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Children’s Ministry - May 31, 2020
This is my last Sunday making up a little lesson on here for y’all
I’m moving out to Prawda to learn carpentry and construction.
My dad would sing a song about working on the “holy ghost building” it’s a song I will often sing these next few months as I work on a few building projects and find a small community out in the country side.
You kids drew a picture of what church means to you. I hope that you will continue to work on the Holy Ghost Building over the summer. Maybe we will see each other again in the fall.
Peace and Love
We have been so blessed by Johanna's presence in our midst. We will suspend updating this section of our website for the summer. But just for fun and learning here are 3 videos of songs for children to learn over the summer:
¨ Jesus Loves Me;
¨ What a Friend We Have in Jesus; and
¨ Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God.
Each of them have the words with the music. I'd love to have the children sing when we gather again! Wishes/Prayers for all to have a safe, joy filled summer immersed in the love and grace of God and our Saviour: Jesus the Christ.

What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Seek Ye First The Kingdom of God

Children’s Ministry - May 24, 2020
Seventh Sunday of Easter
Opening Prayer: Maker of all things good, thank you. Thank you for everything you have given us. Thank you for loving us, for showing us love every day. Thank you for a patient and kind love. Help us to love one another, and to be patient and kind. Amen
Thanksgiving: What are you thankful for today? There is so much to be thankful for!
Question: I wonder what does love mean to you?
Gospel Reading: Acts 9 (God calls a new leader)
The temple leaders were jealous of all the people following Jesus. They had many put in jail. Some were even killed. The believers were especially afraid of one man. His name was Saul.
One day, Saul was on his way to arrest Jesus’ followers in Damascus. Suddenly, he fell to the ground, blinded by a brilliant light.
He heard a voice saying, “Saul, Saul, why are you attacking me?” It was Jesus speaking to him!
For three days, Saul was blind and did not eat or drink. On the fourth day, he had a change of heart. Now he believed that Jesus was the son of God!
Saul was baptized. He changed his name to Paul. He wrote many letters to encourage the new churches in distant lands.
Many people asked Paul questions, including what was most important to God. Paul answered, “Faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love.”
“But what is love?” they asked.
“Love is patient. Love is kind. Love does not envy or boast. It is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way. It is not irritable and resentful. It rejoices not in wrongdoings, but in truth and justice and forgiveness.”
Gospel reflection: Has your answer changed after reading the gospel reading today?
Activity: Write or draw a picture of Love and kindness. Put in on a telephone post near your house. Share a little love!
You are loved and delighted in by God and by many people!
Song: Goodness is stronger than evil
Children’s Ministry - May 17, 2020
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Opening prayer: God of light and power, thank you for this day. Please help us to listen to your voice when you are trying to help us. Calm us so we can listen better when we are tired and stressed. You are always there for us, thank you.
Give thanks and praise: Go around and say something that you are thankful for.
Gospel Reading: Simon Peter and six other disciples were fishing in the Sea of Tiberias. They fished all night but didn’t catch anything. Just after the sun came up, Jesus came to the water’s edge and called out to them, “You haven’t caught any fish, have you?”
“No” they answered. The disciples didn’t know that it was Jesus talking to them!
“Throw your nets to the other side of the boat and you will find some,” Jesus told the tired fishermen.
The disciples did this. Now their net was so full of fish that they couldn’t get it back into the boat!
Looking towards shore, one of the disciples cried out, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard this, he jumped into the water and headed for shore. The others disciples came in the boat dragging the net full of fish. There were 153 large fish! And even with so many fish the net was not torn.
When they came ashore, they saw that Jesus had built a fire. There was fish cooking in the fire, and bread to eat. Jesus said, “Come and have breakfast” and they shared fish and bread.
This is the word of the Lord!
Thanks be to God!
Gospel reflection: Have you ever taken advice from a kind stranger? Do you think that could have been Jesus speaking through them?
How would you feel to drag in such a huge catch? I think it would feel like scoring the winning goal.
Today I am going to end with a short Poem:
Instructions for living a life.
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.
By Mary Oliver
Children’s Ministry - May 10, 2020
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Opening prayer: God of light and power, we give thanks to for coming down to Earth as your son Jesus to show us yourself. Help us to believe even when we cannot see. Amen.
Give thanks and praise: Go around and say something that you are thankful for.
The Gospel: John 14:1-14  
Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.”
Reflection: Have you ever seen something, and even after seeing it was hard to believe it was real?
What do you think Jesus means when he says “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”?
What are some things that Jesus did in other Bible stories, we have read that prove Jesus is the son of God?
Activity: It’s Mother’s Day! What can you do to show your mom/grandma you love her. You should do a little something everyday but how can you make today a little extra special? I’m going to bake for my grandma and clean up after myself. Even just going on a walk with her can mean a lot. Make her a card!
Hope you are well and finding fun things to do!
Song: They Will Know we are Christians by our Love
Closing Prayer
Children’s Ministry - May 3, 2020
The Fourth Sunday of Easter
Opening prayer: God of light and power, we give thanks to for the Good Shepherd.
Help us to do what we can so all people throughout this world can follow you. Amen.
Give thanks and praise: Go around and say something that you are thankful for.
Gospel Reading: John 10:1-18
Jesus told a story to help people understand him: “The shepherd comes to the gate of the sheepfold and calls the sheep. The sheep hear the voice calling them, and they are not afraid because they know their own shepherd’s voice. Anyone who enters the sheepfold in a different way is a thief, not the shepherd.
“The shepherd calls each sheep by name, and one by one they follow the shepherd out if the sheepfold. When all of the sheep have come out, the shepherd goes ahead of them. The sheep follow because the know the shepherd’s voice. They will not follow a stranger because they do not know the stranger’s voice. But they will follow the shepherd.”
Jesus continued, “I am the Good Shepherd. The good shepherd will even die to protect the sheep.
“If someone is paid to take care of the sheep, that worker is not a shepherd. If the worker is in charge of the sheep, and a wolf comes, that person will run away.
“The good shepherd does not run away. The shepherd stays to protect the sheep no matter what the danger is.
“I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own and my own know me.
“I have other sheep, too, who do not belong to this sheepfold. I must call them also, so there will be one flock and one shepherd. This is why God loves me, because I am willing to give up my life for my sheep
Gospel Reflection: How is Jesus like the Good Shepherd?
How do you know your friends or family? Do you recognize their voices, even if they are calling you from a different room? How can we get to know Jesus and hear Jesus’ voice?
Activity: Listen in a cup phone
You will need: • Yarn or twine • Markers or crayons • Scissors • Cups (paper or Styrofoam) • Paper clips or metal washers. • Stickers or extra decorations
1. Decorate two cups with stickers, colors, and captions.
2. Cut a long piece of yarn or string (at least 3-5 feet long).
3. Poke a small hole in the bottom of each cup.
4. Poke the yarn through the hole, and attach to a paper clip or other small item to prevent the yarn from slipping out of the hole.
5. Find a buddy to practice speaking into the cups and listening on the other side. Have fun!
End with a Prayer
Children’s Ministry - April 26, 2020
The Third Sunday of Easter
Opening prayer:        God of light and power, we give thanks for your son Jesus who on the third                                          day rose from the dead. Help us feel Jesus’ presents in our hearts, and all                                                our loved ones that we have lost. Amen.
Give thanks and praise: Go around and say something that you are thankful for.
Gospel Reading Luke 24:13-35
On the same day that some of the women had found an empty tomb, two of Jesus’ friends were trudging along the road towards Emmaus. As they walked, they talked about everything that had happened in Jerusalem. Then, Jesus himself came along and joined them, but they didn’t recognize him.
The stranger said “what are you talking about?”
One of them Cleopas answered, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who doesn’t know what has been happening here.”
The man said “Tell me.” And so they told him about how their teacher Jesus of Nazareth, had suffered and died. “And” they said sadly, “we had hoped that he was the one who would save Israel.”
“Another strange thing has happened,” they added. “Some of the women went to the tomb this morning and found it empty. They said that angles had told them that Jesus was alive. Some of the other disciples went to the tomb. They also found it empty, but they did not see Jesus.”
“you are foolish!” said the stranger. “Why won’t you believe what the prophets have said about how the Messiah would suffer before entering into glory?”
Jesus talked with them about the words of the prophets the whole way to Emmaus. When they got to the village, the stranger walked on ahead of them. But Cleopas and the other disciple said “Stay with us the day is nearly over.”
So he went in with them. At their meal, he took the bread, blessed it, and broke it. In that moment they recognized that it was Jesus - and then he vanished.
They said to each other, “Didn’t you feel your heart burning inside you as he talked with us on the road? Our hearts knew it was Jesus even if our eyes did not recognize him.”
The two disciples got up and ran the whole way back to Jerusalem. They told all the other disciples how they had met a stranger on the road and had recognized Jesus when he broke bread with them.
(Story from- Shine On a Bible Story)
Gospel Reflection:  Imagine how sad the disciples were as they walked to Emmaus.
       Then how happy they were when ran back to Jerusalem.
       Act out the disciples walking to Emmaus, then running to Jerusalem.
Sing a song: Chose your favourite song about Jesus. Teach it to us when we get back together.
April 19, 2020
Opening prayer: God of light and power, we give you thanks for being beside us always.
                                    Help us to believe without seeing and feel your presents. Amen.
Give thanks and praise: Go around and say something that you are thankful for.
Read the Gospel: John 20:19-31   
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."
But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe."
A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe."
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.
Gospel reflection: Ask your child(ren) to retell todays gospel reading.
Notice what stood out to them. Ask I wonder questions relating to what stood out to them.
As a parent what stood out to you? Tell them what this scripture means to you.


Ministry - Easter Sunday

Opening: Christ has risen! He has risen indeed!
Opening prayer: God of light and power, we give thanks to you for the gift of your son, Jesus Christ. Who died for our sins so that we may have eternal life. God please help us to not be scared in this time of uncertainty. Thank you for loving us.
Give thanks and praise: Go around and say something you are thankful for. Share a memory of your favorite Easter tradition.
Read the Gospel: John 20: 1-18
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes.
But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.
Gospel Reflection: Easter has always given me a boost of energy and hope.
Imagine what it would have been like to be Mary and find an empty tomb.
Then imagine seeing Jesus alive. I wonder how you would feel?
Now imagine you are a disciple hearing the news that Jesus was alive. I would be confused and think Mary had gone crazy. I wonder what you would think?

Now it’s time to praise the Lord and sing with joy. Jesus is alive!
Christus Victor.

Sing a song: Today’s song is Christus Victor a song my dad wrote from a dream he had. As a kid I didn’t like many of the songs my dad wrote. I always loved Christus Victor though singing it every Easter at Church or even at home. In the video you will hear my dad and sister sing. After you sing Christus Victor I hope you also sing your favourite Easter songs with your family.

Activity: I know you need more sweets in your life. When I was younger, around Easter my grandma who I call Omi would teach us the Easter story while we baked Resurrection Buns. Now normally we would get crescent dough from a tube. Since we aren’t supposed to go out much you can make a biscuit dough.

Resurrection Biscuits
Preheat oven to 400F
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Eight large canned biscuits
8 large marshmallows
2 tablespoon melted butter cooled

Mix sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
Make one biscuit at the time. Press a biscuit as flat as you can get it with the back of your hand.
Dip one marshmallow in melted butter and coat well. Then, roll the marshmallow in the cinnamon sugar mixture until well coated.
Place the coated marshmallow on the inside of the biscuit near the edge. Roll the biscuit up and around the marshmallow one half turn. Fold in the edges of the biscuit. Finish rolling. Pinch seams and place seam side down on a baking sheet that has been greased or covered in a baking mat. Make sure seams are pinched together well or the marshmallow will leak out.
Repeat the process with the other 7 biscuits.
Brush tops of the biscuits with the remaining butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Bake in a 400 degree preheat oven for 12 minutes or until the biscuit is golden brown.
Remove from the oven and let cool about 5 minutes.
Cut into the biscuit and you’ll find the marshmallow has disappeared!
Here’s the symbolism:
Biscuit – the cloth they wrapped Jesus in when they buried him
Marshmallow – Jesus’ body
Butter – embalming oils
Cinnamon sugar – spices used to prepare Jesus’ body for burial
Baked biscuit – empty tomb
For scripture reference, read John 20:1-8 while the biscuits are baking.

I hope you are all well and healthy. I miss seeing y’all every Sunday, but am enjoying sleeping in. I’ve been crafting and going on walks to pass the time, watching spring come and go. Hopefully we can see each other soon to sing and talk together again. Enjoy this time of life with your family and look for the positives.
Christ has risen!


Children’s Ministry - Sixth Sunday of Lent Palm and Passion Sunday


Opening prayer: God of light and power, we give thanks to you for the gift of forgiveness. Help us to forgive just as Jesus forgives us.
Give thanks and praise: Go around and say something that you are thankful for.
Read the Gospel: Matthew 26-27 from Children of God Storybook Bible by Desmond Tutu
After Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, they went out to the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus stayed awake, praying alone. Suddenly, soldiers surrounded them and arrested Jesus. They accused him of trying to become king.
At his trial the Roman ruler, Pontius Pilate, asked “Are you the king of the Jews?”
“My kingdom is not of this world.” answered Jesus.
“Set him free,” said Pilate “This man has done nothing wrong.”
But some people were angry. “He called himself a king,” they shouted. “Crucify him!”
To please the crowd, Pilate ordered the soldiers to beat Jesus and then to kill him. They whipped him and made fun of him. Pretending he was a king, they put a crown of thorns on his head and a red cloak around him. Then they made him carry a heavy, wooden cross to a hill outside the city.
They nailed Jesus to the cross. His mother, Mary, and several other women wept at his feet and stayed with him until the very end.
Then Jesus prayed to God one last time before he died. “Father, forgive them, for they do not understand your dream.”
Gospel reflection:
I wonder what stood out to you from todays reading.
I wonder what you would have done if you were Pontius Pilate.
Craft: https://www.freekidscrafts.com/ow-cross/
Something beautiful to hang in your window for Easter


Sing a song: This song was written by Bishop Geoff Woodcroft.
                           We will sing it when he joins us at Holy Trinity.
Shema (Hebrew name for “Hear O Israel”

Hear O Israel
Chorus: Hear O Israel, God is one
Love God with heart, mind, soul, and strength.
Hear O Israel, God is one
Love God with heart, mind, soul, and strength.
Verse: As ourselves let us love one another
Nothing’s greater than this
Chorus again
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