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.