Sunday, September 27, 2020

The Story Keepers - Episode 3

 Hello Story Keepers and welcome to Christchurch Kids! We hope you've had a great week. Today's episode of The Story Keepers is called "Catacomb Rescue". The catacombs are underground passageways in Rome and you can still see them today. They would have been a great place to escape from the Roman soldiers.

Here's Episode 3...




It's great that we can be Story Keepers too. By watching the video and learning the stories from the Bible we can share them with others and pass them on. Today, maybe it's enough to watch this video. If you would like to find out a bit more, keep reading...



There is a page for you to have a look at all about Episode 3 in the back of your Story Keepers Activity booklets. 





In today's episode we heard three stories from the Bible. They were stories that Jesus told called "parables". They were stories that had a special meaning.

The Good Samaritan
The Parable of the Sower
The Unforgiving Servant

Jesus told us to love and help each other and our enemies. That can be really hard sometimes. For The Story Keepers it included showing love to Nero and and those Roman soldiers who were out to get them (not all Roman soldiers were their enemies). The children in the episode choose to show love to a Roman soldier by saving him in the tunnel. How do you think the Roman soldier felt about Christians after the children helped him? 


Our BIG question today is... 
How can we show love to people that we find it difficult to get along with?

Prayer

In the story of the Good Samaritan today we heard about showing people love who are different to us. 

We have our last Sunday today looking at the work of Open Doors. Here's a video about how the charity got started and it all started with Brother Andrew who wanted to help other people.




Open Doors have made some fantastic colouring pages. Maybe you would like to print one and colour it in. You could put it up in your house to remind you to pray for Christians around the world. 



Our song today reminds that God's love is BIG! It's big enough for everyone!...


Thanks for joining us today . We'll be back here next Sunday with F@CT Online but we will also have F@CT in church too. 

F@CT will look a little different in the church at the moment but we will still be having lots of fun and learning about God. 

Here are some of the ways that it will be a different:
  • Anyone over the age of 10 will be wearing a face covering unless they are medically exempt.
  • We will be sanitising our hands.
  • We won't be having our usual pastries and drinks.
  • We will be sitting in "Sheep Pens" with our families!( These will be tables and chairs but we are calling them Sheep Pens and you will have a sheep to make friends with). We will stay in our Sheep Pens to keep a distance from other families.
  • We won't be able to sing but we will have lots of fun joining in with actions.
  • Each Sheep Pen will have it's own set of resources as we will still be making things to help us learn about our story. 





Sunday, September 20, 2020

The Story Keepers - Episode 2

 Hello Story Keepers! Welcome to Christchurch Kids and we hope you've had a great week. We are continuing to watch the adventures of The Story Keepers today. There's secret messages, Roman soldiers and poison pastries!

Here is Episode 2...



It's great that we can be Story Keepers too. By watching the video and learning the stories from the Bible we can share them with others and pass them on. Today, maybe it's enough to watch this video. If you would like to find out a bit more, keep reading...



We heard three stories today...

John the Baptist and Jesus' baptism

Calming the Storm

Healing the wild man

Can you imagine what it would have been like if you had been there when one of these stories happened. 

How would you have felt when you saw these things happen? Shocked? Amazed? Surprised? Excited?  

It was becoming obvious that Jesus was amazing and could do wonderful things. People started to ask "Who is Jesus?"


Our BIG question today is... 

How would you describe Jesus to one of your friends?


You can find an activity sheet all about Episode 2 in your Story Keepers booklet. 


Prayer

There are lots of places in the world today where it is still dangerous to be a Christian just like it was dangerous for the Story Keepers. This month we are praying for a charity called Open Doors who help Christians around the world. If you would like to know a bit more, you can watch the video below about what is like to be a Christian today in North Korea.





We can pray for Christians around the world. Open Doors have made a prayer passport to help you pray for different places on different days.



Our question today is "How would we describe Jesus to our friends?"  
I think this song is one way we can describe him...



We hope you all have a fantastic week and we will be back next week with the further adventures of The Story Keepers.




Sunday, September 13, 2020

The Story Keepers - Episode 1




Hi everyone. Over the next few weeks, here on Christchurch Kids, we are going to be watching episodes of  The Story Keepers. It's a great series following a family in the year A.D.64 as they try to spread the good news about Jesus. This is tricky for them as they are living in a time when the Romans were in charge and being a Christian meant that you could be thrown in prison or facing the gladiators - as we will see in our first episode. 


Here is Episode 1...


The whole of the church are looking at the book of the Bible called Acts for the next few weeks. Our stories are set a little bit after the book of Acts but it was a similar time. Churches didn't meet in big buildings but in small groups in people's homes. They were groups of people who looked after each other and learned about God together. We aren't in our big building either at the moment but God doesn't wait for us to be in a big building to talk to us and help us. He is there with us every day.


It's great that we can be Story Keepers too. By watching the video and learning the stories from the Bible we can share them with others and pass them on. Today, maybe it's enough to watch this video. If you would like to find out a bit more, keep reading...


There were three stories in the episode today where Jesus helped people in a surprising or unexpected way.

Feeding the 5,000

Jesus took the boy's small lunch and made it feed over 5,000 people - with leftovers!

Meeting Zaccheus

Jesus surprised everyone by choosing to spend time with someone that everyone else thought was doing the wrong things.

Healing Jairus' daughter

Just when everyone else had given up hope, Jesus healed the little girl.


Our BIG question today is... 

Who is Jesus asking you to help?

Maybe it is someone in your own family, maybe it is someone at school or it might be a neighbour.



Have you received your Story Keepers activity book this week? 

In the back is a page all about Episode 1. You can fill it in and think about what we heard in the video. 


If you haven't received a Story Keepers Activity Book and you would like one, please get in touch with Emy at sundaychildrenandfamiliescoordinator@christchurch-clevedon.org.uk


Prayer

We are so blessed to live in a country where we can talk about being a Christian. We can meet together and we don't have to hide our faith like those early Christians in The Story Keepers.

 This month we are going to be looking at a charity called Open Doors who work around the world helping Christians in countries where it can be dangerous to follow Jesus. We will be finding out more about what is like for Christians around the world and praying for them together. 

Here's an introduction to Open Doors. They show us that even in the most difficult situation, God is with us and sends people to help us. 



In our prayers today we can say Thank You to God that we live in a country where we can tell everyone the good news about Jesus without trying to keep it a secret. 

We can pray for Christians around the world where it is difficult or dangerous for them. We can pray for the work of Open Doors who help these Christians.

Let's finish today with one of our favourite songs. It reminds us that Our God really is a Great Big God.




We hope you all have a great week and we will be back next Sunday with more adventures with The Story Keepers. 









Sunday, September 6, 2020

September Fact



Hi everyone and welcome to F@CT Online. We can't meet together yet for our F@CT service so we thought we would bring it to you in your own home. We've got some familiar faces and favourite songs. We'll have craft ideas to help us explore some fantastic Bible stories and prayer suggestions for you to try at home.


Today, Emy spoke to Lizzie online. Maybe you've been speaking to friends and family like this too. 

Let's see how they got on...



Here's one of our favourites. You can join in with the actions and sing along.







Here's our Bible story for today. Look at all the changes that Moses faced in his life. God was with him every step of the way.




(If you want to know more about Moses, you can read all about him in your Bible. There is also a fantastic film about Moses called The Prince of Egypt. It's currently available to watch on Amazon Prime.)




Here's our new song. You can sing along with the words and maybe you can make up your own actions. 



Make your own Lighthouse

" My Lighthouse" is great song to sing with really fun actions. It is also a fantastic picture to help us think about God. The lighthouse never moves and it is always there to help anyone out at sea. It's there when the seas are calm and it's there when a huge storm is raging. It is a steady light to help people stay safe.

Just like the lighthouse, God is always there whatever is going on around us. We can always trust Him that he will show us the way. In Psalm 119 the Bible says...

Your word is a lamp to my feet 
and a light to my path.


You can have a go at making your own lighthouse to remind you that God is with you every day.

You could have a go at making a model. 
(These children have used battery operated tealights so their lighthouses re really safe.)



You could draw a picture.


You could even make a lighthouse from Lego.


If you do make a lighthouse we would really love to see pictures of what you have made. It would be great to share the pictures on here. 
You can email your pictures to Emy at 
sundaychildrenandfamiliescoordiantor@christchurch-clevedon.org.uk


Prayer


We can talk to God about anything at anytime. Sometimes it helps us to have a suggestion for what we want to talk to God about. Today we are going to use some dice. You probably have a dice tucked away in a game somewhere.

We can use the numbers we roll on the dice to give us a suggestion for what we would like to talk to God about. You can pray on your own or as a family.

1 - Your family
2 - Our church
3 - Our town
4 - Your nursery or school
5 - Our country
6 - Our world

We hope you have had lots of fun with us for our first F@CT Online. 

Next week we are going to be starting to watch a series together called The Story Keepers. It's a great story about Ben the baker and his family. They live in the Year 64AD and the Romans are in charge. At that time nobody was allowed to be a Christian so we follow the adventures of Ben and his family as they spread the good news about Jesus while avoiding the Roman soldiers.

We hope you have a great week. 







Sunday, August 30, 2020

Where does my help come from?

Hi everyone and welcome to Christchurch Kids. It's nearly the end of the summer holidays and this is our last look into the Psalms with Larry and Joy. We hope you've enjoyed meeting them over the past few weeks. 





Today we're looking at Psalm 121. We see Psalms written down in our Bibles but lots of them were originally written as songs. Lots of Psalms appear in the songs we sing when we are in church. Today's Psalm has been turned into a fantastic song with an animation that really brings the words to life. We hope you enjoy it.




Larry is getting ready to going back to school. It looks like he's got lots of the things he needs already. I wonder how he is feeling about it?

 


And here's that song. It's one of our favourites. It might be fun to sing it on the way to school to remind us that God is with us and loves us every day. We can sing it now too. Can you remember the actions?



We've got our verse on the colouring page today too. Maybe you would like to colour it in and put it up in your house to remind you that God is with you every day.

 You can download it here




Prayer

Today we're going to use something from our kitchen to help us pray. 


Find a teaspoon to hold in your hand.

In a recipe, a teaspoon is shortened to the letters TSP. We can use these letters to help us pray.

T
We can say Thank You that God is amazing and that he gives us wonderful things

S
We can say Sorry for things we have done wrong

P
We can say Please for things we would like God to help us with.


Spend a few quiet moments thinking of your own teaspoon prayer.



Thanks for popping by today. Next week we are going to be bringing F@CT online and we have one of our F@CT friends calling in for a chat. We hope you can join us.





Sunday, August 23, 2020

Make a Joyful noise

Hi everyone. Welcome to Christchurch Kids. How are you feeling today? Happy, sad, nervous, excited?



Larry is looking happy but Joy is looking a bit sad. Let's find out why.







Poor Joy. She was feeling sad that she missed her holiday. Sometimes things make us feel sad and that's OK. The good news is that God will never let us down. He doesn't change and He always loves us. He is always good and always trustworthy. He cares if we are feeling happy or sad. This means we can always sing songs to God about how amazing He is because He always is. 



Psalm 100 isn't long. It's only 5 verses. The longest Psalm is 119 that has 176 verses!

              Psalm 100 - A Song of Thanks

 

Sing to the Lord, all the world!
Worship the Lord with Joy
Come before him with happy songs
Know that the Lord is God.
He made us, and we belong to Him.
We are his people, the sheep he tends.

Come into his city with songs of thanksgiving
Come into his courtyards with songs of praise.
Thank him and praise his name.
The Lord is good. His love continues forever.
His loyalty continues from now on.



We've got some birds to help us sing today on our colouring page.

 You can download it here


We love singing songs to God when we are at church but the great thing is that we can sing to God anywhere. We've got two songs today to help us "Sing to the Lord". Maybe we could make our own version of the psalm to include doing actions too. 






We hope you've had a great time singing to God today. We'll be back next Sunday to find out what else Larry and Joy will find out about the Psalms. 





Sunday, August 16, 2020

Taste and See

Hello. Thanks for popping in to our Christchurch Kids blog. Have you had any yummy treats this summer? Maybe you've had an ice cream cone or a cold drink on a hot day? Today we are talking about tasting things.



This looks like a delicious cake. I wonder what Larry and Joy think about it?
       



Thanks Larry and Joy. We hope you enjoy trying all  those new courgette recipes!




Can you imagine meeting someone who has never heard of cake before? You could say the word to them but they wouldn't know what it meant. You could show them a picture of some cake, just like the one above, and they might think it looked nice. Would they really know what cake was like? They wouldn't know about cake until they had eaten some, until they had tried it for themselves.


Today we are looking at a Bible verse from Psalm 34. When the Psalm says "Taste and see that the Lord is good", what does it mean? We can read all about how God is good in the Bible and we can listen to other people talking about how amazing God is too. That's all really important but God wants us to experience that He is good in our own lives today. 


We can feel and experience that God is good to us by paying attention to all the special things that God is doing for us and with us every day. He wants to be a part of our lives because He loves us.

Another great way of experiencing God in our own lives is to pray to Him. We can talk to God and we can listen to Him too. 



The words from this Psalm have been made into a song. We can sing about how we can say thank you to God because He is always good. You could have a go at the dance routine.





We've got a colouring page with our verse today. What flavour are you going to make your ice-cream?
Pink for strawberry, yellow for lemon or maybe green for courgette?!

                                       

Prayer

We can use our senses to pray just like we use our senses when we eat.

Take a moment to be still.

Think of 5 things around you that you can see.
Think of 4 things around you that you can touch.
Think of 3 things you can hear.
Think of 2 things you can smell.
Think of 1 thing you can taste.


Think about all those things you have noticed. We can thank God that He is good and gives us good things.



We hope you have a great week and we'll be back next Sunday for more adventures in the book of Psalms.