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Getting Ready to Worship

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Introduction to the Unit

Gathering Song

Getting Ready for Bible Storytelling



Saying Sorry to God

Saying Sorry Action

God Gives us a New Start

Prayers for Other People

Prayer Action

Thank You God

Creative Response

Sharing God's Peace

Taking God's Love

Into the World

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John The Baptist

➜ Book 1, pp.81-128.


The John the Baptist unit is designed to be used after the Jesus, Light of the World! unit in the weeks running up to the beginning of Lent. Together these units are designed to lead the children, week by week, from the joy of Christmas through to John the Baptist and Jesus the wilderness, in preparation for the quiet giving up of things in Lent and the journey to the cross.

‘Extra’ sessions are included, because the date for the beginning of Lent changes yearly. We suggest that you look at how many weeks your group will be meeting and construct your own timetable so that the final week of this unit is held in the week before Lent.

Build your own Diddy Disciples session

Click on the Building Blocks on the left to explore the worship material and build your own Diddy Disciples session.

See Book 1, p.6 for a short introduction to how to build a session.

See Book 1, p.217 for a step-by-step guide to each Building Block.

Bible Storytelling

See Diddy Disciples Book 2 for the six stories from the ​Jesus' Wonderful Love Unit.

Week 1: Meet John* (Matthew 3.1-6), p.61

Week 2: John Baptizes Jesus (Matthew 3.13-17), p.65

Extra: Our Baptism: a baptism roleplaying workshop, p.70

Extra: Jesus is Thrown into the Wilderness (Mark 1.9-12), p.81

Week Before Lent: Jesus Gives Up Everything for Us (Luke 4.1-2, Matthew 4.1-2), p.86

*In years with very few Sundays between Christmas and Lent, your group may need to combine Weeks 1 and 2 of John the Baptist into a single week. The storytelling material in that unit sets out how to combine the stories.

Creative Response Starter Ideas

See Diddy Disciples Book 2 from p.92 for a wide range of Creative Response Starter Ideas.

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