17 January 2021
Bible readings for today
God of call and vocation, you call the greatest and the least to follow you;
open our ears to hear your call,
empower us by the Holy Spirit to respond
and willingly embrace the new and living way of discipleship.
Through Jesus Christ Our Redeemer,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen
Epiphany is a season
We often think of Epiphany as just being one day/Sunday, but in fact it is a season in our liturgical calendar. For three weeks we celebrate how Epiphany is all about expanding God's Kingdom beyond his people Israel.
IntroductionAs Carolyn Brown points out in Worshipping with Children, "Eyes are important. Using them well to really see is even more important! John the Baptist saw and knew who Jesus was when he came to be baptised. When Nathaniel asked Philip, in reference to Jesus, if anything good could come from Nazareth, Philip answered, “Come and see.” And they saw a lot in the years that followed! Use this story to urge children to really see or pay attention to people and to what is happening around them."
GamesHere are some icebreaker game to get kids noticing and using their eyes:
Take turns to play i-spy (I spy with my little eye, something beginning with ... choose a letter and wait for kids to guess that item)
Source some where's wally or I Spy books from the library, where they have to hunt out different items on the pages.
Kim's Game/Tray Game
Collect an assortment of items on a tray. Give the children 30 seconds to look at them and then cover it with a cloth. Give the children a minute to name as many items on the tray as possible. This is a good team game and can be themed to your other activities.
Hide different items around the room that the kids have to search for. Give them a time limit or until the last item has been found. You could print off small speech bubbles and hide them around the room. Download here
Name above all names
What's in a name? When John saw Jesus coming, he called out ‘Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! He is the one I told you about - he is the Son of God!” Jesus’ friends also called him “Rabbi,” which means “Teacher.” And the first thing Andrew did was to find his brother and tell him, “We have found the Messiah!” The Hebrew word “Messiah” means the same as the Greek word “Christ.”
Jesus was called many things - What would you call him?
Disciples Mobile Craft
Twelve disciples colouring page, with spaces to write all of their names (if the group is too young to manage the writing easily, print one copy and write the names on it before making copies).
Colouring sheet found here