What do you see?
The ACTS group puzzled over several optical illusions like these and which was the right way of seeing the image.
As we had also had some sun and a recent council election this week, we then had a debate over which was THE best ice-cream flavour (and then a short intermission to test the theory!)
Thinking further on this, we played an ice-cool penguin version of “snap”, where we had to spot the common features.
After reading Luke 24: 13-35, we discussed that it is easy to see things from only one perspective and that actually there was no correct way to see the pictures, and no best opinion on ice-cream. We noted that we may disagree with those around us, but we can still have several things in common with those who have different views from us. We realised it is important to recognise that, while we may not recognise him at first, there is something of God in everyone.
The ACTs team found it harder than expected to make this cross from the puzzle shapes. We considered that the resurrection isn’t an easy thing to understand either, but believing it happened can transform our lives.
Pancake Tuesday was anticipated by the ACTs group who were considering 1 Corinthians 12:14-27 in terms of the eggs, flour, milk, and skill! needed to make pancakes and what that means for each of us.
21 So then, the eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” Nor can the head say to the feet, “Well, I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, we cannot do without the parts of the body that seem to be weaker; …..27 All of you are Christ’s body, and each one is a part of it.
The ACTs group did some tasty experiments to think about Matthew 5:13-20 this week ‘you are the salt of the earth‘. We ate crisps with and without salt and used salt water to float an egg. We decided that we can add ‘flavour’ to the world because of the support Jesus gives us.
The ACTs group are all lined up to sacrifice their connection to all gadgets, TV, x-box etc for 24 hours next weekend and to do something useful for the charity Cross reach instead.
Join them by
- downloading and completing this sponsorship_form and handing it and any money raised to the Church Office.
- coming along to the fun craft activity session being organised as part of Unplug Weekend.
The ACTs group were celebrating the beginning of Advent today by decorating our candles (and fingers and clothes) for the Light of the world.
It was entirely a co-incidence that the ACTs group were helping each other direct paper clip ‘cars’ being led by magnets blind around a race track (and nothing to do with a certain car show beginning on TV) This helped us (very competitively) explore examples of leadership and follower-ship in reference to the below verses.
Titus 2:7 In all things you yourself must be an example of good behavior. Be sincere and serious in your teaching.
1 Peter 5:3 Do not try to rule over those who have been put in your care, but be examples to the flock.
Psalm 32:8 The Lord says, “I will teach you the way you should go; I will instruct
you and advise you.
The ACTS group agreed today that running forwards was much easier than backwards!
As we then pondered Philippians 3: 13-14 Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus everyone was able to think of things they were proud of now and goals for the future. We agreed that achieving these would be easier if we were not repeatedly looking back to past failures or disappointments, but focusing on what God has given us gifts to do.