Youth Bible Study – Future Church

Youth Bible Study – Future Church

Youth Bible Study – Future Church Gathering Activity  What might the future church look like? The film Back to the Future was a classic 80’s film. In the second instalment of the franchise Marty McFly travels forward from 1985 to 2015. The future he finds is one which captured the imagination of millions and one which has proved remarkably prophetic. Save for a few key oversights (the internet, mobile phones) and a couple of over-hopeful punts in the dark (flying cars), the world dreamt up by writer Bob Gale and then brought to the screen resembles our own in strange and uncanny ways. Show the short YouTube video available here. It shows some of the things the film predicted correctly about the future. With your group time travel 10 years into the future… What will the world look like? What will our communities and our churches look like? • What new technology will exist? What will we be able to do that we cannot do now? Bible Reading and Discussion Read 2 Samuel 7:1-17. David is reminded that God has, up to this point, lived in a tent among his people. What does this say about God? In what ways could a building ‘contain’ God—at least in the mind of the people? Why might God not want to be ‘settled’ in the same way that David and his people settled in Jerusalem? Why do you think God begins his promise to David by recalling all God has done for him up to this point (verses 8-9)? If God could give you some guarantees for the future what would you...
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...
Youth Bible Study – Suffering (Job 1:1-22)

Youth Bible Study – Suffering (Job 1:1-22)

Opening Activity We have all wondered why we endure suffering, but there are no easy answers. However, sometimes it is our questions that are more interesting than our answers. Have these riddles written on sheets of paper or card and try one at a time with your group. If there are any answers the group cannot get, you could hold off until the end of the session before revealing them. Riddle 1. There are three men in a boat with four cigarettes but no matches. How do they manage to smoke? Answer: They throw one cigarette overboard and made the boat a cigarette lighter. Riddle 2. What is it that’s always coming but never arrives? Answer: Tomorrow. Riddle 3. What can travel around the world while staying in a corner? Answer: A stamp. Riddle 4. What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries? Answer: A towel. Riddle 5. Paul’s height is six feet, he’s an assistant at a butcher’s shop and wears size 9 shoes. What does he weigh? Answer: Meat. As an alternative activity, why not try The Impossible Quiz if you have access to a laptop with an internet connection. You can find it here http://theimpossiblequiz.org.uk/. Scripture Reading and Discussion Read Job 1:1-22. It is significant that the author starts by explaining what is happening behind the scenes. From our perspective the idea the suffering that Job experiences is a result of a wager between God and the Accuser is uncomfortable. But at the time of the story the common belief was that suffering was the direct result of sin or wickedness in your life. The...
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...
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...
Nativity story as told by kids – Video

Nativity story as told by kids – Video

A creative video telling the nativity story from the fresh and unique perspective of children. Ideal for church groups or school chaplaincy. I really love this retelling of the nativity story – used  recently for our school Christmas assembly with pupils engaging well. http://www.childrenandyouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/The-Christmas-Story-_-Kids-Perspective.mp4 You can become a patron of Children & Youth through Patreon. In return for your monthly support, we offer first access to a range of youth and children’s work resources. Thank you for being part of the C&Y team. More school based resources...
Modern Retelling: If Jesus was born today

Modern Retelling: If Jesus was born today

Mary didn’t usually respond to Facebook contact from strangers, but she assumed Angel Gabriel was that Spanish guy she’d had a thing with in Magaluf last summer and accepted his friend request. As it turned out, Angel wasn’t Spanish at all; he was a well-spoken Englishman and crucially, a messenger sent by God to tell her that she was in the family way and would shortly be giving birth to a child conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit. Angel said that, ideally, he’d been looking for a virgin but he soon realised, in 21st century Rochdale, this just wasn’t realistic – so he’d plumped for Mary. Mary was perplexed, but accepted her fate. The worst bit was telling her fiance, Joseph. He’d gone to such a lot of effort to organise the flash mob proposal only a month ago and now she had to confront him with the news that she was up the spout courtesy of the Holy Ghost. Naturally, he was a little unsettled by the whole thing. In fact, he wasn’t above going on The Jeremy Kyle Show to get a DNA test once the baby was born, just to clear things up. But for now, he decided to be reasonable about it and stick by his woman. They hadn’t wanted to be teenage parents, but at least they’d get a flat of their own now. Joseph’s sister said she’d lend them a cot and they made a gift list on the Mothercare website. Shortly before the baby was due, the couple took a gamble by heading to the new Aldi in Bolton. It...
Children’s Sermon: The Power of Believing

Children’s Sermon: The Power of Believing

Children’s Talk: The Power of Believing This was the script I used for a recent children’s talk. I’ve been keen for quite a while to incorporate simple magic tricks. Feel free to use/adapt/make your own. When I was younger I was fascinated by a TV magician called The Great Suprendo. Thinking back now he only really seemed to do the same trick…he’d tear a sheet of newspaper into lots and lots of pieces and then magically put it back together again. As the excited 8 year old that I was…I truly believed in magic. I’d even go around the house using the Great Suprendo magic words PIFF PUFF POOF in the hope that I’d be able to do magic too. There was something special in not knowing how the trick was done. It creates excitement and intrigue and leaves open the opportunity that anything is possible. It leaves a lot of unanswered questions. I guess nowadays if we want to find something out we just search on the internet… ‘What Does Google Say?’ Seconds later we find the answer. We are surrounded by smart devices…phones, smart watches and even smart kettles. Maybe not having all the answers is okay Maybe the key is to be open minded and accept that anything is possible… So the next time you see a magic trick maybe the person really is magic Or the next time you see a beautiful sunset maybe that the universe does have a grand designer Or the next time you look in the mirror realising that you are special and loved by God So only one question remains…did...