Sunday 12th October
Younger Group with Karina
Friendships are important. Good friends build us up; bad friends do the opposite. We created our own 'Recipe for a Good Friend', with ingredients such as kindness, caring, manners, strength, and the like - mixed together and served with love. Strength is not a benefit we usually associate with a friendship. But like a piece of straw is strengthened in a bundle, we are strengthened (or weakened) by those around us.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego stood strong together for God against King Nebuchadnezzar. So strong was their bond that they confidently met their fate in the blazing furnace together. Alone they may have folded or wavered, but together they had strength to stand for God. They were rewarded as God showed himself in the furnace, protecting and watching over them.
These three strong friends taught the king - and the world - about the one true, amazing God who alone is worthy of worship. We too can be strong among friends as we remember Jesus' desire to be our closest and very best friend forever. How will you find and choose friends who can help you stand strong for God? Ask God for what you need to grow strong in these friendships, and to grow strong in Him.
Older Group with Miriam
This week in Miriam's group we talked about real life superheroes, and what gives them (or any of us) worth? We asked the key question: why does God make us? Is it so we can be heroes? Is that why He loves us? What if we're not heroes?
The Bible talks about us having 'good works prepared for us to do' - and we are here to live a life exemplified by God! But it's also very clear that God doesn't just die for heroes or 'good' people, in fact He died for us 'while we were still sinners!' Psalm 139 explains how God is always with us, and has known us from before we were born. We talked about the fact that good parents love their children even when they do wrong - and that's how God loves us!
We also talked a bit more about purpose, and how to live a life in right relationship with God - because that, in the end, is why He made us!
Take a moment to DISCUSS with your kids how God's love for them is unconditional, but also how He has a good purpose for us to live a life with Him.
Blessings for a safe, happy and Spirit filled week. See you Sunday!
- Karina & Miriam