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Thought of the Week - Monday 11th May 2020

This week our Thought for the Week has been written by Tim Elbourne and can be found by clicking on the link below:

https://www.cdbe.org.uk/pdfs/Thought-for-the-week-Issue-07-11-05-20.pdf

 

Thought of the Week Monday 4th May

Here is the link to our weekly Thought for the Week which I hope that you will find of use either for yourself and staff or your families (or indeed everyone J)

https://www.cdbe.org.uk/pdfs/Thought-for-the-week-Issue-06-04-05-20.pdf

 

Secondly, here is a link to  ‘The Book of Hopes’ . Everything in it is ‘bite-sized’ i.e. no more than 500 words, so it could be good to share with children.

https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/9-12/book-hopes/?fbclid=IwAR2VN8JCNXpWoOcBLoBGo0e4OeU78JvW9jNBvmy7O3fvGpVnlC4iTKr5GE8

Thought of the Week Monday 27th May

Please find the Thought for the Week which we hope you might find of use for yourself, your staff and your families and you can find the link to this week’s one below:

 

https://www.cdbe.org.uk/pdfs/Thought-for-the-Week-Issue-05-27-04-2020.pdf

Thought of the Week - Monday 30th March

Thought of the Week - Monday 6th April

Thought for the Week Tuesday 14th April 2020

Thought of the Week Monday 20th April

EASTER ASSEMBLY:

Here’s the playlist for an Easter Assembly created by Alison and Alastair Knight:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Wnbo2AmS3OI?autoplay=1&start=8&end=242&list=PLRohF9n_NiA9WYvwyHDaFWBps91M_a47o

 

Lasting about 7½ minutes, it consists of 4 videos:

  • The Easter Story (from BBC Teach) – 4 mins
  • Song – “Sing a Song” from Out of the Ark – 1 min
  • The Lord’s Prayer, played by Alison Knights – 1¼ mins
  • St Mary’s Prayer, played by Alison Knights – 1 min

 

Please remember that parents/carers will need to supervise their child’s use of YouTube during and after playing this assembly.

 

Journey Into Easter (lessons)

Easter Week in Isolation - challenges for all the family!

SameBoatMusic:

Please enjoy these new ideas for Collective Worship/reflective time - as the children are currently missing out on their Daily Worship here at school. This link also has questions and reflective ideas as well as songs.

CDBE.org website:

A new webpage for schools which contains useful resources and information about a variety of things relevant to this time e.g. ISingPop, RE, Collective Worship at Home etc. The link to this is: https://www.cdbe.org.uk/resources-and-downloads-covid-19  

St Mary's Church - resources for the young!
You can find some excellent resources if you follow this link here: https://www.stmaryssaffronwalden.org/Articles/571115/Weekly_Resources_for.aspx
Church @home

Your weekly resources for...

Church@Home

 
 

Hi everyone,

Welcome back to Church@Home!

Thank you to those who sent feedback to my last email I'm glad it was useful. Also, thanks to the pictures of crafts and lego challenges. Please do keep sending them in and I will, with your permission, put them on the website.

This email is once again packed with more fun resources and ideas for you to do with your children and young people at home. Including our new Youth Zone. 

Once again, please do get in touch if I can help you in anyway during this time or if you have ideas which we can share with other parents. Please feel free to share with friends and family.

Thanks,

Matt

Palm Sunday
 

I wonder...

I wonder why it is called Palm Sunday?

I wonder what the people were feeling as Jesus rode into Jerusalem?

I wonder what you would have said to Jesus?

I wonder how Jesus felt with all the people crowding around him?

I wonder what kind of king Jesus really is?

 
Weaving Palm Leaf Craft

Carefully cut around the template including the black lines on the leaf. Cut out some strips of coloured paper and weave them in and out of the leaf and stick down on the reverse of the leaf.

Template Attached. 
 
 
Youth Zone
 
Palm Sunday is all about giving thanks and praise to God. The people took time out of their days to line the streets and shout praises and thanks to Jesus for all he had done.

We can sometimes take for granted all the good things God has given us. Spend some time writing a list of things you are thankful for e.g. family, friends, books, football, talents, abilities etc.

Why not start a thankfulness jar which you can fill with things you are thankful for each day. We see later on in the Easter Story that the people soon forget about the good things Jesus did and allow him to be put on a cross. Sometimes we can be blindsided by things that cause us pain, trouble or upset. Life is certainly strange and uncertain at the moment! Yet in these times it's important to remind ourselves of Jesus' kingship and all He has done for us. Use your jar to remind yourself of the amazing things God has put in your life.

Attached to this email are a couple of templates which you may like to use to help you write/say a prayer of praise to God. 

Another way to praise God is through sung worship. Why not use these songs to worship and thank God for all the good things he has done?

Hosanna by Hillsong - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoM0AT8fBvs
Great Things by Phil Wickham - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4CY3nf1Mvw

Why not send a text to someone you are thankful for? Let them know how much they mean to you and to check in and see how they are doing during this time.

Don't forget Aftershock have gone virtual!! We will be meeting for a bible study every Wednesday 4:30-6pm, even through the Easter holidays, via Zoom, meeting code 227-326-492.

Plus, we have Aftershock every Sunday, via Zoom, 7-8:30pm which will be more fun and games, join us this week for a quiz, meeting code 265-345-685.

If you have trouble accessing Zoom or any other problems or questions, please get in touch. 
 
 
Credit: Compassion & Mother's Niche
More Ideas...
 
Holy Week At Home - Chelmsford Diocese have come up with resources for Holy Week with crafts, songs and talks 
https://www.chelmsford.anglican.org/holyweekathome

The Great Indoors - The Scouts have put together some fun activities to do indoors. https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors/

Engage at Home - Engage Worship are putting out daily prayer and worship activities for you to do as a family. https://engageworship.org/engageathome

 
Ways To Explain The Coronavirus
To Your Children

 
My Name Is Coronavirus - This explains what COVID-19 is and encourages children to explain how they are feeling.
https://cofebristol.contentfiles.net/media/assets/file/Corona_Virus_Info_for_Young_Children.pdf

Time To Come In Bear - A children's story about social distancing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DA_SsZFYw0w  
Stay Updated

On St Mary's website we have our ' Church at Home' page which has more resources for families at the bottom.
https://www.stmaryssaffronwalden.org/Groups/338113/Church_At_Home.aspx

There is also our Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/saintmaryschurchsaffronwalden/


 Your weekly resources for... Church@Home
 

Hi Everyone,

 Happy Easter!

 Welcome to another fun filled, Easter Sunday edition of Church@Home, packed full of resources and ideas to help you explore the Easter account with your children and young people.

 Once again, please do get in touch if I can help you in anyway during this time or if you have ideas which we can share with other parents. Please feel free to share with friends and family.

 Thanks,

 Matt
 

Easter Story


I wonder...

I wonder why it is called Good Friday when something bad happened that day?

 I wonder what the people were feeling as Jesus was nailed to the cross?

 I wonder what the Roman soldiers felt after Jesus had died?

 I wonder what you would have said to Jesus?

 I wonder how Mary felt when the angel said Jesus wasn't there but is alive?

 I wonder what difference knowing Jesus is alive makes to our lives?
 
 Bible Verse Easter Egg Craft

 Decorate the egg in bright colours and other beads or gems you may have at home. Carefully cut out the template including a zig zag across the egg. Next cut around the bible verses including the tabs on the top and bottom, feel free to write your own bibleverse out. Turn your egg over and stick the bible verse to the top and bottom making sure it lines up when you close the egg.

 Template attached or available on St Mary’s website. 
 
Youth Zone

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The Easter Story is packed full of emotions from sad to happy, confused to enlightened, from hopeless to hopeful.

 What a difference a week makes! Last week we looked at how the people cheered and welcomed Jesus as a king, compared to this week where they jeered and mocked as he was sentenced to die.

 Have a read through the Easter account, Luke 22, 23 & 24:1-12.

 How would you be feeling if you were there? What emotions would you be feeling?

 Imagine you were there, put yourself in the shoes of some of the 'characters'. Would you have felt guilt like Judas did? Would you have felt angry and lashed out like Peter did? Would you have felt worried like the Roman Centurion incase you were accused ofnot doing your job properly? Would you have felt under pressure like Pilate and caved into the pressure of the crowd? Would you have felt sad and upset like Mary watching your son dying on the cross?

 Why not draw out the Easter story in the form of Emojis?

 In these uncertain times I'm sure we are feeling different emotions. With these feelings and emotions we have questions, like; When will I be going back to school? How much longer do I have to be in the same four walls as my siblings? Where is God in all ofthis?

 I'm sure the disciples had many questions and felt loads of different emotions during the first Easter weekend. They had just spent three years following Jesus around watching him change peoples lives to then see him stripped, mocked and hung on a cross todie. The question 'where is God in all of this?' must have crossed their minds.

 Have a look at this poem, see if you can relate to any of the verses
https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justin-taylor/its-fridaybut-sundays-comin/

 Maybe the events of Good Friday and our current situation leave us feeling hopeless and disappointed. We are left with questions we can't answer and much uncertainty about our future. But there is hope! Easter Sunday shows us there is nothing that God cannotover come. This time will come to an end, lets hold on to the hope of the resurrection and the promise that our eternal future is certain through Jesus.

 For our time of worship, why not use these songs to worship and celebrate Jesus rising from the dead and defeating death?

 O Praise The Name by Hillsong - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZTGk_NvcBM
 Glorious Day by Passion  - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Rp8mUwKx3s

 

If you have any spare creme eggs, why not write something on a post-it note which would encourage someone who found it, and stick it to the egg? You could drop it round a friends or even a strangers house on your dailywalk/exercise. Or leave them in a container in your neighbourhood or outside your house for others who walk past to enjoy? If you don't have creme eggs or likewise, think about what others may need during this time.

 

Don't forget Aftershock have gone virtual!!


 We will be meeting for a bible study every Wednesday 4:30-6pm, even through the Easter holidays, via Zoom, meeting code 227-326-492.

 Plus, we have Aftershock every Sunday, via Zoom, 7-8:30pm meeting code 265-345-685.

 You will be asked to enter a password, for both meetings it is 'Aftershock'.

 

If you have trouble accessing Zoom or any other problems or questions, please get in touch.
 
 More Ideas...
 

Bible App for Kids - An interactive way for your children to explore the bible
 and see it come to life
https://www.bible.com/en-GB/kids

 Guardians of Ancora Game - Great game for 8-11 year olds to explore and be a part of the bible stories
https://guardiansofancora.com
 

Stay Updated

 On St Mary's website we have our 'Church at Home' page which has more resources for families at the bottom.
https://www.stmaryssaffronwalden.org/Groups/338113/Church_At_Home.aspx

 There is also our Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/saintmaryschurchsaffronwalden/ 

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