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Telling the truth

To show that although it is sometimes hard it is best to tell the truth.

by Jan Edmunds

Suitable for Key Stage 1


To show that although it is sometimes hard it is best to tell the truth.

Preparation and materials

You will need a Bible if you are including the story of Peter’s denial.


  1. Today’s story happened many years ago. It is a true story, although names have been changed.

    There were once two little girls. One was called Raisa and the other Jenny. They were great friends and always enjoyed playing together. One rainy day Jenny had been at Raisa’s house all afternoon. Her mother had just arrived to fetch her home for tea. Both mothers were busy talking in the sitting room, and Jenny and Raisa were sent into the kitchen to get a drink.

    There was a wonderful smell of baking and there on the table were several trays of freshly baked cakes and tarts. This made the girls feel very hungry. The jam tarts looked particularly tempting with their shiny, red strawberry jam.

    ‘Shall we have a taste?’ said Raisa. They both knew that they shouldn’t really, especially without asking.

    ‘We could just taste the jam,’ said Jenny. ‘Then no one will know.’

    Their fingers dipped into the lovely warm red jam. Yum, yum, delicious. They decided that by taking a little jam from each tart no one would be any the wiser.

    Eventually the two mothers came to look for them. On entering the kitchen they were met by two little girls with very jammy, sticky faces.

    ‘What have you been doing?’ said Raisa’s mother, as if she didn’t know.

    ‘Nothing,’ said the girls.

    ‘Have you been eating the jam tarts?’ asked Jenny’s mother.

    ‘No,’ said Jenny.

    ‘Then why are your faces red? Why are your fingers sticky? What is all that round your mouths?’

    ‘I don’t know,’ said each of the girls.

    ‘I think you’re telling fibs,’ said Jenny’s mother.

    Both girls began to cry. They felt very guilty.

    ‘Why didn’t you own up?’ asked Raisa’s mother.

    ‘Because we thought we’d get into trouble,’ admitted the girls.

    ‘I’m not so cross because you ate the jam, I’m more concerned that you were not brave enough to own up to it,’ said Raisa’s mother. ‘Don’t you know that although it’s sometimes hard to tell the truth, one lie can lead to another, which can make matters even worse?’

    ‘It is important to know that we can always trust you to tell the truth,’ said Jenny’s mother.

    Both girls felt rather ashamed of what they had done and said they were sorry. Both went without their tea that day. However, they had learned a very important lesson.
  2. You might like to spend a little time discussing the story. Stress that it is far braver to own up to something by telling the truth than lie about it.
  3. This theme can be linked with the story of Peter denying that he knew Jesus. Peter was afraid to tell the truth because he feared he too would be arrested. The Bible references are: Matthew 26.31–35, 69–75; Mark 14.29–31, 69–72; Luke 22.31–34, 56–62; John 18.25–27.

Time for reflection

Think about the two girls in that story.

Think about Peter saying he didn’t know Jesus.

Have you ever said you weren’t a friend with someone because you were afraid of what might happen to you?

What would you have done?

God be in my head and in my understanding.
God be in my eyes and in my looking.
God be in my mouth and in my speaking.
God be in my heart and in my thinking.
God be at my end and at my departing.


‘When a knight won his spurs’ (Come and Praise, 50)

Publication date: 2010   (Vol.12)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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