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Sunday 13th September 2020
 Communion Service
11.00-11.40am Contemporary Service with Sunday School

Thursday 17th September 2020
10am Quiet Service for those who are vulnerable or over 70.

Sylvia Hood, Wilf Fowler, Christian Brett
Please let us know if you are celebrating next week
  • There is no zoom Sunday school this week as we are offering activities at the 11am service but please do use the following at home.
  • Youth Group is starting back up today
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Do, Make, Pray and Sing activities based on Matthew 18.21-35

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

Pass the parcel   

Play a well-known game to think about passing on God’s gift of forgiveness

You will need: wrapped parcel with small gifts or sweets in each layer, music and equipment to play it.

  • Play a game of ‘pass the parcel’.
  • After some children have had a turn to open the parcel, stop and ask: what happens if someone doesn’t pass the parcel on? Discuss how God’s forgiveness is like a gift to us, and because we are forgiven by God, we should also forgive others – it is a gift we can pass on.
  • Continue the game, asking the children to pass the parcel really quickly, especially if they have already had a turn to open it.

Not suitable for gathered groups (only for households)

Heart chains 

Use the number 7 to think about having a forgiving heart

You will need: template, paper/thin card, pens, scissors.

  • Print enough templates onto paper or thin card for one per child. Invite everyone to colour in the number 7, at one end of their template.
  • Ask the children to carefully fold along each of the dotted lines in alternating directions, to make a concertina or ‘fan’ shape (pre-prepare for younger children).
  • Help the children to carefully cut through the whole fan to cut out the number 7, then invite them to open it out to reveal a chain of love hearts. Remind the group that Peter wanted to forgive seven times, but Jesus said we should always have a forgiving heart.

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


Jar of forgiveness 

Represent the way Jesus told Peter to forgive

You will need: small empty jars or bottles, one per child, some rice, PVA glue.

  • Give each child an empty jar/bottle and some grains of rice.
  • Ask them to glue seven grains of rice to the outside of the lid, then use the rest to fill the jar/bottle to the brim.
  • The rice on the outside represents how Peter suggested we should forgive, while the rice inside represents how Jesus says we should forgive. Encourage the children to take their jars/bottles home and to use them as a reminder when they need to forgive someone.

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



Wash away things that need forgiveness

You will need: heart shapes (template), laminator, washable felt tip pens, bowl of water, towels.

  • Cut out and laminate a heart shape for each child.
  • Ask everyone to write or draw things that need forgiveness on their laminated heart, using washable felt tip pens.
  • Then provide a bowl of water and invite the children, one at a time, to wash their hearts in the bowl.
  • Talk about there being no limit to the number of times this can be done; they could write something else and the water would still wash it away. Discuss how this is like God’s forgiveness, which he offers to each of us.

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

Washed away

Ask for help to forgive others

You will need: water-soluble vitamin tablets, pencils, a bowl of water.

  • Give each child a vitamin tablet and ask them to write or draw on it something they would like to forgive others for (lead pencils work best).
  • Invite the children to drop their tablets in the bowl of water and ask God to help them forgive.
  • As they watch the tablet disappear, encourage the children to pray for the person or situation where they need God’s help to forgive.
  • You may need to refresh the water in the bowl if you have lots of children taking part.

Gathered groups: prepare kit for individuals/household groups 72 hrs in advance but only suitable if you can provide enough items for one per child/household.

 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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