Hope you are doing alright during this messy December 2020.
It’s Advent! The time in the year when we get ready and wait for baby Jesus. And especially this advent, we are getting A LOT of practice focusing on being hopeful, patient, and waiting. It is not always easy!
Looking for some countdown and crafty ideas to use at home? Check out our Pinterest board of Advent family favorites!
Ready for something new to talk about? Looking for dinner conversation? Want a God-focused conversation related to the elections? Up for an end of day coloring page meditation time?
Try out these brief family guides, from Illustrated Ministry, to discuss what God wants for our world! 12 guides with great meditative coloring pages are located under the DIY Family Faith Talk page on this blog! It will remain available all school year for all families.
There are so many influences in our kids lives without even leaving the house! The books they read, songs they hear, the shows they watch, etc. – it can be super overwhelming! This article offers great options for screen time!
Rally Week CYF Celebration! Tuesday Sept 15th | Wednesday Sept 16th | Thursday Sept 17th Kick-off fall with us at one of our socially distanced, outside pick-up nights! Make tie-dye shirts with your kid(s) and pick up your ‘Dios está contigo’ bracelets! This is the week to pick up any bibles, anti-racism books, & kid activity kits that you ordered on your Children’s Ministry registration (link above). Please bring school supplies to donate to STEP!
Families choose a one-hour time slot between 3-7pm to allow for space and disinfected materials. Masks are required. Pick one of the 3 provided dates- time slots are limited to 5 families.
Just swinging by to grab books & supplies? Sign up for ‘CURBSIDE PICK-UP’ and stop by anytime between 3-7pm on a Celebration night.
DIY Family Faith Talk: The Beatitudes Looking for new conversations at the dinner table, before bedtime, or on the weekend? A ready-made guide for responsible citizenship discussions to have with your kid(s)? This fall we look at the Beatitudes with an awesome curriculum created by Illustrated Ministry. This option is 100% online and family-led. All materials are available on our blog to print and use anytime! Password access will be sent out in mid-September.
Messy Worship on Zoom! 6pm Thursdays | Starting October 1st Life is Messy, God is in the Mess! Join Jen and friends for our fun family worship, zoom style! Messy Worship Zoom includes elements from our new Beatitudes curriculum & anti-racism book club, music, storytelling, & interactive prayers.
Sunday Worship Online: Kids Activity Kits Sign up to receive an activity kit filled with coloring pages, activities, and crafts for your kid(s) to work on while you watch online worship from home. Preschool and Elementary kits are available. (curbside pick-up monthly)
Anti-Racism Family Resources: Family Book Club This is a new program to support your work raising anti-racist, equity-focused kid(s). Sign-up to receive an age-appropriate anti-racism book for any kid(s) in your family- and an anti-racism parenting book for you! Order books thru the Children’s Ministry registration (link above). $10 donation per book.
Get out a shareable snack and dig into the story about a big picnic Jesus hosted on the fly! As Jesus fed 5,000 people, he didn’t question that there was going to be enough. Instead, Jesus focused on making sure that every person that was there got what they needed.
Ran across this article today. Chalk drawing protests that were power washed or street swept away, over and over. City officials called it ‘graffiti’ and it can now be grounds for a citation. It doesn’t really matter where it happened in the US, we know things like this happen all the time in every state.
Use this article to open up age-appropriate anti-racism conversations with your kids. Read the article (or parts of it) together. Ask what surprised them. Where did they see racism at work in what happened? What would be an anti-racist ally response to what happened?
Then get out the chalk. Give your kid(s) a place to protest by creating a Black Lives Matter chalk drawing on the driveway, sidewalk, or road. And keep talking. The action of drawing Black Lives Matter is great, but it’s the conversation and questions about racism and activism that help give our kids language to be anti-racist allies.
As you draw, consider listening to a podcast to learn more about racism in the US, or hear what protestors are doing to keep Black Lives Matter growing in the US, or listen to music that talks about change.
And after it rains, write it again. And again. And again.
A full episode about racism, current events, and anti-racism activism with elementary kids and youth, hosted by Alicia Keys. Meet the women who started Black Lives Matter, hear from kids that experience racism at their school and are activists in their communities, and listen to families of color talk about living in a white supremacy society and working for change.
Join us for our Flat Jesus summer challenge! All summer long, find times to take a picture with Flat Jesus and send them to Jen Mohr (firstname.lastname@example.org) to share with our Westwood community.
“The Flat Jesus Project is simple: each kid gets their own paper cutout of Jesus to take with them on their summer adventures. You’ll encourage them to take photos of their Jesus as he walks with them—helping them keep Jesus at the forefront of their minds. As natural questions and discussions come up, you will have new conversations to help facilitate summer faith development.”