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...
Youth Bible Study: The Greatest Commandment

Youth Bible Study: The Greatest Commandment

Youth Bible Study: The Greatest Commandment (Mark 12: 28-44) Toy Story 3 Final Scene  Watch the end scene where Andy gives his toys away to Bonnie. He asks Bonnie to take good care of his old toys but struggles to let go of Woody. What has been the best gift someone has given you?  What is the best gift you have given someone?  Why do you think Andy struggled to let go of Woody?  Is there anything you would find it difficult to let go of?  Bible Reading and Discussion Read Mark 12:28-34 and 38-44. So often when Jesus was quizzed, the questioner was trying to trap Jesus. In many of these encounters Jesus responds to a question with another question. But in this case Jesus answers the religious scholar’s genuine question directly. “Love God with your whole self and love others as yourself,” he answers. Jesus then draws attention to the dedication of the poor widow and contrasts her dedication with the shallow actions of the religious scholars. While her monetary offering might be small she gives with her whole self. In contrast the religious leaders are all show, pious on the surface but ultimately they are part of a system that abuses and mistreats the poor.  Ask for a volunteer to read the passage aloud.  Everyone then takes a sheet of paper and writes the six symbols down the left hand side. After quietly reading through the Bible passage again, each person writes (next to the appropriate symbol) what they think the passage is saying.  UP ARROW Write something theses verses tell us about Jesus/God  DOWN ARROW...
Aspiration Assembly/Reflection

Aspiration Assembly/Reflection

The past couple of weeks has seen the start of the 10th series of The Apprentice. This year 20 candidates compete to win the opportunity to be Lord Sugar’s business partner. It always makes for compelling tv viewing not just for the business tasks but for the fireworks, the fall-outs, the game-plans and especially for the board room finale where the candidates tear lumps out of one another. This morning I wanted to show you some of the candidates’ audition videos and what they said about themselves… http://www.childrenandyouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/assemblyasp.wmv They’re certainly not short of confidence… “I have absolute believe in myself…” “There’s nobody better than me! Nobody!” “And to win I’m going to do anything that it takes!” “My game plan is to win. I’m only entering this competition to win!” Aspiration isn’t a bad thing at all. I genuinely believe that each one of us could do whatever we put our minds to. We all want to be successful and live fulfilled lives. We want to thrive and reach the top and be prosperous. There’s nothing wrong with that. But as any casual viewer of The Apprentice will know sometimes that desire to be successful comes by keeping others down, playing games and stabbing fellow candidates in the back. So when we think about aspiration it’s not just about the jobs we’d like to have in the future it’s also about the types of people we are and want to become. I wanted to share a quick reading this morning called The Way of Love If I speak with human eloquence but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking...
Children’s Session: Jesus heals a leper

Children’s Session: Jesus heals a leper

I wonder if you’ve ever felt left out?Matthew 8: Jesus Heals a Leper Jesus showed us who God is by touching the untouchable and loving those who were often feared and rejected. Group Mandala Have each child and volunteer draw around their hands on the circle of card using the chalk. Encourage the children to take some time to think about how they feel this morning and what colours/images match those feelings.  They can add their design to the inside of their hand outlines. Once they’ve done that ask what feelings/images/colours come to mind when they think about being part of this group. They use these to fill the remaining space between each of the hands. Selection of First Aid Quizzes Quiz 1 Quiz 2 Quiz 3 Garden Dangers First Aid Risky Business First Aid Game: Operation During the session explain that in Biblical times Leprosy was a word for all kinds of skin diseases. These diseases were not like having the common cold! Some of them were contagious and eventually led to paralysis, loss of body parts, and even death. In Jesus’ culture, people who had leprosy were viewed as filth and unacceptable. Hey had to wear torn clothing and announce themselves whenever they encountered people. By law they had to be completely separate from family the community. Game: No Touching Allowed What if, like people with leprosy, we couldn’t touch anyone else? Our lives would be very different, and sometimes quite challenging. Pair children, and give each pair an orange. Have the pair place the orange between their foreheads and then try to walk to the opposite end...
Children’s Session (June 22nd): God Cares For Us

Children’s Session (June 22nd): God Cares For Us

Sunday 22nd June God cares for us “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-30 Game: The Price is Right Use this game to introduce the idea of worth. It can be played by everyone or by selecting a couple of volunteers to take part. Have an array of items that the children have to guess the price of (e.g. latest video game, tins of beans, iPad).  Whoever is closest to the retail price each time is the winner. You could have small prizes for those taking part. Worth Object Lesson This activity encourages participants to think about their own worth. Hold up a £20 note and ask the children who would like it? Hands will shoot up right away. Say: I am going to give this to one of you, but first, let me do this. Proceed to crumple the £20 note up.  Then ask, who still wants it? Still the hands will stay up in the air. What if I do this? Drop the bank note on the ground, and start to grind it into the floor with your shoe. Pick up the now crumpled and dirty £20 note. Now, who still wants it? No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it, because, it did not decrease in value. It was still worth 20 Pounds. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled and...
Video: The Good Neighbour

Video: The Good Neighbour

This animated video retells Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan in a relevant and fun way. Children will love this video. http://www.childrenandyouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/The-Good-Neighbour.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...
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...
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...