Children's Ministry

Church is online, and so is our Children’s Ministry! Below you’ll find resources every week for Sunday School at Home. You can join us Sunday mornings at 9 for Facebook Live. We will also post announcements about fun activities that are coming up.  Make sure that you are signed up for our newsletter and you’re following our Facebook page for more information and pictures.
Sunday School Lessons:

October 11th

We learn here that there are always questions about God’s desires for our lives, but in this story, we learn that God always keeps God’s promises. Even when they might be different than anything we could have imagined.
Children need to know this important message. They might have big questions and not always understand what it means to follow God. But when they hear that God promises to go with them, they can find comfort in the midst of a wondrous and sometimes complicated faith.
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CRAFT CORNER WITH MS. BECKY
Stars in the Sky
 
Supplies:
Paper plate (or thick paper and a large bowl to trace a circle – I used a paper grocery bag and a piece of thin cardboard and both worked!)
Scissors
Crayons/Markers/etc.
Print out of stars or cut out your own
Glue stick
Hole punch
Small piece of yarn
 
1. If using paper instead of a paper plate, turn a large bowl over onto the paper and trace around the circumference of the bowl. Then cut out circle.
2. Color both sides of your circle (paper plate/paper)
3. If you are using the star print out, color the stars (I colored both sides) 
4. Start on the outside of the circle and cut a spiral to the center of the circle. (You may need a grown-up or sibling to help out.)
5. Cut out stars
6. Glue stars on the circle. (I put some on both sides)
7. Pick up the center of the spiral and make a hole in the middle. Then thread the yarn through to make a hanger for your star spinner.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spiritual Practice
Exploring faith through God’s promises.
 
 
SHAPE BREATHING:
 
 
Use the shapes to do breathing prayers.
 
When you see shapes, you can do these prayers and remember God’s blessings and promises.

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October 4th Sunday School

 
 
Our faith word for this month is faith. The definition we use for faith is “to believe in God’s presence and hope.” This month we will explore faith through God’s promises.
Children can great faith. Children are often filled with hope, and their eagerness can be inspiring. This lesson can help children explore what their faith can be. Such faith can remind us of Abraham and Sarah, and also serves as a reminder that we too can embrace faith in God’s blessings and promises
Genesis 12:1-9 begins our introduction to the story of Abraham. Abraham is old and is asked by God to take a journey. Abraham does not speak in this passage, but God does. This story continues God’s promises to the Israel’s ancestors, including Abraham. God’s promise is a blessing. God will bless Abraham and all of his descendants. In this passage we hear a story of Abraham and his wife, Sarah, accepting God’s call and taking all their things to a new land. They travel through major urban areas in the Canaanite mountains. This area will be the homeland of Israel. Abraham and Sarah’s journey could not have been easy. It was likely very hard. But their willingness to follow God, demonstrates their great faith and hope in the future that God promises them.
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CRAFT CORNER WITH MS. BECKY
Supplies:
Plastic lid or shallow bowl
Needle
Safety pin
A magnet (I used a bar magnet from a can opener)
the lid of a plastic milk jug or a piece of cork/styrofoam.
Tape
Some water
 
God told Abraham and Sarah to go where God sent them. Their faith in God gave them the courage to follow Him.  
Geocaching is a fun outdoor activity where you and your family can follow a compass to find ‘caches’. Here are some places to find here in McKinney:
Although, you can’t take this compass adventuring with you. You can make your own compass at home.
Make your magnet by holding the needle in one hand and sliding the magnet along the needle. Lift up the magnet and repeat (you do not want to go back and forth on the needle – slide in one direction). Do this many times. You can make sure that you’ve magnetized your needle by checking to see if it can pick up the safety pin.
 
Pour some water into the bowl
 
Tap the needle on top of your lid or cork. The needle will spin until it points North.  
 

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September 27th

As we bring this unit to a close, remind your children that God used creativity to create a world of beauty and a world of wonder. God created the world and everything in it to be connected. No living thing—plant, animal, or person—is more important than another. Encourage your children to create beauty with God in all they do and to always look for beauty in the world around them.
 
Help your children know they are God’s children and that by being named a child of God, they are also responsible for doing God’s work. But, we cannot do it alone. God needs us, and we need one another, to make God’s creative and beautiful world possible. By working together, we can be creative helpers of God.
 
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This week, we’ll focus on the fact that humans need one another and creation needs us. As we interact with the Bible story, we’ll explore ways to care for creation and for one another. We’ll also focus on engaging with God’s creation, as we have throughout this unit of Bible stories.
CRAFT CORNER WITH MS. BECKY
In this week’s story, we learn how God created helpers to take care of the garden. We can be helpers. Let’s make a helping tree to remind us of the garden and how we are helpers!
 
Supplies: Piece of paper, Pencil, Crayons/markers/etc.
(maybe a grown up or older sibling to help trace)
 
 Place your arm on the piece of paper with your fingers spread out.  
Trace your hand and arm onto the piece of paper.
Draw the tree “leaves” around your hand “branches”
Write ways that you can help on each one of the fingers “branches” of your tree.
Color your helping tree! I added some yellow and orange to my tree to remind me that fall is here!
 
In this Bible story, we hear more of the second account of Creation. In this telling, God creates life with complex elements and instructions. There is a continuation of God’s good creation as it flows through rivers in the infamous garden of Eden. God places humans in the garden. This is a part of God’s creative process. God gives a second command to the humans. God asks humans to be co-creators with God to bring forth God’s kingdom. God recognizes that the human is alone. God wants to make a change. God then forms new life. God does not simply create, but God brings to life. To be creative with God can therefore imply—when we create, we bring new life into the world. The next human is then created. This is a continuation of God’s creative work. God is always engaging in creative work. The new human is called, “helper.” God is also often called, “helper.” This reiterates God’s divinity within humanity, and our call to work together, side by side, to care for all of creation

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September 20

When God creates humans, God does so in God’s own image. To be created in the image of God is as if we are mirrors of God in the world. Each of us is a reflection of something greater. We are created to resemble the divine. This is a gift. Everyone has God within, and it is because of this that we are able to embrace our own unique expressions as children of God. Our ability to imagine and be creative is a part of how we are made in the image of God.
  • Wonder with the children about the diversity and beauty of all living things.
  • Wonder why God created all living things so they would work together.
 
 
 
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This Bible story is not only about creation, but also about the creativity God places in each of us. God creates humanity. God then shares the creative process by giving humanity a part of God’s self. “Let us” demonstrates that God is not working alone. God is engaged in relationship of mutuality and shares the creative process with others.
CRAFT CORNER WITH
MS. BECKY
Be “Yourselfie” – God loves you just as you are
God made you just the way you are. You are beautiful, and you are good. 
 
 
 
 
This Bible story helps children come to know their identity as a child of God. It provides a foundation of self-reflection and self-acceptance. To be known and loved by God is one of the most important messages we can teach our children. Help your children see the reflection of God in themselves and how they can use their creativity to help continue to create a beautiful world.

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September 13th Sunday School

God created the idea of the world and God made the creation come alive. God saw all that was created as good and beautiful. As people, we often struggle with seeing other people and the natural world as beautiful.
  • What if we saw all people as good and beautiful creations dreamed up and made by God?
  • What if we took the time to examine all aspects of God’s world and find the beauty in every part of God’s creation?
 
 
 
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God created us to be creative, and children have a natural ability to use their creativity. To keep their creativity and curiosity active, children need time to explore the world and its beauty. Children can easily enter into a partnership with God. Listen deeply to their ideas for ways to care for and keep God’s creation beautiful.
 
 
The creative Creation story continues. The swarming of the living things is a description of how all creatures inhabit the earth. God divides the animals into three categories—sea animals, sky animals, and land animals. God made a diverse population and demonstrated the importance of all things. God knew that each creature would serve a purpose and be a contributing part of creation. God did not just create one thing; God created many
 
CRAFT CORNER WITH MS. BECKY
How creative and wondrous all the living things on Earth are! Once when I was on vacation, I was swimming in the sea and right next to me out of the water flew some tiny, shiny blue flying fish. Those are incredible, a fish that flies out of the water. Now that’s creative!
Let’s get creative, too, by making a craft that reminds us how God created living things like the birds of the sky and the fish in the sea. This week’s craft is inspired by ithappensinablink.com

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News and Announcements:

Zoom Sunday School

Zoom Sunday School is back!!  We’re excited to “see” everyone for Sunday School at 9am Sunday mornings.  We will follow up Sunday School with Facebook Live.  Email Ms. Meg for the zoom info.

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3rd Grade Bibles

Third Graders – mark your calendar for September 20 when you will be presented with a special Bible.  
We love the tradition of giving all of our 3rd graders a Bible to use in Sunday School, worship, and at home.  Although this year will be a little different, we will still be presenting them in a special way.
 

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ABC Devotionals

ABC Devotionals

ABC Devotionals
Are you enjoying our daily, alphabet-themed devotionals?  These short, fun videos are great for the
whole family.  You can watch them anytime: breakfast, after school, during family dinner, whenever!

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Facebook Live

Join us Sunday mornings at 9:30 for Facebook Live.  Ms. Cheridy helps us prepare for worship.  It’s a great way to start your Sunday!


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Race for Grace: Kids Riding for Kids

You can help change the life of someone your age in Haiti! Kids are encouraged to take part in Kids Riding for Kids by asking for financial donations from friends and family to support them as they bike, walk or scooter in their neighborhood on August 29th.
 
We have new 2020 shirts for kids to wear while they ride.
 
Sign up here to complete a registration form for each child participating. Be sure to include shirt size. (Shirts may be picked up at First United Methodist Church)
 
Email your “race” pictures with you riding in your shirt to Cheridy Dodd.

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