Children Playlists

What’s a Playlist?

A Playlist is a set of activities exploring a topic.  The activities might include reading an article or scripture, listening to a podcast or sermon, watching a video or movie clip. Each month we’ll post three Playlists designed for Children, Youth, and Adults.  All of us will explore the same topic, but the Playlists will be designed for each age group.  You can work your way through the Playlists at your own pace throughout the month.

Remember you can always share your thoughts in the comment section at the bottom of this page.


May Playlist

Follow

Shannon Fossett, Director of Children’s Ministries

5/1/22

Introduction

The theme for May is Follow.  The first thing that comes to mind when I think of this word is the game “Follow the Leader.”  One person leads the line and the rest follow, mimicking what the leader does.  We can be like the Disciples and follow Jesus.  Have you ever been hiking or traveling? How did you know where to go? Maybe you used a map or a compass. What do these tools do? They help us find our way! The Bible is God’s Word. It tells us what Jesus did and said, and what God says. If we keep our hearts focused on that Word, we can follow Jesus and be like Him, spreading love to others!

Read

Open the Bible and read:

Mark 1:14-20
John 8:12
Matthew 16:24

If you have the following books at home or can get them from the library, then you can read them.  If not, you can read/listen to them using the links below.

Red Red Red by Valeri Gorbachev

Parents, here are some notes on how to connect this book to the theme Follow:

Follow in Red Red Red

Tip Toe Joe by Ginger Foglesong Gibson

Parents, here are some notes on how to connect this book with the theme Follow:

Follow in Tip Toe Joe

Listen

You will be whistling along with this one!  And then once you know the moves and words, you can sing along!

“Follow”

This hand-clapping, foot-stomping, knee-slapping tune will have you singing along in no time!

“Follow You”

Do

This link has some fun games and ways to explore the theme of Follow.  Grab your family and enjoy!

Follow Games & Activities

Follow Jesus Maze:  This one is tricky.  Print it out and see if you can make it through the maze.  Good luck!

Pray

Lord, we thank You for the people who told us about You so that we could be Your disciples. Now, we pray that You’ll help us to tell other people about You so that they can follow You too. Amen.


April Playlist

Free

Shannon Fossett, Director of Children’s Ministries

4/1/22

Introduction

God loves us, always has, always will. John’s gospel tells us about God’s greatest gift—that God sent God’s only Son to us and sent that gift out of love.  God knew that we needed Jesus and was willing to share Him with us as a sign of love to us. With this gift, God freed us once and for all from worrying, fretting, fearing, distressing, tormenting, and wondering whether or not we are loved so that we may be free to love God and neighbor.  Sometimes love is being willing to offer something we treasure, and sometimes love is best seen in the freedom it brings.  This month we are going to explore the theme of FREE: free to love, free of worry, freedom from sin and more!

Read

Open the Bible and read:
John 8:36
Romans 6:23
Acts 13:38-39

If you have the following books at home or can get them from the library, then you can read them.  If not, you can read/listen to them using the links below.

Koala Lou by Mem Fox

Parents, here are some notes on how to connect this book with the theme Free:

Free in Koala Lou

Love Is… by Diane Adams

Parents, here are some notes on how to connect this book with the theme Free:

Free in Love Is

Listen

This is a slower song, but you will love to sing along!  Go ahead, sing out loud!!!

“Song of Freedom”

You’ll want some room to move and dance when you listen to this one!

“It Was for Freedom”

Do

Here is a coloring page you can print and color.
Coloring Page

Here are two fun lessons you can do at home with your whole family.
Freedom from Sin
What Weighs Us Down

Pray

Dear God, Thank you for giving us freedom from sin. Thank you for carrying our burdens and giving us life. Help us to trust you and cast our cares on you. Remind us what it means to be free in Christ. Thank you for your love. We love you, God! In Jesus name, Amen!


March Playlist

Abundance

Shannon Fossett, Director of Children’s Ministries

3/1/22

Introduction

Abundance is a big word that means “having a large quantity of something.”  What is something you have a lot of?  Do any of you collect baseball cards?  Maybe you have an abundance of cards?  Maybe you’ve been to a wedding or a party where there was an abundance of food.  What about blessings?  Do some of you feel like you have an abundance of blessings in your life?  Shelter, food, clothes, people who love you, etc.  Abundance is often mentioned in the Bible as something God offers to those who trust in Him. Scripture says that God will provide an abundant life to those who “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.” Abundance in this sense means a life full of everything you need to sustain yourself in joy and purpose. Let’s explore Abundance this month!

Listen

This is a song a lot of us know.  “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”  You might remember this version from Maker Fun Factory VBS!

Read

Open the Bible and read:
2 Corinthians 9:8
Romans 15:13
John 6: 1-14

If you have the following books at home or can get them from the library, then you can read them.  If not, you can read/listen to them using the link below.

Mama Panya’s Pancakes by Mary and Rich Chamberlin

Parents, here are some notes on how to connect this book to Abundance:

Abundance in Mama Panya’s Pancakes

It Came In The Mail by Ben Clanton

Parents, here are some notes on how to connect this book to Abundance:

Abundance in It Came in the Mail

Do

Read John 6:1-14 from your Bible and talk to a loved one about it.

•Think about a school cafeteria or another busy place. What would it be like if it was lunch time, and there wasn’t enough food?

•How do you think all the people felt when Jesus fed them all and even had leftovers?

When Jesus asked the disciples how to feed the people, they thought it was impossible, and they gave up. This story reminds us that God’s love and power can always surprise us, even when things seem impossible.

•Talk to a loved one about a problem that seems impossible to solve.

•What could happen if you kept trying to solve the problem? What if a whole bunch of people helped?

•When has God’s love surprised you?

Read John 6:35
“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.’”

•Eat a piece of bread and talk to a loved one about it. What does food, like bread, do for our bodies?

•How is Jesus like bread?

Because Jesus is the bread of life, and always surprises us, we can always have hope.

•Though we may have plenty of food in our fridge and pantry, there are many people around the world who don’t have enough food. Learn more at Hunger Facts

•Is world hunger an impossible problem to solve? How might God surprise us?

•How can you help?

•Look at these ideas, and pick one to try!

Kids Can Make a Difference

What Kids Can Do

Object Lesson for your family

You’ll need:

  • paper
  • 1 pair of scissor

Jesus did some amazing things when He was on earth. Once, he took a small boy’s lunch, just some bread and fish, and used it to feed over 5,000 people.  Give each person a paper and scissors.

How many corners does your piece of paper have?

Your paper has four corners. But what if I want to give someone a corner? Cut off a corner of the paper, and hand it to a child. Hold up the paper, and say: Okay, now that I’ve given a corner away, how many corners do I have? Wait a minute. I have five. Have each person cut a corner from his or her paper.

You see, the more times Jesus divided the bread and fish, the more he had to give away. Count the corners on the cut-off piece they each have. Not only that, the people had more than enough. Encourage everyone to each cut off more corners, each time counting the multiplying corners.

Discuss:

  • What surprised you about our activity?
  • Which things amazed and surprised you about what Jesus did?
  • What is something you give that God could use to help others?

Jesus took a boy’s lunch and blessed 5,000 people with it. He can do the same thing with us! He can take what we have and bless others with it. We trust God to provide, and Jesus just might use what we already have to do it.


February Playlist

Listen

Shannon Fossett, Director of Children’s Ministries

2/1/22

Introduction

Listening is such an important skill.  What are some of your favorite sounds?  Your cat purring when it cuddles in your lap?  The waves crashing when you are at the beach?  Your favorite song on the radio?  There are so many things we can hear and listen to.  God is always listening to us, and we can practice listening to God.  Listening to our family and friends helps them know that they belong, that they are loved, and that they are important.  Here are some ways you can explore Listening . . . so take the time to stop and listen!  You might be surprised what you hear!

Listen

This song is called “God is Listening” and you will love the motions and words!  God is listening so let God hear you now!

Have you ever heard a butterfly?  Here is a really cool video that has the sound of millions of Monarch butterflies when they fly.  Check it out and listen closely!

Here is a fun game you can try.  Can you guess the sound?

Read

Open the Bible and read:
Jeremiah 29:12
Isaiah 55:3, 10-11
Psalm 116:1-2

If you have the following books at home or can get them from the library, then you can read them.  If not, you can read/listen to them using the links below.

The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson

Parents, here are some notes on how to connect this book to Listen:

The Man with the Violin–Listen

Listen Buddy by Helen Lester

Parents, here are some notes on how to connect this book to Listen:

Listen Buddy–Listen

Do

Here are some things you can do together as a family (Ideas from Faith Practices Project)

Listening to God

  • Take a family tech Sabbath regularly (for an hour a day, a day each week, or even a whole week). Use your tech-free time to connect with each other and to listen to God together. For more, check out suggestions in “The Tech-Wise Family” by Andy Crouch and “My Tech-Wise Life” by father/daughter team Amy Crouch and Andy Crouch.
  • Teach kids how to practice listening prayer rather than reciting a list of wants and needs. Here’s how one mom prayed listening prayers with her kids.
  • Read Psalm 19:1-4 together in the NIrV version. Then take a walk in a park or woods, looking closely at nature around you. Talk about how wonderfully our world is made and how creation tells about the glory of God.

Listening to Each Other

  • At bedtime, ask “What was the best part and what was the worst part of your day?” Listen without trying to “fix” each other’s problems. Then pray about those things together.
  • Read the picture book The Rabbit Listened by Cory Doerrfeld together. This is a book you’ll want to have on your shelf, but you can also watch this video reading from Shon’s Stories. Talk about what made Rabbit such a good listener.

January Playlist

Wonder

Shannon Fossett, Director of Children’s Ministries

1/1/22

Introduction

This month’s theme is “Wonder.”  Why is the sky blue? What causes thunder?  How did Noah fit all the animals on the ark? When we ask questions, we are beginning to wonder. There is joy, excitement, and mystery in finding out about things around us. So go, wonder, explore, ask, question . . . you will learn a lot about the wonderful world around you!

Listen

This song is called “Celebrate Wonder.”  I love the title and the song!

Read

Open the Bible and read:

Genesis 28:10-17

Psalm 139

If you have the following book at home or can get it from the library, then you can read it.  If not, you can read/listen to it using the link below.

The Beautiful World that God Made by Rhonda Gowler Greene

Parents, here are some notes on how to connect this book to Wonder:

Wonder in The Beautiful World that God Made

Just in Case You Ever Wonder by Max Lucado

Parents, here are some notes on how to connect this book to Wonder:

Wonder in Just in Case You Ever Wonder

Do

Wonder about God’s creation. Take a walk or while you are out and about, notice and point out all God has created. Which ones are you most thankful for? Which ones make you say “WOW!”? Which ones go unnoticed a lot but are needed? See, once you start wondering . . . it’s hard to stop!

Here are some great wondering questions that go with different stories of the Bible. These would make great dinner table topics!

Here are directions for how to create a “Moments of Wonder” journal.

Wonder Journal

Wonder

Choose a story from your Bible to read and then take some time to wonder about it.  You can wonder on your own or with a family member or both!

· I wonder which part of the story you like best.

· I wonder which part of the story is the most important.

· I wonder which part of the story you like the least.

 · I wonder if there is a part of the story we could leave out and still have all of the story.

· I wonder which part of the story is most about you.


December Playlist

Home

Shannon Fossett, Director of Children’s Ministries

12/1/21

Introduction

This month’s theme is HOME.  It’s Advent, and a lot of the scriptures we will explore in worship have a theme of Home.  Home is not always a physical building.  Home can be a feeling, a group of people, your family and God is our Home!  This Advent we pray your hearts and homes are full of joy, hope, love and peace!

Read

Open the Bible and read:
Matthew 2:10-12
Luke 2:6-17
Psalm 91:1-2

If you have the following book at home or can get it from the library, then you can read it.  If not, you can read/listen to it using the link below.

Mini Rabbit, Not Lost by John Bond

Parents, here are some notes on how to connect this book to faith and the theme of “home”:

Home in Mini Rabbit, Not Lost

Listen

This song is easy to learn.  Watch it once or twice or even three times, and you’ll be singing it for others!

“The Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock”

Watch

Here is a video that tells the Christmas story by kids.  It’s surprising that baby Jesus was born in a manger . . . but even simple places can be Home!  Home can be anywhere your family is!

Do

– Draw a picture of a place where you feel like you belong.

– Learn more about how architects design homes with blueprints. Find out what organizations help build homes for people in need in your community and learn more about how you can help.

– Put a jigsaw puzzle together with your family. Remember how each of us is unique like a puzzle piece and each piece has a place where it belongs.

– Go on a walk around your neighborhood or in a park with your family. Take turns choosing which direction to go.

– Draw a map of where you live. Label the places you know.


November Playlist

Trust

Shannon Fossett, Director of Children’s Ministries

11/1/21

Introduction

This month’s theme is Trust.  God often tells us in the Bible that we don’t need to worry or be afraid.  We can TRUST in God!  Here are some fun ways to explore this theme below.  Choose your adventure!

Listen

This song was a favorite from the past VBS called Roar!  You’ll be playing this one on repeat!

Read

Open the Bible and read:
Proverbs 3:5-6
Isaiah 26:4
Romans 15:13

If you have the following book at home or can get it from the library, then you can read it.  If not, you can read/listen to it using the link below.

Howard B. Wigglebottom on Yes or No by Howard Binkow

Parents, here are some notes on how to connect this book to Trust.

Trust in Howard B Wigglebottom on Yes or No

Do

Here are some fun “Trust” Activities you can try at home with your family.

“Trust Labyrinth”
Parents and children participate. Set up a small obstacle course in the living room (like a maze with pillows and other soft objects). Parents will blindfold one child at a time and guide him or her through the maze. Parents can do this by holding the child’s hand or by using their voices or both. For smaller children, I would use both. If you don’t want to do the maze, then make try this idea. Blindfold the child and give him a cup. Guide him to the table where he can safely place the cup on top of it.

“Faith Fall”
Play the typical “trust game” where the child stands about two feet from the parent (front to back). The child then lets go and “falls” backward. The parent catches her by the armpits. The first few times, the child will probably want to step back to “catch” herself, but the point is to trust that the parent will catch her and keep her from falling.

“Trust Taste”
Invite your child to close their eyes or place a blindfold on, and open their mouths for a “surprise treat.” They will have to trust that no cockroach candies will be administered!

“How Does it Work?”
Display several technical items: cell phone, remote control, computer mouse, car key, etc.  Invite discussion as to how these items work. We might not know how exactly the inner workings and mechanisms function, but we can trust that when we plug these items into the wall, they will work, right?


October Playlist

Serve

Shannon Fossett, Director of Children’s Ministries

10/1/21

Introduction

Here at Desert Cross we have a heart for mission and service.  Our faith formation consists of Worship, Learn, and Serve.  In October we are exploring Serve!  Last month we talked about welcoming and how to be a good neighbor.  Now let’s take that a step further and think about how we can help and serve those around us.  How can we be more like Jesus and focus on giving and serving from our hearts?  Let’s explore below!

Listen

Here is a fun song by Yancy!  Get ready to clap along as we “Shine and Serve” and Sing!

Read

Open your Bible and read:

Matthew 10:40-42

Acts 20:35

Galatians 6:9

If you have the following book at home or can get it from the library, then you can read it.  If not, you can read/listen to it using the link below.

The Spiffiest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson

Parents, here are some notes on how to connect this book to Serve:

Serve and The Spiffiest Giant

Watch

Douglas is back in the video to talk about service.

Do

There are lots of ways we can serve others.  Here are twelve ideas. I challenge you to try two of them this month.  You can even brainstorm with your family and come up with your own ideas.  I’d love to hear how you are serving others!

12 Ways to Serve


September Playlist

Welcome

Shannon Fossett, Director of Children’s Ministries

9/1/21

Introduction

“Welcome” is this month’s theme.  I am so excited to welcome you back to church, Sunday School, Family Night and more!  Remember that friends are always welcome at Desert Cross . . . extend an invitation!  Here are some fun ways to explore this theme of “welcome” below.

Read

Open the Bible and read:
Romans 15:7
Matthew 25:35
Matthew 10: 40-42

If you have the following book at home or can get it from the library, then you can read it.  If not, you can read/listen to it using the link below.

If Jesus Came to My House by Joan G. Thomas

Parents, here are some notes on how to connect this book to “welcoming”

Welcome in If Jesus Came to my House

Listen

This is beautiful song about “welcoming” sung by a family.  It makes me think about our families, our church family, and the world as our family. 

Do

Here is a fun art activity.
THUMBPRINT CHILDREN: You can use an ink pad or paint.  Press a finger or a thumb into a colored ink pad and stamp on a piece of paper. Each child can do several thumb prints and then draw different faces on each print with different size eyes or kinds of hair. You could add a tie or hair bow, etc. Then add arms and legs. Children can write over the top of their thumbprint children — ALL ARE WELCOME HERE!

Wonder

  • What does the word “welcome” mean? How about the word “hospitality”? Check them out in a dictionary or thesaurus.
  • How do people say “welcome” in other languages? Look up a few and practice.
  • Find a video clip of a grand welcome. It might be a parade, a welcome home celebration, or a festive honoring of a dignitary. Discuss what might make someone feel welcome.

May Playlist

Love

Shannon Fossett, Director of Children’s Ministries

5/1/21

God’s Love

The Bible tells us that love is from God and that God is love. The Bible is God’s love letter to us.  It teaches us what love looks like, sounds like, acts like.   The neat thing about God’s love is that it is not a feeling to God, God can’t fall out of love with us.  God loves us even when we’re not loveable, in times  when we’re grumpy or when we make mistakes.  God loves all of us no matter what.  That is some BIG love!  Have fun exploring that love in this month’s Playlist!

Read

Open the Bible and read:

1 John 3:1a
John 3:16
Lamentations 3:22-23
Psalm 136:26

If you have the following stories at home or can get them from the library, then you can read them.  If not, you can read/listen to them using the links below.

I’d Know You Anywhere My Love by Nancy Tillman

Parents, here are some notes on how to connect this book to love:

Love in I’d Know You Anywhere

Love is Forever by Casey Rislov

Parents, here are some notes on how to connect this book to love:

Love in Love is Forever

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

Parents, here are some notes on how to connect this book to love:

Love in Guess How Much I Love You

Listen

You’ll LOVE this song about God’s love!

This short song is based on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.  You’ll be singing along after the first verse!

This is a great song that reminds us to love one another!

Watch

This video shows how we can love others and serve God in our everyday lives.

This is a whole Sunday school lesson in one video.  There is music, a Bible story, movement, real life situations and more…all about love!

Do

This is a unique word search using 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. Read the verse and find the words in the heart-shaped word search.

Here is a coloring page for all ages!

Love Coloring Page

Feeling creative?  This link has lots of craft ideas based on love.

Love Craft Ideas

Pray

You can talk to God anytime of day, but here is a prayer you can use before bed if you like!

“Hi, it’s me, just come to pray
And thank you for a fun-filled day!
You’ve been with me, so I know you’ve seen
All the great exciting things.
But also when I’m sad or cross
I know you love me, no matter what!
So help me rest and go to sleep
And feel the peace of your love for me.”


April Playlist

Peace

Shannon Fossett, Director of Children’s Ministries

4/1/21

Introduction

Peace is that calm and happy feeling you have when you know you are safe. Jesus is called the Prince of Peace, and he wants to give us His peace when we feel worried or afraid.  God’s dream is for World Peace! Jesus taught us to love God and love our neighbors. We can be peacemakers. Just like the song says, “Let there be peace on Earth and let if begin with me.” There is much to explore below, have fun on your faith adventure!

Pray

Dear God, please help us to be peacemakers by letting Your love flow through us so we can be our best selves! Help us to feel loved, safe and peaceful in our hearts so that we can share that peace with others and make the world a better place. Amen.

Watch

This cartoon helps us understand peace and how we can work for peace.

Here is a science experiment video showing how the peace we find through God keeps us strong during hard times. ***Make sure to ask mom or dad before trying it at home!

Do

Here is a fun coloring page you can print out and color.

Coloring Page

Have you ever meditated before?  It is a great way to find peace.  Here is a variety of meditations for kids and several of them are about Peace.  Set aside some quiet time and try one out!

Meditation

Here is a book about Peace you can print out and fold.  Then you can read it to someone in your family.

Book

Feeling creative?  Here is a fun art project creating peace signs.

Art Project

Read

Open the Bible and read:

John 14:27
Philippians 4:7
Romans 15:13

If you have the following stories at home or can get them from the library, then you can read them.  If not, you can read/listen to them using the links below.

Let There Be Peace On Earth by Jill Jackson & Sy Miller:

Parents, here are some notes on how to connect this book to peace:

Let There Be Peace on Earth

Wangari’s Trees of Peace by Jeanette Winter:

Parents, here are some notes on how to connect this book to peace:

Wangari’s Tree of Peace

The Peace Book by Todd Parr:

Parents, here are some notes on how to connect this book to peace:

The Peace Book

Listen

This song might be familiar so this time around you can learn some fun motions!

Here is a beautiful version of “Let There be Peace on Earth” sung by a virtual children’s choir.

Wonder

Pick a quote, wonder about it.  What does it mean to you?  Draw a picture or share with a family member what it means to you. 

God’s will is that a peaceful, ideal world- a world where all people live as one great family under God- be completed.”
-Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon

“The foundation for peace begins in our own hearts when we share both sorrow and joy with God. From there, we can expand the base of freedom and happiness in the world.”
-Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon

“Peace begins with a smile”
-Mother Theresa


March Playlist

Cross

Shannon Fossett, Director of Children’s Ministries

3/1/21

Wonder

This month’s playlist theme is the Cross.  What does the symbol of the cross mean to you? 

Easter reminds us that Jesus died on the cross, but then rose again, as he promised, bringing joy and hope to everyone.  The Cross can remind us of hope, forgiveness, sacrifice, and love. We see a lot of crosses at church, but since we are at home…I’m wondering where you might see crosses at home?  They might be in everyday things that you didn’t even notice…a pattern on the wall, where two lines meet in the sidewalk, your tile floor, your backyard or even in your room.  So, take some time and head out on a cross hunt.   Take a picture of the crosses you find and share them with your family.  I’d love to see them too!  You can email them to me! smfossett@desertcross.org

Here are some examples:

Read

Open the Bible and read the following passages:

Luke 9:23
Colossians 2:14
1 Peter 2:24-25
1 Corinthians 1:17-18

If you have the following stories at home or can get them from the library, then you can read them.  If not, you can read/listen to them using the links below.

Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss:

Parents, here are some notes on how to connect this book to the Cross:

Horton Hears a Who

The First Easter by Lois Rock:

Parents, here are some notes on how to connect this book to the Cross:

The First Easter

The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt:

Parents, here are some notes on how to connect this book to the Cross:

The Tale of the Three Trees

Do

Here are several art activities for making a cross.  Even our littlest friends can try some of these and the older kids can get creative.

Art Activities

The link below has lots of great activities, but there are few that we are going to focus on. 
● The cross word maze is for Good Friday, which is April 2nd.  It is a fun activity to get ready for this upcoming event!  Scroll down to page 11 for the maze.
● There is a fun Easter Cross you can do to get ready for Easter.  It makes a great centerpiece!  Scroll down to pages 13 and 14 for the activity and printable.

Here is a site with several free printable Stations of the Cross activities.  I like the mini book that you can make using a paper bag!  Check it out!

Stations of the Cross

In the mood to color?  Here is a link with all different kinds of crosses you can print and color!  Get creative!  Send me a picture when you are done!

Cross Coloring Pages

Watch

Watch this great video where a cross puzzle is used to help us think about how happy and sad together can make joy.

This is a quick video showing us how to make the sign of the cross.

This VBS-like song has the words and motions for a beautiful song about the cross.

This upbeat song called “The Cross of Christ” is one you’ll be clapping and moving to.

This video is the African Children’s Choir singing “Take Up Your Cross”


February Playlist

Mercy

Shannon Fossett, Director of Children’s Ministries

2/1/21

God’s Mercy

For Advent your family may have done the #AdventWord Devotionals.  Here is the one on the word Mercy: “…God’s mercy is boundless, amazingly so, reaching out, beyond anything that we can imagine, to embrace and to forgive. And as we experience it, fresh and full every day, our hearts expand in response to the miraculous gift that changes everything.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness! (Lam 3:22-23)” 

-Melody Knowles

Read

Open the Bible and read

Micah 6:8 & 7:18

Ephesians 2:4-5

1 Timothy 1:15-16

Parents, here is a great resource that offers some discussion questions on the above verses.

Mercy Bible Verses

If you have the following stories at home or can get them from the library, then you can read them.  If not, you can read/listen to them using the links below.

No David by David Shannon

Parents, here are some notes on how to connect this book to Mercy:

Connecting No David to Mercy

The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc

Parents, here are some notes about how to connect this book to Mercy:

Connecting The Lion and the Bird to Mercy

Tawny Scrawny Lion by Kathryn Jackson:

Parents here are some notes on how to connect this book to Mercy:

Connecting Tawny Scrawny Lion to Mercy

Listen

“Mercy is Falling” is a song with fun movements that are easy to learn.

“The Lord is Merciful and Compassionate” is a beautiful song you could listen to over and over again.

Watch

What is Mercy?  Here is a video that provides an explanation.

Douglas the puppet is back in this video.  He is talking about Mercy and fairness with the verse Micah 6:8. 

Do

Hands of Mercy Activity:  Try this activity where you will come up with works of mercy using your hands.

Hands of Mercy Activity

Micah 6:8 Art Project:  With this printable, parents can even help even the littlest ones in your house complete the project.  Each sibling can take a part, or you can create an individual project for each child.  Once complete, this would be great to frame and hang in your house!

Micah 6:8 Art Project

Family Project:  Gather the family and give this a try.  Can you match the actions to the acts of Mercy?  Plus, it might give your family great ideas of things you can do to show acts of mercy.

Family Project

Rich in Mercy Craft: When you get to the instructions you can click on the orange link to see the art example.  Have fun creating!

Rich in Mercy Craft

Serve

This is a fun service project for the whole family. Just gather a few simple things to create a “mercy pack” to hand out to people in need.

Mercy Pack Service Project


January Playlist

Baptism

Shannon Fossett, Director of Children’s Ministries

1/1/21

Pastor Andrea on Baptism

Martin Luther adored the sacrament of baptism because with water and the word God comes to us bringing new life and salvation – it is God’s gift, God for us, God with us! Baptism is not a once and done event, it’s a way of life.  In baptism we are made new – every day is a new day and we are washed clean, forgiven, sealed by the Holy Spirit – that means God with us by water and the word!

“No matter what is happening around you or to you, you are sealed with the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ . . . Forever.” No matter what is changing in the world, no matter what is changing in our lives, one thing will never change. We are the beloved of God. Members of God’s family.

Just as doves are symbols of peace and the presence of the Holy Spirit, may we be like doves. May we take the peace of Christ we receive here with us, as we are sent out into our daily lives. May we fly out from here like doves to be symbols of peace to our neighbors who desperately need it.

Listen

This song “I’ve Got Peace Like a River” is a toe-tapper, hand-clapper that you will be singing all day long!

This song “I am a Child of God” has some easy moves you can do with your whole family!

This song “Deep Water” is a VBS-like song with a great beat and fun lyrics!

Read

Open the Bible and read

Ephesians 4.5

Matthew 3:13-17

Galatians 3:26-27

If you have the following stories at home or can get them from the library, then you can read them.  If not, you can read/listen to them using the links below.

Today is Baptism Day by Anna V. Ostenso Moore

Water Come Down by Walter Wangerin Jr.

Watch

The Baptism of Jesus

Water is an important part of baptism.  Here is a science video about water!  You might learn something new!

Do

Listen to this song as a family.

For most of us, our parents had us baptized when we were babies.  Here are some interview questions you can ask your family about your baptism. You can even get out your baptismal candle or maybe look at pictures from your special day.

Interview Questions

Here is a fun cooking activity for making Seashell Rice Krispie Treats to celebrate baptism.

Seashell Rice Krispie Treats

Here is a fun craft that celebrates baptism.

Baptism Craft

For my younger friends here is a playdough mat with baptism symbols.

Playdough Mat

Here are some activities on Jesus’ baptism:  A dove craft, a coloring sheet and more!

More Baptism Crafts

Wonder

Several of you have helped with baptisms at our church.  We hold up the baptism canvases and recite the promises for the family.  Re-read the promises here.

Then you can do the wonder questions below with your family.

  1. What happens when you are baptized?
  2. Why do you think that water is used in baptism?
  3. What do the promises mean to you?
  4. What do you think it means to be a beloved child of God?
  5. Why do you think that babies are baptized in the church?

Then here are some more wonder questions you can do as a family.  It is called a baptism meditation.

Baptism Meditation


December Playlist

Joy

Shannon Fossett, Director of Children’s Ministries

12/1/20

Pastor Andrea on Joy

“True joy, found in Jesus, the child of Bethlehem, is amazing. And Joy changes everything! Joy is…indescribable. It is something that is beyond words or explanation or reason. The joy we have in Christ Jesus is truly beyond description. It is deep in our hearts. But our joy is also…invincible. Our joy in Christ cannot be subdued or overcome. No matter what we face in life, our joy cannot be taken away.  Our joy is also overflowing. We are so filled with joy because of Christ’s joy. His joy runs over the brims of our lives into the lives of others.”

Watch

Watch this video on Joy in every season.  Have you ever felt like little yellow?  What helped you to find joy?  Have you been like little green?  How do you help others find joy?

This video is about choosing JOY!  There are times we feel sad, frustrated, or worried.  It’s ok to feel these things, but we can choose joy!

Let’s take a closer look at the one of the fruits of the spirit: JOY!

Read

Open your Bible and read:

Romans 15:13

John 16:24

Psalm 126:3

If you have the following stories at home or can get them from the library, then you can read them.  If not, you can read/listen to them using the links below.

Olympig by Victoria Jamieson

Parents click the link below for a description of how to connect this story to Joy.

Connecting Olympig to Joy

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback

Parents click the link below for a description of how to connect this story to Joy.

Connecting Joseph to Joy

Penguin’s Christmas Wish by Salina Yoon

Parents click the link below for a description of how to connect this story to Joy.

Connecting Penguin to Joy

Listen

Most of us are familiar with this song, but here are some fun movements to go with this fun tune!

You’ll love this variation of the song “Joy to the World”

Do

Here is a coloring page you can color and hang to remind you to choose Joy!

Joy Coloring Page

Print, cut out and color this Advent ornament.  You can give it as a gift or hang it on your own tree!

Can you complete this maze?

Advent calendar:  Hopefully you picked up your Advent bag from DCLC.  If not, here is the Advent calendar. You can print it out.  It’s filled with easy activities for your family to find even more JOY during Christmas.

Pray

God, thank you for the best Christmas present we could ever receive: the joy that comes from knowing Jesus. Help us express that joy with our bodies, with our faces, and with our generosity towards others. Bless our efforts to be a light in the world, extending your grace and love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


November Playlist

Hope

Shannon Fossett, Director of Children’s Ministries

11/1/20

Pastor Andrea on Hope

Waiting and hope go together, and it’s hard to wait. And a lot of time we confuse hope with wishes. We have lots of wishes: I wish that I would have a job. I wish that the weather would be better. I wish that the pain would go away.

We are full of wishes, and we try to control the future by making our wishes come true. But Nouwen says that Jesus wants us to be filled with hope not wishes. Hope is different. Hope is trusting God’s promises in Jesus. We must let go of our wishes and start hoping. Hope is about trusting so deeply that our waiting is open to all possibilities . . . without our control. Hope asks us to let God define our life, trusting that God molds us according to God’s love and not according to our fear.

Read

Open your Bible and read Romans 15:4

Open your Bible and read Job 11:18

Open your Bible and read Isaiah 40:31

If you have the following stories at home or can get them from the library, then you can read them.  If not, you can read/listen to them using the links below.

Where the Sunrise Begins by Douglas Wood

Parents, click the link below for a description of how to connect this story to Hope.

Connecting Where the Sunrise Begins to Hope

The Most Magnificent Things by Ashley Spires

Parents, click the link below for a description of how to connect this story to Hope.

Connecting The Most Magnificent Thing to Hope

Circle of Hope by Karen Lynn Williams

Parents, click the link below for a description of how to connect this story to Hope.

Connecting Circles of Hope to Hope

Listen

Listen to this song “My Hope is in the Lord”–you might remember it from Cave Quest VBS!  It’s a great toe-tapper, hand clapper!

Here is a fun song that might make you giggle as you sing it!

Families, this is one you can listen to together.  It is a pastor describing hope.  After you watch it, your family can discuss what hope means to you.  What are some examples?

Participate/Do

Here is a lesson you can do on your own or with your family.  Are you familiar with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech?  You’ll be looking at this, reviewing a Bible verse, then drawing what your hopes and dreams are for a better future.

Hope for the Future

There are seven great activities based on HOPE in this packet.  You can do a few or all 7!  It goes perfect with what we are all currently experiencing with the pandemic.  I especially love the Prayer Tree and the Thankful Hearts activities!  Share with us what your favorite ones were in the comment section below.

Pray

Click on the link below for a devotional you can follow this month to explore the theme of hope.  These make good dinner discussions.  You can follow the schedule or spread it out over the whole month.


October Playlist

Amazing Grace

Shannon Fossett, Director of Children’s Ministries

10/1/20

Introduction

Hello families!  October’s theme is “Amazing Grace.” Have fun exploring at your own pace and in whatever order you choose!   I would love to hear how things are going or see what you create.  Feel free to email me your thoughts and/or pictures!

Pastor Andrea on Grace

Grace is the cornerstone and foundation of our faith. Everything flows from grace. Martin Luther, our founding father of the Lutheran faith, discovered grace by reading the New Testament. We think of ourselves as “saved by grace through faith.” Grace at its most simple form is God’s unconditional love for us in Jesus Christ. Grace is undeserved, unmerited love and forgiveness. It is love for the sake of love.

Read

Open your Bible and read Ephesians 2:8

Open your Bible and read Romans 8:39

Open your Bible and read John 3:16

If you have the following stories at home or can get them from the library, then you can read them.  If not, you can read/listen to them using the links below.

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

Parents, click the link below for a description of how to connect this story to Grace.

Grace in The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

The Magic Gourd by Baba Wagué Diakité

Parents, click the link below for a description of how to connect this story to Grace.

Grace in The Magic Gourd

Listen

Listen to this song by Bethel Music kids.  It has some fun dance moves that some of you will enjoy trying or make up your own!

This song has the words so you can learn it and sing along!  It’s called “Grace Like a Wave” by Worship House Kids.

This is a fun song based on Ephesians 2:8.  It includes the words, so you can learn it.  It’s so catchy you’ll be singing it all day!  La-de-da!

Watch

Click the link below to watch a video on God’s Love.  Grace is God’s unconditional love…so let’s look at some of the ways God loves us unconditionally!  This video describes some of the verses you might have read above and MORE! Parents, the link also includes some great questions that you can discuss after watching the video.

God’s Love

Watch the following video of Ms. Shannon reading the book God’s Dream.

Participate/Do

Here is a link to a Grace coloring page you can print out and color.

Grace Coloring Page

Try this True Love Bible Search and Sort activity.  Grace is God’s unconditional love, so let’s look at what the Bible says about Love!

Bible Search

We did this science experiment in a “Shenanigans with Ms. Shannon” meeting.  It is really cool, and this one is related to grace!  Watch this video first then you can try it out using a Ziploc baggie and some sharp pencils and water!

Pray

Here are some prayer ideas based on Ephesians 2:8.  These are great for the whole family!  They are button prayers, so round up some buttons from your craft bins or print out some and try out these ideas.

Pray

Parent Resources

Parents, here is an article on explaining God’s grace to children.

Explaining God’s Grace to Children

This article describes simple everyday things you’re probably already doing that teach our children grace.

Teaching Grace


September Playlist

Justice

Shannon Fossett, Director of Children’s Ministries

9/1/20

Introduction

Hello families!  Welcome to the Faith Formation Playlist for children/families!  During this time of physical/social distancing, we find it necessary to stay home, and we’re missing the day to day, normal weekly interactions with family and friends in school, at church, and in our communities. Although we can’t gather together physically, we still have an opportunity to deepen our faith. Each month we will have a theme that you can explore at your own pace.  Your family can choose to do one a week, several in a day or spread them out. I’d love to hear how things are going or see your projects.  Feel free to email me your thoughts and/or pictures!

Pastor Andrea on Justice

To try to live as Jesus lived, reaching out to those different from us, including all people to love, serve, and care for as well as giving our time and resources and engaging against unfair practices in our society.

Read

Open your Bible and Read Micah 6:8 (Love mercy, do justice, walk humbly…)

Open your Bible and Read Matthew 22:34-40 (Love God, love your neighbor…)

If you have the following stories at home or can get them from the library, then please read them.  If not, you can read/listen to them here by clicking the links below.

The Tawny Scrawny Lion by Kathryn Jackson

*Parent’s here is a great guide on how to connect The Tawny Scrawny Lion to Justice.

Justice in The Tawny Scrawny Lion

Who is my Neighbor? by Amy-Jill Levine & Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

*Parents, there is some good discussion that can happen after reading this book.  Take the opportunity to explore it with your kids!  What questions do they have?  What feelings came up as you read this?  Have they seen this in real life?  Have they experienced this?  What can they do to be a good neighbor?

Watch

Watch this video on God’s greatest commandment: love one another.  In this video kids share their opinions about this verse.  Talk with your family about what you think about this commandment.

Mister Rogers always has great advice.  Take a minute to watch what he says about loving yourself so you can love others.

Listen

Listen to this song about the verse Micah 6:8.  The words are there to help you learn it!

Listen to this song.  It’s similar to VBS.  The actions are easy to learn.  Try it out!

Participate/Do

Let’s make a Neighbor Chain.  Click on the link to print the template.  You can cut and decorate it.

Click on the link to print and then color the Micah coloring pages.

Micah Coloring Pages

Here are two fun activities to explore Matthew 22 with your whole family.  Click the link below for the directions for the “All About Love” activities.

Here is a great service project that the whole family can complete this month. There are lots of ways you can help your neighbor and show love in your community. Click on the link to print out the activity.  You can draw a picture or write your name in the box when you complete it.  How many can you complete this month?

Showing Love to my Community

Wonder

You can wonder on your own or as a family.  These can be good dinner time discussions too!

What does it mean to “treat others the way you want to be treated”?  Is this hard to do?

Who has shown you God’s love lately?

How have you shown love to others lately?

Have you seen someone being treated unfairly?  What can you do about it?

What is one thing you want to do this month that will make a difference by shining your light and sharing God’s love?

Parent Resources

Check out the Kindness Declaration from Mister Rogers.  Post it in your home for all to see!




























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