15 September 2024
Bible readings for today
E te Atua tino tapu, ora tonu,
whakaūngia tō mātou whakapono ki tāu huarahi i whakatakoto ai,
kia kore ai e whakaritea te āhua o ō mātou mauri ki ngā mahi kua oti i a mātou, i ngā mahi rānei kāore i tutuki,
engari ki te kaha o tā mātou piri ki tāu e pai ai.
i roto pū i a Īhu Karaiti tō mātou Ariki.
Holy and eternal God,
give us such trust in your sure purpose,
that we measure our lives not by what we have done or failed to do, but by our faithfulness to you.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Who am I? (Mark 8:27-38)
Jesus asks his followers, 'who do people say I am?, and talks about the cost of following Him.
Do you like?
A Game for Younger Children
Preparation: a list of things that children might/might not like. E.g. ice cream, bush walking, vegetables, church, homework, etc.
What to do: Get the children to stand in the middle of the room. Decide which end of the room is 'Yes' and which end is 'No'. Explain that you will call out something from your list. If the children like it, they need to run to the 'Yes' end, if they don't like it, they run to the 'No' end. Repeat.
Who Am I?
What you need: Lots of magazines, scissors, glue, felts/crayons etc, paper… anything that might be useful!!!
Preparation: Try doing this activity for yourself!
What to do: Get the children to write 'Who is (insert name)?” in the middle of the page. Then, using the magazines etc, have the children find as many words/pictures that describe who they are. e.g. boy, girl, sporty, good at singing, a daughter, red haired, etc.
If you have time at the end, gather together and get the children to share their collages with each other.
Variations: For older children you might like to have them find bible verses that mean something to them. If they aren't comfortable navigating a bible, try referring them to the Psalms.
Or you could ask them to write questions they have about life, or write what is important to them, what they want to do when they are older, dreams they have etc.
My Name Is and I Like
A Game for Older Children
Preparation: circle of chairs facing inwards.
What to do: Have everyone sit on a chair and the leader standing in the centre. The leader starts the game by saying “My name is (insert name) and I like (insert lie. E.g. singing)” If anyone in the circle also likes that thing, they need to swap chairs while the leader also tries to get a seat. Whoever is left without a chair starts the next round with their name and a different like.
Can continue for as long as you like!
Michael is joined this week by Gerald Morris (a pastor, scholar and author from Wisconsin) and Katie Marcar and Trish Franklin. Together they offer us a vibrant discussion around questions such as, "Who do we say Jesus is?"; "Who do we say we are as disciples?" and "What do we say the church is?"