Friday, 24 June 2016

Sunday School Passover activities

A couple of Sunday School Passover activities - totally unseasonal, I know,  but I've just finished my Passover illustrations, and I want to make a Pinterest board.

At the appropriate point in the story, we taped crepe paper 'blood' round our door (unfortunately the inside, as there's another class outside).

Each child got a torn strip and they took turns to add it to the door. This did take a wee while, as only one or two could do it at a time, and the higher pieces involved standing on chairs or lifting the children up.

They loved doing this.

I do wonder what other users of the room think about its new decorations :-)

Then we had a 'Passover meal'. Food at SS is always a Good Thing.

I concentrated on the three foods specifically mentioned in Exodus.

Lamb This is an unfamiliar food to many small children (Yuk), so using lamb burgers made it more accessible. Non-minted would have been better, but it was all I could get.
I precooked them the night before and cut them in cubes. Two quarter pounders was just right as a wee snack for about 8 or 9 people.

Bread In the past I have used Matzos, but this year was unable to find any large ones. So I got pita bread. I know it's not unleavened, but I couldn't find any unleavened bread - even wraps and chapattis have yeast. I don't think it really matters in this instance - it's a SS lesson, not a kosher passover. Four mini pitas was just right for 8 or 9 people - everyone got half.

Bitter herbs I used watercress.

As  I just used half of each packet, I froze the pita and lamb burgers for when we did the last supper - the syllabus worked out really well this year, as we had both in the same term - I'll see if I can wangle that again, as it really helps with our understanding of both. For the last supper I also added wine (grape juice).

And, finally, here's a simple worksheet. The idea is that they draw blood round the door - not necessarily quite as much as this example!

Tuesday, 21 June 2016


King Caspian has just discovered he had some pretty dodgy and disreputable ancestors:
'I was wishing that I came of a more honorable lineage.'

'You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve.' said Aslan. 'And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth. Be content.'
C.S. Lewis, 'Prince Caspian'

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Another quote

'Aslan,' said Lucy, 'you're bigger.'

'That is because you are older, little one,' answered he.

'Not because you are?'

'I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger.'
C.S. Lewis, 'Prince Caspian'


Peter did not feel very brave; indeed, he felt he was going to be sick. But that made no difference to what he had to do.
C.S. Lewis, 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'

Things that make you feel old

I was talking to a friend, and mentioned Dolly the sheep. She had no idea what I was talking about :-o

I've just Googled it, and discovered Dolly was born 20 years ago (at which time my friend was six). But to me this is a recent event.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016


I will sing into the night
Christ is risen and on high
Greater is He
Living in me
Than in the world

No surrender, no retreat
We are free and we're redeemed
We will declare
Over despair
You are the hope

And here's the whole song if you want to listen to it:

Friday, 10 June 2016

Keeping Motivated & Excited About Your Work #TalkINK 5

Here's a good quote from it:
If I'm going to invest myself into this, if I'm going to beautify - use my skill to beautify - this message, I need to really make sure that it's a message I want to beautify.
Jason Brubaker