We have been looking at parables recently and looked at the Parable of the Lost Sheep.
The Anchors made sheep by taking a paper plate and cutting out and attaching this face sheep. They added white circles for eyes and also curled up white paper for the fur. It was simple and effective.
The Juniors made wool sheep. They needed a copy of this sheep each which were cut out wool sheep. They were folded along the lines and then wrapped with scraps of wool. The effect was lovely as can be seen below.
We then used this poster lost sheep and hid some of the sheep around the church. We continued to re-hide them for a week or two and it became a fun game with the congregation. Of course some of the children chose to take their sheep home instead.
We looked at the story of the 10 Commandments (Exodus 20 verses 1-17) and looked at rules in general, in particular rules at school and at home.
The Anchors and Juniors sang the action song ’10 Rules One God’ by Dave Godfrey, which reminded them of the rules.
The Anchors coloured in the picture colouring and the Juniors helped each other to draw around their hands on to a piece of paper. They then took one of each of these images and stuck it on to the tip of the finger in order 10 commandments
We then played bingo using these 1-10 bingo cards made at www.myfreebingocards.com. We played for 4 corners and a line. The children loved playing this and wanted to play over and over again.
We then asked them to promise to keep one commandment ‘perfectly’ for the next week. We went around the circle and they made suitable suggestions.
We looked at the parable of the wise and the foolish man tonight. We loved singing the Dave Godfrey song ‘Ace Foundations’. Whilst looking at the story the Anchors also looked at knowing their addresses.
We used the word search available here Bible Puzzle for the Juniors and we used a dot to dot dot to dot for the younger ones and a code task code for the older ones. We also did drawings of our houses too!
The younger ones enjoyed building with Jenga blocks and Lego and the older ones build structures from Spaghetti and Jelly Babies.
We completed this topic over a couple of weeks. We started with watching the episode of VeggieTales entitled ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Ha’s’, we also did these Big Ideas colouring sheets.WizardOfHasPg1 WizardOfHasPg2 WizardOfHasPg3
We also had a code to crack and a word search for the Juniors. This was a little more difficult.The Wonderful Wizard of Ha’s
The Anchors made a pig. We copied page 1 of this document on to white paper and page 2 onto pale pink. The children cut out the shapes (they need one copy of page 2 each and one of the shapes from page 1 each) and assembled the pigs by glueing on to card, adding eyes etc with a pen. pig
The Juniors looked at their family. They used this template and my family made the middle finger into themselves and the other fingers into people they felt the closest to. The results were pretty impressive.
To commemorate Da Vinci’s birthday in April we held an Italian theme night. Here is an activity sheet Italy sheet and a word search about Da Vinci.Leonardo Da Vinci word search. They also enjoyed colouring in their own version of the Mona Lisa mona lisa colouring.
Pizza is a big part of Italy so we had a Design your own pizza sheet design a pizza and then we made pizzas using bread cakes, tomato puree and a variety of toppings. These were then cooked for about 5 minutes in the oven and enjoyed by the children.
Here are some Mother’s Day themed activities to share with your young people:
- Here is an activity sheet for Juniors and younger Company activity sheet
- Print these onto card and get younger children to cut out and colour in. They were then attached to daffodils for cheap gifts – these could also be used in a church service gift tags
- Use these templates printed onto card, trimmed along the bottom and folded into thirds for the main part of this card. Use the centres and tissue paper to finish off the card. card template card centre
- Here are some prayers with responses for Mothering Sunday prayers
- This clip is perfect for the older ones to show them the unconditional love of a parent for a child – The Prodigal Son https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNW-dZ8GOm0
As we are now in Lent, here are a few idea for Anchors and Juniors:
- The Anchors spent time looking at the Lenten Cross in church and then completed this colouring sheet.cross
- Here is a lent sheet which we worked through and discussed with our Juniors. I found the sheet on the Internet so take no credit for it, only I cannot credit the source as I can’t remember where I found it lent
- The Juniors and older Anchors tried out this Lenten Quiz at the end of our themed evening to see how much they had learnt. One team of Juniors managed to get 10 out of 10! lent quiz