BECOME || spiritual practices: be refilled and transformed

Sunday, July 26 — Worship@Home resources for FirstPres Hayward’s BECOME || picture of a disciple series

As our congregation has made the decision to move to a digital online format for our Sunday Family Gathering due to COVID-19, FirstPresKids is here to provide resources that can help you create your own at-home family worship experience or supplement the one that will be streamed on Sunday mornings, 10PST from FirstPres Hayward.

NOTE: You can also go to the FPK YouTube Channel to view most (not all) of these materials on this week’s FirstPresKids YouTube Playlist.

a white dove with wings spread is encircled by abstract red, orange and yellow gauze-like flames, symbolizing the Holy Spirit
(a white dove with wings spread is encircled by abstract red, orange and yellow gauze-like flames, symbolizing the Holy Spirit, source)

Lesson Objective: to understand that we need the Holy Spirit to give us energy and that we must make time for God to “recharge” us and transform us

Parent/Caregiver Resources:

Opening or Closing Prayer: Dear God, We live in world that wants a lot from us — some of it is necessary but some of it is extra. Sometimes we waste energy on things that don’t matter to you, like success or being the best. Sometimes we use our energy to do your work on earth, like taking care of others or fighting for justice. When we are tired, when our batteries are on low, remind us to take time with you to recharge. And when we set aside time to be with you, to play with the Holy Spirit, we pray that it transforms us, changes us into what you created us to be. Amen.

Scripture:

Videos for Kids:

  • “God’s Story: Prayer” — one of many spiritual disciplines!
  • “How batteries work” — consider how energy is used and restored in a battery — just like how the Holy Spirit works in you!

Discussion Questions:

  • What is the Holy Spirit? How does it work?

Play/Do:

  • If you have a few family members, play the game “Electricity” — pass that energy and Holy Spirit on!

Make:

Books: libraries are closed and you may not have time to order books, but check out the lists below and often a quick internet search will turn up a video version of many picture books. Or scroll down for my quick picks that you can “read” online!

Written by Lauren Gibbs-Beadle @firstpreskidshayward Children’s Ministries @firstpreshayward | educator, creative, parent | she/her