People, Not Puppets
by Revd Ruth Hind
Suitable for Key Stage 2
To explain how God-given free will means that the world is not perfect.
Preparation and materials
- You will need a puppet. If you don’t have one, then you could ask one or more of the children to mime being a puppet.
- Introduce the children to the puppet. Tell them how you can make the puppet do whatever you want. Ask them to suggest movements for the puppet. Make it clear that the puppet can only act because you are making it act.
Ask the children what they think might be fun about being a puppet and what might be unpleasant. Would they like to be a puppet?
- Christians believe that God made the world and made people. When God made people, he had a choice. He could have made people a bit like this puppet – not able to think or act on their own. He could have made puppet people who did whatever he wanted. Nothing bad would ever have happened in the world, but people would have been God’s slaves.
Instead, God chose not to make people like puppets. He gave us what is called ‘free will’ – that is, the ability to make choices.
- Much of what is wrong with the world is a result of people making bad choices. People can choose to hate each other, be cruel or selfish. They can choose to only think about themselves. These sorts of choices make the world a hard place in which to live.
People can also make good choices, though. Choices such as being kind, looking after others, trying to be fair and treating other people as you would like them to treat you. Choices like these make the world a better place.
Time for reflection
Today we will face lots of choices – choices about what to say and how to act, choices about who to spend time with or how hard to work.
Spend some time in quiet, thinking about what those choices might be.
Thank you that we are people, not puppets.
Thank you that we can make choices in our lives.
Help us to choose wisely and make the world a better place.
‘When your Father made the world’ (Come and Praise, 73)