Bible Explorers is a team of six from the church family @ St James Devizes who come into Trinity during Tuesday lunchtime.
This term we have aligned our teaching with the school values and are looking at ‘Justice’. Today’s session was entitled GOD is JUST & ALWAYS FAIR
Our session aim was to invite the children to see that justice is at the heart of God’s character. He has no favourites and treats us all equally- Jesus would have died on the cross for 1 person’s wrong doing.
The children have been given a ‘take-home’ craft activity this week, we started to create ‘HANDS THAT DO JUSTICE’- each child has been given a hand to decorate, a plastic cup and various colours of pom-poms, feathers, cotton wool etc. By way of inviting them to consider how ‘just’ their thoughts & actions have been or are becoming, we have given them the following colour code to work with- the theory being that if they act/ think in a just manner or are observed by others to be acting justly, they can stick the corresponding colour item onto their hands. We pray that in this coming week, their hand will become a mass of colour/ texture / shape.
WHITE:- I have forgiven somebody who has hurt me
BLACK:-I have said hello to somebody I don’t like
RED:-I have something nice-used kind words
GREEN:-I have cheerfully said YES to a request from a parent / teacher
YELLOW:-I have chosen not to say something hurtful
PINK:- I have chosen NOT to argue with somebody-parent / teacher / friend
FEATHER:-I have stopped to help somebody / made them laugh / asked them how they are feeling
HEART:-I have seen somebody else acting in a just manner / using a just approach
TAKE HOME CHALLENGE- PARENT / PARENTS WE NEED YOUR HELP:
How has your child / children practised ‘justice’ in their own lives this week-if you see any ‘just’ thinking or behaviours, do feel free to add to the hand
Has your child / children not used the phrase ‘IT’S NOT FAIR’ at home this week?
Tuesday 25th September
Today in Bible Explorers we continued to look at justice with a focus upon ‘forgiveness’. We read Matthew 18 V21-22 and learned that in response to Peter asking Jesus “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how many times must I forgive him” Should I forgive him as many as 7 times?. Jesus answered, “ I tell you, not just 7 times but 77 times”. We discussed how much God forgives all our wrong doing Jesus and encouraged students to think about how much they forgive- hard to see- a little bit like a ‘mouse’ or overflowing, abundant & obvious like an elephant- just as God’s grace is poured out upon us.
We encouraged the students to think about and practice ‘forgiveness’ this week- mouse or elephant
If you would like to know more about Bible Explorers or St James Church do feel free to get in touch
Rob Jackson-Outreach Worker