‘God so loved the world’ suncatcher

You will need: PVA glue, a clear plastic lid (e.g. a large yoghurt pot lid), green and blue food colouring, cocktail sticks

Pour PVA glue into the lid and spread it out with a spoon until the whole lid is covered in a thin layer.

Drop some little blobs of food colouring into the glue and use a cocktail stick to swirl and spread them around. Try to make a distinction between land (green) and sea (blue).

Leave to dry.

When the glue is fully dry, attach the suncatcher to your window with a little bit of blue tack and let the sun shine through.

As the sun shines through, think about God’s love for us and for our world. What makes you feel loved? Who do you know who needs help to feel loved by God right now? How can we help to show God’s love to the world?

Dear God, thank you for loving us and wanting good things for us. We pray for people all over the world who are feeling unloved, guilty, sad and afraid. Help them to know your love and to know the love and hope Jesus brings. Amen

Advent Hope Plants

Traditionally the 4 weeks of Advent each have a particular theme: hope, peace, joy and love.

As Advent begins this years we want to put some hope out there into the community and to encourage people to engage with the theme by thinking about what their hopes for the future are. This is a great activity for families to do together to encourage their local communities.

We’ve wrapped up some individual Tulip and Daffodil bulbs, attached a label to them and are going to leave them on the tables set up in each of our villages where people can give and take food items. This is the text printed on the reverse side of the label if you’d like to make your own:

What do you hope for?

What are your dreams for the future?

Where do you see hope in the world around you?

Plant this bulb in the ground and, as it starts to grow, may you see hope growing in your life.

Plant me NOW & look for the shoots of HOPE

in the Spring. Find a sunny, well-drained spot

where you will see me and dig a hole deep

enough to just cover me with soil. I need to be

pointed side up, my roots are in the flatter area.

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God. With God all things are possible.” Mark 10:27