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 In This Issue: Easter 2003 
   Easter resources
   UK Christian Resources Exhibition
   New Online Discussion Forum
   New album - recording underway
   War in Iraq - Children's Prayers
   Joke Spot
 Easter resources
With Easter just a week away, I'm sure you have your services well planned, but just in case you're as last minute as I am, and are looking for some inspiration, then do check out the FW Easter page, which features songs that are ideal, as well as a couple of drama scripts, that are quick and very effective.

2 of our most popular songs, "Jesus, thank you for the cross" and "Whiter than the snow" now feature new arrangements, sung by Helen Burgess (who used to sing with Delirious in their "Cutting Edge" days and has a stunning voice) and make ideal tracks to play during a time of reflection, or communion. Feel free to download the free MP3's and sheet music.

Also featured is the powerful song "The depth of a mystery", which tells the story of the Last Supper - ideal for a Good Friday reflection service, or again, for communion.

Wishing you every blessing with your church services, and with your family and friends this Easter - Christ is risen!

Check out the Easter songs and resources

Easter Resources
 New Online Discussion Forum
Chris Juby has put the finishing touches to a brand new online discussion forum. We hope it will build over time into a valuable resource where worship leaders, children's workers, parents, church leaders, and anyone who has an interest in all-age worship, can interact, share ideas, pose questions, and encourage.

Well, that's the vision, but it's entirely up to you, so make Chris happy by visiting the forum (which is very secure, and regularly monitored, and in registering to post, you won't be subject to a deluge of spam!) and diving in to post something.

The layout of the forum page also gives a glimpse of the shape of the site re-design that is nearly complete, and will be launched in May.

Visit the online discussion forum now!

FW Online Discussion Forum
 War in Iraq - Children's Prayers
We've been very moved by some of the prayers that children have sent in recently to the prayer zone. Whatever your views on the rights or wrongs of whether and when the war should have been fought, it's certain that the only thing that can truly transform a nation for the better - any nation - is the love of God.

Every single person is unique, and if God cares about a single sparrow that falls, then how deep his burden must be with every life lost in the conflict - every soldier, every civilian, and especially every child. Let's pray for peace in the world, and for hope to rise in the hearts of individuals and nations.

Visit the Prayer Zone

Prayer Zone
 UK Christian Resources Exhibition
Family Worship will be at the UK Christian Resources Exhibition for the first time, which is from 13 to 16 May 2003, Esher, Surrey.

If you're planning on visiting the exhibition (and some 13,000 people do so they tell us), then do come to stand A2 to say Hi. Chris and I will be there dishing out all sorts of goodies, and we'll have displays, videos and resources of all things FW-flavoured.

If you've never been to the CRE and would like more details then check out their website at http://www.creonline.co.uk and do think about making the visit if you can - we're new to the event and nervous in the company of all the UK mega ministries, so come along and help us relax!

Visit the CRE!

CRE website
 New album - recording underway
We're nearing the completion of recording the new FW album, provisionally titled "Get into the Word". It's a follow up to the popular "Teach us to pray" recording, and features 10 great new songs on the theme of the Bible - some scripture (memory verse style) songs, and some songs about the Bible, and how it reveals Jesus as the Living Word.

We're really excited by the way the songs have turned out, and will be putting some advance clips on the site soon; we're aiming for a June release of the album.

Your prayers are really appreciated - it's our hope that this recording will help get children excited about the Bible, and wanting to read it for themselves.

Check out all the FW albums in the secure online shop

 Joke Spot
Regular readers won't let us get away without the jokes, so here's a selection of some great new ones (at least to us) that we trawled the web to find!

A pastor was giving the children's message during church. For this part of the service, he would gather all the children around him and give a brief lesson before dismissing them for children's church. On this particular Sunday, he was using squirrels for an object lesson on industry and preparation. He started out by saying, 'I'm going to describe something, and I want you to raise your hand when you know what it is.' The children nodded eagerly.
'This thing lives in trees (pause) and eats nuts (pause)...' No hands went up. 'And it is gray (pause) and has a long bushy tail (pause)...' The children were looking at each other, but still no hands raised. 'And it jumps from branch to branch (pause) and chatters and flips its tail when it's excited (pause)...'

Finally one little boy tentatively raised his hand. The pastor breathed a sigh of relief and called on him. 'Well...,' said the boy, 'I *know* the answer must be Jesus...but is sure sounds like a squirrel to me!'

A Sunday school teacher was teaching her class about the difference between right and wrong.
"All right children, let's take another example," she said. "If I were to get into a man's pocket and take his billfold with all his money, what would I be?"

Little Johnny raises his hand, and with a confident smile, he blurts out, "You'd be his wife!"

A Sunday school teacher was telling her class the story of the Good Samaritan, in which a man was beaten, robbed and left for dead.

She described the situation in vivid detail so her students would catch the drama. Then she asked the class, "If you saw a person lying on the roadside all wounded and bleeding, what would you do?"

A thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence. "I think I'd throw up."

Top 7 Church Oxymorons

7. Brief meeting

6. Preacher's day off

5. Early sign up

4. Clear calendar

3. Volunteer waiting list

2. Realistic budget

1. Concluding remarks

That's it for this month...

Check out the KidsZone for more jokes (and Asteroids!)

This newsletter is written by Mike Burn and is published by Family Worship Resources, part of Ichthus Christian Fellowship, London, UK. Copyright 2003, Mike Burn.

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Mike  Family Worship Resources