Stephen trusted in God – even in difficult times. Even when people made up lies about him, even if it cost him his life. And God was with Stephen. This month we are praying to be able to trust God more. We hope Stephen’s courage – encourages you!
Note to parents: This is a challenging story – and demonstrates the real difficulties and persecution that the early church faced (which is still present in our world today). You might like to read the bible passage first before sharing it with your children, to be prepared for any questions. If you have very young children you might wish to shorten the story to Acts 6:8-15 & 7:55-56.
Colour Book Activity (Helping Older Children): You might like to change the black colour to ‘grey’ to avoid linking race with sin.
Check out our worship songs above, or explore some of the other worship music selected by our musicians on the service pages.
Have a look at the ideas for remembering the memory verse in Together @ Home. You could use the ideas to help remember our monthly verse, the weekly verse or another verse that is important to you.
July Prayer Focus
This month our prayer focus is that we would be able to trust God more.
You can also check out the prayer ideas in Together @ Home material each week, jump onto the CBC Facebook page to add a prayer request, or send in a photo to Oliver & Mei.
CBC Community Video – Last chance – Closes 20th July
Send in your photo or video to Emma as soon as possible. Kids check with Mum, Dad or a trusted adult first.
May Mission Month and Hope Street Appeals – Update
A fantastic contribution of food supplies was donated to Hope Street – to help people in difficult circumstances this winter. Check out the video here.
Open Doors – Hope For The Middle East – We raised over $ 8000 for the appeal. Find out more about the work of Open Doors – here. You can keep praying for our world with the Colour and Pray Map.
Kids Church Rewind
Watch our previous Kids Church Online sessions here.
Cycle of Discovery
We’re going through lots of changes. One way of growing through these changes is using the Cycle of Discovery. Work through this cycle with your family, connect group or ministry, or after trying something new. Download the prompt pages below.
When searching for songs about doing unto others I could not go past The Servant Song. It may be quite old but the words are still relevant to us today. We are instructed to serve each other and “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. We are to be as Christ to one another and we are to have the grace to allow others to serve us. If we remember that all parts of us (our hands, feet, voice, time, wealth) actually belong to God then we ought to use them to serve him and each other. I have also chosen 2 songs that may be unfamiliar to you. The words of the 3rd song really spoke to me about how Jesus was the perfect servant, sacrificing himself for us. I just really liked the 4th song so decided to include it. Hope you enjoy singing along or just listening and reflecting.