Jesus sends out the 12 (Matthew 10:1-8)
Jesus sent his twelve harvest hands out with this charge: “Don’t begin by traveling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers. And don’t try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously.
These videos are on the topic of the disciples of Jesus, which help provide context for this passage from the Gospel of Matthew
Welcome (Matthew 10:40-42)
"Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me. And anyone who welcomes me also welcomes the one who sent me"
Jesus talks about how important it is it welcome people -- and that when we are welcomed, or welcome others, Jesus is welcomed too.
Craft - welcome mats
What you need:
What you do:
Children work together to design and decorate the welcome mats. These can be used at church or given away to new people in the community, such a new refugee family.
Have a template cut out in advance, with the letters for WELCOME or KIA ORA. Where a letter has a counter (e.g. the inside of an o) you might like to stick those down separately with masking tape. Secure the whole template to the mat with masking tape
Doing one colour at at time, dip the paint brush into the test pot and dab it onto the mat, keeping the brush vertical. Complete one layer, and you might like to add another layer once that one is dry. You could do a different colour per letter.
Give the mat to a new family in the area, or use them at church to welcome the community when they arrive.
Game - welcome relay
A fun, active game to help kids think about welcoming people well. You could do this as one group, or divide the children into teams
What you need:
What you do:
Manaakitanga means hospitality, kindness, generosity, support - the process of showing respect, generosity and care for others.
Strandz put together a video for the Wellington Diocese about Manaakitanga and Faith 5, introducing how we could invite Jesus to be a part of our meal times.
What you need: lots of stickers, a copy of the template, cardboard, stuff to decorate with, glue
What to do. Glue the template to the cardboard. Decorate.
In the spaces provided, get the children to choose some things they would like to work on. Eg helping show hospitality, learning a particular bible verse off by heart, helping to clean up without being asked, praying before they go to bed, using kind words to welcome new children at school.
Give each child some stickers. Explain that whenever they do one of the things they have listed, they can put a sticker next to it on the chart. When they have five stickers by an item, then the next time they come to Children’s Ministry, they can share about what they did, and what it was like or what they learned and they will get a special reward. (this might be a pencil or bookmark. The main point of this is to get them to share with the group about their experience and what they learned.)