2018 Sunday School Highlights
Michael Mouse – Christmas Adventure
Presented by the Sunday School Children at the White Gift Service on Dec. 9th, 2018. This skit was original found on the United Church website from an edition of the Loaves and Fishes Magazine. I recently discovered, in an online search that it was originally published in the book “Cloth for the Cradle”, author John L. Bell, Iona Community – Wild Goose Publications, 1997.
Michael Mouse goes on a journey to Bethlehem hoping to see the new born baby King the angels sang of. We adapted this skit to be a narrated pupped skit, so all the children could participate. The puppeteers added sound effects and repeated their lines in chorus. Here’s a short synopsis with photos of the kids in action. Under this we’ve linked to the video taken by Richard Joiner, in case you were unble to attend.
Michael mouse (Kieren) is awaken by angels (Jannelle & Lily) singing. Light Crew (Noah). Congregation sang “Hark! The Herold Angels Sing”.
Michael climbs a tree (Joel) to ask his friend Raven (Rachel) what the singing was all about.
The raven tells Michael the angels announced a king, the Christ, has been born in Bethlehem!
So Michael begins his journey to Bethlehem. Congregation sings “He’ll Be Wearing A Red Jacket” (He’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain). As Michael travels, climbing mountains and swimming rivers, with a fish (Noah), on is way to Bethlehem.
Michael arrives in Bethlehem and asks for help from those he meets along the way.
First, a flock of sheep (the kids) who were happy to help until they learned Michael hadn’t bought a gift for the baby king. Pictured below with Michael is someone (Lily) wandering the streets of Bethlehem wondering what all the noise was about (Baa Baa), not part of the script! LOL
Next a heard of cows (the kids) stampeded in, who were also happy to help until they learned Michael hadn’t bought a gift for the baby king.
Next a brood of hens and roosters (the kids) clucked into the street who were also happy to help until they learned Michael hadn’t bought a gift for the baby king.
When he finally reaches the stable door he is so happy, until he’s stopped by two grumpy cats (Emily & Sarah).
Michael is heartbroken and about to give up when he sees a small chink of light (light crew) coming from high up on the stable wall. Wherein he climbs the wall and finds himself only able to squeeze half-way into the stable.
Meanwhile, unknown to Michael, a Shepherd (Sarah) passes right behind him with her sheep. congregation sang “The First Noel”.
Michael suddenly sees Mary (Marlee) holding baby Jesus in her arms and Joseph (Isabel) who to Michael’s surprise thanks him for blocking that drafty hole with his body. Michael is thrilled to be of help and stays in that hole all night long.
While looking down into the stable he sees the other animals giving their gifts to the baby: Sheep (Noah & Sarah) give wool, the cows (Rachel & Carter) give buckets of milk, the hens (Joel & Julia) lay eggs, and well the cats they just meow!
The next morning Michael began his journey back home.
Once back home he climbs the tree to speak to Raven and tells her of his gift to Jesus “I gave him me, for as long as he needed me.”
The puppeteers pictured below are: Emily, Jannelle, Isabel, Julia, Sophie, Joel, Sarah, Kieren, and Rachel. Missing puppeteers (had left the stage) are Owen, Noah, Marlee, Carter & Lily.
Will you be prepared to give yourself to Jesus, whenever he calls, for as long as he needs you?
Thanks to Marilyn Burns and Marilyn Walsh who dealt with the bedlam that ensued between scene changes with 14 kids and numerous puppets. To our organist, Jennifer Pearce-Chambers, for playing the music for the service and during the puppet skit. To Karen Dair for helping in front of the stage. And also to the ladies who helped out in the kitchen.
Video can be seen below
“Michael Mouse” – Christmas Adventure (narrated puppet skit), presented by the Sunday Hampton School children. Video taken by Richard Joiner (White Gift Service, Dec. 9th. 2018).
Peter Sinks – Jesus Saves! – April 2018
In this “hands-in” lesson, after hearing a storyteller’s version of the Bible story, students gathered around “The Sea of Galilee” to re-enact the story with an extra focus on the meaning of the waves and boat in the story, and watch their fears sink.
Pictured below is our “Sea of Galilee” (a storage container half-full of water), storytellling figures on sticks, and our paper boats.
Students filled their “boat” container with heavy cream, then shake, rattle and rolled their boat –through a variety of teacher-led exercises, until it produced butter (our results pictured below). This “object lesson” focused their attention on the metaphor of the boat as a place where we share the experience and challenges of believing, and what it means to be a disciple according to Jesus. (Oddly enough, it doesn’t mean we have a lot of faith!) The result of these faith activities is a tasty message that needs to be spread!
The “Shaking” Activity included listening and rockin’ along to the wonderful song by Finding Favour called “Shake the World.” In the Reflection activity we spread some of our butter on Communion bread.
Faith Through the Roof – February 2018
God’s Story Table Workshop
After hearing the story the students recreated the scene on God’s Story Table, while we discussed the story and it’s meaning, using a wooden bible time house and Playmobil®.
We then moved out to the hallway and gathered around a very large bucket of Lego® and the children proceeded to each build their own scene of “Faith Through the Roof”!