Stewardship for Children and Families

Want ideas for talking with children about stewardship? Start with a video explaining what stewardship is.

Make a list with your child of some of the things you and your family spend your money on (like John does in the video.) Remember together that all of it belongs to God, and you are a steward of it (which means you take care of it.) How are you responsible for the gifts God has given your family? What are some new ideas about using God’s gifts in your family?

Save-Spend-Share

Many parents find a three-fold model of money helpful as a way to encourage faithfulness with their children. Save some, spend some, share some. Children can do their sharing as a pledge to the church (using offering envelopes), or as money put in the offering plate each week for our dedicated offering. Watch together this video as a child explains how he uses his money in this way. The good part starts about 30 seconds in.

Think: Read a Bible story about giving. Luke 21:1-4 A Widow Gives All or John 6:1-14 Feeding the 5000. Talk together: What do these stories tell us about giving? Ask your child: What gifts has God given to you? As a family, we give some of God’s gifts back, to say thank you, and to help others. Talk about some ways our offering money helps others.

Pray: Dear God, Thank you for all the gifts you have given me. I am grateful for…… (both parent and child name gifts here.) Please help me be a cheerful giver, and share what I have.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Respond: How will your child respond? Set up a plan to give back to God, both financially and in gifts of time and talent.

Download lots more info here including a look at how children of different ages understand money and stewardship, books to read with children, and how to raise generous children in a materialistic world.

Lenten Practice – February 25

Today our calendar invites us to fast from any drink except water. Healthy! (Modify as you need to…..I decided to start after one cup of coffee.) Here is another way to go a little deeper, with an idea from our youth: Could you give up drinking water from plastic water bottles as well? The youth are selling MPPC branded BPA-free reusable water bottles for $10 for their Liquid Lent Challenge. Check at the church to purchase one.

Grace and Peace!

liquid lent

What is Lent?

For a quick look at the meaning of Lent and Ash Wednesday, enjoy this 2-minute video from Busted Halo.

Snow update: the 7 am Ash Wednesday Chapel Service has been canceled tomorrow morning, due to icy conditions. The 6:30 pm sanctuary service still expected to go, and children are welcome.

The Word for March 9: Treasure

This week Steve explores the word TREASURE from Matthew 6:19-21. We are challenged not to store up treasures on earth, but rather to store up treasures in heaven. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (verse 21.) Here are some ideas to explore with your child before, during, and after worship.

During worship

  • Show your child a picture of a treasure box filled with gold and jewels, like the one treasure boxshown here. Then, if you like, draw a blank treasure box or a heart shape for your child. As they listen to the sermon about what we should treasure, have them draw what (or who) they treasure inside the shape you’ve drawn.
  • Write the letters T-R-E-A-S-U-R-E vertically down the page. Ask your child to draw or write things they treasure that begin with those letters.
  • Show your young child how to make tally marks. How many times do they hear the word TREASURE during the sermon? (I heard I used the word PRAY over 100 times last Sunday!)

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Before or after worship…..

  • Talk to your child about what you treasure. If you had to choose one THING to treasure maptake with you if you moved, what would it be? Ask your child the same question.  In our passage, Jesus isn’t talking about us treasuring things. What do you treasure that isn’t a thing? Ask your child, too.
  • Draw or print out a treasure map. Can you and your child use it for a treasure hunt around the house? How can you include some Bible verses in your treasure hunt?
  • Check out the following link for some easy-to-find items and their accompanying Bible verses to include in a Bible treasure hunt. https://www.churchpublishing.org/media/custom/IN-Formation/BibleStudyTreasureHunt.pdf

 

The Word for March 2nd: Pray

140302-Sermon-Pray-flascreen-fullThis week in worship I explore the word PRAY. As I’ve spent most of my time preparing the actual sermon, my time to work on this post was limited. (It would be better if I told you I had spent all week praying, but that would not be entirely true.) During worship I suggest children draw a prayer. That can take a variety of forms. Draw things for which they are thankful, or people to pray for. Or just draw as they pray in their heads, and see what comes out. I would love to see any prayers that are created in worship!

Join us for our Ash Wednesday service this week, and on Wednesday and next Sunday, look for some devotional materials to take home and use as a family during the season of Lent.

Enjoy this poem by Mary Oliver.

Praying

It doesn’t have to be

the blue iris, it could be

weeds in a vacant lot, or a few

small stones; just

pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try

to make them elaborate, this isn’t

a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which

another voice may speak.

 

 

 

The Word for February 16: Law

Law

This week in worship Deborah explores the word LAW. Using more Scripture from the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:17-48, we will hear some old (Old Testament) laws and the new ways that Jesus interprets them.  Here are some ideas to explore with your child before, during, and after worship.

During worship

  • Draw a blank tablet for your child. Can they draw something on tabletit that they hear in the Scripture or the sermon? Can they draw someone keeping (or breaking) God’s law?
  • Draw the letters L-A-W vertically. Can your child make more words beginning with those letters that tell about God? (Love? Laughter? Awesome? Wonderful?)
  • Show your young child how to make tally marks. How many times do they hear the word law during the sermon?

tally marks

Before or after worship…..

  • Talk with your child about the Ten Commandments, God’s original Law. Can you name them all? Click this link for a handy trick with your fingers to remember all ten.
  • The law was given to God’s people as a way to live and love each other, and God. Talk as a family about your own law/rules. What are the most important ways you want to live together as a family? Can you make a list of them together? Take a look at the following pictures for some inspiration.house rules 1

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  • Children will enjoy this fun praise song video: “The Ten Commandment Boogie” by Go Fish.