Friday 7th June 2019
At Bible club today we sang this new song, “Jesus wants to be my friend forever.” If you click on it you can enjoy it again at home. And we drew pictures of lots of cartoon children to remind us that Jesus let’s all children come to him (and grownups too!) The children were all brilliant at drawing, even some who thought they weren’t very good had a go - and we shared all the pictures in our prayer time too.
Helen Buick Children's Ministry Christ Church Downend 01173050948 07817077141 firstname.lastname@example.org www.christchurchdownend.com
Friday 14th June 2019
At Bible Club we practised the Lord's Prayer with actions again. We prayed it to remember that we can get close to God when we talk to Him. We also prayed with pens by making prayer spirals, all the time we prayed we drew doodles and shapes on our strips of paper. It was good to know that you can talk to God while you draw! If any children from Bible Club are coming to C in the Park, you are invited to join in with the actions to the Lord's Prayer during the C in the Park service on Sunday 23 June starting at 11am. Hope you all have a blessed weekend without too much rain!
Friday 21st June 2019
At Bible Club we shared the story of Jesus healing Jairus' daughter. We learnt that Jesus was interested in healing grown-ups and healing children too. And He was always thinking about worried the parents were, so he said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid, just believe and she will be healed!" Luke 8v20. You can share the Bible story at home via this link: And as a special treat, to celebrate the fact that Jesus heals children, we made a girl in a biscuit bed, with an icing blanket and a flying saucer pillow! You may find yours in your book bag! Hope you all have a great weekend. If you are at C in the Park this Sunday, Its at King George V playing fields, the service starts at 11am and children can join in the Lord's Prayer actions during the service, and the inflatables and free tea & cakes are from 12- 4pm. Blessings to you all, Love Helen Buick, Children's leader at Christ Church Downend.
Friday 28th June 2019
At Bible Club we listened to the story of the miracle picnic. This was when Jesus saw how hungry the crowd of over 5000 people were and he shared one boy’s packed lunch of 5 small loaves and 2 fish 🐟 with the whole crowd. Jesus made this boy a really important part of the story with his little packed lunch. We made little packed lunches to take home with 5 loaves and 2 fish in them so we could remember that God can even use little children and their packed lunches to show His power 💥 We are starting filming next Friday at Bible Club as we are making a special film for Education Sunday (for those who have given permission). If you want to be in the film make sure you come along to Bible Club next Friday. Thank you. Helen
Friday 5th July 2019
I'm sure many of you have had that feeling of panic, when you can't see your child & you fear you have lost them? Well it even happened to Mary & Joseph, yes that's right, they lost Jesus. They had been on a family trip to Jerusalem, and on the way home they suddenly realised that he wasn't there among the group of family & friends, walking home. They went on a worried hunt for him, retraced their steps and found him (3 days later) in the Temple, he had been asking the priests all kinds of questions. At Bible Club today we shared this story from Luke 2:41-52. We read it in the Lion Storyteller Bible, which is a great way to read Bible stories aloud. For a craft activity we made little name labels, a bit like the label Paddington Bear wore, with our names, and a space for a grown up's phone number, in case we ever get lost.
We are having a ‘bring and share’ banquet (@12.15pm) this Sunday after the 10.30am service, we would love any CCI families to join us, all you need to do is turn up and bring something yummy to share. There’s always a lovely friendly atmosphere & plenty of families.
Friday 12th July 2019
Thank you so much to all the teachers, lunchtime staff, office staff & all the pupils for the amazing welcome I receive each & every time I come into your amazing school. I pray that you will all be super blessed by God as you are refreshed over the summer break. To our year 2 leavers : I pray you will know God’s peace as you leave the Infants & that you will know God walking along with you when you start at the Juniors in September. (There is a Monday Bible Club at lunchtime organised by Louise Branch which you might like to join.) It’s our last Messy Church next Wednesday 17 July, 4.30-6.30pm if anyone wants to come. Over the summer, every Sunday morning there are children’s activities at Church. There’s a free Summer Bounce at the Staple Hill Community Hub on Tuesday 6 August 2-4pm (with the Tuesday Move it Club) and there’s a Family Cream Tea in the Church with children’s crafts on Friday 30 August 2-4pm. Come and say hi if you make it to any of these events over the summer ! Love Helen Buick, Children’s Leader at Christ Church
Our photo this week is some of the Bible Club feet - we prayed for these feet and for these children, as they go to all sorts of places over the summer, and for those feet and these children who will move up to the Juniors too.
Friday 26th April 2019
We had great fun today at Bible Club as we remembered the story of the 10 lepers who were healed and the 1 who came back to say thank you to Jesus. And we all said one thing we were thankful for. There’s a great Bible App called YouVersion you can read the story from this App here https://www.bible.com/bible/113/luk.17.11-19.nivuk We also sang our new song for this term, “Jesus you’re my superhero.” Which you can enjoy on YouTube too: https://youtu.be/1FY4C930M2Y. It’s a very exciting Lego animation version with lyrics, well worth another watch. And we challenged ourselves to draw Lego people. And if you are curious about the 10 leper story, there's a very clever Lego animation of the story too on YouTube: https://youtu.be/GVBZHz8oRp0 we watched this at the service this week at the Church. Some people are so creative to have made these lovely clips for us to enjoy. Helen Buick Children's worker at Christ Church Downend
Friday 3rd May 2019
At Bible club this week we remembered the story of Moses in the basket (from Exodus) and how his big sister and his mummy must have been really thankful at how he was rescued from the river and escaped death. We enjoyed the rhyming story Moses and the Exodus Express by Paul Kerensa. Then we drew around our hands and wrote 5 things we are thankful for. There were lots of things to be thankful for, including toys, Easter eggs, family, friends, our bodies, puddings, the world, our TV and more. I’m thankful for this amazing school, the lovely pupils and their clever & kind teachers. It’s a joy & a privilege to be welcomed in each week for our lunchtime Bible Club. Maybe we will see you this weekend at the free family fun afternoons with bouncy castles & refreshments & games in Fishponds park on Sat 4th May and at Christ Church Downend on Mon 6 May. They are organised by The Bristol Noise. Happy Bank Holiday everyone. Helen Buick, Christ Church Children’s Leader.
Friday 10th May 2019
At Bible Club we made thank you sunflowers with things we are thankful for. Then the children all said thank you as they left. We keep on thinking of new things we are thankful for. There are so many things we can thank God for all around us. Can you think of more things to thank God at home? Helen Buick Children's Ministry Christ Church Downend
Friday 17th May 2019
At Bible Club we were thankful for prayer 🙏 and how we can pray all the time, sometimes even with our eyes 👀 open (if we are cycling 🚲 or walking along.) We all remembered the Lord’s Prayer actions we learnt back in November! It was so good to see how the children still knew them. And we made prayer beads on little rainbow cards, they were quite tricky to thread the wool and lots of children really needed to persevere to get the beads on the wool. Some of us prayed to God, because we needed to ask for His help too. Helen Buick, Children’s leader at Christ Church P.S praying you all have a blessed weekend.
Friday 1st March 2019
For our Bible Club this week we learnt actions to the "Never Give up, God is always there" song. Here is a link in case you want to check it out at home and learn the actions and words too. We have been thinking about what perseverance means to us, and how we can set our minds to be determined to do something or to learn something new. For now, Noah is our Bible character, and we know that the size of the ark he built was so enormous that it probably took him over 120 years to build it. Thats a big lot of persevering & not giving up. Let’s keep encouraging each other not to give up too, even if you face discouraging things, disappointments or worse. (The photo of the fists was the action for thunder in our song) Helen Buick Children’s Worker at Christ Church
P.S. In 2 week's time the Church will be open for a CCI Coffee morning 8.50-9.50am on Friday 15 March
Friday 8th March 2019
Today at Bible Club we celebrated the amazing rainbow which we so often see and where its mentioned in the Bible at the end of the story of Noah's ark. We coloured our own rainbows to take them home, trying to get the colours in the right order. We used children's names to get the colours in the right order, eg Ruth, Oliver, Yasmin, (red, orange, yellow). and we sang & danced to our new favourite "Never Give Up" song again. As ever it is such a joy to see the children's enthusiasm for each Bible story we learn and how much they care for each other too.
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Helen Buick, Children's Ministry Christ Church Downend
Friday 15th March 2019
This week at Bible club we had lots of new faces as many children from Reception classes managed to find us in Crocodile class. We listened to the alternative Noah’s Ark Story from Bob Hartman, “Dog’s Version” which was all about a dog and a chicken chatting about this huge boat the master, (Noah) was building. It was a funny story and it reminded us how Noah persevered when he built the ark miles away from the seaside. Next week it’s Messy Church on Wednesday 20 March 4.30- 6.30 at the Parish Hall and we would love to welcome any new families along. We start with crafts & mess, then we have a story time and it ends with a hot meal. It’s free but there’s a donation pot if you want to contribute to the costs of the meal. Hope you can come.
Friday 22nd March 2019
Our Bible Club made doves today. They were quite complicated and it was lovely to see some of the older children helping the younger ones. We talked about the moment in the Noah’s Ark story ☔ when Noah sent out a dove to see if the flood waters had gone down enough for the land to reappear. The first time the dove flew back with an empty beak. The second time he flew back with some leaves from a tree. Sometimes the tough times in our lives take a while to go away, but God is still with us and at the right time He will give us what we need, just like God did for Noah.
Friday 29th March 2019
Today we talked about things that were lost and we read Luke 15 with the stories of the “lost sheep” the “lost coin” and the “lost son”. In all these stories the person looking didn’t give up. They persevered, they kept looking until they found what they were looking for. We learnt that God never gives up looking for us, He always knows where we are but He is waiting for us to look for him. We made coins to remember the story of the lost coin, and we sang our “Never give up!” song too. Helen Buick Children’s worker at Christ Church
Friday 5th April 2019
That Friday Thing – Bible Club Today’s Bible Club was a very sad & happy day for lots of reasons. We were so excited to have Emma King back with us for one week while she was helping with Experience Easter and we made special crosses which were black on one side to remind us of how sad a day Good Friday was. But on the other side we coloured our white crosses with lots of happy colours as we thought about how we can be happy now because as Jesus died for all the wrong things we do, we can now be forgiven when we mess up. Happy & sad all at the same time. Praying your Easter Holiday is blessed and you are able to sense God with you in the happy times and the sad times. Maybe you will pop along to some of our Easter events & services too, do say hello if you do.
Friday 11th January 2019
At Bible 📖 Club this week we learnt actions to the song “Only a boy called David”. If you want to enjoy it at home here is the link Only a boy called David David was a very brave shepherd boy who fought the giant Goliath, but as well as being brave, he also knew that God was with him, and he was a good singer and musician. If any Reception children (or others in year 1 &2) would like to join Bible Club please fill in a reply slip asap (letters should be in book bags) we meet on Fridays 12.30-1pm in Crocodile class. Children who already attend Bible club are welcome to carry on coming and don’t need a new reply slip. Places will be limited but we hope to have a few new members next week. Helen Buick, Children’s leader at Christ Church Downend.
Friday 18th January 2019
That Friday Thing – Bible Club Be like David: A big welcome to our new Reception children who have joined our Bible Club. We are so happy you are coming along. We are continuing to learn about David (From David & Goliath fame), and we watched part of a Veggie Tales cartoon, with Larry the cucumber & Dave the tomato. It was called "Veggietales, Dave & the giant pickle" and you can find it on Youtube here: https://youtu.be/jKxK70RQYxA It’s so great to learn that even though David was small. The youngest of 8 brothers, yet David knew God, & God chose him to be brave and gave him the courage to be bold too. So even our youngest children in the school can be like David. Helen Buick Children's Leader at Christ Church Downend
Friday 25th January 2019
That Friday Thing – Bible Club Hello everyone, We are really enjoying having the new Reception children at Bible Club. We sang our David & Goliath Song, “Only a boy called David” & watched another section of the cartoon, “Dave and the Giant Pickle!” Then we made shepherd’s crooks with pipe cleaners. David was a shepherd and he wrote the most famous Psalm 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd.” David knew God looked after him like a shepherd and we learnt that God cares for us, He comforts us, He gets us out of tricky situations and He loves us because he is a shepherd to us when we need him too. Helen Buick, Children’s Leader at Christ Church Downend.
Friday 8th February 2019
At our Bible club this week we talked about how we each deal with sadness differently, we talked about how tears work for some people & Jesus who was sad when he lost a close friend. Then we watched a film of a burning candle while we said prayers. We were thinking especially about Jess, Tom & their dad Paul & everyone who has been really sad with them this week. It is a privilege to look after those who are sad amongst us, and there will have been many kind words & gestures as we support one another and show love to one another. Bible Club made a card for Jess & Tom, just a small way of saying we are praying for you.
With love from Helen Buick & all the children from Bible Club
Friday 9th November 2018
For the start of our Compassion term we all tied knots in string to try and remember to be kind. We listened again to the story of the Good Samaritan who looked after the poor man who had been attacked by robbers and left half dead on the roadside. How amazing that this person was kind and cared for a stranger in need. I wonder what kind deeds our children will make this week?
Friday 16th November 2018
That Friday Thing does, “The Lost Pudsey!” This week our Bible story was adjusted to include 99 Pudseys and one Pudsey who was lost. (It’s taken from the story of the Lost Sheep and how God is like the shepherd, He goes and looks for any lost sheep and is so happy when the lost one is found!). You can read this story at home in your Bibles in Luke 15. Or you could search for a cartoon version in YouTube. We found 99 Pudsey Bears in Mrs Jenkins’ class and then we found the lost one too. Helen Buick Children’s Leader at Christ Church
PS. It’s Messy Church next Wednesday 21 November 4.30- 6.30pm at North St Hall. We would love any CCI children & their families to come and join us.
Friday 23rd November 2018
At “That Friday Thing” we learnt special actions to the Lord’s Prayer. Maybe your children can show you them tonight and you can share the prayer at bed time together? Each child brought home a copy of the prayer and an invitation to come and lead the Lord’s Prayer at our Christingle Services next Sunday 2 December at Christ Church at either 10.30am or 4pm. Do let me know if your child wants to join in with the prayer actions at either service. We would be so delighted to welcome all our CCI families along to our Christingle Services. All Christingle Services raise donations for the Children’s Society. (https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/) Each class has a candle shaped collection pot. Children can bring a coin to put into the candle pot if they want to next week. These candles filled with coins are part of the offering at Christ Church for Christingle. Thank you. Helen Buick, Children’s leader, Christ Church Downend
Friday 30th November 2018
At That Friday Thing today we made Christingles. With the orange as the world, the red ribbon as Jesus' love for us, and the candle as Jesus the light of the world and the four sticks with sweeties all reminding us that God blesses us with good things at every season of the year.
Friday 7th December 2018
Today in our Bible Club we heard the story of when the angel visited Mary and how it was such a big surprise and the angel showed compassion on Mary and told her not to be afraid. Then we made our own Christingles to take home. A big thank you to all the Bible Club families who came along to our Church Christingle services last week and helped with the Lord’s Prayer actions. We are looking forward to welcoming all of you over to Christ Church for your nativity and carols. Helen Buick Children’s Worker at Christ Church.
Friday 28th September 2018
We had a brill time in Bible Club this week changing water into wine. We are learning about how to love our neighbours & friends 👫 this term and Jesus was helping his friends when they got rather embarrassed & ran out of wine at a wedding. This was the first of Jesus’ miracles. Enjoy our time lapse film on our CCD facebook Page too !
Friday 21st September
We had a brilliant start to our term at Bible Club, it was lovely to see some new children joining in. We did a circle name game trying to remember everyone’s names and their favourite Bible character name too. Then we did leaf rubbings with crayons - God made all of us and we are special and different, just like all the leaves falling off the trees, each one is different but made by God.
Friday 5th October 2018
Wow everyone it’s such an exciting weekend at Christ Church and our Bible Club had a little preview of our treasure trail to discover the different parts of the newly refurbished Church. We did a practise run trying to find all the clues in Crocodile classroom today and shared the Zaccheus story again, because Zaccheus was hiding in a tree! On Saturday there will be 11 clues to find, hidden all over the building, as well as crafts, refreshments and a bouncy castle. If you can’t make it in the afternoon the trail will be available all morning (9.30-12.30) or you can see lots of photos of the Church on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ch ristchurchdownend/ or our Instagram account https://www.instagram.com/christc hurchdownend/?hl=en
Friday 12th October 2018
That Friday Thing Our amazing Friday Thing children coloured little fish 🐟 to decorate our Messy Church pumpkin for the trail this weekend. We read the story of Jonah and heard how God rescued Jonah in a very clever albeit smelly way. God is with us even when we don’t do what he wants us to! The beady eyed among you will question why the rainbow is there in our picture. You might spot it to over the weekend when you are pumpkin hunting. Happy hunting from Helen Buick, Children’s Worker at Christ Church Downend
P.S All our CCI families are invited to join us for tea this Wednesday at Messy Church at the Parish Hall from 4.30- 6.30pm. RSVP to Helen 07817077141 for numbers. Thank you.
Friday 19th October 2018
That Friday Thing had a big jump and a big gulp to do today. We remembered how Jonah spent 3 days in the dark, smelly belly of the whale. And how God rescued him after 3 days. And then we made a massive jump to the New Testament and heard how Jesus mentioned the Jonah story when he called it the, “sign of Jonah” because Jesus spent 3 days in the cave after he died until Easter Day when he rose from the dead. After that sign of Jonah God rescued all of us so we can go to heaven.