Hooray for Sunday School!

Here’s Phoebe holding the rapt attention of both volunteer Sunday School teachers and children. She was helping them see the principles of Godly Play in action.

The Children’s Sunday School will be kicking off again in full force soon – stay tuned!

Small Is Beautiful – David Pritchard

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This morning, we had the wonderful privilege of having David Pritchard tell a wonderful story from the Bible with us. David was in town for a conference and also took time to conduct the How To Tell Children Sacred Stories From The Bible Using Godly Play® workshop yesterday.

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Sharing with us the story from II Kings 5, David – with the help of several (impromptu volunteers) – shared with us how the little, unnamed slave girl’s seemingly wistful hope for Naaman’s healing from leprosy set off a remarkable chain of events that involved the geopolitical forces of the day.

Commenting on how events transpired from the unnamed slave girls wishes to Naaman and the King of Aram’s message to the King of Israel, David said, “How strange is it that when adults get involved in a child’s wishes, they complicate things! From a simple wish for her master to receive healing from the prophet, things get complicated: with a show of diplomatic document, displays of wealth and military power; all nearly sparking off a potential international diplomatic crisis!”

David then went on to share from the story about how Naaman had to adjust his “adult” expectations for healing to that of a child: But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage. Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.” (II Kings 5:11-14)

Even as we journey through the liturgical calendar towards Doom/Christ the King Sunday, we are reminded that of simple truths about how small is truly beautiful:

  1. God uses children – He listens to their desires and dreams. The challenge to us as adults is – are we listening to our own children?
  2. We need to become as a little child – far from being “childish” it is about having a change of heart and mind, like Naaman did. Looking at the simple things and not dismissing it’s value.
  3. Valuing the small – in church and mission. We are reminded from today’s Bible story that it’s the small, seemingly insignificant things that God can use to make a difference. Like the little slave girl’s wishful sigh, like Elisha’s instructions to Naaman for healing – these are all things that God can use to bring great miracles and healing to those around us. Like today’s Gospel Reading (Matthew 25:31-46) says – the small things, like playing with children, giving others a glass of water… doing these things (and not doing these things) is akin to doing the same to Jesus.

Reminder: Last Day To Register For Godly Play Workshop

Dear Parents, Sunday School Teachers, Pastoral Care workers and anyone who loves children,

This is just a reminder that tomorrow is the last day to register for the 1-day workshop on: How To Tell Children Sacred Stories From The Bible Using Godly Play®.

  • Date: Saturday, 10 November 2012
  • Time: 9am to 5pm
  • Venue: The Father’s House, Bangsar Lutheran Church (directions and map here)

Fees: RM60 per person, Group of 3 persons and above RM40 each: Includes registration, handouts, tea & lunch.

Please register by 3 November 2012 by emailing Yu Chiet atyuchiet[at]hotmail[dot]com or calling at 019-2288869 or 012-3292681.

For more information, please click here.

Workshop: How To Tell Children Sacred Stories From The Bible Using Godly Play®

Dear Parents, Sunday School Teachers, Pastoral Care workers and anyone who loves children,

Bangsar Lutheran Church is pleased to host a 1-day workshop organized by Breakthru Enrichment Station on: How To Tell Children Sacred Stories From The Bible Using Godly Play®.

Date: Saturday, 10 November 2012
Time: 9am to 5pm
Venue: The Father’s House, Bangsar Lutheran Church (directions and map here)

What is Godly Play?
Godly Play teaches children the art of using Christian language – parable, sacred story, silence and liturgical action – helping them become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives. The goal of Godly Play is to show how to be open to the Holy Spirit, The Creator, and the Redeemer all at once and all the time in every place. For more information, please visit: http://www.godlyplayfoundation.org

Here’s a video intro to what Godly Play is all about:

Facilitator: Mr. David Pritchard, Spain (Children’s Ministry Coordinator with Scripture Union Spain & certified Godly Play teacher trainer)

Here’s a video of when David last visited us here in Bangsar Lutheran Church, where even the adults were as captivated as the children!

Fees: RM60 per person, Group of 3 persons and above RM40 each: Includes registration, handouts, tea & lunch.

Please register by 3 November 2012 by emailing Yu Chiet at yuchiet[at]hotmail[dot]com or calling at 019-2288869 or 012-3292681.

Other info: Participants should wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to sit on the floor during sessions… although chairs will be provided for those you may have difficulties with this!

Kindly share this information to those who may benefit in attending the workshop.

Godly Play is also suitable to use to approach children who have special needs. David Pritchard will be doing a 1 hour session with children who have special needs on 3 November 2012 at Breakthru Enrichment Station.