Sunday Connection

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.

Lighthouse: P1-P6

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 NotebookA book recommended by others for our 6-8s: What Every Child Should Know About Prayer

Youth P7-S4

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!

Cassie

Children’s and Youth Worker

Palm leaves

29/03/2015 sermon – Palm Sunday (Mark 11:1-11)

Palm leaves

In our Palm Sunday sermon on Sunday 29th March, Peter considered Mark 11:1-11 and contextualised the events on Palm Sunday.

Please follow this link to read Mark 11:1-11 on the BibleGateway website

To hear the sermon online please use the player below, or right click on this link to save the sermon to your computer.

Newhaven Harbour lit up for Bow Tow festival

26/10/2014 sermon: Amos (Amos 3)

In our Communion service on Sunday 26th October, our Minister Peter continued to consider Amos, in particular the significance of Amos 3, social justice, and the need to sow goodness and love in Christ’s love.

To see this Bible reading online, please follow this link to:

To hear the sermon, please click on the player below, or right click on this link to download the sermon to your computer.

Photo of trolley filled with food for a foodbank

“Where is the justice in foodbank Scotland?”

This article has been taken from its original source on the Church of Scotland’s website.

The head of one of the most influential councils in the Church of Scotland said that what she wants for Christmas is justice for people reliant on food-banks.

“There is a gospel bias for the poor and the Church of Scotland makes deliberate decisions to ensure that its resources, material and spiritual, correspond to that bias, not as an issue of charity, but of justice” said the Reverend Sally Foster-Fulton, Convener of the Church and Society Council.

Writing on her blog, Mrs Foster-Fulton said:

“In our society we are seeing a huge increase in reliance on food-banks.  Thank God there are still people who will work to tackle food poverty and food insecurity.  To people who donate, who volunteer – who embody care, thank you.  Your commitment and love is inspirational.  My comments aren’t meant to undermine this, but rather to ask the question ‘is this enough?’  Are we in danger of offering a band aid without looking for the source of the bleeding?

“We’re called to question the systems which mean, despite living in one of the most affluent and developed countries in history, there are children who still go hungry, whilst others have a super-abundance of wealth.  Inequality like this is an appalling indictment on our system and our society.  Where is the justice in food-banks?

“Every time you donate a tin, you should pick up a pen, write your MP or MSP and ask why you have just donated food to a food-bank in one of the richest countries in the world!”

The Church of Scotland is dedicated about removing the inequalities that blight so much of society.  The measure of any society is how it looks after its most vulnerable members, added Ms Foster-Fulton.  She said: “This is about what kind of Scotland we want to be.  What kind of Scotland do we want for the one-in-five children living in poverty and for their parents who might be relying on food-banks.  As we fill up our trolleys and put presents under the tree and wait for Santa, what I want for Christmas is justice, a society where everyone has enough food to eat and a roof over their heads.”