Values jar

Today in our class worship we filled a jar with everything we encounter in life.

First, we started with table tennis balls and wrote down what was important in life on them. We had words such as: hope, family, love, etc…

I asked if the jar was full afterwards, to which the children said yes.

So then I added beads to the jar. I asked again was the jar full? The children again answered yes.

I then added sand to the jar – once again I asked if it was full. Again the children answered yes.

Finally, I filled the jar with water.

After all of these, I explained to the children that the balls represented all of the important things in life, such as: family, home, love, friends… the beads represented secondary things like: money, job, work, SATs, etc…. The sand represented all the little things, such as: material items, arguments, etc…. The water then represented  that there is always more space to learn.

Following this, I explained to the children that if you put the beads or the sand in first then there wouldn’t be any space for the balls. So in life we need to make sure we are happy and focus on the important things first.


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