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Angels Watching Over You

Scripture:  Mark 1: 9 – 15

First Sunday in Lent

Materials needed: 

  • 8 letter sized cards with words: Baptism, Spirit, Wilderness, 40 days, Angels, John in prison, Believe Good News, Lent
  • Extension rods (I’ll use a Swiffer duster extension) for the word Spirit
  • Water in baptism font
  • Angel pins

In the Good News story Pastor Barry will read to you this week, a lot happens in a very short time.  We are going back to the beginning and start over to tell Jesus’ story again.  I have some cards for you that we will use to tell the story quickly.

(Direct children to put signs – baptism @ font, Spirit above font, Wilderness (left side area), Angels @ pew left side, John in prison @ pew on right side, Believe Good News @ Communion Table)

Tell story briefly: Ok, let’s walk this story.  (Start at font)  Jesus came from his hometown and was baptized by John (pour water) As Jesus came out of the water, he saw the heavens open (Pastor holds up Spirit sign) and the Spirit came like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” (Kids and Spirit sign move to left area) the Spirit immediately drove Jesus out into the wilderness.  (Move 40 days sign across during this) Jesus was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; with the wild beasts; and (move angel sign up) the angels waited on him.

(Point to sign on right side) After John was arrested, (Move to communion table) Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, saying, (Kids sit in front of table.) “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” (Sign at table)

So many things happen here that we talk about them on several different Sundays each year.  You see that we have purple in our sanctuary again.  This church season is Lent. During Lent we get ready for Easter.  During this time we think about so many things:  good things, bad things, and confusing things.  We will have 40 days during the week to think about making room for God in our lives.  We’ll have lots of things happening to us: good things, bad things, and confusing things.  We’ll also have lots of help from God to get us through these 40 days.  We’ll have the Spirit to guide us to the places we need to go.  Jesus went through 40 days in the wilderness, and Jesus is always with us to help us. And did you notice right in the middle of the wilderness who was there to help Jesus?  (Angel sign)  Angels!  Angels waited on Jesus.  Angels are with you, too.  To give you little touches of God’s grace just when you need it most.

Today I have some angel pins to give you.  When you wear the pin or see it in your room, think about the angels God sends to watch over you.  This week when you’re going through good things, bad things, and confusing things, just remember you have a lot of help of your journey.

God loves you very much!

Miss Becky

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Laughter Sunday

Laughter Sunday

“Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her, all you who love her;

rejoice with her in joy, all you who mourn over her (Isaiah 66:10, RSV)

 Lent, from Ash Wednesday to the Saturday before Easter, consists of 40 days plus the Sundays.  Sundays are not counted in Lent’s 40 days.  Sundays are always celebrated as “The Lord’s Day,” the day of resurrection.  During times of preparation, Lent and Advent, our worship frequently takes on a somber tone.  We focus so much on awareness of the cross, death, and sorrow for sins that we neglect the joy and new life of the resurrection.  This year our worship will focus on preparing our lives to be open, welcoming places ready for God’s presence.  The center of our worship days in Lent will be “Laughter Sunday.”

“Laughter Sunday” has its roots in ancient tradition. In the Catholic Church, the 4th Sunday of Lent is called, “Laetare Sunday.”  Laetare (Latin for “Rejoice!”) is traditionally the first word of the first reading for this Sunday (Isaiah 66: 10 – 11).  As a midpoint in Lent, this Sunday is a brief period of celebration in the middle of the austerity of Lent.  Purple sanctuary colors are changed to rose colored ones.  Churches (which do not play the organ during Lent and bury the “Alleluias”) celebrate with organ music.  Flowers, normally forbidden during Lent, are placed on the altar. A special cake is made and shared. 

In Protestant churches in recent years, some churches celebrate, “Laughter Sunday.”  Pastors and numerous folk from the congregation tell jokes and stories, and everybody celebrates a wonderful time of laughter and good spirits. Churches have a worship time together by joking around, singing, dancing, and merry-making.  We celebrate the hope and joy of resurrection with God who is a God of laughter and joy.  

This year, Pastor Barry invites you to bring jokes or stories to share.  Bring only clean, respectful stories or jokes; think of this as “Holy Humor Sunday.”   If you have a funny picture or item to share, that would be welcome, too.  During the service, you will be invited to share!  Let’s laugh together!

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Planning for Lent

The Sundays of Lent and the worship services of Holy Week are often solemn, confusing services for children. 

The Sundays in Lent will have a different feel this year.  At the center of Lent, we will celebrate Laughter Sunday (sometimes called, “Holy Humor Sunday”).  The purpose of this Sunday is to remind worshippers that each Sunday (even during Lent!!!) is a CELEBRATION of the RESURRECTION!  Worshippers will be invited to share (clean) jokes, funny objects, or silly reflections.  The scripture for this Sunday contains one of the most memorized scripture verses:  John 3:16.  Everyone will be encouraged to laugh and experience joy!

The children will be invited to bring funny pictures or dress as clowns.  These will be shared during the children’s sermon.  More specifics on this children’s sermon will be posted near the date. 

The Season of Lent will feature:

  • 1st Sunday – Mark 1: 9 – 13: (temptations in wilderness)  Angels watching over you
  • 2nd Sunday – Mark 8: 27 – 38:  Set your mind on divine things; don’t be ashamed of Jesus (Take up your cross and follow); we will introduce clowns  
  • 3rd Sunday – John 2: 13 – 25: (Cleansing of temple)  “Get rid of stuff Sunday”
  • 4th Sunday – John 3: 14 – 21: Laughter Sunday
  • 5th Sunday – John 12: 20 -36:  Walk in the Light
  • 6th Sunday – Palm Sunday and Communion:
  • Maundy Thursday – Children will be involved in the Seder Meal

Please post comments to share what you are doing or post any questions I could answer about a specific service.

Grace and Peace to you!

Becky

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View from the Mountain Top

Season: Epiphany 7 or Transfiguration Sunday

Scripture:  Transfiguration Sunday, Year B:  Mark 9: 2 – 9

Scripture:  Epiphany 7:  Mark 2: 1 – 12

Depending on the length of Epiphany, some years we are use the Epiphany 7 scripture.  Since the pastor is using Transfiguration Sunday liturgy, the children’s sermon will introduce the Mark 9 scripture.

The story for Epiphany 7 appeals to children and provides opportunity for active involvement.  When we have used this story in the past, children helped carry one child in a blanket (5 minimum children).  Younger Youth volunteers help with a short drama presentation, and the story comes alive for kids.

Transfiguration Sunday:  View from the Mountain Top

The kids will be invited to climb the mountain.  You could pantomime the climb.  Our kids will climb steps to get to the top in the choir loft.  At the top of the mountain, a bright light will be lit.  We will talk about God’s glory changing Jesus.  The light will be turned off, and we will talk about a cloud making a shadow on the mountain.  A voice (from an unseen person) will read God’s words to Jesus:  “This is my Son, and I love him.  Listen to what he says!” (CEV)   The kids will tell what they heard the voice say.  As we go back down, we’ll talk about Jesus telling the disciples to keep the things they saw a secret until he was raised from death. 

Please note:  We will streamline the story and not use the Elijah/Moses part of the story.  Also, I will not use the phrase “raised from death,” instead I will say, “keep a secret until the time is right.”

The kids will be given a glow-in-the-dark star to hang in their room and remember Jesus shining in glory.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Our church kids really defined what it means to have a personal relationship with God.  On Sunday our kids made valentines for God and placed them on the communion table as a gift for God.  This card shows the child and God holding hands.  Isn’t that beautiful! Out of the mouth of babes…

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KidzMission February

We are so excited to announce a new program for the children of Granbery Memorial UMC!  Starting this week February 19 during the 11:00am worship, we will begin our KidzMission program.   We will have new projects every third Sunday of each month.   We will come together to serve the Lord, and we want you to help us show others God’s love by sharing our talents!

Our focus is on helping others in the community, showing appreciation, love, and caring for others.  All the children are welcome to attend.  The group is open not only for young children, but also any interested youth are welcome. 

 Projects include the following: 

  • February and March: creating Easter crafts to share with our church members that are in nursing homes, members that are unable to leave their homes,  and the residents of Covington Manor,
  • April:  bake cookies for Fire department, rescue Squad and Police department,
  • May:  putting together fun packs to distribute when our church has activities such as the Ice Cream sale.

This week we will make Easter crafts.  I hope to see you all there!

Marian Allen

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Love God. Love others.

Children’s Moments – Love God, Love others

Scripture this week: Mark 1: 40 – 45

Prop:  Stop sign (toy cars and play mat with roads would also help)

Everyone knows what this is, right?  Of course!  It’s a stop sign.  What happens if you are diving along…  You come to this sign, AND YOU DO NOT STOP??? (Answers might include:  get a ticket, CRASH!, nothing, get hurt)

Let’s pretend we are driving a BIG TANK. And some one is driving a little car.  We have a stop sign.  Who would get hurt if we don’t stop?

Sometimes we get hurt or punished if we break rules, but sometimes someone else gets hurt.  In today’s story, a person came to Jesus to be healed.  He had a very bad disease that made his skin look awful (that’s called leprosy). Jesus cared about the person very much so he made the person all better.  Then Jesus told the man what he needed to do and warned him not to tell anyone but the priest.  The man was very excited that Jesus had made him well, but he did NOT do what Jesus told him to do. 

Isn’t that terrible?  Jesus did a wonderful thing for this man, and he disobeyed Jesus.

And you know who was hurt? Not the man.  Jesus was hurt.  The man told everyone he met what Jesus had done, and so many people came to Jesus that he couldn’t be in towns anymore.  Jesus had to go way out into the countryside.  People who needed Jesus had to go a long way to see Jesus.  All because the man did not do what Jesus said.

We are thinking about Valentine’s Day this week, and we’re thinking about all the people we love.  We want to do something great for people we care about.  You are probably thinking about something great to do for your parents and your teachers. Maybe you’re giving them cards or candy or a present.  Did you ever think one of the most loving things you can do for your parents or teachers is to OBEY them!?!  All day long you can do the things they ask you to do and say, “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

For this Valentine’s Day remember the two important rules Jesus told us:  Love God, and love others. That’s what I have on my shoes.  It helps me remember to follow Jesus with every step I take – Love God—Love people.  Sometimes that means making lovely things for them.  Sometimes that means giving them good things.  Sometimes that means OBEYING them!

The bag I have for you today contains things to make a valentine for God.  During the Giving Gifts part of our service, you may bring your valentine to place on the communion table.  There are also two hearts to remind you of Jesus’ rules:  Love God, love others! 

God loves you very much!

Becky

Special thanks to Carolyn Brown (http://worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.com/2012/01/year-b-6th-sunday-after-epiphany-6th.html) for the Valentine’s ideas!

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Library Program: Splat!

Miss Becky reading "Splat" for Heart to Heart at Library

Welcome to KIDZANDMORE!  Sharing ideas about programs for kidz.  Usually I will share KidzWorship or Kidz Sermons, but this week I’ll share a library program.

This week I read for the (NEW AND IMPROVED!!!) Super Saturday program at our library.  The kids love anything with Splat.  Only a few kids started out on the rug with me, but by the end of the story the shy ones had crept closer and were transfixed by the story.

Some of the FCCLA members (high school kids also add appeal for elementary!) presented their Heart-to-Heart  program and helped the kids made snacks and crafts.  

Let me know if you would like an idea for a Children’s Moment sermon for a specific Scripture or event.

Grace and Peace,

Becky

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