Moral Compass & Magnetic North

Credit to: Pastors Pondering blog (

He did a more lengthy blog post about a VBS program they did at their church.

Theme: “I Am the way”

Scripture Verse – John 14:6

Intro to today’s Messy Church:
Hey everybody!
Today we are going to begin our Messy Church with a scripture verse of John 14:6
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Suggested Themed Music Videos you could play at the beginning:

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”


1) Needle compass activity                                                                                       20 Min
Science experiment –

Items Needed:
Pitcher of Water
Actual Compass

Pour the water into the bowl.
Then rub the needle on the magnet about 10 -15 times
Place the small cork piece into the water, then place the needle on top of the floating cork.

The needle, having picked up some of the magnetic attraction from the magnet is now starting to face magnetic north.  So it spins until it points north and south.  

 Now, check it out, the Bible is a lot like this in our lives too.  When we read about Jesus and what He did while on earth we begin to know more about God, and when we begin to know more about God, we begin to live for Him and we start to point others toward Him through our Godly examples.

What does it looks to live for God?
(I challenge you to ask a kid to answer this. Children have amazing insight that we don’t always give them credit for).

I asked myself, “Why does it matter if we live for God or we don’t live for God?”

So, I went to God’s Word for answers. I read Matthew 16:24-26,  “Then Jesus went to work on his disciples. “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for?” (Matthew 16:24-26 Message Version)

And ya know, Jesus wants us to point others to God while we follow Him.

If we don’t listen and we don’t care about other people, they may not see God through our lives. 

 So today, I pray that God will give you & me a love for others in our hearts.  

Let God lead us, and may our words and our actions point others to God.

Maybe you’ll try this experiment of making a compass (outlined above) while comparing it to a real compass to make sure it is pointing to magnetic North. 

If it’s not done right it won’t work, it will just be a small piece of cork floating in a bowl of water with a needle on top of it.

Don’t just be a cork floating in the water.

In Christ, beetle

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