Hello, Allin Parents! Happy Summer! Below is our last “official” Sunday School lesson until the fall. I have had a blast curating activities and ideas for you over the last few months – I hope these lessons have been as fun for you to do as they were for me to put together. That said, even though it is summer, I will continue to send activities and resources to assist you in nurturing your kids’ relationship with God and Jesus. I think summer can be a great time to grow “faith skills” – the pace is generally slower and your kids typically have more free time (especially this summer!) to connect with God in ways that make sense to them.
Wishing you all the best for a long, fun summer,
Learn about and celebrate Juneteenth! June 19, or Juneteenth, is a holiday that commemorates the day that Texas, the last Confederate state, learned about the Emancipation Proclamation—marking the end of legal slavery in the United States in 1865.
For little kids:[Parents, Consider reading this excellent article about talking to children about Juneteenth. It’ll take about 5 minutes: https://www.pittwire.pitt.edu/news/how-talk-children-about-juneteenth]
Watch the Read Aloud Juneteenth for Mazie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXnMN6Y9AiA
Why do we celebrate Juneteenth? If you were great-great-great grandpa Mose, how do you think you would have felt when you heard you were free? How might you have acted?
For older kids:
Watch this short film describing Juneteenth and its significance.
Ask: Have you heard of Juneteenth before? If yes, when and where? Is it something you already celebrate with your family and your community?
What does it mean to be free? Are there people who are not truly free in the U.S.? In what ways? How do you think Jesus would react (aka What Would Jesus Do/WWJD)?
A follow-up activity to consider:
Plan a small Juneteenth Party with your family (it is okay if it is not on June 19). Find reliable, unbiased sources on the internet to research traditional foods, activities, and other traditions associated with Juneteenth. Share the history of the holiday with your family. Put Juneteenth on your calendar for next year.[Here are some ideas: https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/juneteenth; https://www.nytimes.com/article/juneteenth-celebration-history.html; https://www.britannica.com/topic/Juneteenth]