This morning our church will be holding their usual Remembrance Sunday service. It’s a tricky one for me because it’s not an occasion where I’m comfortable to have the children in church – it doesn’t seem fair on them or on the elderly members of the congregation. So J has gone as our representative and we have stayed home. We decided to hold our own service.
Snow White and Bluebird got the congregation ready in their bedroom:
And I whipped together a few resources. The children were the worship band (Bluebird now wishes to be addressed as ‘Dave’) and they opened with two familiar songs (via Youtube): Bigger Than Big and I Will Lift Up The Name Of The Lord.
The Meerkat family led prayers for the world, our town and our family (they all spoke with appropriate accents):
I was going to be the vicar, but after my drumming in the worship songs we realised I must actually be our curate. Anyway, I was up next. I read the congregation a story from one of our Alfie books. It’s called The lost Sheep. Alfie and Grandma meet a sheep who has got out of her field. They try to help her but she runs away because she doesn’t know them.
I then read John 10:1-5 from Snow White’s Good News Bible, about how God’s people recognise the voice of their shepherd Jesus. We talked about how we can get to know Jesus really well so we recognise his voice. Koala remembered that we could read our Bibles, Dog recommended praying to Jesus to ask to be his friends and I reminded us how we have the Holy Spirit inside us and can tune in to him.
We finished with a song the children didn’t know, The Lord’s My Shepherd (new version), but they were happy to play air guitar and dance along. Snow White does enjoy traditional style hymns/songs where there are parts for different voices.
The congregation were invited to stay on at the end of the service and share bananas and milk (which they are now consuming) and Veggie Tales “Dave and the Giant Pickle” is showing because Snow White remembered it contains sheep!