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Sunday School Activities for 5/24/20

You might start by saying: “This week we’re going to focus on developing mindfulness. Does anyone know what mindfulness is?” [For school-aged kids, it is likely they’ve already been exposed to the concept of mindfulness because a lot of schools teach mindfulness as part of their social-emotional learning curriculum.]

Mindfulness includes:

  • Taking a moment to be still and quiet and noticing what is happening right now.
  • Taking notice of how your body feels and what you see, smell and taste.
  • Taking time to feel emotions in your body, perhaps through a tightness somewhere, or a good sensation.
  • Noticing what your mind is doing.

By practicing mindfulness and quieting our minds, we are better able to notice God’s love for us in this world.

Optional “object” lesson – if you like you can also put together this glitter jar to help kids understand what you mean by quieting your mind. https://www.mindful.org/how-to-create-a-glitter-jar-for-kids/

Locate a nice spot (outside if possible) where you can spread out a blanket and take a seat with your child/children. It doesn’t really matter where you go, but someplace calm and quiet can make the mindfulness exercise easier for kids.

Sit down together and speak quietly. Explain that you’re going to sit quietly and calmly for a few minutes.

Ask them to remind you what the five senses are (for smaller kids, you might need to tell them!). Tell them that today you’re going to sit quietly and notice at least one thing with all of our senses. To practice, you can start with hearing. Ask everyone to sit silently and listen. Give them a minute or two to sit quietly and listen, then ask: “What do you hear?” Birds? Water? Wind?

Now run through the other four senses. For older kids, you can ask them to sit for about 5 minutes and notice what they sense on their own. For younger kids, you may need to take them through the senses one-by-one, giving them a bit of time to focus on that sense.

Ask kids to share what they sensed while they were sitting quietly. Did they notice something they haven’t noticed before?

Remind kids that God’s love for us is everywhere – all day, every day. Sometimes, if we just quiet our minds, we can notice it. Sitting quietly and using our senses can be a great way to spend time with God.

Sunday School Activities for 5/17/20

For younger kids

Read John 14:19-21 (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%2014:19-21)

Ask, “Where is Jesus? Where do you think he is?” [No wrong answer here]. Then go on to say, “Did you know that Jesus also lives in us, in our hearts?” Ask, “Where is your heart?” Have kids point to where their hearts are. Then ask, “How can we show that Jesus lives in our hearts?” [Explore this idea – there are many good answers to this question, including doing good works, praying, praising God, being friendly and thoughtful.]

Give kids a piece of paper and art supplies and tell them every one is going to draw a picture of him/herself. They should draw the whole self, including their body (not just faces!). Also ask them to be sure to include their heart.

When everyone is done, ask them to share their pictures. Then ask, “How can you show that Jesus is in your heart this week?”

For older kids

Start by giving a little context: this passage is Jesus telling his disciples that God is going to send the Holy Spirit to be with them once Jesus is no longer on Earth.

Read John 14:15-21 (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%2014:15-21)

When you’re done, ask, “Where is Jesus telling us the Holy Spirit lives?” [If you get blank looks,  re-read the passage and ask them to listen to where Jesus says the Holy Spirit lives.] The answer that Jesus tells us in this passage is “In us.” The Holy Spirit and also God and Jesus – the whole trinity – live in us.

Ask, “How do you think people show that Jesus lives in them?” [Explore this idea – there are many good answers to this question, including doing good works, praying, praising God, being friendly and thoughtful.]

Go on to say, “Sometimes, when people talk about Jesus living in them, they talk about Jesus living in their hearts. Have you heard that before?” [You might get some agreement and some non-agreement. That’s okay.]

“I also think that Jesus lives in my heart, but I also think he lives in other parts of the body sometimes too. For example, do you think God lives in the hands of a surgeon who is saving someone’s life, maybe? Or maybe Jesus is in the voicebox of someone who is comforting someone who is sad?”

As an activity today, the kids are going to come up with ideas for how they think Jesus lives in different body parts. This can be funny or sincere, either is fine. Here are two ways to play the game.

One idea: Cut up strips of paper and write a bunch of different body parts on them and put them in a hat, bowl, or bag (or something that kids can pull strips out of without seeing what they are selecting). One at a time, each person picks a body part out of the hat and reads it. The first person to yell out how Jesus lives in that body part gets to pick the next slip of paper out of the hat.

Second idea: Have each person pick a body part and write it down (you can remind them to keep it clean, please). Put all the body parts in a hat or center of the table, mix them up, and then each person takes one. Then give everyone a minute to come up with how Jesus can live in that body part, and then go around the table and share.

Sunday School Activities for 5/10/20

For younger kids

Play follow the leader! To start, form a line with you in the lead and walk/dance/skip around the house, asking the kids to follow exactly what you are doing. Let each kid be leader for a little while.

When you are done, find some place comfortable to sit in a circle. Tell the kids: “Jesus said, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’ We follow Jesus because it is how we come to know and be close to God. Let’s play follow the leader again, but this time, let’s follow Jesus.”

Everyone stand up in a circle. Tell kids to follow what you are doing.

“We follow Jesus when we are friendly.” (Shake your own hand.)

“We follow Jesus when we are kind.” (Pat your own shoulder.)

“We follow Jesus when we give to others.” (Hold out your hand like you are giving something to another person.)

“We follow Jesus when we praise God.” (Say “God is good!”)

“We follow Jesus when we are honest.” (Put your hand up like you are saying an oath.)

“We follow Jesus when we love everyone.” (Put your arms around yourself like you are giving the world a big hug.)

Sit back down and ask kids, “What are other ways we can follow Jesus?” [Give them plenty of time to answer.] Say, “I try to follow Jesus everyday in every way. What is one thing you can do this week to follow Jesus?”

For older kids

Start by saying, “Let’s play a game. I am going to set my timer for one minute. Let’s see how many leaders we can think of before the timer runs out. Just call them out, and I’ll tally it up. Ready? Go!” [Let the kids come up with as many leaders as they can.]

It is likely most of the “leaders” kids come up with are political leaders. When the minute is up, if one of the kids has called out someone who influences trends or what’s cool, point that out. You can say, “I think it is really interesting that you said [So-and-so]. Why did you include him/her?” Or, if no one brings up a trend or cultural leader, ask “What about [Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, whoever it is your kids think are cool]”? Guide kids toward understanding that there are also people who lead trends and what’s cool, not just political leaders. “Who do you think influences how you act day-to-day more, [a political leader that kids named] or [cultural icon]?” There are no right answers here. Just let the kids explore the idea that there are leaders or other people that influence the way they look/act/feel.

When you are done, you can transition to Jesus by saying something like, “What about Jesus? How does Jesus influence what we do day-to-day? What does Jesus lead us to do?” Spend time exploring/discussing how Jesus leads us. Jesus might lead us to be kind, giving, prayerful, honest, loving.

Jesus said, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’ We follow Jesus because it is how we come to know and be close to God. What are ways you find easy to follow Jesus? What ways are hard? [It is important that you as an adult share too.]

Children’s Activities for 5/3/20

Read Psalm 23 (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+23&version=NRSV).

Start with this story:

A grandfather wanted to teach his grandson about Psalm 23 and what it means to him. This is the story the grandfather told his grandson.

“Think of the five fingers on your left hand.

Showing his grandson how to do it, the man gripped his thumb and said, “That stands for The. That’s a strong beginning.

Next, your index finger stands for the word Lord. Grasping his index finger, the man told the boy to ponder the goodness and grace of the Lord Jesus, who loves him.

Touching his longest finger, the man said, “This finger stands for the word, is. The Lord is alive and here with you right now, in the present.”

And the fourth finger stands for the fourth word in the verse: my. A wedding ring on the fourth finger, after all, reminds us of the personal and exclusive relationship we have with the one we love.

And the little finger–the pinky stands for shepherd. When you come to the end of your hand, or to the end of any task, even to the end of life, you find the Shepherd still there, abiding always.”

For younger kids:

Outline each child’s hand on a piece of paper that is NOT white (doesn’t really matter which, but I would suggest brown construction paper). Ask the child to write the word corresponding to each finger on that finger (i.e. “The” on the thumb, “Lord” on the index finger). Cut out the hand, then turn it to the opposite side. Using cotton balls or white circles of paper, make a sheep that looks something like this (googly eye optional): https://healthymamainfo.com/2013/05/handprint-sheep-craft/

For older kids:

Using the attached files, either color the patterned hand or create your own complex pattern on the blank hand using black ink and coloring it in. When you are done, cut out the hand and write the words from the story on the back of the finger it belongs to (i.e. “The” on the back of the thumb, “Lord” on the back of the index finger). If you don’t have a printer, you can also outline your hand on a blank sheet of paper and fill it in with color and pattern, then cut it out. This works especially well using card stock weight paper.

Notes:

The credit for the finger story goes to Better Bible Teachers and Robert J. Morgan (https://betterbibleteachers.com/2017/09/this-one-trick-is-all-you-need-to-explain-the-power-of-psalm-23-to-your-sunday-school-kids/). Also, the file I’m using is actually for Indian mehndi, which has an amazing and rich history of its own. Look up “mehndi” on Google images to see some amazing art!

 

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TODAY’S SCRIPTURE (keep scrolling)

 

John 10:1-10
10“Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. 2The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. 7So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. 9I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

 

 

 

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EasterTide Worship
Allin Congregational Church, UCC
April 26, 2020

PRELUDE                         If You But Trust in God to Guide Thee                – arr. Roger Summers

GREETING AND INTRODUCTION
Who is the third who walks always beside you?
When I count, there are only you and I together
But when I look ahead up the white road
There is always another one walking beside you
Gliding wrapt in a brown mantle, hooded
I do not know whether a man or a woman
…But who is that on the other side of you?
from The Wasteland by T.S. Eliot

GATHERING HYMN                        Crown Him With Many Crowns                        – music by George J. Elvery
sung by Kaitlyn Frazer

PRAYER of INVOCATION and THE LORD’S PRAYER
…Our father who art in heaven, hollowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done.
On Earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

VIDEO ON GRATITUDE

READING OF SCRIPTURE                                   Luke 34:13-49
It was still the third day, and two of Jesus’ disciples were walking on a road to the village of Emmaus,
about seven miles from Jerusalem.

As they journeyed, they were discussing and wondering about everything that happened. While on
the road, Jesus himself came near, and walked with them. They did not recognize him.

Jesus asked them, “What are you talking about?”
They stopped walking and turned to face Jesus, with deep sadness etched on their faces.
One of them answered, in surprise: “Are you the only one around here who hasn’t heard what has
happened this week?”

Jesus asked them, “What do you mean?”

They replied, “All of the things about Jesus of Nazareth. He was our teacher, a prophet and healer,
clearly from God. But our leaders had him tried for sedition, where he was condemned to death by
crucifixion. We hoped he was going to be the redeem our people. This morning, however, some of
the women in our group went to anoint his body at the tomb, but he was not there. They came
rushing back to us, breathless, saying they had experienced a vision from angels who said Jesus was
alive. Some of us went to the tomb, and the women were right~~Jesus wasn’t there.”

Then Jesus chided them, and began interpret everything they described, through their own sacred
writings.

They came near to Emmaus, and Jesus continued walking as if going on ahead. But they urged him
to stay with them, because it was late in the day.

So Jesus stayed, and when they were at the supper table, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and
gave it to them.

Then, their eyes were opened and they saw Jesus,
and he vanished from their sight.

They marveled, “Were not our hearts burning within us when he was talking with us on the road?”

And instead of spending the night, they got up from the table to go back to Jerusalem, to find their
friends. They said, “The Lord has risen indeed!” And then, they told them what happened on the
road, and how Jesus had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

CHILDREN’S TIME

ANTHEM                              You Raise Me Up                                                – Loveland/Graham
sung by Katelyn Frazer

SERMON                                 This Emmaus Moment

POSTLUDE                        Superstar, from Jesus Christ Superstar            – Webber and Rice