Faith at Home for Children, Young People and their Families

Sunday 5th April: Palm Sunday

Here are some ideas for exploring the gospel together this Palm Sunday:

The Triumphal Entry

Usually, at Church on Palm Sunday, we would all be given a Palm Cross. You might find an old one around your house. 

Can you make your own Palm Cross?

You could use sticks, Lego, Play Doh, paper, beads - anything you can find round the house!

Once you've made it, wave it in the air and shout 'Hosannah'.

Some simple Palm Sunday prayers with actions from Lucy.

From around the web...

 

For those of you who are missing the Roots material from Children's Church, here is a link to their free resources for Palm Sunday.

 

For the youngest children (toddlers and pre-schoolers), here's an audio Palm Sunday story from Diddy Disciples.

 

Here is a great Palm Sunday colouring from Cartoon Church

 

 

Music

 

On our service video, you will see that Elizabeth and her family have recorded us a clip of 'Make Way, Make Way'; a great Palm Sunday Hymn.

 

Another good one is 'We have a King who rides a donkey', which goes to the tune of 'what shall we do with the drunken sailor'. You can find the full lyrics here:

 

We have a King...



Sunday 29th March: Passion Sunday

Here are some ideas from Canon Kate Aylmer, for exploring the gospel together this Passion Sunday:

"Jesus Wept" John 11.35

There is lots of weeping going on in this story. I’m sure there are times when you cry, or want to. Think of the reasons you might cry.

  • Are tears always about sad things?
  • Ask your family or friends what makes them cry?

 Think more about the story of the Death of Lazarus.

  • Who is crying in this story?
  • Why do you think they are crying? (There may be more than one reason.)
  • Are they still crying at the end of the story? 

 

We have seen Jesus crying in this story and we know he weeps with those who weep. He understands what’s going on in them.

 

Draw a tear drop (like one of these). Think of a person who you know, or know about from the news, who might want to cry today. Write their name in the tear shape. You might like to continue doing this and make up a picture with the falling teardrops. Then have a quiet moment and ask Jesus to come and cry his tears for these people with you.

 

Finally, thank God that he knows why they are crying and cares about them all.

 

Kate suggests listening to All My Days (Beautiful Saviour) by Stuart Townend:

 

 

"All my days I will sing this song of gladness,

 

Give my praise to the Fountain of Delights;

 

For in my helplessness you heard my cry,

 

And waves of mercy poured down on my life."

 



Sunday 22nd March: Mothering Sunday

Here are some ideas for worshipping together this Mothering Sunday:

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St John's Home Liturgy for Mothering Sunday
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Video reflection from Chris to follow:

This week's challenge:

Retell the story of the baby Moses (Exodus 2.1-10) in your own way. Stop-animation video? Cartoon strip? Podacst? You choose... Do send them in to Chris and we'll be sharing them here and on our Facebook page.

 

Look at the picture.

I wonder what it feels like to be a chick under those wings...

I wonder what if feels like to be the mother hen...

I wonder what dangers the chicks are hiding from..

I wonder who needs to be protected in this way today...

 

Jesus says:

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing” (Matthew 23.37)

 



Talking about Corona Virus with the family

A really helpful 1 hour podcast from Parenting for Faith about talking to the kids about Coronavirus.

 


More general ideas for faith at home

This area will grow over the next few months. Do message Chris with any ideas to add!

 

Flame Kids Blog (mostly prayer and story-telling ideas)

 

Creative Prayer Ideas

 

Bible story podcasts from Blackburn Diocese.

 

Faith at Home ideas from Going for Growth.