Thursday, 22 February 2018

Isaac and the Stars Decorated Biscuits

This is a fun activity we will be doing with our children on Sunday when they look at the story surrounding the birth of Isaac.  Food crafts always go down well but this one is also a reminder of what God has earlier said to Abraham.

Then the LORD took Abram outside and said to him, "Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That's how many descendants you will have!" Genesis 15:5



You will need: plain biscuits (Rich Tea or Digestive are good), icing sugar, water, star shaped sprinkles, Jelly Babies

Make some thick icing out of the icing sugar and water and spread some of it over a biscuit.

Sprinkle on some stars and then place a Jelly Baby on top.

Talk about: What is your favourite part of the story?
Who is your favourite character?
How would you have felt if you were Isaac's parents?
What is a promise?
What does it feel like the someone keeps their promise?
Do you wonder anything about this story?

Pray
Thank God for our families and then eat the biscuits!

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and Printable Lent Journey Booklets

Easter is coming way sooner than seems possible! Lent starts next week so here are some ideas to get things going...

Shrove Tuesday is traditionally the day when people use up all of the rich foods in their homes, ready for the Lent fasting to begin. This is not a cooking activity (because every time I make pancakes it is a total disaster!), but it is an active way to celebrate and thank God for the good gifts He has given us.



Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, and a day where we have a chance to say sorry for things we have done wrong and to think about our lives. This post contains a simple interactive liturgy, an 'ash' related prayer activity and a craft to draw out the themes of the day.



Some simple ideas to help families engage with the season of Lent. The printable booklet includes prayers, activities, and colouring sheets.



Monday, 29 January 2018

Exploring God's Character: 'God is...' Play Dough Mat



At Cafe church last week we were talking about the different aspects of God's character and how different people are drawn to different pictures of who He is.  We looked at different images from the Bible...

  • A Father (Hosea 11: 1-4)
  • A Shepherd (Psalm 23)
  • A Mother Hen (Matthew 23:37)
  • A King and a Warrior (Psalm 24: 8-9)
  • The Creator (Isaiah 40: 28)
  • Love (1 John 4: 7-8)
  • A Potter (Jeremiah 18:1-6)
  • A Fortess, a Rock and A Shied (Psalm 18:1-3)
...and then talked about who God was to us.  

This play dough mat was made to help children to explore their ideas in a hands-on way.

To print the mat click here.

Laminate the mat before use if you want to use it multiple times!


Tuesday, 23 January 2018

A light to show your way: Ideas for Candlemas and the Presentation of Jesus in the temple

The story of Jesus being presented in the temple is full of amazing imagery from Simeon and Anna about light and Jesus' power to set people free.  If you are covering the story this Sunday (and even if you aren't!) here are some ideas to help you...

Activities




Light of the world Sun catchers

Light of the World Play dough Mat

Oil and paper sun catchers 

The Lord is my Light reflective colouring




Prayer activities to bring out the theme of Jesus bringing light and rescue 


Light to the world
Use print outs of world maps or of the local area and use highlighter pens to mark areas on the map. Pray that Jesus will bring his light and hope to those areas.

Candle Prayers
Give each child their own candle. Ask them to think of a situation in the world or their life where there is worry or sadness or loss. Ask Jesus to bring his light to those situations

Bubble wrap worry prayers
Tell God what you are worried about and pop a bubble on the bubble wrap as a sign of giving that worry to God and asking him to help you.

Exploration basket for younger children 

torches, battery operated candles, yellow and black fabrics, yellow and red ribbons on curtain rings, sleep masks, crowns, wax candles, glitter bottles, hearts, foil, globe ball