During Lent, children in grades K-5 will gather spiritual tools they can use to navigate life in all its complexity. When they feel uncertain, empty, lost or tempted, they will be equipped with tangible practices to support them. Just as we teach what to do in case of an earthquake, fire or flood, children will learn ways to remember they are not alone. God is there, reaching out to them.
Matthew 14:22-23 Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, "Master, save me!" Jesus didn't hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand.
February 14 - Tools to us when you're feeling uncertain.
- Breathing practices to remember God is in your breath
- Yoga exercises for grounding
- Listening for God in the silence
Activities include a study of Psalm 23; make a chrysalis from balloons; explore pathways in the church where you could be uncertain about which way to go. What do you do? Where is God?
February 21 - Tools to use when you're feeling empty
You become empty when you are free of fears, perceived faults and shortcomings. When we surrender, God can find us and grace us with the fullness of God's love.
- Bible story - Elijah finds God in the silence.
- Review breathing exercises, yoga and listening in silence.
- Use hand gestures in prayer and song to physically "let go."
Activities; Psalm 23 - Paraphrase for yourself. Make a bowl and fill it with the light of a candle. Feeling empty is a good thing! Instead of filling gaps in time with things, video games and shopping, you can wait, listen and allow God to enter and fill you with love and new ways of being.