‘Canvas’ All Age Services

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‘Canvas’ is our monthly all age service held at 9.15am on the first Sunday of each month.

You may be wondering what the name ‘Canvas’ is all about – is it a painting workshop, or will we be camping?! Well, the answer is both – in a way!

As we’ve spent time thinking about how we worship together as people of all ages, two themes have emerged.

We want these times of worship to be something that we create together – each one will be different because of the people that are present – so in one sense we start with a blank canvas.

The other theme that emerged was one of building community together under God’s care – of living under his tabernacle or tent as the Bible often calls it. So ‘Canvas’ seemed to sum up both themes.

Therefore, we want these all age services to be creative, dynamic and real expressions of community; the ‘family meal’ that draws everyone together. It might be a bit messy, there may be a lot of washing up, but it’s always fun, important and affirming.

 

‘Canvas’ most recently…

‘God is alive’
March 27th 2016

John 20:18
“Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!”

God’s not dead, he’s alive. And this means that we can have a real, living relationship with him, sharing life’s joys and hurts with him, he’s always there for us.

‘God is holy’
March 6th 2016

Isaiah 6:3
“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

Over the past year we have been considering some of God’s attributes, but what would the angels say if we asked them to describe God? Holy. God’s holiness is unique, no one is holy like God. Whilst God’s holiness means his utter set-apartness, through Jesus’ death on the cross, we are brought near once again and can enter his presence.

‘God’s name is Yahweh’
February 7th 2016

Exodus 3:14
“I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

We all have a name but what is God’s name? Often we call him God, or Lord, but this can sometimes seem more like a title than a name. God’s name is revealed as Yahweh, or “I am”, which shows us a deeper understanding of who he is. God is not just god but the one who exists above and over all, utterly eternal and sovereign.

‘God is unchangeable’
January 3rd 2016

Malachi 3:6
“I the LORD do not change.”

At New Year we often aware of how time passes in a profound way, there is always change and development except in one case: God. God never changes. We reflected on the past year, what changes might we be facing this coming year, and how God is the same, day after day, year after year nevertheless.

‘God is with us’
December 6th 2015

Isaiah 7:14
“Therefore the LORD himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”

What does it mean to say ‘God is with us’? In the Old Testament the idea of ‘God with us’ was a hope that God would save his people; in the here and now we know that Jesus has come and that he’s identified with our current struggles; and for the future, we know that he will come back to piece the brokenness of the world back together. This is why at advent we not only look forward to Christmas but to Jesus’ coming back to make all things new.

‘God is our fortress’
November 1st 2015

Psalm 91:2
“I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.”

God is our refuge and fortress from stumbling blocks, fears, worries, enemies, sickness, and disaster. Whilst the Christian life isn’t perfect, if we turn to God in prayer, bring our concerns to him and trust him, he will protect us.

‘God is our provider’
October 4th 2015

James 1:17
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father…”

God’s economy is inexhaustible, he can provide for every one of our needs. Our response to this is thanks and praise, but what about those whom God seemingly isn’t providing for? We can be God’s provision for them, by giving generously of ourselves.

‘God is love’
September 6th 2015

Luke 15:20
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”

At the start of the new year, the team launched a new series on what God is like. Where to start? God is love. Reflecting on the story of the lost son, we considered what difference knowing God’s love would make for us in the coming weeks and months.

Read the Canvas Story from the beginning…

The Canvas Story Act 1: Introducing Canvas

The Canvas Story Act 2: A new year, a new team

 

 

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