Mennonite World Conference concludes its global assembly this week in Indonesia. In this short children’s time, we’ll learn some interesting facts about the geography, people, animals, and plants of Indonesia.
This week’s children’s time gives us some ideas about how we can love our country:
- We can pray for our country because we want our country to be a good country and for everyone here to be taken care of.
- We can take care of our country, including the land, the water, and the animals.
- We can learn about country. When we give our attention to something and give it attention, we show it love.
Learn some new facts about America by looking at some postcards shared by friends! Do you know:
- Which city’s name means “City of Brotherly Love”?
- What is the name of the highest point in Kansas?
- Why shouldn’t you touch an armadillo?
- Is Kansas as flat as a pancake?
- Which state has the most national parks?
- Which state is a desert in the summer but not in the winter?
- Which state is the flattest?
- Which oceans touch the US?
- Which state’s state flower is the sunflower?
- Where is the Statue of Liberty located?
Start at 3:40 to learn about our cities, oceans, animals, plants, mountains, prairies, and some famous people!
Enjoy this little clip from “I Think I Need a Band-Aid,” performed by M. on the ukulele.
What do you do when you want to help yourself feel better?
Want to hear the original by Trout Fishing in America?
This Palm Sunday, learn a little more about Palms!
In this short children’s teaching, we look at the name of New Creation Fellowship Church. Even if you’re not part of our church, this short teaching will help you understand a famous Bible verse better.
Today’s children’s time walks through the parable of the fig tree as practice for reading parables. Parables invite us to ask questions and have discussions, not rush to quick conclusions. Reading them slowly and carefully helps us understand them literally, which is the first step in understanding why Jesus told them.
What questions does this parable raise for you?
Lent is a time to remember Jesus’ sojourn in the desert. What was it like? This short children’s teaching shares a bit about it, including the animals who live there.
Celebrate the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple by examining icons of Jesus as a baby and an infant and other “holy families” in the iconography of artist Kelly Latimore. Learn more about his artwork and order some prints of your own at his website.
Start at minute 4:03 to begin at the children’s time.
Last year, I got to share a little bit about epiphany around the world during our children’s time. This year, Epiphany is on Thursday, January 6. If you’d like a starting point to talk about Epiphany traditions, check it at at 6:30.
Have you ever visited a baby and their family? What presents did you bring? What do the presents that the magi bring Jesus tell us about them and about Jesus?