As part of the run up to Easter we wanted to understand what Passover and the Last Supper was all about. The Passover meal is a big deal and one of the most important events in the Jewish calendar because it remembers when the children of Israel were freed from slavery and led out of Egypt by Moses over 3000 years ago. We also wanted to learn about what Jesus did at the Passover meal he had in Jerusalem with his disciples. We figured that the best way to do this was to prepare our own passover meal and run through what Jesus and the disciples did during their passover meal.
In our preparations we decided that for a special meal we should have a special tablecloth. Whilst we made this we talked about how God’s Love was with the Israelites all that time ago, then He sent Jesus and His love is with us now and always – so we felt that Psalm 107:1 “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, and His Love endures forever!” was pretty perfect for our table cloth.
For the meal itself we headed to the kitchen and made some delicious flatbreads. (Recipe: https://www.rivercottage.net/recipes/flatbreads.) We prepared some lemons, parsley and salt water, some lamb koftas (from M&S) and some honey.
Then we jumped back 2000 years to when Jesus celebrated the Passover feast with the disciples in Jerusalem. So we did what they might have done. We brought a beautiful table cloth, cups and plates and set the table. We brought lemons and the bitter herbs for dipping into salt water that was to remind the Israelites of their sadness at being slaves. We brought the Lamb that represents how God protected them from a terrible disease. We brought the flat breads that reminds us of how the Israelites left Egypt so quickly there was no time for the bread to rise. Finally, the honey that represents the joy of the Israelites reaching the promised land. So we tasted the bitter herbs and pulled sour faces when we ate the lemons and really enjoyed our flatbreads, lamb and honey. After we chatted for a while we learned what Jesus did on that night when he broke the bread and drank the wine and said that this was his body broken for us and his blood poured out for us. So we did what he told us to do – we remembered what he did for us by breaking our bread and drinking our wine (grape juice) and we said thank you for the cross.
In the end it really was a special meal!
Thank you to the Messy church resources that used to help us put our passover meal together. ( Messy church Magazine Jan- April 2016)
During our ‘Healthy Mind, Healthy Soul, Week’ at Compass we talked about our minds and how to look after them. We looked at different parts of the brain (using play doh), discovered that it’s pretty complicated and that we should look after it. So we played table tennis – apparently scientifically proven to be the best sport for your brain (who knew?) – and looked at some optical illusions. After our exercises we did siloheuttes of our heads and talked about the kind of things we think about and how what we think about affects how we feel. We learned that in the Bible there is this brilliant verse in Philipians 4:6-9 that tells us not to be anxious about anything but to pray, say thank you to God and think about things that are good, noble and true…..(not a bad recipe for good mental health for all of us!)
And finally we talked about a practical way to look after our minds – when we are online. Above is one of our Mind Your Mind Mouse Mats (made brilliantly by Charlie!) We wrote this Bible verse on them
“Hold on to what is good, reject what is harmful.” (1 Thessalonians 5: 21-22)
We talked about the internet and how easy it is to find wonderful things on the internet and to find harmful things in it too. God wants us to focus on things that are good for us and help us grow in healthy ways. Our mouse mats are to remind us to keep our minds safe as we explore online. I am using a rather fabulous one made for me by one of our volunteers as I write this….(Thank you to the fantastic Messy Church Resources where we got this idea from.)
Phew…. that was a busy one……
Well done to all the participants in the end of term service on Friday 19th Dec 2015. Wish you all a Merry Christmas and have a lovely school holiday!
Holiday Club 2015 “Polar Explorers”
In August the Bankfoot Church Centre was transformed into a polar base camp and 33 young people went on expedition led by 9 huskies and 7 junior huskies led by chief Husky Karen, our youth worker. We explored the polar regions and God’s big expedition to be a friend of Jesus.
In our Bible stories and activities we learned from the life of Simon Peter that, no matter how many mistakes people make, we should forgive them and Jesus never ever ever ever ever ever ever gives up on us even if we mess up. That Stephen did a lot of ordinary jobs to serve God and 2,000 years later we still know about him because these jobs are really important. That the Ethiopian was from a faraway place and Philip explained to him that the love of God is for the whole wide world. That Paul had been a real baddie but his life was completely changed because of Jesus and he is now in the history books for his travels and writings serving God. That Young Timothy was a good example for all our “explorers” and “huskies” that you are never too young or too old to be part of God’s big expedition.
All summed up nicely in our Polar Explorers theme song.
Never too many mistakes,
nothing we could do,
nothing in this world
that could take us from you.
Never too near or far,
never too young or old,
never too bad, Lord,
you welcome us all.
God’s big expedition was explored in crafts, songs, challenges, science, constructions, drama, jokes, competitions and games and learning from a real polar explorer Colin Souness about the environment and animals and the effects of climate change on them, he encouraged and inspired us all to learn from and move on when we make mistakes and to believe in ourselves and follow our dreams. At the end of the week the weather warmed up and we left the polar base camp to spend a perfect summer evening together with the Redgorton and Stanley holiday club at Active Kids for a fantastic BBQ.
Many thanks to all the leaders who willingly got involved and messy, thank you to everybody who prayed for us and collected cereal boxes, cardboard tubes and milk jugs. Every contribution added something to a memorable week.
Annual Holiday Club 2013.
Space Academy, based on the book of Daniel and also exploring the world of space and planets, is now over. 40 children were registered and with a team of 22 we were able to have lots of activities and fun! One excellent feature this year was the band which had keyboard, saxophone, guitar, cello, violins, cornet, trumpet and trombone. They did very well indeed in leading the singing and the majority also played for the Sunday service on 14 August when the congregation, parents and friends were able to appreciate them.
Many hilarious games were played and craft items were amazing! Learning about how Daniel and his friends and how they “lived God’s way” trusted God was the Bible part of the club.
We are so grateful to so many who made the club possible – and especially to Paula our youth worker; all the team – especially those who took a week’s holiday so they could be a part of it all – and of course all the children and their parents for letting them come.
The Friday evening BBQ at Active Kids Adventure Park was great fun and we are grateful to the Currie family for that gift.
Check out their site and if you have never visited it, why not give it a go?