Children’s Time

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Weekly Children’s Tuesday Time with Pastor Emily

Join Pastor Emily on Tuesdays for a candle ritual, Bible story, activity, song, and prayer.

June 23, 2019
THIS WEEK’S VIDEO: Can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koJzX2vOzPE

OPENING CANDLE RITUAL: God’s holy light surrounds us. Only good can come in. Only good can go out. Amen.

THIS WEEK’S STORY: “Adam and Eve” (Genesis 2) retold by Nobel Peace Prize Winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu in the “Children of God Storybook Bible.”

THIS WEEK’S SONG: Jesu, Tawa Pano/Jesus, We Are Gathered

THIS WEEK’S ACTIVITIES:
1. Talk with members of your household about the people in your life who love you and who you are grateful for.  Call, write a card, or draw a picture for at least two of those people to let them know you are grateful for them.

2. Write a card or draw a picture for two people who are feeling especially lonely and isolated right.  (Maybe people who cannot have many visitors in their retirement center or nursing home).  If you need names and addresses of some of Ebenezer’s seniors, please email me.  

3. If you haven’t already done so: Watch together and discuss: Sesame Street Racism Town Hall. https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/06/app-news-section/cnn-sesame-street-race-town-hall-app-june-6-2020-app/index.html

4. If you haven’t already done so:  Look at this list of “31 Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance.”
Come up with a list of books you would like to read and discuss together as a family. Figure out how you can get these books and read them together.   https://www.embracerace.org/resources/26-childrens-books-to-support-conversations-on-race-racism-resistance

CLOSING CANDLE RITUAL:
God’s holy light surrounds us. Only good can come in. Only good can go out. We take this light with us wherever we go. Amen.

June 16, 2020
THIS WEEK’S VIDEO: This week’s video can be found on Ebenezer’s YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Cal_BIY_n8&t=6s

THIS WEEK’S STORY: “Paul Follows Jesus” (Acts 9) retold by Nobel Peace Prize Winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu in the “Children of God Storybook Bible.”

THIS WEEK’S SONG: We Are Marching in the Light of God/Siyahamba

THIS WEEK’S ACTIVITIES:
1. Make a poster or a drawing with the words: Faith, Hope, and Love.
As you work on this poster or drawing, talk with your household about how you have experienced faith, hope, and love this week and/or how you can share your faith, hope, and love with others. Put your poster or drawing up somewhere for you and/or your neighbors to see it.

2. If you haven’t already done so, look at this resource: “Where to Find Diverse Children’s Books.” https://www.embracerace.org/resources/where-to-find-diverse-childrens-books
Come up with a list of books you would like to read and discuss together as a family. Figure out how you can get these books and read them together.

3. Learn about Juneteenth (which is Friday, June 19th) in some of the following ways:
– Read the book: “Juneteenth for Mazie” by Floyd Cooper If you can’t access the book by Friday, you can listen to a reading of it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSnyTK4IJ-Q
– Do some research on Juneteenth. You might watch videos on youtube such as these:
– – Fun Facts about Juneteenth for Kids https://youtu.be/T2HAVuld0_0
– – A little more about Juneteenth (for older kids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sd2imxCY9Fo&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkI5ricZGLQ&list=PL17n6o7peccDYJf_B5zKWn1FvdqFvmEk6&index=5

4. Read, discuss, and sign this petition to make Juneteenth a National Holiday. https://www.change.org/p/united-states-congress-make-juneteenth-a-national-holiday-in-2020

5. Join the ELCA Metro-Chicago Synod Commemoration of Juneteenth – Friday, June 19th, 11AM https://www.facebook.com/mcselca/

On Friday, we celebrate Juneteenth and commemorate the day that the end of legalized slavery in the United States was announced. A service of praise and celebration will be available for viewing beginning at 11 AM on Friday, June 19. Several E.C.T. Youth Group members and Young Adults will be participating in this service! You can find the service on the synod’s Facebook page here. https://www.facebook.com/mcselca/

June 2, 2020
THIS WEEK’S VIDEO: This week’s video can be found on Ebenezer’s YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdGzVFF-hGE

THIS WEEK’S STORY: “The Coming of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2). This is the story of the Pentecost retold by Nobel Peace Prize Winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu in the “Children of God Storybook Bible.”

THIS WEEK’S SONG:
Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me
Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me
Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me
Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me

THIS WEEK’S ACTIVITIES:
1. Look at this list of “31 Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance.”
Come up with a list of books you would like to read and discuss together as a family. Figure out how you can get these books and read them together.   https://www.embracerace.org/resources/26-childrens-books-to-support-conversations-on-race-racism-resistance

2. Read 1-2 of these books together as a family (if you are able to access them this week) and talk about the book/s in light of what is going on in our country right now.

3. God loves all of God’s children and wants them to be treated equally. When any of God’s children are not treated equally, we are called to do whatever we can to make sure this changes. Right now our black and brown siblings are not being treated equally, so we need to figure out where we fit into this equation and how we can help work for justice and equality for all.
As a family, participate in a few actions this week (and in the coming weeks), proclaiming that black lives do matter to God, they matter to us, and they should matter to everyone.
(If you feel safe, you might join a socially distanced action with others. Or you might spread messages with chalk on the sidewalk while on a walk. Or you might participate in spreading messages from home on social media, or calling and writing letters to your representatives, etc.)

SOME ADDITIONAL PARENT/GUARDIAN RESOURCES:
ARTICLES:
“I Live in Minneapolis, This is What I Told My 4-Year-Old” (White parent & white child) https://medium.com/fearless-she-wrote/i-live-in-minneapolis-this-is-what-i-told-my-4-year-old-26d5213f6722

“100 Race-Conscious Things You Can Say To Your Child To Advance Racial Justice” http://www.raceconscious.org/2016/06/100-race-conscious-things-to-say-to-your-child-to-advance-racial-justice/

“Talking With Children (and youth) About Racism, Police Brutality and Protests” https://www.ahaparenting.com/ask-the-doctor-1/talking-with-children-about-racism-police-brutality-and-protests

Supporting Kids of Color in the Wake of Racialized Violence: https://www.embracerace.org/resources/supporting-kids-of-color-in-the-wake-of-racialized-violenc-part-one

10 Tips for Teaching and Talking to Kids About Race https://www.embracerace.org/resources/teaching-and-talking-to-kids

WORKSHOPS/WEBINARS, BLOGS, OTHER RESOURCES:
Raising Race-Conscious Children (Workshops, blog posts, stories, strategies) http://www.raceconscious.org/

Embrace Race (articles, webinars, action guides, other excellent resources) https://www.embracerace.org/resources

May 26, 2020
VIDEO: This week’s video can be found here.

THIS WEEK’S STORY:”The Good News” (Acts 1). This is the story of the Ascension of Jesus retold by Nobel Peace Prize Winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu in the “My Jesus Story Collection: 18 New Testament Bible Stories.”

THIS WEEK’S SONG: Lord I Lift Your Name On High

THIS WEEK’S ACTIVITIES:
1. Look for three ways God has been present with you this week. (Maybe you experienced God’s presence through the beautiful sounds or sights you saw/heard on a walk. Maybe you experienced God’s presence while you were hanging out with family or talking with a friend on the phone. Or maybe you experienced God’s presence through a kind gesture of a neighbor). Share these things with your family or household.

2. Draw a picture or write a story or a poem about how God is present with us right now. Share this with your family/household, and/or your extended family or friends over a voice or facetime call.

3. Do one thing this week to share God’s love to your neighbors in this time of sheltering in place. (Examples: Draw a picture and/or write a card and send it to someone who feels extra lonely right now, make hearts or other positive messages and put them on your windows for neighbors to see, draw positive messages on your sidewalk with chalk to let them know they are loved, etc.)

* Pastor Emily would love to hear from you and see what you created and/or hear how you experienced God’s presence and shared God’s love with others. If you’d like, email her what you did and/or share it in the Youtube or Facebook comments.