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Related Bible reading(s): Matthew 13.31-33,44-52


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All age act of worship Session

Slow down

  • It is, for many, school/college holiday season. Invite people to share their holiday experiences. What is different about being on holiday? How does being on holiday make you feel? And when it is over? The root of the word is, of course, ‘holy day’ – which implies time spent with God. How does it feel to spend time with God, and afterwards?
  • Some people may talk of holidays as a time to reset, to focus on what is precious and worthwhile in their lives. Some may speak of time spent with God in a similar way. Time, perhaps, to notice the things of God – which are around us all the time, but often are obscured by the busy-ness of life.
  • Today, we explore how, when we slow down and pay attention, we may begin to see the things of God more clearly. Waiting and trusting are important conditions for it to happen.


First impressions

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  • How does it feel to be waiting and trusting?
  • What everyday examples might you use to describe the kingdom of heaven?
  • What is your part in making it a reality?
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