Monday, 24 April 2017

Light of the World: Name Circuit Prayers

I came across something on Pinterest the other day that amazed my non-scientific brain...
You can draw an electrical circuit with graphite pencils!!  No need for wires or anything.  This, of course, got me thinking on prayer activity lines :-)

Here is how to help children pray that they can be the light of the world, bringing hope to dark places- in a very individual way!

“You are like light for the whole world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid... your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven." Matthew 5: 14, 16

You will need: paper, Graphite pencils (they MUST be graphite or this won't work- I tried! You can get them from art shops/ drawing supplies.  I got these ones), a 9V battery, a 3mm or 5mm LED bulb (see this Amazon link), sellotape.

Draw a simple circuit first to test the idea out.  Imagine that you are drawing two wires instead of using physical ones. First draw a line with your pencil and then fill in a much thicker line.  
Leave about 1cm between the ends of each 'wire' you have drawn (see above).

Bend the ends of the LED bulb to make little 'feet' and sellotape them to one end of each 'wire' (see above).

Place the + and - parts of the 9V battery on the ends of the lines you have drawn at the other side of the circuit.  Your bulb will light up!  If it does't light, turn the battery so that the + and - ends of the battery touch the end of the other wire to the way you tried first.  For some reason (I am not scientific so someone can explain it to me!) this seems to work.

Now get adventurous and write a joined up version of your name and repeat the process!

Invite children to draw a joined up version of their name and use it to make a circuit and light a bulb as shown above.  As their bulb lights, ask them to pray that they will help to light up the world!

Have fun :-)

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Hosanna!: Palm Sunday Reflective Colouring Sheet

Palm Sunday is fast approaching and we will be having an intergenerational service to mark the occasion!

Here is a colouring sheet I have put together so it can be used as part of what we do.  

Click here to print off a copy and please do share one photos on our Facebook page if you use it!

Monday, 3 April 2017

Easter Egg Prayers

Here are some prayers you could use in a group, a family or even in a whole congregation if you have enough chocolate to go round!  The prayers are very simple and help to pick up themes of the Easter story.

You will need: a hollow chocolate Easter egg per group

Show the children the unbroken egg (if it comes in two halves, you may need to hold them together!)

Relate the closed egg to the tomb where Jesus' friends put his body after he had died.  Talk about what it feels like when we are left on our own, one of our friends goes away or someone we know dies. Ask God to help everyone who is sad, upset or lonely or who has lost someone that they love.

Now break the egg into pieces and reveal the hollow inside!

When Jesus died it was not the end of the story- he rose to new life and was no longer inside the tomb.  Something amazing had happened!  Talk about where in life the children would like a chance to start again- maybe with someone they have had an argument with or moving on from something they did wrong. Silently tell God anything you are sorry about and ask Him to give you a new start. Thank God for chances to start again and ask Him to help people who are scared or worried or ashamed to have hope of a new start too. 

Eat the chocolate!

When Jesus rose to new life, it was amazing and we can be part of this amazing story too! God loves us so much and wants us to love Him.  He wants good things for us because he loves us. Taste the sweetness of the chocolate and talk about all of the people we love and why we love them.  Thank God for those people and ask that he will bless them in the coming year.

Monday, 27 March 2017

A round up of Easter ideas: play dough mats, colouring and more...

If you are anything like me, then now is the time that you are getting ready for Holy week and Easter ideas.  Here is a quick round up of some resources that might come in handy...

Play dough mats:

Don't forget to check out the Holy Week page for even more ideas!