Last Sunday (Feb 3) the children got to learn the different types of feelings and reflect on what is going on deep down. Together with the grown ups on the 13th floor, the children listened to the story of Peter and Jesus. They took a little bit of time to answer the question “Do you love me?” and access the depths of their hearts. Their reflections revealed their honest feelings at the moment without fear or punishment and judgement.
Happy New Year! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas and holiday. 2019 is here and RiverKids/Youth are starting a new series this Sunday (1/13), called "Living & Loving Together". We will explore different stories from the Bible to discover the joy of connection and strengthening our capabilities for life giving relationships. We're really excited for the children to learn how to develop strong friendships and treasure their connections.
For the last 10 weeks the RiverKids (along with the River Youth and the larger church) have been enjoying an exciting series called "The Power of Holy Spirit in Ordinary Time". The goal of the series is to help the children explore and experience the amazing gift of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives.
Here's a closer look at what we have been doing to help the children access and interact the quiet and constant presence of the Holy Spirit:
Last Sunday the RiverKids covered the same topic as the adults: The Holy Spirit & Healing. The children enjoyed hearing a couple great stories about Jesus healing people from Mark 1:18-25 (below) and then they had even more fun acting one out! (see the fun video on our River NYC Families Group on Facebook)
Last Sunday, the children listened to Jesus' farewell speech and His promise that, after he left, the Holy Spirit would come to be our friend and comforter. The kids used colors, drawings and emoji stickers to express their feelings and their ideas about how the Holy Spirit might speak to them.
A boy in our Elementary group was a little concerned when the storyteller referred to the Holy Spirit as "she".
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