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.


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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