Here are some things for everyone in Sunday School. Read our message from Louise for this week!
“Be Still and Know”
Hello boys and girls. Well – we have all made it to the end of June! School (or school as we know it) has now finished and what seems like endless summer days stretch in front of us.
This year I suspect will be different for many of us – I’m not sure how many will actually go away on holiday or maybe we will just have a “staycation” and enjoy a few days out.
As many of you know, I have a dog called Misty. She is very lively and energetic and loves to go for lots of long walks. She is not very good on the lead and so we tend to go for a walk down the floodgates or along the beach but our very favourite place is in the woods because on a rainy day you can shelter under the trees and also on a very hot day the trees provide some wonderful shade. This week as we were walking along something caught my eye – a slight movement among flowers – and when I looked it was a beautiful butterfly a bit like the one in the picture below.
I stopped to admire its beautiful colours and thought about this Bible verse which can be found in the book of Psalms chapter 46 and verse 10. It says . . .
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth”
So what does it mean to be still and know that God is God?
Well it means that we should not be so busy that we forget to thank God for all that He is doing for us. Very often we rush about from one thing to another and forget to stop, take a moment and just remember all the wonderful things God has made and given freely for us to enjoy.
What does exalted mean?
Exalted means that God should be put before everything – he is always bigger than everything else and he should always be first in our lives.
So if you are out and about over the summer – whether you go away or not – take a moment. Look at the flowers, birds or butterflies. Close your eyes and listen to the sound of the waves or the breeze through the leaves of the trees. Be still and know that God is God. He loves us and cares for us. He created all of these things for us to enjoy. Remember to say thank you for all that we have and all he has given us.
Here are some actions to help you remember this verse:
- Be still (Hold out your hand in front of you in a stopping motion)
- and know (Point to your head)
- that I (Point to yourself)
- am God (Point and look upward)
- I will be exalted (Salute)
- among the nations (Put hands in front of you, palms up, then spread them apart)
- I will be exalted (Salute)
- in all the earth (Use hands to make a large circle)
I am taking a break for a few weeks however keep checking the website and Facebook pages for some exciting news coming soon. Have a great summer!
Sunday School meets every Sunday during the second half of our morning worship service after the children’s address and hymn.
There are two age groups:
- Senior Sunday School for girls and boys from school years 4 to 7; and
- Beginners for girls and boys from school years 1 to 3.
With support from the whole congregation, we filled 117 shoeboxes for the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child 2019 Appeal. The boxes from Regent Street Presbyterian Church were delivered to children in the Middle East. Thank you to everyone who helped!
Last year Sunday School raised £337 in our Brown Money Appeal. This was given to Homestart to help with the excellent work they do in the local community.
This year, money raised from the appeal is going to Christian Aid. Our target is to see how many animal gifts we can buy – sheep, goats, chickens etc. If you would like to help, our brown money appeal box can be found in the church vestibule at the left hand side as you enter.
Many thanks to everyone who contributes.