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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.

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.

The Bible according to the Little Fishes

The Little Fishes returned this week after their winter break. Could they squeeze another story out of Christmas? Of course they could!

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As the Little Fishes gathered we remembered how long it took Christmas to arrive; how long it took Father Christmas to arrive on Christmas Eve and then how long some of us had to wait on Christmas morning before we were allowed to open our presents. One Little Fishy told us how they didn’t wait quite so long as the rest after they escaped from their beds in the middle of the night and had to be rounded up by a not-very-happy mummy!

We were feeling in a party mood by this time so we played a game of pass-the-parcel.

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Rev’d Peter was in charge of the music and he made us wait so long before we could remove each layer of paper.

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Eventually we got to the end and the prize was Baby Jesus! We had waited such a long time!

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We shared the story of Simeon and Anna waiting and waiting at the temple to meet the Christ. And how they knew it was the Baby Jesus when Mary and Joseph brought him to the temple in Jerusalem to be presented to God.

And what do you need to do once you have received your presents? You have to say thank you. So that is what we did – a thank you letter to God.

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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.

FINDING A NEW VICAR: NEWS AT LAST!

Since Alastair Cutting’s departure at the end of March 2013, St Peter’s Church, Henfield has been without a vicar. There are a number of reasons why it is taking so long to find a replacement, (nearly?) all of which have been beyond our control and many local people have felt frustrated about this delay.

But, finally, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel. An advertisement has recently appeared in the Church Times and interviews for those who apply for this position will be held in early February. We have high hopes that an announcement about the appointment of a new vicar will be made in the next few weeks. Although the successful applicant will probably not take up this post for about three months, we should at least know that the search for Alastair’s replacement has been completed.

10 January 2014

Journeying to Bethlehem

Finally, we reached the end of our journey.

Stop…watch…pay attention…something incredible has happened in Bethlehem.

Christmas Day…the day we celebrate the mystery of God becoming a person. The day we gathered with the prophets, Mary and Joseph, the shepherds and the Magi to worship the Christ Child…

…Immanuel…the special Son of God.

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We met the newborn Christ Child, lying in a manger bed…Christ the Light…a light for the whole world. The light that shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Everyone is welcome to join us at 10.30am for ‘Celebrate!’, our family friendly service.

(With thanks to ‘Young Children and Worship’ by Sonja M Stewart and Jerome W Berryman on which our journey is based)

Come and worship the newborn King

A warm welcome awaits everyone at all of our three churches this Christmas.

Christmas Eve
4pm Crib service at St Peter’s Church, Henfield
all children are welcome to come dressed as shepherds, kings, angels or barn animals and join in with us.

10pm Christmas Communion at St Peter’s Church, Woodmancote
11pm. Midnight Communion at St Peter’s Church, Henfield
11.30pm. Midnight Communion at St Giles’ Church, Shermanbury – CANCELLED DUE TO FLOODING

Christmas Day
9am. Parish Communion at St Peter’s Church, Henfield
9.45am. Holy Communion at St Peter’s Church, Woodmancote
10.30am. Celebrate! Communion (our family friendly service) at St Peter’s Church, Henfield
11.15am. Holy Communion at St Giles’ Church, Shermanbury

Merry Christmas!

Journeying to Bethlehem

The fourth Sunday of Advent. We have come so far on our journey that we can see Bethlehem in the distance. There are only a few more days until we can celebrate the mystery of Christmas.

But who can we travel with today?

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The wise men…the kings….The Magi are on the way to Bethlehem. They will show us the way.

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The Magi saw a wild star in the sky. They followed it to Bethlehem, bringing gifts for a newborn king: gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

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So stop…watch…pay attention…something incredible is going to happen in Bethlehem.

Join us at the 10.30am Celebrate!, our family friendly service, on Christmas morning for the final stage of our journey.

(With thanks to ‘Young Children and Worship’ by Sonja M Stewart and Jerome W Berryman on which our journey is based)