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24 May Evening Service

Join us for the next part of our series in 1 Kings, as we look at the house with ears!

Materials for Families – Sunday 24 May

We’re following along with the Faith in Kids podcast in Ephesians.

For links to all the sessions in this series, click here.

Ephesians #5 ONE BODY

Ed, Jam and Amy are back with more fun facts about hearts, teeth and lungs, fighting the virus, music and the whiparound question gets seriously out of hand. Well, out of foot. We’re back with Ephesians 4:1-6, 15-16, finding out how we’re all together in Christ.

Planning when to do this

Hopefully you’ve getting into the swing of things now. For more thoughts on how and when to use these ideas, see last week’s intro here.

How to listen

Just click here and press play.

The Faith in kids podcast is available wherever you normally get your podcasts from, including Spotify and Apple Podcast. Click here for more details.

CRAFT IDEAS

There are three ideas below, including a colouring sheet, a craft activity and a game.

Use the crafts and colouring sheets while you listen to the podcast (make sure you’ve got the materials you need first!). And use them to reinforce the teaching ideas.

The printable sheet for this week is here. 

All the instructions below are also included on the sheet – if you’d prefer just to hit print and then stop looking at screen, go ahead!

Here are Ed’s discussion questions:

Under 5s.

Can you move every part of your body to show that is it all connected?
 

5-7s

If the church is like a body, who gets to be the head? Who is in charge?
 

8-11s

If the church is like a body, how does that change how we think about the annoying, the strange, or the different people in our church?
 

Over 11s

Who are the weak, the vulnerable, the fragile in your church, how could you care for them in one way?
 
 

Idea 1 – Prayer Pot

We are all part of the Body of Christ – we all need each other.

Make a Prayer Pot. Find an empty pot/container/flower pot. Print and colour the people on page 2 of the printable sheet and cut into two strips. Join the strips together to form one long band that you can use to attach around the outside of your Prayer Pot.

Think of people in your church family who you could ask Jesus to help, comfort, strengthen. Who could you give thanks and praise for? All these people are valuable members of the body of Christ.

Write their names on lollysticks/plant markers/strips of card and fill your pot.

Each day you and your family could each take a stick from the pot and think about those people and pray for them together.

Maybe you could make a card to send to someone, or ring them, to let them know you’re thinking of them and praying for them.
Maybe you could drop some cakes or flowers round to their house… 

Idea 2 – Sandwich

reallWe are all part of the Body of Christ – take a look in the Bible at 1 Corinthians 12 v 27.

We all need each other and when one part is missing, then the whole body feels it, things aren’t right……

Pair up with someone else in your family and work together to make a sandwich – BUT – YOU CAN EACH ONLY USE ONE HAND!!

If you’re feeling really brave (and have flour!), you could try making one-handed cupcakes together ……… don’t forget the washing-up!

Idea 3 – Body Building Game

Print and cut out the figure on page 4 of the printable sheet, then carefully cut into separate pieces as on page 5. You may want to print and cut two sets if you want to play in teams. Each team rolls their dice to see which bit of body to add next. If a piece is already in place, then miss a go. The team that completes their body first is the winner!

Praying together for Farnham from Ascension to Pentecost

During our Central live stream yesterday morning I mentioned the upcoming initiative of churches in the town praying together from Ascension to Pentecost.

Each day there will be a short devotional video with prayer points and on Sunday 31st May there will be a combined Zoom prayer meeting to bring the town and its people before the Lord.

Find out more and sign up for the daily devotionals here.

17 May Evening Service

Join us as we discover more about Jesus together from the book of 1 Kings

Materials for Families – Sunday 17 May

Ephesians #4 LOVED IN CHRIST

Grab a tape measure and join Ed, Jam and Amy. More fun facts, fighting the virus, music and the whiparound question. We’re back with Ephesians 3:16-21, finding out how Jesus’s love for us is so high, deep, wide and long. Listen together, enjoy and be encouraged.

Planning when to do this

The podcast is about 30 minutes long. I’d encourage you to do one of the following as a family:

  1. Choose a good time and place that works for you as a family to listen to the podcast together (craft activities to do at the same time are below). Make that your Sunday time with God as a family. Then join the FBC livestream in addition to that, and children can join in with as much as they can.
  2. Join in with the FBC livestream at 10am, and then move on to using the activities here during the sermon – when children would normally go to their groups. Parents can catch up with the sermon etc. later.

How to listen

Just click here and press play.

The Faith in kids podcast is available wherever you normally get your podcasts from, including Spotify and Apple Podcast. Click here for more details.

CRAFT IDEAS

There are four ideas below, including a cutting and sticking activity, a colouring sheet, and an activity you could do after a family walk.

Use the crafts and colouring sheets while you listen to the podcast (make sure you’ve got the materials you need first!). And use them to reinforce the teaching ideas.

The printable sheet for this week is here. All the instructions below are also included on the sheet – if you’d prefer just to hit print and then stop looking at screen, go ahead!

Here are Ed’s discussion questions:

Under 5s.

What is the biggest thing you can imagine?
 

5-7s

How big is Jesus’ love?
 

8-11s

What is your favourite of Jesus’ sizes of love? Wide, long, high, or deep?
 

Over 11s

Think of a prayer that you would only dare to pray because of how huge God’s love is.
 
 

Idea 1 – Hands

Print the hands from pages 1 and 2 of the printable sheet onto card, or onto paper and stick onto a sheet of card and cut them out.

Colour and decorate, then attach a strip of stiff card or a lolly stick or stick from the garden to a back of each wrist, so that you can hold on to them and show how BIG God’s love is …

… but you won’t be able to! 

Idea 2 – Look Around

Go for a walk or go into your garden. Look around – what is the highest/tallest thing that you can see? The most massive thing? The widest thing? The longest thing? Maybe you could go outside when it’s dark? – what can you see that is the most far away?

Think about how big God’s love is! – look in the Bible and read or listen to Ephesians 3 v 16-21

Think about how big God’s love is for you! – look in the Bible and read or listen to Psalm 139 v 1-18 

Idea 3 – String

Get a ball of string or wool. How far will it go around the room or house or garden?

Pretend it is God’s love – although it is no where near long enough!

Write or draw prayers on pieces of paper – things you want to tell or ask God about, or things you want to thank Him for.

Peg your prayers along the line of His love. His love is always more than we can ever need.

Idea 4 – Colouring Sheet

Print page 4 of the printable sheet.

Colour it in!

Use it to talk about today’s teaching.