A helping hand – and a Christmas card for people in need

Sunday November 29th: When you need a helping hand

Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:31 (NIV)

Today’s Bible lesson is about a time when the disciples of Jesus needed a helping hand — and one disciple in particular, whose name was Simon Peter.

It had been a long, hard day for Jesus and his disciples. After the disciples had helped Jesus feed more than five thousand people with only five loaves of bread and two small fish, Jesus told them to get into their boat and go on ahead of him to the other side of the lake. Jesus then went up on a mountainside to be alone and to pray.

Later that evening, the disciples were quite far out onto the lake when the wind began to blow, and the waves began to bounce their boat around on the water.

Shortly before dawn, Jesus went out to the disciples, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they cried.

Jesus immediately spoke to them: “Don’t be afraid! Take courage. I am here!”

Peter spoke up, “Lord, if it is really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”

“Yes, come,” Jesus answered.

So, Peter climbed out of the boat and started walking on the water toward Jesus. But when he started looking around and saw the waves being blown about by the wind, he was afraid and he began to sink. “Lord, save me!” he cried.

Jesus reached out his hand and caught Peter. “Why did you doubt?” Jesus asked.

So, you see, even a grown-up fisherman like Simon Peter needed a hand from Jesus when it came to walking on the water. You and I may face some pretty rough times in our life, but as long as we keep our eyes on Jesus, he will always be there to give us a hand.

Father, help us to remember that you are always there when we need a helping hand.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Has there ever been a time in your life when you needed someone to give you a helping hand?

Of course, there has! Can you think of some?
How about when you first began to try to tie your own shoes, did you need someone to help you? Perhaps it was your mum? She worked patiently with you until you were able to do it all by yourself.
How about when you got your first bicycle, did your dad run along beside you and hold you up?
When you began to learn to read, did you just pick up a book and start reading? Of course not, someone—probably a teacher—helped you learn.
Did any of you need any help learning how to play football? There are always going to be times when you need a helping hand—even when you are grown!

Activity: Create a Christmas card for a West London Welcome child

This week I have a very, VERY special task for you to do. This is to help some people who are in real need of cheering up.
There are some children staying in Chiswick who have had to flee from their own country, perhaps because there is war there or famine.
They made the long and dangerous journey to the United Kingdom with their parents and had to leave behind all their belongings apart from the clothes they were wearing. They had to leave behind their toys, their books and their friends.

Wouldn’t it be lovely to make them feel welcome and cheer them up at Christmas?

I would like you all to make a Christmas card to send to one of these children. You don’t have to know their name, just make a colourful happy card about Christmas and send them a kind message inside.

Then, ask your parents/guardians to deliver it by post or by hand to the Parish Office, marked: CHRISTMAS CARD FOR A WEST LONDON WELCOME CHILD

We will then collect them all together and deliver them.
Just as God is always there for us to lend a kind hand, let us show him that we can do the same.

St Michael’s Advent Calendar & Christmas Charity Appeal 

And thank you to everyone who has submitted pictures for our Advent Calendar.
We are including as many as we can.
Please ask your parents/guardians to click on the doors each day in December, to see whose have been chosen!
You can open them here.