Bible Readings: Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10
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For lockdown: Here is a service for this week based on some of the resources below.
From the Amazing Work of the People site:
Listening Song: Better Days Ahead
by Steve Grace on his album, Better Days Ahead.
Kids's Story: The Song of the King
By Max Lucado, Eagle, 1995, ISBN 0863472974 (pictured at left) and originally published as Tell Me the Secrets. This story goes beautifully with the gospel reading.
Kid's Story: Sometimes I Get Scared: Psalm 23 for Children
by Elspeth Campbell Murphy and Jane Nelson, Chariot Books. 1980. ISBN: 9780891912750 (pictured at right)
Youth: More Than Skin Deep
Found in Could Someone Wake Me Up Before I Drool On The Desk by Kevin Johnson, Bethany House Publishers, 1995, ISBN 1556614160, pp. 73 (pictured at left)
Film Clip: Nottinghill
Show the scene where they are sitting around in a small group and they all begin sharing personal things about themselves. (pictured at left) Goes well with the Acts reading.
Discussion: On film clip above
What does this clip teach us about small groups?
Film Clip: Dead Poets Society
(pictured at right) Show chapter 3 where Mr Keating (Robin Williams) encourages the boys to tear out the first few instructional pages of their poetry books and challenges them to instead, think for themselves and be part of life. He asks them what verse they will contribute to the world.
Discussion: On film clip above
What is your verse?
Film Clip: Worlds Apart
The new Heineken ad speaks to the Acts reading beautifully.
Film Clip: Eat Together
This clip from the Canadian government (I think) also speaks to the Acts reading very well.
Drama: The LCA and ECC
Found in Drama Resources 2, Lutheran Publishing House, 2000, page 74 (pictured at left). This is a drama about the church.
Story: The Flying V
Found in Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks by Wayne Rice, Youth Specialties Inc, 1994, ISBN 031040261, page 95 (pictured at right). This story is based on the church.
Story: Twenty Dollars Short
Found in Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks Book 4 by Wayne Rice, Zondervan, 2001, ISBN 0310236193, page 122 (pictured at right). This goes well with the 1 Peter reading.
Quote: Teresa of Avila
"Lord, if this is the way you treat your friends, it's no wonder you have so few!" This also goes well with 1 Peter.
Response Activity: Fridge Magnet Psalms
Found in Multi-Sensory Scripture by Sue Wallace, Scripture Union, 2005, ISBN 1844271668, page 22 (pictured at left).
Response Activity: Abstract Art Bible
Pictures Found n Multi-Sensory Scripture by Sue Wallace, Scripture Union, 2005, ISBN 1844271668, page 25 (pictured at leftt)
Response Activity: Psalm Calligraphy
Found in Multi-Sensory Scripture by Sue Wallace, Scripture Union, 2005, ISBN 1844271668, page 27 (pictured at left).
Kids: Claudia The Caterpillar
This is another brilliant book by Andrew McDonough, Lost Sheep Resources, 2006. This goes with the John reading. The great thing about these books is that they only around $A7 and for a further $A10 (or instead of) you can buy on line the story in any format you need to project the pictures in church. There are also free activity sheets and for a cost activity books for both teachers and children. Visit www.lostsheep.com.au to check out all the excellent resources.
Kids: Cecil and Psalm 23
This is another brilliant book by Andrew McDonough, Lost Sheep Resources, 2006. This goes with the Psalm reading. See above for more details (pictured at left)
By Tim Winton, Penguin Books Australia, with lots of ideas for a whole worship service found in Worship is For Everyone by Julie Pinazza, Openbook Publishers, 2000, ISBN 0859109259, page 49. This goes well with the 1 Peter reading.
Taize Service: Holy Fire
Found in Worship Feast by Taize, Abingdon Press, 2004, page 30. This is based on the Acts reading.
Opening or Closing Response
By Ruth Burgess in Fire and Bread, Wild Goose Publications, 2006, ISBN 9781905010301, page 121 (pictured at left).
Various Ideas: Power to Communicate the Message
Found in Multi-Sensory Message by Dave Maclure, Scripture Union, 2008, ISBN 9781844272730, page 34. Connected with Acts.
Drama: The Lord is My Shepherd
Found in Mega Drama 1 by Verena Johnson (Ed.), Open Book Publishers, 2001, ISBN 0859109151, page 62. This drama is based on the Psalm.
Beautiful Illustrations of John's Gospel connected to the Australian Outback
Found in The Gospel According to John Illuminated by Fiona Pfennigwerth, Tien Wah Press, Singapore, 2013, ISBN 9780646912462, page 33