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This topic is collecting lesson ideas for teaching the Parable of the Vineyard Laborers, Matthew 20:1-16.

The parable is one about "fairness" which resonates with kids. Theologically speaking, Jesus was addressing God's favor on the outcasts, sinners, and tax collectors that Jesus invited into the Kingdom of God.

“But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’

Many of the initial suggestions were collected while this post was an entry in our Lesson Help forum.

This parable doesn't have much about it here at because its not considered a "major" parable by the Rotation Model Sunday School folks who originally created and tend to visit this site. Rotation Modelers teach one parable for several weeks in a row so they don't have time to do every single one with kids.

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Videos for Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard


There is not a single video out there just on this story.  Check out ideas compiled in the Video-Audio/Video Resource Forum here called - "Video TOO short or NO video available - what to do?" link.


Below are some clip ideas you can use instead.


Movie Clips


  • Matthew (Visual Bible) - Event #60 - Parable Workers in the Vineyard (2nd DVD).


You Tube

  • "The Parable of the Vineyard Laborers" 4:05 minutes, created by Priscilla Wibowo in Junior High link.
  • "Denarius Rap Song - Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard" 1:50 minutes, created by shown at the Lafayette Church of Christ VBS Rapper Brandon Wells sings with acting in the background link.
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This parable is theologically VERY similar to the parable of the Prodigal Son. One son working already a while, the other coming to the vineyard/father's house late. Thus, you could show that video, or compare two short videos of each story.

For Movement and Drama, kids could do great demonstrating the body language of "unfairness" and "excluding" vs acceptance and welcome.

I'm sure kids think acceptance/pay is about "works" not grace. This would be a good story to teach about "works" and salvation.

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