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Dear Families,
 
As we continue these difficult times, as parents you may feel overwhelmed in navigating all the challenges that lay before you.   It seems like such a scary time to be raising children in such a fallen world.    But you are not alone.  You have been given one of the greatest tools, God’s word the Holy Scriptures.  As believers we also have the gift of the Holy Spirit to help guide and teach us.    And God also designed the church, the body of believers to encourage and walk along- side one another.
 
As parents we are mandated to bring up children in the fear of the Lord, children who will Love God and others and make a difference in the world.   We want to bring up children who will be kingdom shapers, whose influence in this world will draw others into the eternal kingdom! 
Even so, we may feel great discouragement and inadequacy during these times.  Some of our children are experiencing a lot of fear and insecurities as our world changes.   We can either allow these challenges to pull us down or we can place our faith in God and trust him to use it for His good and glory.   
 
These times can be an opportunity to teach our children about God’s great love for all people and his wonderful care for others and how to treat others the way He would treat them.  This is also an opportunity to teach our children about the unchanging love of God for them and to help strengthen our faith in God’s care and to place our trust in Him.  Here are a few parenting resources to help guide you.  Please feel free to reach out to us to let us know how we can be of help to you or if you have any prayer requests. 
 
Because God loves your kids and so do we!
Rebecca and Your Chapel Wood Kids Ministry Team
 
 
Parenting Tools and Resources to Help with Challenging Times
 
Helping Children work through Fear:  
  • Listen to your child. Talking about a specific fear may help your child learn to deal with it. Listen to what he says and how he talks about the fear.
  • Recognize your child’s fear without passing judgement by laughing or saying unkind words.
  • Answer your child’s questions honestly. Clear up any misconceptions your child may have in relation to the fear. Keep your answers simple and age appropriate.
  • Model a calm attitude for your child to follow. If you respond to a situation in fear or panic, your child will pick up emotional cues from you.
  • Prepare your child when you know he will face a fearful situation. For example, if your child is fearful of people wearing masks, show him the mask he will wear. Explain simply that people are wearing masks to keep germs from spreading. Let him see you put on a mask, and then help him put his on and practice wearing it. Let him look in a mirror while wearing his mask.
  • Offer ways for your child to calm himself through reading, listening to music, or playing a board game.
  • Provide ways for your child to express his feelings through drawing, pounding play dough, or making a paper bag puppet.
  • Provide reassurance to your child. Spend extra time with your child. Remind him that God cares for him.
  • Read books together. Some books can help children deal with their feelings. Use Sometimes I Am Afraid to read about fears and give reassurance through the Bible thoughts used in the book.
  • Give your child opportunities to do something to help others. Your family could make cards for grocery store clerks or your postal carrier. Let your child draw pictures or make a homemade book to give an elderly neighbor. Doing things for others helps a child to see beyond his own needs, and also gives more of a feeling of control to the child.
  • Remind your child that God is always with him. Think of Bible verses that give you comfort and say these with your child.
    • With preschoolers, use the Bible thought: God is my helper. I will not be afraid (see Heb. 13:6).
    • For school-age children, use a Bible verse such as: When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3.
  • Pray for and with your child. Encourage your child to talk to God in prayer when he is afraid. Guide your child to know that we can go to God in prayer at any time. Pray together and ask God to give your child strength and peace.
As children grow to understand fearful situations, most of their fears will dispel. The fears will diminish as your child gains more control over situations. Give loving support to your child by using God’s Word and prayer to help him know that God is always near. The reassurances you give will help your child to cope with fears during these unsettling days.
 
Excerpted from Joy Smith, WMU National Preschool Consultant.  You can read the full article at  http://www.wmu.com/?q=article/wmu-blog-preschool-mission-friends/preschool-resource-team/children%E2%80%99s-fears 
 
Great book to teach about God’s love for all people   
 
ColorFull: Celebrating the Colors God Gave Us
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Dear Families, 

Happy May Day!  I hope that you are all well. I hope that have found some sort of routine or normalcy during this challenging time.  We truly miss you all and especially getting to love and minister to your kids.

I hope that within your weekly routine, you have made Bible study and Worship an essential part of your family time. If you have not, I encourage you to do this.  The Lifeway At Home Bible material is a good guide for this.  If you haven't already signed up for this you can still do it by going to mylifeway.com/redeem, setting up an acouunt and use the redemption code VZMD4SSQ38. Each week they update with a new Bible lesson.   

This week's lesson is on the Holy Spirit and may foster some great discussion about when a child is ready to become a Christian and how the Holy Spirit plays a role in that. 

I've also attached the activity page and the conversation starter for you to download.  If you don't have the ability to print off the activity pages, please let me know and we will try and get the pages to you. 

ACTIVITY PAGE #1
ACTIVITY PAGE #2

Here is a format you could follow.
  • Watch the Intro Video. After the video, click the BACK button in your browser to return to the main menu, or swipe left on your iPhone.
  • Get the Downloads at the top right of this page: Print out the Activity Page and One Conversation Guide.
  • Gather your Family around your computer or mobile device. Open your Bible to the scripture passage on the One Conversation page.
  • Watch the Video portion together as a family.
  • Talk About the Story and the topic of the week with your family. Ask open-ended questions. Share your insights and encourage your kids to talk.
FUN CRAFT/OUTREACH IDEA 
Make a May Day basket - Make a paper cone and fill it with fresh or silk flowers and put a handle on it using ribbon or twine or paper. Hang on your neighbors front door with a little note or Bible verse to brighten their day. 

Kid's-Connect through ZOOM 

I would also like to see if we can possibly do a Zoom meeting to connect with our kids and see how everyone is doing.  We would also do a little Bible lesson and prayer time and have some fun!.  If this would be something that your kids could do, please let me know.  Zoom is free if we keep our time to 1 hour and very easy to use.  We would make sure that our meeting place is secure and everyone would need a personal invitation to join our meeting time.     

Please let us know if there is anything that our church can do for you or how we can pray for you.  Our Chapel Wood Sunday messages our currently being live-streamed on Facebook as well as on Youtube at 11 AM. You can go to chapelwoodbc.org to access. 

Again we all miss you very much!  Hugs to all your wonderful kids. 

In Christ's Love,
Rebecca and Chapel Wood Kid's Ministry Team

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear...Psalm 46:1-2a

Family Worship Resources this Easter Sunday!

We want to encourage all families to make it a priority to take time to worship together.  Our teachers really miss getting to share God's love with our kids during Sunday School and Children's church.  But while apart, we are excited that Lifway has provided a free "At Home" resource to encourage families to continue the worship experience in their homes.  This resource provides free access to weekly Bible story videos, acitivity pages and a conversation starter sheet to guide you in family discussion with your kids and grandkids.  Here is how to access it:

Step 1: Go to my.lifeway.com/redeem
Step 2: Register if you are a new user or Login if you already have an account
Step 3: Enter this redemption code: VZMD4SSQ38
Step 4: Click “Access” (if prompted to sign in again, sign in) and then click “My Dashboard,”
and go to LifeWay Kids at Home
Step 5: Download your Activity Page and One Conversation Sheet to use as you watch the video session

Tips for a Family Sunday Routine

It is so important for our children's sake during this time to keep a regular routine and that includes Sunday worship.  Here are some tips.
  • Get up at your regular time for church
  • Get dressed as you would for church
  • Set a time aside to worship together
  • Sing, pray, Read God's word and discuss what you are learning.  (use the conversation starter sheet below if you need guidance)
  • Enjoy a meal together    
Dear Families, 

I trust this finds you all well.  This certainly has been an interesting week full of many uncertainties.  It seems so surreal.  Perhaps you are feeling overwhelmed as you try to find a balance of working from home and home-schooling your kids, all while worrying about  finances and keeping your family healthy.  It certainly is a challenging time, but if we can shift our perspective just a bit, it also is an opporutunity to bring families together, to play, to learn and have meaninful conversations.    
 
This time can be a gift for families to be together even more deeply in the Word of God.  It is a time where parents must step up and take on their God-given role as teacher and spiritual discipler in their kid's lives.   Though we can't all be together physically this Sunday as a body, I want to encourage you as a family to stop and take some time to worship at home.  Take time to pray and study the word, finding it as the anchor for your weary souls.  

If you aren't quite sure how to get started, Lifeway Kid's At Home Free Digital Pass is a great tool to help you get started. Here are the steps on how to access Lifeway Kid's At Home digital pass.  It comes with a video of the Bible lesson and life application, a  parent's guide for conversation starters and a missions video.  

To get the free Digital Pass and access LifeWay Kids at Home, please follow the following.
Step 1: Go to my.lifeway.com/redeem
Step 2: Register if you are a new user or Login if you already have an account
Step 3: Enter this redemption code: VZMD4SSQ38
Step 4: Click “Access” (if prompted to sign in again, sign in) and then click “My Dashboard,”
and go to LifeWay Kids at Home
Step 5: Download your Activity Page and One Conversation Sheet to use as you watch the
video session

Are you wondering how to handle talking about the corona virus with your kids?  Here is a great article to help guid your conversation.

4 Tips For Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus


Please know that we will miss seeing you and your kids this Sunday and I know that your child's Sunday School and Children's Church teachers will especially miss your kids.  Praying that God guides you as you shepherd your children through these uncertain times.  May you have a blessed and special time of worship togther as a family. 

Please let us know how we can pray for your family or help in any way.    

In our Mighty Savior's Love,

Rebecca and Chapel Wood Kid's Ministry Team

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear..  Psalm 46:1-2b  
Dear Families, 

I hope you are enjoying the beautiful sunshine and getting some fresh air.   You might be running out of actrivities to keep your kids or grandkids busy during this time.   So here are some fun family acitivities and ideas especially designed for this meaningful week of reflection and rejoicing as we move toward Easter Sunday.   If you know of other families that are in need of ideas, please pass this on.   

Click below to enjoy some free Easter music to sign along with your kids! 

Kids Worship: Alive Alive


Here's a fun craft to do together!

Art: Make a Salt Dough Tomb

Gather:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¾ cup water
  • paint

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix salt and flour together.
  3. Gradually stir in water, mixing until it forms the consistency of dough. Use your hands to knead the mixture until it is no longer sticky. Allow your kids to create a tomb from the dough. Leave an opening for the tomb.
  4. Create a stone for the opening of the tomb.
  5. Place the tomb and stone on a baking sheet and set in the oven, bake until hard, approximately 2.5 hours, depending on the thickness of the art.
  6. As a family, paint the tomb while you talk about the excitement the people must have felt when they discovered the tomb was empty.
Here's some cooking fun for the family!

Fun: Resurrection Rolls

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of crescent rolls
  • 16 large marshmallows
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon

Instructions:

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Tell kids the story of Jesus’s death and resurrection as you prepare the rolls together:

  • “Jesus is God’s Son who was sent to earth to pay the price for our sins.  He never sinned.  The white of this marshmallow represents the purity and sin-free nature of Jesus.”
  • “After Jesus died, his body was prepared for burial. After He was buried, His friends prepared Him to be buried with oil and spices.” (Dip the marshmallow in butter, then in sugar and cinnamon.)
  • “Jesus was wrapped in linen cloth and placed in a tomb with a large stone rolled in front.”  (Wrap the marshmallow in a one triangle of dough, covering it completely like a ball or rock.)

3. Complete the process for all 16 triangles and marshmallows as you review the story.

4. Place the pan of rolls in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Allow rolls to cool.

5. “After three days, His friends went to visit the tomb, but the large stone was rolled away.  Two angels said, ‘Why are you looking for the living among the dead?” Reveal that when you cut open a roll or take a bite, the marshmallow has disappeared, leaving an empty “tomb.”

6. Remind your children that the rolls are sweet, just like the love God has for each of us.

7. Follow up by reading the Easter story together from the Bible so that your kids know the true story, and that Jesus died for them and wants to forgive their sins if they are ready to ask Him. Share your salvation testimony with your kids. 

8. Finish by praying together and thanking God for sending Jesus who died for our sins and came back to life so we can have life forever. 

Don't forget the Easter devotions for the week!   Just click on the link.  


https://kidsministry.lifeway.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2020/04/EasterDevotional2020-Final2.pdf

Blessings to each of you!
Rebecca And Your Chaple Wood Kid's Ministry Team

Family Easter Devotionals for Holy Week

Dear Families, 

I trust this finds you all well and not going too stir crazy with isolation. I am looking forward to the sunshine and warmer weather they are promising for next week.

Family Easter Devotions for Holy Week! 
This upcoming week is known as Holy week. It is a time to prepare our hearts as we reflect on the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord. What better time to share and celebrate together as a family.  Here is a worderful resource, with a daily devotion for you to share with your kids for the next 8 days. 


https://kidsministry.lifeway.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2020/04/EasterDevotional2020-Final2.pdf

I pray that you will use this an opportunity to share God's love and the gospel with your kids and grandkids!


 At Home Sunday Worship 

I hope that you were able to have a family worship experience these past few Sundays and perhaps found the "At Home" Lifeway devotion and activities helpful to guide you.  It is so important for our children's sake during this time to keep a regular routine and that includes Sunday worship.  Here are some tips.

Family Sunday Routine
  • Get up at your regular time for church
  • Get dressed as you would for church
  • Set a time aside to worship together
  • Sing, pray, Read God's word and discuss what you are learning.  (use the conversation starter sheet below if you need guidance)
  • Enjoy a meal together    
If not sure how to lead a family worship experience, then I encourage you to check out the At Home Worship materials Lifeway has provided for free.  It comes with a Bible lesson on video, activities and and a conversation starter sheet to help you guide family discussion.   

Here's How to Access:  . 

Step 1: Go to my.lifeway.com/redeem
Step 2: Register if you are a new user or Login if you already have an account
Step 3: Enter this redemption code: VZMD4SSQ38
Step 4: Click “Access” (if prompted to sign in again, sign in) and then click “My Dashboard,”
and go to LifeWay Kids at Home
Step 5: Download your Activity Page and One Conversation Sheet to use as you watch the video session

Please let us know if there is anything that our church can do for you or how we can pray for you.  Our Chapel Wood Sunday messages our currently being live-streamed on Facebook. Go to chapelwoodbc.org to access. 

We all miss you very much!  Please give your kids a big hug from their Chapel Wood teachers!  May God bless each of your families as you reflect and celebrate together this special Easter Season!

In Christ's Love,

Rebecca and Chapel Wood Kid's Ministry Team

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear...Psalm 46:1-2a