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These ideas can be used in a church setting as you parent in the pews or in your own home while connecting to a broadcast service or for your daily family devotions.
If worshipping at home you might like to prepare a space to worship which can be permanent or set aside and bought out when you are having private or family devotions.
We are in the Season of Christmas, and the litergical colour is white (but if you find that offensive you may like to use Gold instead). You might like to start by finding a tablecloth in the liturgical colour, find a candle( I prefer battery operated ones around children) anD add any other touches that remind you of the present season, for eg a nativity, a cross, etc.
You might like to start with the Lords prayer, if at home or either of these suggestions can be use when the Lord’s Prayer is said within a set service.
either IN ACTIONS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOugEQpcc_k OR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMjm93ylL2w
Or if you are looking for a more contemplative version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NuUo-igXDU&fbclid=IwAR2FasYCU-9mP1PaLQDjweXyhyUnJutt4J28KycjzeUEttWSesipX2jmJxE
FIRST READING: Jeremiah 31:7-14
READ/WATCH: Anna Hibiscus Song by Antinuke as suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-rcl-january-5-2020/ read this to understand why
DRAW/SHOW: What do you do when you are Happy?
Tell God about the thinkgs that make you Happy and thank God for these things
Psalm 147: Who is this God of ours?
Who is this God of ours?
Why do we sing?
Why get excited?
Number 1: God made every star
and every atom.
He can count to infinity and beyond!
Number 2: God cares for those who are broken,
and heals our wounds.
God lifts up those who get stood on
and delights in each of his children.
Who is this God of ours?
Why should we sing?
Why get excited?
Number 3: God cares for us,
feeds us, looks after us, gives us good things;
the gift of peace, the gift of love.
Number 4: God creates life
and gives rain, rivers, snow and ice,
warm and cold, wind and sun.
This God of ours is greater than great,
so we sing with joy
and overflow with praise!
Thanks again to Rev. Purdie https://www.conversations.net.nz/psalm-147-the-winter-psalm.html
I suggest you hold up a finger for each reason
DRAW: pictures for each of the reasons given in this Psalm
Perhaps you could make up a song with actions
SECOND READING: Ephesians 1:3-14
READ: Porcupette Finds a family by Vanita Oelschlager as suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-sunday-january-3-2016/
Very Young: Let them play with their toys pretending they love them like an adoptive mother or father
Older Children How do you know God loves you? Respond creatively, write a poem, sings a song, etc
GOSPEL READING: JOHN 1(1-9), 10-18
SING:https://colinbuchanan.com.au/products/fam-bam-bible-jam-cd-mp3-album-individual-songs-backing-tracks-sheet-music-available In the Beginning
I am a Child God,
I can not yet do (list thingks you want to do but can’t yet)
But i don’t have to be grown to know ( what do you know about God)
I am a child of God
Epiphany is on the 6th of January, it is the conclusion of the Christmas season. We acknowledge the arrival of the Wise Man. Though there are readings for this day, I will not be acknowledging them in a seperate blog.
I suggest you mark this day, by reading Lost Sheeps, Andrew Mcdonough’s The Three Wise Camels, you can find some resources to purchase here and a colouring in sheet for free.
OR you can have ago at this Wise Men craft
Traditionally it marks the putting away of the Christmas Decorations, we look forward to the next season, After Epiphany and return to the liturgical colour of Green.
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