Harevst Toddler Service 2015

We meet in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

It’s good to see you this morning and thank you for bringing all your gifts of tins, and packets and all the cakes and bread you’ve made. Would you like to bring them up to the altar??

(Give them time to arrange their gifts with the teacher’s help)

Harvest is the time of year where we give a big, special thanks to God for all the good things he has given us to eat and which help us grow and be strong.

I have a story for you this morning, but I need you to do some actions, can you pretend to be, flying things, and swimming things, and crawling things and jumping things? (Let them practise these actions).

Read ‘In the beginning’ from the Lion Story Tellers Bible (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lion-Storyteller-Bible-Bob-Hartman/dp/0745964338/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1444384826&sr=8-2&keywords=lion+story)

End by emphasising that God made everything for us to enjoy and for us to look after and that it’s part of our job to look after the world and you’ve done a wonderful thing by bringing so much food that will feed people without food.

(Give out some musical instruments)

(Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star from http://christian-ecology.org.uk/hymn3.htm)

For the people big and small
For the animals short and tall
We will care for all these things
That our Lord Creator brings.
Praise him, Praise him, Praise the Lord
For the wonders of the world.
 

For the sea and for the sky
For the animals and birds that fly
We will care for all these things
That our Lord Creator brings.
Praise him, Praise him, Praise the Lord
For the wonders of the world.
 

For the seasons of the year
For the plants that re-appear
We will care for all these things
That our Lord Creator brings.
Praise him, Praise him, Praise the Lord
For the wonders of the world.
 

End with some prayers by getting the kids to tell you their favourite food.

We thank you God for strawberries. We thank you God for cereal. We thank you God for chocolate. We thank you God for pizza. Etc.

Blessing: God give you every good thing to make you grow strong and healthy, and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be with you all, evermore. Amen.

Family Service Easter 2

Has anyone ever told you something that you didn’t believe?

Sometimes its hard to believe things if you only hear about them from someone else.

Last week we celebrated Easter, when Jesus rose from the dead. And we heard that all the disciples were told about it. Today we heard the Jesus came to them and told them not be sad, but to be happy, because he brings them peace, they should be happy.

But one of his friends wasn’t there, Thomas missed this meeting with Jesus and found it hard to believe that he actually came back.

Sometimes its hard to believe things we are told.

If I told you there was something yummy hiding in our Easter garden that someone here can have, would you believe me?

Does anyone want to look?

I was telling the truth!!!!!!

You didn’t know for sure unless you went to see though, and that was the same for Thomas, he couldn’t believe his friends until he saw Jesus for himself.

Sometimes its hard to believe that God loves us, and is there for us all the time. Having faith is sometimes really hard, and sometimes we need to see before we can believe. But Jesus isn’t walking around now like he was back them with his disciples, with his friends. So how can we believe.

We can believe by looking around us, at the world God created for us, at the family and friends around us who love us and take care for us, at all the people in the past who have told us about Jesus and all the things God has done to help us. We can believe when we see people doing what Jesus taught us, loving, caring, sharing, taking care of, being a peace with others.

thomas