RE - updated Monday 29th June (Universal Church)

 

UNIVERSAL CHURCH - July 2020

 

EXPLORE: Our World -What we love and wonder about our world

 

• Children can talk about their own experiences of the world and what they love about our world

• Children might be able to say what fills them with wonder about the world.

 

Activities:

Go outside and enjoy a nature walk. Take a magnifying lens if you have one. Look around you at all the wonderful things you can see – flowers, birds, trees, insects, etc. etc. Take a close look at the detail you see and talk about everything you can see, hear, smell, touch and possibly taste.

Take some photos.

Collect some leaves, feathers etc. (Remember not to pick the wildflowers!)

What is it that you liked the best on your walk? Why?

Is there anything you saw that you don’t like – anything that spoils our world? (– litter, graffiti etc.)

 

When you get home, look at all the photos that you have taken and talk about the beauty in each. Perhaps you could make a collage of the things you have collected and / or make some leaf prints.

Give your child a leaf shape and ask them to say what they wondered about on their walk. Write it on the leaf and add it to your collage or leaf prints.

Talk with your child about how we should look after things in our world, so they don’t get spoiled.

 

 

REVEAL God gave us a wonderful world

Read this to the children: God made the world and everything in it. He saw that it was all good. He made the sun and the stars, the sea and the land, the plants and the trees, the animals and the fish. He made people and he told them to enjoy the world and look after everything in it that he had made. (adapted from Genesis)

• Children may recognise some words and phrases in the scripture from Genesis.

• Children may recognise that people want to take care of the world and share with others because they believe that God said, “Take care of my world!”

• Children may be able to say what they wonder about and how we can all work together to care for the world

 

Activities:

Encourage children to spend some time looking at and exploring images of God's world. Ask them to think about and/or discuss what they see. Let them pick out their favourite part and say why they like it. Ask them what they love most about God’s world? 

Ask the children to draw their own world, inviting them to draw things that they love most about God’s wonderful world. Talk about what they have included and why. Remind them of the things they saw on their nature walk. Talk to the children about the need to care for our world and everything in it. Tell them it is precious to God because God made it and it is good, so it is precious to us to and we must look after it.

Together make up a prayer to thank God for our wonderful world and ask for help to care for it and everything in it. e.g. Thank you God for flowers and trees….., Help us to take care of them! Thank you God for the rivers and the seas….Help us to take care of them! Talk about what you can do at home to look after God’s wonderful world. (turn lights, taps off, not wasting food etc.)

Plant something or maintain an existing garden. Focus on how this is part of God’s wonderful world and why we need to take care of it. Talk about what would happen if we didn’t look after it. Take photographs of the children nurturing God’s creation.

 

 

RECONCILIAITON - June 2020

 

EXPLORE: Making friends and being a friend

Listen to the story about the selfish crocodile.

The Selfish Crocodile

 

Next talk about…

• Friends look after and do things for one another.

• Friends do things together.

• Friends make one another happy, comfortable and glad.

• Things that spoil friendship.

• Making friends again.

 

Now, choose activities below:

•Make paper chain teddies of friendship add the names of your friends.

• Make your own collage of your handprint/ draw around your hand and write the names of your friends in each one.

• Hold a teddy bears’ picnic outside.

• Paint or draw a friend.

• Make models of friends

 

REVEAL: Jesus had friends; we can be friends of Jesus.

 

  • Each day provide time for the children to share the joys and sometimes challenges of being a friend.
  • Use prayer times to invite the children to talk to Jesus, their friend, in their own words.
  • Share bible stories together to discover what Jesus and his friends did together.
  • Talk about what Jesus and his friends did together? (They worked, told people the Good News of God’s love for everyone, answered questions.)
  • Where did they go when they were tired? What did they do together? (eat, shared experiences, rested)
  • Where do you go when you are tired? Who do you talk to about your experiences of the day? e.g. what has gone well/what has not. Where do you go to be quiet and still?

 

Next, choose activities:

• Draw a picture of your friend, put friendship words (e.g. loving, kind, caring, sharing etc), around your picture and talk about what you like about your friend and what you do together.

• Write a letter to Jesus asking him to help them be a good friend.

 

 

PENTECOST - May 2020

 

EXPLORE: Everyone has good news to tell.

First, read together and share the story of The Jolly Postman - link below.

The Jolly Postman story link

 

Next, choose activities below:

·        Tell each other a piece of good news and share with each other

·        Find items of good news i.e. letters, cards, emails, photographs, certificates etc. which recall your or the children’s good news.

·        Set up a good news board – children to bring in their own news e.g. a new baby.

·        Write a good news letter or email or text message to a friend, teacher or family.

 

REVEAL: Pentecost: the celebration of the Good News of Jesus

First, share and listen to the bible story together:

(Remember this happened after Jesus died on the cross, he made a promise to send the disciples a new friend)

Jesus sends the Holy Spirit

 

Next, choose activities below:

·        Listen to the bible story together. Jesus sent a new friend, the Holy Spirit. We cannot see the Holy Spirit, but we can feel it. It is like the wind. This is how the Holy Spirit can feel …

·        Share a range of activities which explore the effects of the wind e.g.

o   Blow bubbles and watch them disappear.  Talk about how you blow air into them and the air carries them away.

o   Fly a kite.  Talk about how the wind lifts the kite and helps it to fly.

o   Watch and listen to a wind chime.  Talk about how the wind enables music to be made.

·        Make pin wheels and take them outside to see the effects of the wind.  Talk about what you see happening to the windmills.



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