Celebrating!

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Pentecost!! The birthday of the church…

Time to celebrate My Jesus Family!

Resources:

  • A group of family and friends; young and old, and in-between!
  • paper people cut outs
  • glue
  • scissors
  • coloured pens
  • scraps of patterned paper & fabric
  • imagination!

The challenge: to dress the paper people and talk about many of the wonderful friends we each have in our Jesus Family where we live.

The result:

  • fun
  • together time
  • celebration of people in our churches and what they mean to us
  • discovering new things about each others’ gifts
  • moments of thankfulness for being part of Jesus’ Family

Afterwards we settled down to read ‘My Jesus Family’ together. With characters we could relate to, with all their feelings and strengths we found we were chatting together about what we love (and what we may find difficult) about being part of this amazing family.

Why not celebrate Pentecost this week!

 

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Church is ….

So, how would you describe church?

Dictionaries say this:

(Oxford Dictionaries) Church

NOUN

  • building used for public Christian worship.

    ‘the church was largely rebuilt at the end of the 15th century’
    ‘some people go to church every Sunday’
    ‘after church we went to a restaurant’
    in names ‘St Luke’s Church’     

Christian denomination:

‘the Methodist Church’…

Christians worshipping in a particular place

‘She is a member of this church.’
What would you say? How do you talk about church with your children?
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‘My Jesus Family’ can start conversations, and has bible verses to look at together. Think about church from a child’s perspective…
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we’re all different!

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It’s difficult not to get worried about bringing up my children in the world as it is right now, more than ever there seems to be such a sense of distrust and fear of anyone or anything that is different or unknown. Fear and distrust that seems to become hatred and prejudice, exclusion and neglect all too quickly.

It can feel such an uphill struggle trying to hold onto, and show our kids a different worldview, something nearer to a God-view of others.

In ‘My Jesus family’ our little girl’s best friend at church is very different to herself;

‘We look very different; she has black hair and I have blonde, and I have more freckles than her.’

and the two don’t always get on absolutely perfectly! But they are best friends, they are like sisters to each other. Our little girl values her friend’s unique gifts and her company, and it may surprise us as adults just what she sees as different between them – I love that she, just like my little one, notices the freckles!

It is so important to be able to talk openly about the fact that we are all unique, which inevitably means there will be differences between us – differences in our talents, our experiences, our looks, our strengths and our needs. ‘My Jesus family’ introduces you & your child to this little girl’s unique family in church and opens up discussions about difference, about how we are all differently able, differently gifted but each vital, each valued and invited into God’s family because of Jesus.

I wonder what conversations it will open up for you with your children?

‘My Jesus family’ is available now!

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why church?

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Why write a book about church to share with little ones?

Going to Church is so often a struggle. It can feel hard work when our kids are small (or not so small!), loud, fidgety, fast, uncooperative, perhaps unaware of social expectations, perhaps overloaded by all the sensory input around them, and lets face it… always very noticeable! We can feel uncomfortable, judged even, and sometimes unwelcome – like we don’t fit. We also worry that if we  keep on persuading our kids to come, that perhaps they will grow up not choosing to go to church at all.

Church isn’t just about going to church though, the Bible teaches us much more about being church together, that church is family, God’s family! And it’s him who welcomes us into it through Jesus.

How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.

(Ephesians 1:5 MSG)

I really want to share that amazing truth with my little ones, what an exciting and wonderful thing to be part of! It’s a happy-ending-love-story we are invited into!

Little ones (and their parents!) need to know that this is what church is. Church is family. I think it really changes how we view it, and how we feel – especially when it’s uncomfortable or difficult, or Sunday simply seems to be one of those days, …because family in it’s truest sense is a given, and a gift – we were made for it & it was made for us!

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