Week Three: Family Toolkit

Theme: Practicing Belovedness

Scripture Text | Luke 3:21-22
Baptism of Jesus

Three Wonderings

1

How can I celebrate and practice my baptism every day?

2

How can I be brave in the world for God?

3

How can I love others like God loves me?

Video Conversation & Reflection

Join Rev. Vanessa Bradby, New Spirit UCC, Savage and Pastor Sheri Nelson, UCC Outdoor Ministry Program Director for conversation and reflection.

Meditation Practice

Join Rev. Emily Meyer, Director of The Ministry Lab, as she invites you to wonder and reflect in the audio recording below.

Transcript available here.

Creative Project

Beloved Coloring Pages
Creative, hands-on, ages 3+

Play around with color and lines with these coloring pages, which explore the word play in belovedness. As you color or paint, you can ask yourself and your children: What does it mean for you to find someone or something “beloved”? What does it mean for you to “be loved”? How do the actions or feelings differ in these two constructions of the word? 

Materials: Coloring materials

Game

Love Charades

Playful, theatrical, ages 4+ 

This is a spin on traditional charades that playfully explores different ways we show and receive love. 

How To: 

  • Individually or working together with younger children, brainstorm different ways that you show and/or receive love (e.g. hugging, cheering someone up, cooking food…)
  • Write or draw these ways of showing love on cards
  • To play, each person picks a card and acts out the loving action (without saying it out loud). Work as a pair for younger children. 
  • The rest will guess what the action is

Caring for the Common Good

Raising Upstanders

When we truly feel beloved, it offers us strength. And we need that strength to reflect that sense of deep caring out into the word – and to stand against injustices and those that would have us believe that others are less beloved than we are. Taking a stand, supporting those who are not treated with care and respect, requires thoughtfulness and, at times, bravery. Prepare your children to practice belovedness in their lives by becoming “upstanders.”  

How to

    • Start by reading these scenarios together. Talk about how you might respond. Remember: there are no right answers! 
    • Then use this Who Do You Tell? to have a conversation about who cares for you – and where you can turn for help and support

Children’s Picture Book

Maybe I Can Love My Neighbor Too by Jennifer Grant

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