Children’s Church Online: Remembrance Sunday 8th November
You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings.
Do you know what this flower is called?
It is a poppy.
The poppy serves as a reminder that this week we have a very important day.
Remembrance Day is a day on which we honour the men and women who have served in the military and who have fought to defend our freedom. The poppy was chosen as a symbol for Remembrance Day because it reminds us of a place called Flanders Fields where many soldiers from the first World War are buried. The poppies grow wild there between all the crosses that mark their place.
Right now, you, me, and many, many people in the world are not as free as we usually are, as we join together to defend ourselves against Coronavirus.
But the life we are able to live here in England was fought for by men and women in the First and Second World Wars.
Because of them, we are free to come to church and worship, we are free to choose what we want to be when we grow up, we are free to choose where we want to live, we are free to choose most of the things that affect our daily lives.
Being in lockdown – unable to see our friends and loved ones, unable to travel, unable to go to the shops are buy what we want – this is a very timely reminder of what our brave men and women in the military have fought for, not only in the two World Wars but what they defend in conflicts all around the world.
Remembrance Day is when we honour them.
We have a lot of freedom, but the greatest freedom that we have is the freedom that we have in Christ Jesus.
The Bible tells us that Jesus died to set us free from the penalty of sin. Instead of death, we have been given eternal life.
This freedom wasn’t free, Jesus paid the price.
This week as we celebrate Remembrance Day, let us remember to stop and thank God for those who have paid the price for our freedom.
Let us also remember to thank God for Jesus, who has set us free from the penalty for sin, because he was willing to pay the price.
Dear Father, thank you for the freedom that we enjoy.
We are thankful for those who paid the price for that freedom, but even more important, we thank you for the freedom we have because Jesus was willing to pay the penalty for our sin. Amen
Colour in this picture of a poppy and display it in a window that looks out onto the street so that passers-by are reminded to remember our fallen soldiers. You can download it as a PDF here: Remembrance – poppy to colour.
Advent Calendar Young People’s Picture Competition
In addition to our Remembrance Sunday lesson, today we are launching the St Michael and All Angels Advent Calendar Competition.
* CLICK THIS LINK to see how to take part.