Children Playlists 2022-2023

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.


September Playlist

Generosity

Shannon Fossett, Director of Children’s Ministries

9/1/22

Introduction

Generosity is the willingness to give without expecting anything in return.  There are lots of ways we can be generous.  Have you ever shared your favorite toy with a friend or given your favorite book or stuffed animal to someone else in need?  Maybe you have brought your extra change for the Hunger Jar in worship.  There is JOY in giving, and Jesus wants us to share with others.  You can be generous with your time and even your talent, like reading to a sibling or sharing a song with someone in a care center.  You can be generous with kindness too!  You can share a smile with everyone you see. 😊   You can ask someone to play who needs a friend.  You can give someone a compliment.  God gave you an inner light…so let it shine BRIGHTLY!  Let’s be generous!  Here are some fun ways to explore more about generosity below.

Listen

It won’t take long to learn the motions to this song and you can sing out loud with these kids!

“Generous”

Here’s a fun song from a past VBS.

“Give It Away”

Read

Open the Bible and read:
2 Corinthians 9:7
Luke 21: 3-4
Proverbs 11:25

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.

One City, Two Brothers

Parents, here are some notes on how to connect this book with the theme “Generosity”

Generosity in One City/Two Brothers

How to Heal a Broken Wing

Parents, here are some notes on how to connect this book with the theme “Generosity”

Generosity in How to Heal a Broken Wing

Watch

Watch the video below to see how a $100 Christmas gift ended up changing many lives. Talk about the video together. What might you do with $100 to make someone else’s life different?

Here’s a fun video from Kid President!

Do

  • Watch a read-aloud video of The Rainbow Fish or read the book aloud if you own it. Then talk about these questions together:
    1. Tell about a time when you gave something away to someone else. How did you feel?
    2. Tell about a time when someone gave you something you really wanted or needed. How did that make you feel?
    3. What things do you have that you could share with other people?
  • Generosity Jar (from the Faith Practices Project):  Want to help your kids be more intentional about giving generously and about discerning between wants and needs? Make a Generosity Jar! Here’s how:
    1. Decorate a jar with colorful paper, stickers, or whatever your kids choose.
    2. When a “want” comes up (like “I want ice cream” or “I want a new toy”), one option is to put the money you would have spent on that item into the Generosity Jar. This isn’t just for the kids—adults can (and should!) participate too.
    3. Then, at the end of the month or the end of the year, count up the money in the jar and have a family meeting to decide together how to give it away. (Maybe the Hunger Jar at church or a cause you feel passionate about.) Older kids and teens can research and propose giving opportunities.

Pray

Dear God, thank You that You provide for all our needs.  Thank You that we can trust You to turn the small things we give You into something big that can make a huge difference.  Help us to be generous with everything we have, just as You are so generous in giving us these things.
Amen.


























October Playlist

Faith

Shannon Fossett, Director of Children’s Ministries

10/1/22

Introduction

Faith is believing in God and His power even though we can’t see Him.  Faith means we still know He is there and that He does wonderful things for us. The Bible talks about people who demonstrated faith. There were people like Noah, who built an ark, preparing for a flood that hadn’t started yet  There was Abraham, who left his home to follow God; and Rahab, who trusted God when her whole city was collapsing around her.  We can be like those faith “heroes” too!  They believed in God’s promises. They didn’t know exactly how those promises would come true, but they trusted in Him. They did not do amazing things on their own power but through their trust and hope in God. God did the work. Jesus told His disciples to have faith (or to believe in) God.  We can trust in God and know that He will help take care of us, that is living in faith.  Here are some fun ways to explore “Faith” below.

Listen

If you joined us for Everest VBS, you will remember this song.  It’s one that I love to sing along with!
“Faith”

Here’s a song to rock out to…get your drum sticks ready!
“My Faith Is In You”

Read

Open the Bible and read:
Hebrews 11:1
Matthew 17:20
2 Corinthians 5:7
Matthew 21:22

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.

Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss

Parents, here are some notes on how to connect this book with the theme Faith:
Faith in Horton Hatches the Egg

Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail by Jennifer Thermes

Parents, here are some notes on how to connect this book with the theme Faith:
Faith in Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail

Do

Here is a fun science experiment to explore the theme of faith.
Science Experiment

Here is a fun maze you can print out and try.
Maze

Here are some family ideas on how to explore the fruit of the spirit… faithfulness.  There is a free printable, a recipe idea, and more!
Faithfulness

Pray

Dear God, thank you for tiny mustard seeds that remind us how even the smallest faith can grow into something big that has roots in your love.   Help us each day to grow our faith and stay in love with you.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


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