Percy: Hello, have you seen Basil? I can’t find him. Can we call him? Basil!
Basil: I’m here.
Percy: What are you doing down there?
Basil: Well, I’m hiding
Percy: Why are you hiding?
Basil: There’s lots of people.
Percy: But Basil, you know everyone here, why are you afraid?
Basil: I can’t tell you.
Percy: Why not?
Basil: I’m embarrassed.
Percy: Come on Basil, you can tell me.
Basil: Well, OK then, you know yesterday I went to the park?
Percy: Yes, Basil.
Basil: Well, when I was on the slide, a boy pointed at me and laughed.
Percy: What were you doing, were you telling a joke?
Basil: No, I was just sliding down the slide.
Percy: What do you think he was laughing about Basil?
Basil: I don’t know.
Percy: What do you think it might be?
Basil: I don’t know, but I worry I might be different from other people.
Percy: But Basil, of course you are different from other people, everyone is different from everyone else, it’s what makes each person special.
Basil: Really, am I special then, Percy?
Percy: Of course you are, everyone is, that’s how God made us.
Percy: Yes, we’re all different from each other, but we’re all like God in different ways.
Basil: Oh, like you are different from me, but we are both a bit like Mum.
Percy: Yes, we are all a bit like God in some way and God wants us to show that bit of God to everyone else.
Basil: So, being different is good?
Basil: Oh, that’s OK then. So, what are we going to do with God today, Percy?
Percy: Well, one of the things is to find something on one of the mats that we think is special.
Basil: That sounds good, and how is that being with God?
Percy: Well Basil, we’re going to ask God what God is saying to us through the special thing we pick.
Basil: Can God do that?
Percy: Oh yes.
Basil: So is it that just like each one of us is special, and God made everything special and everything shows us a bit of what God is like?
Percy: Yes and we can also see the special thing we have chosen and remember we are special to God too.
Basil: How wonderful, shall we go now?
Percy: Yes, I think so, bye bye everyone.
(Handout: Basil and Percy on being special)
Play & Pray by Epiphany Group Scotland is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.