Printed copies are available from the office.
The brochure attached supports small groups to partake in communion at home led by a layperson particularly over this time when we are unable to meet as usual.
Printed copies are available from the office.
Here are some quizzes courtesy of our St Christophers Eldercare co-ordinator Sharon. They can be attempted by any age young or old so click on the link and have a go!!
If you are looking for something bible based to do with your toddlers -this is the place for you. This week we learnt about Jesus and the Children. For our craft we got a series of shapes from around the house: corks, bottle tops and bits from a broken shape sorter. We then used these to dip in paint to make body shapes for all the different children.
Here are the results:
Here is the link for this week’s story:
If you don’t have any paint that is great because that is another project! Just make some. Here is a simple recipe:
Alternatively, you could just draw around the shapes.
This week’s snack is a family favourite:
Philippians 4:6,7: In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Every Wednesday the Intercessors Prayer Group met in Barnies at 4pm. Our aim was to seek God's purpose, wisdom, knowledge etc for the way to pray and ask within His will not only for Nativity and the various situation, people and things required but the community, nation, world, current events i.e. the Covid-19 situation. I would encourage anyone who would like to learn with us, or enjoys this type of prayer to come on by and join us when we are free from the lock-down.
However, this does not suit everyone and even the time can be a deterrent. There are so many different ways we can pray, corporately as a large group or smaller ones, twos, threes and so on. (These days with messenger, Skype, zoom and FaceTime we can keep in touch face to face.) Why not start your own prayer group with friends at a time that suits you all. There may be people with similar interest or ways of praying you can meet with. Having groups of people praying in houses all around the town would be awesome. I heard of one group of 3 people who meet every three months at the change of the season to pray for their street and surrounding area which includes a school. Not an onerous task but awesome to think that it is happening. God loves faithfulness. You may like to meet and pray more regularly for your school, workplace, church, current events or families. The list is endless.
As individuals the list is also endless. You may take a quiet time, and pray daily, this is great for our spiritual feeding. Other ideas are:
Dear Lord, I rejoice in you. I will be joyful in God my saviour. Thank you for this gift of prayer, for listening to my heart, for speaking to me of your grace.
In Jesus name. Amen.
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Trusting God in Crisis Online Retreat
We’re all suffering the negative consequences of the global pandemic right now. Perhaps you are feeling stressed, anxious, or isolated. You might be experiencing fear, uncertainty, a loss of income, and a dramatic change in your day-to-day routine…
Another week has gone by. Thankfully we have still had lots of sunny weather and been able to get outdoors. This week we learnt about Jesus Rising Again. You can find the link for this craft here:
Here are some hard workers giving it a go:
Last time we shared the link for the Beginners Bible Easter story. It is quite long for littlies so here is the short and sweet version:
If you need to burn off some energy you might want to try some music. Here are a few songs you can find easily on YouTube:
This week’s snack is another easy one for all hands to help with:
We were busily rushing around in our everyday lives when Covid brought New Zealand to a grinding halt. Someone in high places pushed the ‘pause’ button, and we were caught unprepared for the imposition of lock-down. As a linguist, I research language, and the frequency of usage of phrases around ‘speed’ signify the pressure we apply to daily life. We run errands, drive impatiently in rush hour. We hurry up, and race through chores. We appreciate fast food, and drive on expressways. We live our lives on ‘fast forward’ – until we’re run down.
I recently had a heart health check which involved both riding an exer-cycle and walking on a treadmill. The latter sped up and I was outpaced, running hard to stand still. It made me think that much of our busy-ness in life is equally ineffective in helping us move forward. The doctor’s stethoscope identified that I’m still alive, but his wry comment was “I’m getting the busy signal!” He also advised me to use more brake and less accelerator at my age!
I recall my Grandma Gertrude had an embroidered wall hanging which read:
“THE HURRIEDER I GO THE BEHINDER I GET”
I told her that some words were incorrectly spelled! Now I understand the sentiment, the pointlessness of frenetically rushing around. So much of modern life is under pressure. We dash from one appointment to another, squeezing the maximum events and duties into every twenty four hours.
Then came COVID. Almost immediately, our engines were reduced to idling. There’s no place to be other than home. Living alone, widowed with an ‘empty nest,’ I’m under no pressure to perform or please others. I had plane tickets and a bag packed ready to spend Easter in Matamata with some of my grandchildren. Thanks to Covid, the brake has certainly been applied to travel, even movement locally. Compulsory isolation imposed is curbing our social and sporting, professional and family life. While we mark time, we appreciate those essential workers who are clearing our trash, delivering mail, treating our sick and keeping the wheels turning through the trials. (My three sons are all working through the pandemic in essential services.) We owe these upright citizens our lasting gratitude.
Confession time. I have yet to change my alarm clock from summer to winter time. Evidently my body requires more sleep than I’ve hitherto allowed myself. My animals are happy about this, they don’t want their mealtimes moved by attempts to manipulate time. I am not alone in my bubble; God is Head of my home and life. He is with me in my bubble, which we share with my dogs, cat, and many rescued birds.
Slowing down is good for us all. Being still give us time to think more deeply. Leisurely walks with fur buddies enables us to observe more of the beauty of autumn. We’re living more simply and cheaply. We’re recognizing what is energy-sapping. We become more aware of our homes, what improvements we can make, what routines we should change, which chores need to be done, what maintenance we have neglected. Without shops open to provide conveniences, we begin to be more innovative. We set our own pace, accept our limitations and find things every day to thank God for.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me….” (Psalm 23.)
Enjoy extra time with God.
The Chosen Complete Season One (Episodes 1-8) - the complete Season One series can be found at this link on YouTube: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwjoqDa8kUBL_trCMU-TzEFE1Sm7kYuP6
or else you can view them below.
The Chosen is the first-ever multi-season show about the life of Christ.
Episode 1 - I Have Called You by Name
Episode 2 - Shabbat
Episode 3 - Jesus Loves the Little Children
Episode 4 - The Rock on Which it is Built
Episode 5 - The Wedding Gift
Episode 6 - Indescribable Compassion
Episode 7 - Invitations
Episode 8 - I Am He