Collective Worship

Taking time out – the story of Jonah and the whale.

Children’s Church

John 7: 37 – 39 – The Living Water

Jesus often talked about himself as “living water” and in this reading he says that if we believe in him we will be like living water too. What is living water? Strat by thinking about how you feel when you are thirsty…dry throat? headache? irritable? tired? When you have a drink – it feels wonderful.
Imagine if your heart could get thirsty. What would it feel like – dry, sad, irritable. We might get angry, moody, jealous, unkind. Living water feeds the heart and it means we never run dry of love, kindness, friendship and care. Read the passage below with your grown up and have a go at the activities afterwards.

The last day of the feast came. It was the most important day. On that day Jesus stood up and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. If a person believes in me, rivers of living water will flow out from his heart. This is what the Scripture says.” Jesus was talking about the Holy Spirit. The Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus had not yet been raised to glory. But later, those who believed in Jesus would receive the Spirit.

Activities

Activity 1

Activity 1

How much water does it take to make a beef burger?

Click on the image above to download the worksheet and answers.

Activity 2

Activity 2

Water bottle shakers
Give your child a clean plastic water bottle.

Fill with glitter, and/ or sequins. Then put water in the bottle.  Close the lids tightly and wrap duct tape around the lid so it doesn’t spill.

If you don’t want risk of spills, put beads in the bottle within water and use as a musical shaker!

You can decorate our bottle with shapes if you have them.

Activity 3

Activity 3

Click on the image above to download the instructions to make the water cup.

Activity 4

Play the video above and sing along!

Have you heard the raindrops drumming on the roof tops?
Have you heard the raindrops dripping on the ground?
Have you heard the raindrops splashing in the streams and
running to the rivers all around?
Chorus:
There’s water, water of life,
Jesus gives us the water of life;
there’s water, water of life,
Jesus gives us the water of life.

There’s a busy workman digging in the desert,
digging with a spade that flashes in the sun;
soon there will be water rising in the wellshaft,
spilling from the bucket as it comes.
Chorus

Nobody can live who hasn’t any water,
when the land is dry then nothing much grows;
Jesus gives us life if we drink the living water,
sing it so that everybody knows.
Chorus

THROUGH THE WEEK

We have the River Stour and lots of streams near us. Count how many water ways you pass on your walks or on a car journey. Pray this prayer every day:
Creator God,
We thanks you for water to drink, cook,
wash, clean and play with.
We pray that everyone may learn to use water more wisely
and share it fairly.
Amen