During the summer holidays in St Albans Cathedral, Children’s Church replaces the Sunday Club, and for this summer the Children’s Church continued some of the work that Sunday Club started by looking at some of the I AM sayings.
Sunday Club had covered, I AM the true vine, I AM the bread of life, I AM the good shepherd and I AM the way.
So… Children’s Church looked at I AM he, I AM the light of the world, I AM the resurrection, I AM the Alpha and Omega and finally they looked at Who is God to me?
So over the next few days I’m going to post what they did. Feel free to use these ideas with your own group if you wish.
26th July I AM he
Game: Have all players stand or sit in a circle. Each player can either do a different motion for each syllable of their name or clap it out (whatever is more suitable for the groups ability). For example Christopher, Chris(stomp feet)-to(click)-fer(wave hands in the air). The next player does the same thing with their name using different motions until everyone has had their turn.
Talk: Names are really important. They are something we own, and no one is able to take your name away from you. Most of the time, its one of the first things our parents do for us. They give us a name to separate us from others and to make us unique. Sometimes names can mean special things.
Does anyone know if their name has a special meaning??
Claire: Clear and bright
Jeffrey: God’s peace
Richard: Powerful Leader
(Have a book of names and look up some of the meanings of the kids names)
Activity: Explain that there are lots of different names for God, and lots of these have special meanings too. Get the kids to think of names they know for God and names they call him (Father, Almighty, Lord etc)
Have some lining paper spread out, or a large body shape and get the kids to write and draw on it the names they come up with for God.
For the older children we also got some youth bibles with names and verses slipped into them so they could find names and learn where in the bible they can be found.
(Abba Mark 14.36, Alpha and Omega Revelation 1.8, Bread of life John 6.35, Cornerstone Acts 4.11, Creator Psalms 121.2, Father Matthew 5.16, Good Shepherd John 10: 11, High Priest Hebrews 3.1, Holy Spirit John 14.26, I AM Exodus 3.14, King of kings 1 Timothy 6.15, Lord of Lords I Timothy 6.15, Lamb of God John 1.29, Light of the world John 8.12, Messiah Matthew 1.1, Prince of Peace Isaiah 9.6, Counsellor Isaiah 9.6, Powerful God Isaiah 9.6, Rabbi John 1.38, Redeemer Isaiah 59.20, The Way John 14.6, The word John 1.1, True vine John 15.1)