Worship and assemblies
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:
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)
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.
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:
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
Here’s the playlist for an Easter Assembly created by Alison and Alastair Knight:
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!
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
Your weekly resources for... Church@Home
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
Bible App for Kids - An interactive way for your children to explore the bible
and see it come to life
Guardians of Ancora Game - Great game for 8-11 year olds to explore and be a part of the bible stories
On St Mary's website we have our 'Church at Home' page which has more resources for families at the bottom.
There is also our Facebook page