Exploring stories of the early Church
Each month we provide you with some great ready to use (RTU) resources. Some of these are linked to the Bible passages used in Together, while our Music and Movie columns use current songs and films as ways into talking about faith.
You can access each month’s session plans and resources here.
Our Together resource is, as always, jam-packed full of ideas and activities to help the children and young people in your groups discover more about God, grow in faith and deepen their friendship with Jesus.
Together is a curriculum resource for churches to use in their Sunday groups, midweek clubs or adapt for other contexts. It follows a Bible plan – each month you get four sessions on a theme or Bible book.
In June, we explore stories of the early Church, starting with Pentecost, before moving onto Peter and John, then Peter and Cornelius!
Choose the sessions and activities that best fit what you want to do:
1. Pentecost (Acts 2:1-41):
The Holy Spirit comes and turns Jesus’ followers into mouthpieces for God!
2. Meeting together (Acts 2:42-47; 4:32-37):
The early Church meets together, helps those in need and shares everything they have. And many people are drawn to join them.
3. Peter and John (Acts 3):
Peter and John meet a man who cannot walk, and turn his life around physically and spiritually.
4. Telling others (Acts 10):
Peter gets a shock when he realises that Gentiles can follow Jesus too!
There are three different age groups:
- First Steps Together (for younger children)
- Growing Together (for older children)
- Journeying Together (for young people)
You can follow an individual age group or mix and match to suit the children or young people you’re working with.
Ready to use resources
Each month we provide you with some great ready to use (RTU) resources. Some of these are linked to the Bible passages used in Together, while our Music and Movie columns use current songs and films as ways into talking about faith. This month…
RTU All-age service
Discover the joy of Pentecost in a session written for all ages.
The story of Peter and Cornelius from Acts 10 transposed to a school canteen in the parable ‘Alesha and the age-group exclusion’.
Gives space for older children and younger teens to explore the story of Peter, John and the man who couldn’t walk.
Provides a craft idea to go alongside each of this month’s Together sessions. Use them in your groups, in intergenerational worship or use them in a craft club.
Story for home
Written especially for us by expert storyteller Bob Hartman, also follows the Together passages. This month, Bob explores the story of Peter and Cornelius from Acts 10.
Stretch your legs in the summer sun with some wide games.
Our mentoring expert, Joel Toombs, challenges us to think about the impact kindness can have on us and the people around us.
Get ready to ‘stream’ Disney’s latest watery hit, ‘Part of your world’ from The Little Mermaid.
This month, we go back to 2013 with the AI love story, Her.
And if you have anything you’d like us to cover, or any feedback on the resources, then drop us a line!
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