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KIDS Week 2 — Wednesday

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!

Fun-Sized Breaking News

April 14, 2020

We’ve got some fun-sized breaking news coming straight your way! Check out what these experts have to say…

KIDS Week 2 — Tuesday

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!

KIDS Week 2 — Monday

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!

KIDS Subscription Box — Week 2

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!

SOAP: Gospel of John

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

Easter: Risen

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.

Holy Week Devotional: Silent Saturday

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