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April 27, 2020

Today’s family activity:  create a family tree! Represent each person on your family tree with some visual(s)—a picture of the family member, or some stuff that could represent them!

Want to share it with us? (We would sure like to see it). Post your photos on our Facebook page: Kids Ministry at University Carillon.

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We’re here to give you a first look into the scripture we’re sharing this weekend. Take some time to prepare and pray through God’s Word which is alive and well!

This weekend’s scripture is from John 10 (NLT). You can find that here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+10&version=NLT

You can watch our Online Gatherings on our website at UCUMC.net/LIVE or Facebook LIVE.

We’re here to give you a first look into the scripture we’re sharing this weekend. Take some time to prepare and pray through God’s Word which is alive and well!

This weekend’s scripture is from 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 (ESV). You can find that here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Thessalonians+4%3A1-8&version=ESV

You can watch our Online Gatherings on our website at UCUMC.net/LIVE or Facebook LIVE.

April 22, 2020

Today’s family activity:  create a beautiful mural of what you think it might have looked like on Noah’s ark with all of those animals!

Want to share it with us? (We would sure like to see it). Post your photos on our Facebook page: Kids Ministry at University Carillon.

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Jump into the story of Ruth and Naomi in this reenactment brought to you by the Bachman family stuffed animals!

Parents, if you’d like to see the lessons from Orange this week, visit this link: https://vimeo.com/whatisorange.

Reflection Questions:
– What is humility?
– How did Ruth show it in the story?
– How did Jesus show humility?
– How can you show humility this week?
– Who has made an impact on your life by living out an example of humility?
– Do you think the stuffed animals are good actors? Should they come back next week?

We’re here to give you a first look into the scripture we’re sharing this weekend. Take some time to prepare and pray through God’s Word which is alive and well!

This weekend’s scripture is from John  4 (NLT). You can find that here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+4&version=NLT

You can watch our Online Gatherings on our website at UCUMC.net/LIVE or Facebook LIVE.

Rest
April 17, 2020

Today’s family activity: be creative in ways that you can find rest!

Three questions:

  • What is one thing you learned about God this week?
  • What is one thing you learned about yourself this week
  • How are you going to rest and focus on God today?

Want to share it with us? (We would sure like to see it).

K & YOUNGER

For the littles, we’ve got some fun activity sheets you can print out and explore! There’s one page for each day, with games and coloring pages!

1ST–5TH GRADE

You can download this packet that has scriptures, interactive activities, questions to think about and more!

Around the House Animals
April 16, 2020

Today’s family activity: re-creation of your favorite animal using things around the house!

Want to share it with us? (We would sure like to see it). Post your photos on our Facebook page: Kids Ministry at University Carillon.

K & YOUNGER

For the littles, we’ve got some fun activity sheets you can print out and explore! There’s one page for each day, with games and coloring pages!

1ST–5TH GRADE

You can download this packet that has scriptures, interactive activities, questions to think about and more!

April 15, 2020

Take a look at this awesome resource for the littles! The Bible App for Kids is an amazing tool to help your child learn the Bible and about Jesus. Our activity guides for the younger kids follow along with the activities in the app.

Bible App for Kids

You can download The Bible App for Kids on your phone or tablet through the AppStore or Google Play. Visit https://bibleappforkids.com/ for more info!

K & YOUNGER

For the littles, we’ve got some fun activity sheets you can print out and explore! There’s one page for each day, with games and coloring pages!

1ST–5TH GRADE

You can download this packet that has scriptures, interactive activities, questions to think about and more!

Thankful Flowers
April 15, 2020

Today’s family activity: create a small bouquet of flowers for someone you miss and are thankful for!

Want to share it with us? (We would sure like to see it). Post your photos on our Facebook page: Kids Ministry at University Carillon.

K & YOUNGER

For the littles, we’ve got some fun activity sheets you can print out and explore! There’s one page for each day, with games and coloring pages!

1ST–5TH GRADE

You can download this packet that has scriptures, interactive activities, questions to think about and more!

Fruit Snacks
April 14, 2020

Today’s family activity: create a fun and delicious fruit snack as you learn about creation!

Want to share it with us? (We would sure like to see it). Post your photos on our Facebook page: Kids Ministry at University Carillon.

K & YOUNGER

For the littles, we’ve got some fun activity sheets you can print out and explore! There’s one page for each day, with games and coloring pages!

1ST–5TH GRADE

You can download this packet that has scriptures, interactive activities, questions to think about and more!

Luminaries
April 13, 2020

Today’s family activity: create a luminary! Use supplies from around your house to create these lanterns that give off light.

Want to share it with us? (We would sure like to see it). Post your photos on our Facebook page: Kids Ministry at University Carillon.

K & YOUNGER

For the littles, we’ve got some fun activity sheets you can print out and explore! There’s one page for each day, with games and coloring pages!

1ST–5TH GRADE

You can download this packet that has scriptures, interactive activities, questions to think about and more!

April 13, 2020

Welcome to our second round of Kids Ministry “subscription” boxes! Below you’ll find a couple of virtual “boxes” that you can participate in throughout the week. Since there are a lot of fun activities, we’d love to see you do them! Take photos or videos and tag us, or post on our Kids Ministry Facebook page!

K & YOUNGER

For the littles, we’ve got some fun activity sheets you can print out and explore! There’s one page for each day, with games and coloring pages!

1ST–5TH GRADE

You can download this packet that has scriptures, interactive activities, questions to think about and more!

On Monday, April 13, we begin a new journey through the Gospel of John as we’ll read and reflect one chapter each day with our SOAP daily devotional. After we read through the Book of John, we’ll then move through the rest of the New Testament- 1 chapter each day. In less than 9 months we will read through the entire New Testament. If you’ve never read through the New Testament, this is a great and easy way to accomplish that. Just sign up to receive a daily email from me (or someone else here at University Carillon) below.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Jamie

Then on the third…

Early Sunday morning, thunderous power, love and beauty broke the silence. What everyone thought was the end, became the beginning.

The man people thought was wrapped in grave clothes, was walking through town, breathing and talking and…very much alive!

Most could hardly believe their eyes. Mary thought Jesus was a gardener; two of his disciples mistook him for a stranger; and his friend Thomas refused to believe without touching for himself Jesus’ pierced hands and side.

And no wonder! They thought that evil had claimed the final word.

But when the cross happened, something else happened too. Something that changed the course of the cosmos, crushed evil, and shamed death. Something that forgave. It was a victory won, a symphony of joy started, a fierce hope set in motion, a new home—heaven on earth—established.

On Friday, Jesus said “It was finished.”

But then, on the third day, he came back to life and declared that the victory coursing through his veins, the new home he was building, the massive love that held him on the cross – we were invited into it, too.

April 11, 2020

So yesterday Jesus was killed; tomorrow He rises again (spoiler alert). Those are both pretty notable events, but what about today?

The Saturday of Holy Week has often been called “Silent Saturday.” There is very little mentioned in the Scriptures about today – the guards secured the tomb, and the women who went to the cross with Jesus rested because it was the Sabbath – but as far as we know from Scripture, God doesn’t say anything. Which is interesting. Knowing what we know about Sunday, Saturday would be the day we would expect God to speak, to say something to comfort His people…to say anything.

But we don’t get that. Instead, we get silence. Why didn’t He rescue them from their despair by giving them the end of the story?

I remember one time giving a presentation, and after presenting everything I had prepared for one of the slides, I ran out of information to talk about before the next slide came. The transition from one slide to the next was timed, so there was a solid 10 seconds of silence as I waited for the next slide to come. 10 seconds had never felt so long. It’s amazing how loud the silence is when there’s nothing to fill it.

I wonder if that is at all reflective of what people were experiencing today, back then. For us, the sting of the silence is softened by our knowledge of what happens Sunday. But they didn’t know He would rise.

The one they thought would save them now lays quiet, still, motionless. Dead.

What do we do with a God who is silent when we want to hear Him most?

Most of us would jump to the conclusion that He just isn’t there. It’s funny how, with God, we equate His silence to His absence. But oftentimes in conversation, silence is just the sign of a good listener.

I’m willing to bet each of us have had our own Silent Saturdays; maybe they’ve been silent weeks, months, or years. But what I want to suggest to you today is this: maybe God’s silence is not a sign of His absence. Maybe His silence is actually an invitation to speak.

Today, may you seek out the silence we so often avoid. May you find and speak to God in it, mirroring the invitation of Psalm 62:8: “Trust in Him at all times, O people; our out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.” And may you pour out your heart to a God who listens, and come Sunday, will speak a powerful declaration of hope, love, and victory.

Song to reflect on: Time by John Lucas

 

 

 

We’re here to give you a first look into the Easter weekend here at University Carillon. Take some time to prepare and pray through God’s Word which is alive and well!

This weekend’s scripture is from Matthew 28 (NLT). You can find that here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+28%3A1-10&version=NLT

You can watch our Easter services on our website at UCUMC.net/LIVE or Facebook LIVE.

Saturday, April 11
5 PM—Family Service

Sunday, April 12
7 AM—Sunrise
9 AM—Traditional
10:15—Contemporary
11:40—Vessel

April 10, 2020

The Friday of Holy Week is often referred to as Good Friday. It is the day in which Jesus is beaten, crucified and killed. Honestly, I’m not sure when or why or how we came to refer to this day as “good.” I also know our tendency is to jump quickly from cross to resurrection, but let us suspend the rest of the story for a moment and reflect upon the sacrifice of Christ.

Jesus speaks a series of seven statements from the cross. One such word that has resonated with me is in John 19:28. Here Jesus says: “I am thirsty.”

Jesus thirsted. The Living Water was parched. The Spring of Life was dry. The One who fills our cups to overflow became empty. After Jesus expresses His need, in jest, sour wine is offered Him. The One whose ministry began by transforming water into the most delicious wine ever is ended with a sip of the worst wine imaginable. And just as the headmaster at Cana had no idea what Jesus did then, humanity had no idea what they were doing now.

The resonance I find in Jesus’ words is in their simplicity. I am thirsty.

Jesus owned his thirst. He owned his need, His lack, His want. He offered no pretense of strength. He owned his thirst. He claimed it. I am thirsty.

Have you owned your thirst? Have you owned your need for God, for hope, for love, for forgiveness, for help?

Jesus became thirsty so that your cup could overflow. He thirsted so our thirst could be quenched.

So may you own your thirst today – may you own your need, your lack, your dependency, weakness and want.

May you claim your thirst for Christ this day and as you do, may you find your cup overflowing with Living Water.

Song for further reflection: “It is Finished” by Red Mountain Church

For conversation or prayerful meditation:
– In what ways do you feel you cannot own or claim your “thirst”?
– Imagine your life fully claiming your thirst, lack, need, want for God. What might be different?
– Read and reflect upon John 2:1-11 and as you do, consider how Jesus’ first miracle was already anticipating Jesus’ work on the cross.

 

April 9, 2020

Today’s family activity: baking bread! Try the recipe in the Holy Week packet and bake bread together. Want to share it with us? (We would sure like to see it). Post your photos on our Facebook page: Kids Ministry at University Carillon.

Check out our Kids Ministry Holy Week “subscription boxes”—virtual “boxes” that you can participate in throughout the week! We’d love to see what you’re doing while you explore the packet! You can tag us, or post on our Kids Ministry Facebook page!

K & YOUNGER

For the littles, we’ve got some fun activity sheets you can print out and explore! There’s one page for each day, with games and coloring pages!

1ST–5TH GRADE

We’ve put together a Guide to Holy Week…with the kids in mind! You can download this packet that has scriptures, interactive activities, questions to think about and more!

VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB

If your kid would be interested in joining a virtual “book club,” email FeliciaColeman@ucumc.net.

SUBSCRIBE – KIDS Ministry Email List

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April 9, 2020

Before Jesus is arrested on Thursday, He decided to spend some of his last moments talking with his disciples, feasting with them and…washing their feet. Their mud-caked, dirt-stained, foul-smelling feet, feet that had never experienced the beauty of tennis shoes and that walked on unpaved, dusty roads for hours a day. Washing someone’s feet in ancient culture was considered a sign of hospitality toward the guest, typically done by a servant, but for the host to kneel and wash them? It was a shocking sign of humility. It didn’t make sense.

When it’s Peter’s turn, he is shocked too and protests: Jesus, washing my feet? Jesus, the one of whom John spoke (in John 1) when he said, “I’m not even worthy to bend down to untie His sandals” – this Jesus is kneeling down to wash my mud-caked, dirt-stained, foul-smelling feet? Doesn’t he know where these feet have been?

Yet more and more, I’m convinced that Jesus’ reply is meant for not just Peter in this moment, but for us every day: “You don’t realize now what I’m doing, but later, you’ll understand.”

See, if we wanted, we could take 5 minutes, get a few chapters ahead, and read about that “later” Jesus talks about. But Peter couldn’t do that. And if you’re anything like me, I can resonate with Peter’s confusion in the moment. There are times when I have no idea what God is doing or why He’s doing it. There are times it seems like God isn’t doing anything. There are times where it seems that He is asking us to love or serve our friends, family, strangers, by doing something strange or bold – as strange and bold as the leader of the group washing his disciples’ feet. In the moment, what God is doing doesn’t always make sense.

Not understanding the “now” often makes it difficult to trust that the “later” is still in His good hands, but the truth is, we can’t always understand the now until later. And in the meantime, we can be confident that whatever God is doing, it is, as John 13 says at the beginning of this story, “to show us the full extent of His love.” We can rejoice, even on Thursday, that our Savior is sovereign in any and all of the unknown.

Song for reflection: Psalm 51 by Jon Foreman

Encouragement to act: The way Jesus loved his disciples, by washing their feet, was a radical, beautiful, counter-cultural way of serving them. Think about ways you can intentionally serve and love the people in your sphere of influence today.

 

 

April 8, 2020

Today’s family activity: sidewalk chalk! Go outside to your front sidewalk or driveway and find a place to write encouraging messages to your neighbor’s. You can say things like, “Jesus loves you” or “We are all in this together”. Add a few drawings to brighten someone’s day! Want to share it with us? (We would sure like to see it). Post your photos on our Facebook page: Kids Ministry at University Carillon.

Check out our Kids Ministry Holy Week “subscription boxes”—virtual “boxes” that you can participate in throughout the week! We’d love to see what you’re doing while you explore the packet! You can tag us, or post on our Kids Ministry Facebook page!

K & YOUNGER

For the littles, we’ve got some fun activity sheets you can print out and explore! There’s one page for each day, with games and coloring pages!

1ST–5TH GRADE

We’ve put together a Guide to Holy Week…with the kids in mind! You can download this packet that has scriptures, interactive activities, questions to think about and more!

VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB

If your kid would be interested in joining a virtual “book club,” email FeliciaColeman@ucumc.net.

SUBSCRIBE – KIDS Ministry Email List

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*If you previously signed up  for KIDS MINISTRY  emails and are not receiving them, please CHECK YOUR SPAM and then send your email address to web@ucumc.net so we can try to resolve the issue.

April 8, 2020

There is no mention of what Jesus did on the Wednesday before His death. Given the intense nature of this week and the extensive attention paid to the other days, why the silence? Perhaps it is a reminder to us that we cannot know everything there is to know or everything we want to know. Maybe it is an indicator that mystery is an important element of faith. I guess there is the possibility that it was such a lazy day that there was nothing worth mentioning. Or maybe, maybe this was a day just to be enjoyed and remembered by friends. After all, some things are for our eyes, hearts, minds and memories alone.

We can speculate all we want but maybe there’s a better option. Maybe we just let Wednesday remain silent. Maybe we leave the blanks blank.

You see, we like miracle-worker Jesus. We like teaching, healing, working, walking, confronting-the-Pharisees Jesus. But silent Jesus, the Jesus who is present yet unnoticed, the Jesus who listens rather than speaks, the Jesus who slips secretly into solitude without warning or word is a Jesus we do not know what to do with.

If you’ve ever been surrounded by silence and felt more frantic than if you were surrounded by chaos, I feel you. It’s what I feel and what I become when I can’t see or hear or feel God. Yet time and again, the silence breaks and God reveals that the silence of God is not the same thing as the absence of God. Take some time today to rest, listen and be still. Resist the temptation to interrupt the silence with noise and may God speak to you today through what you do not hear.

Song for further reflection: “The Lord our God” by Kristian Stanfill

For conversation or prayerful mediation:
– What do you find most unnerving about silence?
– Why might there be times in our lives that require God’s silence?
– Take 10 minutes today and sit in silence. Journal your thoughts for further reflection.

 

April 8, 2020

Today’s family activity: bottle flipping! Have a bottle flipping competition with your family. It’s not quite table flipping but it could be pretty fun. Use bottles of all shapes and sizes. Want to share it with us? (We would sure like to see it). Post your video on our Facebook page: Kids Ministry at University Carillon.

Check out our Kids Ministry Holy Week “subscription boxes”—virtual “boxes” that you can participate in throughout the week! We’d love to see what you’re doing while you explore the packet! You can tag us, or post on our Kids Ministry Facebook page!

K & YOUNGER

For the littles, we’ve got some fun activity sheets you can print out and explore! There’s one page for each day, with games and coloring pages!

1ST–5TH GRADE

We’ve put together a Guide to Holy Week…with the kids in mind! You can download this packet that has scriptures, interactive activities, questions to think about and more!

VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB

If your kid would be interested in joining a virtual “book club,” email FeliciaColeman@ucumc.net.

SUBSCRIBE – KIDS Ministry Email List

Powered by Robly

*If you previously signed up  for KIDS MINISTRY  emails and are not receiving them, please CHECK YOUR SPAM and then send your email address to web@ucumc.net so we can try to resolve the issue.

April 7, 2020

If you had to describe the Christians you know or the church today, what are some of the first words that would come to your mind?

Kind. Loving. Hypocritical. Annoying. Narrow-minded. Soft-spoken. Loud. Quiet.

Of all the words that came to your mind, was “powerful” one of them?

On the Tuesday of Holy Week, Jesus is confronted about everything he’s been doing; long story short, Jesus’ authority doesn’t sit well with the authorities of the day. This brings us to Matthew 21:23-27, where we see a controversial confrontation between Jesus and the religious leaders. They literally interrupt him while He’s teaching to ask Him, “By what authority are you doing these things? And who gave you this authority?”

This is purely speculation, but I think if the religious leaders in Jesus’ day could use one word to describe Him, I think it would be powerful. That’s why they had to get rid of Him: He was a threat to the powers and authorities of that day.

I have to wonder how many people would use the word “powerful” to describe Christians today. But as I look at the way Jesus lived, died, and rose again, I can’t help but think: if we are to be anything as Christians, it should be people of divine power. And as I think about this, I’m continually reminded of Ephesians 1:19-20: the same power raised Jesus Christ from the dead lives in you. Yes, you. If a Christian is to be anything, it should be a person of divine power.

You may not feel powerful. You may feel weak and powerless. But Ephesians 1:19-20 still stands true, regardless of how you feel: the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is alive inside your chest.

Today, take some time to reflect on the power and authority with which Jesus lived, died, and rose again. Do our lives reflect the incredible power and authority we have as Christians? If they don’t, maybe we should ask ourselves: are our lives reflecting the life of Christ? Once we start teaching, speaking, loving, living with the power given to us as Christians, I truly believe that Jesus will be able to teach, speak, love, and live through us in ways we never thought possible.

Scriptures to reflect on: Ephesians 1:19-20, James 5:16, Matthew 7:28-29

Song to encourage: “In Christ Alone (Live)” by Civil Parrish

April 7, 2020

Check out our Kids Ministry Holy Week “subscription boxes”—virtual “boxes” that you can participate in throughout the week! We’d love to see what you’re doing while you explore the packet! You can tag us, or post on our Kids Ministry Facebook page.

1ST–5TH GRADE

We’ve put together a Guide to Holy Week…with the kids in mind! You can download this packet that has scriptures, interactive activities, questions to think about and more!

K & YOUNGER

For the littles, we’ve got some fun activity sheets you can print out and explore! There’s one page for each day, with games and coloring pages!

April 6, 2020

I’ll be honest—there’s something in me that prefers the Jesus who heals people and hugs children over the Jesus who flips tables in the temple. And yet the Monday of Holy Week, this table-turning, angry Jesus is who we see in Matthew 21: He walks into the church and sees it not being a “house of prayer” as it should but rather a “den of robbers,” with money-changers and merchants stealing from each other and stealing the spotlight for worship. The blind and lame are forgotten on the outskirts. And the church has forgotten who they were made to be.

So Jesus flips the tables of the money-changers and merchants, and soon we hear tables and stands hitting the temple floors with a clang, precious coins sprawling across the ground. It seemed like Jesus was throwing a temper tantrum until I read verse 14, where we find out what He does with this cleared space:

The blind and lame come in.

At first they were on the peripheries of the church, but Jesus makes a way for them to come in, and He heals them.

It’s a beautiful story, but it wasn’t real to me until I realized that the Bible says that each of us are the church. We are the church. You are the church. Your heart is the very temple that can house the living, powerful God, that can be a sacred space that worships and welcomes in.

So take this Monday to reflect on the space Jesus creates for people to come in, keeping in mind this truth: church is a verb. We as the church, each of us as the church, were made to worship Him and welcome others in wherever we are: at home, at the store, even online. So as you reflect, keep these two words in your minds today: worship, and welcome. Worship, and welcome – and let Him surprise you with the ways He works when we give Him the space to move.

April 4/5, 2020

Jump into the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the grave (John 11:1–44) in this reenactment brought to you by the Bachman family!

You can find the scripture: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+11%3A1-44&version=NLT

Reflection Questions:

– Why were Lazarus’ sisters mad at Jesus?
– Why didn’t Jesus come right away?
– Can you think of a time that you wanted something right away, but it was better that you got it later?
– In this time of waiting, how can you focus on Jesus?
– Even though you are likely tired of waiting, how can you use your large amount of free time to grow in your faith?

Good afternoon, church!

We’re here to give you a first look into the scripture we’re sharing this weekend. Take some time to prepare and pray through God’s Word which is alive and well!

This weekend’s scripture is from Matthew 27 (ESV). You can find that here: biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+27%3A27-31&version=NLT

Don’t forget it’s Communion Sunday and we’ll be celebrating in our homes. Pick up some grape juice and bread, or if you’re feeling creative you can bake some bread! Check this out for a step by step bread-baking video available below or at: vimeo.com/403401435

April 3, 2020

These videos are a little different than our lesson-type videos. These are crazy-fun, creative and connect to your faith, that you’ll be like, “I can’t believe it!”

Today’s episode are tic-tac-toe games with Jesse (from the LOFT & Upward)! Check it out, and show us some of your own! Video them and put them in the comments section.

April 3, 2020

Hey Kids! Our friend, Alyssa, has an activity for you to share in praising Jesus, and scripture about what it means to praise God in every part of our life.

Activity: Hosanna Palm Branches
What you’ll need: green construction paper, popsicle stick and scissors

Scripture: Matthew 21:7–9
They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

HOLY COMMUNION
We’ve been given special permission—because of the season we’re living in—by our bishop to virtually participate in Holy Communion. We’re asking you to purchase some grape juice and bread/crackers in advance so you can have the elements ready in your home this weekend while you participate in one of our four LIVE online gatherings.

Another option is to make your Communion bread!
Enid Akers Perez has put together a recipe video for Braided Challah if you (and your family) would like to create your communion bread from scratch! Follow along for a step by step instruction of how to prepare, knead, bake and serve the challah in the video below. You can also find a printable recipe here:

Hey Kids! Our friend, Andrew, has an activity for you to share thankfulness with your friends, and scripture about what it means to love one another.

Activity: Thank You Cards for Friends
What you’ll need: paper, coloring utensils (crayons, pencils, markers)

Scripture: John 15:12–13
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

Kids, siblings and parents gather round to hear about peace from our key verse: “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

We’ve also have a quick, easy and fun craft for you to do! What you’ll need: paper, inkpads (or paint), scissors. Print the dove from this link: http://getdrawings.com/images/dove-drawing-outline-1.jpg

April 1, 2020

Hey Kids! Our friend, Megan, has a fun activity for you to share with kids around the world, and scripture about what it means to be blessed (and to bless others).

Activity: Letters to Jackie’s House Kids
What you’ll need: paper, coloring utensils (crayons, pencils, markers)

Scripture: Matthew 5:1-12
One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them.

“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,
for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
God blesses those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
God blesses those who are humble,
for they will inherit the whole earth.
God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice,
for they will be satisfied.
God blesses those who are merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
God blesses those whose hearts are pure,
for they will see God.
God blesses those who work for peace,
for they will be called the children of God.
God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right,
for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

“God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.

March 31, 2020

Hey Kids! Our friend, Alyssa, has a fun craft for you to do and a verse from scripture to share about what it means to be created in God’s image!

Fun Activity: Painting Creation
What you’ll need: worship music, paper and painting supplies

Scripture: Genesis 1:27
“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”

March 30, 2020

Hey Kids! Our friend, Hannah, has a fun activity for you to create and do, and a verse from scripture to share about how amazing God’s creation is … including you!

Fun Activity: Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
What you’ll need: paper, marker, creativity and your family

Scripture: Jeremiah 32:17
“Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.

March 28-29, 2020

Jump into the transformative story of Jesus healing a paralyzed man (Mark 2:1-12) in this reenactment brought to you by the Bachman family!

You can find the scripture: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+2%3A1-12&version=NLT

 

Reflection Questions:

– What’s the most awesome thing a friend has ever done for you?
– What’s the most awesome thing you’ve ever done for a friend?
– Why do you think Jesus was amazed at the faith of the friends and the paralyzed man?
– What would you do if someone tore a hole in your roof?
– How has Jesus met the needs of your family this week?
– How can you help Jesus meet the needs of others this week even while being trapped at home?
– Discuss how Jesus met each of the people in the story and how he meets all of us right where we need him today.

March 27, 2020

These videos are a little different than our lesson-type videos. These are crazy-fun, creative and connect to your faith, that you’ll be like, “I can’t believe it!”

Today’s episode are trick shots with Jesse (from the LOFT & Upward)! Check it out, and show us some of your own! Video them and put them in the comments section.

March 27, 2020

Hey Kids! Our friend, Andrew, has a word of prayer and thankfulness to share with you!

Fun Activity: “Where you are, what you’ve got” Basketball

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

March 26, 2020
Testimonies, big and small, remind us that God is the main character of our stories.

Testifying to Christ’s work in our lives give us a peek into what Heaven’s up to on Earth. They put our stories in perspective, as part of God’s bigger picture. They can bring us closer to God and connect us with others in ways normal stories of hope, perseverance and love cannot do.

Take a look at Jennine Van Sickle’s testimony. As you hear this testimony, proclaim your own…because when we realize we have a voice to proclaim the faithfulness of God, the darkness in our lives begins to lose its grip.

March 26, 2020

Steve Painter, Chair of Staff-Parish Relations Committee, shares an update of the church and how your continued giving is impacting and furthering the mission of the church even while we’re practicing social distancing.


One of the most encouraging things we’ve experienced in the midst of this time we’re in, is the generosity of the church that calls University Carillon home. The response we receive when our staff reaches out to our members are summed up by the response, “How can we help?”

Some of the ways you’ve done just that include Community Pantry drop offs, sharing the livestream gatherings on your Facebook page, participating in online discipleship, and being the church to your neighbors. Thank you!

While our in-person gatherings have been on pause due to social distancing, our mission to help anyone and everyone become a follower of Jesus has become stronger. The church is a resilient being, and we’re seeing this even in the midst of social distancing.

We look forward to the day we get to worship together in person, but today we’ve got our sights set on Jesus … will you help us continue reaching people for the glory of God and the sake of the world?

Hey Kids! Our friend, Julie, has a fun craft for you to do and a story from scripture to share about how Jesus will always be with you!

Flip Book Craft
What you’ll need: paper, scissors, staples and your parents

Scripture: Mark 4:35–41
As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water.

Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”

When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”

We’re sad we couldn’t be with our kiddos tonight for Wednesday Nights in the Clubhouse, so we’re bringing the Clubhouse to you!

Kids, siblings and parents gather round to hear about prayer from our key verse: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” (Philippians 4:6)

We’ve also have a quick, easy and fun craft for you to do! What you’ll need: paper, crayons and your hand!

Hey Kids! Hear what one our Kids Ministry Teachers, Megan, has to say about the scripture:

“May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

—Romans 15:5–6

March 23, 2020

Hey church! It was great worshipping with you this past weekend over livestream at all four of our online gatherings!

Keep an eye out on how you can stay connected throughout the week (kids, youth and adults). The staff is in process of creating ways to learn about Jesus in the comfort and safety of your own homes and neighborhoods during this time.

Don’t forget you can still submit prayer requests and participate in the offering by visiting ucumc.net/live.

March 21-22, 2020

Jump into the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11–32) in this reenactment brought to you by the LOFT staff, with special guest appearances from the pastors.

Questions to reflect on:
– Which brother do you think you are most like? Why?
– What can we learn about forgiveness from the story?
– What do we learn about God from the father in the story?
– How can you practice forgiveness this week?

Challenges this week:
– Find a way to practice radical forgiveness this week.
– Think of something that has happened to you that you have not forgiven to this point. Find a way to forgive that person this week.

March 20, 2020

Good morning, church!
We’re here to give you a first look into the scripture we’re sharing this weekend. Take some time to prepare and pray through God’s Word which is alive and well! Let us know your thoughts below (we want to know the kiddos’ thoughts, too)!

This weekend’s scripture is John 5:1–15 (ESV). You can find that here: biblegateway.com/passage/…

To get the ball rolling:
– Why is Jesus asking this man if he wants to be well, given his circumstances?
– After hearing the man’s response, what are your thoughts?

March 19, 2020

Hey church!
We hope you’re doing well and we’re looking forward to gathering with you this weekend. Can you help us with something?

Online worship gatherings:
Saturday—5 PM
Sundays—9, 10:15, 11:40 AM

March 17, 2020

Church family, how are you doing? We know things are a little crazy right now…

Check out the video below for what the rest of the week looks like. Reach out to us if you need anything! Church is beginning…