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Yesterday, I did a teaching about bearing one another's burdens. I asked each person to bring something small, heavy, and unbreakable to home church. I spread a bedsheet on the floor, and then asked people to talk about what sorts of burdens we all have to carry in our lives. There were all sorts of suggestions - fear, anger, loneliness, other people (at times), our jobs, school, etc. I wrote each suggestion on a piece of paper, and then taped it to one of the heavy objects and had a kid put it on the sheet.
After awhile, I tied the ends of the sheet together, and asked the kids to try to lift it. The little ones couldn't lift it, and even the older ones had a hard time. Then, I put a big dowel rod under the knot, and had five kids try to lift the burdens together. Obviously, it was much easier, and we talked about how God wants us to help one another carry our burdens.
A few months ago at home church, I did a teaching about the Lord's Supper. I brought all the makings for yeast bread, and we all went into the kitchen and made a loaf of bread together. While I made the bread (and let the kids help knead), we talked about how Jesus is the Bread of Life. We talked about how a little yeast leavens the whole loaf, and how salt gives flavor to the whole. We talked about how God provides our daily bread, and we talked about how Jesus allowed his body to be broken for us.
Once I had mixed the bread and set it out to rise, I took grapes and had the kids crush the grapes to make juice. (We didn't wait for it to become wine!) We talked about how Jesus allowed his blood to be spilled for us.
Just before lunch together, we all shared the bread and juice we'd made, as the Lord's Supper.
When I came back in ten minutes, dressed up silly, the children did just that. They told me about God! And it was understandable! And it sounded like such good news that I left right away for my home planet to tell the others there about God. You get the picture - it turned out to be a fun time and a learning time, both for children and adults. Thank you Lord for that simple idea.