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 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
[Jonah-Man enters, in ‘Superman’ pose]
Narr: Who are you supposed to be?
J-M: I’m being Jonah, and [indicating pants] obviously, he’s some kind of super-prophet!
Narr: Ummn, I’m not sure it’s that kind of pants. … More Jonah 3:1-5, 10 – Jonah-Man, the Pants Prophet
Disagreeing is part of life, and if we take our faith seriously, we will have opinions on matters and that is right and good. The important thing is to be able to disagree well, without falling out. … More 1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Detailed colouring is a great way to relax and meditate on Scripture. The detail makes you slow down and the activity helps to stop your mind wandering as you let the words sink into your heart. Settle down with a cup of coffee and some pencils, and take a few moments to relax with our … More Luke 4:21 – Mindfulness Colouring
Epiphany 3 – What Jesus had was not just the temporary ‘up’ of having a good day – it was a much bigger, deeper kind of ‘up’. It was the kind of ‘up’ that stays up even when the scaffolding underneath is taken away.
Ignatius of Loyola called this state ‘consolation’. It is the state of knowing that you are walking in step with God and it is not dependent on the circumstances. … More Luke 4:14-21