By The Reverend Christine V. Hides
What a joy to see so many of you sharing pictures of your family enjoying the outdoors this summer! Two weeks ago my family spent time hiking and relaxing in the Rockies. The change of scenery was blissful after months of sheltering at home. The change of pace offered time to read, to talk, to sit on the porch, and stare at the sky. In nature and rest, God restored my soul.
This Sunday’s Family Chapel will focus on the seven day creation story and sabbath rest. Rest is our last topic in the series of “Things We Do on Sundays.” Join us as we explore the wonders of this creation story and the importance of time away from work. (creation cards)
If you want to dive deeper into the study of rest I recommend The Nap Ministry on Instagram and Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now by Walter Brueggemann.
For parents: Authors to Walk With are my summer audiobook and podcast recommendations.
For younger children: These picture book recommendations have been a hit with our Thursday lunchtime story crowd. Join us weekly at 11:45 a.m.
- RattleTrap Car by Phylis Root—silly summer fun and good rhyme
- May the Lord Bless You and Keep You by Sarah Raymond—to remind us that God is with us
- Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban—one of Ms. Greta’s favorites
For older kids: Our favorite family road trip audiobooks:
- Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles
- The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
- The White Giraffe by Laurent St. John
Family Chapel and Sunday School
Sundays at 9:15 a.m. Families gather together online for a sacred story, interactive prayer, and blessing. No supplies are required, but you may find it helpful to have a candle, some legos or blocks, paper, and crayons. (Connect to Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. from link in Children and Family Ministry Newsletter or contact Christine Hides for access.)