Mary and Martha
inviting the children to the front for the talk, pretend that there are
various jobs you need them to do. One child does not do any jobs
but sits quietly. Another child is primed to complain that this isn't
- Why isn't
she helping? She is reading her Bible: the story of Mary and
Martha (Luke 10:38-42). The children return to their seats to hear the
story and a discussion of its meaning.
write prayers on slips of paper to put in a prayer pot, for inclusion in
- An adult
to give out the jobs and lead the discussion.
confident reader to sit with the Bible and then read the story aloud - or
possibly more children, one who sits with the Bible and the other
(confident reader(s)) to read it aloud.
children's Bible containing the story of Mary and Martha
- Slips of
paper and pencils (sufficient for one per family or pew) with some sort
of prayer pot.
the service, make some work for the children to do. This can be
very simple: hymn books that need putting back on shelves; hassocks that
need hanging up; pencils to give out; and so on.
the service, choose the child who will read the Bible and the one who
will complain about her. You'll need to explain what's going to
happen and ask them not to tell the other children.
- When the
child complains that it isn't fair, X isn't helping, ask her what she's
doing that's so important it stops her from doing any work. Invite her to
the front to read it aloud (or invite others to read it for her).
This will lead into a discussion of the story of Mary and Martha: it's
important to help others and there is often work that needs doing, but we
shouldn't let it get in the way of sitting at Jesus' feet, listening to
His word. We can do this by coming to church, by reading the Bible and by
setting time aside for prayer. He has promised that He will always be
there for us and answer our prayers.
- You can
then invite people to write down their prayer requests, to be collected
in the prayer pot and drawn out for inclusion during the