Worship with Young People
Sunday 12th July
Confession is a Sacrament and part of most of our acts of worship. This is a point where we say sorry for failing to live up to the example Jesus has set for us. God already knows where we’ve fallen short so this is more about being honest with ourselves and thinking about how we might do better in the future.
Step 1 - collect a few stones & a bowl of water
Step 2 - find a quiet spot, pick the stones up one by one. As you hold the stone, take a moment to reflect on something that could have gone better, maybe a time when you could have been kinder or could have helped someone and didn't.
Step 3 - As you place each stone in the water let go of past mistakes as the water washes the stone clean and focus on what changes you want to make.
To bring your confession to an end, you can simply say 'Amen', alternatively you could try 'Lord, have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord, have mercy.'
This week's Gospel reading is from Matthew chapter 13 verse 1-9
Click here for a cartoon retelling of this story.
Top Tip: Next time you're at the seaside, try using pebbles and the waves
Sunday 5th July
Our celebrations will be a bit different this year, the BBQ, bouncy castle and choc ices have been replaced by risk assessments, socially distanced pews and hand sanitiser but for the first time since March we will be able to come together in a shared act of worship.
This Sunday we are able to have our first service in church since the lockdown. There will be one service, Parish Mass at 10am. Fr Charles and our Church Wardens have worked hard to ensure that All Saint’s is a safe place to be (have a look at the newsletter for more details).
Today's Gospel Reading is Matthew 21.12-16
Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold doves. He said to them, ‘It is written, “My house shall be called a house of prayer”; but you are making it a den of robbers.’ The blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he cured them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the amazing things that he did, and heard the children crying out in the temple, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David,’ they became angry and said to him, ‘Do you hear what these are saying?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Yes; have you never read, “Out of the mouths of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise for yourself”?
Sunday 27th June 2020
Meet St John the Baptist!
June 24th, midsummer day, is when the Church remembers the birth of St John the Baptist. You can read the story of this at the beginning of Luke’s gospel. John the Baptist’s mother, Elizabeth, and Jesus’s mother, Mary, were related. Luke tells us that Mary went, after the angel Gabriel had visited her, to visit ELizabeth, who was already six months pregnant. That’s why John’s birth is celebrated exactly six months before Jesus’s.
There’s a shrub named hypericum which flowers in this country around the time of St John the Baptist’s birthday.
Not only is it a lovely bright yellow colour, it’s also used for healing. It’s common name is St John’s Wort. No doubt you can guess why. There are more plants named after saints or seasons which we can point out as the year goes on.
Sunday 21st June 2020
Refugee week is coming to an end but you can still get involved!
Simple Acts are everyday actions we can all do to stand with refugees and make new connections in our communities. Click here
for ideas on how you and your family can take part.
This Week's Gospel reading is Matthew chapter 10 verses 24-39
Sunday 14th June 2020
Sunday 7th June 2020
The Holy Trinity is tricky to understand, here are two short videos to help.
Click here for clip one...
What is the Trinity?
Click here for clip two...
What's in the Bible?
Sunday 31st May 2020
Pentecost - the gift of the Holy Spirit
Pentecost is often thought of as the birthday of the Church, so why not bake and decorate a cake to celebrate?
Step 1. gather up the following ingredients:
5 Eggs, 10oz of butter or margerine, 10 oz of sugar & 10oz of Self Raising flour
Step 2. mix the sugar and butter together
Step 3. add the eggs and mix in, then slowly add the flour mixing as you go until all of the flour is in and the mixture is smooth
Step 4. grease your baking tins and divide the mixture equally between them
Step 5. Pre heat the oven, temperatures and time will vary depending on your oven.
This cake was baked at 140 degrees centigrade for 35 minutes
Final Step. Once your cake is out of the oven and cooled, you can decorate it, here's an example...
Click Here for this week's Church at Home, as well as readings and prayers there are instructions on how to make a simple kit.
Sunday 24th May 2020
Ascension Day explained, Lego Movie style!
To watch the Ascension Day lego movie click here!
This week's Church@Home including readings, prayers and activities for the 7th Sunday of Easter.
Sunday 17th May 2020
Turning your daily walk into a prayer walk
A prayer walk combines your daily walk with the ancient practices of intersession and pilgrimage.
As you walk around your neighbourhood take time to pray for your community and local environment, you can pray for the households and businesses you pass by. Wherever you walk take time to appreciate the flowers, trees and wildlife you encounter.
Here is a short prayer you may like to take with you on your walk.
'Thank you for everything we are seeing on this walk, and for all the people who live in this street. Help us and everybody to love each other as you love us.'
Here's the link to this week's Church@Home https://cofebristol.contentfiles.net/media/assets/file/Church_at_Home_17.5.2020.pdf
Sunday 10th May 2020
Looking on the brightside of life
It can be hard to stay positive sometimes and appreciate the good things in our locked-down lives. A Gratitude diary can help you focus on and be thankful for the best parts of your day, here's how to make and use one.
Step 1. Find a note book (altenatively you can use sheets of printer paper folded in half to create a book).
Step 2. Collect up pictures, stickers, wrapping paper or photos. These are to decorate your diary in whatever way appeals to you.
Step 3. Decorate your diary, here are a couple of examples.
Step 4. How to use your diary
Make some space in everyday (just before bed is a good time) to write 5 positive things that have happened during the day. Even the tiniest things count. Maybe pick a favourite and make a note of how you feel. If you are having a really tough day try looking back at better days in your diary for encouragement.
Here's the link to this week's Church@Home https://cofebristol.contentfiles.net/media/assets/file/Church_at_Home_10.5.2020.pdf
Sunday 3rd May 2020
How to make a prayer paperchain...
Step 1. You will need some paper, scissors, pens and some sticky tape or glue.
Step 2. Think of some situations, people or events you would like to include in your prayers.
Step 3. Write each prayer topic on to strips of paper.
Here are some examples to get you started:
Step 4. Stick the first strip of paper into a loop, add the remaining strips one at a time to form a chain.
You are now ready to start using your prayer paperchain. You can use it on your own or with your family, whenever and however you like.
you can keep adding new links to the chain and you can use any type of paper, so check out what's in your recycling box.
Last but not least, here's the link to this week's Church@Home https://cofebristol.contentfiles.net/media/assets/file/Church_at_Home_3.5.2020.pdf
Sunday 25th April 2020
Getting fed up with being stuck at home? It's time to make a den!
Here are a few den ideas to get you started.
Once you've built your den you can use it in lots of different ways, hiding from annoying parents and siblings is a favourite but it's also a great spot to say your prayers and read your bible or just relax and take a break.
Here's the link to this week's Church@Home, this week it includes prayer ideas and discussion starters as well as a link to a retelling of this week's Gospel reading https://cofebristol.contentfiles.net/media/assets/file/Church_at_Home_26.4.2020.pdf
Sunday 19th April 2020
Remember to water your Easter Garden and try using it as the focal point for family or bedtime prayers.
Here's the link to this week's Church@Home, this week it includes prayer ideas and discussion starters as well as a link to a retelling of the Gospel.
Christ is Risen, He is Risen Indeed, Alleluia!
Celebrating Easter at Home
This link will give you everything you need to celebrate Easter Sunday at home.
For an engaging cartoon retelling of today's gospel try https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HL8R158Ujp4
from Saddleback Kids.
Getting ready for Easter...
Making an Easter Garden
- Gather together items on the kit
list lower down this page.
- Put the 3 crosses and tomb in place.
Earth covered in moss has been used here.
- Add greenery and flowers to
your garden, maybe add a path.
- put a tea light next to the tomb,
this can be moved into the emty tomb on Easter Day.
Make sure there is space to roll the stone to one side
to reveal the empty tomb on Easter morning.
Last but not least, bless your garden!
Light the candle, if you have an incense burner, light that too!
Words of blessing:
Almighty God, we ask you to bless our Easter Garden,
that it might be a reminder to us of our Saviour's victory,
the victory of love over hate, of life over death, that, as we celebrate this
happy day together, we may be reminded of the risen and loving presence
of the Good Shepherd of our souls. Amen
Your Easter Garden Kit List
A flower pot or similar to use as a tomb
A stone or circle of card to block the tomb entrance
3 crosses (sticks or palm crosses work well)
Flowers and greenery to decorate your garden
A tea light