“You are my Son and I love you”. Mark 1 v11. And the bible story can be found in Luke 4, 1-13
Today’s story tells of the life of Jesus, including his baptism and the temptations he faced. The tasks for this week are:
“But whoever gives up his life for me and for the Good News will have true life for ever.”
Mark: 8 verse: 35
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love
1 Corinthians v13 4-7 and 13: Today’s story comes from Paul as he talks about LOVE. We think we know what love is? Our task today is to:
24th Jan 2021
Reading: 1 Corinthians 12: 12-31 for 24.01.21
“A person’s body is only one thing, but it has many parts.” v12 and v27 “All of you together are the body of Christ. Each one of you is a part of that body.” ICB
Different parts of our body do different things. Each has its’ own purpose – the heart, the lungs, the hands, our feet, our nose, all needed and useful in their own way: just like us as part of the church. Each one of us has been given a gift by God- you might be good at listening, perhaps great at drawing, fantastic at being a good friend. Whatever this might be, your gift makes YOU an important part of God’s family. If we think about a puzzle, we need all the individual pieces of jigsaw to make it complete. Todays task is to try an online jigsaw, use this link – : Free Online Jigsaw Puzzles (jigsawplanet.com) AND then if you can, make up your own prayer, using the parts of the body. You can use the outline template here if you wish, or just draw an outline of a body. I have posted my example here too.
Sunday 17th January 2021
John 1: 43-51
Over these last few days, we have probably spent time “looking out our window”- seeing snow, sunshine, and watching nature. Windows allow us to do this and they let light in. We can “look out”, we can say “come and see” from our windows.
In today’s story (John1: 43-51) we have Jesus in Galilee as he meets Philip and says to him, “Follow me”. Philip invites his friend Nathanael to come and find out about Jesus- Philip says “come and see”. Nathanael is not enthusiastic but realises Jesus seems to know him already.
When we invite others to “come and see” God, we are sharing a bit of our lives in how we behave, how we speak to others, how we deal with differences and it reveals our faith. The task today is: look out of your window– draw something that you see (you can use the template) and/or if you have not already, but would like to, sign up to the RSPB Bird watch event, then do so now using this link: https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/everything-you-need-to-know-about-big-garden-birdwatch/ (perhaps you are doing this through school already). Encourage others to join in …and as you watch the wonder of nature out your window, think about the wonder of God that awaits us all. Send a photo of your drawing to us here on our facebook page or to our website.
Sunday 10th January 2021
Have a look at this website https://www.optics4kids.org/illusions
Scroll down to the picture of the elephant- how many legs does it have?
Scroll down to the picture below the elephant- how many animals can you see in that picture?
Sometimes we see or imagine what we think we see. When we are anxious about what is ahead or new and we do not know what it will be like, we worry. Perhaps that is how we feel right now with so many parts of our lives altered or unknown. Sometimes we have to learn how to keep ourselves safe- just now, washing our hands, keeping a distance, following rules. This is like walking with God, we learn that he is along side us, no matter what we are facing or how we feel. The bible reading is from Isaiah 43: 1-7 our thought today is
Verse 5 “Do not be afraid for I am with you”
TASK: look to the sky and the clouds or stars- imagine what you are seeing in their shape-is it like a dog, a train, angel wings, just like I am seeing as I write this? What ever it is (and this can be fun to do but remember to stand still otherwise you might walk into something)… Do not be afraid… God is with you.
Sunday Club 20th Dec 2020
Nativity Story for our Sunday Club Nativity Sunday 20th December 2020
Our story begins with a reading from two of our Sunday Club members, as they tell of the Birth of Jesus.
Video Link: you can follow this link or read the script text below- The Bible Reading- The Birth
Text: Bible reading 1
Joseph the carpenter was worried. Mary the girl he loved, was expecting a baby. It wasn’t his baby; and they weren’t married. The gossip had started already. He would have to break off the engagement. But that night he had a dream. And in the dream God’s messenger-angel spoke to him: “Don’t break off your engagement to Mary,” the angel said. “She has done nothing wrong. God has chosen her to be the mother of his Son- the promised King. You are to call the baby Jesus (the Saviour). When Joseph woke up, it was as if a great weight had been lifted from his mind. It didn’t matter what anyone said! He would marry Mary and take care of her and the baby. Not long after this the Roman Emperor, Augustus issued an order. Everyone in the Roman Empire must register at the town his family came from. Augustus wanted to make sure he had everyone on his list, and that they paid their taxes!
Joseph’s family was descended from King David. So he had to go to Bethlehem, where King David was born. He had to take Mary on the long journey south through the hills – eighty miles of rough dirt roads. The donkey carried their food, warm cloaks for the chilly nights and clothes for the baby who was due to be born any day. Mary was very tired when they arrived at last. And there was nowhere for them to stay. The inn was already crowded with travellers. The inn-keeper felt sorry for Mary- but the only space he had left was the stable. It was dirty and smelly in there with the animals. But at least Mary could rest – and there was nowhere else.
That night Mary’s baby son was born. She wrapped him up warmly in the clothes she had made, and put him in a manger to sleep.
On the hills around the town, shepherds kept watch, looking after their flocks. That night was dark and everything was quiet-just a little bleat now and then from one of the sheep. Then suddenly there was a blaze of light – so bright, the men had to shield their eyes. And out of the brightness came the voice of God’s messenger-angel. “Don’t be afraid. I’ve come with good news-for you and all the world. The Saviour has come-God’s promised King-born today in Bethlehem. You will find the baby asleep in a manger.” Then the shepherds saw a great crowd of angels, all singing praises to God. “Glory to God in heaven,” they sang, “and peace to all who love him on earth.” When the angels had gone and the sky was dark again, the shepherds began to talk among themselves. “We must go to Bethlehem,” they said, “and see what has happened.” They made sure the sheep were safe. Then they hurried into the town. There they found Mary and Joseph- and a new-born baby lying in the manger. Then they knew that what the angels had told them was true. They told Mary and Joseph all that had happened. Then they went back to the sheep, telling everyone they met on the way about the baby and angel’s message. They sang as they walked along, thanking God for all they had seen. It was a night they would never forget.
Here is a Poem that we have been sharing with another Sunday Club member:
Once upon a time,
His daddy’s name was Joseph,
Mary rode a donkey,
When they arrived in Bethlehem,
Now Joseph- he insisted
Mary and Joseph’s journey ended
Some angels came from heaven,
Word of the King’s arrival
A bright star lit the heavens,
And all who gathered round Him,
So as we celebrate Christmas
The next bible reading tells the story of the Kings – from Matthew 2 v1-12
Or Text link: Wise Men come to visit Jesus
Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea during the time when Herod was king. After Jesus was born, some wise men from the east came to Jerusalem. They asked, “Where is the baby who was born to be the king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east. We have come to worship him.” When King Herod heard about this new king of the Jews, he was troubled. And all the people in Jerusalem were worried too. Herod called a meeting of all the leading priests and teachers of the law. He asked them where the Christ would be born. The prophet wrote about this in the Scriptures: But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, you are important among the rulers of Judah. A ruler will come from you. He will be like a shepherd for my people, the Israelites’.” Then Herod had a secret meeting with the wise men from the east. He learned from them the exact time they first saw the star. Then Herod sent the wise meant to Bethlehem. He said to them, “Go and look carefully to find the child. When you find him, come and tell me. Then I can go and worship him too.”
The wise men heard the king and then left. They saw the same star they had seen in the east . It went before them until it stopped above the place where the child was. When the wise men saw the star, they were filled with joy. They went to the house where the child was and saw him with his mother, Mary. They bowed down and worshipped the child. They opened the gifts they had brought for him. They gave him treasures of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. But God warned the wise men in a dream not to go back to Herod. So they went home to their own country by a different way.
Video link: The Christmas Story
Or Text script: The First Christmas Story
Mary and Joseph were on their way to Bethlehem so that they could be counted.
Mary was going to have a baby.
Mary travelled by donkey and it was a long way.
Bethlehem was busy and it was getting late.
Mary and Joseph needed somewhere to stay but there was no room in the Inn.
But, the innkeeper said they could use the stable at the back. It was dry and warm.
Later that night, Mary had a baby. She said, “I will call him Jesus”.
There was a bright star above the stable.
At the same time outside on the hill there were shepherds keeping an eye on their sheep.
Suddenly an angel appeared in the sky and said
“Don’t be afraid. Follow the star to Bethlehem and find baby Jesus.”
The Shepherds found their way to the stable.
They saw Jesus sleeping in a manger and knelt down to see him.
Meanwhile, three wise men were also going to Bethlehem, following the star.
They knew that Jesus was a King and an important person.
They were looking out for a Palace but the star was shining over the stable.
When they got there, the wise men gave baby Jesus their gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.
The star was shining and angels were singing in the sky, telling the world that Jesus had been born.
Away in a manger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5d54iaIJCwA
Another Sunday Club member has been looking at our Christmas prayer:
Prayer for Christmas 2020
Dear God, Thank you for the birth of Jesus and the hope that he brings to the world.
Please help us to pray and act to change the lives of those people who are today, hungry, lonely, cold, homeless, hurting, afraid, anxious and worrying about money.
Give us the strength in our actions to stand up for what is right and fair for the citizens of this world as we ask people to change their life-styles in order to save our planet.
Bless the hospital and care home workers; those who respond to emergencies in their jobs and as volunteers; those who work in schools, in local government jobs, the scientists and politicians; the individuals who provide support in their communities and those who work on the land. Give them rest and strength to continue.
We thank those individuals and organisations in our own parish who have worked to help others during the Pandemic. You gave the world your Son in order that he would save us from sin. We ask that you continue to send blessings to us all as we come through a difficult year. Help us share the joy of Christmas and know that you remain with each of us, as we face the future with hope and peace.
We ask this in your name
Merry Christmas everyone from GLS Sunday Club
We always finish our Sunday Club Nativity contribution with the congregation joining to sing: The 12 Days of Christmas. Here is a version- join in at home.
14 “The days are coming,” announces the LORD. “At that time I will fulfill my good promise to my people. I made it to the people of Israel and Judah.
|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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