Miss Melissa Hopkins has provided some materials and resources for us so we can participate in Children's Church at home! 

If you need help with these, or have questions, contact Melissa Hopkins, Interim Christian Education Director.

January 3, 2021
Today is the 10th day of Christmas and Second Sunday in the Christmas Season.  Today in Church our Gospel Lesson is John 1: 10-18.  The book of John is a little different version of the Christmas story.  John states that God has always existed, and God was the Word; then the Word became Flesh (Jesus) and came to dwell among us.  John also talks about Jesus being the Light of the World. 

What is Epiphany video
The Wise Men video
We Three Kings song
The story behind Three Kings bread
Epiphany around the World video
Ages 3 - 5 lesson
Multi-age lesson
worksheet
worksheet answers
Jesus is the Light of the World


December 27, 2020
In church today, we will be enjoying the Christmas Story from beginning to end, including several Christmas Hymns.  With that in mind, I included links to 2 of our most popular preschool videos about the birth of Jesus.  There are additional videos saved to the Christmas and Epiphany Playlist on my You Tube page if you'd like more resources.  I included a Children's Bulletin for Luke 2, focusing on the birth of Jesus; there's a maze that reminded me of the labyrinth paths we had for Advent.

Story of Christmas (Jesus is born) video
Jesus and the Shepherds video
Simeon and Anna meet baby Jesus video
Multi-age lesson
Worksheets
Worksheet Answers
Ages 3 - 5 lesson
Jesus Birth Foretold

December 20, 2020
Our curriculum for today is based on the passage in Luke; in these verses, we see the birth of Jesus foretold.  The angel, Gabriel, visits Mary to tell her that she is to give birth to the child of God, and she will name Him Jesus.  The curriculum this week includes some suggestions for the 12 days of Christmas, beginning on December 25th and ending on Epiphany, January 6th.

Ages 3 - 5 lesson
Multi-age lesson
Worksheets
NT Worksheets
NT Worksheet Answers
Advent Week 4 - Love - video

December 13
Today is the third Sunday of Advent, and we are lighting the Joy candle in our Advent Wreaths today.  The focus for this week in the Curriculum is Psalm 126.     

Multi-age lesson
NT lesson
NT Answers
Ages 3 - 5 lesson
Advent in Two Minutes video

December 6
Today is the 2nd Sunday of Advent, and we are lighting the Peace candle in our Advent Wreaths today.  Our scripture for today in church continues to be Isaiah 40; today the focus will be on verses 4-5, the Path over the Mountains and the Rough Places. I have also created a playlist on my You Tube channel titled Advent where I have saved several short kid-friendly videos about Advent you can review if you'd like.  I included a link to one of the videos below.   

Kid-friendly Advent video
Ages 3 - 5 lesson
Multi-age lesson
Worksheet
Worksheet answers
Isaiah lesson
Isaiah Answers


November 29
Today is the first day of Advent, and we will be lighting the purple candle of Hope in church today.

Ages 3 - 5 lesson
Worksheet
Worksheet answers
Advent Wreath Liturgy for families
Advent Kit pick up video from Miss Melissa


November 15
Today our story is the parable of the talents.  With that we are talking about how God wants us to not be afraid to share the gifts that he gave us.  We need to trust our ability to grow God's Love by sharing it with others. 

Miss Melissa's video lesson
Ages 3-5 lesson
Worksheet
Worksheet Answers


November 8
Today our lesson is taken from Matthew 25: 1 - 13, this is the parable of the 10 bridesmaids that Jesus tells.  We talk about being prepared in the lesson, and what choices we make.  Our focus in this lesson is to always be prepared and willing to show God's Light in the world. 

multi-age lesson
ages 3 - 5 lesson
worksheet
worksheet answers
video lesson from Miss Melissa


November 1
Today is the day that we celebrate all the Saints of the Church, living and dead.  The story in the curriculum today is taken from the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew.  In it we talk about being blessed when following God's way.  God wants us to show our love to each other, taking care of others and ensuring everyone has what they need. 

All Saints Day video lesson from Miss Melissa
Ages 3 - 5 lesson
Multi-age lesson
worksheets
worksheet answers
All Saints Day coloring page
Thanksgiving card template
4 cards per page template
Friendly Turkey coloring page


October 25
Happy Reformation and Commitment Sunday!!

This is when we celebrate the stories of our Faith and how we came to be.  We discuss who came before, and how we can continue.  This especially relates to our curriculum for this week.  We learn this week how Joshua was blessed by Moses and chosen by God to be the new leader of the Israelites when Moses died.  We talk about things that can be passed along, like blessings, and showing God's Love: continuing God's Story through our loving actions.  In church, we're talking about the passage where we learn about God wanting us to love Him with all our Heart, Mind, and Soul as well as loving our neighbor as ourselves.  Pastor Dave talks about being All In, committing to God; this is one of the ways we can show God's Love.  

Ages 3 - 5 lesson
MultiAge lesson
Video lesson from Miss Melissa
Joshua leads video
Gods People: Joshua video
Worksheets
Worksheet answers


October 18
Today's Sunday School Lesson is about seeing God's Love all around us and sharing it by caring for each other.  I think we can share God's Love through the Bibles we shared.  Our story in the curriculum is about Moses seeing God's Glory.  In the lesson we talk about finding God's Love and meeting with God.  We have a page to use to imagine a personal meeting with God.  We also have a page with stories to think about how we can stare God's Love by standing up for others. 

Video lesson from Miss Melissa
MultiAge lesson
Worksheets
Worksheet Answers
Ages 3 - 5 lesson
Moses Song video
Caring for each other video


October 4
I hope you all enjoyed the Service today as we celebrate Communion with Christians around the Globe.  Communion is a great way to remember God's Love for all of us through the sacrifice Jesus made.  Today our Curriculum is focused on the Ten Commandments and living in God's Way.  In addition to the link to our lesson, I included a couple of animated versions of the story.  They include more than just today's lesson, but it gives context to where we're at in the story of Moses.  I think the kids will enjoy them. 

Oct 4 video lesson from Miss Melissa
Corinthians worksheet
Corinthians worksheet Answers
MultiAge lesson
Ten Commandments Golden Calf video
Moses in the wilderness video


September 13
This is our second Sunday in Creation Month.  This is the time when we celebrate the World God created for us and recognize our roles as caretakers for it.  We are celebrating the land this week, and how we care for the Earth. 

Video lesson from Melissa
Ages 3 - 5 lesson
Worksheet
Worksheet answers
Multi-age lesson


August 30
This week the sermon is based on the hymn, "A Firm Foundation."  This week, we learn about Moses as an adult.  He grew up in the palace, but his people were slaves.  Moses didn't like how they were treated, and he ran away after killing an Egyptian for hurting an Israelite.  We learn how God found Moses while he took care of his father-in-law's sheep.  Moses was called to help the Israelites to go free by God through the Burning Bush.  This was a huge job, and Moses was scared.  God promised he would be with Moses and he would receive help as well.  Moses then accepted God's Call to Help.  

Video lesson from Miss Melissa
Ages 3 - 5 lesson
Worksheet
Worksheet answers
Multi-age lesson
Moses and the burning bush video


August 23
Today we continue learning the Old Testament stories.  We are learning about Baby Moses in the curriculum today.  We are focusing on the courageous women in the story.  I included the video lesson as well as an animated version of the story, but it does go further than our story, including Moses as an adult.  For the craft, you need a ribbon, the curriculum page, construction paper, and glue or tape. 

Video lesson from Miss Melissa
multi-age lesson
preschool lesson
Activity sheets
Activity sheet answers
Baby Moses activity sheets
Baby Moses video
Moses video


August 16
This week for in person worship we continue our Summer Song Series.  We will focus on the hymn "There is a Balm in Gilead" this week, and Carol McDonald will be preaching.   I included a couple of versions of this hymn on my You Tube playlist for this week, if you would like to review them.   If you are attending the 9 AM worship service service, you will see me.  I have included a short video of what that will look like.  I will have a handout for any kids that come, but we will continue to have Sunday School virtually for the next couple of months.  If you have any questions, let me know.

Miss Melissa's video lesson
Multi-age lesson
Worksheet
Worksheet answers
Preschool lesson
Joseph - forgiveness video


August 9
The lesson today talks about when he receives his special coat, his dreams about his brothers and parents bowing down to him, and when his brothers sold him into slavery.  We're going to talk about the special present Joseph received, the coat, and we will discuss and think about possible presents we have received as well as how they make us feel.  We also discuss the dreams Joseph has and the fact that God had plans for Joseph.  We talk about how God is always with us, and that he wants us to have special dreams.

Miss Melissa's video lesson
Multiage lesson
Worksheets
Worksheet answers
Preschool lesson
Joseph story and worksheets
Joseph video


August 2
Today we are continuing our story of Jacob.  We are focusing on his trip home after working with Laban in Haran for many years.  We hear about how big his family got and how worried he was to go home.  Jacob was afraid that Esau would still be angry with him.  Jacob was sleeping alone one night of the trip, and while he was sleeping, he was approached by God (or an Angel).  He and the man struggled and wrestled all night.  Jacob said he wouldn't let go until he was given a blessing.  God blessed Jacob, and gave him a new name, Israel.  Even though Jacob was upset and struggling, God was with him.  God is with us as well, no matter what.  

Miss Melissa's video lesson
Multi Age Lesson
Activity Sheets
Activity Sheets Answers
Jacob Wrestles with an Angel story
Preschool Lesson


July 26
Today our lesson is again focused on Jacob and his life.  This week includes a little bit of a review of the last 2 weeks stories to remember where we're at in the story.  This week we talk about the end of Jacob's journey across the dessert and wilderness, meeting Rachel at the well and helping her get water.  She takes him home with her, and he is welcomed by Laban.  The story goes on to Jacob and Laban's work arrangement in exchange for Rachel's hand in marriage.  Laban tricks Jacob by giving him Leah instead thus getting 7 more years of work from Jacob before he is eventually married to Rachel also.  We discuss how Jacob who had tricked his brother was now tricked himself.  I included a link to an animated version of the story as well.  

Miss Melissa's video lesson
Multi-age lesson
Preschool lesson
Activity sheets
Activity sheets - answers
Jacob & Rachel video


July 12

Today our lesson is based on Genesis 25: 19-34.  This is part of the story of Jacob and Esau, and it includes when Jacob tricked Esau into trading his birthright for a bowl of soup.  With today's lesson, we talk about how the brothers don't get along and what happens when we don't get along with someone.  We also talk about choices and some struggles that we may have with families and friends. 

Miss Melissa's video lesson - July 12 2020
Jacob & Esau video
July 12, 2020 Worksheet
July 12, 2020 Worksheet Answers
July 12, 2020 Multi-age Lesson
July 12, 2020 Lesson for Preschool


June 21 - Father's Day
Today our lesson focuses on Matthew 10: 24 - 39.  This gospel lesson is where Jesus reassures his followers that God values and cares for all people just as He cares for all Creation.  The reassurance brings us comfort in a scary world. 

Instructional Video (for preschool) by Miss Melissa
Lesson
Worksheet
Worksheet Answers
"Don't Worry" video
Multi-age Lesson
Gladys Knight "His Eye is on the Sparrow"


June 14th
Romans 5: 1-8.  Paul asserts that suffering doesn't need to end in despair because God creates and sustains Hope.  His love continues to pour into us, no matter what, to fill us with His Grace.  God calls us all to the work of carrying God's Love and Care into the world, working to create His Loving World.   

Matthew 9:35 - 10:8.  It describes the ministry of Jesus and his disciples.  Jesus acknowledges that He needs help to do the work that is needed.  He calls the disciples and asks them to follow Him.  He later asks them to continue His work, spreading the Love and Healing Power of God.   

Epistle activity sheets   
Epistle activity sheets answers  
lesson for ages 3 - 5
lesson for ages 5 - 12


June 7th - Trinity Sunday
Scriptures for today are: Matthew 28: 16 - 20 and 2 Corinthians 13:11-13.  Today we celebrate God together in 3 parts.  This can be a difficult.  It's hard to think of: God, the Father; God, the Son (Jesus); and God, the (Holy) Spirit as all being 1 God. 
Click here for Melissa's video lesson about the Trinity.

Trinity Clover coloring page
Epistle for June 7, 2020
Epistle Answers June 7, 2020
Word Search
Word Search Answers
Trinity Song
Holy Trinity Coloring page

Protests, racism and riots are very difficult for children to understand. Here are some videos that might help: 
Sesame Street video explanation of Protest
CNN Sesame Street town hall on racism


May 31 - Pentecost
This week we're celebrating the birth of the Christian Church.  In the service we'll be focused on the scripture from Acts 2: 1-21 and Psalm 104: 24-34.  The Psalm reflects on the dependence of creation on the Spirit, bringing life and renewal. 

Instructional Video
Ages 3 - 5 Pentecost lesson
Activity pages
Activity pages answers
Holy Spirit Song video
Pentecost Song video

May 24th - last Sunday of Easter

Instructional Video
Multi-age materials
Ascension
Ascension Answers