A range of resources and ideas from the Children and Families Department of Scripture Union, Aotearoa, New Zealand
Our WAY2GO Children's Ministry conference is over for another year. We had an awesome time in Dunedin, Auckland and Wellington. Some of the resources from our workshops are here for you to download. Check them out!
When a new baby is born, everyone wants to visit. People bring gifts and they take photographs. When Jesus was a baby some of the first visitors to meet him were these young guys who looked after sheep for a living. Some of them stayed in the fields to make sure the sheep we re okay, and a group of them travellled into Bethlehem to find this baby that the angels told them about. This is a photograph of a painting of the shepherds. In this photograph the shepherd is an older man. Can you see how he carries the little lamb safe on his shoulders? They would have been a bit smelly. They lived out in the fields, with sheep for company. No showers, no soap and probably no change of clothes. But that doesn’t matter to God. You see, the Christmas story is full of people who weren’t famous or grea t leaders or seen as important. That’s what make it so amazing. God sent angels to tell the shepherds about the saviour of the world. Not Herod, not Augustus. Shepherds. Do you think t
Matariki is now officially celebrated as a public holiday in Aotearoa, New Zealand. The dates shift every year, depending on the rising of the Matariki cluster of stars. Māori New Year is celebrated when Matariki appears again in the sky. Matariki is a cluster of stars that is also known as the Pleiades and can be seen from late May or early June. There is much to learn and experience about Matariki. Here are some good places to start that journey: - Te Papa : a range of educational resources, including this free downloadable activity book. - Here's how to find Matariki in the sky! Youtube clip. - Learning about the stars from the Auckland Stardome . '...Nāna nei i hanga a Aketura, a Tautoru, a Matariki, me ngā rūma i te tonga." Hopa 9:9 ...and set the stars in place - the Big Dipper and Orion, the Pleides and the stars in the southern sky. How to celebrate Matariki with your church and community These are some ideas for celebrating Matariki. If you have an idea to sha
'The Colours of Sunday' is an intergenerational service that uses colour to describe the events of Easter Sunday. Colours convey emotions, and help us to engage emotionally with the events of Easter, in ways that stay with us long after the service: · Purple: darkness – a dark purple or blue for the dark sky at the time of Jesus’ death · White: the linen that Jesus’ body was wrapped in · Gold: the colour of dawn and the colour of the angels · Grey: the colour of the road to Emmaus · Orange: the colour of fire - Didn’t we feel on fire as he conversed with us on the road, as he opened up the Scriptures for us? Luke 24 Here are all the resources you need to run your own service. If you use this material, we would love to hear how it goes. What worked well for your church? Any tweaks or suggestions? Click on these links to download everything you need: - The service outline - A colouring page: ( option 1 , option 2 :les