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.


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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