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Related Bible reading(s): Mark 10.17-31


Activities and prayers to gather the group and introduce the theme

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All age act of worship Session

Camels and needles

  • Have you ever heard or used a strange phrase to illustrate something? For example: ‘It’s like herding cats.’ There can be few if any people who actually herd cats, but we can imagine trying – cats are not known for doing what you ask of them! Other sayings include: ‘Go on a wild goose chase’, ‘Get a taste of your own medicine.’ Invite people to suggest sayings they know and/or use.
  • How about this one ‘Pass a camel through the eye of a needle’? What does that mean? Depending how you imagine this, it might be rather funny (you could show a video clip).
  • You probably know that this was a phrase that Jesus used. It is part of today’s reading(s), and although Jesus probably intended it to be amusing, and relatively easy to understand, he uses it to make an important point. That is what we shall explore in today’s worship.


First impressions

You could also use the image and following questions to help introduce the theme.

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  • What do you make of this image – its title is ‘With God all things are possible’?
  • What is the difference between what is possible and what is wise?
  • How might we encourage ourselves and others to develop a wise heart?
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