7-8-16 A Potter’s Shop
Session aim: To realise that God wants us to be close to him
A bit of background for you: Jeremiah lived and worked in the years before the fall of Jerusalem. These were difficult years for Judah. Apart from the brief respite during the reign of Josiah, the kings were weak and self-serving. The Babylonian armies were at the door, social order was crumbling, the economic situation was deteriorating, justice was perverted and God was ignored. We might recognise parallels with today.
Jeremiah’s calling was a tough one, and his life was far from easy. He faced constant opposition from the people; the burning of the scroll (Jeremiah 36:20–26) and being placed in the well (Jeremiah 38:1–13) are two examples. But his determination remained strong. He knew full well that God was in control, as the story of the potter shows (Jeremiah 18:1–12). And as the world fell apart around him he pointed to hope for the future ( Jeremiah 31:1–6), not just by speaking of a return from exile but by buying a field (Jeremiah 32:1–15).
Although there may be similarities with situations we face, there are also differences. But we can still ask how, in the face of our own circumstances, do we give practical recognition to the fact that God is in control of world events and our own lives? In the face of political and economic uncertainties, how do we show a strong hope for the future, knowing that God is the King of kings?
Jeremiah’s story allows the children to see and experience how God relates to his people. Over the next few sessions, we will find out that God wants to be close to each of us, looks after us and can be trusted. This week, the children will have the opportunity for hands on exploration of the story of Jeremiah and the potter… 😉 It may get messy! We have aprons here but I would advise that the children don’t wear their best outfit for Sunday.