15 May 2022
Bible readings for today
Alleluia, God Eternal;
love marks your presence.
Plant in us your love,
nurture in us your likeness,
and let us reflect your glory.
For you are alive and reign with the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Love one another (John 13:31-35)
"Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples."
Pass it onto your neighbour cards
You will need
Game: Drop the Clanger
A game for younger children
You will need
Something to be the clanger. E.g. a saucepan, a set of keys etc something that makes a noise!
What to do
Unpacking the story
In today’s story, Jesus was telling the disciples about what was going to happen to him at Easter. It sounded a little confusing didn’t it? (pause for answers) well; I think that it would have been confusing for the disciples too!
But Jesus did tell them something that was really clear: You must love each other, just as I have loved you. Can anyone tell me what they think that means? (Pause) Well, I think what Jesus meant was that we should treat other people how we would like to be treated. That means that if you like people to listen to you when you talk, then you should do the same when people are talking to you.
Can you think of any other times when it would be important to treat others the same as you want to be treated? (Pause)
Well, today we are going to make some pass it on cards to remind us to treat people how we would like to be treated. We might even make enough to hand out to people in church today!
Give the kids two colours of playdough and getting them to think of someone they find difficult to love. One colour is them and one the other person. As they ask God to help them love and accept this person, mix the two colours together, blending them.
Source: Flame Creative
This week we are given just a handful of verses from John's Gospel to ponder, yet the themes within them of Glory and Love could keep us thinking for the rest of our lives. Chris Holmes, Jenny Dawson and Anne van Gend join Michael Godfrey to get us started.
Sons of Korah have a song about Psalm 148, which sets these beautiful words to music. You can use this song for: