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The Missing Piece Competition


A competition to show that God is not willing that any person should be lost and not able to go to Heaven.

Materials Needed:

Two similar and simple children's puzzles each having twenty to fifty pieces.
A packet of sweets or other small prizes for each team.


Before hand, secretly remove a different piece from each puzzle and store them in your pocket.

Age Group:

Grades 3 - 6 (9 to 12 years).



The missing pieces

The Puzzle Competition:

Today we are going to have a competition to see which team can complete their puzzle first.  I'm going to choose two teams and here are your puzzles.  Right!  Are you ready?  Then GO!

We have a winner, but a piece is missing!  You must try and find it!  (To the other team)  You also have a piece missing!  It must be somewhere in this room.  (Let the children search all over with your encouragement).

What was Lost is Found:

You can't find it?  Well, no wonder, look what I've found!   I had the missing pieces in my pocket all the time!  Now you can complete your puzzles.  And since you both finished at the same time we will declare both teams as winners!  I have a prize for each of you after the lesson!

God's Puzzle:

It's terrible to make a large puzzle and then to find that a piece is missing.  Jesus told a story in Luke 15:4-7 about a lost sheep:

Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and loses one of them.  Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?  And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home.  Then he calls his friends and neighbours together and says, "Rejoice with me, for I have found my lost sheep".

God wants His puzzle to be complete, and so He wants every boy and girl to come to know Jesus as their Saviour and have eternal life.  God does not want us to get to Heaven and then find that a brother or sister, or a friend is not there because they did not accept Jesus as their Saviour.  In John 3:16, Jesus said:

"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."

The Missing Piece:

You had to look everywhere for the missing pieces of your puzzles.  Eventually we found them in my pocket and then you were able to complete your puzzles.  In the same way Jesus wants you to go out and like the story of the Lost Sheep, find other boys and girls who do not know Jesus.

And now I have your prizes.  Perhaps you would like to give yours to someone who doesn't know Jesus.  You can tell them that Jesus loves them and wants them to go to Heaven.  Who knows, maybe another piece will be fitted into God's puzzle!

God bless.


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