Growing in God’s love
Sharing it with all
Challenges for young or young at heart.
Theme: Little things grow into big things!
This week we will explore the story Jesus told in Mark 4 about what it is like to live with God, or to be in God’s Kingdom. He said it is like a little mustard seed which is tiny but when someone plants it in the garden, it grows and becomes so big that birds can make nests in its branches! Jesus reminds us that little things that might not seem important can grow into huge things that are really significant. Even the little things we do to help others can have a big impact.
Have a guess at what size a mustard seed might be. Smaller or bigger than 1 millimetre? Draw or make (use play dough, Lego, recycling stuff -
Think of a small thing you could do to help someone else. What difference do you think it will make?
Plant a seed when you get home and see how slowly/quickly it grows. What helped it grow well?
This week we will be thinking about what it means when Jesus calls us brothers and sisters and what it is to be a Church Family. Our activity today is to think about our own family and the family they share at church. Using the tree template draw and colour in leaves or faces adding them to the tree. Writing the names or if not known perhaps think about the qualities in people you appreciate and enjoy.
If you prefer instead of drawing you could cut out leaves or faces and stick them on. At the end we will give thanks for all the people who make up our church family.
Why not have a go at baking some pretzels from the bake through Lent recipe book or using play-
As it is the birthday of the Church we are celebrating and what party is complete without a cake. How about making a mug cake and adding a birthday candle. You can find a recipe and how to video here. You can also make a kite! as we think about how the Holy Spirit moves. You can find the simple instructions here and if in church there will be a table with everything you need.
Christian Aid activity sheet
Christian Aid colouring sheet
This week we talk about how Jesus calls all of us his friends. You have some great choices of activities today. You can make a friendship bracelet using thread, here is a youtube video which may give you some inspiration or think about what you value most in a friend and with that list draw a picture that tells us about it.
In the story about the Ethiopian Eunuch we hear that it was only when he fully understood in a language that made sense to him that the truth of Jesus could be heard. Why not try and learn a new language…..ok so a single service probably isn’t enough time but why not try learning the Morse Code and writing a message using it. Perhaps start by writing your name using Morse Code. Here is the Morse Code Alphabet to get you started.
Why not have a go at rewriting the story we read in John 10 about the Good Shepherd in a way you could tell your friends. Or using the letters in Shepherd as the first letter of each line to create a poem about what the story means to you.
Today we are thinking about how some of Jesus’s disciples did not recognise him when he met them on the road to Emmaus after his resurrection. To help us think about how we sometimes cannot see what is in front of us we have an activity to create a hidden message.
Here is what you will need:
1) White wax:
a. You could use a white birthday candle or a bigger candle. Alternatively you can use a white wax crayon.
2) Watercolour paint
3) Paintbrush with broad brush tip
4) White Paper
On your paper using your white wax write a message (perhaps tell someone you love them or share a kind message). Then once written using your water paint and brush to reveal your message.
Alternatively you could design your own ‘Walk with Jesus’ Flip Flops using this template. Get as creative as you like. You could write on in, colour or stick bits
Have a look at the different resources and activities on this page and on Activities 2020 -
28 MARCH -
This week is to plan and make your own Easter Garden for Holy Week. Last year Noah and I made a video to help explain how (so if you would like a refresher you could watch it again). You could plan one using Lego or draw it out on paper. You could use playmobil or mini figures, junk modelling or anything that takes your fancy. Everyone is very welcome to join in.
The theme for today is: 10 Commandments and Jesus Clears the Temple
Ten Commandments Song -
Grab a bible and look at the two different readings for today. The Old Testament reading lists the 10 commandments and the Gospel reading tells the story of when Jesus cleared the temple. Which one grabs your interest?
I’d like you to think about the things that make you cross and angry. Perhaps it is someone that annoys you, or when you are asked to do something you don’t want to do, or perhaps it is something like climate change or injustice in the world or people not being treated fairly.
Sometimes it is right to be angry, especially when we know someone or something is being mistreated.
Can you think of 10 rules/commandments to help us all today? Perhaps it could be 10 rules to stop climate change or 10 rules for your home or 10 rules for church. You could write them, draw them, build them….I look forward to seeing what you come up with.
The theme for today is: Take up your cross
This week I would love you to create a cross. You can use anything. Perhaps recycle boxes, Lego, you could paint or draw.
As you make your cross think about what it means to you to be a Christian and what carrying a cross might feel and look like today. Is it easy to tell people you are a Christian, if you were to be asked why do you believe in Jesus and what difference does it make? What would you say?
Lenten Countdown Calendar -
Bake through Lent -
21 FEBRUARY 2021
The theme for today is: Rainbow (God’s Promise). The activity today focus’ on our Old Testament reading of the very famous story of Noah and the Ark.
The rainbow symbol is used as a sign of hope, a promise from God that we will not be forgotten and that his rescue plan came to us in the form of Jesus. Rainbows have been used a lot in the last year to help us remember even in the midst of a storm, when the rain is pouring down, the smallest amount of light can create a beautiful rainbow. We can be that light for others.
You will find a printout of the Rainbow Craft in this section, you will need some glue, colouring pens or pencils, string and ideally some card.
Cut out the different elements on the printout, stick them to the card and using the string tie the raindrops to the button, creating a mobile. You could also make it cutting different bits of paper, glitter, paint, anything you like (remembering to help clean up :-
14 FEBRUARY 2021
The challenge this week is to think about what it means to be the body of Christ. Listen to the words being said carefully and using the blank body outline template doodle, write, colour or draw the different things that come
You might want to think through the following questions:
What is The Body of Christ to me?
Which part of the body do I connect with most? Why?
How does it make me feel?
Alternatively, you might want to think about what Church and knowing Jesus means to you and colour in the
‘We are Church’ print out.
7 FEBRUARY 2021
The theme for today is ‘True light for everyone'. Thinking about situations and people where it is hard to love or show light. Use play-
Using a torch (perhaps the one you got at Christmas) shine the light onto your model. As you do ask God to
help you shine light and give the Light from Jesus to everyone.
Sunday 31 January 2021
Today we are looking at a special occasion in the Bible where Jesus is presented in the temple for the very first time. Using the art on the sheet and the words from Luke 2: 22-
You can use any media you like; paint, pens, bricks, Lego, clay -
Sunday 24 January 2021
Today we are looking at Jesus’ very first miracle. We read in John 2: 1-
The challenge is to take something very ordinary like a toilet roll (whole or just the inner) and make it into something extraordinary! If you don’t have a toilet roll or would prefer to use something else you can. Perhaps you could make some clothing, make an ornament, create a wind chime by cutting a spiral, re-
Sunday 17 January 2021
You may want to watch this cartoon before or on a different device during the service.
As part of the service we will be thinking about what it is to hear God. I wonder if you can come up with a new invention to help you listen or perhaps you could make a 'megaphone' or something that will make your voice louder (Sorry parents ☺) or perhaps see if you can make a cup and string talking device.
Sunday Service 3 January 2021
EPIPHANY STAR -
• Epiphany star print out You could look at Matthew 2:1–12 in the Bible and write your own version of the story.
• Think of ‘Star words’ – words that would encourage you or others on a journey as we step into 2021. You could look at the bible and find verses that encourage you. Perhaps you could find a way to share them with others.
Epiphany Star Colouring -
a stick/straw/dowel/popsicle stick/etc.
• Colour and cut out both sides of the star.
• If you want to add embellishments, tape some ribbon to the back side of one of your stars or to the stick.
• Tape a stick (or a straw, dowel, popsicle stick, etc.) to the back side of one of your stars and glue the back sides of both stars together.
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