Ways to present 1 Kings 3:5-12 and Matthew 13:31-33,44-52
Introduce the reading by displaying a figure contemplating a pearl, sitting beside ‘the cup of salvation’. Say that, ‘The pearl is of great value to the figure; but is that value more or less than that of their salvation?’
Then before the reader begins, say, ‘In our reading today, God asks the young Solomon what gift he would like God to give him. Listen carefully to how Solomon answers and think what gift or quality you would like God to give you – and why.’
Take some tiny seeds in your hand to show around; or pass round a bag of the seeds and invite people to take a few. Invite people to think about the seeds and what they can become: ‘Mustard plants can grow up to six metres high and wide. At the time of Jesus, Pliny the Elder wrote that they were valued for being good for the health with their pungent taste. They were also seen as a weed. Once they were sown, it was difficult to stop them, because the seeds germinated almost at once. As you listen to the Gospel reading, notice how the images described affect your heart. If not a seed, what image would you choose to describe the reign or kingdom of God?’
Ways to present Matthew 13:31-33,44-52
Activities marked with an asterisk next to the activity title are in addition to the resources in the Ready to go sessions. Suggested timings for these activities are also shown. NB The inclusion of additional activities varies from week to week.
Lay out five cloth circles and place play objects or felt shapes(in italics below) to tell the story.Jesus told five short stories:The kingdom of God is like a tiny seed that grows into a mighty treewhere many birds make their home.The kingdom of God is like yeast that a woman kneads into a hugebowl of flour until it causes the dough to rise.The kingdom of God is like treasure hidden in a field. When aman finds it, he sells everything he has to buy the field and ownthe treasure.The kingdom of God is like a precious pearl. When a traderfinds it, he sells everything he has so that he can buy the oneprecious pearl.The kingdom of God is like a fishing net. It catches all the fish.At the end of the day, the fishermen sort the fish, the good fromthe bad, just as will happen to people at the end of time.
Read the story and pause at the to share these points with the children (see Stop and share below). Then use the activity to explore the passage together. (10 mins)
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