In normal times we meet in the large hall every Sunday and go into the Church for a very short time at the beginning of the service and then have lots of different activities in the hall.
We have a Combi-Television which allows us to play DVD's, connect our laptop, and watch and play songs the Storybook Bible and other Children's christian programmes.
Sunday 31 May
We were delighted to see the boys and girls taking part in the Sunday School "Zoom" meeting. Lorraine welcomed the children an Emma began our meeting with a prayer. This was followed by the story of Jonah. Once again the story is written below for those who were unable to join us or to give the children a chance to read the story again.
Every week we ask the children to send in a photo of their art work, whether it is their own drawing of the story, or colouring in, or perhaps a model they have made.
Jonah and the Enormous Fish
We read in the Bible how God chose people to be his messengers. These people were called prophets. But they were not all willing to say "yes" when God called them.
One day, God told Jonah to go to the city of Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, with a message. The Assyrians were the enemies of God's people. "Tell them that in forty days Nineveh will be destroyed, unless the people stop doing wicked things."
Jonah was afraid to go and he thought "God forgives people so He won't destroy Nineveh," so he ran away.
Instead of going to Nineveh, Jonah went to Joppa and got on a boat heading for Spain. God was angry with Jonah for disobeying Him, so He created a huge storm at sea and the people on board were afraid that the boat would be ripped apart. "Pray to our gods" the crew shouted. Meanwhile, Jonah hd been sleeping below decks. When the captain wakened him and told him to pray like everyone else, Jonah refused.
The storm got worse and the boat was being tossed about. Jonah told the men that the storm was all his fault and that they should throw him overboard. The captain refused at first, but as the storm got worse, he did as Jonah asked. They threw him overboard and at one the sea became calm. Jonah thought he was going to drown and he called for help. God heard him and sent an enormous fish to swallow him alive. For three days, Jonah was in the dark inside the big fish. He prayed to God and told Him how sorry he was for disobeying Him.
God knew that Jonah was really sorry for running away, so He made the fish throw Jonah up onto the beach. This time when God again told Jonah to go to Nineveh, Jonah did as he was told. The people of Nineveh listened to Jonah when he gave them God's message and immediately changed how they lived. When God saw that they had given up their wicked ways, He did not destroy the city.
Lorraine hosted our first trial Sunday School "Zoom" meeting on Sunday 24 May and we were delighted to be able to see the children, to welcome them back and to invite them to join us each Sunday.
This week, our story was The Good Samaritan; especially important in the current times. A copy of the story is included here for those who may not have been able to join us today.
We have asked the children to send in pictures of some of the things they have drawn or made. This first week it could be rainbow pictures, or perhaps a picture of our story today, or of people being kind to others.
Children, please remember to include your name and age. Thank you!
Here is one from Scott, aged 9.
The Good Samaritan
Jesus was so popular with the people that the religious leaders became very jealous of him and they wanted to get rid of him.
Some tried to catch him out with difficult questions, such as "What do I need to do to have eternal life?".
"What does God's Law say that you should do?" Jesus asked the man.
"I must love God with all my heart and strength and mind" answered the man. "And I must love my neighbour as myself. But what does that mean? Who is my neighbour?"
To answer the question, Jesus did what he often did; he told a story.
There was once a man, who was on a journey from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way, he was attacked by robbers. They beat him and left him for dead. Soon after, a priest passed along the road. When he saw the man, he walked on the other side.
Then a teacher of the Law came along. He did nothing to help the man either. He too crossed over and continued his journey.
Later, a Samaritan, a man who came from the land of Samaria, came along. He saw the man and immediately felt sorry for him. He gently cleaned the man's wounds. And then with great care, he placed him on his own donkey and took him to a nearby inn.
Next day, when the Samaritan had to leave, he gave the innkeeper some money and said "Take care of this man. When I come this way again, I will pay you any extra that you have to spend".
The Samaritan did all this, even though the injured man was a Jew and the Jews did not like the Samaritans.
Jesus looked at the man who had asked the question and said "Who do you say behaved like a real neighbour?" "The good Samaritan" replied the man. "Then go", said Jesus "and try to be more like him".
The boys and girls have been busy over a few weeks with a number of activities around the story of Noah and the Ark. We watched the story on a short dvd, played games and did various crafts. We now have a big new notice board where the children can pin up their artwork and messages relating to different bible stories. We hope they will enjoy letting everyone seeing what they have been doing.
It was good to see a number of the children and their families joining in the Congregational Lunch in January. The boys and girls enjoyed sausage rolls and crisps instead of the haggis! We were delighted that people took away the pots of bulbs which the boys and girls had planted in the autumn.
We continue to have a mix of activities each week, including stories (sometimes short DVD's), music, crafts and games. All children are invited to come along and join us. We would be very happy to see you. Please contact us if you know of any children who would like to come along and find out more.