All-age talks are really difficult. Even the name (all-age, I ask
you) is a bit cringy. And it's hard to speak to a congregation ranging in age
from nought to ninety-nine, so that everyone leaves the building with a deeper
faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Sometimes I've found myself talking ever more
loudly to be heard above the noise of bored children, or caught sight of people
yawning and nodding off, or seen half-smiles on adults' faces as they endure a
"children's talk" which teaches them nothing about the wonderful salvation
we're offered by God in his Son.
OK, that's three golden rules. The last one - by the time you've
been to the art shop / timber merchants / garden centre / toy shop / chemists /
Christian bookshop / pub - can make them seem a bit pricey. But if you compare
your visual aids with (say) a meal for four at Ottomans "dine like the sultans"
restaurant in Finchley, and then consider the importance of the message you
want to put across, they are remarkably good value. And they won't leave you
wondering whether female customers have to dine like a sultana.
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