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Weekly Wrap-up | 2 February 2015

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We're back! With the memory of school holidays still lingering in the air, we have returned refreshed and ready for a new year of walking and working through God's Word. We look forward to seeing a few more of our wonderful kids return next week full of enthusiasm and ready to rock!

Sunday 1 February

Younger Group with Karina

     This year we are beginning with a series on the changing attitudes Jesus brings when we allow Him to enter our lives. This will lead us into our Easter lessons and be spiked with a couple of special weeks like Shrove Tuesday (because, pancakes. Also, food is great fun and encouraging for fellowship!)
     We heard a familiar story of Zacchaeus the tax collector, who changed his attitude to work, life and his relationships just because Jesus loved him as he was. Jesus did not ask him to change, Zacchaeus wanted to because of their interaction.
     Like a caterpillar to a butterfly or a seed to a full grown plant Jesus can transform our ordinary lives into something extraordinary. We planted spinach, tomato and sunflower seeds to see them grow and transform over the coming weeks. By seeking Jesus, letting Him into our hearts, and listening to His guidance through the Holy Spirit Jesus brings good changes to our lives and the lives of those who interact with us.

Older Group with Miriam

     This week, Miriam's group had a look at the phrase "Prince of Peace" as it is used to describe Jesus. We discussed what "peace" means and why there are still bad things happening in the world. We also talked about the Holy Spirit, who gives us peace, and what that means for us.
     We drew pictures of all the things that stressed us out or are bad in the world today, and then cut them up and made them into a collage to represent how God can take anything and turn it into something beautiful.
     Take a moment to chat with your child about where God is in the hard times, and what it means to have His peace. Where have you seen God turn something hard into something beautiful in your life recently?

Blessings for a safe, happy and Spirit filled week. See you Sunday!

Karina & Miriam