Due to the new national lockdown, there will be no gathered services at St John's. This includes groups for children and young people.
A number of our groups do meet online (including Youth Group and Choir). We also send our occasional packs of resources to support Faith at Home, particularly to those families with younger children, who are less likely to engage with worship online. If any of these would be of interest to you or your family, please do contact Chris.
This page will be updated with weekly ideas for families to discover and explore faith at home.
Faith and Giulia are very kindly showing us the actions for a gathering prayer for you and your family to share before starting the weeks activities.
God Loves Me
From the top of my head
to the tips of my toes;
from the lobes of my ears
(Touch ear lobes)
to the end of my nose;
from my back, to my front
to my wiggly fingers,
(stretch out arms and wiggle fingers)
God loves me!
(jump up and down)
Mary knew that Jesus was the ultimate game changer! She expected something to happen because he was there.
Even though there was a problem, she didn’t panic or freak out or moan, she went to Jesus…She trusted in Jesus for the solutions and told others to as well! They did what Jesus said and a miracle happened! We can be like Mary! We can look to Jesus with any problems or struggles or when we feel stuck
You will need paper/card, scissors, crayons/colouring pens or pens, a paper fastener.
I Believe Letters:
You will need: Paper, Scissors, Glitter/Decorative Bits, Glue
Wedding Musical Statues
Pretend to be at the wedding party. Put some music on and dance around until it stops or shout ‘water into wine’. Who can stand still without laughing or moving?
Just as your Mother Mary trusted in you when they were stuck,
help us to put our trust in you
and know you will always help us when we are stuck.
You can find a colouring sheet here.
This week we are thinking about
Psalm 139 which you can see here.
You will need: Paper, Paints/Colouring pens or pencils
When David wrote this psalm He was praising God because He knew God had created him and looked at him in a good and loving way. Paint or draw and colour a picture of how you think God looks and sees you. If younger children are finding this difficult they could paint or draw what they want to thank God for making them like i.e 'My funny laugh' 'My curly hair' 'My great hugs'.
"Was it easy to to think about how God might see you? How did it make you feel? Important, Valued, Loved?
Did you know that God created us all perfectly? We are His works of art and we are all different works of art. Look at your fingerprints. No one else on the planet has the same fingerprints as you. You are unique and God made you that way.
You will need: Coloured card, paper, scissors, glue, glitter or sequins
Using the paper cut a snowflake by folding the paper 3 or 4 times and then cutting small shapes into the paper. Open up the paper and you have a snowflake. Stick your snowflake to your coloured card and decorate with the glitter or sequins. Write at the top of the card, above the snowflake, 'God made me...........' and write at the bottom, below the snowflake 'Unique like a snowflake'. You can write the lines from the psalm 'I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made, your works are wonderful, I know that full well' If you have space and would like to.
1. God sees us and notices everything about us. Can we do the same? Choose a member of your family to stand in front of everyone else. Set a timer for 1 minute. Each person needs to memorise what that person is wearing, how their hair is styled etc. After 1 minute ask that person to leave the room and change 1 thing about themselves (remove a shoe, untuck a shirt etc). When that person re-enters the room the family have 2 minutes to shout out what is different about that person. The person who gets it right then gets to stand up front.
2. God knows everything about us, even what we are thinking. Wouldn't it be interesting if we could know what everyone was thinking. Try to guess what each other is thinking by asking questions. Each person takes turns to think of an animal and the rest of your family take turns to ask 1 question to find out what animal the person is thinking about. Once a person asks a question, they get to guess what the animal might be, and then the next person gets to ask a question. The person who guesses right is the next child to think of an animal.
Father, you are so amazing.
You know everything about us:
when we get up in the morning and when we go to bed at night,
when we feel lonely and when we are happy.
You know when we do well and when we do bad.
We thank you and praise you for loving us. Amen.
* The Tiny Snowflake by Arthur Ginolfi is a lovely book for younger children to read.
A really helpful 1 hour podcast from Parenting for Faith about talking to the kids about Coronavirus.