Using Jelly Babies to speak about different roles in the family of God
This is a baptism sermon idea with the message that there are lots of roles in the Family of God and we all have a part to play in this child’s Christian life. It went down very well and I felt many people engaged with it as everyone has a favourite Jelly Baby. I used a set of toy Jelly Babies and made a giant bag so folk could choose their favourite one when I spoke about them.
Bible Reference: Baptism of Jesus: Matthew 3, Mark 1, Luke 3
Give brief history of Jelly Babies (see Wikipedia etc)
All jelly babies used to be the same shape then in 1989, six of the ‘babies’ were given a name, an identity and features to distinguish them from one another.
Get out of the bag.
- Pink Baby Bonnet – mischievous
- Green Boofuls – crying, soft hearted
- Orange Bumper – bum bag, active,
- Yellow Bubbles – ponytail, lively
- Grey Bigheart – heart on tummy, puts others first
- Red Brilliant – baseball cap, leader
It takes many people to make up a bag of Jelly Babies/a family/involved in bringing up/influencing a child – many people were and are involved in nurturing:
- Jesus, and this child
- Mary and Joseph parents
- Wise men those who recognise potential
- Anna and Simeon older folk who speak truth even when it is hard to hear
- Priests in the temple those who teach/learn with us about God
- John the Baptist those who help us fulfill God’s plan for us
- Who are we in the life of this child?
- How will we fulfill our role in this child’s life?
- Need the Holy Spirit – baptism is an opportunity for us all to renew our faith.