Two weeks ago, we heard the Godly Play story about baptism. This story is from the genre of liturgical stories and combines teaching about the Trinity with what happens when a person is baptized.
This is the second time I've told the story and it is always a hit with the kids, because it involves water and they can "baptize"the dolls afterwards.
In our church tradition, we don't baptize babies (instead we have a "blessing" in which the parents commit to a Christian upbringing. Rather than using a baby doll for this story (which most GP storytellers use), I use a dollhouse figure. Last time, I had an adult woman figure. But this time, I decided to use 2 figures of older children, a boy and a girl, to see if the children would identify with them more.
Although I asked my daughter beforehand if it was okay to use her dolls, she had a bit of a crisis when I started "baptizing" the dolls. So I ended up having to tell the story a second time, since the other child present couldn't concentrate because of her interruptions. (This is why it is good to have a "door person". I have a door person for larger groups at school, but not at our church brunches.)
When our group is this small, the kids don't usually play much with the story materials, but go straight to the art supplies. This time, though, the combination of water, sand and candles was too much fun to pass up.
I will be curious to see what conversations come up in the next few weeks about baptism!