The Word for May 25: WITNESSES

140525-Sermon-Witness-graphics-flascreen-fullJoin us in worship on Sunday where Steve will reflect on the word WITNESSES. The sermon passage is Acts 1:1-8. This very first chapter of the book of the Acts of the Apostles describes a meeting with Jesus  where he gave his disciples these instructions: “…but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) Here are some ideas to explore with your child before, during, and after worship.

During worship

  • Remember that we begin our summer schedule this weekend! No Sunday School (and a big thank you to our teachers this past year!) Worship in the sanctuary and in Celebrate at 10 am, followed by Lemonade on the Lawn.
  • We are trying a new bulletin format in worship for the summer. It allows more room for worship notes in the margins. These are a gift to families worshiping together! Check out all the notes in the margin. One note this week describes the Acts of the Apostles stained glass window in the sanctuary. Even if you are worshiping in Celebrate, take a trip with your child into the sanctuary to find that window. Can you find the word “witnesses?”
  • Also in the new bulletin, a Children’s Note is included, where your child is invited to think about where he or she could be a witness this summer. Check it out!
  • Look in the worship bags for a Worship Word sheet for your child. Fill in the worship word at the top (WITNESSES) and add the date and your child’s name. Below is space for your child to draw something he or she hears today in the sermon, in the music, or in a prayer.
  • Below the drawing space, your child is invited to make tally marks every time they hear the word “WITNESS.” tally marks
  • On the back is a blank page for your child to make some worship art. Encourage them to draw something related to worship as a gift to God. I would love to see what they create, if they want to share! 

Before or after worship…..

  • It’s summer time! That means travel for many families. Try adding a brief ritual as a blessing for a safe trip. Find instructions for this travel blessing activity and many more activities for families on the Vibrant Faith at Home website. As a bonus, talk about how you might be WITNESSES to the love of God on your trips together.
  • One more idea for the stained glass Acts window in the sanctuary: In Acts 1:26 the disciples cast lots (drew names, sort of) to see who would replace Judas as a disciple. Look in the lower left hand corner of the window for the stained glass scene below.

choosing lots

Ask your child if that picture reminds them of anything else in the sanctuary. It looks a lot like our baptismal font! Can you find it? A great connection to make would be that all of us, when we are baptized, are called to grow up and be witnesses to the love of Jesus in the world.

Check out our website, and our Facebook page to learn about all our activities for Children and Families here. Start here.


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