Following the recommendation of the Illinois Department of Public Health, with love for our neighbors, and to limit community spread so that kids can remain in school, all Children and Family Ministry will pivot online through Christmas.

Details for each of our offerings are below. Whether you have already been able to join us this fall or not, please check out CONNECT, our private network for Children and Family Ministry. CONNECT is where you will find all of our videos and class materials, Zoom links, and a wealth of resources for parents.

Children and Family Ministry updates for November 15, 2020–January 4, 2021

  • All families are invited to Sunday 9 a.m. Family Chapel on Zoom. Younger children especially will enjoy the interactive 30-minute chapel. We will have a story, music, prayers, and response time. Bring a candle and some simple art supplies.
  • Advent Chapel begins on Sunday, November 29. Order a candle kit before November 16. Kits include 4 hands-on activities, one for each week of Advent to do during chapel or at your own pace.
  • Worship Online with Kenilworth Union Church: There is a weekly “Entering In” children’s moment to accompany the 9:30 a.m. livestream.

Our Weekly Faith Formation Pathways:

  • This is Our Prayer (Walk) will now be self-paced. A short reading, prayer, and discussion guide are on CONNECT. Take a walk as a family and look for God outdoors.
  • Third Grade Bible will continue online using the same Fall Family Faith Time Zoom link. Psalm 23 Sticker Day is November 22 and then there will be a break until January when we begin the Beatitudes.
  • Digging Deeper into the Bible also has two online sessions left, ending on November 22. Use the same fall Zoom link.
  • MSYG is paused indefinitely. Let us know if your 5th or 6th grader would be interested in a Zoom youth group. So far there has been very little interest in that option, though we are willing to offer it.

Looking Ahead: Timed reservations for the Live Nativity will be delayed as we secure the necessary permissions to host it in a drive-through format.

We are working on our January and February course catalog with safe, creative, and interactive options for families in the winter months. Greta has some engaging art projects in the works.

Closing Thoughts: First, months into the pandemic, connecting with God and our church family remains a source of hope and peace in a challenging time. Yes, Zoom fatigue is real. Greta and I, as well as our parent leaders, have worked very hard to make Zoom as interactive and high touch as possible—we promise it isn’t like school!

Second, Children and Family Ministry is a ministry that pivots. We are incredibly proud of the work the Children and Family Ministry Committee has done to be able to move smoothly between in-person and online. We believe that community, rituals, and traditions are more important than ever. Thank you for being an important part of our community and for caring for our neighbors near and far by minimizing the spread of this virus.

We ask God to guide the scientists, medical professionals, and leaders working to end this pandemic. Stay well. We will see you online Sunday.

Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

Reverend Christine V. Hides

Greta Connor

Posted on November 13, 2020