God's Big Family - Annual Project 2014

Posted by Roger Cooke on Tue, 07 Jan 2014 | 3 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

[Order your Annual Project resources online, here ]

The Focus
The CMS Ireland Annual Project normally focuses on one country and highlights the work of just one of our Global Partners. However, in recognition of our 200th Anniversary, this year’s Annual Project celebrates the work of all our partners as they worship and work in different ways in nine different countries. The project will help children and young people consider what it means to be part of the global church – God’s Big Family.

The Fundraising Element – The Wheels’ Appeal
The fundraising element of the project will aim to help all of our Global Partners, by raising funds for something that they can help all of them in their work – namely ‘wheels!’ We hope to raise funds to allow our partners to purchase and/or maintain wheelchairs, bicycles or motorbikes as appropriate to their particular needs. These simple things can make a huge difference!

The Weekly Themes
In addition to raising funds for wheels, the project aims to help children discover something about the rich diversity of God’s Big Family. Using stories about the Early Church in the the book of Acts and sharing stories, videos and photos from our various Global Partners, the project will consider how, in God’s Big Family

~We Worship Together
~We Grow Together
~We Serve Together
~We Support each other

The Annual Project Pack
Material is provided for four different age groups and for four sessions. A full pack of resources comprises:

~Leaders’ Guide with everything you need to plan your programme, including background information and suggestions for each session and a summary of the activities for each age group (Under 5s; 5-7s; 8-11s; 12+)

~Three Photocopiable Workbooks – Age-appropriate activities for the children in the younger age groups.

~DVD with four short films to help support the theme of each session as well as a DVD-ROM folder with additional resources.

~God’s Big Family Stickers

A Full Pack (with Leaders’ Guide, DVD and one copy of each of the workbooks) costs £20/24.
The individual elements of the pack can also be ordered as ‘extras’.

God’s Big Family is a great resource for Sunday School teachers who are keen to share the basics of mission with their children or who are simply looking for original, creative material produced here in Ireland.

The project was launched at the end of January and, over the next two weeks, CMS Ireland staff will host a series of short ‘Pit Stops’ to give people a chance to look at the material, pick up their resources and share a cuppa.

Pit Stops (Drop-in at any time, stay for as long, or as short, as you like!)
Sun 2nd Feb, 3:30pm-5pm; Ballymena (St Patrick’s)
Mon 3rd Feb, 7:30pm-9pm; Coleraine (St Patrick’s)
Wed 5th Feb, 8pm-9:30pm; Banbridge (Seapatrick)
Thur 6th Feb, 4:30pm-6pm; Enniskillen (St Macartin’s)
Tue 11th Feb, 5pm-6:30pm; Castlederg (St John’s)
Tue 11th Feb, 8pm-9:30pm; Dungannon (St Anne’s)

You can read a bit more about CMS Ireland’s Annual Project here

For more information on God’s Big Family, or to order your materials by phone or e-mail, contact the CMS Ireland Offices. Or, to order your Annual Project resources online click here


Danielle said Tue, 28 Jan 2014 04:30PM
Is there a page online where I can see the list of resources or items available to order? Danielle
Roger Cooke said Fri, 31 Jan 2014 04:30PM
Danielle - thanks for your question. As you can see, we've updated the page to list the various items available. They're also listed on the online order form. Hope this helps.

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