Children and Young People
This is a page especially for our young friends at St Michael's!
We welcome children as full members of our Church, and there are many opportunities for children and young people to be involved in the life of the Church. See the links at the bottom of the page for more info.
Grown ups: The YouTube links will always be carefully checked, with E-safety in mind, and are designed to be a shared experience as a family, not for children on their own.
Try these 'Look' activity sheets!
There's a Bible story, some fun puzzles and a short prayer to say with your grown-ups.
Click on the button to see this month's selection ⇒
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Here's this week's Godly Story
You might like to watch this week’s Godly Story. Every week there's a fab new video of a Bible story, made by people from St Albans Diocese (that's the group of churches around us that St Michael's Church is a part of). It's got questions at the end that you can wonder about and talk about together with your grown-ups afterwards. Find the video on YouTube HERE!
Lent is a time when we repent (say sorry) for the bad things we have done or said or thought, and get closer to Jesus. It starts about 40 days before Easter which reminds us of the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert on his own, facing temptations (things that would have been wrong to do).
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, this year that's 17th February. Usually, in a service, we use ashes from burned palm crosses from last year and the Vicar makes the sign of the cross on our forehead with them, as a sign of REPENTENCE, HUMILITY and MORTALITY. That's why he says the words:
"Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return" and "Turn away from sin and be faithful to Christ".
This year we have some activities you might like to do at home to remind you of Jesus in these 40 days.
"Lent in Three Minutes”
Older children might want to watch this video from Busted Halo
. (Busted Halo is a Catholic YouTube channel, but most of what’s included in this video is what we'd do at St Michael's too).
Here's a great song for Lent
Listen to the lyrics of this song 'Alive'
from the brilliant band Hillsong and see how they fit into the Lent story. In fact, it's a lyric video so you can sing along too!
Think about this artwork
⇔ Click to enlarge
One of our young people, Mimi Broughton, painted this wonderful artwork to help us think about Lent and Jesus' time in the wilderness. Mimi says, "It symbolises that you must follow this path if you believe in God. Sometimes it can get a bit bumpy and sometimes a whole chunk can fall off. However you must keep on going and not fall into the sea of Satan because it is hard to get back up to God".
Why not use the picture with your families. Spend some time looking closely at it.
What do you see?
What does it make you think of?
How do you feel?
How would you imagine Jesus in the wilderness?
Why not finish with a prayer, either on your own or with your family ... perhaps a thank you, a sorry, or a please prayer.
Colour a Lenten calendar
Click on the picture on the right to print a large version ⇒
Choose a word to think about or a person to pray for. Write the word or name in the space and draw around it.
Let the word or name speak to you. If words come to you as you draw, pray them. If not, just continue to draw, stay quiet, and let the word or name burrow into your mind and heart.
The aim of the doodling and drawing is not to make a beautiful work of art, but to create a visual prayer.
Really young children might like to simply colour the shape whilst their grown-ups say a prayer.
Watch this cartoon, 'Jesus in the Desert'
Using wonderful pictures "40" by Si Smith (an artist from Leeds), and the song "How he loves" by John Mark McMillan this YouTuber created a great video, 'Jesus in the Desert'
which you can enjoy with your families as a quiet time of worship.
Try a Lectio Divina (divine reading) for Lent - something for those in Y7 upwards
Never heard of it? Click on the image for some info, which will tell you a little bit more about a simple form of Lectio Divina and will help get you started. Why not give it a whirl!
This more simple form is based on focussing on one word in a phrase from Scripture. Each week in Lent we'll share the Sunday Gospel reading for you to think about:
Lent 3: John 2. 13-22
When the Passover Feast, celebrated each spring by the Jews, was about to take place, Jesus travelled up to Jerusalem. He found the Temple teeming with people selling cattle and sheep and doves. The loan sharks were also there in full strength. Jesus put together a whip out of strips of leather and chased them out of the Temple, stampeding the sheep and cattle, upending the tables of the loan sharks, spilling coins left and right. He told the dove merchants, “Get your things out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a shopping mall!” That’s when his disciples remembered the Scripture, “Zeal for your house consumes me.” But the Jews were upset. They asked, “What credentials can you present to justify this?” Jesus answered, “Tear down this Temple and in three days I’ll put it back together.” They were indignant: “It took forty-six years to build this Temple, and you’re going to rebuild it in three days?” But Jesus was talking about his body as the Temple. Later, after he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered he had said this. They then put two and two together and believed both what was written in Scripture and what Jesus had said.
Can you beat this quiz?
You'll need to have a look around the churchyard and on some other pages on this website for your answers! Click on the Quick Quiz to pull up a full-size version to print.
Here are the answers ... no peeking!
Have a look at this Stop Motion Filming!
Our Youth Group created this bit of silliness back in 2013 and it's still fun to watch. Click on the pic below to find the 'Youth Group Animation' video on our media page ⇒
Who is Saint Michael?
He's an Archangel (one of the most important of God's angels) and is mentioned a few times in the Bible - why not see if you can find him:
Daniel, Chapter 10 and 12
Jude, Chapter 1
The most famous story is mentioned right at the end of the Bible:
Revelation, Chapter 12, verses 7–9
"Then there was a war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back. But the dragon was not strong enough. He and his angels lost their place in heaven. He was thrown down out of heaven. (The giant dragon is that old snake called the devil or Satan. He leads the whole world the wrong way.) The dragon with his angels was thrown down to the earth." International Children's Bible
Click on this picture of St Michael to print and colour it in ⇒
You can find pictures of St Michael in a few places in our church too: he's one of the four archangels in the West Window and there's a banner of him too.
We celebrate St Michael's special day on 29th September, or the Sunday nearest to it.
You might want to think of St Michael whenever you feel lonely, scared, or tempted.
Bridge Youth Church
This is a BRILLIANT group for young people aged between 11-20. It was set up by the youth teams of three churches, including St Michael's and meets for worship, friendship, exploring key issues, fun activities and trips ... oh, and food!
Click on the picture here to visit their website which has loads more information ⇒
LATEST NEWS FROM AL AT BRIDGE -
"Bridge Zoom Worship - 5:30pm, Sunday 7th March 2021:
With the Covid-19 infection rate still high we’re unfortunately unable to restart worship together at Holy Trinity or our other churches, so for at least the next couple of months we’ll continue to worship together via Zoom. Meeting ID: 884-4536-8888
With that said, we’ve started a new year and if, like us, one of your New Year’s resolutions is to learn more about, or strengthen your Christian faith, then you might like our other events ...
Youth Alpha via Zoom - 7:30-9pm, Sunday 28th February 2021:
If the last year has been a struggle for you with your faith or if you’d just like to reconnect with Jesus, then we’re running a new Youth Alpha course fortnightly in term time beginning on 24th Jan. Because of the COVID restrictions we’ll be at least beginning the course online but we wanted to start the new year positively! For more information, including a trailer for the course, click here
Meeting ID: 869-9900-8274
Virtual Bridge Wednesdays - every Wednesday during term time - 6:30-7:30pm
Now via Zoom due to Covid 19 social distancing restrictions
Due to social distancing policies our Thirst Café meetings are suspended and we'll meet via the Zoom app until further notice.
Meeting ID: 833-7505-2782
Check our Instagram for more info
If that sounds fun then please feel free to join us and come along to any of the meetings."
For all the meeting passcodes, email email@example.com
St Michael's School
There's lots of information about our wonderful church school of St Michael's on our St Michael's School page
(including a link to the school website) but that's mostly a way for us to tell your grown-ups about things.
Here's something that might appeal to you guys and your families ...
Staff and pupils have created some fantastic worship videos which you might like to watch and share together ⇒
Click on these links below to find out about more ways you can be involved -