4 Corners of God’s Love   15 comments

Works well near Valentine’s Day…

submitted by: Ken Forbes

This is my all-time favourite children’s address. Start (before showing the paper) with a little mental arithmetic. Ask a few questions like: ‘If I have five Smarties and I give two to you and one to you, how many do I have left?’ (I found our kids to be a lot better at this that I’d thought they’d be, and ended up giving them some quite complicated sums. There’s hope for our education system yet!)
Then show the paper with GOD’S LOVE on it.
“Here’s something we’ve ALL got to give away – God’s love. And you can see that God’s Love has four corners – doesn’t it. Well now, here’s a strange thing. Suppose I give you one of my corners of God’s Love. (Take a pair of scissors from your pocket, cut of one of the corners, and give it to a child.) How many corners do I have left – Three? Are you SURE? Let’s count them. One, two, three, four, FIVE! How about that! I started with four corners of God’s Love, I gave one away, and now I’ve got FIVE! Let’s see what happens if I give away another one. (Cut and give) NOW how many have I got? One, two, three, four, five, six. It seems as if I end up with MORE corners of God’s Love every time I give one away. I started with FOUR, and I gave one to you… I did give you ONE, didn’t I? Are you sure? Just hold up the corner of God’s Love that I gave you and let’s have a look at it. (Child holds up her triangle.) LOOK! Count the corners. One, two, THREE. And have YOU got three as well? Yes! We started off with FOUR corners of God’s Love, and now we’ve got… how many? TWELVE! How did that happen? It must be that the more of God’s Love you give away, the bigger it gets…”

PS: – keep on going and you get a circle – God’s love encircling us!

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Posted February 5, 2012 by dgbmcc in Brilliant Talk!, General

Eagle and the Chickens   1 comment

http://www.spiritual-short-stories.com/spiritual-short-story-602-Chicken+and+the+Eagles.html

The eagle mentioned in the Isaiah 40 reading reminded me of this story…

Searching on the web for “Chicken Eagle Story” will yield several versions… of the story of the eagle raised as a chicken…

Donald McCorkindale: Here’s what I did with it on Sunday 5th Feb, at Kiel Church, Lochaline, Scotland
Other than my own pre-school kids, there were no children present…  so it was more of a light introduction to the theme for the adults…
Click on the play icon to listen… 

Posted February 4, 2012 by dgbmcc in General

from Donald…   Leave a comment

Hi everyone…  apologies that there hasn’t been too much updating on this blog recently…  although it still gets 500 hits a day and often peaks at around 1000 on Saturdays and Sundays!  2011 has been a busy year…  moved to new charge – the three way linkage of Ardgour, Strontian and Morvern in the West Highlands of Scotland, third child born, have been Chaplain to the Moderator of our General Assembly…  hope to get some more material posted here during 2012…   contributions always welcome.   If you want to see what we are up to here check out – www.ourchurches.org or www.facebook.com/AKSMparishes   With all good wishes to you all and thank you for the support of “Talks2children”… 

Posted January 14, 2012 by dgbmcc in News

Disciples   Leave a comment

Call of the Disciples John 1

What do we call Jesus’ friends… Disciples
and how many where there?… 12
What were they called… – as the names are called out… also write up the wrong one’s on a white/ black board…
Go over the right one’s… and have the young folk remember them. I always write them up in this order:
James James Judas John,
Simon, Simon (Peter), Thaddeus & Tom
Bartholomew, Matthew, Andrew and Philip
(This order has nothing to do with the Scriptural order – but is easily remembered – 4 J’s, 2 S’s & 2 T’s and a BMAP!)
Having remembered all the right one’s – return to the wrong one’s – Mark and Luke will probably appear – and maybe Paul – you can explain that they were not among the 12 – but they were in a sense disciples… the other “wrong” answers are of course also right… and will include some of the young people’s own  names… we can all be disciples of Jesus if we try to follow him.

Posted January 14, 2012 by dgbmcc in General

Helpful Facebook Group…   Leave a comment

http://www.facebook.com/groups/266914003367587/

for Ministry Resources from around the Church of Scotland…

Posted January 14, 2012 by dgbmcc in News

2011 in review   Leave a comment

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 170,000 times in 2011. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 7 days for that many people to see it.

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Posted January 2, 2012 by dgbmcc in Uncategorized

The weight of a snowflake.   1 comment

The weight of a snowflake

Key ideas: peace, responsibility

“Tell me the weight of a snowflake”, a sparrow asked a wild dove. “Nothing more than nothing”, was the answer. “In that case I must tell you a marvellous story”, the sparrow said. “I sat on the branch of a fir, close to its trunk, when it began to snow – not heavily, not in a raging blizzard: no, just like in a dream, without a sound and without any violence. Since I did not have anything better to do, I counted the snowflakes settling on the twigs and needles of my branch. Their number was exactly 3,741,952. When the 3,741,953rd dropped onto the branch – nothing more than nothing, as you say – the branch broke off.” Having said that, the sparrow flew away. The dove, since Noah’s time an authority on the matter, thought about the story for a while, and finally said to herself: “Perhaps there is only one person’s voice lacking for peace to come to the world.”

From New Fables, Thus Spoke the Maribou, by Kurt Kaufer

Posted December 4, 2011 by dgbmcc in Belonging

Christmas Service Ideas   Leave a comment

www.loanheadparishchurch.co.uk/christmas has some good Christmas ideas…

Posted December 3, 2011 by dgbmcc in Advent, Christmas

Spill the beans…   Leave a comment

http://spillbeans.org.uk – new resource produced by a wonderful bunch of Church of Scotland ministers and members…

Posted August 25, 2011 by dgbmcc in General, resources

Parable of the sower… powerpoint   Leave a comment

http://sermons4kids.com/how_does_your_garden_grow_kids_force.ppt

Posted July 9, 2011 by dgbmcc in Uncategorized