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.
17 January 2021
This is the second week of this year's Zoom meetings. We watched a short video about King David and then told a further bit of the story. The children answered questions and we then went on to further discussions. We closed the meeting as always with a prayer for the week ahead.
Today, we each read a bit of the Christmas story and then had another quiz with some tricky questions which were answered very well. We finished with a prayer and some music. Next week, the boys and girls are invited to join the congregation for the Christmas Service by phoning in on the new number: 0345 388 7442 at 11.00am and entering the pin number 462824 when prompted. (The original phone number of 03300 883434 with the same pin number should still work.)
We will take a break from our Zoom meetings for a few weeks and Sunday School will restart on Sunday 10 January 2021 at 11.00am. We look forward to welcoming the children back then and if any new children would like to join us, please contact us via the home page for a link to the Zoom meeting.
Our very best wishes to everyone for a Happy Christmas.
This week we used the script (which we had previously sent out) for a discussion between the shepherds; firstly when the angel appeared and spoke to them and then after they had visited baby Jesus in the stable. The boys and girls each read parts of the story and filled in the missing words from a separate list. Some answers were quite tricky and they all did really well.
Today, we thought about the Wise Men and how God sent his Son for the whole world. We discussed what it would have been like in Bethlehem, what the houses would be like etc. Then we thought about the whole world and how different things are, even the words we use to describe the same things. We had a lively quiz about this, with even more suggestions from the boys and girls; well done!
There was also an update about Worku, the boy we sponsor through World Vision, along with a recent photograph. Worku lives in a village in Ethiopia and we searched for this on our map. We have already sent a card to him with wishes for Joy, Peace and Hope at Christmas.
Today, we began a series looking at the people involved in the Nativity story and we thought about Mary and Joseph who received such amazing news from the angels. We learned what kind of man Joseph was and that he was always obedient to God.
We completed a crossword and had an active game followed by an action song. A pack will be sent to all the children before next Sunday with Christmas craft materials as well as activity sheets and word searches. We hope they will enjoy this special time of year in the life of the Church.
As the adults held a Communion Service today, the Sunday School held a celebration of The Lord's Supper on our Zoom meeting. We all had a piece of bread and some juice or water and joined together as if we were sharing a special meal. We explained why we do this in remembrance of Jesus. We closed our meeting by saying The Lord's Prayer together.
Our Zoom meeting today was all about Remembrance Sunday. Lorraine had a wonderful display behind her with the large outline of a soldier and other pictures, plus lots and lots of poppies. She discussed with the children why there is a Remembrance Day and what it is all about. She spoke about some people known to her who were particularly affected as a result of recent wars. Prayers were said for those who lost their lives and for peace in our world.
This week, we heard the story of Matthew (also called Levi). He was a tax collector and the Jewish people did not like people who collected taxes for the Romans, especially as most of the took more money than they should and kept it for themselves. Jesus called Matthew to leave his work and follow Him. Matthew did as Jesus said and he prepared a feast for Jesus at this house. People were angry that Jesus should eat with such people but Jesus told them that He was there to forgive people and bring them to God.
Lorraine and Emma dressed the part for our Hallowe'en themed Zoom meeting today and the boys and girls showed us the decorations they will put in their windows. These included pumpkins which were an important part of our story today. Each year, we tell a World Vision story with a Christian message about Patch, the little Pumpkin with a big heart. This time, Patch was sad when he was left on the side lines during a football match with Amira and her friends, but was thrilled when he was later included and in fact helped score a goal! The story reminds us how important it is for us to include people who might feel left out.
We hope the children will enjoy looking for pumpkins in windows when they are out walking and we will hear how many they have found when we meet again next week.
Today's Zoom meeting began with a lively action song from Lorraine and this was followed by a prayer by Emma. Our story was about Hidden Treasures and related to all the people around us who go about quietly helping others. Jesus told his disciples that whenever they did something to help other people, it was a though they were doing it for Him.
The boys and girls have worksheets to complete with pictures or names of people who help us. There is also a prayer cube to make up and use, to help in our prayers, eg "thank you", "sorry" etc.
After an action video song we closed the meeting with prayer.
Today, we completed this part of Jacob's story. God had told Jacob that it was time to return home so he set off with his whole family, his servants and his animals. Jacob was worried about seeing his brother Esau again and more so when the messengers he sent ahead told him that Esau was coming to meet him with 400 men. Jacob chose various animals as presents for Esau, to be sent ahead with his servants. Jacob prayed to God for help and when he finally met his brother, Esau welcomed him with open arms and all the old quarrels were forgotten.
Many years later, Jacob's family became known as the children of Israel. All God's promises to Jacob had been fulfilled.
This story reminds us that God is always with us, wherever we are and whatever is happening in our lives.
Everyone was delighted to see our minister, Bob on screen briefly at the beginning of our Zoom meeting today. We hope the congregation on the conference call could hear the children saying hello at the start of the church service.
Today, we continued the story of Jacob who had fled from home and gone to live with his uncle in Haran. His Uncle Laban had two daughters, Leah and her younger sister Rachel. Jacob asked his uncle if he could marry Rachel and his uncle agreed, provided Jacob worked for him for seven years. Jacob did this and when the time came for him to marry Rachel, his uncle tricked him and he marred Leah instead. (It was the custom for the oldest daughter to be married first.) So, Jacob had to work for another seven years before he could also marry Rachel. That was a long time!
Jacob continued to work for Laban for many years and was paid in sheep and goats. He became a wealthy man. He had a large family of 11 sons and one daughter. One day, God told Jacob that he should take his family and return home. God promised that he would always be with him.
Next week, we will see what happened when Jacob returned home again and met with his brother Esau.
We were delighted to see the boys and girls on Zoom today although some internet connections were causing problems. Our story today was the beginning of a series about Jacob. We learned that after tricking his father into giving him the blessing that should rightfully have gone to his brother Esau, Jacob had to leave his home and go to stay with his uncle Laban who lived in Haran.
It was a long journey and Jacob stopped to rest at sunset. He lay down to sleep with his head rested on a large rock. He had a dream. He saw a ladder reaching from earth to heaven with angels going up and down on it and he heard God speaking to him. God promised Jacob many things and said that He would watch over him and never leave him.
We thought about how God is always with us no matter where we are or what we are doing.
We all had a chat together and then closed the meeting with a prayer.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our regular Sunday School meeting today on Zoom. Unfortunately, there were technical issues and Lorraine will be contacting Zoom to sort out the problem before next week.
We were disappointed not to get a proper chance to spend time with the children today but we look forward to seeing them all next week.
Please do join us boys and girls!
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.