For our younger readers

20th June 2021

Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat, with his head on a cushion, the disciples woke him shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” Mark 4 v 38

Does Jesus care about the things that we are facing in your daily life? Does he care when we are unwell? Does he care when we are hurting? Does he care when we are sad? These are questions we ask when we are facing difficult times in our lives.

Do you think that the disciples of Jesus ever had doubts? Well, you may be surprised to learn that, in our Bible reading today even the disciples of Jesus, those faithful followers who walked with him every day, sometimes had doubts when they faced difficult times.

Jesus had been teaching all day. As evening came, he said to his disciples, "Let's go over to the other side of the lake." So, the disciples set out in their boats to the other side of the lake with Jesus in one of the boats. Soon, a fierce storm came up and the waves began coming over the sides of the boats and filling them with water.

Jesus was sleeping in the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples called out, "Teacher, don't you care that we are going to drown?"

The shouting of the disciples woke Jesus up and he spoke to the wind and the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Immediately, the wind stopped blowing and the lake was completely calm.

"Why are you afraid? Do you have no faith?" Jesus asked the disciples.

The disciples were even more afraid. They looked at one another and said, "Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him?"

Father, we thank you for our loving Saviour, Jesus Christ. We are thankful that no matter what difficulties we may face in life, we can say with confidence, "Oh yes, He cares, I know He cares!" In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.


13th June 2021

Again he said, "What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade." Mark 4v30-32 

Have you ever seen a mustard seed? A mustard seed is so small that if you were holding one in your hand and dropped it on the ground, you would not be able to find it. Even though the mustard seed is one of the smallest of all seeds, when it is planted in the ground, it grows into a plant so large that birds can perch on its branches and can even build their nests in it. I have read that these tiny seeds can produce a plant that grows three metres high, or more!

Jesus told a parable comparing the mustard seed to the kingdom of God. Jesus said, "How can I describe the Kingdom of God? What story should I use to illustrate it? It is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of all garden plants; it grows long branches, and birds can make nests in its shade."

When Jesus first began his earthly ministry, he had no followers. The Bible tells us that Jesus was walking along the shore of the sea of Galilee when he saw two fishermen, Peter and his brother Andrew, casting their nets. "Come, follow me," Jesus said to them. They immediately followed Jesus. As they continued on their way, they saw two other brothers, James and John, mending their nets. Jesus called them and they immediately left their nets and followed him. One by one, Jesus called his disciples until there were twelve of them. That is still a pretty small beginning, isn't it? Jesus sent out the twelve and they brought others to Jesus and the kingdom of God grew. From a very small beginning, the kingdom of God has grown and grown until it has spread over the entire earth.

Jesus started growing the kingdom of God with a handful of disciples. Every follower of Jesus is a part of the kingdom and that means that you and I are a part of God's kingdom. Each time we tell someone about Jesus, we are helping to grow the kingdom. Isn't it great to know that we can have a part in growing God's kingdom?

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Have you planted any seeds this year? You can grow cress seeds on a piece of wet paper towel or some damp cotton wool on your windowsill. When the seeds have grown and have some little leaves you can cut them to put into a sandwich- yummy!

 


6th June 2021

Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother." Mark 3v34-35

Have you ever been to a family reunion? You know what that is, don't you? It is a time for all the members of a family to get together — grandpas and grandmas, mums and dads, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and lots and lots of cousins. Most of the time it will include playing a lot of games and eating a lot of food, but the main reason for a reunion is to help family members to stay in touch with one another. Many times family members become scattered and live in different towns and different countries, far away from one another. They may keep in contact by email or by phone, but nothing beats a family reunion to help a family to stay in touch.

We should never overlook the importance of family. In the very first book of the Bible, God established the family. He created Adam and Eve, blessed them, and said, "Be fruitful and multiply." God intended for family members to be there to care for one another in times of need. Family is there to help us when we are sick. When we are young, our parents and grandparents look after us. As our parents and grandparents get older, that sometimes changes and we become the ones to take care of our parents or grandparents. That's what family is all about.

You might not realize it, but when we put our faith in Jesus, we become a part of another family. We become a part of God's family. In our Bible reading today, Jesus looked at a group of people seated around him and said, "See my mother and my brothers. Whoever does God's will is my brother and sister and mother." When we put our faith in Jesus, we become a part of a family of believers — the church. Just as the members of our earthly family have a responsibility to love and care for one another, members of our church family have a responsibility to love and care for one another.

What are some ways we can show love to our brothers and sisters in the family of God?

  • Pray for those who are sick.
  • Feed those who are hungry.
  • Give clothing to those in need.
  • Give shelter to the homeless.
  • Comfort those who are sad.
  • Be a friend to those who have no friends.
  • Family is important — our earthly family and our spiritual family. Never take them for granted.

Heavenly Father, we thank you for our families. Thank you for grandparents, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters. We also thank you for our church family. Help us to love and care for one another as you have taught us. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Draw a picture of your family, and colour a picture frame to go around them. Put it into your prayer box with the prayer above.

You might like to find some photos and ask your parents about your ancestors, such as great grandparents.

MFW

 


Trinity Sunday 30 May 2021 

One night a man named Nicodemus came to talk to Jesus. As Jesus was talking to him, he said something that Nicodemus didn't understand. He told Nicodemus, "No one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." Nicodemus was really puzzled by what Jesus said. He just couldn't understand how someone could be born again. To this day, a lot of people still have trouble understanding how that can be possible.

To help us understand this, let’s think of a butterfly. It started out as a fuzzy little caterpillar. Now some may think caterpillars are cute, some may think that they are funny, but probably no one would say that they are beautiful! The caterpillar spins a cocoon about himself and stays there for several weeks, or months. When it comes out, it is no longer a caterpillar; it has been miraculously changed into a beautiful butterfly.

God didn't just take a caterpillar and stick some wings on him and paint the wings all different colours. When the cocoon opens and the butterfly crawls out, it is a new creation. The caterpillar is gone! It has now become a butterfly. Isn’t that amazing? 

That is a good picture of what Jesus meant when he said we had to be "born again." The Bible says, "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" When we we become a new creation, God doesn't just clean us up and slap on a little paint, he makes us into a new person. Would we rather be a caterpillar or a butterfly? Jesus will make us into a new creation if we will invite him into our heart and our life.

Dear Lord, we thank you for sending Jesus to die on the cross so that we, like the butterfly, can become anew creation. We ask you to change us and to make us beautiful. Amen.

MFW

 


Pentecost 23 May 2021

On a hot summer day, an electric fan can really help to keep us cool by blowing air. There are several ways we can tell that a fan is working.

If we tie some bright red streamers on the front of the fan, even though we can't see the air, we can see the air blowing those streamers. That is one way we know the fan is working.

Another way we can know that the fan is working is that we can feel the air from the fan blowing against our faces. We can't see the air, but we can feel it.

Finally, we know that the fan is working because we can hear the sound of the air and the rattling sound of the streamers as they blow. We can't see it, but we can hear it.

Today is a special, it’s called the day of Pentecost. Here is the story of how it all began. The Bible tells us that on the day of Pentecost, the Jesus' followers were all gathered together in one place and God sent the Holy Spirit to give them the power to teach others about Jesus. Now, they couldn't see the Holy Spirit, so how did they know the Holy Spirit was there?

The Bible says that they knew the Holy Spirit was there because they could hear the sound of a mighty rushing wind coming from heaven. They couldn't see the Holy Spirit, but they could hear the sound of the wind just as we can hear the air blowing from this fan.

Then the Bible tells us that they saw what seemed to be flaming tongues of fire that came and rested on their heads. They couldn't see the Holy Spirit, but they knew that the Holy Spirit was there because they could see the flaming tongues of fire just as we can see these red ribbons on our fan.

Finally, the Bible tells us that they knew the Holy Spirit was there because they could feel his power. When they were filled with the Holy Spirit, he gave them the ability to speak in languages that they didn't even know, so that they could tell everyone about Jesus. They couldn't see the Holy Spirit, but they could feel his power in their life just as we can feel the air from this fan.

The Holy Spirit is still with us today. We can't see him, but we can hear him as he speaks to our hearts, we can see his moving in our life, and we can feel the power of his presence as he guides us through each day.

Dear Father, thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to be our teacher and guide. Help us to listen and obey as he teaches us how to tell others about Jesus. Amen.

    Cut flames from coloured paper and stick them on to a paper head band to remind you of this story of Pentecost. MFW

 


Easter 7, 16th May 2021

Do you enjoy working puzzles? One kind of puzzle I like is called a maze. You have probably worked a maze yourself. To solve the puzzle, you take your pencil and begin where it says, "start" and try to find an open path in the puzzle that will lead you all the way to the finish. Outdoors you may have been in a Maize Maze or one with hedging all around the paths, like the one at Leeds Castle. Of course, you aren't allowed to cross through any lines or cut across hedging; that would be too easy! A puzzle like this can be very difficult. Sometimes it can be very frustrating. Travelling through any maze, whether outdoors or in a puzzle book, you will often have to change the direction you are going. You may find that the path you have chosen leads to a dead end. When this happens, you just have to back up and start again. When it gets too difficult, you may need someone to help you. Even though finding the right path that leads to the finish may be difficult, you will have a feeling of satisfaction when you finally reach the goal.

Finding our way through life can be a lot like finding our way through a maze. Each day we have to make decisions and it is sometimes difficult to know which way to go. We may choose the wrong path and end up at a dead end. When that happens, we have to back up and start over again. Life isn't easy and it can sometimes be very frustrating when we don't know which way turn.

Jesus knew that life in this world is difficult. That is why he prayed for his disciples when he knew that the time had come for him to leave this world. "I will remain in the world no longer," he prayed to God his Father, "but they are still in the world. While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe. No one was lost, but now I am coming to you and I ask you to protect them and keep them safe."

How do we find our way in this world? We put our trust in God, to show us the way. We have his Word, the Bible, to help us. Any time we don't know which way to turn, we can talk to him in prayer and ask him to guide and protect us. It may not be easy, but with God leading the way, we know that we will never get really lost.

Father, as we search for the path that will lead us safely through this world, we place our trust in you and ask for your guidance and protection. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen

 

Complete the mazes and pop into your prayer box.

Then pray the prayer above.

MFW

 


Easter 6, 9th May 2021

What kind of day are you having today? Are you happy, or are you sad? What are some of the things that make you happy? 

A sunny day, a party, a new toy, an ice cream cone, a balloon, spending time with family or friends.....

What are some things that make you sad?

Falling down and cutting your knee, feeling all alone, losing your favourite toy, having an argument, when someone says something that hurts your feelings, when you miss someone$9.99 14 Days Free

When you think about things that make you happy and things that make you sad, it is pretty simple. When something good happens, you are happy and when something bad happens, you are sad. Do you think Jesus wants us to be happy? Listen to what Jesus said in our Bible reading for today, "I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!" (John 15v9) Does that mean that nothing bad will ever happen in our life? No, of course not, but even when we are sad, we can still have joy in our heart because we know that Jesus loves us. 

Heavenly Father, we know that you love your Son and that your Son loves us. Help us to remain in his love so that we will be filled with joy. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen

List all the things which you happy List all the things which make you sad

Put this into your prayer box and keep it safe.

 


Easter 5, 2nd May 2021

When Jesus was teaching, he often told stories to help his followers understand what he wanted them to learn. Our Bible lesson today is one of those stories; we know it as "The Vine and the Branches." Jesus chose the grapevine for this story because in the land where he lived, there were many grapevines and he knew that his followers would know and understand a lot about grapevines.

There are two parts to the grapevine. There is the vine—and there are the branches growing out of the vine. The grapes grow on the branches. That is pretty much like any fruit tree that you might have seen. They have a trunk and branches with fruit growing on the branches. The only way that a branch can have fruit on it is for it to remain connected.

Jesus wanted everyone to understand how important it was for them to stay connected to him. He told them, "I am the vine and you are the branches. If you remain in me, you will have much fruit, but apart from me, you can do nothing."

Jesus wants us all to produce fruit in our life. He wants us to be kind, gentle, generous, and loving. Can we do that on our own? No way. Just as the branches must be connected to the vine before they can produce fruit, we must stay connected to Jesus to produce the good fruit that God expects of us. If we keep our life connected to Jesus, we will grow. Our life will produce beautiful leaves and delicious fruit. But if we are separated from Jesus, our leaves will wither and die and we will never put forth any fruit.

Heavenly Father, we ask you to help us to be faithful followers of Jesus and produce much fruit in our life. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Colour this poster to remind you of the story of the grapevine. MFW

 


Fourth Sunday of Easter, 25th April 2021

 Jesus said, "I am the good shepherd". A shepherd is a person who takes care of sheep. Sheep can't take care of themselves. They need someone to watch over them and care for them. They need someone to protect them from harm. Jesus said he knows his sheep and his sheep know him. He said that he was even willing to lay down his life for his sheep. Jesus must really love his sheep!

As you might have guessed, Jesus wasn't really talking about sheep. He was talking about you and me. We are his "sheep." He loves us, he takes care of us, he makes sure that we have everything that we need. 

There is no doubt about it. Jesus really loves his sheep; he really loves all of us!

Dear Jesus, we thank you for being our Good Shepherd. Thank you for loving us and taking care of us. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen

Cut out the sheep and the Good Shepherd, fold in half and glue. Then thread them together to make a mobile. Hang it up to remember the story of the Good Shepherd.

 


Third Sunday of Easter 18th April 2021

This story begins after two men had walked along a road to a place called Emmaus. They were discussing the crucifixion of Jesus and all of the events that had taken place in the past few days. They wondered what it all meant. As they walked, they were joined by a man on their walk. They did not recognize that the man was Jesus, but finally they did. They were so excited to see that Jesus was alive that they jumped up and walked all the way back to Jerusalem.

The two men found Jesus' disciples and began telling them what they had seen. The Bible tells us that as they said these things, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you." Do you think the disciples felt peace? The Bible says that they were terrified and filled with fear.

Once again Jesus spoke to his disciples. "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands. Look at my feet. You can see that it’s really me. Touch me and make sure that I am not a ghost, because ghosts don’t have bodies, as you see that I do."

Still the disciples stood in disbelief, so Jesus asked them, "Do you have anything here to eat?" They gave him a piece of fish, and he ate it as they watched. That was even further proof that they were not seeing a ghost. A ghost doesn't need food.

The disciples had seen Jesus die. They had seen him placed in a tomb. But now they saw Jesus alive. Not just this day, but for more than 40 days, they saw him and talked with him. They even watched him eat food. Those same disciples went all over the world, telling the story of Jesus’ crucifixion, his death, and his resurrection. They never stopped telling the story during their whole lives.

Dear God, thank you for Jesus. Help us to be ready to tell others about him. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

 

Cut out this dove of peace; add an eye and a thread to hang. Write on it – ‘Peace be with you’ as reminder of Jesus’ words to the disciples. MFW

 

 


Second Sunday of Easter 11th April 2021

On the evening of the first Sunday after Jesus had been crucified, the disciples were together in a locked room. They were afraid of those who had crucified Jesus. Suddenly, Jesus appeared there in the locked room with the disciples. It was hard to believe, and then Jesus showed them His wounds in His hands and His side, so they knew it was Him.

One of the disciples, Thomas, was not with the others when Jesus appeared to them. When they told Thomas, he didn’t believe them. He had seen Jesus crucified and buried. How could He be alive? Thomas said, "Unless I see the wound in His side and put my finger in the holes where the nails were in His hands, I will not believe it. 

A week later, the disciples were in the locked room again, and this time, Thomas was with them. Again, Jesus came and stood among the disciples. Jesus said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe".

Thomas fell on his knees and answered Jesus, "My Lord and my God!"

Jesus said to him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed".

Dear God, help us to believe in our heart the truths we find in the Bible, even though we have not seen them with our own eyes. In Jesus' name, Amen.

 

Draw around your hands, place a red mark for the wound in the centre of each hand and write the names of people, places or situations on each finger and the two thumbs. Use for your prayer times this week. 

MFW

 

 


Easter Day 2021

On the Sunday morning after Jesus was crucified, a woman named Mary went to visit the grave where the body of Jesus had been laid. When she got there, she found that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb. She ran to find someone to tell them what she had seen. She found two of the disciples, Peter and John, and she said to them, "They have taken our Lord out of the tomb and we don't know where they have put him."

The three of them immediately ran to the tomb. When they got there, they all saw the same thing, but they didn't all look at it in the same way.

Peter looked and was curious. The Bible says Peter went in the empty tomb and looked around. He saw strips of linen lying around and the cloth that Jesus had been buried in folded neatly and placed where the body had been. "Hmmm, very interesting," Peter might have said to himself.

Mary looked and was sad. The Bible tells us that Mary didn't even go inside the empty tomb. She just stood outside the tomb and wept because she feared that someone had stolen the body of Jesus.

John looked and believed. The bible says that John went inside the tomb and he saw and believed. Now, I don't know exactly how much John understood, but I think he believed that Jesus had risen from the grave just as he said he would.

Three people - they all saw the same thing - one was curious, one was sad, and one believed. It’s the same way people react to the story of Jesus today. Some people hear the story and they are curious, others hear it and think it is sad, others hear it and believe. How do you look at it?

Dear Lord, today we look into an empty grave. Help us all to see and believe that Jesus has risen just as he said he would. Amen.

Take all the Blessings from your Blessings jar and read them. Thank God for Jesus, risen today before putting them into your Prayer Box. Happy Easter, enjoy a special day!

 


Palm Sunday 28th March 2021


Fifth Sunday of Lent –Passion Sunday – 21st March 2021

 

​​​​​​Create a papercraft donkey

The people who were following Jesus didn't understand why Jesus had come to earth. They thought that he had come to set up an earthly kingdom. But Jesus didn't come to build up an earthly kingdom. His kingdom is in heaven. He came to earth to die for our sins so that we could join him in his heavenly kingdom. Jesus knew that the day of his crucifixion and return to heaven was near, so he spoke to his followers, "I am very troubled," Jesus said. "What should I do? Should I pray to the Father and ask him to save me? No, this is the very reason that I came, and when I am lifted up, I will draw everyone to myself." The Bible tells us that he told them that so that they would know how he was going to die.

Even after we become God's children, there may be times when we stray from his teaching and do things that we know are not pleasing to him. Does Jesus stop loving us? No. His love for us is so strong that he draws us back into what he wants us to do.

There is no power stronger than the love of Jesus. He was lifted up on the cross so that everyone would be drawn to him - and everyone includes you and me.

Father, we thank you that Jesus was willing to be lifted up on the cross of Calvary so that we might have eternal life. In his name we pray. Amen.

Sing this song,

My God is so big, so strong and so mighty

There's nothing my God cannot do,

My God is so big, so strong and so mighty

There's nothing my God cannot do

 

Remember to put the prayer into your Prayer Box, it must be very full now!

Write down all your blessings from this week for the ‘Blessings Jar’ 

You’ll also need to ask to use two clothes pegs ready to make the donkey next week


Fourth Sunday of Lent – Mothering Sunday 14th March 2021

It’s Mothering Sunday! Did you give your Mum a card or a present for Mother's Day? "Mum, I love you!" Do you think your mother likes to hear those words? Of course she does she also likes you to show her that you love her.

You might help out around the house; clean your room or empty the bin, lay the table or obey her when she asks you to do something. It is easy to tell your Mum that you love her, but if you really love her, your actions will show it!

God likes to hear us tell him that we love him, but he likes it even better when our actions show him that we love him. The Bible tells us that, "God showed his love for us by sending His one and only Son so that we might live through him." It goes on to say that, "Since God loved us so much, we ought to love one another." One of the best ways to show our love for God is to love one another. 

As we celebrate Mothering Sunday, let's tell our Mums, and all those who have been like a Mum to us, that we love them but more importantly, let's remember to show that love. Today, let's tell God we love him, but more importantly, let's remember to show him we love him by loving one another.

Dear Lord, today we say “Thank you, Mum” and "I love you." Help us to show that love by our actions. Amen.

    

Colour, cut out and stick on a card. Don’t forget to fill in your ‘Blessings Jar’ today and remember your Mum and all who have been like a Mum to you. 

 


Third Sunday of Lent    7th March 2021

Spring is such a wonderful time of the year. The temperature begins to rise, new leaves appear on the trees and flowers bloom – and many people have started their spring cleaning. Spring is a good time to give your house a good going over and clean everything up and get rid of a lot of junk that you don't need.

Jesus did some spring cleaning, too. It was time for the annual Passover celebration, so Jesus travelled to Jerusalem and went to the temple. He couldn't believe it! There in the temple area he saw people who were selling cattle, sheep, and doves. There were tables set up for money changers so that people could change their money to pay their temple taxes. It looked more like a carnival than a house of worship.

Jesus did not like what he saw. He was so angry that he made a whip from some rope and chased the cattle and sheep, and those who were selling them, from the temple. He went to the tables of the money changers and turned them over, scattering coins all over the temple floor, saying, "Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father's house into a market." Jesus really did some spring cleaning in the temple that day!

We are in a season called Lent. It is a time to think and see if there is anything in us that needs to be changed. Are there some areas of our lives where Jesus needs to do some 'spring cleaning'? 

Dear Jesus, during this time when we think of 'spring cleaning', we ask you to forgive us when we do wrong and to make us clean. Amen.

‘God wants a clean heart’ write these words in the heart then colour and cut out for your Prayer Box

Don’t forget to use your ‘Blessings Jar this week; what will you thank God for? 


Second Sunday of Lent 28th February 2021

Sometimes we think life should be easy. We think that everything should happen at the snap of a finger. When life is hard, we look for the easy way out.

That isn't anything new. People were like that in Jesus' day too. One day Jesus was talking to his disciples and he was telling them all he was going to have to suffer to save the world from sin. He told them how he was going to be made fun of, beaten, crucified, and buried, but that he would rise again on the third day. That was what his Father had sent him to do.

Peter had other ideas. He knew that Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of God, and that wasn't what he wanted for Jesus. There had to be an easier way. Well, it is true. There was an easier way. Jesus had the power. He could have taken the easy way out. He could have set up his kingdom right here on earth with the snap of his fingers. But that was not God's plan.

Jesus turned to Peter and scolded him. "Get behind me, Satan!" Jesus said to Peter. "You don't have your mind on the things of God; you have your mind on the things of men!"

Jesus wasn't interested in taking the easy way out and he doesn't want us looking for the easy way out either. He said, "If anyone would follow me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me."

Being a disciple of Jesus is not easy. It doesn't happen with the snap of our fingers. It isn't easy, but the reward is great!

Father, help us to be willing to take up our cross and follow Jesus. We know it won't be easy, but it will be worth it. Amen.

Cut out three crosses like this, decorate them and keep them in your Prayer Box until Good Friday. Remember how Jesus asks us to take up our cross and follow him – can we follow him through Lent? Don’t forget to use your Blessings Jar this week, too. 

 


First Sunday of Lent  21st February 2021

The Bible tells us that immediately after Jesus was baptised, the Spirit led him out into the wilderness. A wilderness is an area where there are no towns, no people, no roads, few trees or plants, and it’s usually hot and dry – not a very good place to be! The Bible tells us that Jesus was there for forty days and while he was there, he was tempted by Satan and was surrounded by wild animals, but angels took care of him. 

Jesus was led there by the Spirit so that He could be alone with God to think about his work and pray over his future plans. Through fasting (not eating) and prayer, he prepared himself for his ministry. This was a time that Jesus had to endure before he could call his followers (disciples) to come and follow him.

Today is the first Sunday in the season of Lent, the forty days (not counting Sundays) leading up the celebration of Easter. It is a time when we pray and think about all that Jesus has done for us. Some people observe Lent by giving up something that they like very much such as eating sweets, playing video games or watching TV. Others spend Lent by trying to concentrate on doing good for other people -giving to the poor, visiting the sick, donating to the Foodbank or doing chores for a neighbour. Lent is a time when we focus on the call of Jesus when he said, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me." (Luke 9:23) 

Heavenly Father, just as Jesus spent forty days in the wilderness to prepare for doing your work on earth, help us to use this special time of the year to prepare our hearts for serving you in our world. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen

After Christmas we made an Epiphany prayer box. Now in the season of Lent we are making a ‘Blessings Jar’. Take a jam or coffee jar and decorate it.
Cut up some pieces of paper and put them by the jar with a pen.  Put the jar somewhere accessible to everybody at any time, (the kitchen is good) and you can involve your family. When something positive happens or someone has been kind to you, write it on a slip of paper and put it in the jar.
Open the jar once a week, read the slips and say thank you to God for His blessings!  Then pop them in your prayer box

 


Sunday Before Lent 14th February 2021

Just take a minute to think about having a holiday in the mountains. It’s always cool and you can enjoy a beautiful view; it’s usually peaceful too. You may do some rock climbing, look for different flowers and insects, and you can look down into the valley below where all the people look like tiny ants! When you are down in the valley, it is often difficult to see and appreciate the beauty around you, but from the mountain top, you can clearly see the beauty of the world below. When we are enjoying a getaway in the mountains, hills or high places, we sometimes find it hard to go back to our day to day life. 

Jesus enjoyed getting away for a mountain retreat too, for The Bible (Mark 9v2-9) tells us that one day Jesus took Peter, James and John high up into the mountains so that they could be alone. While on the mountain top, Jesus' appearance changed. His clothes became a dazzling white, whiter than any bleach could get them. Then Elijah and Moses appeared and began talking to Jesus. Peter exclaimed, "Teacher, it is wonderful for us to be here! Let's build three shelters -- one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." Then a cloud passed over and covered them. From the cloud came a voice saying, "This is my Son, and I love him. Listen to what he says!" Then when they looked again, they saw only Jesus.

Jesus knew that the purpose of their experience on the mountain top was to renew their strength for the difficult days that were ahead of them, so he led the disciples back down from the mountains into the valley.

We all need mountain top experiences in our daily walk with Jesus, to renew our strength for the difficult tasks that we face as we follow Jesus each day.

Dear Father, we are thankful for the wonderful mountain top experiences you give us to renew our strength for our daily walk with you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

If you met Jesus on the mountain top, what would you say to him?

 

Write your thoughts on this mountain picture


Second Sunday before Lent – 7th February 2021

Years ago school teachers used to say the important lessons they taught were the ‘Three Rs’ – reading, (w)riting, rithmatic (arithmetic as in maths!!) Everyone has been struggling with home schooling and lots of parents have said it’s the ‘3 Rs’ that matter. Today we’re going to think about a different set of 3Rs”

The first R is for REJECT. When faced with the choice of what to do with Jesus, many people choose to reject him. The Bible says that Jesus came to his own people, but his own people refused to believe that he was the Son of God. They refused to believe that he was who he said he was. They chose to reject Jesus. Even today, many people still choose to reject Jesus.

The second R is for RECEIVE. Some people choose to receive Jesus and believe in his name. The Bible tells us that to those who receive him, he gives the right to become the children of God. You and I can choose to receive Jesus, and when we do, we are given the right to become the children of God.

The third R is for REFLECT. Jesus came to be born in a stable to show us what God is like. We have seen the glory of God through the life of Jesus, now we have to make a choice. We can choose to keep it to ourselves, or we can choose share it through our words and our actions.

We need to remember that every day we face the three R's of what to do with Jesus. 

Dear Father, for those who have not yet chosen to receive Jesus and believe in him, we pray that they will make that choice today. For those of us who have chosen to receive him, may our lives reflect his glory in all that we do and say. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

 

Make 3 ‘Rs’ and decorate them for your prayer box

 


Candlemas – The Presentation of Christ in the Temple - 31st January 2021 

The Bible tells about a very important promise God made to His people. Thankfully, God is always faithful in keeping His promises. We learn in the Bible about a man named Simeon. Simeon was a very old man who had waited his whole life to see God’s promise come to himself and to God’s people. God had promised to send a Messiah or Saviour to the world, and God promised Simeon that he would not die until he had seen the promised Messiah.

A few days after Jesus was born, Mary and Joseph took Him to the temple to dedicate Him to God. Simeon was in the temple as usual. As soon as Simeon saw baby Jesus, he knew God had kept His promise. Simeon took Jesus in his arms and praised God, saying, "Lord, now let your servant die in peace. As you have promised, I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for all people."

Anna was a prophet who was also in the Temple. She was always at the Temple worshipping and praying. When she heard what Simeon was saying, she praised God and told everyone that Jesus was the Saviour that God had promised. Luke 2v22-40

Let's remember that just as God is faithful in keeping His promises, we can be faithful in keeping our promises.

Let us pray; Dear God, just as You’re faithful in keeping Your promises, help us to be faithful in keeping our promises. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Fold a piece of paper in half; glue along two sides to make a ‘pocket’. Decorate it and write your promises on little pieces of paper to put inside the ‘pocket’ as a reminder. Put this little pocket into your Epiphany prayer box.

 

 


The Third Sunday of Epiphany, 24th January 2021 

This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him. John 2v11 

Wow! Listen to this headline! "Wedding guest turns water into wine."

On Tuesday, a woman named Mary was in Cana to attend a wedding. A large number of guests, including her son, Jesus, also attended the wedding. Guests at the wedding were reportedly having a good time until they ran out of wine. At that point, it seemed that the happy celebration might turn into a disaster.

Some of the wedding guests thought that perhaps Jesus might have a solution to the problem, so they reported to him that they were out of wine. When told about the problem, Jesus at first seemed unwilling to do anything, but after some encouragement from his mother, he finally agreed to help.

Eye witnesses at the wedding reported that Jesus saw several large water jars nearby and instructed some servants to fill them with water. After the jars had been filled with water, he told them to dip some of the water out of the jars and take it to the man who was in charge of serving the wine. When the wine steward tasted the water, he discovered that the water had been turned into wine.

Wedding guests were amazed at the turn of events and said that the wine was the best that they had ever tasted.

As a result of this miraculous event, many people are following Jesus everywhere he goes, and many believe that he might even be the long-awaited Messiah.

Well, that made a pretty good news story, didn't it? Do you know what is really great about this story? Just as Jesus performed a miracle by changing the water into wine at the wedding celebration two thousand years ago, he is still working miracles in the hearts and lives of people today. If you will let him, he will work a miracle in you.

Dear Jesus, worker of miracles, work a miracle in us today, we pray. Amen.

 

Colour and cut out the water jar and the separate lettering in the box above; use blu tak to stick this on the jar!

 

 

 


The Second Sunday of Epiphany, - 17th January 2021

Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." "Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" Nathanael asked. "Come and see," said Philip. John 1v45-46

When something good happens to you, it is the most natural thing in the world to want to tell others about it. It may be something like making a good score on this week's spelling test at school, or scoring the winning goal in football game. When something good happens to us, we can't wait to tell someone about it. Isn't it great to tell others about good things that have happened to you? When you get a chance to tell someone about something good that happened to you, it’s almost like experiencing the good thing all over again.

Jesus went to Galilee where he met a man named Philip. When Jesus met Phillip, he said to him, "Follow me." What a thrill! Not only did Phillip meet Jesus, but Jesus asked him to follow him and become one of his disciples.

The very first thing that came to Philip's mind was to tell someone what had happened to him. He immediately went and found his friend Nathanael. He said to Nathanael, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."

Nathanael replied to Philip, "Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?"

"Come and see for yourself," Philip answered. As they approached, Jesus said, "Now here is a genuine son of Israel—a man of integrity."

"How do you know about me?" Nathanael asked. Jesus replied, "I could see you under the fig tree before Philip found you." Nathanael exclaimed, "You are the Son of God—the King of Israel!"

Something good happened to Philip—he met Jesus. He shared it with his friend Nathanael and he met Jesus too. 

Make up the front page of a newspaper and write a good news story of your own. Don’t forget to take a photo of it and put on our facebook page, and put this prayer in your Epiphany box. 

Let us pray. Dear God, we are thankful for the happiness that Jesus has brought into our life. May we share it with our friends so that they might also know the happiness that Jesus brings. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

 


The Baptism of Christ - 10th January 2021

As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased." Mark 1v10-11 

What an exciting time this is—the beginning of a new year. Some people make New Year's Resolutions. That means they make promises to themselves about things they hope to do in the New Year. Did you make any New Year's Resolutions this year? Maybe some of you resolved to be well behaved, Or perhaps you resolved to keep your room clean, or to do better at school. The New Year gives you the chance to forget your past mistakes and look forward to doing better in the year ahead. I hope all of you will take advantage of the fresh start the New Year offers us.

Today we read about a man called John the Baptist. John went all around the countryside in Judea telling people to live good lives and to ask God for forgiveness. After they said sorry for the wrong things they had said and done they received God's forgiveness. Then John baptised them in the River Jordan. They were baptised to show others that God had forgiven their sins and washed them clean. God's forgiveness had given them a fresh start in life.

Jesus himself was baptised by John, and he commanded us to go into the all the world and make disciples, teaching them all that he taught us, and baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus commanded it, and the church still baptises people today. When we see someone baptised, it shows they have been given a fresh start in life through Christ Jesus.

Have you been baptised? Do you have your Baptism certificate or photos? May be you had a special outfit or some gifts on that special day. See if you can find out more about your baptism. If you haven’t been baptised, do you know someone how has? Ask them about it.

 

Let us pray: The Lord’s Prayer.......Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this

day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive

those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but

deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the

glory, for ever and ever. Amen

Remember to put this prayer into your Epiphany box

 


Advent 4 2020 - Mary

What do you put at the very top of your Christmas tree? Some people put a star to remind them that a special star played a very important part in the story of Christmas. Some people like to put an angel at the top of their tree. That's a good choice too, because angels also played a very important role in the Christmas story.

As you probably know, angels are messengers from God. Many years ago, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to deliver a message to a young girl named Mary who was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph.

The angel appeared to Mary and said, "Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you."

Mary was frightened and confused by the angel's greeting. "Don't be afraid, Mary," the angel told her. "You will give birth to a son and you will name him Jesus."

Mary asked the angel. "How can this happen?” and the angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. The baby will be holy and he will be called the Son of God." Mary replied, "let everything happen just as you have said."

God could have chosen anyone to give birth to Jesus, but he chose Mary. She wasn't very important, but she was important to God, and he chose her to give birth to his Son. God still chooses unimportant people to perform important tasks. He has given you and me the task of sharing the good news of Jesus and his love to the whole world. "Go and make disciples of all nations." (Matthew 28v19) Can you imagine a more important task? 

Let us pray -Dear Father, we thank you for this story about how you sent the angel Gabriel to take your message to Mary. We also thank you that you have given us the task of taking the message of Jesus and his love to all the world. Amen

Bible verse for this week. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. Luke 1v30-32 

 

 

Colour and decorate the fourth candle on the Advent Ring.

Print and decorate the crib scene for part of your Christmas decorations this year. 

 

 

 


Advent 3 2020 for our younger readers.... John the Baptist

Before the days of printed newspapers, town criers walked through the streets ringing a bell and calling out, "Hear ye, hear ye!" Then they shouted out the news from every street corner announcing the time of town meetings and other items of interest to the people. Even after printed newspapers came along, you could walk the streets of a city and hear the voice of a newspaper boy crying out, "Extra! Extra! Read all about it!" Then he would shout out the day’s headlines, hoping to get the attention of those who were passing by so that they would buy a newspaper.

Today, people get the news in many different ways, from the newspaper or online, or the radio or TV. No matter how you get the news, it is important to know what is going on in the world around us.

Long before the birth of Jesus, God spoke through the prophet Isaiah to tell how he would spread the news of the coming of the Messiah. This is what he said, "I will send my messenger to prepare the way. He will be a voice of one crying in the desert, 'Prepare the way for the coming of the Lord!” The messenger that God chose to bring this good news to his people was a man named John the Baptist. John wore clothes made of camel hair with a leather belt around his waist. His favourite food was locusts and wild honey! He travelled around in the desert preaching that people should be sorry for the wrong things they had said and done; when they had done this John baptised them in the River Jordan. 

John the Baptist was very popular and had a great following, but he always told the people about Jesus. It has been 2000 years since God sent his Son, but God still needs messengers to spread the news and we can tell others about God too.

Let us pray -Father, we thank you for this very special time of year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus. There are many who do not know about Jesus. Help us to be your messengers and share the good news. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Bible verse for this week  

– “A voice of one calling in the wilderness,

‘Prepare the way for the Lord,

    make straight paths for him.”Isaiah 40 v 3

 

Colour and decorate the third candle on your Advent Ring

What can you find out about locusts and how long does honey last in a jar?

 


Advent 2 2020 - The Prophets

It's official! We are entering into the Christmas countdown period. Every day now we will see it in the newspapers and hear it on the radio and television. All around us there are signs that Christmas is coming. What are some of those signs?

There are plenty of signs that Christmas is coming, but 2000 years ago when Jesus was born, there were no big signs to announce that it was going to happen. There were no ads on the radio or TV saying "Coming soon! A Saviour will be born in a stable near you!" 

When Jesus was born, many people were surprised but as word of his birth spread, some people remembered that long ago prophets had told them that God was going to send a Saviour. Prophets were people who were messengers for God and helped to tell the people what would happen in the future. They knew that this baby, born in a stable, was God keeping His promise.

Christmas is a not only a wonderful time to celebrate the birth of Jesus. It is also a time to remember that Jesus promised that he would come again. We don't read much about that in the newspapers and we don't hear much talk about it on the radio or television, but Jesus told us to be prepared and to watch for his return.

As we look forward to Christmas Day, we also look forward to the day when Jesus will come again. Today we light the candle for the prophets on our Advent wreath. Just as the people of Israel found hope in the promises of God, we find hope in Jesus' promise that he will come again.

Let us pray - Heavenly Father, we thank you for keeping your promise to send a Saviour. We also thank you for the promise that he will return again to take us to our home in heaven. Amen.

Bible verse for this week

Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. Mark 13v33 

 

Colour and decorate the second candle on your Advent Ring.

Can you find some Prophets in the Old Testament part of your Bible?

 


Advent 1 2020 - The People

Ministry At Home

Many of us use a calendar, a paper one or one on our phone or computer. Sometimes we write important things that we want to remember in the calendar. By now many of you will have an Advent calendar Advent means the arrival of an event or a person. The Advent calendar helps us to count down the days until Christmas and the celebration of Jesus' birthday. There’s a window to open for every day from 1st December until Christmas Day. 

While we are waiting for Christmas, we should remember that we are also waiting for something else. We are waiting for Jesus to come again. When will that be? We don't know. We don't have a calendar that tells us when he will come again, but he promised that he would. Jesus said that even the angels in heaven don't know the day or hour of his return. Well, what should we do? We should do what the Bible tells us to do, "Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come."

What else should we be doing while we are waiting and watching for Jesus to return? We should be worshiping him, praising him, serving him, loving him, and loving one another as he commanded us to do. When we do those things, we will be ready, no matter when he comes.

Let us pray -Dear Father, we are watching and waiting for Christmas when we celebrate the day that you sent your Son, Jesus, to earth. We are also waiting for him to come again. Help us to be ready. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Bible verse

"A voice of one calling in the desert, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.' " Mark 1v3 

 

Print off the Advent Ring picture and colour and decorate one candle each week, until Christmas Day, then leave the one in the middle white.

Can you find out how candles are made?

 


Christ the King,  22nd  November 2020, for our younger readers .......

Can you tell a sheep from a goat? Wait a minute! It may not be as easy as you think.

The easiest way to tell a goat from a sheep is that a goat’s tail usually sticks up in the air but a sheep's tail hangs down. If sheep have horns, they are usually curved. A goat's horns are less curved. Sheep usually have fluffy wool that must be sheared, while goats have flatter hair.

Do you think Jesus can tell the sheep from the goats? One day Jesus was speaking to a group of followers about the day when the Son of Man (Jesus himself) would come in all his glory. He said, "He will sit on his throne and all of the nations will be gathered before him. He will separate the people like a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left." How did he know the sheep from the goats?

Jesus went on to explain, "He will say to those on his right, 'I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.'

"When did we do that?" the people will ask.

"And the King will say, 'I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!'

"Then he will turn to those on the left and say, 'I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.'

"Then they will ask, 'When did we refuse to help you?'

"He will answer, 'I tell you the truth, when you refused to help any of my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.'

Dear God, help us to show love for others as you show love for us. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Use cotton wool,, knitting wool, crayons or paints to decorate a sheep and a goat – do you know the difference!

 

Use cotton wool, knitting wool, crayons or paints to decorate a sheep and a goat – do you know the difference? 

 


15th November 2020

 

God has given each of us talents – the ability to make others smile, or a musical talent like singing or playing an instrument, or the talent of caring enabling people become nurses, doctors, and carers. Maybe we have athletic skills which make us good at sport or we have a talent for writing or drawing or maths, cooking, cleaning or even ironing clothes! No matter what gift God has given you, he has given each and every one of you some sort of gift.

When God has given us a gift, he expects something in return. He expects us to take that gift and use it for his glory and to make the world a better, more caring, happier place. God would be very disappointed in us if we just sat back and did nothing with what he has given us, wouldn't he? Our Bible lesson today is all about this. 

This story is called "The Parable of the Talents”. Jesus tells the story of a man who went off on a long trip. Before he left, he called all of his servants together gave each of them a part of his wealth to take care of while he was gone. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to a third he gave one bag. Then he left on his journey.

While he was gone, the servant who had five bags of gold worked very hard and increased that amount to ten bags of gold. The man who had been given two bags of gold also earned two more. But the servant who had been given one bag dug a hole and buried his master's money.

When the master returned, he called his servants together and asked them to give an account of what they had done with the gifts he had given them. When the first two told their master that they had doubled what he had given them, he praised them saying, "Well done! Because you have been faithful with what I have given you, I will give you much more."

The third servant told the master, "I was afraid, so I took what you gave me and hid it in the ground so that it would be safe."

"You lazy servant!" the master answered. "You could have at least invested what I gave you with the bank so that I could have at least earned a little interest on it." He then took the gold from him and gave it to the one who already had the most. He explained, "To those who improve upon what they have been given will be given more. But from those who do nothing, what they have been given will be taken away."

Sometimes you and I may look at the talents that God has given to others and think that God hasn't given us very much talent. We might even be tempted to hide our talent. But when we use our God-given talent properly, he will give us even more!

Dear God, we thank you for the gifts that you have given each of us. We pray that we will be faithful in using these gifts to bring honour and glory to your name, and make our world a better place. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

MFW

 

The Parable of The Talents

 

Write a poem about the Parable of the Talents....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 If this Parable was a book the cover would look like this.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Parable teaches me....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can use my talents to do these things. ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Remembrance Sunday 2020

 

Every year at the beginning of November, people begin to wear poppies. We all know that it’s to do with remembering people who have died in wars.

The story of the poppy begins during the First World War, or, as it was more commonly known back then, The Great War which broke out in July 1914. It seems hard to believe now, but there were celebrations in the streets and long queues of young men at an army recruiting offices, eager to join up. They dreamed of heroism on the battlefields, winning medals and helping the people. It would all be over by Christmas, or so they thought.

This was the first war to use airplanes, tanks, and submarines; and machine guns, mortars, and poison gas meant that thousands of people could be killed in minutes. 

It was a grim and sad time. 

After the Battle of Ypres in 1915, field surgeon John McCrae wrote a poem called In Flanders Fields about the bright red poppies that grew in the desolate mud of the battlefield and on the graves of his fallen comrades.

A woman called Moina Michael read the poem and wrote her own – called We Shall Keep the Faith – in response. She began to wear a poppy to remember the dead and sold them to raise money for the injured.

At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns finally fell silent. So many people had died during the war that it’s impossible to get accurate figures, but around 17 million were killed and over 20 million were injured. 

Wars have continued throughout the twentieth century and on into the twenty-first: The Second World War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Falklands War, the Gulf War, the Bosnian War, the Iraq War, the Libyan Civil War, the Syrian Civil War are just a few. Millions of people have lost their homes and families, or been injured or killed.

Some people wear the poppy as a symbol to remember all the people who have died; others wear the poppy as a reminder that all people should help to create a world where men, women, and children do not have to die in wars. So in many ways, it can be seen as a symbol of peace.

 

At this time we especially remember how Jesus wanted everyone to live peace fully with one another.

 

We read in the Gospel of John 14v27 his words...

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Andin the Gospel of Matthew 5v9 Jesus says....

“Blessed are the peacemakers,

    for they will be called children of God.”

 

MFW

 

 

Colour and decorate this poster to put in your window this week

 


All Saints’ Day, 1st November 2020

Have you ever worn a halo?

May be it’s been at a Nativity play, made from tinsel or cardboard or gold paper!

In many Christian paintings people are shown with haloes. The halo shows that the person is precious and special to God – that is 'holy'. We call these people 'saints'. Sometimes they were very brave and died because they believed in Jesus, or sometimes they were very good Christians. 

We also call people saints who are very kind or helpful - we might say, 'She's a real saint'.

 

As Christians we remember that 1 November is called 'All Saints’ Day' - it's the day Christians remember and give thanks for every saint. Many people believe that only very special and holy people are 'saints', but in fact we are all very precious and special to God. In the Bible St Paul said that all people who loved God and tried to do right were 'saints' - so in a way we are all saints too.

Do you know any famous saints and do you know their stories? There’s St Botolph and St Mark too. What can you find our about their lives? Here are some more;

St. Peter, a fisherman who became the head of the Church.

St. Paul of Tarsus, formerly named Saul, persecuted Christians before he became a preacher of the Gospel.

St. Francis of Assisi loved all of God’s creation and taught that we should be kind and caring to all living creatures. 

St Luke was a doctor in the time of Jesus and wrote a Gospel and the Book of Acts in the Bible.

St. Anthony of Padua is the patron saint of lost objects.

St. Patrick of Ireland successfully converted the people to Christianity during his time as a bishop in Ireland

Saint Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians and Church music; she loved singing.

St Bernadette is the patron saint of the ill and that poor.

How many more can you find? 

 

Time for reflection

Dear God,

Thank you for the example of all the special people who have loved you.

Help us to love you too,

and to remember that we are all your special 'saints'.

Amen.

MFW 

 


Bible Sunday 25th October 2020

I always remember having to carry loads of books in my satchel when I went to school; the bag would stretch out of shape, the little straps with their brass buckles would wear away. How different life is today: everything we need to read we can find on-line on tablets or computers and our shoulders are not so tired and weary! There was one book which we were all given when we started school – The Bible. It was ours to keep forever and all these years later I’ve still got mine, covered in a pretty material cover. Do you know that The Bible is a library of 66 books? It was much easier to carry The Bible than 66 books! Isn’t that amazing, having a whole library in one book? 

The Bible is divided into two parts, Old Testament (before Jesus was born) and New Testament ( after Jesus was born).

Do you know the titles of the individual books of the Bible? Here are just some....

Genesis – the first book of The Bible contains stories about God's people long ago (legends, myths and history) 

The Psalms - A book of poetry or songs, includes The Lord is My Shepherd..

Proverbs - A book of wise sayings and mottoes

Matthew, Mark, Luke, John (The Gospels) – are stories about Jesus' life 

Acts of the Apostles - Stories about the first followers of Jesus (history)

The Epistles Romans, Corinthians, Ephesians) - Letters written to the first Christian churches.

This week we think about Bible Sunday on 25th October, and what this collection of books called the Bible is for. The Bible is considered a special book by Christians. Many people believe that God inspired all its different authors to write it to teach them what God is like. The Bible is like a handbook for Christians; in reading it we can find help, inspiration, information, poetry, details about how life was before and after Jesus was born and how early Christianity grew. Other religions also use the Bible - the Old Testament is the special book of the Jewish people, and Muslims find the stories of Jesus helpful. Can you find a Bible to do at the activity sheet below? Pray this prayer as you look for all the books in The Bible.

Dear God,

Thank you for all kinds of books:

for books which are fun to read,

for books which help us in our lessons,

and for books which teach us things we did not know.

Thank you for all the people who have written books which help others to learn.

Thank you for the Bible which has taught so many people about God.

Help us to respect the books which are important to other people. Amen

 


St Luke’s Day 18th October 2020

St Luke is the author (writer) of one of the four Gospels which tell us about the life of Jesus. Luke also wrote the Book of Acts, which describes how the Christian Church grew in the 1st Century. (we’re now in the 21st Century, so it is a very long time ago!) 

 

According to the New Testament, he was a doctor (Colossians 4v14), who went with St Paul on some of his missionary journeys. 

Luke gives us an eyewitness account of Paul's adventures and in particular of the shipwreck that they experienced on their way to Rome. Luke writes his history of the life of Jesus and the Church to explain what happened. His writing shows a particular concern about the treatment of women, the poor and outsiders in society, and he is keen for everyone to know that the good news about Jesus is for everyone. 

 

It seems very likely that Luke spent time with Mary the mother of Jesus, who gave him information for the Christmas story recorded in the opening chapters of his Gospel. 

 

St Luke is the patron saint of doctors and surgeons. On 18th October we honour Saint Luke on his feast day by praying for doctors, nurses and carers and those who care for the sick; we pray for the work of all who bring healing, whether it be physical, emotional, or spiritual.

 

October 18 is also known as “St. Luke's Little Summer, which is a period of summer- like days that occur around the 18th of October! So, just check the weather on 18th October and see if you think this very old saying is correct.

 

Write a story or draw a picture of how a doctor or nurse has helped you to feel better.

 


Sunday 11th October 2020

Jesus once told about a king who threw a party, but none of the people he invited came. The king had planned to have a party for his Son who was getting married. Since he was a king, and this was his only son, you can imagine that it was going to be quite a celebration and it was a tremendous honour to be invited!

All of the plans had been made, the food was prepared, the invitations had been sent. The day of the celebration came, but no one came. The king sent his servants to see where the people were and why they had not come to his celebration and they all began to make excuses about how busy they were.

The king was very upset, so he told his servants to go out into the streets and invite everyone they saw to come to his son's wedding celebration. They did exactly what the king told them to do and the Bible tells us that the wedding hall was filled with guests.

In this story, the King is God and, of course, Jesus is His Son. God is going to have a great celebration for His Son in Heaven and we have all been invited.......but some people will turn down God's invitation. We've all been invited, will we accept the invitation?

Decorate this celebration cake and then say the prayer below.

Dear Father, thank you for inviting us to join you in your heavenly celebration. If there are any here today who have not accepted your invitation, we pray that today will be the day. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

 

 


Sunday 4th October 2020

We all like a good story and Jesus often gathered people around him to talk to them. The stories that Jesus told were called parables and he used them to teach his followers about right and wrong. The way he did this was by comparing good behaviour and bad. 

Today’s story is about a man who owned some land. He planted some grapes on the land and then rented it to some other farmers who were to work in the vineyard and take care of it for him. Part of the agreement he had with these farmers was that they would give him a share of the crops.

When it came time to harvest time, the landowner sent his servants to collect his share of the harvest. The farmers who had leased the land beat the servants and even killed one of them. They refused to give the landowner what was owed to him.

A second time the landowner sent servants, more than the first time, but again the farmers treated them in the same way.

Finally, he sent his own son, thinking, "Surely they will respect my son."

But when they saw the son coming, they said, "This is the landowner's son, let's kill him and take his inheritance."

Jesus asked the men listening to his story, "What do you think the landowner will do to those men?"

"He will destroy those wicked men, and rent his land to someone else, who will give him his share of the fruit at harvest time" answered his listeners.

In this story that Jesus told, the landowner represents God. God first sent men such as Noah, Moses, David, the prophet Isaiah, and others to tell people of his love for them and to call them to turn away from their wicked ways, but many would not listen. Finally, he sent His own Son, Jesus, but they crucified him, too. 

Let us pray...Dear God, we thank you for the stories Jesus told to those around him. Help us to remember the meanings and learn right from wrong and to behave in good ways. Amen

 

 

Hold my hand, God.

Lead the way,

Help me be good every day.

Let me know what’s wrong and right,

Keep me safe all through the night.

Let me know what you have planned,

Lead the way, God,

Hold my hand.

Write the prayer in the hand, and then decorate it

 


 

Harvest Festival......27th September 2020

When sun shines through water, what do you get?      A rainbow!

Have you ever seen a double rainbow? What about a triple rainbow? Now, do you know the colours of the rainbow in the correct order?

You may have heard a song to help you learn what those colours are. It goes like this: “Red and yellow and pink and green, orange and purple and blue. I can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow too.”

Does anyone know the problem with this song? It is wrong. Pink and purple are not colours of the rainbow. What are the colours of the rainbow? Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet

I want to tell you about the very first rainbow. The Bible tells us that after God flooded the earth, saving only Noah and his family, and 2 of every kind of animal, He made a wonderful promise.

God said: “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” (Genesis 8:22)

While the earth exists there will always be these things.

As a sign that He made this promise, God told Noah that He would put a rainbow in the sky as a reminder of this promise.

Rainbows have a really special job.

They may come about as the sun shines through water, but they are God’s way of reminding us that He has kept His promise that seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease, and that He will not flood the whole earth again.

So every time you see a rainbow, thank God that He is keeping His promise, and because He has, we can celebrate harvest every year.

This year many of us have made rainbows for our windows, and have had great fun counting the rainbows as we’ve walked to school or the shops. They are a reminder of God’s promise, and that gives us all hope and a smile that one day everything in our lives will return to normal.

 

 

MFW 21.9.2020

Use half of a paper plate and paint or colour a rainbow. 

If you haven’t a paper plate, use a half circle of paper.

Try to get the colours in the correct order.

You could add some fluffy cotton wool clouds or cut some clouds from white paper. 

When you’ve made your rainbow, take a photo and send to amanda_horrobin@hotmail.co.uk for our website.

 

You can read more of this story in the Bible, Genesis Chapter 8

 


Sunday 20th September 2020 for our younger readers...

Jesus told a story about a landowner who was hiring men to work in his vineyard, growing grapes to make wine. He hired some of them early in the morning, some in the middle of the day, and some he hired just before it was time to go home. 

When it was time to pay the workers, he paid them all the same. The workers who were hired early in the morning began to complain, "Hey! That's not fair! You paid the workers who worked only one hour the same as those of us who worked all day."

The owner of the vineyard said, "I am not being unfair to you. I paid you what I agreed to pay you. Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Are you jealous because I am generous?"

What is the point of this story that Jesus told? The point is that there are some people who trust in Jesus and serve him all the days of their life. What is their reward? Their reward is eternal life in heaven.

There are other people who live most of their life in the wrong way. They don't serve the Lord at all. Then, may be, just before their life comes to an end, they put their trust in the Lord. What is their reward? Their reward is the same as one who has served the Lord all their life, eternal life in heaven.

Is that fair? We might not think it is fair, but if we got what was fair, none of us would go to heaven. The Bible says, "All have said and done wrong things and fall short of the glory of God." 

Let us pray....

Father, we thank you for your love and grace that gives us everlasting life, in spite of what we deserve. Help us to live kind and thoughtful and helpful lives and always do the right thing. Amen

See the activity sheet for this week, some Bible verses to learn.

 

Today’s activity sheet - Print and cut out these special happy Bible verses, see if you can learn them by heart. 

 


13th September 2020

Back to school and we’ve been given new pens and pencils! There are short pencils, long pencils, skinny pencils, and fat pencils; yellow, red, black, and white pencils, different shapes, sizes, and colours but there is one thing that many pencils have in common. The eraser, the rubber, is worn off! It tells us that we make a lot of mistakes. When we make a mistake, we rub it out and start over, and over again, until we get it right! 

These pencils remind us of people. People come in all different sizes, shapes, and colours too, but we all have one thing in common, we all make mistakes! We make a lot of mistakes. That is why God sent Jesus to die on the cross - to erase and rub out our mistakes. When we do something wrong, we can ask God to forgive us and he will erase our mistakes and we can start over again, and again, and again. Unlike these pencils, God's eraser, his rubber, never wears out!

Just as God forgives us over and over again, Jesus taught us that we should forgive other people over and over again.

One day, Peter asked Jesus, "How many times should I forgive someone who sins against me? Should I forgive him seven times?" It seems that Peter was pretty proud of himself for being willing to forgive someone seven times.

Jesus answered, "Not seven times, but seventy times seven times!" (that’s 490 times!)

Jesus knew that if he said we should forgive seventy times seven times, we would never be able to keep count and we would forgive over, and over again, just as he forgives us.

It doesn't matter what we are, what we look like, we all need God's forgiveness. We also need to remember that Jesus taught that we are to forgive others just as God forgives us.

Dear God, we all think and say and do wrong things. Thank you for sending Jesus to forgive us of our sins. Help us to forgive others the same way — over, and over again. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Make a poster to remind you of this story. 

Poster template

 

 


6th September 2020

Once upon a time, there were two brothers. Their father had a large farm and when he became too old to work, he called his sons to him. "I am too old to work anymore," he said. "I will divide my farm in half and give each of you one half. I know that you will always work together and will be good friends."

When the brothers first started farming on their adjoining farms, they were the best of friends and would share everything together. Then, one day there was an argument between the two brothers and they stopped speaking to one another. For many years, not a word was spoken between them.

One day, one of the brothers was at his house when a carpenter came to his door and said, "I would like to do some work. Do you have any work that I can do?" The brother thought for a moment and then replied, "I would like for you to build a fence on my property. Build it down near the stream there that separates my farm from my brother’s. I don’t want to see my brother any more and I would like you to build a high fence there, please. I’m going into town and I’ll be back this evening.

When he came back that evening, he was shocked to see that the carpenter had not followed his instructions. Instead of building a high fence there, he had built a bridge over the stream. The man walked down to take a look at the bridge, and as he did, his brother walked toward him from the other side. His brother said, "After all the terrible things I’ve done to you over the years, I can't believe that you would build a bridge and welcome me back." He reached out to his brother and gave him a big hug.

The brother then walked back up to his farmhouse to talk to the carpenter. "Can you stay?" he asked. "I have more work for you to do." The carpenter answered, "I’m sorry but I can’t stay. I have to go, for I have many other bridges to build."

Sometimes we have a disagreement with others. When that happens, we often build a fence between ourselves and them. We stop talking to them. We don't want to see them. We don't want to be around them. That isn't what Jesus wants us to do. Instead of fences, he wants us to build a bridge of love between us.

Dear God, we know you want us to live together in peace and harmony. Help us to love one another. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

 


Sunday 30th August 2020

Jesus was telling his followers about some difficult situations that he would be facing in his life. He told them that he was going to have to go to Jerusalem where he would be persecuted at the hands of the religious leaders, be killed, and then on the third day he would be raised up alive.

Simon Peter protested! "No! That can never be!"

But Jesus stood firm. "Get behind me, Satan! You are seeing things from a human point of view, not from God's."

Then Jesus went on to tell his disciples, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. What do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?"

Jesus has called us to take up our cross and follow him, he never promised that it would be easy, but it will be worth it. 

Let us pray; ‘Father, we thank you for sending your Son. It is our desire to take up our cross and follow him every day. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen’


23rd August 2020

When Jesus lived on earth, he went around helping people. He fed the hungry, healed the sick, made the blind to see and the lame to walk. After Jesus healed someone, it was not unusual to hear someone in the crowd ask, "Who is this man?" Jesus heard people asking that question and he also heard the answers that people gave.

One day Jesus asked his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?"

The disciples answered, "Well, some think you are John the Baptist, others think you are Elijah, Jeremiah or one of the prophets come back to life."

"But who do you say that I am?" Jesus asked.

Simon Peter spoke up and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

Jesus said, "You are absolutely right, Peter!"

Many people today do not know Jesus and are asking, "Who is this man?" People give many answers. Some say he was a great teacher. Others say he was a prophet or a great religious leader. The real answer to that question is the same answer that Peter gave when Jesus asked it. He is the Christ the Son of the living God.

Decorate this picture and cut out the poster; put it with the other things you have made this holiday and take a photo. Send to our webmaster Amanda Horrobin for our special pages and gallery. (amanda_horrobin@hotmail.co.uk)

 


Sunday 16th August 2020

When Jesus began his ministry, he first preached and taught the Jews. That does not mean that he didn't love the other people of the world, but he had to start somewhere! 

When other people saw Jesus healing the sick and lame, they followed him wherever he went. One day there was a woman from Canaan who came to Jesus and asked him to heal her daughter. Jesus explained to the woman that his first mission on earth was to preach to the people of Israel.

The woman refused to give up. She came closer, knelt down, and begged, "Please help me, Lord!" Jesus replied, "It isn't right to take food away from children and feed it to dogs."

The woman answered Jesus and said, "Lord, that's true, but even dogs get the crumbs that fall from their owner's table." Jesus was so touched by the faith of that woman that he told her that because of her faith, her daughter would be healed.

Even though Jesus came first to the Jew, he loved us so much that he shared his love with all of us – whoever and whatever we are.

 

 

Jesus’ love is very wonderful

Jesus’ love is very wonderful,

Jesus’ love is very wonderful,

Oh, wonderful love!

 

It’s so high you can’t get over it,

So low you can’t get under it,

So wide you can’t get round it,

Oh, wonderful love!

 

Jesus’ love is very wonderful

Jesus’ love is very wonderful,

Jesus’ love is very wonderful,

Oh, wonderful love!

 

It’s so high you can’t get over it,

So low you can’t get under it,

So wide you can’t get round it,

Oh, wonderful love!

Decorate the heart shape, cut it out and use it when you say this prayer...

Dear Father, thank you for loving us so much that you shared your Son with the whole world, so that through him we could know how everyone is loved. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

 


Sunday 9th August

For our younger readers Sunday 9th August 2020

It had been a long, hard day for Jesus and his disciples. They had fed more than 5,00 people. Jesus told them to get into their boat and go on ahead of him to the other side of the lake. Jesus then went up on a mountainside to be alone and to pray

Later that evening, the disciples were quite far out onto the lake when the wind began to blow and the waves began to bounce their boat around on the water.

Shortly before dawn, Jesus went out to the disciples, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him, they were terrified. "It's a ghost," they cried.

Jesus immediately spoke to them: "Don't be afraid! Take courage. I am here!"

Peter spoke up, "Lord, if it is really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water."

"Yes, come," Jesus answered.

So, Peter climbed out of the boat and started walking on the water toward Jesus. But when he started looking around and saw the waves being blown about by the wind. He was afraid and he began to sink. "Lord, save me!" he cried.

Jesus reached out his hand and caught Peter. "Why did you doubt?" Jesus asked.

So, you see, even a grown-up fisherman like Simon Peter needed a hand from Jesus when it came to walking on the water. You and I may face some pretty rough times in our life, but as long as we keep our eyes on Jesus, he will always be there to give us a hand.

Draw around your hand, then write in the palm all the ways that you can give a helping hand to others.

Cut out this prayer and stick on to your hand to remind you of this Bible story.

Dear God, help us to remember that you are always there when we need a helping hand. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Design a boat; decorate with crayons, paint or collage and then stick it on to a really stormy sea!

Remember to take photos of all the special work you have done from our pages for younger readers over the past few weeks so that we can put them on our website – send to  amanda_horrobin@hotmail.co.uk

 


Sunday 2nd August

Jesus and his disciples were very tired and needed some time to relax. They got into a boat and went away to a quiet place to rest. When they reached their destination, there were people there waiting for Jesus. The Bible tells us that there were five thousand men and who knows how many women and children! They wanted Jesus to teach them and heal the sick. Jesus needed to rest, but when he saw the people, he loved them so much that he forgot all about being tired. He healed the sick and taught the people about the kingdom of heaven. Soon it was time to eat. The disciples went to Jesus and said, "It is getting late and we are hungry. Send the people away so that we can go and get something to eat." Jesus answered, "They don't need to go away, you feed them."

"Feed them? How can we feed them? We have five loaves of bread and two small fish. That is all the food we have."

Jesus told the disciples bring him the loaves and fish and to tell everyone to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the loaves and fish and looked up to heaven and gave thanks. He then gave the food to the disciples to give to the people. Everyone ate until they were full! Then they gathered up the leftovers and there were twelve baskets full.

Today we learn that when we give what we have to God, he can take it, bless it, and do more than we could ever imagine. Even though we may not have very much, little becomes much when it is placed in God's hands.

Colour and cut out the 5 loaves and 2 fish and put them on a plate. Say this prayer,

Dear Jesus, help us to remember that when we give what we have to you, even a little bit is more than enough. In your name we pray. Amen.

 


26th July 2020

While Jesus was with his disciples he went around teaching to all the crowds who came to hear him. He often spoke in parables.  A parable is a story that Jesus made up to teach us more about God and his kingdom.

A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning

Use the activity sheet and your Bible to remind yourself of all the parables you know !


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19th July 2020

So many of you have been gardening, but as you probably know, one of the biggest enemies of a good garden is weeds. Weeds will rob the soil of the nutrients that help your plants to grow and many times they will choke out good plants. We can weed, but may pull out the plants by mistake!

Another way to get rid of the weeds is to buy some weed killer, but when we’re trying to care for Gods’ creation, we don’t want to poison the soil and kill the insects and so that is not a good idea. Sometimes, it is best just to leave the weeds alone until it is time to harvest the crop, then we can separate the weeds from the good plants.

One time Jesus told a story that compared his church to a garden that was infested with weeds. Sometimes there may be people in the church that don't really belong. They do things that aren't very loving and they don't seem to believe what the Bible teaches. They sometimes say hateful things about the other members of the church and try to hurt them. They are like weeds in a garden.

We have to be very careful about trying to remove those people from the church. In his story, Jesus said that we shouldn't worry about pulling up the weeds that grow around us. If we do, we may do more harm than good. He suggests that we leave the weeds for God to take care of - and concentrate on doing what he wants us to do - which is producing good fruit.

Dear Father, help us to love one another and leave the matter of judgment in your hands. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Learn this action prayer to use in the school holidays. Decorate the border, cut it out and use it every day.

 


5th July 2020 

How strong are you? Do you think you are pretty strong? Could you pick up a brick? Could pick up a car……with one hand? Oh, you don't think you could pick up a car? You could if you had some help. A car jack would help - put this jack underneath a car and pump the handle, with the help of a jack, you could lift a car, but you couldn't do it alone! 

Some adults and children have heavy burdens to carry in life. Perhaps they have a physical handicap that makes life difficult. Or their family doesn’t have enough money for food or clothing.  Maybe someone in their family has a serious illness.  School has not been easy or as much fun in the past few weeks, and many are worried about how they are going to catch up with learning. There are some things that worry us and we feel that we can't handle by ourselves.  Well, guress what? We don't have to!

Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest." There is no reason for any of us to struggle with burdens that are too heavy for us.  God's Word is full of promises to help us in times of trouble. Here are just a few: "Don't be afraid, I am with you."  "I'll give you strength."  "I'm with you in times of trouble."  These words of encouragement are just what we need to face the hard times that may come our way.

Does that mean that if we will ask him, God will take all of our troubles away? No, but he will help us. When the load is too heavy, he will help us to carry it -- and there is no burden that is too heavy for Jesus.

Find a stone and put your name on it, or decorate it. Colour the prayer circle and cut it out, then put your stone in the middle of the circle. Whenever you or your family are worried or scared, hold the stone and tell Jesus about it as you say a prayer

Tell Jesus Together


28th June 2020

Welcome — what does the word "welcome" mean? It means to receive someone in a warm and friendly way. Are people always welcome in our homes, in our schools? Do we welcome people into our home if their skin is a different colour from ours? Do we welcome people into our homes if they don't have as much money as we do? Do we welcome people who need help?

How about in our church? Do you think that we make everyone feel welcome in our church? Do we speak to those people who are visiting our church that we do not know? If someone comes to our church and they are not dressed the way we are dressed, do we make sure that they are made to feel welcome?

Jesus said, "He who receives you receives me." If we turn that around, we will understand that if we do not welcome others into our homes and into our churches, it is the same as if we are refusing to welcome Jesus. We wouldn't do that, would we?

Soon we will begin to open St Botolph’s and St Mark’s churches after closing them for the Coronavirus. Church is going to be a bit different for a while and not as we know it, but, let's put the welcome mat out — and let's be sure that we mean it!

 

Dear Father, help us to remember that when we refuse to welcome others to our homes and to our church, it is the same as refusing to welcome you. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

 


St Botolph, for our younger readers, 21st June 2020 

Read the story, colour and cut the birds and hang them up.

 

One day Jesus was teaching His disciples that they should not be afraid. Jesus said, "Don't be afraid when people threaten you. Two sparrows are sold for a penny, but not a single sparrow falls to the ground without your Father knowing it. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows."

A sparrow seems like a common bird. It has been said, "God must have loved the common people, because He made so many of them." I don't think that God sees us as common or ordinary. If He did, He would not love us in such an uncommon and extraordinary way! The Bible says, "Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you." We are more precious to Him than a whole flock of sparrows -- and we know how much He loves the sparrow.

Dear God, we know that we are precious in Your sight. Thank You for loving us with such an uncommon and extraordinary love. In Jesus’ name, Amen


 

St Botolph, for our younger readers, 14th June 2020 

 

Botolph and his brother Adolph were young Saxon nobles of the 7th century, educated in a Benedictine Abbey in France. Adolph rose to be a Dutch Bishop; Botolph came back to his native East Anglia. The king gave him land at Icanhoe, on which to build a monastery. An unusable marshland area, Botolph was said to have expelled the swamps of their "Devils" – probably by having the marshes drained and eliminating the "marsh gas" with its eerie green night glow!

    

When Botolph died after a long life of Christian work, evangelism and setting up of so many places of worship named after him, King Edgar ordered that the remains of the saint be taken from the monastery ruins, divided into three parts and taken to Ely, Thorney and Westminster Abbey and so Botolph became the patron saint of wayfarers and travellers. We give thanks for his life today, although St Botolph’s Day is on 17th June.

 

Decorate a ‘B for Botolph’ , take a photo and put on our website - send to amanda_horrobin@hotmail.co.uk

 

 

 

Pentecost Sunday, 31st May – for our younger members

The Bible Reading for today..........When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Acts 2v1-4 

Today is a special day which many churches celebrate. It is called the day of Pentecost. Here is the story of how it all began.

The Bible tells us that on the day of Pentecost, the Jesus' followers were all gathered together in one place and God sent the Holy Spirit to give them the power to teach others about Jesus. Now, they couldn't see the Holy Spirit, so how did they know the Holy Spirit was there?

The Bible says that they knew the Holy Spirit was there because they could hear the sound of a mighty rushing wind coming from heaven. They couldn't see the Holy Spirit, but they could hear the sound of the wind.

Then the Bible tells us that they saw what seemed to be flaming tongues of fire that came and rested on their heads. They couldn't see the Holy Spirit, but they knew that the Holy Spirit was there because they could see the flaming tongues of fire.

Finally, the Bible tells us that they knew the Holy Spirit was there because they could feel his power. When they were filled with the Holy Spirit, he gave them the ability to speak in languages that they didn't even know, so that they could tell everyone about Jesus. They couldn't see the Holy Spirit, but they could feel his power in their life.

The Holy Spirit is still with us today. We can't see him, but we can hear him as he speaks to our hearts, we can see his moving in our life, and we can feel the power of his presence as he guides us through each day.

Let us pray .......

Dear God, thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to be our teacher and guide. Help us to listen and obey as he teaches us how to tell others about Jesus. Amen.

Now go to the next page and make a flame and a dove; colour and cut out and hang them up as a reminder of the story of Pentecost.

Now make a flame and a dove; colour and cut out and hang them up as a reminder of the story of Pentecost

Easter 6A, 17th May 2020, for our younger readers 

"I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. Remember what I told you: 'I am going away, but I will come back to you again" 

I must confess that when I was a child, I was afraid of the dark. At the end of the day, when it was time to turn out the lights and go to bed, I wanted to know that I was not alone in the darkness. That is where my Teddy Bear came to the rescue. Somehow, the darkness was not so frightening with “Teddy" in the bed with me. 

Have you ever been afraid? Of course you have. We are all afraid at times. It is nothing to be ashamed of -- even adults are sometimes afraid. Some of us may be afraid of the dark. Some may be afraid of the thunder and lightning that comes with a storm. Here are just a few of the things that people are afraid of: bugs, bees, snakes, heights, dentists, doctors, dogs, cats, mice, and germs.

When Jesus told his disciples that he was going to return to his Father, they were afraid. What would happen to them? Would the enemies recognise them as his followers and try to harm them?

Jesus knew that his disciples were afraid and he offered these words to comfort them. "I am leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart. Don't be troubled or afraid. Remember what I have told you: 'I am going away, but I will come back to you again. I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me.'"

These words were a great comfort to his disciples and they are a great comfort to us today. When Jesus returned to his Father in heaven, he asked the Father to send the Holy Spirit to comfort his disciples until the day when he returned. That includes you and me! What a wonderful gift Jesus has given us -- peace of mind and heart. We no longer have anything to fear. Whenever we find ourselves in the dark or in the storms of life, Jesus is with us.

Dear God, we thank you for the Holy Spirit who guides us and calms our fears.     Amen.


Thy Kingdom Come
Thy Kingdom Come

Knitted Angels
Knitted angels for Christmas
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Stained Glass Windows
Make your own stain glass window

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