As “LOCKDOWN” goes on, we all need new ways to live life to the full. Please use the items on these ‘weekends’ in whichever ways you want, work through them all in about an hour or choose the bits that help you most. I think God might be bringing the Church to a point of togetherness with Him and each other in the early weeks of this in readiness to be able to speak prophetically to the nation(s) later. Here is a LOCKDOWN mnemonic:
Listen to God’s Voice and reflect. Let go & let us trust in God.
Obey His Word and His Teachings.
Call on God’s name and be calm.
Know what is the purpose of all of this.
Dwell in His presence. Do not panic.
Offer a prayer for everyone’s safety.
Wait and be patient. This too, shall pass
Nurture our personal relationship with Him.
Let’s aim to do that as we worship, pray and reflect together (though apart) this weekend. As always there are also ideas for bored children or teenagers to do, older people are also welcome to join in.
TALK: What is Love? – 1996 All you need is Love weekend – Ken Tombs.
Click here for direct access, or (as that might not play on some mobile devices)
click here to subscribe to the PODCAST of weekend talks (then navigate to the 1996 section)
WEEKLY CHALLENGE 3: Family or personal Bible Study on “LOVE” using the studies in the booklet written for All You Need Is Love. This link takes you to the 2003 reprint (for the Love, Honour, Obey weekend). There are eight studies on pages 5-14, choose one of them and work through it. THEN, as ever on a TFG weekend, think about the main points you have learnt and do something creative with them. Maybe a poem, perhaps a play (video it!) or a painting. Post what you create on the TFG MASSIVE FACEBOOK page on or before this coming Friday (April 10th) to get points in the league table.
Monthly Challenge 1: Design and build a Soap Box Cart (Google those words for photos and ideas). As far as possible it should be your own work but Dad or Mum can help if you like. You will need to get a parent to post three photos on the TFG Massive Facebook page, 2 of the cart in different stages of being built and one of you with it completed. Photos need to all be posted on or before Thursday April 30th
Prayer. Listen to the recording below and gather what you need
Now join in the praying using the recording below
Following that, if you want to do more, continue to pray for those six people through the week; you might even message them to tell them that you are. Or, you could change the names of 3-6 by using a different way of selecting them and pray for different people each day (but keep 1 and 2 the same so that you ‘pray deep’ into their lives).
Photo Challenge 3: Spring is here! Take a photo using the theme “LEAVES” or “LEAF”. You can interpret it in any way you like, even a pun if you want. Post your photo(s) (maximum 3 per person) on the TFG MASSIVE FACEBOOK page on or before this coming Friday (April 10th) to get points in the league table.
Thank you for joining in with this virtual weekend. Let’s all stand outside our homes just after 8pm this Sunday evening (after The Queen has spoken to us), and every Sunday at 8pm, to proclaim the Lord’s Prayer across our nation.
Come back next Saturday for the 2020 Easter Bedrock Weekend. In the meantime, seek God and follow Exodus 30:21!
Let’s Be Frank: During World War Two Anne Frank and her family were hiding indoors, not going out at all, afraid of being found by the Nazis as they were Jews. Anne began to write a diary in secret of her experiences. Why not do the same? You can do it electronically or on paper, write a diary to record what’s unusual about this time, what is the same, what is boring, what is new. Who knows, perhaps one day it will become as famous as Anne’s. You can find out more about her story here.
Another Kids’ Game from the Royal Mint and also this Holy Week/Good Friday ideas sheet from the children’s work co-ordinator at my church