Kids' Connection

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Message from Jamie Turk, Director of Children & Family Ministries

Message from Jamie Turk, Director of Children & Family Ministries

We miss seeing you in person each Sunday, and we want to connect with you throughout the week. Each week we’re posting a Kids’ Connection video in our Kids’ Connection Facebook Group. We’re also posting a Parent Guide that can be used independently or in conjunction with the video. We encourage families to use these resources during a time that works well for your family (links are also available below)! Or join us for the weekly Kids’ Connection lesson via Zoom!

It feels like it’s been ages since we could meet in person. This has been a rough time for everyone. If your child could use an extra check-in with one of our leaders, please let us know! We would love to be an additional support during this time.

Kid’s Time

We begin worship this Sunday with Kid’s Time! Be sure and gather round for that, 10am on Facebook Live.

Programs

Celebrate Wonder

Our children’s ministry program is designed to connect families to the church, so that together we can partner to build a foundation of faith for our children. We want your child to know that God loves them no matter what and that Jesus will be their best friend forever. We also want your child to know that kids are important at St. Paul’s and that their church family cares about them and is praying for them.

We use Celebrate Wonder, a Cokesbury curriculum, that engages children’s natural sense of curiosity to help them understand God’s love. It creates a safe environment for kids to ask big questions — helping them explore the Bible in ways that feed their imagination and encourages creativity. Through carefully-selected Bible stories, songs, videos, and hands-on activities, Celebrate Wonder gives children the tools to explore their faith while incorporating it into their daily lives.

Kids’ Connection & KIDS 456

Wednesdays, 6:45pm via Zoom
Join us for story time and our weekly Bible lesson! This setting is ideal for our younger kiddos. KIDS456 will be right after that, using the same Zoom link, at 7 pm. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88967123401

Sundays, 11:15am in St. Paul’s parking lot

  • Socially distanced Bible story
  • RSVP is required to limit numbers
  • Siblings will be allowed to sit together
  • Masks are required
  • Parents must remain on-site and are encouraged to stay in their vehicle

Please RSVP by emailing jamie@stpaulslenexa.org with the number of children who will be attending. It will be so wonderful to gather together! Since we’ll be outside be sure to dress for the weather! ☂️🌈☀️

Intergenerational Activities

Virtual Classroom: All Hallows’ Eve edition

For more fun and games check out the Great Plains All Hallows’ Eve! This  virtual classroom was created by Rev. Melissa Collier Gepford, Intergenerational Discipleship Coordinator of the UMC’s Great Plains Conference.

Thankful Pumpkins

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” Psalm 107:1

Each day in November we’re writing down what we’re thankful for on our “thankful pumpkins.” This simple practice will be a visual reminder to center our lives towards God and be grateful for the gifts we’ve received. Thanks be to God!

Great Plains Gratitude Menu

Check out the interactive Great Plains Gratitude Menu for fun and meaningful gratitude activities to do with your family! 

Share what kinds of things you’re writing on your pumpkin or doing from your gratitude menu in the comments below or on social media, #spumcgratitude

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Seeking & Practicing Social Justice

St. Paul’s is committed to supporting and practicing social justice. The conversations we have with our children matter. Find a list of anti-racism resources for both parents and kids here. We’ll continue updating this list of resources on an ongoing basis. We also invite you and your child to participate in the following intergenerational study!

Next Generation Anti-Racism Study | Thursdays 7-8pm
Hosts: Angela Thornton-Millard and Charlotte Millard. This group currently meets weekly via Zoom on Thursdays from 7 to 8 pm. Kids and/or youth are invited to participate with a parent and/or adult, and adults who don’t have kids are also welcome! The group is reading and discussing the book Just Mercy: A True Story of the Fight for Justice by Bryan Stevenson.  Please note, there is a young adult version available. This group will also work together to think of actionable items kids and/or youth and families can take to promote anti-racism in our community. Sign up here.