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Tea-time Church - Introduction

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Tea-time Church is our own development of Lucy Moore's Messy Church, though in fact our resources could
easily be used in a Messy Church or Cafe Church setting. Our ideas for this have been tested at the Deepings Methodist Church where it has run for a couple of years with some success.

Tea-time Church is designed to be run on a Sunday afternoon, leading into Sunday evening worship which can replace the evening service on that particular Sunday. However it can also be run midweek. We start with time for games as children arrive. This leads into a short time of energetic worship which includes a bible-bop (we find it easier these days to get children to dance rather than sing), action songs, prayers and an introduction to the theme using a video.

After this everyone is encouraged to take part in the craft activities and then enjoy a Sunday tea together. This can be a cooked meal but we find sandwiches, pizza, crisps, jelly and ice cream and cakes work really well and are less labour-intensive. This can also be a way of including others in the congregation, who might not come to tea time church, but who would be willing to make a cake.

After tea we move into the 2nd part of worship. This time the bible is used for the reading and there is a short talk, prayers, some slightly less lively songs and we finish with a "song for the adults".

Arrow The Resources

We now offer a complete 3 year pattern, but you can be flexible with this. We offer a brief glimpse of the life of Moses in the first 3 sessions which allows us then to cover the birth of Jesus in December. We then follow the life of Jesus, using parables at the appropriate moments. The only exception to this is each December where we offer Christmas resources.

We mainly use 4 DVDs for resources and these are quite inexpensive to purchase

The Prince of Egypt

The MiracleMaker

The Parables Complete Collection

Puppets 'n' Parables
is available from the Family Friendly Churches Trust as a Download

From time to time we will also suggest other videos that may be available. Remember, to show videos like this you will need the video extension to your CCLI licence.

We offer a programme including an opening and closing prayer, song suggestions with the songs available as PowerPoint and video files, game and craft suggestions and the text of a short all age talk.

Along with this will be a complete PowerPoint file with all the songs inserted as videos. You will need to download the PowerPoint and videos files and hold them in the same folder. If you have your own musicians then it is an easy process to delete the video slides and replace then with slides of the words.

Arrow The Complete Programme

This is the material we cover over 3 years.

Month

Theme

Videos


Year 1

September

Baby in the bulrushes

Prince of Egypt

October

The Burning Bush

Prince of Egypt

November

The Escape from Egypt

Prince of Egypt

December

An instant nativity

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January – 2017

The Boy in the Temple

The Miraclemaker

February

The Baptism

The Miraclemaker

March

The Temptations

The Miraclemaker

April

The two builders

The Miraclemaker, The Parables & Puppets and Parables

May

Call of disciples & Matthew & Prodigal son

The Miracle Maker, The Parables & Puppets and Parables

June

The sower

The Parables

July

The healing of the paralytic

The Miraclemaker

August

The Lost Sheep

The Parables & Puppets and Parables


Year 2

September

The unforgiving servant

The Parables & Puppets and Parables

October

Raising of the girl – The persistant widow

The Miraclemaker, The Parables & Puppets and Parables

November

Workers in the vineyard

The Parables

December

The wise men & gifts

-

January 2015

The rich farmer

Puppets and Parables

February

Raising of Lazerus

The Miraclemaker

March

Palm Sunday

The Miraclemaker

April

Turning of the tables – Paying taxes

The Miraclemaker

May

The great banquet

The Parables & Puppets and Parables

June

The ten virgins

The Parables

July

The Parables of Talents

The Parables & Puppets and Parables

August

Unless you become like children + The good Samaritan

The Miraclemaker,The Parables & Puppets and Parables


Year 3

September

Anointing of Jesus + the hidden pearl

The Miraclemaker,The Parables & Puppets and Parables

October

Last Supper

The Miraclemaker

November

Garden of Gethsemane

The Miraclemaker

December

Christingle

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January 2016

Betrayal and Trials

The Miraclemaker

February

Crucifixion

The Miraclemaker

March

Resurrection – Mary and Peter

The Miraclemaker

April

Resurrection – Emmaus and Thomas

The Miraclemaker

May

Ascension

The Miraclemaker

June

Pentecost

The Video Bible - Acts

July

Cornelius

The Video Bible

August

Conversion of Paul

The Video Bible


 

Current Resources

Year B

Tea-time Church
December -The wise men & gifts

Advent 3
December 17th - Being a good witness & Cleaning up the mess

Advent 4
December 24th - The nativity story & Mary's Song

Christmas Day
December 25th - Pass the parcel

Christmas 1
December 31st - Waiting rewarded & Preparing a Messiah

Tea-time Church
January - The Rich Farmer

Epiphany
January 6th - Giving and receiving

Ordinary 1 & Covenant
January 7th - The voice of the Lord & Moment of decision

Covenant
Making promises

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