Children & Young People

 
Youth Ministry During Covid-19 lockdown.
Due to Covid restrictions our children and young people are meeting online for games, prayers and bible stuff. Those up to age 13 are meeting online on Sundays from 4.30pm for about 60 minutes. Our secondary pupils (age 11 upwards) are meeting online on Sundays from 6.30pm. On the last Sunday of the month we all meet together at 5.30 for games, bake offs and other fun activities. We also join in with the Birmingham district Youth Services - you can watch these here

If you would like to join us please email the Lichfield Church office with your contact details – either the email or mobile number of an adult who is responsible for you and we will forward relevant information to you. churchoffice.tamlich@gmail.com . 

January 2021

17th January 2021

Prayer

Today in our younger group we were discussing prayer - what is prayer, different ways we can pray, what we can pray about. Click here to access the craft packs we used and here for .some prayer puzzles.

Here are some prayer ideas we talked about and some we tried:-

  1. Colour prayer - Choose to colour a picture/pattern with different colours to represent different prayers.
  2. Hand prayer – use fingers for different people/groups (see bookmark link  here )
  3. Movement prayer – breathing in and out, making different positions: –

(3 deep breaths)

God, you are above (reach toward the sky), below (touch your toes), inside (hands to heart) and all around (big arm circles).
I worship you (reach toward the sky), and give my life to you (touch your toes).
And I love you (hands to heart) with all that I am (big arm circles).
(3 deep breaths)

  1. Prayer walk – listening and talking to God
  2. Prayer ping pong conversation – thank you God for…… - filling in missing words.
  3. Prayer alphabet – find something with each letter to pray or give thanks for
  4. Prayer journal or drawing or doodling – pray and doodle, draw or write.
  5. Prayer reading – newspaper, story. Newsround – chat to God
  6. Cross prayer
  7. Join 3Gen365 Tune in to God in praying every Friday at 5.17pm (links to 1Thessalonians 5:17 - Never stop praying.)

     

 

 

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cross prayer

If you would like to join us for future sessions please get an adult to email us at lmsyp@yahoo.com with your details and we will send you the zoom link.  

10th January 2021

Covenant

Methodists renew their covenant with God at the beginning of the new year with the covenant prayer. We looked at the meaning of covenant and explored some of the stories of covenant with God in the Bible. The younger group created a mobile (click here for instructions and template) which reminded them of the stories and the relationship we have with God through the covenant. We played games involving hunting for items matching the colours of the rainbow, and a memory game. Click for  Spot the difference, hidden object, memory picture (look at the picture for 1 minute and then see how many animals you can remember in 2 minutes).

3rd January 2021

For our first meeting of the new year we all met together on zoom to play some games. Our first game involved a knife, fork and spoon - everybody had to choose which of these the person who was on would choose and try to avoid that. If the leader chose the same item that you did then you had to sit out the next few rounds until only one person was left. We also had a dingbats round where we had to guess what film was being displayed in puzzle form.

Our other two games involved scavenger hunts. First we had to find a list of items related to 'New Year, fresh start' e.g. new calendar or diary, a clock, a new sheet of paper, freshly sharpened pencil, Christmas present, new year's resolution and a bible open at Isaiah 40v31 - 

But those who trust in the Lord for help will find new strength.

They will soar high on wings like eagles.

They will run and not grow weary.

they will walk not faint

Next we had to find items to spell out the word 'Covenant' e.g. candle, apple, etc. What items would you collect? Many churches have held their convenant service today and we will be looking at what this word means over the next few weeks and helping record a covenant prayer for use in the District youth service on 17th January 2021.

I am no longer my own but yours

Your will, not mine, be done in all things,

Wherever you may place me,

In all that I do

And in all that I may endure;

When there is work for me

And when there is none;

When I am troubled

And when I am at peace

Your will be done

When I am valued

And when I am disregarded;

When I find fulfillment

And when it is lacking;

When I have all things,

And when I have nothing

 I willingly offer all I have and am to serve you,

As and where you choose.

Glorious and blessèd God,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

You are mine and I am yours.

Christmas morning - Walk Through Christmas

If you couldn't join us on Christmas Day you can still experience our 'Walk through christmas' via video for another week or two - click here to think about the First Christmas experinece through the eyes of the people involved.

Trailblazers Nativity

There is still time to view the Trailblazers nativity - click here

Autumn 2020

Our children and young people up to age 13 are meeting online on Sundays from 4.30pm for about 60 minutes. Our secondary pupils (age 11 upwards) are meeting online on Sundays from 6.30pm. We also join in with the Birmingham district Youth Services - you can watch these here

 

Advent 2020

Advent starts on Sunday 29th November - We all know that Advent and Christmas will be different this year because of the Covid pandemic but we hope it can still be enjoyable. We have come up with a variety of ways to countdown to Christmas through out Advent this year. Check back regularly to see what else we add over the coming weeks.

 

Please collect the stamps from your Christmas post

Several people in church are collecting stamps to help support the Fransisco Rojas School in Araquipa, Peru. Please save the stamps from your Christmas Cards until after Christmas when you will be able to hand them into church.

Advent Trail Lichfield City Centre - available until 29th December 2020

Why not try our advent trail round Lichfield city centre. 9 shops and businesses have volunteered to help us by putting a poster up in their window, the 10th poster is up on the church front door. Each poster has part of the Christmas story and a QR code. If you scan the QR code it will take you to part of the Christmas story and some related Christmas activities which we hope you will enjoy doing. We hope you will have fun looking for the posters and enjoy doing the activities.

Click here to download the trail leaflet so you know where to find the posters.

We would like to express a special thankyou to the shops and businesses who have helped us by displaying the posters.:

Friary shoes , Body Shop, Mr Simms Sweet shop, Claire’s Accessories, Michael’s menswear , DH hair, Birds bakery, Library, Spellbound beads

Online Advent Calendar  Click here each day to visit our online Advent Calendar to open a new door. Behind each door will be a pdf with part of the Christmas story and a character to print off, cut out and colour to make your own nativity scene.

Journey through Advent in the windows of your home - You can use the characters from your own nativity set, or those from the advent calendar above or check back next week for some colouring posters to display in your windows. click here for the instructions day by day.

Capturing Advent - As a way to pause and reflect on the journey of advent we invite you to join in along with the whole of our chuch community to take a daily or weekly photo. Each week we will suggest a few words to use as a prompt for your photo; then we invite you to post the picture on Facebook or send into the church office so we can create a collage of our collective journey through Advent: churchoffice.tamlich@gmail.com

Words for week beginning 29th November 2020:

Prepare                Trust                   Love                 Good News                     Kindness

Words for week beginning 6th December 2020    


Joy


Promises

Peace

Hope Marginalised

Words for week beginning 13th December 2020

Praise                       Waiting                      Surprise                  Blessed                    Faith

Words for week beginning 20th December 2020

Wonder                   Light                            Family                       Grace                        Courage

Posada

 

Originating in Hispanic countries to celebrate the nativity story, Posada is a period of time during Advent when figures from the nativity story travel around different households in the community and stay there for one night. We have created two 'Covid secure' Posada sets which we hope will travel around our community during Advent. We hope people will take photos of the family in their home, which we can post on the website, before passing the Posada on to the next family (suitably cleaned and sanitised). Please contact the church office if you would like to host the Posada set for a night churchoffice.tamlich@gmail.com . You could invite your friends to join in with this advent activity. If you don't feel you want to host one of the actual Posada boxes but would like to join in we will be providing an alternative solution - check back next week for alternative resources.

Sunday 20th December 2020

We enjoyed joining in with Premier Radio's community Carols - some of singing on our doorsteps. Then we challenged each other with a Christmas themed quiz before praying together and wishing each other a happy Christmas. No session next week but back on the 3rd January at 5.30pm altogether for some games to begin the new year.

Sunday 13th December 2020

The Christmas Story

Today we made our own Christmas story book as talked through the story of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus.

Sunday 6th December 2020

Messengers

The Christmas story has many different messengers in it. We had fun deciphering some coded messages today and we aso made some advent wreaths and some angels to help us count down Sundays to Christmas and remember some of the important events and words related to Christmas.

Sunday 29th November 2020

Bake Off Stained glass star biscuits - Participate and Youth Fellowship met on zoom to make stained glass window star biscuits. 

Sunday 22nd November 2020

This is the last part of our story of Moses - Moses sees the promised land but dies before he can set foot in it. With Moses dead, what will the Israelites do next? They will have to make some important decisions and choices on what to do next. We also need to make choices about how we live our lives - do we choose to obey God and commit ourselves to Him?. Click here to get instructions for making a commitment cube. Why not make the cube and roll it each day to see what you can do that day to live your life like God would like you to.

 

Click the links below for some puzzles and games:

Moses sees the promised land hidden objectWandering the desert spot the difference

We will pick the story up again after Christmas.

Sunday 15th November 2020

The golden Calf - while Moses is up the mountain talking to God the Israelites get worried and think he has left them. They persuade Aaron to make an idol out of their gold bracelets, earrings etc. which he melts down and forms into a golden calf which they start to worship. God is very angry about this but Moses persuades him to give them a second chance - read Exodus 32 onwards to find out what happens including how God gets the israelites to make the Ark of the Covenant so he can come and live with them.

Click here for a spot the difference. Also why not try our challenge - How many words can you make out of the letters in 'Moses and the ten commandments' using them only once in each word.

Sunday 8th November 2020

The next part of our story takes place by and on Mount Sinai - God appears to Moses and gives him the 10 commandments. You can see some of the things we did tonight by clicking on links below:-

Moses and the 10 commandmentsLift the flap 10 commandments; Spot the difference; Hidden object puzzle.

Click here to see where some of these resources came from and to see more things to try.

Sunday 1st November 2020

After crossing the red sea Moses and the Israelites wandered in the wilderness for many years and because, there is very little food growing there, they started moaning to Moses about this. Moses spoke to God and he promised to provide food for them each day. This food appeared each morning as a sort of flaky bread which only lasted one day. We also heard how Moses had to stand with his hands in the air for a very long time . Why not look up the story in Exodus 16 and 17?

Click here for some word puzzles, here for a hidden object puzzle and here for a 'which two are identical' puzzle based on today's stories.

Sunday 25th October 2020

Bringing the light of God into Halloween

We had fun on zoom on Sunday 25th October pumpkin carving messages of hope and light rather than scary images. Have a look at some of our efforts:-

Sunday 18th October2020. 

Crossing the red sea - Today we looked a map of how far Moses and the Israelites travelled after Pharoah let them go and how God guided them with pillars of flame and cloud. We made pillars of flame and cloud from rolled up paper with red tissue paper in the top of one and white tissue in the top of the other. We then folded a piece of blue paper into 3 and stuck brown paper into the central piece so we could use our lego fgures to act out the story of God helping the Israelites cross the Red Sea to escape the Egyptians when Pharoah changed his mind about letting them go.

But God had a plan - watch these videos to learn about God's plan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlbllHIxKtc 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MyUo87l5TE 

https://youtu.be/XO7UNXaLxC4 

 

Click here for a hidden object puzzle of the Israelites crossing the Red Sea.

Sunday 11th October 2020. Moses goes back to Pharoah and tries again to get him to set the Hebrew slaves free. God sends 10 different plagues to help convince Pharoah. Pharoah keeps saying they can go and then changes his mind until the final plague kills all Egyptian first born sons and animals and Pharoah finally agrees to let them go. But will he keep his word? come back next week to find out.

3 different videos of the story to watch:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzcYLCYItuc 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=aH9_U035hpY plagues animation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qq_mtBE_P4U Minecraft

Click here for some plague puzzles and activities

Click here for a word search of the plagues

http://www.livingwaterbiblegames.com/moses-plagues-word-search.html

How to make a very simple origami frog: https://youtu.be/2Mcgta-pcF8

Sunday 4th October 2020. Moses goes to Pharoah to ask him to set the Hebrew slaves free. Click here to watch a video on how to make a simple paper pyramid then click here to have some fun decorating it with Egyptian heiroglyphics.

Sunday 20th September 2020: Moses and the burning bush. Click here for a template to make a picture of Moses and the burning bush 

Sunday 13th September 2020: Baby Moses. Click here to see a video of how to make baby Moses and a basket from paper handkerchiefs.

Adventuring with God at Home

In July the younger members of our church family went adventuring with Noah. We then picked up this series starting in September with Moses. www.adventureswithgod.life.

3Gen365

3Generate is the Children and Youth Assembly of the Methodist Church in Britain. Children and young people in Methodism have their own elected youth president and representatives who listen and represent their views in the wider church. Usually 3Generate meets for an exciting weekend in the autumn each year however this year this is not possible so the event has changed to run throughout the year as 3Gen365. We hope that with our young people, we will be able to be involved with this throughout the year.

To find out more about 3Gen365 please click here.


advent trail
documents for advent trail

Youth Advent Calendar
advent calendar