Just recently, a reader asked for activities to help children think about the recent Australian bush fires. Here are some ideas, which equally apply to other times when hard things happen. Activity – Look for the Helpers Fred Rodgers has good advice for all of us when the problems of the world seem overwhelming: Look for … More Mourning with Those who Mourn – Psalm 27:1,4-9
This is the second part of a reflection on Epiphany. Check out last week’s post for a meditation about gifts. This part thinks about who may come. Reflecting Three Wise Men? Three Kings? Magi? Every year there is confusion at the nativity play: were they kings or wise men? And what are Magi, anyway*? The … More Isaiah 60:1-6 Matthew 2:1-12 – Epiphany
In response to a reader request, here’s a nifty little song you could use for a Toy Service, Collective Worship or All Age. It is great for pre-Christmas, for Christmas day itself or for Epiphany. The focus is ‘every good and perfect gift is from above’ (Jas 1:7) and it’s a great reminder of where … More The Twelve Toys of Christmas
Matthew 9:1–8, Mark 2:1–12, and Luke 5:17–26 Yes, I know this is not the set text for this week, but The Man with the Wibbly-Wobbly Legs is a great passage that is almost entirely absent from the lectionary. It follows last week’s passage in Luke 5, but the lectionary skips straight over this story. Year … More The Man with the Wibbly-Wobbly Legs – with Video!
Peter’s big catch contained all kinds of funny fish, just like God’s family. We can explore the diversity of God’s family with this fun sketch and a very silly game! You could use the sketch at All Age Worship or Messy Church, or for an assembly on inclusion and diversity. What other kinds of funny fish … More Luke 5:1-11 – Funny Fish
Meditation Labyrinths have a long history in Christian spiritual life, and are often found in cathedrals today. They can be used to symbolise a journey or one’s life path, or simply as a means of slowing down and listening. This variation of a classical labyrinth follows the calling of Jeremiah, from before he was born … More Jer 1:4-10 – Meditation Labyrinth
This would make a great assembly on themes of teamwork, tolerance, valuing others etc. Or get the youth group to do it just before the reading on Sunday. Team Spirit The parts of the body are squabbling over who is the most important part. So when Wanda the White Blood Cell arrives, no-one thinks she … More 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 – Team Spirit
John 2:1-11 – Sharon and Wayne’s Wedding – With MP3!
This simple but hilarious script will put you right in the action of Jesus’s first miracle. It is easy to stage with one main character (Father of the Bride) and three walk-on, walk-off cameos.
True to the Bible (mostly) and chock full of funnies – with just a hint of armadillo! … More John 2:1-11 – Sharon and Wayne’s Wedding – Drama Script with MP3!
Why baptism? What’s getting dunked got to do with anything? Why not a ceremonial haircut, or ritual slap round the face with a damp trout? … More Baptism of Christ and Lego! (Isa 43:1-7, Ps 29, Lk 3:15-17, 21-22)
Engaging The wise men brought some pretty weird gifts for a new-born baby. Surely a blanket or baby-grow would have been more use? Or, I dunno, a proper bed? But the wise men brought what they had, and that’s all anyone can do. We also, can bring to God what we have. We may look … More Isaiah 60:1-6 Matthew 2:1-12 – Epiphany