Thursday, 14 July 2016

Solomon's Gift

Show the children a large wrapped box.

If you were given a present today, I wonder what you would hope it would be?

Gather responses.

Tell story of God’s gift to Solomon.

Last time I came in, I told you a story about King David, one of the great kings of Israel.

King David had a son, called Solomon, and when David grew old and died, Solomon became king in his place.

David had been a very great king. The kingdom was very rich and powerful with him as a leader. He was going to be a hard act to follow. But Solomon was determined to do his best.

One night, after Solomon had spent the day praying and thinking about how he was going to rule over the country, he fell fast asleep, and as he slept, he had a dream.

In his dream God spoke to him. “Solomon – what gift would you like me to give you? You can ask for whatever you want.”

Solomon thought very hard. What did he want?

He could ask for gold and silver and jewels, to be rich and have fine clothes and houses…
He could ask to be very powerful , to always win his battles when he went to war…
He could ask to be very famous, for everyone to look up to him and tell him how wonderful he was…

Solomon thought, and thought, and thought…

He thought about his father David. He thought about how God had looked after him, and how David had trusted in God. He thought of what a great leader he had been, and all the challenges he had faced – the giant Goliath, the struggle to be king, the difficult decisions he had had to make. He thought about how hard it would be to be as good a king as David.
And suddenly he knew what he should ask for.

“Lord, I feel like a little child compared to my father David. I don’t know what I’m doing. I don’t feel that I could ever be a king as good as him, so I know what I need. I need wisdom. I need your help to make the right decisions so I can live wisely. That’s the gift I need from you.”

And in Solomon’s dream God answered him. “Solomon, you have asked for a good gift. You could have asked for wealth. You could have asked for power. You could have asked for all your enemies to be defeated, but you didn’t. You asked for something that might not sound exciting, but which will make you a good king, and so I will gladly give it to you. And because you will be wise, and will make good decisions lots of other things will go right for you too.”

And Solomon woke up, and he remembered his dream, and he knew that he had chosen the right gift to ask for.

And Solomon became famous for his wisdom. People came to him when they had really tricky problems to sort out and he thought about them carefully and prayed to God, and was able to help.

Some  of you are going on to new schools, some are going up a class here, and taking on new challenges and new responsibilities. What might you need to do that? We don’t always know what is right to do if we haven’t done something before. It can feel a bit scary. But we can ask for help, just like Solomon.


Prayer – think about that box, and what you need as you grow up.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016


Pentecost Assembly
Wind that moves us

Show sailing boat  with sound effects as children come in

Sing  - One more step along the world I go.

Play "Flap the kipper "

  • what made the kipper move?
  • It is the same force that makes a sailing ship move


Jesus’ friends weren’t moving at all.
They were sitting still – can you sit absolutely still?
They didn’t know what to do
Jesus had told them to tell people his message of love.
But they didn’t know where to start.
They wished he was there to ask
But he wasn’t

At least they could pray
They were gathered together on the day of Pentecost, which was a special feast in the Jewish faith.
Sitting still

When all of a sudden they heard the sound of a rushing wind.
It wasn’t windy outside, but they suddenly felt as if something new had blown into their lives.
All of a sudden they remembered the things that Jesus had told them, they remembered what it was like when he was with them. And they knew that God was with them, just  like he had been with them in Jesus. They felt like they could do anything. Of course they could tell people about Jesus – after all he was their friend, and its easy to talk about your friends.They were so excited that they rushed out into the street and started talking to anyone they could. And even if the people weren't from their country they understood what they were saying.
And very quickly the message spread, just as if that rushing wind had spread it around. And Jesus’ friends told people in Jerusalem, and all over the world.

Jesus’ friends called this experience of God being with them the Holy Spirit. He wasn’t just in heaven. He wasn’t just in Jesus. God was in all of them, helping them to do things that felt difficult, moving them when they felt stuck like statues.

Think of things that are difficult for you to do. When you are stuck it is easy to panic, but we can stop and pray and ask for help – we might get a good idea, or we might think of something we can do or someone we can ask. Christians believe that Pentecost tells us that God is always with us, helping us to get moving.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Faithful and unfaithful servants (Luke 12)

Are you ready?
What might you need to be ready to do now?
Ready to listen. Ready to think.

What other times do you have to get ready for something?
What do you need to do to get ready for school?

Jesus told a story about two people.
They were both servants of rich masters
Both masters had to go away on business, and they didn’t know when he would be coming back.

Both masters told them to look after all his things. Make sure no one stole anything. Make sure everything was ready for him when he came back.

The first said to himself: What a privilege! I must make sure I take care of everything. And he did.
Every day he checked the stores that he was responsible for. He dusted and tidied and straightened. He watered the plants and looked after the animals.
He weeded the garden and sowed seeds – they would be ready to eat when his master came back. He looked after the money, paid the bills.
He made sure everyone else who worked for his master was doing what they should too and he looked after them all.

The other one, in the other household, thought to himself
“What a lot of power I’ve got”. I’m just like my master now – I can do what I want. Of course I’ll have to be ready when he comes back, but that won’t be for ages, and when I hear him coming I’m sure I will be able to rush around and tidy things up…
In the meantime, I intend to have a really great time.
So he ate his master’s food – never mind, I’ll replace it when I hear he’s coming back!
He drank his master’s drink – never mind – he’ll never notice!
He didn’t do a stroke of  work around the place. The dust and dirt built up – never mind I can run around with a duster and mop quickly when I hear he’s coming.
He was cruel and unjust to his masters other workers – the master will never find out.
He had the time of his life. For the first few days he kept an eye out, just in case his master came back. But as days stretched into weeks and weeks stretched into months he almost forgot his master was coming back at all.
Then, one night, late, very late, when he was sprawled on his master’s couch, a bit drunk, with all the dirty plates and cups around him, he heard a noise. The noise of the front door opening, the noise of someone coming into the hallway, the noise of a very familiar voice shouting out….I’m home…where is everyone.
Hurriedly he tried to stuff all the dirty plates under a cushion…but it was too late. His master looked at him, and he looked at his master…

If you were the master of those two servants what do you think you would have done?
What would you have done with the one who looked after everything?
What would you have done with the one who didn’t?

Jesus told that story to remind people that they never really knew what was going to happen next. It might be something good. It might be something challenging. But they could help themselves to be ready for whatever happened. Being a good friend. Loving and caring for others. Looking after the world around us. Being fair.
If we fill up the oceans with rubbish, there won’t be fish in them when we need them to feed people.
If we throw litter around, we won’t have nice places to play when we want them.

If we are mean to our friends then when we need them, we won’t have any.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Flight into Egypt - Refugee journeys

Look at the picture.
  • Who is the picture of?
  • How do you think Mary and Joseph feel? How do you know?
  • What is Joseph carrying? What about all the other things they own – furniture? clothes?

We know all the stories about when Jesus was born – (ask what they can remember)

But after that, I wonder what happened next.

Do you remember King Herod? He was the king the wise men went to see. He was angry at the thought there might be a new king. He was king and he wanted it to stay that way.
He wanted to get rid of this new baby.

Joseph was asleep one night when he had a dream. In his dream an angel told him that Herod wanted to kill his child.
As soon as he woke up he told Mary that they must leave Bethlehem as fast as they could to escape to somewhere safe.
They gathered all their things together and set out for Egypt.
It was only just in time, because Herod’s soldiers were heading towards Bethlehem. They managed to escape though.

·         What might it have been like to arrive in Egypt? (The children talked about the feeling strange and not having friends, but also feeling safe )

Look at some pictures of modern refugees, people making dangerous journeys. They are escaping from Syria where there is fighting. They come across the sea in little boats looking for safety.

  • What is happening?
  • What might feel scary about making this journey?
  • What might feel good about it? 
  • What might help them? 
 Prayer for Refugees, people who have to take journeys they don’t want to take. For those who welcome and help them.