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Welcome to the Lord’s Table

Last Sunday’s theme was ‘Who were Jesus’ friends?’ as we met to continue preparing some of our young people to receive Holy Communion at Easter. In church, we began by hearing how Jesus called his first disciples, Peter and Andrew, James and John, by the Sea of Galilee.

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Then it time to learn a little bit more about being disciples over in Church House.

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The Little ones fished for disciples to help us learn their names…

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…whilst the older ones matched the disciples with their symbols and learnt a little bit about their lives.

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Then it was time for some making fun. The Little Ones made their own set of disciples out of playdough.

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We counted them several times to make sure that we had 12.

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The older ones used some olive oil to draw the cross on each other’s foreheads just like when they were baptised and talked about how they already belonged to Christ. They each made a little clay fish to keep by their beds to remind them to follow Jesus throughout the week ahead.

In2mission meets again on 9th March during the 10.30am Celebrate! Service when we will begin looking at prayer. All children aged 3 and over are welcome to join us.

The Bible According to the Little Fishes

This afternoon the Little Fishes picked up their story box to discover which story about Jesus they would be sharing but when they shook the box there wasn’t any sound. One Little Fishy suggested it might be a cloud. He might have had inside information because when we opened the box there was a light, fluffy cloud with the message, ‘This is my Son.’

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We smoothed out the green grass and counted out the disciples.

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When we were sure that we had the right number the story began.

Jesus and his disciples had been teaching in the countryside. Then Jesus told them, ‘I must go to Jerusalem for the Passover. I will be killed, but on the third day I will be alive again.’ The disciples could not believe this.Then he led Peter, James and John to a high mountain to talk with God.

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As Jesus was talking with God his face began to shine as bright as the sun and his clothes became dazzling white. Elijah and Moses appeared beside Jesus. Suddenly a cloud covered them.

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The disciples were terrified. Then a voice said, ‘This is my special son, whom I love. Listen to him. Looking round the disciples saw only Jesus. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ Jesus said. ‘Come follow me.’

The Little Fishes carefully and quietly helped to pack the story away.

Then it was time for some sticking. We each made our own fluffy, white cloud to help us remember the story.

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Little Fishes is our ‘mums and tots’ group which meets every Friday (including half term) 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 songs, stories, craft and play. Join us next week for another story about Jesus.

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

Deanery Confirmation Service with Bishop Martin

Deanery Confirmation Service with +Martin

Deanery Confirmation Service with +Martin

 

The Bishop of Chichester, the Right Reverend Dr. Martin Warner, led a joyful Deanery Confirmation Service at Holy Trinity, Hurstpierpoint on Friday 31st January.

Among the candidates was Henry from Henfield, who was delighted with the experience. If you would like more information about Baptism and Confirmation, please contact St. Peter’s Church Office on 01273 495532.

 

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.)

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