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Welcome to our on line Children and Family Page.
 Although separated for the time being, we are still community and family. We are finding creative ways to hold our community together, and any ideas are gratefully received.
Please call me or email me if you need to touch base
Rev. Judith Watkins – Children and Family Ministry
judith.watkins69@gmail.com

The peace of Christ be with you.    Judith

CHURCH AT HOME  –  SUNDAY 18 OCTOBER 

For the next few weeks, Kim’s theme is the season of creation.  This week, the readings are:   Psalm 96:1-9, Matthew 6:25-30 and Matthew 22:35-39.
The three readings are quite different.  Church at home this week concentrates on the two readings from Matthew. Matthew 6 compares people to flowers and birds, and encourages us not to worry, and Matthew 22 reminds us of the greatest commandment.  How to hold these together?  I think there is something here about the earth caring for us, providing what we need, and our call as Christians to care for the earth, and give it what it needs.  Caring for ourselves, for others, and for the earth, is a reflection of God’s love for all creation.
Wishing you peace and blessings for the week ahead.
Judith

OUTLINE
Prayer
Readings:     Matthew 6:25-30
                       Matthew 22:35-39
Thinking about the reading
Activities (ideas for a scavenger hunt, for making things, an activity sheet, wordsearch and colouring sheet)
Prayer                                 

PRAYER  
Loving God, we thank you that you meet our every need.
You care about the smallest worry we have and the biggest fear.
We hold all our worries and fears before you today and ask that you will touch our hearts with your peace.
Give peace to our hearts we pray.
Amen.

THE READINGS  

Matthew 6:25-30
 “This is why I tell you: do not be worried about the food and drink you need in order to stay alive, or about clothes for your body. After all, isn’t life worth more than food? And isn’t the body worth more than clothes?  Look at the birds: they do not plant seeds, gather a harvest and put it in barns; yet your Father in heaven takes care of them! Aren’t you worth much more than birds? Can any of you live a bit longer by worrying about it?
 “And why worry about clothes? Look how the wild flowers grow: they do not work or make clothes for themselves.  But I tell you that not even King Solomon with all his wealth had clothes as beautiful as one of these flowers.  It is God who clothes the wild grass—grass that is here today and gone tomorrow, burned up in the oven. Won’t he be all the more sure to clothe you? What little faith you have!

Matthew 22:35-39
A teacher of the Law tried to trap Jesus with a question. “Teacher,” he asked, “which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the greatest and the most important commandment.  The second most important commandment is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’

THINKING ABOUT THE READINGS
How to bring all these ideas together….praising God, loving God and our neighbour, not worrying…
I don’t think Jesus is telling the disciples, or us, never to worry about anything.  He knows us better than that!  I think he is reminding us, though, that God cares for us at all times.  By encouraging us to notice the loving detail that has gone into creation, Jesus is reminding us that God has put the same loving detail into each one of us. 

I think there is something in these readings about recognizing that each of us is loved by God, and letting that love flow through us.  When we take care of ourselves and each other, we reflect the love of God.  Looking at creation reminds us that creation is amazing and takes care of us too.  We have a responsibility to care for creation. 
This is all about relationships – with each other, with creation, with God.  Here are a few questions to think about.
How do we take care of ourselves?
How do we take care of each other?
How do we take care of creation?
How does creation take care of us?
How do we take care of our relationship with God?
How does God take care of us?

ACTIVITIES  

Scavenger hunt
Find some things in nature that reflect God’s love for nature and all of us.  Some ideas to get you started:  look for a flower, a leaf, a rock, a stick, a feather.  What other things can you find?
What sort of detail can you notice in the things you’ve found?

Make paper flowers
There are so many fun ways to do this.  If you have some patty pans at home, use different colours and sizes to make your flower any way you want.  If you have pipe cleaners, you can use those as stems.  You can also make flowers using coloured paper – just cut it to the shape you want.   Here are a couple of pictures to give you some ideas. What do you have around the house that can help you create some beautiful paper wildflowers?

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Make birds using patty pans

You can also make some really great birds using patty pans.  Try this one from https://www.gluedtomycraftsblog.com

All you have to do is fold the patty pan in half, glue it to some paper, draw a beak, leg and eyes and there you are!

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PRAYER  
God of love, thank you for always being with us,
for showing us how much you care by sending your Son Jesus to teach us and to guide us in our lives.
The world can be a confusing place and it can be hard to always know what is right and wrong.
So, we thank you for our friends and family and all the people who can teach and guide us as we grow and learn.
God, we pray for all your children, young and old, that we will respect, love, and care for each other, so that we can make the world a better place for all people.
Amen.