St. Cuthbert's Church

May 30 to June 9

COME PRAY WITH US

Family Prayer Activities at St. Cuthbert’s

Thanks for taking these Family Prayer Activities home.  We hope you have fun praying together and that it draws your family closer together.  Welcome to eleven exciting days of prayer.

What’s this about? St. Cuthbert’s is participating in THY KINGDOM COME, a global prayer movement encouraging people to join in prayer for eleven days from May 30 to June 9.

Why these eleven days?  Great question!  We understand that God wants us to pray regularly but sometimes it helps to know that you’re part of something really big, something bold and dramatic.  These particular eleven days fall between two important Christian celebrations; The Feast of the Ascension where Jesus leaves this earth and ascends to heaven to be with God the Father and The Feast of Pentecost when we’re given the gift of the Holy Spirit.  It’s that Spirit that walks alongside us every day.  We hope and pray that the Spirit will breathe new life into your family prayer time.  Sound exciting?

We’re not very good ‘prayers’.  I don’t think we’re doing it right. No worries.  Prayer is really about talking to God.  You see, the prayers are already there, resting inside our hearts, waiting for us to give them voice.  There’s no right or wrong way to pray.  You just have to start simply and stick with it!  Besides – you’ve got help!  Find a little time to gather your family, try some of these activities, think, talk, laugh, reflect and, most important, listen for God’s voice.

 Why not visit the church during the week.  There is a prayer tree in the Quiet Garden – write your prayer requests and place them on the tree.  Visit www.thykingdomcome.com for more creative ideas and activities about prayer.

Thanks to your family for praying with our St. Cuthbert’s family and with believers all around the world.  Think of it – that’s a lot of Prayer Power! Praying together we can change the world.

For Younger Children: 

Good times to pray together are those times you do something regularly, like brushing teeth, eating a meal, walking or driving to childcare or school or going to bed. Keep prayer time short and simple particularly for younger children.

PICTURE PRAYERS:

Materials:  a selection of photos of family and friends

Directions:   Select one picture each day or each time you pray.   Talk about the person; why you love them, their strengths and their challenges.   Ask God to be with them and keep them safe.  Pray for any special needs they may have.

THANK YOU GOD:    for the meals you eat each day. 

for the sunshine or the rain,

for a new day of work and play

for …………

LEGO PRAYERS: 

Materials:  a selection of Lego or Duplo 

Directions:  ask:  “Who do we need to pray for today – who’s sick or in trouble or lonely?”  Build your prayer structure block by block.  Every piece you add  represents a person, a problem in the world or something you need God’s help with.  As you add each block pray for each situation, eg. …

Dear God, please look after my Grandma who has a new hip. 

Jesus, be with children everywhere, especially the ones who are waiting in refugee camps.

God, I’m worried about starting piano lessons.  I’m not sure I’ll be good at this. 

Give your structure a name.  Take a picture each time you create a LEGO PRAYER.   Share your prayer activity with Church Kids

PRAYER CHAINS:

  Materials:  Construction paper, glue, tape or a stapler.

Directions: When complete this will be an old-fashioned paper chain.  Cut/tear different coloured slips of construction paper, 10 – 15 cm long, and 3 – 5 cm wide. Name each strip for a person or problem that needs God’s help.  Children can write on the strips or adults can scribe for them.  Pray for the person or situation, fasten the circle and say – AMEN – before moving to your next strip.   Fasten each of the next strips to the previous one, creating a colourful chain.  You can create your Prayer Chain in one sitting or divide it up and offer 3 or 4 prayers each day.  Challenge yourself to see how many different prayers you can offer to God in eleven days.  There’s power in these prayer chains!

For Older Children

FIVE FRIENDS PRAYER ROPE: 

Materials: rope, thick wool, or lacing  

Directions: cut a section of rope, wool or lacing about 20 cm long.

Think of five friends you are concerned about.  Maybe they are struggling in school, having family problems or are unhappy or maybe you just want to remind yourself to think of them more often. Make 5 knots along your rope, one for each friend.  As you make each knot, think of that person, what it means to be their friend and what they are struggling with.  If you’d like to pray aloud you’re invited to say;

 Thank you God for loving us and teaching us to love one another.  Please keep ______   safe in your care.      Amen

Keep your prayer rope in your pocket, by your desk or beside your bed, somewhere close to remind you of your friends and remind you to hold them in prayer. 

GLOBAL PRAYERS:

Materials:  Newspapers, internet, TV, Social media                                

Directions:  Give everyone 3 – 5 minutes to search current events on-line, on screen or in the local paper.  Instruct them, adults included, to return with news of an event that either made them feel good or was concerning.   Share and discuss these stories one at a time.  Reflect on the impact of this news on the world locally and globally.  Who’s impacted?  Are there future implication?  Are there solutions?  Can your family do anything to help?  What can you pray for?  After everyone has shared – pray.  Give thanks for the good news, for the people who were God’s helping hands in the world and ask God’s help for those stories where there is pain and sorrow. 

FAMILY PRAYER BOX:

Materials:  some sort of box or container with a lid, art materials, paper, and pens.

Directions: During family prayer time alternate between – Dear God, I am thankful for… and… Please God help me with … Set aside 3 minutes for every family member to either write or illustrate one thing they are thankful for or need help with.   Invite family members to share their prayers, only if they wish.  Fold the prayers and place them in the box.  When the eleven days of Thy Kingdom Come is finished burn these papers outside praying …

Dear Lord, accept these prayers we’ve offered.  May our petitions rise up just as you ascended into heaven.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.      Amen.

Sunday April 21st 8 am and 10 am

Youth Mental Health Initiatives  – Through Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

We invite you to an information session, with an opportunity to ask questions

Our guests are:

  • *Naomi Algate – Interim Program Manager
  • * Tracey Addison – Parent with Lived Experience

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, Refreshments:  7 pm, Presentation and questions: 7:30 pm

Presented by Anglican Church Women of St. Cuthbert’s, Leaside

St. Cuthbert’s, Leaside

1399 Bayview Avenue

www.stcuthbertsleaside.com.

416 485-0329 stcuthberts@bellnet.ca

Featuring:

Art Gallery ҉ Books ҉ Baking, Preserves, ҉ Cheese ҉ Fudge ҉ Crafts Electrical ҉ Jewellery ҉ Kitchenware ҉ Knitting, ҉ Odds & Ends ҉Toys Treasures ҉  Silent Auction ҉ Christmas Baskets

Face painting by Deyanne ҉ Christmas Boutique

Raffle of handmade Quilt

Tasty Treats:

Delicious served lunch ҉ Coffee cart while-you-wait
See you at the FAIR!

** Profits from the fair support St. Cuthbert’s Church and our outreach programs. **

On Sunday, July 1 Parishioners Diane and Gibson (Gibby) Gray celebrated their golden wedding with members of St. Cuthbert’s. Diane and Gibby renewed their wedding rows in front of the congregation and then invited everyone to join them for a celebratory drink and cake, before departing for Gravenhurst to celebrate further with their family over the long Canada Day weekend.

Our love and best wishes are extended to Diane and Gibby for many happy years ahead.

Once again St. Cuthbert’s has a summer vegetable community garden for parishioners and residents, and this year greatly expanded over 2017!

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Are you able to help with some gardening chores? If so come and join us on a Wednesday morning around 10 am and meet the gardening crew. This vegetable garden also supplies the Flemington Food Bank as there is plenty to share.