Look up your name and find out what it means. What do you think, does it suit you and do your family and friends think it suits you? What other names are you called eg Mum or Dad; do you have a nickname; what about at work, what was your title?
Do these names label you and do you feel you are defined by them - what about the you, the you only you know. You are also known as a child of God - how do you feel about that? God knows you inside out and knows who you are and loves you regardless of who you think you are.
One of the stories read today includes searching for a pearl. Can you find the word pearl in this puzzle?
From Spill the Beans.
The Free Church in Fort William are running this Holiday Club. Acharacle and Ardnamurchan Parish Churches are happy to support and be involved in this. If you would like more information please contact the Free Church, details on the poster.
To those leaving primary school this week, we hope you have a great holiday and are excited about starting at the High School. Enjoy this great book!
Be blessed with the knowledge that you are never alone. Through the ups and downs of the future there will always be those who love you and support you. That deep and abiding love comes from God - we are made in the image of God, including the sharing of God's love.
Matthew 10:40 – 42
Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person's reward. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward."
You could start by watching and dancing along to this
Have two glasses of water, one cold and one luke warm (or one of each each). Get everyone to try them – which one is nicer?
If someone came to your house which one would you give them? How else might you make someone feel welcome if they came to your house? What about someone new at school? Or at Church?
Jesus said it was important to welcome people. He even said that when we welcome people it is like we are welcoming him. There are lots of ways to help people feel welcome – one of the ways Jesus talked about was by giving someone a cold drink of water. The warm drink we had earlier wasn’t as nice was it! Giving someone a cold drink sounds really easy but when Jesus was on earth it was a bit harder because they didn’t have any fridges or taps! They would have had to go to a well and pull the water up from out of the ground and then store the water somewhere cool. Sometimes to make people feel welcome we have to do things which might take a little bit of work – but that can help that person to feel loved which is important.
It is hard to offer hospitality/welcome at the moment because people can’t come into our houses or our churches, but there are still ways we can show people we care about them. Maybe you could make a cake/card/picture to drop off at someone’s house, perhaps someone who is shielding and can’t go outside.
Other Activities- If you have a printer there is a sheet at the end you could print off and colour in – draw some flowers in the flower bed and draw your family next to the house
You could make a welcome sign for your house (for when it is safe and people are allowed to come and visit again!) – like this one
Prayer- You could spend some time praying together for people who might not feel welcome or for people we are looking forwards to welcoming back to our homes or churches when we can. You could draw those people and put the picture somewhere to help you remember to pray for them this week.
Some Sunday school type activities.
Sunday School at home 31stMay – Pentecost (Acts 2:1 - 21)
You could start by watching and dancing along to this!
What are the best things about birthdays? You could draw some pictures of peoples favourite parts of birthdays (might be cake, presents, playing games with friends…)
Today it is a bit like the birthday of the Church! In todays story we will hear a bit about what happened after Jesus went back to heaven and more people started to follow him. Maybe one of your favourite parts of birthdays is presents – its fun to get presents and to choose something our friends will like. We are remembering a present that God gave us a LOOONNNG time ago.
What was the present? It wasn’t like a normal present that we might give someone on their birthday!
If you think they will remember then you could talk about the invisible friend from 2 weeks ago – this fire and the feeling in their hearts is a symbol of the friend being with them to help them.
What did the present help them do?
It helped them to know who they are – God’s children, and to talk to other people about who God was and that he loved them.
Have you ever seen anyone with fire on their head? Do you think you know any people who have God’s present in their hearts?
You could talk about how people today still have this present to help them – and it is for them too! Even if we have never had fire on our heads!
If you have a printer there are some things to do below
Use colourful paper or draw a flame and make a headband so you can have your own symbol of fire over your heads – like in the picture below
You could spend some time praying together – if you are feeling brave (or have a battery candle) you could use this to help you focus. You could light the candle and put it on a table and get everyone to look at the candle while you pray – or take it in turns to pray.
Messy Bags are available from the gate at the manse and will be delivered to Kilchoan later today (2nd June) or tomorrow. Here are a couple of photos to stimulate interest!
Here's a yummy activity for families! From Spill the Beans Resources.
Messy Bags at the manse gate have a theme of The Lost Sheep.
There's the story and some activities to do - including a sheep that you can make, then hide and ask someone in the family to find. Or, how about a pom-pom sheep with some wool. Here's a photo sent in by one family. And the second photo is of a marble run maze to help think about taking wrong turns but finally getting to our destination.
God will always be looking for us and by our side on our way through life. May you always know you are not alone but that, even when you feel very lost, God is with you helping you through the tough times, rejoicing in the good times, and encouraging you to live life with hope and love in your heart.
Today's reflection is about people journeying through life and asks questions about how we pass on to others the beliefs and faith that we have.
Part of the account tells of a mysterious travelling companion who kept his identity hidden until after tea time.
When did you last play at dressing up? Perhaps you and your family might like to dress up as someone well known and ask the rest of you to guess who you are?
Charades is a good guessing game. You could try acting out the way your morning goes - eg getting up, having breakfast, cleaning your teeth and, usually, walking to school.
Remember, you. are not allowed to speak or make noises, only act!
Or, how about putting down some big pieces of paper, painting your feet and leaving messy footprints all over the paper. Perhaps this should be done outside!!
Have fun thinking about hidden identities and the marks of those who travel through life with us.