Littles Theme - God loves us so much and also puts people in our world who love us!
Littles - We read the book, “I Love You So . . .” by Marianne Richmond. We talked about people on earth who love us as much as the book describes, parents, grandparents, siblings, and also how much God loves us.
Craft/Activity - They made God Loves Me fall ornaments.
Middles and Youth Theme - Angels in our midst. Key concepts: *Hospitality *Angels in our midst *”Thin places”
Middles and Youth - We read a version of the story of Abraham and Sarah and their visit by angels in their desert home (Genesis 18:1-16). Sitting at the entrance of his tent, Abraham looks up and unexpectedly sees three men standing there. Abraham offers hospitality, rest and food to the strangers. He begs to be allowed to serve them. After they eat, one of the men tells Abraham that his wife Sarah will have a son. Sarah, listening from the tent, laughs because she, in her very old age, is unable to bear children. The Lord hears Sarah laugh and says to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Is anything too hard for the Lord?”
We discussed the concept of “thin places” as found in Celtic Christianity. A “thin place” exists where the border between earthly, human experience and God is barely there, very thin; it is a place, event or experience in which one feels God’s presence more deeply and more strongly.
We also discussed what it means to be an angel. What are the qualities an angel possesses? What does an angel do that sets him/her apart from others? Are there people in their lives that they’d describe as “angels.” They may be family members, friends, people in their community, teachers or members of the congregation.
Craft/Activity - They did a quick worksheet about angels in our midst as a follow-up to our discussion. They also made an angel to keep or to give away as a reminder to look for angels in our world.