Sunday club Activity
Sunday Club: 22nd May 2022 Our GLS Christian Aid Day- Climate Inequality.
“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. Job 12:7-10
Did you measure the rainfall for last week like we suggested? I did. Here is my example of a homemade water gauge. I measured 10mm of rain over this time. In Zimbabwe, for August or September, just an average of 1mm of rain might fall. It is hard for us to imagine this.
GLS are having a plant sale on Sunday 22nd, 11.30am to raise funds and awareness for Christian Aid, immediately after the Church service at Strathtay.
Here is a map that shows the world and how climate affects different areas.
Source: Centre for global development and CA:https://mapcruzin.com/gis-news/mapping-effects-climate-change.htm
Your task today is: look at the map of the world with your family and talk about who you know and where they live in the world. Now think about their climate- is it different to ours? Is it more difficult to live and work there – if so why? Good questions to think about with your family.
Christian Aid ask us to Give, Act and Pray.
Give your time to think about your friends and neighbours across the world, or give a donation of money to CA through GLS.
Act – plant some vegetables/flowers/trees to help nature and the climate.
Pray– draw a leaf like this one and write your own prayer for the world: the weather, fairness, food etc.
Do share with us a photo of your plants or your leaf prayer. Thank you.
Sunday Club 15/05/22 Christian Aid Week 2022 Climate Inequality. What difference does water make?
The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. Genesis 2:15
Photo credit: Christian Aid / David Brazier
Caption: Jessica and her family walk home from their garden as the sun sets.
Today we think about water and the importance this has in our world. We have green fields, trees and maybe fruits and vegetables of our own growing in our gardens. How lucky we are that we have water. This week let’s think about rain! Your task this week is:
What has this to do with Christian Aid? Ask a grown up to read you this short story-
Help Jessica turn hunger into hope
Drought starves. It robs women of the power to farm and grow food for their families. In rural Zimbabwe, seven out of ten women rely on farming to earn a living and provide for their families. But with no rain, women and men can’t grow enough food, and they struggle to provide for their children. In times of drought, many families can only afford to eat one bowl of porridge a day.
Sunday 22nd May GLS Church will hold a plant sale to raise funds for Christian Aid, immediately after the church service finishes at 11.30am. What might that money buy?
Have a good week as we watch our plants grow, remember, in your prayers the people, like Jessica who need our help.
Sunday Club 08/05/22 Who helps?
My command is love each other as I have loved you. John 15:12
This week is Red Cross Week so we ask that you take a look at this simple clip about the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). It reveals the range of work that they do.
https://youtu.be/on9l0KvR5h4 Title: What does the International Committee of the Red Cross do?
Last week we introduced this year’s theme of Christian Aid and we will look at this again next week.
Sunday Club 01/05/22 Climate change and Faith
Christian Aid week is coming… we hope to look at their theme over the next few weeks. Climate injustice means that climate change, affects poor people unequally. “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” Genesis 8:22
Our task this week as we think about climate change is to make a week’s weather chart. Like the one shown in the picture. I have created my version. Use an A4 piece of paper, fold it longs way in half, fold it in half again, and again once more. This gives a sheet with 8 boxes/folds. Give each box a day of the week and fill in what your weather was like for that day. Let’s do this for a whole week and share the picture at the end. As we do this, please think about everyone whose life is affected by the weather. God bless you this week.
Sunday 24 Apr 2022
“Feed my sheep and Follow me.” John 21 v17/19
The bible tells us that after Easter, Jesus has risen and meets many people over the days before he finally goes to heaven. Peter, the disciple that denied knowing Jesus, before his death, is one person who meets Jesus again and has the chance to understand the sadness of Jesus’ death and the hope for the future. Watch this link to hear about how all this happened and their meeting and sharing of breakfast together.
Your task today is to
Easter Sunday 17/04/22 Jesus is Alive
We have already shared Holy week with you, from Palm Sunday through to The Last Supper and Good Friday as Jesus was crucified. Easter Sunday sees Jesus coming alive from the dead. Make sure you watch last week’s link as it shows the Holy week story. Here is another link to a short video to retell the Easter story, this time using LEGO. https://youtu.be/6STdG9-6uLg
Remember that all the Easter Eggs and activities around Easter are fun to enjoy but Jesus died on the cross for us. Easter can at times seem sad- with the pain and suffering we know that Jesus must have felt. We can feel like this too, when things don’t go well, when we are afraid or when we are hurt. At these times, remember the Easter story, that Jesus gives us hope that God is with us wherever we are and however we are feeling. Enjoy this Easter Sunday and God’s love around you.
Your task this week is:
if you have decorated an Easter egg to represent the stone rolling away from the tomb, then please share a photo of it
to pray for someone else. Easter blessings to you and your family.
Sunday Club 10/04/22
Sunday Club 10/04/22 Palm Sunday- the beginning of Holy Week
This coming week for Christians is an important time as we think about the life and death of Jesus. Please watch this link to learn how this story unfolds and why. https://youtu.be/J_E-3BqqeiU
Look out for each part of this story:
Questions: On Palm Sunday…
What animal did Jesus ride on, as he went into Jerusalem?
What did the people do as Jesus arrived?
You can ask a grown up to share this story with you by reading the bible from John 20:12.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NIV)
Sunday Club 03/04/22 Happy Easter Holidays… So, tell me about Easter?
Schools are on holiday for the next two weeks. This is an important time for Christians as we think about Jesus and the story of Easter. For this week we ask that you watch the BBC version about Easter to get an idea of what it is all about as Jesus faces the time before his arrest, his death and his coming alive (resurrection).
After watching this short summary, take this week to think about everything that makes you happy in your life eg family, friends, sunshine, nature, food…. and take time to thank God for these things.
Sunday 27 Mar 2022
Loaves, Fish and Mothering Sunday “He must truly be the Prophet who is coming into the world.” John6 14 (ICB) Mothering Sunday is traditionally held on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Lots of historians believe that in years gone by children who worked as servants were given a day off to visit home and return to their “Mother Church”, to share a day with family. Mothering Sunday was also called Refreshment Sunday as it was halfway through Lent with a pause to the rules of fasting. Eating and food are important around Easter. Simnel cakes are connected to Easter too. In John 6:10-15 we hear about the story of the Loaves and Fish and how Jesus knows how his life is going to be. Watch the link for the story: https://youtu.be/S6rj9cAJrWE
Task this week is:
Sunday Club: Well Watered Trees 20/03/22
Watch this award winning video clip: https://youtu.be/hHzWp1JV2hI
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by the water, that sends out its roots by the stream and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8
What does this mean? A tree that is able to have water can remain healthy and strong, growing leaves and fruit. This is like us, if we simply keep God near in our lives, we can grow stronger.
Task for this week:
Sunday Club 13/03/22 Lent “Worship the Lord your God and serve him only” – Temptations of Christ
You will have already celebrated Shrove Tuesday with pancakes, as part of Lent. What is lent all about? Lent is the time of 40 days that comes before Easter, beginning on Ash Wednesday. It is a time that remembers Jesus and his 40 days in the desert. Everyone talks about giving something up for Lent but why? Jesus knew that God had a plan for him. He knew it was going to be difficult for him. In the bible reading, Matthew 4: 1-11, we learn that Jesus went into the desert to be alone, whilst there, he faced three temptations and challenges. Watch the clip to see what happens.
You and a grownup can look at a famous painting by Botticelli called Temptations of Christ by visiting this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temptations_of_Christ_(Botticelli) See if you can spot Jesus and the three temptations.
Your task today is to think up an alternative activity for Lent, in the days that we head towards Easter. Here are some ideas:
It might be you pray for a different thing each day eg Pray to thank God for your family. Pray that God can protect all those affected by war, or for the spring flowers, or the sunshine.
It might be that you could do a positive thing like pick up litter everyday.
You could draw pictures and give one away each day.
You could take a photo of something amazing and share it with us every day of Lent.
It might be you give up eating something for the days until Easter eg crisps.
Let us know what you do. Thank you GLS Sunday Club
Sunday Club 06/03/22 “I know the plans I have for you” Jeremiah 29: v11 (Links with this week’s World Day of Prayer).
God has a plan for each of us, he is with us when things go well and when things go wrong and at all times of worry or happiness. For homes to be built, for holiday journeys, for parties there needs to be a plan and for each completed home, holiday journey and party there are many different ways to be successful. This is just like a map of a Christian life. We need to check in with God to see if we are finding our way.
Task: Get a piece of paper and draw your own map and maze. See if anyone can use your map/maze. Here is an example. Think about the map and maze showing the twists and turns in your life.
OR try the World Day of Prayer resources for children:
Task: Make your own card with a message of hope and share it with someone.
Get a piece of card and draw a picture on one side. On the other side write a note about what you hope for… ask a grown up to help.
OR follow the little maze here….
27 Feb 2022
Sunday Club 27/02/22 Fair and Equal: Fairtrade Fortnight
“Speak up and judge fairly. Defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31 V9
God asks us to stand up for fairness. This is Fairtrade fortnight. Watch this video about Fairtrade with a grown up and see how fair trade is linked to climate change. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xQP6tVlcxg
Fair Trade products come in various forms: bananas, coffee, tea, chocolate, etc. As a family try this link with a Fairtrade quiz and discover information about chocolate.
Task this week is to take a photo of some Fairtrade products that you use at home or buy when you go shopping.
Dear God please help us to speak up for those in the world who are in need, who are poor and stand up for those whose rights are being ignored. Amen
Sunday Club news 20/02/22 Kindness
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
Galatians 6:9-10 ESV
Random Act of Kindness Week, takes place 13th-23rd Feb 2022. This event is to focus and promote “kindness”. Kindness is an important part of Christian life. The bible tells us that we can make a difference to others by simply being a little bit kinder and being more forgiving. In half term break, what can we do this week to be kind?
Here is an animation about kindness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Wi0UWLeT9I
13 Feb 2022
GLS Sunday Club news for Grown-ups and Children … Sport and God 13/02/22
Music intro from Christians in Sports: https://youtu.be/R7u9n3xa1vI
The Winter Olympics are underway. Good luck to all taking part and especially to local curler Eve Muirhead and her Team. What does God say about sport? “We all have different gifts. Each gift came because of the grace that God gave us.” Romans 12 v6
Do you like sport? Do you play football, do you kayak, swim, play badminton, indoor bowls, table tennis, do archery, go fishing, go running, walking, curling or skiing? So many of us enjoy taking part, watching sport or supporting those who do take part. Sometimes we might be a winner, or a loser, we might be fast or slow, we might be selected for a team, or rejected, however we should “decide what you are by the amount of faith God has given you.” Romans 12v 3
Watch this short video to find out a bit more: https://youtu.be/hehT2XN9HRo
This week’s task is to complete our very own Winter Olympic fitness preparation in the name Jesus.
Tick off each one when you complete it for the week ahead. If you prefer you could use the Joe Wicks link below to do his children friendly workout- try doing that for 1 week.
Extra links for Grown-ups from Christians in Sport- we at GLS thank them for their resources
Pray for the world of sport https://youtu.be/QLTSgANA5cQ
Dealing with disappointment https://youtu.be/ik2JOEvStds
Sunday Club 06/02/22
“Try to understand each other. Love each other as brothers. Be kind and humble.” 1 Peter 3 v8 (International Children’s Bible)
National Story Telling Week has just taken place and many have focused on stories that we are all familiar with. The Brothers Grimm created for us some of our favourite tales such as Little Red Riding Hood and Rumpelstiltskin. The Brothers Grimm gathered spoken word stories from across Europe and wrote them down. It could be argued that the most famous stories however are found in the Bible. Many bible stories and fairy tales, try to convey a meaning or idea. Jesus was a great storyteller.
Children can watch this short clip to find out more-
Grown-ups could listen to this: The World Blessing 2022- 154 nations sing in 257 languages – Hope and Unity in Our divided World https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d48-qbcovVY
Task today for you and the grown-ups is to:
When we pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, so, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone is praying for you.
Dear God, help us to find ways of putting others first with our actions. Amen
30 January 2022
Sunday Club and for Grown-ups 30/01/22 The Good Samaritan Luke 10, v25-37
Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan. A traveller is robbed and beaten as he journeys along the road. He is badly injured and left for dead. A priest comes along but purposefully ignores the man, then a lawyer passes by and he also ignores the injured man. In the end a Samaritan comes along and stops to help, he treats the mans wounds, takes care of him by taking him to an inn and pays for the man to be looked after. Why is this story important? Jesus wants us to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind” and “Love your neighbour as yourself.” V27
Task for today:
23 January 2022
Sunday Club 23/01/22 “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” Psalm 91 v4
It is heading towards spring and we are listening out for the bird song and looking out to see the birds of the field and the garden. In this week’s bible verse, we are reminded that God takes care of us all, when we need protection and warmth- just as the birds take care of their young.
This week’s task is to send in a photo of any bird you see in your garden or if you are out for a walk. You could, if you prefer, draw a picture of a bird. You and your family might also be interested in taking part in next weeks, Big Garden Birdwatch 2022, here is the link if you wish, it takes place on Friday28th Jan-30th Jan: https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/?&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=RSPB+Brand+-+Exact-RSPB+Head+Terms+Exact&utm_term=rspb&gclid=fdfd7cb4954911d54dc21d5f6ea535e1&gclsrc=3p.ds
God bless you and your family this week as we think about the birds around us and how God cares for living things. Amen.
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Sunday Club 16th Jan 22: Jesus and his first miracle. John 2:1-11.
“So in Cana of Galilee, Jesus did his first miracle. There he showed his glory, and his followers believed in him.” John 2 v11.
In this bible story, Jesus and his Mum, Mary go to a wedding. God shows that Jesus cares for the people at the wedding, including his Mother, and those hosting the wedding. During the celebrations, there is a shortage of wine. Jesus intervenes and turns water into wine. This first miracle helps prove that Jesus is God’s Son and that we too can believe in Jesus.
This week’s task is to read the bible passage and watch the video link below which shares the story.
Now ask an adult some questions about the story and see what they remember about it. We have put a choice of answers here for you but try and have a bible to check it yourself. The correct answer is in bold.
A: In Bethlehem OR B: in Galilee, a town called Cana
A: A baptism OR B: a wedding
A: person running the event ran out of wine. OR B: a guest took unwell after eating the food.
A: Mary, his Mum. OR B: the doctor who was at the party.
A: Fill the water jars with grapes OR B: Fill the jars with water.
A: Water had turned to wine. OR B: the grapes had been squashed into juice
A: the host of the event. OR B: His Mum Mary.
A: People thought that Jesus was magical. OR B: Jesus’s followers believed in him.
Only for Fun do have a look at this video- as a young person DO NOT TRY THIS but perhaps you can persuade a grown up to try it! If not just watch the video and be impressed!
Finally for this weeks’ task to share, please send us a photo of something you drink this week: a water in your school bottle, or a glass of juice, or a cup of tea. Think about the miracles of water which keeps us alive and Jesus as he did his first miracle in Galilee.
Thank you from GLS Sunday Club
Sunday Club 9th Jan 2022, A new year…for our adults and children “So don’t be afraid, I am with you”. Isaiah 43 v5 International Children’s Bible
“And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied: “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.” From the Poem God Knows” by Minnie Louise Haskins (1875-1957)
The excitement and the busy times of Christmas has past and we often reflect on the happiness and sadness of the last year but look to the future year ahead. In Isaiah 43, 1-7, we learn that it does not matter who we are, or where we come from, our age, or stage, we should not feel that we are alone we are with God as we face 2022.
Activity task for this week is:
2021: I am grateful to God for:
People in my life: eg my family and friends.
Places I visited: eg the local river.
Things I learned: eg how to use airdry clay and all about the charity The Lighthouse.
2022: This year, I ask God to help me..( use the headings but see the type of examples)
To share special times with….(my family)
To help the natural world by…(planting a tree or helping wild birds)
To try to….(be kinder or pray more or learn a new thing).
Happy New Year and God’s blessings to you all for GLS Sunday Club.
Sunday Club 19th December 2021 4th Sunday of Advent The Nativity
Luke 2: 1-20 tells the story of the birth of Jesus.
“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to resister.” Luke 2 v1-3
Four tasks today- grownups and youngsters
My name is eg George and I am giving … an apple
My name is eg Lisa and I am giving… a bouncy ball
Hope that you enjoy the game.
Christmas blessings to you all from the team at Grantully, Logierait and Strathtay Church.
Sunday 12th December 2021– The story of the birth of Jesus. For adults and children…..
This week we are thinking about the many symbols we associate with Christmas. Can you think of any? Perhaps, a tree, cookies, ornaments, wreath, bell, a present, bows & ribbons, holly, a candle, angel, candy cane and star? Use the link below and see a Christmas book that gives details of items we link with Christmas and God’s love for us.
Now watch the short video: use the link below and scroll down to the video animation for “The Impossible Promise”
Please take a minute and share a photo of a Christmas tree with us…… we would love to see them. Ask a grown-up for some help.
Dear God, we give thanks this week for all the people who are in our lives and make things better for us. These people are our blessings from you. Thank you for all the hope that Christmas time and the birth of Jesus brings. Amen
Sunday Club 5th December 2021: Mary and Joseph- who and why? Children, Teenagers and Adults, todays, topic is worth a look.
In the Bible, we learn that Mary and Joseph were the Mother and Father, on earth, of Jesus. Neither Mary nor Joseph were famous, but ordinary people chosen by God to undertake an astonishing role: parents of Jesus. Joseph was a carpenter and Mary, his Mother, loved Jesus for his whole life, from baby, to boy, to man. How did this story begin? Watch this link, perhaps with your family, to understand the Christmas story and how and where it all began. You will meet many characters from the bible in this story.
There is a colouring task, which can be found through http://SundaySchoolZone.com see below for pdf link.
The pdf is All Rights Reserved but can be copied for home use, so if you would like to download and print this, then please follow the links.
GLS send you all good wishes for the coming week.
Sunday Club and Grown-ups for 28 Nov 21. Advent, and a little hope every day… Do you have a photo of a rainbow to share?
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
It is the first Sunday of advent, and we think about hope. Please have a look at this online advent calendar- it is a very family friendly bible resource as we head towards Christmas and it is provided by The Resource. You can use it every day:
As an alternative you might like to listen to the short podcast from The Resource by Ali Campbell. It is brief but there is one for each day. A great wee listen for any teenager or adult!
Enjoy the beginning of advent and the hope that it brings. Cannot wait to see your rainbow photos.
Sunday Club and Grown-ups Activities for Sunday 21 November 2021
But Jesus called the little children to him and said to his followers, “Let the little children come to me. Don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to people who are like these children.” Luke 18:16 International Children’s Bible
This bible verse hints to us, that when we are tired, God can offer us rest; when we are cold, God will offer us shelter, just as we would do so for any child. God offers us safety in the that He is always there for us, and we can trust in Him when we are in need.
Many of you will have supported the very recent Children in Need Appeal- with all the jazzy singing and fun. You might have taken part in something to raise money and awareness of this organisation which goes on to support so many other good causes. Music played a part in this year’s events- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3D9PEmHsns
Music, hymns and songs are an important part of worship. Today’s task is to:
Find an adult, chat together about your favourite children’s hymn, and share it with us. Just let us know the Name of the hymn/song. Grown-ups will be able to help with this for sure. If you are looking for ideas, here are some:
What a friend we have in Jesus.
Away in a Manger.
One More step along the world I go..
Cum by ya my Lord
He’s got the whole world in His hands
Shine Jesus Shine
Lord of the Dance
All things bright and Beautiful
Give me oil in my lamp keep me burning,
When the Saints go marching in
Perhaps we can find GLS’s top 10 favourite children’s hymns? Remember to share with us your favourite!
A prayer for this week:
Dear God, we thank you for the food before us, the shelter around us, the family beside us and the love between us. Amen (author unknown)
14th Nov 2021
Poppy Day for the Sunday Club 14/11/21
“This is my commandment, that you love another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:12-15
This week’s task is:
For a piece of music specifically written by Scottish musician, Graeme Murray- Where the poppies grow Tall follow the link below
Where The Poppies Grow Tall – #iPlay4Peace 202
For further information about the piece
Sunday Club 7th Nov 21- God, Nature and Climate Change
Genesis 1: 20-23. Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind”.
“Birds” are mentioned many times in the Bible: eagles, sparrows, ravens and doves are just a few. As part of the natural world, birds play an important role but like many areas of nature, they are being affected by the change in our climate. The Sunday Club task today is:
Please get in touch to let us know either on our GLS face book page or by emailing us here: email@example.com
Sunday Club, 31 Oct 21 Environment and Us! Read on below a fun online game..
COP 26 starts this week in Glasgow, with a real focus on Climate Change and what we might be able to do to make a difference. As Christians we want to help look after God’s world. The Bible tells us that…
“The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” Genesis 2 v15
We have a duty to care for the world and everything in it. What can we do to help?
Recycling – how good are we at this?
This week’s task:
Sunday Club News… 10 October 2021
Happy October holidays to all our Perth and Kinross children. As you take time to relax and enjoy a break from school, as a Church and Sunday Club member, we ask that you think about young people and families who are less fortunate than us. It is the time of year when we often donate goods and items for the annual Blythswood Shoe Box Appeal. Your task today is to watch this short video which explains all about the Shoebox appeal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73jCB4FrYVA and share this video with a grown up https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtGIZ7jUxKM
Blythswood Shoebox Appeal 2021
A very big thank you to all who contributed to the shoebox appeal this year, either by donating items, wrapping boxes, giving time or giving money. We have been delighted with the response by all those at GLS, our friends and our neighbours, thank you all. Your contribution and kindness will be welcomed by those who receive the boxes we are sure, and the spirt in which they have been given.
Are you interested in sport? Are you interested in prayer?
Take a look at a short video from Christians in Sport. It is an engaging way to pray with others for others. Perhaps you have not thought of sport in terms of prayer before but this video reveals an accessible and interesting view of Christian faith.
If you would like to help prepare a Shoebox, look at the link below and you will see a pdf with the list of items you are invited to include:
this pdf gives suggestions of items that might be included:
You can, of course contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange to get you a shoebox or a pre-printed list. Pre-wrapped shoe boxes are available if required, again just let us know or you may be able to uplift them in a variety of places throughout Highland Perthshire.
For GLS members and supporters we ask that you have any items/boxes ready for Sunday 24th October prior to final collection on 29th Oct (Pitlochry Baptist Church Carpark). We are happy to collect/uplift any items/boxes that you may have prepared in advance, again please let us know.
Thank you. Mary, Meg and the sc Team
03 October 2021
Next week is National Libraries Week and this got me thinking about books and the book that we have in our lives, as Christians, The Bible. The Scottish Bible Society is a charity that provides Bibles and other scripture materials within Scotland and through-out the world. As the Bible is full of stories to help us understand God and the guidance it gives, we have two links below, via The Bible Society website that share well-known Bible stories. Help us celebrate Libraries Week and the Bible by watching these story links- both are available to download:
Sunday 26th Sep 2021
“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.” Proverbs 3:27
This week we celebrate our Harvest Thanksgiving through resources provided by Tearfund. Firstly, as an introduction listen to this song with the theme of Climate Change. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3yL_1L85Mk
Now watch this short video which shows the impact of climate change on neighbours across the world.
The second link gives information and activities for young people- worth a look if you care about helping others “Share the Load, what can you do?” is the theme. Go to the link, scroll down and you will find “Children and Family Resources”. Harvest Resources – Tearfund
All good gifts around us are sent from Heaven above. Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord, for all His love. Matthias Claudius 1740-1815
We thank God for all his blessings at Harvest time. Amen
Sunday 19th Sep 2021
God create the world and we have a part to play in the stewardship (the care) of it and all it’s resources. God said “this is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all generations.” (Gen 9:12)
How do we help care for God’s world? This week sees the “Great British Beach Clean-17-23rd Sep”. Coastal areas across Britain will be encouraging people to clear up the beaches. For us here in Highland Perthshire, we also suffer from rubbish being thrown away across the countryside, causing harm to wildlife, impacting the landscape and getting into the rivers. So, as individuals what can we do to help the environment? Reduce, Reuse and Recycle are helpful ways to think about making better use of our resources. What does this mean? Look at the website links below to give families ideas for each, but here our thoughts at GLS:
Maybe you could if you are out for a walk, pick up just two pieces of litter and put it in a bin- if everyone did this it would help. Or you could make a poster encouraging people not to drop litter?
This week try to REDUCE the amount of plastic you use eg use a non-plastic water bottle, or have your sandwich in a re-useable wrap- don’t use cling film.
This week, if possible, try to REUSE fabric masks that can be rewashed or REUSE or make something useful out of a milk carton eg a plant holder.
This week RECYCLE something instead of putting in the bin eg give away to charity something you no longer need (make sure it is in good condition). Help at home to recycle items into the correct bin- paper or cardboard.
There are many other ideas and information on the websites below:
As you take action this week, please Pray: Dear God, thank you for our beautiful world and all of resources within it. Help us understand that we have a part to play in caring for it and give us hope that we can make changes which will make a difference. Amen.
Proverb 16:9 A person may think up plans, but the Lord decides what he will do.
We imagine that you have plans for today? What might they be? Perhaps you are going to visit someone, perhaps you are going to play football, go swimming? There are other types of plans- a map is a sort of plan, there are plans of houses, there are plans often to show nice walks, there are plans that come with Lego, to show you how to build something.
In life we make plans all the time, but as the bible tells us, God, actually, has a plan for us and it may not always be what we think, or the way we want to go but if we remember this, it will help us understand. Sometimes God’s plan might seem tough, but he is with us. Today’s task is to:
Proverbs 22 v 9 “A generous person will be blessed because he shares his food with the poor”
In the run up to Harvest time, we remember all those who farm the land and provide food. We remember the individuals and organisations who share food with communities. The TearFund have fantastic ideas and resources to highlight the situation of those in need and offer suggestions on what we can do as individuals especially in relation to poverty and climate change. Tear Fund suggest a Prayer Walk (grown-ups, see the link below), so today’s task for our young people and families is to do just that. Here is our GLS Prayer Walk idea of what to do:
PRAY: We pray for other communities across the world who have been forced to leave their homes, their businesses or their land due to war/conflict.
PRAY: Thank God for the weather you see before you. We pray for all who suffer because of extreme weather.
For Grown-ups: https://www.tearfund.org/-/media/tearfund/files/stories/a-prayer-walk-to-change-the-world/one-voice-a-prayer-walk-to-change-the-world.pdf
Growing in Christ…”Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will not run and grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40 v31
If you look closely at the today’s picture/clip, you can see the birds eating and spreading the seeds of grass in the garden! What happens to seeds? There are many different types: sunflowers, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, seeds for flowers, seeds for vegetables. With the right care and attention, sunshine and water, they grow.
We are like the plants around us- if we want to grow as a Christian, God tells us how to try and be. If we want to be a successful rugby player, we will need to practice, learn rugby ball skills, work as a team member. If we want to be a better person, God says we should try to grow within ourselves, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control”. Galatians 5: 22-23
Sometimes this is hard, and we might not manage it, but God’s Spirit is with us to help us always try. Part of this help can come from being together (although we are apart just now) in sharing our small Sunday Club thoughts through this Facebook page and our Website; we can pray together- for the same things, but be apart and we can know that we have others around us who care.
Today’s task is:
To share any photos of something you have grown.
To Pray for the people of Afghanistan – those who have managed to leave their country and those who remain.
Thank you. We look forward to seeing your photos.
“Train up a child in the way he should go,
|Today is Father’s Day, 21 June 2020.|
The Sunday Club Group meets weekly, generally during term time within the Sunday services. Any alterations to this are posted either on our Facebook page or on Posters outside the churches. Our small group actively participates in the life of the church and beyond. Our youngsters take part in many services throughout the year and are an important part in the life of GLS. During our group sessions we consider aspects of the bible, share in fellowship together and undertake activities that relate to Christian beliefs.
Our group of loyal youngsters would be happy to welcome any new children who would like to come along to our Sunday group. It is open to anyone aged 3 or above who would be interested in joining us. We actively support all young people – teenagers and young adults are made most welcome.
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