This week’s Gospel is taken from
John 14 1-14
Jesus tells his friends that he will always be with them for ever. He shows them the way to his Fathers house. In this reading today Jesus is preparing a place for us in the future. You could use this reading to explore the idea that this is Jesus talking about how we can have a relationship with him, despite the fact that he is not physically with us.
You might also be able to apply that to other friends and family you are or have been separated from at this time.
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Jesus said to his disciples, ‘I will be going away soon, but don’t worry, because I am going to prepare a place for you in my Father’s house, which has many rooms. When the time is right, I will return and take you there, so that we can all be together.’ Wanting to know where this place would be, Thomas asked, ‘How will we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. I will show you the way to God the Father.’ But Philip wanted Jesus to show them the Father. Jesus sighed. ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still don’t recognise me?’ Jesus continued, ‘Believe in the Father and believe also in me, because I am in the Father and the Father is in me. If you can’t do that, then look at the things I have done and you will know what God the Father is like. If you believe in me, you will be able to do even greater things than I have done. All you have to do is to ask in my name and I will do it for you.’
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I have a friend who is lucky enough to live in a small village not far from Taunton in a house that has a field at the bottom of the garden. Jane has always lived in the country and knows a lot about sheep. She knows that I like looking at a field of sheep, and she contacted me recently to let me know that the farmer had put a flock of sheep and their lambs in that field.
A couple of days later, I had another message from Jane telling me that she had woken up and looked out of her bedroom window, and seen a ewe that had fallen on its back and couldn’t get up. (Sometimes, if sheep have not had their wool shorn, they get a bit heavy and aren’t able to roll back up if they fall on their backs). Jane knew that if she didn’t do anything about this, then the ewe might not be able to get up on her own and feed her two lambs. So Jane very quickly put on her trousers and jumper over her pyjamas, ran into her garden, jumped over the fence and, grabbing the sheep’s legs, turned the ewe over so that she could stand up again. When she left the sheep in the field, she was pleased to see that both lambs were wagging their tales and having a good drink of milk from their mum.
This week’s Bible story tells us that Jesus said that he is like a shepherd and we are like his sheep. A shepherd knows each one of his sheep, and the sheep know the shepherd by his voice and they will follow him because they know he will lead them to places where they can eat, drink, sleep and be safe. Jesus cares for us just like a shepherd cares for his sheep and Jesus only wants what is good for us and to make life better for us all.
You might like to watch a video about the parable that Jesus told. The link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LPWcVpVqyM
When you’ve watched the video, you may like to say a prayer:
Dear God, thank you that you help us to hear and know Jesus’ voice. We want to follow you today and always. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
If you would like some activities to do, you can find some word searches and colouring pages on the following site: https://sermons4kids.com/
and perhaps you could cut out some shapes of sheep and ask mum or dad to hide them around your house or garden so you can go and find them – just like a good shepherd would go to look for his sheep if they went astray.
I hope that you and your family have a good week.
With love, Ali
I love to watch Disney movies, do you? What is your favourite Disney
One favourite Disney movie is "Now You See Him, Now You Don't". It's a
funny movie about a college student who developed a secret formula that
you could spray on objects, even people, and make them disappear. In
the movie, a gang of crooks tries to steal the formula to help them rob
banks. It is a very funny movie.
Of course, there is no secret formula that can make things disappear and
reappear, but there is an event in the Bible where Jesus made himself
appear and disappear to his followers. It is a very interesting story and
every bit of it is true!
After Jesus was crucified and had risen from the dead, his followers were
very sad and confused. They didn't know what was going to happen next.
One day two of Jesus' followers were walking to the village of Emmaus.
This is about 7 miles to walk – for us it would be like walking from
Taunton to Wellington.
As they walked along, Jesus came and began walking with them, but God
kept them from recognizing him.
As they walked, they discussed all of the things that had happened. As
they came near to Emmaus, it was late in the day so they asked the
stranger who had been walking with them to stay the night with them. So
Jesus went to their home. As they sat down to eat, Jesus took the bread
and blessed it and gave it to them to eat. Suddenly, their eyes were
opened and they recognized him. At that very moment, he disappeared!
The two followers went back to Jerusalem and found the eleven disciples
and others who had gathered with them. They told them the story about
how Jesus had appeared to them as they travelled to Emmaus and how
they had recognized him as he was breaking bread.
Jesus still reveals himself to his followers today, but he does it through
the Bible and the Holy Spirit. He may not appear to you in the same way
he did to the disciples in our Bible lesson today but God still speaks to us
in our lives.
Our Father, help us to read our Bibles and to pray to you at all times. We
pray for those who are ill with the virus and ask that you will be with
them and their families and all those who are looking after them. Amen.
Below are some links to activities for you to complete:
Road to Emmaus Maze:
I hope you have been enjoying the lovely weather. I have been enjoying seeing the photos on WhatsApp though I was a bit jealous of the hot cross buns.
Our story today is about the disciple Thomas who doubted that Jesus was really alive. I am sure most Christians have doubts sometimes so I've written a little story about it.
Tom's gran gave him a toy that could make lots of models. It came with instructions for some models that were easy and others that were harder. Tom made the easy models but he got stuck on a hard one. He was going to throw the whole set away but his mother suggested he put it in the attic in case he wanted it later. A couple of years later Tom found the set again and when he looked at the hard model he could see where he had gone wrong and he was pleased he had kept the toy.
Faith is a bit like that. Sometimes people stop believing altogether but other people keep trying to believe even when it is hard. I hope you will always keep thinking about your faith even if, like Tom, you need a break sometimes!
With Love, Julia
Below are some links to activities for you to complete:
A picture for colouring:
A crossword for you to complete:
Here are some ideas if you'd like to join in with Messy Church at home! The crafts use items you are likely to have at home.
Children (and adults!) may like to join in and sing along....
Children's resources for Palm Sunday:
You may like to make a palm cross - see the link below: