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Category: CofE

“Taste and See That the Lord is Good”. An Easy Prayer Station.

This is an easy idea for a prayer station based around some French sweets.

Ruth and I have spent a lot of time in France. Every time we are there we come back with a few bags of these sweets. I decided to make a prayer station out of them this year for the Estates Evangelism Task Group gathering a couple of weeks ago. I intended to leave it on the table in the bar for anyone to engage with.

I found it unopened in my bag when I got home. There was so much to do I completely forgot about it. Perhaps I’ll take it to church this Sunday. This weekend marks 1 year since General Synod made it’s commitment to our estate parishes. What better way to mark it than with the song Mary sang whilst Jesus was within her womb?

Magnificat sweets from a French supermarket.
Magnificat. Riche en beurre au cœur tendre.

The Magnificat

Taste and see that the Lord is good;
    blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour; 
he has looked with favour on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed; 
the Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is his name.

He has mercy on those who fear him, 
from generation to generation.

He has shown strength with his arm 
and has scattered the proud in their conceit,

Casting down the mighty from their thrones 
and lifting up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things 
and sent the rich away empty.

He has come to the aid of his servant Israel,
to remember his promise of mercy,

The promise made to our ancestors, 
to Abraham and his children for ever.

Luke 1.46-55

Taste and see that the Lord is good;
    blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Equipment.

Magnificat bonbons.
Laminator.
Small Basket.
Candle.

Church of England Stock Photos

I needed to make some posters and I was looking for stock photos…

There is some very specific Church of England stuff that we do, and of course there aren’t stock images out there for them. With Storm Dennis raging, I had time to make some.

In theory they should be available to download in high resolution by clicking on them. Feel free to use them wherever you want.

The letters aren’t scrabble, they are Banangrams. Photographed with an EOS R on my coffee table with a Falconeyes light pointing at them. Photoshop cleaned up everything nicely.

Pray

I shamelessly stole this idea. I saw it on the wall of my friend’s church. I am shameless!

400 twinkly lights from B&Q. A handful of tie-wraps and a cat. OK, perhaps you don’t need the cat. Perhaps.

Play Church with Toddlers

 

This is an idea I have shamelessly stolen from @revleahvs.  Play is such an important part of learning.  One Sunday night I watched a ten year old from Holy Nativity put her arms up in the air and recount the words of invitation I use at the eucharist.  We learn through playing.  So we now have six toddler churches.

Cheap plastic boxes with with a laminated card on the top.

Fairtrade dolls that come in a range of races and gender.

Vestments made from felt I bought in the range.

Egg cup, castor cup and electric tea lights from ebay.

Laminated Lord’s Prayer.

Holding cross and psalm 23 on a card from ebay.

Hankerchief folded as a corporal from ebay.

So lets play church.  Lets learn the faith as we play with it.