Messy Church Craft, Friday, April 3, 2020

Messy Church Craft – Friday, April 3, 2020 @ 5:30 pm 
Sensory Bottles or Calm-Down Bottles


  • Water bottle or glass bottle
  • food coloring
  • glitter
  • glue or oil (olive oil, baby oil)
  • any items you want to include inside the bottle (Legos, letters, pom poms, etc.)

Palm Sunday Craft

Palm Sunday Craft


Directions for Palm Leaf Fan – CLICK HERE for palm template 

Supplies: green cardstock or construction paper, Palm Leaf template, scissors, popsicle sticks (or found sticks, chopsticks), tape
  1. Cut out the palm leaf template.
  2. Fold the green paper (hotdog style) and using the palm leaf template to cut out the side of the palm leaf (opposite of the folded side)
  3. Open up the fold to show the entire palm leaf.  You can tape a popsicle stick, folded construction paper, chopstick, etc. to the back to make a Palm Leaf fan.
  4. Post your finished Palm Leaf on the Gatherlings page or email to the church office
Here is a great Palm Sunday color sheet, fun for both kids and adults!

Children’s Church, Sunday March 29, 2020

Children’s Church, Sunday, March 29, 2020

Directions for Fruits of the Spirit necklace:

Click here to download directions & color sheet.

Materials: Fruits of the Spirit print out, markers (crayons, paint), hole punch, yarn (or twine)

  1. Color each of the fruits of the spirit.
  2. Cut out each circle.
  3. Hole punch each circle and thread yarn through each circle, tie at the end.


The coloring page is great for adults and kids alike as a stress-reliever!

Gatherlings Time, Wednesday March 25, 2020

Gatherlings Time, Wednesday March 25, 2020

If you are able, have your child watch the Session 4 video before we meet on Wednesday.  Click here for the the lesson plan.  Please print out page 8 for each child.  Also, print page 9 (coloring page) for infant-5 and any other child who wants a copy.  For older students, they can print out page 10 to complete after the lesson.

Link to watch the Deep Blue video online-  


Children’s Church Sunday March 22, 2020

Children’s Church Sunday, March 22, 2020
Verse for today: 
2 Corinthians 5:17
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

Directions for butterfly activity:

Materials: butterfly cut-out template, different colored pieces of tissue paper, glue, scissors, (hole punch, yarn are optional)

  1. Print and cut out butterfly template.
  2. Tear or cut colored tissue paper into pieces.
  3. Glue the tissue paper onto the butterfly template mosaic-like and let dry.
  4. *Optional: hole punch a hole at the top of the butterfly and attach yarn to hang the butterfly from a window or door like a suncatcher. 


Sermon Homework: Dec. 15, 2019

Sermon Homework: Dec. 15, 2019
3rd Sunday of Advent – What Child is This?  A Humble Child
Pastor Stephanie Kimec Parker

John the Baptist, through his disciples, asks Jesus, are you the one to come or are we to wait for another? Jesus was not living into his idea of how the Messiah should act. Yet Jesus was doing miraculous things like healing and sharing the good news of God’s kingdom. How do we expect the Messiah to act? Have we put Jesus into a box and need to open our eyes once again to how amazing the child is?     Jesus modeled obedience and humility. Read Philippians 2:1-8. How can we be humble like Christ is humble? Jesus was a very different type of leader than our political leaders. How can we seek to be more like Christ?  


Sermon Homework: Dec. 8, 2019

Sermon Homework: December 8, 2019
What Child is This?  Second Sunday of Advent
Pastor Stephanie Kimec Parker

As we continue to prepare our hearts for Christ, looking at John the Baptist helps us to ensure we are ready. John’s role was to prepare everyone. Matthew 3:1 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’  We are to examine our hearts, repent of the ways we have failed to fully love God, neighbor and self. What do you need to repent of and invite the Holy Spirit to transform?   John the Baptist proclaimed that we must bear fruit worthy of repentance. While grace is a free gift, out of gratitude for God’s grace and salvation we bear fruit. When have we born fruit? How can we continue to abide in Christ so we can continue to bear fruit?

Sermon Homework: Nov. 24, 2019

Sermon Homework: Nov. 24, 2019
Joining our Generous God – Part 2
Rev. Stephanie Kimec Parker
We are invited to join our generous God. Reread Luke 10:25-37, how are we like the inn keeper and invited by God to be generous? How can we respond when the Holy Spirit invites us to care for our neighbors, friends and coworkers?
God has the ability to multiply out gifts in incredible ways. Reread Luke 9:10-17, how can God multiply our gifts?

Sermon Homework: November 18, 2019

Sermon Homework: November 18, 2019
Joining our Generous God
Pastor Stephanie Kimec-Parker
We are invited to join our generous God in being generous. In Genesis 1:27-31 we are reminded that we are made in God’s image and God has given us dominion, rule, over the earth. However this rule is to be done as God would rule, with a generous and gracious hand. Because we are made in God’s image, we are to be God’s representatives and reminded that everything is God’s. How can we change our idea of what is ours to the reality that all is God’s?

Pray this week about how you can join God in being generous. We will be bringing our pledges, our commitments, to God this coming Sunday. Pray about how we can join our generous God.

Sermon Homework: Nov. 10, 2019

Sermon Homework:  Nov. 10, 2019
Enneagram Type 9
Pastor Stephanie Kimec Parker
People who are Enneagram 9 have the ability to see both sides and are natural mediators as they exude peace. Who in your life may be an Enneagram 9 and how does it feel to be around that person? How can the Holy Spirit work on you to make you more of a peacemaker as well?
Jonah is a great Biblical example of an Enneagram 9 as he does the exact opposite of what God asks him to do at first. Then we he finally does what God asks of him, we get the sense he just does the bare minimum. How can we be more willing to do what God asks us to do?