Lighthouse For All 25.03. 2020

Hi Everyone, welcome to Lighthouse for All. Your Newhaven Church Sunday groups team have been upping our technology game (and our own confidence) to bring you something personal from us each Sunday while we are not able to meet together. Although, initially thought of as a way to engage or families, we hope that it is something everyone who wishes can access and join in.  These will be told on our new youtube channel. After the positive response to Fridays video, we have decided to post videos on both Wednesday and Friday, as well as EVERY DAY for Holy Week. We hope you enjoy.

Todays story is told by Christine and is found in the Gospel of Matthew 7:24-27. All of these texts can be read in many different translations on biblegateway.com. The International Children’s Bible is a simple adaptation of the NIV and what we have in Lighthouse.

Don’t forget to add this story to your journal from last week. Did you try Christine’s house building challenge or words on your bricks? Do share photos with us on the facebook page here.

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

Sermon on the Bible as Library- 26th November 2017

Readings:

Psalm 139

1st Corinthians 13:1-13

In his sermon this morning our minister, Peter, spoke about two alternative ways of understanding the Bible; as written constitution or as a library, and how we can make better sense of the Bible if we approach it as the latter.

If you would like to listen to the sermon please click on the audio player below.