Family Ministry

Christmas Day Time for Children

Posted by Kristie Grimaud on December 24, 2016 @ 11:05 AM

Please bring your favorite gift that you received on Christmas to the Christmas Day service at 10:00 am.  We'll talk about those in the Time for Children moment. 

I hope to see you all at one of the Christmas Eve services too -- 5:00 pm or 9:00 pm.

Merry Christmas!  Christ has come!

Compassion Kids Christmas Caroling

Posted by Kristie Grimaud on November 28, 2016 @ 11:37 AM

Compassion Kids will sing to the seniors at the Coronado Retirement Village on Dec. 8th at 4:30 pm.  All ages welcome!

Birthday Party for Jesus

Posted by Kristie Grimaud on November 28, 2016 @ 11:35 AM

Children's Birthday Party for Jesus

December 17th  3:00-5:00 pm

For PreK-5th grade kids

Nursery care available for infants and toddlers

RSVP to Andy Grimaud andy.greemo@gmail.com  by Dec. 14th.

Youth Volunteers to help are appreciated.

 

Preparing Our Hearts for Advent Preparing Our Lives for Christ

Posted by Kristie Grimaud on November 03, 2016 @ 11:21 AM

Let us prepare our hearts, minds, and use our strength to decorate our church sanctuary for the Advent and Christmas season.

Sunday, November 20th, 4:00 p.m.

Church-Wide Chili Cook-Off 5:00 p.m. and Advent Preparation Workshop led by Kristie Grimaud.

We will learn how to prepare ourselves, our families, and our faith community for the coming Christ during this Advent season. All ages welcome!

Nursery care provided from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

3rd Grade Bible Presentation Oct 23rd

Posted by Kristie Grimaud on October 03, 2016 @ 5:07 AM

We will present a Bible to all 3rd graders during both Worship services on October 23rd.  If you have a 3rd grader who would like to receive a Bible, please contact Kristie in the church office at (619) 435-5691.

Children's Sunday School Orientation

Posted by Kristie Grimaud on September 14, 2016 @ 5:04 AM

If you missed last week's orientation, we will have another one this Sunday, September 18th, at 10:15 am in the Social Hall.

If your children attend Sunday School while you are in Worship or Bible Study/Connect, you will need to attend the orientation for new procedures and goals.

Children's Sunday School Orientation

Posted by Kristie Grimaud on September 06, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

Children’s Sunday School Orientation For Parents & Children
Sunday, September 11th  10:15 am.
Social Hall
If you have children in Sunday School, please come and see what's new!

Blessing of the Backpacks Aug 21st 9:00 & 10:30 service

Posted by Kristie Grimaud on August 20, 2016 @ 7:27 AM

Blessing of the Backpacks tomorrow during both services! Have the kids bring their backpacks or school bags to church to lay on the altar for a blessing to start the new school year. Parents -- scripture cards will be available for you to take, so you can slip a note periodically into lunchboxes and backpacks

Family Devotional Aug 14 - Sep 3

Posted by Kristie Grimaud on August 15, 2016 @ 5:54 AM

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT—FAITHFULNESS (2 KINGS 22:1–23:23):
AUGUST 14–20
AUGUST 14 STORY SUNDAY:
Read the following story together as a family.
Josiah was only eight when he became the king of Judah.
Josiah was a great king. He loved God, and he tried his best
to always do what God asked him to do. When he got older,
he decided to restore the Temple so the Israelites could
worship God. While Josiah and the workers were cleaning,
they came across a scroll. The scroll contained God’s
rules. Josiah needed help reading it, so he sent for the
prophetess, Huldah. Huldah helped Josiah read the rules
God had given the people a long time ago. Josiah was sad.
The Israelites were not following God’s rules. Josiah called
all of the people together, and read God’s rules to them. He
promised to follow them, and so did the people of Israel.
PRAY: Dear God, thank you for Josiah’s faithfulness. Help us
to be faithful. Amen.


AUGUST 15 MOVEMENT MONDAY:
Clean Up the Temple
Supplies: your children’s toys
• Bring toys from your children’s rooms into the living
room. Lay the toys on the living room floor.
• Have a cleanup race. How quickly can they get the toys
back to the right place?
SAY: Josiah loved God and wanted to be faithful to God.
The first thing Josiah did to be faithful was to clean up the
temple. It had been ignored, gotten dirty, and was filled with
things that should not be in the temple. Josiah cleaned all of
the junk out and made a space for the Israelites to worship
God.
PRAY: Dear God, help us create space to worship you. Amen.

AUGUST 16 CREATE TOGETHER TUESDAY:
Eye of God
Supplies: yarn of any color, craft sticks, glue, scissors
• Encourage everyone to glue two sticks together in a
cross shape. Let the crosses dry.
• Invite everyone to take yarn and wrap it over and around
one stick, then on a diagonal to the next stick, and over
and around it on the diagonal to the next stick, and
over and around it. Continue for four or five more turns
around the cross until the eye is as large as you want.
• Glue the yarn end to the back of the cross to hold it in
place.
PRAY: Loving God, help us know what you would like us to do
so we can be faithful. Amen.

AUGUST 17 WONDER WEDNESDAY
ASK: I wonder what it was like to be the king at eight years
old. I wonder how Josiah felt when he discovered he and the
Israelites had not been doing all of the things God wanted
them to. I wonder how the people felt when Josiah told them
they had not been obeying God. What do you think?
PRAY: God of wonder, we know you are always with us. Thank
you. Amen.

AUGUST 18 THURSDAY LAB:
Bake Passover Bread
Supplies: computer or tablet, ingredients from recipe
• Search for a matzoh recipe online. You could try out this
one: allrecipes.com/recipe/matzah/.
• Gather the ingredients, and then bake the bread together
as a family.
SAY: One of the things Josiah did to help the Israelites
remain faithful was to reinstitute the Passover meal and
celebration. Jewish people still eat matzoh at Passover.
PRAY: Lord God, thank you for yummy food creations. Amen.

AUGUST 19 FAMILY FRIDAY
• Watch this week’s Deep Blue Bible Adventures video in
your Deep Blue App.
• Sing this month’s song. Watch the music video in your App.
ASK: What did Asia, Edgar, and Kat learn today?
PRAY: God, thank you for time together as a family to learn
more about you and our world. Amen.

AUGUST 20 SERVING SATURDAY:
Clean Up Your Church
• Contact your pastor and ask how your family can help
clean up around the church. Does the church need to
be vacuumed or mopped? Does the garden need to be
weeded? Help clean it up.
PRAY: Dear God, thank you for opportunities to serve you
together. Amen.


FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT—GENTLENESS (PSALM 23:1-6):
AUGUST 21–27
AUGUST 21 STORY SUNDAY:
Read the following story together as a family.
The Lord is my shepherd. I lack nothing. He lets me rest in
grassy meadows; he leads me to restful waters; he keeps
me alive. He guides me in proper paths for the sake of his
good name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no danger because you are with me. Your rod and
your staff—they protect me. You set a table for me right in
front of my enemies. You bathe my head in oil; my cup is so
full it spills over! Yes, goodness and faithful love will pursue
me all the days of my life, and I will live in the Lord’s house
as long as I live.
PRAY: Dear God, thank you for your gentleness and care.
Amen.

AUGUST 22 MOVEMENT MONDAY:
Follow the Shepherd
Supplies: obstacles such as paper, books, toys, chairs
• Go outside. Set out obstacles around the open space.
SAY: Sheep know to follow the shepherd because the
shepherd keeps the sheep safe. We are going to pretend to
be sheep following a shepherd.
• Invite the children to follow you over and around the
obstacles.
• Sing this song to the tune of “Following the Leader” while
you move through the obstacle course:
God is like a shepherd,
a shepherd,
a shepherd.
God is like a shepherd;
we are like God’s sheep.
PRAY: Dear God, thank you for leading us like a shepherd
leading sheep. Amen.

AUGUST 23 CREATE TOGETHER TUESDAY:
Psalms
Supplies: paper, pencils or pens
• Using your paper and pencils or pens, as a family, write a
psalm (a poem or song) that reminds you to be gentle and
to share God’s love.
SAY: God is always with us, guiding and caring for us just like
a shepherd.
PRAY: Lord God, thank you for caring for us. Amen.

AUGUST 24 WONDER WEDNESDAY
ASK: I wonder why this psalm was written. I wonder when
God is with me. I wonder how the sheep feel being cared for
by the shepherd. I wonder how the shepherd feels caring for
the sheep. What do you think?
PRAY: God of wonder, we know you are always with us. Thank
you. Amen.

AUGUST 25 THURSDAY LAB: Paint With Wool
Supplies: felt pieces, construction paper, paint, plate
• Cut felt into pieces to paint with. Pour paint onto a plate.
• Invite everyone to paint a picture of Psalm 23 using the
felt piece as a brush.
PRAY: Dear God, thank you for loving us. Help us share your
love with others. Amen.

AUGUST 26 FAMILY FRIDAY
• Watch this week’s Deep Blue Bible Adventures video in
your Deep Blue App.
• Sing this month’s song. Watch the music video in your App.
ASK: What did Asia, Edgar, and Kat learn today?
PRAY: God, thank you for time together as a family to learn
more about you and our world. Amen.

AUGUST 27 SERVING SATURDAY:
Giving Saturday
Supplies: canned goods
• As a family, go through your pantry and see if there are
canned goods that can be donated to the local food
pantry.
• Make arrangements to visit the food pantry to deliver
the canned goods.
SAY: It is our joyful responsibility to share with others what
we have.
PRAY: Dear God, thank you that we are able to share with
others. Amen.


FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT—SELF-CONTROL (DANIEL 1:1-21):
AUGUST 28–SEPTEMBER 3
AUGUST 28 STORY SUNDAY:
Read the following story together as a family.
Nebuchadnezzar instructed his high priest to bring the
wisest and smartest to the king’s court. They were to be
taught the Chaldean language and its literature. They
were to eat of the king’s food and to be trained to serve
the king. Those chosen were Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach,
and Abednego. Daniel and his friends did not want to
eat from the king’s table and requested to eat fruit and
vegetables. The chief official said no because if they did
not look healthy, the king would be angry. Daniel talked
with the guard and made a deal. If after ten days of eating
fruit and vegetables they looked ill and not healthy, then
they would eat the king’s food. For the next ten days, the
guard would trade the king’s food for vegetables and fruit.
After ten days, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
looked healthier than any others, so the guard continued to
provide fruit and vegetables for them. God blessed Daniel,
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. When it was time for
the king to review the young men, no one was found to
be as good as they were. Daniel served the king for many
years.
PRAY: Dear God, thank you for those who trust in God
always. Amen.

AUGUST 29 MOVEMENT MONDAY:
Simon Says
• Invite everyone to line up across from you. You will give
directions for them to follow.
• If you say, “Simon Says,” first, they should do it. If you do
not say, “Simon Says” first, they should not do it.
• Give a series of instructions, such as touch your nose, act
like a monkey, touch your toes, or hop on one foot.
• Play until everyone is tired.
PRAY: Dear God, doing the right thing can be hard. Help us to
have self-control. Amen.

AUGUST 30 CREATE TOGETHER TUESDAY:
Lunchtime
Supplies: vegetables and fruit
• As a family, prepare a meal full of vegetables and fruit.
SAY: Daniel chose to eat fruits and vegetables rather than
eat the king’s fancy food. That took self-control.
PRAY: Lord God, thank you for all the good food! Amen.

AUGUST 31 WONDER WEDNESDAY
ASK: I wonder how Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
felt being in the king’s court. I wonder what it was like to eat
different food from others in the court. What do you think?
PRAY: God of wonder, we know You are always with us. Thank
you. Amen.
SEPTEMBER 1 THURSDAY LAB:
Marshmallow Test
Supplies: at least two large marshmallows for everyone,
stopwatch or clock
• Give everyone one marshmallow. Tell them they can each
eat the yummy marshmallow now, or if they can wait 15
minutes, they can each have a second marshmallow.
• Give everyone the chance to make a decision, and set a
timer for 15 minutes.
• If anyone does wait the 15 minutes, give that person the
second marshmallow.
• Discuss as a family what it means to have self-control.
SAY: Daniel and his friends practiced self-control by eating
what God wanted and not from the king’s table.
PRAY: Lord God, we pray that we will have self-control. Amen.

SEPTEMBER 2 FAMILY FRIDAY
• Watch this week’s Deep Blue Bible Adventures video in
your Deep Blue App.
• Sing this month’s song. Watch the music video in your App.
ASK: What did Asia, Edgar, and Kat learn today?
PRAY: God, thank you for time together as a family to learn
more about you and our world. Amen.

SEPTEMBER 3 SERVING SATURDAY:
Sharing Healthy Food
Supplies: apples, cheese crackers, small bottles of water,
paper lunch bags
• Fill each bag with an apple, a package of cheese crackers,
and a bottle of water.
• Place the bags in your family vehicle. Hand them out to
people you see who may need something to eat.
SAY: God wants us to care for our neighbors the way we care
for ourselves.
PRAY: Dear God, thank you for everything you have given us.
Help us share what we have with others. Amen.

Family Devotional July 17-23

Posted by Kristie Grimaud on July 18, 2016 @ 5:18 AM

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT—PEACE (MATTHEW 5:1-9): JULY 17–23
JULY 17 STORY SUNDAY:

Read the following story together as a family.
Jesus taught the people: “Happy are people who are
hopeless because the kingdom of heaven is theirs. Happy
are people who grieve, because they will be made glad.
Happy are people who are humble, because they will inherit
the earth. Happy are people who are hungry and thirsty
for righteousness, because they will be fed until they are
full. Happy are people who show mercy, because they will
receive mercy. Happy are people who have pure hearts,
because they will see God. Happy are people who make
peace, because they will be called God’s children.”
PRAY: Dear God, thank you for promising us peace and
happiness. Amen.

JULY 18 MOVEMENT MONDAY: Peace Walk
• Take a walk through your community.
• As you walk, say a prayer for peace. What problems is
your community facing? How can your family help bring
peace to the conflict?
SAY: Sometimes it seems overwhelming to think about all of
the work humans still need to do to bring about peace. But
we must remember that nothing is impossible for God.
PRAY: Dear God, please help us bring peace to our world.
Amen.

JULY 19 CREATE TOGETHER TUESDAY:
Peace Poles
Supplies: computer or tablet, paper towel roll, crayons,
markers
• Look up the following website for information about
Peace Poles: peacepoleproject.org.
• Using the paper towel roll, crayons, and markers,
encourage each person to create a peace pole for your
home.
SAY: Happy are the people who make peace because they will
be called God’s children.
PRAY: Lord God, we pray for peace in our world. Amen.

JULY 20 WONDER WEDNESDAY
ASK: I wonder what it means to make peace. How can we be
peacemakers in our community?
PRAY: God of wonder, we long to bring peace. Please help us
get there. Amen.

JULY 21 THURSDAY LAB:
Prayer and Meditation Brain Science
• Prayer and meditation affects our brains in the following
ways: it calms us down, it makes us more compassionate
toward ourselves and others, it connects us with God’s
presence.
• Spend a few minutes in quiet prayer with your family.
Focus on breathing, reminding your children to inhale
slowly and exhale slowly.
SAY: We can be more peaceful when we spend time in prayer
with God.
PRAY: Lord God, thank you for prayer. Help us connect with
you as we pray. Amen.

JULY 22 FAMILY FRIDAY
• Watch this week’s Deep Blue Bible Adventures video in
your Deep Blue App.
• Sing this month’s song. Watch the music video in your App.
ASK: What did Asia, Edgar, and Kat learn today?
PRAY: God, thank you for time together as a family to learn
more about you and our world. Amen.

JULY 23 SERVING SATURDAY:
Donate to the Peace With Justice Mission
Supplies: computer or tablet
• Learn about this special ministry at www.umcgiving.org/
ministry-articles/peace-with-justice-sunday.
• Gather and donate a special offering for this mission.
SAY: When we help organizations like Peace With Justice, we
are sharing God’s peace with many people.
PRAY: Dear God, help us use our voices and our gifts to bring
peace. Amen.

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