(Update from Clair Thomas - Children’s Church Leader with Rachel Semeraro and Paul Skipp)
I love Psalm 139. The awe and the wonder of realising how well our God knows us. That he knew us before we were born, he formed us along with creation. That each of us are fearfully and wonderfully made, from the youngest to the oldest of us. It's easy to believe these facts when we think of others and especially of children but when we look inwards at ourselves it's easy to forget. We look at ourselves with a negative worldly view instead of a Godly view. Something I've noticed about the children of Ebe is that they are so open to these kinds of truths and to allowing more of God into their lives. It truly is a privilege to spend time with these children not only because they are great fun but because we can learn so much from them about coming to God with childlike innocence and trust.
During the Autumn term in Children's Church we have had lots of fun and games, we have learned more about God's unconditional love for us and also how closely he walks with us. Here are some highlights: There has been cup stacking, sticky craft, water flicking, raucous praise, relay races, blind folded assault courses, balloons and lots of sand. In amongst all that we've talked about Jesus and Peter walking on the water and how getting out of the boat can be scary but that Jesus is with us through it all even when our faith is shaken. We were also learning about what it means to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly, creating some beautifully messy hand and foot print posters. A personal highlight for me in the Red Lasers group was a discussion about heaven, thinking about our own ideas of what it might be like and looking at what God promises.
Next term we are looking forward to lots more bible stories to learn from and some messy games. There are also some challenges that come with the blessing of having so many children at Ebe. If you are interested in getting involved please don't hesitate to contact me.