If you tried, you could find hundreds of mindfulness colouring books on the shelves of lots and lots of shops. Mindfulness colouring books are designed to help you clear your mind and rid you of your stress through using your creativity.
As a Christian though mindfulness, or meditation and contemplation, takes on a different form. Rather than emptying your mind only for being rid of stress, we empty it to fill it with the good things that come from God. One way to do this is by meditating on words that he gave us.
Below you can download our colouring sheet with words taken from the Bible, these are words that Jesus gave his disciples, promising them that His spirit would be with them. As we move through this week thinking about peace, maybe you would like to spend some time colouring in this picture, meditating on the words that Jesus gave us.
One of our HYP alumni, Jonny, is having a gap year with Youth for Christ drumming with their touring band, The Sense. Below is a Christmas message and reflection that he has made. Go watch it, we think it’s great!
One thing we always try to do during our Advent Challenges is donate to Caring Hands, today and next Saturday we have the opportunity to donate some of the much needed items that will help people both during and beyond this festive season.
Below is a list of items that they’re currently in need of. If you are able to donate then there is a plastic box just inside of the gate outside of the Baptist Chapel. Feel free to put an item in here, or pass on to one of our volunteers.
Items needed: – Liquid soap – Deodorant (roll on only, no aerosol) – Toothbrushes (both adult and child) – Toothpaste – Sanitary products – Nappies – Shampoo – Face cloths (must be new) – Spray surface cleaner – Cleaning cloths – Washing up liquid
Today is Family Friday and your challenge….. To spend time with your family UNPLUGGED! No TV, no phones, no tablets. And yes, that goes for the grown ups too! What sort of things can you do as a family? We like to play games or bake. But maybe you’d like to go for a walk to see the Christmas lights, or do something creative together. Whilst you’re spending time together why don’t you talk about your hopes for the next year?
Today your challenge is to thank someone. And not just with a quick text or message. Spend the time to sit down, with a pen and paper, and write someone a card or letter saying why you’re thankful for them. Has someone restored your hope over the lockdown? Or maybe you know of someone who is in need of a bit of hope, who has helped you in the past? Whoever it might be, spend TIME thanking them today.
This is a line from O Holy Night, one of the most loved Christmas Carols. It was written in 1847 but it’s truths ring as true today as they did 173 years ago. This world is weary and in need of a rescuer to bring hope.
I’ve heard lots of people say that they put up Christmas lights early this year because people need a bit of hope and sparkle. Because light brings hope in the darkness.
Jesus was called the Light of the World because he brought hope of a new way of living and loving into the world. He was love made flesh.
Your challenge today is to light a candle in your window and talk with your family or friends about how you can and already do bring light into a world of shadows. How can you bring hope and love into your community? We’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas, share them in the comments!
Below is one of Hannah’s favourite Christmas songs. You might like to play it and reflect on Jesus, the Light of the World, whilst you light your candle.
In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. John 1:1-5 NLT
Over the next four Tuesdays we’re going to have four opportunities to treat some people! These could be the same people, or they could be different people. They could be someone you know, or a complete stranger. The treat could be small…. Like a chocolate bar. Or it could be much bigger… Like an overnight stay in a 5* hotel in the Bahamas?!
Today your challenge is to think of someone who might be needing a little extra hope this week. Do you know someone who has been struggling with feeling lonely? Perhaps you know someone who is really fed up. Or MAYBE you could treat your parents by cooking them a meal, making them a cup of tea… Or even, (I know… this is a weird one…) BY TIDYING YOUR ROOM!?
Whoever you choose to treat, and whatever you choose to treat them with, we pray that this small action will bring hope into their week.
Over the next few Mondays we’re going to look at some different mindfulness exercises to get our spirits prepared for Christmas. Mindfulness is a word that has been getting popular over the last few years, but it is not a new idea, meditation has been used by Christians for hundreds of years as a way of getting a deeper understanding of who God is. Today your challenge is to spend some time outside in nature, whatever the weather!
The advent theme for this week is hope. During the first lockdown we had such nice weather that it was easier to feel hopeful about the situation. Now that it has been going on for months, and the weather is rubbish, our hope seems to be dwindling. But I encourage you to go outside and look for the beauty in nature even through the rubbish weather. Do you see raindrops hanging from leaves? Can you hear the wind rustling through the trees? Make use of all your senses and feel connected to the world that God created around you.
Hello! We’re starting our advent challenge two days early this year so that we can collectively light an advent candle in each of our homes. Advent wreaths are a way that churches have celebrated the countdown to Christmas for centuries. Check out the video to find out a little bit more and get involved with making your own. Happy Advent Challenging!