Church of England Diocese of Durham St. Andrew Tudhoe Grange

Messy Church at Home

15 Apr 2020, 5:30 p.m.
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Alleluia Christ is risen! He is Risen indeed Alleluia! 

<span style="font-size: 1rem;">I am sorry we cannot meet in person at the moment but to help keep everyone </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">safe we are remembering, Stay Home! But this does not mean we have </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">forgotten you. You are constantly in our prayers.</span>

By now I am sure you have made a rainbow for your window. These rainbows <span style="font-size: 1rem;">are spreading a sign of hope and love across the country. If you haven’t made </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">one yet why not paint, collage or colour one for your window? Do you remember </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">the rainbow in the story of Noah and the flood, you can find it in the Bible - </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">Genesis 9.8-17. This rainbow was a promise that God had not forgotten about </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">Noah and his family, or even us today. Today we can take reassurance in the </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">rainbows we see that God remembers us and hasn’t forgotten us. He is sending </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">us a sign of hope and love.</span>

Easter is a time when we remember that hope and love when Jesus died on the <span style="font-size: 1rem;">cross for us. Last week Fr John helped us to remember the story of Jesus’ journey </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">from the cross to the grave. On Sunday we celebrated Easter day when Jesus </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">rose from the dead and Fr John and his family celebrated Holy Communion for </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">us all and lit the paschal candle that reminds us that the Light of Christ is shining </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">in our world. If you would like to listen to the story of Easter then please use this </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">link: https://youtu.be/HL8R158Ujp4 It tells the story of Jesus as told last week.</span>

Stories are a great way of teaching what is happening to both children and adults <span style="font-size: 1rem;">and Jesus loved telling stories. Even after his death and resurrection he </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">continued to tell stories and one of these was on the road to Emmaus. Please </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">look on St Andrew’s Messy Church Facebook page and listen to the story as told </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">by myself, this will be posted over the next few days. For now though If you want </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">to read it for yourself you can find it in your Bible in Luke’s Gospel chapter 24 </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">verses 13-35. Below are some activities to get you thinking and links that will help </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">you to think about Easter, remember if you do any of the activities please take a </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">picture and share them. We would love to see them. More will be posted, along </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">with videos next week, so please like the page, share with your friends and get </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">creative.</span>

Just like the Paschal candle shines as a light to remind us of Christ’s light and love <span style="font-size: 1rem;">for us all, these activities will help you to share that light at home.</span>

Tissue paper crosses

You will need: some card (maybe a cereal box) or paper, tissue paper or <span style="font-size: 1rem;">some wrapping paper, glue, pencil and scissors.</span>

1. Draw a cross shape onto the card and cut it out, you will need two of these <span style="font-size: 1rem;">the same size.</span>

2. Tear strips of tissue paper then put glue onto the edge of one of the cross <span style="font-size: 1rem;">shapes and stick the tissue paper strips across. It looks even better if you </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">overlap the strips a little.</span>

3. Put glue around the edge of your second cross shape and stick it onto the <span style="font-size: 1rem;">cross you have just stuck tissue paper onto. You will now have the outline </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">of the cross on both sides.</span>

4. Hang in your window or somewhere where the light can shine through it.

Light Ray Crosses

You will need: some plain paper or card, pencil, scissors, blue tack, <span style="font-size: 1rem;">chalk or crayons, (optional: cotton wool or tissue paper)</span>

1. Draw a cross onto a piece of card and cut it out.

2. Stick this cross template onto another piece of paper use <span style="font-size: 1rem;">the blue tack to hold it in place</span>

3. Use the chalk (or crayons) to quickly draw lines from the <span style="font-size: 1rem;">template onto the plain paper</span>

4. Keep drawing lines from the middle to the edge of the paper changing the <span style="font-size: 1rem;">colour and overlapping the colours till you are happy with the finished </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">look. If you are using chalk you can rub the chalk from the middle to the </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">edge of the paper with your fingers, cotton wool or tissue paper.</span>

5. Remove the template to see your finished design.

Songs

● My lighthouse by Rend collective https://youtu.be/reAlJKv7ptU (or sing

along with the words https://youtu.be/lFBZJGSgyVQ)

● This Little Light of Mine https://youtu.be/cKkbIZtqhyQ

● He’s the Light, Light, Light, Light of the World <span style="font-size: 1rem;">https://youtu.be/p4YEB48T48U</span>

● Shine Jesus Shine https://youtu.be/4UIR0VJlK6k

Prayers

Think about the light shining through your art work, or through your windows, or <span style="font-size: 1rem;">think about the tiny flickering light of a candle and remember Jesus who shines </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">for you and ask him to shine on all your family and friends.</span>

May the light that is Jesus lead us always. 

May our hearts be more for the people <span style="font-size: 1rem;">around us than for ourselves. </span>

<span style="font-size: 1rem;">May our resolve be to reach out in love and come </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">alongside those in need with God’s generous compassion. </span>

<span style="font-size: 1rem;">And may our lives be a </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">witness of the blessing that comes with giving, for the sake of all God’s children, </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">and for the glory of God’s name. </span>

<span style="font-size: 1rem;">Amen.</span>


May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ (hold out your hands as if taking a present)

and the love of God (give yourself a hug) 

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit (hold <span style="font-size: 1rem;">hands with someone) </span>

<span style="font-size: 1rem;">be with us all, now and forever. Amen! (raise joined hands in </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">the air)</span>