Saturday 28 October 2023

Colossians 3: 12-14 Printable Reflective Colouring Sheet 'Clothe Yourself..."

This Sunday is Bible Sunday in the Church of England Lectionary and we get one of my favourite epistle readings. Seeing the words in a visual way really helps to keep the message in mind. I usually do something with labelled pieces of clothing and then cover all of them with a coat marked love. We have the chance to talk about the pieces of 'clothing' we find hardest to put on and the examples we see in the lives of other people we know. Here's a printable reflective colouring sheet if you'd like to use it.

Talk about: 
  • What do these words mean? Kindness, humility, meekness, patience?
  • Which are you good at? which would you like to be better at?
  • what does it mean to 'wear' these things?
  • Who shows these things to you?
  • Why is love over everything?
  • How does love bring everything together?

Pray:  Choose one of the virtues mentioned in the verses. Choose something that you wear every day e.g. socks, shoes, hair bobble. Every time you put that thing on over the next week, ask God to help you to wear your chosen virtue so that others can see it in you.

Monday 23 October 2023

Psalm 91 Muddy Church: God's Protection

Over the past year or so, we have been holding a monthly Muddy Church session for all ages. Muddy Church is an amazing idea and you can find out more (with all sorts of brilliant resources) here. We have adapted the format to suit our congregation and the session is usually a wander through the park with a focus for wondering and exploring, linked to a Bible verse or story. We then finish, after 45 mins- 1 hour, at the cafe for a drink or an ice-cream! We have all ages participating and our usual crowd varies in age from 3-70s. It's great if you want to do something intergenerational!

Our most recent session used a verse from Psalm 91 and looked at the theme of God's protection, or what we could find that was 'safe and sound.' Here is a printable version of the sheet we used on our wander:

And here are some of the things we found!

A Conker hidden in the cleft of a tree

Something 'strong' supporting a tree and keeping the branch upright

A snail's hiding place

A puddle to jump in- not necessarily on our list to look for, but fun anyway!

Tuesday 7 February 2023

Love with Arms Badge Printable (Romans 12: 9-21)

As part of our new church vision, we've been talking a lot about how we share God's love with each other and with the community. As part of our exploration, we looked at Romans 12: 9-21 during a cafe church service and this was one of our intergenerational activities. 

We talked about how badges often show that we belong to a group or a team and we wanted to make and wear a badge that reflected our team or church family. After thinking about the different ways of showing love that the Romans passage talks about, we made 'love with arms' badges to show that we were people who wanted to share love by living it out. Click here to print out the instruction sheet.

Friday 25 February 2022

Praying for Peace Printable Reflective Colouring Sheet

In light of current events in Ukraine, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have asked that Sunday 27th February is used as a day of prayer for peace. Here is a reflective colouring sheet if you like to pray with colour. One version is the image only and the second version is a sheet with the Archbishops' prayer for peace copied at the bottom. 

For the colouring sheet on its own, click here.

For the colouring sheet with the Archbishops' prayer for Peace in Ukraine, click here.