25 February 2024
Bible readings for today
Liturgical Colour: VIOLET
Servant God, grant us opportunity,
give us willingness to serve you day by day;
that what we do and how we bear each other’s burdens,
may be our sacrifice to you.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
E te Atua, kia āhei mātou,
kia kaikā mātou ki te mahi ki a koe i ia rā i ia rā;
inā hoki ko ngā mea e mahia ana e mātou pērā te awhi tētahi ki tētahi,
waiho hei takoha mā mātou.
E īnoi ai mātou i roto i a te Karaiti tō mātou Kaiwhakaora.
Take up your cross (Mark 8:31-38)
Today's story invites us to understand who Jesus is, and how he wants us to follow him,
The blog Danielle's Place has a plethora of Cross craft ideas including:
This activity could be done on a large sheet of newsprint paper, to include everyone's handprints on the one sheet, or each child could have their own smaller piece of paper to make a cross. It could be done as described, with the hands forming a cross, or in reverse, with the handprints providing the background to a white cross.
"PAINTED HAND PRINTS: Spread some paint on each child's one hand and let them place their painted hand print on a poster board and all the hands need to be in a formation of a cross when the prints are completed. When I did this activity, I did these cross-formation-hand-prints on our class room wall for decoration. The kids loved it and enjoyed it for years!"
Cross Colouring Sheet
A beautiful Celtic style cross to colour in. Click on the image to download it.
Take up Your Cross
A short, simple drama with touch of humour, taken from the Creative Youth Ideas blog.
You can download the Decoder Puzzle from Sermons4kids here.
The Transfiguration (Mark 9:2-9)
When Jesus takes Peter, John, and James up a mountain to pray, the appearance of his face was transformed, and his clothes became dazzling white.
What is transfiguration?
The word "transfigured" is a very interesting word. The Greek word is "metamorpho" and it means to transform, literally or figuratively to metamorphose, or to change... In the case of the transfiguration of Jesus Christ it means to match the outside with the reality of the inside. To change the outward so that it matches the inward reality. Jesus' divine nature was "veiled" in human form and the transfiguration was a glimpse of that glory. Therefore, the transfiguration of Jesus Christ displayed the... glory of God incarnate in the Son.
Transfiguration and Grace
Bishop Eleanor, Assistant Bishop of Wellington, shares a short talk about a painting of the transfiguration, as apart of the Wellington Lenten series for 2019
Source: This game was found on the Family Faith Ministry website
Purpose: Play this game to help students begin to think about how Jesus’ appearance changed.
Can you tell when something changes? Sometimes seeing how something has changed is easy and sometimes it is hard. Today, we are going to learn how Jesus’ appearance changed on the mountain. Everyone who was with Jesus noticed the change. Before we discover what happened, let’s play a game to see how well you see changes.
"Moses and Elijah were about to leave, when Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here! Let us make three shelters, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” But Peter did not know what he was talking about."
Tent building is a lot of fun, and can happen outside in the garden or indoors. Here’s how to make a simple tent with blankets or sheets:
What you need:The best thing about building your own tent is that you only need objects you’re likely to have lying around the house already. You may need to pay a quick visit to the garden centre for the bamboo canes!