29 January 2023
Bible readings for today
Liturgical Colour: WHITE or GREEN
Teach us, Jesus,
how to live and worship
without being worldly or greedy.
Drive from our lives what spoils them
and make us temples of the Spirit;
for the glory of your holy name.
E Īhu, ākona mātou,
ki te whaioranga, ki te koropiko hoki
kāore he whakaaro ki ngā hua o te kikokiko, he apo rānei.
Panaia atu ngā mea takakino i ō mātou oranga ā meinga mātou hei temepara mō te Wairua; mō te korōria o tōu ingoa tapu.
Back to School
With some school students and teaching staff preparing to head back to school this week and the next, consider how you can pray for your tamariki or your local school this Sunday. You can find a *new* Back to School Blessing on our Strandz website.
Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-12)
The Sermon on the mount is one of the most enduring and most loved teachings of Jesus' ministry. This radical teaching went against the popular rhetoric that said our 'good deeds' were enough for God. However, this series of 9 truths point to a God who cares about our internal transformation and personal relationship with our Creator, more than the acts we can do for Him.
If you're looking for a longer teaching series on the Beatitudes for children, then have a look at the Kid's Travel Guide to the Beatitudes by Group Publishing. It has 13 sessions, and provides some fun object lessons and activities for each of the beatitudes.
Beatitudes Cards (Flame Creative)
Jigsaw Puzzle (Sunday school Zone)
The Beatitudes Poster (Sunday school Zone)
Beatitude bookmarks (Sunday school Zone)
Colouring pages (The Colouring Pages)
Folding paper activity (Etsy - pay to download resource)
What are the beatitudes? (Children's Ministry Deals)
"Bee-Attitudes" Poster (Biblewise)
Read the story
You can find today's story in:
A great illustration from Visio Lectio, shared with permission.
Download w/ background
In light of current events in Ukraine, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have asked that Sunday 27th February is used as a day of prayer for peace. Flame Creative have put together a colouring sheet
For the colouring sheet on its own, click here.
For the colouring sheet with the Archbishops' prayer for Peace in Ukraine, click here.