Play and explore signs of good news
Divide the children into teams and have a relay race, passing on a ‘thumbs up’ to the next person in each team.
Make a heart
Create and share a sign of good news
Make salt dough hearts (see recipe below) which can be left to dry, and then shared with other members of the congregation as a sign of good news that they can use to decorate their Christmas trees.
Play dough recipe
(see also gluten-free play dough recipe)
Ingredients: 150g plain flour, 75g salt, 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar, 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, a few drops of food colouring, 300ml water in a jug.
Method: Sieve the flour, salt and cream of tartar together into a saucepan. Add the oil and food colouring to the water and add this slowly to the dry ingredients, stirring over a low heat. Mix until it forms a mass. Take the resulting play dough out of the saucepan and knead for a couple of minutes. This will keep in an airtight container for a week.
Pray in a circle
Stand or sit in a circle and pass a smile from one person to another, adding the words ‘Good news’ as you smile. Say ‘We are the good news’ and all respond 'Come, Lord Jesus'.
Talk to God: What should I do? E S A
Pray about taking the good news everywhere
You will need: signs that read 'school', 'home', 'church', 'park', 'sports', 'afterschool clubs'.
- Place the signs around the room and say that you are all going to walk round the room, stopping in each place to pray.
- Walk to each sign in turn. Stop and pray: ‘When I am at XXX, help me to be a sign of the good news. What should I do?’ Pause for a moment, allowing the children to pray quietly.