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John 1:46 “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Nathanael asked.“Come and see,” answered Philip.


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A curious bird learns about Noah

Humour is always a good way to introduce a subject. We have an occasional “visitor” to our services in the form of a bird puppet – a Kookaburra called Kookie. He’s a cheeky little thing, but always keen to learn more about God’s work in our lives. Here is the conversation from when we learnt about the story of Noah.

Leader: Hey Kookie! What you reading?

Kookie: A cruise brochure – see!

Leader: Yes, very nice.  Are you planning a holiday then?

Kookie the Kookaburra learns about Noah

Kookie the Kookaburra learns about Noah

Kookie:  Well, yes… Don’t you remember? You told me we’d be going on a boat ride today. And I found these brochures in your car, so I just thought I’d check out  what we’re in for. I hope we’re going on this really big one – it’s got a cinema, and FOUR restaurants!

Leader:  Ahh! Sorry Kookie,  I think you’ve got hold of the wrong end of the stick. I didn’t say we were going on a boat ride, just that we’d be learning about a boat ride!

Kookie:  So… no promenade deck?

Leaser:  No.

Kookie: No Day Spa?

Leader: No.

Kookie:  Are we even talking an ocean voyage here?

Leader:  Well, yes … if you count the fact that there was a big boat and there was no land in sight.

Kookie: Okay, then, give me the gossip.

Leader: Not gossip, Kookie, we’re talking about a man called Noah.

Kookie: Hey, isn’t he the dude who built a cute little boat in the middle of a dessert?

Leader:  No and yes. He did build a boat in the middle of a dessert

Kookie: Why?

Leader: Because God told him to

Kookie:  And we should always listen when God tells us to do something.

Leader:  That’s right. But this wasn’t a cute little boat – it was big. The bible tells us the measurements – 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high.

Kookie: Pardon? Can’t you measure in English?

Leader: Sorry, that works out to about 137 metres long – about  the size of a Cook Strait ferry. In fact, experts reckon that the ark was probably the biggest that a wooden boat can be built to.

Kookie: Pretty impressive. So then this Noah dude went on holiday?

Leader:  Not a holiday, Kookie.  Noah had a job to do. The boat was full of animals – and I do mean FULL! At least two of every kind of animal. Can you imagine the noise?

Kookie: And the smell! I wouldn’t like to be on pooper-scooper duty on that boat!

Leader:  Well, Noah did have some help – his wife, and his sons and their wives – his sons were called Shem, Ham and Japheth.

Kookie: Ham! Ha! Who names their son after food?

Leader:  I can’t imagine KOOKIE! Look, if you keep interrupting we’ll never get this story told. How about you hop on board…

Kookie: What do you think I am? A kangaroo?

Leader:  No – an annoying bird! How about you embark on the boat, and we can get the rest of the story. I’ve got a nice cabin in mind for you, just along from the African animals…..

Kookie:  Okay – but don’t put me next to the lions – they might be hungry and I don’t want to be food……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Good News to Share

A couple of years ago for Easter we introduced the Wordless Gospel to the children, and had them make their own little books.

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To refresh your memories, this is the meaning behind each colour:

  • BLACK represents sin: “There is no difference, for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
    Sin is doing something wrong on purpose, or not doing something we know we should – that is, known sins and unknown sins – and we all sin – Mother Teresa, the Pope, me, you. Some days are better than others!
  • RED represents blood: Jesus’ blood was shed at Easter. What was it about?  How can Jesus dying be good news? Because he died for us and for all our sins so we could come to know God.
    “The blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from every sin.” (1 John 1:7)
  • WHITE represents our being washed clean:  “Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” (Psalm 51: 7)
    We become new again by His grace. We need to be cleansed to be able to be with God, and that’s a constant process – as we continue to sin, we need to continue to tell God we are sorry and ask for his forgiveness.
  • GOLD represents Heaven:  Gold – is a precious metal, but God is more precious still. God is the most precious thing we can have in our lives, and heaven is God’s house – with many rooms for all of us who believe in him and have asked him to save us through Jesus. Because heaven is where God is: it will be full of love, joy and that’s somewhere I want to be.
    “I am going to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me where I am.” (John 14: 2,3) 
  • GREEN represents growth and new life: “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3: 18)
    When we become a Christian we become new again, like a little seed that will grow into a plant. We will all be different as we grow, in the same way that a garden is full of different plants, flowers and trees. What do we need to do to grow? Pray; read the Bible to learn more; do things God would like us to do. Sometimes God needs to do a bit of pruning as we grow and develop as Christians: getting rid of our bad habits.

So the good news is that although we sin, though the death of Jesus, he makes us pure so we can be in God’s presence in heaven when that time comes – as long as we accept him.

Now the point of the Wordless Gospel is that there are no words! However, just to be different – and to make it a little easier for the younger ones to remember the message associated with each page – we added a Bible verse, which they stuck to the back of the appropriate page.

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Black, red, white, gold/yellow & green card; sticky labels printed with the Bible verses; curling or plain ribbon.

We cut our card into pieces 15cm x 10cm – this means it was just the right height to use a hole punch on.

It is best to talk to the children about the Wordless Gospel first, and then get them to put their own booklets together, attaching the Bible verses to the back of each page – some may need help attaching the right verse to the right colour page – and tying together with ribbon.