Children’s Talk: What’s in a label?! (Sunday 2nd September)

Children’s Talk: What’s in a label?! (Sunday 2nd September)

Children’s Talk: What’s in a label?! (Sunday 2nd September)Readings

Song of Solomon 2: 8-13
Deuteronomy 4: 2-3, 6-9
James 1: 17-27
Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Children’s Talk

Before the service use a craft knife to delicately take off the labels from the tins and swap. Have one tin of something sweet and delicious like custard or fruit slices, a tin of something like baked beans, and a tin of something utterly disgusting like dog or cat food.

In one of today’s readings Jesus’ disciples are caughting breaking the religious rules by the Pharisees – they were eating with uncleand hands. I wonder if anyone left this house this morning without having breakfast?  If you could have anything to eat right now what would it be?

I might be able to help with that with a game this morning! I’m looking for three volunteers who’d like to take part…i(t’s always fun to throw an adult into the mix).

I have 3 cans., a set of quiz questions. The winner gets to choose their tin can first..and you have to eat what you win! 

Quiz: Person who wins gets to choose which can they get!

  • What letter is located between Z and C on a keyboard?  X
  • Which breakfast cereal is advertised with the slogan “Snap, crackle and pop”? (Rice Krispies).
  • What is the next number in the following sequence: 7, 14, 21, 28, ? (35)
  • What type of dog is Mel from ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ movie? (Pug)
  • Which body feature grows more quickly: hair or toenails? (Hair)

The volunteer with the most right answers gets to choose their tin first followed by 2nd and 3rd place.

Have the volunteers open their cans and share with everyone what they won. Reassure them you’re not going to make them eat the contents.

It doesn’t matter what label we put on the can. It doesn’t change what is inside. It’s not the label that’s important, but what’s inside that counts. This was something Jesus was keen to point out. – it’s what is in a person’s heart that is important. 

This is true for us as Christians too. It’s one thing to say we follow Jesus but what’s important is that we listen to others, show kindness and be compassionate. 

As it says in James 1: 26-27 

Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.

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