Spirit Space has been busy all summer! Some weeks we have had a big group of kids and other weeks it has been smaller, but every week has been a lot of fun! Our focus this summer has been on the United Church creed: http://www.united-church.ca/beliefs/creed
Another thing that has been different has been having Spirit Space time at the end of the service. This means that the kids can share what they have been up to that day with the congregation! The kids have also been part of the sending out of people from church and have sometimes handed out reminders to the congregation to take with them, such as items found outside on a scavenger hunt (creation theme) and chocolate covered pretzels (theme of taste and see that God is good!).
Thanks so much to everyone who has joined us so far this summer!
The kids in Spirit Space this year have been working on projects related to Fairlawn’s 100th Anniversary! One project we have been working on lately is assembling a time capsule that we will open in the future. We are hoping that people in the future will learn what it was like to be part of Fairlawn and the church more broadly in 2015. How has this changed in your life time? What do you think it will be like to be a part of the church in the future? What would you want to tell people of the future about your life and your faith today?
Our theme for Messy Church this week was a little different – this week we focused on the seventh day of the creation story where God rested!
We re-visited the whole Creation story through Godly Play, bringing our exploration of the Creation story to a close. We sang songs, some of us wore pyjamas, we had breakfast for dinner (part of the resting theme!), talked about the science of sleep and dreaming, made dream journals, did colouring mandalas and finger labyrinths, talked about ways to minimize stress and to increase calm. It was a really great day, and a great chance to reflect back on the previous days of creation as well as the previous weeks of Messy Church. Thanks for joining us!
The theme this week was fish and birds! We started off with a “fishing game” with involved using a paperclip hook to try to catch foam fish with paperclips attached – easier said than done!
Dinner was an egg strada (the bird theme) and egg salad sandwiches with blue jello with fish candies suspended. Yum! After dinner, we sang a whole bunch of songs involving fish and birds- turns out there are a lot when you think about it! Red red robin, six little ducks, etc.
For story time, we reviewed the story of creation from the Bible and then talked about how actually in a lot of different cultures, birds came at the very beginning of creation, such as in ancient Chinese, Egpytian, and SE Asian myths. We told the story of Pangu from China and acted it out, and then made some comparisons to the story from the Bible. Very interesting similarities and differences! This could be a fun thing to try at home. We also wondered why it was that a bird might be created first in a lot of stories, and why it was created before other animals in the Bible story.
For activities, we made fish-shaped bird feeders with cheerios and pipe cleaners (a super simple craft you can try at home and then hang on trees or bushes outside!) and did a bunch of science experiments about how fish breathe and how birds fly. A coffee filter can show a bit about how gills work to filter what fish breathe and a hair dryer and ping pong ball can show how pressure can help something to be suspended in the air. That experiment was especially fun!
This week we were supposed to be outside, but sadly a storm was coming so we stayed indoors! The theme for the meal was a picnic under the stars/in the sun anyway! We also had dessert with home made magic shell chocolate, and of course star sprinkles!
The story this week was the scientific story of creation, the Big Bang! We had kids act of the creation of stars from hydrogen and helium atoms. It was great! We also had kids spinning and acting out the movement of the Earth and moon around the sun!
One of my favourite activities was making shooting stars! It’s very easy: you just stick some crepe paper streamers into a ball of aluminum foil and there you have it! They look a lot like shooting stars when you throw them!
The other activities included a science experiment, suncatchers (art that is made on coffee filters and then covered with water drops so that the colours blur and then the sun can shine through when it’s in the window) that were done to look like planets and making star charts to find stars in the night sky.
There are lots of songs that involve the sun, moon, and stars! We sang Mr. Sun, Twinkle Twinkle, Moon Moon Moon, We’re Going to the Moon and more. What other songs can you think of that have the sun, moon, or stars?