I’m sorry this is late…

I was attacked by pirates!

No honestly I was!

It sounds like the worst excuse ever, and admittedly I was a LOT bigger than the pirates in question, but it does take it out of you. I spent last week with Christians from a group of churches in Bicester (in the UK) at one of their venues helping to share the gospel with the local 4-11’s. It was a fantastic week, full of fellowship, craft, unexplainable bruises, wonderful people, miracles, challenges, prayers, biscuits, bad wigs, burgers, pirates, jokes and the spirit. They used John Hardwick’s adventure cruise (which I have to admit wasn’t my favourite – but is still very much worth a look if you’re thinking about holiday clubs).
Anyway, I’m safe on dry land again, Philippians Chapter 1 is here at last, with its strong focus on the Gospel; What is it? Why is it important? and What does it do?

There’s no place like home

The Promised Land at last

and a promised rest as well.

The second day of our kids material for our church weekend away is here at last! If you missed last weeks you can find it here.
Unfortunately, I forgot to put the video we used up with the rest of the stuff last time – I’ve added it now and there’s another in this week’s so it seems a great opportunity to recommend yet another fantastic resource to you.

Check out the God’s Story videos from Crossroads Kids Club. They’re beautifully produced with a nice clear simple explanation that’s neither just facts or just application but the right amount of both. The animation styles differ but they all look great (they’ve also produced a few in Chinese and Spanish) and they cover a broad range of stories not only narrative. We used ‘Joshua Becomes Leader’ and ‘God’s Reminders’ for our weekend away but there are so many I’m sure we’ll come back to them later. They’ve also got a whole load of songs, verses and something called ‘the kitchen’ which I haven’t had a chance to check out yet but I’m looking forward to seeing more of what they’ve got!

Jesus meets a sceptic

New Series in John’s Gospel

Jesus meets a sceptical Nathanael

Our ‘Jesus meets…’ series kicks off properly this week with the ‘guest’ format (and I think this is the last time I can get away with calling it a new series). This session is built around John 1:43-51 with Nathanael visiting the kids to tell them about the first time he met Jesus.

I wrote these for our monthly Saturday kids club and it was wonderful to get people from our church who wouldn’t normally be there to come and pretend to be Bible characters. It’s much easier than you think to ask people to do this, they don’t need to stay for the whole session so it’s very little time to give up and Bible characters are allowed to bring notes to remind them of what they wanted to say so it’s low pressure too. Lots of our guests had great fun dressing up and putting on accents! Of course, if you’ve got the technology you could film them in advance and have your guest present in that way, although it might be handy to have a back up plan – just in case. If anyone decides to do this I’d love to see them – leave a comment and we’ll work out how to make it happen.

Have a think now about whether you can manage authentic costumes for your guests or whether modern day equivalents will do nicely. We went modern day for ours but as long as you’re consistent it really doesn’t matter.
Enjoy getting to know Nathanael and of course Jesus!

Jesus meets humanity

New series!

Discover Jesus in the gospel of John through the eyes of the people he meets.

Explore the mystery of the Word becoming flesh through the eyes of the Shepherds and the Wise Men. This Christmassy session, based on John chapter 1, is a great kickstart to the gospel of John (although it borrows the people from Luke and Matthew) and is great for any time of the year.

Click here for games, songs, dramas, talks and more!

If you haven’t already, follow this blog and catch the rest of this series.