name?

Tomorrow (9th April) is a special day – it’s “Name yourself Day”, a day when you can have a think about what you’d like to be called if you weren’t called what you are called.

What might you call yourself?

When a guy called George was asked that, he went a bit too far and actually changed his name so that he has the longest name in the world today. He’s now called: Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined. His name used to be George.

The longest ever name belonged to a man born in1904. His name is Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegel-stein-hausen-berger-dorft Senior

I wonder who has the longest name here today? (find out by a show of hands)

The longest Christian name today belongs to a Hawiian boy:

Kananinoheaokuuhomeopuukaimanaalohilo.

(Kan-an-in-o-he-a-o-kuu-hom-eo-puu-ka-im-ana-alo-hilo)

The name means “The Beautiful Aroma of My Home at Sparkling Diamond Hill is Carried to the Eyes of Heaven”. In Hawaii, it is the custom to give children long, descriptive names. Dont worry though, they call him Joe, of all things, for short.

Now, these names are rather brilliant, but they’re far from being the best name ever. The Bible tells us that there is one name that is the best name, because it says that this name is the one that comes above all other names – and that is Jesus’ name!

Philippians 2 says this:

Jesus became like one of us… He obeyed God and even died on a cross. (and we know He did this to forgive us for our sins if we follow Him)
Then God gave Christ the highest place and honoured his name above all others.
So at the name of Jesus everyone will bow down, those in heaven, on earth, and under the earth.
And to the glory of God the Father everyone will openly agree, “Jesus Christ is Lord!”

So Jesus’ name is the most important name, because He died for us and because He is the Lord of lords and the King of kings.

So, remember, next time you hear of a new baby’s name, or learn a new friend’s name, or even think about changing your own name, remember the name that is more important than all other names – the name of Jesus, because He loves us, He died for us and He rose again and lives today, praying for us!