Youth Bible Study – Hope

Youth Bible Study – Hope

Youth Bible Study – Hope Gathering Activity Together with your group spend some time looking at George Frederic Watts’ painting ‘Hope’. Do not tell your group right away what the painting is titled. There is a good summary of the work on the Tate website here What’s the first thing you notice? If you were to give a title to the painting what would you call it? What do you think the painting is trying to say/convey? Are you surprised the painting is called ‘Hope’? Is hope the sense of waiting for things to change or about finding something within your present situation that is beautiful/good/valuable to cling to or hold on to? Critics of Watts’ work say his painting would be more aptly named ‘Despair’ but according to the artist himself hope is “the music which can come from the last remaining chord”. Bible Reading and Discussion Read 1 Samuel 1:9-11, 19-20; 2:1-10 from The Message translation. Hannah is torn apart by her inability to have children. Crushed in her soul she falls before God and vows to set apart her son if God should make her pregnant. When things don’t go to plan some believe that God has deserted them but it’s significant that even in her lowest point Hannah cries out to God. Fast forward the story Hannah becomes pregnant and gives birth to Samuel. She prayed when her soul was crushed and she prays when her hope has been rekindled. She shouts at God in despair and sings for joy when her prayers are answered.  Have you ever shouted at God? Have you ever asked...
The Woman at the Well Video

The Woman at the Well Video

Today I’ve been doing some planning and preparation for our next Messy Church event which is based around the story of the woman at the well. I came across this really good modern retelling of the story on Youtube and thought I’d share. I can see it working well within the context of an assembly. 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...
Kid’s Sermon: Giant Jenga

Kid’s Sermon: Giant Jenga

Like many churches the congregation I work for follows the Lectionary each week. From time to time it can through up a difficult passage or two. The first Sunday that I was there I had a passage about divorce. I found it difficult to know where to begin and how to approach the topic sensitively. For this kid’s talk I used the Giant Jenga game to talk generally about suffering and where God is when we have our most difficult times. Ask for some volunteers who’d like to play a game of Giant Jenga. Although it might take a while to complete the congregation will stay engaged as the tower is built higher and there is the inevitable wobble. Let the volunteers play until the tower crashes. Say something like: Life is a lot like Giant Jenga. Each of us try our best to aim high and build successful lives. But along the way we will have a wobble or two when things don’t go to plan. Most of the time these wobbles won’t stop us from living life to the full and we continue to build our lives. However, each of us will also face times when it feels like everything comes crashing around us.  We might lose a loved one, we might fail an important test at school, or our parents might not be getting on. Where is God in the midst of all this and Why does he let us suffer? Believing in God isn’t a guaranteed that we will avoid suffering. But faith gives us the hope that God will be with us helping us to to rebuild...
Love and Hope

Love and Hope

First Love Have you ever thought your life was over? A story I shared when I visited Palestine last year about young love. http://childrenandyouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Nicolas-S.-Atallah-Facebook.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...