‘The Lighthouse’ team brief – March 2017

‘The Lighthouse’ team brief – March 2017

The Plan

We are going to follow the same plan we did last month, starting with activities and then having the celebration (Bible story, songs and prayer-time) finishing with the meal
Team time: We will begin with time to check that activity leaders know where their activity is and what it is about. Then our usual team time will begin at 2.55pm. In order for this to happen we need to do our best to be punctual and to arrive no later than 2.45pm


Hospitality

This month we will continue to concentrate on hospitality at the meal time.
The meal is a time to relax with the families and have time to chat and eat together, so it is really important that there are some leaders at each table. There will be table talk questions like last month which will help you to start conversations with the families.

Activity Time: This is at the start s you will need to be ready at your activity as people are arriving. The welcome team will direct everyone, including any latecomers to the activities.


Story for this month

We are looking at how God provides for us and the story of Elijah and the widow of Zarephath. Kings 17: 8-16

Check out this video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAwuKUHKKBw (The story on the video starts around 4:24! and dont worry about the olde english language)

Talk about notes for each activity: (These will be printed and placed on each activity table or area. They are included here so that so you can think about what you will say as you lead your activity and so that you have an overview of everything that is going on)

Door and welcome: Welcome everyone, give them a name tag and the take home sheet and a bag for crafts made and direct them towards the activities.

Mother’s Day Gift: Make a gift and card for your Mum or Granny – keep it somewhere safe and remember to give it to them next on Mother’s Day next Sunday. As you work talk about the ways our Mum’s look after us and/or talk about what we do to look after others.

Water game: As you play this game talk about all the ways we use water and how important it is to have clean water.
So he went to Zarephath. As he arrived at the gates of the village, he saw a widow gathering sticks, and he asked her, ‘Would you please bring me a cup of water?’1 Kings 17:10

Fire: Have fun cooking a marshmallow on the fire and then eating it. As you cook, talk about all the useful ways we can use fire.
So he went to Zarephath. As he arrived at the gates of the village, he saw a widow gathering sticks, and he asked her, ‘Would you please bring me a cup of water?’1 Kings 17:10

Trust Games: As you try these games talk about how easy or hard it is to trust each other and God.
But Elijah said to her, ‘Don’t be afraid! Go ahead and cook that last meal, but bake me a little loaf of bread first. Afterwards there will still be enough food for you and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There will always be plenty of flour and oil left in your containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and the crops grow again!’ 1 Kings 17:13& 14

Flat bread making: Help make some flatbread to share together at the meal. As you make the bread talk together about what food preparation you do together at home.
But Elijah said to her, ‘Don’t be afraid! Go ahead and cook that last meal, but bake me a little loaf of bread first. Afterwards there will still be enough food for you and your son.’ 1 Kings 17:13

Candle making: Make a candle together as a family. You might like to use it as you read a Bible story or take time to pray together as a family. As you make your candle, talk about all the good things you do together as a family. What do you like doing the most?

Plant a seed: Talk about the potential the seed you plant has to continue producing more and more food.
For matter how much they used, there was always enough left in the containers, just as the Lord had promised through Elijah. 1 Kings 17:16

Listening to God: What will God say to you as you take some quiet time with Him and listen to a Bible passage?
Then the Lord said to Elijah, ‘Go and live in the village of Zarephath, near the city of Sidon. There is a widow there who will feed you. I have given her my instructions.’ 1 Kings 17:8

Something important to remember: The activities and all that happens around the tables are for the whole family and not just the children. Some activities or parts of activities will be more suited to older children and adults and some for younger children but they are all of equal importance and it is important as an activity leader to try to encourage all to participate in the activity and to be especially mindful of the older children when there are not many of them there.


Leaders for each activity

Door and welcome:                Valerie & Gail

Mothers Day Gift:                    Marg & Rachel O’C

Water Game:                              Bradley & Dary

Fire:                                                Joanna & Kevin

Trust Games:                              Ruth H

Flat bread making :                  Noelle & Ruth McK

Candle Making:                          Mel & Rachel W

Plant a seed:                                 Noreen & Chris

Listening to God:                       Liz (please choose the Bible passage you would like to use)


Celebration

Story/talk: Ruth H
The aim of this is to introduce the story/theme of the day and to ground everything we do in the Word of God

Prayer time: April
This is an essential part of communicating with God. By doing this in a creative way we hope to give the message that prayer is a natural conversation with God and does not only occur when we say set prayers


See you all on Sunday 19th at 2.45pm
Robert & April