By The Reverend Christine V. Hides

Even in the midst of uncertainty, the Holy Spirit brings unexpected gifts and moments of joy. It was delightful to have online Sunday school with families yesterday. Of course we would prefer to see you in person, but it felt so joyful to see one another and to be together in a new way. I was impressed by the creativity of the children. They shared their drawings, phone candle apps, and heartfelt prayers. Thank you for joining in and waving at Greta, Katie, and me. May we continue to pray and worship together in virtual ways until it is safe to gather in person again.

Until then, Children and Family Ministry will continue to be creative in connecting with you through the week.  Listed below are this week’s online story times, Middle School Youth group, and Sunday school links. The Parenting and Faith section of the website will be updated regularly with Zoom links and resources for families.

For parents who now find that they are suddenly teachers, I share this video message about the importance of play, books, and balance in the coming week. I believe that this forced slow down will bring its own unexpected gifts. Just think, we’ve been talking about the links between lack of play and stress for years. Now we might actually have time to pull out a board game, build a pillow fort, or look for shapes in the clouds!

Play, creativity, and curiosity are gifts that are deeply connected with our faith life. For this reason, we will be compiling play and activity prompts for all ages in this document which will be updated throughout the week. None of this is meant to be complicated or burdensome. All we need for everyday faith rooted in wonder is ordinary stuff, time together, and hearts open to the unexpected gifts.