Sunday School for ages 3 - 5th Grade
This Lent our kids will be looking at our emotions and how God loves us in and through all of our feelings. We’re using the framework of the familiar Pixar movie “Inside Out” to remind kids of God’s love for them, inside and out. Come join us as we follow the lectionary stories and tie them to different emotions each week. The recurring theme is assuring kids of God’s love no matter what they are feeling.
Our first week tells the story of Peter being embarrassed in front of all the other disciples, and our message is that no matter how embarrassed we feel sometimes God is never “disgusted” with us.
February 18: Presidents Day - No Sunday School
February 25: Mark 8:31-38 - Disgust
March 3: John 2:13-22 - Anger
March 10: John 3:14-21 - Fear
March 17: John 12:20-33 - Sadness
March 24: Palm Sunday - No Sunday School
Saturday, March 30 from 3 - 5 pm: Easter Eve Festival
March 31: Easter - Joy
Easter Eve Festival
Date: Saturday, March 30
Time: 3 - 5 pm. Register for timed entry tickets at bit.ly/EEFtickets
Location: Fellowship Area
Cost: Free! All welcome!
Get ready for a family-friendly journey like no other this Easter Eve! Take a walk (literally) through Holy Week on the way to the Resurrection.
This year’s family Easter event is a pilgrimage through Holy Week. There is so much packed into this sacred time of year, and it’s coming to life with music, theatrical sets, costumed actors, and details using all our senses! We’ll unpack it in ways that are appropriate for kids and engaging for all ages.
Jesus was traveling with his disciples, and so we’ll journey in small groups through this immersive experience, moving from Palm Sunday through each day, finishing with the joy of Easter Sunday (Easter breakfast-for-dinner included!)
Palm Sunday: It all starts with seeing (and hearing) Jesus’ entry into the city of Jerusalem and praising Jesus as God’s king.
Maundy Thursday: We’ll learn how Jesus washed his disciples feet and imagine eating with Jesus at the last supper before going to the garden of Gethsemane to pray.
Good Friday: Participants will hear the story of Jesus being put on trial and his resulting crucifixion.
Holy Saturday: There’s a sacredness to waiting, even when we’re sad. We’ll talk about Jesus being put into the tomb and being buried.
Easter Finale: Joy comes in the morning! We’ll have an Easter breakfast-for-dinner, songs, and crafts for the miracle of resurrection.
For any questions or to volunteer either before and/or during the event, please contact Deaconess Katie at (414) 238-3529 (cell) or email@example.com
To help us plan for the event, please register your group for timed entry tickets at bit.ly/EEFtickets
Sunday School at a Glance
This year we’re streamlining your Sunday morning experience:
Sunday School check-in begins at 9:45 am in the Celebration! Childcare atrium. (Enter at the Celebration! Childcare doorway or follow the rainbow footprints from the gathering space!)
With Sunday School happening simultaneously alongside the 10 am worship service, we’ll open with Carrie Mack leading music and Deaconess Katie teaching the day’s lesson. Then our kids will break into small groups based on their age (3 - 5 year olds, Kindergarten - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade) for crafts and games.
Kids will rejoin their families in the Sanctuary during the worship service at the sharing of the peace, enabling families to be together for Holy Communion.
Register your kids ages 3 - 5th grade (age on September 10, 2023) for Sunday School at this link: bit.ly/sundayschool2324
Sunday School Helpers - Spring Shepherds for the Journey!
No one makes the journey of faith alone, help us walk with our youngest church members. Sunday school will start at 9:45 am in the Atrium, take place during the 10 am worship service, and kids will be returned to their families during the passing of the peace (after the sermon and before holy communion).
Carrie Mack will lead us in music and Deaconess Katie will lead the lesson of the day… Can you lead a craft or game? Available to man our check-in table?
We have three age groups in need of shepherding: 3 - 5 year olds, Kindergarten - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade. Complete instructions and all supplies will be provided each week.
We need shepherds for the next leg of our journey!
The fall went beautifully! We are truly blessed with a vibrant community, and now we’re asking parents to come join us for a few Sundays this spring. We have great kids, fun games, and clever crafts with all the supplies provided.
The spring Sunday School session will be held from January 7 to April 28. Some people can give a single Sunday, others sign up for a whole month at a time. Whatever works for you, we’d love to have you join us as we shepherd kids on their journey through the New Testament.
View and sign up for this year’s schedule and shepherding opportunities online at bit.ly/shepherdsF23
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,
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.