‘Keep my commandments’

‘If you love me keep my commandments’ ‘ A new command I give you: love one another.’

IMG_1898The ACTs team considered John: 14 v 15 and John 13:v  34-35, assisted by Jen the dog who, always keen on a day out, obligingly sat, gave a paw and stopped at the right places on a walk.

We then raced to remember all the commandments and thought about how we can show God we love him by following them day by day, just as the dog shows us she loves us by doing what we ask.

 

‘The Father in me’

The ACTs team used different (and tasty!) versions of popcorn to consider John 14:1-11 and how Jesus is part of God and God is part of Jesus.

We considered the different versions of each of us that there are and the items of clothing and kit that represent these. We also thought about the other different versions there are of us: the polite and thoughtful ones and the rude and mean ones.

We appreciated the God that is in all of us and thought about how we can focus on showing that version of us to others.

 

Not all is as it seems…

What do you see? 

The ACTS group puzzled over several optical illusions like these and which was the right way of seeing the image.

Vanilla-Ice-Cream-Cone

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.

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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.

Each ingredient counts!

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.

 

Sponsored ‘Unplug’: are you brave enough?

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.

A grand tour…

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.