Each week we will put up the passage of scripture that the children and youth have been learning about on the Sunday past, alongside some suggestions of how to engage with the same scripture at home. Catchier title suggestions appreciated.
Bible Passage: Luke 11:1-4; Matthew 6:5-15
Pray Like Jesus from Mosaic: God is Here
Aim: To pray knowing, from Jesus’ example and teaching, that God wants us to talk to him.
Questions: What can we bring to God in prayer? Is there anything we can’t pray to him about? What are the things Jesus prayed about in the Prayer in Matthew 6:5-15? When do we say this prayer at church?
Learning the Lord’s Prayer: The following link uses a mixture of words and pictures to help us learn the prayer line by line. The Lord’s Prayer Creative . It may be fun to come up with some actions to help you remember too!
Practicing Prayer Together: Five Finger Prayer—Cassie has copies of a version of this.
Two of my favourite books of prayer ideas for 8+: The Teenage Prayer Experiment Notebook , The Prayer Experiment Notebook. A book recommended by others for our 6-8s: What Every Child Should Know About Prayer
This week in youth we spent time in the service learning about Sandra’s experience in Rwanda with Tearfund. We then spent time preparing for the Newhaven Church Bake-Off as part of our Harvest efforts to support the work of Tearfund. The two weeks previous we looked at issues of social justice and what the Bible has to say.
The Bible passages we have looked at: Matthew 25: 31-45; Leviticus 25:1-24 (Harvest Passage)
Leading up to Harvest and our Shoebox services, encourage your young person to think about where their heart is in showing God’s love to the world: are they passionate about taking care of the Earth we are given? Does homelessness tug at their heart? Do they enjoy helping those younger than them learn new things? Do they stand up to bully’s and look out for those that would be left out? Open up about what excites you most in this whole area of social justice. If they are struggling to pinpoint, perhaps pointing out where you’ve seen them do this would be a start! Encourage them to ask God to help them find ways use their talents to show people and the rest of creation God’s love. Make a point to encourage and point out their giftings this week.
I hope you find these ideas enriching and enjoyable!
Children’s and Youth Worker