The Rich Fool

 Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.

Intro:
Using old catalogues get the kids to make a collage of what they would have if they were rich. Are there better things they could have that you can’t find in a shop?

Game: Build the biggest barn
Give each team some construction materials (anything from Lego to building blocks to spaghetti and marshmallows depending on what you have how sticky you want them to get) make sure they all have the same. Who can build the tallest self-supporting structure within the time? Bonus points for those who finish first. If you declare yourself to be finished but then your barn collapses you can rebuild if there is time but points will be deducted.

Game: Barn filling
In two teams. Place a measuring jug for each team at the far end of the room; have a large container filled with uncooked rice at the other end. Children must relay their grain into the measuring ‘barn’ using only a spoon. The team who gets the most in wins! Warning: messy game!

Memory verse:
Luke 12:34 ‘Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’
Use these simple pictures to help them remember: Luke 12v34

Drama:
The story broken into Freeze Frames. We split into two groups and photographed them (with parents permission) and showed the photos to help tell the story. You could just show the finished freeze frames to the other group. Remember to get the story in the right order.

Talk:
This Rich Fool Talk includes a retelling of the story at the beginning which, depending on how much your group love/hate doing drama or how much time you have, you may want to cut right down to the second section only or drop the freeze frames.

Activity:
In pairs or threes re-write the parable for a modern setting. Here is a template for writing them and a couple of examples my Sunday School class came up with: Rich man Parables re-written

Songs:
Jesus Number 1  – Colin Buchanan: Super Saviour

Prayer:
Ask God to forgive us for wanting things more than we want him. Ask him to show us what he’s like and to help us want him more.