I came across a 'grab-a-bag' technique on Pinterest to help children of different ages explore their faith through prayer from using playdough to building blocks and plastic spoons. I also know of other Churches who use sharing baskets and bags to tell different stories of the Bible. This inspired me to encourage the members of S-T-O-C-K-S to borrow a bag with activities to use at home.
So today's session was a mix of talking about John 21: 1-14 and creating a fishing net scene and then creating a display table for all the items which will go into our Borrow Bags once myself and the Mothers Union have created them.
|John 21: 1-14 The fishermen see Jesus for the first time. |
They throw their net over the right hand side of the boat and they catch fish.
Here are a few examples of what we have in mind for the borrow bags - thus far - it is all work in progress at this stage. I have thought of doing a bag for the story of Joseph, Noah, Jonah, Values, Welcome, Prayer and possibly one for Teens. I can't wait to make the Joseph bag with a felt base on a take away container and have a felt cut out coat (for Joseph's coat) and then different coloured felt strips to then place on the coat. Not to mention spoon puppets of his twelve brothers etc.
For the story of Noah and the ark we will have a book of the story a dvd of the story an ark, two of each animals, making a dove activity etc.
|Noah Bag thus far|
|Welcome Bag thus far|
My favourite bag is the Prayer Bag which I think the entire family can enjoy together as the younger children may need some help with this. The idea is to talk about prayers so by reading some prayers from a children's prayer book they can then have their own chance to write/draw their prayers on a wipeclean board. following that they can then enjoy creating their own prayers by using prayer stones to create individual sentences such as this one I made earlier:
|My creative streak coming out ;-)|
So as you can see this is a work in progress but I wanted to share it with you and with members of our congregation who are kindly donating to the S-T-O-C-K-S fund in order to bring this vision to life.
Until next time
Kate at S-T-O-C-K-S