Kids Loving Church

Kids who love church... and churches who love kids!

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Percussion at Musikool Kids

 Last month we were lucky to have Izak visit Musikool Kids (due to a teacher only day). He brought along his cajon and some of the children had a go. Thanks Izak!



FISH night hijinks


Last month's FISH (family fun night) we played a massive game of hide'n'seek! 
There were some very creative hiding places... hilarious!

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Listen for God


This morning in Awesome Time there was a miserable bear called Bernadette, who had a little problem. She went off in search of someone to help her. As she walked about, she said, "I'm Bernadette Bear, and I have a little problem..." but before she had a chance to say anything more, she was "helped" by a variety of people who were quick to offer their solution to her problem. Hazel gave her a scarf, Bev gave her a hat, Belinda leaped up with a bottle of vitamins (sure that that would be the answer), Murray gave her a ball, Diane gave her a big jar of honey, Rosetta gave her a sword, Helen gave her a hockey stick... but none of these things made Bernadette feel better.

It wasn't until she met Rachel the Fly, who stopped to ask Bernadette what her little problem was, and actually listened. Bernadette explained to the fly that she was scared of the dark. In her dark, gloomy cave she was afraid and lonely. Rachel Fly listened, thought hard, and then came up with a solution. She would come and live with Bernadette in the cave, and keep her company. Bernadette was so relieved!

We talked about the reading from the Bible that says:
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; God’s the one who will keep you on track.   PROVERBS 3:6

When God asks us to do something, we need to really listen. We need to listen to the people who need our help, and ask God to help us make loving choices.

God will give us jobs that match our skills and talents perfectly. God won't ask us to do anything that is too hard. Whatever we do, wherever we go, whether we are on the football or rugby field, the basketball or netball court, in the orchestra, choir, band, or in science or math class, in the library, swimming pool, biking to school, or on the playground - God is there with us, loving us always.

Even when we make mistakes, wrong choices, or don't listen - God still loves us. Isn't that amazing?!!

We created some mixed media self portraits, which will be hung in the Chapel Street Gallery when they have dried. In the meantime, enjoy these pictures depicting our young people in a variety of places around the globe, knowing that God is with them wherever they go! click HERE to view photos









Sunday, 2 July 2017

Welcome to Church (Chapel Street Style!)


Check out pics and video from this morning's Awesome Time at the Chapel Street Centre. Thanks to all our amazing young people, and of course Carol & Bee, two of our wonderfully awesome leaders!

Welcome!


Friday, 30 June 2017

God's Love

Last week our Awesome Kids made hearts to remind us about God's love:


God's love can make us feel warm and fuzzy inside.
God's love sees right through to our hearts.
Gods love is with us when times are rough.
God's love holds us when we cry.
God's love is with us when the road gets bumpy.
God wants our love to reflect who God is.

We also read a story about David, a boy who was always getting into trouble. You can see a version of this story on YouTube.


No matter what happens in life, whether things are going great, or times are tough... God is with us and loves us HEAPS! Even when we make mistakes, or get into trouble - God loves us.


God knows everything about us and is with us loving us always.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Thursday, 15 June 2017

A Right Royal Music Session

Last week at Musikool Kids we were visited by a Princess Kitten.
Doesn't she look gorgeous?!

Fantastic to see our Musikool Kids' library being used
each Friday after music.

Fidget Spinner & the Holy Trinity

You saw it here first! Rev Neti used a fidget spinner to illustrate the Holy Trinity. One God, three persons - God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit.

Rev Neti uses a 'fidget spinner' to explain the Holy Trinity
Image result for fidget spinner

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Youth Group this FRIDAY night!

Youth Group is on again this Friday night. If you know of any intermediate or high school aged youth (Years 7 to 13) please invite them to come along.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Youth Church update

On Sunday night, some of our young people from Christchurch North joined others in the district at Beckenham Methodist Church for Youth Church.

Youth Church happens on the last Sunday of each month, from 5.30pm to 7pm. It's a very different kind of church service - very casual, relaxed and lots of fun.

There is great worship music - led by the band, a prayer or two, a message from the bible - brought to our young people in a way that is meaningful and relevant. Each month there is a different theme and activity. There is dinner included - usually tasty toasties, soup and lots of other yummy treats.

This month the bible verse was about not judging others, and also about being a good leader. We were split into groups and had to come up with a short skit which we presented to everyone else. There were some hilarious results!

Neti's group did a skit about a Dad who was a terrible driver, who taught his daughter to drive with all the same bad habits. That was not being a good leader.

The youngest group, led by Philomena, came up with a great skit set in a classroom. The kids were being cruel and mocking a girl who had a strange way of walking. But when the class ended and the students all got up to leave - they ALL had strange walks! This was a clever link to the verse "“Why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but pay no attention to the log in your own eye?" Luke 6:41

Join us next month, June 25 for Youth Church at the Chapel Street Centre, Christchurch North Methodist Parish.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Anne of Green Gables prays

After all the talk about prayer last Sunday, Winsome mentioned to me that the movie 'Anne of Green Gables' had been on T.V. the night before. She told me about the clip of Anne learning how to pray. I thought you might enjoy it, so click on the link below.

I'm glad we don't have old-fashioned ideas of how to talk to God! A simple, 'Hi God, it's me... I need your help!" will do!


Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Prayer is like a Rainbow Cake

Last Sunday we learnt about prayer. Prayer is really just talking to God, and you can do it in lots of different ways.

Dylan made a rainbow cake with five layers. We thought this was a little bit like prayer. A prayer can be a bit like a cake, with lots of ingredients, or layers. Some people pray using their five fingers to help them remember what to pray for, like this:

1. Thumb: reminds us to pray for those closest to us (our family and friends).
2. Index finger (or pointer finger): reminds us to pray for our leaders and teachers - the people who point us in the right direction.
3. Middle finger (the tallest one): reminds us to pray for the leaders of our church, country & the world (they need a lot of help!)
4. Ring finger: reminds us to pray for people who are sick, sad, lonely or who need help.
5. Smallest finger: reminds us to pray for ourself!

We thought that by the time we got through all those other people and things to pray for, and got to the little finger, our problems might seem not quite so bad after all!

Another five finger prayer is this:
1. Praise God ("Hey God, we think you're great!")
2. Thank God for something
3. Say sorry to God for something
4. Ask God to help someone else
5. Ask God to help YOU!

Or, a simpler version is the J.O.Y. prayer:
J for Jesus - thank Jesus for something
O for Others - pray for others
Y for YOU - pray for yourself

Anyway... we decided it didn't matter how you pray, whichever way you do it - God will be very pleased to hear from you!

When we all pray together, like we do in church, or in Awesome Time, or on the Prayer Link Chain - we are all unified, or 'brought together' in prayer (just like all the parts of Dylan's rainbow cake). Wherever we come from, however old we are, whatever language we speak, when we pray together - God thinks that's pretty awesome.

Prayer is like an Umbrella too

We also thought that prayer is a bit like an umbrella in the storms of life. Prayer doesn't stop the rain from falling, but it helps shield and shelter us. We made a prayer umbrella! 

Georgia and Monica wrote on the edge of the umbrella "PRAYER IS LIKE AN UMBRELLA IN LIFE'S STORMS"
Then we each wrote a prayer and tied it to the umbrella.


We made loom band chains to remind us of our church's Prayer Chain, and how we can all be connected to God and to one another, in prayer. We also enjoyed the delicious rainbow cake, and made prayer pillow boxes.


Thanks to Isabella for writing and reading her own prayer in church. You are pretty awesome, Isabella!



Creative Spelling at FISH

Last FISH night brought out the competitive streak in everyone. Some teams were even known to 'bend the rules' slightly. See if you can spot the problem in Sonia's team's bottom word, in Human Scrabble.

Yes, we'll give you 'REPTILE'

Hmmm.... 'PREDITOR' - "Check the dictionary!" says Spencer! Nice try Sonia!

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Awesome Video!


The Awesome Kids & Youth made this video last week... check it out and pass it on!

God is Always With Us

Last week our Awesome Kids found many creative ways to get across the message that God is Aways With Us.






Saturday, 13 May 2017

CHYPS

CHYPS, the Chapel Street Young People's Youth Group started tonight - with loads of enthusiasm, laughter and tons of heavenly food!

CHYPS is a group for intermediate and high school aged youth (in school years 7 to 13). Check out our CHYPS blog for more details.


West Coast Visitors

Last Sunday we hosted the annual 'West Coast Service' at The Chapel Street Centre. People who were born or lived on the West Coast of the South Island at any time, came to our church to share worship and food together.

Our Awesome Kids helped to feed the visitors. We put our Masterchef skills into action and prepared some scrummy dishes for morning tea.

Izak captured some of the behind the scenes action on camera...









April's FISH night

Last month's FISH night had us all exhausted at the end of all the games!
See if you can pick something odd about the photo below...

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Mysterious messages

Last Sunday, our Awesome Kids played 'Guess Who' - as some photographs of mystery people were shown on the screen we all tried to work out who they were. Some of them were very hard to recognise! But, with the help of the rest of the congregation we were eventually able to work most of them out.

We heard the story of Jesus appearing to his friends on the road to Emmaus. The friends took a while to recognise Jesus, just as we did with some of the mystery photos. When they realised it was Jesus they were so happy and excited they ran all the way back to Jerusalem to tell everyone they had seem him... and that Jesus and his love lives on.

I had a suitcase with me, which rather embarrassingly started to ring! It was my cell phone ringing from within! I answered the call, to find out it was someone with a message for our Awesome Kids - that Jesus loves us, and is with us always!

Jesus wants us to pass that message on to everyone - and inside my case were lots of different types of messages. Besides the phone call, there was a letter, a treasure map, a tiny scroll inside a glass bottle, a balloon, and the most puzzling of all was a piece of paper with a secret code

The code was made up of raised dots. William was quick to work out that the message was written in Braille, which is what blind people use to read. Izak quickly whipped the braille message over to Halina, who was able to decode it for us all:

Love lives on.


We made treasure maps and messages in bottles, to remind us to look for Jesus in everyone we meet, and to pass on the message that Jesus's love lives on, and his love is for everyone.


Saturday, 29 April 2017

Peace

 Last week our Awesome Kids made peace themed pictures, using CD covers as picture frames.