Each Friday you get a taste of what we are doing in in Children's ministry in your daily devotion. We are re-imagining what Children's Sunday School looks like when we are not able to physically gather together.
In June we are sharing video lessons teaching about John Wesley. In these virtual lessons, we will look at our Methodist heritage, and how it has shaped who we are as a church. The text below is taken from a weekly email to parents.
In June we are sharing video lessons teaching about John Wesley. In these virtual lessons, we will look at our Methodist heritage, and how it has shaped who we are as a church. Below is a the text parents are sent each week.
My goal for this week in Sunday School is to look at the first of John Wesley’s 3 rules: Do good. There is a beautiful quote from John Wesley that takes us a little deeper as we “do good.”
Do all the good you can,
by all the means you can,
in all the ways you can,
in all the places you can,
at all the times you can,
to all the people you can,
as long as ever you can.
Sometimes, we sit down to pray and the words just don’t come to mind. Sometimes our entire bodies want to move, and we cannot sit still and pray! Sometimes we just have one word that is on our hearts that we say over and over and over again. And its all good! There is no right or wrong way to pray!
There is a neat book that we have on the third floor (that I am happy to share when it is safe to gather again) called Praying in Color Kids Edition.
There are so many ways that we can practice doing good at home, but maybe, if we sit still and really pray hard on this idea, we can listen to what God is putting on our hearts. Is there a special way you want to be doing good? Do you feel God tugging at your heart? Sit down, color, take some deep breaths, and think about the words of John Wesley.
I reached out to my mom, who is an artist in Asheville, NC. I asked her to create this coloring prayer page for our children to color, doodle, and pray on. There is no right or wrong way to do this! There is a fun style of art called “Zentangles” which is basically the art of doodling in hopes of creating a calm spirit. My mom created this “Guide to Zentangles” for older children who want to add some cool details to their art.
Often music is a great way to help children settle down and get to coloring. We have some great playlists on our activities page.
Grab your flat John Wesley and sit down for a coloring prayer session with God. Let’s do good, and pray on the positive ways we can do good today, tomorrow, in all the ways we can, as long as ever we can.
We also hope you will join us after our 11:00 a.m. online worship experience for our Children's Message. This week's message can be found our YouTube channel or on our @afumc_children Instagram account.
If you would like to start receiving this weekly email please email Erika Bates.
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