Introducing Blaze …
Blaze the bee is a new way of helping children and families in congregations right across PCI explore how God is at work in the world and what it means for them to be a global disciple, doing what they can to play their part in God’s global mission.
This includes learning about, and praying for, global mission workers, God’s church around the world and a Christian approach to big issues like creation care.
The Blaze character is being provided to your congregation for use in children’s addresses and other activities such as Sunday school or uniformed organisations. You will know best where Blaze fits and will have most impact in the particular shape of your congregation’s children’s ministry.
Creating a buzz …
So, you’ll be hearing and seeing a lot more about Blaze in future.
Watch this space as we will regularly be making materials and resources available be used in conjunction with the Blaze character will be made available at several times throughout the year, offering simple and readily usable outlines to give a child-friendly window on a variety of aspects of global mission.
To download our resources to introduce Blaze as a global disciple in your children’s ministry check the downloads section in the right hand menu.
Three simple ways ideas to get to know Blaze …
Here are three simple ideas for helping everyone in your congregation become familiar with Blaze as a character readily associated with global mission:
- In a church service, Sunday school or children’s organisation, use Blaze to help you look at a map of the world together. Choose a country to learn about, perhaps one in which you already have a link with an overseas mission worker or project. Follow up by learning more about what God is doing in that country and praying for God’s church there.
- Buy a travel journal for Blaze. Have a child or family take Blaze home for a week, choose a country to learn about what God is doing in mission or the church, and add what they have found out to the travel journal. Children or families could briefly report back to the whole church or group and you could pray specifically for that country.
- Take a photograph of Blaze in a setting local to your church which pictures an aspect of creation care e.g. a recycling centre, a wind farm, a bird or animal sanctuary. Use the photo of Blaze on location to help children grasp that caring for God’s creation is part of what it means to be a global disciple.
Blazing a trail …
Blaze is an important part of how the Presbyterian Church in Ireland wants to encourage a lively and growing interest in being involved in global mission from the youngest to the oldest member. You can help capture the breadth of that emphasis visually, by taking a photograph of Blaze with children or families in your congregation and sending it to mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your photo will become part of a growing gallery of publicity used to further promote Blaze and what God is doing to stimulate our appreciation of the greatness of his work in the world.
Introducing Blaze the Bee... read Ruth Bromley's blog to find out more