Palm Sunday weekend

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.

Open the Eyes of My Heart Lord – 2011 The Cover Up
Here is Love Vast as an Ocean – 2007 Destination of a Lifetime

READING: 1 Corinthians 13 (click to listen)

Don’t let my Love Grow Cold – 2005 Bedrock

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)

He brought me to His banqueting table – 2003 Love, Honour and Obey

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

Instructions for prayer (also see images below)
On the TFG Massive Facebook page click the members list
Make sure it is sorted alphabetically and then select the 6 names as per the instructions in the above audio

Now join in the praying using the recording below

Praying using the Lord’s Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer – 2002 Knees Worn Through

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.

What can I say but I love You? – 2003 Love, Honour and Obey
More Love, More Power – 1994 Stay Tuned, there’s More to Come!
Praise is Rising – 2008 It’s Life, Jim
I found Jesus – 2004 Seek!

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

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For nearly 2,000 years the Book of Revelation has been providing the answer to that question.
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Click the image to purchase from my secure site.
This ebook on the Lord’s Prayer began in the form of the Weekend Booklet for the 2002 weekend Knees Worn Through. Greatly expanded since then, it takes the reader through the whole of the Lord’s Prayer in a way that makes it easy to use as a basis for all our prayer.undefined
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29th March 2020

For the Lord is Marching On – 1993 War of the Worlds

Welcome to another week’s Virtual TFG weekend. A time to spend in God’s Presence with old-school worship, activities for you and your children (if you have them) and a brand new talk too this week. One thing we’ve all given up this Lent is normal life, but don’t let that stop you seeking God’s face as we worship today.

Lord I Lift Your Name on High – 2001 A Grace Odyssey
Undignified – 2000 Signposts to the Lost

Bible Reading: Psalm 61 Click to listen

Bible Study time: Alone or with your family reflect on Psalm 61.
*Can you think of circumstances when you have wanted to cry out to God feeling lost ‘at the ends of the earth’?
*What about times when God has been your refuge or strong tower?
*Have you got a testimony of God’s answers or faithfulness in such times?
*Which of these verses is most helpful to you?
*What do you want to say to God having read this Psalm?

Weekly Challenge 2: Either alone or with your family think about how you would teach the message of this Psalm to others. Do something creative with that message, perhaps a picture, write a song, make a video or anything else that you feel inspired to do (alone or together) to teach the message of the Psalm. Post what you do on the TFG Massive Facebook Page on or before Friday this week (April 3rd): each post enters you in the TFG Virtual Weekend league!

Mothering Sunday

Traditionally a time when you went back to your home church (where you grew up) and thanked people who had helped you grow in faith. This would include family but also members of the Church – those who had “Mothered you”. The modern focus on Mothers, whilst great, is not all that this feast day in the middle of Lent was meant to be. Who are those people in your life? As we start this time of worship, spend time giving thanks to God for those people.

Prayerful Reflection on above

Worship Songs:

Give Thanks to the Lord – 2005 Chapter Three
Father God I Wonder – 1994 Stay tuned There’s More to Come
Thank You (Salvation Songs) – 2000 Signposts to the Lost

Reading: Hosea Chapter 1: Click here

The groups have done their Bible Study, this time on the Revelation 1:15, and now it’s time for them to teach us all they know (2010 – River Walk):

Talk: Forgiveness from 2015 Grace Awakens by Geoff. Click here.

Virtual Weekend Challenge

Many Virtual TFG Weekenders will have offspring of their own who have now begun the longest Easter holiday from school in history (perhaps the longest summer one…?). How to keep them from boredom?

Each week there will be the Virtual Weekend challenge, with a photo competition, creative competition and also a monthly competition. Here are the first batch:

Weekly Photo competition 1: Toyland to Real-land. A photo of any toy, model, doll or whatever which has been made to look like it is real. You can do this by carefully positioning it somewhere so that its size appears to match the background, or by building a special background. Get your parent to post the photo on the TFG Massive Facebook page by midnight on Friday 27th March.

Weekly Challenge 1: Write a 500-1000 word essay explaining to your form or class teacher why following Jesus is important in the 21st Century. Tell them what Jesus means to you. Get your parent to post the essay on the TFG Massive Facebook page by midnight on Friday 27th March.

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

There are no prizes but each entry will score one point for your family and the winners will get extra points; there will be a “League Table” for all entrants as well as a family involvement league too.

Ideas for future competitions and challenges welcome! – or just visit the Hornby Kids Zone!

Final Worship:

Higher Higher – 1993 War of the Worlds
Oh Happy Day – 2007 Destination of a Lifetime
Here We Stand – 1999 Bedrock
There is Power, Power – 1998 Kingdom Come
Friend of God – 2009 Bride to Be
Stand by Me – 1999 Bedrock

Now make sure your rooms are clear, lunch is in 20 minutes and don’t miss the coach.

This is an experiment, if you like it let me know and I will see if we can do it every week for the duration of the ‘crisis’…. there may even be some fresh talks too. But if you don’t let me know I’ll assume no-one is bothered.
Also, if there are any requests for songs, talks or whatever then let me know.
Not every former TFG member is on the Facebook group, so if you know someone who would enjoy joining in on Virtual TFG Weekends, please email them the link!

Don’t forget, there’s lots more TFG available at tfg.lumin.org.uk including all the songs ever recorded on weekends.

undefinedMore than ever people are asking “What’s Going On?”
For nearly 2,000 years the Book of Revelation has been providing the answer to that question.
In this eBook I help to explain some of the imagery used in Revelation and show how it summarises and reveals the message of the whole Bible.
Click the image to purchase from my secure site.
This ebook on the Lord’s Prayer began in the form of the Weekend Booklet for the 2002 weekend Knees Worn Through. Greatly expanded since then, it takes the reader through the whole of the Lord’s Prayer in a way that makes it easy to use as a basis for all our prayer.undefined
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