(You will need a crown, T-towel, and something that can serve as a set of steps)
Who has arguments? What do you argue about?
12 followers of Jesus were walking on the road. They were having an argument. Jesus asks them: What are you arguing about?
They are a bit embarrassed because they are arguing about which of them was the greatest.
I'm greatest because my daddy is more important than your daddy
I'm greatest because I'm biggest, strongest, prettiest, best at reading, fastest. I've got more friends.
Better behaved than you; cooler than you. My X box is better than your X box. My minecraft world has more treasure places than yours.
I go to Westgate school - best school in the world.
I'm year 6.
[Have something that can act as steps - and invite children to stand on different steps. We want to be on the top step. Place a crown on the child at the top].
Why do we want to be the greatest?
We think that people will notice us, they will think we are special or important.
Jesus said, 'I'll tell you what the greatest people are like'
They are people who are not trying to go up the steps. They are willing to come down the steps and serve others.
They are the people who help tidy up at the end of the day (not in the 'look at me everybody: I'm staying behind to tidy up' kind of way, but in a quiet, unassuming way), who speak to new child or person who nobody else talks to. They are the Yr 6 child who helps someone in Yr 1.
Jesus says that the greatest is the person who welcomes the person who everybody else thinks is the least significant
Symbol of greatness: not a crown but a T-towel.