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.
August at Epworth Kids
We kick off a new program year through our weekly virtual Large Group Sundays at 10am at facebook.com/Epworthkids and digital devotional materials below. Elementary kids will explore our Indescribably Creative God and how He created us in His image! We describe the life app Creativity this way — Imagining what you could do because you’re made in God’s image. We will look at how creativity shows up in The Bible and how it can help us lead a faith filled life. To help learn about creativity, the kids will work to memorize this month’s memory verse: “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom.” (Psalm 145:3 -NIV) Our prayer is that your kids will learn to tap into their creativity as a way to reflect God in the world around them.
First Look Toddler and Preschool Theme:
We kick off a new program year through our weekly virtual Large Group Sundays at 11am at facebook.com/Epworthkids and digital devotional materials below. Preschool and Toddler kids will explore the Biblical truth: God made me. Each week we will post interactive Bible stories to teach your child that God created each of us and He loves us all! This hands-on, action packed virtual Bible story time will also help your early childhood children memorize this month’s Bible Memory Verse: “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14 - NIV) Our prayer is that your little one will grow up knowing that God created them for a unique and special purpose and He loves them very much!
Weekly God Time Devotionals:
Each week at Epworth Kids your children are sent home with a Godtime devotional to use throughout the week. 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.
Our Elementary Large Group Team is committed to bringing you the weekly message throughout our time of social distancing. Plan to tune in 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.
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, you have 2 ways to help your child engage with their weekly Bible Story.
- Option 1: 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.
- Option 2: We will post a link to each week's First Look Worship below.
- August Week 2: Coming Soon!
- August Week 1: Coming Soon!
- July Week 4: Coming Soon!
- July Week 3
This at home Bible experience will be offered in July and August and allow families the flexibility to explore at their own pace - similar to a summer reading program offered by many libraries. Click on the link above to register your child(ren) today!
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.