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Luke 15: 11-32


Jesus tells a story about being happy when one lost sheep out of a hundred is found, then a story about being happy when one lost coin out of ten is found, and then this story about being happy when one lost son out of two is found. Jesus told the story after people criticised him for spending time with tax collectors (who made money out of collecting money for the occupying Roman forces) and other people who didn’t seem to be doing the best thing for their families or communities.

The son’s money runs out a long way from home and there is a famine. Famines sometimes happened because the Romans made people send so much grain back to Rome that there was none left for themselves. Then the older son is annoyed when his returning brother gets a party. The father tries to restore relationships: the older son talks about his brother as “this son of yours”, but the father reminds him that he’s his brother.

This kind of story is called a “parable”, a story which is meant to make you think about what it might mean. Which son is really the lost one? Who might we overlook? Or welcome back?


Icebreaker/quickbuild  Make an object – we will tell you what you have to create and give you five minutes to work on it!
Story/home Make your way into church – collect a firework on your way in. We will read the first prayer (laminated sheets) and listen to the story.

Refreshments are served!
/lost-son You have 20 minutes or so to build something in response to the story, either on your own, or team up with others. 
·         A poor farm and a rich farm
·         Team up and act out the homecoming
·         A homecoming party venue
·         Design something that expresses how the brothers feel
If you don’t fancy building you can go back to the home village (/home) and read the story again in the church, or read some of the other stories in the library, or you might want to just explore the world, or work on your house.
Luke 15: 11-32
While you are creating, think about these questions with the adults on your table.
I Wonder: 
·         which part of this story you like the best?
·         what part is the most important?
·         where you are in this story or what part of the story is about you?
·         if there is any part of this story we can leave out and still have all the story we need?
There are many other things that can make us WONDER – what are you thinking about?
Final Prayer/home Back to the church for our final prayer (laminated sheet)
Dance/home We’ll put some music on and let your Minecraft characters dance about using jumping or emotes!
GamesWe will disconnect the server and then ask you to rejoin. This time it will be a games server. Today’s game – pig racing! Free play while the adults tidy up!!