Supporting Children (and Parents)


Hello everyone! (Sunday, May 24)
This week we hear the story of the ascension of Jesus—His return to His Heavenly Father.
Here are two colouring sheets for you that go along with the readings and bulletins for readers and pre-readers.
ascension stained glass
ascension

Spark Worship Bulletin, Easter 7 A May 24, 2020 (Pre-Reader)Spark Worship Bulletin, Easter 7 A May 24, 2020 (Reader)

And don’t be shy…. I am still looking for photos of your colouring of the Pentecost flame!
PentecostColoring

Looking for outdoor activities that comply with physical distancing recommendations? This site offers guidance on how to map your neighbourhood.
www.orienteeringalberta.ca

Have your children had trouble sleeping during this pandemic? You are not alone! Here are some ideas that may be helpful for them (and perhaps for you as well).

COVID-19 and healthy sleep habits

Hello again! (Sunday, May 17)
Did you know that there is NOTHING that can prevent God from loving us?
Today I talk with you about Jesus’ message to us about God’s love. So get your lego ready and watch and build. If you make something you like, take a picture and send it to eileen@trinity-lutheran.ab.ca.
Also because Pentecost is coming, we would love to have your flames as part of the worship video for May 31. Attached is a picture you can colour or feel free to create your own. Send me a photo of your coloured picture and we will include it.

We hope you are joining for worship each week by watching, singing and praying with the video posted each week. Here are bulletins for pre readers and readers that correspond with the readings and themes for this Sunday.
Spark Worship Bulletin, Easter 6 A May 17, 2020 (Pre-Reader)
Spark Worship Bulletin, Easter 6 A May 17, 2020 (Reader)

PentecostColoring

Hey children, here are some more ideas for things you can do while you are at home: activeforlife.com/42-activities-to-keep-kids-busy-…

During this time it is normal for kids (and adults!) to feel anxious. Here are some ways to combat anxiety – see what works for you. gozen.com/50-calm-down-ideas-to-try-with-kids-of-a…

peace,
Eileen


Hello everyone! (Sunday, May 10)
Today Jesus talks about His Father’s house in heaven. So get out your Legos and join me as we discuss Jesus’ words. Build along and send me a picture of what you build.
Also here are the pages for you to use when you listen in on today’s church service.
God’s House Coloring Page A
Spark Worship Bulletin, Easter 5 A May 10, 2020 (Pre-Reader)
Spark Worship Bulletin, Easter 5 A May 10, 2020 (Reader)

Loving our neighbours
As I have been walking in my neighbourhood and in the parks I have seen signs of love and encouragement. There have been hearts in windows, messages in chalk, and rocks painted with flowers and messages and they have really lifted my spirits and helped me to feel connected to the people in my community, even while we are keeping physically distant. We want to give signs of love and encouragement to the people in the neighbourhood of our church. Will you help? We are asking people to make hearts with messages of encouragement or beauty and to mail them or drop them off at the church. Pr. Ingrid will hang them in the trees in the community garden. Here is a heart to colour, if you want a suggestion (link here please to coloring page W4) but feel free to make hearts in any way that you like!

Hello Children and Families! (Sunday, May 3)
Today for Good Shepherd Sunday, get your Legos and be ready to build as we look at the story found in the gospel for this Sunday. Click here to see the video. I would love to see pictures of what you create—please email them to me.

And later, you can build a balloon powered Lego car, just for fun! See this page.
But first, while you participate in the video worship service, you can choose to follow in any of these activity sheets I am sharing today.

sheep template
good shepherd colouring 2
Spark Worship Bulletin, Easter 4 A May 3, 2020 (Reader)
Spark Worship Bulletin, Easter 4 A May 3, 2020 (Pre-Reader)

And parents, here’s a quick resource from UNICEF on how to support your kids during this pandemic. Click here.

Hello Everyone! (Sunday, April 26)
Sometimes, we can get overwhelmed and see only the difficult things. Today I am suggesting we start looking at the good things we can be thankful for.

What if we start a dinner time practice of sharing 3 goods and one bad? Each person shares 3 good things and one bad. Sometimes, children might need help to see what is good (and sometimes adults do too) – that’s okay, this isn’t a test! However it is important for the person to actually say the good things themselves. This can also lead to a family prayer, thanking God for all the good things named and asking for help with the bad things.

God’s people have often had difficult times… Remember the Exile? Today I am attaching the worship bulletin from one of the Sundays before Easter, where Jesus meets the woman at the well. She certainly had a difficult life. But Jesus had a positive message for her too! And I am attaching another message about how to talk about the difficulties some of us are having with this pandemic.
God is good! Thanks be to God!

Spark Worship Bulletin, Lent 3 A March 15, 2020 (Pre-Reader) (1)
Spark Worship Bulletin, Lent 3 A March 15, 2020 (Reader) (1)
Helping children and teens cope with stressful public events – Caring for Kids

Hello Everyone, Christ is Risen Indeed!

Today I am showing you a prayer idea – praying in colour! I am showing you how to do it here. Check it out here. Here are some instructions and some the image templates you see me using in the video.

Instructions for Praying in Colour
vine and branches colouring
Hearts and Stripes Template (1) (3)


Looking for ways to talk to your kids about Covid-19? Here’s a resource from AHS (please link covid -19 info for kids)
AHS covid-19-information-for-kids

I love the Easter morning greeting of The Lord is Risen! The Lord is Risen indeed! I hope that you will shout with joy in our risen Lord as you worship on Sunday morning. Here are some resources that may be helpful:

Sunrise service at home Here is a brief service to celebrate the resurrection at home this Easter morning. This is suitable or adaptable for all ages. Easter Sunrisel Liturgy

Easter Eggs
Many neighbourhoods are having modified Easter egg hunts as a way to build community while taking care of each other by staying physically distant. People decorate pictures of Easter eggs and put them in the window, then take a walk around your neighbourhood and see how many eggs you can find. Why not get this started in your neighbourhood? If you want to get really fancy, this sheet tells the meanings of the colours and symbols used in decorating eggs. Easter egg template and meaning

This resource was designed to answer kid’s questions about Covid-19 in a non threatening way. coronavirus-for-kids-together

Hello Children and Families!

Maundy Thursday It might be fun to bake bread together to remember Jesus’ Last Supper tonight! Here is a recipe for unleavened bread. While you make it, you could share the story found in Exodus of when God led the people out of slavery in Egypt and they had to leave so quickly they did not have time for bread to rise. Soft_Unleavened_Bread_Southern_Plate

Hello Children!

Pastor Eileen is on TV!! (Not quite, but she has made you some “Godly Play” story videos!!) To see them, have your parents or guardians use the Contact tab to ask to be added to the weekly email list for childrens’ materials. Then you can see Pastor Eileen tell you the whole story of the Faces of Easter. We will go from the birth of Jesus, through his life, death and resurrection. In each one, and you are encouraged to find items at home to help to tell the story.

Hello Parents!
o Talking to your children about Covid-19: This article has some good tips for talking to kids of all ages. www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/parenting/coronavirus-k…
o The health updates from Dr. Deena Hinshaw can be helpful for older kids, either the portions of the video where she is speaking, or reading the transcripts together. For kids who do better with concrete information, this is a good source.
o Breath Prayers: This might be a great time to teach and learn breath prayers. I know that my child has had lots of questions and some increased anxiety—breath prayers are a great way to help quiet some of that anxiety and connect with God. Here is a link that might be helpful if this is something you would like to explore:
sarahbessey.substack.com/p/breath-prayers-for-anxi…Helping children and teens cope with stressful public events – Caring for KidsSpark Worship Bulletin, Easter 4 A May 3, 2020 (Pre-Reader)