Tea Bag Lesson  

Message for Children's Ministry

You'll need: a tagged teabag, two saucers, and a match. (Practice your timing with this as it is important. It is a very effective object lesson and one that children will remember.)

The Tag - (remove carefully while telling the children the following):

This tag tells us what kind of tea we have bought, or are about to drink. Sometimes people want to make a tag for those around them, and they give people a name like, naughty, or stupid, or thief, and this name is often based on one small incident. This is not what God wants us to do. God does not like his family to be tagged, as everybody makes mistakes, everybody behaves in the wrong way sometimes, even adults. Nobody is perfect. In John 8:7 it tells us, "Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone."

The String - (This also needs to be removed carefully.)

Many people become too attached to something on earth. Some people tell lies, so many that they are not sure of the truth any more. Some people become very attached to alcohol or drugs, so attached that they cannot live without it. Some people become attached to eating food, or not eating food. Whatever it is that you have become attached to, God does not want us to become attached to earthly things, he wants us to focus our attention on Him and His ways. He wants us to remove our earthly ties and be tied to him!

The Bag - (The bag needs to be opened very carefully without tearing it, and the tea leaves are to be emptied onto one of the saucers.)

We are all born with sin in our lives (like the tea leaves in the pure bag). We are all guilty of sinning, but God loves us so much that he sent his Son to die for us to take away our sins. If we believe in Jesus and ask him to live in our hearts, and we are truly sorry for our sins, he will make us clean and pure again (empty leaves now) but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7). 

The Casing - This extends into a long tube and you can stand it up on the SECOND saucer

If we believe in Jesus we will stand pure and proud in the sight of God. We will become a light for God. ". . . amongst the perverse generation you shall shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life" Philippians 2:15. (Start to burn the casing from the top) As you shine for Jesus you shall become closer to God in your Christian walk, and one day your soul shall join him for eternal life. (The casing rises as it burns.)

Copyright 2001 Nora 

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