Possible props: Saltshaker, recipe book, baking utensils such as a big bowl

Ask the children if they like to help bake or cook. Do they use recipes? As you’re talking, use the props to highlight key points.

It’s important to use the right ingredients and the right amounts to have the recipe come out right. But some ingredients you need only a small amount of to make all the difference.

For example, many recipes call for only a “pinch of salt.” (Demonstrate how much a pinch is.) Only a small bit but how bland and unsatisfactory without that pinch!

Jesus tells his disciples they are “salt,” meaning they are making a big difference in the world by loving others and sharing with one another. By their actions, they make the world a better place.

So, we are like salt—by our words and deeds we show God’s love and make the world come out right. And we must never think that because we are small or young that we cannot make a difference or that we do not matter. Remember the “pinch of salt”—the small bit that brings out the flavour of the recipe and makes it so good. Maybe we cannot do it all, but with God’s help, little by little, bit-by-bit, the kingdom of God grows.

And, of course, we work together. One grain of salt doesn’t help much on its own but with other grains it can do what it is meant to do. So together as followers of Jesus, we can “flavour” the world with love and joy and peace.

Every penny we give to Presbyterian World Service & Development is important; every prayer we say for the people who need our help is important and makes a difference for good in the world.

There is an old hymn whose words are still true:
Little drops of water, little grains of sand,
Make the mighty ocean and the beauteous land.
Little seeds of mercy, sown by [faithful] hands,
Grow to bless the needy, here and in all lands.
Little deeds of kindness, little words of love,
Make our earth an Eden, like the heaven above.

Image of arrow pointing downA Pinch of Salt Children's Story