Join us at 10:30am
Welcome and thank you for joining us. If this is your first time at The Oak, hello, we hope you enjoy our time together today.
Our plan today is to start by worshiping together at 10.30am with one of our worship leaders leading us from their home (song words will be on-screen during the live stream). After that, there'll be a time of prayer and news, followed by a short talk.
There are materials on this page for our 0-3's (The Nest), Reception to Year 6 (Treehouse) and Year 7+ (Oak Youth) to help the whole family grow together. More songs and resources for these age groups are available here.
We understand that the changes to home schedules mean you might not be able to join us for the whole morning. With this in mind, this page will be available during the week enabling you to use the resources when you can get to them.
Happy Sunday, see you at 10.30am!
Following the live stream - why not join us as we break bread together followed by coffee in a church wide Zoom call.
Interested in a conversation about faith?
Alpha creates a space to have a conversation about faith, life and God over a six-week online course. We'd love to invite you to a 'Facebook Watchparty' this evening at 7.30pm over on our Facebook page where we'll watch the introductory session (20mins) with live comments and questions. If you’re interested or would like to sign up, please email us.
An update from Home for Good
As home situations become more and more challenging for families during lockdown, and with many children not being seen, Home for Good and Leeds Council anticipate a significant increase in children needing foster families. With their approved families at full capacity we want to support these children by encouraging people to become foster carers – so that they can welcome and care for these children when lockdown ends.
Find out more and see a specific Leeds update video from Krish Kandiah (Founder and CEO of H4G) here.
We launched our 7:7 Prayer Facebook page at the start of this season as a way to help facilitate prayer and serve one another in this season.We've also introduced an option of joining together on Zoom at 7am each weekday (Mon-Fri) for ten minutes. Join by clicking here - see you at 7am!
Ways to connect
Click here to see all our community WhatsApp and Facebook groups.
You can view all of our family resources by clicking here, including content from previous weeks, songs, videos and recommended books!
God’s Wonderful World Week 5
This term in the Nest we are learning about the world around us to help us remember to be thankful for all the wonderful places God has created. This week we are looking at the Jungle!
Verse ‘I will give thanks to You, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonderful deeds.’ Psalm 9v1
Book Five Minute Bible Stories by Fiona Boon & Hayley Down (pages 71-91) (see link here).
Tamsin, one of our fantastic Nest team, has recorded a video of this term’s book including a Makaton signed story and song (see link here).
Songs Who’s the king of the jungle - Creator God - If I were a butterfly - Praise the Lord - When I look (see the videos here) - Father God (to the tune of Old MacDonald, lyrics below, have a go at making up more verses with your child about other things you can find in the Jungle)
Father God made the world, E-I-E-I-O,
And in the Jungle He made some trees, E-I-E-I-O
With a sway sway here, and a sway sway there etc.
Activity Make your own Jungle ‘swamp’ (see example and full instructions here) by mixing washing up liquid and a little bit of water with a whisk/blender/electric mixer. You can then add food colouring if you’d like to. The foam is fun to play with at this point but if you’d like to make it more ‘swamp’ like then add some baking powder to the mix. You can then let your child add some squirts of vinegar to the ‘swamp’ to make it bubble. If you have any swamp creatures such as alligators, snakes etc then you can add these too. As your child plays remind them that God made the swamps in the Jungle and we can thank God for the wonderful Jungle.
Explorers - Jesus cures Peter’s mother-in-law
This week we’re going to be learning about how Jesus healed Peter’s Mother in law of a fever
First things first though let's pack your bags for the adventure into the story and some things needed for the crafts later.
This week you’ll need :
Pipe cleaners or elastic bands
Felt-tip pens or paints
Post-it notes or small pieces of paper
Once your explorers have got their bags packed, do a lap of your house and/or garden and end up ready to learn together.
Our story today takes us to the book of Mark, chapter 1, verses 30-31.
This story follows straight on from our session last week, Jesus has just healed a man and was now going to stay with Simon and Andrew, two of his disciples.
I think Simon and Andrew would have been proud and excited that Jesus was going to stay at their house. How disappointed do you think they would have been when they got home to discover that Simon’s Mother in law was sick?
Jesus miraculously healed Simon’s Mother in law straight away!
Check out our Family resources page or follow these links to our explorer worship songs.
NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE
NOTHING’S TOO BIG
Get as big a piece of paper as you can find and draw or write down all the things in your life that you are thankful for.
Can you use toilet roll tubes to make characters from today’s story (example here), as you make them can you talk about how each character would have been feeling.
Or you could remake today’s story with lego or duplo.
QUESTIONS TO ASK
How would you feel if your teacher was coming to visit your house?
Have you ever had to cancel something because you or someone in your family was poorly? How did this make you feel?
Why do you think Jesus healed Peter’s Mother in law?
Do you think God still heals people today?
How old do you think you need to be to ask God for healing?
WRAP IT UP
Think about people you know who are sick or who need God’s protection from sickness, write their names down on post-it notes and then spend some time praying with a grown up for all the people you have written down.
You can write down groups of people if you can’t think of anybody, how about praying for everyone who is sick with Coronavirus and the NHS staff and other key workers who are supporting them.
This week, try to remember that nothing is impossible for God, you can ask him for anything.
Why not share what you've been up to on the Treehouse Parents Facebook Group?
A Kingdom perspective - Zacchaeus part 2
Last week you learnt about the story of Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus really wanted to see Jesus so even though he probably looked very silly, he climbed a tree to get a better view. Climbing the tree meant that he got to see, speak to and accept Jesus in his home.
To get a different perspective from the story, click here to watch the story of Zacchaeus again. You can also read it in your bible or bible app in Luke 19.
Did you notice the crowd in the story? Did you notice what they thought of Zacchaeus? It turns out that Zacchaeus wasn’t just short but he was a tax collector and a nasty one at that. He was a schemer and a thief who stole innocent people's money. The crowd was angry and thought he would be the last person Jesus would spend time with let alone have dinner with.
Do you ever feel like Jesus wouldn’t want to have dinner with you because of all the nasty in you?
Jesus is love and he can’t stop loving you. He will always want to have tea with you, He’s just waiting for an invitation! There is nothing you have done that will stop His desire to love you and spend time with you. It’s time to get a kingdom perspective. Whatever you have done to hurt others or to stand in judgment over those who have hurt you, forgive them and yourself and welcome Jesus into your heart. Let Him make His home in you and as you walk with Him, he will begin to heal you filling you with peace and love that you can share with those around you.
Jesus, thank you that your way is different than the crowds. Thank you that your kingdom is love and accepts me completely as I am, including all the bad stuff.
Thank you that you don’t point the finger but you have invited me to dinner with you. Please make your home in me more each day. Transform me so I look more like you and your kingdom so I can share it with others.
God bless you guys, you’re awesome.
Keep seeking Jesus.
Becks and the Oak youth team