Summer Jamboree – Saturday 18th June 2016:

The Summer is coming and it is time to go outside with your friends and family and have fun.  This year Oasis Church Waterloo will celebrating with our community in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park for our annual Summer Jamboree.

Date:  Saturday 18th June
Time:  Midday – 17:00pm

We will be on the East Lawn of GMH Park (Imperial War Museum London) with a barbecue, bar, stalls, games, inflatables (for adults too!), crafts, live music, storytellers, and even a dog show! It’s going to be fantastic, and a great day out.

We’d love for you to come by – and please feel free to spread the word and join the fun.

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15th May – Memory Verse:

TT“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

MATTHEW 6:10

What comes to mind when you think about heaven?   use your imagination to wonder about all the marvellous things reside in heaven and either write them down, draw or make a model or a write a poem to express what you may think heaven is like.  throughout this week look at your work and think about what it is like in heaven.

The Bible says that in heaven there will be non my crying, there will be no more hunger and no more pain and that God will live with us.  Our memory verse this week is quite an important one, it is part of a prayer that Jesus prayed to teach us how to pray.  This part of the prayer reminds us to be ambassadors for God’s kingdom, this means that we are called to represent God here on earth.

Thing of some the ways that you could be an ambassador of heaven, ask God to help you be the best that you can be to help you live your life in peace and love, being a good friend to everyone just as Jesus is a good friend to us.

 

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8th May – Memory Verse:

TT“Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!”

PSALM 107:8

When you think of God’s love for us, what comes to mind?  He is only loves me when I am good?  I have pray to God every day for him to love me?  I am worried God might tell me off if I am naughty?

The Bible teaches us that God’s love is steadfast and we should be grateful for all the wondrous things he has done on our lives.  The word steadfast has lots of meanings and they are all positive and good:

17430221_sLoyal, faithful, committed, devoted, dedicated, dependable, reliable, steady, try, constant, Staunch, trustworthy, firm, determined, resolute, staunch, stalwart, stout, relentless, implacable, singleminded, unchanging, unwavering, unhesitating, unflattering, unswerving, unyielding, unflinching, inflexible, uncompromising and loyal.

This week think of other positive words that remind you of God’s steadfast love, write a list of the ways that God’s love is steadfast to you in your together time book; and as a family pray a prayer of thanksgiving for all the wondrous works God has achieved in your lives.

 

1st May – Memory Verse:

TT“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”

MATTHEW 5:44

 

20780117_sHave you ever had an argument with your brother or sister? How about with a friend or a classmate?  Doesn’t it feel good to get to the end of it and know that you won? When somebody hurts us, it feels like the right thing to do is to get back at them. Whether that means winning an argument, starting a rumour, or even getting into a real fight, our natural instinct is to fight back. But Jesus taught that the people who hate us and hurt us the most are the ones most in need of love and forgiveness. He’s not saying that we should put ourselves in dangerous situations, or that it’s never okay to watch out for ourselves and others, but he is saying that our hearts should be full of love – even for people we really really don’t like. But even while Jesus was teaching this to the people, he knew they wouldn’t be able to do it alone. They would need a new heart—his heart!—if they were ever going to love their enemies.

So when Jesus went to the cross to die, he was making a way for us all to be new creations!  36815710_sJesus died for the people that love him, but also for the people who hate him. Jesus died for his enemies! Jesus gives us the best example of sacrificial love – loving others even when it is hard for us. We know that when we trust Jesus with our lives, we become new creations with new hearts, filled with the power of the Holy Spirit who can help us love others selflessly.  When we find it hard to love other people, we can pray and ask God for help to love others the way that God loves us.

 

 

Watch this video together and discuss what is happening, even though the person on the left is hurting the person on the right, he uses the very thing that is hurting him to build a bridge to the other.

Talk about what it means to love your enemies, write on your prayer list someone who you find it difficult to get along with and ask God to help you build a bridge with that person.

What’s in the Bible?

The Bible is best selling book in the history of the world, it has been translated into 2,000 languages. You can read it from beginning to end but is probably better to read it in stages.

Take a look at the video below, do you agree with what is being said?

 

 

Have you ever asked one or maybe all of the following questions?

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WHAT’S THE BIBLE ALL ABOUT?

WHO WROTE THE BIBLE?  

IS THE BIBLE STILL RELEVANT TODAY?

These are all good questions and it is important to ask this type of question.  By researching and talking to our a friends about these questions it helps us to build a solid foundation for our faith, this is what Jesus talked about in Matthew 7: 22-24:

BUILDING ON SOILD FOUNDATION:

24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” – (NLT)

 FUN FACTS:

  • The Bible is not just a book, it is more of a collection of 66 books.
  • The Bible was written by 40 peop31678323_sle over a period of 1600 years.
  • The Bible is split between The Old Testament and The New Testament.
  • The Protestant Old Testament has 39 books in it. The Catholic Old Testament has 46 books in it and the Orthodox has 50 books in it. (See Below
  • The Old Testament is divided into 4 sections: Books of Law, Books of History, Books of Poetry and Books of Prophecy
  • The New Testament is also divided into 4 sections: The Gospels, The Book of History, The Letters and The Book of Prophecy.


THE APOCRYPHA:

The original scriptures were in Hebrew and Greek. In 400 AD Jerome translated the Hebrew translations of the scriptures into Latin. There were 15 extra books of Jewish history that were included in the Greek translation but they were not considered part of the official Torah and were left out, however, these Jewish history books can be found in the Apocrypha in Catholic and Orthodox Bibles.

TAB1THE WORD “TESTAMENT” TRANSLATES FROM THE LATIN WORD FOR “PROMISE”

 

 

BOOKS OF THE BIBLE:

Here is a novel way to view all the books of the Bible, just like the Periodic Table used in your science class.To see a full scale version of this chart click on the image and you can download a free PDF version.
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Want a fun way to learn the books of the Bible?  which not try learning them through song, below are two great musical versions of the Old and New Testament books:

 

 

GET YOUR KICKS ON ROUTE 66:

Historical route 66Route 66  was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System. Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926, with road signs erected the following year. The highway, which became one of the most famous roads in America, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before ending at Santa Monica, California, covering a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km) It was even mentioned in the Pixar film Cars.

The romance of Route 66 continues to captivate people around the world. Running between Chicago and Los Angeles, “over two thousand miles all the way” in the words of the popular R&B anthem, this legendary old road passes through the heart of the United States on a diagonal trip that takes in some of the country’s most archetypal roadside scenes. If you’re looking for great displays of neon signs, rusty middle-of-nowhere truck stops, or kitschy Americana, do as the song says and “get your kicks on Route 66.”

 

Every year many people take a road trip through Route 66.  However, how many people have never taken a road trip down the original Route 66?  I’m not talking about the highway of America, I’m talking about the highway of the Bible, the original 66 Books of the Bible.  Once a month we are going to take a road trip together down the Biblical highway Route 66 to answer the question together “What’s in the Bible?”

 

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Do You Believe in God?

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This post of parent corner we look to explore one of the big question when our teens are looking for their own identity and exploring what faith means to them.  So what do you do when you are faced with the following question…

Does God Exist?
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This is a question that everyone asks at some time in their life, maybe you have asked that same question too.

The Psalmist says,”the heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the words of his hands” – Psalm 19.1 and many Christians agree that creation does actually reflect order and design in the universe and the sheer vastness of the universe suggests that God does exist.  Others have experienced an encounter with God through answered prayer, miracles or through other people.  Have you ever had such an experience?

Theism:

does everyone believe in God?Not everyone believes in God, Atheists do not believe in God and to believe in Him is just wishful thinking.  Agnostics are unsure, they cannot see how the existence of God can be proved either way.

You do not have to be a Christian to believe in God either, the actual word used to describe a person who believes in God is Theist.  Remember Christians follow the teachings of Christ, however Jews follow the laws and prophets set out in Torah (Old Testament), however, both believe in God.  Therefore, it can be said that both Christianity and Judaism are Theist religions.

Humanists are people who do not believe in God, they believe in the goodness and kindness that can be found in life.  They treat everyone in a kind way as it is the right thing to do and you do not necessarily need God to be kind.

where is God?Believing in God When Bad things Happen

Bad things cab happen to us all at sometime, I am sure if you thought about it, you could share a story of a time when a bad thing happened to you or someone in your family.  What happens to your beliefs when bad things happen?  Can you continue believing in God? Unfortunately some people lose their belief in God, however others keep their faith because they believe that God may be testing their faith, or that people have free will and often bring suffering on themselves.

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In 2014 a  film was produced called God’s Not Dead.  The film follows an evangelical Christian college student who finds his faith challenged by a philosophy professor who believes that God does not exist.

The film also invites you to take up the challenge that “God’s Not Dead”.  Why not have a movie night with your older children, invite some of your their friends round, order a pizza, grab some popcorn and sit down to watch this great film.  It really helps to create a healthy dialogue, the worst thing we can do is pretend that this is not an issue.  Here is the trailer:


The film also stars the popular Christian boy band, The News Boys, with their song “God’s NOT Dead” you can play the video of the song below: