Sunday Service Resources

We are grateful that our parents are seeking to nurture the faith of their children at home. We understand this comes with it’s own joys and challenges.  Here are a few ideas to enhance the worship experience for children and families while we worship together via livestream. We have also started in person gatherings for worship.  Our 9:00 service is outdoors and our 11:00 service is indoors with masks.

June 13, 2021

We are unofficially entering our SUMMER season!  In Wheaton and Warrenville, we will hear from Pastor Steve in the morning and then we will have our annual meeting in the evening.  The annual meeting is on Zoom at 6 pm.

I wonder what you can talk about as your children watch and listen to the message.  I wonder what questions your child might have.  I wonder how  your child will see Jesus worshiped today.  I wonder how each of you will experience the resurrected Christ today.

We no longer have Zoom gatherings for Elementary or Early Childhood.  We are offering in-person Sprinklers-early childhood (2-5 year olds) at 9 and 11. Splash Elementary (those entering 1st-4th grades)resumes on June 20 for the 11:00 service only and The Rock (those entering 5th and 6th grades) will meet on Wednesday evenings, starting June 16, from 7 pm-8:15 pm.

May you always know just how much the Lord Jesus loves you.

With joy,

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.

  1. 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?
  2. Consider laying out white Christmas lights somewhere in your space.
  3. Dim the lights or make the lighting somehow special to create a quiet atmosphere.
  4. Place Christ Candle in the center of the space or place high on a shelf for it to be seen throughout the room.
  5. Create soft places to sit, with pillows or blankets.
  6. Have quiet toys, art supplies and play-doh ready to bring out at the proper time.
  7. Have worship instruments available, if possible.
  8. Enter with expectancy, hunger and delight. Enter with wonder…I wonder what God has for us today? I wonder how my child will encounter Jesus this morning.
  9. Enter slowly…quietly and calmly.
  10. Take three long deep breaths before you light the Christ Candle.
Additional Resources: journal ideas and play dough recipes, wikki stix.

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.

A picture containing drawing, computer, keyboard Description automatically generated

Lined Paper From Amazon

For unlined paper…better for drawing:

Unlined Paper From Amazon

For both writing and drawing:

Play-Dough Recipes

Best Ever No-Cook Play Dough Recipe

  1. 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
  2. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (baby oil and coconut oil work too)
  3. 1/2 cup salt.
  4. 2 tablespoons cream of tartar.
  5. 1 to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)
  6. gel food coloring (optional)
  7. few drops glycerine (my secret ingredient for stretch and shine!)

The BEST homemade play dough recipe - make in less than 5 minutes for under a $1 and have it last for months! It is so soft and squishy and cuts perfectly with cookie cutters.

To order Wikki Stix…here are two choices from Amazon:

A picture containing drawing, clock Description automatically generated

Wikki stix…they can stick to things without making a mess.

Click HERE to download the Splash Pad for Younger Elementary

Click HERE to download the Splash Pad for Older Elementary .

Click HERE to download Maundy Thursday Worship Experience brochure:   Document

Click Here to download Question Cards for Maundy Thursday: Question Cards

Maundy Thursday Experience Brochure:  here

Advent Videos:

Fall 2020 Videos and Resources:

Each week we will present a short video that will introduce a thought on how Jesus sees us, others and our world. This video will also offer suggested simple ways for children to encounter Jesus. We hope and pray that these videos will stir awe, wonder, hunger and desire in following Jesus.