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Kerplunk   Leave a comment

submitted: Catherine Gamble

Equipment: Kerplunk Game

Begin your talk by talking about games you like to play. Tell the congregation you have brought in a game to play. Its Kerplunk.(it may be helpful to have it already set up before you begin your talk as it can take a while to put the straws through the holes.) invite the children to come out and let them remove a straw each. (small children will need to be supervised as the straws are quite sharp) After a while the marbles will begin to fall off the straws as the straws are removed.
I used this to demonstrate that we can be like straws supporting each other just as the straws supported the marbles. If we work together we can support each other. Demonstrates unity in the church

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Posted November 19, 2010 by dgbmcc in Belonging, General

What God cannot do   Leave a comment

submitted: Christine Steendam

God is an awesome God, He can do everything. He is the beginning and the end. He has the whole world in His almighty hand. He created every fish, bird and animal. He made all of us. Or is there maybe something God can’t do..?

Indeed God can not break a promise. Tell me what else can God not do?
Lie, steal…

Posted November 19, 2010 by dgbmcc in General

U & I are needed   Leave a comment

submitted: Robin Hill

equipment: 26 Alphabet letters A-Z

Age range: Upper primary

Theme: The importance of community and of individual involvement (in society, school, church, etc.)

Preparation: Prepare 26 A4 sheets each containing a different letter of the alphabet printed in large, bold type. Bring all sheets with you, but hide the letter "I" near to yourself, and the letter "U" somewhere in the assembly hall.

Action:
Mix up and hand out the 24 alphabet cards to kids across the hall. Tell the 24 "volunteers" that they will have to pay attention as you are going to race through the alphabet in double quick time. As their letter is called out, they must hold their card up quickly, then take it down again. Having explained these rules, build up the tension with a "On your marks … set … GO!", then shout out the alphabet, both loud and very, very fast. (General mayhem ensues, though no-one notices the absence of the two letters.) This process only takes a few seconds, so try it a few times, maybe getting the teachers involved too. All good fun.

At this stage, talk a little about how the exercise started as a complete mess. Everyone, however, co-operated well with their teamwork, eventually getting the hang of raising and lowering the cards at just the right time to make the alphabet race a great success – so teamwork counts for a lot!

Then, ask everyone with a card to come out to the front and to line up in the right order. Strangely, they can’t quite do it, so prodice the missing "I" and ask for a volunteer from the remaining kids to hunt around the hall for "U".

When the last two letters are safely in place, point out that "U" and "I" ("you" and "I") are needed if group is really going to work as a great team. Yes, you and I are needed, perhaps more than we can imagine.

Before getting the kids to sit down, do one more rapid fire run through from "A" to "Z", then encourage a big round of applause, as they take their places once again.

Talk:
If any talk is needed at this point, simply speak about how you and I should always think about playing our part in the really important things of life: the worship of God, caring for those in our wider community, campaigning for justice, supporting fair trade, etc. You and I need to be involved, if life is to be complete.

Posted November 19, 2010 by dgbmcc in Belonging, Brilliant Talk!, General

Union with Christ   Leave a comment

submitted: Bryan Oxburgh

This talk could illustrate either the idea of union with Christ, and / or the life of Christ filling our lives,and / or the life of Christ reaching through us to others, and / or the fact that God above blesses us.

Equipment required:  large clear casserole dish, smaller clear casserole dish, small glass, clear plastic tube (eg from a fish tank, that sort of thing), food colouring, a spoon and water.

Talk: Have the large casserole dish filled with water. Have a child pour in some strong food colouring and stir it. Place the full dish higher than the empty glass. Draw some water into the plastic tube and siphon into the glass. Easy! Because the water is strongly coloured, the flow from the dish to the glass through the tube will be easily seen. You can make of it what you wish. We (the glass) are united with Christ (the casserole) through faith (the tube). The life of Christ comes to us through faith. Faith links us to God.
If you place the glass in the smaller casserole dish,you can siphon the water into the glass and allow it to overflow into the casserole. You can then explain that the the life / love of God flows from god to us and should flow from us to the world / friends etc (the smaller casserole) or you could do this as two separate addresses. If you use the second part then the large casserole will clearly start to empty and you may wish to comment that God does not empty.

Posted November 19, 2010 by dgbmcc in General

Mobuis Loop   1 comment

submitted: Alice Snowdon

Start by asking children/congregation about their favourite subject in school. Keep a gentle patter going.

Eventually, narrow it down to maths, or ‘numeracy’ as the English curriculum calls it now.

Ask about fractions. If you cut something in half, how many pieces will you have?
Ans: 2
Always 2?
Ans: yes.

Demonstrate with scissors and paper ~ health and safety! Do the cutting yourself!

If I cut a circle in half, how many pieces? Ans: 2
"   "  "  "  square " "     – 2
If I cut a thin oblong in half….. 2

How about if I cut a loop in half? … 2 (Produce a long thin loop of paper, no twists in it, like an old-fashioned Christmas decoration link. Cut along and round it, so you end up with 2 separate loops).

I’ll try again.
(this time produce a mobius loop, i.e.  One that has ONE twist in it. Cut it lengthwise and demonstrate it’s only one loop) Jesus said, I and my Father are one. You cannot separate Jesus and God any more than you can make this loop be two loops.

Finally (and this gets the smarty adults, who knew the mobius would be a single loop) produce a loop that has 2 twists in it. Cut it lengthwise – this produces two loops, linked)

We can never, ever be cut off from Jesus. Wherever we go, whatever we do, we are always this linked to Jesus. Whatever people try to do to us, we are always this linked to Jesus.

I’ve used this for end of school year services and for parade services. It’s an amazing, one size fits all talk, because you can relate it to just about any reading or theme.

Posted November 19, 2010 by dgbmcc in General, Maths/ Numbers

Bart Simpson and Karl Barth!   Leave a comment

submitted: Robin Hill

Here’s a puzzle:
•   What do these three have in common?
[SLIDE: THREE PORTRAIT SHOTS WITHOUT CAPTION]
[SAME NAME]
•   They all have the same name (kind of!)
[BART SIMPSON]
•   First one (schoolboy superstar)
[LIONEL BART]
•   Second one (writer of musicals)
[KARL BARTH]
•   Third one (Swiss theologian, different spelling)
[BLANK]
Why the puzzle? Because it’s hard to remember people’s names, but hopefully with his famous namesakes on the screen, you will remember the name of the Swiss theologian, Karl Barth.
[BARTH PHOTOMONTAGE]
This man thought a lot about God. He is probably the 20th century’s most important thinker about God. He was a professor in Germany during the 1930s and had to flee to America to escape the Nazis. Then after the war he came back to Basel in Switzerland where he stayed for the rest of his life.
Karl Barth wrote lots and lots and lots of theology. His book, The Church Dogmatics was 13 volumes long and ran to six million words!
So whether people agreed with him or disagreed with him, Karl Barth certainly had a lot to say about God, and the universe, and everything.
Strangely though, one of the most important things that Karl Barth gave the Church was the idea that all our thinking about God doesn’t really matter too much. Karl Barth believed that what really counts in our knowing God is that God comes to us. God reveals himself to us in the birth and life and death and Resurrection of Jesus.
It is God who makes himself known to us, and not the other way round. And in our Bible reading today we hear this idea coming through. Jesus says that after he has gone back to his heavenly Father, his friends will not be alone, because God will give the Church his Holy Spirit. God with us, in the here and now. Not far distant, not sitting up high on a cloud, but working in our world.
Karl Barth is maybe the greatest theologian of the 20th century. His Church Dogmatics was 8,000 pages long – 8,000 pages (and no, I haven’t read it).
There is a story which Barth himself told people, probably with a big smile on his face. He imagined himself having died and going up to heaven, struggling through the pearly gates pushing a wheelbarrow filled with all that he had written.
An angel says to God, “Who’s that?”
And God replies, “Oh, that’s Karl Barth – and his little books.”
It seems that Karl Barth knew his enormous books were really little and insignificant in showing us God, compared with what God himself shows us in Jesus. Karl was a brilliant thinker, but he was also a humble believer, and he knew that all we can come up with about God is little, while what God can show us, of himself and in himself, is immense.
So today, I hope we’ve all learned maybe two things: one that the 20th century’s greatest theologian was not Bart Simpson (he comes maybe third or fourth) and also that if you want to know God, you can, because God is near, as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, alive and active in our world, calling us to love him and to love our neighboours.

Posted November 19, 2010 by dgbmcc in General

Presents/ Presence   Leave a comment

submitted: Debbie Williams

At our house October and November are busy months for birthdays.  Do any of you have birthdays in October or November? How about December? January? February? When s your birthday?  (Listen to answers) Do you get anything that looks like this when you have a birthday?  (Take out birthday wrapped package)  Why do you think your mom and dad give you presents for your birthday?  (because they love you)  That s right!  They love you and want to celebrate the day you were born. 

There s another word that sounds just like the word presents.  We sometimes use a form of the word in school when the teacher calls your name.  What do you say?  Not here but (present).  That present means that you are in the classroom when the teacher calls you. 

Here at Covenant we sing a song about presence.  Do you remember us singing  Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place     That s one of my favorite hymns.  That presence means that God is with us.  But you know what I think?   I think it could mean the other presents too.  It s kind of like a present that God gives us when we accept Jesus as our Lord and savior.  It s like a born again birthday gift that we accept from God.  We have His presence in the form of the Holy Spirit within us . 

Mr. Bryan has a little gift for you to remind you of God s presence in our lives.  You mustn t open it because like the Holy Spirit the contents cannot be seen. (hand out tiny gift wrapped empty boxes)

Will you pray with me?

Father,
Thank you for the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  Help us to remember you are always with us, if only we will accept the gift.
In Christ name we pray,
Amen

Posted November 19, 2010 by dgbmcc in General

Bubble Bursting   Leave a comment

submitted: Sapphirra, UK

You need a bubble blower and some soap solution for this. If you can get a few small bottles then the children can have turns playing with them afterwards.
Start the talk with inviting the children to blow bubbles using the solution. Sometime we can get really big bubbles that look quite pretty floating in the air.But big or small, what happens to each of the bubbles? After a while they all go ‘pop’.Why does this happen? There is a little more physics involved than i talk about, but for the sake of the talk i’m trying to keep it simple.
The longer the bubble stays in the air, the thinner it gets and after a point the pressure of the air surrounding the bubble is too much causing it to burst.
The pressure of life in the outside world can be like the air pushing against the bubbble. It can be tiring fighting aginst the devil and his temptations. But with Christ on our side we will never be overwhelmed. We can fight back and the ‘bubble’ of faith inside will not burst.
So to strengthen our faith we should read our bible and pray regularly.

Posted November 19, 2010 by dgbmcc in General

Know your Bible?   1 comment

submitted: Paul Wood

Sort the children, or even ideally the whole congregation, into two teams.  If pew Bibles are available it is even more ideal!

The address is basically a general knowledge Bible quiz, but with trick questions.  It was born from watching Alan Davies frequently klaxoned on Q.I. on BBC2!  Questions such as:

1.  What kind of creature swallowed Jonah?  (Answer: a big fish.  5 points off for "Whale") 2.  How many of each animal did Noah take into the ark? (Answer: 7 of every clean animal, 2 of every unclean animal.  5 points off for "2").
3.  Where was Jesus born (5 points off for "Stable" which isn’t mentioned) 4.  How many magi visited Jesus? (5 points off for "3")

Each time tell the congregation the Bible reference after the wrong answer is revealed to show the true answer.

There are many other questions of this type that can be used for popular Bible stories that have been only partly told or even changed.  The point is that there is no substitute for reading, and getting to know, the Bible.

I have used this address a number of times and I always find that after the first couple of questions, the number of people with their hands up drops off very quickly!

Posted November 19, 2010 by dgbmcc in Christmas, General

Together we are strong   Leave a comment

submitted: Graham Austin

Together we are strong.
Pick a child you can push around!! Let me explain.
A volunteer (A) is gripped by the shoulders and then pushed backwards. The idea is to get them to move off a spot (an  X  marks the spot would be a good mark to put on the ground) When you have successfully pushed the person of the cross ask for two volunteers – (B) and (C). Who stand behind (A) and place their hands just below the shoulder to support (A) when you attempt to push them of the  X  spot.
If you are successful (and it works better if you are) ask for three volunteers (D) (E) (F) who take up position behind (B) and (C) with their hands on the shoulders so it looks like this:
        (D)
      (B)
(You)(A)    (E)
     (C)
        (F)
We are looking for a 1, 2, 3 formation – a triangle. By now it should be nigh on impossible, unless you are the Incredible Hulk, to push them of the  X  spot.
Application: You can make the point that it is hard to follow Jesus – to stay near the cross (if you want to use that image) but with the support of others behind us praying for us and encouraging us (pointing out the wonderful congregation) we can stay faithful – standing firmly on the cross.

Posted November 19, 2010 by dgbmcc in General