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Seasons and Celebrations

Seasons and CelebrationsSeason and Celebrations
A round-the-year worship companion
Available from Canterbury Press for £24.99

Following the success of ROOTS Prayer and Prayer Activities this new book offers you versatile ideas for all-age worship. It includes complete service outlines and imaginative worship ideas for every season and holy day from Advent Sunday to Christ the King with many extras in between including Pancake Day, Mothering Sunday and Father’s Day, Harvest and Christingle. All the texts can be downloaded or projected from the accompanying CD-ROM.

A summer prayer from ROOTS

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A summer prayer

As we rejoice in summer recreation,
bless, loving God, those whose lives feel destroyed.
As we find a stillness for rest and refreshment,
bless, loving God, those whose lives are defined by relentless care.
As we delight in new places visited on holiday,
bless, loving God, those imprisoned by poverty of wealth or ambition.
As we find adventure in activities both fun and frightful,
bless, loving God, those for whom illness and incapacity have become barriers.
As we find refreshment from routines and daily rituals,
bless, loving God, those whose lives can never find free space or time.
Amen.

ROOTS resources are published in two magazines – Adult & All Age and Children & Young People, plus a supporting website.

If you’d like a free sample magazine, phone 0845 680 5317, or email rootssales@rootsontheweb.com to request a copy.

Free sample resources for Pentecost from ROOTS

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Play and explore symbols of the Holy Spirit

Play materials: white and flame-coloured cloths and ribbons, white doves and fire-coloured flames, sparkly bits (sequins, card, glitter), feathers, glue sticks; parachute or large cloth; bubble machine.

Mini Bible story with actions
Jesus said: ‘When I go back to be with God my Father, (move hands upwards)
I will send you a special friend. (Move hands down).
He is the Holy Spirit, who comes from God.’ (Flutter hands like a dove).

Repeat so the children can join in.

The Spirit as dove and flame
Invite the children to play with the cloths and ribbons. They can decorate the card doves and flames with feathers and sparkles. Say that we can think of the Holy Spirit as a dove who flutters down to us, and as a fire that warms us.

The Spirit as wind
Tell the children that sometimes we think of the Holy Spirit as a wind that blows around us. Invite them to move the parachute or cloth to make a wind – gently, then more wildly, and finally, calmly again.

Prayer
Invite the children to make prayer requests and turn on the bubble machine so that the bubbles float among them. Allow the children to enjoy the bubbles. Finish with this prayer. Ask the children to repeat after you:

Thank you, God, for sending your Holy Spirit to help us. Amen.

ROOTS resources are published in two magazines – Adult & All Age and Children & Young People, plus a supporting website.

If you’d like a free sample magazine, phone 0845 680 5317, or email rootssales@rootsontheweb.com to request a copy. 

Roots 2015

Welcome to 2015 from ROOTS!Roots logo

W hope that you’ve had an enjoyable Christmas and feel rested and rejuvenated for 2015.

TherootsJan15magazine exciting news is that our new resources are now live!

These activities are normally only available to ROOTS subscribers but ROOTS has provided them free for you to try.

Every week in Children & Young People
•    More ideas to help engage very young children
•    Our brand new Young People page
•    A downloadable Planning Sheet to help preparation

Every week in Adult & All Age  
RootsJan15magazine2    Notes on the links between the lectionary readings
•    To help the listener, background information and key points in the passage
•    Presentation suggestions for both the Gospel and the Old Testament
•    Online support: a children’s talk before they go into groups, and Pass it on to enable DIY discipleship

In both magazines
•    Response activities marked to show which spiritual styles preferences they support.
•     All the prayers gathered together for easy reference and selection.

RootsJan15MarksgospelYou can see a sample week of the new weekly pages in both magazines for 1 February, which focuses on Jesus’s preaching and miraculous healing in the synagogue at Capernaum from Mark’s gospel.

Pancake party
RootsJan15PancakeSome great ideas for a Shrove Tuesday event with children

You can use these ideas to enliven a simple pancake party, or go for the whole lot and have a children’s or all-age activity evening.
Explore the background to Lent, why we make resolutions, ideas for what you can do as an individual or church community, a fun quiz, games and races, as well as prayer and reflection.

ROOTS resources are published in two magazines – Adult & All Age and Children & Young People, plus a supporting website.

If you’d like a free sample magazine, phone 0845 680 5317, or email rootssales@rootsontheweb.com to request a copy.

Helping all ages to discuss the Bible reading

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How do we bring the Bible to life? Each week in the ROOTS materials include ideas on how to discuss the Bible reading with all ages.

Talk about encourages children to discuss the Bible reading.

Discussion questions in the Bible study help young people deepen their understanding of the reading

Thought-provoking questions form part of our sermon preparation.

All the links above come from the week for 6 April 2014 which focuses on Ezekiel.

Free resources for Lent, Holy Week and Easter

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These activities are normally only available to ROOTS subscribers, but ROOTS has provided these free for you to try.

Lent Calendar for 2014

Travel through Lent with some well-known Old Testament stories. Five famous stories lead us to Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and prepare us for the dramas of Holy Week.

‘Only 40 days’ a Lenten service for all ages

This service explores the meaning and history of Lent.