Category: In2mission (page 1 of 2)

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.

Welcome to the Lord’s Table

As we reach the end of the course to prepare our children to receive Holy Communion we looked this week at temptation and saying sorry. We began with the story of Jesus in the wilderness. We gathered in church and opened the bag to find we had a little piece of the desert with us.

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After he was baptised, Jesus was led by the Spirit of God into the desert where for forty days and forty nights, he stayed alone…talking with God….and wondering which way he should go. Jesus had eaten nothing and he was very hungry.

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Then the evil one came to Jesus and said, “if you really are the special Son of God, turn these stones into bread.”…Jesus was very hungry. Bread would taste so good. Jesus wondered…then Jesus said, ‘No!’ Jesus said, ‘It is written: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”’

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Then the evil one came to Jesus a second time and took him to Jerusalem, the holy city of God. Here the evil one set Jesus on the highest point of the Temple. The evil one said, “if you really are the special Son of God, prove it. Throw yourself down. For it is written:‘“He will command his angels concerning you,and they will lift you up in their hands,so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”’
Jesus wondered…if angels saved him everyone would know he was special and they would follow him. Then Jesus said, “No! ‘It is also written: “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”’

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Then the evil one came to Jesus a third time and took him to a very high mountain. “Look,” said the evil one. “Here are all the nations of the world. Look how wonderful they are. I will give all of them to you, if you will worship me.”
It would be wonderful to be king of all these nations. Jesus wondered…then Jesus said, “No! Go away, Satan! For it is written: “Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.”’
The evil one left Jesus. And Jesus was filled with the Spirit of God.

Then it was over to Church House to learn a bit about saying sorry for the things we do that are wrong.

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First of all, we helped Karen recap the story.

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Then we helped Amelia to sequence our memory verse.

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We then split into our groups. The older ones learned about how a temptation becomes a sin and they thought hard about the choices we make by looking at the parable of the Good Samaritan. The Little ones were each given a picture of their soul. We talked about how our souls start off all lovely and clean…

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…but when we do things that are wrong it is like scribbling all over them…but when we say sorry our souls are wiped clean again.

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This was our last session of Welcome to the Lord’s Table before Easter but there are lots of opportunities for families to worship together at St Peter’s before then. You are all invited to join us at our 10.30am family-friendly service every Sunday but especially on
30th March Celebrate! Communion for Mothering Sunday.
6th April Celebrate! All Age Worship – ‘A Walk through Holy Week’
13th April Celebrate! Communion for Palm Sunday
20th April Celebrate! Easter Communion when three of our children will be admitted to Communion

Come and join us.

Welcome to the Lord’s Table

The Transfiguration of Jesus and prayer were our themes at In2mission this week. We shared the story of Jesus going up the mountain to talk to God and what happened next in church.

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Once over in church House we learnt that prayer is a golden gift from God….

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We heard that Jesus knew all about prayer…that he prayed early in the morning…he prayed late into the night…he prayed for this friends…and for those who would have counted themselves his enemies…And we remembered the story when he prayed for little children…how he laid his hands upon them and he blessed them…

One day, when Jesus was praying, his friends came up to him and said, ‘Lord, teach us to pray’, so we opened the box and shared the Lord’s Prayer together.

Our heavenly Father is better than the best father we could ever imagine. He cares for us so much that he wants you to call him ‘Daddy’. He loves us even more than a mother hen loves her chicks…OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN…

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When we pray we need to remember that our heavenly Father is very holy. He is all that is good… all that is light…HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME…

Our heavenly Father loves us so much that he has spread his love to every corner of the world… north… south… east… west…YOUR KINGDOM COME…YOUR WILL BE DONE…ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.

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Our heavenly Father loves us so much that he wants us to have every good thing we need…he loves us to ask him… he loves us to share our lives with him.

Our daily bread is not just the toast we have for breakfast… or the ham sandwiches we have for lunch. It is everything we need…our friends…our families…our homes…clothes to keep us warm…food and love to nourish us…GIVE US TODAY OUR DAILY BREAD.

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Now God knows that we don’t always get things right…and he has given us the ten best ways to help us live and to help us to know when we get things wrong…and He wants us to love as we are loved…FORGIVE US OUR SINS AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO SIN AGAINST US.

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God knows that there are things that make us stumble and fall… there are grey areas when we are not sure whether we are doing right or wrong…LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL…Our Heavenly Father will never, ever turn his back on us… he will never, ever let us go…

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YOURS IS THE KINGDOM…THE POWER…AND THE GLORY…FOREVER AND EVER…AMEN.

The Older Ones talked a little bit more about prayer with Karen and used our prayer rocks to help them as they learnt about different types of prayer. They finished with a time of prayer and lit some candles.

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The Little Ones coloured their own copy of the Lord’s Prayer to take home.

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Not everyone wanted to colour, so with a bit of help from James, one Little One retold the prayer all to himself.

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In2mission is our Sunday club to which all children aged 3 and over are very welcome. We meet next on 23rd March during the 10.30am Celebrate! service.

(With thanks to ‘The Lord’s Prayer Unplugged’ by Lucy Moore)

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.

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