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Sunday 25th October 2020
BCP said communion
9.00am-9.40am Traditional Communion Service
11.00-11.40am Contemporary Service with Sunday School


Thursday 29th October 2020
10am Quiet Service with plenty of space for those social distancing

Margaret Hairsine

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Read 1 Thessalonians 2.1-8

Choose from these ideas to help the children make connections between the Bible reading and their lives


Gentle balloons 5 mins 

Illustrate why gentleness is needed

You will need: balloons, skewer, washing-up liquid.

  • Blow up a balloon, not inflating it too much, and secure the end with a knot. Ask the children if they think it is possible to put a skewer through the balloon without popping it. You might want to practise this first before showing the children!
  • Explain that with a gentle approach, it’s possible. Coat the skewer in washing-up liquid. Starting at the top of the balloon (where the colour is darkest), slowly spin the skewer as you gently push into the balloon. Carefully push the skewer to the opposite side, next to the knot. The skewer will go through but won’t pop the balloon.
  • What would have happened if you had jabbed the skewer into the balloon? Remind the group that sometimes gentleness is more effective than strength.

Gathered groups: the leader could demonstrate this.


Who cares for me? 

Explore who cares for us

You will need: paper and pens.

  • Give each child a sheet of paper. Ask everyone to draw themselves in the middle of the paper and then, around them, create a map of all the people who care for them. These might include family, friends, people at school, church or other groups they go to, those who are near or those who are a long way away. 
  • Be aware that for some children the answer to this question will be their family but for others not. Encourage the children to create the map in the right way for them, and talk with the children about their maps.


Think about the need to be gentle

You will need: two cups of cornflour and one cup of water, a wooden spoon, a mixing bowl and a large plate or tray.

  • Help the children to make oobleck together by mixing the cornflour and the water in a bowl using a wooden spoon. Tip this onto a plate or tray.
  • Challenge the children to play with the oobleck without it becoming solid. They will notice that when they are gentle with it, the mixture is easy to move their fingers through. But if they force, hit or push the mixture, it becomes more solid.
  • Remind the children that being gentle in our words and actions can often be the best thing, but sometimes it can be tricky to do.

Gathered groups: prepare kit for individuals/household groups 72 hrs in advance.



Caring vouchers 5 mins W E A

Commit to caring

You will need: cheque book-size pieces of paper, pens.

  • Give each child two pieces of paper and ask them to write ‘I care for you so much that…’ across the top of each. 
  • Help them to think of things they could do to show how much they care. These could be practical things such as helping with jobs at home, or they could be about spending time with someone, or about telling someone how much they care. Support the children in writing and drawing these on their vouchers.
  • Ask everyone to sign their vouchers and add a date they are valid until. Encourage the children to give their two vouchers to the appropriate people to ‘cash in’ at any time.

Gathered groups: prepare kit for individuals/household groups 72 hrs in advance.



Feather prayers 5 mins E S

A reminder of the need to be gentle

You will need: feathers.

  • Give all the children a few feathers to hold. Ask them to touch them and feel how gentle they are.
  • As the children are holding the feathers, read the passage again. Then pray:
    Lord, help us to be gentle, to know when we need to be gentle, to have the strength to be gentle. Amen.

Gathered groups: prepare kit for individuals/household groups 72 hrs in advance.

More prayers are available via the Prayers page.

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Images and Sunday school resources adapted from ROOTS for Churches Ltd ( 2002-2020.
Reproduced with permission.

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