JAM

This last session we looked at Jesus’ baptism and then the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness, alone with God.

We started the session by making bread rolls or a small plaited loaf. (These were to symbolise the 3 temptations or the temptation of turning stones into bread, which we would be talking about in the session).

We talked a bit about Lent and its origins and what Christians have done over the years to mark Lent as a period of reflection and for it to be for us a time to think more about the way God wants us to live. One way we can know what God wants us to do, is to know what God says in the bible; Jesus used God’s word to help him, we can too, when we face difficulties and challenges.

We looked at the story, focussing on the aspect that Jesus knew the scriptures and therefore knew his Father’s will. Because he knew the scriptures, he was able to use God’s words, when he was tempted, and know what God would want him to do.

We looked at how we can find God’s guidance to difficult situations through passages in our bibles.

We acted out the story with props, watched a short animation depicting the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness. You can find it on you tube if you search for “Lent Cartoon Jesus in the Desert”

We learnt a new song “I will not be shaken”, (Maranatha! Kids Praise Team).

We ate the freshly cooked bread, with JAM! We then had some team races to burn off energy; the children had to collect parts of a familiar bible verse and put the pieces in order. One verse was for anxiety (1 Peter 5:7) and another to encourage us when things go wrong (Romans 8:28)

The children went home with Lent “Count up to Easter” sheets, with a task to do each day; some were small things, like to be kind and helpful at school or home, others were to read bits of the Easter story and others to learn and practice a bible verse or verses from an age-appropriate sheet they took away - the children could choose the ones they felt would be the most helpful to them.

Love

Joyce, Chris & Linda

its a boySunday 22nd December 2019

Chris and I would like to thank everyone who came and watched and supported the JAM nativity play this year, we hope you enjoyed it.

We have a group of amazing children and it’s a joy to hear them sing and see them enjoy telling the Christmas story.

We all had a lovely time and it was fabulous to have so much support in all sorts of ways.

Thanks to Don and Linda for the mulled wine and thanks to all those who brought mince pies or sausage rolls.

Thanks for the gifts for the bring-and-buy and my Mum and Lyn for running it; it raised £154, which is great. The hamper (thanks to Liz) raised another £70.

Thank you to Bob for taking some lovely pictures and being the official photographer.

Our thanks to all the people on teas and coffees and those who helped us clear up

Thank you to the choir too; I’m glad Paul did not fall through the fire exit!

We thank HATS for the loan of their lights and staging.

Thanks to Bruno for opening and closing the play with a prayer and finally, thank you to every single one of the children for such an amazing performance and to their Mums and Dads for bringing them to rehearsals and encouraging them.

We are extremely proud of Quintus who shaved his head in aid of Cancer Research. Amazingly, £215.86 was collected in the bucket and we will add a further £77 to that from half the bring-and-buy proceeds – thank you all for your generosity in supporting Quintus; he will be adding to this total with money raised from the other Christian groups he is connected with, as well as donations from his school. Well done Quintus!

Joyce

Jammy News – David Session 3 – 13th October

We started the session with each child cutting out concertina figures and then naming and decorating each figure (their friends) to be used later in prayer time.

We came together for news and spent some time looking at what makes a good friend; the qualities that we look for and how we express our friendship to each other ie by giving presents. We explored God’s symbols of friendship with us, like the Cross and the rainbow.

Then we did our 3rd session on David, which continued from David’s fame at the defeat of Goliath and how he became a national hero, with King Saul becoming extremely jealous of him but still welcomed him into the palace, to live alongside his family. The story is interwoven with many complications as David becomes best friends with Saul’s son Jonathan, he also married Saul’s daughter.

Jonathan and David pledge a strong enduring friendship to each other, Jonathan giving David his own armour as a present.

King Saul is determined to kill David, even though David has done nothing wrong and Jonathan, against his father’s wishes, protects and helps his friend.

Also David’s wife (Michal) helps him escape out of the window to avoid Saul’s men.

We left the story with David and Jonathan saying emotional goodbyes to each other (they didn’t know it but they would never meet again), then David needing to hide from Saul in the hills around Jerusalem.

We thought about how God was keeping David safe and gave him people (wife and a friend) to help him.

We asked God to keep us safe and, just like David, to have friends to be there for us and help us, when we need them.

We prayed for our friends that we named in the concertina figures, thanking God for them and asking God’s blessing upon them. We prayed too, that we would be good friends to them.

We played a game in teams with garden darts, rather than use real arrows, as Jonathan did in the story!

We then made friendship bracelets out of ribbon or wool, to give away to our friends.

 

Chris, Joyce & Linda