Last week I discovered the work of Michael Leunig, cartoonist, poet and writer. I quickly fell down the rabbit hole and became hooked. FuelledByTea pointed me towards Leunig’s prayers. The rabbit hole deepened. At Harvest Festival at Holy Nativity on Sunday we used this one during the service: Dear God, We rejoice and give thanks for earthworms,
As we have journeyed together through lent as a community at Holy Nativity, people have been asking how we can grow as disciples. One thing I keep being asked about is prayer. There is a universal truth about all people who believe; every single one of us thinks we’re rubbish at praying. By listening to
At the Christmas Rock Mass we prayed for Jesus to bring light into the dark situations around the world and in our lives. I bought a couple of paper chain making kits from eBay. With suitable music playing, people wrote their prayers on the back of their links and added them to the chain. It
Fifty sheets of card cut into A5, 5 minutes on photoshop and £3 for the magnet from eBay. And of course my handy pack of felt tips from Bargain Madness. Fridge magnet prayers. “This advent I will take time to…” We spend so much time running around being human doings instead of human beings. This
Next month’s Rock Mass is “Rock Mass Unplugged” in the park with a BBQ. Jonnie Parkin from Luminous has helped us out by cutting a labyrinth into the church park.
I’m in the midst of running numerous Messy Christingle afternoons for our local school. I was thinking of ideas to engage slightly older children (Years 5 and 6) so went to my happy place – The Range (UK shop). I came across these empty baubles (£1.99 for 6) which gave rise to this… I cut
Today, I’m in the middle of leading group sessions as part of the Year 7 retreat programme in a large Church of England secondary school. The children and youth department from WYAD hand me the activity and then it evolves as the day proceeds. With groups of ten pupils we started exploring the changes in
Holy Nativity is in the middle of running a mindfulness course. Two clinical psychologists are offering their time and expertise as part of their faith giving. I am doing the course for my own wellbeing. Some of you at this point will have no idea what I’m going on about. Mindfulness means: “paying attention in a particular
As we’re doing children’s prayers and graces, here’s Sheldon Cooper doing grace with his mother. By His hand, we are all fed. Give us Lord, our daily bread. Please know that we are truly grateful, For every cup and every plateful. Amen.
At #worship2013 conference organised by the liturgical commission. As the conversation has developed, the word ‘trite’ has been used extensively. I put “I’d better not mention the Superman grace”. Twitter has demanded the Superman grace. I’m putting together a video that goes with it for the summer school I’m running to check that our later.