Remembering….playfulness

Prayer Dear God, today we pray for children and give thanks for their playfulness. We give thanks for their running and jumping, their gleeful laughter, their excitement and energy as they discover the world around them. May they be our teachers helping us to be open to the energy and joy of life. We prayContinue reading “Remembering….playfulness”

Remembering curiosity…

Prayer Dear God, today we pray for children and give thanks for their curiosity. We give thanks for their exploring, poking, tasting, getting up really close for a good look. May we create pathways which encourage children’s curiosity and discovery. May we also remember how to be curious about the world around us and allContinue reading “Remembering curiosity…”

Remembering innocence….

Prayer Dear God, today we pray for children and give thanks for their innocence. For their clear, open and uncluttered view of the world. May we treasure, respect and learn from the innocence and openness of children. May we discover the delight of innocence in our openness to others, to new discoveries and insights. WeContinue reading “Remembering innocence….”

Become like a child – resources for a service of worship

Call to worship Listen! There is an invitation for you to open this morning, The one who loves us is seeking our heart. The breezes are whispering it; The sunrise announces it; The earth trembles with the energy of it: Let us be still and quiet so we may hear, and hearing, let delight overcomeContinue reading “Become like a child – resources for a service of worship”

Setting the scene for Praying for Children week 2021 Karakia Mo Ngā Tamariki

“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children…” What you can expect to find On Sunday, resources for a service of worship with liturgical prayers, a short reflection with questions for conversation and an all age activity to engage with plus a take home practice. Each day through the week a seriesContinue reading “Setting the scene for Praying for Children week 2021 Karakia Mo Ngā Tamariki”

Praying for children 2020 Day 1: Making Space

In the beginning there was only God. And then God said, “Let’s make space.” And God concentrated. And there was space! Space for all things to be – stars and earwigs, mountains and mangoes, leeches and beaches and naked mole rats – all things in their amazing, fantastic and beautiful diversity. Pause for thought… HumanContinue reading “Praying for children 2020 Day 1: Making Space”

Praying for children 2020 Day 2: Look Around

One day, the disciples were arguing with each other about who was the best. Who could run the fastest? Who did Jesus like most? Who got the most important jobs? Who was the smartest? We don’t know for sure what they were arguing about – we can only guess. Then Jesus called them over toContinue reading “Praying for children 2020 Day 2: Look Around”

Praying for children 2020 Day 3: What Would It Take?

Jesus was teaching one day and he told people, ‘It does no good to make yourself the judge of others and to be always comparing yourself against others. Life is not a competition. Plus, whenever you look at others and judge them, you will find your own judgey attitudes coming right back at you, too.Continue reading “Praying for children 2020 Day 3: What Would It Take?”

Praying for children 2020 Day 4: How Does It Feel?

This short video on empathy shows us how important it is for all our relationships, because empathy helps us to connect with our own feelings and offers us a bridge to connect with others. Pause for Thought How does it feel to be left out, to be without a voice, to be seen as smaller,Continue reading “Praying for children 2020 Day 4: How Does It Feel?”