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The Bible according to the Little Fishes

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The rest of the Little Fishes gathered to a resounding rendition of ‘If you’re happy and you know it’. Then it was time to discover what was inside our very sparkly story box.

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One Little Fish was insistent there was a fish inside but everyone else said there wasn’t because there wasn’t any water but he was right!

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A blue fish with the message, ‘You will be fishers of men’, which sounded like a clue for a story…This is the Sea of Galilee.

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Many different people live by the Sea of Galilee…Some are poor…Some are sick…Some are children…Some are in the fishing business.

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Jesus said many amazing things and did such wonderful things that people followed him…he came close to the sick…He encouraged the poor…He blessed the children…And he taught the people…’This is the way God wants us to care for each other…this is the way of the kingdom of God.’ But they did not understand, so he said, ‘Come follow Me. I will make you fishers of men.’…Peter and Andrew left their nets to follow Jesus. Then James and John followed too.

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Then it was time to make our own fishes. One Little Fishy made a whole shoal of fish!

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Little Fishes is our ‘mums and tots’ group which meets every Friday in church from 2pm. There is no charge and all babies, toddlers and pre-school children are very welcome to come along with their carers for stories, songs, craft, play and biscuits. Join us next week for another story about Jesus.

(With thanks to ‘Following Jesus’ by Sonja M Stewart on which our story was based.)

Welcome to the Lord’s Table

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The story of Jesus and the Children (Matthew 19: 13-15) was the starting point this week for the second session of ‘Welcome to the Lord’s Table’. We gathered in front of the baptistry mosaic to hear the story and to consider the point that our church would not be complete without children.

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Karen shared the story with us when we moved over to Church House and we wondered how the children would have felt as they drew close to Jesus and he talked to them.

While the older children continued with their work on their Christian journey so far the little ones created a poster of the children of the world gathering to greet Jesus.

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Then each of the Little Ones was invited to retell the story to Sarah using our new set of story stones.

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In2mission meets next on 9th February but all are welcome to join us every Sunday at 10.30am for Celebrate! Our family friendly service.

The Bible according to the Little Fishes

The Little Fishes gathered again this afternoon to enjoy another Bible story about St Paul but while everyone was arriving we sang some of our favourite songs – ‘Twinkle, twinkle little star’, ‘Away in a manger’ and ‘The wiseman built his house upon the rock’.

Rev’d Christina reminded us about how Paul had been really mean to the Friends of Jesus and then how Jesus how spoken to him from a bright light as he travelled to Damascus. From then on Paul had become one of Jesus’ followers.

After a while the people of Damascus wanted Paul to be arrested. So his friends put together a plan for Paul to escape.

First of all, we had to build the city walls of Damascus.

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Rev’d Cristina told us that Paul’s friends put him him in a large basket so they could lower him over the city walls. We found a large basket and put teddy in it.

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Then we attached ropes to the basket.

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And got ready to lower Teddy over the city walls.

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After all this excitement it was time for some colouring. All different colours were chosen for the basket from yellow through to purple.

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Then it was time to knock the city walls down!

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Little Fishes is our ‘mums and tots’ group which meets every Friday in church from 2pm. There is no charge and all babies, toddlers and pre-school children are very welcome to come along with their carers for stories, songs, craft, play and biscuits.

The Bible according to the Little Fishes

‘Is it possible for people to change?’, was the question the Little Fishes were considering this week as they learnt a little bit about St Paul. And to tell this story Rev’d Peter needed…a bag of bricks?

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Is it possible for someone to go from being scary like this monster…

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…to something useful like this bridge?

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The Little Fishes heard that this was what happened to Paul. When we first meet him in the Bible he is being mean and nasty to the Friends of Jesus. But one day he saw a bright light which blinded him. Jesus spoke to Paul from the light and told him to be nice to his friends and so Paul was.

Then it was time for some construction

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…and then for some demolition!

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The biscuits were very popular after all this hard work.

Little Fishes is our ‘mums and tots’ group which meets every Friday in church from 2pm. There is no charge and all babies, toddlers and pre-school children are very welcome to come along with their carers. Join us next week as we learn some more about St Paul.

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