Scripture: John 13:3-16
Today's scripture is comes from the gospel of John. Here, Jesus is depicted washing the feet of his disciples, demonstrating to us how important it is to serve others. Below are two options for explaining this story for kids: a guided Bible story activity for parents or older siblings to lead kids through, and a short video (best for younger kids but fun for all).
Guided Bible story activity:
Bible story video:
Virtual Sunday School
Continue learning with this wonderful lesson brought to you by some of our preschool Sunday school team (and their helpful assistant!).
Below, you'll find a coloring page and a connect-the-dots page. Children can work on these while you livestream worship or do them after!
Illustrated Ministry's resources for the fifth Sunday of Lent.
This week's action for kids is an extension of the thank-you and appreciation letters and pictures from last eek. This time, we've provided the addresses of some service organizations who may be particularly overwhelmed at this time. These organizations are good examples of serving others and help to explain to kids what "serving" really is. You can use the template provided last week and/or use the new one provided today. Some families are putting a check mark next to organizations to which they've already written to keep track! How much appreciation can your family send throughout the week?
List of places to send appreciation (from last week):
Additional service organizations to consider this week:
Bidwell Riverside Center
1203 Hartford Ave.
Des Moines, 50315
DMARC (Des Moines Area Religious Council)
1435 Mulberry St.
Des Moines, 50309
JOPPA Outreach (Food Bank of Iowa)
118 SE 4th St, #120
Des Moines, 50309
WORSHIP--Activities for Kids
Kids can work on the activity pages provided below to stay engaged (or occupied!) while you live stream worship, or you can do them together after worship.
CONNECT--Virtual Sunday School
Join Emily and Justin (from our preschool Sunday School team) as they read a Bible story!
RESPOND--Adapted for Kids
Community helpers often go without a lot of appreciation or recognition, even in the best of times. Now, while most of us are staying home to prevent the spread of germs, these important people are working even harder to keep our communities running. Jesus knew that all people were important, and he spent his life teaching everyone to treat each other with love. It is even more important to show the people in our communities they are appreciated when they might be feeling stressed out or worried.
*Action: Send a letter or draw a picture for one of the community organizations in the list provided below, or choose your own (like a veterinarian, plumber, nurse, electrician, military serviceperson, or anyone else you know who is working during this time of social distancing). There is also a template provided below to print off for younger children, or any child who likes to draw rather than write. (If you want to sign your name, remember to only use your first name!)
*Mail is considered to be generally safe. See below for an excerpt about mail safety from the Center for Disease Control's Website when packages are shipping from outbreak zones.