Messages & Resources from Children's Ministry Staff

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Virtual Sunday School

We invite all 3-year old through 5th grade children to join us for Virtual Sunday School beginning Sunday, September 13. If you are not receiving weekly emails for families with children, contact Jennifer Eastman.

Taking Faith Home

Taking Faith Home
We invite you and your family to take this opportunity to nurture your faith together by sharing in this daily devotional which features daily Bible readings; scripture verses, and prayers.
November 1, 2020
October 25, 2020
October 18, 2020
October 11, 2020
October 4, 2020
September 27, 2020
September 20, 2020
September 13, 2020
September 6, 2020

Children's Photo Quiz

Do you think you know our church? Here is a little quiz which will test your knowledge.

Elementary Photo Quiz
Preschool Photo Quiz

Children's Racial Equity Resources

Exceptional collaboration between Sesame Street and CNN’s Town Hall, entitled Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism.
https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2020/06/06/entire-june-6-cnn-sesame-street-racism-town-hall-part-1-vpx.cnn/video/playlists/entire-cnn-sesame-street-coming-together-town-hall/

Here is a list of resources that promote solidarity with all races.
https://www.prettygooddesign.org/blog/Blog%20Post%20Title%20One-5new4?fbclid=IwAR2ULWJD-avghEj88YvfGhlNtUB8K0_tp6bovGAgP_bC7AXVlNi6fHHtWEY

Here is a resource to help our church’s children think and talk about race. Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester is available as a read aloud book online.
https://safeyoutube.net/w/PJcJ

Here is a list of recommended books for teaching children about race from Today's Parent.
https://www.todaysparent.com/family/books/kids-books-that-talk-about-racism/?fbclid=IwAR3Am_HxZRt_9uTLzbg4tZnsbc2DOIRBmoxp1MGHsimggesParCpRKdp24w#gallery/books-that-talk-about-racism/slide-1

 

Friday, July 24, 2020

10 Healthy Microwave Popcorn Recipes: Try these fun flavored popcorns to share with your family.

 

Friday, July 17

Summertime Brings New Opportunities for Connection: "Five Questions to Ask Kids to Connect with God and Each Other"

"10 Everyday Rituals That Mean a Lot for Kids": These are so simple and so meaningful.

 

Friday, July 10, 2020

 

Friday, June 26, 2020

Our brand new at-home Vacation Bible School program, Compassion Camp, is launching! Click here to register for this free offering. You will then receive the link to many resources for each of the five sessions. These fun activities can be used at any time during the summer to experience Bible stories about compassion for others, for ourselves, and for the world. 

Here is a resource to help our church’s children think and talk about race. Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester is available as a read aloud book online.

 

Friday, June 19, 2020

 

Friday, June 12, 2020

Here is a list of recommended books for teaching children about race from Today's Parent.

Click here to enjoy a plan for Family Faith Night. Find lots of fun, faith-filled activities for all ages!

Prayer is how God's people learn to be friends with God. We recommend learning spiritual practices with your children. To access the 15 Easy Family-Friendly Prayers and Activities by Traci Smith, refer back to the June 12: Family Faith Time - Summer 2020 email.

 

Friday, June 5, 2020

Here is a list of resources that promote solidarity with all races.

Tough times call for self-care to build resilience. This beautiful song is a lullaby for adults and may also be a comfort for children.

Mindfulness tools for children and adults are among the most helpful ways to find the peace that passes all understanding. Here are lovely practices, to bring peace to your home.

 

Friday, May 29, 2020

Gather by the Window and listen to Gwen Whiteman as she tells us the story of Pentecost.

Sacred music makes everything better. Our terrific music staff offers a Pentecost-themed video for your enjoyment.

Resources and Activities
Wind Spinner - Wind is a feature of the Pentecost story. Here’s a fun little craft project that employs wind power.

Pentecost Fire Coloring Sheet - Fire is also a part of the Pentecost story. This week’s Illustrated Ministry coloring sheet is a way to remember Pentecost fire. We share this as a prayer practice, too, because many people find it enjoyable to pray while coloring.

Pentecost Birthday Celebration - Consider making birthday cake together. And what goes with cake? Ice cream, of course! Find a super-easy recipe for making ice cream in a jar here.

 

Friday, May 22, 2020

Resources and Activities
Pentecost in a Box - Pentecost, the birthday of the church, is a story that is found in the New Testament Book of Acts. This year we celebrate Pentecost on May 31. Buildfaith.org  has put together this fun activity to celebrate!

Kite-Making - This craft will be fun to fly outdoors on any windy day, and it will help to celebrate Pentecost, which features the wind.

Biblical Bread Recipe - We invite families to share in this cooking and eating experience together!

How to Teach Children to Stay 6 Feet Apart - Here’s some guidance for teaching children to socially distance, a way of caring for our community during these trying times.

Mini Sabbaths - We’re lovingly passing along these 30 ways for parents to rest and recharge - provided in time frames of 1 minute, 3 minutes, and 5 minutes.

 

Friday, May 15, 2020

Dr. Evelyn McMullen is a former White Memorial youth director who now heads Bright Threads Ministries, a faith-based organization that serves people who live with developmental disabilities. She shares encouragement for current times in this beautiful devotion.

Handprint Art
Who doesn’t love a memento from our children’s growing years? This art project involves tracing each family member’s hand on paper and mounting handprints, one on top of the other, and could also be accomplished by simply tracing hands, one on top of the other. Find directions here:
http://www.simplyorganized.me/2012/03/diy-family-hand-print-art.html

Tortilla-Making
Did your family catch the Facebook Live cooking lesson for Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for May 5), that food services director Macy Aguirre offered? You can still see the Facebook Live video here. We invite you to enjoy tortillas that you make at home this month.

Corn Tortilla Recipe
Flour Tortilla Recipe

A Simple Prayer
Here is a lovely way to calm a child's concerns - and your own concerns.

 

Friday, May 7, 2020

Gather by the Window and listen to Gwen Whiteman read a Bible story. In this week's story, "Do Not Worry," Jesus reminds his friends that God cares for all of us -- and all God's creation, too.

Resources and Activities
Thinking of You - a beautiful coloring option for children to create for mothers and others who help them and love them.

Friendly Wishes guided meditation for children - based on Lovingkindness spiritual practice. This activity helps children develop compassion for themselves and others.

Strawberry Jam - May is a beautiful month to enjoy God’s wonderful world. Families can have fun visiting nearby farms for strawberry picking while social distancing. Whether you pick your own or buy them, here’s a family-friendly recipe for freezer strawberry jam. Note: We tested this recipe and recommend cutting the sugar in half.

 

Friday, May 1, 2020

Light a Candle Video
A visit to this website offers the chance to light candles and write prayers with members of a global community. Find the Light A Candle Video here. Click "Begin" to light a virtual candle (it's not necessary to start a Candle Group)!

Enjoy these fun activities with your family. 

Scripture Cards (flat)
Scripture Cards (folded)
Life Saver Cookies Recipe

 

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Lynn Springfield shares the Lord's Prayer for children.

 

Friday, April 17, 2020

Gather by the Window for an Easter story that celebrates Jesus and the gift of new life!

Enjoy these fun cooking and coloring activities. 

Alleluia Poster
Pretzel Recipe

Friday, April 10, 2020

Gather by the Window to listen and learn about Jesus sharing the Passover meal with his disciples in a new way.

Enjoy these fun cooking and coloring Easter activities. Remember, the season of Easter lasts for 7 weeks (until Pentecost), so your family has lots of time to celebrate that Jesus lives!

Recipes
Empty Tomb Treats
Empty Tomb Rolls

Coloring Sheets
Cross
Alleluia Butterfly

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Gather by the Window to listen and learn about Palm Sunday, a Holy Week Bible story from the Gospel of Luke.

 

Friday, April 3, 2020

In anticipation of Palm Sunday, cut out and color the palm branch and bring it to one of our Live Streamed services on Sunday!

This recipe is specific to Holy Week and is a fun way to incorporate faith and baking! Download it here.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Especially for our White Memorial Families with Children:
Spend Time with God
A family devotion kit designed to provide weekly worship-filled fun! Find the kit at the links below:
Spend Time with God Communication
Through The Year Devotions
Spend Time with God Cube

Friday, March 20, 2020

Chip Pope shares a message about talking with children and each other about coronavirus. You can find the resource "Talking with Children about Coronavirus" by the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Children's Lenten Calendar
We hope you and your family find this Children's Lenten Calendar helpful in exploring ways to deepen your faith during this Lenten season.