If you are meeting early in the day, ask everyone to look in their bag and find today’s activity. Ask:
- Do you think you will manage to keep their balloons “safe”?
- Where have you seen a cross before?
- What does it mean to you?
If you are meeting later in the day, ask:
- How did you get on keeping your balloons safe?
If they have made their colourful crosses invite everyone to show them on their screens. Ask what the cross mean to them?
Explain that while we are all together this week online, we are thinking about the story of Ruth in the Bible. Each day we hear from Ruth. She tells us about what she is thinking and feeling, as strange and unsettling things happened to her. Let’s seehow Ruth and Boaz are getting on now.
Each day there will be a very short monologue written from Ruth’s perspective. You can simply have someone perform this as part of your video conference call or someone could film it for each day in advance, using different locations (there are suggested locations with the script. You can then share it as part of the conference call.
The script is available to download in the Downloads box below.
Today’s story is all about a party so we’re going to have a party game. Play some music and invite everyone to dance at home. When the music stops, they must freeze right up at the screen. Appoint someone to see who laughs, blinks, moves first. If they do, they are out of the game. The people who are out can still dance along and can help spot the people who move first!
When Ruth was dancing at her wedding, she must have been amazed at how different her life was compared to when she left Moab.
Ask everyone to imagine they are Ruth and to write a short prayer about what she might have said to God. Thanking him for how he had been with her through the bad times and how her life had changed.
Ask some people to read out their prayers and use them as your prayer for today.
Say goodbye to everyone and look forward to seeing them tomorrow.