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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.

Welcome to the Lord’s Table

Today marked the beginning of a new term for in2mission, our children’s Sunday club, as well as the beginning of a new course to prepare three of our young people to be admitted to Holy Communion on Easter Day. To mark this, and the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord, we gathered at the font at the beginning of the Celebrate! Service and gave thanks for our baptisms.

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Rev’d Peter blessed the waters and thoroughly enjoyed soaking our three candidates before we left for in2mission.

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We then learned that in our church we baptise people in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. And that people can be baptised when they are babies, or children, or teenagers, or grow ups, or when they are very, very old.

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Karen poured out the water and reminded us of the waters of creation, the water Jesus was baptised in and the waters that we had all been baptised in. The Paschal candle was lit and we learnt that Jesus said, ‘I am the Light…’ Then Karen told us how the Holy Spirit comes to us when we need comfort and power. That we cannot see it, it is invisible but it is still there. Then it was the our turn. First, we marked the baby with the sign of the cross.

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And of course we all had to try our hand at baptising the baby.

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Then it was time to make a baptismal shell for Jesus to remember his baptism in the River Jordan.

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In2mission will meet again on 26th January during the 10.30am Celebrate! Service when all children aged 3 and over will be welcome to join us.

In the meantime, join us next Sunday at 10.30am for Celebrate! Xplore.

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