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This morning in in2mission…

The last time we met for In2mission we looked at how Jesus called himself the Good Shepherd. This week we looked at how the Good Shepherd calls us to gather round his table to share bread and wine.

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First we gathered the sheep into the sheepfold and reminded ourselves that the Good Shepherd knows each of his sheep by name and that the sheep know his voice so that when he calls them from the sheepfold they follow him.

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We also remembered that the Good Shepherd walks in front of his sheep and leads them to the good, green grass.

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Then it was time to gather round the table.

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We placed the bread and the wine on the table of the Good Shepherd and called the grown ups…and the children…and the babies to join our celebration.

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Over in Church House, we looked a little more at Holy Communion. Rev’d Christina had kindly lent us her very old home Communion set which was just the right size so we laid the table, learnt that the cup is a chalice and the plate a paten, tasted some wafers and found out that Jesus said the bread was his body and the wine his blood.

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Then it was time to ‘write’ our prayers using slices of bread and cookie cutters. Jo was in charge as we toasted our prayers for our great grandmas, our friends, for peace in Syria and starving children.

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All children, aged three and over, are welcome to join us the next time we meet at 10.30am on 8th June when we will be celebrating the great festival of Pentecost.

The Bible according to the Little Fishes…

The Little Fishes are loving that it is still Easter as they get to start every session with the words ‘Alleluia. Christ is risen…He is risen indeed. Alleluia’ and to sing all of our ‘Alleluia’ songs.

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This week we joined Jesus and the disciples for a barbecue on the beach.

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We heard the story…

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…and collected up the fishes in the disciples’ net.

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What a surprise when the disciples realised it was Jesus standing on the shore waiting to cook breakfast for them. We also heard a very special bit of the story where Jesus tells Peter to look after his lambs and we learned that that means us!

Then it was time to make our own picture of the Sea of Galilee and the disciples’ fishing net scooping the fishes out of the water.

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Join the Little Fishes every Friday at 2pm to find out what happens next to Jesus and the disciples.

This morning in In2mission…

In2mission is our Sunday club for children aged 3 years and over and we meet during the 10.30am Celebrate! service on 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.

This morning, we heard again how Jesus said, ‘I am the Good Shepherd.’

We began our story with a beautiful field full of soft, green grass.

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We added a stream of cool, fresh water to our field with pools shallow enough to splash and play in.

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But we also learned that there were other pools which were deep and dark and dangerous..ones that you shouldn’t go near…and prickly brambles that scratch and tear.

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Then we met the Good Shepherd who knows every part of the field and stream and also knows the places where it is dangerous to go.

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The Good Shepherd carefully built a sheepfold…

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…to keep his sheep safe.

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At night the shepherd gathered his sheep into the fold…and his heart was filled with joy.

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After we moved over to Church House our 3, 4 and 5 year olds decided that the Good Shepherd must be called Jesus and that perhaps the sheep were not called Flossie, Froo-Froo and Finbar but Alex, Amelia and Gracie. We thought that Jesus wants to look after us and keep us safe and that we should follow him. Just like the shepherd looks after his sheep.

Then it was time for cutting and sticking!

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Join us on 25th May when we meet next. All children aged 3+ are welcome to come along.

(Our story this morning was taken from ‘Bible Storybags’ by Margaret Cooling)

Jesus’ Last Passover

This evening we gathered to mark Maundy Thursday.

We shared an evening meal as we heard the story of Jesus’ last Passover, prayed and washed each other’s feet.

We heard how Jesus …said the words of the feast in a way the disciples had never heard before. How he took the bread…blessed it…and broke it…and gave it to them, saying…”Take. Eat. This is my body, broken for you.”…Then how Jesus took the cup…and said, “Drink this, all of you. This is my blood which is shed for you.”

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After the meal, Jesus washed his friends’feet…so we did too.

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Then the disciples sang a hymn and went out to a garden to pray…so we shared our prayers for people, places and situations that were on our hearts.

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And we heard what happened next…

…People who didn’t like Jesus took him. They wouldn’t let him go. Later they nailed him to a cross to kill him…Jesus died. It was very sad…

But three days later God did an amazing thing. God made Jesus alive again.

So every time we eat this bread…and drink this cup…we remember that Jesus died, and that God made him alive again.

Join us at 10am on Good Friday for All Age Worship and then on Easter Day at 10.30am when we will celebrate the Resurrection and admit three of our children to Holy Communion. Everyone is welcome to worship with us.

(With thanks to ‘Flame: Children’s Creative Ministry for the play dough mats)

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