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The Lord's Prayer

In the NIV bible, in the Gospel of Luke, chapter 11, verses 2 to 4, Jesus taught his disciples to pray, saying to them, "When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation. ~ This is The Lord's Prayer as Jesus taught in the Gospel of Luke, chapter 11 verses 2 to 4 of the NIV translation.

The traditional version of the Lord's Prayer, as used in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer reads:
The Lord's Prayer from the 1662 Prayer Book: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever and ever.  Amen. ~ This is The Lord's Prayer from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer

The following translation was used from 1978 through to 1996.
The Lord's Prayer as used from 1978 through to 1996: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen. ~ This is The Lord's Prayer as used from 1978 through to 1996.

Today, we use the following translation:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen. ~ The Lord's Prayer used since 1996.

"Why have they changed the Lord's Prayer?"

Jesus spoke in the language of Aramaic which was translated into Greek by the writers of the New Testament. Well over a millennium later, the Greek was translated into English with the writing of the King James Bible, and in places, the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England.

It is the aim of all translators to make the original text accurate both in word and meaning in the translated version. All translators throughout history have found this challenging for two reasons: firstly many languages simply do not have a word which is an exact translation of the word in the original language, and secondly because words and expressions in any language vary over time. (Did you know the word "stink" in English, used to mean "to smell sweet"?)

Original translations of the Lord's Prayer into English were valuable to the people hundreds of years ago, but many of those words have completely different meanings in the 21st century. Modern translators have returned to the original Greek texts available and tried to make these accurate and meaningful for our modern society.

The first few lines of the traditional version read: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. As mentioned above, the variations in translation occur because the words in the original Greek text do not flow easily into standard English sentences. These first few lines literally translate from the Greek as: Father of us, but one in the heavens, Let be held in reverence the name of you.

As a point of interest, in 1380AD, Wyclif wrote the Lord's Prayer down in the language and spelling of the time.
The Lord's Prayer as written by Wycliff in 1380AD: Our fadir, that art in hevenys, halewid be thi name; Thi kyngdoom come to; Be thi wille done in erthe, as in hevene. Gyve to us this dai oure breed ovir othir substance; And forgyve to us oure dettis, as we forgyven to our dettouris; And lede us not into tamptacioun, But delyvere us fro yvel. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer has been set to music a couple of times in the past, but perhaps the most well known of these is Sir Cliff Richard's Millennium Prayer, which was released in 1999.

The Lord's Prayer has also been translated into nearly every language in the world. To read it in a different language, visit www.prayer.su where there are over 370 different translations available.

If you have an iPad, you might be interested in this Free Application - Bible Colouring Stories, The Lord's Prayer - available through the iTunes store. You can colour the pages on your iPad, email them to family and friends, or download them to your computer to print out. You can also listen to a child reading The Lord's Prayer.

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Sunday School Resources

Sunday School is an important part of parish ministry, and the following resources have been compiled to help Sunday School Teachers and Parents alike.

52 Ways to Use a Worksheet 52 Ways to Use a Worksheet

These suggestions are compiled especially for a Sunday School teacher who has only a colouring-in worksheet as lesson resource. It is assumed the worksheet will have a figure, animal or other item from the day's bible story, and that the story will be told in some way before the craft activity. Not all suggestions will be suitable for all lessons.

spacer image Theme linked Stories

Thematic listing of stories found in the bible. Themes include: water, life, food, fire, storms, as well as others. Valuable resource for those who wish to link lesson plans together over a number of weeks.

Children's Ministry Sunday Workbook Example Children's Ministry Sunday Workbook

Provided by the Diocese of Bendigo.
Prepared and freely distributed by St Andrew's Anglican Church, Aberfeldie.
Available by email; contact address included on workbook.

spacer image Free Sunday School Resources Online

A list of web sites that provide free resources for use in Sunday Schools, many are available for download and printing, others are online use only. Covering a wide range of areas, including children's sermons, bible lessons, colouring pages, online jigsaw puzzles, and pictorial representations of different bible stories.
List last checked for accuracy on 12 September 2010

Bible Four Week "Get Familiar with the Bible" Lesson Plan

A guide for teachers to familiarise children with the Bible. Starting with finding the different parts of the bible, moving to the New Testament, then comparing Gospel stories, and finishing with reinforcing the learning, this four lesson plan is suitable for children of all ages, even the child at heart.

spacer image Simple Prayers for Children

As named, contains a number of simple prayers for children. Some are suitable for grace, others as general prayers, but all are short and easily memorised.

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Learning About the Church

God's Family

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The Story of God's Family

Read the parts of the Gospel of Luke in this file.
In here, you will find the stories of The First Christmas, The Good Samaritan,
Calming the Storm, The Lost Sheep, and The First Easter day, as well as others.

God's House

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When We Are In Church

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Holy Communion

You share many meals with your earthly family at home, and the Holy Communion is a very special meal we share as God's family.
More than 1,000 years before Jesus was born, God's special people the Jews were slaves in Egypt. On the night God set the people free, he told them to have a meal of flat bread and roasted lamb, and to call this meal the Passover.

Here is an activity you can do with a grown up.
Cook some flat bread similar to what the Jews ate on the Passover like this:

1. Mix half a cup of flour with a big spoon of oil, a little spoon of salt and some water.
2. Knead it into a circle.
3. Cook it on both sides in a fry pan with a little oil - be careful.
4. Eat it while it's still warm. Yummy!

Going Home

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Meal Spaghetti Burger Salad Milkshake Cake

Image of different meals


There are more activities to do offline.
You can download the Complete Booklet to print out and complete offline.
PDF file - less than 100KB

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Fun Bits

Text Messages

N da bgning God cr8td hvn & erth
6 daz wrk all good
day 7 he chilld out

1 cross + 3 nails = 4 given

God sez Im #1.
No copiz.
Rspk my nam & yo ma & pa.
Holy day 1/7.
Neva kil cht stl or lie.
Eyz off wot isnt yrs.

God luvd the wrld so much th@t he gav his only son
so evry1 who belivs has etrnl lif

Fun Activities

Rubber Band ManJigsaw Make a jig saw. Photocopy, colour, and glue a whole picture onto card. Practice drawing simple jig-saw lines while glue dries, then draw jig saw over picture. Cut into pieces, put the pieces into an envelope for storage & label. A written bible verse can also be made into jig saw.

Make a rubber band man. Colour & cut figure, glue onto card, separate body parts, then staple to rubber bands for legs & arms etc.

Thoughts to make you think

Basic
Instructions
Before
Leaving
Earth

 

No God - No Peace.
Know God - Know Peace.

 

Trust in His timing,
Rely on His promises
Wait for His answers
Believe in His miracles
Rejoice in His goodness
Relax in His presence

 

Smile!
Smile! God Loves You!
God Loves You!

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FAQs for Kids

Who is God? Where does God live? Why is the day Jesus died called Good Friday? Who wrote the Bible? Does God answer all our prayers? What is heaven like? Are there angels in heaven?

Have you or your children ever wondered about these questions, but didn't know the answer?
Here, you can find easy to understand answers to these questions as well as others on seven different topics.

  • Questions About
    God

    Who is God?
    God is the greatest, most powerful being ever, who made the whole universe.

    Who made God?
    Nobody ever made God. God has always been and will always be, for ever and ever, like counting numbers, which just go on and on.

    Where does God live?
    We call it "heaven" but we don't know where it is, except we can't get there in a rocket, and we don't know what it looks like, except that it's filled with God's love.

    Did God really make the world?
    Absolutely. God made everything we call "nature" in this world and the whole universe.

    But what about evolution?
    God designed that, too. He gave all life the ability to reproduce and develop, and he keeps on guiding it as it does.

    Why is God called God?
    The word "God" means "one who brings into being by speaking", and this is how he made the world.

    Is God male or female?
    Neither. God is a spirit, and doesn't have a human body like ours. Maybe he is a bit like a super special Casper the Friendly Ghost.

  • Questions About
    Jesus

    Who is Jesus?
    Jesus is God's very special only Son, so special that he is even part of God himself.

    When did Jesus live on earth?
    Because Jesus was so special, we count our years from the year he was born. That means he was born 2010 years ago this year.

    Is Christmas really Jesus birthday?
    Probably not. It wasn't until after Jesus had gone back to heaven that people realised it would be important to celebrate his birthday, and by that time nobody remembered what the day actually was. So they just picked 25 December, because it was already a festival day.

    Where did Jesus get his power?
    From God. Jesus was a real human being, like us, but he is also God's Son, and has the power of God, and is exactly like God.

    How old was Jesus when he died?
    Jesus was 30 years old when he was baptised by John and 33 years old when he died.

    Why is the day Jesus died called Good Friday?
    In Old English, the name of this day was "God's Friday", but back then, "God" was spelled "Goode". After the English language had been banned for over 300 years at the end of the first millennium, people got things a bit mixed up, so we've ended up with Good Friday.

    What did Jesus look like?
    Jesus was a Jew, so he would have had dark hair (maybe curly), olive skin, dark brown eyes and a fairly big nose. People back in those days were usually slim and weren't very tall, either.

  • Questions About
    The Bible

    How old is the Bible?
    The 66 books of the Bible were written at different times from 1,000 years before Jesus was born up to about 100 years after. They were put together for the first time as one whole book in about the year 400.

    Who wrote the Bible?
    About 40-45 different people, many whose names we know like Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul and Isaiah.

    Why is the Bible called the Bible?
    The word "Bible" means "books", so its name reminds us that they are the books of God.

    Why was the Bible written?
    To tell the story of God and his people.

    Is the Bible true?
    The stories in the Bible are either true or were made up to clearly show us an important truth that God wants us to know.

    Can we believe the Bible?
    Absolutely. Every part of the Bible was guided by God to help us know him better.

    Why are there different Bibles?
    The Bible was originally written in Hebrew and Greek, and has to be translated to other languages for people to read it. Translating is tricky to do, and sometimes people find different words and sentences tell the original idea more clearly.

  • Questions About
    Prayer

    What is prayer all about?
    Prayer is the way we communicate with God, by talking and listening.

    How does God listen to us?
    We don't really know. It must be a bit like telepathy because God doesn't have ears or hear sounds like we do, but he knows our thoughts and prayers.

    How does God talk to us?
    God talks to us and guides us by putting good thoughts into our minds and helping us make good choices.

    Does God answer all our prayers?
    Yes, but the answer might not be what we are hoping for. God's answers can be "yes" or "no" or "wait a while" or "I've got another plan".

    Why do we pray?
    To share our life with God and listen for his direction. If we didn't pray, it would be like not talking to mum or dad all week.

    Why can't I hear God talking to me?
    Listening to God takes practice. Some people can't send text messages on their phones, even though they've been shown how, because they haven't done it much. Listening to God takes practice, too.

    Why is the Lord's Prayer special?
    Because it's the prayer Jesus told the disciples to say. It begins by praising God and then asks for his help with our daily life, so we should say it every day.

  • Questions About
    The Church

    Who made the first church?
    Jesus told Peter and the other disciples to be his church, so, after Jesus went back to heaven, they started meeting for prayer on Sundays, in each other's homes. This was the first church.

    Why do people go to church?
    To praise God and hear his messages for our lives and be together with other Christians.

    Who can go to church?
    Anyone and everyone. All the people who go to church actually are the church, because an empty building by itself wouldn't be a proper church at all.

    Do we have to go to church?
    Going to church is really, really important to keep our lives with God balanced, and to share support and encouragement with other Christians.

    Why do we go to church on Sundays and not on the sabbath day?
    The word "sabbath" actually means "rest". For people of the Old Testament, the day of rest was the 7th day of the week, but for Christians it is Sunday, the day Jesus came alive again.

    Why do people get Baptised?
    Getting baptised is like putting up your hand to say that you want to be a child of God, part of his big world-wide family of the church.

    What's the bread and wine at church all about?
    Jesus gave us the bread and wine as symbols of his Body and Blood. We share them at church because Jesus told us to, and to share his strength and his life.

  • Questions About
    Good and Evil

    How do we know if something is good or bad?
    If Jesus or the Bible say a thing is good or bad, then that's what we should go by.

    What happens if my friends say different?
    Christians go by what Jesus says. Many times this matches what other people say, but when it doesn't, we have to stick to God's rules.

    Is evil real?
    Sure is. We know that when we feel like doing bad things.

    Are people evil?
    God made all people good, but with the freedom to make their own choices. We all make bad choices sometimes, but some people continue to make bad choices time and time again.

    Is it wrong to be tempted?
    Temptation is when we think about doing or saying a bad thing, but have not actually done it. But it's not a sin unless we actually do it.

    How does God forgive us?
    Forgiveness begins by saying sorry for wrong things we have done, and meaning it. God forgives us by accepting our apology.

    Why do bad things happen to good people?
    God give us all freedom to make choices in life. Sometimes the poor choice made by one person or a law, has sad or terrible consequences for another person.

  • Questions About
    Heaven and Hell

    Is heaven real?
    Sure is. Jesus talked about heaven, and told us it's the pace where God lives, and where Jesus was going to go.

    Will I go to heaven?
    If you love and trust God and keep on trying to help others, there's a good chance.

    What is heaven like?
    We don't know the details, but it would be a beautiful place full of God's love.

    Is hell real?
    Yes. Jesus talked about hell too. All we know about hell is that it must be without God or any love.

    Does hell have fire?
    We don't know what hell is like, except that it's a place without God and his love.

    Will bad people go to hell?
    God is the only one who can decide that, because only God knows our hearts.

    Are there angels in heaven?
    Yes. Angels are God's messengers and the Bible tells us they are in heaven with God and other special heavenly beings.

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