Children's Ministries

Kids feeling stressed out? Here's something that may help...

 

 

Quarantined at home? Let us help you with easy resources to make your home stay more pleasant!


Here's what's new this week in Children's Ministries!


Making Christmas Meaningful...

 

 

 
Thanks to Pastor Fred DaCosta and Whitni Carlson, Family Life Director for Wichita South Adventist Church

 

Advent Family Worship Part II

Worship Thought:

Jesus came to parents living in Nazareth, who traveled to Bethlehem to be counted, because Joseph's family was originally from Bethlehem, and that was the law.  But Jesus' birth changed everything for all humans! Not just those who were living over 2000 years ago, but for all people around the world living today and even those who haven't been born yet! The angels' proclaimed that what the prophets like Micah foretold had come true!

Remember: What did Baby Jesus bring? He brought Peace and Goodwill for EVERYONE!


 
Thanks to Pastor Fred DaCosta and Whitni Carlson, Family Life Director for Wichita South Adventist Church

 

Advent Family Worship Part I

Worship Thought:

Before Jesus was born, the world was in complete darkness. Not darkness like when the lights are off at night, but darkness inside your heart. Sin, fear, selfishness, and anger brought darkness to everyone's hearts. Think about being in complete darkness. You cannot see or do much of anything at all. Because God wants us to do all the remarkable things He has planned for us, He sent Jesus to be our Light. He gave us HOPE! God sent us the Light of the World: Jesus as a little baby.

Remember: What did Baby Jesus bring? He brought Peace and Goodwill for EVERYONE!


Christmas Crafts with Meaning...

 

Stained Glass Nativity...

How about a craft that reminds you of the Christmas story?Here's a fun and beautiful nativity scene for your tree, window, or to give as a little gift to someone who's shut in to cheer them up!

Supplies:

Clear Contac paper, squares of multicolored tissue paper, scissors and nativity silhouette cut from black construction paper. 

Instructions:

  1. Lay out your contact paper sticky side up.
  1. Center your nativity silhouette on top of the contact paper.
  2. Begin placing squares of tissue paper inside the nativity silhouette to create the look of stained glass.
  3. Once the nativity is filled with tissue paper, lay a second sheet of contact paper on top of the entire project.  Be careful not to trap air bubbles.
  4. Trim the excess contact paper with scissors.
  5. You can either tape your stained glass nativity to your window or use a hole punch and hang it from a string.  Either way, it will look great.

Cookie Jar Nativity Scene...

 

I thought this was a beautiful nativity scene and one that elementary or middle school children could enjoy. Here's a pictorial direction guide...

 

 


Rustic Advent Calendar...

 

Why not create a simple, stone Advent Calendar to count the days until Christmas? Simply remove one stone each day till the wise men reach the stable. You can buy cheap wooden peg dolls to use as people or use Fisher Price people. Here's a link on Amazon where you can purchase the peg dolls. 

https://www.amazon.com/Peg-Dolls-Unfinished-Painting-Decoration/dp/B07F3MLQQL/ref=as_li_bk_tl/?tag=rhythmsofpl0f-20&linkId=255be319192577cd35f4841b56018905&linkCode=ktl

You could read these scriptures with your children each day as you remove a stone...

 


Christmas Scavenger Hunt...

Want a little fun and activity? Why not challenge your family with a Christmas Scavenger Hunt?

 


Operation Christmas Child...

What a great way to teach the spirit of giving at Christmas by selecting online gifts to give a child in need. It's fun and easy... Only $25 and you select the gender, age category, and choose from the selection of gifts they show you. You can do it together as a family in the comfort of your living room! Why not start a new tradition of blessing those in need? 

https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/buildonline/?utm_source=Ggl&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=m_YGOC-B20V&utm_content=BASBOAd&gclid=Cj0KCQiAzsz-BRCCARIsANotFgPgBHnnWX0hzCoMnAlEU4WIfLjqbS653AcMS_lKOrVW1Fd6toS-fQgaAhr9EALw_wcB


ADRA Really Great Gift Catalog...

As a family look over the many types of gifts you can give to someone in need and choose the ones you think will do the most good. There's a variety to choose from! Tell your kids how much you think you can afford to give and then let them pick! What a great way to celebrate the true spirit of the season! It will help open your children's eyes (and maybe your own) to see the many ways we can help people in need!

https://giftcatalog.adra.org/gift-catalog/


Why not start the 2021 New Year off with a special focus on praying with your children?

General Conference Adventist Children's Ministries have designed these short, focused worship times for you to enjoy with your children. 


 


10 Days of Prayer - January 6-16, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


End it Now Summit on Abuse is live now! Vital information regarding abuse. Click here to view Summit. 

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=366891391090631&ref=watch_permalink


Don't Talk to Strangers is an important message to tell our children.

What if the person who is making them uncomfortable is someone they know?

This is a vital conversation every parent should have with their child!

This book will help children know what to do...

You Have a Voice

by Marie Pflugrad

There is both good and evil in this world, and unfortunately, our precious children can be exposed to and experience some very dark and terrible things-- nothing any child should have to endure.  It’s of the utmost importance that our children have a safe haven and that we teach them that they indeed have a voice and can express when they are hurt, scared, or abused.  They need to learn who to trust and how to know the difference.  They need to feel heard and understood, and we adults need to take children’s words and actions seriously and do all in our power to protect them.

In this book, you will meet Joetta and her three woodland puppets.  Through these puppets and their stories, children will learn what is and what is not appropriate behavior.  And what to do if faced with similar situations.  They will learn that they can use their voice to say “Stop!” “No!” and to tell people until they are heard.

To order your copy of this important book at the sale price of $7.99 (regular price $9.99) call Peggy Glass at the Adventist Book Center at 402-488-3801.

 

FREE DOWNLOADABLE ACTIVITY SHEETS https://www.youhaveavoice.org/resources.html

 

PUPPETS TO PURCHASE:

PORCUPINE: https://www.folkmanis.com/prod-154-1-61-14/porcupine.htm

TURTLE:  https://www.folkmanis.com/prod-154-1-8-14/turtle.htm

SKUNK: https://www.folkmanis.com/prod-154-1-47-1/skunk.htm


Faith by Tommy Books - Written by Mark Brown

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UhwaFk1kjIg-aG7IvhrhFIabii14Ept2/view?usp=sharing

Adam the Raccoon Series by Glen Keane

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Uh3C_M5f6yS5G2oJWfIfR3aSQ5yS3MLc/view?usp=sharing


Hi Friends … Children’s Sabbath video is here!  Check out https://www.childmin.org/childrenssabbath

English is uploaded and Spanish is coming real soon!  Keep checking back!  Download time is literally about 3 minutes, but a joyful 3 minutes filled with music. 

This is such a fun video! Stories, activities, fun songs with actions, scriptures and mission feature! Tell your families they can download the emojis, the rockwall and coloring page ahead of time so they can participate along with the video.

The video is 52 minutes in length. You could send this link to your families and they could use it for their own virtual Sabbath School program, church service or Sabbath afternoon activity. You could also share this video personally via Zoom and connect with your families. And following the program why not ask them what they learned? This video would primarily appeal to Kindergarten, Primary and Junior age children.

We are excited to see what our churches are doing for Children’s Sabbath!  But if you already have big plans for this Sabbath you are free to use this video on another Sabbath that might work out a bit better for your church. Thanks for what you are doing to stay connected with the children and families in your churches during these challenging times!