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8-Minute Messages

Theme: The church

Text: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31

Preparation: Bring cookie dough in a bowl, a cup of flour, an egg, a large spoon, and a plastic spoon for each child.

The Message: Who'd like to eat these ingredients? (Hold up the flour and egg.) What other ingredients do these ingredients need to make them taste better? (Kids may answer chocolate chips, sugar or vanilla.) How can these ingredients become something that tastes better?

These ingredients need to be mixed up with other ingredients to taste better. (Read the scripture.)

Turn to a partner and tell your partner one good ingredient he or she has that makes our church "taste better," such as a sweet smile or a great voice. (Give kids one minute.)

What would happen if we left out an ingredient from our recipe? What would happen if one of us wasn't mixed into our church?

(As you give each child a spoonful of cookie dough, say things such as the following.) You're an important ingredient in our church. Our church is a better place because you're mixed into it.

Let's pray. Father, thank you for all the unique and wonderful children who make a great recipe for our church.

Eric Wooding
Michigan City, Indiana

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