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Jesus the party person

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Preparation or homework: Write about or tell of a significant party or meal. What made it significant?

Comparing parties and church services

List off what makes for a good party: food, drink, people, friends, a leader (host), special place, music, lighting,… Get them to find parallels to service: bread, wine, congregation, priest, church, hymns, candles,…

Jesus the party person

  • Jesus was at parties and meals
  • Jesus talks about parties and meals
  • Many people thought Jesus had the “wrong” type of people at these parties and meals
  • Jesus is remembered in a party/meal

People could find Bible references and stories for each of these four subheadings. Pairs might work through a gospel each (a version with headings over each story helps). There can be age-appropriate variants – some might be able to come to these four subheadings themselves with discussion and encouragement: “Let’s talk about Jesus and parties and meals…”

The fourth point leads into discussion about remembering and presence…

The above can be two separate sessions and lead into education on the Passover…. A white board, posters, pictures, power-point, movie clips can be used creatively within this framework…

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