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Summary: Five characters- indifferent rebel, violent rebel, hypocrite rebel, responsive guest, loyal servants. Includes children’s talk.

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Children’s talk- Josh’s party

 London

 Josh, 13th birthday

 Dad, who had a big business with lots of workers and a big house in Chelsea, threw a party

 Posted invites to his friends: David, Rebecca & Paul (brother and sister), Rachel and James (sister & brother)

 Show invite. Child to read?

 They all RSVPed to say they would make it

 Josh’s birthday came

 Then Josh’s Dad sent out two of his chauffeurs, Bill and Ben, with a Mercedes to David’s house in Kensington- shouted through closed door that it was too far away and he didn’t want to come

 Two more servants, Milly and Molly, drove Josh’s Dad’s BMW to Rebecca and Paul’s house- Rebecca, 12, answered the door but said she was sorry but she had to go and water all the plants in her garden and then visit her pony; Paul upcoming young businessman, aged 15- out selling boxes of matches in Covent Garden

 Lastly, Rosie and Jim went to pick up Rachel and James in Josh’s Dad’s Rolls Royce. They couldn’t believe it! Rachel came out of their house and started pulling Rosie’s hair. Moses was even worse- he came up to the Rolls Royce and started shooting out all the tyres with his air rifle. When Jim got out to speak to him, he shot Jim in the eye with his gun, and Jim fell to the ground still as a stone. You would have thought that would have stopped them, but they carried on punching and kicking Rosie until she had to run away all the way back to Josh’s Dad’s house in Chelsea

 What do you think Josh’s Dad said? What do you think he did?

 Sent out invites to everyone: all they had to do was come and take the ticket on the door

 Get children to do this… [prime Chris? Get Chris to draw his own]

 When Josh’s Dad came, what do you think he said…?

 Story is about Jesus… coming back…big feast…everyone invited… many ‘clever’, ‘good’ and ‘rich’ people reject Jesus, and many ‘simple’, ‘bad’ and ‘poor’ accept him because they are only too glad to be asked. Which are you in your own eyes? Humble enough to come to him, and also to use the ticket he provides?

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Intro (before reading)

Recently, the media has been full of talk of a very important, imminent event. Speculation has reached fever pitch and there have been differing venues concerning the venue, those invited and even what is going to be in the goodie bags (luxury Coach wallets for the men, diamond necklaces for the ladies). Yes, you guessed it, it’s Ben and Jen’s on-off wedding! Whether or not you envy, disregard or sympathise with them, celebrities put a high price on getting their weddings just right. Posh and Becks spent a mere $800,000 on theirs in 1999, after having giving each other £40,000+ engagement rings!

Unfortunately for Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, lots of gremlins have got stuck in the works, and at present their wedding is off. J-Lo has problems with Ben’s gambling, and his mother has been casting doubt about the suitability of the thrice-divorced Lopez as a future wife and mother of Ben’s children. Ben has been seen with other women, Jennifer alone on the beach and the goodie bags have been given away, I heard, to homeless people!


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