We ran an all-age service today based on Psalm 1, here is the plan below if anyone wants to use it.
“Rooted” based on Psalm 1 vs 1-3
Clues to theme – What’s brown and sticky? A stick
What’s brown wet and sticky? A stick in the rain
When does a tree branch become a stick? When it’s disconnected from the tree/roots.
What are roots? Why are they important to trees?
- Anchor – stop trees falling over, keep it stable
- Source of life – take water and nutrients form the soil to help trees grows, devleope and repair.
So today we’re going to look at 4 roots that keep us focussed on Jesus.
Play video of Psalm 1 as above, available via Youtube to download
Root 1: Trust – Jeremiah 17:7-8
What does trust mean to you? Ask for responses – what does it mean to trust someone? interact with responses.
For me when I think about trusting in God it is remembering that God knows what is best for me. He loves me and has good plans for me so I know that what he asks of me is good. It means not being scared. Because sometime we have to do things that make us scared don’t we? what makes you scared?
For me as an adult. One way I know I have to trust God is in knowing that I have enough of what I need. Enough food, enough clothes, enough money.
Each of our roots we are going to have an action or response and for this one we are going to take up and offering, because when we give away from what we have, we have to trust that God will give us all that we need. So as we take our offering, think about how much you trust God and perhaps ask him to help you increase your trust in him…
OFFERING & 2 songs
Root 2: Prayer – 1 Timothy 1:17
“Prayer is like a telephone where we can talk to God”
What is praying? Talking and listening to God.
What can we talk to God about? Anything and everything!
Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things that you do not know!
Key Verse – 1 Timothy 1:17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Prayer and Praise Alphabet- what reasons have we got to praise God for? (Go through each letter of the alphabet asking congregation to name things for each letter we can be grateful for)
Response – Leaves Praise & Thanks leaves – have leaf shapes cut out and pens that people can write short prayers on then come and stick/hang onto tree. we used a tree branch but you could use a fake Christmas tree or collection of twigs in a large pot. Play a song while people write them and then come up and stick them on.
Root 3: God’s love – Ephesians 3:17-19
God’s love is incredible – it is different to peoples love because..
It can’t be measured – its too big (use a tape measure as a prop)
It can not be stopped/broken – it is too powerful (hammer as prop)
It will not run out – its everlasting
It is not conditional – God will never love you anymore or any less than he does right now (spirit level)
We can not be separated from it – Romans 8 – Nothing in the whole of creation can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We need to let our roots go down deep into God’s love – to have his love living and moving in us each and every day! To be aware of his love – to remember that we are his treasured possessions dearly loved by our Heavenly Father.
Stop for a moment and reflect on God’s love – possibly read a couple of verses about God’s love.
Root 4: God’s word – Hebrews 4:12
(hidden scripture game)
Right for root number 4 we are looking at God’s word. In years gone by they used to tie Gods scripture onto their heads and hands (could do an example of this with a volunteer) but that doesn’t really work today does it?! So we’ve hidden some lines of scripture in the hall – send people off to find pre hidden scripture.
Get them to put into right order and read out.
What does this mean for us? It means Gods word is for us, for now and it is powerful, full of truth!
For every situation we are in, every thing in our lives, Gods word is there for us
If we read the bible regularly that root will be so strong that we can face anything!
Response & Pray – Seeds & Pots or bulbs
So we’ve been looking at roots today, roots that feed us, keep us strong and healthy. quick recap on the 4.
And we wanted to find a way to help you remember this, so today we are giving you a little gift to take away, a bulb to plant. These bulbs, if you look after them will grow roots and then a plant with grown from them will grow. But you have to look after those roots, they need soil to be planted in, they need to be watered and looked after. Then that plant will grow and thrive, will grow flowers (or fruit) and will not wither.
So take these home, plant them and let them be a reminder of the roots you need in your life to help you to grow more and more like Jesus…
: Final Song
: Blessing & Goodbye
We had images for the screen for each root and scrolls to unroll (see below)
Leaf shapes/ pens and pencils
Video or reading of Psalm 1
Printed out scriptures (root 4)