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God’s promise to Abraham

Sunday 17th January

God gave Abraham a promise – and although it took longer than Abraham thought, that promise was fulfilled.  God’ timing is always perfect – even if we don’t think it is!

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend of your own understanding.

Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

Worship

Watch this video, or you can read about it in Genesis 12-18

Can you imagine having to wait 24 years to receive something that was promised?  That is a very, very long time!

But we’ve learnt before haven’t we, that God always, always, always keeps his promises!  So even if it is longer than we think it should be, we can know that God must have a reason for taking his time.  We might not know what that is, but we can trust that God is good and if he’s taking his time, it’s for a good reason!

Discussion Questions

  1. What promise did God make to Abraham?
  2. How old was Abraham when he had Isaac?
  3. How did Abraham show his faith?

Prayer

Dear God,

Thank you that you always keep your promises and that no matter what, we can trust in you.

In Jesus name,

Amen

Sunday 10th January

Today, we’re moving on through the Bible to learn about The Flood and how we can trust God’s promises, even when things might look bleak.

“Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me.  All day long I put my hope in you.”  Psalm 25:5

Watch this video:

What do you think it would have been like for Noah and his family in the ark?  Do you think it would have been cramped?  It would probably have been noisy – with the rain coming down for 40 days and 40 nights and with all those animals!  I wonder if they were desperate to get out by the time dry land appeared?!  I bet they were!

But although it might have felt difficult and cramped and they might have been really fed up.  God had chosen Noah and had saved his family – so even though it may well have been a bit tricky living in those conditions – actually, God was saving them from something far worse.

We can’t always see the big  picture.  There might be more going on in our world and the world around us than we know.  So, remember, whenever things seem tough and maybe we can’t see why, we can always trust that our God is good and faithful and we can trust that his plans and purposes for our lives are good too.

 

Discussion Questions

  1. Why did God destroy the earth?
  2. Why did God choose to save Noah and the animals?
  3. What was the promise God made?

Prayer

Get a piece of paper and draw a rainbow, use some colouring pencils to colour it it.

Then, invite Holy Spirit to come.  In the different colours of the rainbow, write down your hopes for the future, for this coming year.  Commit them to God and pray for his blessing.

Amen.

Sunday 3rd January

So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Genesis 1:27

Watch this short video:

Have you ever played the game ‘Simon Says’?   You have to listen to what Simon says for you to do and follow his instructions.

You know, following God is a bit like playing the game ‘Simon Says’.  We have to listen to what God says to do and follow him.

Adam and Eve had a perfect life, and all they had to do was follow God’s instructions.

In the game, if we get it wrong, it doesn’t matter, it’s only a game – but for Adam and Eve, getting it wrong changed everything.

We can get things wrong too – just like Adam and Eve did – by not listening to God, but thankfully, God loves us so much he sent Jesus.  Now, if we do get something wrong, we just need to ask for His forgiveness and he gives it.

“But if we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins, because we can trust God to do what is right. He will cleanse us from all the wrongs we have done.”  I John 1:9

Discussion Questions

  1. What did God tell Adam and Eve not to do?
  2. What was the lie Satan told?
  3. What was the promise God made?

Prayer

Think about some of the choices we might have made over the last week or so that haven’t been good, then pray:

Dear God,

Thank you that you love us always, no matter what choices we make – good or bad.  And thank you that when we come to you to say sorry, you always forgive us.

Please forgive me now for the wrong choices I have made and help me to make better choices next time.

Thank you Jesus.

Amen.

Sunday 20th December

The Magi – the Wise Men travelled miles and miles to worship Jesus.. we can worship him whenever and wherever we want!

Let’s take time this morning to thank Jesus for the gift of him being born as a baby so that he can be with us all the time.

You can read about the Magi visiting Jesus in Matthew 2:1-12

The Star – We Bring Gifts – WingClips HIGH

What do you do when you’re lost?  If you’re in a car, there might be a sat nav, or you might use a map?

2000 years ago, the Magi didn’t have cars and they definitely didn’t have sat nav.. and they didn’t use a map either.  God put a special star in the sky to show them the way to Jesus.

As well as following the star, the Magi asked people where to go to find the new born king.  They were wise and they knew that they needed a bit of help on their journey.

And you know what?  Sometimes we need a bit of help finding Jesus!  God puts lots of people around us that can help, from our parents or friends from church or our Epic Kids leaders.  If ever you’re having trouble finding the way to Jesus – all you need to do is ask and we would only be too pleased to chat and help you.

When the Magi did finally find Jesus, they could barely take it in.  Here they were, finally gazing at God’s own son!  They knew he was their king, so they brought him gifts and bowed down and worshipped him.

What about you?  Is Jesus your king this Christmas?  Will you bow down and worship him like the Magi did?

Discussion:

What did the Magi follow to find Jesus?

What do you need to do to find Jesus?

When they arrived, do you think they would have been surprised to only find a baby boy?

Imagine you have arrived after a long journey and found King Jesus that you’ve been searching for ages… then bow down and worship him!

Prayer:

Dear God,

Thank you that I don’t need to go on a long journey to find Jesus.  Thank you that all I have to do is talk to him and ask him to be with us and he will!

So, Jesus, please come now and spend time with me as I worship you.

Amen.

Sunday 13th December

The Shepherds rejoiced when they saw Jesus and understood that this was God’s plan to rescue His people.

Spend some time today worshipping our beautiful Lord Jesus.  Born as a baby in a stable for us.

Why do you think God chose the shepherds to be the first ones to hear the good news and to see the baby Jesus?

Back when Jesus was born, shepherds weren’t considered to be special at all.   They were not only very ordinary people, they were also thought of as not very popular – maybe a bit smelly and scruffy, living out in the fields with the sheep.  And yet, God chose these scruffy, smelly shepherds to be the first to hear the Good News of Jesus being born!

What does that tell us?

I think, it tells us that Jesus is for everyone.  You don’t have to be rich or clever or beautiful or privileged to know Jesus.  You just need a heart that wants to know and love him – and we can all do that!

Invite the Holy Spirit to come and speak to you as you watch this video about what the Shepherds saw:

Discussion:

What do you do when you feel really happy?

What did the shepherds do when they saw the baby Jesus and knew God’s message was true?

Have you ever felt that you were overflowing with joy because you know Jesus loves you?

If you haven’t felt like that before, do you want to?  (this joy is available to all of us, we just need to ask for the Holy Spirit to reveal Jesus to us – then make sure we listen out for him and give him space to come!)

Prayer:

Dear God,

Please fill us with the joy that comes from knowing you.  That special joy that starts deep within us.

Holy Spirit, come and fill us now as we spend time praising and worshipping you.

In Jesus name,  Amen

Sunday 6th December

It’s the first week of Advent and we’re going to think about the birth of Jesus.  It wasn’t like the way babies are born now in this country!

Have a little think about where you think the King of the world should have been born.

Watch this short video:

Where were you born?  I was born in a hospital, but there are lots of babies born around the world even today, who are born in places like the stable that Jesus was born in.  It’s hard for us to understand what it’s like for children who are born in harsh conditions isn’t it?  Children who don’t have a nice warm home, or warm clothes and lots of food.

We’re so blessed to be living in a country where it’s normal for children to be born in a safe and clean environment – but even in this country, that’s not always the case.   Even here in Farnham there are children who don’t have enough to eat or won’t be getting a big pile of presents on Christmas day.

So, today, perhaps we could think of ways we could help someone who is finding life hard at the moment?  We could pray for people or even do something practical to help?  Listen to what the Holy Spirit is guiding you to do.

Discussion:

Do you think it’s right that God’s son was born in a cold stable?

What would you have done if Joseph had knocked on your door asking for somewhere to stay?

What can we do today to help people who are struggling this Christmas time?

Maybe you could collect some food or toiletries and give it to Foodbank to help?

Pray:

Take a few moments to be quiet and still.

Dear God,

Please help the families in our town who are struggling this Christmas.

I pray that you would give us wisdom and inspiration of how we can help.

In Jesus’ name

Amen

Sunday 29th November

Life following Jesus will not always be plain sailing – as this weeks story shows us.  Jesus warns us elsewhere that sometimes we might be in for a rocky ride… but despite this, we can be certain that we are completely safe no matter what we face, because King Jesus is with us.

You can read our Bible story for today in Matthew 8:23-27

Last week, Jesus said that the centurion had great faith.   This week, Jesus tells his own disciples that they have little faith.  The centurion knew that Jesus could speak the word and it would be done.  His disciples come to Jesus for help – this is their little faith in action.  They don’t ask him to stop the storm because they haven’t understood who he is.

Jesus speaks and the storm is completely calm.  They are amazed at his total control over creation.  They were safe because they were with him.

Jesus is in total control of our world today. We are completely safe if he is with us.

Discussion:

  • What were the disciples afraid of?
  • What did Jesus do to help?
  • How did the disciples feel afterwards?
  • Why was Jesus disappointed that they were afraid in the storm?
  • Why did the storm listen to Jesus?
  • When were you last afraid?
  • How will what you’ve read today help you not to be afraid?

Prayer:

Thank you, Jesus, that you are in charge of our world.   Help us to remember that you are the king of all  creation and you are with us, so we do not need to be afraid.

AMEN.

Sunday 22nd November

Jesus has power over sickness.  He speaks and his will is done.  We can have confidence that Jesus is in charge, he loves us and we can trust him.

You can read our Bible story for today in Matthew 8:5-13

The Roman Centurion wasn’t a Jew, he wasn’t one of God’s chosen people.  So it was really surprising when Jesus said that he will be a part of God’s kingdom.  He should be an outsider, but instead Jesus included him at the table with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob!  Why was that?  It was because of his faith.  The Centurion trusted Jesus and had faith in him.  He trusted Jesus was in charge – and at the end of the day, that is what makes the difference, that’s what draws us into his Kingdom.

Discussion:

  1. Who was the centurion in charge of?
  2. What couldn’t he fix?
  3. What did Jesus do with just his words?
  4. How did the centurion show that he trusted Jesus?

Prayer:

Thank you Jesus that you are in charge.  When you speak, it happens.  Help me to trust you even in hard times.

Amen

Sunday 15th November

When we hear Jesus’ words and obey them, it’s like building on a rock.  Jesus is the foundation we need.  If we build our lives on any other foundation, like our efforts and achievements, it’s like building on sand.  These can be washed away in an instant.

Read Matthew 7:24-29, the parable of the wise and foolish builders.

Jesus talks about 2 types of people – those who hear his words and follows what he says, and those who don’t…  both will face difficult times, but one will have a strong foundation to withstand the storms that come and the other won’t.

Discussion:

  1. What was wise about one builder and foolish about the other?
  2. In real life, what is the difference between the wise and foolish builders
  3. What does Jesus want us to learn from this parable?

Prayer:

Dear God,

Thank you for all you have given us.  Thank you that you are our rock.  Please help us to hear what you are saying to us and to put it into practice.

Thank you Jesus

Amen

Sunday 8th November

We can find out what God thinks by reading His word, The BIBLE!   We read our Bibles and get to know God and we begin to learn what God

thinks. God’s word is true and His thoughts about us are the truth! In the Bible we can see that God thinks you are special, God thinks you have an amazing future,

God thinks that you can do incredible things

Our Bible story this week is about Paul.    We learnt about him just the other week, but he is definitely someone who changed their thinking!

The way I think changes how I live

When you’re going on a walk or a hike in the forest and you see a path that looks well  used, what do you do? You follow that path! Hundreds of people before you have walked along that path through the trees and now it’s a well worn path and is the easiest way to get where you’re going.

Our thinking is a little like this…

When we think the same thoughts over and over, or learn something new, we are creating pathways in our brain. The more we think the same thoughts the stronger those pathways get. Soon enough these thoughts become habits and we think a certain way without even trying.

It’s like learning to tie your shoelaces; at first you may have concentrated very hard and thought intentionally about what you were doing and then after a while it becomes a habit that you do without thinking.   Or think about breathing…. We do it so naturally, we don’t even have to think about it.

Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV) “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”

If we put thoughts of God’s kingdom and his plan for us at the front of our thinking – it can change the way we view things – and how we live out our lives.

Discussion:

  1. What is one thing that you didn’t know how to do when you were a little baby that
  2. How does your brain and your thoughts effect how you live?
  3. How can we make sure we are thinking the right things?

Prayer:

Dear God,

Thank you that you created us and our amazing minds. Help us to line up our thinking

with your thinking, help us to discover truth in your word, the Bible.

In Jesus name, Amen

Sunday 1st November

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young. Set an example for the believers in what you say and in how you live. Also set an example in how you love and in what you believe. Show the believers how to be pure.”  1 Timothy 4:12 (NIRV)

God has done some great things in my life.  When I look back, there are things God has done in me that I’ve not even noticed at the time, but I can see how God has changed me and healed me and led me forward – so gently and faithfully.

What great things has God done in your life?

He keeps us safe through troubling times, guides us, helps us and blesses us.

God doesn’t give up on us, He is faithful always. God is faithful to us and we can be faithful to Him

Timothy served God faithfully and inspired others to do the same.

Discussion:

  1. What are some great things God has done for you?
  1. Why was Timothy a faithful hero?
  1. How can you be faithful as you serve God?

Prayer:

Dear God,

Thank you that you’re faithful to us. Thank you for the great things that you’ve done in our lives. Help us to be people who faithfully serve you.

In Jesus name, Amen

Sunday 25th October

In life we face challenges along the way, these challenges are like hurdles we have to jump over. Paul, the unlikely hero we’re learning about today, faced some hurdles along his journey. Paul was working to spread the Gospel, but it wasn’t always easy.

Watch this video of Derek Redmond… an athlete who refused to give up.  It didn’t matter that he didn’t come first – only that he finished the race.

Another event in the Olympics is the hurdle race. The race is 400m long and runners stay in their lane as they compete to leap over 10 evenly spaced hurdles along the track. The best athletes complete the race in under 50 seconds.  The hurdles are 91.4 cm tall and runners have to leap over each one without knocking it over. A 400m running race around an Olympic track is hard enough, but think about running while also having to jump over hurdle challenges along the way!

In life we face challenges along the way, these challenges are like hurdles we have to jump over. Paul, who we’re learning about today, faced some hurdles along his journey. Paul was working to spread the Gospel, but it wasn’t always easy. People didn’t always like what he had to say. He talks about these hurdles in his letter to the Corinthian church.

2 Corinthians 11:23-27

” …….I have worked harder, been put in prison more often, been whipped times without number, and faced death again and again. 24 Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea. 26 I have traveled on many long journeys. I have faced danger from rivers and from robbers. I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the seas. And I have faced danger from men who claim to be believers but are not.a]”>[a] 27 I have worked hard and long, enduring many sleepless nights. I have been hungry and thirsty and have often gone without food. I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm.”

It’s unlikely that we’ll have to put up with as much as Paul did as we tell our friends about Jesus – especially living here in Farnham!  But Paul is an example to us that we should never give up on what God has told us to do.

Discussion:

  1. Have you ever won a race?
  1. Has there ever been a time that you wanted to give up on something because it was too hard or took a long time?
  1. What challenges did Paul face in his life? Did he give up?
  1. How can we run and not give up?

Prayer:

Dear God,

Help us to run our race and not give up. Thank you that you’re with us every step of the way. We want to do our best and never give up when challenges come our way. Thank you for the life of the unlikely hero Paul, who lived a life that can be an example to us as we follow you.

In Jesus name, Amen

Sunday 18th October

Peter was a fisherman from Galilee, his job was to catch fish. But Jesus called him to be a fisher of people. Because Peter was willing to leave all he had to follow Jesus, God used him in great ways.

Peter spent time with Jesus.

Jesus taught Peter and the disciples all about God’s Kingdom. Peter saw Jesus perform miracles and show love to others. Peter began as a fisherman and ended up being an incredible preacher and church builder.

In Acts 4:13 (NIV), Peter is described as being unschooled and ordinary, but people noticed there was something different about him “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realised that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”

He became great because he spent time with Jesus.

Discussion:

  1. What happened in today’s story?
  1. What was special about Peter that made him an unlikely hero?
  1. How can you grow in your relationship with God?

Prayer:

Dear God,

Help us to grow as we spend more time with you. We want to serve you like Peter did and share your good news with everyone.

In Jesus name, Amen

 

Sunday 11th October

Challenges are not ever easy, but with God, they’re not impossible. If it were easy, it wouldn’t be a challenge!  we can all bravely accept and take on things that without God, would be unthinkable.

We can do all things, through Christ who strengthens us.

Did you know, Mary was very young when the angel appeared to her and told her she was going to have a baby and that her baby would be the saviour of the world – she was somewhere between 12 and 14!  Can you imagine that?!   And yet, even though she was afraid and even though it must have been so scary for her, she trusted God that he would give her the strength she needed and she said ‘yes’ to the challenge.

Sometimes when challenges come our way, we’d rather let someone else do it.  It’s easy just to think, “No way! That’s too hard” or “I might fail at doing that” and you let your fears get in the way.

To take on a challenge we need a strength… it’s not a strength that comes from lifting weights and having big muscles, it’s a strength on the inside to lift the weight of what we are facing. This strength needs to come from God.

Philippians 4:13 NIV “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

We can do ALL THINGS; anything, everything, whatever it is, big or small, through Christ who gives us strength. We develop that strength little by little, flexing our faith muscles, growing strong on the inside. As we spend time with Jesus, we will be able to bravely accept any challenge we face.

Discussion:

  1. Why do you think Mary was brave?
  1. How can we be brave like Mary?
  1. What should we do if we’re faced with a tough challenge?
  1. Read together from Philippians 4:13, How can you do all things?

Philippians 4:13 NIV “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

Prayer:

Dear God,

Help us to bravely accept any challenge that comes our way. Strengthen us and help us to be heroes like Mary who trust you and take on the challenge.

In Jesus name, Amen

Sunday 4th October

Today we’re going to learn about someone in the Bible called Ruth.  She has her very own book in the Old Testament and she was a very good and loyal friend to her Mother in law Naomi.

Listen to this weeks Bible story.  If you want to read it for yourself,  you can find the book of Ruth in the Old Testament – just after Judges and before Samuel!

Do any of your support a sports team?  My dad supports Chelsea football team… Ever since I can remember, he’s gone to their football matches, he watches them when their match is on the television, he cheers and is happy when they win – and if they lose, he feels sad and gets a little bit grumpy!  He is a very loyal football supporter!

He wouldn’t just switch teams because they don’t win… and if someone says bad things about his team, he’s not happy…  do you know anyone like that?  Who is so loyal to their sports team?

Being a loyal friend is kind of like being loyal to a sports team.

I’ll stick by my friend no matter what, cheer for them when they win and be sad with them when they lose. I’ll stick by them in the bad seasons, not switching friends when times get tough. I’ll stick by my friend and if anyone says anything bad about them…They better watch out!

There’s a verse in Proverbs 18:24 “A person with unfaithful friends soon comes to ruin. But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” The best kind of friends are the friends that are like family, they’re faithful and stick by us.

Jesus is a friend like that.  He’ll never let us down, he’ll always stick by us.. and even better, he can be with us everywhere, all the time!  There aren’t many friends that you can say that about!

Discussion:

Do you have any pets? Is your pet loyal to you or to someone in your house and follow them wherever they go?

  1. What does it mean to be a loyal friend?
  1. How was Ruth blessed by being loyal?
  1. Who is with us wherever we go? (Read Deuteronomy 31:6)

Prayer

Dear God,

We want to be just like Ruth, help us to be a loyal friend to those around us. Thank you God that you’re with us wherever we go and will never leave us.

In Jesus name, Amen

Sunday 27th September

It’s sometimes hard to stand up for what we know is right – but that’s what God calls us to do and he give us the strength we need to do what we need to do.

Today we’re going to learn about Esther.  She has her very own book in the Old Testament and she stood up and risked everything to do what was right.

Did you know:

It is illegal to take gum into Singapore.

This has been illegal since 1992 due to the damage chewing gum has caused to the public transit system. People caught importing or selling gum can face a fine or even jail time.

In Oklahoma, it is against the law to have a sleeping donkey in your bathtub after 7pm.

I guess your donkey can be awake when he’s in the bathtub, but don’t let him fall asleep.

In Thailand, it is illegal to step on money.

Money in Thailand is called the Thai Baht and it has a picture of the king of Thailand’s face on it. It’s illegal to deface any image of the king and if you step on your baht you could be arrested.

In Samoa, it is illegal to forget your wife’s birthday.

In the beautiful island nation of Samoa husbands have to be very good at using their calendars because it’s illegal to forget their wife’s birthday!

There’s a whole lot of rules around the world. It seems like it could be pretty hard to keep up with what is right and what is wrong.

When we live as a Christian, part of God’s kingdom, we can know what is right and wrong because we have God’s word, the Bible. In Mark 12 we read about Jesus showing the teachers of the law what the greatest commandment was. The teachers of the law were all hung up on rules, they had rules for everything! Many of their rules would seem totally strange to us today. They came to Jesus saying, Mark 12:28-31 (NIV) “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

Jesus taught us what is right and wrong, not by giving more laws and rules but by how He loved people.  God’s word shows us how much God loves people. When we stand up for what is right, we show people God’s love. God’s word may not give us an exact answer about what to do in every situation, but it directs our steps and shows us how to love one another.

Discussion:

  1. What happened in today’s story?
  1. How can we know what is right?
  1. In what ways can you stand up for what is right?

PRAYER

Dear God,

Thank you that you show us in your word what is right. Help us to stand up for what is right even when it’s hard to. We want to honour you and show your love to others.

In Jesus name, Amen

Sunday 20th September

Whether you’re having great times on a mountaintop or sad times in a valley – you can know that God is with you… whatever is going on in your life, wherever you are or whatever you’re doing.

Today we’re going to learn about Elijah.  You can find him in the Old Testament in the Book of Kings.

When we think of trusting God through the good times and the bad, like Elijah did, I find it helpful to think of a tree:

My boys love to climb big tall trees. Branch by branch, they find their way to the highest point they are able to get to.

Trees are amazing.

They provide shade from the summer heat, protecting us from the sun.

We see trees change from green to beautiful red and orange leaves in the autumn.

In winter they stand strong through wind, rain and fierce storms.

Then spring comes and trees sprout beautiful flowers or fruit.

Year after year, season after season, the tree remains planted and keeps growing.

You and I are like trees and if we stay planted, relying on God, we can keep growing and bearing fruit through the different seasons of our lives.

Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NIV) “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

When we trust and rely on God through our season’s we can bear fruit. Bearing fruit means we live a fruitful life, living God’s purpose for our lives. We may face “winter” seasons where it seems things aren’t going our way or summer droughts where we feel like we are in need. Our spring seasons might be when everything is going great and new things are happening. Whatever the season is, one thing is the same, we need to stay planted and rely on God.

Discussion

  • Would you rather climb a mountain or go skydiving someday?
  • Who did we learn about today?
  • How can we rely on God in the good times?
  • How can we rely on God in the valleys or bad times?

Prayer:

Dear God,

Help us to rely on you in the good times and the bad. Thank you that you’re always with us no matter what season we are in. We love you!

In Jesus name, Amen

Sunday 13th September 2020

Today we’re learning about an unlikely hero called Nehemiah. He encountered a problem and chose to see it as an opportunity to do something about it. He was able to help people and make a big difference. When you encounter a problem, what do you see? Are you someone who sees difficulty or someone who sees opportunity?

Have a look at this image:

What do you see? Do you see two faces looking at each other? Or do you see a white vase? Different people can look at the same image and see different things.

There is always more than one way to look at things. When you see a problem, do you view it as too difficult to do anything about, or do you see an opportunity?

Winston Churchill, was Prime Minster in the 1940s said “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty”. A pessimist is a person who usually sees things in a negative way. An optimist is a person with a positive view of life.

Every challenge gives an opportunity to make a difference and see God do something great – it just depends on how we look at it!

Discussion:

1. What happened in today’s story? How did Nehemiah see an opportunity to help?

2. Who makes a difference in your life? How does it feel when they help you?

3. What opportunities do you see to help others?

Prayer:

Dear God,
Thank you that you give us opportunities to help others. Show us this week ways that we can make a difference in the lives of people. You are with us wherever we go and You give us boldness and courage to make an impact in the world.
In Jesus name, Amen

Print this: Look for the opportunity

Cut out the people circle.
Put on some quiet music and ask God what opportunities he has in store for you and what you can do to help those around you.  You could write the names of people you feel God leading you to on the people in the circle.

Sunday 6th September

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

We’re going to spend the next few weeks looking at different characters from the Bible. Today we’re going to look at Joshua. You can read about Joshua and all he did in Numbers 13 and 14 and also in the book of Joshua in the Bible.

Listen to our Bible story for today.

Joshua was a man that lived with courage. He led God’s people into the land God had promised to them. He marched around the walls of Jericho, blew trumpets and the walls crashed down. He prayed and God made the sun stand still. He lived a life marked with courage because he always remembered that he had God on his side.

You might be the quietest, most shy, unlikely hero but with God on your side you can live a life that is so much more than you could imagine.

There were 12 spies that Moses sent to explore the land God had promised to His people. How many of them brought a good report? Only two! Joshua and Caleb! Heroes don’t give up at the first sign of a challenge. Joshua and Caleb said “We can certainly do it”. They had courage!

Courage is the ability to do something that frightens you. To have bravery and strength in the face of trouble.

Courage isn’t a costume with a cape and mask, courage comes from the heart. Courage comes from a heart that follows God.

Discussion:

1. Can everyday, normal people be heroes?
2. How did Joshua show courage?
3. How can we live with courage?
4. In what situations could you see things differently and have courage?

Prayer:

Dear God,
Thank you that you are always with us and we can live our lives with courage. Lord, you can use the most unlikely people to be a hero and do great things for you. Please give me courage to do amazing things for you.
In Jesus name, Amen

Think of a situation that you need to have courage for. It might be something as simple as going to school again after such a long break; or it might be the courage to stand apart from other people to do the right thing; or it could be anything at all!

Ask God to put a specific situation on your heart and ask the Holy Spirit to come and fill you with the courage you need.

Family activities:

Here is a series of games and activities that you can journey as a family that will help you explore the Psalm 139.

The Daily Examen for kids

Created by St Ignatius of Loyola, the Daily Examen is an ancient practice which invites us to slow down and find God in every part of our day.

Sunday 26th July

Have you ever looked at a situation and felt it was completely impossible?

Sometimes, things can seem hopeless.  Sometimes we can’t see how things could possibly work out.  But our God is a God of miracles.  He is a God that breaks through the impossible and makes it possible!

Things can seem impossible when we haven’t seen them done before.

Before a man landed on the moon, people thought it was impossible.  But we’ve seen it happen, so we know it can be done, we know it’s not impossible.

Once you see God do something in your life that you thought was impossible, you’ll have faith that nothing is too hard for God… because you’ve seen him do it!

I have seen God heal Douglas’s back.  Douglas had been in a lot of pain for a very long time – and one day a few years ago now, he asked God to take the pain away, and his back was completely healed.  He hasn’t had that pain in his back again.  Because I’ve seen God heal Douglas, I know it can be done and I have faith that God can heal.

God’s power is greater than anything in the universe.  It’s greater than gravity, greater than sickness and greater than fear.  Luke 1:37 says “Nothing is impossible for God”.

We often see situations or things in our life that seem impossible to us, but with Jesus and his power at work in our lives, things can change.  Healing, provision, miracles… We might see things one way, but God can do anything!

Discussion

  1. what was the biggest meal  you’ve ever eaten?
  2. Can you think of any impossible miracles that Jesus performed?
  3. How does it make you feel to know that nothing is impossible with God?
  4. Read John 6:12-13.  How many baskets of food were left over?
  5. In our lives, where can we believe for God to do the impossible?

Prayer

Dear God,

Help us to remember that we can ask for your miracle working power in every area of our lives.  Help us to pray for big things, believing you will do miracles in our lives.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

Sunday 19th July

Jesus was fully God and fully man – all at the same time.  That’s how we can trust him to know how we feel, and to bridge that gap between God’s complete holiness – and our imperfections.

Today, let’s think about how amazing our Jesus is!

Listen to this week’s Bible story.

You can also read about it in Luke 2:41-52

In the Bible, in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John; the Gospels, tell us all about Jesus.  We see Jesus through the lens of these books and we discover an man unlike any other.  Jesus was God in human flesh.  God the creator of Heaven and earth humbled himself and dwelled among us, within the world he created.

Jesus was totally and completely human, man in nature but at the same time He is totally and completely God in nature.

It’s hard to find anything on earth that totally describes Jesus, as there is no one like him!  Nothing on earth can explain the mystery of God dwelling among His creation.

Discussion:

  • Which books of the Bible are called the Gospels?
  • What do the Gospels teach us?
  • What do you think Jesus was like when he was a child?
  • In what ways was Jesus fully human?
  • In what ways was Jesus fully God?

Prayer:

Thank you God for sending Jesus to earth for us.  Help us to discover more about Him as we learn from the Gospels.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

Print off this ‘comic strip’ page: Comic Strip Page

Think of four or five significant things that have happened in your life so far and draw them in the comic strip.

Then, ask Jesus where he was in those times.  When you think he’s told you, draw Jesus in with you.

(Don’t think too hard – just write down the first impression that comes into your head – that’s likely to be the Holy Spirit telling you!)

Sunday 12th July

“Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him”   Jeremiah 17:7

Jesus can give us confidence.  The Holy Spirit lives in us so we can show His love to the world

Confidence

Confidence is a big word isn’t it?  You might have talked about confidence in school?  I know I’ve seen lots of stories and books trying to help people grow in confidence, but sometimes these books or programmes are about having confidence in other people or ourselves.  The problem with that advice is that we people aren’t always perfect, and all of us sometimes let each other down  We can even let ourselves down!  So, today let’s discover how we can find confidence in someone who will never, ever let us down.

Our confidence in is in the Lord!

And why can we have confidence in the Lord?

We are valuable because we are loved by God.

We are valuable because we have been created by God and made in his image.

As we put our trust in God, He fills us with the Holy Spirit to be able to show his love to the world.

Discussion

  •  If you had everything the world says is important; you’re pretty, clever, sporty… would you be more valuable?
  • Is what other people think about you important?  why or why not?
  • What would you do if you really had confidence that God would help you?

Prayer:

Sit quietly and ask the Holy Spirit to come and guide your prayer

Pray:  May the God of all truth sink deep into my spirit and saturate my heart!

You are created in God’s image, you were chosen before the world began, you belong to God’s own family, and you are called to make a difference in this world.

Prayerfully read Romans 8:38-39

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate (me) from God’s love.  Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither (my) fears for today nor (my) worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate me from God’s love.  No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate (me) from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus (my) Lord.”

Sunday 5th July

Jesus can give me perseverance like his.

“You will need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised”  Hebrews 10:36

Peseverance:

Watch these two videos of Dany Macaskill….

Can you do bike tricks like that?  They’re amazing aren’t they?

I couldn’t even begin to think about doing tricks like that… but when you watch the other video, you can see how much practice it takes.  He doesn’t get it right the first time, or even the second, or third… and some of the falls he takes look pretty painful don’t they?!

It’s easy to look at someone and think that it’s OK for them – they are just different or special or extra talented  – and maybe that is the case… but chances are, they have got where they are and done what they have because they have persevered and not given up even when they fell.

They have kept going and going and doing and doing until it’s finished -no matter how hard it is.

The best news is that we can persevere – and Jesus can help us.  It isn’t always easy, but no matter what it is, Jesus can help you.

Discussion:

  • To persevere means to stick with something even when you don’t feel like it.   What are some things you have to do even when you don’t feel like it?
  • Since those things aren’t always fun, why should you do them?
  • What is something you need God’s help with so you can persevere?

Prayer:

Perseverance is hard and totally against our human nature.  We need the help of the Holy Spirit to be able to persevere.

What are the areas in your life where you are struggling to persevere?

Maybe it’s an area of character?

Maybe it’s a friendship?

Sit quietly and ask the Holy Spirit where he wants to help you to persevere.

Write down or draw a picture of what He tells you.

Pray:  Father, please help me to keep going and going and keep doing and doing until I am finished, no matter what.  Only you can give me the strength I need.  Amen

Sunday 28th June

God’s amazing love can fill me so I can love others

“And may you have the power to understand…… how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ” Ephesians 3:18-19

“Love is patient. Love is kind. Love does not envy. Love does not boast. Love is not proud. Love does not dishonor others. Love is not self-seeking. Love is not easily angered. Love keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil. Love rejoices in truth. Love always protects. Love always trusts. Love always hopes. Love always perseveres. In times of joy and times of sorrow, through every season, love never fails.”

1 Corinthians 13: 4-8

Little people filled with BIG love can change the world!

God’s love is amazing. And we need to experience it for ourselves.

God wants to pour his love out onto—and into—each one of us. It’s so big, there isn’t any other love like it. Who you are, where you come from, what you’ve done—none of those things stop God from loving you.

God wants each of you to experience his love. And even though it’s too big to fully understand, it will give you the kind of life and power God wants you to have.

God’s amazing love can fill me so I can love others.

Discussion:

Why do you love God? What do you love about him?

How has God shown that he loves you?

How does God help you love Jesus more?

What is a way God helps you love someone else?

Who does God want you to show his love to today?

Activity Sheet:

print off and complete the activity sheet:   Love Activity Sheet

Prayer time:
Find a quiet place and close your eyes
put on some music

Pray:
“Father, please fill me with your love today.
Please help me to know your love so I can show it to others.”
Keep a notebook with you and write or draw anything you feel God is saying to you.

Sunday 21st June

God is mega-generous!  If we ask, Jesus can give us generosity like his.

We must remember the words of the Lord Jesus.  He said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive”  Acts 20:35

Worship

Brooke is going to read our Bible story based on Acts 13.  See if you can spot the generous actions in this story.

Did you spot any?

God made us to be his image-bearers, and reflect his loving nature.  When we’re generous towards others in words, attitudes and actions, we’re reflecting what God is like, because he is so generous.

Have a look at this short video of someone who acted with generosity:

Did this girl have a generous attitude?

Did she have generous actions?

How did her actions reflect God’s heart for the people in Pakistan?

Sometimes, to be generous, we might need to make a sacrifice and give up something.  It can be hard to make those sacrifices, but Jesus can change us from the inside out so that thoughts about our ‘stuff’ don’t stop us from sharing what we have with others.

Discussion:

  • What is one way that God has been generous to you?
  • How has it affected your life?
  • Think about one time you unselfishly gave something away.
  • How did it make you feel to be generous?
  • How do you think God feels when we choose not to be generous?
  • How do you think He feels when we are generous?

Prayer:

Print off the ‘giving squares’ sheet.  Ask Holy Spirit to come as you fill out the squares with ways you could be generous:

Giving Squares

Complete the activity sheet!

Generosity activity sheet

Sunday 14th June

Today we’re going to think about another way Jesus can help us become more like him. By having compassion.

“As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with Compassion” Colossians 3:12

Jesus said that compassion wasn’t just something that God has – it’s something all of us can have too.

Sometimes it’s easy – like when we see little lost puppies or kittens and they look so cute we just want to help them! But it’s not always that easy and sometimes the people who need our compassion aren’t all cute and cuddly

Matthew is going to lead us through an imaginative prayer based on Mark 10:46-52 about a time when Jesus had compassion on a blind beggar:

Did you enjoy that? Have a think about your experience by answering these questions.

• How did you feel as you imagined yourself to be sitting in darkness, in the dirt as people passed by?
• What kind of feelings did you have has you heard that Jesus was coming near?
• How did you feel as the crowd tried to tell you to be quiet and stop calling out after Jesus? Did it take courage to keep calling out to him? Were you surprised when he asked you what you wanted?
• What was it like to suddenly see again? How would you feel about Jesus after that?
• How can you show compassion like Jesus this week?

There were some children whose football team made it to the Junior World Challenge in Japan. When their team beat the Japanese team, they were celebrating their big win when they looked and noticed how the children on the Japanese team were feeling.

Have a look at this video:

Jesus can give us compassion like his. You and I can see people in the world who really need help, because the Holy Spirit in us sees them.

Print off the activity sheet for this week here:

Compassion worksheet

If you have any stories of how you have shown compassion this week – please post something on the God Spot page.  We’d love to hear from you.

Sunday 7th June

When we’ve said ‘yes’ to Jesus, we can trust him to change us from the inside out.  He can give us the boldness we need to share Jesus with others.

“Since this New Way give us such confidence, we can be very bold” 2 Corinthians 3:12

Our Bible story today is from Acts 9: 19-31

Isobella has read it for us – you can follow along with the text opposite.

Because Jesus changed Saul from the inside out, he became a new person. In fact, he was so completely changed he even went by a new name—PAUL.

Jesus gave Paul his new mission which was to take the good news about Jesus to people everywhere—even those who weren’t Jewish.
And he wasted no time!

Almost as soon as he was baptized, while he was staying with the believers in Damascus, Paul went at once to the synagogue—the local Jewish church— to tell everyone, “Jesus is the Son of God!”

The people who heard him were amazed. They asked, “Isn’t this the same man who persecuted Jesus’ followers so bitterly in Jerusalem?” And, “We thought that he came here to arrest them all and take them in chains to the chief priests.”

Paul became more and more convincing in his preaching, “See?” he said, “Even the Scriptures prove that Jesus is the Saviour!” The Jewish Leaders in Damascus had no arguments against him.

So, after a while, they decided to kill him.

The leaders gathered together and came up with a plan: “Let’s watch the gates of the city, and we’ll kill him when he tries to leave!”

But someone told Paul about their plan. During the night, some of the people who decided to follow Jesus helped Paul escape Damascus by letting him down in a basket through an opening in the city wall!

That was the first of many times that someone wanted to kill Paul because of his message about Jesus.

He took lots of risks, and endured many dangers and hardships to complete the mission he’d been given by Jesus. But he couldn’t stop sharing the message of Jesus with everyone he could.

Remember last week, our Bible story was about a man named Saul – who hated the people who followed Jesus… Jesus changed him so completely that he became a new person. His name was changed from Saul to Paul and he went from hating Jesus to loving Jesus and becoming one of his followers…

Before Paul knew Jesus, his mission was to follow God’s law as perfectly as he could.. but that didn’t make him a friend of God did it? Just doing the right thing wasn’t enough – he needed his heart to be changed.

Jesus came in and changed his heart, and gave Paul a new mission: which was to take the good news of Jesus to people everywhere.
Paul knew what a prize this message was. In Acts 20:24, the Bible tells us that on Paul’s last missionary journey, when he was saying goodbye to some of his friends he says this:

“My life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned to me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.”

Jesus can change our hearts if we let him and can give us a new mission too!

Pray:

Since Jesus can make us bold for him, we know that we can ask him for help.

Maybe, it’s been hard for you to stand up for what you know is right—especially when other children around you laugh at you or make fun of you. Who cares, anyway? I want you to know Jesus cares.

Being bold doesn’t need to come naturally or from our own ability. In fact, it’s BETTER when it comes from the Holy Spirit working in us.

Can you think of someone you need to be bold with? Maybe you need to share the good news of God’s forgiveness with them or you need to stand up to them with kindness.

Print off this card and write the name of 3 friends that you need to be bold with to share the good news of Jesus. Pray for these friends every day and ask God for the opportunity to share the good news with them.

My Three Friends

Let’s invite the Holy Spirit to come and give us the boldness we need to honor Jesus with our actions.

Print off the activity sheet:

Boldness activity sheet

Sunday 31st May

Paul says in Romans 12:2 that we can be changed!

“Fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out.”

Worship

Our Bible Story today can be found in Acts chapter 9

Jan is going to tell the story for us:

Saul didn’t start out as someone who showed what God’s character was like at all! He started out as a Jesus-hater!

Meeting Jesus completely changed Saul.

We’ll hear more of his story in the next few weeks. But now you may be thinking, “That’s just a story from the  Bible, way back in Bible times. Can Jesus do anything for me now?”

I’m so happy to tell you that he can!   Jesus is still in the business of changing people from the inside out!

In fact, I have a video of a group of real children, from a Vineyard church in America—all about the same age as you—who had some negative things in their lives that made them feel ashamed, or sad. These children came to Jesus, and Jesus changed things. He changed the kids themselves.

Prayer:

Do your own cardboard testimony

Grab a piece of card or paper and some pens.

Sit quietly and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you.

Pray: Holy Spirit, we need you. We invite you to come to each of us to show us what you want to change in us. Thank you for your powerful help.  Amen.

Is there an area of your life that needs changing. It could be anything!

Listen for the prompting of the Holy Spirit and write or draw anything that come to mind.

Jesus wants to help you, that’s why he’s given us the Holy Spirit.

If you want real change in your life, you need the help of the Holy Spirit.

Ask your mum or dad to send me a photo of your cardboard testimony… I’d love to see it!

Activity

Print off the worksheet and see how well you do in the quiz!

Inside out 1 worksheet

Sunday 24th May

We can have HOPE!

“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him.  Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit”  Romans 15:13

What is the Best News Ever?

God knows everything about you – he knows all the good things about you – and he knows all the bad things about you.

He knows that sometimes you’ve done wrong things and sometimes, others have done wrong things to you.. He knows the dark feelings, thoughts or actions that can rise up inside you. They can hurt other people and keep you from knowing and experiencing God’s love.

That makes God sad because he has much better things for you. He wants to give you Hope and here’s how:

God loves you so much that he sent his son Jesus to earth.

Jesus came as a person, like you. In everything he did, he showed us what God is like. Even though he was perfect, he was arrested and killed like a criminal. Now that might sound like a terrible mistake, but it really wasn’t.

By dying on the cross, Jesus chose to suffer pain. To enter into all the bad things in all the world, to suffer them with us, and to take them on his shoulders. So he could smash them! Three days later, God brought him back to life so that nothing can ever separate you or anyone else from experiencing God’s love!

This is why you can have hope. It’s like a great big gift that God wants to give you.

God wants you to say ‘yes’ to receiving his gift.

When you do this, God puts his Holy Spirit inside you. The Holy Spirit changes your heart so you can love God and love others.

He gives you his power to make a difference in the world and promises he will always be with you and will never leave you.

This is the Best News Ever!

It doesn’t matter who you are, how old you are or what you’ve done. God wants everyone – young and old to come to him and say ‘yes’. If you want to receive this gift of hope and love, you can tell God in prayer today….

Discussion:

  • What is hope?
  • How did God give the world hope?
  • How does God give us hope today?
  • Why did Jesus come to Earth?
  • Who can say ‘yes’ to Jesus?  Do you have to be a certain age or height or size before you can say ‘yes’ to him?
  • Where do you need God’s hope today?

If you would like to say ‘YES’ to Jesus today, say this prayer with Matt:

If you’ve said ‘YES’ to Jesus today, please get your mum or dad to drop me an email, or put something on the God Spot …. we’d love to hear about it!

Prayer:

Print off this ‘hope’ card:

Hope

  • Invite the Holy Spirit to come and minister to you
  • Where could you use some of God’s Hope?
  • Write or draw within the letters of the Hope card areas of your life where you need hope

Sunday 17th May

We can be close to God!

“You know all about me. You know when I sit down and when I get up. You know my thoughts before I think them.” Psalm 139:1-2

Worship

Listen to the Bible story for this week:

Can you imagine what it would have been like to have been one of those children in the story? To have seen Jesus stop what he was doing, just for you! So he could take you in his arms, pray for you and bless you?

Those children probably never forgot the words Jesus spoke to them.

Jesus showed them how God feels about children, that children are very important to God.

And you are important to him too. He loves that you can be close to him. He want you to be in a close friendship with him – now and forever.
Maybe you didn’t realise it, but Jesus knows you. He knows all your names, first, middle and last, and even your nicknames. He designed your fingerprints. He knows all about your family. He even knows how many hairs are on your head at any moment! He knows every detail about you, because he loves you so much, he pays attention to you all the time.

Psalm 139:1-2 says how God thinks about us:
“You know all about me. You know when I sit down and when I get up. You know my thoughts before I think them.”

God knows you better than anyone else, and he loves you better than anyone else! Being in a close friendship with God is the best friendship there is. Just like those bible children were welcome to come to Jesus, you’re welcome to come to him too . And that is really good news!

Discussion questions:
• What does it mean to be close to someone?
• What is one way you feel close to God?
• How does it make you feel to know that God knows everything about you?
• How are you going to practise being close to God this week?

Prayer:

God, thank you that you love children so much. Help me to know that you love me being close to you. Help that good news settle deep into my heart this week.  In Jesus’ name. Amen

Put on some quiet music
Invite the Holy spirit to come
Ask God, “if you and I could have a special time together anywhere in the world, right now, where would you take me?”
Capture the first thought that goes through your mind.
Ask God, why did you pick that place?
Draw a picture of what you felt or heard.

Sunday 10th May

We can have generous hearts!

“For this is how much God loved the world – he gave his one and only unique Son as a gift”  John 3:16

Listen to Jim tell the story of Jesus feeding of 5000 people:

This week’s Bible story was about a little boy who was willing to give what he had (his lunch!) and Jesus took that little lunch and miraculously turned it into enough food to feed all the people in the crowd!

The boy gave and got to be part of the miracle that Jesus did! Isn’t that cool!

Wouldn’t it be cool to be part of a miracle?

God loves it when you and I give because he can use what we give to do miracles in someone else’s life.

You can start at home by sharing or taking turns with people in your family.

You can give by having a generous attitude about your stuff, your time or your space.

Remember – you only have your stuff because someone generously gave it to you in the first place! God loves children that can give in big and small ways – because God is a giver too!

Discussion questions:
• What does it mean to give generously?
• What does the Bible say about giving? Check out Proverbs 11:25 and 1 Timothy 6:18
• What are some of the ways you can give generously this week?

Prayer:
God you are so good. You give and give and never stop taking care of us. Thank you for always being good. Help us to give generously, knowing that you’ll always give us what we need.

In Jesus’ name. Amen

Print off this encouragement card:

Encouragement Card

Invite the Holy spirit to come and speak to you.
Be still for a few minutes and listen to the Holy Spirit
Fill out the encouragement card according to what the Holy Spirit is telling you
Give the card to the person you want to encourage

Sunday 3rd May

We can be BRAVE!

“Do not be afraid… for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go”.  Joshua ch 1 v 9

Listen to the story of Miriam and Moses from Exodus chapter 2:

God loves that children, just like you can be brave! You may never need to save a baby from a rhino or a crocodile, but sometimes, just like Miriam, you’ll have to choose to be brave.

Watch this video of children saying when they had to be brave:

Being brave doesn’t mean you’re not afraid. It means you do what needs to be done, even though you are afraid. That’s why it’s hard… but God promises that he’ll always be with us, like he was with Miriam and Moses.

When we trust him, and choose to do what’s right, even when it’s hard, God is so proud! Whether it’s holding your breath under water in swimming lessons? Sitting quietly in the dentists chair, or standing up for a friend who is being teased. God recognises those acts of bravery because he knows how we feel inside.

God knows that with his help, you can be brave! And God loves that about you.

Discussion:

• Do you have any stories of how God spoke to you this week?
• What does it mean to be brave?
• What does the Bible say about being brave?
• Check out Joshua 1:9. How does this verse make you feel?
• Tell us about a time when you had to be brave?

Prayer:

Thank you God that you promise always to be with us wherever we go, so we don’t have to be afraid – ever!  We can be brave because we have you Lord.

In Jesus’ name.  Amen

Print off this worksheet:

BRAVE Worksheet

Draw a picture of you being brave this week!

Sunday 25th April 2020

Hearing God’s Voice

“Call out to me. I will answer you. I will tell you great things you do not know”. Jeremiah 33:3

God invites you all to call on him and ask him questions! He says he’ll give you answers – isn’t that cool?!

Worship

Watch this video about how God calls Samuel -you can also read about it in 1 Samuel 3.

At first, Samuel didn’t recognise God’s voice. He needed Eli to help him. It’s OK for us to learn how to hear God too! We need to learn how God speaks to us and how to recognise his voice when we hear it.

One of the ways God speaks to us is in his word, the Bible. He told us to call out to him. A great thing about reading or listening to the Bible is that we become very familiar with God’s voice as we hear his words over and over again.

When we talk to God in prayer, let’s remember to take time to listen too. In fact, that’s the most important part! God has things he want to tell us and show us. Many times God doesn’t use words – he may show us pictures in our imaginations, or give us dreams while we sleep. Sometimes he gives us an idea of something we could do to share his love with someone. Those are all ways of sharing himself with us so we can be part of what he’s doing in the world.

Watch this video about Kids hearing God:

Discussion:

• What are some of the ways God speaks to people?
• What does Jesus mean when he says “my sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.” John 10:27
• What do we need to do to get God to answer us?
• Has God ever spoken to you? If so, how did he speak and what did he say?
• If God hasn’t spoken to you, don’t give up asking! God loves you and wants to talk to you.

Prayer:

Thank you God for creating each of our Epic Kids individually and wonderfully special, so they can experience being loved and cared for by you.
Thank you that each of us – no matter who we are – can hear you speak to us.
Please speak to us now.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Invite the Holy Spirit to come and make His truth known.
Ask God this question: “If you could play any game with me right now, what would it be?”
Capture the first thought that comes to mind or the first thing you feel.
Then, ask God – ‘Why did you pick that game?” and “What do you want to teach me or show me through that game?”
Draw a picture of what you felt or heard.

Activity:

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HEAR Worksheet

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