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Veggie Fails...

We’re all aware of the current vegetable shortage dramas – shops being forced to ration lettuce, courgettes and aubergines because of flooding in the Mediterranean – but how can fruit and veg help us in our ministry to children and young people? Here are ten alternative uses for those (not so readily available) healthy snacks:

One

Recreate the Garden of Eden using broccoli and asparagus – talk to the young people about second chances.

Two

Play supersize noughts and crosses with carrots (lashed together to make a cross) and mushrooms.

Three

Carve jolly messages in pumpkins and light them as a Halloween alternative to show that Jesus is the Light of the World.

Four

Use an ugli fruit in a talk about self-worth to explore the impact of imposed (self or otherwise) names.

Five

Play Bobbing Brussels (like Bobbing Apples but way more gross).

Six

Make invisible ink from lemons (write on paper with a cotton bud soaked in lemon juice, heat the paper to reveal the message) to talk about God’s promises written on our heart.

Seven

Create a vegetable orchestra (carrot recorder, pumpkin drum, celeriac bongo, black-eye beans shaker) and make a joyful sound to the Lord!

Eight

Host a kiwi and spoon race.

Nine

Generate electricity from a citrus fruit (Google it!) and talk about the wonders of God’s creation.

Ten

Grow a grape vine together (you can pick these up cheaply at vineyards) and unpack some of the ‘I am’ sayings in John’s gospel.

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