w/c 12th June
Our reading this week is Acts 11: 19-30
The Good News Comes to Antioch
19 The believers were scattered by the persecution[a] that began when Stephen was killed. Some of them went as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch. They told the Good News in these places, but only to Jews. 20 Some of these believers were men from Cyprus and Cyrene. When these men came to Antioch, they began speaking to people who were not Jews.[b] They told them the Good News about the Lord Jesus. 21 The Lord was helping these men, and a large number of people believed and decided to follow the Lord.
22 When the church in Jerusalem heard about this, they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23-24 Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith. When he went to Antioch and saw how God had blessed the believers there, he was very happy. He encouraged them all, saying, “Always be faithful to the Lord. Serve him with all your heart.” Many more people became followers of the Lord.
25 Then Barnabas went to the city of Tarsus to look for Saul. 26 When he found him, he brought him to Antioch. They stayed there a whole year. Every time the church came together, Barnabas and Saul met with them and taught many people. It was in Antioch that the followers of the Lord Jesus were called “Christ-followers” for the first time.
27 About that same time some prophets went from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 One of them, named Agabus, stood up and spoke with the help of the Spirit. He said, “A very bad time is coming to the whole world. There will be no food for people to eat.” (This time of famine happened when Claudius was emperor.) 29 The Lord’s followers decided that they would each send as much as they could to help their brothers and sisters who lived in Judea. 30 They gathered the money and gave it to Barnabas and Saul, who took it to the elders in Judea.
Prayer for the week:
Thank you that we are all so different. Thank you for our personalities, our gifts, our talents, our own special uniqueness. Help us to value each other and celebrate our differences so that we may all live life in all its fullness.
Song for the week: Our God is a Great Big God
We thought about the different ways we eat eggs - most of us like eggs but we like to have them prepared in different ways. We all thought of a question which gives ten as the answer. We came up with lots of different ideas! We all had the same answer but different ways to get to it.
We watched a video about Paul and Barnabas.
Slapstick Theatre - Paul and Barnabas
We thought about how this all links to our school vision of 'Live life in all its fullness' (John 10:10)
Questions to think about at home:
Who was the last person to encourage you?
What did they do or say? How did it make you feel?
When was the last time you encouraged someone? What did you do?
Challenge: Encourage someone this week. Thank someone for their encouragement.