So we took the kids to see The Lorax Movie this week. They have been on about it for a while and we finally managed it... I have to admit I was intending to have a little kip whilst in the darkened cinema but actually I loved the movie and so sleep was postponed... If you haven't seen it - do. It's a brilliant illlustration of looking after our planet and what greed can do to you. And it's absolutely brilliant for sermon illustrations, there are so many angles you could take. The bit I really loved is at the end when all the trees have been cut down, and the beautiful countryside we saw at the beginning decimated, BUT... one boy has been given the last remaining seed for these beautiful truffula trees. And he manages against all the odds to plant it and with that to convince his town to change. At the very end we see all these tiny trees beginning to shoot up.
This morning we had an all age service looking at the feeding of the 5000. I was doing a kids activity and my friend who was preaching had the idea of growing cress. So I used the Lorax as an illustration on what God can do when we offer him very little. We used the seed from the movie to represent the little thing we would offer to God this week, asking people to think what they could give, maybe 5 mins of prayer a day, offering to take a meal to a neighbour in need, or being especially nice to someone at school etc. Then we planted the seeds to represent this and to see how God would multiply both our seeds as they grow and hopefully what we had offered him this week. We used the phrase 'Little is Much When God is in it' and put in on truffula trees (the ones in the Lorax). It worked so well I wanted to post some pics! Our kids are so creative... and for all kids workers it was an easy one to organise and also v cheap!!