Welcome to the first of the Together, Apart posts. These are now replacing the lectionary-based posts that provided resources for church services because, well, Covid-19. You know how it is. An especially warm welcome to all you folks who have joined us in the past week, it’s good to have you with us. Have a … More Together, Apart – Psalm 23
OK, one final extra resource, in case of last-minute panics. This script was written for the yoof group at my church, and can be performed with puppets (so you don’t need to learn lines) or by people. Don Key, a chat-show host, interviews Wally Jumper, a shepherd, Dr Wiseman and Mary, (plus their animals) but … More Hope Is Coming
Yes, it’s that time of year. Here is a brand-new Nativity play, called ‘If Christmas Happened Today’. It is set in modern day and has charming transformation into a traditional crib scene with a short but thoughtful message at the end. It is designed to work with a range of ages and abilities, so it’s … More If Christmas Happened Today – A Nativity Play
We meet Jesus in the flurry of busy ministry. There are needy people pressing all around him so that he can’t even eat his lunch in peace. Most people would have snapped by now. “Can’t you give me some space?” “Stop grabbing at my clothes!” … More 2 Sam 7:1-14a, Jer 23:1-6, Ps 23, Mk 6:30-34, 53-56 – Sheep Time!
Psalm 23, John 10:11-18 – Mini-Sheep Bookmarks. These adorable mini-sheep bookmarks are fun to make for children and adults. They’re a great reminder of God’s presence with us, by the quite waters or in the dark valley. … More Psalm 23, John 10:11-18 – Mini-Sheep Bookmarks
Reflecting and Doing According to Flanders and Swann, hippos like to wallow in glorious mud. Apparently, it’s good for their skin. As Christians we are called to wallow in God’s word – just as good for us but less messy. To help us keep God’s word hidden in our hearts (Ps 119:11) try this simple … More Isaiah 40:1-11 – Wallowing in the Word
The point about this parable, together with the ones about the bags of money and the bridesmaids just before, is the surprise. Here are people getting sorted into the Bible’s version of to Gryffindor saying, “Who, me?” … More Matthew 25:31-46 – Sorting