12 September 2021
Bible readings for today
you are Alpha and Omega, beginning and end,
the Word made flesh.
Grant us the courage to take up our cross,
and bear it gladly for the sake of the gospel,
risking mockery and rejection,
following the example of Jesus.
Through Jesus Christ our Liberator,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Bubble Zoom church ideas
If your church is gathering online, and your online services do not cater for children well, there are few activities that could help our young families (and all ages) engage.
- If God was to describe your bubble in one word, what would it be? Make that word out of things you have around your house (e.g. lego, socks, food, pens), and share them over Zoom at the end of your service.
- If your bible story is a creative one, could they make a scene from it out of lego?
- Make a prop or outfit out of recycled materials
- Build a fort
- Recreate famous bible painting using items from around the house. You could pick a painting based on your bible readings for the day.
- Set up a scavenger hunt
- Sermon bingo - when the preacher says some key words, they have actions to do (e.g. star jump, call out a response word)
- Draw a picture, or decorate rocks and leaves with paint pens.
- 2min challenge to collect one things that reminds them of God and then share with your family why you choose it
- Make a collage around the theme of the day
Jesus asks his followers, 'who do people say I am?, and talks about the cost of following Him.
- How many different ways can you think of to say 'Hello'
- Why do you think Jesus didn't want the disciples to tell anyone about him?
- What do you think Jesus meant when he said “If any of you want to be my followers, you must forget about yourself. You must take up your cross and follow me”
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.
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!
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.
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?"