God Sightings

Shannon Fossett, Director of Children’s Ministries


The weather is finally cool enough to go hiking again. This is an activity I really enjoy, and it can be a great family outing!  There is something about being out in nature, connecting with God’s miracles that surround us.  On a recent hike I found the perfect heart rock…I seem to find heart shapes in nature a lot, and I feel it’s God’s way of saying, “Love is all around us, just keep your eyes and heart open to it.”

At VBS in the summer we talk a lot about “God Sightings”–ways we see God at work in our daily lives.  These God Sightings can be a heart-shaped rock, a beautiful sunset, a flower growing in the crack in a sidewalk, birds chirping, a smile from a friend and more.

Click the link below for a great article on “Seven Ways to Share the Joy of Creation with Your Kids.”  Enjoy the fall weather and see what God Sightings your family can find together!

Share what you discover in our comment section below.  We’d love to hear from you!

God Sightings

What Do I Tell my Kids?

Shannon Fossett, Director of Children’s Ministries


As parents we want so much for our children.  We want them to be happy, and we want to protect them.  But the reality is sad things happen, and events we don’t understand will take place.  So how do we talk to our kids about these things?

Sesame Street has been using their educational program to teach and empower kids for 50 years.  This mission has been very intentional with research on “how to make the most vulnerable among us smarter, stronger, and kinder in the face of difficult realities.”  This podcast is a conversation with Kate Bowler and Sherrie Westin, the President of Global Impact and Philanthropy at the Sesame Workshop.

You can listen to the podcast or read the transcript by clicking the link below.

Comment below on something that resonates with you.

How Do I Tell my Kids?

Kids in Worship

Shannon Fossett, Director of Children’s Ministries


Here at Desert Cross, children, youth, and family are important to us! We want to help our families live out their Baptismal Promises. We believe the “passing on of faith” is done in community.  There are HUGE benefits to having all generations praying, learning, and growing together.  EVERYONE is welcome in worship, big or small, short or tall, come one, come all!!!  It is important to us to have children in worship.  Just by sitting in worship the kids get to see, hear, and experience prayer, offering, communion, music, traditions, baptisms, Gospel readings, and more!

The article below has some great tips on how to help your children fully participate in worship.  I especially loved her idea under the “Listening” section, where you can have your children squeeze your finger every time they hear a certain word in the sermon or throughout the service.  This year we have a specific word/theme for each Sunday, and they will be listed on your Education calendars. So grab a calendar and be ready to go word hunting within worship!

Also, check the pews for a new Family Pew Card.  It has some extra tips for children in worship, as well as a coloring side for the kids.  They could even tally how many times they hear the word of the day on this card!  Let us know if you try any of these tips or if you have any of your own to share by commenting below!

Kids in Worship

A School Blessing

Shannon Fossett, Director of Children’s Ministries


Kids have been back in the classroom for a few weeks.  The projects, tests, and presentations may be piling up.  Students and teachers need our prayers throughout the school year.  Use this school blessing as a prayer with your child, grandchild, or neighbor.  Tell them you’re praying for them as they work hard in school.  Tell them you love and support them through their struggles and successes.

Click the link below.  Watch the video.  Share it with a student or teacher.  Post your experience in the comment section.

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1 Comment

  1. I love this idea of listening for a specific word! It reminds me of the times that James has heard his name during the sermon and the amount of joy that it brings him.


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