29 October 2023
Bible readings for today
Liturgical Colour: GREEN
you teach us in your word
that love is the fulfilment of the law:
grant that we may love you with all our heart
and our neighbour as ourselves;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
E te Atua kaha rawa, nau mātou i ako e āu kupu
ko te aroha te whakatutuki o te ture;
meatia kia aroha pono ō mātou ngākau ki a koe
me ō mātou hoa tata anō ko mātou;
Ko Īhu Karaiti hoki to mātou Ariki. Āmine.
The most important thing of all... (Matthew 22:34-46)
Today Jesus tells us that the most important thing is to love God
All you need is love Bible story
A story that explores the theme of 'Loving God, Loving Others' which can be found on Sermons 4 Kids.
Loving others and loving ourselves
An activity to help children think about ways that they can show love
You will need: large piece of poster paper, colored pens
Introduce the activity: When Jesus said in todays passage that the greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul and mind he was really saying we are to love God with all that we are. We're going to do something now to hep us think about how we can use all that we are to show God and others love.
Lay out two large pieces of paper and ask for two volunteers to lay down on their backs. Ask if they are happy to be traced and have a child do so.
Once you have a basic outline write “Loving God” on the first body, and “Loving Others” on the second one.
Ask a volunteer to come forward and draw/color each of the following body parts while as a group you come up with ways that you can use those parts to show love.
Mosaic heart sun-catchers
Make a sweet mosaic sun-catcher, they can keep one to remind themselves to love God and make one for someone else as a way of loving others.
Supplies: Clear-sticky plastic (Duraseal), small coloured squares/sequins/glitter, scissors
Cut out two squares of plastic per child
Give them one each to start with, placing it sticky-side-up in front of them
Have the children sprinkle the coloured squares over the plastic as they wish.Older children could do a more complex design.
When finished, stick the second piece of plastic on top of the first and press firmly to seal in the squares.
Then from this cut out the shape of one or two hearts
These can be stuck on the window with blue tack to "catch the sun"
You can find more detailed instructions here
The death of Moses (Deuteronomy 34:1-12)
Moses was a loved man of God, and there was no other prophet like him.
Children's ministry lesson plans
Saddleback kids animation
Joshua succeeds Moses in leading the Israelites in this great Saddleback Kids video