The Greatest Digital Christmas Pageant Ever!

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See the ages-old Christmas story as it has never been told before!  Since we couldn't meet and present our usual pageant, our Sunday School children met on Zoom on Friday, December 18 to recreate the story. We had Mary and Joseph, an angel, shepherds, a sheep, two wise people, as well as two who were master of ceremonies. Shirley Nasner provided musical interludes, playing and singing some carols. The children were creative in making their own costumes. Thanks to all the children who took so much responsibility and who came through as they always do, to their parents who helped them at home, to Shirley who is always willing to help the Sunday School with music, and special thanks to Pastor Matt for his tech skills and for his support of me as I ventured into this new way of presenting a pageant.


Mary Jane Brown

Feed the Birds!

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26


We read in the Bible that our heavenly Father feeds the birds. Recently, our Sunday School children got together to help God feed the birds. They met in the church parking lot for our “feed the birds” project.  


After a socially distanced lunch of grilled cheese sandwiches, chicken tenders, and hot chocolate, everyone hung the “bird food” on a tree near our outdoor pulpit: ornaments made from bird seed and pinecones slathered with peanut butter and rolled in bird seed. 


We hope the birds enjoyed their feast. (We know some squirrels did!)

Sunday school in the time of covid-19

It’s difficult to know how to keep Sunday School active when our church building is closed to all activities and events. Nevertheless, I’m committed to keeping in touch with all our children and young people. To do that I send an e-mail to them via their parents in the middle of each week to try to encourage them and assure them that whatever they are feeling (e.g. scared, frustrated, worried) are feelings that are normal and shared by adults as well as children and young people. At the end of the week, I send an “at-home” Sunday School activity. I avoid worksheet type activities for two reasons: 1) they may already be getting such activities from some of their teachers as they do school work at home, and 2) I want these activities to be things they can do without too much assistance from their parents who are already trying to keep them up-to-date with school work and may be trying to work from home as well. For example, I sent them paper palms during the week prior to Palm Sunday so that they could wave palms as they watched Pastor Matt’s service on FaceBook.

 

During the week after Easter, the activity was based on the scripture for April 19, John 20:19-31. In this reading, Jesus appears to his disciples for the first time after rising on Easter morning and says, “Peace be with you” three times. Since our children enjoy passing the peace on Sunday mornings and since shaking hands may not be an option when we return to worship in church, I sent them a YouTube link teaching them how to say, “Peace be with you” and then “And also with you” in sign language. I asked them to practice so that we can teach the congregation when we return to worship. Sometimes the activities are based on scripture and sometimes they are just for fun, such as an “in your house scavenger hunt.”  Whatever I send, I want the children to know that I think about them, care about them, and pray for them, and that we will eventually be back together.

 

Mary Jane Brown

Sunday School Teacher

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