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Children's Ministry

Age 3 - 5th Grade

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December 2022

by Deaconess Katie Freund

Growing In Faith December Class Schedule

Drop off: 9:05 am in the Sanctuary

Pick up: 9:50 am in the west wing                                

 

December 4: Jonah & the Big Fish (Jonah 1-4)

December 11: A Child Called Immanuel (Isaiah 7:10-17)

December 18: Ugly Christmas Sweater Christmas Pageant (during 10 am worship)

December 25 - January 1: Winter break

​During the Christmas break, we’re offering a chance for some intergenerational coloring with music and hot cocoa during our coffee hour between the two services. All ages are welcome! We’ll resume growing in faith for our children’s faith formation on Sunday, January 8.

 

Ugly Christmas Sweater Christmas Pageant

Sunday, December 18 during 10 am worship

It’s that time of year! The return of good cheer! It is exciting for our 3 year olds to 5th graders to have a Christmas program again after a two year hiatus!

We’re encouraging the entire congregation to wear their favorite “ugly” Christmas sweater as we make cozy memories. After two years of quiet Christmases we’re focusing on the joy of being together, so show us your yuletide swag. The whole congregation will join us for interactive story telling and sing some beloved songs

Teachers Wanted!

“Growing in Faith” is… well… growing! Are you interested in helping us with our kids? There’s been an increase in kids coming on Sunday mornings and we could use a few teachers! We’ve had an awesome team of helpers for the fall, and now we need a couple more. Are you up for some fun? Email Deaconess Katie to sign up at deaconesskatie@holycrosschurch.org

November 2022

by Deaconess Katie Freund

Growing In Faith November Class Schedule

Drop off: 9:05 am in the Sanctuary

Pick up: 9:50 am in the west wing                                

 

November 6: Naomi & Ruth (Ruth 1:1-2)

November 13: David & Goliath (1 Samuel 17:4-11, 32-50)

November 20: Elijah & the Widow (1 Kings 17:8-16)

November 27: Thanksgiving break

Milestone Ministries: Third Grade and up, Bible Basics and Presentation of Bibles on Sunday, November 13 at 9 am

See more information about this milestone and RSVP at Milestone Ministries

Save the date for our ugly Christmas sweater pageant on Sunday, December 18 during the 10 am worship service. Watch for more details in the December newsletter.

October 2022

by Deaconess Katie Freund

Rally Day kicked off our Faith Formation for the new school year with a splash! Thank you to all that attended and to the many volunteers that made the day one to remember!

 

This year our theme for Sunday mornings is “Growing in Faith” and we’re starting at 9:05 am in the Sanctuary where the kids will have their own time to pray and praise God. The three age groups are 3 to 5 year olds, K to 2nd grade, and 3rd to 5th grade.

 

And parents/guardians are welcome to join in the fun. If you’re looking for your own moment of quiet adult time, see details about the adult faith formation option “Visual Faith”.

 

Questions? Contact Deaconess Katie at deaconesskatie@holycrosschurch.org

 

Growing In Faith Fall Class Schedule

Drop off: 9:05 am in the Sanctuary

Pick up: 9:50 am in the west wing                                

 

October 2: Jacob Wrestles (Genesis 32:22-31)

 

October 9: No class - We celebrate the Installation of Revered Christopher Neptun

October 16: Praise God (Psalm 8)

October 23: Movie day - Prince of Egypt (9 am - 11 am)

October 30: Battle of Jericho (Joshua 6:1-20)

November 6: Naomi & Ruth (Ruth 1:1-2)

November 13: David & Goliath (1 Samuel 17:4-11, 32-50)

November 20: Elijah & the Widow (1 Kings 17:8-16)

November 27: Thanksgiving break

December 4: Jonah & the Big Fish (Jonah 1-4)

December 11: A Child Called Immanuel (Isaiah 7:10-17)

December 18: Christmas Pageant (during 10 am worship)

December 25 - January 1: Winter break

 

 
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Resources for Talking with Kids About War

by Deaconess Katie Freund

Dear Holy Cross Families, 


With the heartbreaking conflict in Ukraine dominating our news it can be hard to know how to talk about the world's brokenness with our kids. 

There is tremendous value in having difficult conversations with our kids, especially when it comes to topics that have no easy answers. When left to make their own assumptions, kids can think that anxiety or confusion is something only they are experiencing. The feeling of being with these feelings isn't good for anyone, especially children. You do not need to have the "perfect" answer, or even any answer, to be a valuable resource to children. We often underestimate how much comfort simple, open, and honest communication can bring. Believe it or not, simply sharing this moment together does a world of good in showing your child that they are not alone.

A few resources for families have been circulating this past week and I wanted to share them with you in case they may be of help. 

The first is titled "A Kids Book About War" - it is written to be accessible for kids age 5 and older. It is provided as a free resource but if your family benefits from it please consider making a donation through the website to support Unicef or Doctors Without Borders. View the ebook at akidsco.com

The second is an article to help parents have faith-based conversations about this topic at home written by Charity Kauffman, the managing editor in Group's children's ministry department. It's an easy and short read that gives clear cut advice. 
Read "Helping Children Process the Conflict in Ukraine" online at childrensministry.com

The third is a "30 Seconds" read from a clinical psychologist, Dr. Bethany Cook, titled "How to Talk to Kids About War". A big strength in this resource is how she quickly tells you how to assess where your child is at with what they may or may not already know of what is happening globally. Read it online at 30seconds.com

If there is anything we at Holy Cross can do to offer your family guidance or support (not just in this context, but amidst life's many challenges), please don't hesitate to reach out. 
DeaconessKatie@holycrosschurch.org

In the peace and love of Christ,

Deaconess Katie

Love Ukraine
Talking to Our Kids About Race

Talking to Our Kids About Race

Part of our call as people who follow Jesus is to love others as Jesus loved, which included seeking to change the ways culture can hurt others.

 

In Jesus’ time, he challenged the ways in which the culture as it was did not allow for fullness of life for those who found themselves widowed, orphaned, or in a strange land. In our time, following Jesus’ example of love can include challenging ways in which the culture as it is does not allow for fullness of life for those who are “othered” for any number of reasons. The following resources give ideas of how to equip your kids (and yourselves) for loving others as Jesus loves them. Here are some ideas and resources to begin the conversation:

· There are a lot of books you can read with your child(ren). Your local public children’s librarian will most likely be able to assist you in choosing some for your family to read. One book that my family has appreciated is Something Happened In Our Town by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins and Ann Hazard. Age range 4-8 year olds). Another one is When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner.

 

· Sesame Workshop has some great resources for younger kids. As a parent, I’ve found the articles helpful. sesameworkshop.org/what-we-do/racial-justice

 

· Talk with your child(ren) about being an “upstander,” and maybe even practice how to be one. Here is a cute video that introduces how to be an upstander: youtu.be/eeqQCyQOCPg

 

· When you’re watching a show with your kids, pay attention to who the heroes and villains are portrayed to be. Talk about why that might be.

 

· For your own growth, join Holy Cross’ Antiracism Roundtable and Work Group, held monthly via Zoom.

 

Some of these ideas were collected from a three-session class called “Raising Anti-Racist Kids” led by First Presbyterian in Libertyville. View the recap resources on their website under Resources for Families at firstpreslibertyville.org/anti-racism/

 

An important take-away from Sesame Workshop: “As soon as children can ask questions, support their natural curiosity by answering them, even the most difficult ones (and it’s okay to say you want to think about their question for a while). Let them know that it’s okay to notice skin color and to talk about race. The idea is to make differences normal… and good!”

 

From a place of faith, we recognize that God has created these differences—and loves and celebrates them.