March Junior Church – what we did! 

It seems like no time has passed since last month’s Junior Church but spring is here and the daffodils are out on the walk up to our Church! After the initial hymn with the rest of the congregation we headed out to the Centre. We started with a warm up, and had great fun with a large dice, which everyone took turns to roll. The first roll decided what exercise to do and then the second, how many times we had to do it!  We were really glad no one rolled for lots of press ups..

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Then it was onto the carpet for our story. Today we looked at the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman.

John Chapter 4 verses 6 – 15 (English Standard Version Anglicised)

Jesus and the Woman of Samaria

Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), he left Judea and departed again for Galilee. And he had to pass through Samaria. So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.a]”>[a]

A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.)The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink’, you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.b]”>[b] The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”

This story was all about talking to people who are different to ourselves, and breaking down some barriers between the people of the world.  We then asked each other if we had done a helpful deed that week. It was good to hear everyone contribute and there were lots of good deeds from the adults as well, someone had guided a stranger around a hospital, someone has helped a friend with a broken car, and someone had helped look for a missing child (who was thankfully found).

Next, it was activity time. We wrote down something about ourselves, like our eye colour, age, and what we liked. When we compared lots of people were the same but lots of people were different too.  Then we wrote down on fishes the things that made us special (Edward created some real artwork on his board, which he was really proud of!)

This then went into our fishing net which we took back into church with us to show the work we had done.We have also been given a task for this week. There is a piece missing from our fishing net.We all have to do a good deed to show we care for others, and write it on the star fish, these will be added to show us being good deed super stars!

The final hymn was Lord of the Dance, a really lively song which we could all join in with! You can see a fantastic version being sung really well by an American church here:

There is no Junior Church next month (April) so we’ll update you again in May! If you want a do a good deed and add a starfish to our net then feel free.

Growing Saints is our Junior Church here at Brixworth. If you would like to know more, please get in touch.  We meet on the third Sunday of each month and offer friendly & fun activities for infant & primary  school children (4+). You are welcome to accompany your child with us if you prefer, or stay and enjoy the main service! 

“LIFE CALLING” A five session course on Vocation for Lent.

“LIFE CALLING”

A five session course on Vocation for Lent.

Learn Lessons for Life this Lent.


What does it mean to be truly “called by God”?
God calls us to live our lives shaped and directed by his call. ‘Life Calling’ will help you to discover the meaning of vocation not only in your Christian Life, but also in your individual life and work. 

Wednesday March 8, 15, 22, 29 and April 5th at 7:30PM.

Contact us for further details and location.

All welcome.

February Junior Church – what we did!

Today’s Junior Church theme was about “treating other people with kindness”.
If you only treat other people as they love you then you will get no reward. We talked about being nice to people who don’t like us. This can be hard but it is the right thing to do.

We started by playing outside in the playground with bubbles. We ran among the bubbles bursting them. This was easy. Then, we had to run through the bubbles, but this time making sure we did not burst them. This was hard, but with a lot of control, we were able to do something that was hard.

Thinking on this, we went inside an onto the carpet. Richard read a famous quote about being nice to people even when they don’t like us…

Matthew 5:43 is the forty-third verse of the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament and is part of the Sermon on the Mount.

Love for Enemies

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Next, we had some great fun as we had set up an Obstacle Course in the Hall!

There were a number of challenges that we had to do, you can see them listed above. Our children threw themselves into this with great enthusiasm! Rolling like a sausage seemed to get the loudest laugh for sure!!

 

Then it was back onto the mat, to think about what we had just did and the obstacles we had overcome. Our journey through Life puts many obstacles in our way, and sometimes it’s hard to be nice and kind. But Jesus still wants us to be kind to people even when we do have obstacles. The instructions were written on a heart because we should listen to our hearts for the right thing to do, and treat everyone with kindness.

We then thought about people we didn’t really like, and whether we could change anything. We said a short prayer for those people, even though perhaps they were not our friends.

Then, it was Craft time! Some went to make Houses out of Lego, and others made Prayer Hands.

Whilst we were doing this, we noticed an elderly couple who walked up the path to the Churchyard from the Road past the Centre. They stopped at the “Kissing Gate” at the top of the hill, and gave each other a kiss on the way through. This small thing was a lovely sign in the world that love is ageless.

Then it was time to go back into church for a blessing as part of Communion with the rest of the Church family. Afterwards, we had the opportunity to show what we had done to the congregation, who gave us a great round of applause!


Join us again next month!

Growing Saints is our Junior Church here at Brixworth. If you would like to know more, please get in touch.  We meet on the third Sunday of each month and offer friendly & fun activities for infant & primary  school children (4+). You are welcome to accompany your child with us if you prefer, or stay and enjoy the main service! 

Growing Saints – 2017 Dates

We welcome all primary school age children to Brixworth Church Sunday school. Held in the Brixworth Centre on the third Sunday of the month.

Confirmed dates for 2017:

15th January
19th February
19th March
NO SUNDAY SCHOOL IN APRIL
21st May
18th June
16th July
NO SUNDAY SCHOOL IN AUGUST
17th September
15th October
19th November
17th December

You can see what we get up to here:

https://brixworthchurch.com/growing-saints-our-junior-church/ 

For more details contact Chloe Wilson-Thomas on 01604 882014; or Richard and Andie Kempa on 01604 883661

January Junior Church – What we did!

Today we looked at Candlemass, where the baby Jesus is taken to the temple to be presented to God.

“He is a light for the people to see” Luke 2, 25-40

Firstly we started off with some exercises to get us warm as it was a cold morning. We had to remember different actions for each number and ran from one end of the room to the other with Richard calling the numbers. This was great fun, and only with the smallest bit of cheating 😉

 

Then, it was onto the mat for a reading and some prayers. As it was the first time we had met since Christmas we said thanks for our Christmas presents, remembering those in the world who are living in poverty and who may not have received a present. We then asked the children if they wanted to add any prayers, and they took turns. There were some wonderful suggestions including Alex saying thank you for all the food that he eats, and Dominic giving thanks for all his friends which was a wonderful gesture.

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We had a look at the story of Simeon.

Simeon (Simeon the God-receiver) at the Temple is the “just and devout” man of Jerusalem who, according to Luke 2:25–35, met MaryJoseph, and Jesus as they entered the Temple to fulfill the requirements of the Law of Moses on the 40th day from Jesus’ birth at the presentation of Jesus at the Temple.

According to the Biblical account, Simeon had been visited by the Holy Spirit and told that he would not die until he had seen the Lord.

This must have required a lot of patience, because he wanted to meet him but had had to wait a long time. We talked about patience, and how sometimes it can be worth waiting for good things. Next, we played a game where we took it in turns rolling a dice and had to wait until we rolled a six (with a prize of three star jumps!). Although Morgan rolled a six at the first time of asking, many of us had to wait a while!

Next, we thought about things where else we might require patience. Everyone had an idea which we wrote onto this Candle to take back into Church with us.

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Then it was craft time. We had had a lovely Christingle service in December with the candles as the light of the world, and as we are blessed with some beautiful stained glass windows in our Church we looked at making some from some jars and coloured paper. We added a candle and with the lights off they glowed like the windows in the church!

 

 

Then back into Church (avoiding the muddy puddles in the car park) for the final part of the service! We showed the congregation what we had been up to, and helped sing the final hymn.

Afterwards, it was time for chocolate biscuits and orange squash.

 

Join us again next month!

Growing Saints is our Junior Church here at Brixworth. If you would like to know more, please get in touch.  We meet on the third Sunday of each month and offer friendly & fun activities for infant & primary  school children (4+). You are welcome to accompany your child with us if you prefer, or stay and enjoy the main service! 

Christingle Service – Review and Photos

The Third sunday of Advent was our Christingle Service, and was a packed turnout and some fantastic singing!

A Christingle is a symbolic object used in the Advent services of many Christian denominations.

Christingle means ‘Christ Light’ and is used to celebrate Jesus Christ as the “Light of the World“.

A Christingle usually consists of:

  • An orange, representing the world
  • A candle pushed into the centre of the orange, then lit, representing Jesus Christ as Light of the World
  • A red ribbon wrapped around the orange or a paper frill around the candle, representing the blood of Christ
  • Dried fruits and/or sweets skewered on cocktail sticks pushed into the orange, representing the fruits of the earth and the four seasons

It was a wonderful service, thanks to those who came along!

 

Christmas Services

CHRISTMAS AT ALL SAINTS BRIXWORTH

CHRISTINGLE SERVICE

Sunday 18th December at 10.30am. Informal service with communion. Join the celebration and support the work of the Children’s Society. To include our Junior Church and Singing Saints Youth choir.

CAROLS ROUND THE BEACON

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December 20th at 7pm (jointly with the BCF)

Mince pies, mulled wine and lighting of the Millenium Beacon.

CRIB SERVICE

December 24th at 2pm.

An ‘instant nativity’, and a chance to dress up as a character in the Christmas story.

MIDNIGHT MASS

December 24th 11.30pm

Traditional Communion Service

ALL-AGE COMMUNION

Christmas Day at 10.30am

An informal communion service for all the family.

November Junior Church – what we did!

This morning was November Junior Church and it was wet and blustery morning as we made our way into Church. After an initial hymn, we made our way across to the Brixworth Centre.

The heating was on, but Richard decided to get us all active and warmed up by a few races across the hall! Firstly, side to side, then backwards, and even hopping! It was great fun, and we were all warm and toasty by the end – even the parents.

Next, it was onto the carpet to say hello to each other as we had a new member of Junior Church join us for the first time – welcome Orla!

We started thinking about impossible things. Firstly, by trying to lick our elbow – which everyone thought was funny. Next, hovering in the air, and dropping a coin so it stood on end. No one managed this, although Alex did with a little “creative license”!

Then, we looked to see it was possible for someone to go through a sheet of paper. Everyone agreed it wasn’t. And yet, Richard proved you could!  We thought about the things impossible things that God makes possible, and sometimes it is viewing things from a different perspective.

 

Next, as Advent is coming up fast we worked on our Junior Church entry for the Christmas Tree Festival. Firstly, we read Luke Chapter 1 and the verses describing the Angel Gabriel visiting Mary. We drew around our feet and hands, and made Angels from the shapes – which we then decorated. These will go onto the Tree which will be entered into the Competition.

We then made our way back over to Church. On the way, we noticed that the stormy weather had torn up all the Remembrance crosses that had been placed by the war memorial for remembrance Sunday. Quickly, we all helped put them back in place  – after all we remember all year round.

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Then back into Church for a blessing and a final hymn, before Orange Juice and biscuits.

Let’s hope we win the Christmas Tree Competition. 

See you next month!

About Us:

Growing Saints is our Junior Church at All Saints Brixworth – a family friendly group putting the FUN into our church. If you want to know more, why not get in touch?

Harvest Festival Prayers

Tomorrow is our Harvest Festival service, where we give thanks for all the food we have. We will be accepting food donations which will be going to the Northampton Hope Centre, supporting the great work they do.

Alex from our Junior Church has written this prayer which we would love to share:

Dear Lord

Thank you for the sunshine and the rain that make things grow.

Thank you for the crops in the field and the farmers and their vehicles who harvest them.

Thank you for my food and my taste buds to enjoy it!

Amen