Children’s Worship & Wonder

January 17, 2020 CW&W at Home – Jesus is Baptized

Today’s story is being presented by a trainer for Children Worship & Wonder storytellers.

Though this program is intended for children ages 4 through 3rd grade, Children Worship & Wonder can be a wonderful way to draw in the whole family to consider the lessons and themes in the Bible as they speak to our lives week after week. Since these videos are pre-recorded, your family can view them at your own pace at a time that works best for you. We recommend finding a time in your week when everyone can commit to turning off devices (other than the one you use to watch, of course!) and focus on the story.

This Fall through Winter our stories are taken from Young Children and Worship by Sonja Stewart and Jerome Berryman.  The materials used to tell the stories are by Worship Woodworks.

Scripture text    Mark 1:9-11

About that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. 10 As soon as Jesus came out of the water, he saw the sky open and the Holy Spirit coming down to him like a dove. 11 A voice from heaven said, “You are my own dear Son, and I am pleased with you.”

Responding to God’s Word     Wondering Questions    choose one or two to discuss

I wonder how the people felt when John told them to change the way they live and get ready for the special Son of God.?

I wonder if it was hard for them to change the way they lived?

I wonder how they felt when they went through the waters and went under the water to be baptized?

I wonder how they felt when they came out of the water?

I wonder if it was hard to wait for the Special Son of God?

Activities to explore

  1. If you have the time and materials you might want to draw a picture of Jesus being baptized in the river or draw a picture of the place in the Sanctuary where people are baptized…
  2. You many want to sing a song to God, or say a prayer of thanksgiving, or tell this story to someone else.

Watch this video of the story – Jesus is Baptized

 

January 10, 2020 CW&W at Home Christmas- The Boy Jesus in the Temple

Today’s story is being presented by a storyteller from First Christian Church Hagerstown.  Parents before starting the story please get out something that your child can use for response time (crayons, markers, paper) and have a snack ready for the feast.  Thanks

Though this program is intended for children ages 4 through 3rd grade, Children Worship & Wonder can be a wonderful way to draw in the whole family to consider the lessons and themes in the Bible as they speak to our lives week after week. Since these videos are pre-recorded, your family can view them at your own pace at a time that works best for you. We recommend finding a time in your week when everyone can commit to turning off devices (other than the one you use to watch, of course!) and focus on the story.

This Fall through Winter our stories are taken from Young Children and Worship by Sonja Stewart and Jerome Berryman.  The materials used to tell the stories are by Worship Woodworks.

Scripture text    Luke 2:41-52

41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for Passover. 42 And when Jesus was twelve years old, they all went there as usual for the celebration. 43 After Passover his parents left, but they did not know that Jesus had stayed on in the city. 44 They thought he was traveling with some other people, and they went a whole day before they started looking for him. 45 When they could not find him with their relatives and friends, they went back to Jerusalem and started looking for him there. 46 Three days later they found Jesus sitting in the temple, listening to the teachers and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was surprised at how much he knew and at the answers he gave. 48 When his parents found him, they were amazed. His mother said, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been very worried, and we have been searching for you!” 49 Jesus answered, “Why did you have to look for me? Didn’t you know that I would be in my Father’s house?”[a] 50 But they did not understand what he meant. 51 Jesus went back to Nazareth with his parents and obeyed them. His mother kept on thinking about all that had happened. 52 Jesus became wise, and he grew strong. God was pleased with him and so were the people.

Responding to God’s Word     Wondering Questions

I wonder how Jesus felt when he wa finally old enough to go to the Temple all by himself?

I wonder how Mary and Joseph felt  when they couldn’t find Jesus?

I wonder why Jesus was surprised when his parents didn’t know where he was?

I wonder what Jesus really meant when he called this his Father’s house?

Activities to explore

  1. If you have the time and materials you might want to draw a picture of the Magi  or draw a picture you can give to someone..
  2. You many want to sing We Three Kings, or say a prayer of thanksgiving, or tell this story to someone else.

Watch this video of the story – Christmas- Epiphany  The Magi’s visit to the Christ Child

 

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January 3, 2020 CW&W at Home Christmas- Epiphany  The Magi’s visit to the Christ Child

Today’s story is being presented by Rev. Linda Presley a Storytellers for the Disciples of Christ.

Though this program is intended for children ages 4 through 3rd grade, Children Worship & Wonder can be a wonderful way to draw in the whole family to consider the lessons and themes in the Bible as they speak to our lives week after week. Since these videos are pre-recorded, your family can view them at your own pace at a time that works best for you. We recommend finding a time in your week when everyone can commit to turning off devices (other than the one you use to watch, of course!) and focus on the story.

This Fall through Winter our stories are taken from Young Children and Worship by Sonja Stewart and Jerome Berryman.  The materials used to tell the stories are by Worship Woodworks.

Today’s story is an adaptation of J. Richard Gibson’s story Epiphany: Visit & Gifts of the Magi

Scripture text    Matthew 2:9b-11

And the star they had seen in the east went on ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 They were thrilled and excited to see the star.

11 When the men went into the house and saw the child with Mary, his mother, they knelt down and worshiped him. They took out their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh and gave them to him

Responding to God’s Word     Wondering Questions

I wonder how the Magi felt when they were looking at the baby?

I wonder how Mary and Joseph felt about the visit of the Magi?

I wonder what gifts you would present to the Christ Child?

I wonder what Epiphany is like for you?

Activities to explore

  1. If you have the time and materials you might want to draw a picture of the Magi  or draw a picture you can give to someone..
  2. You many want to sing We Three Kings, or say a prayer of thanksgiving, or tell this story to someone else.

Watch this video of the story – Christmas- Epiphany  The Magi’s visit to the Christ Child

 

The Season of Wonder Christmas

 

December 25, 2020 CW&W at Home Christmas- Meeting the Christ Child

Today’s story is being presented by one of the Trainers of Storytellers for the Disciples of Christ.

Though this program is intended for children ages 4 through 3rd grade, Children Worship & Wonder can be a wonderful way to draw in the whole family to consider the lessons and themes in the Bible as they speak to our lives week after week. Since these videos are pre-recorded, your family can view them at your own pace at a time that works best for you. We recommend finding a time in your week when everyone can commit to turning off devices (other than the one you use to watch, of course!) and focus on the story.

This Fall through Winter our stories are taken from Young Children and Worship by Sonja Stewart and Jerome Berryman.  The materials used to tell the stories are by Worship Woodworks.

Scripture text    Luke 2:1-7

About that time Emperor Augustus gave orders for the names of all the people to be listed in record books.[a] These first records were made when Quirinius was governor of Syria.[b]

Everyone had to go to their own hometown to be listed. So Joseph had to leave Nazareth in Galilee and go to Bethlehem in Judea. Long ago Bethlehem had been King David’s hometown, and Joseph went there because he was from David’s family.

Mary was engaged to Joseph and traveled with him to Bethlehem. She was soon going to have a baby, and while they were there, she gave birth to her first-born[c] son. She dressed him in baby clothes[d] and laid him on a bed of hay, because there was no room for them in the inn.

After the story you may want to wonder about two or three of the questions listed below and discuss them with your children or another adult.

Responding to God’s Word     Wondering Questions

I wonder how it feels to be in Bethlehem?

I wonder how many got to Bethlehem and if they saw the Christ child?

I wonder how they feel about this newborn baby?

I wonder how this little baby is a light to the whole world, a light no darkness can overcome?

I wonder how all these people and animals feel about the baby?

I wonder how Jesus feels about them?

I wonder how God feels?

 Activities to explore

  1. If you have the time and materials you might want to draw a picture of Jesus in a manger.
  2. You many want to sing Away in the Manger or Jesus Loves me and sat a prayer of thanksgiving.

Watch this video of the story – Christmas- Meeting the Christ Child

December 20, 2020 CW&W at Home The Magids Show the Way to Bethlehem

Today’s story is being presented by the Trainer of Storytellers for the Disciples of Christ.

Though this program is intended for children ages 4 through 3rd grade, Children Worship & Wonder can be a wonderful way to draw in the whole family to consider the lessons and themes in the Bible as they speak to our lives week after week. Since these videos are pre-recorded, your family can view them at your own pace at a time that works best for you. We recommend finding a time in your week when everyone can commit to turning off devices (other than the one you use to watch, of course!) and focus on the story.

This Fall through Winter our stories are taken from Young Children and Worship by Sonja Stewart and Jerome Berryman.  The materials used to tell the stories are by Worship Woodworks.

Scripture text    Matthew 2:1-12

When Jesus was born in the village of Bethlehem in Judea, Herod was king. During this time some wise men[a] from the east came to Jerusalem and said, “Where is the child born to be king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east[b] and have come to worship him.”

When King Herod heard about this, he was worried, and so was everyone else in Jerusalem. Herod brought together the chief priests and the teachers of the Law of Moses and asked them, “Where will the Messiah be born?”

They told him, “He will be born in Bethlehem, just as the prophet wrote,

’Bethlehem in the land
of Judea,
you are very important
among the towns of Judea.
From your town
will come a leader,
who will be like a shepherd
for my people Israel.’”

Herod secretly called in the wise men and asked them when they had first seen the star. He told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, let me know. I want to go and worship him too.”

The wise men listened to what the king said and then left. And the star they had seen in the east went on ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 They were thrilled and excited to see the star.

11 When the men went into the house and saw the child with Mary, his mother, they knelt down and worshiped him. They took out their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh[c] and gave them to him. 12 Later they were warned in a dream not to return to Herod, and they went back home by another road.

After the story you may want to wonder about two or three of the questions listed below and discuss them with your children or another adult.

Responding to God’s Word     Wondering Questions

I wonder how the Magi felt with they saw the special star for a king?

I wonder if it was hard to find the special king?

I wonder why the Magi brought gifts?

I wonder what it is like to be a baby and a king?

I wonder what kind of king God’s special one will be, and if you would like to live under this special king’s rule?

 Activities to explore

  1. If you have the time and materials you might want to draw a picture of the Magi and their camels?.
  2. You may want to sing a Christmas song and say a prayer of thanksgiving..

Watch this video of the story – The Magids Show the Way to Bethlehem

December 13, 2020 CW&W at Home – The Shepherds Show the Way to Bethlehem

Today’s story is being presented by the Trainer of Storytellers for the Disciples of Christ.

Though this program is intended for children ages 4 through 3rd grade, Children Worship & Wonder can be a wonderful way to draw in the whole family to consider the lessons and themes in the Bible as they speak to our lives week after week. Since these videos are pre-recorded, your family can view them at your own pace at a time that works best for you. We recommend finding a time in your week when everyone can commit to turning off devices (other than the one you use to watch, of course!) and focus on the story.

This Fall through Winter our stories are taken from Young Children and Worship by Sonja Stewart and Jerome Berryman.  The materials used to tell the stories are by Worship Woodworks.

Scripture text    Luke 2:8-20

That night in the fields near Bethlehem some shepherds were guarding their sheep. All at once an angel came down to them from the Lord, and the brightness of the Lord’s glory flashed around them. The shepherds were frightened. 10 But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid! I have good news for you, which will make everyone happy. 11 This very day in King David’s hometown a Savior was born for you. He is Christ the Lord. 12 You will know who he is, because you will find him dressed in baby clothes and lying on a bed of hay.”

13 Suddenly many other angels came down from heaven and joined in praising God. They said:

14 “Praise God in heaven!
Peace on earth to everyone
who pleases God.”

15 After the angels had left and gone back to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see what the Lord has told us about.” 16 They hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and they saw the baby lying on a bed of hay.

17 When the shepherds saw Jesus, they told his parents what the angel had said about him. 18 Everyone listened and was surprised. 19 But Mary kept thinking about all this and wondering what it meant.

20 As the shepherds returned to their sheep, they were praising God and saying wonderful things about him. Everything they had seen and heard was just as the angel had said.

After the story you may want to wonder about two or three of the questions listed below and discuss them with your children or another adult.

Responding to God’s Word     Wondering Questions

I wonder how the shepherds felt when an angel spoke to them?

I wonder how  they felt on the way to Bethlehem?

I wonder what  if they will find the Savior, God’s special child,  named Jesus?

I wonder what will happen when they find Jesus?

 Activities to explore

  1. If you have the time and materials you might want to draw a picture of the angels, the shepherds and their sheep?.
  2. You may want to sing a Christmas song and say a prayer of thanksgiving..

Watch this video of the story – The Shepherds Show the Way to Bethlehem

December 6, 2020 CW&W at Home – The Holy Family Show the Way to Bethlehem

Today’s story is being presented by the Trainer of Storytellers for the Disciples of Christ.

Though this program is intended for children ages 4 through 3rd grade, Children Worship & Wonder can be a wonderful way to draw in the whole family to consider the lessons and themes in the Bible as they speak to our lives week after week. Since these videos are pre-recorded, your family can view them at your own pace at a time that works best for you. We recommend finding a time in your week when everyone can commit to turning off devices (other than the one you use to watch, of course!) and focus on the story.

This Fall through Winter our stories are taken from Young Children and Worship by Sonja Stewart and Jerome Berryman.  The materials used to tell the stories are by Worship Woodworks.

Scripture text    Luke 1:26-33, 46-47

26 One month later God sent the angel Gabriel to the town of Nazareth in Galilee 27 with a message for a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to Joseph from the family of King David. 28 The angel greeted Mary and said, “You are truly blessed! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was confused by the angel’s words and wondered what they meant. 30 Then the angel told Mary, “Don’t be afraid! God is pleased with you, 31 and you will have a son. His name will be Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of God Most High. The Lord God will make him king, as his ancestor David was. 33 He will rule the people of Israel forever, and his kingdom will never end.”

46 Mary said:  With all my heart
I praise the Lord,
47 and I am glad
because of God my Savior.

After the story you may want to wonder about two or three of the questions listed below and discuss them with your children or another adult.

Wondering Questions

I wonder how Mary felt when an angel spoke to her?

I wonder how Joseph felt?

I wonder what it would be like to have God’s special child, Jesus?

I wonder how they felt on the way to Bethlehem?

Activities to explore

  1. If you have the time and materials you might want to draw a picture of Mary & Joseph on the way to Bethlehem or of the angel talking to Mary or Joseph.
  2. You may want to sing a Christmas song and say a prayer of thanksgiving.

Watch this video of the story – The Holy Family Show the Way to Bethlehem

November 29, 2020 CW&W at Home – The Prophets Show the Way to Bethlehem

Today’s story is being presented by the Trainer of Storytellers for the Disciples of Christ.

Though this program is intended for children ages 4 through 3rd grade, Children Worship & Wonder can be a wonderful way to draw in the whole family to consider the lessons and themes in the Bible as they speak to our lives week after week. Since these videos are pre-recorded, your family can view them at your own pace at a time that works best for you. We recommend finding a time in your week when everyone can commit to turning off devices (other than the one you use to watch, of course!) and focus on the story.

This Fall through Winter our stories are taken from Young Children and Worship by Sonja Stewart and Jerome Berryman.  The materials used to tell the stories are by Worship Woodworks.

Scripture text    Isaiah 9:2                                   and John 1:5

Those who walked in the dark                                The light keeps shinging
have seen a bright light.                                           In the dark,
And it shines upon everyone                                  and the darkness has
who lives in the land                                                never put it out.
of darkest shadows.

After the story you may want to wonder about two or three of the questions listed below and discuss them with your children or another adult.

Wondering Questions

I wonder how the prophets listened to God?

I wonder  how they knew it was God who spoke?

I wonder if  there are still prophets today who can show us the way to Bethlehem?

I wonder what the way to Bethlehem is like?

Activities to explore

  1. If you have the time and materials you might want to draw a picture of a modern day prophet and send it to them.
  2. You may want to sing a Christmas song and say a prayer of thanksgiving.

Watch this video of the story – The Prophets Show the Way to Bethlehem

November 22, 2020 CW&W at Home – How The Church Tells Time

Today’s story is being presented by a of Storyteller from St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.  Note we use the color purple for Advent and Lent and talk in terms of getting ready.  Also the church calendar  would now be pointing at the Sunday before Advent.  The children look forward to counting down the Sundays to Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost.

Though this program is intended for children ages 4 through 3rd grade, Children Worship & Wonder can be a wonderful way to draw in the whole family to consider the lessons and themes in the Bible as they speak to our lives week after week. Since these videos are pre-recorded, your family can view them at your own pace at a time that works best for you. We recommend finding a time in your week when everyone can commit to turning off devices (other than the one you use to watch, of course!) and focus on the story.

This Fall through Winter our stories are taken from Young Children and Worship by Sonja Stewart and Jerome Berryman.  The materials used to tell the stories are by Worship Woodworks.

Scripture text   Leviticus 23:1-3

23 The Lord told Moses to say to the community of Israel: I have chosen certain times for you to come together and worship me.  You have six days when you can do your work, but the seventh day of each week is holy because it belongs to me. No matter where you live, you must rest on the Sabbath and come together for worship. This law will never change.

Wondering Questions –

Today’s story from Young Children and Worship by Sonja M. Stewart and Jerome W. Berryman does not include wondering questions.  However, you might consider –

I wonder which special day is your favorite?  Christmas, Easter, Pentecost

I wonder how you get ready at home for  Christmas?

I wonder how and where you are worshiping God today?

Activities to explore

  • If you have the time and materials you may want to make your own church calendar or make an Advent Calendar.
  • Since Thanksgiving is coming soon you may want to draw or write  several things you are thankful for that you can set on your Thanksgiving table and share with your family.

3    You may want to sing a song or say a prayer of thanksgiving.

Watch this video of the story – Home How The Church Tells Time

November 15, 2020 CW&W at Home – Exile and Return

Today’s story is being presented by the Trainer of Storytellers for the Disciples of Christ.

Though this program is intended for children ages 4 through 3rd grade, Children Worship & Wonder can be a wonderful way to draw in the whole family to consider the lessons and themes in the Bible as they speak to our lives week after week. Since these videos are pre-recorded, your family can view them at your own pace at a time that works best for you. We recommend finding a time in your week when everyone can commit to turning off devices (other than the one you use to watch, of course!) and focus on the story.

This Fall through Winter our stories are taken from Young Children and Worship by Sonja Stewart and Jerome Berryman.  The materials used to tell the stories are by Worship Woodworks.

Scripture text   Ezra 1:2-4

2-3 I am King Cyrus of Persia.

The Lord God of heaven, who is also the God of Israel, has made me the ruler of all nations on earth. And he has chosen me to build a temple for him in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. The Lord God will watch over and encourage any of his people who want to go back to Jerusalem and help build the temple.

Everyone else must provide what is needed. They must give money, supplies, and animals, as well as gifts for rebuilding God’s temple.

After the story you may want to wonder about two or three of the questions listed below and discuss them with your children or another adult.

Wondering Questions

I wonder what it was like to see the Temple burning and the walls of Jeusalem being torn down?

I wonder how it felt to be forced to go to a strange land, to live in exile?

I wonder what it was like to live in Babylon?

I wonder if God was with them in Babylon?

Now that their old life is gone, I wonder what they will do?

I wonder if God will show them a new way to live?

I wonder what a new way would be like?

I wonder if they lived the new way when they returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the Tample and the wall around Jerusalem?

Activities to explore

If you have the time and materials you may want to draw  or paint a picture of this story.

You may want to use play dough and build the walls of Jerusalem and the temple.

You may want to sing a song or say a prayer of thanksgiving.

Watch this video of the story – The Temple a House for God

November 8, 2020 CW&W at Home – The Temple a House for God

Today’s story is being presented by one of the Storytellers at St Paul’s United Church of Christ.

Though this program is intended for children ages 4 through 3rd grade, Children Worship & Wonder can be a wonderful way to draw in the whole family to consider the lessons and themes in the Bible as they speak to our lives week after week. Since these videos are pre-recorded, your family can view them at your own pace at a time that works best for you. We recommend finding a time in your week when everyone can commit to turning off devices (other than the one you use to watch, of course!) and focus on the story.

This Fall through Winter our stories are taken from Young Children and Worship by Sonja Stewart and Jerome Berryman.  The materials used to tell the stories are by Worship Woodworks.

Scripture text   2 Chronicles 6:1-11

Solomon prayed:

“Our Lord, you said that you
would live in a dark cloud.
Now I’ve built a glorious temple
where you can live forever.”

Solomon Speaks to the People

Solomon turned toward the people standing there. Then he blessed them 4-6 and said:

Praise the Lord God of Israel! He brought his people out of Egypt long ago and later kept his promise to make my father David the king of Israel. The Lord also promised him that Jerusalem would be the city where his temple will be built, and now that promise has come true.

When my father wanted to build a temple for the Lord God of Israel, the Lord said, “It’s good that you want to build a temple where I can be worshiped. But you’re not the one to do it. Your son will build the temple to honor me.”

10 The Lord has done what he promised. I am now the king of Israel, and I’ve built a temple for the Lord our God. 11 I’ve also put the sacred chest in the temple. And in that chest are the two flat stones on which is written the solemn agreement the Lord made with our ancestors when he rescued them from Egypt.

After the story you may want to wonder about two or three of the questions listed below and discuss them with your children or another adult.

Wondering Questions

I wonder how it felt to finally live in the land that God promised and to build a house for God?

I wonder what it was like to build the Temple?

I wonder who got to help build the Temple and how they did it?

I wonder what it felt like to go to the Temple in Jerusalem?

I wonder what the people did there and what they remembered when they went to the Temple?

Activities to explore

If you have the time and materials you may want to draw  or paint a picture of this story.

You may want to draw a picture of the Sanctuary at FCC or the Children Worship & Wonder room..

You may want to sing a song or say a prayer of thanksgiving.

Watch this video of the story – The Temple a House for God

November 1, 2020 CW&W at Home – The Promised Land

Today’s story is being presented by one of the Children Worship & Wonder trainers.

Though this program is intended for children ages 4 through 3rd grade, Children Worship & Wonder can be a wonderful way to draw in the whole family to consider the lessons and themes in the Bible as they speak to our lives week after week. Since these videos are pre-recorded, your family can view them at your own pace at a time that works best for you. We recommend finding a time in your week when everyone can commit to turning off devices (other than the one you use to watch, of course!) and focus on the story.

This Fall through Winter our stories are taken from Young Children and Worship by Sonja Stewart and Jerome Berryman.  The materials used to tell the stories are by Worship Woodworks.

Scripture text   Joshua 4:19-24

19 It was the tenth day of the first month[a] of the year when Israel crossed the Jordan River. They set up camp at Gilgal, which was east of the land controlled by Jericho. 20 The men who had carried the twelve rocks from the Jordan brought them to Joshua, and they made them into a monument. 21 Then Joshua told the people:

Years from now your children will ask you why these rocks are here. 22-23 Tell them, “The Lord our God dried up the Jordan River so we could walk across. He did the same thing here for us that he did for our people at the Red Sea,[b] 24 because he wants everyone on earth to know how powerful he is. And he wants us to worship only him.”

After the story you may want to wonder about two or three of the questions listed below and discuss them with your children or another adult.

Wondering Questions

I wonder how the people felt when Joshua told them to get ready to go into the promised Land?

I wonder how it felt when God led them through the water into the Promised Land?

I wonder what the people of God will do, now that they are in the Promised Land?

Activities to explore

If you have the time and materials you may want to draw  or paint a picture of this story.

You may want to draw a picture of your favorite place to go..

You may want to sing a song or say a prayer of thanksgiving.

Watch this video of the story – The Promised Land

October 25, 2020 CW&W at Home

Today’s story is being presented by one of the Children Worship & Wonder trainers.

Though this program is intended for children ages 4 through 3rd grade, Children Worship & Wonder can be a wonderful way to draw in the whole family to consider the lessons and themes in the Bible as they speak to our lives week after week. Since these videos are pre-recorded, your family can view them at your own pace at a time that works best for you. We recommend finding a time in your week when everyone can commit to turning off devices (other than the one you use to watch, of course!) and focus on the story.

This Fall through Winter our stories are taken from Young Children and Worship by Sonja Stewart and Jerome Berryman.  The materials used to tell the stories are by Worship Woodworks.

Scripture text   Exodus 25:1-40:38    In CW&W we would only read Exodus 40:1-9

40 The Lord said to Moses, “On the first day of the first month set up the Tent of the Lord’s presence. Place in it the Covenant Box containing the Ten Commandments and put the curtain in front of it. Bring in the table and place the equipment on it. Also bring in the lampstand and set up the lamps on it. Put the gold altar for burning incense in front of the Covenant Box and hang the curtain at the entrance of the Tent. Put in front of the Tent the altar for burning offerings. Put the washbasin between the Tent and the altar and fill it with water. Put up the surrounding enclosure and hang the curtain at its entrance. “Then dedicate the Tent and all its equipment by anointing it with the sacred oil, and it will be holy.

After the story you may want to wonder about two or three of the questions listed below and discuss them with your children or another adult.

Wondering Questions

I wonder how it feels to come close to something so precious as the Ark?

I wonder how you get ready to be close to God?

I wonder how it feels to be close to God?

I wonder where the Ten Best Ways to Live are now?

Activities to explore

If you have the time and materials you may want to draw  or paint a picture of this story.

You may want to draw a picture of our Sanctuary.

You may want to sing a song or say a prayer of thanksgiving.

Watch this video of the story

October 18, 2020 CW&W at Home

Today’s story is being presented by one of the Children Worship & Wonder trainers.

Though this program is intended for children ages 4 through 3rd grade, Children Worship & Wonder can be a wonderful way to draw in the whole family to consider the lessons and themes in the Bible as they speak to our lives week after week. Since these videos are pre-recorded, your family can view them at your own pace at a time that works best for you. We recommend finding a time in your week when everyone can commit to turning off devices (other than the one you use to watch, of course!) and focus on the story.

This Fall through Winter our stories are taken from Young Children and Worship by Sonja Stewart and Jerome Berryman.  The materials used to tell the stories are by Worship Woodworks.

Scripture text   Exodus 19-20    In CW&W we would only read Deuteronomy 6:4-6

“Israel, remember this! The Lord—and the Lord alone—is our God.[a] Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Never forget these commands that I am giving you today.

After the story you may want to wonder about two or three of the questions listed below and discuss them with your children or another adult.

Wondering Questions

I wonder how it feels to be free, to be able to do anything you want to do?

I wonder how it feels to be able to do anything you want, but you don’t know what to do?

I wonder if it’s hard to be free?

I wonder how Moses felt up on the holy mountain?

I wonder what Moses and God talked about?

I wonder if it is hard to love God and love people?

Activities to explore

If you have the time and materials you may want to draw  or paint a picture of this story.

You may want to draw a picture of how you show love to God or people.

You may want to sing a song about God or Jesus love.

Watch this video of the story

October 11, 2020 CW&W at Home

Today’s story is being presented by one of our national Children Worship & Wonder trainers. It is the first of our desert box stories.

Though this program is intended for children ages 4 through 3rd grade, Children Worship & Wonder can be a wonderful way to draw in the whole family to consider the lessons and themes in the Bible as they speak to our lives week after week. Since these videos are pre-recorded, your family can view them at your own pace at a time that works best for you. We recommend finding a time in your week when everyone can commit to turning off devices (other than the one you use to watch, of course!) and focus on the story.

This Fall through Winter our stories are taken from Young Children and Worship by Sonja Stewart and Jerome Berryman. The materials used to tell the stories are by Worship Woodworks.

Scripture text Genesis 12:1-4a

After the story you may want to wonder about two or three of the questions listed below and discuss them with your children or another adult.

Wondering Questions
I wonder how Abram and Sarai felt when they were told to move to a new home?
I wonder how it felt to leave their home and not know where they were going?
I wonder if you have ever gone somewhere and didn’t know where you were going?
I wonder how Abram and Sarai felt going through the desert looking for a place to live?
I wonder how they felt when God spoke to them in all these places?
I wonder what God was doing when Abram and Sarai were traveling between these places?
I wonder where God is when you go from place to place?
I wonder how many places God can be?

Activities to explore
1.   If you have the time and materials you may want to draw or paint a picture of this story.
2.   If you have moved you may want to draw a picture of the places you have moved from and to.
3.   You may want to sing a song like God is so good or say or write a prayer thanking God like Abram & Sarai did.

Watch this video of the story

October 4, 2020 CW&W at Home

Today’s story is being presented by one of our national Children Worship & Wonder trainers. It is the first of our desert box stories.
Though this program is intended for children ages 4 through 3rd grade, Children Worship & Wonder can be a wonderful way to draw in the whole family to consider the lessons and themes in the Bible as they speak to our lives week after week. Since these videos are pre-recorded, your family can view them at your own pace at a time that works best for you. We recommend finding a time in your week when everyone can commit to turning off devices (other than the one you use to watch, of course!) and focus on the story.

This Fall through Winter our stories are taken from Young Children and Worship by Sonja Stewart and Jerome Berryman. The materials used to tell the stories are by Worship Woodworks.

Scripture text Genesis 12:1-4a

After the story you may want to wonder about two or three of the questions listed below and discuss them with your children or another adult.

Wondering Questions
I wonder how Abram and Sarai felt when they were told to move to a new home?
I wonder how it felt to leave their home and not know where they were going?
I wonder if you have ever gone somewhere and didn’t know where you were going?
I wonder how Abram and Sarai felt going through the desert looking for a place to live?
I wonder how they felt when God spoke to them in all these places?
I wonder what God was doing when Abram and Sarai were traveling between these places?
I wonder where God is when you go from place to place?
I wonder how many places God can be?

Activities to explore
1.   If you have the time and materials you may want to draw or paint a picture of this story.
2.   If you have moved you may want to draw a picture of the places you have moved from and to.
3.   You may want to sing a song like God is so good or say or write a prayer thanking God like Abram & Sarai did.

Watch this video of the story

September 27, 2020 CW&W at Home

Today’s story is being presented by one of our national Children Worship & Wonder trainers.

Though this program is intended for children ages 4 through 3rd grade, Children Worship & Wonder can be a wonderful way to draw in the whole family to consider the lessons and themes in the Bible as they speak to our lives week after week. Since these videos are pre-recorded, your family can view them at your own pace at a time that works best for you. We recommend finding a time in your week when everyone can commit to turning off devices (other than the one you use to watch, of course!) and focus on the story.

This Fall through Winter our stories are taken from Young Children and Worship by Sonja Stewart and Jerome Berryman.  The materials used to tell the stories are by Worship Woodworks.

Scripture text   Genesis 9:8-15

After the story you may want to wonder about two or three of the questions listed below and discuss them with your children or another adult.

Wondering Questions

I wonder how it felt to be in the ark in all that rain?

I wonder what it was like to be surrounded by so much water?

I wonder how it felt to be washed clean and new and to start all over again?

I wonder how God felt about the animals and people in the ark?

I wonder how they felt as they made a special place to talk to God, to say their thanks to God?

I wonder how they felt when they saw the rainbow?

Activities to explore

If you have the time and materials you may want to draw  or paint a picture of this story.

You may want to use your imagination to create this story with the objects and materials you have on hand.

Watch this video of the story

September 20, 2020 CW&W at Home

Though this program is intended for children ages 4 through 3rd grade, Children Worship & Wonder can be a wonderful way to draw in the whole family to consider the lessons and themes in the Bible as they speak to our lives week after week. Since these videos are pre-recorded, your family can view them at your own pace at a time that works best for you. We recommend finding a time in your week when everyone can commit to turning off devices (other than the one you use to watch, of course!) and focus on the story.

This Fall through Winter our stories are taken from Young Children and Worship by Sonja Stewart and Jerome Berryman.  The materials used to tell the stories are by Worship Woodworks.

Scripture text   Genesis 1:1-5

After the story you may want to wonder about two or three of the questions listed below and discuss them with your children or another adult.

Wondering Questions

I wonder what special place you would go to remember God’s gifts of Creation?

I wonder which of God’s gifts you like best?

I wonder how you feel about God’s gifts?

Activities to explore

If you have the time and materials you may want to draw a picture of this story.

You may want to make some of God’s gifts out of playdough or other materials you have at home.

Watch this video of the story – Creation

September 13, 2020 CW&W at Home

No matter where you are, or when you meet, we hope that you will enjoy this time with the story.

This Fall through Winter our stories are taken from Young Children and Worship by Sonja Stewart and Jerome Berryman.  The materials used to tell the stories are by Worship Woodworks.

Scripture text   Luke 15:3-6

After the story you may want to wonder about two or three of the questions listened below and discuss them with your children or another adult.

Wondering Questions

I wonder if these sheep have names?

I wonder if the sheep are happy in this place?

I wonder how many sheep really could live in this place?

I wonder if you have ever had to go through places of danger or were lost and someone found you?

I wonder if you have ever heard the Good Shepherd say your name?

I wonder who these sheep really be?

I wonder who the Good Shepherd might really be?

I wonder how the Good Shepherd feels about the sheep?

I wonder where this place might really be?

Activities to explore

If you have the time and materials you may want to draw a picture of this story.

You may want to make sheep and a Good Shepherd out of playdough.

You may want to sing the song

The Lord is my Shepherd

I’ll walk with him always

He leads me through green pastures.

I’ll walk with him always.  Always, always,

I’ll walk with him always.  Always, always,

I’ll walk with him always.

 

Watch this video of the story – The Parable of the Lost Sheep

September 6, 2020 CW&W at Home

This parable is based on Psalm 23:1-4. The children loved to sing the song The Lord is My Shepherd.
We take our stories from Young Children and Worship by Sonja Stewart and Jerome Berryman and Follow Jesus by Sonja Stewart. The materials for the stories were made by Worship Woodworks.

After each story we ask Wondering Questions. After you see the video consider the following

I wonder if you can name some of the sheep who follow the Good Shepherd?

I wonder how you feel about the Good Shepherd?

I wonder if you have heard the Good Shepherd call your name?

If you have time you may want to draw a picture of this story after you watch the video.

I wonder what you are thankful for today?

Watch this video of the story – The Story Parable of the Good Shepherd

August 30, 2020 CW&W at Home

This particular session is the first time children would actually hear a story from the bible after 3 orientation sessions. At First Christian Church Martinsville we begin each worship service with this story naming each child present as we light their candle. We change the lights right before we have our blessing.
We take our stories from Young Children and Worship by Sonja Stewart and Jerome Berryman and Follow Jesus by Sonja Stewart. The materials for the stories were made by Worship Woodworks.

After each story we ask Wondering Questions. After you see the video consider the following

I wonder how the light of Jesus can give away so many lights and remain the same?

I wonder how you felt when your light was lit?

I wonder how you shine your light?

I wonder what you are thankful for today?

Watch this video of the story – Story of the Light

August 23, 2020 CW&W at Home

This session is 3rd in orientation of the Children Worship & Wonder room and an outline of a typical service. Each year at this time we invite 4 year old’s to join us for worship and review for the older children. We have invited the adults of our congregation to join us for the month of August to see how children worship together at FCC.

We take our stories from Young Children and Worship by Sonja Stewart and Jerome Berryman and Follow Jesus by Sonja Stewart. The materials for the stories were made by Worship Woodworks.

After each story we ask Wondering Questions. After you see the video consider the following

I wonder how you listen for God’s voice.

I wonder how you feel about listening to God?

I wonder if there is a song that makes you feel like God is speaking to you?

I wonder what you are thankful for today?

Watch this video of the story – Listening to God

August 16, 2020 CW&W at Home

This session is an orientation of the Children Worship & Wonder room and an outline of a typical service. Each year at this time we invite 4 year old’s to join us for worship and review for the older children. We have invited the adults of our congregation to join us for the month of August to see how children worship together at FCC.

We take our stories from Young Children and Worship by Sonja Stewart and Jerome Berryman and Follow Jesus by Sonja Stewart. The stories were made by Worship Woodworks.

After each story we ask Wondering Questions. After you see the video consider the following

I wonder how you feel about talking to God?

I wonder what songs you sing to God?

I wonder what you are thankful for today?

I wonder what you think of our CW&W videos?
Please send me an email to let me know: revlindapresley@gmail.com

Watch this video of the story – How We Talk To God

August 9, 2020 CW&W at Home

This session is an orientation of the Children Worship & Wonder room and an outline of a typical service. Each year at this time we invite 4 year old’s to join us for worship and review for the older children. We have invited the adults of our congregation to join us for the month of August to see how children worship together at FCC.

We take our stories from Young Children and Worship by Sonja Stewart and Jerome Berryman and Follow Jesus by Sonja Stewart. The stories were made by Worship Woodworks.

After each story we ask Wondering Questions. After you see the video consider the following

I wonder if you have a special place in your house, yard, or community where you go to talk to God?

I wonder how you feel about talking to God?

I wonder if there is a special song you like to sing to God?

I wonder what you are thankful for today?

Watch this video of the story

August 2, 2020 CW&W at Home

No matter where you are, or when you meet, we hope that you will enjoy this time with the story.

This summer our stories are taken from the book Following Jesus by Sonja M Stewart and the materials for the story are from Worship Woodworks.

Scripture text  Mark 12:28-34

If you have some more time to wonder, you can use these questions to start and wonder even more together:

List Wondering Questions

I wonder how Jesus feels when the people in Jerusalem wonder who he is?

I wonder how the people in Jerusalem feel as they listen to Jesus’ teachings?

I wonder how the crowds feel when they hear the priests and scribes trying to trick Jesus with their questions?

I wonder how the priests and elders feel as Jesus tells what is the most important commandment?

I wonder how they feel when they hear Jesus say the second most important commandment is to “love your neighbor as your self”?

I wonder why it is hard for some of them to love Jesus?

I wonder how Jesus feels about the priests and elders?

I wonder how the people feel when they love God with all their hearts, with all their souls, with all their minds, and with all their strength?

Activities to explore

1   You may want to draw a picture showing how you love God or you neighbors.

2    Talk with your parents about ways that you can show people you love them.

Watch this video of the story, The Most Important Commandment

July 26, 2020 CW&W at Home

No matter where you are, or when you meet, we hope that you will enjoy this time with the story.

This summer our stories are taken from the book Following Jesus by Sonja M Stewart and the materials for the story are from Worship Woodworks.

Scripture text Mark 4:35-41

Watch this video of the story,  Jesus and the storm

Video

If you have some more time to wonder, you can use these questions to start and wonder even more together:

List Questions

I wonder what it was like to be in such a great storm?

I wonder how Jesus was able to sleep during the storm?

I wonder how the wind feels blowing the sea?

I wonder why the wind and the sea did what Jesus said?

I wonder how the sea feels being calm?

I wonder how the disciples feel?

I wonder why the disciples are following Jesus?

Activities to explore

To respond to the story you may want to draw a picture of it. You may want to include yourself in the picture.

2   You may want to color the picture below

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/d0/f1/2a/d0f12aa111a5dc011725dee4b55b84de.gif

3   Have you ever been afraid of something?  Tell your mom or dad about it and what helped you get through it.

Watch this video of the story, Jesus and the storm

July 19, 2020 CW&W at Home

This summer our stories are taken from the book Following Jesus by Sonja M Stewart and the materials for the story are from Worship Woodworks.

Scripture text Mark 9: 17-27

If you have some more time to wonder, you can use these questions to start and wonder even more together:

List Questions
I wonder what it was like for this boy to have a spirit that threw him around and tried to kill him?

I wonder how the boy feels being free of the spirit?

I wonder how the father feels as Jesus lifts the boy up and he can stand?

I wonder how the boy feels about Jesus?

I wonder what the disciples are wondering when they see the boy is alive and standing?

I wonder how Jesus’ disciples feel about what happened?

I wonder how Jesus’ disciples are feeling as the follow Jesus to Jerusalem?

I wonder what the disciples might be talking about?

Activities to explore

  1. You may want to draw a picture of this story or color one of the pictures listed below:
    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/63/4a/41/634a41b1e489e0fe1b6878651da2263d.jpg
    https://coloringhome.com/coloring/dT6/aap/dT6aappjc.jpg
  2. You may want to pray for someone you know who is ill.
  3. Thank some one who has helped you.

Watch this video of the story, Dorcus, Follower of Jesus, Helps the Poor in Judea

July 12, 2020 CW&W at Home

No matter where you are, or when you meet, we hope that you will enjoy this time with the story.

This summer our stories are taken from the book Following Jesus by Sonja M Stewart and the materials for the story are from Worship Woodworks.

Scripture text Acts 9:36-42

If you have some more time to wonder, you can use these questions to start and wonder even more together:

List of Wondering Questions

I wonder how the people are feeling when Dorcas is dying?

I wonder how the people feel seeing Dorcas alive again?

I wonder what it was like for Dorcas to die and to be made alive again?

I wonder how Dorcas feels?

I wonder what Peter said when he prayed to God?

I wonder how the people might feel about Jesus if Dorcas had not been made alive again?

I wonder what it means for these people to believe that Jesus is the Christ?

I wonder what they will do in their own special ways to show their love for God and others?

Activities to explore

  1. You may want to draw a picture of this story or color the picture that can be found at
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/426153183469394694/
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/542050505142658594/
  2. You may want to go through your closet or dresser with a parent to sort out some clothes that  are too small for you that you can give to someone who needs them.
  3. You may want to make a get well card for someone you know is sick.

 

Watch this video of the story, Dorcus, Follower of Jesus, Helps the Poor in Judea

July 5, 2020 CW&W at Home

No matter where you are, or when you meet, we hope that you will enjoy this time with the story.

This summer our stories are taken from the book Following Jesus by Sonja M Stewart and the materials for the story are from Worship Woodworks.

Scripture text Matthew 13:44

If you have some more time to wonder, you can use these questions to start and wonder even more together:

List Questions

I wonder what is so great about this treasure that this person sold everything he owned to have it?

I wonder how he feels holding his treasure?

I wonder how long the treasure was in the field?

I wonder how many passed by it?

I wonder why this person sees the treasure and others don’t?

I wonder what this person will do?

Activities to explore

  1. You may want to draw a picture of this story and what the treasure is
    or  have your parent print the picture  found below for you to color.
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/130956301643922077/
  2. You may want to make a card for a person that you treasure (love)

Watch this video of the story, The Parable of the Treasure

June 28, 2020 CW&W at Home

This summer our stories are taken from the book Following Jesus by Sonja M Stewart and the materials for the story are from Worship Woodworks.

Scripture  Matthew 21: 28-32

If you have some more time to wonder, you can use these questions to start and wonder even more together:

List  Wondering Questions

I wonder how the priests and elders are feeling about Jesus’ parable?

I wonder how the priests and elders feel about the two sons?

I wonder how the father feels about the two sons?

I wonder what it’s like to work in the vineyard?

I wonder why the first son said no?

I wonder what the son fells working with his father?

I wonder why the son said yes, but didn’t go to the vineyard?

I wonder if this son will ever change his mind and go to the vineyard?

Activities to explore to respond to the story

  • Read this story from a Bible Matthew 21:28-32
  • You may want to draw or paint a picture about how you feel about this story.
  • Perhaps you could make a vineyard out of play dough and have the son and father working together.
  • Ask your mom or dad if there is a task you could help them with.

Watch this video of the story, The Parable of the Two Sons

June 21, 2020 CW&W at Home

No matter where you are, or when you meet, we hope that you will enjoy this time with the story.

Today’s story is taken from Following Jesus by Sonja M Stewart the materials used to tell the story are from Worship Woodworks.

If you have some more time to wonder, you can us these questions to start and wonder even more together:

Wondering Questions

  1. I wonder how the people feel now that the unclean spirit is gone?
  2. I wonder how this person feels to be free of the unclean spirit?
  3. I wonder how the people feel hearing the unclean spirit ask Jesus if he is here to destroy them?
  4. I wonder how the unclean spirit knows Jesus is the Christ?
  5. I wonder who the people think Jesus is?
  6. I wonder how the scribes feel about Jesus when the people say Jesus teaches in a new way, with authority and not like the scribes?
  7. I wonder what Jesus taught that was different from the scribes?
  8. I wonder what the people think of the way of the kingdom of God that Jesus is showing them?
  9. I wonder what this person will do now that the unclean spirit is no longer in him?
  10. I wonder if Peter, Andrew, James and John and the others still want to follow Jesus?

Possible Activities

  1. Make a picture of today’s story or have someone print off the picture on the following link

https://www.vippng.com/png/detail/516-5161126_mark-1-drawing-bible-coloring-book-new-testament.png

  1. Use play dough to make the figures in the story.
  2. Think of a song to sing to praise God or Jesus and then sing it.

 

Watch this video of the story, A New Teaching

June 14, 2020 CW&W at Home

No matter where you are, or when you meet, we hope that you will enjoy this time with the story.

When you are ready to worship have someone in your house find the scripture in the Bible.

Scripture   Acts 2:38-39

If you have some more time to wonder, you can use these questions to start and wonder even more together:

Wondering Questions

I wonder what it feels like to become one with The Light of Christ?
I wonder how it feels to make a special promise to God and be baptized?
I wonder what it feels like to go through the water and under the water?
I wonder how people share The Light of Christ with other people?

 Activities to explore

1.Draw a picture of someone being baptized or color one of the pictures provided.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/106538347407535732/

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/107593878582109559/

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/586453182717324342/

2. Ask your parent or grandparent to tell you about their baptism.

3.Ask mom or dad if you can retell the story using some small dolls/action figures and a bowl of water.

Watch this video of the story,  Baptism