Children’s Church: I AM the Alpha and Omega

 

Activity: Spread out on the tables the letters of the alphabet including some characters from the Greek alphabet and ask the kids to put the letters in the correct order. (If you want to be mean you could print out the whole of the Greek alphabet and watch them scratch their heads).

After a few short puzzled moments explain that today we’re looking at what God means when he says that he is the Alpha and Omega.

Gather everyone together and explain that the Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, which is the language that the New Testament was originally written in. And what is being said here is that God is the beginning and the end, the first and the last. We could say he is the A and the Z.

Story: First few verses of Genesis ‘In the beginning God created…’ (We used The Lion Storytellers Bible)

Revelation 1. 7-8 ‘I am the alpha and omega’ (My First Message Bible has a good kids version of heaven from revelation)

Craft: Each of the kids are going to make their own timelines, making out when they where born, went to school, made friends, joined a group, fell over, went on holiday, got a pet etc. Give them each a piece of paper and get them to draw a line, at one end should be the day they were born, at the other today and in-between important events.

Before the end of the session, ask them to re-cap what you’ve been talking about, (God being beginning and end), ask the kids how many of them put God into their timelines?? God is the beginning and end, even of their own lives.

They could write it in or you could have stickers prepared.

Images of Heaven???? Swedish House Mafia and the Mothers Union

I did a talk last week for the Mothers Union, a further post, or posts will follow about that.

I was showing them some secular music which had either a religious or spiritual message, or talked about the artists faith. I showed them this video from Swedish House Mafia ‘Don’t you worry child’ and the first comment I received was ‘That’s what heaven will be like, all of us gathered with the lamb on the throne’.

Then another pitched in ‘but where are the harps???’ Then the giggling broke out.

But I thought this was a point worth dwelling on a little longer. We’re told that heaven will be a place where “all flesh shall come to worship before me” (Isaiah 66:22,23) and that it will be a place of great joy, where there will be no pain or tears (Revelation 21:4).

One of the things that struck those who watched the video was how happy people seemed after the gig. People spoke in love and there is the iconic picture of someone making a heart with their hands at the end.

I thought this was an interesting image of heaven……

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Here is my introduction and some reflections that were made.

This song is called ‘Don’t you worry Child’, and it was released towards the end of 2012. It became one of the big dance anthems of 2013.

There isn’t a ‘normal’ video to this song, the video they made was filmed in one of the big festivals in the UK. they also used this song to announce that the group were splitting up and this would be their last song together.

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Over riding message that we are all here for a reason.

Going from happiness and security, when we thought we were in control, losing that and coming back.

Possible interpretations
1) Childhood to adulthood
When you’re a child you are care free, secure and unaware. With time come knowledge and responsibility, everything changes. But we find comfort n our fathers words ‘Don’t you worry, heaven has a plan’.

2) Song sung by Adam (of Adam and Eve)
Remembers the beautiful days of paradise in Eden. At the fall everything changed – sin banished them from the garden and the closeness he experienced. But God still loves them and comforts him that there is a bigger plan.

We’re all God’s children – confused, ignorant, scared, but God is giving us a message, not to worry.

Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 6. 25-34 ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink,* or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?* And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?” For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God* and his* righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

‘So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.