Athanasius

A kid’s slot from all age church for infant children

Who can tell me what a superhero is?

Someone who does amazing things

Let’s look at some pretend superheroes. Who can tell me who this is?

It’s Spiderman

Some superheroes are less well known and people forget them after a while, so let’s ask the older people here who these are [Bananaman, Batfink etc]

This is my favourite. Who is it?

Buzz Lightyear

We’re going to look at some of the favourite Christian superheroes over the next few weeks. Usually superheroes have a special power that helps them to do something but the people we’re going to think about were just brave and courageous. This week we’re going to think about this man.

Does anyone know who he is?

He lived in Egypt. He lived in the 4th Century. His name is Athanasius. Athanasius is a hero because he kept reminding people that Jesus is God even when lots of people said that he isn’t.

If anyone here thinks that Jesus is God it’s likely that one of the reasons we do is because someone like him made sure that the church kept of teaching it. If he hadn’t done that we might not know that Jesus was God.

Athanasius knew that was wrong and so he spend the rest of his life reminding people that Jesus is God not just a person like us.

1. He kept reminding people that Jesus is God even though he was very young

When he was only 25 years old, Athanasius went to a very important meeting with lots of church leaders where they were discussing who Jesus was. It was called the Council of Nicea. He helped his boss, one of the most senior church leaders, a man called Alexander to teach the truth. When he was only 30 he became a Bishop and had to remind everyone in the church that Jesus is God. We might think that 30 is very old but actually it’s very young to have to do something so serious. We can be mini Christian superheroes when we remind people that Jesus is God even if we’re only very young.

2. He kept reminding people that Jesus is God even though important people told him he was wrong

One very important person who was there was Arius. He said that Jesus was just a human being like you and me though he was quite a special human being. The most powerful man in the whole world agreed with him. His name was Emperor Constantine and he was the most important person in the Roman Empire. We can be mini Christian superheroes when we remind people that Jesus is God even if important people like our teachers are a little bit confused and don’t realise that.

3. He kept reminding people that Jesus is God even though he was sent away from his country

He was sent out of his home country 5 times. He was sent to the desert, to Italy, to France and to Germany. He spent 15 years away from his home because the people in charge didn’t like what he said. Imagine being told that you couldn’t go home. That’d be awful wouldn’t it! We can be mini Christian superheroes when we remind people that Jesus is God even if people end up being very nasty to us. Why is Athanasius a hero?

Athanasius is a hero because he kept reminding people that Jesus is God even when lots of people said that he isn’t.

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