Thursday, May 28, 2020

May 31 Pentecost

Teaching children about Pentecost is not an easy task. 
Teaching children about "an invisible God" is not easy, either. So it can get complicated when trying to explain God-With-Us in the form of a Spirit. But do tell the story! There will no doubt be interesting moments in the telling of the story, and most certainly how it will be heard/interpreted. Here are some practical ways for you to "show" kids different methods we adults use when we think about the Spirit. IF WE WERE TO MEET FOR WORSHIP IN PERSON, you'd see a lot of red today. Look all around today for the color of red. Are any of these other ways (below) easy for you when thinking about the Holy Spirit?
WIND  pinwheel, windsock, streamers, kite, sail boat, chimes, wind turbine
FIRE / FLAME  candle, campfire, fireplace
BIRD  dove (most common image for bird/Spirit)  think Jesus' baptism
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHURCH  We all can understand birthdays. The Christian Church often associates Pentecost with the "birth of the Church." 
  • VIDEO of multiple languages reading from Acts, chapter 2
  • Be sure to check out the FPC worship service video for May 31
      FPC St Cloud YouTube channel
      FPC St Cloud Facebook page

Sunday, May 31

YOUTH  easy and appropriate for teens
  another option is this YOUTH LESSON from Illustrated Ministry
  here's an excellent VIDEO from The Bible Project (video description below)
In this video, we explore the original meaning of the biblical concept of “spirit” and what it means that God’s Spirit is personally present in all of creation. Ultimately, the Spirit was revealed through Jesus and sent out into the lives of his followers to bring about the new creation.

KIDS SPARKHOUSE Family Sunday School
  VIDEO intro w/Song
  VIDEO story  p.502 Spark Story Bible
  VIDEO closing, prayer & song

  Thinking of You  color this page and send to someone you miss
  Pinwheel art project  preview before attempting
Another Pinwheel art project  preview before attempting

Saturday, May 23, 2020

May 24 The Ascension

AT-HOME Sunday School
VIDEO intro w/Song
VIDEO story  pp.498-499 Spark Story Bible
VIDEO activities
VIDEO closing Prayer and Song

  • CLOUDS activity page
  • COLORING activity pages
  • ILLUSTRATED MINISTRY children's bulletin
  • THINKING OF YOU activity
  • 1.  color the sheet 
  • 2.  send it to someone you miss


    Thursday, May 14, 2020

    The Promise of the Holy Spirit (May 17)

    Family Sunday School
    VIDEO  Intro w/Song
    VIDEO  Story: The Promise of the Holy Spirit
                   Spark Story Bible, page 450
      Activities to try
                   links to activity sheets 1, 2 and 3 are below
    VIDEO  Closing w/Song

    Additional Resources
    CHILDREN'S BULLETINS  pre-reader and reader
    ACTIVITY SHEET #1  coloring sheets
    ACTIVITY SHEET #2  look up more promises found in the Bible
    ACTIVITY SHEET #3  another story: Promises Promises
    THINKING OF YOU    youth/family service project


    Saturday, May 9, 2020

    May 10 God's House

    Family Sunday School:  God's House
    This section is especially good with children, PreK/K/Elementary
    VIDEO  intro with Song
    VIDEO  story read from Spark Story Bible
    VIDEO  activities related to story
    VIDEO  closing with Song

    More resources
    Activity Page - additional story A Room of My Own
    Activity Page - diorama My Heavenly Room in 3D
    Activity Page - coloring sheets
    Youth lesson - reading, discussion questions, prayer
    or this Youth Devotion from  Show Me the Way


    Service Project ideas
    Thinking of You  - coloring page
    COLOR the sheet, then SEND to someone you care about and miss

    Saturday, May 2, 2020

    May 3 Early Believers

    Family Sunday School
    Early Believers

    VIDEO link  (0:28) OPENING with SONG
    VIDEO link  (2:30) STORY
    VIDEO link  (8:11) CLOSING PRAYER and SONG
    Children's BULLETIN
    ACTIVITIES to go with the story

    PRAYERS for the whole family

    YOUTH links
    LESSON Scripture Reading and Discussion Questions
      Early Believers / Early Church  Reading | Reflection | Prayer
      In God's Sheepfold in the Midst of Covid-19 Pandemic

    THINKING OF YOU coloring sheet
    Contact Mark G. if you would like a name/address of one of our homebound members to send this to!

    Sunday, April 26, 2020

    April 26 Road to Emmaus

    Family Sunday School 
    video provided by Sparkhouse Family Sunday School
      video 1  (0:29) intro w/song
      video 2  (2:25) Road to Emmaus Spark Story Bible, p.488
      video 3  (6:11) activities: Photo Shoot, Board Game + more
      video 4  (9:36) summary, closing prayer w/song
    ACTIVITY SHEET dice game!
    👉 another READING of today's story  by FPC youth

      YOUTH LESSON  provided by Illustrated Ministry
    PRAYERS by Illustrated Ministry

    Send cards or coloring sheets to FPC members, like:
    Especially, those who live
      in nursing homes
      or alone
    Need help coming up with Names and Addresses to send cards to?
    CONTACT Mark Giese for names and addresses

    Saturday, April 18, 2020

    April 19 Doubting Thomas

    Sunday, April 19
    This is the day that the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. 

    Hello, FPC parents and families. I'm glad you're here. Scroll down for links placed here in order to give you easy access to resources designed to engage faith, hope, prayer and discussion in your home.

    SPARKHOUSE:  Family Sunday School:  
    Sunday, April 19    Doubting Thomas  John 20: 19-31
    provided to you with permission by WeAreSparkhouse

     OPTIONAL items to help with today's story:
     - Spark Story Bible  (not required, but helpful if you have young readers)
     - Activity Page link
     - Coloring Page link
     - Another Story link

    Here's the LESSON

    1. Welcome & Opening Song (Peace Like a River)
      • VIDEO  link starts at 0:29
    2. Let's hear the Doubting Thomas story as told from the Spark Story Bible
      •  VIDEO  link starts at 2:16
      • You are welcome to follow along in your own Spark Story Bible, pg.492
      • Contact Mark Giese to arrange how to receive a copy of the Spark Story Bible if you do not already have one.
    3. Activities related to today's story
      • VIDEO  link starts at 6:05
    4. Closing Prayer and Song
      • VIDEO  link starts at 9:03

    Additional Resources for today or later this week


    COLORING SHEETS for young and old


    PRAYERS for any age ONLINE DEVOTION for youth, parents