We wanted you to know that we are thinking about you and praying for you at this time even though we cannot meet together. I am sure at first that this will feel a bit like an early Easter holiday for you, but with the difference that it will be difficult to meet up with your friends and family. None of us have had restrictions like this put on us before and we are all learning together how to change the way we live our lives during the coming weeks and possibly months. We, as teachers of the Junior Church, want you to know that we are here for you if you would like to send us a message. We will miss seeing you and look forward to the time when we can all be together again.
There are various ways in which we can spend our time and it may be that there are ways in which you can help people around you without putting either yourselves or them at risk. Your parents would be the best people to ask about this. One thing we can all do is pray about this situation and particularly for those who are having to carry on mixing with people through their work and I know Lyn and Tania would appreciate your prayers this week as they both have to go to work.
I am including a Bible passage and a prayer for you to read and a riddle to solve. As an extra clue to the answer to the riddle it is something that we all need to be at the moment.
Love Kathryn x
Luke Chapter 2 verses 49 – 52
This passage follows on from the time that Mary and Joseph had lost Jesus when he was about 12 years old and returned to Jerusalem to find Him in the temple.
“Why were you searching for Me?” He asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in My Father’s house?” But they did not understand what He was saying to them.
Then He went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But His mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men.
When we read that Jesus’ own parents did not understand it gives us hope for times when we find things difficult to comprehend. We can also learn from this story that the way of life was different at that time. If you remember Mary and Joseph were travelling with other family members and friends and had assumed that Jesus was with one of them and it was only after they had travelled for a whole day that they realised He was not with them. They then returned to Jerusalem and searched for three more days before they found Him in the temple courts, sitting and listening and asking questions of the teachers. They were surprised but also probably a bit upset – after all they had been extremely worried and may have wondered if they would ever see Him again.
We do not read much more about Jesus’ childhood, but this passage ends by giving us an idea of the sort of life He probably led as He found favour with God.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Be with us all on this special day when we had expected to be together in a family Service. We pray for Mrs. Moss, who would have been our preacher today and also for all of us who attend our Junior Church regularly and for those who come when they are able.
We pray for all members of our Church family and ask that you will keep them safe and well.
Thank you for our families and friends and please bless them all.
We ask our prayers in Jesus’ name.
My first is in order and also in look
My second’s in Bible and also in book
My third is in eyes, but not found in sight
My fourth is in candle, but is not in light
My fifth is in listen, but never in ear
My sixth is in creature and also in deer
My seventh is in Sunday and also in fun
My eighth is in mother, but not found in son.