week of June 28 - July 5
Watch this video from Phil Vischer (Veggie Tales guy) and discuss it as a family:
Week of June 8 - june 14
Watch this video about "Justice" together and discuss...
1. What is justice?
2. What might God be calling us to do together now as a family to take steps towards justice?
Purchase this book and read it with your kids.
Check out the Children's Ministry main page for more resources on teaching your kids about racism.
Reminder: Father’s Day is coming up and we want to celebrate all the fathers out there with a virtual “car show.” The idea is to shoot a short video (in landscape format please) that is not more than 30 seconds. You can say you name and tell us one thing about your car *note - we are not looking for just fancy cars, but your regular commuter car, or family car (yes, we want minivans if that’s what you are driving). Please send your videos to by June 15th. If you prefer not to do a video, you can also e-mail a picture of you with your car.
week of June 1 - June 7
Our awesome preschool director, Melissa, shared some resources for talking with your kids about race and teaching anti-racism. Here are some of her suggestions:
In addition, here are some resources from Illustrated Children's Ministry:
Please join us this Thursday at 7pm for a service of Lament. Kids are welcome too (although probably most appropriate for older kids). You can find out more about this service here.
Week of May 25 - 31
Father’s Day is coming up and we want to celebrate all the fathers out there with a virtual “car show.” The idea is to shoot a short video (in landscape format please) that is not more than 30 seconds. You can say you name and tell us one thing about your car *note - we are not looking for just fancy cars, but your regular commuter car, or family car (yes, we want minivans if that’s what you are driving). Please send your videos to by June 15th. If you prefer not to do a video, you can also e-mail a picture of you with your car.
week of May 18 - May 24
Jamie Henning, our worship director has a great worship idea that includes kids. Here is a link to her recent blog post.
Week of May 10 - May 17
As an extra bonus, read the beautiful book "You are Special" by Max Lucado.
Watch the movie "Wonder" together and talk about it afterwards as a family.
Week of April 27 - May 3
We have a special project going for Mother’s day, May 10th. Could take a few minutes and film your kids answering the question “what do you love most about your mom?” We would like these videos to be in landscape format and approximately 10 seconds long. If you wanted to do a shot of the mom as well you could, or just keep the camera on your kid and he/she answers the question - up to you!
Please send these videos to by May 5th so that he can edit them and put them together in a little video that will be shared during the worship service on Sunday, May 10th. Thank you so much for your help with this!
Visit our new LFP Family Ministries Facebook Page for videos, resources, and connection with other parents.
Week of April 20 - April 26th
Ages 3 - 7
Godly play video from my friend Heather
Check out this Godly play video that tells the story of creation. My friend Heather Ingersoll made this video with her son (just in time for Earth Day). There is a fun breath prayer to try together at the end of the video.
You can find the video here
Ages 7 - 11
Plant Something New
This week was the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Take some time to plant something together. You may not have space outdoors, that's ok! Look for an indoor plant you can start from seed. Or if starting from seed is intimidating, buy a plant and give your child the responsibility to water and care for that plant. Learn about it together and how to take care of it. Read the story in Genesis 1 together, especially verses 26-28 and talk about the word "dominion" together. In the Hebrew this word means "to rule." Think of the very best kind of King - what would his or her "rule" look like? Would you want to live in his/her kingdom? That is the kind of "ruling" we are called to do over creation, not the kind that "uses and abuses," but the kind that "tends for" and cares.
Week of April 13th -April 19th
Jesus Storybook Bible p. 310
Read "God's wonderful surprise" in the Jesus Storybook Bible. If you don't have one, you can get one here
We would also be happy to order this Bible for your family. Please contact Andrea at if you would like a free copy of the Storybook Bible.
-Try acting out the story with your 3-5 year old. You can take on different roles. Say "I'll be Jesus" and "you be Mary" and do a role play with your child.
-plan a surprise for your 3-5 year old during the week. This could be as simple as hiding a treasure somewhere in the house or in the yard.
Letter to God
Write a letter to God (or draw a picture if you don't feel like writing) and tell God all about whatever is on your mind. Trouble with siblings, the cool fort you built today, time with mom or with dad - God wants to know it all!
-if you feel comfortable, share the letter you wrote with your parents
Learn a new skill
Parents, what skills do you have that you could pass along to your children? Do you know how to change a tire? Can you sew or weld or mend? Do you have a green thumb? Think about one task (one that is a bit technical and challenging) and invite your child to participate this week and learn that new skill together.
WELCOME to a Journey with Christ over Holy Week
Monday, April 6th - UN UNEXPECTED KING
Jesus is like no other King. He enters Jerusalem (the place where kings went) on a borrowed donkey, he didn’t even own it! Usually kings came on horses with robes , but Jesus comes on a donkey, an animal for servants. Jesus is a Servant King.
The people who put their coats on the road before him and wove palm branches recognized him as King. They came from Bethany where Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead. Only someone truly powerful could do something like that!
It is strange to think of Jesus as both a Servant and a King so powerful he could enter the temple and declare “this is my house.” Everyone knew that the temple was God’s house. Jesus is God, but Jesus’ kingdom is not about rising to the top, but becoming a servant. Ultimately he will serve to the point of laying his own life down for others.
Day #1 scavenger hunt: Find some paper that you can make into a palm branch, for some ideas of how to do this look here
Palm branches are used in several places in the Bible to talk about how all of creation (even the trees) will worship and praise Jesus the King when he returns. Interestingly, children are sighted in Matthew 21 and being among those who recognized, knew and praised Jesus as King.
Tuesday, April 7th - EVEN THE STONES
Luke 19:38-40 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
Day #2 scavenger hunt: Go outside and find a stone. Take a stone in your hand and consider what Jesus said. Even a stone will cry out Jesus is Lord if the disciples wont. What do you think he means? Find a basket and this week, use your basket as a family gratitude jar. Put your stone in the basket and as you do, tell someone in your family one thing that you are grateful for. By the end of the week, your basket may be full of stones of gratitude (you may want to get a Sharpie and write on your stone what you are thankful for.
Wednesday, April 8th - PETER FEELS AFRAID
Light a candle to represent a fire. We are here, around a fire, thinking of Peter on the night of Christ’s crucifixion. He stood with strangers around a fire, longing to be with Christ but fearful of being identified and accused as a follower. Have you ever felt fearful of being accused or identified with someone? You may want to read this passage.
The disciples protested when Jesus said they would fall away that night and deny him. Peter, who had been with Jesus for a while and was his close friend, protested the most, saying “Even if I have to die with you I will never disown you.”
But he did deny Jesus, three times, with curses, until the rooster crowed. Then Jesus looked at Peter. And Peter burst out in tears. This was a very humbling moment for Peter, but Jesus did not leave him in his failure. Jesus didn’t abandon Peter even when Peter felt afraid and denied him.
Peter was left empty, now free to receive all that was being given. It’s when we recognize our limits that we are ready to receive what God wants to give us.
Day #3 scavenger hunt: find two containers, one with holes in it and one with no holes in it.
Pick up the container that has no holes. It is self contained. It is full of pride, pushing Jesus away. Pride means that we see ourselves as kings and queens instead of servants of Jesus the King. Try to submerge this container in a bigger container of water.
Pick up the container with holes. Notice the holes in it. Drop it into a bigger container of water. Notice that the container eventually sinks and is filled with water.
Notice too that the more holes a container has, the more easily it is filled. In our weakness we come to Jesus, not in our strength. We too can be filled with the Holy Spirit, not when we have no holes but just as we are, coming to Jesus in all our weakness.
Reflection and Prayer
Pray that Christ will empty you of your own strength and fill you with His.
Pray for courage to accept our own weaknesses, and thank Jesus for accepting them.
Ask Jesus to show you where you need Him.
Thursday, April 9th - CROWNED
Matthew 27:27-31 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. They spit on him and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.
Day #4 scavenger hunt: make a crown or find a crown somewhere in your house. For ideas of how to make a crown look here
Look up some pictures of the crowns that have been worn by European kings and queens throughout history. Notice their beautiful jewels, the silver and gold, the velvet and fur. Imagine the finest crafts-people working slowly and carefully to make a perfect crown. Imagine what it would be like to hold something that rare and valuable in your hands. What would it be like to meet a royal person with the authority to wear one of those crowns?
Now look at the crown of thorns like the one made for Jesus, the king of all creation, ruler over heaven and earth for all eternity. You can see a picture of the crown of thorns here See the sharp thorns. Imagine Roman soldiers ripping part of a thorny bush from the ground and hastily putting a crown together.
Imagine the King, Jesus, silently submitting to being crowned. Can you see the strength, power, and love it takes to wear that crown?
How might you approach Jesus the King, crowned in thorns?
Reflection and Prayer
Jesus, thank you that you were willing to wear a crown of thorns because of your great love for the world and for me.
Good Friday - The Darkness of the Cross
Luke 23:40-43 “Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Forgiveness is not easy. People hurt us. Friends and Family, teachers and coaches, brothers and sisters. We forgive not out of our own strength but because Jesus was strong enough to forgive. In other words, we forgive others with the forgiveness of Jesus Christ. Being strong doesn’t mean denying that we’ve been hurt. Strength comes from love and God is love. Our strength comes from the love of God being poured into our hearts.
Day #5 scavenger hunt: go get two pieces of wood, a hammer and some nails (you will need your parents to help you with this). Nail the two pieces of wood together to make a cross.
When you’re ready, hammer a nail into the cross. As you do, thank Jesus that he was strong enough to forgive sin on the cross.
Know that you are forgiven and loved by Jesus and that your sins cannot separate you from God’s love.
Saturday, April 11 - Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ
The cross was not the end…Jesus rose from the dead!
The Apostle Paul says that Baptism is a picture of dying with Christ and being raised to new life. “Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life” (Romans 6:3).
Day #6 scavenger hunt: Have you ever seen a baptism? If your parents have been baptized, have them share their baptism story with you. Go find some pictures of their baptism or yours and look at them together. If you don’t have any baptism pictures, look at pictures of your birth. Birth is another metaphor in the Bible for the new life we have in Christ.
Easter Sunday - Through the Veil
Luke 23:44-46 It was about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.
The curtain of the temple was huge! It would have been a miracle to have this gigantic curtain made of very thick fabric torn. But this was important too. The curtain was was separated the outer courts of the temple from the most holy place where God’s presence was. Only the priests (the ones who had sacrificed an animal for the sins of the people) could enter this place to talk to God. When Jesus died and the temple curtain was torn in two, it was a sign of the new reality in Christ. Anyone could enter into God’s presence by accepting Jesus’ sacrifice on their behalf. There would no longer be a special place reserved for priests, because all Christians became “priests,” able to talk to God whenever they wanted! There would no longer be animal sacrifices to make sin right and return to God. Jesus’ sacrifice was once for all. There is nothing we can do to “get to God.” Jesus, God among us, has done it all to bring us to himself. Yahooo! That’s why we celebrate today.
Day #7 scavenger hunt: Go find all your party gear! Dress up if that makes you feel fancy, get out the balloons, the sparkling apple cider, the cake - whatever helps you and your family celebrate! Consider making a sign together that says Jesus is Alive and celebrate that Jesus is King and we are free to live the lives we were created for!
Week of March 29-April 4th
Kids! We have an exciting opportunity to bless those in our community who may be alone during this time of social isolation. Make beautiful art and send it to me (e-mail for my home address) and I will send it out to those who would benefit from your art. I can't wait to see what you make! Thanks to Jim for this great idea.
Week of March 22-28. (Scroll down to find the appropriate age group).
Holy Spirit painting.
Put on one of your favorite songs (or maybe the playlist we put together for your this week, which you can find on our website), get out a blank canvas (or a paper bag if you don't have anything as fancy as a canvas), a paint brush and some paints. Let your child paint whatever comes to mind with no direction from you. Then have a discussion about their work. As they are painting, pray simple prayers for your child, blessing them in Jesus name, praying that the Holy Spirit would fill them up, praying that Jesus would reveal his great love more to your child.
-what did you paint and why?
-what feeling would you give your painting if you were to give it a feeling?
Writing a letter to an elderly family member or someone who lives alone.
Have a brief discussion about how some people may be feeling isolated during this time of social distancing. If not a family member, is there a neighbor who might be living alone or missing grandkids that they are used to seeing regularly?
Leave some space for your child to express their own feelings about this time.
-Some people are feeling lonely right now. If you could pick between these faces, which one would you pick to describe how you are feeling? (you will need a print out of a feelings chart like this). Take the time to write and mail a letter to someone you identify together (or if you don't have a writer on your hands, maybe draw them a picture?)
Family Movie Night
Watch the film Queen of Katwe together (this was going to be our movie night film for 4/5th graders this month). Here are some discussion questions you might use to have a discussion afterwards (from common sense media).
How does Phiona's day-to-day life compare with yours?
How do the characters demonstrate empathy?
Some of the children (and some adults) get very upset when they lose. What do you do when you're faced with disappointment?