This is an object talk I would usually do in school assemblies. It works best with Primary Schools but I have done it in Secondary Schools and it was very well received. NB: If you are planning on doing this talk in a school, please check if they have a “water only policy”- or else use teachers for volunteers.
Overall this is a very easy and cheap talk, which requires very little preparation. Perfect for all busy youth workers and volunteers!
Please Note: I have adapted this talk to suit my context from “youth alpha”. If you would like to see the original talk it can be found in the teaching resource book under “How can I have faith?”
Items needed: 3 different brands of coke (one being Coca-Cola), 3 cups (labelled 1,2,3), 1 cup water, banner with Coca-Cola’s symbol and motto (optional).
(Before the children arrive, pour a small amount of each “coke” into 3 separate glasses- make sure you remember which one is coca cola though!)
Today I am going to talk to you about something I love, and I am sure some of you do too! I wonder if any of you can guess what it is?
I will give you all some facts about it, and when you think you know what it is, put your hand up.
· It has been in business for 124 years.
· It is sold in 200 countries.
· Santa likes it so much that he changed his suit from green to red to match the branding.
· It is the best-selling soft drink of all time.
(Take guesses as and when young people stick their hands up.)
Yes Coke, who here likes having a glass of Coke? (Allow response)
Why is Coke so nice? (Allow response)
Yes, the taste! In my opinion Coke has the nicest taste out of all the cola drinks on sale in the supermarket.
Today I have brought 3 varieties with me, I have Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Tesco Cola (or whatever you can get your hands on- Tesco is my local supermarket.)
Who thinks they could tell the difference between my 3 brands and pick out “Coca Cola”? (Pick 2 volunteers).
The first volunteer is going to smell the samples and try and tell the difference. (Allow volunteer to smell and guess)
The second volunteer is going to taste the samples and try and tell the difference. (Allow volunteer to taste and guess. TOP TIP: it is easier for the volunteer to guess if they are able to drink water between samples, it helps to neutralise their palettes.)
Brilliant, thank you; you successfully guessed which one was Coca Cola- give my volunteers a round of applause.
So now I am going to ask the teachers a question, can any of you tell me what Coca-Cola’s motto is? (Allow teachers to guess)There are loads of difference slogans for Coca-Cola, but only one motto. Their motto is “It’s the real thing”
This reminds us of our God, just like Coca-Cola, He is also the “Real Thing,” He is living today, and He wants to help us. And just like (insert volunteer 1 name) couldn’t what was Coca-Cola and what was not; we won’t know what He is like unless we “taste Him”, or find out more about Him.
We can find out about God by going to places like Sunday school, G.B, B.B, Scouts, Guides, Youth Club (etc)
Once you experience God and find out what He is like, you will realise that he is also “The Real Thing.”
Close in Prayer
Thank you for listening so well.
as always if you have any questions/comments/queries please feel free to comment below.