Sunday, May 2, 2021

May F@CT

 


Hello and welcome to F@CT online! We are feeling excited today that we can come together and celebrate online AND in church! 


Let's start with one of our most favourite F@CT songs, My Lighthouse. God is our lighthouse, showing us the way when things get stormy. In church, we aren't allowed to sing at the moment but we will be doing the actions. If you are at home, I hope you sing extra loud for us!




This year, our theme for F@CT is...

God Keeps His Promises

We started looking at this all the way back in January when we heard the story of Anna and Simeon.  Each month we will be looking at a different promises that God has made.

This month, the promise is 

God is always with us

How do we know that God made this promise? Jesus said it! Let's watch the video and hear what happened to Jesus and the disciples after the amazing events of Easter Sunday.





Isn't that amazing! God is always with us. 

Jesus said...

Do you feel like God is always with you? 

That can be a tricky thing when we can't see him. We have a guest today who is really good at explaining things we find tricky about God. His name is Douglas. Let's listen to what he has to say about this.




At F@CT, we love to make things and play games that remind us of what we have learnt about God.
Today we're going to make pop-up puppets that can say "Peekaboo!"
Just like Douglas was saying about remembering that God is with us even though we can't see him.

You can use a paper cup and a paper straw or lolly stick to make your puppet and you can create whichever character you like to be hiding in your cup. Maybe you could make two characters and stick them back to back on the straw so that nobody knows who will pop up and say "Peekaboo!"

Here are some ideas...

I like how they have decorated the cup as well.



I like the paper grass they added to this cup.

https://www.craftprojectideas.com/pop-up-bunny/


Prayer

We can talk to God in lots of different ways, We can talk out loud or in our heads. We can say what's on our minds and just chat or we can use words that other people have written. 

Our prayer today is actually a Psalm in the Bible. People have been using the Psalms as prayers for over 2,500 years. Psalm 139 is all about how well God knows us and that he is always with us - even if we go to space! We can listen to the Psalm and say a big AMEN to agree that God is amazing.


This version of Psalm 139 comes from the book "Always Near Me" by Susie Poole.




AMEN!


We're finishing F@CT today with another favourite that we know well - Our God is a GREAT BIG GOD! We can sing to God that He is more amazing than we could imagine but He still knows us and loves us and we are part of His amazing plan. 





Thank you for joining in with F@CT Online today. We hope you have had fun and learnt more about God.

Next week, we will be starting to look at prayer. We hope you come back each week and find out more about talking and listening to God.

We hope you have a great week.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Jesus meets the children

Hi everyone and welcome back to Christchurch Kids. We hope you've had a great week in school. Have you been playing in the sunshine? It's been lovely to be outside. 

This week, Jo from The Little Worship Company has another story from the Bible for us to listen to. I wonder what she has in her story bag this week?




Talk Time

The stories in the Bible point us towards God. They tell us so many things. Now you have heard the story about Jesus meeting the children, have a chat to your family and see what you all think about it.

Here are some questions you can talk about...

How did Ben and Abi's family feel when they heard Jesus was coming to their town?

How did Ben feel when Peter and Andrew told him to stay away?

What did Peter and Andrew think about what Jesus said about children?

What did Jesus tell Ben?

Have you had a day when you felt how much God loves you?


This story tells us that we are never too small to be known and loved by God. In the Psalms, it tells us that God knew us even before we were born. Even the tiniest baby is already known and loved by God. 

I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way.
    What you have done is wonderful.
    I know this very well.
 You saw my bones being formed
    as I took shape in my mother’s body.
When I was put together there,

    you saw my body as it was formed.

All the days planned for me
    were written in your book
    before I was one day old.

Psalm 139 : 14-16


Prayer

Today we've been thinking about those children who were so excited to see Jesus that they pushed their way through the crowds. What do you think they wanted to tell Jesus when they saw him? Imagine you were there in the crowd. What do you want to tell Jesus? We can talk to him anytime. 

Take a moment to be still and quiet.

You can talk to Jesus in your head or out loud.

You can talk to him about what you thought about the story. 

Thank you Jesus that you love us all, no matter how big or small we are.

Amen

 

We have a great song today all about our story and what is what like waiting to see Jesus. We hope you enjoy joining in.


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We hope you have enjoyed listening to the story today and talking about it with your family. 

Next week, It's time for F@CT. We will be bringing you F@CT Online right here and we are also able to meet in church and have fun and learn about God together. If you would like to come to F@CT in church next week, 
 






Sunday, April 18, 2021

Jesus catches fish

 Hi everyone and welcome back to Christchurch Kids. We hope you've had a lovely Easter holidays and have been able to get outside in the sunshine.

 Did you spend anytime at the beach this week? Our Bible story today takes place just by the water's edge. Jo from the Little Worship Company is going to tell us the story. I wonder what she has in her story bag today?



Talk Time

The stories in the Bible point us towards God. They tell us so many things. Now you have heard the story about Jesus catching fish, have a chat to your family and see what you all think about it.

Here are some questions you can talk about...

How do you think Peter felt when he hadn't caught any fish all night?

Why did Jesus hop into Simon's boat?

What would it have been like when the nets were so full of fish and the boats were filling up?

What do you think Jesus was showing everyone when the fish filled the nets?


Jo asked a great question at the end of the video...

Can you imagine Jesus popping into your school, or home, (or boat) saying "I'm here for you!" Would you be excited to follow him?


You may not recognise the name Simon as Jesus changed Simon's name to Peter. The name Peter means "The rock". Jesus changed Simon's name as he knew that Peter would be one of the rocks on which the church was built after Jesus had gone back to heaven. Jesus knew that God had amazing plans for Peter.

God has good plans for us too.

 I say this because I know what I have planned for you,” says the Lord. “I have good plans for you. I don’t plan to hurt you. I plan to give you hope and a good future.

Jeremiah 29 : 11


Prayer

Today in our prayers we can thank God for how amazing He is. He can even control the fish in the seas. Take it in turns with your family saying "Thank you God for...". Keep going and thinking of more things we say thank you for as you each take your turn.




Our song today is about following Jesus and there are some great actions to help us join in and praise Him.




We hope you all have a great time back at school this week. We'll be back here next week.


Sunday, April 11, 2021

Jesus calms the storm

 Hi everyone and welcome back to Christchurch Kids. We hope you had a fantastic Easter Sunday last week. Have you eaten all your eggs yet?


This week we are trying something a little different. We're going to hear about Jesus and Jo from the Little Worship Company is going to tell us the story. What will she have in her story bag today?

You can listen to the story with your family and then you can have a chat about the questions below. 



Talk Time

The stories in the Bible point us towards God. They tell us so many things. Now you have heard the story about Jesus calming the storm, have a chat to your family and see what you all think about it.

Here are some questions you can talk about...

What things make you feel worried? 

Do you think there are times when you need to feel peace?

What do you think the disciples felt like when the storm started? 

Why do you think Jesus wasn't worried by the storm?

What do you think Jesus wanted to show the disciples?

How does this make you feel about Jesus?

Are there any worries you would like to talk to God about and ask for his help to feel peace?


We have a Bible Chat Mat for you to download and colour today too. This is another great way to help you chat about the story with your family. 




Prayer

The story today showed us that Jesus is with us when things seem scary or difficult and he can bring us peace. We can feel calm because we know Jesus is with us.

Talk to God today about anything you are worried about, or maybe you know someone else who is worried about something. We can ask God to help us know He is with us whatever happens.



Our song today is about trusting God. Do you have your pointy fingers ready? This is a fun one to join in with the actions.



We hope you have a great time this week in your Easter holidays and we'll see you here next week. 






Sunday, April 4, 2021

Easter Sunday


Happy Easter!

Today we are joining in with the online service on the Christchurch Clevedon website so we can celebrate Easter together, just like we would if we were in church. 


In our Easter service, the children from Christchurch and Kenn Road have put together an Easter play to tell us all why Easter is such an amazing day.

We hope you enjoy it.


The play comes from this fantastic picture book. It's available to buy here.


Happy Easter!

 

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Palm Sunday

 Hi everyone and welcome back to Christchurch Kids. We hope you've had a great week and that you are enjoying being back at school. 

Today is a day for celebration! It is Palm Sunday, which marks the beginning of a special time on the church called Holy Week, which is the week before Easter Sunday.


Here's the story of what happened on Palm Sunday.




Can you imagine what it must have been like to be in the crowds in Jerusalem when Jesus rode past on a donkey? 

There was cheering and waving of branches (just like when we wave flags at sports matches or when the Queen arrives for a visit). People were excited as they realised that Jesus was the one that they had been waiting for for hundreds of years. They knew what was written in the Old Testament and they could see it happening right before their eyes!

Towards the end of the video, we can see that the religious leaders were very uncomfortable with what the people were saying about Jesus. This was the start of what eventually led to the events of Good Friday.



We can celebrate with our own palm branches today - but we are going to make them out of newspaper!


Here are some simple instructions to make your palm branches (newspaper trees)







This video also shows you how to make newspaper trees. Look how tall they made one!




Prayer


Today we are celebrating that Jesus is our Saviour, the one who was promised in the Old Testament, but we are also looking ahead across the week. Holy Week is full of drama and it eventually leads to Good Friday but then also Easter Sunday.

Take a moment today to share with your family what Easter means to you. What does the word Easter make you think of? Are there things you remember about Easter celebrations past, things you did, things you ate or maybe a part of the Easter story itself that sticks with you? 

We can pray a prayer of thanks with our family today. We can thank God for sending Jesus.



We've got a great Palm Sunday song to share together today that tells us the story. We hope you have fun dancing around to this one. Maybe you can wave your newspaper branches as you dance.




Thank you for joining us today. We are looking forward to our Easter Sunday celebrations next week with a visit from No Strings Attached and a new play from the children at Christchurch as we join in with the rest of the church at www.christchurch-clevedon.org.uk

Sunday, March 21, 2021

The Walls of Jericho

 Hello Christchurch Kids and welcome to our blog. This Sunday is our last look at the exodus of the Israelites. They escaped slavery in Egypt and have spent years in the desert. The land God promised them is nearly in sight.


First there is a river to cross... but we've already seen that water doesn't get in the way of God's plans.




The Israelites have crossed the river and so now the only thing in their way is a wall but it's not just any wall. This was the wall surrounding Jericho.



Wow! What an amazing story. How do you think the Israelites felt when Joshua told them the plan to take the city of Jericho? Do you think they wondered how God was going to make it work? They had seen God do incredible things  already so maybe they didn't doubt it. 

God can do amazing things when we listen to him and follow his ways. Sometimes God's way might seem strange to those around us but this is what the Bible tells us about God...

Yes, God’s riches are very great! God’s wisdom and knowledge have no end! No one can explain the things God decides. No one can understand God’s ways.

Romans 11:33



We are going to have some fun building and knocking things down today as we remember the story of the walls of Jericho.

Our challenge today is to see how tall a tower you can make with Lego BUT you have to stack the bricks on the smooth sides not using the bumps! How high can you build your tower before it falls over?


or  you could play a game of Jenga - another great game of building and knocking down.



Prayer

Father, You are the God who can do anything. You can even make shouting at a wall work to bring it down. Help us believe in You and follow Your instructions even when it seems weird to other people.

Amen



Here's one of favourite songs from F@CT and we can sing it today as we have heard that God is bigger than big, stronger than strong and mightier than mighty. God can do anything!





Thanks for joining us today and we hope you have enjoyed following the adventures of  Moses, Joshua and the Israelites. Next week we begin our journey towards Easter, starting at Palm Sunday.