Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As you know, due to the Coronavirus Covid-19 it is currently advised that public worship is limited to small numbers. You are now able to book into short Holy Communion services through the website (limit of 20 people per service).
However, we also encourage you to continue to gather together in your homes as a family for worship time – either on Sundays or at any other time during the week. Please feel free to use these resources with your children to guide your Worship @ Home.
from St John’s Worship Team.
Kids @ Home – The Sower
Bible Verse Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23
Have a walk outside in your garden (take an umbrella if it is raining!), and pay attention to where and how all the plants are growing. Have a look for those that are growing really well. Where are they positioned? Has someone cleared the weeds around them maybe? (Or perhaps they need to?)
What sort of soil are they growing in?
Did someone in your family (maybe you) plant any of those plants? What preparations did you make before the plant went in the ground? Usually when we plant something we make sure the spot is correct. It would be silly to sit it on a footpath for example! We clear the site of rocks and weeds,
and dig a big hole to loosen the soil. We might even add in some nutrients like manure. Then we plant and make sure it has enough water to grow.
Generally we go to a bit of trouble to make sure the plants we have purchased not only survive, but thrive (grow well) in our garden. And we can, and should, do the same for our faith. God has planted a seed in your hearts. If we don’t prepare a space, if we don’t weed and water it, then our faith can’t grow as God intended. And if that faith seed doesn’t grow then we can’t grow
fruit. That doesn’t mean growing cucumbers out your ears, or strawberries on your toes! It means we can’t spread God’s love and His good news to others.
Read the following sentences and mark which ‘soil’ you think they would be.
- Sitting in church thinking about how you can pass level 14 on your computer game.
- Praising God in chapel at school, and then pushing the slow kid in the back as you leave.
- Thanking God for your meals by praying.
- Believing in God, but not admitting it to your friends.
- Listening to the Pastor, but not understanding … or caring.
- Praising God by singing loudly in chapel and not caring who hears.
- Thinking God is important, but not as important as having lots of money.
- Going to the footy instead of going to church.
- Reading your bible and asking for help if you don’t understand something.
- Giving up on God. After all, what has He done for you?
- Being kind to your friends, and those that aren’t your friends.
Here is a picture for you to colour!