July 15, 2021
Shine like Stars Part 6: We can tell others about Jesus

Today is the last session in our Shine Like Stars theme! We can tell others about Jesus!

 

Make it special: Sing ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ or make star shapes with your hands.

Worship: (5 mins) Let’s have fun being with Daddy God!

You could use these songs or any of your own favourites:

 

Intro video: (10 mins)

Find out more about Jesus’ special friends!

Watch: The Twelve Disciples (2 mins)

 

Read:

Lion First Bible p322

Candle Bible for Toddlers p248-254

Jesus Calling bible p156

The Bible: John 1:35-51

 Quick Unpack: (2 mins)

Jesus is so good and kind and he loves us all the time.

We can tell and show others the good news about Jesus just like the 12 disciples did!

SHOUT OUT: WHO CAN TELL OTHERS ABOUT JESUS? WE CAN!

Keep using the shout out with different voices, fast, slow, high, low, robot, squeaky… or make up  some actions.

 

Fun activities: (5-15 mins)

 

Play:

•    12 special friends: Start with one toy, this could be Jesus, then count out 12 more soft toys or little play people with your child. Chat about how Jesus chose 12 special friends to help him share the good news of God’s family. And he choses us too!

•    Hide and seek: Cut out the disciples from the template and hide around the room. Can you find all twelve really quickly?

•    Follow the Leader: Take it in turns to do simple fun actions for everyone to follow! The 12 disciples followed Jesus and told others about him and we can too!

 

Create:

•    Shine Like Stars collage: Use the stars on the template or make your own from different paper. Decorate, cut out and stick onto another piece of paper/card to create your own collage, or string together with ribbon to hang up in your room. Chat about all the things we have learnt about shining like stars for Jesus: we can follow him, we can share with others, we can forgive others, we can spend time with Jesus!

•   Paperchain people: Use the template. Fold along the dotted lines and cut around the person, but not along the fold. Either decorate as some of the disciples or as some of your friends and family.

 

Extra: Find out about when Jesus called Peter to be his friend: Jesus Calls Peter

 

Resources: pdf template, pens, paper/card, scissors, glue

 

Prayer Time:

•    SHOUT OUT: WHO CAN TELL OTHERS ABOUT JESUS? WE CAN!

•    Shine Like Stars: Pray for each other to be filled with Holy Spirit’s love and joy so that we shine like stars for Jesus and can show and tell his good news to our friends and family. You could put out your hands in front of you and say ‘Holy Spirit Help Me!’ Why not shout out the names of friends and family who you want to know about Jesus?

 

This is our last Sunshines at Home - We really hope they’ve helped facilitate faith and fun for your family. We are so looking forward to seeing you very soon!

July 8, 2021
Shine Like Stars part 5: Spend Time With Jesus

Today is the next session in our Shine Like Stars theme! Let’s learn that we can spend time with Jesus!

Make it special: Pass a message around your family by whispering it between you!

 

Worship: (5 mins) Let’s have fun worshipping Daddy God!

You could use these songs or any of your own favourites:

 

Intro video: (10 mins)

Find out more about Mary and Martha!

Watch: Mary and Martha (3 mins)

 

Read:

Lion First Bible p418

Candle Bible for Toddlers p318

Jesus Calling bible p184

Check it out in the bible: Luke 10:38-42

 

Quick Unpack: (2 mins)

Who are your friends? Do you like playing and chatting together? It helps you be better friends doesn’t it?

Jesus had friends: Mary and Martha were two of them. Mary chose to spend time with Jesus and we can too! We can chat, play and be with him anytime! This helps us to Shine Like Stars for him!

 

You could share with your child the ways you spend time with God and be intentional this week to be with him together!

 

SHOUT OUT: WHO CAN SPENDTIME WITH JESUS? I CAN!

Keep using the shout out with different voices, fast, slow, high, low, robot, squeaky… or make up  some actions.

 

Fun activities: (5-15mins)

 

Play:

Mary/Martha game: Take it in turns to shout the names from the story for the rest of the family to do the correct action for, such as: Martha: rush around. Mary: sit down. Jesus: all hold hands/make heart shape.

Speedy Fun: Choose one of the following to do really quickly: Make a snack, build a tower, read a book. You could then chat about how when we rush things and are too busy, we often miss the enjoyment of the activity, and we could make more mistakes and a bigger mess! Let’s slow down and enjoy being together.

 

Create:

A Watch! Use the template and instructions to help you create a simple watch.

Activity sheets

 

Resources: pdf template, pens, paper/card, scissors, glue

 

Prayer Time:

•    SHOUTOUT: WHO CAN SPEND TIME WITH JESUS? I CAN!

•    Spend time with Jesus: Get comfy and imagine playing your favourite game with Jesus! What are you doing? What is he saying? Have fun together… Keep this light and fun for your child and share what happened with each other!

•    Everyday Friendship: Find ways to be with Jesus during your day: walking to nursery, in the car, at the park, eating a meal. Chat your thanks and praise to him and help your child to see that he is always with us!

 

We’d love to hear from you. Who are your friends? Show us your watches. How will you spend time with Jesus this week?

July 1, 2021
Shine Like Stars part 4: Do Not Worry

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 Today is the next session in our Shine Like Stars theme! Let’s learn that we don’t need to worry when Jesus is our friend!

 Make it special: hop, jump or tiptoe around the room and tell Jesus that you love him!

 Worship: (5 mins) Let’s celebrate that Jesus is our friend!

You could use these songs or any of your own favourites:

Intro video: (10 mins)

 

Find out more about not worrying!

Watch: (2.5 mins)

 

Read:

Lion First Bible p337-341

Jesus Calling bible p163

Check out these bible verses; Matthew6:25-34, Philippians4:8-9

 

Quick Unpack: (2 mins)

Jesus said we don’t need to worry because Daddy Godknows what we need!

He is always with us, he loves us and cares for us!Such good news.

 

SHOUT OUT: WE DON’T NEEDTO WORRY BECAUSE… JESUS IS WITH US!

Keep using the shout out with different voices, fast, slow, high, low, robot, squeaky… or make up  some actions.

 

Fun activities: (5-15mins)

 

Play:

•    Teddy Fun: Play out a scenario with some of your child’s teddies: one could be worried about going to sleep or going to nursery. Oh no, Teddy is worried about…. How can we help Teddy? I wonder what Jesus thinks… What could we do or say to Teddy? We could pray, hug, chat, tell a bible story… What do you think?

 

Create:

•    My Do Not Worry Book: Using one piece of paper watch this one minute video on how to make a simple book: How to make a mini book. Stick the label from the template on the front and add on your child’s name. Then add in any of the images from the template - these match with the ‘Whatever is Lovely’ book from the intro video based on Philippians 4:8-9. Or use your own stickers, patterns, bible verses, pictures! Pull it out to read regularly or whenever worries rise up.

•   Activity Sheets

 

Resources: pdf template, pens, paper/card, scissors, glue, stickers.

 

Prayer Time:

•    SHOUTOUT: WE DON’T NEED TO WORRY BECAUSE…JESUS IS WITH US!

•    Do Not Worry: Seek to empathise with your child’s emotions when they get anxious, then speak truths that Daddy God knows us, he is with us, he cares for us and more… Pray for your child to know God’s peace, love and kindness.

•    Adventure Time: Get comfy and invite Holy Spirit to be with you. Say ‘let’s imagine we are playing with your favourite toys and Jesus comes to be with us! Can you see him?… What is he doing?… What is he saying?… What do you play with?… What do you do together?’ Speak slowly and wait, letting your child spend time with Jesus, then pray: ’Thank you Jesus for being with us, help us to see, hear and feel you so we know that you are with us’

You could also say ‘When we spend time with Jesus and know him it helps us not to worry because we learn that he is so good and kind and wonderful!’

 

We’d love to hear from you. Show us your Do Not Worry books! Who did you play with? Did you try an Adventure Time?

June 24, 2021
Shine Like Stars part 3: I can Share

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Today is the next session in our Shine Like Stars theme! We are learning we shine like stars for Jesus when we share.

 

Make it special: Sing ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ to remind your child of our theme!

 

Worship: (5 mins) Let’s celebrate that Jesus is our friend!

You could use these songs or any of your own favourites:

Love the Way God made me.

I can wriggle

Introvideo:(Sarah: Intro and story)

Find out more about Feeding the 5000!

Watch: Jesus Feeds5000

 

Read:

Lion First Bible p364

Candle Bible for Toddlers p298

Jesus Calling Bible p180

 

Quick Unpack: (2mins)

A little boy shared his lunch and a miracle happened when many people got fed!

When we choose to shine for Jesus and share what we have he takes our little and does amazing things with it!

 

SHOUTOUT: WHO CAN SHINE FOR JESUS? I CAN!

Keep using the shout out with different voices, fast, slow, high, low, robot,squeaky… or make up  some actions.

 

Funactivities: (5-15 mins)

Play Sharing Games:

•  Use a tea set and practice putting places out for yourfavourite toys.

•  Or share out your cars, trains, bricks with yourfamily.

•  Or share at snack time.

Chat about sharing as you play: how can we makesure everyone has enough… Who needs more… Do you like sharing? Do you like itwhen someone shares with you? I wonder what would happen if Teddy had all thebricks and Mouse had none…

 

Create:

Onefor me, One for you: Choose any two of the fun shapes from the template. Cut out and decorate them with stickers or simple patterns and then keep one for your self and choose a friend or family member to give the other one to.

Activity sheets of the story

 Resources: pdf template, pens, paper/card, scissors,

 

Prayer Time:

•   SHOUTOUT: WHO CAN SHINE FOR JESUS? I CAN!

•   Help me Holy Spirit! It is hard to share sometimes isn’t it? We need Holy Spirit’s help: did you know he is called The Helper? You could put out your hands and say ‘Holy Spirit help me’ then pray for each other to know how much they are loved and cared for and for help to love and share with others.

 

We’d love to hear from you. What sharing games did you play? Can you shine for Jesus by sharing with someone?

June 17, 2021
Father's Day

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Today it is FATHER’S DAY! Let’s have some fun with our Daddy’s and with Daddy God!

Make it special: Give your Dad a big hug and tell him something you like to do with him!

Worship: (5 mins) Let’s celebrate that Daddy God is with us!

You could use these songs or any of your own favourites: Jump Around. King of Me

Introvideo:

 

Find out more about the fantastic Father!

Watch: The Prodigal Son (4 mins)

Read:

Candle Bible for Toddlers p281

Lion First Bible p386

Jesus Calling bible p172

Luke 15:11-32

 

Quick Unpack: (2mins)

Daddy God is like the Father in the story. He doesn’t want anyone to be lost.

He wants everyone to be found and to be in his family.

Chat with your child about being part of Daddy God’s family.

 

SHOUTOUT: WE ARE IN GOD’S FAMILY!

Keep using the shout out with different voices, fast, slow, high, low, robot, squeaky… or make up  some actions.

 

Fun activities: (5-15 mins)

 

Play:

•  Lost and Found: Hide a favourite toy for your child to find. Let them hide it for you to find.Chat about precious things. We would be sad if we lost this toy. The Father in the story was sad his son was lost, but he was overjoyed when he was found again!

•  The Lost Son board game: (better for older toddlers) Use the template. You’ll need a dice and a counter for each player. Take it in turns to roll dice and move around the board. Chat and wonder about the story.

 

Create:

Medal: Choose a shape from the template to decorate and add on a message or write on your own. Stick on the ribbons to create a medal!

Father’s Day and Lost Son colouring

 

Resources: pdftemplate, pens, paper/card, scissors, glue, dice, safe counters.

 

Prayer Time:

•   SHOUT OUT: WE ARE IN GOD’S FAMILY!

•   Pray for Daddy! Thank God for your Daddy. Help your child to pray for him today!

 

We’d love to hear from you. What special things did you do for Father’s Day? Did you give your Dad a hug or gift?

June 10, 2021
Shine Like Stars part 2: Forgive Others

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Today is the next session in our Shine Like Stars theme! We will learn that we shine for Jesus when we forgive others!

 

Make it special: Give everyone a high five and wish them a Happy Sunday!

 

Worship: (5 mins) Let’s celebrate that Jesus loves us so much!

You could use these songs or any of your own favourites: Love the Lord. Hope in my Heart.

 

Intro video: ( 9 mins)

Find out more about Zacchaeus!

Watch: Jesus and Zacchaeus (2 mins)

 Read:

Lion First Bible p414

Jesus Calling bible p196

Candle Bible p306

In the Bible Luke 19:1-10

 

Quick Unpack: (2 mins)

Jesus loved and forgave Zac even though he was cheating others, he became his friend and helped him to have a happy heart and make good choices.

Zac then shone for Jesus and everyone was amazed!

Jesus wants to help us to forgive others too.

This is when we don’t stay really mad and cross and sad with others. It helps us to be happy and free.

 

You could chat with your child about when you have forgiven someone and how it helped you.

 

SHOUT OUT: WHO CAN SHINEFOR JESUS? I CAN!

Keep using the shout out with different voices, fast, slow, high, low, robot, squeaky… or make up  some actions.

 

Fun activities: (5-15mins)

 

Play:

Follow the leader games: sit in circle, have one person as the leader and everyone copies what they do such as clapping, tapping head, blinking… Have fun taking it in turns.

Play the story: Use any small world people or soft toys you have to act out the story and wonder together: I wonder why the people were mad with Zac… I wonder how Jesus knew he was in the tree… I wonder how Zac felt when Jesus spoke to him… I wonder about Jesus’ love for us…

 

Create:

•    Zac up a tree craft: Use the template. Decorate and cut out the picture, thread through string to make Zac go up and down the tree. See the instructions on the template.

•   Zac activity sheets

 

Resources: pdf template, pens, paper/card, scissors, glue, string

 

Prayer Time:

•    SHOUTOUT: WHO CAN SHINE FOR JESUS? I CAN!

•    Help us Jesus: Thank Jesus that he loves and forgives us. Ask for his help to love and forgive others, especially when we are mad or sad with them. Pray in a simple way your child can access such as ‘I forgive _____ Thank you Jesus that you love them. Come and heal my heart from any sadness or madness. Thank you that I can shine for you!’

 

We’d love to hear from you. Show us your Zac craft. Can you do the SHOUT OUT? We will have more fun next week!

June 2, 2021
Shine like stars part 1

Today is the first session in our Followers of Jesus theme, discovering that we can shine like stars for Jesus!

 

Make it special: Sing ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ together! We are going to think about stars today!

Worship: (5 mins) Let’s celebrate that Jesus is our friend!

You could use these songs or any of your own favourites:

Intro video: (8 mins)

Find out more about shining for Jesus!

Watch: (2.5 mins)

Read:

You could show your child where these verses are in the bible: Matthew5:14-16, Philippians 2:14-15

 

Quick Unpack: (2 mins)

Jesus is good and kind and he wants us to follow him.

It’s the best way to live. It helps us to be happy and free.

Have you seen the stars shining at night time? They are bright lights in the dark. Jesus says when we follow him we shine like the stars. It helps others to know him.

 

SHOUT OUT: WHO CAN SHINEFOR JESUS? I CAN!

Keep using the shout out with different voices, fast, slow, high, low, robot, squeaky… or make up  some actions.

 

Fun activities: (5-15mins)

 

Play:

•    Follow the Leader games! Choose someone to be the leader. They can do different actions like jumping, hopping, clapping… that everyone else can follow.

•    Light and Dark: snuggle under blankets and then turn on a torch or a LED candle. What happens? The light shines and you can see! Jesus said we are like bright lights for him – we can help others see him.

 

Create:

•    Star glitter bottle! Use an empty plastic bottle, add water, star sequins, glitter glue or cut out shapes from shiny foil/wrappers and add in (or simply screw up bits of foil to pop in). Stick on the lid and shake up and down. Look for the shiny shapes and chat about shining for Jesus!

•    Star craft: Cut out the stars from the template. Decorate, write/draw your names on them. Either stick onto paper or attach string along the backs so they hang vertically or horizontally like bunting. Chat about how stars shine and that we can shine for Jesus.

•    Chat: wonder with your child: as you create or colour in: I wonder how we can shine for Jesus. I wonder how we can help, love, be kind, share… I wonder how bright we shine for God…I wonder how happy Jesus is when he sees you…

 

Resources: pdf template, pens, paper/card, scissors, string, glue, bottle, glitter, foil.

 

Prayer Time:

•    SHOUTOUT: WHO CAN SHINE FOR JESUS?I CAN!

•    Shine for Jesus: Pray for your family to follow Jesus. Ask Jesus to fill you with Holy Spirit and to help you shine for him everyday, by loving, helping, praying, smiling, praising, thanking…

 

We’d love to hear from you. Show us your stars. Did you make a glitter bottle? How can you follow Jesus today?

May 27, 2021
Prayer part 7: Heaven

Today is the last session in our PRAYER theme! We will be meeting another of Jesus’ friends, John, and his incredible time with Godwhen he prayed!

 

Make it special: Thank Jesus for his love for you as you pass round a snuggly cushion!

 

Worship: (5 mins) Let’s celebrate that Jesus is our friend!

You could use these songs or any of your own favourites:

Intro video: (10 mins)

Find out more about heaven!

Watch: A dream of heaven (6mins) 

Read:

Lion First Bible p476

Jesus Calling bible p252

My First Message p376

 

Quick Unpack: (2 mins)

John was one of Jesus’ best friends. When John prayed Jesus showed him some amazing things.

He saw some of what heaven would be like.

He saw Jesus in his glory.

He saw Daddy God on his throne.

Jesus loves to share wonderful things with us when we pray too!

 

SHOUT OUT: JESUS SHOWS ME WONDERFUL THINGS!

Keep using the shout out with different voices, fast, slow, high, low, robot, squeaky… or make up some actions.

 

Fun activities: (5-15mins)

 

Play:

•    Use Duplo, wooden bricks or junk modelling to create heaven together! Have fun chatting and wondering about Jesus showing heaven to John, that heaven is a real place, that it is full of God’s love, peace, light and fun! I wonder what will be in heaven… I wonder how it will feel… I am so glad Jesus has a forever-home for us…

 

Create:

•    Heaven craft: Use the template. Decorate the first picture with shiny or tissue paper, glitter pens or felt tips!

•    Heaven colouring sheets.

 

Resources: pdf template, pens, paper/card, scissors, glue

 

Prayer Time:

•    SHOUTOUT: JESUS SHOWS ME WONDERFUL THINGS!

•   Get Close to Jesus! Snuggle up with your child in a favourite blanket or chair. Speak truths over your child such as that they can meet with Jesus, that Jesus wants to show them wonderful things, that heaven is real place that God is getting ready for us…Have faith to believe that Jesus wants to reveal truths to your child and show them amazing things!

 

We’d love to hear from you. Show us your heaven creations! Are you excited about the forever-home that Jesus is getting ready for us?

 

NEXT WEEK we will begin anew theme on being Followers of Jesus!

May 20, 2021
Prayer part 6: Peter is freed

Today is the next session in our PRAYER theme. Discover what happens when Peter needs help!

 

Make it special: Say a simple phrase together whilst clapping such as ‘We can chat to God’, ‘Jesus is herewith us’, ‘I love you Daddy God”…

Worship: (5 mins) Let’s celebrate that God hears our prayers!

You could use these songs or any of your own favourites:

Intro video: (9 mins)

Find out more about Peter!

Watch: (2 mins)

Read:

Candle Bible p368

Jesus Calling Bible p236

The Message Bible p347

Acts 12:4-18

 

Quick Unpack: (2 mins)

When the church prayed for Peter, Daddy God heard and answered their prayers in an amazing way! An angel set Peter free!

We don’t always know how God will answer our prayers but we can trust that he ALWAYS hears us and he chooses the best way to answer us.

 

SHOUT OUT: WHO ANSWERS MY PRAYERS? DADDY GOD!

Keep using the shout out with different voices, fast, slow, high, low, silly… or make up  some actions.

 

Fun activities: (5-15mins)

 

Play:

•    Angel Hide and Seek! Choose one person to be the angel and everyone else can be Peter. Say ‘Ready steady go’ and ‘Peter’ runs off to hide somewhere and pretends to be asleep in prison! The Angel then has to find Peter and bring him back to the start again.

•    Follow the Leader. Peter had to follow the angel to get safely out of prison. Take it in turns to be the ‘Angel’ leading everyone round the room. You could hop, jump, tiptoe, wave hands… Have fun!

 

Create:

•    Peter is Free: Lift the flap craft: use the template. Cut out the two pictures of Peter. Decorate the black and white one. This is the top picture. Fold along the dotted line and stick this folded part down onto the top of the coloured picture. Lift up the top picture to set Peter free!

•   Peter activity sheets

 

Resources: pdf template, pens, paper/card, scissors, tape/glue

 

Prayer Time:

•    SHOUTOUT: WHO ANSWERS MY PRAYERS? DADDY GOD!

•   Thank You God! Help your child to say simple Thank You prayers to God. Here are some suggestions ‘Thankyou Daddy God that you hear our prayers’ ‘Thank you God that you answer our prayers’ ‘Help us to trust in you God!’ ‘I pray for….’

 

We’d love to hear from you. Show us your Peter crafts. Who was the best at hiding? Did you say Thank you to God?

May 10, 2021
Prayer part 5: Peter and Dorcas

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Today we are continuing with our PRAYER theme -discovering what happened when Peter prayed!

 

Make it special: crouch down small, then jump up high as someone shouts: ‘Ready Steady Let’s Praise God!’

 

Worship: (5 mins) Let’s celebrate that Jesus is alive!

You could use these songs or any of your own favourites:

Intro: (10 mins)

Find out more about Dorcas!

Watch: Dorcas is alive! (3.5 mins)

 

Read:

The Toddler’s Bible p394

Acts9:36-42

 

Quick Unpack: (2 mins)

Nothing is too difficult for God!

Do you remember that Jesus died and came back to life again?

This is because God’s power is stronger than anything, even sickness and death!

When Peter prayed for Dorcas, God was listening and his power brought her back to life again!

 

SHOUT OUT: WHO LISTENSWHEN WE PRAY? GOD DOES!

Keep using the shout out with different voices, fast, slow, high, low, robot, squeaky… or make up  some actions.

 

Fun activities: (5-15mins)

 

Play:

Practice Kindness: play with any dolls, soft toys and small clothes, toy food… you may have. You could pretend to be kind Dorcas giving out the clothes or simply model kindness by looking after ‘baby’ or a favourite toy together. Show your child how to have gentle hands, to think of others, to pray for others… as you play.

 

Create:

Threading Fun! Dorcas was known for making and giving clothes to the poor.

•    Choose one of the shapes from the template. If you have a hole punch, make a few holes around the edges and use string/thread/ribbon to ‘sew’ in and out of these holes.

•    Or thread through a few of them to create a ‘washing line’ of clothes.

•    Or simply decorate and stick up!

•    Or use string and dried penne pasta/chunky beads for threading fun. You could pray for people as you thread on each one or simply chat about the story together.

•   Colouring sheets

 

Resources: pdf template, pens, paper/card, scissors, string/thread/ribbon, hole punch, penne pasta/beads

 

Prayer Time:

•    SHOUTOUT: WHO LISTENS WHEN WE PRAY? GOD DOES!

•    Nothing is too difficult for God! His power is stronger than anything! Shout out praises to God together: ‘God, you are great! You are strong! You are good! Jesus we love you!’ You could stomp around the room as you do this or jump up and down. Don’t forget to listen to what Jesus says back!

 

We’d love to hear from you. Show us your threading. What did you shout out to God today?

May 6, 2021
Prayer part 4: Peter and John

Today we are finding out more about Prayer; that when we pray God’s power can work!

 

Make it special: Whisper a message to someone in your family such as ‘I love you’, ‘Jesus loves us’, ‘Our family is amazing’ ‘Our prayers are powerful’…

 

Worship: (5 mins) Let’s celebrate Jesus’ love and power!

You could use these songs or any of your own favourites:

Intro video:

Find out more about Peter and John!

Watch: Peter Heals (2mins)

 

Read:

Candle Bible for Toddlers p356

My First Message Bible p333

In the bible: Acts3:1-10

 

Quick Unpack: (2 mins)

WOW! What did Peter and John do? What happened to the man who couldn’t walk?

God loves to show his love and power to help others.

We can pray and see his power and goodness at work; for others and ourselves!

 

SHOUT OUT: WHO CAN HEAL? JESUS CAN!

Keep using the shout out with different voices, fast, slow, high, low, robot, squeaky… or make up  some actions.

 

Fun activities: (5-15mins)

 

Play:

Up and Down: play a fun game where you all stand up or sit down as you call out different parts of the story:

the lame man couldn’t walk (sit down)

Peter and John prayed for him and he was healed (stand up)

the lame man sat at the gate everyday (sit down)

Jesus’ power healed his legs (stand up)

the man sat on his mat and asked for money (sit down)

the man leapt up and praised God (stand up)…

Play the story: Use any small world people or soft toys you may have to play the story and wonder about it together: I wonder how the man felt sitting at the gate? I wonder how his first steps felt. I wonder what other people thought. I wonder where we are in the story…

 

Create:

•    Finger Puppet: Use the template. Decorate the lame man figure with pens or stick on material/paper pieces. Cut him out including the two circles. Put fingers through these holes to make the lame man walk, leap and praise God!

•    Lame Man’s Legs! Decorate the ‘Praising God’ man. Cut out the two strips for his legs and fold them concertina-style. Attach to make his legs walk, leap and praise God!

•   Activity sheets

 

Resources: pdf template, pens, paper/card, scissors, material, paper pieces

 

Prayer Time:

•    SHOUTOUT: WHO CAN HEAL? JESUS CAN!

•    Power to heal! Jesus wants to heal us too, we can pray for each other. If anyone is feeling ill or has pain encourage them to get ready to be prayed for! Show your child how to pray: invite Holy Spirit to come, speak healing to the body part: ‘Away, go in Jesus’ name!’, listen to Holy Spirit and wait… Check yourselves: how are they feeling now? Any better? Be ready to pray again. Share what’s happening and let us know your testimonies!

 

We’d love to hear from you. Show us your lame man finger puppets. Who was healed today? Which is your favourite worship song?

April 29, 2021
Prayer part 3: Jesus teaches His friends

Today we are continuing with our Prayer theme, finding out about Jesus chatting to God!

 

Make it special: Whisper a message in someone’s ear. You could tell them that you love them or what you favourite colour is or what you want to play later today!

Worship: (5 mins) Let’s celebrate that Jesus is with us!

You could use these songs or any of your own favourites:

Intro video: (10 mins)

Find out more about Jesus’ prayer!

Watch: Learn the Lord’s Prayer (1.5 mins)

 

Read:

Lion First Bible p392

Jesus Calling Bible p162

Jesus Storybook Bible p224

Matthew6:9-13

 

Quick Unpack: (2 mins)

Jesus loved to chat to Daddy God. He wants to help us to chat to him as well.

We can use this special prayer to help us talk and listen to him.

 

SHOUT OUT: WHO CAN CHATTO JESUS? I CAN!

Keep using the shout out with different voices, fast, slow, high, low, robot, squeaky… or make up  some actions.

 

Fun activities: (5-15mins)

 

Play:

•    Fun with Phones: play with toy phones if you have any. Have fun pretending to talk to different people. Why not call Daddy God, Jesus or Holy Spirit? Model chatting and listening to him, then let your child ‘call’ him too! Can you tell Jesus about your favourite toy, what you had for breakfast, what we did today…

•    Listening games: Hide things that make noises in a bag and see if your child can guess what they are by their sound. Have fun listening carefully and guessing!

 

Create:

•    Lord’s Prayer Paper Chain: Print out the strips from the template: to get it double-sided print it once, then turn it over and print it again on the back. Cut out the strips and decorate with pens or stickers. Loop the first one and secure with tape, then loop each one around in turn until you have used them all up. Hang up and use to help you pray!

•   Colouring sheets and prayer list.

 

Resources: toy phones, bag, objects that make noises (keys, instruments, scrunched paper, bricks), pdf template, tape, pens, paper/card, scissors.

 

Prayer Time:

•    SHOUTOUT: WHO CAN CHAT TO JESUS? ICAN!

•    Pray the Lord’s Prayer together: Father God, be our king, may everyone do as you want. Give us each day the things we really need. Forgive us and help us to forgive others. Keep us from harm. You are powerful and wonderful! Amen!

 

We’d love to hear from you. Show us your prayer chains. Did you call Jesus on your phone? What did you pray about today?

April 23, 2021
Prayer part 2: Hannah Prays for a Baby

See our top tips for making this work here…

 

Today we are discovering more in our new theme on Prayer: Chatting to God!

 

Make it special: Whisper a message around your family!

 

Worship: (5 mins) Let’s celebrate that Daddy God is with us now!

You could use these songs or any of your own favourites:

 

Intro video:

 

Find out more about Hannah!

Watch: Hannah and God (1.5 mins)

Read:

Lion First Bible p172

Jesus Calling Bible p92

 

Quick Unpack: (2 mins)

Hannah was so sad that she didn’t have a baby. She’d been waiting for a long long time.

She told God how she felt and asked for his help. God heard her prayer and answered her!

Her baby was called Samuel.

As he grew up he did amazing things for God, and helped many people to know him and be his friends.

 

We can chat to Daddy God about anything. We can tell him how we feel and what we are doing. He alwayshears us and knows the best way to answer our prayers.

 

I wonder what prayers you’ve seen answered in your family…

 

SHOUT OUT: WHO CAN CHATTO DADDY GOD? I CAN!

Keep using the shout out with different voices, fast, slow, high, low, robot, squeaky… or make up  some actions.

 

Fun activities: (5-15mins)

 

Play: With soft toys or dolls and chat about Hannah’s answered prayer or any prayers you’ve prayed and seen answered as you play.

 

Create:

•   Colouring sheets

•    Prayer Telephone: Cut out the labels on the template, colour in and stick onto paper cups. Attach string or ribbon through the ends of the cups and have fun chatting to God and each other!

•    Praying hands craft: Decorate Hannah and the hands on the template. Cut it all out. Stick the hands onto the back of the piece with Hannah on, so that when you fold them in you can see the hands at the front like ‘praying hands’.

 

Resources: pdf template, pens, paper/card, scissors, glue

 

Prayer Time:

•    SHOUTOUT: WHO CAN CHAT TO DADDY GOD? I CAN!

•   Keep Chatting to God! Help your child to continue to tell God about their day such as what they played, what they ate, how they feel, what colour they like, who their friends are, what they can see out the window… You could make it into a fun game where you take it in turns to share different things as you kick or roll a ball back and forth!

 

We’d love to hear from you. Show us your crafts. What prayers have you seen answered?


March 29, 2021
An Introduction to Easter – Palm Sunday

This session is for children aged 1-4, but do keep it really short and simple for under 2’s.

Make sure you read the full session before you start, and check out these practical tips to get the most out of your time together.

We pray you’ll have a wonderful, fun time with your little ones!

Over this few weeks, we are going to be looking at what Jesus did for us, in that very first Easter.

Make it special: Sing sleeping bunnies or a favourite song to get you warmed up and ready to start!

WORSHIP: (5 MINS) LET’S CELEBRATE AND PRAISE JESUS TOGETHER!

You could use these songs or any of your own favourites:

INTRO (7 MINS)

EXPLORE MORE ABOUT PALM SUNDAY:

Watch: The Story of Easter(3 mins)

Read:
The Candle Bible p326
Jesus Calling Bible p204
The Lion First Bible p422

In the Bible: Mark 11:1-11

QUICK UNPACK (2 MINS)

The people praised Jesus because of who he is: friend, loving, saviour, healer, powerful…
We can praise and thank him too.
What has Jesus done for us?
Chat simply about who he is. You could share some stories of what Jesus has done for you.

SHOUT OUT

Say together: WHO CAN PRAISE JESUS? WE CAN!
Keep saying it using silly voices, whispers, robot, squeaky… or make up some actions!

FUN ACTIVITIES (5-10 MINS)

Click here to download this week’s print-at-home resources

Play:
Recreate the story: Place any farm animals you may have in a small tray with some oats/pasta or sand/kinetic sand. Which animal could be the donkey? Who could be Jesus? Play out the story and have fun together exploring the textures and sights…
I wonder which is your favourite part of the story. I wonder what Jesus/the people are feeling. I wonder where we are in the story.…
Pretend to be the donkey and give your child rides on your back – they can be Jesus! Put blankets on the floor for the ‘donkey’ to plod over, other family members can wave things to praise Jesus! Or use your palm branch (see below)!

Create:
Make your own palm branch! See ideas on the activity sheet for inspiration.
Cut out a leaf shape from paper, decorate and stick onto rolled up paper.
Or draw round your hands a few time, cut out and stick onto sticks or tubes of paper/kitchen roll middles.
Wave them around to praise Jesus.
Palm Sunday colouring

Resources: pdf template of activities, tape, glue, paper, pens/crayons, coloured paper, stickers, tray, pasta/oats/safe sand, farm animals, blankets.

PRAYER TIME (2 MINS)

SHOUT OUT: WHO CAN PRAISE JESUS? WE CAN!
Praise Him: If you’d been there the day Jesus rode on the donkey (hee haw!) what would you have shouted out to him? ‘Jesus, you’re my… friend, my king, my helper, my Lord, my healer…’ Help your child to wave their palm branch or any scarves/material you may have and shout these things out in a time of prayer and praise to him!

WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

SHOW US YOUR PALM BRANCHES. WHAT DID YOU PLAY? ARE YOU EXCITED FOR EASTER DAY NEXT WEEK?

NEXT WEEK ON EASTER SUNDAY, WE WILL BE CELEBRATING JESUS’ LIFE ALL TOGETHER ON OUR LIVE STREAM!
Look out for family friendly activities in your email…

Send in your good news and photos to hello@ancl.co.uk, or use the form right here!



March 22, 2021
An Introduction to Easter – God’s Plan

This session is for children aged 1-4, but do keep it really short and simple for under 2’s.

Make sure you read the full session before you start, and check out these practical tips to get the most out of your time together.

We pray you’ll have a wonderful, fun time with your little ones!

Over the next few weeks, we are going to be looking at what Jesus did for us, in that very first Easter.

Make it special: Crouch down, count to three, then jump up to praise Jesus!

WORSHIP: (5 MINS) LET’S CELEBRATE THAT GOD IS WITH US!

You could use these songs or any of your own favourites:

INTRO (12 MIN)

EXPLORE:

Watch:  Jesus Dies on a Cross. Toddler’s Bible version (2 mins)

Read:
Candle Bible ‘A very sad day’ p348
Lion First Bible: ‘The saddest Day’ p436 (longer version)
The Toddler’s Bible ‘Jesus Dies on the Cross’ p367

QUICK UNPACK (2 MINS)

Do we ever do things that are wrong, that are mad, bad or sad? Yes, we all do, don’t we?
At Easter we learn that Jesus died for all the mad, bad and sad stuff that gets in the way! Hurray!
He came back to life and wants to be our best friend.
We can choose to be his friend too.

SHOUT OUT

Say this together: WHO DIED FOR US? JESUS!
Keep saying it with different voices; fast, slow, high, low…  Or make up some actions to go with it!

FUN ACTIVITIES (5-10 MINS)

Click here to download this week’s print-at-home resources

Play:

You could act this out yourselves or use soft toys or any small world people you may have to help:

  • You will need ‘God’ ‘Jesus’ ‘child’
  • Have ‘God’ on one side of the room/table/rug/where you are and a ‘child’ on the other.
  • Say ‘we were far away from God because of all the wrong things in us and the world, all the mad, sad and bad things. BUT Jesus chose to die for us so we can be friends with God’
  • Have ‘Jesus’ stand in the middle and bring ‘God’ close to one side of him to hold his hand.
  • Say ‘We can choose to be friends with God too by saying Yes to him’
  • Have ‘child’ come on other side of ‘Jesus’ to hold his hand or hug.

You could offer your child the chance to choose Jesus to be their forever friend: by saying sorry for all the mad, sad and bad things and YES to his love! Spend time praying for them and celebrate!!

Create:

  • Concertina people: Use the template, or draw your own person at one end of a piece of paper. Fold up into a concertina, then cut it out so the hands and feet are on the fold, so when you open it out they are connected! You could draw on Jesus, yourself and other friends/family members. Decorate with any goggly eyes/stickers you may have or simply colour in and chat about being friends with Jesus!
  • A cross: stick two strips of card together or use the template provided. Decorate the cross with all the good things God gives us such as joy, love, peace, smiley faces, hearts… as well as your favourite colours!
  • Colouring

Resources: pdf template of activities, scissors, colouring pens, stickers, glue, card/paper

PRAYER TIME (2 MINS)

  • SHOUT OUT: WHO DIED FOR US? JESUS!
  • Jesus’ love: you could pass a cushion or favourite soft toy back and forth saying ‘Jesus’ love for us is like a great big hug!’ As you squeeze it.
  • Be thankful: Say simple prayers together ‘Thank you Jesus for dying for me’, ‘I love you Jesus’,  ‘Thank you that you are alive’…

WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Show us your concertina people or your cross. Did you say YES to Jesus today?

NEXT WEEK WE WILL FIND OUT ABOUT THE VERY FIRST PALM SUNDAY!

Send in your good news and photos to hello@ancl.co.uk, or use the form right here!

March 15, 2021
Good News about God and me – God’s love makes me strong!

This session is for children aged 1-4, but do keep it really short and simple for under 2’s.

Make sure you read the full session before you start, and check out these practical tips to get the most out of your time together.

We pray you’ll have a wonderful, fun time with your little ones!

Here is the next session in our theme Good News about God and me!

Let’s find out the GOOD NEWS that God’s love makes me strong!

Make it special: Pass round a favourite soft toy or cushion to hug and tell each other that you love them!

WORSHIP: (6 MINS) LET’S CELEBRATE THAT GOD IS WITH US!

You could use these songs or any of your own favourites:

INTRO (12 MIN)

EXPLORE:

Explore more about God’s love:
Watch: God’s Love is Big song (below – 4 mins)

Read:
Show your child where Ephesians 3:17-19 is in a bible and read it to them.
Read a favourite bible story about Jesus, such as calming the storm, feeding the 5000, man through the roof, healing the blind man…  You could chat about how Jesus’ love made others strong.

QUICK UNPACK (2 MINS)

God’s love is huge – it is high, wide, deep and long!
Our hearts, bodies, feelings and minds can be full of this love and it can make us strong!

SHOUT OUT

Say this together: WHOSE LOVE MAKES ME STRONG? GOD’S LOVE!
Keep saying it with different voices; squeaky, robot, silly, whispers…
Or make up some actions to go with it!

FUN ACTIVITIES (5-10 MINS)

Click here to download this week’s print-at-home resources

Play:

  • Strength games: Can you run on the spot or stand on one leg or jump up and down five times? Have fun trying out different exercises!
  • Action game: Say God’s love is so high we can’t get over it, so deep we can’t get under it, so wide we can’t get around it, so long we can’t get to the end of it! Call out the words quickly and make up actions to go with them: high, wide, deep, long.

Create:

  • A Good News rainbow! Use the template. Colour in the cloud and decorate the coloured strips with stickers/pens. Cut everything out and stick the strips so they come out of the cloud! Hang or stick it up to keep discovering the GOOD NEWS!
  • God’s Big Love. Create a heart collage using the hearts on the template. Colour in then cut out the hearts and stick on top of each other starting with the largest or simply stick onto another piece of card!

Resources: pdf template of activities, scissors, colouring pens, stickers, glue, card/paper

PRAYER TIME (2 MINS)

  • SHOUT OUT: WHOSE LOVE MAKES ME STRONG? GOD’S LOVE!
  • Thank You God: Spend time simply saying THANK YOU to God for his big, wide, long, deep… love! Help your child to say THANK YOU with you.
  • BIG LOVE: have a simple Adventure Time where you imagine God’s big love for you. You could say ‘Thank you God for your BIG love for us. Help us to see, hear and feel it now. Let’s imagine God’s love is like the deep sea… OR like the blue sky… OR like a huge green forest. WOW. It is so big and it is for you!’ Have fun imagining together!

WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Show us your rainbows and hearts! Which has been your favourite GOOD NEWS about God and me?

Send in your good news and photos to hello@ancl.co.uk or use the form right here!

February 22, 2021
Good News about God and me – I am Found!

This session is for children aged 1-4, but do keep it really short and simple for under 2’s.

Make sure you read the full session before you start, and check out these practical tips to get the most out of your time together.

We pray you’ll have a wonderful, fun time with your little ones!

Today we are continuing with our theme – Good News about God and me!

Let’s find out the GOOD NEWS that I am found by God!

Make it special: show your love for each other by giving out big hugs or high fives!

WORSHIP: (6 MINS) LET’S CELEBRATE JESUS!

You could use these songs or any of your own favourites:

INTRO (12 MIN)

EXPLORE MORE: (3 MINS)

Watch: Psalm 23 for kids (2 mins)

Read:
Jesus Calling Bible p104
Lion First Bible p188-191
From the bible: Psalm 23

QUICK UNPACK (2 MINS)

In Psalm 23 God is like a shepherd who cares for his sheep all the time.
He guides, he rescues, he protects, he feeds, he loves…
God finds us and cares for us too! He wants us to know he is always with us, loving us and helping us!

SHOUT OUT

Say this together: WHO FINDS ME? GOD DOES!
Keep saying it with different voices; fast, slow, high, low…
Or make up some actions to go with it!

FUN ACTIVITIES (5-10 MINS)

Click here to download this week’s print-at-home resources

Play hide and seek or peek a boo! Hide a soft toy (or a sheep toy if you have one!) for your child to find, or have fun taking it in turns to hide yourselves around your home. Say the SHOUT OUT each time someone is found!

Act out the Psalm: Choose simple actions for different parts

The Lord is my shepherd; (pretend to hold staff in hand)
I have everything I need. (thumbs up)
2 He lets me rest in green pastures. (lie down)
He leads me to calm water. (waves actions with hands, say splish splash)
3 He gives me new strength. (flex muscles)
He leads me on paths that are right
for the good of his name. (walk across the room)
4 Even if I walk through a very dark valley, (cover eyes)
I will not be afraid, (shake head)
because you are with me. (hug self or someone else)
Your rod and your shepherd’s staff comfort me. (pretend to hold staff in hand)

5 You prepare a meal for me (mime eating)
in front of my enemies.
You pour oil of blessing on my head; (mime pouring)
you fill my cup to overflowing. (pretend to drink)
6 Surely your goodness and love will be with me
all my life, (thumbs up or heart shape)
and I will live in the house of the Lord forever. (roll hands like ‘wind the bobbin’)

Create:

  • A shepherds staff craft: Use the template to colour in and cut out the shapes. Stick them onto the shepherds staff to help remember the Psalm.
  • Sheep craft: Decorate the sheep and Psalm sheet with cotton wool, shiny paper, swirly patterns, stickers… Stick it up at home to remind you of the Psalm and regularly pray it over your child and yourself!

Activity sheets on Psalm 23

Resources: pdf template of activities, scissors, colouring pens, cotton wool, glue, tape, card/paper

PRAYER TIME (2 MINS)

  • SHOUT OUT: WHO FINDS ME? GOD DOES!
  • Jesus finds me Adventure Time!
  • Have a very simple Adventure Time with your child where you imagine hiding in a special place and Jesus comes and finds you. What happens when he sees you? How do you feel?
  • You can make this immersive by hiding under a blanket or the bedcovers or behind a door…
  • With an older child you could imagine being the sheep in the Psalm. Keep it fun and light. Share what happened when Jesus found you and ask your child what they saw, hear or felt. Keep practicing being with Jesus!
  • Watch and have a go at this Psalm 23 prayer (1.5 mins)

WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Show us your shepherds staff or colouring. What happened when Jesus found you in your Adventure Time? What’s your favourite story so far?

Send in your good news and photos to hello@ancl.co.uk , or use the form right here!

March 1, 2021
Good News about God and me – I am loved!

This session is for children aged 1-4, but do keep it really short and simple for under 2’s.

Make sure you read the full session before you start, and check out these practical tips to get the most out of your time together.

We pray you’ll have a wonderful, fun time with your little ones!

Here’s the next session in our theme Good News about God and me!

Let’s find out the GOOD NEWS that I am loved!

Make it special: Sing a favourite song to get yourselves up and active such as ‘If you’re happy and you know it jump around, praise Jesus, clap your hands, shout WE ARE…’

WORSHIP: (6 MINS) LET’S CELEBRATE THAT GOD LOVES US!

You could use these songs or any of your own favourites:

INTRO (12 MIN)

EXPLORE MORE: (3 MINS)

Explore more about The Lord’s Prayer:
Watch: The Lord’s Prayer song (3 min)

Read:
Lion First Bible p392
Jesus Calling Bible p162
Matthew 6:9-13

QUICK UNPACK (2 MINS)

This is Jesus’ special prayer. It helps us to know that we are loved by God.

Father God – God is our perfect happy Daddy in heaven
Be our king – we know that God is great and big and he should be in charge
Then everyone will do as you want – Jesus wants all the good, wonderful and lovely things that are in heaven to be on earth where we live too
Give us each day the things we really need – God wants to provide for us, we can trust him
Forgive us – Jesus forgives the things we get wrong = he is happy with us
Forgive others – we can forgive others as he has forgiven us
Keep us from harm – God protects us and helps us stay safe
What a wonderful prayer!

SHOUT OUT

Say this together: I AM LOVED BY GOD!
Keep saying it with different voices; squeaky, robot, silly, whispers…
Or make up some actions to go with it!

FUN ACTIVITIES (5-10 MINS)

Click here to download this week’s print-at-home resources

Play:
Follow the leader games. Encourage your child to copy your simple actions: patting head, jumping, clapping… Can they be the leader now? We can follow Jesus, the leader, by chatting to God, forgiving others, helping and loving.
Tea Party: Play with any pretend food or toy tea set you may have: share out the food between soft toys or each other and chat about all the good things you have each day. We can be thankful God meets our needs!

Create:

  • A Lord’s Prayer poster. Cut out the prayer from the template. Stick onto a piece of A4 card so there is a frame all the way around it. Decorate the frame with pens or stickers, finger prints or stampers. Stick up to read together each day or each week!
  • My prayer bubble: Use the pictures on the template of the boy/girl praying. What shall we pray about? Draw/write it in the bubble and colour in.

Activity sheets of the bible story

Resources: pdf template of activities, scissors, colouring pens, stickers, glue, card/paper

PRAYER TIME (2 MINS)

  • SHOUT OUT: I AM LOVED BY GOD!
  • Pray the Lord’s Prayer together: Father God, be our king, may everyone do as you want. Give us each day the things we really need. Forgive us and help us to forgive others. Keep us from harm. You are powerful and wonderful! Amen!

WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Show us your Lord’s Prayer poster. Who did you play tea party with? Which is your favourite GOOD NEWS so far?

Send in your good news and photos to hello@ancl.co.uk or use the form right here!



March 8, 2021
Good News about God and me – God is near!

This session is for children aged 1-4, but do keep it really short and simple for under 2’s.

Make sure you read the full session before you start, and check out these practical tips to get the most out of your time together.

We pray you’ll have a wonderful, fun time with your little ones!

Here’s the next session in our theme Good News about God and me!

Let’s find out the GOOD NEWS that God is near to me!

Make it special: Crouch down small then jump up high to worship Jesus: ‘ready, steady, praise!’

WORSHIP: (6 MINS) LET’S CELEBRATE THAT GOD IS WITH US!

You could use these songs or any of your own favourites:

INTRO (12 MIN)

EXPLORE MORE:

Explore more about Psalm 139:
Watch: Lego Psalm 139  (2 mins), watch below

You cold show your child where Psalm 139 is in a bible and read part of it to them: Psalm 139:5-10

QUICK UNPACK (2 MINS)

Wherever we go, Daddy God is with us – he is in front of us, behind us, to each side of us! WOW!
How wonderful to know that God is near to us and will never leave us!

SHOUT OUT

Say this together: DADDY GOD IS ALL AROUND ME!
Keep saying it with different voices; fast, slow, high, low…
Or make up some actions to go with it!

FUN ACTIVITIES (5-10 MINS)

Click here to download this week’s print-at-home resources

Play:

  • Make traffic jams with cars and chat about how God is all around us, in front and behind, like these cars are next to each other.
  • Play ‘Piggy-in-the-middle’ with a ball and chat about God being above, below, to the side as you throw and pass the ball.

Pretend:
Make up actions to go with the story:

  • Climb a mountain
  • Zoom into space
  • Swim to the bottom of the sea
  • Sail to the North Pole
  • Trek through a jungle
  • Ride through the desert
  • Race to the finish

Wherever you go, God is there! Hurray

Create:

  • All around me: Use the template. Cut out the heart and decorate both sides. Colour in both people and cut them out. Stick one person on each side of the heart. Hang it up in a window with string so it spins around and chat about Daddy God being near to us, all around us.
  • ‘Near’ Psalm 139 colouring sheets

Resources: pdf template of activities, scissors, colouring pens, stickers, glue, card/paper

PRAYER TIME (2 MINS)

  • SHOUT OUT: DADDY GOD IS ALL AROUND ME!
  • All around me! Snuggle up under a blanket or duvet and tell your child that Daddy God is all around them. Pray for them to know and feel his love and nearness more and more. Keep praying and speaking the truth that God is with us throughout each day.

WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Show us your hearts and colouring and your traffic jams! How did it feel to snuggle up with Daddy God?

Send in your good news and photos to hello@ancl.co.uk or use the form right here!

November 1, 2020
Heroes: Joseph

This session is for children aged 1-4, but do keep it really short and simple for under 2’s.

Make sure you read the full session before you start, and check out these practical tips to get the most out of your time together.

We pray you’ll have a wonderful, fun time with your little ones!

Today is our first session on HEROES!!

Today’s aim is to learn that Heroes stay close to God and listen to him.

Make it special: Pass round a favourite toy and say something you are thankful for!

WORSHIP (6 MINS)

You could use these songs or any of your own favourites.

INTRO (10 MIN)

Sarah: Heroes and Joseph

EXPLORE THE STORY TOGETHER (4 MINS)

Watch: God’s story – Joseph

Or choose a story bible:

Candle Bible for Toddlers p74

The Toddlers Bible p64-75

Lion First Bible p74-91 (longer version)

QUICK UNPACK (2 MINS)

  • The heroes in the bible were ordinary men and women, boys and girls, who did great things with God’s love and power.
  • Today’s hero is Joseph! Even though some tough things happened to Joseph, he listened to God and stayed close to him.
  • God helped Joseph to understand dreams, even the king’s dream!
  • This meant he could help lots and lots of people, including his mean big brothers, when all their food ran out.
  • Joseph was able to love them and forgive them! WOW!
  • We can be heroes too and stay close to God.

SHOUT OUT (2 MINS)

Say this to your child: WHO IS A HERO TO GOD?

Help your child to answer: I AM!

Keep saying it with different voices; fast, slow, high, low…

FUN ACTIVITIES (5-10 MINS)

Click here to download this week’s print-at-home resources.

Play: Follow the leader games. One person is the leader and the others have to copy them – clap, jump, spin around, touch toes, be a superhero… Take it in turns to be the leader.

Create: Use stickers, brightly coloured pens or pieces of paper to decorate Joseph’s coat from the template. Use any of the pieces from the template to create your own hero figure, with cape and badge.

Mazes of the story

Resources: pdf template of activities, scissors, colouring pens, tape/glue, card/paper.

PRAYER TIME (2 MINS)

  • SHOUT OUT: WHO IS A HERO TO GOD? I AM!
  • I can stay close to God: Hold hands or hug your child and pray for them to always stay close to God: to know his love everyday and every night, to remember he is always with them, to feel his loving kindness…
  • Speak it out: You could help your child to say some simple truth phrases and bring them into your everyday life, maybe at bedtime or first thing in the morning: ‘Daddy God is always with me’, ‘I can stay close to Jesus’, ‘Holy Spirit is here with me now’ or make up your own!

SHARE

Share your fun times with us! Show us your Super Duper Love Glasses! What was Holy Spirit showing you for others? How will you be kind this week?

November 8, 2020
Heroes: Joshua and Caleb

This session is for children aged 1-4, but do keep it really short and simple for under 2’s.

Make sure you read the full session before you start, and check out these practical tips to get the most out of your time together.

We pray you’ll have a wonderful, fun time with your little ones!

Today is the next session on HEROES!!

Today’s aim is to learn and experience that God is big and good!

Make it special: All crouch down and say ‘ready, steady praise’, then jump up clapping and cheering to praise God. Take it in turns and use as a starter to get ready for worship time.

WORSHIP (7 MINS)

You could use these songs or any of your own favourites:

INTRO (10 MIN)

EXPLORE THE STORY TOGETHER (3-4 MINS)

Watch the video below…

Or choose a story bible:
Jesus Calling Bible p76
Lion First Bible p130

QUICK UNPACK (2 MINS)

God’s people had been living in tents in the desert.
God wanted to give them their own land where they could build houses and grow food.
So Moses sent out twelve spies to see what it was like. Joshua and Caleb were two of those spies.
Joshua and Caleb trusted more in God and what he said than what they saw with their eyes.
They knew God was bigger and stronger than anything and that he wanted to give them a good place to live.
We can trust in God’s goodness too!

SHOUT OUT

Say this to your child: WHO CAN TRUST IN GOD?
Help your child to answer: I CAN!

Keep saying it with different voices; robot, squeaky, whisper, shout…

FUN ACTIVITIES (5-10 MINS)

Click here to download this week’s print-at-home resources.

Play: Hide and seek with your child or pretend to be Joshua and Caleb creeping around quietly!
Or play ‘I Spy something that’s blue… green… big… small’ make it relevant to your child’s development or use the activity sheet on the pdf template to help. Talk about looking for things like Josh and Caleb did.

Create: Use any play dough or lego bricks you may have to create some of the things that the spies found in the land: bunches of grapes, large cities with walls, tall people, other fruit and fields for growing food, mountains and sea… God had good things for his people. They needed to trust in him!

Colouring of the story

Sing: Any of these songs.
If you don’t know the tunes, just chant them together and have a go at the actions:

‘12 Men went to spy in Canaan’
12 Men went to spy in Canaan (mime looking far away, hand above eyes)
10 were scared, 2 trusted God (show 10 fingers & thumbs down, show 2 fingers and thumbs up)
What did they see when they spied in Canaan? (as for first line)
10 were scared, 2 trusted God (show 10 fingers & thumbs down, show 2 fingers and thumbs up)
Some saw giants tough and tall (flex arm muscles, stand tall)
Some saw grapes in clusters fall (mime eating grapes)
Some saw God was in it all (point up to God)
10 were scared, 2 trusted God (show 10 fingers & thumbs down, show 2 fingers and thumbs up)

‘My God is so Big’
My God is so big, so strong and so mighty (flex muscles)
There’s nothing that he cannot do (clap, clap)
My God is so big, so strong and so mighty (flex muscles)
There’s nothing that he cannot do (clap, clap)
The mountains are his (make mountains with hands)
The rivers are his (wave hands like water flowing)
The stars are his handiwork too (make star shapes)
My God is so big, so strong and so mighty (flex muscles)
There’s nothing that he cannot do (clap, clap)

Resources: pdf template of activities, scissors, colouring pens, tape/glue, card/paper.

PRAYER TIME IDEAS (5 MINS)

  • SHOUT OUT: WHO CAN TRUST IN GOD? I CAN!
  • Try an Adventure Time: God is big and he is good. Get comfy and invite Holy Spirit to be with you. Say slowly, with pauses: ‘Imagine the wonderful world – the tall trees, the big blue sky, the deep green sea, the bright sun and white moon…’ Help your child to imagine and think about these things.  ‘God is bigger than all these things. He is so big! Can you see God – look at how big, good and kind he is. Wow! What can you see… or hear… or feel? God loves you very much. He loves to be with you.’  Pray for your child to begin to experience how big God is… Chat about what they experienced and validate their responses. You could jot down what was shared and thank God for being with you.

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November 15, 2020
Heroes: Daniel

This session is for children aged 1-4, but do keep it really short and simple for under 2’s.

Make sure you read the full session before you start, and check out these practical tips to get the most out of your time together.

We pray you’ll have a wonderful, fun time with your little ones!

Today is our next session on HEROES!!

Today’s aim is to learn that we can love spending time with God – it so important and so wonderful!

Make it special: Give everyone in your family a big hug or high five and say ‘I love you!’

WORSHIP (6 MINS)

You could use these songs or any of your own favourites:

INTRO VIDEO (8 MIN)

EXPLORE THE STORY TOGETHER (2 MINS)

Watch the video below…

Or choose a story bible:
Candle Bible for Toddlers p198 (short version)
Lion First Bible pp272 (longer version)
Jesus Calling Bible p128

QUICK UNPACK (2 MINS)

Daniel loved to be with God.
He knew it was so good to spend time with him.
Daniel was a hero because he didn’t let anything stop him being with God, even danger and fears and threats. AMAZING!

SHOUT OUT

Say this to your child: WHO LOVES TO BE WITH GOD?
Help your child to answer: I DO!

Keep saying it with different voices; fast, slow, high, low…

FUN ACTIVITIES (5-10 MINS)

Click here to download this week’s print-at-home resources.

Play:
The story: Use any toy lions and mini people you may have to play out the story of Daniel in the den (or use any other toys and your imaginations!).  Who could be Daniel? What about the King? I wonder how Daniel felt in the den… How did God shut the lions’ mouths… Wow, Daniel loved to be with God!
Or pretend to be lions: call out different instructions to your family: roaring lions, hungry lions, sleeping lions, happy lions, slow lions, fast lions…

Create: a simple lion puppet using the template provided. Use a straw or piece of card if you don’t have a lolly stick.

Colouring of the story

Resources: pdf template of activities, scissors, colouring pens, tape/glue, card/paper.

PRAYER TIME (2 MINS)

  • SHOUT OUT: WHO LOVES TO BE WITH GOD?  I DO!
  • Experience God: you could put out your hands to receive from God, or hold your lion puppet, then pray for open hearts and say ‘let’s get ready to feel and know God with us now in our bodies, our heads, our feelings…’. Ask Holy Spirit to come with his love, joy, peace, goodness… Have faith and be confident to wait for him to come and enjoy God’s presence together!
  • Share what you are feeling or sensing to help your child begin to recognise God with them: For example: ‘Ooh I feel so much joy inside’, ‘my hands are tingling because God is here’, ‘I feel very happy or excited’, ‘I am thinking about Jesus’ love for me,’ ‘Thank you Holy Spirit for being with us’. Keep praying for your child to know and love being with God (valuing his presence), that they will want to be with him and see it as the most important thing as they grow up!

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