10 March 2024
Bible readings for today
E te Atua tino atawhai,
nā te aurere o tāu Tama o Īhu Karaiti i whakaorangia mātou e koe mai i te kaha o te pōuritanga;
tukua mā te whakapono ki a ia i whakamamaetia ai i runga i te rīpeka mātou e pai ai ki tāu titiro,
ko Īhu Karaiti tō mātou Kaiwhakaora.
Most merciful God,
by the passion of your Son Jesus Christ
you delivered us from the power of darkness;
grant that through faith in him who suffered on the cross
we may be found acceptable in your sight,
through our Saviour Jesus Christ.
God so loved the world (John 3:14-21)
The gospel reading contains one of the most famous scriptures in verse 16: "God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die"
"For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life." - John 3:16
Have you ever been around a campfire at night? What was it like? (pause for answers) There is something special about gathering around a campfire with friends when everywhere else is really dark. You can only see things that are lit up by the fire, and people who are sitting further away are harder to see.
In today’s story, we hear Jesus described as the light that has come into the world. Why do you think that is? (pause) As Christians, we are taught to use Jesus as an example for how we should live our lives. If you were trying to find your way in the dark, it would be easier if you had a torch or a candle, right? Well, the point that today’s story is trying to make about Jesus is that he is our torch for finding our way through life. If we follow Jesus’ example, then we will find our way through a lot easier than if we stumble around by ourselves.
Game: Where's the light?
What you need: three matching plastic cups (not transparent!) and a tea light candle and a table.
Preparation: You might like to practice this beforehand so that you get the hang of it!
What to do: Turn the three plastic cups upside-down on the table in a row. If you only have a small group, ask them to gather around the table so they can see better.
Hold up the tea light candle and ask the children to tell you what it is. Then place it underneath one of the plastic cups on the table. Ask for a volunteer and ask them to point to the cup that has the light hidden under it. Then, swap the cups around with your hands, being careful not to lift them off the table. Do this a few times, as the idea is to try and confuse the children as to where the light is.
When you have swapped them around enough, ask the volunteer to guess which cup the light is under. Then lift up the cup and see if they were right.
You can repeat this game a few times to give everyone a chance to have a go.
Grumbling Israelites (Numbers 21:4-9)
Today's story describes when the Israelites were grumbling and complaining to Moses, and God sends snakes to bite their heals. God tells Moses to make a bronze snake, and when the people looked at it, they would live