November 15, 2020

Pentecost 24 resources for at-home worship.
Today’s Reading:

Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When they say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.

–1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Children's Chapel

For Pre-K–1st Graders:

In today’s reading, we learn that as Child of the Light means that we encourage other people. What does it meant to encourage someone and how does it feel to get encouragement? How can we be encouraging to one another today?

For 2nd–5th Graders:

Read with us what it means to be a Child of Light in Thessalonians and how encouraging our friends is a part of this. How do you encourage people in your life? Can you remember a time when someone encouraged you?

Craft Activity

Salt Dough Encouragement Gifts

In Chapel today we learned that part of being a Child of Light is encouraging others. Sometimes that means telling someone “Hey! You’re doing a great job!” Or, “You’re a great teammate and I really appreciate that.” Sometimes, it can be telling others that they are getting better at something, or that they can keep trying. Simple acts of encouragement can give us the strength and courage we need to go on and face hard things, especially with our faith.

This week, I invite you to make symbols of encouragement out of salt dough and give them away to others. You could make a cross to encourage people to keep up their faith, or a heart to remind others that you care about them.

Salt Dough Recipe:
2 C Flour
1 C Water
1 C Salt

Mix all the ingredients together by hand. Roll it out to be about 1/4″ thick. Cut out specific shapes or figures and then decorate with beads, gems, etc (found in older kids worship bags) or use a utensil to write on them.

Bake at 250 for 3 hours. When cool, you can use paints or markers to decorate.

Give to someone you want to encourage!