- Children are asked to hunt for as many
ladders, steps and stairs as they can find around the church.
- An adult leads a discussion of what all
these steps are used for. Where do they start and where do they go?
- An adult shows the children a Jacob's
Ladder. Why does this toy have such an usual name?
- Genesis 28.10-19a is read aloud.
- An adult leads a discussion of the meaning
of the reading, linking it to what Jesus has done for us all.
- One or more adults to lead the
- Adult(s) or competent child(ren) for the
- A Bible
- Steps, ladders and stairs: some will be
part of the church building; you can bring in examples such as
step-ladders, a toy fire engine, and so on; and you can also print off
photographs or pictures of as many different kinds as you can find, such
as bunk beds, fire escapes, loft ladders, etc.
- A Jacob's Ladder toy (optional).
- Print out words to summarise uses of
ladders on large sheet to display during talk. E.g. reaching, rescuing,
mending, decorating, resting, teaching, calling, helping.
- Before the service, distribute pictures
and props around the church.
- Display the list of uses of ladders as you
talk about each one. E.g. the ladder to the bell tower: calling people to
worship. Steps up to the pulpit: for teaching. A painter's ladder:
decorating. A bunk bed ladder: resting. A roofer's ladder: mending.
- In Jacob's dream, there was a ladder that
started here on earth and went all the way up to God in heaven. In this
dream, although it took place long before Jesus was born on earth, we can
see a picture of what Jesus has done for all of us. We can also think of
Jesus as being a bit like some of the steps and ladders that we've been
thinking about today.
- His love mends broken people and
- He promised that through him we could
have life in all its fullness, with all the joy and excitement that's
possible. (Link to decorating.)
- He provides a way for us to reach God:
because he died on the cross, we can keep on saying sorry and making
friends with God again.
- He rescues us from all the things in
our lives that trap us: feelings of not being as good as other
people; guilt; anger; fear. When we trust him, we can let go of all
- He promsied to give us rest and peace.
When we're really tired and feel that we can't cope, if we trust
Jesus then he can help us.
- He teaches us about what God's like
and how he wants us to live.
- He calls us to follow him and be his
- He helps us through life.
- Like Jacob's ladder, Jesus provides a link
between us and God. Jesus is not the only way we can know God: we can see
his love in other people, and we can see his amazing power in creation.
But only Jesus shows us that God is our Father in heaven, who loves each
one of us as his precious children. Jesus said, 'Nobody comes to the
Father except through me.' If we trust Jesus in our prayers, then we can
all know God as our Father.