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January 2012

Love Builds the Church

For the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany From “Sitting on the Rainbow”

Image from Half a World Away exhibit

Scripture Reference:Â 1 Cor. 8:1-3

Preparation: You may bring a hammer and nails or some other construction tools.

The Bible reading from 1 Corinthians today talks about building up the church. If you were going to help build up the church, what sort of tools do you think you might need? (Discuss.) I brought some tools with me (show the tools), but the trouble is,

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Follow Me

For the Third Sunday after Epiphany Gospel Reading

Scripture Reference:Â Mark 1:14 – 20

Preparation: (Optional) Bring outreach pamphlets or invitations to your church. Have them ready to pick up by your designated exit door.

Good morning everyone! Nice to see you all this morning. OK, we’ve got to get busy. Everyone, FOLLOW ME! (Get up and immediately start down the aisle or walk towards the nearest exit. When you get to the door, turn around to see how many of the children followed. At

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Hiding from God

For the Third Sunday after Epiphany From “Sitting on the Rainbow” Artwork by Elsa Ingulsrud

Scripture Reference:Â Jonah 1:1-17

Preparation: Bring a large blanket or dark-colored sheet.

Have any of you heard about a man named Jonah? (Let children respond.) Jonah was a prophet of God; he would listen to God and tell the people what God said. One day, God told Jonah to go to a big city and tell the people who lived there that they were being very wicked and that they

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Wonderfully Made

For the Second Sunday after Epiphany From “Sitting on the Rainbow”

Scripture Reference:Â Psalm 139:13-16

Preparation: Bring an ink pad and small squares of smooth, white paper for making children’s fingerprints; or you may use your own pre-made thumbprints to hand out. You may also bring magnifying glasses to help the children study their fingerprints.

The Psalm for today is beautiful. Psalm 139, verses 13 and 14 read, “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s

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Turn Around

John the Baptist (right) with child Jesus, painting by Bartolomé Esteban Perez Murillo

For the First Sunday after Epiphany From “Sitting on the Rainbow”

Scripture Reference:Â Mark 1:4-11 and Acts 19:1-7

Can anyone tell me what the word repent means? (Child may offer a definition.) If you are doing something bad and you repent, what do you do? You stop doing the wrong thing and begin doing the right thing. The word repent means “to turn around and go the other way.” Could

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