December 24/25, 2014
Luke 2:1-14 (15-20)
Titus 2:11-14
Isaiah 9:2-7
Psalm 96

The Halloween Mask



from the book
GOD IS ALWAYS NEAR
Object Lessons and other Worship Stories for Children


SHIRLEY JENNINGS



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Children can be helped to see a touch of the ridiculous in what otherwise might seem frightening to them.

Object:
an ugly witch mask.

Halloween is the time when little children sometimes are frightened by older children who wear masks. I have a mask here that might scare some little children.

What part of this mask looks scary? (Let them discuss this.) The mouth, the eyes, the [___] skin. Sometimes, when we're afraid of something, if we look at it carefully we can see that it isn't as awful looking as we thought it was the first time we looked at it.

Look carefully at this mask. Have you ever seen anyone's mouth look that way? You'd have to pull the corners of your mouth down with your fingers to look like this mask. Try pulling the corners of your mouth down with your fingers. Look at someone else doing that and see how really silly that looks. Maybe no one needs to be afraid...

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