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Here you’ll find activities, events, and resources for children, youth and families. Enjoy and share!

CYF Events – August 14-16

Saturday at 7pm – Youth Play Settlers of Catan! This is a complicated but fun game – that’s why we are playing every week! Please let Laura Keating know if you’d like to play so she can arrange groups and give you the link! lkeating@ses.psr.edu

Sunday at 9:45am – Kids’ Summer Program with Elaine and Sheryl! Kids of all ages are invited to participate in our dynamic, interactive summer program. The theme this year is Noah’s Ark, animals, and caring for the Earth. Stories, games, activities, and learning about nature. Please have paper and drawing materials nearby!  https://zoom.us/j/333636518?pwd=UlJiVmFkeVFTaFJiSklRdXduUHBkdz09

Sunday at 11:30am – Youth Discussion: This summer we are meeting with different CCSM young adults to learn about their lives and their faith journeys. This Sunday come out to meet Krystal, a drama teacher! All youth (grades 6+) are welcome. https://zoom.us/j/96212574856?pwd=K1R5bjA0VU85Z1krQk51Tno0bzNYQT09

 

CYF Events – August 7-9

Friday at 6:00pm – Youth Group Movie Night! By popular demand we will watch Troop Zero together! We cannot stream together anymore – so everyone will either need to have access to Amazon Prime (movie is included with subscription) or purchase it for about $4 (if cost is an issue, let me know!). We’ll have Zoom chat on to share reactions during the movie! https://zoom.us/j/96537932731?pwd=d0RUbmF4MzNGUk5Ba29FR3F5bnFSZz09

 

Saturday at 7pm – Youth Play Settlers of Catan! This is a complicated but fun game – that’s why we are playing every week! Please let Laura Keating know if you’d like to play so she can arrange groups and give you the link! lkeating@ses.psr.edu
Sunday at 9:45am – Kids’ Summer Program with Elaine and Sheryl! Kids of all ages are invited to participate in our dynamic, interactive summer program. The theme this year is Noah’s Ark, animals, and caring for the Earth. Stories, games, activities, and learning about nature. Please have paper and drawing materials nearby!  https://zoom.us/j/333636518?pwd=UlJiVmFkeVFTaFJiSklRdXduUHBkdz09
Sunday at 11:30am – 60 Minutes: High schoolers are invited to join Mike, Sheryl, and Laura for conversation about a “fun” topic – it is summer, after all! Please e-mail or text Sheryl with a suggestion for something “lighthearted”! https://zoom.us/j/96212574856?pwd=K1R5bjA0VU85Z1krQk51Tno0bzNYQT09

 

CYF Events – July 31-August 2

Friday at 6:00pm – Youth Group Paint Night! Join Sheryl for a fun evening of painting using online tutorials (or just creating whatever you feel like!). Please have paper, paints, and a brush handy if possible – if you have any trouble accessing supplies, let Sheryl know! All are welcome (grades 6+)! https://zoom.us/j/96537932731?pwd=d0RUbmF4MzNGUk5Ba29FR3F5bnFSZz09

Saturday at 7pm – Youth Play Settlers of Catan! This is a complicated but fun game – that’s why we are playing every week! Please let Laura Keating know if you’d like to play so she can arrange groups and give you the link! lkeating@ses.psr.edu
Sunday at 9:45am – Kids’ Summer Program with Elaine and Sheryl! Kids of all ages are invited to participate in our dynamic, interactive summer program. The theme this year is Noah’s Ark, animals, and caring for the Earth. Stories, games, activities, and learning about nature. Please have paper and drawing materials nearby!  https://zoom.us/j/333636518?pwd=UlJiVmFkeVFTaFJiSklRdXduUHBkdz09
Sunday at 11:30am – Youth Discussion: Join your youth leaders and a special CCSM young adult guest.They’ll tell us about their faith journey, where they grew up, how they chose their career, why they love CCSM, and answer any questions! CCSM has a great crew of young adults with very interesting stories! This week our guest is Jennifer who is a PhD student! Youth in grades 6+ are welcome.  https://zoom.us/j/96212574856?pwd=K1R5bjA0VU85Z1krQk51Tno0bzNYQT09

CYF Events – July 24-26

Friday at 6:00pm – Youth Group with Laura!: Join Laura and youth for a fun evening of games, chatting, and catching up! More details soon! https://zoom.us/j/96537932731?pwd=d0RUbmF4MzNGUk5Ba29FR3F5bnFSZz09

Saturday at 7pm – Youth Play Settlers of Catan! This is a complicated but fun game – that’s why we are playing every week! Please let Laura Keating know if you’d like to play so she can arrange groups and give you the link! lkeating@ses.psr.edu

Sunday at 9:45am – Kids’ Summer Program with Elaine and Sheryl! Kids of all ages are invited to participate in our dynamic, interactive summer program. The theme this year is Noah’s Ark, animals, and caring for the Earth. Stories, games, activities, and learning about nature. Please have paper and drawing materials nearby!  https://zoom.us/j/333636518?pwd=UlJiVmFkeVFTaFJiSklRdXduUHBkdz09

Sunday at 11:30am – Youth Discussion: Join your youth leaders and a special CCSM young adult guest! They’ll tell us about their faith journey, where they grew up, how they chose their career, why they love CCSM, and answer any questions! CCSM has a great crew of young adults with very interesting stories!  https://zoom.us/j/96212574856?pwd=K1R5bjA0VU85Z1krQk51Tno0bzNYQT09

 

CYF Events – July 17-19

Friday at 6:30pm – Youth Movie Night (*Note later start time): Make popcorn, grab dinner, and we’ll watch a movie together (family members welcome!). Please send me your vote for either Bad News Bears OR Troop Zero by Friday at noon! We’ll watch on Zoom so we can chat during the movie and share our reactions.  https://zoom.us/j/96537932731?pwd=d0RUbmF4MzNGUk5Ba29FR3F5bnFSZz09

Saturday at 7pm – Youth Play Settlers of Catan! This is a complicated but fun game – that’s why we are playing every week! Please let Laura Keating know if you’d like to play so she can arrange groups and give you the link! lkeating@ses.psr.edu

Sunday at 9:45am – Kids’ Summer Program with Elaine and Sheryl! Kids of all ages are invited to participate in our dynamic, interactive summer program. The theme this year is Noah’s Ark, animals, and caring for the Earth. Stories, games, activities, and learning about nature. Please have paper and drawing materials nearby!  https://zoom.us/j/333636518?pwd=UlJiVmFkeVFTaFJiSklRdXduUHBkdz09

Sunday at 11:30am – Youth Discussion: Join Laura and Sheryl and a special young adult guest! They’ll tell us about their faith journey, where they grew up, how they chose their career, why they love CCSM, and answer any questions! CCSM has a great crew of young adults with very interesting stories!  https://zoom.us/j/96212574856?pwd=K1R5bjA0VU85Z1krQk51Tno0bzNYQT09

 

CYF Events – July 10-12

Friday at 6pm – Youth Art Night! We’ll start off with some Pictionary online together to warm up and then maybe do some painting/art/craft projects while we catch up on life! Please bring some art supplies or any crafts you are working on right now. https://zoom.us/j/96537932731?pwd=d0RUbmF4MzNGUk5Ba29FR3F5bnFSZz09

Saturday at 7pm – Youth Play Settlers of Catan! This is a complicated but fun game – that’s why we are playing every week! Please let Laura Keating know if you’d like to play so she can arrange groups and give you the link! lkeating@ses.psr.edu

Sunday at 9:45am – Kids’ Summer Program with Elaine and Sheryl! Kids of all ages are invited to participate in our dynamic, interactive summer program. The theme this year is Noah’s Ark, animals, and caring for the Earth. Stories, games, activities, and learning about nature. Please have paper and drawing materials nearby!  https://zoom.us/j/333636518?pwd=UlJiVmFkeVFTaFJiSklRdXduUHBkdz09

Sunday at 11:30am – 60 Minutes! Highschoolers are invited to come and discuss current events, politics, and life in general with Mike Mullery and Sheryl Johnson!  https://zoom.us/j/96212574856?pwd=K1R5bjA0VU85Z1krQk51Tno0bzNYQT09

CYF Events – July 3-5

Friday at 6pm – Youth Mystery Puzzle/Escape Room! We’ll work together to figure out clues to solve some puzzles related to different themes – Harry Potter, Minecraft, etc! https://zoom.us/j/96537932731?pwd=d0RUbmF4MzNGUk5Ba29FR3F5bnFSZz09

Saturday at 7pm – Youth Play Settlers of Catan! This is a complicated but fun game – that’s why we are playing every week! Please let Laura Keating know if you’d like to play so she can arrange groups and give you the link! lkeating@ses.psr.edu

Sunday at 9:45am – Kids’ Summer Program with Elaine and Sheryl! Kids of all ages are invited to participate in our dynamic, interactive summer program. The theme this year is Noah’s Ark, animals, and caring for the Earth. Stories, games, activities, and learning about nature. Please have paper and drawing materials nearby!  https://zoom.us/j/333636518?pwd=UlJiVmFkeVFTaFJiSklRdXduUHBkdz09

Sunday at 11:30am – Youth Discussion! Our summer series this year will bring a different CCSM young adult guest each week. They’ll share about their spiritual journey, upbringing, how they came to CCSM, what they are involved with at church, their career path, social justice/volunteer work, etc. Bring your questions!  https://zoom.us/j/96212574856?pwd=K1R5bjA0VU85Z1krQk51Tno0bzNYQT09

CYF Events – June 26-28

Friday at 6pm (Note return to usual start time!) – Youth Paint Night! Grab your paints and brushes and we’ll do another online tutorial together! If you don’t have access to supplies, please let Sheryl know. All are welcome, no artistic skills or experience required! https://us02web.zoom.us/j/453531141?pwd=R3NJNVdldDZkRzBNeW1RdTJTN3RhZz09

Saturday at 7pm – Youth Play Settlers of Catan! This is a complicated but fun game – that’s why we are playing every week! Please let Laura Keating know if you’d like to play so she can arrange groups and give you the link! lkeating@ses.psr.edu

Sunday at 9:45am – Kids’ Summer Program with Elaine and Sheryl! Kids of all ages are invited to participate in our dynamic, interactive summer program. The theme this year is Noah’s Ark, animals, and caring for the Earth. Stories, games, activities, and learning about nature. Please have paper and drawing materials nearby!  https://zoom.us/j/333636518?pwd=UlJiVmFkeVFTaFJiSklRdXduUHBkdz09

Sunday at 11:30am – New High School Youth Discussion Program! – Join Laura and Sheryl for a time of asking questions, talking back, and exploring faith. Have things you’ve always wondered about? Things you aren’t sure about? This is a safe, non-judgmental, open environment to explore questions relating to faith, life, and whatever else is on your mind!  https://zoom.us/j/96212574856?pwd=K1R5bjA0VU85Z1krQk51Tno0bzNYQT09

Sunday at 1pm – National UCC Youth Event – Creativity and Justice! – Join youth from across the UCC for a time of connecting and learning. Youth of all ages are welcome (grades 6+). https://zoom.us/j/96212574856?pwd=K1R5bjA0VU85Z1krQk51Tno0bzNYQT09

CYF Events – June 19-21

Friday at 7pm (Note later start time!) – Youth Juneteenth Movie Night! We will celebrate the Juneteenth holiday by watching a movie and chatting during it. Vote for either Becoming or another movie related to African-American history/leaders!  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/453531141?pwd=R3NJNVdldDZkRzBNeW1RdTJTN3RhZz09

Saturday at 7pm – Youth Play Settlers of Catan! This is a complicated but fun game – that’s why we are playing every week! Please let Laura Keating know if you’d like to play so she can arrange groups and give you the link! lkeating@ses.psr.edu

Sunday at 9:45am – Kids’ Summer Program with Elaine and Sheryl! Kids of all ages are invited to participate in our dynamic, interactive summer program. The theme this year is Noah’s Ark, animals, and caring for the Earth. Stories, games, activities, and learning about nature. Please have paper and drawing materials nearby!  https://zoom.us/j/333636518?pwd=UlJiVmFkeVFTaFJiSklRdXduUHBkdz09

Sunday at 11:30am – Youth Discussion Time – We’ll reflect on this year, our lives, and introduce our exciting summer program! Come learn about what we will be doing this summer and help shape the program. 6th grade + are welcome – if we have enough participants we will have a separate high school group.  https://zoom.us/j/96212574856?pwd=K1R5bjA0VU85Z1krQk51Tno0bzNYQT09

CYF Events – June 12-14

Friday at 6pm – Youth Game Night! We’ll play some fun games together like Spyall, Pictionary, and Taboo! Feel free to suggest a game to play together as well! https://us02web.zoom.us/j/453531141?pwd=R3NJNVdldDZkRzBNeW1RdTJTN3RhZz09

Saturday at 7pm – Youth Play Settlers of Catan! This is a complicated but fun game – that’s why we are playing every week! Please let Laura Keating know if you’d like to play so she can arrange groups and give you the link! lkeating@ses.psr.edu

Sunday at 9:45am – Kids’ Show and Tell AND Godly Play – All kids of all ages are invited to participate in a Godly Play session with Shannon – and “show and tell” an item from home (i.e. bring a favorite toy and tell us about it) to get to know each other better! Then, we’ll hear a Bible Story, reflect on questions, respond creatively and connect with other kids/families! Parents are invited to join in too if they’d like. https://zoom.us/j/333636518?pwd=UlJiVmFkeVFTaFJiSklRdXduUHBkdz09

Sunday at 11:30am – Liturgical Arts – Kids in 3rd grade or older are invited to join Libby for a time of connecting, learning, sharing, and creating! Please have paper and coloring/writing materials nearby if possible.  https://zoom.us/j/96212574856?pwd=K1R5bjA0VU85Z1krQk51Tno0bzNYQT09

Sunday at 11:30am – 60 Minutes Youth in grades 8+ are invited to discuss politics, current affairs, and related issues with Mike Mullery! Come ready to discuss and share your perspectives! Please bring your own doughnut (or other food!).  https://meet.google.com/ebg-dhkx-nnn

 

More Anti-Racism Resources for Parents and Families

Here are a few articles that Libby Barnard, one of our teachers, recommends:

Anti-Racism Resources for Children, Young People, Families, and Adults

For Children
Children’s Books for Black History | Black Futures

For Young People
Anti-Racism Books for Young People

For Parents
Anti-Racism Reading List for Parents

For Adults
Reading List for Black History | Black Futures

For families with young people (not all appropriate for all ages of children)
Filmography for Black History, Black Experience
Bay Area cultural sites to visit (not recommended at this time)
Talking with Kids about Race: Reading Between the Lines [curated list of reads]

 

CYF Events: June 5-7

Friday at 6pm – All Ages Movie Night! We’ll watch the new Mary Poppins movie together. Make popcorn and share your reactions in the chat! 🙂 All are welcome. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/453531141?pwd=R3NJNVdldDZkRzBNeW1RdTJTN3RhZz09

Saturday at 7pm – Youth Play Settlers of Catan! This is a complicated but fun game – that’s why we are playing every week! Please let Laura Keating know if you’d like to play so she can arrange groups and give you the link! lkeating@ses.psr.edu

Sunday at 9:45am – Kids’ Show and Tell AND Godly Play – All kids of all ages are invited to participate in a Godly Play session with Shannon – and “show and tell” an item from home (i.e. bring a favorite toy and tell us about it) to get to know each other better! Then, we’ll hear a Bible Story, reflect on questions, respond creatively and connect with other kids/families! Parents are invited to join in too if they’d like. https://zoom.us/j/333636518?pwd=UlJiVmFkeVFTaFJiSklRdXduUHBkdz09

Sunday at 11:30am – Liturgical Arts – Kids in 3rd grade or older are invited to join Libby for a time of connecting, learning, sharing, and creating! Please have paper and coloring/writing materials nearby if possible.  https://zoom.us/j/96212574856?pwd=K1R5bjA0VU85Z1krQk51Tno0bzNYQT09

Sunday at 11:30am – Youth Group! Topic: Sabbath in Anxious Times. Join us for conversation and strategizing about how to find moments rest and peace in this strange season we are living through. Youth in grades 6+ are welcome!  https://meet.google.com/ebg-dhkx-nnn

CYF Events: May 29-31

Friday at 6pm – Youth Trivia Night! What do you know about chocolate? Movies? Pop culture? We’ll pick categories together (don’t worry, it won’t be like school!) and see what we know!  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/453531141?pwd=R3NJNVdldDZkRzBNeW1RdTJTN3RhZz09

Saturday at 7pm – Youth Play Settlers of Catan! This is a complicated but fun game – that’s why we are playing every week! Please let Laura Keating know if you’d like to play so she can arrange groups and give you the link! lkeating@ses.psr.edu

Sunday at 9:45am – Kids’ Show and Tell AND Godly Play – All kids of all ages are invited to participate in a Godly Play session with Shannon – and “show and tell” an item from home (i.e. bring a favorite toy and tell us about it) to get to know each other better! Then, we’ll hear a Bible Story, reflect on questions, respond creatively and connect with other kids/families! Parents are invited to join in too if they’d like. https://zoom.us/j/333636518?pwd=UlJiVmFkeVFTaFJiSklRdXduUHBkdz09

Sunday at 11:30am – Liturgical Arts – Kids in 3rd grade or older are invited to join Libby for a time of connecting, learning, sharing, and creating! Please have paper and coloring/writing materials nearby if possible.  https://zoom.us/j/96212574856?pwd=K1R5bjA0VU85Z1krQk51Tno0bzNYQT09

Sunday at 1pm – Youth Group! **Note different time! This is a special youth event for all youth across all of the United Church of Christ in the US! We’ll watch/participate as a CCSM group together. The focus is on loving our neighbors while in quarantine! Youth in grades 6+ are welcome!  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82530281175?pwd=WEJFZThTalhNbnFNNjV3ZnZPanVJZz09

 

CYF Activities for the week of May 18-24

Friday at 6pm – Youth Paint Night! Grab some paints, canvas, and paintbrushes for an artistic evening! We’ll watch some “paint night video tutorials” together and see what we can create! Let Sheryl know if you have any trouble accessing supplies.  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/453531141?pwd=R3NJNVdldDZkRzBNeW1RdTJTN3RhZz09

Sunday at 9:45am – Kids’ Show and Tell AND Godly Play – All kids of all ages are invited to participate in a Godly Play session with Shannon – and “show and tell” an item from home (i.e. bring a favorite toy and tell us about it) to get to know each other better! Then, we’ll hear a Bible Story, reflect on questions, respond creatively and connect with other kids/families! Parents are invited to join in too if they’d like. https://zoom.us/j/333636518?pwd=UlJiVmFkeVFTaFJiSklRdXduUHBkdz09

Sunday at 11:30am – Youth Discussion Time! Topic: Pentecost! What is this season all about? Youth in grades 6+ are welcome for a discussion, check-ins, and hanging out!  https://meet.google.com/ebg-dhkx-nnn

Sunday at 11:30am – Liturgical Arts (*note new time!!*) – Kids in 3rd grade or older are invited to join Libby for a time of connecting, learning, sharing, and creating! Please have paper and coloring/writing materials nearby if possible.  https://zoom.us/j/96212574856?pwd=K1R5bjA0VU85Z1krQk51Tno0bzNYQT09

CYF Activities for the week of May 11-17

Friday at 6pm – All Ages Movie Night! Make some popcorn and bring your dinner and we’ll watch Leap! We’ll watch it together via Metastream so that we can send messages during the movie (Let Sheryl know via e-mail if you have any trouble – sjohnson@ccsm-ucc.org).

Saturday at 7pm – Youth Settlers of Catan game time! Laura will host a “room” at https://catanuniverse.com/en/game/ for those who would like to play! Please e-mail Laura if you plan to come and she’ll help you get set up with the game! lkeating@ses.psr.edu

Sunday at 9:45am – Godly Play – All kids of all ages are invited to participate in a Godly Play session with Shannon! Hear a Bible Story, reflect on questions, respond creatively and connect with other kids/families! Parents are invited to join in too if they’d like. https://zoom.us/j/333636518?pwd=UlJiVmFkeVFTaFJiSklRdXduUHBkdz09

Sunday at 11:30am – Youth Discussion Time! Youth in grades 6+ are welcome for a discussion, check-ins, and hanging out!  https://meet.google.com/ebg-dhkx-nnnSunday at 11:30am – Liturgical Arts (*note new time!!*) – Kids in 3rd grade or older are invited to join Libby for a time of connecting, learning, sharing, and creating! Please have paper and coloring/writing materials nearby if possible.  https://zoom.us/j/96212574856?pwd=K1R5bjA0VU85Z1krQk51Tno0bzNYQT09

Family Shelter-in-Place Devotional

This Family Shelter in Place Devotional begins on May 11! It includes a short Bible reading and simple family activity that you can do every day. Feel free to start whenever and use as often as you like!

Family Fun Activities Packet

This Family Fun Packet is chock full of links to free online activities all around the world, as well as things to do at home. Check it out!

CYF Activities for the week of May 4 – May 10

Friday at 6pm – Youth Game Night! We’ll play some Settlers of Catan (don’t worry if you don’t know how to play- we’ll learn together!) and maybe some other “board” games too! All are welcome! Feel free to eat dinner while we meet. https://zoom.us/j/453531141?pwd=R3NJNVdldDZkRzBNeW1RdTJTN3RhZz09

Sunday at 9:45am – Godly Play – All kids of all ages are invited to participate in a Godly Play session with Shannon! Hear a Bible Story, reflect on questions, respond creatively and connect with other kids/families! Parents are invited to join in too if they’d like. https://zoom.us/j/333636518?pwd=UlJiVmFkeVFTaFJiSklRdXduUHBkdz09

Sunday at 11:30am – 60 Minutes! Youth in grades 8+ are welcome for a discussion of “managing money”! Come share your thoughts and experiences and ideas. Mike Mullery is excited to see you!  https://meet.google.com/ebg-dhkx-nnn

Sunday at 1pm – Liturgical Arts – Kids in 3rd grade or older are invited to join Libby for a time of connecting, learning, sharing, and creating! Please have paper and coloring/writing materials nearby if possible. https://zoom.us/j/93413112604?pwd=RmFacmI3ODQ5VXpaQU1DWEw4K29FZz09

Opportunity to Participate in Worship Service Leadership! 

As you know, May 10th is Mother’s Day/Family Sunday (we try to focus more broadly on families as there are so many different configurations!). For that Sunday’s service we are focusing on the theme of “Sheltering in Love” and the first verse from Psalm 57 about sheltering in God’s wings.

That week’s service will be pre-recorded (like yesterday’s) and we would LOVE to showcase families in various ways during the service (which should make watching it extra fun for you too!). Here are some ways you could be involved – and we are hoping that most families would be willing to be involved in some way or another. We want to focus on themes of shelter, love and family. Here are some ideas (please send photos/videos by Sunday, May 3):

-Send a photo of a child’s artwork – maybe a picture of your home or family
-Send a photo of your family holding a sign saying something like “I love my family” or “sheltering in love”
-Send a photo of a pillow fort, treehouse, or other fun “shelter” that you have built with kids inside!
-Upload a short video (10-20 seconds) here with a short message on themes of family, love, shelter, and gratitude (i.e. “I love my family and I am grateful to be sheltering with them” or “I feel God’s love through my dad’s hugs”)

Or – if you have another idea, please let me know and I’d love to hear it and talk about how we could make it work! If you have any trouble with videos please let me know and I can help you make it work.

Thank you so much for your support! I think this will be a great opportunity for kids to express their gratitude to their families for all of the extra ways they are stepping up to take care of them right now – and for our church family to say thank you to all of the families for all they are doing!

CYF Activities for the week of April 27 – May 2

Friday 6pm – Youth “Stranger Things” Escape Room! We’ll work together to solve puzzles to try to escape from “Demagorgon” attacks! (Don’t worry if you haven’t seen the show Stranger Things!). All are welcome! https://zoom.us/j/453531141?pwd=R3NJNVdldDZkRzBNeW1RdTJTN3RhZz09

Sunday at 9:45am – Godly Play – All kids are invited to participate in a Godly Play session with Shannon! Hear a Bible Story, reflect on questions, respond creatively and connect with other kids/families! Parents are invited to join in too if they’d like. https://zoom.us/j/333636518?pwd=UlJiVmFkeVFTaFJiSklRdXduUHBkdz09

Sunday 11:30am – Could God be a Chicken? Youth Discussion on the theme of sheltering in God’s wings. Join Dave, Bill, Laura, and Sheryl for conversation and check-ins. Youth in grades 6+ are welcome and if we have enough participants, we’ll split into mid and high school groups!  https://meet.google.com/ebg-dhkx-nnn

Sunday at 1pm – Liturgical Arts – Kids in 3rd grade or older are invited to join Libby for a time of connecting, learning, sharing, and creating! Please have paper and coloring/writing materials nearby if possible. https://zoom.us/j/93413112604?pwd=RmFacmI3ODQ5VXpaQU1DWEw4K29FZz09

More Activities!

Easter season activity pages and coloring for the 3rd Sunday of Easter – or whenever you have time! Includes a page to color that says “I miss you” – great to mail to friends and family!

CYF Activities for the week of April 20-26

Family Earth Day Challenge! Here are 22 “days” of activities to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day (April 22, 2020!). Let me know what you get up to and challenge other families to participate!

Friday 6pm – All Ages Movie Night: Make/order pizza and get some snacks – and enjoy a movie together – either Christopher Robin or Leap! (Please share your “vote” by Thursday via e-mail to Sheryl). We’ll watch it together via Metastream so that we can send messages during the movie (Let Sheryl know via e-mail if you have any trouble – sjohnson@ccsm-ucc.org).

Sunday at 9:45am – Godly Play – All kids are invited to participate in a Godly Play session with Shannon! Hear a Bible Story, reflect on questions, respond creatively and connect with other kids/families! Parents are invited to join in too if they’d like. https://zoom.us/j/333636518?pwd=UlJiVmFkeVFTaFJiSklRdXduUHBkdz09

Sunday 11:30am – Youth Discussion on the theme of Sabbath. What is this time teaching us about the ancient concept of “Sabbath”? What might going slow and living simply have to show us about God and about ourselves? Join Dave, Bill, Laura, and Sheryl for conversation and check-ins. Youth in grades 6+ are welcome and if we have enough participants, we’ll split into mid and high school groups!  https://meet.google.com/ebg-dhkx-nnn

Sunday at 1pm – Liturgical Arts – Kids in 3rd grade or older are invited to join Libby for a time of connecting, learning, sharing, and creating! Please have paper and coloring/writing materials nearby if possible. https://meet.google.com/ebg-dhkx-nnn

Easter is a whole season!

Easter is not just one day – it’s a whole 50 day season! Here are some resources that explore the continued Easter story as we move into the second week of Easter. Coloring sheets, reflections, activities, and more! Enjoy!

CYF Events for the Week of April 13-19, 2020

Friday 6pm – Youth Dinner/Game Night: We’ll come together for a bit of hangout time (bring your own dinner!) and then play some old-school games together on Zoom (trivia, charades, Pictionary, etc). Youth in grades 6+ are invited to participate! https://zoom.us/j/453531141?pwd=R3NJNVdldDZkRzBNeW1RdTJTN3RhZz09

Saturday at 10am – Celebrate Earth Day with Sheryl: we’ll read stories about the Earth and share about our favorite animals! Please bring a favorite stuffed animal or animal toy to show off if you can! https://meet.google.com/ebg-dhkx-nnn

Sunday at 9:45amGodly Play – All kids, up to and including those in 2nd grade, are invited to participate in a Godly Play session with Shannon! Hear a Bible Story, reflect on questions, respond creatively (while your parents are watching the service at 10:30)! Parents are invited to join in too if they’d like. https://zoom.us/j/333636518?pwd=UlJiVmFkeVFTaFJiSklRdXduUHBkdz09

Sunday at 9:45am – Liturgical Arts – Kids in 3rd grade or older are invited to join Libby for a time of connecting, learning, sharing, and creating! Please have paper and coloring/writing materials nearby if possible. https://meet.google.com/ebg-dhkx-nnn

Sunday 11:30am – 60 Minutes! Youth in grades 8+ are welcome (as 8th graders will be 9th graders soon!). Join Mike, Laura, and Sheryl for discussion about living in this time of pandemic.  https://meet.google.com/ebg-dhkx-nnn

Kids’ Earth Day Scavenger Hunt! Here’s something you can do on your own time!

Here are some more activities for Holy Week!

Here are some great activities – readings, prayers, coloring sheets, etc. – to do at home as you mark Holy Week!

Download this “Holy Week at Home” resource for families!

CCSM Holy Week At Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make Your Alleluias!

Alleluia means “Praise the Lord” – something that is often proclaimed in particular on Easter. As you celebrate Easter this year, consider what you are praising God for specifically at this time. Is that the same or different than other years?

Here is a large “Alleluia” poster that you can print on several sheets and color. You can put it up in your window, on the wall, or anywhere else! It could be a background for video calls with family and friends – and for our church gatherings on Easter weekend!

https://ccsm-ucc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/AlleluiaPoster_8.5×11.pdf

CYF Events for Holy Week

Friday 6pm (note earlier time!)—Youth Dinner/Game Night: We’ll come together for a bit of hangout time (bring your own dinner!) and then play Pictionary online together. Youth in grades 6+ are invited to participate! At 7pm, youth are invited to our Good Friday service and we can continue to text message during the service with questions, clarifications, wonderings, prayers, etc. https://zoom.us/j/515428026 

Saturday at 10am – Celebrate Easter with your friends from church! Kids of all ages are invited to gather for a fun time of sharing, stories, and prayers! Please go on an “Easter Egg Hunt” around your house to find a favorite object (toy, book, stuffed animal, etc) that brings you joy! We will have a small “show and tell” where we can show one another the objects and tell about why they bring us “life” and joy! https://meet.google.com/ebg-dhkx-nnn 

 Sunday at 9:45am – Godly Play – All kids, up to and including those in 2nd grade, are invited to participate in a Godly Play session with Shannon! Hear a Bible Story, reflect on questions, respond creatively (while your parents are watching the service at 10:30)! Parents are invited to join in too if they’d like. https://zoom.us/j/591628393

 Sunday at 9:45am – Liturgical Arts – Kids in 3rd grade or older are invited to join Libby for a time of connecting, learning, sharing, and creating! Please have paper and coloring/writing materials nearby if possible. https://meet.google.com/ebg-dhkx-nnn 

 Sunday 11:30am – Youth Discussion time! Take time to connect with one another and discuss what is going on in your life and the world – and where faith might fit into all of that. https://meet.google.com/ebg-dhkx-nnn

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:

• A sign of new life (a bloom or a bud or a sprout), which reminds us of Christ’s resurrection!

• A branch of an “evergreen” – a shrub or tree that stays green all year long. God’s love for us never fades or falls away!

• A rock or pebble. This reminds us of the stone that was rolled away on Easter morning!

• A twig. Jesus came back to life after dying on a cross made of wood.

3. Now go back inside to find, collect, or do these things:

• A napkin or paper towel. The cloth that had wrapped the body of Jesus was found in the open tomb.

• A pencil and a piece of paper. Thank goodness Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John wrote down this amazing story for us!

• Three of the same kind of thing. Jesus came back to life after three days!

• A container of spice from your kitchen cabinet. The women discovered Jesus had risen when they were bringing spices to his tomb.

• With the paper and pencil already in your basket, write the word “peace”. When Jesus appeared to his disciples in the evening of the day he rose, the first thing he told them was “Peace be with you.”

• Find something that’s empty. The rock of the tomb had been rolled away – and Jesus was not there. Shout, “Christ has Risen!”

Coloring page for Easter!

Click here to download a banner that you can color at home to use as a decoration for Easter!

 

 

Watch a Godly Play story here!

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 in the 80’s, we received into the school community on the east side of SJ many very recent refugees from Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam who had just gone through hell to get to a more peaceful life than their war torn homelands, and just as they were becoming settled, we in CA experienced one of the most damaging earthquakes ever recorded. The children were terrified, but the adults at home were in absolute shock. The children, with very limited English skills, came to the campus and tried their best to describe what was going on in their homes. I will never forget the words of one precious baby boy in my first grade class, Sarin, who told us this account. Using his best English, he told us: mommy see dog, dog die, ‘ooa’ die, dog down, ooa down. Fearing from what we surmised, that the dog and grandma had lost their lives, we made an immediate home visit to find that ooa, grandma, was fine and that the dog had alerted everyone ahead of time to get to safety!

Feelings, words, fear, hope, future, present: kids, too, need a release.

Butcher Paper Graffiti Wall: Mount a huge piece of butcher paper or a make-shift ‘wall’ of paper, give them writing and coloring utensils/tools, and let the children create a wall of graffiti so that they may express their laments of being in Shelter in Place. If they are welcome to express their feelings fully, let go of conventional rules and give them the freedom to express their hearts.

After affirming the work, place a new ‘wall’ up and have the kids create a positive wall full of hope and rainbows and images that allow for them to embrace the power of Love as Love conquers all.

Respectfully Submitted by Melanie Dresbach

Week of March 30 – April 5

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 and then will get to look around your house for items that you think fit the descriptions on the list. We’ll come back together at the end to determine the winner and show off what we found. Youth in grades 6+ are invited to participate! https://zoom.us/j/515428026 

Sunday 9:30am – Godly Play – Kids of all ages (not just our usual K-Grade 2 crew) are invited to participate in a Godly Play session with Shannon! Hear a Bible Story, reflect on questions, respond creatively! Parents are invited to listen in too if they’d like. https://zoom.us/j/591628393

Sunday 11:30am – Youth Discussion time! Take time to connect with one another and discuss what is going on in your life and the world – and where faith might fit into all of that. https://meet.google.com/ebg-dhkx-nnn

Also, watch your e-mail for a “do at your own pace” lesson from Libby with a video and other activities from Sheryl. 

Here is a resource with coloring pages and reflection activities for the 5th week of Lent to get you started! https://illstrtdm.in/LentWeek5

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 still doable!) suggestions; and 3) big ideas that can help enrich family life over time (but hopefully not for too long!).

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Youth Discussion Time

On 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 – more or less as usual!

Afterward, those who can stay longer are invited to play some online games via Houseparty (this is an app you can download and play games with friends – find Sheryl via her username, sherylhejohnson)

For any questions, please contact Sheryl at sjohnson@ccsm-ucc.org

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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 is “FAITH5”: a simple ritual that families can do together over dinner, before bed, in the car, or at any other time. While this is designed for families with children, I think it also works in other settings. Maybe you’d like to call a friend from church and do this together on the phone?  

The five steps are:

STEP 1: SHARE your highs and lows (these are the positive/happy/fun and negative/scary/sad/frustrating parts of your day).

STEP 2: READ a Bible verse or story (at this time you might want to focus on something familiar like the stories in a children’s Bible or some comforting psalms like Psalm 5, 18, 23, or 43)

STEP 3: TALK about how the Bible reading might relate to your highs and lows

STEP 4: PRAY for one another’s highs and lows

STEP 5: BLESS one another (this could be something as simple as “may God be with you all through the night”)

FAITH5 is a resource developed by Faith Incubators (https://faithink.com/)

Please feel free to give this a try and let Sheryl know how it goes!

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Enjoy some stories with Sheryl!

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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

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BAPTISM and WATER  

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 can seem like an impossible task! And yet, God calls us to have courage, to take his strength and help preserve the earth.

Now we’ll continue this theme by looking at baptism, a sign of renewal and affirmation. We’ll ask the courageous question: What can we do to make a difference?

Note: Click on the blue text to go to the links!

Activities 

  • A Story About Baptism, for some historical context, and if you like reading with your kids
    • After reading this, you can talk about how the water that runs over us in baptism is a symbol of God’s love that washes and renews our heart.
  • Water is an ESSENTIAL part of baptism, as it is ESSENTIAL for all aspect of our lives

  • ACTIVITY: Water scavenger hunt: Walk around your house and name your uses of water. You might need a pen and paper to keep track.

    • For each faucet, (maybe choose three), come up with ways to reduce usage.

    • BONUS TALK: discuss as a family, your reliance on agriculture.

      • Is it heavy? Are there ways to reduce your dependance?

      • Would it be practical/ possible to grow your own garden?

      • How can your kids get involved in meal prep! (when we are involved in the process, we can see our impact)

  • Optional ACTIVITY: This would be a great opportunity to review how to wash hands to help prevent spread of Covid-19.

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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! 

  1. DIY Recycled-plastic dove

Did you know? On average, humans buy about 1,000,000 plastic bottles per minute. Single-use plastics pollute our oceans and leak chemicals into our groundwater. This DIY plastic dove is a fun way to repurpose that plastic milk bottle in your fridge. After you’ve created your plastic dove, you can paint it, use it as a decoration, or even fill it with seed to make it into a bird feeder. 

Fun facts:

  • In the gospel of Luke, the holy spirit descends on Jesus as a dove. (Luke 3:22)
  • Back in ancient Bible times, the dove represented a Hebrew mother goddess. The dove was seen as a symbol of femininity.
  • Jesus calls us to be like doves: “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” (Matt. 10:16)
  1. Sit down together as a family for a climate-themed Bible study (from Living Lent).
  2. Make a poster.

Draw/color a poster depicting your favorite alternative mode of transportation. 

Ideas: Carpooling • The bus • Skateboarding

Extra points if you can find a Bible verse or Bible story to go with it! (Example – Carpooling: “Where two are three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” Matthew 18:20)

  1. Practice hope!

Lent is a time of waiting. As we look forward to Easter, we wait patiently for the resurrection of Jesus. Climate change is also a time of waiting. We may be waiting for our leaders to make better decisions about the environment. We may be waiting for a sign that things will get better. Sometimes, it can feel like we are waiting for the end! But as Christians, we know that the resurrection will come. God will never leave us or forsake us. This Lent, remember that with God in our midst, there is always hope.

Here are some hopeful facts about climate change (Source: NRDC and Climate Interactive):

  1. The manufacturer of the highly toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos says it will end production by the end of 2020.
  2. The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service will no longer import seafood caught within endangered porpoise habitat in the northern Gulf of California.
  3. CO2 emissions are beginning to level off! According to the International Energy Agency, global emissions have been flat for the last 3 years.
  4. Solar energy is going to be the cheapest source of energy in the next 10 years.
  5. After Trump withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement, U.S. cities decided to take matters into their own hands. Now, more than half the U.S. population lives in a city that is striving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Remember that even though climate change can feel overwhelming, there is always something to be thankful for.

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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 free to use them too – coloring is definitely an all ages stress reliever!). Psalm 23 has been a support to so many people going through so many difficulties. And, if you do any of the sheets, please post a photo of your finished product! This packet includes:

  • a children’s activity page
  • Psalm 23 coloring page
  • Psalm 23 devotional and activity page
  • Lectio Divina based on Psalm 23
  • A coloring prayer page with the prompt, “God, today I pray for…”

 

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