This is from July 2015. The theme was about the Parable of the House on the Rock and about the foundations of home life.
1. Arrival Activity - We didn't have one for a change. I thought of a few but couldn't find one that I liked.
2. Video - We linked the theme with short clips from the movie "Despicable Me" so we started off with a couple of these to introduce the story.
3. Theme Introduction
In May our theme was “Family Matters” and we started to explore the theme of families. (Story of boy Jesus getting lost and going to the Temple.) Today we’re continuing that theme and asking about the foundations of our home life? What makes our family life, our home life, strong and what give it structure? So our theme is “House Rules” and we’re using the metaphor of building a house to think about what kind of family life we’re building.
4. Song - "Put On Love"
5. Prayer of Thanks - interactive prayer. What are we thankful for about our families?
6. Video - " Despicable Me" clip
What are some of the rules in your house?
Why do we have rules?
What is the difference between a rule and a habit?
Last night's Alive@5 was on the theme of "Welcome!". We have been working through a series on Parables of Jesus, and took a slight detour due to recent events in the news. The promotional image was meant to be somewhat ambiguous in terms of who is being welcomed and who is needing welcome.
We had several newcomers so it was good express welcome!
The program was as follows:
1. Arrival Activity We played the episode "Cats and Dogs" from the Aardman series "Creature Comforts" - the video is about dogs and cats being critical of each other.
Brad: Well, I was thinking about becoming a member.
Brian: A member? A member of what?
Brad: A member of the church.
Brian: (puzzled, like putting 2 + 2 together) A “member” of the “church”. (suddenly excited) Wait a minute. You want to JOIN the church?
Brad: That’s right.
Brian: Aren’t you already a member?
Brad: Well I’m not sure. But I don’t think so.
Brian: Not sure. How peculiar? (starting to get official) Ok, let’s start at the very beginning. Have you been confirmed?
Brad: I’m not sure.
Brian: Alright. Take a deep breath. Listen carefully. I’m going to give you another chance. Think again very carefully before you answer, because this is the critical question here. Tell me if you need to phone a friend. “Have you been confirmed?”
Here's a drama that I wrote as part of the presentation about church membership at our UCA national assembly. Thanks to Lindsay Cullen for presenting it with me. We had fun.
This week I'm in Perth at the triennial national assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia. About 300 people from across Australia, along with overseas guests, visitors, and assorted staff and volunteers, are gathered at the University of Western Australia to build community, worship, pray, discern, dialogue and decide about what God is calling us and others to be and to do.
Yesterday we opened the Assembly with by hearing a "welcome to country" by Rev Sealin Garlett, prayer by President Andrew Dutney, and an indigenous smoking ceremony.
In the evening we joined in a worship celebration as Stuart McMillan was installed as the new Uniting Church President for a three-year term. Here are some excerpts from the service.