Story: How much does a miracle cost?

Story: How much does a miracle cost?

Jenny was a precocious eight year old when she heard her mum and dad talking about her little brother, Andrew. All she knew was that he was very sick and they were completely out of money. They were moving to smaller flat next month because dad didn’t have the money for the doctor’s bills as well as their house. Only a very costly surgery could save Andrew and it was looking like there was no-one to loan them the money. She heard her dad say to her tearful Mother with whispered desperation, “Only a miracle can save him now.” Jenny went to her bedroom and pulled out her piggy bank from its hiding place in the cupboard. She poured all the change out on the floor and counted it carefully, three times. The total had to be exactly perfect, no chance here for mistakes. Carefully placing the coins back in her bank and twisting on the cap, she slipped out the back door and made her way to the local pharmacy. She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention but he was too busy. Jenny twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise. Nothing. She cleared her throat with the most disgusting sound she could muster. No good. Finally she took a coin from her jar and banged it on the glass counter. That did it! “And what do you want?” the pharmacist asked in an annoyed tone of voice. “I’m talking to my brother from Chicago whom I haven’t seen in ages, he said without waiting for a reply to his question. “Well, I want...
Difficult Questions About Jesus

Difficult Questions About Jesus

This video has quite a few different applications. It could be used as an introduction to a discussion about the questions we all have about faith and religion. Or it could be used to help volunteers consider how children understand the stories in the Bible and how we can teach in their language rather than ours. What’s more important…our questions or our...
Kid’s Talk: Giant Jenga

Kid’s Talk: Giant Jenga

Like many churches the congregation I work for follows the Lectionary each week. From time to time it can through up a difficult passage or two. The first Sunday that I was there I had a passage about divorce. I found it difficult to know where to begin and how to approach the topic sensitively. For this kid’s talk I used the Giant Jenga game to talk generally about suffering and where God is when we have our most difficult times. Ask for some volunteers who’d like to play a game of Giant Jenga. Although it might take a while to complete the congregation will stay engaged as the tower is built higher and there is the inevitable wobble. Let the volunteers play until the tower crashes. Say something like: Life is a lot like Giant Jenga. Each of us try our best to aim high and build successful lives. But along the way we will have a wobble or two when things don’t go to plan. Most of the time these wobbles won’t stop us from living life to the full and we continue to build our lives. However, each of us will also face times when it feels like everything comes crashing around us.  We might lose a loved one, we might fail an important test at school, or our parents might not be getting on. Where is God in the midst of all this and Why does he let us suffer? Believing in God isn’t a guaranteed that we will avoid suffering. But faith gives us the hope that God will be with us helping us to to rebuild...
School Resource – Faith and Spirituality

School Resource – Faith and Spirituality

I came across this resource to encourage young people to critically think about issues of faith and give them an opportunity to share what they believe. Ideal for use in schools but can also be used within church youth groups too. Questionnaires Faith Questionnaire Primary School Faith Questionnaire Secondary...