Tuesday, September 25, 2018

September 25, 2018


Welcome to Light a Candle!


Rev. Dr. Olivia Bryan Updegrove is the minister for Families and Children at Disciples Home Missions.

She wants to share her vision for you here!

Other Resources and Links
Fun for All: Children's Story of Peter
More to Learn: Ministries Across Generations


Matthew 18:1-5, Be a Vision of Greatness!
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of
heaven?” He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.


Weekly Scriptures
Read the weekly scripture each day. Find a phrase or word that speaks to you. Share your reflections with others over dinner, social media, and in prayer. Share the scripture with a child you know in the car, through a text, or in a children's Bible.


*The view represented in these devotions come from a variety of diverse perspectives. We do not seek to agree but seek to welcome all to the conversation and the table.

Monday, September 24, 2018

September 24, 2018

This Little Light of Mine

Rev. Sotello Long is the President of Disciples Home Missions. You will also see members of Disciples Home Missions Staff.

He wants to share his vision for you here!


Other Resources and Links

Fun for All: Let the Children Come Story for Children and Jesus Loves the Little Children

More to Learn: Disciples Home Missions

Matthew 18:1-5, Be a Vision of Greatness!
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.


Weekly Scriptures
Read the weekly scripture each day. Find a phrase or word that speaks to you. Share your reflections with others over dinner, social media, and in prayer. Share the scripture with a child you know in the car, through a text, or in a children's Bible.


*The view represented in these devotions come from a variety of diverse perspectives. We do not seek to agree but seek to welcome all to the conversation and the table.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Light a Candle 2018

"Realizing Our Vision for Our Children"
This year's Children's Sabbath celebration will be Sunday October 21, 2018.

The Light a Candle Prayer Vigil 
uses a different focus scripture each week related to the overall theme as we prepare for Children's Sabbath. You may follow along each day with us online as daily reflections are posted. The devotions will begin Monday, September 24, 2018.

Weekly Scriptures
We encourage you to reflect on these scriptures in prayer. Find ways to share them with the children around you, and embrace them as you move into action on behalf of all God's children.


Week of September 24, Matthew 18:1-5, Be a Vision of Greatness!
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of
heaven?” He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

Week of October 1, Galatians 3:25-29, Be a Vision of Faith!
But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.


Week of October 8, 1 John 3:18-23, Be a Vision of Truth and Action!
Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness before God; and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.

Week of October 15, Jeremiah 29:11-14, Be a Vision that Seeks and Finds!
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me, says the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.

Other Resources for organizing worship and awareness can be found at the Children's Defense Fund website.




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*The view represented in these devotions come from a variety of diverse perspectives. We do not seek to agree but seek to welcome all to the conversation and the table.

Friday, October 20, 2017

October 20: Learning from Young People

Be an Example for Every Child, Week Four

Learning from Young People

I have always said that I learn more from the young people that I work with than I could ever

teach them. A few years back I encountered The Way of the Child, a curriculum that focuses on meeting children’s spiritual needs. This model that includes a creative telling of a Bible story, time in centers such as gazing, journal, art, and reading, and time to reflect and
meditate together really extends to feeding all ages spiritually. When we open ourselves up to worshiping, praying and meditating together, no matter the age, we truly are living as One Body allowing us to grow in hope and faith with one another. Take some time to sit with people of different ages, hear retelling of scripture and quietly sit, gazing at a candle, or coloring a mandala, or looking at pictures of people and events of the world; opening up yourself to the Divine, seeking inspiration from the Spirit, reflecting on the message of Christ in quiet meditation with one another.


Holy One,
Together we learn more about your grace. Together we grow. Together we have hope. Together we move forward seeking love and justice for every child. Amen.


John 21:15
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.”


(Read the weekly scripture each day. Find a phrase or word that speaks to you. Share your reflections with others over dinner, social media, and in prayer. Share the scripture with a child you know in the car, through a text, or in a children's Bible.)

Resources and Links
https://www.amazon.com/Way-Child-Family-Booklet-Experience/dp/0835898393
http://worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.com/

Rev. Sarah Almanza, Minister, Irving North Christian Church, TX

*The view represented in these devotions come from a variety of diverse perspectives. We do not seek to agree but seek to welcome all to the conversation and the table.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

October 19: Small Things Can Be Big Things

Be an Example for Every Child, Week Four

Small Things Can Be Big Things

Small things, for small children, can become the big things that they will remember for the rest of their lives. At our church, we make sure to provide a worship bulletin each week for our youngest worshipers. What makes this bulletin a big thing for our smallest worshipers is that we are consistent, it is there every week, and is offered by our Deacons to them, on entering the Sanctuary. We also provide the writing utensils along with a little candy treat.  By offering a simple and small point of welcome, we hope our smallest worshipers know how important they are to our body of believers and how they can be engaged in worship. Some adults will grab them too to do alongside our youth, and help them with the different puzzles and games. It becomes an active part of worshiping together, young and old. 

And for this we pray, Oh Lord, help us provide small things, for our smallest worshipers, so that they know how welcomed they are by all. Amen

John 21:15
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.”


(Read the weekly scripture each day. Find a phrase or word that speaks to you. Share your reflections with others over dinner, social media, and in prayer. Share the scripture with a child you know in the car, through a text, or in a children's Bible.)

Resources and Links
Worship Resources for Children: http://www.docfamiliesandchildren.org/worship-resources


Rev. Kara R. Swartz, Minister at Hooker Memorial Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Greenville, NC and a Keynoter for Created to Be Me Camp part of Just Say Know Ministries.

*The view represented in these devotions come from a variety of diverse perspectives. We do not seek to agree but seek to welcome all to the conversation and the table.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

October 18: Logos

Be an Example for Every Child, Week Four

Logos

Children are vital in the lives of each of us.  We are each called to nurture and invest whether they are our own children, relatives, neighbor children or children that we know from church.  We can each think back to our own childhood experiences and think of an adult that invest in ourselves.  Maybe it was a teacher, friend, or coach.  Maybe they would come to our activities or spend time with us.  Some adult in our lives made sure to impress on our souls that we mattered.  God is calling each of us to the same.  Our children are faced with so many different pressures and challenges but there is a way that the church can be present in the lives of children in a tangible way.  


Through the LOGOS ministry, children experience Kingdom of God living in family time around a shared meal, learn the stories of God in Bible Study, are allowed to share their gifts and talents to praise God in Worship Arts, and get to put into practice treating others as we want to be treated during Recreation. 

John 21:15
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.”

(Read the weekly scripture each day. Find a phrase or word that speaks to you. Share your reflections with others over dinner, social media, and in prayer. Share the scripture with a child you know in the car, through a text, or in a children's Bible.)

Resources and LinksFor more information on LOGOS and other intergenerational ministry resources go to:
www.genonministries.com

LOGOS is a mid-week children and youth ministry model www.genonministries.org/pages/logos-all-about-logos.

*The view represented in these devotions come from a variety of diverse perspectives. We do not seek to agree but seek to welcome all to the conversation and the table.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

October 17: Protecting Our Lights

Be an Example for Every Child, Week Four

Protecting Our Lights

Thinking back on my life as a Disciples youth and child, learning about the Bible came in many different forms,such as going to church camp, attending Vacation Bible School, reading books, and gathering with my family at General Assembly. I found sitting in Sunday School and reading the books at home with my parents helped me the most to learn the stories. I first learned the classic Bible stories at my home church. However, my favorite way to learn the Bible was to attend church camp. When I was there I didn’t just learn the stories but connected them to my everyday life.  When children and youth can go and see, it shows us what the Bible is about. They are able to feel the love and acceptance shown throughout the Bible. Children and youth like to go places because they get to interact with adults they don’t see every week. This past summer I was a counselor at my church camp and we had a rule of three.(No one can go anywhere alone, there must be three people) Many times my campers didn’t want to follow the rule they believed they were independent and didn’t need anyone to help them. They didn’t understand the rule. It was protect them and others. Sometimes, children and youth don’t see what the adults are doing, just like my campers didn’t understand why I made them take two buddies. When we light a candle with children, we are “protecting” the church and the child so they might grow up in their faith.

Let us pray:
Holy God, we pray you would help us to continue your work. We praise you for the work that has already been done. Lord, we pray for all of the children, that you would be with them and they would know you. In Your name, Amen.


John 21:15When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.”


(Read the weekly scripture each day. Find a phrase or word that speaks to you. Share your reflections with others over dinner, social media, and in prayer. Share the scripture with a child you know in the car, through a text, or in a children's Bible.)

Resources and Links

Camp: http://www.docfamiliesandchildren.org/summer---camp
Camp Safety: http://www.docfamiliesandchildren.org/safety-basics-8-9 

Online Camp Documents: http://www.campdoc.com/

Kate Summers, General Youth Council Moderator, General Youth Council, Ministries Across Generations 


*The view represented in these devotions come from a variety of diverse perspectives. We do not seek to agree but seek to welcome all to the conversation and the table.