St. Paul's Families - Virtual Church School and More
Time to learn how to be a virtual church community! Please see below for our attempts at seeing each other's faces and nurturing our spirituality. Bear with me as we roll this out - it's obviously all experimental and will likely change in the coming weeks as kinks get worked out.
May you be blessed with peace in your hearts, lots of extra family time, and amazing health.
News from the Pews
Lent in a Bag
Don't forget to keep doing your weekly Lent in a Bag ritual! No time like the present for creating ritual and structure (way harder said than done). If you didn't get one, I can email you the guide and you can come up with your own materials. Sadly the flower bulbs finally arrived, weeks late...not sure what I'm going to do with them all! Wish I could get them to you.
Church School During Lent
Here are two links for Church School:
Godly Play Story
Zoom link for our experimental video gathering on Sunday!
Meeting ID: 458 424 821
The first is a video for you to watch independently with your kids (watch it around 9:15am or earlier so we can all have seen it first before our live reflection on it). For this week, stop the video after the teacher shares about the 5th picture. We'll continue to watch these for the next two weeks leading up to Easter, adding one each week (6th picture on 3/29, and 7th picture on 4/5). Watch the whole series each time - it's great review, and the kids love the familiarity of it.
To access the meeting, copy the Zoom link above. You'll want to test it ahead of time and download the program. I set it up so that there's a "waiting room" - I'm hoping that means that as people sign on, you can chat together before we officially begin. If any of you is an expert on Zoom, give me a call and let me know if you have advice!
I really look forward to seeing your faces. It's getting lonely already, especially for the little ones!
Additional Resource for Family Worship Time
I encourage you to create your own unplugged family worship time on Sunday mornings until we're able to gather in person again. Some options to consider:
- Use the Lent in a Bag reflections as your Sunday morning family time
- Use this link below to get a lovely resource emailed to you (with a kid-friendly bible story, reflection questions, and relevant coloring pages) https://www.illustratedministry.com/flattenthecurve
- Build your own!
- Choose some poetry
- Read a favorite scripture from a children's bible (like my beloved "Family Story Bible" by Ralph Milton) or Desmond Tutu's version called "Children of God Storybook Bible"
- Ask some reflection questions
- Offer prayers for each other and the world.
- You can even offer your own eucharist (my favorite method is to pass around small bits of dark chocolate - nutritious and feel-good!).
- Sing a song together
Saturday April 4, 10:00-11:00am
Let's try this! RSVP to Cassie, so we know who to expect. Our topic will simply be "How in the world are you coping with the pandemic fall-out? What are the greatest challenges, and what surprising gifts are you discovering?"
Here's the link to join the meeting:
Meeting ID: 219 755 999
My Go-To Resources for Suddenly Being Home with Kids (nature-based and creativity-focused)
Send me your own favorites, and I can compile a list for us to share (maybe in a shared Google doc)
Blessings on each of you as you find your way in this strange season. I'm grateful you're part of our church family!
Be Well, in every way,