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Creation Care

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This page contains links and information from the 'Creation Care' workshop at WAY2GO 2021. Start here: Arocha New Zealand:  lots to explore and ways to get involved. The best place to start! 'Caring for Creation' - A  free PDF booklet, produced by the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand.  'Exploring Nature with Children' : Department of Conservation free downloadable PDF booklet  Genesis 1 Animated Reading: the script and instructions from the workshop activity.  Kids and Creation : (Australian) an excellent, free downloadable resource.  Materials: Salal and Cedar:  a free curriculum resource, drawing on Messy Church, Godly Play and Forest School methodology.  Lausanne Global Classroom: a study guide and lots of links to extra resources. This video is an excellent resource and worth playing all or part of with your church.  Worship ideas: Renew our world: Sign up for this free download (also available on Spotify) Songs of ecology, creation and hope:

Gospels Alive

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  Exploring how understanding context can bring the gospels to life  and invite children to think more deeply about following Jesus.   This is a collection of resources from the 'Gospels Alive' workshop at WAY2GO 2021. Feel free to download these and use them, just mention Scripture Union!  Photos: The Galilean Boat A & B An Archaeological Dig site Links: Oil Lamp Youtube clip of the archaeological process Daily life in the time of Jesus - blog (lots of good information and pictures) Resources: Children’s Guide to the Bible by Robert Willoughby  ( Scripture Union resource )  Daily Life in the time of Jesus by Miriam Feinberg Vamosh - An excellent resource! In the Steps of Jesus by Peter Walker - a more academic source with good info and lots of photos.  Bible Timelines ( Scripture Union resources) Maps:  http://www.bible-history.com/maps/palestine_nt_times.html http://virtualreligion.net/iho/map.html Apps: Virtual Jerusalem  - Google play Apple store Background info

Three Great Feasts

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  Easter weekend is done and dusted, all the chocolate eggs and hot cross buns eaten. But if you thought the festivals of the church calendar were over until Advent or maybe Christmas... just wait, there’s more… The Three Great Feasts or Festivals traditionally conclude the season of Easter and usher in the season of Pentecost. Three Sundays worth of interesting sounding titles and theological concepts that continue to challenge and stretch us today. Ascension Day (13 May) is 40 days after Easter Sunday and so is on a Thursday, but can be observed on the following Sunday. Pentecost Sunday (23 May) follows Ascension 10 days later. Trinity Sunday (30 May) deals with one of the biggest theological concepts of all time, but provides an opportunity to simply acknowledge that we don’t know or understand everything and never will, and that’s okay. These three family devotions require nothing but yourselves, but include additional resource ideas, and it is my hope and prayer that the thinki

Under the Olive Tree - conversations about Easter

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  This Lent/Easter season, we have a series of intergenerational services for your church to download and use. These services have been written by our Children and Families Team and used in churches. This season in the church calendar is a very important one to share together as an intergenerational community and we want to support you in this.  Download one of our services, or get in touch with us if you would like us to run a service for you. We love getting out and about and supporting your ministry.  Intergenerational Services:  The rocks will cry out: Palm Sunday The Mercy Tree: Good Friday The Colours of Easter: Easter Sunday Breakfast on the Beach: Jesus appears to the disciples  More Easter resources

A Community Christmas Event

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This Christmas is a good opportunity to gather your community together to sing and celebrate. This resource gives you all you need to create a community Christmas event. It is approx. 45 minutes long, is easy to use, fun and interactive, and perfect for all ages. Sing together, explore the letters in the word CHRISTMAS and spell out some very important words! Full Resource available here Skit script Spelling out CHRISTMAS activity

An Aotearoa Advent Circle

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The Aotearoa Advent Circle is an arrangement made of shell necklaces and paua shells with five candles, four around the circle and one in the centre. It’s inspired by the traditional Advent Wreath, which was invented in Germany by a village pastor helping his flock to count down the days to Christmas. In Europe the Forest was the place of adventure, quest and danger. The evergreen branches of pine trees symbolised the faithfulness of God’s love and the candles showed the light of Christ. But we live in Aotearoa, it’s summer time, everything is green, and using traditional pine branches in an Advent wreath seems a little odd. So, here is an Advent circle instead, with symbols drawn from the Ocean instead of the Forest. This is how you can interpret it.  The circle reminds us of God. A circle has no beginning or end, neither has God. God is for ever.  The shells remind us of the oceans. The water goes right around our globe touching every continent. God’s love is as wide as the ocean,