On Sunday mornings at Epworth, we're asking our kids to worship in the sanctuary with their families until further notice. If you're staying home, we hope you join us on Sunday mornings weekly on Facebook, more info below.
Epworth Kids February Explorations:
This month, we continue gathering through our weekly virtual Large Group Sundays at 10:00 a.m. on the children’s facebook.com/Epworthkids and digital devotional materials below.
Epworth’s Elementary kids will explore the life app Kindness. We define Kindness as: Showing others they are valuable by how you treat them. Besides Valentine’s Day, to NFL fans at least, February means the Big Game! This is why we chose a sports fan theme to help teach your elementary kiddos more about kindness. We want them to know that every day, you can show others they are valuable by how you treat them. You can be a kindness “super fan” by encouraging others and cheering them on. To help learn about kindness, the kids will work to memorize this month’s memory verse: “You are God’s chosen people. You are holy and dearly loved. So put on tender mercy and kindness as if they were your clothes. Don’t be proud. Be gentle and patient.” (Colossians 3:12) Our prayer is that your kids will look at every new day as an opportunity to be a kindness “super fan” and seek ways to bring light to all they encounter!
First Look Toddler and Preschool Theme:
This month, we will continue gathering through our weekly virtual Large Group Sundays at 11:00 a.m. on the children’s facebook page facebook.com/Epworthkids and digital devotional materials below.
Epworth’s Preschool and Toddler kids will explore the Biblical truth: Jesus loves me. The month of February is synonymous with love so each week we will post interactive Bible stories, and follow-up activities to help your child explore the greatest love of all - Jesus’ love for us! This hands-on, action-packed virtual Bible story time will also help your early childhood kiddos memorize this month’s Bible Memory Verse: “A friend loves at all times” (Proverbs: 17:17) It is our prayer that your little one will discover the amazing truth about who Jesus is! This is why we chose the big sandbox for our theme; We want every child to know that Jesus is their friend, and He is inviting them, all of them, because he loves them. Everyone can play in the big sandbox! It is our prayer that when preschoolers hear Jesus say “Let the children come to me” they will also hear Jesus loves me!
Weekly God Time Devotionals:
Each week at Epworth Kids your children are sent home with a Godtime devotional to use throughout the weekto dive deeper into Sunday’s message. PDF links for each grade level will be placed here for every week we gather virtually. Below are all of the Children’s God Time pages.
Elementary Families: Our Elementary Large Group Team continues to provide weekly worship throughout our time of social distancing. Join us each Sunday at 10am as we stream live! We are looking to interact with your children during these live events and encourage posting in the comments section while we are live to let us know who is watching with us, to play along with Jeff's silly games, and to ask/answer any questions. If you happen to watch later, that's okay too! You can still post in the comments and we will do our best to respond to each of you though out the week! Follow the Epworth Children's Ministry page.
Toddler & Preschool Families: Toddler and Preschool friends can experience their Large Group worship time from home! Join us each Sunday at 11am for their weekly worship time with their pal Ollie and other First Look friends. We will post the worship videos on our children's Facebook page and invite you to help your child interact with us through that platform. Follow the Epworth Children's Ministry page.
Online Resources for Parents & Families:
During this time of social distancing we want to best equip parents to explore faith with their children at home. In addition to our weekly Large Group live sessions, and posting our children's take home materials online, we wanted to share some additional online resources with you.
Stay tuned to Epworth Children's Ministry Facebook page for posts on how to weave faith into your daily activities with your children. Ideas will be posted often (even daily) to give parents plenty of creative ways to help their children stay grounded in their faith. If you don't already, follow us on facebook @epworthkids.
Download the Parent Cue App for access to a ton of online resources directly connected to what your toddler - 5th graders use here at Epworth Kids.
Click here for fun videos and additional content for our elementary Sunday School curriculum.
Click here for several christian parenting resources compiled by an outside source including coloring pages, online kids church, event a specific section for resources around Covid-19.
- Toddler and Preschool friends can now experience their Large Group worship time from home!
Parents, help your child engage with their weekly Bible Story. Each Sunday at 11am we will post the worship videos on our children's facebook page and invite you to help your child interact with with us through that platform. Just click here.
Virtual Excursion Ideas:
God has created a bounty of beauty in nature and animals. Further more, humans are created in His image... meaning we have some of that creativity in us! Some of you may have planned to travel for Spring break to go enjoy His creation or visit museums to bask in a visual reminder that God created us to create! Due to many travel closures, we've been working on compiling a list of creative ways to explore at home. If you have other resources you'd like to see added, email [email protected].
Virtual Destinations: a compilation of virutal destinations put together by a teacher.
Online Doddle Sessions: Bust out your paper and art supplies and express your inner creativity with these online doddle sessions.
- Visit National Parks from Home: Talk about where you see God through these Natural treasures!
Educational activities for Home:
Click here for a list of over 75 educational activities for when you're stuck at home to help with boredom. There are ideas in math, science, social studies, and much more!
Talking to your Kids about Coronavirus:
It can be overwhelming for adults to grasp all the information regarding COVID-19. Imagine what it must be like for our children. The links below provide helpful Information about discussing COVID-19 with your children. When we don't have all the answers, but the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has a resource that can help adults remain calm and keep their children calm in the midst of uncertainty.
- Talking with Children (CDC)
- How to talk to your Kids about Coronavirus (PBS)
- Helping your Kids with scary news (blog)
- Anxiety Conversation Guides
Helping a child with anxiety is a challenge. Parents can download these age-appropriate resources from our Sunday School curriculum partners to find tips and practical ways to help their children.