Another Stress Free Nativity Script

Another Stress Free Nativity Script

*Introit O Come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem; Come and behold him, born the king of angels; O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord. Opening Hymn – #164, Tell Out My Soul Narrator: On my way into church this morning I got into a conversation with a guy on the bus. I mentioned that today was our children’s Christmas programme. He said he didn’t believe in Christmas, at least not in the way the story is typically told. I said I thought that was interesting because our minister said pretty much the same thing every year. He was intrigued by that and said he might visit our church sometime. I said, “Why don’t come today and see for yourself?” He said he might just drop by sometime. Worship is like a stage play. In worship we act out the story that we then try to live out there in the real world. Sometimes folks would like worship to be entertaining. I would imagine that God might like that as well. But God is not the one to entertain us; we are the actors and God is the audience. If we want worship to be entertaining, then it is up to us to put on a good show. Today we re-enact the story of the birth of Jesus. We are all wearing various costumes. Maybe you’ve always wanted a part in the Christmas play. Now’s your chance. Even if you’re not dressed like an angel, you can...
Children’s Session: Matters of the Heart

Children’s Session: Matters of the Heart

Children’s Session: Matters of the Heart Before the Service Reflecting God’s Love Gather a collection of mirrors that the children can use to look at themselves with. The idea ois to encourage the children look at themselves and ask God to show them what He loves about them. God sees us differently to the way we sometimes see ourselves, sometimes we can be too negative abour ourselves. It might also be an opportunity for the group to share positive words about their fellow group members. Team Challenge: Protecting the Egg This game works well with teams that are not too large. A good team size is four or five people. Pass out one egg and a limited supply of materials (e.g. four straws, a three foot strip of Scotch Tape, one section of a newspaper, etc.) Explain the rules: the mission is to protect the egg from cracking using teamwork, creativity, and a good design. You will drop each structure at least fifteen feet, and so the goal is for each structure to be able to withstand such a fall. Each team will only be given limited resources, and so they must be wise with what they have. They may not use any other resources other than what is given to them. Threaded Hearts Materials: colourful yarn, thick card stock cut out to the size you want, large threading needle, pencil, eraser, scissors Step 1. Draw a heart shape onto the card with a pencil. Step 2. Punch holes alongside the heart with your needle – about 1cm apart. Erase your pencil marks. Step 3. Thread yarn through the...
Children’s Sermon: Walking on Eggs (Sunday 26th Auguust)

Children’s Sermon: Walking on Eggs (Sunday 26th Auguust)

Children’s Talk: Walking on Eggs Readings 1 Kings 8: (1-6, 10-11), 22-30, 41-43 Psalm 84 Joshua 24: 1-2a, 14-18 Psalm 34: 15-22 Ephesians 6:10-20 John 6:56-69 Idea: The children’s talk focuses in on the Ephesians reading about the armour of God but teases out themes present in all of today’s readings. Namely that God is present and is with us even when things are difficult. He holds fast to his promises but there in an onus on us in terms out how we choose to live our life and respond to God’s grace. Children’s Talk The Christian life isn’t always as easy one…even Jesus himself had people turn away from him and leave him because they thought his message was too hard. But as Jesus said himself his yoke is Light. In Ephesians we read about the equipment needed for our life of faith. A belt of truth Breastplate of integrity Shield of faith Helmet of salvation Sword of the Spirit The Gospel of Peace on our feet Our armour is a life built on truth and lived with integrity; with a sure and certain faith that God is with us by his Spirit as we share Jesus’ message of peace. The armour is to give us confidence in life’s journey. That we are prepared and have all the protection we need. Inevitably life will have its tough and difficult moments but we won’t break under the pressure. Invite a volunteer to the front. Explain that they are going to walk on the eggs but that none of the eggs will break. Despite their reputation for being weak, eggshells...
Children’s Session – Noah #SuperSunday

Children’s Session – Noah #SuperSunday

This is the second post in a series of children’s sessions journeying through the Bible called SuperSunday. It’s ideal for children’s clubs or Sunday School and it’s designed to be quite fast paced with an element of choice built into the session. Before the Servic Animal Masks Print off the masks templates and give children the choice of which one to complete. Animal Mask Templates Activity: How big was the Ark? Provide measuring equipment, such as a trundle wheel and encourage children to measure out how large the ark would have been, according to the measurements in the Bible. Puzzle: Fox, Goose, and Beans Once upon a time a farmer went to a market and purchased a fox, a goose, and a bag of beans. On his way home, the farmer came to the bank of a river and rented a boat. But in crossing the river by boat, the farmer could carry only himself and a single one of his purchases: the fox, the goose, or the bag of beans. If left unattended together, the fox would eat the goose, or the goose would eat the beans. The farmer’s challenge was to carry himself and his purchases to the far bank of the river, leaving each purchase intact. How did he do it? Solution: The first step must be to take the goose across the river, as any other will result in the goose or the beans being eaten. When the farmer returns to the original side, he has the choice of taking either the fox or the beans across next. If he takes the fox across, he would...
Children’s Sermon (19th August 2018) What’s on the inside

Children’s Sermon (19th August 2018) What’s on the inside

Children’s Talk (19th August 2018) What’s on the inside Readings 1 Kings 2:10–12; 3:3-14 Psalm 111 Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-58 Thought God is not external to us but is ‘seen’ and ‘felt’ within us. Often the spiritual part of our lives is hard to identify and difficult to find under the various layers of who we are and who we show others. Children’s Talk The Russian doll got me thinking about what we’re like as people. Let me explain. Imagine this is you, not your body, but the real you inside: who you are, what you’re like. 1st Doll This is the you that people see when they meet you, like when you saw me first thing today, you probably thought wow, stylish, cool. We spend quite a lot of time on this part of us. How many people here spent more than 15 minutes getting ready this morning? 2nd Doll But underneath that, there’s another you. The you that people get to know if they talk to you a bit. This could be very different. I could meet one of you lads and think that you were tough and cool, but get chatting to you and discover that you did knitting for a hobby. But even that isn’t necessarily the real you. 3rd Doll There’s a deeper ‘you’ that perhaps only those closer to you know, like your friends and family. Perhaps this is where you can be more yourself. You don’t mind if people see you before you’ve done your hair in the morning. You can be relaxed around them. This is where the real you starts...
Children’s Session: Abraham – God Keeps His Promises

Children’s Session: Abraham – God Keeps His Promises

This is the third post in a series of children’s sessions journeying through the Bible called SuperSunday. It’s ideal for children’s clubs or Sunday School and it’s designed to be quite fast paced with an element of choice built into the session.  Balloon Art Materials: Small balloons; Balloon pump; Washable Paint; Plastic Darts; Thumbtacks, Canvas or white foam board with white butcher paper taped over it; Large drop cloth to cover the mess Step 1. Place the mouth of the balloon over your paint container and squirt a small amount of paint. Then take your pump and fill your balloons and twist off to tie. Make sure you are doing this with a large cloth to cover the floor in case a balloon pops Step 2. In an area outdoor where you can place your drop cloth on the ground, tape your canvas somewhere that is low enough for kids to throw darts at. Step 3. Attach the balloons with thumbtacks on your canvas. Obviously you want to attach the twisted off ends as to not pop the balloons. Now have fun and throw darts at the canvas to make a colourful splattered painting! Craft: Abraham Stars Picture   First colour the picture of Abraham (template attached) and cut out once complete. Next glue a dark green “hill” cut out of card stock onto a piece of black paper to make a night scene. Glue down the cut out of Abraham and add the star stickers. Finish by writing Genesis 22:17 under Abraham’s feet. Game: Huckle Buckle To start the game have everyone find a partner. Once everyone is...
Children’s Session: Peace

Children’s Session: Peace

Exploring Peace: Below are some ideas, activities and discussion starters to help children and young people explore the theme of peace.   Inspirational Quotes Print off the inspirational quotes about peace and display around your meeting space. Quotes:Postcards-for-peace-inspirational-quotes Peace – Mindfulness Colouring     Activity: Origami Doves   Instruction Video here   Group Activity: Agree/Disagree Write the words “agree” and “disagree” in very large letters on poster board and post them on two walls, preferably across from each other. Make statements relevant to the children or young people you’re working with and have everyone move to the wall with the poster that match their opinion. Have the groups discuss why they agree or disagree and create a statement to support their opinion.   Prayer Dear God, We thank you for giving us your peace. Help us to spread peace at home and at school by loving and caring for one another. Help us to spread peace by listening to one another, even when we don’t agree. Help us to spread peace by sharing our time with those who are lonely and who need a friend. Help us to spread peace by thinking and praying for children who have no food or who are frightened and live in fear. Let us pray every day for peace for our families, for our friends and for ourselves. Amen   Energizer: Group Rhythm A fun enegizer to get everyone working in harmony – especially after the agree/disagree game. The game is played in a circle and leader creates a rythmn that the rest of the group have to copy. e.g Clap, Stomp, Clap,...
Children’s Sermon (12th August 2018) – Living in Harmony

Children’s Sermon (12th August 2018) – Living in Harmony

Children’s Talk (12th August 2018) – Living in Harmony Readings 2 Samuel 18: 5-9, 15, 31-33 4 Psalm 130 Ephesians 4: 25- 5: 2 John 6: 35, 41-51 Thought Often conflict arises from creating labels of them and us – establish ways of determining who is in and who is out. Building peace starts with creating spaces where all are welcomed and affirmed; and where we can explore how we are all connected. As we see in the reading from Ephesians neighbours are in truth members of one another. Children’s Talk The best stories aren’t the ones we watch or listen to – the best stories are the ones we carry, live out and share in. So this morning I wanted your help in sharing a story together that is as old as time itself. A story that brings us all here to church every Sunday. I’m also going to need some special volunteer musicians from the Sunday School. Hand out some musical instruments to the children – this could be shakers, tambourines if you have them. For a more basic option – an upturned bucket makes a great drum.All stories have a rhythm and a tempo. Have someone play a simple beat that the congregation can clap along to and the children can join in with with their instruments. If you have other musicians within the congregation have them join in and build up the song one-by-one until everyone is playing and clapping along in unison. This could lead to a medley off choruses/praise songs. Or it might be an opportunity to sing and play together a song...
The Cost of Children

The Cost of Children

The Cost of Children I read an article this week showing the real cost of raising  children. What was interesting was that it also listed what you got for your money. The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with a total of £67,716 for an average UK family. That doesn’t even touch college tuition. But it’s not too bad if you break it down. It translates into: · £3762 a year, ·  £313.50 month, or * just under £80 a week. · That’s a mere £11 a day! · Just under 50p an hour. Still, you might think the best financial advice is not to have children if you want to be “rich.” Actually, it is just the opposite. What do you get for your £67, 716 Naming rights. First, middle, and last! Glimpses of God every day. Giggles under the covers every night. More love than your heart can hold. Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs. Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies. A hand to hold, usually covered with jelly or chocolate. A partner for blowing bubbles, flying kites Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day. For £67,716, you never have to grow up. You get to: finger-paint, carve pumpkins, play hide-and-seek, catch lightning bugs, and never stop believing in Santa Claus. You have an excuse to: keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh, watching Saturday morning cartoons, going to Disney movies, and wishing on stars. You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and...
Children’s Sermon: The Cake Mix

Children’s Sermon: The Cake Mix

Below is a short script I used for a recently children’s talk during the church service. How do we live life in all its fullness? What might guide us? Whose advice might we listen to? Does anyone here like cake? What is your favourite kind of cake? I love cake and I would like to bake one for you! (Take out cake mix.) This is going to be the most delicious cake ever! It says to empty the cake mix into a large bowl. (Rip open the box and pour the contents into the bowl) Now it says to add in 2 eggs. (Take the eggs shall and all and smash it into the bowl.) Next it says to add in some sugar. I have have any of that, but I’m sure that salt would be fine instead. (Dump in some salt). Let’s see, now it says to add in some flower. I don’t have any but I found this white powder in my cupboard and home so I guess I can add that. (Dump in the baking soda.) Then it says add in oil and a little water and stir, but I don’t have any water but I do have some vinegar. I love putting oil and vinegar on a salad so they are probably the same. (Pour in some vinegar and stir as the reaction occurs.) I don’t have any chocolate powder…but I do have some brown sauce. They’re both the same colour so we’ll probably be alright…. Would anyone like to come and be my taster? Oh no! This is a huge mess! I don’t understand...