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Prepare a bag full of story topics on cards that children can draw out of a bag.  Story topic ideas might include dogs, birthdays, school, my family, a loose tooth, breakfast, a computer, etc.  Gather the children and tell them that each one will draw a story topic from the bag and tell the group a ONE SENTENCE story about that thing.  Limit kids to one sentence to avoid long monologues from each child.  As they tell their story, react with surprise, laughter, or a comment about how sad or silly it was.  Compliment them for being such good storytellers.  At the end, share with the children that Jesus knew people loved stories and he used them to teach people about God.  A teaching story is called a parable.  Jesus’ parable was about God’s love for them!

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