Easter Scavenger Hunt – 2020 Edition!  

Find items in your house and yard with special Easter connections! After you locate these items (or as many as you can find), take a photo of you with your filled basket and email it me (Sheryl – sjohnson@ccsm-ucc.org). 1. Find an Easter basket or any kind of bag for hunting. 2. In your yard or a park, find and collect: • … Read More

Butcher Paper Graffiti Wall

Here’s another great family activity from Melanie Dresbach Children are heavily impacted by Shelter in Place and they are often the forgotten souls. Who would think that these tiny ones are sad, fearful, worried, scared for the adults in their lives?  Embrace these beautiful angels, these gifts from God by giving them opportunities to release their fear and anxiety. Back … Read More

Children, Youth, and Family Events for the week of March 30!

Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30pm – Family story time and evening prayer. Everyone is invited to wind down for the evening with a spiritual picture book story, conversation time, and an all-ages prayer. https://zoom.us/j/947070199 Friday 7-9pm – Youth Scavenger Hunt: Celebrate the end of the week with a fun scavenger hunt activity (bring your own snacks!)! You will be given a list … Read More

Printable “Guide to Self-Care for Families Together at Home”

Here’s a free printable for families of all shapes and sizes, chock full of practical ideas for how to survive and thrive in this time of sheltering together at home.  This resource is peppered with evocative biblical verses, full of lovely theological ideas, and divided into three sections: 1) simple activities that take no prep time at all; 2) medium-sized (but … Read More


It’s an uncertain time for everyone right now, and many organizations are more in need of resources at a time when giving is down. Every week we make a gift to one of the organizations we sponsor, and you are encouraged to continue giving generously to our “plate offering” organizations even as we are not physically gathering. Please know that … Read More

Youth At-Home Lent Activities

Theme: Climate Change Even though we aren’t gathering in person for now, there is a lot we can do on our own! Please consider one or more of these activities to continue our focus on climate change and reach out to share what you do with photos or videos. This is a great time to be creative!  DIY Recycled-plastic dove … Read More


In church school recently we talked about superheroes, looking at David… a scrawny kid who was the youngest of his family. He had the courage to stand up against Goliath, defeat him, and lift the oppression from the backs of his people. It can sometimes kind of feel this way for us, as we take on preserving the environment. It … Read More

Spring Planting Project!

Want to start a spring garden in an egg-carton? Here’s how! CLICK HERE for instructions, and watch this little video!  Egg Carton Garden

FAITH5 Family Faith Formation

Many kids may have questions and worries now: what is going on? when will things go back to normal? will I get sick? Amidst all of that and more, grounding practices are especially important. Amidst possible loneliness from canceled activities, family conversations are particularly valuable. Amidst changed routines, stability and predictability are important too. One practice I’d like to recommend … Read More

Youth Discussion Time – Sundays at 11:30am

Sunday, March 29 (and all Sundays for the foreseeable future) 11:30am-12:15pm Youth Discussion Time (Grades 6+) https://meet.google.com/ebg-dhkx-nnn Join Dave Olson, Bill Dunbar, Laura Keating, and Sheryl Johnson for our regular Sunday youth gathering (which generally takes place during the service). Feel free to eat lunch while we meet! We’ll do check-ins, have a discussion, do interactive activities, and pray together … Read More

Secret Life of Pets 2 – Church Movie Night

Friday, March 27 at 6pm  Order pizza, make popcorn, get in your comfiest clothes and watch a movie “together”! People of all ages (the movie is rated PG, so parents, please use discretion) – not just those with kids – are invited to a “Watch Party” for Secret Life of Pets 2 (this is a comedy about what pets get … Read More

Activities for Kids

How are things going for those of you with kids in your life? Are they navigating all of the changes and disruptions okay? Kids are surprisingly resilient – but also need comfort and reassurance — like all of us, in this time especially! Here are a few more resources from Illustrated Ministry that they are offering (and adults can feel … Read More