May 24 Sunday Helps…
This week, is there any specific way your child could use their gifts in leading your family in worship? Can they lead the three-deep-breaths prayer (say Father, Son and Holy Spirit as you take those deep breaths)? Can they lead in worship by marching around the room? Let’s use those gifts you discovered last Sunday!
For today, we encounter a rebellious people. Was God’s anger justified? How was his anger an aspect of his love and goodness? When you play together today, how could you listen for ways your child processes anger? Play is a great way to listen to your child’s heart.
We’re praying for your home to be transformed into a tabernacle…enter this sacred space with sweet anticipation.
Set-Up— the night before, bring out things that are only used on Sunday mornings to make your space sweet and sacred.
- See Sacred Space Resources…Print up the Splash Pad pages
- Set out some snacks and electronic devices if needed.
- Pause…slow down…Take three long deep breaths (say Father, Son and Holy Spirit as you take those deep breaths) Enter your sacred space on tiptoe…with great anticipation.
- Light your Christ Candle. This reminds us that Jesus is with us.
Engage in Worship…dance, swing, march, sing, clap, play your created instruments!
Get out your Bibles: You may want to stand while reading scripture. Listen together.
During the Offertory: Let your kids help you give your tithe and join you in this act of worship.
During the Pastoral Prayer:
- Repeat to your child what was prayed, in simplified words. Have your child repeat your simple prayer to God. You are teaching your child how to pray!
During the message:
- Elementary works on their journal or work through Splash Pad
- Early Childhood engages with quiet art supplies: play-doh, magna-doodle, legos, etc.
Closing Hymn and Prayer
- Receive the benediction…hold your hands out as if receiving a gift.
- Bestow a Blessing over your child. See resource in Example Blessings.
- Blow out your candle.
- Take a walk…Enjoy a meal together– discuss what your kids are wondering
A blessing with motions:
May the light of God shine over you (wave hand in arch overhead)
May the Holy Spirit fill you (forward motion of hand palm out)
May the blood of Jesus cover you (sign of the cross)
May you go in peace (forward motion of hand palm up…as an invitation)
And may you always know just how much the Lord Jesus loves you. (sign of cross and end with hand over heart)
Examples of Blessings from Scripture:
From 2 Pet. 3:18 – Child’s Name, may you grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May you bring him glory both now and to the day of eternity.
From Jude 24-25 – Child’s Name, God is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy. May you worship him, our only God, and Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, giving Him glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever.
From Numbers 6:22-26 – Child’s Name, May the LORD bless you and keep you; May the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; May the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.
From Rom. 15:13 – Child’s name, May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
- In your own way, set-up the place in front of your screen to be a unique and special worship space that is created just for Sundays only. How can you make this space look or feel different than the other days of the week? How can you make Sunday the highlight of the week?
- Consider laying out white Christmas lights somewhere in your space.
- Dim the lights or make the lighting somehow special to create a quiet atmosphere.
- Place Christ Candle in the center of the space or place high on a shelf for it to be seen throughout the room.
- Create soft places to sit, with pillows or blankets.
- Have quiet toys, art supplies and play-doh ready to bring out at the proper time.
- Have worship instruments available, if possible.
- Enter with expectancy. Enter with wonder…I wonder what God has for us today? I wonder how my child will encounter Jesus this morning.
- Enter slowly…quietly and calmly.
- Take three long deep breaths before you light the Christ Candle.
Journals…some of your children may enjoy a journal more than the Splash Pad Pages. Here are some journals that would be special and ONLY used for Sunday worship.
For Writing: Lined Paper.
For unlined paper…better for drawing:
For both writing and drawing:
Best Ever No-Cook Play Dough Recipe
- 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (baby oil and coconut oil work too)
- 1/2 cup salt.
- 2 tablespoons cream of tartar.
- 1 to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)
- gel food coloring (optional)
- few drops glycerine (my secret ingredient for stretch and shine!)
To order Wikki Stix…here are two choices from Amazon:
Wikki stix…they can stick to things without making a mess.
For this extended season of Sheltering in Place, we thought it would be fun for all our families to memorize a verse that speaks to our God being our mighty shelter. To this end, one of Wellspring’s very own put together a video and song to help us memorize this truth. Let’s make the most of this time at home! Let’s hide Gods word in our hearts!
Click HERE to download a coloring page that goes with the verse.
Helpful Resources for the COVID-19 Pandemic
Reflections on pandemic times by Philip Yancy, who has written many books on suffering:
Three kinds of prayers: lament, intercessory, and silence:
Six ways to lead your family in isolation:
Poem on what the coronavirus exposes in all of us:
Jerry Root discusses the problem of evil and how to see suffering from a godly perspective:
Rosario Butterfield shares how to practice hospitality during the pandemic:
Twenty Prayers to Pray during the Pandemic:
It’s okay to be afraid, but don’t give way to fear:
Guide for Christian Leaders by Andy Crouch:
Lessons from a cancer survivor on living in quarantine – by Alec Hill, past president of InterVarsity