We are asking every family to make an Easter Candle like the one you see in church. It is a Big Candle with a Cross sometimes painted in green to represent new life, Letters from the Greek Alphabet representing beginning and ending and the Numbers for the Year 2020. There is a very helpful guide with pictures to give you help. We will be blessing these candles at home on the Saturday night before Easter Sunday. Please have a go
Butterflies are not only beautiful with their bright colours and delicate wings. The flutter about in the sunshine and make the world a prettier place. Butterflies also have something to tell us about Easter. Think how a caterpillar disappears for a while inside a cocoon. When the cocoon opens we have something looking very different yet it is the same creature. This reminds us of Jesus being put away in a stone tomb after he died on the cross. Then of Easter Morning he rose again bringing joy and hope to our world. We thought you might like to make some Easter Butterflies to go on your window so that people passing by can see that your home is full of joy too.
Hello Little Church at Home members. Today we will think about what's going on in this picture. So download the two help sheets and crack on!
Mirrors can be fun. We get to pull funny faces to ourselves. We can take a close look at what is unique about us and what is similar to other members of the family. Have you worked out yet what colour your eyes are? Who else in the family has the same colour of eyes? This way we can begin to see some of the ways we look at bit like Mum and a bit like Dad, only the best bits of course. But we are also the children of God, we share his love, his kindness and his freedom from being influenced by false ideas and insults.
Many hurtful and unkind things can be said in school playgrounds and on social media. Sometimes we let these things have too much power over how we look at ourselves. At times like this it is extra important to remember what we learn from the Bible. The very first book of the Bible tells a story intended to underline some important things. First, whatever we look like, we are made in God’s image. We are absolutely unique, a one off, and that’s part of what God loves about us. Nothing anyone says can take that away from us.
So, how about sending this message to everyone who uses the bathroom. We can make a small sign, not much bigger than a fridge magnet. We can put a smiley face on it or a message like: “You are perfect just as you are!” or “Say hello to God’s Image!”
Jesus gave some very helpful advice about praying, he reminded us that there are some things we want to speak to God about in private. Our bedroom can be a great place to do this. This is what Jesus Said:
When you pray, go away by yourself, all alone, and shut the door behind you and pray to your Father secretly, and your Father, who knows your secrets, will hear you. (Matthew 6: 6)
Some of the ideas you could begin today are:
Crafty Kids - The Dining Area
Jesus said: Where to or three of my followers are together I am with them. So, when we share a meal with our family it is always good to remind ourselves that Jesus is with us. Not spying on us but gently reminding us that it is good to be alive, it is good to be loved and it is good to be cared for by each other.
One way we do this is by praying a prayer before we eat. We call this prayer Grace Before Meals.
Sometimes we pray the words together, but it is also a god thing sometimes for one person to lead. choosing which prayer to pray can be tricky. So how about we make a Blessing Our Meals Dice. There is a template for this on the FAMILY CHURCH page of the parish website. Another idea would be to make our own prayer card with a choice of six prayers we would like to use at our meals. Then we can throw an ordinary dice to pick the one to use before our meal begins.
This Sunday is the 5th Sunday of Lent
which means that Easter is just two weeks away. The gospel for this weekend is first sad and they joyful. It tells about something very special that Jesus did when one of his own friends died and his sisters were upset. Please take a look at the ideas on the parish website. They will help you to have a Sunday Church at Home. Fr Peter is also in his home thinking about you and praying with and for you all. Have a great weekend and may God bless you all this week!
Here are some helpful materials for having a Home Church gathering with Children
Two lovely pictures have appeared on the Church Door this week and both have a RAINBOW. Thank you to those who put them there.
we have created a Facebook page as an additional support and encouragement for families during these challenging days