Sunday School

We need Jesus lesson 3 - We need to trust Jesus

Matthew 8:5-13

Simplified Sunday resource to be taught by parents at home during lockdown

There are many times when we feel that we are not in control. In those moments we find out where our faith truly lies. Do we depend on our own ability to fix things, or are we trusting someone else to be in charge. The powerful centurion had great faith – not in his own ability to control things, but in Jesus. The outsider, the enemy of Israel, acknowledged his unworthiness and dependence on Jesus. We need to do the same. This is great faith - not looking great but depending greatly on Jesus. Only when we understand the complete rule and power of Christ will we be able to fully depend on him.


Questions to Ponder
How does remembering that Jesus is in charge, even sickness, encourage your heart and your faith today?

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Sunday School

We need Jesus lesson 1 - We need a rock to build our lives on

Matthew 7:24-29

Simplified Sunday resource to be taught by parents at home during lockdown

What do I want to be known as? A great parent? A great friend? A home schooling legend? A great Christian? Or a great depender on Jesus? Do I know that I bring nothing to the table, relying totally on God? Or do I think that he should be delighted to have me on “his team”?

The only foundation that will stand is Jesus Christ. I can celebrate my simple obedience to him. I can delight in listening to him, loving him, needing him and obeying him. This is safety; any other foundation ends in disaster.

Notes on the passages in the resource:

V24 – Hearing Jesus' teaching is not enough. Shock! Hearing his teaching and obeying him is like wisely building on solid foundations.

V25 – The solid foundation stands strong in all storms. When a person who has put Jesus‘ words into practice stands before Jesus on the day of judgement, they will stand secure. This doesn’t mean they have lived a life of 100% perfect obedience, but that they have obeyed Jesus’ call to repent and come to him for forgiveness when they fail. Whoever has built their life on Christ will be eternally safe with Christ.

V26 – Hearing Jesus' commands and ignoring them is like foolishly building on sand. Before the storm both houses look the same. The lives they represent may well appear the same. It is possible to build a very impressive mansion on sand, or to build a simple shack on rock. Which would you rather shelter in?

V27 – If there is no foundation then there will be a great crash. It may happen in this life, when a storm of intense hardship comes. It will certainly happen at the final judgement. There will be a day when any foundation other than Christ will collapse, leaving us exposed and in great danger.

V28-29 – Jesus' teaching is amazing. If we listen carefully, we will stand awestruck. His words have power. Let’s listen and obey.

Question to ponder: If you were honest with yourself, in the quietness of your heart, how would you finish this sentence, “If the worst happened to me, in those dreadful hours, I would be relying on….”

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Kids Slot

What is God like?

In this series of 7 short all age talks children and their families learn that: 

God is Holy, God is three persons, God is everywhere, God is forever, God is in charge, God is love.

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All-age Talk

Christmas games and Bible illustrations

Luke 2:8-12, John 3:16;1:14, Isaiah 1:18, Philippians 2:8 & Isaiah 9:6

Games to play and illustrations to use for your Children’s Christmas event

You’ll still need to study the passage, prepare your talk and make it suit your context; but maybe there is just the seed of an idea that you need to get started. This download contains 6 games and Bible illustrations to get you going.

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Training

Junior Jivers introduction

Music and movement class for preschoolers

Junior Jivers is a Christian music and movement class aimed at toddlers and preschoolers and their carers. 

The format of Junior Jivers is designed to encourage each child in their physical, mental, social and spiritual development. Each week there is a structured programme based on a particular theme (e.g. Animals), where a leader directs the group’s singing, dancing and discussion. Parents and carers are encouraged to interact with and assist their child(ren) during the session.

This document outlines how best to run the programme, the structure of each session, what you will need and contains a samle lesson plan.

For detailed termly lesson plans click here.

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