At Ringwood, every Sunday during school terms, children are invited to join a teacher and a helper for Sunday School. Each class focuses on a particular Bible story or theme. There is often a craft activity, some music and always a prayer. It’s lovely to see the children enjoying time together and learning more about God. The children go to Sunday school after a short children’s talk by Pastor Peter and then return to the church for a blessing during communion.
On the first Sunday of each month Knox hosts ‘Bible Song’. The children learn a Bible story (sometimes ‘performed’ by adult helpers) and even learn how to sign the main Bible verse using Auslan (Australian Sign Language). When they return to the congregation at the end of the service they become teachers and teach the congregation about their lesson.
All children are warmly welcomed at both Sunday School and Bible Song.
Head 2 Heart
On the third Friday of every month our Head 2 Heart Youth (10-16-year-olds) meet at Knox from 6.30 pm. They enjoy a meal together and then explore aspects of the Christian faith via PowerPoint presentations, games, songs, crafts and other activities. Pastor Peter and our Head 2 Heart leaders love mentoring young people, and their enthusiasm and commitment is contagious. It can be tough being a young Christian in a largely secular society. Head 2 Heart offers encouragement and works to strengthen the faith and friendship of our young members.
Let no-one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe (1 Timothy 4:12)
Holiday Bible Fun Days
In the Winter school holidays Knox hosts a day of fun and activities for children. They explore an aspect of the Bible around a chosen theme. Our last session focussed on the Psalms. The children sang, danced, played games, prepared a feast (and ate it) and created wonderful scrolls of the 23rd Psalm. It’s great that our young members have the opportunity to invite their friends to come along and learn about the Bible. Please watch the website for our next Bible Fun Day date.
People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.' And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them (Mark 10:13-16)
Monthly Craft Afternoons
Once a month on Saturday afternoons, usually at Ringwood, we have some creatively gifted adults leading the children in an incredible range of craft activities. The children have made and decorated masks and bowls, created treasure maps, made Mothers Day cards, learnt how to make hidden compartments in old books, done painting, and much more. It’s a wonderful time of fun and relationship building. All children young and old are welcome!
And he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills—to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze (Exodus 35:31,32)
Meet Lily, one of our younger members
I like reading, drawing, practising basketball shots, playing with my dogs Scruffy and Cuddles and playing the piano and clarinet. I also enjoy school and spending time with my friends. In choir at school we sang the 23rd Pslam and it was very beautiful. Here is the last verse: “Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever”. I like how there are different events at church and we can always meet new people. Pastor Peter always includes children in the service by doing a children's address, and Head 2 Heart has been great because we have fun and learn more about God as well.