The Good News Group’s Christmas service was amazing! We had lots of visitors and the members told the story of Jesus’s birth together, everyone doing their part so well. We were blessed to have the minister from our sister church at Buckshaw village, Who did a great talk linking it all together with the message that Jesus the baby grew to be the man who died for us on the cross….You should have been there!
This term we head back into the New Testament and are going to look at some parables we haven’t covered before, except one. As always we have chosen a main point for each session and all our teaching is about who Jesus is and why he came.
Jesus often used parables in his teaching. He taught them in a way which people of the day could understand. Jesus used terms and pictures which his hearers would have been familiar with. His hearers would often be captivated by the parables and would then discover that they had been about themselves. So they are just as relevant to us today because they both reveal and conceal truths about God and ourselves. There are 5 sessions so, we are going to look at 5 parables. They are, THE SOWER, THE WICKED TENANTS, THE GOOD SAMARITAN, THE WEEDS, THE WEDDING FEAST.
Parables can be tricky for those of our group who only understand things literally. We also have members who can understand the meaning and will tell us what they think about it. By keeping things simple and direct, we are hoping that all our members and carers can understand the gospel. We want them to know they have a choice and that being accepted by God is as simple as accepting and believing his Son. We will be using our usual communication approaches such as clear explanation, short sentences, repetition of key phrases, slower pacing, sensory engagement, signing and drama or puppets – not all at once of course! So our 5 points are:
- Jan 14th The Parable of the Sower (Mt 13:3-23) Main Teaching Point: People treat the Good News of Jesus in different ways.
- Jan21st The Parable of the Wicked Tenants (Mt 21:33-41) Main Teaching Point : We can’t share in God’s promises unless we obey Him.
- Jan 28th The Parable of the Good Samaritan (Lk 10:30-37) Main Teaching Point : Our love for God is shown by how we treat each other.
- Feb 4th The Parable of the Weeds (Mt 13:24-30 & 36-43) Main Teaching Point : God will, one day separate the people of the world.
- Feb 11th The Parable of the Wedding Feast (Mt 22:2-14) Main Teaching Point : It’s foolish to refuse God’s invitation.
We are looking forward to this term and can’t wait to see our members after the 3 week break.
IN OTHER NEWS
On February 6th -8th I’m travelling all the way down to Eastbourne to speak about ways to make Bible stories and worship more accessible for children with disabilities. This is at the kind invitation of Kay Morgan-Gurr and Mark Arnold who run the Additional Needs Alliance (join their page on Facebook – it’s great). I’ve never seen my photo online as a conference speaker before and it all seems quite surreal – but I’m looking forward to the adventure (no least the actual travelling, and praying for no snow or delays!)
http://www.handinhandconference.com/conferences-training/2015-timetable/ – if you are there and have read my blog – please do come and say hello!
God Bless you