Children’s Talk: Walking on Eggs
1 Kings 8: (1-6, 10-11), 22-30, 41-43
Joshua 24: 1-2a, 14-18
Psalm 34: 15-22
Idea: The children’s talk focuses in on the Ephesians reading about the armour of God but teases out themes present in all of today’s readings. Namely that God is present and is with us even when things are difficult. He holds fast to his promises but there in an onus on us in terms out how we choose to live our life and respond to God’s grace.
The Christian life isn’t always as easy one…even Jesus himself had people turn away from him and leave him because they thought his message was too hard. But as Jesus said himself his yoke is Light.
In Ephesians we read about the equipment needed for our life of faith.
A belt of truth
Breastplate of integrity
Shield of faith
Helmet of salvation
Sword of the Spirit
The Gospel of Peace on our feet
Our armour is a life built on truth and lived with integrity; with a sure and certain faith that God is with us by his Spirit as we share Jesus’ message of peace.
The armour is to give us confidence in life’s journey. That we are prepared and have all the protection we need. Inevitably life will have its tough and difficult moments but we won’t break under the pressure.
Invite a volunteer to the front. Explain that they are going to walk on the eggs but that none of the eggs will break. Despite their reputation for being weak, eggshells are amazingly strong. The egg’s three-dimensional arch shape makes it strongest at the top and bottom.
Instruction video here
#1: Start the Challenge
To start, spread the plastic garbage bag on the floor and arrange the cartons in two rows. The plastic bag on the floor will catch a lot of the mess if you discover some weak eggs.
#2: Egg Check
It is important to make sure the eggs are all oriented in the same way in the cartons.
One end of the egg is more “pointy” and the other is more round. Get all of the tops or bottoms going in the same direction. It doesn’t matter which way.
Leave the eggs in the carton (the carton will give them additional support).
#3: Take Off Your Shoes and Start Walking
Have the volunteer remove your socks and shoes
Give the volunteer a hand stepping up on the first carton of eggs. Their foot should be as flat as possible, distributing their weight evenly across the egg tops.
Their first nervous steps are replaced with confidence as they walk across the cartoons as they avoid breaking the eggs. In the same way, the armor of God helps us to live confidently – to live our hopes and not our fears.
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