A telling tale of how you treat others with the story of a citizen who had pleaded with the King for more time to pay yet then went and dealt with an employee of his own in far worse terms. The King then sorted this out properly reminding him of how he was treated! From parable of the unforgiving servant Matthew 18:21-35.
Our open the book team were back in school again this time completing the Good Samaritan story complete with some scary looking robbers.
Our open the book team have been at it again - this time feeding the 5000 with loaves and fishes helped by the members of the school worship council who played the crowd.
The open the book team were back today - this time the story was the storm on Lake Galilee. The disciples woke Jesus up as they feared they would drown and he calmed the wind and waves.
This month it was the turn of the Roman Centurion to introduce the children to Jesus through the story of his servant who was ill. The Centurion could order people about but showed his trust in believing that Jesus can just command his servant to get well. Our little soldier helpers were the first to have speaking parts.
Our open the book team went into Shustoke school. The story centred on the friends who lowered the lame man through the roof of a house in order for him to get close enough to Jesus to be healed. Getting the lame man down from the roof proved a challenge to the group using a washing airer and a dummy which was exchanged for the live lame man later on; the children joined in as "the crowd" to support the group - thank you.
The Open the Book Team went into Shustoke School this morning to present the story of Jesus calling His special friends. The fishermen were joined by Edward and George from Year 4, who expertly rowed their boat to the shore with the miraculous catch of dazzling fish. Leaving their boats, Peter, James and John all followed Jesus to become fishers of men instead of fishermen.
Open the book manned mainly by Methodist chapel personnel performed the first part of Joseph and his Dreamcoat to year 3 and 4 at Shustoke school. A few props were used from our Christmas nativity scene to bulk out the brothers.
Gina and Arthur stepped in to take todays service at short notice and gave us a flavour of the "open the book" sessions that a group of people take into the local primary school. This week they took the story of Noah and the Ark to school and we had a repeat performance today. Noah was seen building the ark with a large mallet, adding the animals including two large toy tigers (one of whom refused to sit properly, loading the ark with food and letting the dove fly from the ark. Even the congregation were involved making the rain sound effects.
As part of an ecumenical project to read the bible stories to young people in schools a group of readers have been trained many from our own congregation to deliver this programme in our local primary school. Shustoke is a C of E aided school and was one of the few in the area which was bereft of this programme. The first read happened today and was a great success judging from a few of the young people who were able to recount an outline of the event. Find out more about Open the Book here
Whitacre Congregation is a vibrant mix of young and old who enjoy meeting for Sunday worship. Do come and join us.