Director of Children's Ministry Director Leah Dinoso has a huge heart for our kids and she's always on the hunt for valuable, faith-based resources you can use to keep your kids feeling connected to their church and looking to their God for support -- and of course, occupied.
NEW!!! Talking with Kids about Race
It can be hard for kids to process and understand all the grown-up conflicts that they see on the news and hear in conversations -- and helping them understand can be difficult. Here, Leah has collected a number of resources that may help you start the conversation with your kids and help them understand race and what's happening around the country.
booksforlittles.com/racial-diversity - suggested children's books that celebrate diversity and spark conversation
cupofjo.com - guidance for talking with your kids about race
theparentcue.org - raising kids to recognize and initiate racial equality
Happy Birthday from Pete&RePete!
If your child has a birthday coming up, let Ms. Leah know the date and the address at firstname.lastname@example.org. A birthday sign will appear in your yard the day before or the day of your birthday! It can stay there a couple of days until it's time to move to the next birthday kid!
What's For Dinner -- Quarantine Edition
Remember when we did that What's For Dinner activity where we ate dinner as a family, prayed, played games, asked each other questions and made dinner a fun, engaging place to connect, grow, and learn together? Yeah? IT'S BACK!
Click here to see What's For Dinner -- Quarantine Edition
Bible House Hunt
Look up Bible verses, fill in the missing word in the verse, then find the object around your house!
Bible House Hunt
Bible House Hunt - Older Kids
Bible House Hunt Jr. - Preschool
Hope in the Home Daily Activity
If you don't receive Leah's emails, but would like to see daily suggestions for activities your family can do, pray, and enjoy together, contact Leah at email@example.com and she'll get you on the list.
Children's Bulletins for Sunday Children's Time
Leah has Children's bulletins to go along with her Children's Time message each week:
Sunday School Online
The folks behind Orange -- our Sunday School curriculum have put each week's Bible lessons to watch at home. You'll find videos for pre-schoolers with Ollie the Owl, another for elementary kiddos, and a third for the preteens -- Pete&RePete love this one.
May 31: https://bit.ly/2XCuzj4
June 7: https://bit.ly/3ct7FAf
Parent Cues for Story and Worship Experiences
These are easy-to-use guides with fun activities and discussion prompts, so families can review the videos above and talk about what they've learned.
May 24: preschool, elementary, preteen
May 31: preschool, elementary, preteen
June 7: preschool, elementary, preteen
Children's Ministry on Facebook
For even more encouragement and connection with Leah and the Children's Ministry, be sure to like and follow the FW Children's Ministry page.
Pastor Steve's Poem for Children's Time
Did you know Pastor Steve is also a poet?
Read "I Can Worship Anywhere" and "I Miss My Church" here.
RightNow Media has a huge library of faith-based videos for everyone -- kids, too -- all aimed at helping you grow. You can access RightNow Media whenever and wherever you want, on any device, and on your TV at home. It's like Netflix, but for bible study. Find out more at our RightNow Media page on the FW website.
Anxiety Conversation Guides
Helping a child with anxiety is a challenge. Parents can download these age-appropriate resources to find tips and practical ways to help their children.
School Time Resources
Elementary educator and faith family member Liz Polivka has shared a ton of education resources that parents can use to supplement their kids' education during their time away from school. Find the list at faithwestwood.com/schooltime.