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Children's moment - NT: Life of Jesus 03: Call of John the Baptist - Whose jacket is this?

An easy to do and fun children's moment on the Bible story of the the calling of John the Baptist.

You can use this children's moment during a church service as a brief introduction to the Bible story of the calling and ministry of John the Baptist. The aim of this children's moment is to teach the children and adults about John's teaching on sharing with the poor. It can be used as an introduction to the sermon or to the teaching in the Sunday school or children's ministry that morning.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the story of John the Baptist being called by God. 

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What you need:

  • several coats from the coat rack, belonging to people in the church
  • a large cardboard box

Let's start...


Come forward with a cardboard box and an armful of coats. Tell everyone in the church that you're excited to start the donation drive for poor people today. You've already brought the cardboard box.

Show the box.

Explain that it seems like a good idea to start with coats. Many poor people need a nice, warm, rainproof coat. How great that we as a community are willing to provide our coats for this. Explain that you've taken the liberty of taking some nice coats from the coat rack and donating them already.

Show the first coat (this coat belongs to a friendly person in the church who you've already asked for permission, and who is playing along with the game.)

Ask: Whose coat is this?

If that person stands up or raises their hand, ask: Do you have another coat at home? If that person says 'yes', say: Great, then you can spare this one.

Repeat this a few times, until someone asks what you're doing. You can't just give away someone's coat like that, can you?

Make the connection to today's Bible story in which John the Baptist tells the people: "If you have two shirts, give one to someone who has none."

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