Children's Ministry During COVID-19

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Looking for ways to encourage and equip children and their families during this time? Wondering how to help parents and caregivers talk to kids about crises like coronavirus? You'll find a wide variety of excellent ideas below. 

Resources for Calming Anxiety and Fear:

Faith-Forming Activities Families Can Do While at Home Together: 


Resources for Family Bible Reading and Prayer: 

  • Faith5 is a great way for families to have faith conversations and focus on God.  The five easy steps include: 

    • Step 1: Share your highs and lows.

    • Step 2: Read a Bible verse or story.

    • 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. 

    • For specific details about each step to share with families, click here.   

  • Everyday Family Faith and God’s Big Story cards are two resources for purchase which are filled with creative ideas for exploring the Bible, talking about faith in daily life, and praying together, as well as fun activities to do. Best parts: they’re small enough to send in the mail and families will continue to use them long after the virus is gone. 

  • This Pandemic Hope Devotional is designed for families to use at home. Along with a simple devotional it includes links and ideas for follow-up activities.

  • Encourage families to have ongoing conversations with God by using the ideas for prayer in 5 Ways to Pray with Kids.

  • 5 Ways to Retell a Bible Story with Kids contains five ideas that can be used with any Bible story.  

  • God’s Big Easter Story: A Holy Week Journey for Families is a downloadable free resource that families can use at home from Palm Sunday through Easter. Simple, Fun Ways to Make and Use God's Big Easter Story provides tips to share with families for using this resource; especially helpful for families who don't have a printer at home.  

  • Robin Turner, Children’s Ministry Director at St. Stephens Anglican Church, is creating daily devotions with activities for families. To see Day 1, click here. She is releasing them each morning and you can access them through Worship with Children Facebook page.  

  • Worshipping with Children is providing family worship at home posts. Here is the post for March 22, 2020 on Psalm 23.  

  • With the temporary halt to Sunday morning children's ministry programs, parents may be interested in accessing curriculum content so they can keep the learning going at home. If your church is a Dwell Digital subscriber, check out this post for the ways you can share Dwell Digital sessions with parents. As you may have already heard, if you are a Christian Reformed Church, thanks to your ministry shares you can now access Dwell Digital for free

  • GenOn Ministries is giving away two free sessions which families can use at home to study the Bible, play and pray together during a meal or snack time around the kitchen table, coffee table, picnic blanket, or anywhere food is shared.

Resources for Engaging Children in Worship

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