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We are now in the season of Lent. It began on Ash Wednesday and some of you saw how important this is to your families when you attended the church service at St Anne's on Wednesday evening with your parents. You would also have seen that the colour in the church had changed to purple for this season.
Lent is a time of 40 days when we prepare for Easter. During this time we think more deeply about Jesus' teachings and what Jesus did for us. During Lent some of us pray more meaningfully; some of us give up something; and some of us think more about giving and offering kindness to others.
To help you with making prayer more meaningful during Lent, let's listen/watch the following song about praying. Remember that prayer is our way of talking to God.
Today's story is about a Samaritan woman at a well being asked by Jesus for a drink. In Jesus' time, the Samaritans and the Jewish people did not like each other. The Samaritan woman at the well was very surprised that Jesus, who was Jewish, spoke to her.
The discussion between Jesus and the woman began by physically asking for a drink of water. Their discussion finished by talking about satisfying all thirst, particularly 'spiritual thirst'.
Use the 'link' to find today's story.
Let's remember some of the stories about Jesus by singing our song for this term, 'The Miracles of Jesus'.
Do you remember our memory verse from last week? Today we add the second part to it
God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die. John 3:16
How are you going to learn the new part and add it to what you already know? See if you can remember the whole sentence for next week. Try different ways to remember it.
Let's finish with the narrated Lent 'Closing Prayer' PowerPoint.
Welcome to Kids Church @ Home extension
Today's extension is very different. I have given you five 'YouTube links' to help you understand the season of Lent and think of ways you can become closer to God in this season. You do not have to look at them all at once.
At last week's Kids Church in the crypt, the older kids in the extension group brought up several questions that I hope these videos will answer.
The first question was about 40 days. We remembered that :
· Noah – When God cleansed the earth, it rained for 40 days and 40 nights.
· After killing an Egyptian, Moses spent 40 years in the wilderness before he was called to rescue God’s people
· Moses was on Mt Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights while the Israelites rebelled and made a golden calf. They could not wait for Moses to come down from the mountain.
· The spies spent 40 days exploring Canaan (the promised land).
· The Israelites, who rebelled and didn’t enter the promised land, spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness.
If these times are real, or not, they represent a long time. In the bible, when 40 is used, we usually find it applies to times when peoples’ faithfulness to God is tested. They are times of testing and reflection.
Remember the stories in the bible are a historical narrative. 40 is a significant number.
Last week we said that the 40 days replicates the 40 days Jesus withdrew into the wilderness in preparation for his ministry. The following two videos will tell you the story of Jesus going into the desert and being tempted by Satan. The first is about 3 minutes long and the second is about one and half minutes.
The second question was about fasting. Yes, humans cannot live without food and water. Your body can live for many days without food, as long as it has access to water. There are instances of people living more than 21 days without food but drank water during that time. Your body cannot live more than 3 days without water.
During Lent some Christians do fast. Some don't eat meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday; the orthodox Christains do not eat anything that bleeds or animal products - they eat eat a lot of fish & shellfish that don't bleed, plus vegetables, fruit & grains; and some Christains don't eat what they call luxury foods, like chocolate during Lent. In current times some Christians don't fast with food but they deny themselves, during this time, something that they consider to be a luxury and can live without.
The following 3 minute video will give you an overview of Lent. Some of it is more at an adult level but you will understand the concepts/ideas.
The next video (2 minutes) makes you consider why Jesus went into the desert to prepare for his ministry. Even though he knew he would be tempted by Satan, Jesus went to a place with few distractions so that he could reflect and talk with God. The video also challenges us to find/make a place with few distractions, during Lent, where we can focus and become closer to God.
And finally, instead of finishing with prayer today, I would like you to reflect on the words in the following short 2 minute hymn/song, about the 40 days of Lent.
I have also attached last week's Lenten Challenge to help you think of things to do during Lent to help you think more deeply of Jesus' life and teachings. How are you going with the challenge?