7 May 2023
Bible readings for today
Liturgical Colour: WHITE
your Son Jesus Christ
is the way, the truth and the life for all creation;
grant us grace to walk in his way,
to rejoice in his truth,
and to share his risen life;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
E te Atua mutunga kore,
ko tāu Tama ko Īhu Karaiti
te huarahi, te pono, me te ora mō ngā mea katoa;
Hōmai ki a mātou he ngākau atawhai
kia hīkoi ai i tāna huarahi,
kia harikoa ai i tōna pono,
kia whai wāhi ai ki tōna oranga;
ko ia e ora ana, e kīngi tahi ana me koe me te Wairua Tapu,
kotahi anō Atua, ināianei, ā, mō ake tonu atu.
The Way (John 14:1-14)
Today Jesus told his disciples that he is the way, the truth, and the life!
Labyrinth maze prayers
Labyrinth ideas include:
The concept of the maze helps kids think about how there is a start and a finish — with multiple different paths and turns they can take, but only one way to complete the maze. Jesus says that he is the WAY the TRUTH and the LIFE — let's encourage the children to follow his way today!
Ask everyone to consider:
Read the story again and then invite each person to share either their favourite or most surprising part of the reading.
Ask everyone to consider
Memory verse treasure hunt
You will need:
6 clues and hiding places. Each clue is a section of the memory verse from John 14:5-6
Put together a treasure hunt for the children depending on the space you have! Along the way, the children will find parts of the memory verse and another clue leading them to a different location.
e.g. Clue 1 -- Lord, we don't even know where you are going! (Could be near a map, a schedule or plan)
Clue 2 -- How can we know the way (Could be near an arrow)
Clue 3 --Jesus answered (Near a speaker or microphone)
Clue 4 -- "I am the way, (near a door)
Clue 5 -- the truth, (near a Bible)
Clue 6 -- and the life" -- with the final prize! (Near something that gives you joy)
If you are doing this at home...
Do not worry if the clues are found out of order. Part of the game could be coming together at the end to look up the verse and all helping to put the clues in the right order, to win the prize.
We have put together two different mazes for you to try -- a medium level one, and a more advanced level one! Find the symbols as you navigate your way through the maze.
"I am the way" compass
Use milk bottle lids and split pins to make a compass to remind us to keep our way focused on God and that he will lead us in His ways.
The craft instructions are on Ashley Hackshaw's Lil Blue Boo website, here: https://www.lilblueboo.com/2015/11/diy-ornament-ideas-vintage-compass.html