4 February 2024
Bible readings for today
Liturgical Colour: GREEN
Today is AAW Sunday (first Sunday in February)
you have called us to serve you,
yet without your grace we are not able to please you;
mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
E te Atua kaha rawa,
nāu mātou i karanga ki te mahi māu, engari ki te kāhore tōu aroha e kore rawa mātou e tau ki te whakapai i a koe;
tukua mai tōu Wairua Tapu hei whakatika i te whakahaere a ō mātou manawa;
Ko Īhu Karaiti tō mātou Ariki.
Jesus heals many (Mark 1:29-39)
in the touch of Jesus the sick were healed,
the chains unbound.
Freedom is before us.
Set us on a new path of wholeness,
deliver us from all that binds us,
turn us to embrace that life giving love
offered through Jesus Christ,
who is alive and lives with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
The games are taken from the website Jesus Without Language, at the following link and play on the three ideas of links to Jesus, healing and touch.
Give the youngsters tape, paper and scissors to make paper-chains. Get the youngsters to construct a paper-chain that links everybody’s wrists together. Talk about how we all came to church because of somebody we are linked to – a family member, a friend, etc. then stand up and try to move without breaking the chain… this probably won’t last long. Say that even though we came to church because of somebody else we are each loved individually by God.
This is a messy game that can be played with water in the summer. You need at least one balloon per child, tape or small sticky plasters and a sharp pin. Before you give the balloons out make 3 or 4 pin holes in them. Give the children a balloon and say it’s broken, but they can fix it. The game starts when you shout start and ends when either all the balloons are fully inflated, or the first balloon is fully inflated.
Like hide the thimble meets a treasure hunt but with plasters. Just be careful that they can be removed from where you place them. As they are found they can be stuck to the person who finds them.
Te Tiriti o Waitangi / Treaty of Waitangi is remembered in New Zealand on the 6th February, the date on which the treaty was first signed in the Bay of Islands between the Crown and Māori.
Te Tiriti o Waitangi /Treaty of Waitangi
Today we are thinking about the Treaty of Waitangi – ask if anyone knows what that means.
Te Tiriti o Waitangi – The Treaty of Waitangi is not a single large sheet of paper but a group of nine documents: seven on paper and two on parchment. Together they represent an agreement drawn up between representatives of the British Crown on the one hand and representatives of Māori iwi and hapū on the other. Named after the place in the Bay of Islands where it was first signed on 6 February 1840, the Treaty was also signed at locations around the country over a seven-month period.
We are looking at the 3 principles of the treaty (simplified here by www.montessorikiwi.com/waitangi). They are:
If you're interested in finding out more about Te Tiriti o Waitangi / Treaty of Waitangi, and would like to dig into what this means for us today, then you might like this Discipleship Pathway class, lead by Caleb Haurua.
Caleb unpacks our rich and complicated history gently, encouraging a deeper, undiluted understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi without inferring guilt. He weaves in Biblical truths and suggests a Christian way of thinking about the Church's relationship with Māori culture. This class can even be interesting and helpful for those outside of youth ministry, who are just seeking to understand their place in the Treaty covenant today.
You can sign up and watch these videos for free on the Discipleship Pathway website
Te Tiriti o Waitangi Book
Te Tiriti O Waitangi / The Treaty fo Waitangi - By Ross Calman, Mark Derby, Piripi Walker, Toby Morris. This is a reorua (bilingual) graphic novel that takes a fresh and innovative look at our founding treaty. Te Tiriti o Waitangi - written by Ross Calman and Mark Derby, and illustrated by Toby Morris - is now in all New Zealand schools with Year 7 and 8 pupils.
It reforms the current syllabus with simpler language and illustrations aimed at helping 10- and 12-year-olds with a Year 6 reading level.
Scripture Union have a collection of ideas and resources to help your tamariki engage with Waitangi Day, and the Treaty of Waitangi.