Resources for When You Need to Stay Home

Our Christian Education Director, Stacy Peterson, has put together some activities and resources for you to use with your children while spending more time at home in the next few weeks.

Teaching Kids the Five Finger Prayer

Thumb (people who are close to you) These are your close friends and family, often the first you think about when you pray. Give thanks to God and ask his protection on your parents, siblings, friends, and classmates.

Pointer (people who point the way) These are leaders in your life, such as teachers and pastors. Offer God your thanksgiving for them and ask him to help them in their important work.

Tall Finger (people in authority) The big people in the world need prayer too. Ask God to give wisdom to our government, military, and police.

Ring Finger (people who are weak) This is your weakest finger. We should remember others who are sick, live in poverty, or are treated badly. Pray that Jesus would give them new strength.

Little Finger (your own needs) God wants to hear your needs too, especially when you put others first. Pray for your own growth in mind, body, and spirit.

Bible Verses about fear, trusting in God and others related to dealing with the coronavirus

Conversation Guides for having difficult conversations with various ages about why activities are cancelled and why we are staying home more

Ways to Do Ministry When Church is Cancelled

1. Read the Bible together as a family. Kids get a turn to read aloud too!
2. Use the Parent Cue app or their conversation guides about times of crisis.
3. Parents can lead a family devotion time. Some printable devotion examples from the Ministry-To-Children website.
4. Have a worship dance party. Put on praise music or use kids worship songs on YouTube.
5. Parents can lead a Bible craft with their kids. Lots of craft ideas on this website.
6. Plan a Christian family movie time
7. Parents can lead a full "children's church" service.
8. Do a game, sing worship songs, learn a Bible story, and then have some fun activities.
9. Let kids plan & lead a "kids church service" for their parents in the audience role.
10. Learn a memory verse together. Here are memory verse games and a verse list to get you started.
11. Act out Bible story skits as a family.
12. Go for a prayer walk at home or in a local park or forest.