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Related Bible reading(s): John 12.1-8

All-age introduction

A way to begin worship when all ages are present.

Give my best

What can children do better than adults? Ask for a few suggestions that you could test out now. For example: Who can make the most noise? Run around the room the quickest? Be first to open a wrapped parcel? Jump the highest? Ask both the children and the adults to suggest why children are better at some things. Might it be because children are less inhibited? Adults are probably looking to see who is watching first, and thinking, ‘Will I look silly?’ Does it make a difference, at any age, if those watching are friends or strangers? In familiar places, and with people we know, we generally feel more relaxed, more able to be ourselves, more accepted. In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus suggests that we can worship God in our own way, giving him our best, whatever our age or circumstances.

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